Brooke is bombarded with questions when she walks through the door from the press conference. Bridget doesn't buy the whole story that Whip is the father. She pleads with Brooke to tell her the truth. Brooke says that there isn't anything to explain. Bridget says that the situation with Whip just does not add up. "You never had a date with this man, let alone a relationship that would produce a baby," Bridget notes. Brooke tells Bridget, Rick, and Amber that this baby is a positive thing and there is nothing negative about it. They comment that she certainly doesn't show any feelings toward Whip. She tells them that he is not going to be a part of the baby's life. "Then why would he announce it to the whole press?" they ask. She tells them not to worry about it, she is happy to be having this baby. "Just put out of your minds," she asks. They tell her that they just can't do that. Meanwhile Deacon and Megan are checking out Whip's background. Noticing he started out in shipping they are curious as to how to Eric's assistant, to a major player in advertising. Deacon warns Megan that he is only an opportunist out to manipulate the situation, for his own personal benefit. Deacon says that he can't find out he is the father or Whip will own all of them. "I can't let that happen", he warns.
Whip arrives at his apartment and proceeds to tell his mother about he was overlooked for the job Deacon received, but has a much better opportunity set in motion. His mother not understanding asks what he is going to do. He tells her how he took the rap for Brooke's pregnancy and how he is going to use it to get big bucks. She tells him that it is not right and he mustn't do it. "We have paid enough dues, now it's their turn", he states. He says that he isn't blackmailing Brooke; she is just paying him to keep a secret for her. Deacon calls Brooke, she tells him that she feels Whip is harmless, but she receives another call and it's Whip asking to come over and help her relax. She tells his that she doesn't want company. She gets back on the phone with Deacon and tells him that Whip is going to be trouble. Deacon is livid.
While Brooke was resting in her office, she dreamt that she and Deacon had a chat about their future together. In the dream, Deacon told Brooke that he loved her and wanted everyone to know that he is the father of her baby. Megan interrupted Brooke's dream when she went into Brooke's office to inform Brooke that news reporters were waiting to interview her. Megan encouraged Brooke to stop all of her lies and reveal that Deacon is the father of her child. Brooke told Megan she could never do that, even though she and Deacon love each other very much. Brooke acknowledged that Bridget loves Deacon very much also. Brooke agreed with Megan that the media had created a circus out her situation. Brooke admitted she's willing to put up with the media in order to protect Bridget from learning that Deacon is the father of her baby.
Whip showed his mother the newspaper article, which named him as the father of Brooke's baby. Whip remarked that he had done things the honest way by working hard for the last 12 years at Forrester Creations. Whip said the job he should have been promoted to was given away to a bartender, who is Brooke's son-in-law. Whip told his mother he would now gain money and prestige by being the father of Brooke's baby.
In Deacon's office, Bridget suggested to Deacon that they could provide to Brooke an example of what a healthy relationship is like. Bridget figured that the next time Brooke gets into a relationship, she would know how to pick a man as wonderful as Deacon as. Bridget confided to Deacon that for many reasons she'd never like Whip. Bridget particularly doesn't trust him because he just stood by while Brooke almost lost her company.
Whip came to Brooke's office with reporters, Janine and Todd. Whip told the reporters to snap photos of he and Brooke together in their happy relationship. After the reporters left, Whip tried to ply information from Brooke about who the father of her baby is. Whip began to become somewhat romantic with Brooke. Brooke told Whip never to touch her. Deacon entered the office and saw that Whip had his hands on Brooke. Deacon lunged at Whip and knocked him over with a punch. Whip accused Deacon of acting like a jealous boyfriend. Suddenly, Whip realized that Deacon is the father of Brooke's baby!
Amber envisioned a life at Forrester Creations as a designer. While working on a sketch, Amber was interrupted by Ridge who quickly put her in her place. He told Amber that she was qualified to work there as a janitor and promised that no sketch of hers would ever see the light of day while he was head designer. Rick, however, promised to show Amber's sketch to his mother for possible production at Forrester.
Realizing that Whip might know Deacon's paternity secret, Deacon pretended to be amused at the suggestion of himself being the father of Brooke's baby. Deacon encouraged Brooke to tell the truth to Whip about the baby's paternity. Brooke refused saying that it was none of Deacon's business. Bridget walked into Brooke's office and scolded Whip for not caring more about her mother and the baby. Whip told her that Deacon was being very caring and protective of her mother. Whip informed Bridget that the man who did this to her mother were two totally different people. Whip told Brooke that he was not the enemy and that he, Deacon and Brooke were all in this mess together. As Whip left the office smirking, Brooke and Deacon were more fearful that Whip knew their dirty secret!
Whip eavesdropped on Brooke and Deacon outside of Brooke's office. Whip figured that Brooke and Deacon are scared that he'll tell Bridget that Deacon is the father of Brooke's baby. Whip arrogantly thought that they should be scared if Deacon is the father of Brooke's baby. Meanwhile, Brooke criticized Deacon for attacking Whip. That's the reason that Whip is now suspicious that Deacon is the father of her baby. Brooke was worried that if Whip tells Bridget the truth, Amber will know that it's true. Brooke was worried that Amber would tell Bridget that Deacon lied about his whereabouts when he came to Ojai to visit Brooke. Deacon advised Brooke to bury the hatchet with Amber, because they could need her as an ally in the future.
Stephanie advised Ridge that Eric would not allow Brooke to put Amber's design into production. Stephanie explained that Eric hasn't fought Brooke up until now because she hadn't interfered with designs.
Brooke told Amber that she liked her design. With a little convincing from Rick, Brooke agreed to put Amber's design into production immediately. Brooke and Rick decided inform the board of this decision at today's meeting. Brooke's mission to win Amber over was now partially accomplished. Amber was completely thrilled that Brooke was going to put her design into production. Amber told Rick that "Nobody can call her trailer trash any longer." Rick assured her that she had really made something of herself, and he was proud of her for it.
Kristen advised Eric and Thorne prior to the board meeting that Amber had a design to submit. Eric advised them to go along with Brooke if she chooses to put Amber's design into production. Eric thought that perhaps Amber should have her own line because it would most certainly fail quickly. Thorne was surprised that Eric would allow Amber's design to be put into production. Eric explained that he wanted to keep peace in the family at any cost.
Brooke brought Amber to the board meeting. Rick announced that Amber's design would be put into production with Brooke's approval. Ridge was mortified that Eric was not fighting with Brooke over Amber's design. Ridge demanded to Brooke that she reinstate him as CEO of Forrester Creations or he would resign. Eric accused Ridge of being selfish and angry because he wasn't getting his way. Eric suggested that the board vote whether or not they should accept Ridge's resignation. Stephanie voted against accepting Ridge's resignation. On the other hand, Thorne, Kristen, Brooke and Eric all voted to accept Ridge's resignation from Forrester Creations!
Ridge is furious with the board for thinking they can vote him out, and expect the company to still be successful. According to him, he's "Forrester's lifeblood: He just cannot believe that his father, brother (Thorne) and sister could all ban together and side with Brooke and Rick to vote him out... Ridge Forrester, fired!!! He tells them every one of them makes him sick. Brooke says they're not getting anywhere with Ridge being as angry as he is and suggests they take a break and come back after he's cooled down. Everyone makes a move to leave the room but Ridge stops Eric and tells him "they're not through yet." Eric tries to explain to Ridge that he didn't vote against Ridge, he voted against chaos and in favor of restoring harmony to the scandal riddled company. He says he's asked Ridge time after time to adjust his attitude and redirect and focus his attention on moving forward instead of concentrating on destructive and disruptive behavior that keeps makes things crazy at Forrester. Ridge tells Eric that Eric didn't explore every possible way of fighting Brooke; that he just took her side. Stephanie, who is also in the room, says she doesn't understand Eric's actions either. After Ridge storms out, she really tears into Eric telling him not to kid himself into thinking that he did what he did for the sake of the company. Stephanie tells Eric that Ridge wasn't fighting Brooke for himself as much as he was fighting for Eric and Eric's dreams for the company. By siding with Brooke, Stephanie tells Eric, he has helped to turn the company over to amateurs, and stabbed Ridge in the back. Ultimately, she insists that by his actions he not only has betrayed Ridge but himself and in the process destroyed whatever legacy he thought he would be establishing at Forrester.
Massimo runs into Taylor at Insomnia. Taylor tells him she's aware of the job offer he made to Ridge but questions his motives. Taylor indicates she doesn't completely understand Massimo's behavior and speculates he may be making the offer to Ridge as a means of driving a wedge between Ridge and Eric. Taylor indicates that no matter what happens, Eric will never let Ridge down. Every time Massimo says something negative about Eric and his disloyalty to his family, Taylor questions Massimo on his own character. Massimo tells Taylor he's jealous of her and what she has in terms of family life and happiness.
Rick, Amber, Deacon, and Whip all go to Ridge's office to try to get him to sit down with them and "talk over their differences." Ridge gets verbally down and dirty. He tells them again, they're a bunch of amateurs: a college boy (Rick), a bartender (Deacon), an everyday high profile employee who happens to have impregnated the head of the company (Whip) and a tramp as in trailer trash (Amber). When Amber asks Ridge "What did you call me?" Ridge doesn't hesitate to repeat his comments and add to them by saying telling Amber she really did fit right in at Forrester now based on the way she has lied and manipulated her way into the family. He adds "one thing about trash is that no matter where it goes it still stinks." Rick comes between Amber and Ridge as pregnant Amber charges at Ridge. Ridge throws Rick up against the wall. Deacon tries to break it up and tells Ridge to "leave the kid alone." Whip is getting a good laugh at all the goings on. When Ridge still holds onto Rick, Deacon moves to try to get him to take his hands off Rick and Ridge swings around and punches Deacon a hard right to the jaw, knocking him down. Deacon jumps up and doesn't hold back with his knowledge of karate. A roundhouse kick to the head and a kick to the chest send Ridge over the top of the desk and onto the floor. Unfortunately, in the fall glass breaks and Ridge ends up with blood running down his left hand and a piece of glass protruding from the top of his hand. The scene ends with Ridge twisted in pain, holding his hand and crying, "My hand, my hand."