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|somuchwhatever||Sep 29 2013, 09:32 PM|
"Apparently, if you get your name on a ball, you're in for life."
It was. I just finished rewatching the whole thing last weekend.
There was a pretrial hearing and Kayla went on the stand and told what happened. Jack was affected by it and indicated to his attorney that he just wanted it all to go away so his lawyer offered assault as a plea bargain and Kayla's lawyer (Mickey Horton) recommended she accept it. She did.
And then Jack was a total jackass after the fact. He had been owning and apologizing what he did at first, but when Kayla made no qualms about telling him that she wasn't going to hide what he had done and that he had no right to rape her, he spiraled down into total sleazedom. The absolute moment of rock bottom, I think, was finding out he was Billy Johnson and then, practically at the same time, finding out Harper, whom he had idolized his entire life, had tried to murder his wife and was a serial killer. It shattered every illusion of who Jack thought he was, and then the crowning moment was Melissa dumping him at the altar.
I think the turning point for Jack was during the Baby Hannah storyline with Jen when he got rejected from being a potential foster parent because of the assault on his record. Between Jen's non-coddling of him about the reality of his life and that moment when he saw an outsider's perspective on just what he had done, I think that's the moment he started turning things around.
The thing I am absolutely amazed about during the storyline, though, is how strong Kayla is during it. She refuses to be taken hostage by what happened, even to the point where she calls Steve on his crap when he tries to get her to coddle Jack afterwards. Before this storyline, I had viewed Kayla as the typical soap heroine whose basic role is to be there for the dude to rescue. But not after this one. That opinion changed the moment she got up after she was raped, looked in the face of her rapist and called it out for what it was. It was something unheard of for the late 80s, and it's still stands as one of the most defining moments of soaps for me as a woman.
For anyone who HASN'T watched this storyline, please, go watch it. It won't be time wasted, and it'll make you weep for what you see onscreen these days. It's a master class in writing, acting, and seamless storytelling.
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