B&B: LIAM LOSES IT
In the wake of Bill’s shooting, Liam’s absolutely gobsmacked to learn his father betrayed him by proposing to Steffy, on The Bold and the Beautiful.
His anxiety heightens when he spies Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) emerging from Bill’s room. Unaware that Caroline was trying to kill Bill by shutting off his oxygen supply and attempting to strangle him, Liam is rattled when Caroline rants about hating her uncle for making her lie about being terminally ill. The sudden arrival of Detective Sanchez (Jeremy Ray Valdez) further unnerves Liam when the cop mentions the issues between Liam and his father, hinting that he could’ve shot Bill. Steffy and Hope are mortified by the accusations as a disbelieving Liam stammers that he didn’t shoot him and he hates guns. He doesn’t want or need Bill’s money either and was with Steffy when the shooting occurred so he never had the motive or, indeed, the opportunity...
Liam is in agony over his complicated feelings about Bill and seeks comfort with a supportive Hope, who reveals that Bill asked Steffy to marry him before he was shot! Stunned, Liam almost hyperventilates as Hope tells him she heard him defending Bill in the hospital and felt he needed to know the whole truth about his father. He starts ranting about his father’s betrayal when Steffy interrupts and confirms Hope’s version of events. She bears the brunt of Liam’s angst as his hatred of Bill spills out, making him look like a fool for weeping at Bill’s bed!
Once Liam has stormed off to confront a now-conscious Bill, Steffy tackles Hope for acutely worsening Liam’s state of mind with the proposal news and accuses her love rival of making more trouble in her marriage. She demands that Hope admit that she wants to steal Liam from her but Hope denies it, simply stating she only wants to help Liam be happy again.
At the hospital, Liam blasts Bill for proposing to Steffy and questions the claim that Ridge shot him, speculating that Bill wants revenge on Ridge. Steffy has similar thoughts as she wonders if Bill had Ridge arrested to get leverage over Steffy and force her to accept his marriage proposal. Vowing to be loyal to Liam, Steffy assures Bill that his real attacker is still on the loose… and then makes dinner plans with Liam.
Arriving at the cliff house for the evening, Liam accidentally bangs his head on a tree branch, causing him to suffer strange flashbacks of standing outside the window and seeing Bill propose to Steffy on the night Bill was shot. Shaken by the recollection, Liam’s thoughts become bewildered and very muddled as he races to see his father. Confronting Bill, he demands proof that Ridge shot him but, as Bill describes the scene, Liam has more strange visions, picturing himself witnessing Bill get shot! Staggered to think he saw his father’s shooting, an overwrought Liam has a panic attack while driving home. Hearing the gunshot echo in his mind, he then desperately reaches for his phone, only to pick up a sheepskin glove which the police had told him days earlier the gunman wore as he pulled the trigger!
In shock, Liam somehow gets home, wondering what’s happening to him. Immersed in traumatising flashbacks, Liam suddenly recalls all of the events of that fateful night in vivid detail and finally remembers shooting Bill! Convulsing in horror, Liam collapses to the floor in a near-catatonic state as Hope arrives, frightened by his state of mind. She’s taken aback when he cries out, “It was me! I shot my father!”
Assuming Liam is confused, Hope refuses to believe he shot Bill and insists his imagination is playing terrible tricks on him; but he’s adamant he pulled the trigger. Holding Liam as he falls exhausted into her lap, saying, “I tried to kill my own father,” Hope assures him he’s not a murderer, especially when he raves that he should go to prison. Snapping at Liam, Hope says she’s not going to let him go to jail because she loves him and wants to protect him!