Restless Rant
Week of August 20 – 24:

There’s a lot of wacky stuff going on in Genoa City. The comedy’s been top-notch, but some storylines are decidedly lacking in depth and others went completely missing this week!

Thrill pills.
Some viewers have pointed out that Phyllis is way too savvy to have invited Tim to her own penthouse to drug him up and make him miss the deposition, and it’s true. However, Phyllis also always thinks she’s in control, which makes it just a teensy bit viable. Basically, we were asked to suspend disbelief for the sake of getting Kevin pulled into Phyllis’ mess, which has actually been pretty entertaining. Watching Kevin and Phyllis squirm, bicker in hushed tones, and get caught in odd situations such as hoisting her coffee table into the air is funny…and way better viewing than being bored silly by Kevin discussing the website with Chloe. I also love that Michael, as D.A., will completely lose his mind when he finds out Kevin’s involved.

I was puzzled by Ronan’s change in attitude toward Phyllis this week; one minute he’s her caring buddy and is all about helping her, the next he’s acting like robocop and seems out to get her. Which is it? Viewers don’t want another character who is all over the place.

Port of Los Angeles.
This tale with Victor is moving so slow it’s enough to make us all want to swig from a bottle in a paper bag. It’s been two weeks and we still don’t know if he has amnesia or what. The nun guest-star angle has done zero to enhance things. Worse, when Genevieve walked into the bar, not only did she not realize Victor was two feet away from her, but, ‘ta da’, magically there was a new bartender who had never seen him before! Gah. Anyway, thus far it appears he fell off his horse onto his head, wandered off, hitched a ride, gambled in Vegas, wound up hanging with the dock workers, kicked some ass, and now can only recall the name he went by as a teenager, Christian. Hoo boy.

I’d do worse.
Jack trying to use Abby to buy up Newman shares did nothing for me this week. He’s far from a ‘one-note’ character so it would have been nice to see at least a bit of reflection on his part before he started up with the greed again, considering he ran Ashley off, and already has Beauty of Nature. I was glad Abby decided to buy shares on her own, and was even happier that she made that decision while in bed with Carmine. Rawr!

Restless Style TV.
The Restless Style TV show was good fun again this week, but one thing I don’t get is Billy running around doing the dirty work himself like a smarmy paparazzi – not that it doesn’t suit his personality, but it makes no sense for someone in his position.