Stephanie plans her dinner party and recalls the first time she saw Brooke. Taylor asks Brooke if this little fantasy is what kept her from being committed to Thorne, because it’s about the saddest thing Taylor has ever heard. Taylor tells Brooke that she didn’t deserve Thorne. She advises Brooke to think about where she’s headed and what her life has become. Kristen is taken aback when she hears about the reason for Stephanie’s party, but asks to add Sofia to the guest list. Stephanie tells Kristen that Brooke Logan is out of their lives, and all is right with the world. Tony informs Sofia that when he was in Miami, he found out that Ellen killed herself because she was dying. Sofia is stunned when he explains that Ellen had AIDS. He breaks it to Sofia that he has been tested - and he is HIV positive. Brooke calls Ridge and tells him about Taylor’s vicious accusations. Ridge is the only one she can count on. Taylor admits to Ridge that she’s starting to think Stephanie is right about Brooke, and that Brooke will never change. Ridge suggests that Taylor and Brooke keep their distance for a while. Megan goes to check on Brooke and asks if Brooke really cares what Stephanie and Taylor think. Brooke realizes that in playing by Stephanie’s rules, she’s lost herself. She decides not to pretend anymore. Brooke’s next step is to get Ridge back!