At Forrester Creations, a pumped Thomas wants to go straight into the next collection. Ridge acknowledges that he, Hope and Zende have done an amazing job. Thomas feels that something is weighing on his father and asks what is going on. Ridge stammers that he saw Brooke and just wondered how she could call child welfare. She still pretends not to know what separated them. Thomas feels he should get it out of his mind and move on. Ridge reveals that he did something today – something that will hurt Brooke a lot. Steffy walks in and Ridge explains that he’s asking Carter to deliver the cancellation papers to Brooke today. They review the situation and Steffy is sure that Carter will handle it with compassion. Ridge notes that it will be a bit tricky there given that he and Brooke are both working there. He needs them to understand that it will just be… weird. He asks if they’re happy and Steffy says they are, but she doesn’t want Brooke to be hurt. Thomas understands that his father is concerned about Brooke’s feelings, but it doesn’t come out of nowhere. “She must have expected that.”
At Brooke’s, Carter explains that Ridge asked him to come as he opens his briefcase. Brooke responds, “Oh, I see. You have something for me. Carter confirms, “yes”, because he has the cancellation papers.
Brooke picks up the papers and reads them thinking, “You really did.” It’s shocking to see it in black and white. Their marriage should not end at all. Brooke asks Carter if Ridge said something or asked him to tell her something. He shakes his head. Brooke saw him after the show – he wasn’t callous but there was a barrier. “I was just hoping…” she trails off.
In Forrester’s engineering office, Katie wraps up a work call as Carter walks in. He closes the door and she realizes he doesn’t have a very happy face. Carter has just arrived from Brooke’s and suggests that she call him. “She might want to hear from you.” Katie assumes that Ridge had divorce papers delivered to her, but he clarifies that it is an annulment. Katie is upset that he wants to destroy the wedding as if nothing had happened. “This will devastate her!”
At the main office, Steffy feels bad for Brooke, but her father is attached to Taylor. Ridge feels he should have been there when the cancellation papers were delivered. They recap that he always chooses her but this time he didn’t. He tries to pay attention to everyone, but at some point he has to pay attention to himself. Ridge doesn’t like the sound of putting his own feelings ahead of Brooke’s. Their marriage wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t expect it. “I can not live without it.” Thomas says, “I’m sorry, Dad.
At home, Brooke sits in tears over the cancellation papers and moves on to happier times with Ridge.
In Forrester’s office, Ridge asks Thomas why he’s sorry. Steffy wants to know too. Thomas is sorry for what his father is going through. Ridge reassures him. Thomas asks if he has any doubts. Ridge says he’s not, but he’s conflicted. She suffers and it is because of him. “I’m just trying to process things, that’s all.” Thomas pleads again to move on – he has no reason to feel guilty. He needs to move past what happened with Brooke and focus on his future. “Focus on mom.”
In the design office, Katie tells Carter that Brooke will contact her if she needs him. “I just hope she’s okay.” She imagines her holding those papers and remembering the life she and Ridge planned and fought for. Ridge said Taylor wasn’t a threat and now he just wants to erase everything like nothing happened. “This will crush him, Carter.” She protests, “Why is this happening? Why is this happening?!?” Carter hugs her. “It’s okay.”
Ridge arrives at Brooke’s and asks if Carter filed the papers. She wonders why he couldn’t ask Carter and assures him she’s not drinking if that’s what worries him. Ridge says, “That’s not what worries me.” Brooke slams, “What do you care?” Ridge will always care about him, “But we have to move on.” She retorts that if she signs the papers there will be no “us”. “Is that really what you want?” Is that really it? Is this really the end for us?!? That’s it ? »
At Forrester, Thomas and Steffy discuss cancellation papers. She can’t believe it finally happened after all these years. Thomas marvels that Ridge is so much happier with their mother. Brooke was always so bossy. “Now he’s free, moving on to a life with our mother and away from Brooke Logan trying to control him and our family.”
At Brooke’s, she tells Ridge that this cancellation isn’t really what he wants. Deep down, he knows it’s a mistake. Ridge states that they want different things for themselves and for their children. Brooke fumes, “So that’s it. It’s the end of our marriage. Frustrated, she asks what is this wall between them. She loves him and knows he loves her too, so none of this makes sense. She doesn’t even understand why this is happening. He said he wanted to be with Taylor and her children, but his children are adults and can take care of themselves. “I just need to know why…why are you doing this?!?” Ridge shakes his head.
Alone at Forrester, Thomas flashes on the call from the CPS and holds the knife to cut the apples. He smiles as eerie music plays. “Goodbye, Brooke.”
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