Only One Woman Can Save The Bold and the Beautiful’s Liam Now — It’s Neither Steffy Nor Hope
“It’s always the mother’s fault, ain’t it?” wrote Lionel Shriver in We Need to Talk About Kevin. And while we’d disagree with that statement as a general rule, there might be something to it where Scott Clifton’s character is concerned.
We know — we’ve discussed Liam a lot lately. We’ve facepalmed over the fact that The Bold and the Beautiful had him mistake a mannequin for his wife, Hope. We’ve raged over the way that he left her with Thomas, who it can’t be stressed enough he thought posed a danger to her. We’ve shaken our heads in disbelief at his impulsive, rebound hookup with former missus Steffy. And we’ve grumbled audibly over the blood-pressure-raising double standard that he applied to his actual infidelity vs. Hope’s imagined betrayal.
Basically, the show has trashed the character — to the point that, maybe you’ll recall, we even suggested that he get outta Dodge for a while.
But if Liam remains in Los Angeles, we know one way to save him. Or, rather, we know one person who can.
For years, Liam has bounced back and forth between Hope and Steffy with such regularity that even pingpong balls have been like, “Dude, take it down a notch.” His wives are sick of it, and so is the audience. Maybe now, Liam himself will be so tired of and frustrated by his indecisiveness that he’ll do something about it — as in, go into therapy to get to the root of the problem.
We wouldn’t advise retaining Taylor’s services, of course; she might be a little bit biased, what with being Steffy’s mother and all. But Dr. James Warwick is out there somewhere. And maybe The Young and the Restless’ Dr. Emily Peterson relocated to L.A. after leaving Genoa City behind.
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Once Liam’s gotten comfortable on his therapist’s couch — we’ll go with James for the purposes of this hypothetical redemption arc — the waffler would contemplate why it is that he has so much trouble settling down with either Hope or Steffy. He loves them — both of them. So he should be able to be happy with either of them.
Furthermore, why is Liam’s reaction to being with one of them to run to the other? Why does he always need, in a sense, a woman on the side, on standby, for “just in case”? Is he unable to trust his feelings for the woman he’s with? Is he unable to trust her feelings for him? No, he might admit finally. He’s always been sure of his feelings — as well as theirs for him. Yet he’s always been…
“What?” James asks.
“Scared,” Liam replies.
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The Mother of All Explanations
In his heart of hearts, Liam has never wanted to hurt Hope or Steffy. He’s never meant to string them along. But, through his sessions with James, he’d come to realize that he’d never been free to truly commit to them because he was afraid that they would leave. It wasn’t their fault at all. It was nobody’s fault, really. He had just been scarred by the loss of his mom, Kelly Hopkins.
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When she died, Liam would explain to James, all he’d wanted to do was run. But he’d wanted to run to her, and there was no her anymore. The one person in the world who had made him feel unconditionally loved and accepted was gone. And if she could be taken away from him, so could anybody.
In hopes of helping Liam resolve his abandonment issues, James could then suggest that his patient talk directly to the individual who left him with them: his mom. Wait, what?
Mother and Child Reunion… of a Sort
James would propose that Liam close his eyes and picture his mom sitting across from him. “This is silly,” he’d protest. “You want me to see a ghost?”
But as tears slowly started to roll down his cheeks, Kelly would appear before him — and us. Since she died more than a decade ago now, we’d cast someone youngish, like Liam would remember her, maybe As the World Turns alum Kelley Menighan (Emily) or soap-hopper Robin Christopher (who took Skye from All My Children to One Life to Live to General Hospital).
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Once Liam got over the shock of being “reunited” with his mom, if only in his mind, James would encourage him to open his heart and share the feelings that he’d been denying for so long. With great shame, Liam might admit that he was angry at his mom, angry at her for leaving him all alone in this big, bad world. And he’d be embarrassed, because to be a man in dad Bill’s mind was to never be frightened, never acknowledge weakness.
“I’m not brave anymore, Mom,” Liam could sob. “Not without you.”
The Turning Point
At last, Kelly would address her son and assure him that couldn’t be more wrong: He was courageous, he just didn’t realize it. She was sorry that she hurt him by leaving — it had broken her heart, too. But even then, she knew. She knew that he no longer needed her, not really. He had become a fine man, a kind man, a brave man, someone who could not only face that big, bad world but make it seem a little less big and bad to others.
“And you do that, Liam,” she’d say. “Maybe you never stop and notice. Maybe nobody tells you. But you do that all the time for other people.
“You need to do it for yourself, too,” she’d add. “You are your own safe place. That heart of yours that I watched grow not only bigger but so much stronger… it will always steer you right. You just have to trust it.”
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Before the session would end, Liam could admit that he wasn’t sure he could do what his mom asked. “You don’t need me to tell you what I’d say to that, do you?” she’d ask.
Finally, Liam would crack a smile. “No,” he’d say. “You’re sure.”
The Next Step
With that, the session would conclude. But Liam, to demonstrate his growth to himself as well as the women he’s loved and hurt, wouldn’t run straight to either Hope or Steffy. He’d continue to look inward, to fortify himself for what was to come. On the other side of all this, he finally would be ready to make a real commitment. But to whom?
What do you think, Bold & Beautiful fans? Can you imagine a scenario like this playing out? And if it did, would it change the way you view Liam? Hit the comments with your thoughts, and while you’re here, be sure and check out the below photo gallery which tees up tours of some of your favorite stars’ homes.
<p>In 2017, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful’s</em> Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) put her contemporary Glassell Park home on the market. It featured three bedrooms, two baths and a custom kitchen. To see photos, including the outdoor fire pit, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-bold-and-the-beautiful/news/49288/katherine-kelly-lang-puts-glassell-park-home-on-the-market/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2018, <em>General Hospital’s</em> Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) custom-built De Luz area home went on the market for $1,799,000. The expansive single-level consisted of six bedrooms with ensuite baths, plus an extra bathroom, a Chef’s kitchen and a grand living area. See photos, plus the stunning view, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/51468/photos-maurice-bernards-fabulous-de-luz-home-on-the-market/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2019, and <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/554392/yr-alum-justin-hartley-divorce-days-chrishell-stause/" target="_blank">before things went south for the couple</a>, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> alum Justin Hartley (ex-Adam) and his then wife <em>Days of Our Lives’</em> Chrishell Stause (Jordan) bought an Encino mini-mansion. The 6,800 square foot San Fernando Valley home had six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. To look inside the huge walk-in closet, plus view many more features, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/538829/justin-and-chrishell-hartley-buy-mini-mansion/" target="_blank">click here for photos</a>. </p>
<p>In 2019, <em>General Hospital</em> star Genie Francis (Laura) and her husband Jonathan Frakes put their Woodland Hills mansion up for sale. The couple renovated the almost 9,000 square foot property, which contained six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a whitewashed brick-lined kitchen and formal dining room. Peek at all of the photos, as well as the view overlooking the pool, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/544619/genie-francis-jonathan-frakes-woodland-hills-home-for-sale/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>. </p>
<p>In 2019, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> alum Scott Elrod (ex-Joe) put his Hollywood Hills tudor on the market. The 1930s two-story boasted vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, five and a half baths with a Carrera marble kitchen. To look at photos, plus the treetop views, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/536428/gallery-yr-alum-scott-elrods-hollywood-hills-tudor-home-for-sale/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2019, former <em>Young & Restless</em> actor Daniel Goddard (ex-Cane) sold his Calabasas home. The Spanish-style property featured three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gorgeous courtyard and an outdoor dining area. Take a look at the unique fireplace and photos of the home <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/538749/daniel-goddard-sells-calabasas-home/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2019, <em>The Young and the Restless’</em> Jason Thompson (Billy) put his Hollywood Hills home on the market. The midcentury modern showcased two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den and a two-car garage. To see photos of the home, plus the Brazilian wood deck featuring a 70-inch soaking tub, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/553597/photos-jason-thompson-hollywood-hills-home-on-market/" target="_blank">click here</a>. </p>
<p>In 2019, <em>The Young and the Restless’</em> Joshua Morrow (Nick) sold his Westlake Village home after an extensive flip. He made a profit of $1.555 million off the Lake Sherwood residence, which featured five bedrooms and five and a half baths. To view photos, which include some beautiful aerial shots, as well as a before and after of the exterior, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/541147/josh-morrow-lists-westlake-village-home/" target="_blank">click here</a>. </p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Young & Restless</em> alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) put his Encino, California home up for sale. The breathtaking Spanish Villa sat on a 12,591 square foot lot with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one-half bathroom. You can view Moore’s former master bedroom and other photos <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/562466/yr-shemar-moore-home-on-market-breathtaking-spanish-villa/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Young & Restless</em> alum Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella) sold her Hollywood Hills home. Once owned by actor Tom Cruise, the French-inspired villa that was set atop a hill on 2.75 acres included three bedrooms, a stone cottage, two studios and a four-bedroom guesthouse. Glimpse photos of the lavish estate, and its views, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/564670/photos-eva-longoria-sells-home-once-owned-tom-cruise-hollywood/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>The Young and the Restless’</em> Melissa Ordway (Abby) and her husband <em>Days of Our Lives</em> alum Justin Gaston (ex-Ben) flipped their Los Angeles home before putting it on the market. The Toluca Lake bungalow had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a white stucco fireplace as a focal point of the living space and a high-end kitchen. To view photos, which include a studio space out back, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/565878/young-restless-melissa-ordway-house-flip/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, former <em>Days of Our Lives</em> actress Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) flipped a condo before putting it on the market and having it featured on HGTV. The two-bedroom Pacoima, California dwelling consisted of 957 square feet of open living space. View the renovations, plus the stunning wood bedroom ceiling, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/566584/days-of-our-lives-jen-lilley-condo/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> alum Mila Kunis, who played a young Hope, and husband Ashton Kutcher put their Beverly Hills home on the market. The family-friendly residence had five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms and was filled with high-end finishes. Take a look at the photos, including an expansive porch with a view, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/567326/mila-kunis-ashton-kutcher-beverly-hills-home-sale/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Young & Restless</em> alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) bought a San Fernando Valley crib. The new construction, ultra-modern villa had seven bedrooms, seven full baths with two half baths and on a half acre of property. View the sleek photos, including a massive outdoor entertaining space, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/569670/young-restless-shemar-moore-san-fernando-valley-home/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> alum Blake Berris (ex-Nick) put his Silver Lake home on the market. The 1930s traditional two-story was nestled in the hills and featured vintage touches throughout its five bedrooms and three bathrooms. To peek at photos and views from outside the home <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/569812/days-of-our-lives-blake-berris-silver-lake-home-sale/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> alum Ashley Benson (ex-Abby) bought a grand Mediterranean-style mansion. The 5,000 square foot Laughlin Park home had five bedrooms, five bathrooms and panoramic views of the hills and the city. To view the photos, and an impressive aerial view, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/570921/days-of-our-lives-ashley-benson-laughlin-park-mansion/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, amid their <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/536817/lori-loughlin-charged-college-bribery-case/" target="_blank">highly publicized legal drama</a>, <em>Edge of Night</em> actress Lori Loughlin (Jody) and husband Massimo Giannulli sold their Bel Air mansion. The villa went for $18 million, way below the asking price of $28.7 million. View photos of the estate, containing seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/571742/soap-opera-alum-lori-loughlin-bel-air-villa-sold/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>A few weeks later, Lori Loughlin bought a home in the Hidden Hills. The contemporary farmhouse-style abode was nestled on 1.57 acres of land with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. To take a look at photos of the inside, as well as more Calabasas and San Fernando Valley views, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/574972/lori-loughlin-hidden-hills-home/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> co-stars and real-life couple Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) listed their Studio City home. Not only did the property contain five bedrooms and five and a half baths, the outdoor living space was to die for. View photos, which include a fun poolside treehouse, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/574992/days-of-our-lives-arianne-zucker-shawn-christian-selling-house-photos/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>Guiding Light</em> alum Brittany Snow (Susan) put her Studio City house on the market. The Spanish-style home was tucked away for privacy and featured five bedrooms and six baths with oak flooring and vaulted ceilings. To see photos of the gleaming marble bathroom, plus other spectacular rooms, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/575112/guiding-light-brittany-snow-lists-studio-city-home/" target="_blank">click here</a>. </p>
<p>In 2020, the late Lee Phillip Bell and William J. Bell’s (creators of <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> and <em>Young & Restless</em>) Malibu estate went on the market. The East Coast-style design contained four bedrooms and three bathrooms with 60 feet of beach frontage. To look at photos of the estate <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/564039/tour-soap-creators-lee-phillip-bell-william-j-bell-malibu-estate/" target="_blank">click here</a>. Not long after, NBA great LeBron James bought <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/571587/bill-lee-phillip-bell-mansion-sold-lebron-james/" target="_blank">the Bell’s Beverly Hills mansion</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>The Young and the Restless’</em> Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) put her Spanish bungalow up for sale. She bought the Los Angeles cottage many years prior for $225,000 and was able to list it at a massive increase at $949,000! Take a tour of the inside, which includes a giant whitewashed fireplace, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/575501/young-restless-michelle-stafford-lists-spanish-bungalow-photos/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>In 2020, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful’s</em> Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) listed her Hollywood Hills home. The treehouse-like property had three bedrooms, three bathrooms with concrete and wood exterior. View photos of the open-living concept, as well as the stunning outdoor space with views, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-bold-and-the-beautiful/news/580406/bold-beautiful-jacqueline-macinnes-wood-hollywood-hills-home-sale/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>. The actress and her husband have since bought a <a href="https://www.dirt.com/entertainers/actors/jaqueline-macinnes-wood-house-westlake-village-1203360696/" target="_blank">$4.5 million Westlake Village estate</a> with over 7,000 square feet and completely hidden away from the public.</p>
<p>In 2020, Kevin McKidd, from the primetime soapy medical drama <em>Grey’s Anatomy,</em> listed his rustic Studio City home. The Fryman Canyon hideaway was secluded behind walls, trees and security gates. It had five bedrooms, four and a half baths and gorgeous hardwoods. Take a look inside, as well as its surrounding property, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/570258/greys-anatomy-kevin-mckidd-studio-city-home/" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p>
<p>Even the children of soap stars get to live the glamorous life. In 2020, <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> and <em>Young & Restless</em> real-life married couple Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Kelly Kruger (ex-Mackenzie) gave fans a peek inside their daughter Everleigh Jolie’s nursery — fit for a princess! Take a <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-bold-and-the-beautiful/news/573612/bold-and-the-beautiful-darin-brooks-punked-wife-kelly-kruger/" target="_blank">look at the photos here</a>.</p>
<p>No, she wasn’t a soap star but in 2020, Demi Lovato was dating one! <em>Young & Restless</em> alum Max Ehrich (ex-Fen) shared photos of the Hollywood Hills home <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/562150/yr-max-ehrich-reportedly-dating-singer-demi-lovato/" target="_blank">his then girlfriend</a> had put on the market. The lavish mansion had three floors, consisting of 5,500 square feet with four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. To see photos, as well as a nighttime view of Los Angeles, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/569081/young-restless-max-ehrich-demi-lovato-laurel-canyon-home/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p><em>The Young and the Restless</em> star Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/622086/young-restless-melody-thomas-scott-nikki-newman-sells-los-angeles-home/" target="_blank">sold her Los Angeles home for a big profit</a>. It’s reported that the 2001 purchase price was $2.3 million and it sold in 2022 for 6.2 million.</p>
<p><em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> alum, the late, great Betty White’s (ex-Ann) Carmel-by-the-Sea, California home went on the market in the beginning of April 2022. Take a <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-bold-and-the-beautiful/news/626859/bold-beautiful-betty-white-golden-girls-carmel-by-the-sea-home-for-sale/" target="_blank">peek inside the rustic-modern home</a>, as well as get a look at the beautiful patio area.</p>
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