THE BLAME GAME

SHOT IN THE BACK AND LEFT FOR DEAD, Bill IS QUICK TO NAME HIS LONG­TIME EN­EMY Ridge AS THE GUN­MAN WHEN HE FI­NALLY WAKES… BUT IS HE JUST OUT FOR RE­VENGE AGAINST THE MAN HE HATES?

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Omi­nous winds howl through the Spencer es­tate, quite lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively. Bill’s trea­sured golden gun lies on a desk nearby as a rag­ing Ridge bru­tally con­fronts Bill in his liv­ing room, de­mand­ing he stay away from Steffy as he won’t let him hurt his daugh­ter any­more! After smugly taunt­ing Ridge that he had sex with Steffy be­cause she wanted it, Bill punches him and threat­ens to have Ridge ar­rested when he threat­ens to kill him!

Soon after Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) leaves the es­tate, Bill (Don Di­a­mont) is to­tally lost in thought, re­call­ing all of the heinous things he’s done to the many peo­ple around him and the re­tal­ia­tory threats of re­venge they’ve made against him. Then, the house’s se­cu­rity cam­eras flicker out and the es­tate’s front gate opens as a shad­owy fig­ure creeps up the drive­way and into the house. Un­aware some­one’s stalk­ing him, Bill has no time to re­act when the house is sud­denly plunged into dark­ness and a gun­shot echoes through the liv­ing room, the bul­let hit­ting him in the back and send­ing him crash­ing to the floor in a pool of blood!

Within mo­ments, Katie (Heather Tom) dis­cov­ers her un­con­scious ex-hus­band and sum­mons the po­lice and paramedics, who rush Bill to

“You tried to kill Bill! It was you, wasn’t it?”

hospi­tal for emer­gency surgery. Once po­lice in­quiries into the shoot­ing be­gins in earnest, the var­i­ous sus­pects are on eggshells, scram­bling to get their al­i­bis to­gether as a rat­tled Ridge en­coun­ters a ner­vous Sheila (Kim­ber­lin Brown) at Il Giardino. She wants to talk about Ridge’s ear­lier re­quest for her to kill Bill – but he’s in no mood for a chat and goes home for a sleep­less night.

The next morn­ing, Brooke (Kather­ine Kelly Lang) sees the news bul­letin that Bill’s been shot and asks her hubby if he tried to kill him. Deny­ing it, Ridge wor­ries Brooke when he wants to thank the per­son who did pull the trig­ger. Later that morn­ing, Ridge comes un­der closer scru­tiny when De­tec­tive Sanchez (Jeremy Ray Valdez) ar­rives at For­rester Cre­ations to in­ter­view him about his where­abouts the night be­fore and be­comes sus­pi­cious of Ridge’s black eye. Care­ful not to in­crim­i­nate him­self, Ridge dis­misses Det. Sanchez and replies that he knows the shooter’s iden­tity. Vis­it­ing Sheila, Ridge says, “You tried to kill Bill. It was you, wasn’t it?” Heartily laugh­ing off the ac­cu­sa­tion, Sheila re­minds Ridge that he asked her to kill Bill and, re­mem­ber­ing that Ridge was wear­ing gloves on the night Bill was shot, sus­pects he’s ac­cus­ing her to cover his own guilt. Mean­while, Ridge’s for­tunes darken again when Justin (Aaron D. Spears) sug­gests to Det. Sanchez that Ridge is the likely cul­prit, while Ridge does noth­ing to sup­port his own protests of in­no­cence as he ter­ri­fies Brooke by say­ing he doesn’t care what hap­pens to Bill; he de­serves to die after what he did to Steffy (Jac­que­line MacInnes Wood).

Un­for­tu­nately, Ridge’s sit­u­a­tion only wors­ens when Bill fi­nally re­gains un­con­scious­ness and tells Det. Sanchez that “For­rester” shot him. Aware that Ridge has mo­tive and op­por­tu­nity for the shoot­ing, the cops head to For­rester Cre­ations and place Ridge un­der ar­rest for at­tempted mur­der, much to Brooke’s hor­ror! Protest­ing his in­no­cence, Ridge rants that while he hates Bill, there are oth­ers out there who hate him enough to shoot him. Ter­ri­fied of the con­se­quences for her hus­band, Brooke vis­its Bill, ac­cuses him of ly­ing about Ridge and de­mands that he ad­mit to fram­ing him. With Bill in­sis­tent that Ridge shot him, Brooke’s left to fight her hus­band’s cor­ner, sum­mon­ing Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) to legally rep­re­sent him. Once Carter pleads Ridge’s case, Det. Sanchez be­gins to sus­pect Bill is set­ting up Ridge and con­cludes that Quinn (Rena Sofer) may be the real as­sailant after all.

Nev­er­the­less, Ridge re­mains in jail, pend­ing a bail hear­ing, as Det. Sanchez in­ter­ro­gates Quinn about her move­ments when Bill was shot. She’s mor­ti­fied to be con­sid­ered a sus­pect and Eric (John McCook) de­fends her hon­our, say­ing she’s in­no­cent. Ridge agrees Quinn is in­no­cent.

Mean­while, Brooke pleads with Bill to tell the truth and ad­mit that he never saw Ridge shoot him but, when Bill re­mains de­fi­ant, Brooke ar­gues with Det. Sanchez, de­mand­ing he set Ridge free as Bill’s eye­wit­ness ac­count isn’t re­li­able.

Get­ting an­grier, Brooke yells at him that she’ll do what­ever it takes to set Ridge free.

DOL­LAR BILL An in­dig­nant Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) is led to the cells on a mur­der charge.

BROOKE

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