At Brooke's, she and Ridge sympathized with one another over family issues. Brooke admired Ridge because he had lost his son, and he had been dealing with a lot, dating back to the time when Caroline had been pregnant. Ridge noted that forgiveness was the greatest virtue. Without it, they wouldn't be sitting in her kitchen, talking. Ridge wondered if Brooke had heard from Katie or Bill, and she said she hadn't but that Bill hadn't heard the last from her because she wouldn't allow him to take Will from Katie.
Ridge cheered Brooke on and said it was a big task. Brooke said she had to make it happen. "I like that grit and determination. I haven't seen that in a long time," he said. Ridge agreed he also had a lot of work to do. He had returned Douglas to his father because it had been the right thing to do. He vowed to do everything he could to get his family back together.
Brooke noted that Bill had complained about Katie's behavior, but Brooke admitted that she believed Katie had been depressed and drinking "because of Bill and me." Brooke wanted to protect Will's family. Ridge said Brooke appeared to be a lioness. "The woman I fell in love with all those years ago," he said. Brooke was flattered.
Brooke wondered if there was anything she could do for him at Forrester, but Ridge said it was a good time for Eric to be running the company because the news about Douglas would go public, and he needed time to protect his family. It was the right thing to do for Douglas, Thomas, and Caroline.
Ridge commented that they had a family of their own, and Douglas didn't deserve to have scandal hanging over him. Ridge confessed that he felt Thomas and Caroline loved each other -- he'd overheard a conversation, and he felt that Caroline looked at Thomas "the way she used to look at me." Brooke looked distraught.
Ridge said it was his own fault. He'd been too busy trying to give her what she wanted in the future instead of living in the moment. He should have loved her the way she needed to be loved. "Look at this mess we made," he said. He added that they both needed to take care of all their children. "Including Rick?" Brooke asked. "Including Rick," Ridge agreed.
Brooke said they had to be grownups. "Not good at that," Ridge joked. Brooke noted that she had a sister who needed her. Brooke and Ridge agreed to be leaders. "We can do this," Ridge said, and they agreed they had their work cut out for them.
At Forrester Creations, Caroline and Douglas visited with Thomas. Thomas held Douglas and told him that when Caroline had first appeared on the scene at Forrester, she had turned quite a few heads. Douglas smiled. Thomas said it would be nice to have his own place to welcome Douglas and Caroline. He promised to baby-proof the loft before Caroline allowed Douglas to visit. He said it was an opportunity to spend time alone with Douglas. "Our little family," Caroline said.
Thomas and Caroline wondered what career path Douglas would choose. Caroline wondered if he would be an artist or a scientist, but Thomas suggested an athlete or whatever career he wanted with no limitations. "We'll make sure of it, but we're not gonna spoil him," Thomas said. Caroline agreed, but Thomas joked that he had seen her shoe collection back in the day. He added that Douglas' entire college fund was in her closet. Caroline countered that Thomas' suit collection could fill a warehouse. They agreed it was amazing to be sharing their dreams for Douglas.
Veronica knocked on the door and entered. She greeted Caroline, and Thomas shared that he and Veronica had dinner plans. Caroline looked miffed, but Veronica said they were just getting some food. She asked to hold Douglas and said she had a nephew about his age.
Caroline looked uncomfortable letting Veronica hold Douglas. She suggested Thomas and Veronica have fun, but she asked Veronica to take a picture of them before they left. Veronica obliged, and Thomas and Veronica left. Caroline stared at the picture.
At the Forrester mansion, Nicole and Zende enjoyed dinner together, and Nicole said that when she was with him, she lacked for nothing, and he promised that she never would need anything. Zende asked if she enjoyed French food, and she said she did. Zende said it had all been made possible because Ridge and Eric had helped him pull it off. They were true romantics. Zende and Nicole kissed.
Zende and Nicole shared that they both felt lucky. She had wondered if they would ever get back together and had only dreamed things would be so good between them.
Zende apologized for their breakup. Nicole understood and said he had reacted the same way any guy would have. Zende appreciated that she had been a surrogate for her sister. "I've seen a lot of selfless acts in life but not anything quite like that," he said. Maya and Rick had wanted a family, and she had given them one. He called her "the most Incredible woman I almost lost."
Zende was grateful. Nicole smiled. She was surprised to be sitting at an elegant table, surrounded by flowers and music. They agreed they had both been lucky. He extended a hand and danced with her. They kissed passionately, and he carried her upstairs to his room.
Zende told Nicole he loved her and wanted the future they had almost lost. She agreed. He took off his jacket, and she removed his tie. He removed her necklace. She removed his shirt, and they fell back on the bed and made love.
Later, Nicole and Zende held each other, and she shared that he was all she ever needed. She could spend the rest of her days like that. He was the best thing to happen to her. Zende apologized for ever causing her pain. They professed their love for each other, kissed, and smiled.