I am coming to really, really like Lawrence Alamain. He’s just so deliciously evil.
I wish that Jack had embraced his inner bad guy in this scene. Lawrence is acting very much how Jack did in his bad days — smooth, unruffled, and utterly ruthless. It would be so much fun to see that Jack go toe-to-toe with Lawrence. But, I think Matt Ashford decided to play a contrast between the two men. Because that’s really what these two scenes are about: how much do Lawrence and Jack have in common?
Lawrence has just discovered (seconds before the scene starts) that Jack was charged with marital rape, and Michael Sabatino plays an underlying glee in Lawrence’s manner throughout the scene with Jack. His mind is obviously busy with how he can use this information.
He quickly finds a way in the following scene, when he meets Jennifer to sign their divorce papers. Lawrence taunts her that now he knows why she has made these vile accusations, it’s a classic case of transference — she’s projected her boyfriend’s guilt onto him. Oh, and by the way, how could you fall in love with a man so capable of cruelty?
Bad guys are again, often the tellers of unhappy truths, and this does get to the heart of the matter, doesn’t it? How is what Jack did different than Lawrence? Well — the answer is it isn’t. Jack is indeed capable of cruelty. But, the crucial difference is that he regrets what he did, he’s apologized, he’s tried to make amends — the exact opposite of what Lawrence is doing right now.