In Taylor's office, Steffy and Taylor discussed Brooke's accusations against Thomas. Taylor thought it was low of Brooke to go after Taylor's kids. Steffy said Brooke thrived on conflict and had always had issues with Steffy and Thomas. Steffy asserted that what Brooke needed to worry about was Hope's inability to compromise.
For Taylor, it wasn't okay that Brooke only saw her own made-up version of Thomas and made him doubt himself as a father. Steffy asserted that it was because it benefited Hope, but condemning Thomas would cost Brooke her relationship with Ridge. Taylor said that Brooke would never love anything of Taylor's. "Except your husband," Steffy quipped.
Saying it was a good point, Taylor added that Brooke resented Taylor's kids for being a part of her. Steffy claimed to be Ridge's first family and proof of Ridge and Taylor's connection. Steffy said Brooke held it against them even if she didn't realize it.
Taylor and Steffy discussed how good Thomas was and how devoted he was to Douglas. Steffy said Thomas wasn't even dating. Steffy and Taylor believed that Brooke was digging her own grave. Taylor said that she wanted what Steffy wanted in terms of their family, but it couldn't be because of Brooke's toxic drama. It had to be because Ridge really wanted to be with them.
Steffy said she knew it but asked Taylor to have faith. Steffy claimed Ridge had been more caring, thoughtful, and present over the last months. Steffy said she saw Ridge's eyes opening; he wanted to hang around them more and to be with Taylor.
In the design office, Hope was alarmed by what Brooke was saying about Thomas. Hope didn't want to think the worst of him, but she also needed to know if Douglas was at risk. Liam arrived just as Hope was asking if Brooke had seen Thomas with a knife around Douglas.
Brooke explained that it had been a good-sized, sharp knife, and Thomas had been cutting an apple. Liam didn't think that was creepy, but Brooke insisted that it had been too close to Douglas. Brooke had her doubts about how healthy and well-adjusted Thomas was.
Brooke said Liam and Hope should have seen how Thomas had glared at her while holding the knife. Liam asked if Thomas had ignored her wishes to put it away and had then taunted her with it. Brooke didn't know what Thomas' intentions had been, but it had been unsettling for her. Hope was glad Douglas hadn't been aware of it. "That we know of," Liam added.
Brooke said the bigger problem was that Thomas wasn't sending Douglas home, but Hope said Douglas had asked to spend more time with his father. Brooke reasoned that the boy was an impressionable child, and Thomas wasn't a healthy father figure. Brooke stated that Thomas hadn't fooled her, and she'd do everything she could to keep Douglas safe.
Later, Hope and Liam returned to the design office after getting coffee. Hope noticed that Brooke had left her purse, which meant Brooke would be back. Hope asked how Liam felt about what Brooke had said. Liam replied that, even without hearing Brooke, it was still time for Douglas to be home. Liam said Beth was weirded out and confused, but Hope stated that she didn't want to force Douglas if he wasn't ready.
Liam reasoned that any kid would feel that being at Eric's house was awesome. Liam said he didn't doubt that the child was having a great time, but home was still home. "And home is with us," Liam added. Hope said she wanted nothing more than to tuck her son in at night, but she didn't want to impede the progress Douglas was making with Thomas.
Liam stated that Douglas could go over there whenever he wanted with the appropriate supervision, but "Thomas was carrying a knife around?" The knowledge didn't sit well with Hope or Liam. Liam felt it was time to make it clear to Thomas that Douglas needed to return to his normal life, which was with them. "Are we still on the same page with that?" Liam asked.
Liam was against a custody battle, but with someone like Thomas, Liam felt that he and Hope had to be vigilant. Liam didn't think they should take Thomas' word for it that he was suddenly a well-adjusted person. According to Liam, issues like Thomas' took years of therapy to unravel, and for all they knew, Thomas was pulling a number on them all.
Hope was concerned about the knife but said Liam couldn't deny that Thomas had improved. "You said that before. And I don't want to do it again," Liam said. He felt they couldn't ignore what Brooke had witnessed, and it was time for Douglas to return to his routine.
Brooke arrived and said Liam was right, and the only way they could ensure Douglas' safety was if he was with Hope. Brooke pledged to do everything within her power to see that Douglas was where he belonged.
In the CEO's office, Thomas told Ridge that Thomas had merely been cutting up an apple. Ridge replied that Brooke had felt that the blade had been too close to the kid, and Brooke didn't trust Thomas yet. Thomas said it was especially so if she wanted to call child services.
Ridge wasn't sure he should have told Thomas about that. Sure that no one would report anyone, he stated that Thomas was an amazing father. Thomas thanked Ridge but wished that Brooke would stay out of their lives for good. Thomas concluded that Brooke had no respect for him as a father. Ridge was sorry about that. Ridge believed Thomas had changed and said everyone could see it but Brooke.
Charlie entered momentarily to let Ridge know that Brooke was across the hall in the design office. Thomas was upset that Brooke was giving Ridge grief. Ridge said he just wanted peace for his family. Thomas decided that after he finished up some work, he'd go home to make sure that it was the safest place for Douglas. Ridge stated that he believed in Thomas.
Thomas didn't know why Brooke had to blow things out of proportion. Deciding to stop talking about it and to let it go, Thomas suggested Ridge head to the house because Douglas was waiting to spend time with his grandfather. Thomas was sure Ridge would then see what a safe place it was. Ridge felt he didn't need to see that. He said he depended upon the smile he always saw on Douglas' face.
At Eric's house later, Ridge and Douglas played chess. Douglas told Ridge to stop letting Douglas win, but Ridge claimed not to be doing that. Ridge stated that Douglas was good at chess, and his drawings were amazing. Douglas guessed it ran in the family.
As Ridge and Douglas played chess, they talked about having a tournament. Ridge changed the subject to how happy Douglas was there. Douglas said he liked it there.
Someone knocked on the door, and when Ridge answered it, he was surprised to see two caseworkers from Child Protective Services. Right then, Thomas arrived, and the caseworkers said they were there to investigate a case regarding Douglas.