Thomas Forrester is out to prove that he can have any woman he wants.
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Viewers are familiar with the “sex bet” from teen movies like Cruel Intentions (1999). You know the story: handsome popular guy bets popular girl that he can seduce her prissy rival. Well, nobody could accuse handsome Thomas Forrester (Pierson Fodé) of emotional maturity right now, but he hits a new low when his popular sister Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) tells him, “You’re not having an affair with Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer),” and he retorts, “You want to bet?” A grossed-out Steffy replies, “What are you, like, 12?” And on Monday 12 December, since Thomas seems to have trouble listening to women lately, she repeats, “I’m not making this stupid bet. I was with Wyatt (Darin Brooks) earlier and he and Ivy seem genuinely happy together.” But Thomas has become a man on a sleazy mission! Rejection from his dad’s wife Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) is driving Thomas’s determination to prove that he can lift any other skirt he wants. “Anything that Thomas does is to numb the pain, just like we do in life when it’s over something we can’t have,” explains Pierson. And even before he makes his bet, his flirtation with Ivy has veered into harassment on Thursday 8 December. “I need to admit that when I was designing this dress, I may have been fantasising a little bit. I hope you don’t mind,” he oozes at her. “I get to see every detail, every inch of fabric, every line that I drew wrapped around your body. And I can’t help myself.” On Friday 9 December, Ivy warns Thomas that he can’t just kiss her. The fact that she didn’t scream or slap him doesn’t mean that she’s giving him permission – she’s just trying to be professional.
Undeterred, Thomas hears opportunity knocking when Wyatt is forced to go away on business on Monday 12 December, especially when a storm sends Ivy running into his arms on Wednesday 14 December. And while they don’t go all the way that night, Thomas can tell it’s just a matter of time because he knows and she knows and we all know that Ivy is just settling for Wyatt. Ouch!
Wyatt warns Ivy to steer clear of Thomas while he’s away on a business trip, and Thomas sets about trying to seduce Ivy when she stays at the Forrester mansion. Liam proposes to Steffy, and Ivy lets Thomas kiss her. Zende admits to Nicole that he wishes she wasn’t having a baby but he assures her that he’ll still support her. Julius and Vivienne prepare to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in their depressing hotel in expensive Los Angeles, and Eric and Brooke tell Maya that she can invite her family to dinner but it’s up to her. Rick later suggests to Eric that they put Stephanie’s portrait back up in the Forrester Mansion for Thanksgiving. Pam’s having a meltdown in the kitchen, Thomas and Zende are smashing stuff in the mansion, and the Forresters are in a holiday mood. Eric later toasts the Forrester, Spencer and Avant families before they continue Hope’s tradition of saying something nice about the guest to their right, but some of the guests confuse “nice” with being passive aggressive or snide.
Ivy’s guy Wyatt is out of town. Steffy (left) isn’t pleased about Thomas trying to seduce Ivy.