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Bill wants something for his silence
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

At Bill's house, Bill assured Liam that he hadn't been the one to shoot Bill. It was starting to sink in for Liam that he hadn't done it. He thought he'd just needed to hear it from Bill. Bill said it was good, and Liam stated that Bill hadn't told Liam what had gone on. Liam wondered who had done it if it hadn't been Liam. Liam recalled that, at first, Bill had said it had been Ridge.

Bill explained that he'd really believed it, and he hadn't been setting Ridge up. Bill had found Liam's scenario very believable, and it had changed Bill's mind about Ridge. Once Bill had returned home, however, he'd been in the crime scene and had realized it couldn't be Liam, either. Liam sensed that Bill knew who'd done it.

Liam asked who'd pulled the trigger. Bill said he didn't know. He only knew that while walking around the house, he'd figured out that he'd seen someone in his periphery before the shooting. He described the persona as being a tall, lanky guy. Bill thought that the important thing was that it hadn't been Liam. Bill didn't want to live with knowing he'd motivated his son to shoot him and said it was all behind them.

Liam talked about being unable to look himself in the mirror due to the shooting. He'd wanted to disappear than to let his daughter have him as a father. Bill said Liam hadn't pulled the trigger.

At Forrester, Hope and Maya were working on HFTF. Maya was proud to be a part of it. Hope said she couldn't do it without Maya, and they had a great team. Maya had heard that Liam would be helping, too. Maya recalled that Liam and Hope had been very close before.

Maya noted that Liam was facing marital problems in addition to not knowing who'd shot Bill. She wondered if the police knew who'd done it, and Hope replied that there weren't any leads.

Maya was sorry about getting off topic, but Hope said business was pretty much wrapped up. Hope planned to touch base with some charities and then update their team. Maya was honored to be a part of HFTF again and said that, for what it was worth, she believed that Liam was a great fit. To Maya, he'd always been a loving and compassionate man.

Later, Hope knocked on Liam's door at the Dakota. When he answered it, she rushed in, saying she'd gotten there as quickly as she could. His message had seemed urgent, and she was worried about whether he was okay -- and why he was smiling. The grinning Liam told her that she and Steffy had been right. Hope asked what it was about.

Liam began explaining how suggestive he'd been after he'd awakened in the cabin with Quinn. He'd had no memory, but his brain had started filling in the blanks with whatever Quinn had told him. He'd accepted a story here and a doctored photo there. When he'd regained his memory, he'd thought it had all been over. Hope asked what he was trying to say.

Liam explained that he believed that when he'd hit his head at the cliff house the night of the shooting, the fear of the missing void in his mind had caused him to desperately want to fill it. He thought he'd done it with the gloves in his car and the photo of the gun. Chuckling, Liam said he'd made it all up. He'd been ready to go to the police and punish himself for the rest of his life.

Liam exclaimed that he hadn't done it. Hope hugged him and asked how he'd figured it out. He told her that Steffy had grilled him and poked holes in his story, and Steffy had been right about it not adding up. Liam added that Bill had confirmed it. Liam stated that he hadn't done it, and he couldn't have done it.

Ecstatic, Hope said she'd known, despite what Liam had said, that there was no way he could have done it to his father. According to Liam, his mind was blown, and he felt like he'd gotten the greatest gift one could ever get. Hope asked what had happened with Bill.

Liam stated that he'd gone to see Bill to make sure Bill wasn't just trying to get Liam off the hook. Liam had ascertained that Bill had been telling the truth about Liam being innocent. Liam exclaimed that he wasn't an attempted murderer, and he wouldn't have it over his head for his whole life. Hope asked how Bill had concluded it.

Liam explained that being at home had jogged Bill's memory. Bill had caught a glimpse of the shooter and affirmed that it hadn't been Liam. Hope said it was all that mattered. Liam was relieved that he'd go to sleep with the knowledge that he hadn't done it. Hope called Liam a gentle soul, who was good, kind, and loyal. She said he was finally free.

Liam yelled several times that he was finally free. He said he'd been really lost. He hadn't thought he'd get himself back, but he was back. Hope hugged him. She welcomed him back and said it was nice to see him again.

At the cliff house, Steffy wanted to know how Taylor could shoot Bill, but Taylor had no excuse. Steffy wondered what they'd do. Taylor said that Bill had stated that he wouldn't tell anyone about her, but he was keeping his silence because of Steffy. Steffy replied that she'd do everything in her power to make sure that only the three of them knew it.

Steffy was worried about Taylor and thought she might need help. Taylor promised to get it, but she needed to make sure that Bill stayed away from Steffy. Taylor had already told Bill to stay away, and she wanted Steffy to stay away from Bill. Steffy asserted that she didn't want anyone but Liam. Steffy wanted to be a in a family with Liam again.

Steffy urged Taylor to talk to one of her colleagues. Taylor promised to do it, but she said Ridge had told her that Bill had sexually assaulted Steffy. Steffy replied that it had been Ridge's thoughts. Taylor stated that they'd been her own thoughts, too, but Steffy contended that Taylor could have called Steffy and gotten the truth.

Taylor apologized for her actions, saying that her motherly instincts had kicked in. Taylor had snapped while thinking about Bill's misdeed. Steffy insisted that it had been consensual, and Taylor shouldn't have done what she'd done. Taylor felt ashamed of her actions.

Steffy offered to let Taylor stay, but Taylor didn't want to do that to Steffy. Taylor felt that she needed to be alone for a while, but she promised to stay in touch. Steffy asked if Taylor would be back. Taylor hoped that when she did return, she'd be ready to be a good mother and grandmother. She hoped she'd find Steffy at the cliff house, raising the baby with Liam.

The women said they loved each other. They hugged, and Taylor asked Steffy to take care of the baby.

Later, Bill arrived at the cliff house. Steffy said he'd just missed her mother, who was leaving town. Bill was glad. He didn't want to be in Taylor's company, and to him, Taylor was out of her mind. He said Taylor had tried to kill him. Steffy replied that it didn't make sense and wasn't who Taylor was. He thought it was too bad that Taylor hadn't talked to Steffy first and said it might have never happened if Taylor had.

Steffy insisted that Taylor hadn't been herself. Steffy hadn't ever seen Taylor that way, and going to prison might have killed Taylor. "Or done her some good," Bill replied. Steffy was sure Taylor would get help. Bill hoped so. Steffy insisted that it was true, and Taylor was grateful that Bill hadn't turned her in and would keep it between them.

Bill informed Steffy that he'd told Taylor he'd done it for Steffy. Steffy knew it and thanked him. Bill hadn't made the decision likely. He said that, sometimes, one just knew deep down what was right and wrong. "I did something for you, Steffy, and now I need you to do something for me," Bill said. Steffy asked what it was.

Mentioning the annulment papers, Bill said Steffy had been sitting on them ever since Liam had given them to her, hoping Liam would change his mind. Steffy affirmed that it was exactly what she was hoping. Bill wanted her to sign the papers. He felt that Liam had kept Steffy in limbo for too long. Bill urged her to sign the papers and force Liam to make a decision.

Bill believed that Liam would either sign them on move on with his life, probably with Hope, or he'd rip them up. Bill hoped that if Liam signed them, Steffy would open herself up to the feelings she had for Bill. Bill knew that she had them, and he said he loved her.

Bill announced that he was going on a business trip. He had a lot to catch up on due to Taylor shooting him. While Bill was gone, he wanted Steffy to think about Taylor's future, Steffy's future, and Steffy and Bill. "If you lose my son, I'll keep my promise and keep your mother out of prison. Sign the annulment papers and give them to Liam," Bill directed.

On the next The Bold and the Beautiful...
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• Brooke thinks Katie and Wyatt's decision might be for the best.

• Steffy chatises Ridge for what he told Taylor.

• Hope wants to help Liam start a new chapter.

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