Kristen accuses Stephanie of thinking that everything Kristen does is a mistake. Stephanie asks if Kristen is afraid of her disapproval, and wonders why she didn’t come home when Stephanie had her stroke. Kristen doesn’t believe that her mother needs her and explains that every time she talks to Stephanie, she winds up on the defensive. Kristen tries to convince Stephanie that she loves her life and enjoys being single. She’s never going to be like Stephanie and suggests that maybe it would be best if they just kept their distance. Bridget admits that she’s too young to be married, but adds that they were the ones – not Deacon – who forced her into eloping. If they had done anything to show they trusted her decision, she wouldn’t have gone through with it. Eric tells Bridget that Deacon will never step foot in their house, but Bridget assures her father that if he rejects Deacon, he rejects her. She’s not going to let them hurt Deacon anymore than they already have. Deacon explains to Amber that he’s not going to antagonize the Forresters anymore, adding devilishly that he has something else in mind. While he’s waiting for Amber to come to her senses, he’s going to enjoy his gig with Bridget. Amber is disgusted and starts to leave, but Deacon implores her to give him a little more time with his son. He explains that whatever he goes through is worth it because he can’t give up Little D. Rick comes in to take them home, and notices the broken heart tattoo on Deacon’s hip.