AMID THE FALLOUT FROM Bill’s SHOOTING, AN INCREASINGLY ANGRY, NERVOUS, TIRED AND EMOTIONAL Wyatt VOWS HIS FATHER WON’T STOP HIM MARRYING Katie.
A newly engaged Wyatt and Katie (above) are walking on eggshells following Bill’s latest heinous actions in mercilessly threatening to sue Katie for full custody of their son Will – if she proceeds with her plans to marry Wyatt. With their hatred for Bill rapidly intensifying, Wyatt and Katie cling to each other, desperate to find a way to prevent Bill ruining their happiness.
Before they can formulate a plan of action, Bill (Don Diamont) makes good on his custody threats, ruthlessly serving Katie (Heather Tom) with the legal documents suing her for sole custody of their son. Reeling from the terrible blow, Katie is near tears as Wyatt (Darin Brooks) takes his fiancée in his arms, grimly and determinedly promising her that he won’t let his father take her son. Witnessing Katie panic that Bill plays dirty, Wyatt reiterates that his father is never going to take anything from them again. He hurriedly exits, vowing that he’ll stop Bill’s reign of terror, no matter what he has to do, leaving Katie horrified to think that Wyatt may do something stupid and jeopardise their future together.
It’s not long before Katie frets her worst fears have been realised when she finds Bill’s body after he’s been shot! Once he’s hospitalised and taken into surgery, Katie is questioned by the police, asking if she knows anybody who’d want to kill her ex. Immediately concerned that Wyatt pulled the trigger, Katie frantically tries to reach her fiancé. At Katie’s house, Wyatt stumbles through the front door in a shaken and nervous state and, realising she isn’t home, gets blind drunk and passes out, missing her calls.
Later, Wyatt wakes with a hangover and, discovering the missed calls from Katie, phones her and learns his father’s been shot. Suddenly, he’s lost in his own thoughts as he recalls Bill screaming uncontrollably at him and Katie about being engaged and how he’ll destroy them if they get married, leaving the question as to whether Wyatt shot his father hanging ominously in the air. Upon Wyatt’s arrival at hospital, Katie notices her fiancé’s frazzled state and nervously asks him if he was angry enough to shoot Bill. Despite admitting his anger towards his father, Wyatt denies he’d ever try to kill him.
Meanwhile, everyone else notices Katie and Wyatt’s nervousness, finally forcing them to admit that Bill was suing Katie for custody of Will because they’re engaged to be married and he wants to stop it. The couple’s families are pleased by the engagement news and as they offer congratulations, Wyatt promises that he and Katie will be getting married, no matter what transpires.
However, Katie’s happiness remains clouded by her nagging suspicions about what Wyatt may have done as she confides to Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) that she fears he
was mad enough to kill his father. Wyatt does nothing to assuage her fears as he rages angrily at an unconscious Bill upon learning that he’s disinherited him. His palpable anger isn’t lost on Detective Sanchez (Jeremy Ray Valdez), who witnesses his angry outbursts and wonders if he shot his father in a fit of ire.
Denying his culpability, Wyatt struggles to control his anger and frustration, fully aware that if he can’t, his hopes and dreams of marrying Katie and forming a family with her may be irreparably harmed.
Wyatt (Darin Brooks) tries to convince Katie (Heather Tom) he’d never harm his dad.