I Don't Normally Advocate Using Children As Weapons, But I'll Make An Exception
Annie reaching new levels of crazy, to the point where she fakes Emma's kidnapping just to screw with people, should not entertain me for a number of reasons:
Annie is the latest in a long line of characters to be sacrificed in order to let Ryan be with Greenlee. Or Kendall. Or whoever his latest true love is at any particular time of day. I mean, granted, it's not like she started out as a good character, so her road to ruin was a short one, but still. Melissa Claire Egan has grown on me.
It forces Cameron Mathison to play grief, worry and rage, which...makes me uncomfortable, to say the least.
They recasted Di with a girl who I am pretty sure is new to acting, perhaps having won a contest of some sort. I am also reasonably sure that she was reading a teleprompter for the duration of her scenes
Greenlee is tagging along for no real reason and--it pains me to say this as a card carrying member of the "Rebecca Budig! OMG<3Squeal!" fanclub--Rebecca Budig could not care less. I don't know if she's counting down the days until she leaves or if she thinks the story is lame, but she is completely half-assing it And the fact that I notice this during scenes with Ryan and Aidan says a whole lot.
It's setting up weeks, if not months, of Ryan ranting and raving more self-righteously than usual about the grave injustices done unto him. "Can't wait".
However, I can say without hesitation, that I am enjoying the hell out of this, mostly because I am a horrible person who likes to watch bad things happening to Ryan Lavery, even if only temporarily.
I knew something about Emma's kidnapping wasn't kosher, so I should have figured that Annie was behind it, especially since her sole purpose these days is "Roadblock to Ryan and his greatest love of all", and probably would have figured it out if I paid complete attention to AMC when it's on. But I rarely have the patience for that, so I was pleasantly surprised by the big reveal.
The scenes today where Annie got out of her bubble bath and strolled around a huge house, pretending that she was being held hostage? Hilarious, and soapy in the good way. I'm even more irritated at how bland the AMC writers made Annie for most of MCE's time on the show, because she is downright fabulous as a schemer. Can you imagine if Richie was still alive and they were running around town being awesome and ruining lives? Excuse me while I shed a tear for what could have been.
This storyline is even making Aidan amusing to me, which I didn't think possible.
Ryan: I don't know, I don't know, we just got to go with what we have here, ok?
Aidan: Which is?
Ryan: Which is, uh, a house by a beach.
Aidan: Ryan, we're on an island. That's not going to get us anywhere.
Ha! Bitchy Aidan is my favorite Aidan.
The fact that he followed up by knocking Ryan out only added to the hilarity.
I know that if this story was happening to any other character, that I would be inconsolable with anger. Like, if someone faked Spike's kidnapping to hurt Kendall? I would be nothing but punctuation laced rage. But for some reason, when people do things to Ryan, I feel so gleeful and fight the urge to watch clips on YouTube nonstop. Fight the urge to watch...and lose.
I fully admit to being a hypocrite, which makes my hypocrisy not totally annoying, right? Right?