A Double Dose of Irony: Will Bold & Beautiful’s Paternity Twist See Thomas Accomplish the Seemingly Impossible?
Thomas’ unselfish — and ironic — heroics may lead to unforeseen benefits.
After a week or so of post-surgery recovery spent courting visitors on Brooke’s sofa in a snazzy sweatsuit and promising he was a new man, Thomas has indeed managed to stay on the straight and narrow. The same cannot be said for his shifty pal, Vinny, who just admitted to switching Steffy’s paternity test to make it appear Liam was the father and not Finn. Vin’s heart was in the right place; he just wanted to give his BFF a clear path to Hope, but that was far from guaranteed regardless of the baby’s parentage.
Thomas perpetuated so many offensive schemes to try and win Hope during what we’ll kindly refer to as his obsessive phase, that many viewers swore they would never be able to buy a Thomas and Hope pairing. Indeed, Hope herself has been quick to warn Thomas it isn’t going to happen whenever he slips any mention of love or caring into a conversation. Of course, their dynamic has changed since she helped to save his life, but the history between them is quite a deterrent.
Even if Hope ditches her marriage to Liam, there are certainly other big hurdles to her getting together with Thomas. Her mother for one. Brooke doesn’t trust Thomas as far as she can throw a semi-truck — Ridge’s son or not — and would absolutely be opposed to her daughter hooking up with a man who has done her so much harm (unless said guy is Liam of course).
But what if both Hope and Brooke were to change their minds about Thomas in light of him helping to bring the truth to light about Steffy’s paternity test? The irony of Thomas setting things right where Steffy’s unborn baby is concerned after concealing the truth about Beth/Phoebe is a heck of a path to redemption, but just might be what gets the job done.
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Once Finn tells the story of how Thomas pushed Vinny to come clean for the betterment of all, and refused to indulge Vinny’s prompts to keep quiet and pursue Hope for himself, the woman he loves and her formidable mother are bound to change their tune about him. Moreover, after the celebration dies down about Liam not being the father of Steffy’s baby, Hope may very well decide she still can’t get past his recurrent infidelity and give the new, improved Thomas, who also happens to be a one-woman man, a second look.
More: Wait, did Steffy really just try and get away with that?
It would be a double dose of irony indeed if Thomas were to win Hope’s love and Brooke’s acceptance by revealing the truth about a baby and do it unintentionally through just being honest after more than a year of manipulating.
Let us know your thoughts on what will happen next with Thomas, but first, take a peek back at Hope and Liam’s love story in the photo gallery below.
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<p>Hope connected with newcomer Liam Cooper and helped him to discover the identity of his biological father. The DNA testing came down to Thorne Forrester and Bill Spencer Jr., with Bill being revealed as Liam’s father.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam fell in love despite opposition from his newfound father Bill, who wasn’t a fan of Hope. Her ex, Oliver, and her step-sister, Steffy, also presented challenges but couldn’t keep the two apart.</p>
<p>After Liam woke up next to Amber Moore, though the night was a total blackout for him, she later claimed to be pregnant with his baby. Hope and Liam waffled back and forth, but ultimately broke up so as to let him do right by his child.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam reunited just as she was about to accept Oliver’s marriage proposal. Amber had given birth to an African-American baby and Liam was not the father after all.</p>
<p>Liam proposed to Hope and the engaged couple moved in together, but Hope wanted to save sex until after they were married in keeping with the message of her line, Hope for the Future. She ended the engagement after seeing him kiss Steffy.</p>
<p>Though Liam had married Steffy in Aspen, while Hope watched helplessly from a gondola, the pair still had feelings for one another. When Thomas took Hope to Cabo San Lucas, Steffy and Liam were also there. Hope and Liam stole a kiss on the beach, but he remained married to Steffy, who was injured in an ATV accident. Bill manipulated a doctor to fudge the MRI results to keep Liam with his wife.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam got back together after Bill’s machinations were exposed but Steffy held out for a divorce, which left Hope full of anxiety over sleeping with a married man. She became dependent on anti-anxiety pills for a time, but promised Liam she’d kick the habit after nearly drowning and running into Steffy on a ski hill.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam finally married in Italy after though it was a near-miss as Bill arranged for her biological father, Deacon Sharpe, to show up and delay Hope. Hope later discovered a video of Liam and Steffy kissing and demanded a do-over, but that also wasn’t to be as Liam showed up tattooed with dyed hair after a night with Steffy. Since the wedding in Italy wasn’t legally binding, Liam moved on with Steffy.</p>
<p>Hope fought for her man after learning all of the details on how they’d been manipulated and Brooke and Hope decided to surprise Liam with a cliffside wedding ceremony. Vows were about to be exchanged when Steffy turned up with Taylor to tell Liam she was pregnant.</p>
<p>After Steffy lost Liam’s baby in a motorcycle accident, Hope got back with Liam, but by now had met his brother, Wyatt and connected with him as well. Hope and Liam were set to be married again, but Hope balked after finding Liam talking with Steffy, who was visiting from overseas, ahead of time.</p>
<p>Hope dated both Wyatt and Liam for a while, but ultimately decided, once again, that Liam was the man she wanted to marry. She told him to meet her at the Eiffel Tower in Paris where they would be wed. When Wyatt’s mother, Quinn, delayed Liam, Hope assumed he was a no-show and ended up marrying Wyatt instead. After getting pregnant and losing the baby, Hope left Wyatt and moved overseas, but not before telling Liam she’d always love him.</p>
<p>After years away, Hope returned to find Liam living in a hotel after learning his pregnant wife, Steffy, had slept with his father, Bill. Hope tried to help the duo reconcile but fell for her ex once again.</p>
<p>Liam was set to reconcile with Steffy but discovered she was still seeing Bill and proposed to Hope. The happy couple was set to be married when Wyatt intervened to explain that Liam had been deceived about Steffy and Bill.</p>
<p>After Hope learned she was pregnant with Liam’s child, and Steffy gave the duo her blessing to be together, Hope and Liam were finally married. They spent their honeymoon night in their cabin home looking forward to the future.</p>
<p>After Liam and Hope were told their baby had been stillborn, though she was actually adopted by an unwitting Steffy, Hope sunk into a depression. She urged Liam to be with Steffy and the girls and pressed for an annulment.</p>
<p>After it was discovered that their daughter, Beth, was alive and living with Steffy as Phoebe, and weathering Thomas’ obsession with Hope, Liam and Hope were able to embrace their future as a family again. They remarried in a symbolic ceremony that included Thomas’ son, Douglas, as Hope had become his legal guardian, and later made it official at City Hall.</p>
<p>A constant threat to Hope’s relationship with Liam has been Thomas’ obsession with her. If he wasn’t imagining that a lookalike mannequin was flirting with him, he was hatching schemes to separate her from her husband and accept him as a hunky consolation prize. When the pair began working together on Hope For the Future they became a ‘dream team’ leaving Liam feeling like a third wheel.</p>
<p>When Thomas’ latest “mistake” not only left Hope’s line with little Hope For the Future but also led to Douglas choosing to live with Steffy and Finn, Liam was there to support his wife with reassuring words. Now, Hope For the Future is back in full swing and Douglas has agreed to come home — but it’s all because Hope agreed to work with Thomas again… which could lead to big problems in the cabin. Liam might <em>not</em> be whispering much longer but protesting loudly.</p>
<p>Though Thomas had previously skeeved Hope out, she suddenly found herself, as Steffy put it, gazing at him with desire. So while she tried to resist the impulse to throw herself at the designer, Liam did his damnedest to keep from getting so hot under the collar that his neck wound up being singed. </p>
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