Gold Star: Scott Clifton (Liam)

THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’S Scott Clifton manned up for Liam’s ag­gres­sive take-down of his fa­ther!

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It was quite a week for THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’S Scott Clifton when Liam ran the gamut from “cor­po­rate-coup in­sti­ga­tor” to “new sher­iff in town” and, fi­nally, “knight in shin­ing ar­mor” in the span of just a few short days. There were many facets to be played in scenes that marked a true turn­ing point in the char­ac­ter’s tra­jec­tory on the show. Not only did Clifton nav­i­gate it all in stride, he re­minded us of why we love watch­ing his ef­fort­less por­trayal. Liam may have landed his fa­ther’s com­pany, but Clifton earned our Gold Star — and that’s noth­ing to sneeze at!

A Stand-up Guy… Lit­er­ally!

We’re not cer­tain Liam’s black­mail ploy would have ac­tu­ally worked had he not been able to match Bill’s own level of anger and out­rage, word for word. “Dad, I have a record­ing of you con­fess­ing to ar­son, but that’s not even the sick thing,” he ex- plained. “You want to know what the sick thing is? That was just an­other day at the of­fice for you!”

Though ac­cus­tomed to mock­ing his son for be­ing a moral cru­sader, Bill wasn’t laugh­ing this time. It was a David-ver­sus-Go­liath sce­nario, only there was no de­bate about who would win. “Who cares about the lit­tle guy, as long as you get what you want?” Liam pon­dered. “Well, as it hap­pens, I do. I care about the lit­tle guy, and I am in a po­si­tion to do some­thing about it.”

Sim­ply put, Liam was play­ing hard­ball and knew he’d al­ready won the game. That didn’t make him smug; rather, it made him cer­tain. Com­mand­ing, even. He held his ground right up un­til the mo­ment that Bill knocked it out from un­der him with a right hook! (And kudos to Clifton for mak­ing it look as though the punch re­ally hurt!)

Tough Yet Ten­der

Clifton showed his al­ter ego’s ci­vil­ity-im­bued strength dur­ing his in­ter­ac­tion with sev­eral shocked Spencer em­ploy­ees — in­clud­ing Bill’s hench­man, Justin, from whom Liam de­manded an oath of loy­alty. But chal­leng­ing scenes still lay ahead when Liam sum­moned Sally to his of­fice to ex­plain that he was giv­ing her own­er­ship of the Spec­tra Fash­ions prop­erty. It was a test of their chem­istry, to be sure, and the scenes went over well, thanks, in part, to the hu­mil­ity and charm Clifton dis­played in the face of Sally’s grat­i­tude. “You re­ally do de­serve this,” Liam as­sured her. “It’s not a char­ity case. It’s just… what’s right.”

The red­head was tick­led pink, and we dare­say it wasn’t just the bill of sale in her hands that made her feel that way. She felt a real con­nec­tion with Liam, and their sweet ban­ter gave us ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve that St­effy ought to be wor­ried.

Sup­plant­ing his fa­ther re­quired a tough­ness we’ve never seen from Liam be­fore, but the ten­der­ness we’ve come to as­so­ciate with him was still read­ily ap­par­ent. It’s a di­chotomy that will be in­ter­est­ing to see him strad­dle in the weeks and months to come, and with Clifton in com­mand, we’re cer­tain it will be fas­ci­nat­ing to watch!

Even when Liam was be­ing punched, his por­trayer man­aged to knock us out.

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