This week on AMC, JR comes face to face with Annie, who returns to Pine Valley after kidnapping Emma from Ryan and Greenlee's Valentine's Day wedding. Once Emma is returned safely to Ryan, Annie is sent back to Oak Haven, the local loony bin. But JR's portrayer, Jacob Young, is publicly voicing his concerns over exactly how lovers JR and Annie say goodbye, and even took his complaint to the soap's producers.
Young tells Soap Opera Digest:
"I asked the producers the other day because I was really disappointed about how Annie was exiting. It happened so fast. It was like, bang! JR just kind of stands there at the end and she gets carted off. I'm like, 'If he really loved her as much as you guys are telling me he does, he would help her go [to Oak Haven]. He would take her and be there until she was comfortable.' "
He also says he brought up his concern over how JR handles the fallout from Annie's decent into madness:
"I said [to the show-runners], 'Please, please write me a show about the remorse he has about how much he messed up someone's life. Let JR be able to understand what he has done.' But who knows? In my opinion there needs to be one big episode where it's flashbacks and remorse before JR moves on or he never will get past it."
With Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) making her exit on March 21, we'll soon see whether or not Jacob's pleas fell on deaf ears. I agree with Jacob - I want a scene between JR and Annie that gives some kind of closure to this couple's story. I'd like to see that JR doesn't just walk away from Annie unscathed. Too often when an actor leaves a show, the powers-that-be are so busy plotting an explosive exit, they let the important details of a character's history fall through the cracks.
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