were we all bothered by the implication that annie wants to fix jeff? because I sure as hell was.
Annie’s known him for six years. She’s known just how self-centered he is since the day she met him, and the only times he’s NOT like that is when he’s with her. Jeff has always gone the extra mile (by his standards, anyway) to be better for Annie, most of the times without even being asked. He just does it because it’s for her. Having Annie’s talk with Frankie be some kind of revelation about Jeff’s egocentrism makes no sense because Annie already knows how he is, and already knows how he is with her. It was blatant mis-characterization and an almost willful ignorance the past five seasons that after six years of being invested in this show I just can’t feel passive about.
After cringing at that whole exchange, I was ready to watch Annie follow Jeff around the party, or question him about his best man speech, as proper story-telling would indicate. Instead, nothing happened at all. There was no follow-through on what was presented as a big “realization” for Annie. Her whole “helping others” bit was abandoned a minute after it became something potentially story-changing.
I’ve moved past shipper discontent. This isn’t about Jeff and Annie anymore; it’s about how Dan thinks it’s okay to play around with his characters like nothing they do or think even matters. It’s about how he’s essentially telling us not to care about anything that happens, because it won’t have any repercussions. If he’s abandoned continuity for the sake of jokes, why should we be invested?