At Forrester’s design office, Steffy listens to Thomas’s side of the conversation while on the phone with Sheila. He tells her to meet in person… it’s either that or the alternative. Sheila doesn’t want him to come to her hotel, so they agree to meet up behind Il Giardino. Thomas disconnects and Steffy enters. “Thomas, what’s going on?” she asks. She notes that he has been acting strangely lately and that he has now had an intense phone conversation. Steffy starts to worry and asks him to clarify what’s going on. Thomas tries to scare her and says he’s doing his best to make sure their whole family is safe and happy. Steffy knows that he is as loyal to their family as anyone else. Thomas has to meet someone and says he will catch up with her later. He goes outside and after a second Steffy follows.
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At her home, Brooke tells Deacon that she thought she was doing Ridge a favor by releasing him, but now she’s not sure what she was thinking. Deacon scratches that he jumped to the other team. Brooke hates that she doesn’t want to lose him. Hope comes in with Liam and asks what’s going on. Deacon says her mother is having a bad day. Brooke complains that she cannot believe the predicament she has put herself in. She has destroyed her marriage and exclaims, “What have I done?” Hope decides they need someone to help her, but Brooke argues against it. Deacon has learned that it is never too late. Brooke still has to fill in the blanks and put the pieces together about what happened that night.
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In her hotel room, Sheila runs through all her confrontations with Brooke in her head from past to present. There’s a knock on the door – it’s Finn. Sheila is surprised, but pleasant. Finn wanted to check on her and explains that he wants to believe he isn’t causing any more trouble.
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Finn knows she’s been visiting Steffy’s mom and reminds Sheila not to just show up at her office. Sheila knows, but they have a great report. Finn warns that Steffy’s family is now his family and that they mean the world to him. Sheila replies that she is his family too. They go over Steffy who still has walls when it comes to her. Sheila says that Taylor has been hospitable, so she hopes things can change. Finn understands that and that’s why he needs her to stay on the right path. Sheila beams when he addresses her as ‘mother’. They sit down and Sheila assures she won’t forget the mistakes she’s made, but all she does now is to get closer to him and her grandson. Finn must keep her at bay to protect his family. However, if she’s really reformed, he’ll try to get Steffy to give in. Sheila smiles and swears that he will never hear anything about her that would let him down.
Deacon is away from Brooke, and Liam and Hope wonder if his visits add to her anxiety. Brooke denies it, but Liam suggests she spend some time alone with Sharpe off the menu if she really wants Ridge back. Hope thinks her husband has a point. Brooke gets it. She didn’t invite Deacon there—he just showed up—as he did that night. Brooke wonders why she couldn’t contain herself then; something sinister took over her and she let it. She wants Ridge, but has to figure out a way to explain everything to him.
In the alley behind Il Giardino, Sheila assures Thomas that she would never have turned Brooke up if she hadn’t interfered with her. She thinks Taylor and Ridge should be back together, but Thomas confides in him that he’s torn apart. Sheila snatches that he’s under Brooke’s spell and that it’s time for them to break it. Thomas wants the best for his father, but doesn’t know how long he can keep this a secret.
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Steffy walks into Il Giardino, where Deacon marvels: “Wow. Steffy Forrester…it’s been a while.” She explains that she’s looking for Thomas and asks, “Did you see him?” Deacon didn’t see him, but a bartender says he saw him in the alley when he was taking out the trash.
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In the alley, Sheila warns Thomas to keep their secret. He replies, “Don’t you mean your secret?” She says it’s their secret now. Thomas reminds her that she is the one who sabotaged Brooke. “What you did was confused, Sheila.” She shakes her head. “You are not a saint.” Thomas doesn’t want to disappoint his family again. Sheila warns that that’s exactly what will happen if he lets Brooke back into his father’s life. She sees no harm in letting his parents experience a new beginning together. Sheila goes on to say that Finn wants her to have a bigger role in his life. “After all these years, Thomas. We were kept apart!” Behind a crate, Steffy quietly crawls up and looks through the slats while Sheila tells Thomas to keep the secret and be a hero. Steffy mutters, “What the hell, Thomas? If you don’t think I’m going to find out what’s going on, think again.”
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