Ryan is THAT man. You know the one, the man who can never be alone for long. It makes him edgy. Every time you see him, he’s with someone new and he never seems to think it’s strange that the paper towel sitting on your kitchen counter has outlasted the last three relationships he’s been in.
Ryan and Kendall weren’t playing it for comedy, but it sure as hell didn’t stop me from laughing as they told Emma about Greenlee’s death. Cam Mathieson is pretty damned hot, but the whole weepy cow-eyed thing he does when Ryan is “sad”? EH… I could live without it. But that’s not what gave me the big giggles.
The whole time I watched Kendall and Ryan break the news to Emma I wondered how much better those scenes would have been if Emma looked up at Kendall and asked her if she was going to help her daddy put Greenlee’s things in a box, just like daddy and Greenlee put her mommy’s things in boxes. That’s the natural progression of a relationship in little Emma’s life, thanks to daddy. Of course, it doesn’t bode well for Kendall that every woman who loves Ryan ends up with her things in a box ready to be shipped to soapgod knows where. But he is Ryan, and that’s not supposed to matter. He’s special.
Emma lost her mother when Annie was locked away in an institution and was almost immediately given a ‘new mom’ in Greenlee. Greenlee dies shortly after and now Kendall is there, holding her, telling her that the replacement mom is now an angel (or maybe just looks like one… flying off the end of that motorcycle in a wedding gown and veil. Just sayin’). Clearly, it was impossible for Ryan to tell Emma on his own. He’s THAT man… the man who can’t do anything without a woman there to adore and support him. Who knew that Annie was actually the stable one in the relationship?
The writers will probably allow Ryan to grieve, for at least a week or two. He’ll then end up consoling Kendall. He’ll help her ‘heal’ from her feelings hurt of betrayal thanks to Zach/Bianca/Reese. It will be hard, at first, but his heart will go on… and then I think we’ll end up watching a love quad with Reese/Zach/Kendall/Ryan…
I should say that YOU”ll end up watching that quadrangle, AMCers… I’ll be watching The Guiding Light.