At Forrester Originals, in Rick's office, he was surprised to find Ashley there when he walked in. When she noticed his black eye, Rick admitted that Ridge had done it. He then explained about how Ridge had caught him and Phoebe in the honeymoon suite. Ashley was not impressed and thought Rick and Phoebe were acting very immature. She didn't think it was smart for Rick to continue to jeopardize his working relationship with Ridge.
Rick was flippant, saying it didn't matter, and he was glad Ridge and Brooke weren't getting married. He added that the publicity from the scandal could even help their launch. Disgusted by his callous attitude, Ashley walked out.
In Ridge's office, Stephanie thought everything had been blown out of proportion and told Ridge he had been justified in his actions toward Rick and that he shouldn't have to apologize. Ridge confessed that Brooke was so upset with him that she'd called off the wedding. Stephanie didn't think Ridge should feel bad and reminded him that he'd asked Brooke countless times to keep Rick away from his daughter.
Ridge tried to convince himself that Brooke would realize he had done the right thing once she calmed down. Then he started getting worried because she hadn't called, and he feared she had run to Nick. Stephanie argued that if she was with that "son of a bitch," she didn't deserve Ridge. Not wanting to take part in a Brooke-bashing, Ridge told Stephanie to leave if she couldn't be supportive of him.
After Stephanie left, Ridge left a desperate message for Brooke, saying he knew they could work it out. Ashley walked in after overhearing his message and offered her support.
Downstairs at Nick's, Taylor thanked Jackie for her acceptance and said it meant a lot. Jackie beamed at her future daughter-in-law and thanked her for making Nick so happy. Jackie admitted that she hadn't thought anyone could make him happy but Brooke until then. After discussing Brooke's upcoming wedding, Taylor confessed that Nick had wanted her to marry him the night before, but she had wanted to include the family. Jackie was impressed that Taylor didn't feel a need to rush to the altar. Noticing how long she had been away from him, Taylor told Jackie she should get back up to Nick.
Meanwhile, upstairs in Nick's bedroom, Brooke threw herself at Nick, trying to get him to take her back. Nick warded off her advances and told her to go home, saying everything would be different the next day. Challenged by his indifference, Brooke refused to leave and told him she needed him back. She then continued by talking about how what had happened in Sydney had really opened her eyes to the kind of man Ridge was.
Brooke admitted that Nick had been right about Ridge all along. Brooke lamented ever walking out on Nick in the first place. Not wanting to be a part of her drama, Nick stated that he had moved on with his life. Brooke argued that she didn't care about that, since she knew he would rather be with her than with Taylor.
Nick angrily replied that he was not doing that with Brooke again and added that it was too late for them. When her words didn't seem to be having the desired effect, Brooke decided to get physical, pushing him on the bed and straddling him. Before she could take things further, Taylor burst in the room and demanded to know what was going on.
In Nick's bedroom, Brooke continued to beg Nick to take her back. Brooke jumped on top of Nick and tried to make love to him. At that moment, Taylor returned and found Brooke. Taylor asked Brooke what she was doing in Nick's bed. Brooke explained that she had not known that Taylor was there. Brooke explained that she was not getting married to Ridge because she had called off the wedding. Brooke explained that she was appalled by Ridge hitting Rick when he'd found Phoebe and Rick together in the honeymoon suite.
Taylor sarcastically explained to Brooke that she could not call off a wedding to Ridge one minute then try to get back with Nick the next. Taylor also informed Brooke that she and Nick had almost gotten married the night before but had decided to wait. Taylor informed Brooke, however, that they were not waiting on starting a family together and that Taylor could be pregnant already. Brooke insulted Taylor and asked her why she would want to have children at her age.
Ashley went to Ridge's office to offer her support to him. Ashley told Ridge that Brooke would calm down and change her mind. Ashley also said she did not agree with violence but understood why Ridge had hit Rick. Ashley also understood that Ridge had been trying to protect his child. She told him that her father had always protected her and her siblings and had given them unconditional love.
Nick walked Brooke downstairs to escort her out. Brooke again made a play for Nick by begging him to take her back. Nick told Brooke that he knew Brooke was angry with Ridge, but as always, she would get over her anger and return to Ridge. Brooke asked Nick to tell her that he still loved her. Nick would not.
Stephanie tried to comfort Ridge. Stephanie figured that Ridge and Brooke's relationship was not meant to be. Out of concern, Stephanie called Taylor to warn her that Brooke had called off the wedding. Taylor informed Stephanie that Brooke had already been there, and Taylor had found Brooke in Nick's bed. Stephanie informed Ridge of Brooke's whereabouts and what she had done. Ridge was shocked that Brooke would try to return to Nick so soon after calling off their wedding.
Stephanie saw Brooke at the office. Stephanie told Brooke she was having a good day because she'd heard that Brooke had called the wedding to Ridge off. Stephanie said that Ridge had advised Brooke many, many times to keep Rick away from Phoebe, but Brooke had not. The end result was that Ridge had lost his temper. Stephanie did not condone Ridge's behavior, but she could certainly understand why he'd hit Rick.
After Brooke left, Taylor told Nick she did not blame him for Brooke being in his bed. Taylor told Nick that she still loved him. Taylor said that she understood how strong Nick's feelings for Brooke were and that those kinds of feelings didn't just go away. Taylor explained that when Brooke behaved like she just had, she did not stop until she got what she wanted.
Taylor warned that Brooke wanted Nick. Taylor had a very strong feeling that she knew where Nick stood in their relationship. However, Taylor asked Nick a very important question: she wanted to know where she stood with him.
Nick was honest with Taylor about his feelings for Brooke but said that he was a better man with Taylor. Phoebe felt guilty that her relationship with Rick could be the reason Ridge and Brooke had broken up. Rick told Phoebe that since the worst was out there, they could finally be open about being together.
Ridge told Felicia that the wedding was off, but she told him to hunt Brooke down. Ridge confronted Brooke about seeing Nick right after calling off their wedding. Stephanie told Brooke that she wanted Brooke out of the Forrester business. Stephanie told Felicia that Taylor and Nick were planning on having a baby together.
At the Forrester mansion, Eric, Stephanie, Felicia, and Bridget weighed in on the Ridge and Brooke breakup. Eric and Bridget said Phoebe was in no danger with Rick, and Ridge had been out of line, but Stephanie disagreed. Stephanie started in on how Ridge might have gotten there in the nick of time, and she wondered what might have happened if Phoebe had wound up pregnant. Eric and Bridget argued with her, but she accused them both of always making excuses for Brooke, and Felicia agreed.
The Forrester group broke up with Stephanie insisting Bridget stay to talk to her as Bridget rolled her eyes. The conversation, of course, had Stephanie trying to persuade Bridget to help her keep her mother away from Nick so Taylor wouldn't get hurt. Bridget said she was not going to help, since Brooke knew what she wanted, and Nick was the only man for her. She hoped Nick and Brooke got back together before Taylor got hurt.
At Brooke's, a frumpy-looking Brooke, with messy hair and dressed in a sweat suit, remembered how she and Ridge had romantically walked along the street in Australia and how she'd promised to be with him "forever and ever." Next, she remembered Ridge taking a swing at Rick, who had fallen to the floor, with Brooke running to his side. The door opened to her house to return her to reality as Rick walked in, sharing news that the launch of the Rodeo Drive boutique had gone off somewhat awkwardly, since the press had expected a wedding, and there hadn't been one. He acknowledged that she had been wise to stay away. Stephanie's piercing gaze had been no fun for Rick.
Brooke warned that if Stephanie and Ridge tried anything -- but Rick stopped her, saying he was a big boy. Then, Rick asked about Nick and reminded her of how happy she had been with him and mentioned that if she was done with Ridge, she should get back with Nick. Brooke admitted she was done but had hurt Nick too many times and gone back to Ridge way too many times. As Brooke bellyached that Nick wanted to marry Taylor and that they were trying to procreate, Rick reminded her that she should hurry up before they did
Rick left, and Taylor later showed up, knocked on Brooke's door, and pushed her way in, threatening that she wouldn't let Brooke into Nick's life and that Nick recognized her for what she was. Running back and forth from Ridge to Nick wouldn't work that time. Shaking her finger and spouting warnings, an angry Taylor said she knew she was wasting her time, trying to talk to Brooke, and she left.
At Nick's office, a steady stream of visitors rolled through. It started with his mother, who reiterated the litany that Brooke had left Ridge, and she'd made Nick very happy. She was available again, and Jackie knew he had the power to forgive her.
Nick stopped Jackie, and said Brooke would be back with Forrester in no time, and he had found a new life with Taylor -- who happened to be listening at the door. As Taylor entered, an embarrassed Jackie apologized for her opining and hoped Taylor wasn't offended. Taylor said it was fine. Jackie needed to understand and respect that Taylor and Nick were going to be together.
After Jackie and Taylor left, Rick entered, and he and Nick bantered about Rick's battered face. Then, Rick told Nick that his mother realized she had made a mistake, and he asked Nick to please forgive her. Brooke and Nick belonged together. Nick reminded Rick that Nick and Taylor were starting a life and a family, but Rick said Nick already had a family, with little Hope practically considering him her dad.
Nick looked a little soft when Rick played the Hope card and said he would always be there for Hope. Rick told him to think about a life with Brooke, and he left. Later, when Nick was working on his computer, the door flew open, with Meriah apologizing that she couldn't stop Brooke -- who was dressed to the nines with a great do and makeup -- from entering. As Nick told Meriah it was okay, he asked Brooke what she wanted. "You," she said.
Ashley was jealous when she saw Rick and Phoebe kissing. Ashley was uncomfortable around Phoebe when they tested the new fragrance. Ashley daydreamed about some romantic moments of her and Rick in Paris. Bridget saw a picture of Ashley and Rick and realized their relationship had not been strictly business.
Rick told Taylor that he respected Phoebe and that he and Phoebe had decided to wait to have sex. Rick and Phoebe discussed the relationships between their mothers and Ridge and Nick. Taylor received an early pregnancy test from the pharmacy.
Brooke told Nick that she wanted to fix the mistakes she'd made and that she could make him happier than Taylor. Taylor overheard Brooke as she reminded Nick of the family he could have with her and Hope. Brooke confronted Taylor and said that she wouldn't back down until she knew that Taylor was pregnant.