Clearing the air. (CBS)

Changed man? (CBS)

Restless Rant for the week of February 3 - 7:

While the featured storylines continued to entertain this week, some of "Y&R's" non-front burner stories still require an injection of creativity to spruce them up. Thoughts:

Dead men don't tell tales.
The good news is that the Baldwins are free from this dreadful storyline. The bad news is that it didn't make much sense for the police to have been poised to put Fenmore away for a murder that the feds knew hadn't happened. Yeeps.

Clean slate.
Not surprisingly, Hilary told Devon, with whom she shares actual chemistry, that she just wants to be friends, which essentially confirmed that she has her sights set on Jack. Bleh. This really makes no sense unless she is still working an agenda - like taking control of Jabot so she can fire Neil? Even then, it would seem she could hurt Neil more by taking his son for his billions. Don't get it...

Courtney posing as a high school student when she's really an undercover cop was suspiciously similar to "21 Jump Street," but it was Noah's Dudley Do-Right routine that made the reveal a letdown. Instead of thinking it was cool and sexy that she was a cop (and an adult!), Noah sniffed that the girl he fell for doesn't exist and it was all a lie blah, blah. Cue the eye-rolling.

Meeting Mariah.
Abby going on at length about why she wanted to confront Tyler's ex had many clamoring for headache tablets, but perhaps even more annoying was Tyler being stupid enough to risk provoking another Abby hissy fit by planning to meet Mariah at her hotel. Please.

Circus act.
Leslie being a no-show for the meeting with Neil and David Tutera led to an interesting conversation about the different ways they view marriage. Not the most exciting drama in the soap opera world, but it was satisfying to have Leslie clear the air and for Neil to have to acknowledge his track record.

I feel you.
So, Sharon can feel Cassie now? That's different. Some think that Victor has put a Cassie clone on the payroll to gaslight Sharon. Anything's possible.

It's difficult to buy into the idea that Ian Ward is capable of charming the pants off so many, when even the way he talks is creepy. There's no way a young girl like Summer would think he was anything but weird and old.

Disgusting pig.
The return of Colin is a much needed shot-in-the-arm for the show in that he and Jill bring their deliciously sarcastic comic relief as well as the slightly raunchy undertones of their considerable sexual attraction. Love the chemistry and their interactions! Though it wasn't completely clear why Jill continued to cover for Colin after they were back at the Chancellor estate, it was hilarious to see her tell the story of their 'love' while she flashed back to what really happened. To have them team up to figure out the music box mystery will be amazing. Cane, of course, was none-too-pleased to see his father. Colin told Cane that he's changed. We hope not too much, but anything's possible. Do you believe Colin has turned over a new leaf and wants to make amends? Vote in's Y&R Poll: Do you believe Colin has changed?

Safe haven.
All the hub-bub surrounding Billy and Adam's car exploding has been pretty entertaining. David Tom transitioned into the role of Billy seamlessly. Kudos! There's not as much chemistry between this version of Billy and Victoria, so it will be interesting to see how things play out with Stitch and the looming threat of Kelly. Speaking of whom, their cryptic conversations about what happened between them in the past are getting old - they need to just come out with it already. As we now know, both Billy and Adam made it out of the car, however Adam's loved ones believe he almost certainly died in the explosion. Watching the different characters wrestle with their emotions regarding Adam - Jack, Chelsea, Victor - has made for excellent viewing, especially with the inevitable clashes between Jack and Victor putting pressure on Chelsea. One writing misstep - Sharon would have been rocked by Adam's death, not acting all matter-of-fact about it. Moving forward, it's clear the battle over Connor, as anticipated, will heat up.

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