At Forrester Creations, Thomas listened from outside the executive office as Hope and Steffy discussed his possible future at the company. When asked if she trusted Thomas with the Hope for the Future line, Hope replied that she might have to. "Maybe Hope for the Future does need him," she said as she glanced down at Thomas' sketches. Thomas heard the tone from an arriving elevator and quickly scurried away before the doors opened.
Steffy was shocked and questioned if Hope had thought everything through. "Hope for the Future is important to you, but is it worth compromising your values?" Steffy asked. Steffy reminded Hope that Ridge and Brooke were not together because of Thomas' actions. Steffy then asked how Hope would really feel if Thomas were to return and make the Hope for the Future line a smashing success. Steffy also asked Hope to consider what Thomas' return could do to Hope and Liam's marriage.
Hope suddenly realized that she could not work with Thomas again and thanked Steffy for helping her come to that realization. Hope apologized for taking up Steffy's time with a non-urgent matter, especially when Sheila Carter was on the loose. "There's one nice thing we can say about Thomas -- at least he isn't as bad as Sheila," Steffy muttered.
Steffy expressed her frustration that Sheila was walking around and held Taylor's future in her hands. The two women then questioned how Bill could have fallen for Sheila.
Thomas ducked into the design suite at Forrester and told Paris that he was optimistic that he might be reinstated as designer of the Hope for the Future line. "There is no line without your designs," Paris remarked.
Seconds later, the door to the office swung open, and an angry Charlie stepped in. Charlie wagged his finger at Thomas and announced that Thomas was not supposed to be in the building. "My name is on the side of the building," Thomas quipped. "Your name is gonna be on an orange jumpsuit, Mr. Forrester," Charlie snapped in response.
Thomas turned and flashed a bemused smile at Paris. Charlie repeated his order for Thomas to leave and warned that he would call "Ruth" for backup. When Thomas refused to leave, Charlie used his walkie-talkie to call for assistance with a "combatant." Thomas relented and eventually exited the room.
At Il Giardino, Sheila sat alone at a table, eating a salad. Her face lit up as Finn sat across from her, but Finn was less enthusiastic. Sheila smiled when Finn suggested that "someday" he might not be outraged at the sight of her. Her face fell when Finn completed his thought by adding, "the day I see you behind bars."
Sheila claimed to understand why Finn felt the way he did. Finn shared that he had been alerted to Sheila's presence at the restaurant by a friend. He then issued a stern warning that Sheila would have nothing to do with him or his family. Sheila calmly told Finn that they had been given a second chance to be a family, thanks to Bill Spencer. "A second chance? I don't want to see you. I don't want to know you're alive," Finn growled.
Sheila chose to be optimistic. "With the right amount of patience and confidence, I can accomplish anything I put my mind to," she said.
At his house, Bill crouched on the floor, staring at the wall as he reflected upon Sheila telling him that she loved him. He was roused back to reality by the sound of the front door opening. Bill turned and saw Katie. Katie stated that the guard had mentioned that Bill was alone, and Katie asked if that meant that Bill had done the right thing and kicked Sheila out. Katie told Bill that she was more worried than she'd ever been about him.
Katie admitted to being "frightened" for both Bill and Will and the "unhealthy, dangerous situation" that Bill had created with Sheila. Bill argued that Sheila was a different woman when he was alone with her. Katie insisted that Bill was "being played." Katie took Bill's hand. She acknowledged that she had hurt Bill by rejecting him but confessed that she'd never imagined that that hurt would cause Bill to turn to Sheila.
Katie asked Bill how he envisioned his future with Sheila. She also wanted to know how they would explain Bill and Sheila's relationship to Will. Bill stated that they would tell Will that his father had found someone who cared about him. Katie quickly replied that Will would never meet Sheila. Katie said that she loved the bond that Bill and Will shared, and she admitted that keeping Will away from Bill was not something that she wanted to do.
"You have people in your life who love you and who care about you -- like me. Please don't bring this woman into our lives," Katie pleaded. Bill asked Katie what she meant by "our lives." Bill noted that Katie had turned her back on him. Katie reminded Bill that he had wanted Brooke, not her.
Sheila returned home and listened from the other side of the room. Bill apologized for the many times that he had hurt Katie. He asked if his hurting her had to mean "the end of us forever." Katie told Bill that the only way she, he, and Will could be a family was if Sheila was sent back to jail. "If Sheila goes to prison, you would forgive me? That our family could be one again," Bill asked in disbelief. Katie stood silent, tears streaming down her cheek. Sheila, still hidden, squinted angrily.