The Bold & The Beautiful Update Thursday 2/9/12
Written By Rachna
Pictures By Juanita
Steffy tells Liam she cant sign those annulment papers. She says their marriage wasnt perfect but it was real and to her it still is. Liam doesnt know what to say in response as he stares back at her.
Ridge enters his office with Brooke to find Hope preparing for a big press conference. Not impressed, he says to her that he thought she was going to be keeping things low-key. She says she is. Brooke tells Ridge to let Hope celebrate for being back with Liam. Ridge says he understands her need to celebrate but tells her that if the press asks about Steffy to just not comment on it. Hope tells Ridge that she isnt gloating she just wants to thank everyone who has stuck by her through this hard time. She says she just wants to let them know this story has a happy ending. Brooke beams at her daughter.
Marcus and Beverly congratulate Hope before leaving. Rick comes in and tells his sister he is happy for her but asks her if she really wants to do this now. Brooke says there is no reason to drag things out, Ridge says there is no reason to rush into things either but Hope says this should have happened months ago. She says that as soon as the annulment goes through Liam and her are getting married and laughs in joy.
Steffy says if he wants to end their marriage then fine shell give him a divorce but shes not going to portend that their time together meant nothing. Liam says thats not how he feels. Steffy says neither does she but an annulment is like erasing a marriage, something she is not willing to do as she doesnt feel they were a mistake. Liam tells her he is trying to move this along. Steffy says so he wants to move in with Hope, get married and knock out a few kids. Liam says he is thinking of her too, she doesnt want to get bogged down by this but Steffy lets him know that she is in no hurry to end their marriage. She asks him if Hope and him just want to pick up where they left off and reminds them where they were and how that wasnt a great spot.
Liam gets a phone call from Hope. Liam tells Steffy that its almost time for the press conference. Steffy says great and to let the celebration begin sourly. Liam tells Steffy Hope is just happy. Steffy asks Liam if he is and he asks if she means right in this moment. He says no but he will be happy and so will she. Steffy says waiting a few months for the divorce to become final wont change anything all it will do is give them time to think things through.
Seeing the impatience on Liams face she says he can wait to marry Hope but he cant wait to get rid of her. Liam says thats not how it is. Steffy says she knows how it is and says he is tired of fun and excitement and just wants to slow things down. She says she gets that. Liam tells her she wanted to have kids too but Steffy says she said she did but some day. She says she wants to see the world and indulge in her passions first. Liam says she will get to do that but she tells him she wanted to do it with him making him fall silent.
Steffy tells him shell take her ring off but only when the divorce is final. She says if that is his decision then shell accept it but she isnt going to speed it up by signing these papers. She says hell thank her for this some day as Hope is a station wagon and she is a hot ride. Liam sighs and asks if this is her final answer. Steffy firmly says it is and Liam nods his head in acceptance having no other choice.
Steffy tells Madison she is not taking any calls today and sits down to work. Taylor knocks on the door and enters. Steffy tells her to please lock the door. Taylor says shes hiding like she was afraid she was going to be but Steffy says she just wanted to work without being disturbed. Taylor tells her to work from home or come to lunch with her. Steffy says that very sweet but she doesnt need to be disturbed. Taylor says she doesnt want her to sit here torturing herself as she saw reporters in the building. Steffy scornfully says they are here for Hopes big announcement.
She says she cant believe Hope is dragging Liam back into the spotlight and wonders if they have both forgotten how messed up things were before when she did this. Taylor asks if Steffy has seen Liam recently and Steffy admits that he just walked out before Taylor came in. She talks about the papers and Taylor recognizes them .She says she tried to talk some sense into Liam, these annulment papers are so wrong. She says she is so sorry. Steffy says shes not signing them. She says their marriage didnt work the way they planned but it wasnt a mistake.
Jarrett tells Hope that a little birdy tells him she has some good news for them. Hope says they will get started any minute and she is just waiting on Liam. Jarrett points out that Liam is here. Hope greets Liam and Liam apologizes for being late. Hope says he is right on time. Liam is relieved and asks if maybe they can have a quick talk then but Hope says after they finish here they can take the rest of the day off and just get away. She takes his hand and tells him she has to keep pinching herself to remember this is happening as everything she has been praying for is coming true. Liam says it feels good doesnt it. Smiling, she says it does and says she wants to tell everyone that if you stick to your principles and maintain your dignity then good things will happen to you. She leads him into the conference and begins.
Hope says she is sure they have guessed what shes about to announce, so she won't keep them in suspense any longer. She says she can hardly contain herself and breathes deeply before letting out a giggle and saying that Liam and her are back together and Hope for the Future is back on track. A reporter asks her if this is a business announcement or a personal one. She says its both but more personal because she wants to take this opportunity to thank all the people who supported her over the past few months. She says their messages of sympathy and encouragement really did make a big difference and now she has message for them and that is to not give up on your ideals.
She says that dignity and self-respect never go out of style, so find your moral center and take a stand on it now. Smiling she says she cant promise that things will turn out as well for them as they did for her and laughs saying that in fact she can guarantee it, because Liam is one-of-a-kind and hes all hers leaving Liam to laugh.
Jarrett says that they were engaged before and intended to marry. Liam says that those intentions have not changed. Hope nods and says neither have her values. She says she wants to make that very clear that she said that she would stay true to myself, and she has. She says her message to young women is still the same. A reporter says then shes still waiting for marriage until sex. Hope says yes she is but fortunately they won't have to wait too long, because Liam and her are getting married tomorrow. The cameras go wild and Ridge looks shocked in the background at the sudden, public wedding announcement.
The reporters ask if shes really getting married tomorrow and ask questions about how long they have been together, when did he and Steffy separate and if their was a problem with their marriage. Liam says that there was no problem and that their marriage was real.
Jarrett says but hes now marrying Hope so how can that be. Liam says hes sorry but hes not discussing his relationship with Steffy. He tells them that they parted on good terms and there are no hard feelings between them and beyond that, he has no comment. Jarrett says but a divorce takes months. Smiling Hope says that an annulment doesn't sparking questions about if that was how it worked.
Hope says that what happened was that Liam and her found their way back together. She says they are committed and are getting married. Liam says well, as soon as possible. Hope cuts questions short about Steffy by saying they dont have much time left so she will be happy to answer any questions about only her marriage. The reporters ask her who designed her wedding dress, Ridge or Eric. Hope says both. They ask to see it and Ridge laughs saying why not an leading them out to see the gown.
When Liam begins to follow them Rick stops him saying that its bad luck for the groom to see the dress before the wedding. Liam says yes if course tensely and Brooke watches him in concern noticing he doesnt look as happy as he should.
Taylor asks Steffy if she thinks it was Liams idea to file the annulment. Steffy defends Liam by saying he wasn't thinking about what it meant and that he just wanted it to be simple. She says but he's ending a marriage, so, of course, it's not going to be simple.
Taylor asks if he said he was moving on. Steffy says he can in a few months, when the divorce is finalized. She says at that point he can be free to do whatever he wants. Steffy firmly says that until then shes not giving up. Taylor asks if she told him that very clearly. Steffy says he knows how she feels and unlike Hope she doesnt have to put it in big capital letters for the whole world to see.
Sighing she says isn't it enough that Liam and Hope are together? Scoffing she says but no, Hope has to be on her soapbox and start blabbing about how her principles paid off in the end. Frustrated, she says nothing has changed and Hope is still the same. She says its s still about her campaign and still about her rules, her image. She says it can never be just about Hope and Liam and it never will be. Taylor nods and hugs her daughter.
Liam looks at picture of Hope and him fondly. Brooke enters the office. Liam says he thought he was alone. Brooke asks if something is wrong because he seems a little tense. Liam tries to play it off by saying he is good and things are just moving pretty fast, Brooke says that he seemed surprised when Hope made that announcement today and asks if they didnt discuss it. Liam says they did but they never decided on anything official. Brooke says but he filed those annulment papers. Liam pauses before he says he had them drawn up.
Concerned now, Brooke asks him what is going on. Liam says he no idea that Hope was going to tell everyone we're getting married tomorrow and that it didn't even occur to him.
Brooke says but he is getting married tomorrow isnt he. Liam says he would love to get married, even right this moment but he cant. Brooke asks him why not and Liam finally admits that Steffy wouldn't sign the papers and won't agree to an annulment.
Shocked, Brooke says but their marriage is over. Liam says he knows that but Steffy has this stand that if they get an annulment, it's like the marriage never happened, like they never had feelings for each other. He says he keeps on saying that's not the case but this is hard for Steffy and she's really hurting right now and he didnt want to force the issue yet. Brooke gets demanding and says hes going to have to. She says that he made a commitment to her daughter, and Hope thinks hes ready to move forward with their life.
Liam screams that he is. Brooke says then he has to get those papers signed. Liam says hes not saying he wont he just needs more time. Brooke says Steffy is interfering with her daughter's happiness and she can't stand it anymore. She gets hyper and says shes not going stand by while Steffy plays more stupid games. She moves to leave and shouts that shes going over there before Steffy interferes in Hopes life anymore. Liam tries to stop her but Brooke slams the door and leaves.
Liam checks if Brooke has left the building and when he hears she has not he says thats good and runs out to stop her. He is stopped by Rick who is curious as to where he is running to. Liam tells him he is in a hurry and tells him Brooke is going to talk to Steffy. Rick asks about what and Liam tells him Steffy didnt sign the papers. Rick slams the door and proceeds to yell at Liam.
He says Hope and him are getting married tomorrow. Liam says thats what she told everybody. Rick says that is what she believes. He says he just saw her and shes on top of the world. He says she didn't mention that there was a problem with the papers. Liam admits thats because she doesnt know.
He says he tried to tell her before the press conference, but there wasn't enough time. Rick tells him to sit tight and to see if his mom can actually do some damage control and get Steffy to sign those annulment papers. He says because that is what Liam wants. He says he wants to put this behind him and move on with his sister as soon as you can. Ricks words sound more like a demand than a question and Liam says of course and sighs in response.
Brooke barges into Steffys office and asks Steffy where the annulment papers are. Steffy says they are right with her, unsigned but she already knows about that and that is why she must be here. Brooke arrogantly says that Steffys marriage to Liam is over and that Liam is in love with Hope.
She says that Steffy has stood in their way long enough. Steffy gets angry and says she is standing in Liam's way as shes offered to give him a divorce. Brooke says good, because Hope wants to move ahead with their wedding tomorrow. Steffy coolly says that Hope is going to have to wait just like she made Liam wait.
Brooke says Hope is not going to wait one more day, one more minute. She says that Hope and Liam have made up their minds. Standing up, Steffy firmly says so has she and shouts that she is not signing those papers. Brooke tries to be bossy and tells her she is but Steffy says shes not. Trying a different approach Brooke says she knew this was going to happen and that it was inevitable.
She says that Steffy knew that Hope and Liam were going to be together and she knew that from the moment he put Hopes ring on her finger and that was she went to the extents she did because she knew how it was going to turn out. Steffy says not yet but Brooke says it will. Steffy asks then why are they ranting about this. She says if it's inevitable, who cares when it happens. Brooke screams that she cares and her daughter cares. She says Hope wants to move ahead with her life with Liam, and she wants to do it tomorrow.
Steffy puts down her foot and says thats too damn bad because she wont negate her marriage to speed up hers. She says what she has is real and what Liam and her had was beautiful, and she is not going to put all that underneath some rug. Brooke says that nobody is asking her to pretend it never happened. Steffy says that is what an annulment is, its asking to dissolve the marriage and she doesnt want to deny it. Sighing, Brooke asks even if that is what Liam wants.
Steffy says Liam asked her to sign these papers but she wouldnt do it and Liam let it drop. Brooke says thats only because he doesnt want to hurt her. Steffy says because he cares about her. Brooke tries to crush Steffys hopes by saying Liam is never coming back to her. Steffy says she thinks he is and even if he isnt, this is her life, her marriage, and Brooke doesnt get to say how it ends.
She tells Brooke to stay out of it. Stuttering now, Brooke says she thinks Steffy is reading too much into this and that there is nothing wrong with an annulment. Steffy screams that its demeaning. She says it implies fraud and shame and she is not ashamed of my marriage. Looking at Brooke firmly she says and neither is Liam.
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