So here’s a thing.
In my stewing about last night’s episode, I brought up the point that JTam let Casey go unseen and unmentioned for almost an entire season and expected us to care about his “relationship” with Jane. Her reasons for the unseen are “guest stars are hard to book, u guise!!” Understandable. But here’s this thing… In the hands of a more competent writer and show-runner, it’s quite simple to make us care for a character that is rarely seen.
Noah Bean has only portrayed the role of Daniel in two episodes. Two. And yet you can see and feel all of the love that Regina has for him. Even when he is not physically there, which is 94% of the series. Through the story they’ve crafted and shown us, we understand what he meant to Regina and why she is still so torn up after so many years. That they were truly in love and that she still loves him to this day. (And this is coming from a Swan Queen ‘shipper.)
If JTam had given us that with Casey and Jane, I would be much more willing to believe this bullshit storyline.