Restless Rant for the week of January 6 – 10:

It’s a mixed review for “Y&R” this week, with a couple of storylines benefiting from good tension and build-up, while others continued to range from boring to bad. Thoughts:

Get it on the table.
The playing out of the hit-and-run storyline is chock full of building tension as Victor has made his move, Adam has had his fleeting moment of happiness usurped, Jack has been made legal guardian, Billy has discovered that Adam set up the foundation, and Kevin is back on Delia’s case. Not to mention the secret Billy is keeping from Victoria that has made every scene with loose cannon Kelly absolutely fraught. The pacing has been good, and even the sidelines, such as Chloe’s obsession with Connor, and Stitch and Victoria meeting in the park and sharing a natural chemistry while innocuously discussing wieners, is feeding into the growing potential for this story to explode.

Cassie’s birthday.
Nick and Sharon backed off their closeness from the holidays a bit this week to focus on remembering Cassie on her birthday. I waver between feeling it’s realistic for Cassie’s memory to be brought up so often, and feeling like it’s overused and a bit tiresome. In any case, the flashback scene with Nick and a young Cassie was cute to see. Meanwhile, Sharon’s conscience, aka imaginary Cassie, seems to be pressing her to confess more than ever. It’s anyone’s guess how or when Sharon’s DNA secret will ultimately come out, but it’s been teased so many times it will be a shock if Sharon actually confesses herself. More likely it will come out another way.

The man is scum.
Dylan’s confrontation with Ian Ward’s ex-wife in Iowa was just okay. Given how private he normally is, it seemed strange for him to blurt out the sordid details of Nikki’s pregnancy to someone he’d just met. In other news, Avery told Nikki that Dylan had called her his mother. Nikki was moved, but it might have been even more emotional had she heard him say it herself for the first time instead of getting it as second-hand information.