In the design office, Maya and Julius discussed her concern about who her cousin was spending time with. Xander arrived, and when Xander greeted his family without a British accent, Julius encouraged Xander not to be shy about who he was. Maya mumbled that Xander wasn't shy around Emma, and Maya was concerned about his budding interest in Emma Barber.
Julius asked if Emma was the one who'd knocked Xander out. Maya added that Emma had also been caught photographing designs. Julius stated that Emma might actually be a little bit of a problem if she'd done that, too. Xander said Maya was assuming the worst. In her defense, Maya said it was because of Emma's relation to Justin, Bill's right-hand man, and Xander wasn't doing himself any favors by associating with that family.
Outside the door, Emma approached with papers and began listening in on the conversation. Xander was saying that he wished Maya would give Emma a chance and that Emma might not have revealed her relationship with Justin because she'd wanted to prove herself without any preconceived notions.
Maya repeated that Emma had been photographing designs, but Xander insisted that it hadn't been for any nefarious reason. Xander was sure Emma would do all kinds of good at Forrester. He said she was special and talented. Maya wasn't so sure.
Emma entered, and Julius said they'd just been discussing her. Emma replied that she'd heard. She tried to hand him the papers she had, but Maya said she'd take them. Emma explained that she had been caught up in the moment and had forgotten about the zero-tolerance policy on photographing designs. She swore she hadn't meant to be sneaky.
Maya asked about hiding the relationship to Justin Barber. Emma said she hadn't known how connected Bill Spencer was to everyone there. Emma felt lucky to be interning there. She'd admired Hope and the HFTF message for years. Emma was honored to work with the talented group of people. Xander and Emma smiled at each other.
Maya said it was about more than the job. It was about family, and she didn't want Xander to be affected by Emma's bad decisions. Emma understood that Maya didn't trust her, but Emma promised that she wasn't a threat. Julius advised Maya to ease up on Emma and give her a chance to prove Maya wrong.
Xander said he knew what it was like when people had the wrong preconceived notions about a person. Julius started to discuss a preconceived notion about Xander, but Xander cut Julius off with a joke about people thinking Xander was a supermodel when he was really a nerdy graphics designer with a hard head.
Emma expressed gratitude for her second chance. Maya attributed it to Hope and said security would have escorted Emma out if it had been up to Maya. Julius decided to break the tension by inviting Maya to lunch. Looking suspicious, she agreed and told him to not even mention golf. Julius thought hitting a few was a great idea. Maya agreed but refused to carry his golf clubs.
Xander and Emma laughed as Julius and Maya left. Emma appreciated what Xander had said about her earlier. Xander stated that he'd meant it, and he always had her back.
In the CEO's office, Liam was apologetic about his intention to remarry Steffy, but Hope said she didn't expect anything less of him. It just hurt her to think of the life they could have had, and she wished things had turned out differently. Liam didn't want Hope to feel alone and said it was because she wasn't. Hope was grateful for the time they'd had together. Liam said he was, too.
Hope didn't want Liam to feel guilty, and she didn't regret taking the chance. She believed they'd been in an impossible position because of Bill. Liam remarked that he hadn't talked to his father in a long time, and Hope said it was bad that Liam's father wouldn't be in the baby's life. Liam stated that he didn't want Kelly around a man like that.
Liam said Bill had done it to himself, and Liam was completely done with Bill. Hope thought that it was good that Bill couldn't manipulate them anymore. Agreeing, Liam said Bill had no more power over him, his life, or his family, and there was nothing more Bill could do to hurt Liam.
Hope wished she and Liam had had a happy ending. Even though they'd still be friends, she felt that "this" was where their story ended. Liam said they'd been there a few times before. Agreeing, Hope said it was different, and there was a child that had to be first. Liam responded with his desire for Hope to know he knew how hard it was for her to be understanding.
Hope agreed, saying they had been close. She'd been looking forward to being a stepmother and having kids with him. She couldn't keep looking back to the past, and she had to try to move on. Liam said she would, and she'd find someone. "Maybe. Hopefully. But he won't be you," Hope concluded.
At the cliff house, Steffy told Bill that he was out of his mind, but Bill said he'd never been more in his right mind. "You're so selfish. I have not slept, Bill; I have a child!" the worn-out Steffy responded. She insisted that Bill couldn't get between the soon-to-be-married Steffy and Liam. Bill believed she'd be married soon, but to him.
Steffy said Bill could forget that, and he was delusional. Bill stated that he had a new resolve, and his future was with her. She told him to stop kidding himself because she was marrying Liam again. Though Bill didn't want to play hardball with Steffy, he felt he had no choice. He asked how Taylor, the lunatic who'd shot him, was doing.
Steffy asked if Bill thought he'd just steal her away from Liam. Bill said he was there for her. His love for her was never ending, and one day, she'd have the same clarity. He was sure Liam would hurt her again, and when it happened, Bill would be there for her. Steffy told Bill that he'd robbed her of her happiness for her pregnancy. She said she'd fallen the last time he'd been there, and this time, he was there to blackmail her. "Get out!" she growled.
Bill claimed that he wasn't threatening Steffy. He was just looking out for her. "By threatening my mother's freedom?" Steffy sked. Bill said Taylor had threatened her own freedom when she'd shot him. He said Liam had agreed to marry Steffy, but he'd been just about to marry Hope. Steffy said it had been because of Bill's scam, but Bill asked how long it had taken "Flash" to get to Hope.
Bill stated that Liam had broken speed records in proposing to Hope, and Bill reminded Steffy that Hope and Liam had slept together. Bill asked if it bothered Steffy. He said Hope and Liam had always wanted each other. Bill believe that for the time being, Liam was "committed" to Steffy because he was caught up in the baby.
In Bill's view, Liam had always wanted Hope and always would. Steffy denied it, but Bill said she knew it was true. Bill felt that he had to take a hard line with Steffy because she couldn't be honest with herself. He asked if she wanted better or deserved better. Bill said she deserved a man who'd be totally committed to her.
Later, Steffy carried the baby into the living room. Bill was humbled by the child's beauty. He hadn't thought Steffy would let him see the baby. Steffy said Bill needed to know who he was messing with. Bill claimed he wanted what was best for the baby, too. Steffy said that if that was so, he'd leave because he needed to stop it. Bill replied that he would if he could, but he couldn't. He believed one of them had to be honest about their feelings.
Steffy didn't know how Bill could say that. She said she was holding his son's child, and he was threatening to tear the child's parents apart. She felt he was perpetuating the history of the Spencer men not raising their children. Bill replied that he could commit on a whole other level. "Liam's a good man. You are evil," Steffy asserted.
Bill asked if an evil man protected his shooter. "And there it is," Steffy bit out. She didn't believe he could care about her while threatening her and her mother, and she said that blackmail would not make her want him. Steffy stated that she'd marry Liam and give the baby the life she deserved, and Bill would not send Taylor to prison. "Is that understood?" Steffy asked.
Later, Steffy returned to the room after putting the baby back down. She was adamant that Bill wouldn't get what he wanted. Bill said she was fooling herself. He could see and feel her passion and desire, which she could never feel for Liam. Bill believed he could fulfill her on a whole new level, and he suggested she give in to it.
Bill reached for Steffy's face, but she told him not to touch her. Bill asked if Steffy wanted to spend her life worrying about Liam's feelings for Hope and how Steffy would feel if Taylor got arrested. Steffy's eyes widened, and Bill said Detective Sanchez called almost daily about the open attempted murder case that the court wanted to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
Steffy said that Bill wouldn't. Bill replied that he would, and if she married his son, he'd have no choice. Steffy asked if he heard how disgusting he sounded and told him not to think she wouldn't tell Liam. Bill figured Liam knew about Taylor, and Steffy affirmed that Liam did.
Bill told Steffy that if she said another word to Liam or to anyone else, Bill would go to the police. He claimed to be doing what he was doing for Steffy and for himself because Liam belonged with Hope, and Liam would eventually and inevitably marry her. Bill believed that the sooner Steffy accepted it and made a life with Bill, the better it would be for everyone -- especially Taylor. "If you marry Liam, your mother goes to prison," Bill concluded.
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