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Restless Rant for the week of September 16 - 20:

Though there are some details in the current storylines that don't make a great deal of sense, the overall viewing experience improved this week. Thoughts:

The wizard.
The scenes with Billy and Victoria acting out "The Wizard of Oz" with Delia were fun. Billy and Delia sure have screen magic as father/daughter.

Sentimental claptrap.
Some argue that the Jack/Victor stuff no longer intrigues them because it's 'been done', and it might be true if their clashes didn't still cause such a thrill of anticipation. Those feelings of apprehension, tension, and expectation come from the history between the pair - much like we experienced with Jill and Katherine. Having Adam in the mix is keeping it fresh for me. With that said, it was decidedly odd for Jack to do what he did solely in the interest of helping Victor have a better relationship with his son, even for a BFF like Adam. That he later tried to use the situation to his advantage where Summer was concerned was more in keeping with tradition. Throwing in the reveal that Adam has a son complicated the issue for Victor, which was a nice twist. It appears that Victor will be making some sort of big move at Newman that will throw Jack and Adam off, and may involve bringing Victoria and Noah to work there. The fact that Victoria knew about Chelsea's deception is still a wild card yet to be played.

It shouldn't be this hard.
Well, Nick and Avery's engagement just sort of fizzled out after she showed up late to their wedding. It's rather telling that there has been no big fan uproar over this split. Meh.

Disbelief.
It was a good indicator of how far gone Sharon really is when she reacted to Adam's news about his son. She said she just couldn't believe Chelsea deceived Adam and Dylan that way. There was no sign that she realized she is doing essentially the same thing to Jack and Nick. It's like she's disassociated herself from her actions. Skeery. Of course, later, when she ran into her therapist, we realized she really does think she's fine and is in her own reality.

Male bonding.
The interactions at the police station seem too scripted, though I want to enjoy them because of the characters involved. Honestly, these scenes leave many just wanting to see more of Alex. It boggles the mind that he doesn't have a big sexy storyline.

Noah and Courtney.
I'll admit to wanting them to kiss in Crimson Lights, but they're still pretty boring. Courtney needs to stop talking about him being a Newman and working at Newman Enterprises - makes her sound like a gold digger.

I've been waiting for you.
Paul and Nikki's trek to the church is pretty standard soap fare - first it seems nothing will pan out, and then a few details are revealed, plus she's keeping it a secret from her husband. The problem is that the whole idea of Nikki having this other child still doesn't sit well, not only because she 'lied all these years about Victoria being her first-born', and other such technicalities that make it so unbelievable, but many suspect that the plot was conceived to give a certain someone roots in Genoa City...but that still remains to be seen. The positive in this is Nikki getting a storyline and interacting with Paul.

The will fallout.
Why would Devon tell Mason how much he inherited? Yeeps. Of course dippy Devon will listen to Mason instead of Neil and get caught up in some scheme. Either way, no one was complaining about all these conversations taking place in the steam room! In other news, Jill was talked down off the ledge after asking Michael to contest the will (love seeing so much of Esther!), and is now off to Switzerland to solve her mystery.

Let's toast.
Well, Cane certainly duped Hilary. Now is it time for them to confront Hilary and Mason and run them out of town? Waiting...

Not in his right mind.
So, Dylan's PTSD kicked in during the thunderstorm and led to a few dramatic confrontations before the climax at the cabin. Dylan pointing the flashlight like it was a gun was an interesting choice that really underlined the degree to which he was tripping out. Notably, it's usually the female characters who are rather ferocious when a baby is in peril, but in this case, it was the intensity and raw emotions of the male characters that was so gripping. Back at Chelsea's place, Adam said he was taking Connor with him. What is your opinion on this? Vote below:

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