The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 4/16/12
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After pulling into the Forrester Creations parking lot, Hope turns off the vehicle and searches through her purse for something. Hope comes across the pill bottle. Hope takes off her sunglasses and holds the bottle in her hand. Hope remember her last conversation with Dr. Barton, who advised her to throw away the suspicious pills. Hope leaves her car and begins walking toward the main entrance. Before she has time to do anything, Hope is bombarded by paparazzi. Steffy pulls up in her car and sees the scene with Hope and the press. The reporters keep asking Hope about her relationship with Liam, but she dodges their questions. Steffy considers stepping in on Hopes behalf, but Marcus shows up and interrupts the spectacle. The reporters leave after Marcus threatens to call security.
In Ricks office, Amber is staring at a plastic bag full of extra anti-anxiety pills. Rick walks in and Amber hides the bag behind her back. Rick senses Amber is acting strange. Amber puts the pill bag inside her purse, then asks Rick why he hasnt been in contact. Ricky says hes been busy with the new line, then apologizes to Amber for not calling her. They are interrupted when Caroline appears at the door. Caroline smiles at Rick and suggests coming back at a better time. However, Amber asks Caroline to join she and Rick in his office. Rick smiles at Caroline. Caroline asks for Rick and Ambers input on a design she is having problems with. Rick thinks its great but Amber pipes in that something needs to be done with the sleeves. Amber asks Caroline if its alright if she makes some corrections. Caroline agrees to Ambers suggestion, then smiles seductively at Rick. Caroline loves Ambers changes, which makes Amber beam with pride. Rick interrupts the two women to say Marcus just called and said Hope got hassled by the press on work premises. Rick agrees to walk Caroline to his moms office after she receives a text from Brooke. Alone, Ambers smile fades as irritation creeps in. Amber pulls out the pill bag from her purse and sits in Ricks chair to work from his laptop. Amber finds the pharmacy website she bought Hopes pills at but frowns when she sees it has been removed from the Internet. Amber is visibly upset as she reads about the investigation into the webpages tainted pills. Amber realizes what she has done to Hope.
Liam is typing on his laptop at home when Bill barges through the front door. Liam asks Bill to knock first the next time. Bill is irritated Liams not at work because he allowed Liam to take a day off to spend time with Hope at the pool party. Liam admits hes been a bit distracted lately. Bill insists Hope and Liams relationship will not be front page news for much longer, that another tabloid story will take their place. Bill inquires about Hope. Liam says he and Hope hit a rough patch but worked it out. Bill offers to give his feedback to Liam regarding the opposite sex. Liam says he and Hope are doing great, purposely evading Bills questions. Bill says the Logan women are complicated. Liam changes the subject and says Amber stopped by his house. Bill wonders what Amber is up to after Liam confides about Ambers concern for Hope. Bill knows its Ambers trademark to act all friendly. Liams cell phone rings its Hope.
From Ridges office, Hope tells Liam about her run-in with paparazzi. Hope continues to pace the floor as she tells Liam about the situation. Whispering into the phone so Bill cant hear, Liam suggests Hope call her therapist. Unbeknownst to Liam, Bill has heard the whole thing. Hope says she cant get to Dr. Bartons office, that shell have to work out her anxiety on her own. In a hushed tone, Liam brings up the anti-anxiety pills. Bill is agape with shock. Hope promises she wont take any of the pills. After Liam says I love you to Hope and ends the call, he turns and sees Bill giving him a strange look. Liam realizes his father has heard the entire phone conversation. Liam is irritated that Bill couldnt cover his ears. Bill says if Liam wanted privacy then he should have left the room. Bill calls Hope unbalanced because she needs therapy and pills. Liam asserts Hope is not crazy, shes just overwhelmed with the tabloid frenzy. Bill believes Hope can never be cured. Bill criticizes Hope for having to see a shrink in the first place.
Hope is trying to work out her anxiety when she receives a call from Dr. Barton. The therapist apologizes for the abrupt end to their session. Dr. Barton inquires about Hopes state-of-mind. Hope comes clean about the paparazzi situation, then asks about the suspicious pills. Hope wonders if there was some sort of clerical mixup at the office, that maybe the pills were sent by mistake. Dr. Barton insists no one prescribed Hope the pills. The therapist asks that Hope throw the pills immediately. Hope agrees to Dr. Bartons request. After the phone call, Steffy walks in and tells Hope that she saw what happened with the reporters. Steffy thinks Hope should have called them out. Hope says she didnt want to make the situation worse, give the paparazzi another story to write. Steffy confesses she knows how much pressure Hope is under. Hope says she and Liam want to get married as soon as possible, then blurts out Liams intention to speak to Steffy about signing the annulment papers. Hope wishes Steffy would move on with her life. Steffy says she will never be happy until shes back with Liam. Steffy says she is sorry for making Hopes situation harder, but shes not giving up on her husband. Hope cringes when Steffy reminds her that shes living with a married man. Steffy makes it clear she will not be signing any annulment papers. Steffy leaves the room and Hope starts to cry. Hope looks at her hand which is beginning to shake uncontrollably. Hope looks into a mirror, then turns around to stare at the pill bottle on Ridges desk. Hope continues to freak out, obsessing over the pills that are a few feet away from her grasp. Frustrated, Hope hurries over to the bottle and swallows one pill.
Steffy barges into Liams home and finds Bill sitting in the living room. Bill says Liam is checking in on Hope. Steffy comes clean about Hope wanting her to sign the annulment papers. Bill isnt surprised because he suddenly understands Hopes situation. Steffy senses Bill knows something about Hope that she doesnt. Bill announces he has proof of Hopes insanity she is seeing a shrink and popping pills. Steffy asks Bill how he knows this. Bill explains how he overheard Liam talking to Hope over the phone, asking about her therapist and the pills. Steffy takes Hopes side and says shes not nuts, just stressed. Bill disagrees, saying Hope is very fragile and could have a breakdown at any second. Bill doesnt want Liam to be a casualty in the fallout. Bill says Liam should be with Steffy. Bill advises Steffy to remain optimistic that Liam will return to his marriage.
Liam rushes over to Forrester Creations to console Hope in Ridges office. Hope thanks Liam for helping her through a difficult day. Hope relays that Steffy dropped by the office looking for Liam. Hope admits she blabbed about the annulment papers. Liam laughs nervously, knowing it will be harder, if not impossible, to convince Steffy to sign them now. Hope worries what the world thinks of her. Liam reminds Hope that they are in this together. Liam and Hope share a hug. Liam asks Hope if she can hang in there for a couple months. Hope nods her head yes, then Liam hugs Hope again. Minutes later, Hope is smiling again, a sign that the pill is working. Liam notices Hopes change in mood and says he is proud of Hope for getting through a tough situation without the pills. Hope smiles at Liam, then they embrace.
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