The Bold & The Beautiful
Katie & Wyatt Broke Up!
Having kept their romance largely under wraps, Katie and Wyatt both felt it would be a disaster were Bill to find out about their canoodling. Thorne returned to town and made a play for Brooke… despite her engagement to Ridge. During Brooke and Ridge’s wedding, Thorne surprised Katie by planting a kiss on her! Spying the smooch from across the canyon, Wyatt dumped his girlfriend when she got back from the wedding, but it was only a hot minute before they reunit- ed, and he proposed! Bill flipped his lid when he learned of their engagement, and rather than incur his wrath (which would include disinheriting Wyatt and suing for custody of Will), the lovebirds elected to pretend their relationship was over. Soon enough, their secret affair really did hit the skids. Realizing Will would never accept his half brother as his new stepdaddy, Wyatt and Katie elected to go their separate ways, leaving the door wide open for Thorne to offer himself to Katie as a suitable alternative.
Hope Reclaimed Liam!
Hope returned for her mom’s latest wedding and decided to stick around town to relaunch the Hope For The Future line. Though she was wistful about seeing former beau Liam, she did her best to respect the fact that he was now married to Steffy. When Steffy turned up pregnant, Liam was elated… until he realized she’d had a paternity test run! Full of anguish, she confessed that she’d slept with Bill on the one night that she’d mistakenly believed her marriage to be kaput. Though Liam was indeed the daddy, he holed himself up in a bland hotel and reconnected with Hope. Although Liam waffled between the women for a while, he eventually opted to remain in his marriage. But after Bill made it look as if he and Stef fy had shared another encounter, Liam jumped first to the wrong conclusion and then into bed — and an instant
engagement — with Hope! Liam and Hope’s wedding ceremony came to a screeching halt when best man Wyatt came clean and reported that Steffy’s “betrayal” was another one of Bill’s tricks. The bir th of Stef fy’s child brought about yet another change of heart for Liam, but his plan to remarry Steffy hit the skids when Hope announced that she, too, was pregnant! Sick of fighting for Liam’s heart, Steffy basically handed Liam over to Hope. Liam and Hope wed (for real this time) in a ceremony that culminated in a cake fight between Brooke and Taylor, who felt her daughter had gotten shor t shrift! No longer battling over a man, Hope and Steffy instead fought over their fashion lines when Ridge threw money at his daughter’s Intimates line while scaling back Hope For The Future’s budget.
Bill Was Shot By Taylor!
Though Bill was certain he and Steffy were destined to be together, he also had an enemies list a mile long of people who might want him dead. That list included Ridge ( who believed Bill had taken advantage of Steffy), Sally ( who felt he’d destroyed her career), Thomas (who was furious that Bill had instructed Caroline to fake a fatal illness) and even his good pal, Justin (who seemed to have ambitions to supplant his boss). One dark and stormy night, Bill was shot in the back in his own home by an unknown assailant. No one knew who the culprit was, though Detective Sanchez had plenty of suspects… including Liam, who had every reason to want his father dead. Indeed, Liam worried that he might have done the deed while suffering from a temporary bout of amnesia, but it was Ridge who took the fall and landed in prison after Bill swore his nemesis had pulled the trigger. Bill and Steffy eventually discovered that an unhinged Taylor was responsible for shooting him. Bill agreed to keep mum
— but only if Steffy agreed to have a life with him! After Bill convinced Steffy that Liam would always love Hope (a fact Steffy ended up witnessing with her own eyes following the Hope For The Future fashion show), she grudgingly accepted Bill’s proposal, with the caveat that he hand over all his shares of Forrester Creations. Later, she reneged on this promise, but Bill allowed her to keep the shares. All this time swooning over Steffy had cost Bill something very important: his relationship with his youngest son, Will. Sick of Bill blowing off their little boy, Katie — with the encouragement of new hubby Thorne — sued for full custody and won. Brooke supported Bill during this litigation, and when she discovered that Ridge had secretly influenced the judge, it only drew her closer to her ex. A tussle between Bill, Ridge and Thorne landed Will’s father back in the hospital after he went flying over the balcony at his mansion!
Sally Got A Fresh Start!
Sally was furious when Bill backed out of a business promise that Liam had made to her. After a romantic reunion with Thomas, she was further miffed with Bill when she discovered that he was the one responsible for her break-up with the hunk in the first place. She left L. A. to start a new life with Thomas on the East Coast but, within months, returned to L.A. — single again and feeling more down and out than ever. While drunk at Bikini Bar she encountered Wyatt, who encouraged her to crash at his place for the night. After pulling out a gun and shooting at a photo of Bill on his mantel, Sally recovered her senses and lost her heart to Wyatt! Good things followed for the redhead when
she landed a job at Forrester Creations and was ultimately given a designing position on Steffy’s Intimates line.
Maya’s cousin, Xander, arrived in town and immediately landed an internship at Forrester Creations, where he captured the attention of another intern, Emma, who was Justin’s niece. Xander kept his British accent under wraps and, when a mysterious cyber-stalker started threatening Hope, divulged that it was likely his crazy ex- girlfriend from London, Zoe. Sure enough, Zoe was in town spying on Xander and Emma when not painting a mural on Wyatt’s wall. Zoe stole Emma’s thunder at the Hope For The Future fashion show by sneaking in and modeling the showstopper, a move that landed her an offer to model for the design house! Xander, too, got promoted to model for the Intimates line. This only succeeded in making Xander and Zoe quite chummy, much to Emma’s dismay! Meanwhile, Charlie finally proposed to Pam. The bride-to-be was taken aback when Quinn refused her request to be married in the living room of the Forrester mansion. As tensions grew between Eric and Quinn, Donna just happened to return… her obvious feelings for her former husband threatening to bring out his wife’s dark side!
“Moving in? No, Wyatt, I said I’m moving on. Way to make this awkward!”
“How rude,” thought Steffy. “At least take your dang nuzzlefest outside my office!”
No, these weren’t all the suspects. This is simply whiteboard one of three.
“I must say, you make a rather convincing case as to why we should date,” admitted Wyatt.
“Who rules the world? No, not girls, silly! Interns!”