The Same and the Samer
Well, I hate to go with just a snarky straight recap again, but until this show moves out of this one never-ending storyline, there's really not much else to say or do. So here we go!
Casa Bridge. Hope wants Steffy to explain why she's awfully smug about Liam. Steffy flashes back to the not-at-all-overdramatic tearing up of the annulment papers.
Bill is still trying to convince Liam to break up with Hope. Caroline and Katie come in and immediately take off, knowing the menfolk need to have an important discussion. This is no place for ladies!
Katie is listening in as Bill continues to pressure Liam to break off the engagement. Bill thinks that Liam kissing Steffy means he doesn't really want Hope. (But does Liam kissing Hope means he doesn't really want Steffy? No, because this is Bill we're talking about.)
Brooke and Ridge wonder what Hope and Steffy are discussing, and Brooke picks on him for being unwilling to design Hope's wedding dress. Brooke doesn't seem to understand why Ridge would be reluctant to do this, despite his daughter being in love with the groom.
Steffy tells Hope that Liam did something in Aspen that made her sure he still loves her (Steffy, that is. I know. It's confusing.).
Commercials. I am endlessly baffled at ad demographics. Why do we get so many ads in New York City for yard items, car-related products, outdoor barbecue fixings and the like? I guess for all the rich New Yorkers with country homes?
Back at Liam's house, Bill is still laying it on thick and Liam (as per usual) does nothing to shut him up. I am reminded of the time Bill was being obnoxious about something and Liam said, "See? This is why I never tell you anything!" and I wondered what planet he was living because on Planet Earth, you see, what Liam does would be considered telling Bill absolutely everything, all the time, always.
Katie comes out to announce that dinner is ready. I am so ashamed at my lack of appropriately fitting into proper gender roles when I think about how, at my house, this would all be reversed. The ladies would be chatting while the dudes were cooking and then I'd happily take care of dishes and trash afterwards. (Kick me out of the gender, I dare you!)
All these dinners and wine make me hungry. And thirsty.
Hilariously, Caroline and Katie have whipped up this tremendous feast based on what was in Liam's cupboards, which he claimed were virtually empty. So empty that there was fresh French bread, and plenty of fresh veggies for a huge salad.
Katie toasts to getting to know Caroline and to the upcoming wedding.
Back to Casa Bridge.
Hope (to Steffy): I know you, and I know that if something had happened in Aspen, you'd be rubbing my face in it right now. Just thank him for the memories and move on with your life!
Steffy (smugly): Thank him for the memories, huh? You know what, Hope? That's exactly what I did. [Because the show couldn't dare make us forget about the horrifying episode in which not only did Liam say, "Cha cha cha!" through actual tears as if this were to be taken seriously, but the two of them also sang a Bob Hope song to each other, making it completely impossible for the viewing public to not be totally icked out that these weird late-teens and early-twenties characters are bizarrely obsessed with getting married as quickly and as young as humanly possible, because apparently they are not young in that they are really one-million-year-old souls, and they can't just do something like, you know, DATE. --Ed.]
Anyway, Steffy tells Hope that Liam is impressed by the change in her and her willingness to own up to her past mistakes and questions if Hope has done the same, and Hope insists that she has. And then Hope says something rude about how the divorce-instead-of-annulment is just a personal favor to Steffy to give her comfort that she was once a Spencer (because that's such a freakin' prize, amirite, ladies???). Steffy leaves the house.
Dinner at Liam's is wrapping up and Katie and Caroline start to head out. Bill advises Liam to call Steffy so he doesn't have to be alone tonight.
Casa Bridge. Brooke and Hope analyze Steffy's subtext (because it's so subtle!) and Ridge tells Hope he likes that it seems like she and Steffy are making some sort of progress. Hope tells Ridge he's holding out for Steffy and that he's wrong, while he insists he just doesn't want to see her hurt and disappointed. Hope blathers on about the Italian wedding and Ridge looks concerned.
Back at Liam's house, he alternates between looking at photos of Hope and Steffy on his smartphone, just in case we were confused about the theme of this five-days-a-week television series. Like maybe we thought for a second that it might be a soap opera with a big cast and lots of stories, so just to clarify, they reminded us via his smartphone that, no, it's just the one. It's just this story, it's just these three characters and the people who obsess about them. So don't get cocky there, viewers! Anyway, Steffy shows up at the front door.
She tells him she had dinner with Hope and knows that Hope moved out, and that it was clear Liam didn't tell her about the annulment paper situation, which Steffy says is totally fine and is their "little secret" which Liam thinks is very cool of her. (Steffy keeping things from him was grounds for separation, and Hope keeping things from him was relationship-endangering and made him question the relationship, but when Liam keeps things from his women? Totally fine, y'all! He's a Spencer! Women are all on a need-to-know basis only.) Liam invites her in, but she says she won't set foot in that house until it means she's actually coming home.
Hope flashes back to Liam telling her he still loves her and is still committed to her. Brooke joins her by the fire with cake (as if those two women routinely eat dessert). Hope says she's sure Steffy is going to see Liam, but she won't let it stress her out. They're trying to figure out what cause Steffy's newfound calmness, and Hope says she's glad Steffy never agreed to an annulment because it means when the divorce finally goes through Steffy will "get" it. So, of course none of this will actually play out.
Back at Liam's, he is disappointed that Steffy's not there to seduce him. Because it's rough on his ego not to have two women on the hook, but thankfully Steffy continues to make it clear that they'll reunite, so he totally still has two women after him. So he's all good. She tells him that his tearing up the annulment papers was the single most romantic moment of her life, and actually says in all sincerity, "Oh yeah, baby, you rocked my world." And she promises him she'll never tell Hope about his ripping up the papers and making out with her. Then they kiss and, sure enough...
And then she walks way, while Liam watches her with this look on his face:
Just in case we didn't get the point that this guy is a waffling douchenozzle who should really stop getting engaged and start playing the field and grow the hell up.