Massimo explains to Rick how Ridge can use Brooke’s proxy to change the by-laws and leave Brooke and her children completely powerless. Massimo urges Rick to keep the board from voting until Brooke can get back from Ojai. Deacon shows Brooke the documents and alerts her that Ridge is up to something. Rick calls and tells Brooke that if she doesn’t get back there today, Ridge is going to take over the company. Brooke realizes he plans to put the board in control. At first, Brooke is concerned about going back because everyone will see that she’s pregnant, but then declares that no one can steal her children’s legacy. Connor phones Brooke and orders her to call somebody at Forrester and give them an assignment immediately. Ridge makes his plan clear to his family. Jonathan agrees that the move would hold up legally because Brooke has not been functioning as CEO. Ridge insists that it’s justice, not vengeance. He calls for a vote. Rick bursts in and confronts Ridge about his plan to take over the company. Ridge takes the vote despite Rick’s protests, and the Forresters vote unanimously to take back the company. Ridge announces that the office of CEO is irrevocably his.