At the hotel, Steffy was with Liam, who ranted about the nerve of Bill to even ask Steffy to marry him. Liam asked what kind of father would do such a thing to his son. Steffy said she didn't want Bill, and she couldn't believe Hope had even told Liam. Liam was glad Hope had done it. Steffy replied that she'd wanted to be the one to tell him.
Liam recalled that Bill had warned Liam that it would be Liam's biggest regret if he didn't take Steffy back. Liam felt that it had been a threat, and Bill had been biding his time until he could make Steffy his. Steffy warned Liam that anger could rip him apart, but he said it might have done so already. Liam had been stressing himself out at Bill's bedside, trying to find a way to forgive. "Only to find out that he proposed to you in my home," Liam said.
Correcting that it had once been his home, Liam asked how many times he could be Bill's fool and fall for Bill's lies. Steffy reminded Liam that he might not have to do it much longer if Bill didn't survive. Liam replied that he'd thought about that. She wondered if Liam could put it all behind him and return to her and the baby.
"I gotta talk to my dad," Liam said, and he walked out on Steffy.
At the hospital, Bill wheezed and coughed, struggling to answer Detective Sanchez's question about whether Bill knew who'd shot him. Bill seemed distressed, so the doctor said it was enough. Sanchez kept pressing, asking Bill who had done it, and again, the doctor called for Sanchez to stop. Wyatt also asked Bill to tell them what Bill knew. Continuing to strain, Bill hissed out the name, "Forrester."
The doctor insisted that the questions cease, but Sanchez wouldn't leave. Wyatt asked if Bill was sure. Bill had another coughing fit. Sanchez said he had a good circumstantial case against Ridge, and Sanchez needed to know if Bill was sure Ridge had shot him. Under labored breath, Bill asserted that it had been Forrester, and Sanchez took off from the room.
In the corridor later, Wyatt called out to Liam, who'd just stepped off the elevator. Wyatt had planned to call Liam, but Wyatt's cell phone had died. Wyatt stated that Bill was awake, and Liam asked if Bill knew what had gone on. Wyatt wasn't sure if Bill knew everything that had happened; however, Wyatt said Bill had named his shooter. Liam looked expectantly at Wyatt, and Wyatt announced that it had been Ridge.
Liam went into Bill's room and asked the attendant for time alone with Bill. The attendant left, and a groggy Bill thanked Liam for being there. Liam said he'd been there a lot, as had Wyatt. Liam was glad that Bill was awake and said Bill would hopefully be better soon. Liam didn't think Bill would continue to feel thankful once he knew why Liam was there.
Liam asked if Bill had really asked Steffy to marry him. In Bill's silence, Liam asked why Bill would do it. Bill coughed and spoke three words at a time. He whispered that he'd wanted Steffy to know that she and the baby would be protected if Liam didn't return home. Bill lapsed into a coughing fit, and Liam got Bill to settle down and breathe. "I...love her...too, son..." Bill uttered.
Liam rolled his eyes. Bill added that, more than anything, he wanted Steffy to be with Liam. Bill struggled as he apologized. Liam shed a tear. Bill said he was very sorry and promised never to do anything like that again.
Liam couldn't believe Bill had had the gall to propose to Liam's wife. Bill started to speak, but Liam stopped him and said it figured that something like "this" would happen when he'd been wanting his father to get better.
Changing the subject, Liam said Wyatt had relayed that Bill knew who shot him. "Ridge?" Liam asked. Bill nodded.
At Forrester, Ridge was with Brooke and Hope as he ranted about Bill's advances on Steffy. Ridge asked if anyone had thought for a second that Steffy would leave Liam for that pompous old man. Brooke empathized with Steffy, and Hope readily said she felt for Liam. Though Hope hadn't reveled in telling Liam about it, she'd felt that Liam had deserved to know the truth.
Brooke tried to calm Ridge down, but he went on about Bill's interference in people's lives and relationships. Ridge concluded that it had finally caught up to Bill, who finally had to pay the price. Ridge's tirade continued as he explained how Bill had rubbed it in his face. In a mocking tone, Ridge quoted, "Hey, she wanted to be with me! She wanted me!'"
Ridge said he should have picked up the gun and ended it right then. Brooke reminded her husband that he was still a suspect. Ridge quipped that he was one along with everyone else. Hope tried to explain that Brooke meant he'd better watch what he said in front of the police. Agreeing, Brooke said Ridge's attitude and anger made him more suspicious.
Ridge asked if he had a right to be upset about Bill ruining the marriage of Ridge's daughter. Hope and Brooke tried to reason with Ridge and felt that Liam and Steffy would get beyond it. Ridge said he couldn't as long as Bill was breathing.
Pam entered, and Ridge yelled at her, asking what she wanted. Pam was there to remind Hope of a meeting she had, and Hope left with Pam. Brooke urged Ridge to get control of himself.
Pam returned to the room, and Ridge apologized for the way he'd treated her. Pam said it was okay, and he had some visitors. Detective Sanchez entered with another officer and stated that he had more questions for Ridge. Sanchez opened by saying he knew about Bill's proposal to Ridge's daughter. Ridge replied that they weren't going to talk about it.
Sanchez suspected that it had made Ridge as "mad as hell." Ridge advised Sanchez to question Bill, who was the predator in Ridge's eyes. Sanchez noted that Ridge was getting upset, and Brooke asked what the detective was suggesting.
Sanchez reviewed that Ridge had been at the house and had fought with Bill. Ridge added that the security cameras had also shown Ridge leaving. Sanchez reasoned that Ridge could have gone back after the power surge had knocked out the cameras. Ridge replied that he hadn't, and he dismissed Sanchez from the office.
Sanchez stated that he had new, indisputable evidence. Sanchez explained that Bill had awakened, and Sanchez had been able to ask a few questions. Bill had made it clear to Sanchez that Ridge had shot Bill. "Me? That's ridiculous!" Ridge exclaimed.
Sanchez announced that Ridge was under arrest, and as Sanchez read Ridge his rights, the accompanying officer cuffed Ridge. Upset, Brooke exclaimed that Ridge was innocent, and Ridge said things would be okay. Pam watched from a crack in the doorway.
In the backstage area of the photo studio, Hope was having a meeting when Steffy arrived. Sensing tension, the two people in Hope's meeting silently walked off. Steffy charged up to Hope and asked if Hope had told Liam about the marriage proposal. Hope asked if Steffy didn't think he'd had the right to know.
Steffy asserted that it should have been from her. Hope didn't feel it was right to talk to Liam but not tell him what she knew. She felt that it would be dishonest, and he'd hold it against her. Steffy sarcastically huffed that they wouldn't want that. Hope asked if Steffy wanted Hope's help or not. Hope decided that, either way, she wouldn't lie to Liam, who had every right to know what his father had done.
Steffy didn't buy why Hope had to be the one to tell Liam about it at a time when Liam had been keeping vigil at the hospital and nearing a place of forgiveness. Hope said Steffy wanted that forgiveness to extend to her, too. Steffy replied that she was under the impression that it was what they all wanted. Hope agreed that it was. Steffy asked why Hope would cause Liam a setback by telling him about the proposal.
Hope claimed it hadn't been her intention, and Steffy questioned what Hope's intentions were. Hope wanted to be honest and truthful, traits Liam valued in her and Steffy, and Hope said that he couldn't forgive without knowing the entire truth. "From me. Unless you're trying to incite him," Steffy rejoined. Steffy wondered if she was a fool to believe in Hope's support and asked if Hope was just trying to stir the pot.
Hope asked what Steffy was getting at. Steffy said that if Hope valued honesty, she should give it to Steffy. Steffy asked if Hope was going after Steffy's husband.
• Steffy asks if a bullet in the back is enough punishment for Bill.
• Liam wants Hope's advice.
• Thorne decides to look at the evidence against Ridge.