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annie21


six
Nov 29 2012, 01:00 PM
annie21
Nov 29 2012, 12:38 PM
@six: Yes, Daniel is distancing himself from Jennifer, but only because after he told her he still loved her, she didn't reply in kind. He was expecting her to admit to her feelings when he visited her in her office, and he told Maggie later he was disappointed that Jennifer only wanted to tell him about the clinical trial.

I think he's been distant with her since the story started, way back when Nicole was still pregnant and Jennifer took a sudden interest in trying to save him from her.
That's true. At first, he wouldn't go near her because she was dealing with the funeral, etc. (And of course he was still extracting himself from his fling with Nicole by trying to dump her repeatedly. He had his shaky hands full with that.) But, to me, it's all about Daniel's ego -- he hates to lose, he doesn't want to compete with the memory of a beloved dead husband, so he decides to withdraw. It's not about love, it's not about self-sacrifice, it's about ego.

I dunno. I feel like the writers went at this whole storyline top down. It's like they said, okay, we'll kill off Jack in August. Then we'll have Dannifer together by New Year's (or February sweeps or whatever). In the meantime, we'll have to think up some angsty things that will keep them apart. So all of these things that Daniel and Jennifer are doing represent them just going through the obligatory motions of staying apart until such time as the writers deem enough time has passed. That's why it all seems superficial and nonsensical. It's not a real organic story, but rather manufactured angst that slots the characters into some kind of formulaic equation the writers think correspond to what a soapy romantic pairing should look like.

They're checking off boxes rather than actually writing a good story. And it's just not working.

Edited by annie21, Nov 29 2012, 07:39 PM.
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