Stephen realizes that Brooke is just a means to an end for Massimo, and that he’s really after Stephanie. Stephen almost feels sorry for Stephanie and Eric. Massimo insists that no one will ever know about their alliance. Eric doesn’t like the idea of being in Massimo’s debt, but Stephanie is convinced that it’s almost a miracle that Massimo showed up just when they needed him. Eric is afraid it could all blow up in their faces, especially if Brooke finds out. Taylor tries to convince Brooke that if she misses this time with her father, she’ll regret it forever. Brooke thinks that Taylor just wants to get her away from her husband. Ridge tells Brooke that he wants her to go to Paris with her father. Brooke protests, but is interrupted by Stephen. He’s ready to leave. As Brooke says her goodbyes to the Forresters, Taylor stiffens when she catches sight of Massimo watching from the corridor. In the elevator, Stephen comforts Brooke. He asks her to trust him and promises that this will be a fresh start for her. Stephanie hugs Massimo and thanks him. Eric appears in the doorway as they kiss. Meanwhile, Ridge finds Massimo’s business card on the floor of Brooke’s office!