since Patch and Kayla
unlikeliest couple, Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer
Horton (Melissa Brennan Reeves), are shocking American Daytime viewers
with their electrifying love affair. The Days Of Our Lives
twosome has emerged as the most exciting combination since Patch
DOOL honchos struck gold when they paired
Jack, a sleazy character in desperate need of reform with Jennifer,
an innocent virgin, and fans were stunned by the amazing chemistry
generated by the savvy duo.
The humour, sensitivity, passion and intrigue has captured the hearts
of millions of the soap's fans. In the pairing of the devilish Jack
and the moralistic Jennifer, DOOL writers have cleverly created
one of Daytime's most entertaining duos.
Australian viewers can look forward to the frolics of he fun two-some,
quite a contrast to the strum und drang experienced by other
Jack and Jennifer have injected life into DOOL's sometimes
jaded storylines, especially after the departure last year of one
of its biggest stars, Stephen Nichols.
to the show's had writers, Anne Schoettle and Richard Allen, what
makes the Jack/Jennifer combination so exciting is the characters
were already established in their own right before there was any
hint of romantic involvement between them.
Before Jack's metamorphosis (which Aussie fans are yet to see) he
was a conniving villain, who had raped his then wife Kayla Brady
(Mary Beth Evans).
Jack arrived in Salem with a lot of dark secrets. He'd been adopted
by blue-blood Senator Harper Deveraux (who was later unmasked as
a the murderous Salem Knifer) but Jack was really Billy, the son
of the lowerclass Johnsons.
Steve "Patch" Johnson (Stephen Nichols) discovered Jack
was his brother at the same time the scheming Deveraux, who was
suffering from Hodgkin's Disease (a type of cancer), took a turn
for the worse.
In a noble gesture he would live to regret, Steve dumped Kayla,
the woman he loved, so she could marry her old friend Jack, who
was head-over-heels in love with her.
After a miraculous recovery Jack tried desperately to seduce his
new wife, who knocked back all his amorous advances. When he learned
she was cheating on him with brother Steve, he was outraged and
When Kayla left him, Jack and Steve battled it out on a rooftop.
Jack fell off and Steve donated a kidney to save his little brother's
life -- Jack still didn't know they were related.
Jack threw himself into realising his political aspirations and
plotting at every turn to spoil Steve and Kayla's happiness.
Gullible Melissa Anderson (Lisa Trusel)
was unlucky enough to fall in love with the selfish man who used
her feelings for him for his advantage. In episodes about to air
in Australia, Melissa will wise up to Jack's dastardly schemes leaving
him standing at the altar.
One can't help feeling a twinge of sympathy for Jack, who, rejected
one time too many, becomes a social recluse devoting himself to
being a new publisher of Salem's local rag, The Spectator.
That's where he catches the eye of aspiring journalist and college
student, Jennifer Horton.
Jack can't figure out why Jennifer is so nice to him. He is bemused
by this blonde whirlwind who champions the cause of the underdog
Jennifer, on the other hand isn't fazed by his aloof façade.
The spunky young reporter is convinced her new boss has a heart
and she's determined to discover it.
any display of sentimentality embarrasses him, Jack tries to ignore
his growing feelings for Jennifer, but as their paths, and swords,
keep crossing, he finds it hard to keep his emotions under control.
Jennifer also can't fathom what's happening to her. Jack makes her
so mad, but she can't stay away from him. She loves his offbeat
sense of humour, his quirky smile. Her past relationships pale in
comparison to her newfound feelings for Jack. This guy makes her
heart miss a beat. He makes her feel warm and safe. Nothing like
the confusion she experienced with her first "real" love,
Frankie Brady (Billy Warlock).
The perky blonde thought she found real love in Frankie, a guy who
was adopted by the Brady family. The two teenagers were obviously
attracted to each other by something was missing -- there was no
spark, no chemistry. When Frankie left Salem to take up a scholarship
in New York, Jennifer was overwhelmed by feelings of abandonment.
Nursing a broken heart she runs into two men who are destined to
forever change her life.
While writing a story on gangs she encounters streetwise gangster
Emilio Ramirez. Cocky Emilio is smitten by her innocence and beauty.
The two begin dating but Jennifer finds herself more and more drawn
to Jack, one of Salem's most unsavoury characters.
the attraction between Jack and Jennifer is strong and even Emilio's
hot pursuit of the golden-haired beauty, (which nearly ends in marriage)
can't shake the feelings between the two.
have a knack for bringing us some of Daytime television's hottest
duos. Bo and Hope, Kimberly and Shane, and of course the unforgettable
coupling of anti-hero Patch and Kayla.
Again, with the unpredictable pairing of Jack and Jennifer, they
have struck a combination fans will remember forever.
25 Years of DAYS OF OUR LIVES
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