Yet by your own admission you have not watched the show on a consistent basis. It's easy to criticize but you hardly seem in a position to give an honest opinion. The actress who played that part I think did a great job. Her acting is in my opinion some of the best in the show. A tough role; yes. She did an amazing job and every time I watch the show I am more impressed with her acting and her interpretation of the role. The subtlety she brought to the role is easily overlooked during casual viewing. If you look at the series as a whole; her character and the way she portrayed it is genius.