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The Bell Soaps: Not Such A Pleasant Surprise

The Bold and The Beautiful: The news of Caroline Spencer’s death hit hard last week and this week we are feeling the aftermath. We find out that Caroline’s death was caused by some sort of blood clot, but we don’t get many more details. We watch as everyone grieves and makes funeral arrangements and we witness a very heartfelt scene between Hope and Caroline’s son, Douglas. While the two are in the kitchen cooking together, Douglas recalls how his mother told him she’d never leave him and asks about heaven. Hope tells Douglas that her daughter is in heaven too, but they will not know what it is like unless they are there. Douglas tells Hope that he hopes Caroline and Beth meet and the two embrace as Douglas cries for his mother.

Taylor continues to push Steffy, as well as others, onto the idea that Steffy should get back with Liam. When Steffy tells Taylor that is no longer an option, Taylor decides to try and take matters into her own hands. While at Brooke’s house, Taylor insists to Ridge that Douglas needs a mother and Hope needs a child. When Ridge reminds Taylor of the fact that Hope is married, Taylor states that she believes Liam should be with Steffy and the girls. Taylor encourages Ridge to step in and push Liam to get back with Steffy. She also uses the argument that she thinks Hope should be with Thomas, that way she can be there for Douglas. Taylor’s really out here trying to rewrite everyone’s entire lives. The two begin to argue and Taylor becomes emotional. She tells him that she never stopped loving him through tears and kisses him. Ridge rejects the advance and tells her that they need to put the conversation and the kiss behind them. Little did Taylor know, Brooke saw they entire exchange and tells Taylor that while she understands emotions are running high, kissing her husband is not acceptable.

While at Spencer Publications, Bill talks to Katie about how hard Caroline’s death has been for him. It has helped him to realize how fragile life is. In another room, Sally talks about how Bill has been a rock through this and Wyatt, Liam, Justin and Donna agree. Donna begins to talk about how she would love to see Bill and Katie get back together.

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The Bell Soaps: Realization and Representation

The Bold and the Beautiful: The week begins with Liam receiving some brotherly advice from Wyatt. While the two are hanging out together at the cabin, Wyatt can tell that something is bothering his brother. Liam tells him how Hope wants him to go back to Steffy. Wyatt takes a moment to digest the information and then asks Liam if he agrees. Liam avoids the question and just tells Wyatt that he needs to be their for his wife. Wyatt doesn’t say much more but Liam can tell by his facial expression that Wyatt may agree with Hope. Liam eventually tells Wyatt that he is not going to abandon his marriage. 

At the end of last week, Katie invited Hope to Bikini Bar for some fun. Lo and behold, Flo batends there. Flo is working behind the bar as Hope retells the awful night of her daughter’s death to her aunt. Flo eavesdrops as Hope tells Katie everything and then drops a glass when Hope recalls, “Dr. Buckingham did everything he could, but…” Katie leaves to go pick up Will and Hope hands her credit card to Flo. Upon seeing the name on the card, Flo introduces herself to Hope and tells her that she has something to tell her. Just as Flo is about to tell Hope the truth about her baby, Zoe comes over and quickly interjects that Flo is Phoebe’s birth mother, stopping Flo from revealing the truth. After Hope leaves, Zoe scolds Flo for almost revealing the truth, Flo and Reese could go to jail if this gets out. Flo reveals that she thinks maybe Reese should go to jail after what he has done. Zoe begs Flo to leave LA and to not reveal the truth, she doesn't want her father to go down for this. 

Hope returns home and immediately tells Liam that she has met Phoebe’s birth mother. Hope tells him how she felt like them being in the same place at the same time was fate. When Hope tells Liam that Zoe was the one who revealed this information to her, Liam is confused. He wonders how Zoe knows Phoebe’s birth mother. Hope did note that there was some tension between the two women. 

Later on, Flo and Wyatt run into each other. The pair discuss how long it has been since they have last seen each other and Flo recalls that Wyatt just up and left Vegas with no warning. Wyatt updates Flo on the last few years of his life. How he know longer works with his mother, how he has found his father, and how he is now Wyatt Spencer. Wyatt asks Flo if she has kids to which she responds that it never happened for her. Flo tells Wyatt she needs to get back to work but not before telling him that she did love him. She kisses him and tells him how much she’s missed him. Wyatt tells Flo that he is living with someone but then invites her to his and Sally’s dinner party that night. Wyatt wants her to meet his brother. Little does Wyatt know, Flo has already helped to steal and sell his brother’s baby. 

Back at the beach house, Wyatt apologizes to Sally for inviting a last minute guest but she doesn’t mind, she is glad to learn about his past. Flo arrives and Sally and her hit it off. Hope and Liam arrive and Wyatt introduces Flo as an old friend. Hope is very quick to blurt out that Flo is, in fact, Phoebe’s birth mother. It takes a moment for Flo to realize that Hope is Wyatt’s sister-in-law. Wyatt blurts out that Flo was his high school sweetheart, news to Sally, and asks why she lied about having children. Flo tells them that Phoebe isn’t actually hers. They begin to discuss the night of Beth’s death. Flo finds out that Steffy is Liam’s ex-wife. Hope becomes visibly upset when discussing Beth and Flo begins to talk about regrets. Flo asks the room not to hate her. Wyatt tells Flo no one is judging her and she responds, “yeah, it’s about Phoebe.” 

Unfortunately, Flo does not reveal the truth as we expected her to. She plays it off like she is so upset because she regrets putting Phoebe up for adoption. Hope tells Flo about how Phoebe brought her joy in one of the darkest times of her life. 

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