Ridge Vs. Thomas: Whose Side Are You On?

Thomas reminds Caroline of his intentions.

1. Thomas reminds Caroline of his intentions.

While celebrating the Fourth of July celebration at Steffy and Wyatt's house, Thomas asks Caroline why she didn't bring Douglas. His mood shifts when she says their son is spending the day with Ridge.

"I just want to be sure he knows who his parents are," Thomas states.  

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Ridge struggles to accept the truth about Caroline and Thomas' past.

2. Ridge struggles to accept the truth about Caroline and Thomas' past.

Ridge is consumed by confusion and pain after learning that Caroline wants Douglas to regard Thomas as his father. For months, he assumed that the night his wife shared with his son was unwanted; but now he knows the truth—and it's destroying him.  

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Caroline defends Thomas' right to be in Douglas' life.

3. Caroline defends Thomas' right to be in Douglas' life.

Tired of the lies, Caroline pleads with Ridge to come to terms with the truth and to allow Thomas into Douglas' life. 

"I love you so much, and I know that you're trying to protect Douglas and me, but you don't have to—not from Thomas," Caroline tells Ridge. "I think if we all just accept the truth about what happened that night, then maybe you could just let go of your anger towards your son. The sooner that we admit he is Douglas's father, the better for all of us." 

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Caroline pleads for Thomas to reconsider.

4. Caroline pleads for Thomas to reconsider.

Caroline meets up with Thomas, who states he wants to raise Douglas as his own. But the new mom begs him to reconsider. 

"I want him to have a happy and carefree life," pleads an emotional Caroline. "I love you so much for helping me bring him into this world... We can do what's best for Douglas. Say yes, OK?"

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Thomas drives off with his son.

5. Thomas drives off with his son.

After Ridge tells Thomas that he doesn't want him in Douglas' life, Thomas packs up the car and takes off with his son.

 
Ridge firmly defends his decision.

6. Ridge firmly defends his decision.

Furious that his father would keep Douglas' paternity from him, Thomas continues to push for rights to be in Douglas' life. But Ridge isn't having any of it.

"Douglas is happy," he tells his son. "He's secure. And, I'm not going to let anyone destroy the family that Caroline and I have made for him."

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Thomas refuses to let Ridge hide the truth any longer.

7. Thomas refuses to let Ridge hide the truth any longer.

Finally equipped with the truth about Douglas' paternity, Thomas finds the courage to stand up to his father.

"I know you love Douglas, and I know how much that little boy means to you, but he is your grandson, not your son," Thomas says. "Douglas is mine."

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Thomas defies his father's orders and leaves Paris.

8. Thomas defies his father's orders and leaves Paris.

As time passed, Thomas grew more curious about why he was really sent to Paris. Deciding he'd had enough, Thomas boarded a plane back to L.A. on a quest for answers. 

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Ridge sends Thomas back to Paris.

9. Ridge sends Thomas back to Paris.

Unable to look his son in the eye, Ridge felt he needed to have a break from seeing his son altogether. Thomas's apologies fell on deaf ears as Ridge demanded that Thomas pack his belongings and board a flight to Paris immediately. 

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Thomas lashes out at Ridge.

10. Thomas lashes out at Ridge.

Ridge was furious when he finally learned about Caroline's night with his son, but he refused to tell Thomas that he knew what happened. But when Ridge caught Thomas having an inappropriate relationship with an intern, he knew he needed to say something. Angry, Ridge told his son that he couldn't just take what—and who—he wanted and just get away with it. 

Thomas felt his father was being unfair, claiming he wasn't doing anything Ridge hadn't done at his age. In a fit of rage, Thomas forcefully punched Ridge in the face.

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Caroline tells Ridge the truth about her pregnancy.

11. Caroline tells Ridge the truth about her pregnancy.

Caroline thought she and Thomas could keep their indiscretion a secret, but everything changed when Caroline learned she was pregnant. At first, she was excited to tell Ridge that they were expecting a baby, but when he confessed about his vasectomy, Caroline knew the baby had to be Thomas's. While Ridge was crushed by the news, he promised Caroline he would raise the child as his own so long as Thomas never knew he was the real father. 

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Ridge and Caroline have a private wedding.

12. Ridge and Caroline have a private wedding.

Ridge realized he couldn't live without Caroline by his side and knew he needed to make her his wife. Shortly after he proposed, he planned a private marriage ceremony in Malibu, where the two lovers could say their "I do's." 

Still keeping things a secret, Thomas told both his father and Caroline that he fully supported their decision to wed. 

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Caroline and Thomas promise to never talk about their night together.

13. Caroline and Thomas promise to never talk about their night together.

Shocked to learn that she slept with Thomas, Caroline made him swear that no one—especially Ridge—would ever find out what happened between them. Thomas agreed to keep his lips sealed, promising Caroline that he never meant to harm her relationship. 

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Caroline and Thomas spend the night together.

14. Caroline and Thomas spend the night together.

As Caroline and Ridge talked more about marriage, they realized they had different ideas of the future. She wanted children, and he didn't. Or, at least that is what he made her believe. The truth, of course, was that Ridge had a vasectomy while he was living in Paris and was afraid he'd lose Caroline if he told her. Instead of coming clean, Ridge broke things off with Caroline and told her she'd have to find another man to give her the life she wanted.

Devastated, Caroline checked into a hotel. In an attempt to comfort her, Thomas rushed over and talked to Caroline over a few bottles of wine. Little did he know, Caroline had taken anti-anxiety pills and her inhibitions were lowered, causing her not to remember the night they spent together. 

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Thomas struggles to hold back his feelings for Caroline.

15. Thomas struggles to hold back his feelings for Caroline.

As Thomas worked closer with Ridge and Caroline, he realized his feelings for his former girlfriend hadn't changed much. When his affections weren't reciprocated, Thomas assured Caroline that all he wanted was for her to be happy, to have everything she wanted, and to be with someone who would treat her the way she deserved to be treated. 

While Thomas said he was glad his father was making Caroline happy, he couldn't help but worry that Ridge would ultimately disappoint her. 

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Thomas returns from Paris and starts working alongside Ridge.

16. Thomas returns from Paris and starts working alongside Ridge.

Thomas returned from his stay in Paris with big ambitions. Not only did he want to be a key player at Forrester Creations, he also wanted to be on the design team with his father. At first, Ridge was skeptical of his son's abilities—he went so far as to rip up one of Thomas's designs, saying the family name wasn't enough to land him the position—but over time, he grew fond of Thomas's work. For a while, the father-son team seemed to be working out great. 

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Caroline starts working closely with Ridge.

17. Caroline starts working closely with Ridge.

Years after Caroline and Thomas split, the beautiful designer found her way into Ridge's arms. At first, their relationship was simply that of a mentor and his pupil, but once they touched hands, Ridge and Caroline knew they'd never just be co-workers. The two started dating and quickly fell in love. 

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Thomas and Caroline have a short-lived romance.

18. Thomas and Caroline have a short-lived romance.

When Caroline Spencer—now Forrester—first moved to Los Angeles, she caught every man's eye, but only a couple of men were lucky enough to get to woo her. One of those men happened to be Thomas Forrester. While the couple's relationship didn't last long, Caroline made a lasting impression on Thomas's life. 

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