From Mr Lover to shady stalker
Jennifer’s rejection exposes Liam’s true nature as a controlling and abusive nightmare.
Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves) always tries to do the right thing. Like on Thursday 4 May, when she gently told her pharmaceutical sales rep rebound boyfriend Liam (Mark Collier) that she had sorted out her issues with her lover Daniel (Shawn Christian) and was going back to him, adding that she hoped they could still be friends. Well, apparently that’s not on the menu – Liam snapped at her, “Why would I want to be friends with a b**ch like you?” He immediately backpedalled but that comment waves a huge red flag for viewers and as it turns out, with good reason!
MEAN BY MACHINE
Jennifer was alerted to 25 complaints about her on the hospital’s website on Monday 8 May and while she immedi- ately suspected Anne (Meredith Scott Lynn) or Theresa (Jen Lilley), who’ve made no secret that they can’t stand her, behind Jen’s back the two mean girls accused one another of doing the job. A week later, on Monday 15 May, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) alerts Jennifer to a new attack: a fake photo of “slutty” Jennifer in a bikini standing between two shirtless men is now the front page of the hospital’s website. The photo has also been sent to her bosses. Days fans will already have the real suspect in their sights as Liam gloatingly watches Jennifer and Maxine (Aloma Wright) shred more physical copies of the photo, then asks Eric (Greg Vaughan), “It’s sick, is what it is. What makes people so cruel?” And when Eric lets sip that Daniel and Jennifer are having a party, Liam sees his next opening.
Knowing that Jen will be at Daniel’s place, Liam drops by her house – while her kids are there – and uses a toilet break as an excuse to sneak off and go through Jennifer’s dresser drawers. And at the end of the episode, while lying on his bed, he reaches into his briefcase and pulls out Jennifer’s negligee, gives it a deep sniff and promises, “Soon… very soon.” Sure enough, on Friday 19 May, after Liam’s lingerie-fuelled sex fantasy starring Jennifer is interrupted when his imaginary partner calls him Daniel, he tells himself, “Nothing’s gonna happen for Jennifer and me. Not with Daniel Jonas in the way.” Instead of fantasising about sex, Liam starts daydreaming about Jennifer placing Daniel’s photograph next to her late husband Jack’s (Matthew Ashford) portrait on her mantelpiece, talking about her tragic loss and the miracle of finding love again with Liam. Could he get any creepier? Yes – Liam’s going to be standing outside the Horton house watching from the darkness as Daniel kisses Jennifer goodnight. He’s not just a sniffer, he’s a stalker!
Liam’s got his hands on Jennifer’s underwear. And her body is next.
Seductive Jennifer wearing the stolen lingerie is all in Liam’s head.
Dan’s the man for Jennifer.