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Dumbing down usually means a character's being portrayed as stupid to fit a story. A good example of this is the men under JER's first reign, particularly Austin and John. They got played for fools the way they were easily fooled by Kristen and Sami.

I don't see EJ as being dumbed down at all. His relationship with Nicole, I feel, allows him to be more in character then when he is with Sami. With Sami, he tries too hard to be what she wants. He loses his edge. That isn't EJ. EJ should be both a good and bad guy, where in certain situations he dabbles in scheming. He's very much a gray character IMO and Nicole allows him to be that way and Nicole is allowed to show her WHOLE self to him too. That is what makes their coupling great IMO.
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