The Killer Inside Me

Previous Jack and Jennifer post: Nothing is more important

The time period between Harper’s death and Jack breaking up with Jennifer is my favorite story arc for Jack and Jennifer thus far. Soapy, angsty, organic conflict. The two scenes in the bell tower, the first when Jack kills Harper, and the second when Jack “kills” his relationship with Jennifer there, bookend this arc perfectly.

There are a number of really great scenes here, so I’m going to spread this discussion over several posts. This scene takes place the morning after Steve and Kayla’s wedding:

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This scene is short, but it shows the beginnings of the faultlines that Harper’s death will open up for them. These faultlines will widen over the coming weeks, until their whole relationship cracks apart. It starts from the beginning of the scene, when Jennifer quickly turns off the radio report about Harper’s death, and Jack says that it won’t change anything. Jack sees this as an example of Jennifer trying to deny, or paper over, the reality of who he is and what he’s capable of.

Jack tells Jennifer that it was easy for him to push Harper out of the window, so easy that it’s scary. He sees Harper’s death as another instance of the monster inside him rising to the surface, and that it can happen with no warning, at any time. If it happened once—twice—it can happen again. And if it does, the person most in danger is Jennifer.

Jennifer can see where his mind is going, and that’s partly why she insists on accompanying him to the police station to give his statement. She references the island and how they handled their problems together then. Talking about the island is something she has been doing more and more frequently, as she’s gotten nervous about how things stand with her and Jack. It shows how much she clings to that time, and further, that she sees it as a time that represents their real selves, the truest representation of their relationship. As we’ll see very soon, Jack sees the island in precisely opposite terms—as something that could only happen in a fantasy world.

This scene also show that the cracks are still small, as yet. Their closeness is still there. I like how Jennifer lightens the mood perfectly when she teasingly corrects Jack’s grammar (“For whom?”), which she knows is a more comfortable place for Jack to be. And Jack does, of course, accept her support and let her come along. But then, at the end of the scene, Jennifer says that the sooner they go give his statement, the sooner it will be done and forgotten. Jack repeats “forgotten,” his tone showing this is something he may never forget—because it touches on the central question of who he is. Jennifer doesn’t get that. This difference will become very important, later.

Next Jack and Jennifer post: The Invitation

8 thoughts on “The Killer Inside Me

  1. Hi Mary Pickford, glad to see that you are back posting again.šŸ™‚. I agree with your comments that the death of Harper accidentally by Jack is a driving force in the break up of the oh so tentative beginning relationship of Jack and Jennifer. In some way from this point comes the gradual parting of ways thanks in a large way by the good doctor BFF, Carly. PS. Didn’t really like the character the first time around and even less in the second run as the mistress of the ever clueless Bo,

    Due to all of this angst over the death of Harper, jack pushing Jennifer away once again , the scene is set for the introduction of Lawrence Alamain.

  2. I like Carly for the most part, from what I’ve seen. I haven’t seen much of her current story, so I can’t say much about that. Of her first run (so far), I’ve seen all her scenes with Jennifer and some of her scenes with Bo. The BFF thing with Jen seems a little bit contrived, but I’ve been enjoying her stuff with Bo. I like that early-couple dynamic, the push-pull of conflict/suspicion on one side, and the growing attraction on the other. So that’s been fun.

    Anyway, you are right that Carly is a contributing factor in the Jack/Jen breakup. It’s fun having the shoe on the other foot, with Jen keeping the secret and Jack trying to figure out what she’s up to. Up until now, it’s always gone the other way. I think they use Jennifer’s secret keeping well as a source of conflict, sowing a few doubts here and there for Jack and maybe bringing up some old insecurities.

  3. I love this scene for a lot of reasons. First, I love that everything Jack was afraid of seems to have happened. The monster came out again and there is almost a resignation that this was bound to happen enventually. As for Jen, I love that we see, kind of for the first time, that she doesn’t really want to face that side of Jack. The Jack who did bad things was just a different guy and what happened with Harper was just an accident. That’s true on one level, but it papers over some other issues. And I think Jack sees Jen’s denial for the first time in these scenes.

    It’s a very nice set-up for the big conflict that is yet to come.

  4. I like the teasers about Jennifer, too—it’s great setup for the conflict to come. Like you say, insisting that Harper’s death was just an accident and saying “everyone understands” is a way of dismissing what happened. Not that she doesn’t have a point, but she’s not making it easy for Jack to confide in her about how he feels. And I really like that—I think it shows her being afraid of what this means for them, and her reaction is to try to push it all away.

    For anyone breathlessly awaiting my next post, I’m behind again—Christmas season is kicking me in the butt this year, and I’ve got guests coming. I’ll try to have something up after Christmas!

  5. merry Christmas… enjoy the holidays… i will as soon i finish Xmas shopping and prepare for Christmas dinner


  6. dear mary pickford,

    hope you had a great Christmas… had a lovely dinner with family .. lots of laughter and fun because that what Christmas is all about.. remember when days had the lovely family scenes, hortons hanging the ornaments, other families gathered together… there was a a sense of hope and love which was not really evident in salem, december 2010:(.

  7. love the soaps, I always loved the Days Christmas episodes (though when I was growing up I missed many of them due to preemption from football games and such—boy, that used to piss me off!). I didn’t watch this year.

    And yes, I had a good Christmas. We had family here, and Christmas is also my hubby’s birthday, so we had lots of things to celebrate.

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