1979: Dan left town broken hearted when Brooke fell hopelessly
in love with Erica's half-brother, Mark Dalton. However, the feelings were not reciprocal because Mark was still harboring
feelings for his former flame Ellen Shepherd. One night when Mark had too much to drink, Brooke seduced him. Mark blatantly
told Brooke all they had going for them was sex, but she moved in with him anyway hoping to change his mind. Brooke's jealousy
of Ellen ruined her already tentative relationship with Mark. On the rebound, Brooke began a reckless affair with town sleaze,
Eddie Dorrance. But this time Brooke got more than she bargained for when Eddie brutally raped her. When Brooke discovered
she was pregnant from the attack she aborted the baby. She turned to Mark, who despite their stormy past, offered Brooke his
friendship which she accepted. At a crossroads, Brooke took stock of herself and realized her shenanigans weren't working
anymore. It was time to grow up. In Julia Barr's own words, (The Soap Opera Book of Lists) "I think what led to a maturation
in Brooke was the Eddie Dorrance story. Brooke was young and foolish; she was going to sow her wild oats and take up with
the most unlikable character she could find. That was Eddie. She treated him like dirt, and he was smitten with her. While
they were on a date, Eddie raped her. Then she had an abortion. After that, she began to take stock of different things."
Shortly after she married Tom and got pregnant with Laura. Their marriage began to fall apart when
an old friend of Tom's tried to rape Brooke and Tom didn't believe her. She and Mark became friendly again and their relationship
1984: Brooke's first run in with millionaire Adam Chandler. Adam wanted to build a controversial gambling
mall in Pine Valley. Brooke spearheaded a grassroots movement that eventually passed a referendum making gambling illegal
in Pine Valley. On the homefront, Brooke's marriage was in trouble. Tom's old college roommate, Gil Barrett, was obsessed
with Brooke and tried to rape her. Even though Tom refused to believe Brooke's version of what happened, she was willing to
give the marriage another chance when she discovered she was pregnant. She soon changed her mind though upon learning that
a drunken Tom slept with Erica. An alcoholic Tom drowned his sorrows in booze while Brooke turned to Mark Dalton for comfort.
As Brooke's Lemaze partner, Mark was by her side when she gave birth to her daughter, Laura. Ironically, the ink on Brooke
and Tom's divorce papers set only moments after the delivery.
1985: Brooke graduated to TV anchorwoman, and was sent to jail
(Sing Sing) for failing to reveal her journalistic source (Mark) in a municipal scandal. Later, a hired killer tried to shoot
Brooke for her role in the expose, but Mike Roy took the bullet instead. Brooke and Mark slowly grew apart as Brooke juggled
her busy schedule as a single mother and a career woman.