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Friday, January 12, 2018

At Forrester, Hope saw an empty plate as she approached Pam's desk. Hope said it wasn't the homecoming she'd been expecting. Pam exclaimed with excitement upon seeing Hope and said she would have made an entire tray of lemon bars if she'd known Hope would be back. Pam explained that Charlie and his team had "vacuumed up" what she'd made, and Pam hoped that what she'd heard was true. Hope affirmed that she was there to stay.

Sally showed up, and Hope stared around as Sally interrupted, asking Pam if Steffy was in. Pam said Steffy wasn't in the building. Sally felt Hope's eyes on her and looked Hope's way. She asked if Hope was Hope Logan, and Hope asked if she knew Sally. Sally apologized for being star-struck and said she'd been a huge HFTF fan. Hope thanked Sally for the admiration.

Pam asked if Sally wanted to leave a message for Steffy. Sally said she didn't, but getting an idea, she asked if Hope had a minute to talk. The women went into the CEO's office, where they began talking about Spectra. Sally said the business had had hardships, but it was still hanging on, thanks to a Spencer man that Hope knew.

Later, the ladies were sitting at the conference table, and Hope concluded that Liam had been quite the helper to Sally, who had to care about him. "As a friend, yeah," Sally replied. She asked how she could not and remarked that Hope knew how wonderful he was. "I do; wonderfully married," Hope responded. Sally scoffed and asked if Hope was insinuating something. Hope replied that Sally was practically gushing.

Sally admitted that she might have kissed Liam, but it wasn't like it sounded. She said they'd been trapped and dying when she'd told him her feelings. She joked about going for it because she'd been dying. Hope replied that Sally had kissed Liam and lived to tell about it. Sally said the telling was the problem.

Hope stated that Liam didn't lie, and Sally explained that it was the reason he'd told Steffy when he probably shouldn't have. Hope assumed that Steffy had unleashed herself upon Sally. Sally said Steffy had supposedly forgiven Liam, but Sally was starting to think Steffy hadn't forgiven him at all. Sally revealed that Liam had moved into a hotel.

Hope was surprised to hear it. Sally added that Liam was also leaving Spencer and believed something had to be terribly wrong for Liam to leave his wife and Spencer. Hope wondered what Steffy had done.

Sally asked Hope not to think Sally was gossiping. Sally had just realized that Hope was someone who cared about Liam as much as Sally did, and Liam needed all the friends he could get. "Yeah, friends..." Hope said. Hope stated that she and Sally would be there for him, but it didn't make any sense to Hope because Steffy finally had the marriage she'd fought so hard for. Hope wondered why Steffy would jeopardize it.

Hope figured it had to be about the kiss. Sally said she'd thought so, too, but Liam had said the issue had nothing to do with Sally. Hope assumed the couple would get through it. "This is Liam and Steffy we're talking about. They can get through anything," Hope concluded.

At Katie's house, Wyatt and Katie languished in bed. She pitched the idea of having Liam and Steffy over for dinner to help the couple talk it out, but Wyatt didn't think it was a good idea. He said Katie was forgetting that "we" didn't invite people over because "we" weren't a thing.

Agreeing, Katie proposed inviting all three Spencers over for dinner. Wyatt was sure Steffy and Liam would get a hint because Wyatt would be undressing Katie with his eyes all night. Because of the marriage problems Steffy and Liam had, Katie didn't think the couple would notice a vibe between Katie and Wyatt.

"Steffy and my dad," Wyatt distastefully murmured, and Katie grimaced. Wyatt didn't think the issue would be resolved over pasta, and he wondered if it could even be resolved at all. He didn't know how one could get beyond that kind of betrayal.

Katie decided to tell Wyatt like she'd told Steffy -- Liam had a big capacity for forgiveness. Wyatt thought it was asking a lot of Liam, but Katie reasoned that Liam really loved Steffy, and a baby was involved. Wyatt said that a young family was at stake, and it could be enough reason for Liam to stay.

Katie wondered if Bill's remorse would help, and Wyatt said Bill had vowed not to let it tear the family apart. She replied that Bill usually got what he wanted, but Wyatt didn't look so convinced. She asked if Wyatt would be okay. Wyatt wanted his brother to be okay and believed it was the only way the family would heal.

At the cliff house, Steffy asked what decisions Liam intended to make. Liam, who had realized that there was more than just the two of them involved, said he and Steffy needed to figure out how to move forward as a family.

Steffy said she hadn't been thinking of anything but their future. Liam replied that he should have stayed to work things out, but he hadn't been able to even look at her at the time. Steffy stated that he'd had every reason not to want to talk to her. "Every reason but one," he replied. Steffy asked if it meant he was returning home.

Liam claimed he'd downplayed how much he'd wanted to be a father and to go through the whole pregnancy experience. He'd kept his mouth shut about it because he hadn't wanted to burden her. Steffy admitted that she'd dreamed about it, too, and the look Liam had had on his face upon learning about the pregnancy had been exactly how she'd pictured him.

Steffy expressed regret. She wished she could take it back or make him see how sorry she was. Liam believed her regret, but that didn't mean he could get beyond it, move back in, and play the husband role. Steffy asked if it wasn't the reason he was there, and she asked him to reach down deep inside and think of their baby. Liam replied that the baby was why he was there.

Liam shared his musings about fatherhood and what kind of father he'd be. He didn't think he'd be like his own father. He'd imagined that his mother would be proud of him if she could see him with his own child and strong, loyal wife. For the first time in his life, he felt relieved that his mother was dead.

Steffy started to get upset as Liam said his mother was dead and didn't have to witness her son being betrayed by the man she'd tried to protect her son from. Liam believed that his mother had been right. He wondered if Kelly would have warned him about Steffy and if Kelly would have seen something in Steffy that he hadn't.

Liam didn't think Steffy understood what it felt like to go from the highest he'd ever been to the lowest when the two most important people in his life had betrayed him together. He didn't think Steffy knew what they'd taken from him. Steffy replied that they hadn't taken anything, and the family was still Liam's if he wanted it.

Steffy said that Liam could still be there for the baby from the moment it was born. Steffy had broken his heart, but he could still be the father he'd always wanted to be. She asked him not to give up on her or their family. She didn't think he'd be there if he'd given up.

Steffy said that Liam could take all the time he wanted, but he could do it at home. She suggested that he could live there, experience the pregnancy, and prep the nursery. She said that his forgiveness could arrive by the time the baby did, and the baby would grow up happy and loved. A happy family was all Liam wanted, but he didn't see how.

Steffy told Liam to just do it. She said it wasn't a choice. Liam replied that there was always a choice, and one either slept with her husband's father or one didn't. She urged him to remember how they felt and to remember who they were. She begged him to do it for the baby. She said she might not deserve it, but their child did. She begged him to return home and forgive her.

On the next The Bold and the Beautiful...
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• Hope finally talks to Liam.

• Bill and Brooke say that they'll always care about each other.

• Steffy opens up to Ridge.

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