I can't believe I am going to say this but not nearly as meh as NY was this week for me.
It was still a filler episode. Production knew they were wrong for that cliffhanger. On the other hand, they know that Erika's storyline is their lynchpin this season. And once it is over, people will move on. So they will milk it for as long as they can. And Erika trying to manipulate the camera throughout...As Yolanda would say...NOT CUTE.
On the other hand, I think what made this episode not so meh for me was that...I saw the BH that I used to see. Back in the day
To be fair, I though Kobe's Texas was a vast improvement over Paul Rauch's. But there was very little history for her to purge, and she did not axe the majority of the existing cast.
While I did not think Bill Bell did his best work on early B&B, and while many actors in the original cast were quite bad, I would say that B&B with Kobe was also better than TGL had been with her. As you say, she was probably reigned in by the Bells.