Credit: Bridget goes off! (

B&B Breakdown for the week of January 12.

This week brought us a new umbrella storyline on The Bold and the Beautiful, which is giving formerly backburned characters more screen time and has definitely caught my attention.

I am intrigued by the whole stolen design thing and even though we may have seen it before, it’s bringing everyone into the mix and it’s even more interesting since it’s becoming a bit of a whodunit. And lets face it, most of the canvas has a reason to want to sabotage Forrester Creations right now. While they seem to really be focusing on Thorne, Felicia, Rick, Katie or Stephanie as culprits, I have a feeling it might be someone we haven’t suspected. Pam maybe? That’s just a guess, I have no knowledge of who it is.

For the first time in a long time, I liked seeing Nick and Katie onscreen. The story so far has nothing to do with Brooke or Bridget or Jack or their feelings. Katie’s not being an insecure mess over Nick or obsessing over Jack. They are involved, but their storyline is business, not personal. It’s a relief to get away from the overdramatics of their recent past.

It was also refreshing to see real life being reflected somewhat into the storyline. The economy is hurting everyone and the fact that that’s why Jackie M is doing poorly is a good way to jump start this new story arc. Of course, Nick will rebound and they will be fine, but every once in awhile it’s a nice change of pace for soaps to acknowledge there’s a real world out there and not everyone is having an easy time of it.