Rick tells Brooke therapy is going well and says he is in love with Steffy and wants her back. He’s working hard on getting rid of his anger towards Ridge and doesn’t want to be that person anymore. Brooke is disdainful, but Rick thinks he can make Ridge see he is changing. He needs Brooke’s support and asks if he can count on her. Brooke assures him he always can.
Come Back to Me.
The Forresters get the upper hand, Rick and Steffy reconcile and Eric thanks Stephanie for what she’s done.
Eric calls a meeting with Thorne, Felicia, Donna and Stephanie and Bill joins them. He looks Felicia up and down and she calls him a rat. Eric tells Bill he won’t sell FC and Bill wonders if he would prefer to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Bill shows him the cover he has planned for Eye on Fashion and threatens to run it, but Eric holds firm. Felicia and Thorne urge Eric to sell, but he won’t cave to extortion. Bill thinks he will and hands him the contract, which Eric rips up. As Bill starts to call his printer to go to press, Stephanie calls in the attorneys and tells Bill she taped the whole conversation for them. She looks at Bill and says, “You didn’t think you were smarter than me?” Gloria tells Bill if he goes through with his plan, they will expose him. Bill doesn’t think that will keep Eric from going to prison, but Stephanie assures him it will put him in a cell right next to him. Bill doesn’t understand why Stephanie still defends Eric and Stephanie says they get through family squabbles because they are just that - family. Before he leaves, Bill lets them know he is just getting started. After Bill exits, the family celebrates and Donna watches as Eric, Thorne, Felicia and Stephanie all embrace.
Donna goes to the elevator and tells Bill the good guys won. Bill assures her he isn’t giving up on Forrester or her and says, “You know where to find me.”
Steffy sits at a table at Il Giardino and wonders what she’s doing there. She starts to get up to leave, but then Rick comes in and she stops. He says he’s been trying to stay away from her, but he misses her and wants a second chance. He assures her it has nothing to do with her father, but with how much he appreciates and respects her. He just wants a chance to prove it to her if that’s what she wants. He asks if she does and she responds, “I think you know the answer to that.” Rick tells Steffy Brooke is on their side and suggests they tell Ridge. Steffy doesn't think he will be ready for this, but Rick says they have to be upfront with him to prove he is different.
Ridge and Brooke make out at home and Brooke suggests they go to the desert for a second honeymoon. Ridge takes that opportunity to tell her they aren’t legally married. Brooke is shocked and learns Ridge knew about it for a while. He thinks it’s a chance for them to redo their wedding again and says they are in it for the long haul. They kiss and Ridge is happy to be in her arms and to not be worrying about Rick and Steffy because it is completely over.
As Ridge feels confident and happy with Brooke, Rick and Steffy walk in the house. Ridge wants to know what Rick is up to now and Rick genuinely tells him he wants to get back together with Steffy. Ridge demands that won’t happen and Steffy pleads their case. Rick tells Ridge he is changing and he wants a chance to prove it. Ridge says the discussion is over and Rick asks Brooke if she has anything to say. Ridge urges her to side with him, but Brooke understands both sides. Ridge tells her he needs to hear her say she forbids it and demands that she tell the kids that.
Eric thanks Stephanie for what she’s done and calls her complicated and fascinating. Stephanie retorts that he is still a philanderer and a louse and Eric says he still loves her too. He kisses her and says, “Come back to me.”
Jarrett meets Bill outside of FC and Bill fills him in on what happened. Bill assures Jarrett he may have lost the battle, but he will win the war because FC will be his.
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