The Bold and the Beautiful recap (Jan. 4): Bill delivers his terms

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Bill may have looked like he was wavering on Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, but he doubled down on his threat on Jan. 4. Steffy thought she was getting through to him, but her arguments against Sheila seemed to have only motivated him to stick by the woman. So, while she’s locked up right now, it may not be for long.

Sheila, however, did have to entertain two visitors while imprisoned. Her surprise reunion with her old pal Mike Guthrie was a welcome sight to her, but Li wasn’t. The two have never been on the best of terms and it didn’t help matters that Sheila nearly killed her. But for as smug as Li was, she may be eating crow very soon if Bill doesn’t stop clinging to a future with Sheila.

Here’s the full recap of events.

The Bold and the Beautiful recap (Jan. 4)

At the top of the episode, Sheila was brought into the visitor’s room to see Mike Guthrie. Apparently, he has his own connections at the jail despite being locked up himself. He secured a meeting with her via his relationship with one of the guards.

The two didn’t talk about much other than Mike’s devotion to Sheila. He seems to think with the both of them locked up all they have is each other. But as she has pointed out countless times, no one should be counting Sheila Carter out. So, as much as Mike would like to be the center of her attention and the two can think of each other in their lonely cells, she doesn’t plan on being there long.

Sheila’s holding onto the belief that Bill will make good on their plan and come and get her. Even in the face of Li’s visit, she held tight to it. Li had been fresh from a conversation with their son, Finn, at the Cliff House. He’d been anxiously awaiting Steffy’s next text and his mother’s arrival managed to distract him.

She’d been glowing and smug with the news of Sheila’s arrest. Finn didn’t let on that this whole situation is more complicated than she knows, but he looked worried. Everyone is so sure that Sheila’s going to be behind bars even though she still hasn’t stood trial, and she’s always wiggled out of every dire circumstance she’s been stuck in.

As such, when Li rolled up smirking and gloating about Sheila’s arrest, I couldn’t help but think that she’s going to be eating crow soon. All of the characters are too confident, the shoe could be about to drop for them and we know who would be dropping it. Bill.

Steffy seemed like she was getting somewhere with Bill as she worked to get a verbal agreement from him that he won’t be alerting the authorities to her mother’s crime. But that dovetailed in the end of the episode when all of her points only served to remind Bill of all that he’s done.

He, too, has done irreparable damage to the people he loves. He’s always been so focused on his needs and his wants that it’s only after the dust has settled that he’s realized what he’s done. Unfortunately, it looks like that cycle isn’t going to be broken just yet. As insightful as that bit of dialogue was, Bill seems to be missing he’s still giving into his worst impulses.

For a man who’s been raking himself over the coals for being selfish, he hasn’t caught on to the fact that choosing to prioritize Sheila’s needs so they can be together is a selfish choice. Bill doesn’t want to be alone so he’s willing to throw his family under the bus to ensure that he’s not. He says Sheila understands him and that they can’t hurt each other, but he is hurting the people he loves.

Bill better watch out. Sheila could end up burning him if she is only using him like Steffy insists that she is. She wasn’t wrong when she said Sheila attached herself to a powerful man for her own gain. This very much is coming off like a ploy, but the memory of Sheila telling him that she loves him and her words on what his sword necklace symbolizes pushed Bill to double down on his threat. Steffy needs to drop the charges against Sheila. If she doesn’t, he’s going to the police about Taylor. It’s Sheila’s life for Taylor’s freedom. No negotiations. Those are his terms.

Until next time, Bold fans. Stay beautiful!

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