Jack is trying to help Kayla by encouraging her to get back in touch with Steve, who has gone off to Italy with Marina. (I’ll talk more about Jack and Kayla next time.) Jen ends up helping Jack in his quest to track down Steve, and that leads to this interesting moment:
First of all I love that Jack sticks up for Steve when Jen says she can’t believe Steve would hurt Kayla like this. It shows a touching faith in Steve and Kayla’s love, and maybe a little family solidarity. It’s especially nice because right now it’s principally Kayla that Jack is trying to help. It would have been easy to show Jack taking Kayla’s side and slipping into being against Steve because of that. This is a surprising twist and makes for a better story.
Jen coming out with “I’ve never had a lover” is a little bit jarring and out of the blue, but in the end I think Matt Ashford and Missy Reeves pull it off. After she drops that bomb and then gets on the phone with the hotel in Italy, I love the look Jack is giving her. It’s clear his mind is not on their project. He doesn’t seem to me like he’s looking at her lasciviously, but more touched and pleased, and a bit disbelieving. Well … maybe a hint of lasciviousness.
I also like how there isn’t a sense from Jack that “yay, she’s a virgin” which would also have bugged me. He just seems so intrigued that she confided in him about something so personal that he can’t resist trying to follow up on that. I like the touch of awkwardness when Jen gets embarrassed suddenly, and says that she’ll go back to work now. Then, when she pauses by the door to ask him to promise her something, I really like how she doesn’t even have to finish the sentence. Jack is able to reassure her that he won’t tell anyone, at the same time he’s still teasing her (to show things aren’t different between them) and downplaying the whole thing as “no big deal” so she won’t feel awkward about it. It’s a very sweet moment.