Restless Rant for the week of September 30 – October 4:

Genoa City was a relatively broody place this week as many characters were in a funk about one thing or another. Thoughts:

You can’t hide.
Summer went to Jack for advice about Los Angeles and he basically told her she can’t run from her problems (popular theme this week as Dylan got the same speech from Stitch). Let’s just hope if she stays in town that she perks up a bit, as over half (51%) of Soaps.com readers polled wanted to see sulky Summer ship off to L.A., and another 22% thought she should go at least for a while.

Will the real Chloe please stand up.
We used to know exactly what Chloe was about, but for too long now she’s been all over the place. She went wild over Kevin not behaving honestly and decently, yet at every opportunity she pushes BFF Chelsea to lie and deceive her way through her problems, which makes no sense. She dumped Kevin because they had a terribly unsatisfying relationship (so much so he started the stealing weirdness) and now is calling him up because she misses… what exactly? It’s hard to understand. Also, having Delia push for a reunion with Kevin every time she speaks to Chloe has become irritating – cute as she is, even she can’t sell that pairing. However, a Chloe/Alex hook-up would make for interesting complications in the Kevin/Alex work dynamic…

Tired.
Sharon’s tired of letting Faith down and viewers are tired of Sharon not being herself. As if talking to her dead daughter and peering through windows wasn’t creepy enough, now she’s standing in Nick’s living room every time he comes home. Make it stop. Let’s see Sharon have her meltdown, the truth about the DNA results come out, and move on. Nick confronted Sharon about encouraging Faith to think they were getting back together and was pretty clear where he stood. How funny was Nick carting Faith’s photo collage down to Crimson Lights to question Sharon? Hehe, maybe he thought she helped make it – that thing looked like the work of a scrapbooking wiz.

Justice or evil?
It seems viewers still aren’t feeling the Hilary storyline. It might have been different if the audience had been privy to Hilary’s private pain or something, but the character is too one-note to relate to which makes the story flat – most hope it will wrap up and she’ll go away. It was ugly what Hilary did to Neil by spiking his drink, but at least some comic relief of sorts followed when Devon stormed over to Hilary’s suite all full of himself to put an end to the matter. Entertaining! Devon did his best Victor Newman impression and threw some big bucks at the problem but was slightly taken aback to find she was crazier than he thought. Unbeknownst to him, Devon did manage to cause a rift between Hilary and her partner, Mason, who, by the way, still appears to be employed by Devon since no one seems to have told him yet that Mason was Hilary’s accomplice. Ye gad.

Phone sex.
The scenes with Victoria teasing Billy via cell phone and then surprising him in lingerie in their living room were much appreciated as they provided some ‘love in the afternoon’ and much needed contrast to the other sad sacks in town.