The Bold and the Beautiful: Who does Liam belong with? Hope or Steffy?
Despite photos surfacing of Kimberly Matula (Hope) and Scott Clifton (Liam) in wedding garb on The Bold and The Beautiful’s location shoot in Italy, you have to wonder who Liam really belongs with? Hope “I’m true to my principles above everything else” Logan or Steffy “cha-cha-cha” Forrester.
More photos from the Italy shoot show Steffy falling from a cliff and being washed ashore apparently unconscious…
Whenever you put Hope, Liam and Steffy on location things never seem to turn out quite like you imagine. So did Hope and Liam marry? More than likely. Failed wedding attempts are reserved for studio shoots in Los Angeles, not beautiful international destinations.
But will Hope and Liam’s marital union last any longer than Steffy and Liam’s? Somehow, I doubt it.
Liam, Hope and Steffy – The re-telling of an old story
The love triangle between Hope, Liam and Steffy is a clever re-telling of the Ridge, Brooke and Taylor love story. Like, Liam, Ridge had a hard time choosing between two very beautiful, but different women. A choice that never quite seems to be final if last year’s storyline where Thomas lied about sleeping with Brooke while marooned on an island is any indication. The revelation sent Ridge right back into Taylor’s arms until the truth came out.
Of course, having Ridge and Taylor’s daughter, Steffy, pitted against Brooke’s daughter Hope in the quest for Liam’s hand in marriage (both ladies appear to have his love!) places conflict in the relationship between Ridge and Brooke. And you can bet that Taylor is waiting in the wings for another chance with Ridge – the only man she has ever truly loved. (Taylor’s last marriage ended because she was still mooning over Ridge!)
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Hope, Liam and Steffy – The history
Of course, the love triangle between Liam, Hope and Steffy has its own spin. It isn’t a complete re-telling of Brook, Ridge and Taylor’s love story. That would be boring. And I’m not sure anyone wants to see a repeat of the “Taylor saved from death by Prince Omar and kept in his harem” days.
Anyway, back to Hope, Liam and Steffy…
Amber’s Baby is not Liam’s!
Once Amber’s baby was born and it was clear Liam was not the father, Hope and Liam thought their lives would be plain sailing from there. Liam proposed as Hope modeled the showstopper at a Forrester Fashion show. Hope accepted Liam’s ring and proceeded to treat her wedding as a promotional event for her “Hope for the Future” fashion line, complete with a message in morality and chastity to young women about abstinence and being true to themselves.
Enter Steffy. Heartbroken when her lover Bill Spencer, Liam’s father, chose to stay with his wife, Katie (another Logan!) rather than start the life with her that he’d promised, Steffy almost drowned in her bathtub. Liam saved her and it was the start of the connection between Steffy and Liam.
Steffy realizing she had developed feelings for Liam began to manipulate Liam telling him that Hope was inconsiderate by making him wait til they are married to have sex, and making the whole thing public via her Hope for the Future campaign was just humiliating.
Bringing forward the wedding and ‘Hope for the Future’
Liam tried to get Hope to bring forward their wedding so that they could live together as man and wife and Hope agreed. The Forrester clan however had other ideas – the wedding was tied intrinsically to their marketing plans for Hope’s line and they couldn’t bring forward the wedding date without compromising the entire campaign.
Hope caved to the pressure and disappointed Liam who was driven into Steffy’s waiting arms. They kissed. When Hope discovered Liam’s betrayal she gave him back his ring in an emotional moment and left the Malibu house.
Hope finds Steffy wearing her ring!
Steffy took advantage, and by the following morning when a now calmer Hope returned to talk things through with Liam, Hope discovered Steffy wearing her engagement ring!
Bill Spencer sent his son and new fiancé on an engagement trip to Aspen where Liam and Steffy’s relationship blossomed in the idyllic setting. Hope, however was en route to Aspen to talk to Liam and sent him a cryptic message via Ricks snowboarding buddy to “Not give up hope" and meet her at the top of the gondola.
Liam received the message , ditched Steffy and headed to the top of the mountain and waited. When Steffy spotted Hope in Aspen she put her own plan into action – with the help of her father in law to be, Bill Spencer. Steffy had Ramona help her make arrangements and headed to the top of the mountain, demanding that Bill stop the gondola carrying Hope to the mountain-top.
Hope watches as Liam marries Steffy in Aspen
Bill came through and Hope was forced to watch from the stalled gondola as Steffy clad in a while mini dress, flowing veil and biker boots walked up to Liam on the mist covered mountain. A minister appeared and Hope watched helpless as Liam married Steffy.
But Liam and Steffy’s wedded bliss was short lived as one by one Steffy and Bill’s manipulations come to light, though Liam initially forgave Steffy and his father for how his marriage started.
When Hope and Thomas, and Steffy and Liam found themselves at the same Mexican resort for a post Christmas getaway, the manipulations stepped up. In trying to keep Hope and Liam apart, Thomas proposed to Hope, got her drunk and high-tailed it down the beach on an ATV when Liam did spot them. Liam berated his wife for her manipulations (he was chased by a mariachi band!) and jumped on an ATV to rescue an obviously inebriated Hope. Steffy in turn followed Liam.
Steffy has an Accident – Bill manipulates Liam into staying with Steffy
Liam caught up with Hope and Thomas, he and Hope kissed despite Thomas reminding Liam he’s married to his sister. On the way back to the resort they found an unconscious Steffy had come off her ATV. Bill Spencer, Ridge and Taylor flew down to Mexico when they received news of Steffy’s hospitalization.
Bill realized that his son was about to leave Steffy for Hope – a relationship he doesn’t approve of – and bribed Steffy’s doctor into switching Steffy’s MRI’s and lying about the severity of her condition. Steffy’s family and friends were told that any stress could dislodge a blood clot in Steffy’s brain killing her. A reluctant Liam stayed with his wife. Hope was heartbroken. And Steffy thought she could die at any moment.
Bill’s lies came to light however through Katie, Bill’s wife, and Liam ended his marriage to Steffy once and for all. He does lover Steffy but there have been too many lies. Hope convinced Liam to serve annulment papers on Steffy so that they could marry immediately. Hope planned her wedding for the following day, announcing the event to the world, and Liam, at a press conference.
Steffy won’t annul her marriage
Steffy refused to sign the annulment papers insisting that she wouldn’t pretend her marriage never happened by annulling it. If Liam wanted a divorce he would have one. But it would take six months to become final.
Many tried to convince Steffy to sign the annulment papers so Hope could have her wedding day, but Steffy refused. Hope learned the truth while standing at the altar about to marry Liam. She stormed to Taylor’s house and confronted Steffy. They ended up in a name-calling hair-pulling fight with the chocolate fountain Taylor had received from Thorne for Valentine’s Day.
Hope, the hypocrite, is hounded by the press
Hope moved in with Liam and they consummated their relationship which made the press turn on her. She was an adultress, and not true to the message she’d been promoting to young women through her Hope for the Future campaign. The press and paparazzi hounded Hope making her turn to pills supplied by Amber (from an online pharmacy).
Her pill-popping exposed, Hope promised Liam it would happen no more and agreed to attend fashion week in Aspen with Liam – an event the press would be covering. Bill Spencer arranged for the press to follow Hopes every move which drove Hope back to her pills.
Later she and Liam went skiing and a high Hope ran over an innocent bystander on the slopes – Steffy. Hope laughed off the incident and when Steffy said she was okay, skied off. When Steffy tried to stand, however, she found her knee had been injured and couldn’t move. Liam found her on the slopes and organized for the ski patrol to take his wife down the mountain.
Liam stayed with Steffy at the hospital returning home to see Hope only long enough to let her know how disappointed he was in her lying about the pills. Hope vowed to give up the pills forever, and returned home to Los Angeles to see her shrink.
Steffy signs the annulment papers
Meanwhile back in Aspen, Liam brought Steffy back to the house to recover unaware that Hope had already left. He and Steffy enjoyed their time together the closeness between the two still evident. Finally, Steffy gave Liam the signed annulment papers joking that she always seemed to end up in hospital – it was time to end the madness between the three of them. They sang a Bob Hope song – Thanks for the memories – then Liam tore up the annulment papers and pulled Steffy into an passionate kiss.
Back in Los Angeles, however, Liam let Hope believe that Steffy was still refusing to sign the annulment papers, until Brooke overheard the truth…
- The Bold and the Beautiful: Hope and Liam Marry - PICTURES!
Hope and Liam finally said their "I do's" on a cliff in Puglia, Italy. PICTURES
Hope finally dumps Liam when he turns up at their latest wedding "attempt" with a red faux-hawk and neck tattoo after spending the night before their wedding partying with ex-wife, Steffy.
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Hope, Liam and Steffy - The future
Even if Hope and Liam do tie the knot in Italy I doubt it will be the end for Liam and Steffy. First of all, it was clear in Aspen when Liam tore up the annulment papers that Liam still had deep feelings for Steffy. Maybe Liam can explain the tearing up of the papers by saying it was out of respect for Steffy and what their marriage did once mean to him, but that kiss? That wasn't out of respect...
Secondly, there is still far too much potential storytelling in a Steffy and Liam (Steam) union.
The fact that Bill Spencer, Jr is just a little too enamored with his former mistress Steffy hasn’t been fully explored yet, which could set the scene for another soap opera favorite, the love triangle featuring a father and son. Though Katie and Bill seem happy for the moment, with the news of an impending birth, Katie's health issues leave plenty of room for conflict in that storyline.
And if somehere along the way, Liam learned to make a choice and developed a little more gumption that would be good too. Perhaps then I could believe that Liam would be a worthy match for Steffy.
Updated! 2013 Edition!
The Liam, Hope and Steffy love triangle continues. As 2013 dawns, Liam once again finds himself having to chose between Steffy and Hope. This time he isn't married to either of them, but Steffy does have a some leverage that Hope doesn't - she's pregnant!