At Eric's office, Brooke ended a call with an Italian reporter. She picked up an Eye on Fashion magazine that had Thomas and Hope on the cover. Taylor arrived, noting that they hadn't finished their conversation from the previous evening. Brooke said it was because Taylor had hightailed it out of there so quickly, and Brooke had needed to go home because she'd had plans with Ridge. Taylor assumed Brooke was trying to send Taylor a message.
Brooke quizzically stared, and Taylor said the message was that Ridge and Brooke were back together. Denying it, Brooke said she was trying to say that she and Ridge had had plans, so they'd gone home. Brooke stated that she didn't want to fight, and she felt that they were on the same page about Thomas and Hope. Nodding, Taylor replied that she hadn't wanted to fight, either, but she was there to see Ridge.
Just then, Ridge arrived. He joked that he'd been with his trainer. "Your trainer, huh? I thought you looked a little...you know..." Taylor replied with a flirty shimmy. Brooke seemed strained to stay patient. Taylor claimed to be there to update him more on Steffy and the kids.
Later, Brooke listened behind her magazine as Ridge and Taylor wrapped up their talk about their kids. Ridge thanked Taylor for helping Steffy and said he'd keep an eye on Thomas. Taylor looked worried, but Ridge insisted that their son wasn't backsliding and had a "world-renowned psychiatrist" in his corner. Ridge said Steffy was the one they needed to worry about, and he promised to let Taylor know if there was something to worry about with Thomas.
After Taylor had gone, Brooke remarked that she hadn't expected to see Taylor in town. Ridge hadn't, either, and he'd called Steffy to make sure things were okay and to inquire about whether he needed to fly out there. Steffy had told him to stay and concentrate on the design competition. Ridge said he'd hold down the fort, but he didn't want to be at odds with Eric.
Ridge quizzed Brooke on gowns worn at the Met and in Cannes the previous year. Eric had designed them, even having three dresses at the same event. Ridge said they hadn't had to ask the women to wear the gowns; the women had worn them because Eric Forrester's name had been woven into society. Ridge stated that walls fell, but Eric's gowns stood the test of time. Ridge didn't know what Eric had to prove and why he was drowning the company instead of collaborating with his son. Ridge was confused and wanted Brooke's thoughts.
In the design office, Eric worked with R.J. and Luna. Eric flipped through swatches of Parisian lace, noting how each one was individual and told a story. His hand began to tremble, and before anyone could notice, he slapped the swatch book closed, deciding that none of them would do. He asked Luna to get Sophie to rush the supplies to the house before it was too late.
Luna handed Eric some paperwork that Carter wanted Eric to sign. Eric joked that Carter always wanted him to sign something, but when Eric couldn't hold the pen steady, he shoved the clipboard back at Luna, saying he didn't need to sign anything because he was Eric Forrester. Eric left the office in a huff, and Luna stared after him quizzically.
R.J. apologized, saying his grandfather wasn't himself. R.J. decided to confide in Luna but said she had to keep it a secret. She agreed to do so, and R.J. revealed that Eric had been compromised, but only R.J., Donna, and Eric knew about it. Luna asked why R.J. had told her.
Shrugging, R.J. concluded that Luna was caring, trustworthy, and part of the team. Luna cheered for Team Eric and asked what was going on. R.J. replied that Eric had said arthritis and then he'd said carpel tunnel. R.J. didn't even really know, but it was why he was sketching for Eric. R.J. said he could see Eric's hands becoming shakier, and R.J. believed the condition had worsened. R.J. was sure his father would understand and give Eric his office back. R.J. was sure his parents would want to know, but he said Eric had made R.J. promise not to reveal it.
R.J. decided to reveal another secret. He said he hadn't wanted to work in the family business or be a designer, but it had been hard for Eric, who didn't even go to work because he felt that the CEO's office was his; however, Ridge was in there all the time. R.J. said he'd been at Eric's home with Eric, helping him. Luna believed Eric appreciated it, and she said R.J. was genuine. She'd known it from following him on social media. She felt that he was a special guy.
At Eric's house, Katie joked that she shouldn't be in the secret design studio. Donna said it was the house of Katie's sister, and Brooke had already ruined the surprise when she'd arrived at the house, unannounced. Katie marveled at Eric's sketches but wondered if they would be enough to be rich. Donna said that the collection was so important to Eric, it was as if his life depended on it. "That's a little dramatic, don't you think?" Katie replied. Donna said every artist deserved an encore, but to Katie, it sounded more like a curtain call for the vibrant man.
Eric arrived as Katie was saying she didn't know why he was insisting that it be his last collection. He asserted that it would be the last, and it would be on his terms. Seeing Eric's trembling hand, Donna grasped it and tenderly touched his face.
Eric slipped his hand into his pocket as he talked to Katie, saying that Ridge and Brooke thought Eric should step aside for the younger generation. Katie said she'd never insinuate that he should retire; it was his decision, but she assured him that he should be proud of Ridge, Steffy, and Thomas. Eric was proud of them, but he was also determined to do the line on his terms. Katie promised to keep the sneak peek she'd gotten top secret.
After Katie had gone, Donna noted that Eric's tremors had stopped. She advised him to rest it and asked what was wrong with him. Eric figured Luna would think he was an ogre. He explained what had happened with Luna when he'd been unable to sign the paperwork. He said he'd been angry and had yelled at Luna. He felt terrible.
Donna said Eric's doctor would be there soon, and they'd get answers. Eric said they'd find out what was really going on with him. Donna stated that it was nothing they couldn't face. She told him that his positivity was contagious, and he had generations who wanted to continue his legacy. Everyone loved Eric, but none more than she. Donna felt that he'd given her the best years of her life, and she could never thank him enough for loving her the way he did. She vowed that they'd get through that little hiccup together.
The doctor knocked on the front door. Donna told Eric that they could do it. She left Dr. Colby in, and Eric thanked the doctor for his discretion. Eric asked what his test results had revealed.