As the fashion preview was about to begin, Ridge got still more notes from Rick. When Ridge stormed into Rick’s office, Maya was, of course, there to butt into the resulting argument. (Sidenote: Maya told Rick that she was nervous, having never done a couture show before. So for those paying attention, Rick made a couture fashion house’s lead model someone who has never done a single couture show. Brilliant move, dude!) The more Maya spoke, the more Ridge fumed. When she finally left to get ready for the fashion show, Ridge snarkily said, “You go ahead and break a leg!” Ridge begged Rick not to throw away what he has with Caroline, but his efforts were for naught. In the end, Ridge asked that Rick give Caroline five minutes after the show. “Let her have her say,” he begged. “You owe that to her. You owe it to yourself.”
Bill talked to Caroline to get his niece’s side of the story. “I really want to understand how much Forrester took advantage of my daughter,” said Bill, realizing he’d made a bit of a Freudian slip and adding, “my niece.” Caroline tried talking her uncle down, but he declared, “You may have married Rick, but you are a Spencer,” and that meant Ridge wasn’t going to get away with having used her. Tracking Ridge down, Bill declared, “We’ve got some business.” Labeling Ridge a predator who uses-and-abuses women, Bill warned him to stay away from Caroline. When Ridge suggested that Bill might be at least in part responsible for the mess given that he had Ridge dumped from a helicopter, Bill all but laughed in his face. “Will you stop freakin’ crying about that?” Bill said before proving his intention to protect both Caroline and Katie by slugging Ridge!