At Rick's place, Caroline remarked that Rick was pouting, but Maya had made it clear that she didn't want to be with him. Caroline thought it was good for Maya to decide not to pursue a taken man, and Rick probably should take advantage of the fact that his girlfriend did want him.
Caroline dropped her dress and gave Rick a sultry look. "You are taken, aren't you?" she asked. She snuggled up to him, but he moved away and said it just wasn't working between them. He ended it with her and said that he wanted to do everything he could to change Maya's mind about him. Caroline asked why, and Rick replied that he loved Maya.
In Bill's office, Maya commented that Bill loved having minions to do his bidding and fetch his wheatgrass juice, but she didn't work for him. Bill asked God to bless America for freedom of choice, but then he asked Maya if they served wheatgrass in prison. Bill said he almost liked Maya, and it would be a shame for her tenacity to wind up wasted behind bars.
Maya claimed that the pictures Bill had of her were innocent photos from a chance encounter, but Bill felt that they were enough to send her back to the joint. She said it was laughable that a man of his power was going after her, but he replied that if his niece was happy, then he was happy. Maya asserted that she deserved happiness, too, and for her, that meant being with Rick.
Bill wondered what good being with Rick would be if Maya were in jail. Maya figured a judge would see the pictures for what they really were, and Bill wasn't doing Caroline any favors by keeping her with a man who didn't feel for her what Rick felt for Maya. Bill asked why Rick hadn't broken it off with Caroline, and Maya said Rick had tried. "That's what he's telling you," Bill replied.
Bill claimed that he didn't need a photo to put Maya back in jail. He had powerful connections, and he wasn't afraid to use them. Maya ordered Bill to get on the phone with his connections. She let him know that if the police wanted to arrest her, she'd be at Rick's, telling him how she really felt. Maya left, and Bill wondered why the spunky ones had to learn the hard way.
Bill called Caroline to instruct her to head to Rick's house because Maya was on the way there. Caroline said she was already there. She heard Maya pull up outside and thanked him for the warning.
After the call, Caroline, still only in her underwear, greeted Maya at the door. Maya rolled her eyes, and Caroline said Rick was in the shower. Caroline announced that she and Rick were in the middle of celebrating his and Maya's breakup. Caroline claimed that Rick had been glad that Maya had ended things because he'd feared what a woman with Maya's criminal record might do if he dumped her.
Caroline said she and Rick had been in bed all day, but the disbelieving Maya strode right into the house, asking if Caroline would mind if Maya got the information directly from Rick. Caroline told Maya to save herself the embarrassment; however, Maya said she'd be out of Rick's hair in a few moments, and he could go back to being with Caroline -- if that was what he wanted.
Rick entered the room and was surprised to see Maya. Maya stated that she'd arrived to tell him the truth. She said she'd been scared away from Rick by threats from Caroline's uncle. Caroline and Rick were each shocked to hear that. Maya said she'd gone along with Bill at first; however, Bill couldn't stop what was between her and Rick. "Nobody can," Maya said.
In the CEO's office, Katie arrived as the perplexed Hope sat at a drawing table. Hope shared that Steffy had just announced that she was leaving Liam, Forrester, and the country. Katie was shocked, and Hope added that Steffy was ending the marriage, setting Liam free to be with Hope.
Katie asked if Steffy had given any reasons for her decision. Hope said Steffy hadn't, and Hope wasn't about to try to change Steffy's mind. The worried Katie suspected that Liam might. Hope insisted that Steffy was done, and it could mean a real chance for Liam and Hope.
At the cliff house, Liam reasoned that Steffy couldn't go to Paris because they were married. Steffy said that it had been for a short time, but he'd go on to have a beautiful life and family with Hope. Liam asked if Steffy were ending things because she thought he'd only married her for the child. She said she wouldn't have allowed that, and he screamed, "Then what the hell, Steffy?"
Liam decided that Steffy was delirious, but Steffy insisted that she knew what she was saying. She wanted to join Ridge in Paris and never return. She added that if she did ever return, she'd be happy to see Liam having a family with Hope. Steffy thought Liam deserved everything, including a white picket fence, but he wouldn't have it with her.
Liam asserted that something was wrong because Steffy never gave up. Steffy claimed that she'd given it a lot of thought, and they weren't meant to be. She said he'd be happy with Hope, who'd had him first. Steffy added that, deep down, it was what Liam wanted. Steffy was happy that she and Liam had spent their time together, but she insisted that she had to go.
Liam didn't understand how Steffy could go from wanting to have another baby to giving up on the marriage. He asked what he had done to her to make her decide that. She insisted that she couldn't give him what he wanted. Liam asked if she thought he wanted a wife and a mother. He explained that there was no hurry to have children, and they had all the time in the world.
Steffy said waiting wouldn't change things. Liam asked what would, and she yelled that she wanted him to be happy with Hope. Steffy insisted she'd be happy knowing he was fulfilled in a way that she couldn't make him. She asked him to let her go. "No," Liam bit out and hugged her tightly.
Liam said he'd never stopped Steffy from being free to do what she wanted, but he couldn't consent to her plan. He didn't buy that she thought he'd be better off with Hope. Instead, he felt that Steffy was keeping something from him, and he wished he knew what it was.
Steffy relayed that a part of him had always loved Hope, and even though what he had with Hope didn't compare to his marriage to Steffy, Hope was a good girl. Steffy insisted that Liam and Hope "just worked," and it was better if Steffy wasn't there in his ear, distracting him with "cha-cha-cha."
Liam said that it wasn't fair. A song played as Steffy slipped off her ring and placed it in his hand. She hugged him, and they cried. Steffy kissed Liam and said "goodbye." At the door, she uttered that she loved him. Steffy left, and Liam gasped. On the porch, Steffy cried.