I guess I'm fortunate,the other characters and improved team dynamics work well for me,as well as the increased screentime. I guess I don't feel 3 episodes of no explanation is that long of a time.There are fans that have waited longer for more info on characters or storylines.Again,I'm sure the storyline will be picked up again in all it's dramatic glory. Perhaps,but some of the scenerios I've been reading of what some EC fans want, far surpass a little flirtation. Totally understand. Agreed that Ryan looks great slim or not.There does seem to be quite a few actions scenes so far this season,so slim probably works better for him.And I'll say again,his biceps are fabulous.