At the cliff house, Brooke asserted that Steffy had crossed the line and was being immature and disrespectful. Brooke believed that Steffy was getting between Brooke and Ridge; however, Brooke declared that she wouldn't allow it. Taylor claimed it was the first she'd heard of it. "And it's coming from you, so if there is truth to it, I'll talk to Steffy," Taylor offered.
Brooke insisted that Taylor knew her children wanted to break up Ridge and Brooke to give Taylor a chance with Ridge. Brooke refused to tolerate it, and she ordered Taylor to stop Steffy from interfering that very day. Taylor snapped that she'd ground Steffy when she got home from school. Taylor asserted that Steffy was a grown woman.
Brooke advised Taylor to remind Steffy of that because Steffy was acting like a child. Brooke felt that Steffy should be focused on her own family, not Brooke's marriage to Ridge. Taylor replied that Steffy was just looking out for her dad. Brooke quipped that she was supposedly a monster for her past mistakes, but Steffy, on the other hand, was a sweet little angel.
Taylor claimed that Brooke had made the same mistakes over and over. Brooke replied that Ridge had chosen her; they were married, and they didn't call each other "destiny" because it sounded cute. She said they did so because nothing or no one would ever get between them.
Taylor said she didn't think Brooke made Ridge happy. Claiming not to be the homewrecker Brooke thought she was, Taylor said she was just following Ridge's lead. Brooke asked what had happened, then, to the reunion Taylor had thought would happen after she'd kissed Ridge in Monaco. Taylor replied that she'd kissed him "back," and it had been a moment.
"With my husband," Brooke replied. Brooke understood how Ridge could get caught up in the moment and emotions of Finn being alive, but she believed that Taylor had known exactly what she'd been doing. Brooke said that Taylor acted all sweet and caring, but Taylor was really manipulative. Brooke said Taylor could spin it, but "the fact is, you laid your lips on my husband.
Taylor said she was sorry, and the kiss hadn't been planned. Taylor claimed she hadn't intended to make a move on Ridge in Monaco. She claimed that she didn't want to hurt Brooke, and seeing Brooke in pain didn't do anything for her. Taylor asserted that she loved Ridge -- and always would -- for everything that he was.
Taylor stated that Ridge understood her better than anyone, and Brooke probably felt the same way. Affirming it, Brooke replied that he was her husband. Taylor claimed that Brooke's husband was in love with both of them. Shaking her head, Brooke asked what Taylor was getting at. Taylor claimed Ridge was torn between them, and Taylor knew that Brooke felt it.
Taylor stated that when Ridge was around, neither of them had him completely. She claimed that Ridge was trying to decide if he wanted to stay with Brooke or move on with Taylor.
At Forrester, Paris found Hope in the CEO's office and wondered what was going on between her and Steffy. Hope didn't want to put Paris in the middle, but Paris said she could handle it. Paris wondered if it was that bad. Nodding, Hope replied that it could get worse. Hope noted that it was something that had been going on since before she and Steffy had been born.
Thomas entered, and Hope asked to talk to him alone. Paris left, and Thomas asked if everything was okay. Hope replied that it depended upon whether he'd known that Steffy had prevented Brooke from talking to Ridge. Thomas admitted that Steffy might have gone too far.
"Come on," Hope said. Thomas replied that Brooke had hurt Ridge, but Hope reasoned that Brooke and Ridge had each hurt the other. Hope added that Brooke had done her best to make up for her mistakes, and Hope figured that Thomas, of all people, would understand that.
Thomas claimed it wasn't the same. Hope asked how it wasn't. She stated that he'd worked hard to prove that he'd changed. Thomas said Brooke would never see that because she was trying to protect Hope from him, just the way Thomas and Steffy were trying to protect Ridge from Brooke. "We're?" Hope asked, and Thomas admitted that he'd been standing right there when Steffy had prevented Brooke from talking to Ridge.
Thomas said that for him, it was important that Hope could trust him to tell the truth, even if it disappointed her. Hope asked what had happened. Thomas said that Steffy had seen Ridge's phone lighting up, and she'd answered it. Thomas called it an aggressive move, and Hope added that it had also been manipulative. Hope said it would be fine if Ridge decided not to be with Brooke anymore; however, it should be Ridge's decision, not born of outside interference.
Thomas got why Hope was upset. Hope murmured that he'd just let Steffy do it. He asked if Hope had ever tried to stop Steffy from doing something. Hope questioned whether Thomas had wanted to. Thomas reasoned that if one missed call could blow the relationship, then it wasn't that great of a relationship. Hope assumed that meant he didn't think it was wrong.
Thomas called it complicated, but Hope said Steffy's actions had been low. Thomas and Hope admitted they didn't want to argue with each other, but he figured their family made it hard. He didn't know which were worse, their moms or dads. Hope called it a tie. "'Two families, both alike in dignity,'" Thomas quoted. "'From ancient grudge, break to new mutiny,'" Hope continued.
Thomas said that if Romeo and Juliet could figure it out, then so could Thomas and Hope. Hope said they'd died at the end, and Thomas called it a terrible example. He acknowledged that the family issues had taken their toll on Hope, who'd done much to mend the bridge and let Douglas spend time with the Forresters. Thomas claimed Steffy understood Hope's feelings, and he asked what Hope thought it did to his family every time Ridge went to be with Brooke.
At Il Giardino, Bill schmoozed J.J. to help him with a release party. After J.J. had gone, Bill spotted Li entering the restaurant. They greeted each other and discovered that they were both alone. Bill invited her to join him, but from the looks of his table, it seemed to her as if he'd eaten. Grinning, Bill said he suddenly felt hungry again.
Over drinks, Bill praised Li for what she'd done for Finn. Li said it wasn't right that she'd kept it from Steffy, but it had felt right at the time. Bill told Li to stop beating herself up about it because the mission had been accomplished. He reasoned that regrets and mistakes didn't outweigh who a person was or what they were capable of doing.
Bill declared that it was good to see Li smiling and happy; it contrasted with the woman he'd found in the alley. He said that even in the condition she'd been in then, he'd seen fire and passion in her eyes. He admitted it might have been what had drawn him to her. Li thanked him for reaching out to her. Bill asked her to stop thanking him, but she refused, saying that he was a good man.
Bill declared that a stretch and said he'd made many mistakes. Li repeated what he'd said earlier about mistakes, but he told her she couldn't throw his words back at him. Li insisted that they were good words. He stated that he enjoyed getting to know that version of her and said it was a blessing to have such a strong, beautiful, and accomplished woman in his presence.