I also found it interesting that amidst a TERRIBLE overal ratings climate this climax actually paid off with the audience. Maybe this lead to change in wiritng style: back to good old longer story arc with actual high-stakes finales... Liam at the cabin lasted for three months which in B&B standards is an eternity. LOL
The whole blackmailing thing was kinda random and the whole-set up was messy. But the Friday cliffhanger was just pure perfection. Well; alluding that RIdge had something to do with it would have been even more shocking, but Vodka-Katie knowing about Ridge's swimmers will work wonders anyway, I guess.
Brooke/Bill/Katie works really well these days. Actually, besides the horrible fallout of Liam and the squad (I think this board needs stronger WTF-emoticons to illustratet seeweed-Deacon and plot point after plot point lame fall-out of the super awesome Cabin-plot with Adam and Eve) all stories are working wonderfully. I don't like all of them, but the show is at least diverse and interesting.
Everyone to the left (LOL!): Quinn is perfect as she is now. Rena Sofer is killing it and I'm loving every second of Quinn's CRAZY tale. She is the best "gray" character we ever got since Sheila 2002. Morgan never even came close. Ridiculous as it may sound, pushing Dacon off that cliff just increased her lifespan on the show. 1) she actually loves Liam (WTF!? I mean: WTF!?) 2) no one in LA cares about Deacon and 3) he is alive. Such fake cliff fall can only keep Victoria Rowell off Y&R but not Sean Kanan from playing Deacon Sharpe... Awesome twist though! The lcoation shoot has been spectaular. My only grind was the REALLY obvious difference in the cliff they used for the scary exterior shots and the beach height cliff they used for the actual scenes with the actors. Seeing both Ivy and Hope (Bye b*tches though - please stay gone!) was a nice twist and a sign that not all logic has vanished in fictional LA. The hunt for Liam is ON now, it seems. Quinn better watch out...
Finally, a wild guess: I predict an insta wedding ("vow renewa"l) for Eve and Adam in a couple of weeks with Deacon and Steffy as special guest.