Credit: A bloom for m'lady, Miss F. (CBS)

“The Bold and the Beautiful” for the week of July 14 – 18:

Things moved right along this week, and we barely missed Quinn. No one else seemed to either. Thoughts on this week’s storylines:

Blind trust.
So maybe Wyatt doesn’t know too much about Deacon’s past and is perhaps a little shell-shocked after his mom’s sudden departure. And maybe he’s even looking to get in good with Hope’s daddy, but why would he ever show someone he doesn’t trust implicitly the Hope diamond, just chilling in a box at his apartment? Ricardo never let the diamond leave his sight without at least two security guards, and impressed over and over on Wyatt how security was essential. This can’t end well.

Brother buddies.
Well that was fast. Liam is still hobbling around on crutches and already offered the main rival for Hope’s heart a job working closely with her on a daily basis, not to mention a spot standing up for him as best man in their wedding. Okay. Regardless, if everyone can get past the awkwardness that the bride has slept with the groom’s brother and best man, Liam and Wyatt actually make a cute, brotherly couple. It’s just as entertaining watching them bond instead of spar, and this pairing has the potential of providing years of tension and back and forth for the new wave of Spencers and Logans. As for the upcoming problems sure to arise, let’s hope Aussie Ivy turns this stagnant triangle into a scintillating square. Like Candi noted last week, this new girl has potential.

Mean Maya.
Maya’s turnaround is just mind-boggling. Much like when Caroline acted like a crazed harpy to get Rick back, Maya’s recent selfishness and greed doesn’t even come close to resembling the scared and broken girl who initially pushed Rick away because of his wealth. Is it Rick who inspires this behavior? For someone who has been so staid and straight-laced lately, he sure does inspire female hysteria. And while it’s easy to feel a bit bad for Carter, let’s not forget he actively pursued Maya in order to steal her away from Rick in the first place. Player just got played.