After Steffy crashed Hope and Liam’s room service elopement and dropped her baby bombshell on the small wedding party, Steffy and Hope both had the opportunity to talk to Liam, alone.
Both ladies gave impassioned pleas as to why Liam should be with them and sent the other packing. Unless Liam evicted both Hope and Steffy from his life (unlikely) one of them was going to be elated and the other heartbroken.
During her time alone with Liam Steffy apologized for telling Liam how and when she did. She had intended to keep mum about her pregnancy until after he’d made a decision. But Brooke’s strong arm tactics had forced her hand, Steffy claimed.
All the while, Liam was mesmerized by the sonogram picture of his and Steffy’s baby…
Hope told Liam nothing had changed…
Steffy’s pregnancy didn’t change anything Hope claimed. They still loved each other. Liam could commit to his child without committing to Steffy, Hope reasoned (which is precisely what Liam did when he thought Amber was carrying his child…)
Hope asked Liam to consider that Stefy hadn’t been as noble in all of this as she’d claimed. She supposedly didn’t want to influence Liam by telling him about the baby, but when Liam’s decision was not going her way (he was about to recommit to Hope), Steffy pulled out her Golden Ticket and did exactly what she claimed she hadn’t wanted to do.
Liam told Hope she wasn’t really being fair to Steffy. Brooke, by setting up the elopement, hadn’t really left the decision about who he was going to marry and when, up to Liam either. Hope conceded that was true and that she only went along because it seemed like what Liam wanted.
Hope tells Liam he should make his decision based on what HE wants. Forget about what is fair, or what Hope or Steffy or their parents want. Decide based on what Liam wants out of life. It’s a simple question Hope tells Liam.
Liam thinks that sounds selfish, however. The older he gets the more he realizes its not about the life you want, but the life you can live with. Hope is saddened by that. It sounds so bleak. We can get past this, Hope assures Liam.
Liam tells Hope that what he wants is to be the man she sees when she looks at him. And I know that man would never walk away from a child he conceived in love. Destroyed at having her own principles work against her, Hope ran out of the Malibu house with Liam in close pursuit.
Outside overlooking the Pacific Ocean Liam told Hope that he spent his entire childhood wondering where his father was. Liam told Hope that, yes, they should be married and have a long happy life together, but that some things can’t be undone.
In tears, Hope tells Liam she knows Steffy loves him, but no one would ever love him the way she does. Hope and Liam kiss – Goodbye – and Hope, heartbroken, runs off leaving Liam alone.
Did Liam make the right choice?
The answer to that depends on your perspective. Team STEAM fans will be delighted. Hope and Liam fans, not so much.
But all is not lost if you are rooting for a Hope and Liam reunion. The door has been left open. Liam may have chosen Steffy, but he made it very clear that it was circumstances prompting that decision. Would he have chosen the same if Steffy hadn’t been pregnant? Unlikely.
So what Steffy didn’t want to happen, is exactly what has transpired. Liam will stay with Steffy because of the baby…for now anyway…