|JACK PROPOSES TO JENNIFER!
|Pretending to be gay is nothing compared to the stunt Jack pulls
this week when he asks ex-wife Jennifer to marry him again.
"He just can't wait," explains Matthew Ashford of his
alter ego's impetuous proposal. "He gets the courage to make
And does he ever. On the pretense of celebrating Jennifer's birthday.
Jack takes her to Tuscany. When they arrive, Maggie greets them,
but there's no one else in the restaurant except their daughter,
Abigail. Jennifer is led to a table decorated with a birthday cake
and balloons, and the three have a family party. Then Abby is whisked
off by the babysitter, leaving Jack and Jenn alone. "He pulls
out several pictures that are supposed to remind Jennifer of romantic
moments of the past," Ashford previews. "He's trying to
get her into that mindset. And then he proposes.
Why the rush? After all, they've been living together for a few
months, and Jennifer has rejected all of Jack's attempts at reconciliation.
"Jennifer has been warming up," Ashford notes. "Things
were getting better because there was more communication going on.
She's admitted that living in the house together was a good idea
and said that he's a good father and very good for Abigail. And
they haven't had any real bad flare-ups ... in a week. But then
it's just he's got to go for it. It's almost like you've got a present
sitting on the table and you can only sit there looking at it for
so long before you're gonna tear it open."
Not that Jennifer has a ring box to tear open. "Jack realizes
that he doesn't
have a ring." Ashford chuckles. "It's not so much to say
that if you don't have a ring, you're not ready to get married.
Obviously, that's not his take. He's also saying, 'Will you remarry
me, so let's not stand on ceremony here.' He's just trying to cut
Ashford feels Jack has changed enough to make marriage work this
time around. "He thinks if they could just get back together,
it'll be all right," says the actor. "I think he'd be
honest in saying, 'I can't predict the future, but look what I'm
doing. I'm already different.' Frankly, Jennifer pursued Jack mercilessly
for years and look what's he's doing now. He's kind of going way
out on a limb."
But will she say yes? It wasn't planned, but sometimes unplanned
things can work out," Ashford teases.