I really enjoy the time period between Jennifer’s acceptance of Emilio and when Jack kidnaps her from her wedding.
We get to see Jack being devious again, which is always lots of fun. After trying and failing—repeatedly—to talk her out of marrying Emilio, Jack pulls some strings for Jennifer to get a big promotion at work, so she can’t run off on a singing tour like Emilio wants her to. But Jennifer finds out what Jack did and turns the promotion down. So then Jack moves onto a new plan (the show only gives us teasers as to what that might be). As soon as he hatches this plan, he abruptly stops trying to talk Jen out of marrying Emilio. We can see Jen’s hurt about this, and ironically her hurt makes her more determined to marry Emilio.
(In honor of Frances Reid. RIP.)
I love hearing Jennifer run down all her reasons for marrying Emilio, because everything she says is true. Emilio is considerate, she and Jack do bicker and argue all the time. We get to hear very clearly that Jennifer just wants to get off this merry-go-round, that she doesn’t want to have feelings for Jack anymore so, that’s it, she doesn’t. And then I love Alice’s suggestion that Jennifer has been hoping, deep down, that marrying Emilio might force Jack to declare himself. Jennifer won’t admit it, not to herself, not to Jack, and certainly not to Alice, but that tiny bit of hope still lingers.
My DVDs unfortunately don’t include my favorite Jack and Jen scene from this time period, but I encourage you to head over to D2D to watch it. It takes place right after the Jen/Alice scene I posted above, when Jen goes to the church for her wedding rehearsal and finds Jack there. She tries to get him to admit he’s there to talk her out of it, and when he doesn’t, she says “I hate you,” very sincerely. Especially after the scene with Alice, this is perfect: if Jack isn’t going to declare himself, why does he keep hanging around? It must be just to toy with her emotions.
Then Jack gets serious and he talks about what is going to happen tomorrow, and they go through a wonderful “rehearsal” of the wedding vows, ending with Jack saying she shouldn’t marry the wrong guy, but the right guy, one who she loves and will love her back. We think this is going to make everything worse—it raises Jen’s hopes once again that he going to come through, only to have them dashed once again. And I think that element is there. But I think by letting his emotions peek through here it ends up being a little bit better for Jen somehow, because it confirms that she isn’t crazy, he does love her. That helps her see that as far as Jack is concerned, he really is telling the truth: he wants her to meet the right guy and be happy, and he honestly believes it isn’t him. She finally gets it, and she recognizes that as a tragedy for him, not just for her. All her anger at Jack falls away as she tells him that someday he will be up here with the girl of his dreams. At this final moment, when Jen thinks she is saying goodbye, she wants him to know that he does deserve to be loved. And Jack staring at her obviously seeing her, and no one else, as the girl of his dreams. Beautiful scene.