At the cliffhouse, Steffy confronts Ridge about what he told Taylor. Ridge is surprised she left already, but wants to focus on Steffy and Liam’s marriage. Steffy glances at the annulment papers. Ridge is glad Taylor was there to encourage her to fight for her marriage. Steffy flashes to Bill’s request. Ridge urges her not to give up on Liam.

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In the hotel, Hope remarks on Bill’s shooter still being out there, before turning the conversation to the need for Liam to set himself free from his father and Steffy – he needs to start over. Liam is relieved to know he’s not a killer. Liam-Hope-kiss-hotel-BB-HWHope knows he’ll never be able to see Steffy the same way again, and suggests that it’s time he put this crazy chapter behind him. She’d like to help, and kisses him. Suddenly, Liam gets a call from Steffy – she asks him to come over so she can give him the annulment papers. Liam disconnects and updates Hope, who assures him he’ll still be an incredible father and adds, “I think you know what you need to do.”

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At Forrester Creations, Katie updates Brooke on Bill’s offer to hand over the company to Wyatt in the future if he ended his engagement to Katie. Brooke is sympathetic, but thinks it’s probably for the best. Katie muses that what they decided is likely the best for everyone. Talk turns to Steffy and Liam. Brooke concedes that Hope still has feelings for Liam and believes he will suffer as long as Steffy’s in his life. Katie notes Steffy won’t give up without a fight.

At home, Brooke is wary when Hope says she was at Liam’s hotel and confirms she can’t support his marriage any longer. Brooke worries she’s trying to take advantage of the situation. Hope reveals Steffy called Liam to give him the annulment papers – she hopes she’ll sign them. Brooke reminds her Liam has a baby on the way and is stunned to hear they kissed. She’s worried. They debate whether Liam could forgive what Steffy did. Hope feels he deserves a life full of goodness and love.

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In Malibu, Liam asks what changed Steffy’s mind regarding the papers.Liam-Steffy-arrive-malibu-BB-HW Steffy replies she didn’t have a choice; after what happened to Bill, she was forced to see things differently. She signs and says, “You’re free now, if that’s really what you want.” Steffy adds she’ll never stop loving him. Liam, confused, asks, “Why now?” Steffy feels she has no choice but to let him go. Liam worries this is atonement. Steffy admits she hopes he doesn’t take them – she’d rather he took her. His future is up to him.

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