Restless Rant for the week of January 27 – 31:

Well, it was an intense week with twists. The big story was the confrontation between Billy and Adam, with the actors who play those roles wrapping up their runs, and the fallout surrounding the hit-and-run case. The name Kelly was deliberately shown on the license plate list again this week – could be foreshadowing that she will be revealed as the true hit-and-run driver at some point. Thoughts:

You’re my family too.
Sharon kicked off the week by entertaining a roomful of people in her workout wear, but that wasn’t the strangest happening in her day – she saw Cassie again after telling Summer that she was her family too, and listening to Nick painfully wax on about not getting to walk Summer down the aisle one day – all the while keeping the secret that affects them so profoundly. We get that it’s tempting for Sharon to just let it ride and continue canoodling with Nick, but it’s really not her, so something has to give soon. Imagine Jack trying to deal with that revelation on top of the news about Adam etc. Relapse time for sure – with Hilary as his savior this time perhaps? While they rock as friends and co-workers, the idea of a Jack/Hilary hook-up isn’t going over big with viewers – they don’t have that kind of chemistry. The scene with Kyle trying to force the issue of her crushing on Jack was just awkward.

Hil and Lil.
It doesn’t look as though Lily will be adopting the party line about giving Hilary a second chance anytime soon, which is fine with us. Edgy, pissed off Lily is entertaining. This remains irksome: Why has no one ever questioned if Gus could be Hilary’s father, thereby making her a half-sister to Tyler and Leslie? These otherwise intelligent people should have wondered about this possibility long before now.

You can’t help.
Noah is such a cutie but he’s just being made to look like a meathead in this Courtney storyline. The only thing that truly intrigues in all of this is the mystery surrounding hottie detective Alex/Zach. Waiting for more scenes with him and Gloria too…

Five minutes.
Abby’s routine with running hot and cold toward Tyler has gone beyond unpleasant to unbearable. It makes her so unlikeable (the previous version of Abby had more depth), and has ruined the pairing, and the Tyler character, who now does nothing but kiss her behind.

The Path.
As creepy and slimy as Ian Ward is, especially now that he’s shown an interest in Nikki’s granddaughter Summer (eck!), this story still isn’t any great shakes yet. There’s potential. Dylan and Avery may be temporarily less dull as a result of his looming danger – it was plain Ian saw Avery as an obstacle between him and Dylan – or Dylan, Avery, and Nikki could end up on some sort of quest to save Summer, but there will have to be some twists to avoid being predictable.