In episode 205, we see a man in denial – and that man is Eric Forrester.
As he calls Carter, the call captures Carter’s apartment with a half-naked Carter and a dress behind him. He reasons, as he discusses the ‘No Quinn Contact’ order he has placed upon Carter, that because the dress does not fit Carter it is not his. Sound enough. Then takes the logical leap that he has moved past Quinn. He knows deep down it’s Quinn’s dress and he’s in denial. A benevolent Ridge who is keen enough to notice this, offers a “maybe he’s just broken down and picking up the pieces” excuse for Carter’s work environment, less out of logic and more out of a desire to see his father save face in a situation where Eric is getting massively and cruelly played.
Meanwhile three other storylines feature “never let this moment end” emotions: Quinn and Carter wanting to save their physical memories, Finn, Steffy and Hayes never wanting the permanent vacation (as Paris put it) to end and Paris coming to Los Angeles, landing a job with the Forrester Creations as Foundation Director, while going from living in a car to a small apartment to a Bel-Air type mansion in less than a year – all three of these things are times in life that most people would like to extend if not hypothetically live in forever.
In Genoa City, two people are missing and thus the center of the story: Philip “Chance” Chancellor IV, husband of Abby Newman-Abbott-Chancellor, need-to-know government secret agent at levels those of us in regular civilization don’t want to know, and Mariah Copeland, who with biological input from friend Devon Hamilton is carrying Abby’s unborn child.
In Los Angeles, we learn that if one is going to work from home, and the owner of your business is calling you on your phone, you ought to put your clothes on, or at least put your shirt on, especially if the owner has only one demand of you as Chief Operating Officer and head of the Legal Department. Apparently, the joy that the former and future jewelry maker, Quinn, brings to the man with tens of millions of dollars to lose, Carter Walton, makes putting one’s entire reputation, life, money, family, company and business. What is that power? Sexual desire, at least for those men under the spell of Quinn, or those women under the spell of Carter, or whatever. Not judging the characters – both of them keep telling each other a version of “this is the last time” only to be followed by another trip to bed.