The One Where Ric Lansing Preaches To The Choir
Ric Lansing and I have long had a tortured history, or at least the kind of tortured history one can have with a fictional character. He's often a vile human being who does terrible things to people. But he's hilarious! But he's obsessed with Sonny. But he's smart! But he was responsible for the months of Marianna-related boredom. But Rick Hearst is so wonderful! But Rick Hearst deserves to leave the show and gain work in a non-sucky environment playing a character who is, like, well-written.
(Also, I kept typing "Hearst" as "Hearts", for some reason. Freudian slip?)
But today's Ric Lansing was my favorite kind of Ric Lansing, in that he was kind of a dick in a hilarious way and said things that the audience is totally thinking.
Ric: Mr. Zacchara would like for you to understand that just because Sonny has a new position with the Zacchara organization, that does not guarantee your safety. If you'd like for me to dumb it down for you, whatever loyalty Sonny once had for you -- that's officially over. See, we're not obliged to keep the peace because you and Sonny were -- what did you call it once? Oh, yes -- close as brothers. Not so much anymore, huh?
I love when people call Jason dumb! And his facial expression did little to bolster an argument.
"Not so much any more, I know the answer to this...."
And then Ric was similarly mean to Sam.
Sam: I'm looking for work.
Ric: Oh, television show didn't work out? Everybody figure out you're not anyone's hero?
I am a sucker for anybody who mocks Everyday Heroes! Remember the days when that was the implausible storyline that I was obsessed with? Those were like glory days compared to the effing plow patent.
Granted, then Ric started to ruin the good will by talking about how many men Sam has slept with, which was a whole slut calling the tramp whorish situation, but overall, he was kind of the highlight of today. Which wasn't exactly hard, since a lot of it was about Lulu and Johnny and Johnny's endless search for a job, and Nikolas and Jax being pissy, but, hey, damning with faint praise is better than no praise, right?