Well, remember how I said Hope shouldn’t be holding on too tightly to Douglas’ word that he’d choose to live with her? I was right! Today on The Bold and the Beautiful, he didn’t choose his mom…he didn’t choose his father, Thomas, either. Douglas made a bold move and he asked if he could live with his aunt Steffy. Talk about a plot twist!
The episode ended before Steffy could give her answer, and it’s unclear if Douglas’ choice even fits into the parameters of the papers that have been drawn up, but this was a curveball. A shocking one that could produce high emotions as Hope and Thomas sit with the reality that their son would rather not live with either of them.
Meanwhile, at Deacon’s apartment, Sheila was made an offer she’ll likely have a hard time turning down since her friend and former lover now says he wants her and will be open about their relationship. She has Big Bad Bill all to herself, but there’s no denying Sheila’s attraction and feelings for Deacon.
Here’s the full recap of events of today’s events.
What happened today on The Bold and the Beautiful?
The episode opened in the chambers of the judge presiding over the family court hearing that is set to decide Douglas’ guardianship and where he’ll be living until he comes of age. Douglas, Hope, and Liam arrived together with Thomas and Steffy arriving minutes later.
Douglas had been brought up to speed on what was expected of him and his parents assured him that no matter who he chooses he’d still maintain his relationship with the parent who no longer has custody of him. Considering Hope’s waxing about this hearing being their opportunity to get Thomas out of his son’s life, her words on Thomas still being present in Douglas’ life rang false.
Putting that to the side, and Hope’s later statements about how her father wasn’t around so she understands the importance of a child’s bond with their dad, this hearing was quite heartfelt and genuine. Judge Gomez gave both Thomas and Hope a chance to speak to Douglas about why they’d respectively like him to live with them.
Thomas acknowledged, without going into detail, the mistakes he’s made personally and as a father. He also praised Hope’s place in his son’s life, but he also affirmed that her stepping up to be his mom didn’t mean that he wanted to be replaced as a father. He wants to build a life and a home for Douglas and is looking into housing so that he can achieve this.
It’s important to Thomas that he and Douglas be together again. He wants to have the privilege of getting to see his son grow up and to be an active participant in his growth as a guide. When Hope stood, she spoke to what Thomas had said but insisted that everything Thomas wants can happen while Douglas lives at the cabin with her, Liam, and Beth.
For Hope, her family is incomplete without Douglas living with them. She wants to see him run through the doors excited to share his day and to have nighttime dance parties before bed. Going against what she’d told Liam, Hope promised she’d ensure Douglas continues to foster a relationship with his father.
Having heard his parents out, Douglas told the judge that he was ready to make his decision. She gave him a notepad for him to write his choice down, but when she looked at what he’d written, she was so stunned she couldn’t speak. Thomas got up to see what Douglas had chosen, so did Hope, and they both saw that he hadn’t chosen either of them. He asked to be placed in the care of Steffy.
Taking one last look at his parents, he walked over to his aunt and asked her directly if he can come live with her. Visibly moved, Steffy didn’t answer as Judge Gomez, Thope, and Liam watched in shock. I’m sure the lot of us are going to be sitting ready to see what happens next on Monday, Feb. 13. Though this wasn’t the only surprising twist of the episode.
Deacon tells Sheila he wants to be with her publicly
Sheila showed up at Deacon’s apartment under the pretense of having left some of her things at his place. Of course, this left Deacon smirking due to it being a poor excuse to see him. As they talked, Sheila came across the knight chess piece Deacon had stolen from Bill’s chessboard, but she wasn’t angry. The petty, and I do mean petty, theft amused her as did Deacon coming onto her.
She did, however, remind him that she’s with Bill and she’s not jeopardizing the good thing she has especially when Bill has done so much for her. Deacon gave her a little speech on how in awe of her he is because of how she pulled off getting her freedom back. But he also doesn’t see why she has to stay in a relationship with Dollar Bill.
Deacon still sees the CEO as a means to an end and can’t stand the idea that Sheila is really committed to spending her life with him. He told her that he wants her, they grew close when they lived together and he knows her better than anyone. His advance wasn’t empty either. He meant it. And he said he’d let everyone know they’re together. It’s his belief that Hope, Brooke, and everyone else will get over it eventually, but he wants to be with her.
The L word was dropped, too. It wasn’t a straightforward I love you by any means but Deacon did say he loves Sheila’s ability to get what she wants and will her plans into existence. We all know how Sheila feels about love so that comment definitely struck accord.
Next week on The Bold and the Beautiful is bound to be good. Until next time, Bold fans. Stay beautiful!