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Episode # 7360 ~ Thomas blindsides Ridge about their arrangement with Douglas; Bill must choose which son has the better business plan when Wyatt & Liam pitch him new ideas for Spencer Publications.
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Wyatt: [Laughing] We did it!
Steffy: Weíre -- we're married! [Sighs]
Caroline: Hello? [Chuckles]
Steffy: Hi. Oh, my God. Let me help you.
Caroline: I will take the help. Thank you.
Steffy: I got this.
Caroline: Wow. Not even my husband gets that caught up in work.
Steffy: Heh, yeah. Wish I was thinking about work.
Caroline: Uh-oh. What's going on?
Steffy: Oh, nothing. Um, actually, uh, Iím gonna head over to, uh, Spencer to see Wyatt.
Caroline: Please. I love this little nugget, but I really need, like, grown-up time and grown-up talk. Unless itís, like, family stuff, like, your dad, then...
Steffy: Oh, no. My family, I can handle. Yours is a different story.
Bill: Weíre all Spencers here.
Wyatt: Yeah, you donít have to tell us what that means, Liam.
Bill: Or didn't I make that clear at the last family meeting? Loyalty. Commitment. Iím counting on you to respect your brother's marriage and put your family first.
Liam: Yeah, I -- you donít have to remind me of that.
Liam: Good. Okay. I was actually talking about the company. [Clears throat] The Spencer name carries with it a lot of power, yes? Okay, what are we doing with it? I think it's time we re-evaluate our position. I think it's time we ask ourselves, "What is our role?"
Ridge: Hey. No meetings today?
Thomas: No. No, I needed a swim. I sent you a text.
Ridge: Yeah, I got it. That's why I'm here. You want to discuss something.
Ridge: And we couldnít do that at the office?
Thomas: No, itís better we do it here. It's about Douglas.
Ridge: Douglas is fine. No need to worry about him.
Thomas: Wait, would you -- Would you at least hear me out for a second? I just did a mile in the pool trying to sort this whole thing out.
Ridge: Sort what out?
Thomas: The situation with Douglas.
Ridge: It is sorted.
Thomas: But I -- and, sure, Iím trying to accept that --
Ridge: And Iím very proud of you. We're all living here together. We're making it work. What am I missing?
Thomas: I can't do this anymore.
Steffy: Ohh, aren't you a little troublemaker?
Caroline: [Laughs] No. He's a perfect little angel. So, what's going on? Is my uncle making you regret becoming a Spencer already?
Steffy: No, Billís actually been really supportive. I mean, for Bill.
Caroline: You mentioned my family.
Steffy: Yeah, you know what, I donít -- I don't think we should be really talking about it.
Caroline: Oh, well now you have to. Come on. Out with it. Howís it really going with Wyatt and Liam?
Liam: Spencer Publications has a reputation for success. That's great. But I think we could play a bigger role.
Wyatt: [Laughs] Bigger than what? We already are one of the biggest names out there.
Liam: Well, maybe we need a bigger stage.
Bill: I appreciate your enthusiasm, Liam. But as I have continually explained to your brother, I'm all for expansion, obviously, but you have to understand that there is risk associated with it, and it is expensive.
Wyatt: Yeah, but not if we do our research. Come on, Dad. [Scoffs] Even Liam knows we have to -- to expand, right? We need to diversify our revenue system --
Liam: Actually -- Actually, I was thinking we could use Spencerís power and resources to make a difference in the world.
Thomas: I understand the situation, Dad. You donít have to keep explaining it to me. And Iím telling you, I can't keep lying about this. And I donít think that you can, either.
Ridge: I am focused on raising my son.
Thomas: No, no. My son.
Ridge: Paternityís not the question here, Thomas. It can't be.
Thomas: Bill, Katie, Brooke, they -- they already know the truth.
Ridge: And they agreed to keep quiet about it.
Thomas: Somebody will eventually slip up. If not, Bill will use it as leverage against our family.
Thomas: We canít keep hiding it, okay? We can -- we can control how this comes out, and if we donít, it will be a scandal. And just like you, I don't want to see Caroline or Douglas dragged through that.
Ridge: Why are we having this conversation? We're saying the same thing. It's the right thing to do.
Thomas: I don't think this is the right thing to do.
Ridge: Thomas! [Sighs] I know this is complicated. It's very difficult. But we have an agreement.
Thomas: No, Dad. We don't.
Caroline: [Sighs] So, where were we?
Steffy: You think that you have everything planned out, your whole life figured out, and then just -- wham!
Caroline: Yeah. Wham.
Steffy: Yeah. I get blindsided.
Caroline: [Sighs] I hear you. It's stressful.
Steffy: And I know I could have this incredible future with Wyatt. That hasnít changed. He's a wonderful husband.
Caroline: But Liam is, too.
Steffy: I hope he knows that. How much I appreciate him. Everything we meant to each other.
Caroline: Well, itís time for him to move on, and I think he's ready to do that. Oh, maybe there's more to it?
Steffy: Oh, come on. Thereís always more to it when it comes to Spencers and Forresters, isnít there?
Caroline: [Groans] Yes. We are a, uh... A complicated bunch.
Steffy: Yeah, yeah.
Steffy: I think Spencers are worse.
Caroline: I don't know about all that, now. [Chuckles]
Steffy: Yeah, you know what, I think you have some stories. Living in a house with all those Forrester men.
Caroline: Oh, girl. You think you have a lot of testosterone to deal with... It -- phew.
Liam: We are staring at the horizon of a new era. Spencerís doing better than it ever has, right?
Wyatt: Profits are good, projections are up.
Bill: Future couldn't be more solid.
Wyatt: Yeah, and that doesn't mean that we should sit back and relax. That means we should take that success and grow and expand more.
Liam: Yeah. Eh. Or we could actually create a meaningful change in the world. Just hear me out. I-I would like to take a significant percentage of all future profits and gift them to our foundation.
Wyatt: Wait a minute. I didn't even know we had a foundation.
Liam: Fine, then we'll have to start one.
Bill: Liam, Spencer Publications isn't a charity. I worked for everything I have, and donít believe in handouts.
Liam: Itís not a handout, Dad. When you donate a portion of your profits, it means, "A," significant tax benefits, and, "B" -- you know this -- a huge P.R. boost.
Bill: I didnít create this empire, turn it into what it is today so we could flush our profits down the toilet.
Liam: Okay, itís not -- Okay, if we -- If we give grants to organizations, legitimate organizations, that tackle some of the biggest issues we're facing today, do you know what that is? That is Spencer Publications showing global leadership.
Wyatt: We already do that every day.
Liam: No, we donít. No, we don't. Thereís a difference between leadership and dominance.
Bill: One, I like dominance. Dominance is good. Two, itís not our job to save the world.
Liam: Okay. What if we could, though? Or at least try? Dad. Dad, you could make a real impact here. You -- you could leave behind a legacy far greater than anything youíve thus far imagined.
Wyatt: Yeah, as long as we forget that we're in the business of making money. I mean...
Liam: Yes, Wyatt. And thereís a right way to do that -- by giving back and being conscious of what youíre putting out there. Look, a lot of what we do has value. Iím not denying that. But there are exceptions. I mean, we have -- we have magazines that do nothing but gossip and hearsay and shock value. It's clickbait. It's -- it's not real journalism. Thereís no integrity.
Wyatt: What are you talking about, journalism and integrity? That's -- not everybody is looking for that.
Liam: Itís trash, Wyatt. It's bad for our reputation, and we should phase it out.
Wyatt: Yeah, well, that trash has gotten us a lot of advertising, Liam. And I havenít been here long enough, but I have learned enough that if you get rid of those platforms, it will affect our profit margins negatively. And I think that's the last thing we need to be doing right now.
Caroline: What happened to Liam is terrible. I mean, and no one expects for him to totally be over it yet --
Steffy: He didn't even know who he was.
Caroline: I know.
Steffy: Quinn kept him isolated that entire time. I mean, it was her sending me those horrible text messages. I thought Liam never wanted to see me again.
Caroline: And you were devastated.
Steffy: Yeah. I mean, Wyatt was there. He was understanding and supportive. Quinn manipulated all of us. But my feelings for Wyatt are real. Well, they're both incredible guys. I mean, they're so different, but... They're really great in their own ways.
Caroline: They both think youíre pretty awesome, too. Or should I have not said that?
Steffy: No. No, no, no. No, it -- it -- No, it feels good being open and honest about everything. I mean, keeping secrets doesnít solve anything.
Ridge: Whatever your concerns are, we can discuss them.
Thomas: Douglas is my son. He needs to know that. He needs to know who he is.
Ridge: What are you afraid of, Thomas? Are you afraid heís going to resent you? I wasn't raised by my biological dad. And by the time I found out about Massimo, I didnít resent him. I almost wanted to thank him for giving me a life that I would have never had otherwise. That's how itís gonna be with us. The same.
Thomas: Except it's not the same. Granddad and Massimo didnít know about you. I do. I know about Douglas. And every day, I have to live with the fact that my father took my son from me.
Ridge: A son that was born the night that never should have happened.
Thomas: Stop. Just stop it. It was a misunderstanding was what that --
Ridge: A misunderstanding? A misunderstanding? That's how you justify what you did to that girl, a misunderstanding?
Thomas: It wasn't a betrayal. I wasn't getting back at you for anything. Caroline needed me. You had broken her heart, and I was there when she needed it most. You cannot use that night to take my son from me.
Ridge: Douglas is exactly where he needs to be.
Thomas: No, he needs his father. His real father.
Ridge: Thomas, shhh. We're family. We talked about this. We're gonna live in peace and harmony, and no oneís gonna rock the boat. So take some time, go for another swim if you want, and then get back to the plan.
Thomas: No. No, I get it. You donít like hearing that. Nobody talks back to the great and powerful Ridge Forrester. But I have to. He's my son. My son.
Liam: Why are you fighting this? Youíre the salesman!
Liam: We canít buy the kind of publicity, the kind of buzz we would get from this.
Wyatt: Yeah, it sounds good in theory. You know, do the responsible thing, be the -- the good guys and save the world. But that's just -- thatís not how business works, Liam.
Liam: Okay, see, that is the mind-set we have to change.
Bill: We donít need to change anything, Liam, except maybe your tie. We're on top of our game right now. We had one of the best quarters we've ever had, and Iím not going to do anything to kill that.
Liam: I don't think it would, Dad.
Wyatt: [Scoffs] Okay. Letís just say we do what youíre suggesting here. Hey, why don't we give away half our profits? What about that? And dump all of our lucrative platforms and all the people who work for them? Now, who does that help? Except for the competition, 'cause you know they're gonna pick up right where we left off.
Steffy: Alison told me to come in.
Liam: Good timing. I could use somebody on my side.
Steffy: Am I interrupting something?
Bill: Oh, weíre just having a little sharing session regarding Spencerís future.
Wyatt: Liam wants to take the company in a new direction.
Liam: Yeah, and my dad and Wyatt think Iím naive.
Bill: Nobody said that.
Liam: Oh, really? [Imitating Wyatt] "Let's say we actually do everything youíre suggesting."
Steffy: What are you suggesting?
Wyatt: He wants to gift our profits to charity, and stop selling gossip because he thinks thereís no redeeming value in it.
Bill: Regardless of how profitable it is.
Liam: Guys, I ran the numbers. It's not gonna set us back as much as you think. And donít forget, thereís an upside here that can't be measured in dollars.
Bill: All right, Liam, I have listened to you and your brother debate your individual perspectives. Now here's the deal. In business, the bottom line is, say it with me, people.
Liam: Not saying it.
Bill and Wyatt: The bottom line.
Liam: Yeah, okay, well, we have to change the way we do business, then. I want to do something different. I want to start a foundation to address all the -- all the issues facing our society today. Disease, hunger, inequality. There are -- there are a lot of great causes out there, and there are so many people that need our help.
Bill: Too many.
Liam: Dad, Iím not -- I am not saying that we can solve every problem, but we can try. All right? Spencer Publications has enough power and enough money to literally change the world.
Wyatt: Yeah, but as executives, our first priority is to our shareholders and our employees.
Liam: Oh, God.
Wyatt: As president of Forrester, I mean, you have to agree with that, right?
Steffy: Well, Forrester hosts charity benefits. I mean, we continued Grandmotherís work with the homeless.
Wyatt: Okay. We could do something like that.
Liam: No, thatís -- no. That's not enough. I want to do more. I want to start thinking globally. I wan-- You know what, forget it. Iíll -- Iíll start my own foundation if I have to. And unlike Spencer Publications, Iím happy taking zero percent.
Liam: I just [Sighs] I just want to make a difference, okay? It's the only thing left making sense to me.
Wyatt: Look, and we get that, Liam. But this, this -- This is a little crazy.
Liam: What do you think, Steffy? Am I crazy?
Thomas: I know you love Douglas. Youíre married to his mother. You want to protect him. So do I.
Ridge: And keeping this secret is the only way to do it.
Thomas: I completely disagree.
Ridge: But you did agree, son.
Thomas: Well, I shouldn't have.
Ridge: Just give it a chance, please.
Thomas: No, I'm done letting you call the shots, or pushing me around or blowing me off or trying to send me away. I am going to declare Douglas as my son.
Ridge: Iím on the birth certificate. It's too late.
Thomas: It doesnít matter that you're on the birth certificate. I will have it challenged. I will take it to court if I have to.
Ridge: Hey, hey, hey. Calm down, calm down. What are you doing? You worried about Bill saying something, doing something? What is it?
Thomas: I'll beat him to it.
Ridge: Why would you do that?
Thomas: Because this secret, it's -- it's too much. It's too much for all of us. It's too much for me. It's time for the truth to come out.
Ridge: It won't.
Thomas: Hey. Thereís my boy.
Caroline: Whatís going on?
Ridge: Thomas has a problem with our arrangement.
Thomas: Douglas is my son.
Ridge: He doesn't want to keep the secret anymore. He thinks Iím asking too much. Well, Iím not the only one asking. You were right here when Caroline was begging Bill and Brooke to let us live our life the way we want to live it. So, son, whateverís going on with you, or whateverís going on that you need to work out, we will help you through it. But the secret stays a secret.
Thomas: No. [Sighs] Too many people already know. The truth is bound to come out. It's inevitable. Why canít we just admit it? We have to do what's right.
Ridge: We are doing whatís right.
Caroline: It kills me to see you guys arguing about this. A-a baby is supposed to bring a family closer together. I mean, we -- we all love Douglas. We all want what's best for him. And I know that we're all just trying to do the right thing. And, baby, I love you so much. I love that you want to protect our family and our privacy. But Thomas is right. We just need to be honest. We need to be honest with everyone about who Douglas' father really is.
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