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Though Bill Jr. and Sr. were never close, the younger man arrived in Los Angeles determined to do his daddy proud — by ruining Eric Forrester for the sake of his on-again/off-again wife, Stephanie, who apparently had been the late publishing magnate’s true love. #themoreyouknow
No, She’s Not *That* Karen
In addition to a raison d’être, Bill Sr. left the chip off his ol’ block a sister in formerly-brunette Karen, who you probably remember a little less vividly than you do… Wait for it… Wait for it…
The Golden Child
The apple of Bill Sr.’s eye was Karen’s twin sister, virginal Caroline, who got all kindsa messed up in a love triangle with the Forrester brothers, Ridge and Thorne, before saying, “You’re killin’ me, fellas” — and meaning it!
With Friends Like These…
Scheme-y as she was, Stephanie turned out to be a terrible partner in crime for Bill. No sooner had he gotten the goods on Eric than she switched teams in order to protect her sometime “better” half. Honey bee, that ain’t how alliances work!
Like Father, Like Son
The term “skeevy” meaning nothing to womanizing Bill, he hit on Pop’s onetime bay Donna Logan with an abandon that almost screamed, “Dude, read the room. Read. The. Room.”
‘How *You* Doin’?’
Bill fared considerably better with Donna’s kid sister, Katie.
Like, *Way* Better
Does this image need a caption? Bill and Katie made out. A lot. There. Ya happy?
What? We *Said* They Made Out a Lot!
Sometimes, they even played it shirts-vs.-skins style.
Well, duh. Of course, some of their canoodling went down in the sauna. If you had a sauna, wouldn’t you canoodle there?
Same Old, Same… Whoa!
Yeah, that wasn’t Katie that Bill was smooching in 2009, that was Eric’s granddaughter, Steffy. WTH was in that candle, anyway?
‘You May Kiss the… Oh, I See… You Already Are’
Never mind where his tongue had strayed, Bill still got himself and Katie pronounced kisser and kissee in a lavish ceremony in her old San Fernando Valley ’hood.
It’s a Boy!
In 2010, Bill took a break from locking lips with Katie just long enough to come to grips with the fact that he was the father of… well, his polar opposite: soulful Spencer Publications intern Liam Cooper.
‘Ya Want Me to Like… What? Throw Myself Over?’
When social climber Amber Moore claimed to be pregnant with Liam’s child — for what it’s worth, if anything, she wasn’t — Daddy Dearest suggested that she take a flying leap. As in, he strongly suggested it. Not a great look for Bill.
Bill also made an impression on “the dressmaker,” perpetual nemesis Ridge Forrester (then Ronn Moss). In turn, Ridge tried to make an impression on Bill’s face.
‘Have a Seat, Why Don’t Ya?’
Despite Bill’s “commitment” to Katie, he did little nothing to discourage Steffy’s fondness for close talking.
‘Poker Night, Huh? I’ll Bet’
No stranger to cheating husbands, Taylor Forrester immediately picked up on a vibe between daughter Steffy and Bill. Or maybe she just noticed how hard they were panting and how few clothes they were wearing. In either case, she exposed their relationship, in the process giving Katie a (literal) heart attack.
Father Knows Best
He thought so, anyway. So Bill got Hope Logan’s ne’er-do-well dad Deacon Sharpe sprung from prison in a roundabout attempt to stop the young woman’s marriage to Liam.
Close But No Cigar
Despite Bill’s efforts to get Liam and Hope (then Kim Matula) to exchange ciaos rather than vows, the young lovers tied the knot in Italy. They should have made it a double knot, but that’s another story altogether…
‘Insert Reassuring Words Here’
After a chance encounter with Deacon revealed to Katie just how nefarious her husband really was, she went into premature labor with son Will and came thisclose to going from the maternity ward to the morgue.
‘Look What I Made’
Um, Katie helped, Bill. Just sayin’.
‘Stay Back, I Mean It… ’
Nah. Bill didn’t mean it. When postpartum depression prompted Katie to push her husband toward big sister Brooke, they resisted the urge to play tonsil hockey for as long as they could. In other words…
A Hot Second
Yep, that was about how long Bill and Brooke waited before they started picking out monogrammed towels as if Katie had been a nanny that they only vaguely remembered. Or had she been the housekeeper? Chauffeur?
‘Walk It Off?’
After Bill’s niece Caroline found out about his — we’ll be generous and say — “association” with Deacon, she pulled an Amber and took a flying leap off his balcony. Coincidence? Hmm.
Afterwards, there was only one way that anyone would go, ahem, “clubbing” with Bill. Also, Hope was royally ticked about the [bleep] that he’d pulled with her old man.
‘Where’s the Plug?’
When Katie’s heart literally broke, it brought Bill back to her side. With lovergirl Brooke in tow. So, ya know, mixed bag.
‘I’ll Drink to That’
When Bill refused Katie’s pleas to go on the wagon — or at least near it — she declared their marriage, however briefly, toast. He, in turn, went right on clinking glasses with Brooke. And by “clinking glasses,” we mean, obviously, having sex. Lots and lots of sex.
‘It’s My Party, and I’ll Cry If I Want To’
OK, technically, it was Brooke’s birthday bash. Katie still had every right to turn on the waterworks after Taylor revealed what had been going on behind her back between her sister and Bill.
‘But I Was Told This Necklace Was One of a Kind’
In 2013, Bill discovered that his long-ago affair with Quinn Fuller (Rena Sofer) had given his family tree a new branch, one from which hung grown son Wyatt (Darin Brooks).
‘They’re Real and They’re Spectacular!’
So upset was Bill to learn that Brooke intended to remarry former husband Ridge that he tied one on and enjoyed a particularly raucous romp with Quinn.
After Katie laid claim to Ridge herself, Bill spirited away Brooke to the United Arab Emirates to make her his missus. If only Ridge hadn’t shown up with a photo of the groom in bed with Quinn…
Determined to shake wedding crasher Ridge, Bill had right-hand man Justin Barber bank their getaway chopper, sending “the dressmaker” plummeting into the Persian Sea.
‘No Purple Nurples! No Purple Nurples!’
When Bill learned that Ridge (now Thorsten Kaye) had two-timed Katie with Caroline, an altogether dignified scuffle ensued.
Those Who Don’t Learn From the Past…
… are doomed to repeat it. Just ask Katie, who somehow managed to remarry Bill without including in her vows, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”
Eric might have been trying to stop his son from smacking Bill for revealing in his publications that Rick’s girlfriend Maya Avant was transgender. But we have a hunch that Eric was just helping Rick with his form and follow-through. Bill had it comin’.
‘C’mon Now, Boys… Whose Month Is It?’
When Katie threw in the towel with Bill once and for all (again), he finally managed to make Brooke his… Wait. No, he didn’t finally manage to make Brooke his wife. As a matter of fact, he himself called it off after Ridge showed up and all but pulled a Helena Cassadine on the otherwise happy couple.
‘Smile If You Doubt It’ll Last Six Months’
Bill didn’t actually put a ring on it until after Brooke’s 104th reunion with Ridge went belly up. Or was it her 105th? We lose count.
Yay or Neigh?
Say what you will about Brooke and Bill, the two of them get each other: She even found a way to combine all of his favorite things in one skimpy outfit. And not for nothin’, but neither of them minded the way that stallion figurine watched while they, ahem, enjoyed one another’s company.
Eager to erect his own skyscraper, Bill came perilously close to blowing up Liam as well as Sally Spectra when he tore down the fashionista’s building with them still inside. “And,” added Shirley Spectra, “I hadn’t cleaned out the office fridge yet. I still had a Snapple in there — raspberry, you animal!”
‘There’s Only One Thing to Do’
Upon learning that Sally had planted what she thought was a dying kiss on Liam, Steffy was comforted by Bill, who offered wise words and a shoulder to cry on. Ha! If only. What she got from her father-in-law was smack talk about her husband and a night of ill-advised nookie.
After disowning Wyatt over his engagement to Katie, threatening to take Will away from his ex-wife and completely upending Liam and Steffy’s marriage, Bill was shot. But not by any of those people, by Steffy’s mother Taylor, who apparently got homicidal tendencies around the same time that she did blonde highlights.
Yeah, yeah, Bill took a two-story fall during a scuffle with Ridge and Thorne. Spoiler alert: He lived. What intrigues us about this image is the fact that one of his shoes seems to have come off as he plummeted downward. And the same thing happened to Caroline way back when. Does footwear always get dislodged mid-air? Have there been studies done? If not, there should be.
Away She Goes!
Now we wish we had a better photo of Amber from when Bill overenthusiastically showed her his view in 2011. Clearly, she still had both of her shoes on when she went over the ledge. But — did she still have them when she landed? [Thinks.] We digress. Moving on…
Dressed to Spill
In 2019, Katie — poor, dear, gullible Katie — was once more contemplating a rematch with Bill. But could she trust him? (No.) To find out — even though the answer would still be no — she had blonde bombshell Shauna Fulton pour him a lapful of wine. Of note: While Bill didn’t shtup the seductress, he was really no more trustworthy than he had been before. Oh Katie. Poor, dear, gullible Katie.
Hate to Say We Told Ya So…
We totally did, though. See? As soon as Brooke was back with Ridge, and Bill was back with Katie, this is what Brooke and Bill did. As predictable as the changing of the seasons.
Right in the Kisser
When Bill’s lip lock with Brooke was exposed — at a party celebrating her reunion with Ridge, no less — punch was served not one but two ways.
Around and Around
In the winter of 2021, Bill decided that he really, really wanted Katie back. He meant it this time. Like, more than all of the other times. Combined. Sensibly, she had concerns. Why, she was looking at one of them in this very image. Maybe she’d be reassured if she just got Shauna to spill some more wine on Bill’s zipper. That’s the ticket.
How Do Ya Know When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom?
Bill learned the answer to that age-old question in 2022 when he was rejected by both Brooke and Katie in a matter of minutes, then was revealed to have been hooking up for who knows how long with homicidal maniac Sheila Carter. Could somebody please inform him that there are such things as dating apps?
Oooh! Turned out, Bill didn’t want Sheila, he wanted her behind bars. So he’d teamed up with Ridge, of all people, embarked on an affair with the madwoman and even proposed, all to entice out of her a confession to the murder of Lance Day — remember him? — and get her sent to prison for life.
As low as he may have stooped over the years, the sky is still the limit as far as Bill’s concerned. All we know for sure is that, whatever the mogul’s future holds — and whomever he’s holding in it! — his motto will remain, “Go big or go home… with me.”