All that matters is what happens when they fail to find these votes. Any number of outcomes are in play. This may be theater for Manchin to then say "I tried!" and vote Dem as he usually does, but it may not be for Murkowski. It also doesn't negate the importance of S1 as well. But this public drama happening (including discussion of pre-clearance) is good news, period.
And the Kristen story is aimless too. As she tries to cover her tracks, she impersonates or imprisons someone new seemingly every other day, and the story gets further and further away from her initial plan to keep tabs on Brady and Chloe.
It almost feels like RC puts a bunch of scenarios in a hat, pulls a few of them out each week at random, and calls it a show.
Well, the Kristen plot seems to get all the airtime. Are we ever gonna solve Charlie's murder lol? And Nicole could have been a normal human being and just called Eric back. Or went to visit him. Or anything other than what she did. Clearly the show has no idea what to do with Xander without Sarah. Same with Ben.