At the cliff house, Liam felt that things were changing very quickly, and he still couldn't believe Steffy had gone. Hope replied that Steffy was giving him a gift by letting him have the life he'd chosen with Hope long before others had interfered. Liam felt that it had happened out of nowhere, and it made no sense that Steffy had taken off after wanting to try for another baby.
Liam was glad that Hope was there for him. He said she was his best friend and much more, and she was there for him when he needed it. Hope said he'd been blindsided, and it was reasonable that he needed time to recover. She said she was very patient, and she'd be there when he was ready.
Liam conveyed that he'd thought he and Hope and run out of chances. Hope replied that she'd always known that time would catch back up to them, and though he still needed time to heal, she believed that their plans and dreams could still happen.
Hope stated that she wasn't pushing Liam. She wanted them to take their time and get to know each other again. Liam claimed to know how much he'd hurt Hope, but she said she'd hurt him, too. She felt that they needed to rebuild and reconnect. Liam laughed, wondering if they could really do that. He said he was shell-shocked still. Hope understood that and said he'd cared a lot for Steffy.
Hope was excited for her and Liam's future because they'd already had a strong foundation. A montage of scenes of Hope and Liam's romance played on screen. Hope said they'd had an amazing first chapter, and she couldn't wait to experience the rest. She kissed Liam, and bewildered, he stared at her.
At Rick's house, Maya and Rick discussed the "coincidences" that had led to Jesse being at the club for Alison to photograph him with Maya. Rick thought it was classic Dollar Bill but asserted that Bill wouldn't get away with it. Maya asked Rick not to make Bill an enemy, but Rick insisted that Bill needed to learn that Maya was off-limits.
In the CEO's office, Caroline couldn't make herself press the "single" button on her phone app. As she tossed the phone aside, Bill entered, saying he had better things to do than to be summoned to Forrester. Caroline sarcastically quipped that she was very thankful to her uncle for blackmailing Maya and costing Caroline her relationship with Rick.
Caroline ordered Bill to do something because Maya couldn't have Caroline's boyfriend. Bill remarked that he'd have to reveal incriminating information that would land Maya back in prison. "Works for me," Caroline replied.
Bill received a call from Alison, who patched Rick through to Bill. Rick ordered Bill to meet him at Forrester. Bill commented on how bossy everyone seemed that day. Bill said it should please Rick to know that Bill was already at Forrester, and he'd be waiting.
Later, Maya entered while Caroline was alone. Caroline made Maya wait to speak until Caroline had posted something for her Internet followers, and then Caroline quipped that Maya had been in prison when the world had gone viral. Maya said she'd arrived in hopes of forming a truce because she and Caroline had to work together. Caroline seethed that she'd rather Maya not be there at all.
Maya claimed she wasn't going anywhere and said Caroline could relay that to her uncle. Caroline stated that, for the record, she hadn't known about Bill's blackmail. Maya asked what would be different if Caroline had known. With a shrug, Caroline indicated that she was okay with anything it took to get Maya out of Rick's life, and Maya shouldn't have made her return to prison an option.
Caroline asserted that she was a Spencer, and they protected what was theirs. She suggested that Maya latch onto someone like Carter, who was hot with great abs. Caroline highlighted that, unlike Rick, Carter was available. Maya declared that she and Rick were together, and it was what they both wanted. Maya suggested that Caroline accept it.
Caroline stated that before she handed Rick or her territory over to an ex-con, she'd send Maya back to jail herself. Caroline felt that Rick wanted to save Maya, and the more damaged a woman was, the better for Rick's rescue complex. "There was train-wreck Amber and now jailbird you," Caroline quipped. Caroline said she was the woman he could take in public without doing the walk of shame.
Maya thought that only problem was that Rick didn't want to be with Caroline. Disagreeing, Caroline replied that he'd been temporarily blindsided by the fashion-crippled Maya, who wasn't suitable for Rick. Maya said that Rick's choice was Maya, and Caroline and Bill didn't get a vote.
Caroline asserted that Maya had underestimated Caroline, who was an intelligent and substantial person. Maya said that Caroline had to be hiding behind her insincerity and rudeness. Caroline stated that she wasn't those ways; she was from Manhattan, and she'd worked hard to earn the right to be the way she was.
Caroline claimed that she hadn't just popped out that way. Instead, she'd been schooled to learn what was proper, and she'd attended cotillions. Caroline asserted that she was a ballerina and a sommelier, and she could tell everything about a glass of red wine in just one swallow.
Maya guessed that Caroline was impressed with herself, and a truce was out of the question. Maya decided she was wasting her time. As Maya left, Caroline warned that Maya shouldn't get comfortable because New Yorkers never gave up.
In the photo studio by the jail cell prop, Rick awaited Bill. When Bill arrived, he asked what the cell was, and Rick said it was a prop and a way for Caroline to stick it to Maya. Rick revealed that he knew Bill was blackmailing Maya, but it would stop right then.
Rick asked Bill to explain why a man of Bill's power and standing would be so interested in manipulating Caroline's personal life. Bill explained that he wanted his niece to be happy. Rick said that Caroline wasn't the person he'd thought she'd been, but Bill quipped that the ex-con was better. Rick said that Bill liked to make threats, but Rick could do that, too. Rick threatened to fire Caroline from Forrester if Bill didn't back away from Maya.
Bill claimed that he had nothing against Maya, but his concern was for Rick and Caroline. Rick insisted that he and Caroline were done. Though Rick appreciated Bill's sudden "concern," all Rick really wanted was Bill's word that he'd leave Maya alone.
Checking out the cell, Bill stated that Caroline was a clever girl to have a great marketing campaign and get some digs in at the same time. Rick replied that Maya didn't deserve the digs or Bill's bullying. Bill asserted that Caroline's happiness was his priority, not Maya's hurt feelings.
Bill said that as Caroline's uncle and protector, it was his job to ensure that Caroline got what she wanted. Rick guessed that meant that Bill didn't plan on backing off. "Not in my DNA," Bill responded.
Maya arrived, and as Bill walked into the cell, he remarked that it had been clever of his niece to remind Maya of where she'd been and where she could be headed if she didn't play by the rules. As Bill explained that Maya could go to jail if she broke the rules of the court, Bill heard a clang. He looked around and saw that the cell door had closed behind him.
Bill asked Rick what he'd done, and Rick guessed Bill would have to listen to him. Rick decided that he wouldn't let Bill out of the cell unless Bill promised to stop the bullying. Rick instructed Bill to apologize to Maya, and afterward, Rick would consider letting Bill go.