Brooke and Ridge are at her house. She tells Ridge that now that he's cut Stephanie out of his life his mother can't control him anymore; that no one can keep them apart. They embrace; Ridge looks concerned.
Stephanie is alone at her house remembering Ridge's words to her -- telling her that she's out of his life. She's talking to herself and pouring champagne from the remains of the wedding refreshments. She says that all she ever tried to do was protect them and now she's lost her husband and her son. When Gaby arrives Stephanie is still drinking champagne and talking about how they've all left her. She tells Gaby that she's driven them all away and ruined their lives. Stephanie says that her family hates her.
Taylor is back at her house and tells Thomas about Stephanie faking the heart attack. Thomas is concerned that Ridge will change his mind but Taylor assures him that Ridge will come home to them.
Brooke is telling Ridge that now he is free to make his own decision - not one that his mother pressured him into because he thought she was dying. She asks him if he's ready to make a commitment to their family. When Ridge says nothing, Brooke becomes frustrated that he's just standing there. He tells her he doesn't want to get into this tonight and tells her that she's pressuring him like Stephanie did. Brooke explains that she's "asking" him what he wants which Stephanie never did. Brooke tells Ridge that she's wasted her life with him. Ridge says she doesn't mean that and reminds her that he hasn't said anything "definitive." Brooke replies that chances are he never will. She tells him she is through being humiliated by him and his mother and that she will not allow herself to be defined any longer by how he and Stephanie see her. Ridge tries to interject again with explanations but Brooke tells him she is through. She says that she will have the life that she wants without him. She says that she will have a man that loves her and that will commit totally to her - and that is not him. She tells him that she deserves better than him and places her wedding rings in his hand and goes upstairs.