Well, today we finally got the big explanation about Maya's child. It was her boyfriend's daughter, and when her boyfriend got in trouble, Maya became the legal guardian. That... seems like a big fat retcon, but whatever. The kid had died before we ever even met Maya so I can just shrug this one off to "Soaps!"
It's a little strange that she keeps skipping over her time in prison when she's explaining things to Nicole. Everyone knows about that, right? She was wrongly convicted and eventually exonerated, so there's no huge shame around it. Obviously everyone at FC is well aware. And lord knows there are serious problems when it comes to how trans women are treated by the prison system, but maybe I'm asking too much of a daytime soap in terms of back story and realism. But why can't Maya explain a huge chunk of her absence in her sister's life by her prison sentence?! It seems pretty obvious.
(Can we talk about my huge relief that they finally moved to the couch for a bit? Let's just say that both of these actresses, uh, struggle with gesture. Maya generally makes none, and Nicole just makes the same awkward hand-flapping one. A lot. Get to know your arms, ladies! This is like Nina from the freakin' Seagull up in here.)
Anyway, of course they're revving up the whole "honesty" angle on this, with Nicole insisting that people would have respected her for being honest about who she was instead of disappearing to California (and of course Rick droning on and on about how much he respects her honesty and integrity) (I am reminded that he made out with Maya constantly when Caroline was supposed to still be his girlfriend, but okay Rickster). Maya astutely pointed out that Nicole herself had called her a "freak" and asked dozens of invasive questions about surgeries, etc., and that she just wanted to remove herself from that kind of situation and just live as a woman, since that's what she is. So really, once again, the language feels right. (Y'all can tell how terrified I still am that this is going to get so offensive.)
They are killing me a bit, though, with Rick raving on and on about how all designs at Forrester Creations should be tailored to Maya and her extreme "femininity," which I'm assuming is supposed to be some sort of dramatic irony. As if we're supposed to be thinking, "Femininity? HAHAHAHA little does he know!" and that's just the sort of nonsense I'm afraid of here. (It's not very successful dramatic irony when the woman they're talking about is, in fact, EXTREMELY FEMININE.) Not to mention the fact that almost everyone on the show pretty much loathes Rick right now (and surely for very good reason, it seems like he's been a dick as CEO), so it does feel a little like it's supposed to be some sort of poetic justice when he finds out he's dating a trans woman. That makes me nervous.
Look, I know this will not and cannot be perfect, and maybe I'm jumping the gun here and this storyline will actually end up a humanizing growth experience for Rick and any number of other characters! But I feel like every scene is on a landmine with this right now. I'M HAVING TRUST ISSUES, YOU GUYS!
As for the rest of it, Liam hates Rick for being a demanding boss to Ivy because he thinks it's a real blow to her self-esteem. Has he met anyone on this show? Does anyone but Pam have anything but a monumental ego? Anyway, I can't make myself care even if Rick is an asshole because Liam is... Liam. (Feel free to peruse the B&B archives on this site for hundreds and hundreds of ragey explanations for why Liam is a douchenozzle!)