It does feel like that. And some stories are interesting. Charlie's murder, Jan, Allie/Chanel, Paulina, Sami/Lucas, etc but they are dropped for long periods at a time. I just don't even know why Kristen is wasting all this effort on Chloe. Just trust freakin Brady. He has shown to be dumb loyal to Kristen. He's not John panting after Marlena like in 1997. That was a "legit" reason to scheme. John would have left Kristen for Marlena. Brady has been bending over backwards for Kristen and turned Chloe down. Anyway...whatever. The show is very disjointed and the masks are awful. Like
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.