One more time. (CBS)

“B&B” Breakdown
Week of December 24 – 28:

What a bummer to see the dreaded triangle storyline revisited. Worse, it immediately became a dark cloud that began to eclipse the other storylines again, with the notable exception of the too-brief Forrester Christmas, which was heartbreakingly poignant. Thoughts on the week:

Scoring points.
While Rick was busy lapping up the compliments from Caroline for coming clean to Hope, perhaps he should have told her the real reason he betrayed his sister – so he could manipulate Thomas and slither his way in between him and Caroline. Of course, Caroline’s so enamored of Rick at this point she’d probably think it was cute. Ugh.

I’ll be home for Christmas.
I loved the way Christmas was handled, from everyone gathering at the Forrester mansion, to Eric insisting on attending the Celtic Woman performance with two martini glasses, to Pam seeing the bluebird and the comic relief of Thorne tossing lemon bars against the wall, and finally to all of Eric’s loved ones showing up in his private box. I cried. So moving…and such a nice episode end to have Susan Flannery (Stephanie) appear to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Beautiful.