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INs AND OUTs
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
by Pam

At Eric's house, Rick and Hope greeted one another, and Hope said that she'd talked to Brooke, and Brooke had sent her love. Eric joined them and asked about Caroline. Rick said that he and Caroline had reunited. "Good," Eric said.

In the kitchen, Charlie and Pam made Thanksgiving dinner, and Charlie suggested some additional ingredients to her family recipes. Pam agreed, and they laughed. Donna entered and volunteered to help, and Charlie and Pam privately joked about what assignment to give Donna. They agreed to put her to work on a veggie tray.

In the living room, Rick greeted Ridge and offered to fill his Champagne glass. Eric joined them, and Rick professed that he wanted to put all their differences behind them. Ridge looked skeptical.

Hope heard a knock at the door, and Hope discovered Quinn on the doorstep. "No, no, oh my God, no," Hope said. Quinn tried to muscle past Hope and said she'd made Wyatt's favorite -- a casserole of yams. Hope reminded Quinn that she was not invited and not welcome. Quinn quickly reminded Hope that Thanksgiving was about putting aside differences, and Quinn noted that Hope was showing. "You have no room at the table for your baby's grandmother?" Quinn asked.

Liam opened the door, and asked Hope if she needed help. Hope said that Quinn had to leave. "Leave now," Liam commanded. Quinn countered that Liam couldn't talk to her that way, but Hope agreed she had to leave. Quinn angrily turned away.

Inside, Rick and Caroline talked near the terrace. His phone rang, and he spoke in French -- he told Caroline he needed a moment to talk business. Caroline left, and Rick spoke to Maya, who had called him.

Maya lamented that she -- not Caroline -- should be with Rick. Rick reminded Maya that his father would remove him as CEO if he didn't stay with Caroline. Rick promised to celebrate with Maya at another time. She vowed to hold him to it, and she drank a glass of Champagne.

Aly asked Ivy about he trip to Amsterdam, and Ivy gushed that Liam had used the "L" word. Ivy and Aly giggled. Oliver interrupted and announced to everyone that he'd been ordered to get everyone to the dinner table.

En route to the table, Ridge ran into Caroline and wished her a happy Thanksgiving. He looked into her eyes and touched her shoulder. Guests gathered around the table, and Eric thanked everyone for joining the celebration.

Eric complimented Hope for helping to host a second Thanksgiving. He added that the holiday was extra special because it was the first wedding anniversary of Rick and Caroline. Eric noted that Rick and Caroline had faced challenges in their first year. Everyone raised their glasses to celebrate their anniversary.

Hope noted that the family had created a new tradition, and it was time to join together and appreciate one another in a spirit of cooperation. Hope wanted everyone to says something they learned from the person on their right.

Hope turned to Bill and said that he was her father-in-law and the grandfather to her baby. She congratulated him because he had created "two really wonderful men who are very important to me and will be all my life," she said.

Bill turned to Katie and told her that she was an amazing mother to Will. "It warms my heart," he said. He added that Katie had pushed him to be a better man and a better father. "From time to time, you see through my BS and know how much I appreciate you," he said.

"I do," Katie answered. She looked at Ridge and noted that she had not been a very happy girl the previous year. But she added that Ridge had returned from Paris and changed her life. "I'm really grateful you came home," she said.

Ridge looked at Caroline and thanked her for having pulled him through a very dark time in his life. "And I will always be grateful," Ridge said. Caroline addressed Rick as "my husband the CEO." She said she couldn't wait to see how he led Forrester into the future, and she was thankful to be his wife. "Happy anniversary," she said. They kissed.

Rick looked at Charlie. "Well, what's not to like about Charlie? You keep us safe, and you keep a smile on Pam's face," Rick said. He added that Charlie was a great man.

Charlie looked at Pam. "Pam Douglas, you fascinate me," he said. Charlie explained that Pam was alluring in her pearls at the office and in an apron in the kitchen. He added that she had made him the "happiest security guard in the whole wide world."

Pam looked at Eric and thanked him for rescuing her and giving her a family. She recalled how she had celebrated many Thanksgiving holidays in a Chicago condo with her mother criticizing and complaining. "And now I'm here," she said.

Eric held her hand. Then he turned to Donna and thanked her for loving him for a while. "Forever," Donna replied. Eric noted that she had given him a lot of joy, and he was glad they were still close.

Eric asked everyone to join hands. He wanted everyone to be thankful for their blessings. He said that Stephanie would be listening -- he was sure of it. He and the entire dinner party glanced at the portrait of Stephanie on the wall. He added that he admired everyone for sharing words of encouragement. "Happy Thanksgiving," he said. Everyone repeated, "Happy Thanksgiving."

Donna looked at Carter. She said that getting to know him had been a joy because he had grown up with Marcus. "Thank you for being my son's brother and always making him feel like he belonged." She added that she had respect for Carter and his parents.

Carter turned to Oliver. "Oliver Jones, you are like the friendliest guy I know," he said with a laugh. He congratulated Oliver for his joy of life. Oliver looked at Aly and said she was beautiful and wise. He asked if he thought Darla could hear him, and Aly said she had heard him.

Aly told her cousin Ivy that she had been lucky to meet Ivy and that they shared so much in common because Ivy's parents were in Australia and Thorne had remained in Paris. Aly also complimented Ivy's jewelry line. She added, "We are two Forrester girls taking care of each other. Love you, cousin."

Ivy thanked Aly and looked at Liam. Ivy recalled that when she had moved to Los Angles, she'd never thought she'd have time for anything but work. But after she'd met Liam, she'd had a lot of fun and was thankful for Liam and how he'd handled a boat in Amsterdam. Everyone giggled, and Hope tried to conceal her pain at their happiness. Ivy continued that she couldn't wait to see "what lies ahead for us," she said.

Liam turned to Wyatt and said that what he'd admired most about Wyatt was his ambition because he'd accomplished everything he'd set out to. Wyatt looked confused, but he turned to Hope and remembered that the previous year had been his first Thanksgiving with his father. "And you brought us together -- you gave me my dad," he said. Wyatt and Hope held hands, and Wyatt added that a year later, she was giving him a child. "And all because of a leap of faith," he said.

Hope smiled. "We did it," she exclaimed and thanked everyone. Pam and Charlie carried in the turkey and side dishes, and Hope looked satisfied as she glanced around the table at all the guests, who appeared to enjoy one another's company. They lovingly wiped one another's chins, laughed, and talked.

After dinner, Liam thanked Hope and congratulated her for her second effort that had once again gotten everyone together in a spirit of forgiveness and thanks. Liam remembered that the previous year, Hope had told everyone how much change took place in a year.

Liam added that one thing that hadn't changed was his admiration and love for her. He gushed that he gave thanks for having her in his life everyday. Hope got teary and said nothing but nodded her head.

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