Restless Rant
Week of December 3 – 7:

As plans took shape for the Newman penthouse-warming party, the show improved perceptibly. Friday’s episode was the first in a very long time that seemed to fly by because I was so into it! Here are some notes on the week:

The Newman Enterprises gang.
Viewers are split on whether Kyle is truly crushing on Phyllis, or if he has some sort of revenge plot in mind. I was just glad they finally addressed his past issues with her. As for Eden, her whining wasn’t appealing. Jack’s meeting this week was a hot mess! While I love Adam and Phyllis sparring, I’m not sure why it’s such a big deal that Adam would have information on Jack’s painkillers – everyone can clearly see that he has a problem. Jack is doing a fine job of running himself into the ground without any help from Victor or Junior, especially now that he’s swigging bourbon along with his pills and bribing doctor pals to write bogus prescriptions! Oh my!

Casual Fridays.
Speaking of hot messes, what’s happening at Jabot? Neil’s hired his entire family and an ex-flame, and after being there five minutes, Devon was weighing in on how the place should be run! I would think the staff would be more alienated by Neil’s blatant nepotism than the fact that he wears a suit – which everyone at Jabot has done since time began. I’m not saying Devon’s idea sucks – it would be worth implementing a chill new vibe in the place just to see Jack show up and rage out. Ultimately, I’d rather see Neil rocking his own cosmetics firm than playing make-believe with Jabot. If Jack goes down, Neil’s going down with him. As for Neil and Leslie – I don’t know why she bothered to even sign that contract if she’s worried about being ‘inappropriate’ – Neil’s the king of inappropriate hook-ups and my money says he’ll be schmoozing her the first time they pass in the hall.

Cyber-bullying bunch.
It’s beginning to look like the over-the-top, sometimes creepy and awkward Fen is supposed to be the new ‘old’ Kevin. Summer and Jamie seem to be the more realistic teens. I enjoyed the Summer/Phyllis breakthrough scenes – very well done – but had to wonder what Summer was doing rooting through the boxes in Avery’s storage locker. Hmm.