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Just when you think the dust’s set­tled and it’s all happy fam­i­lies on B&B, Hope has a baby bomb­shell!

Wed­ding fever’s once again in the air now that St­effy and Liam have rec­on­ciled! But amid the heady ex­cite­ment of all the prepa­ra­tions for the big day, Bill’s fired off new salvos to pre­vent the nup­tials ever tak­ing place, hav­ing lied to keep them apart. He’s cru­elly black­mailed St­effy into call­ing off the wed­ding, threat­en­ing that if she mar­ries Liam, he’ll en­sure Tay­lor goes to prison for shoot­ing him!

That’s the ter­ri­ble predica­ment St­effy (Jac­que­line’s MacInnes Wood) finds her­self in when Liam (Scott Clifton) re­turns

home to her. He hap­pily re­ports that while Hope (An­nika Noelle) is up­set about their break-up she now be­lieves that his place is with St­effy and their daugh­ter Kelly; she won’t stand in the way of their wed­ding. When she hears Liam say he wants their wed­ding to hap­pen

im­me­di­ately, St­effy’s plagued by dreaded thoughts of Bill’s (Don Di­a­mont) threats against Tay­lor (Hunter Tylo) – and cryp­ti­cally tells her fi­ancé she needs time to sort out de­tails for the wed­ding.

When a quizzi­cal Liam presses her, St­effy has to start scram­bling to find a le­git­i­mate, cred­i­ble rea­son to de­lay the cer­e­mony; some­thing that won’t arouse Liam’s sus­pi­cions. The last thing she wants is to fire up Liam’s anger against his fa­ther all over again and cause any more dam­age that could per­ma­nently threaten her dream of a bright fu­ture with her beloved Liam.

Dis­tracted with buy­ing time to de­feat Bill, St­effy doesn’t re­alise that she’s also giv­ing her other re­la­tion­ship ri­val, Hope, am­ple op­por­tu­nity to act as a wed­ding spoiler. Hav­ing al­ready tempted Liam into work­ing along­side her on the Hope for the Fu­ture col­lec­tion at For­rester Cre­ations, Hope finds she can’t hold true to her ear­lier dec­la­ra­tion not to stand in the way of Liam and St­effy’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. At ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, Hope gets Liam alone be­hind closed doors to talk about his plans... and his feel­ings to­wards her. She brazenly bids to un­der­mine his re­mar­riage plans – with the goal of him find­ing his way back to her!

Sud­denly, Hope’s mis­sion to win back Liam is given an un­ex­pected and shock­ing shot in the arm when she sus­pects she could be preg­nant with his baby! Shar­ing the happy news with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Hope ex­cit­edly con­fides in her mum about what the devel­op­ment could mean, prompt­ing

“Hope is pa­tient and lov­ing and they ul­ti­mately share a ten­der mo­ment, bond­ing over the lifechang­ing news.”

Brooke to ac­com­pany Hope to see her OB/GYN Dr Phillips (Robin Givens), who con­firms Hope’s up the duff! Oh! My! God!

The news proves ut­terly over­whelm­ing and ex­cit­ing for an emo­tional Hope! And Brooke en­cour­ages her daugh­ter, in­sist­ing she now has to fight for the life she wants and de­serves with Liam! Nat­u­rally, though, Hope has some con­cerns, re­al­is­ing the devel­op­ment could drive quite the wedge be­tween her mum and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) – who won’t be pleased by the lat­est set­back to St­effy and Liam’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion! To put it mildly! Brooke agrees there’s bound to be com­pli­ca­tions, but prom­ises to sup­port Hope as she read­ies to break the baby news to Liam.

Even as she’s drop­ping her bomb­shell, Hope gets the to­tal be­wil­der­ment and con­fu­sion he feels, ac­cept­ing that it po­ten­tially changes every­thing for him. And others. While he reels, Hope is pa­tient and lov­ing with him and they ul­ti­mately share a ten­der mo­ment, bond­ing over the news that will also al­ter their lives. Ridge, mean­while, loses it at hear­ing Brooke’s news about Hope and a huge row erupts when she sug­gests the baby may pre­vent Liam and St­effy from mar­ry­ing! Sim­ply re­fus­ing to ac­knowl­edge that pos­si­bil­ity, Ridge is

adamant his daugh­ter and Liam will be to­gether, omi­nously promis­ing to deal with the chal­lenges that Hope’s preg­nancy throws up for them all.

As for St­effy, she’s still des­per­ately try­ing to fend off Dol­lar Bill’s in­ter­fer­ence in her life when he again shows up on her doorstep with a gift that she’s al­ways wanted. She’s in no mood to kow­tow to him, though, and in­stead de­fi­antly forges ahead with her wed­ding plans, ask­ing Eric (John McCook) to de­sign her wed­ding gown. Soon af­ter shar­ing her joy with him and Quinn (Rena Sofer) at the idea of she and Liam putting their fam­ily back to­gether again, St­effy’s world looks set to im­plode as Liam heads home to tell her Hope’s news. How will St­effy re­act to her love ri­val hav­ing Liam’s child?

LIAM Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) is pleased for Hope (An­nika Noelle).



‘You’re... what?’ Liam (Scott Clifton) can’t be­lieve what Hope’s telling him!

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