The Worst Part of a Horrible Thing
We all knew it was coming. We knew that All My Children couldn't wrap up without Greenlee and Ryan having another, legal wedding filled with smugness and bitchface and smarm. We knew that there would be FLASHBACKS and unbearably CHEESY WEDDING VOWS and DOUCHEY facial expressions. We even knew--we hoped it wouldn't come to it, but deep down, we knew--that each of them would affirm their deep and true love of the other and ONLY THE OTHER, because they had never been in love with anybody else before, no matter what history and YouTube clips say.
Ryan: I do love you more now than I ever have before. Ever. And that's saying a lot, because I have loved you so much. People talk about soulmates, and I don't think until you have one you really know what that means. But I know. I know exactly what a soulmate is. Even when we've been apart, it's always been you. I've always been deeply connected to you. Just you.
Greenlee: I know how you feel. All the things that tried to keep us apart, they never really could. And no matter how I tried to stay away, I couldn't. It's always been you.I've always been deeply connected to you. Just you.
Gross, right?! I mean, even though we expected it, nothing can truly prepare you for that. "Just you...and the other loves of my life who I discarded on a whim". "Just you...and, you know, LEO, who actually WAS the love of my life".
But I at least thought, perhaps foolishly, that Emma would at least be given the opportunity to stick it to her stepmonster one more time! Perhaps hitting her father with some knowledge when it came time to speak now, or forever hold [her] peace,or cocking an eyebrow at the end of the ceremony, as if to say "This isn't over, Greens". But nothing! In the blink of an eye, one of my favorite plots in recent memory was completely erased. THANKS FOR NOTHING, AMC WRITERS!