At the mansion, Ridge found it unbelievable that his wife would call Child Protective Services on his son, but Thomas said the recording left no doubt that it had been Brooke. Thomas declared that Brooke hated him and had tried to get his son taken away because he'd peeled an apple with a knife. Ridge noted that Brooke had said she hadn't done it.
"And you really believe that?" Thomas asked. Ridge replied that Brooke wouldn't lie to him. Thomas reasoned that she'd said she'd do it, but Ridge explained that it had been an offhand comment. Thomas pressed, saying Ridge had heard Brooke's voice. Asking Thomas not to say a word to anyone, Ridge said he needed to give Brooke a chance to come clean.
At Brooke's house, Hope rushed in. She'd just talked to Liam, and she wanted to know about the CPS issue at Eric's house. Brooke said that CPS had merely wanted to see about Douglas. She assured Hope that Douglas was fine, but Hope insisted upon knowing why CPS had been called on Thomas.
Though Brooke didn't know, she said someone had felt strongly enough to call. Brooke hated to say it about Ridge's son, but she felt that Hope could use it to get Douglas back. Hope refused to try to take Douglas after what the family had been through.
Brooke quipped that Thomas shouldn't have been wielding knives around his son all the time. She feared Douglas might fall on the knife. Brooke added that kids were careless, which was why parents had to be careful. Hope asserted that Thomas was careful. Unable to believe Hope was defending Thomas again, Brooke responded that "this" was what happened when Hope started to spend time around Thomas.
Hope replied that if she was defending Thomas, it was because he deserved it. She further said she spent time at Eric's because that was where her son was. Brooke asked if it was wise to be around Thomas that much, and Hope bit out that Brooke sounded exactly like Liam.
Hope took a business call and mentioned Thomas Forrester, her lead designer. After the call, Brooke asked if it was a coincidence that Thomas was interwoven in Hope's life. She said he was entrenched in Hope's business life, and Hope had to go through him to see their son.
Hope said she wished Brooke would give Hope more credit and would see that she knew who Thomas was. Hope admitted she had seen the good and the bad with Thomas, and for her, it was really refreshing to see Douglas and Thomas together. Hope said she was upset about the CPS call because Thomas was on the right track and hadn't deserved it. Hope decided to go to the office to talk to Thomas and make sure that Douglas was okay after everything.
Later, Hope had gone, and Brooke was on a call, confirming a dinner reservation. Ridge arrived during the call, and Brooke explained to him that he needed the dinner after all that had gone on. Ridge replied that CPS being called on his grandchild had been unexpected and disturbing. Brooke was sorry he'd gone through it and asked if he'd learned more about the CPS visit.
Ridge replied that someone had called them, and he was trying to figure out who it had been. Brooke asked if Thomas had rubbed someone the wrong way. Ridge replied that the act had been a little extreme, and Douglas had been questioned. Brooke said that the caller might not have known Douglas would be questioned. She didn't know who the caller had been. She was sorry Ridge had witnessed what he had, and she hoped they'd been easy on Douglas.
Ridge looked at Brooke, touched her face, and suddenly said he had to go to the office. He rushed out of the house. On the doorstep, he stated that it had been Brooke. He recalled hearing Brooke's voice on the CPS recording. He said Brooke had lied to his face.
At the cliff house, Steffy insisted that Brooke didn't deserve the consideration Taylor was giving. Taylor said that one should treat a person with the measure of who they were. Taylor hoped the trip to Aspen would help her get her head on straight because she wanted to move on from Ridge. Taylor stated that he was married to Brooke, and it was beyond time to move on.
Later, Steffy informed her mother that everything was covered, and she and Taylor could head to Aspen. Steffy wondered, though, if Taylor should fight for Ridge. Taylor didn't want to fight over someone's husband. Taylor wanted to love herself more than a possible future with Ridge.
Steffy believed Brooke would screw up, and Ridge would realize he should be with Taylor. Taylor said he could do it on his own without wasting her time. Steffy asked Taylor not to close her heart because Steffy had a strong feeling about Ridge and Taylor. Taylor responded that closing her heart was how she protected it. She said she had to get away from Ridge and figure out where she'd go from there.
Later, Steffy and Taylor were on the Spencer jet, preparing for takeoff. Taylor recalled the last time she'd been on a jet. She'd been headed to Monaco. Steffy replied that Ridge and Taylor wouldn't have kissed in Monaco unless they'd had feelings for each other. Steffy said that in her mind, it was unfair that Ridge went home to Brooke each night, but Steffy urged Taylor to hang in there.
In flight, Taylor thought of the Monaco kiss. Steffy mentioned that she'd asked Finn to join them. Taylor thought Finn could help take the heat off her from her relentless daughter. Steffy urged Taylor to just keep the door open, but Taylor replied that it was drafty. She felt that he always wound up going back to Brooke, anyways. Steffy quipped that it was because Brooke didn't play fair.
Taylor replied that if Brooke was the love of Ridge's life, Taylor would wish him well.