Having "been there and done that," I no longer wonder why people in miserable relationships stay together. For every reason to break away, there is usually an equally compelling reason to stay together; be it children, financial dependency, or the hope that one more kick at the can will resolve things. No relationship is all bad -- some are worth fighting for. Being alone after a rocky relationship might sound like "freedom," but it's just something else that's difficult to adjust to. In Annie's case, she prefers to stay with "the devil she knows".