Li Finnegan on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is an important part of her son’s life, but viewers still don’t know too much about the beautiful and strong-willed woman. And that’s where we come in! Actress Naomi Matsuda made her debut in the Aug. 2 episode of B&B, and viewers might recognize her from her roles on primetime series like ALL AMERICAN, THE ROOKIE, AMERICAN CRIME STORY, or NEW GIRL. This isn’t Matsuda’s daytime debut, either — she played John’s ex, Tori, for a brief run on DAYS OF OUR LIVES back in 2015.
Li joined her husband, Jack Finnegan, in visiting their adopted son, John “Finn” Finnegan, in Los Angeles. After meeting his fiancée, Steffy Forrester, and their son, Hayes, Li and Jack went to Forrester Creations to meet some of the rest of the family.
Li was very happy that her son was marrying into this wonderful family but then the wedding reception was ruined by the arrival of Sheila Carter, who announced that she was Finn’s birth mother! Stunned, Li couldn’t believe it until Jack confirmed that it was true. He lied that Sheila had contacted him years ago, and both Li and Finn were surprised he hadn’t told them. Of course, once the Forresters explained how evil and dangerous Sheila is, Li understood and wanted the villain to leave her son alone.
Later, Jack apologized to Li for keeping things from her, and she was relieved when he promised that Sheila wouldn’t trouble them anymore. But eventually, Jack came clean with Li and admitted that he knew who Finn’s biological father was because it was him! She was heartbroken to learn that he’d had an affair with Sheila all those years ago and lied to both her and Finn this whole time. She forced him to tell their son the truth before he found out from someone else.
In April 2022, Li was horrified when Finn was shot to death and refused to let Sheila even see him in the hospital to say goodbye. But soon after, it was revealed that there was a very good reason Li was keeping everyone away from Finn — he was really alive! As the doctor cared for her son at home, she urged him to wake up from his coma and come back to her.
After Sheila escaped from prison, she went to Li’s to confront her and was stunned to discover that Finn was still alive. However, when Li attempted to call the police, it led to a violent confrontation that ended with Sheila chasing Li’s car down the road and a collision that sent Li’s burning car plunging into the water!
Although everyone thought Li had perished in the crash, Bill Spencer was stunned to see a disheveled and disoriented Li cowering behind a restaurant! He brought her back to his place where he helped clean her up and get her checked out by a doctor. Eventually, Li recovered her wits and memories and was able to tell everyone that Finn was really alive, and Sheila had him in her clutches now! They rushed to the apartment where Li was reunited with her recovered son, although Sheila had once again given everybody the slip!
Keep watching B&B to see what happens next!