of our Lives toys with a brand new, and potentially
controversial, triangle this week when Jack finally gets Jennifer's
attention by going on a date with ...... Billie.
'This is not being done with the effect, "Oh! This is going to get
Jennifer," insists Matthew Ashford (Jack),
noting that Jack learned his lesson after pretending to be involved
with Greta. 'That blew up in his face. It was a total disaster.
A fiasco! Jack is doing his own thing now. He's happily shuffled
off his feelings for Jennifer. His focus is elsewhere, not even
necessarily with Billie. Billie is an old friend and they're renewing
Jennifer doesn't like the idea of her ex and Billie getting reacquainted,
thank you very much. 'Jack and Jennifer still have feelings for
each other, but they're both stubborn and strong-willed,' asserts
Melissa Reeves (Jennifer). 'They can't
seem to work their way back to each other.'
Those feelings make Jennifer behave downright Jack-like. While Jack
is on his date with Billie, 'Jennifer is at The Spectator,'
sets up Reeves. 'She says to herself, 'Well, I could say that there's
an emergency at the newspaper and I need Jack to come back (to work).'
But then Jennifer realizes that's ridiculous. Jack has every right
to date Billie if he wants to.'
When Harold invites Jennifer to join him for a drink, they head
to The Cheatin' Heart. Surprise! That's where Jack has gone with
During their date, Billie remembers comforting Jack three years
ago [sic] when he left Jennifer and Abby.
Meanwhile, Jack helps Billie deal with the fact that she killed
a man in the line of duty earlier that day. 'Jack and Billie have
always had a friendship. They're reconnecting. They're consoling
each other as friends do,' sums up Lisa Rinna (Billie).
Ultimately, Jack and Billie end up on the dance floor just as Jennifer
and Harold arrive.
'It's a very uncomfortable situation,' previews Reeves. 'Jennifer
and Billie are friends. Jennifer doesn't want to get in the middle
of all that.' She flees before being spotted. Later, Jack and Jennifer
meet Bo at the police station to discuss Colin and the fact that
they've hit a dead end trying to connect him to the Di Mera organization.
Jack announces he wants Jennifer to give up her dating ruse with
Colin. 'Colin is one shady character and it's a dead end,' declares
Ashford. 'Personally, Jack can't put his foot down anymore and tell
Jennifer what to do and what not to do. However, as a professional,
he can't avoid the fact that it isn't working, ....not producing
Jennifer refuses, insisting that Colin will open up to her in time,
especially since he recently admitted he loves her. 'Jennifer knows
that there is going to be a risk,' says Reeves. 'The journalist
side of her wants to get that story.'
The journalist, and ex-husband, side of Jack has a different view
point regarding Colin's declaration of love. 'It's disturbing,'
states Ashford. 'Jennifer is the mother of Jack's child. That stuff
runs deep, but Jack has become guarded about allowing his jealousy
to fire up again. Jack is not wearing his heart on his sleeve anymore.
He was burned by Jennifer. He's learned his lesson.'
Jennifer agrees to steer clear of Colin so 'Jack will stop bugging
her,' Reeves says with a laugh. Then, Billie arrives at the station
and Jennifer senses the growing closeness between the two.
Jennifer says, 'I'm glad you guys are dating. I think it's great,'
reveals Reeves. Billie doesn't buy it. Billie even says, 'No, Jennifer.
If you really thought that, we wouldn't be standing here having
this conversation about it being OK.' Apparently, the idea of Jack
and Billie dating isn't OK with Bo, either -- he blows up at Billie.
Nevertheless, Jennifer sucks it up and encourages Jack to look after
Billie. 'I'm trying so hard to make Jennifer take the high road,'
remarks Reeves. 'I don't want Jennifer to lose her dignity and her
self-control. Jennifer knows she loves Jack. It's her choice not
to be with him right now. She's trying to rise above that and be
While Jack agrees to take Billie home, he finds Jennifer's new attitude
'weird,' adds Ashford. 'Jennifer has become one very confused young
woman. That's how I'm approaching it. He can't un-confuse her, unless
she listens to him and does what he tells her to do. Until that
time, Jack will keep doing his own thing.'
Will that 'thing' include Billie? Lisa Rinna (Billie)
doubts her character will be a serious threat to Jack and Jennifer.
'Jack is Billie's friend. He's funny. Who wouldn't want to be around
him? There is a natural chemistry between Jack and Billie. They're
very similar in many ways. Are they going to sleep together? I doubt
As for Jennifer and Colin, Jennifer breaks her promise to Jack,
phones Colin and heads to the hospital to see him. When she starts
quizzing him about Tony, Colin demands to know why. Jennifer covers
by coming onto him and then. 'Jennifer gets into a compromising
position with Colin, ' says Reeves. How far will she go?