In Taylor’s office, Steffy’s appalled to hear that Brooke said her brother Thomas is dangerous and exclaims, “When will she let up?!?” Taylor complains the attacks are just getting worse and worse. Steffy gasps, “Come on, woman.” She feels Brooke thrives on conflict and has always had issues with Thomas and her. Taylor thinks it’s ridiculous that she’s saying Thomas is a danger to his son. Steffy feels Thomas is proving himself every single day. Brooke needs to worry about Hope’s inability to compromise.
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In the Forrester design office, Hope tells Brooke she’s seen Thomas make strides with Douglas, so she needs to know what exactly happened. “You saw Thomas with a knife around Douglas?” Just then, Liam enters and says, “Excuse me? What’s this about Thomas and a knife?”
Brooke explains that it wasn’t a butter knife, it was a substantial knife, and he was using it to cut an apple. Liam can’t understand what was going through his head if he was doing this while Douglas was right there. Brooke has doubts about how well-adjusted and healthy Thomas really is.
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At Forrester, Thomas protests to his father that he was cutting an apple with a knife, like anyone would do. Ridge feels Brooke must have felt the blade was too close to the kid or something. “She doesn’t trust you yet.” Thomas replies, “Clearly, if she was thinking about calling Child Protective Services on me.” Ridge assures him that nobody is calling anyone — he’s an amazing father to that little boy. Thomas thanks him for the reassurance. He just wishes Brooke would stay out of their lives for good.
Ridge can see that Brooke has no respect for Thomas as a father and he’s sorry since his son worked so hard to get here. Charlie enters and tells Ridge, “You were asking if Brooke has left the building. She’s in the design office with Hope and Liam.” Ridge reminds Charlie to close the door as he goes. Thomas hates that Brooke is giving Ridge all this grief. Ridge wants peace in the family. Thomas agrees that it would be best for Douglas. He can’t stand the idea that someone thinks his house is unsafe for his son. He’s going to go home and make sure it’s as safe as it can be. Ridge gives him a huge hug. Thomas doesn’t understand why Brooke has to blow things out of proportion. He suggests Ridge go by to hang out with Douglas — he’ll meet him there. Thomas tells his father he wouldn’t be the man he is without him.
In Taylor’s office, Steffy and Taylor think Brooke is stirring the pot because it benefits her daughter. Taylor laments that Thomas has worked so hard to redeem himself and Brooke refuses to give him credit. It breaks her heart for Thomas… and also for Ridge. Steffy feels that the more Brooke condemns Thomas, the closer she gets to losing her father.
In the design office, Brooke recounts to Hope and Liam how Thomas was glaring at her while holding the knife. She’s concerned that he’s not bringing Douglas home. Hope reminds her that they want to spend time together. Brooke insists Thomas isn’t a healthy father figure and says, “Think of all the things he’s done.” Liam mutters, “Kinda hard to forget.” Brooke plans to do whatever is necessary to keep Douglas safe.
In Taylor’s office, Steffy rants that Brooke is way off base. Taylor says she’ll never love anything of hers. Steffy adds, “Except your husband.” They figure Brooke resents Steffy and Thomas because they were Ridge’s first family. They recap that Thomas works all day and then goes home to his son. Steffy thinks Brooke is digging her own grave — her actions against Thomas will push Ridge away real quick.
At the Forrester mansion, Ridge and Douglas play a game of chess and they talk about the kid’s drawings. He says his dad has been helping him lately. Ridge asks if he’s enjoyed being there. Douglas says he has; he loves his dad very much.
Hope and Liam enter the design office after getting coffee. They kiss and Hope groans that her mother forgot her purse, which means she’ll be back soon to get it. She asks what Liam thinks about what she said. Liam says she could have said nothing, and he’d still feel the same way. Douglas’ home is with them. Hope would love nothing more than to tuck her son into bed, but she doesn’t want to impede the progress he’s made with his father. Liam feels he should be able to go over to Thomas whenever he wants… with supervision. In the meantime, he needs to come back to his proper home with them. He asks, “Are we still on the same page about that?”
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In Taylor’s office, she feels Brooke is burning her own marriage to the ground and she’s attacking her children as a result. If Ridge comes back to them, it can’t be because of Brooke’s toxic drama, but because he really wants to be with them. Steffy reflects on how caring and thoughtful he’s been these past months. She finds this knife business to be a new low for Brooke. She sees her father’s eyes opening and says, “He wants to be with you, mom.”
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In the design office, Hope doesn’t want a custody battle. Liam doesn’t think that would be good either, but they can’t take Thomas’ word for it that he’s changed. Hope finds the bit with the knife disconcerting, but Thomas’ overall behavior has shown improvement. Liam intones, “You’ve said that before. And I don’t want to do it all again. He thinks enough is enough and Douglas needs to come home. Brooke walks in on Liam’s proclamation and says he’s right. The only way they can guarantee Douglas’ safety is if he’s in Hope’s care. She’ll do everything she can to get him back where he belongs.
At the Forrester mansion, Douglas tells his grandfather how much he likes it there. A knock comes at the door and Ridge goes to answer it. There’s a man and woman looking for Thomas. They’re from CPS and are looking to investigate a case involving Douglas Forrester. Just then, Thomas arrives and asks what’s going on. Ridge explains they are from Child Protective Services. “They’re here about Douglas.”
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Next on The Bold and the Beautiful: Brooke recounts her scary moment to Ridge, and Ridge receives unwelcome visitors at the Forrester mansion.
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