Abysmal writing is going to sink this show. First there was the 20 minute hostage taking story. Bad writing with even worse acting and the whole thing was over POOF, like that. Then the whirlwind Chloe kidnapping, Chelsea and Victor fly to Paris and immediately find her (Kevin shows up seconds later)and they bring her back in one episode. Now it's the Ian Ward blackmail story. Nicki must have had that 5 million stashed under her mattress since she got it together in seconds flat. I don't care how rich you are, who has that kind of cash kicking around the house? And really, she just hands it over to him! Stupid, stupid writing. The writers drag out the really boring story lines, like Lily and Cane (is there a story there, 'cause I don't know what that's all about); Neil and Leslie (ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz... oh is it over?) Looney Sharon and now ghost of Cassie past. BUT they have a real story line like the kidnapping or the hostage taking or the blackmail and it is all over in the blink of an eye. No time to build up any suspense or actually engage the viewers. No, nothing like that. The writing gets worse and worse. They must think the viewers are all twits. I don't know about the rest of them, but I'm insulted that they think we are that dim-witted.