If Days of Our Lives’ Gwen Is Bad, Jack Is *Way* Worse — Here’s Why
At least we understand why his surprise daughter has been such a monster to him and his family. Why he’s being such a jerk to her, knowing what she’s spent her entire life believing? Not so much.
Days of Our Lives’ Jack can kiss goodbye that Father of the Year nomination. Upon learning for sure that Gwen is his daughter — and why she was hellbent on destroying his family with Jennifer — he demonstrated so much insensitivity, we wouldn’t trust him to own a pet rock, never mind raise a kid.
First, even holding the paternity-test results in his hands in the February 2 episode, Jack couldn’t bring himself to say to Gwen, “I accept that I’m your father.” Instead, all she got was “I won’t challenge the results of this test.”
Gee, love you, too, Daddy.
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Jack then completely shrugged off the validity of Gwen’s anger toward him — and it is valid, given what she had been told forever — and had the nerve to bring up his own hard life as a Deveraux. The years of pain that she’d suffered thinking that she’d been rejected by her father never even seemed to cross his mind. We know that Gwen has declared it open season on Jack’s family, but wouldn’t he have any — any! — parental instinct to take responsibility for her, to make her feel better?
Dude couldn’t even express regret. Rather, Jack just defended himself. “I never threw you away. I never even knew you existed,” he reminded Gwen. “Look, I know you want to feel vindication… you want me to beg for forgiveness, but I can’t be sorry for something I had no part in.”
Jack, how about being sorry that this young woman standing before you is a daughter you never got to know? How about being sorry that she grew up thinking you didn’t care? How about being sorry that you can’t muster up enough humanity to put yourself in her shoes for even a second?
Unbelievably, Jack’s behavior got worse.
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When Gwen said that she knew he hated her, but it was OK because she hated him more, he didn’t reply that he didn’t hate her, he hated what she’d done to Jennifer and Abigail. He didn’t reply that he didn’t — and couldn’t — hate her, he didn’t even know her. He spat that she could go ahead and hate him, “but Jennifer did nothing to you. And neither did Abigail.”
Way to rub salt in the wound, bro. Got it. That branch of the family gets unconditional love, the branch standing before you with a shiner gets another reminder that she ain’t them.
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Finally, Jack blew his last chance to extend an olive branch to Gwen. Whereas a compassionate person, one with even the vaguest curiosity about their newfound child, might have asked, “Where do we go from here? Is there any way we can get to the bottom of all this and… get to know one another?” Jack inquired what she wanted from his family next and offered her a check to disappear.
If we were Gwen, we’d take that check and bid good riddance to bad rubbish. Then, on our way out of town, we’d pay one final visit to Abigail. “I envied you my entire life,” we’d say. “You got our father.
“Now that I’ve met him,” we’d conclude, “I don’t envy you at all anymore. I feel sorry for you.”
What do you think, Days of Our Lives fans? Some anger on Jack’s part is completely understandable, but didn’t he come off not just like a terrible dad but an awful person? On your way to the comments, check out the below photo gallery of an actual good parent in action: the inimitable Alice Horton.
<p>Broadway veteran Frances Reid made her soap debut in 1954 when she accepted the title role in CBS’ television adaptation of the radio drama <em>Portia Faces Life</em>. From there, she hit the mother lode, going from playing Penny Baker’s mother-in-law on <em>As the World Turns</em> to Nancy Karr’s mother on <em>The Edge of Night</em>. Finally, in 1965, the actress landed the part with which she’ll always be most closely associated.</p>
<p>When NBC premiered <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, Reid was front and center as yet another mom, Alice Horton, the embodiment of a warm embrace. But the family’s matriarch wound up spending as much time wringing her hands as throwing her arms around her loved ones, as her children with doctor husband Tom seemed to have made it their mission in life to leave frying pans <em>only</em> when there was a fire into which they could leap.</p>
<p>To choose the most troubling of Alice’s kids is a tall order. But, for our money, it was Bill, the doctor who returned to Salem with a pal who turned out to be his “late” brother Tommy and reacted to ex-fiancée Laura Spencer’s marriage to sibling rival Mickey by raping her and then blacking out the whole horrifying incident. “More toast, son?”</p>
<p>Though Alice was all about home and hearth, she was also about kicking ass and taking names. So when Roman Brady (then Wayne Northrop) was thrown behind bars as the Salem Slasher — as if! — she took action as only she could. First, she baked him a drug-laced batch of her legendary doughnuts, then she got herself arrested helping his brother Bo ensure that he’d go free before he could be handcuffed to a hospital bed.</p>
<p>The late 1980s were tough on Alice. First, old flame Simon Hopkins came to Salem hoping to win her back or take her hostage — either one. Then, she discovered that Tom wasn’t cheating on her, he was doing something far worse — reading poetry aloud at Calliope Jones’ Beat Bar. Finally, Alice found out that her marriage to Tom had never been legal in the first place — <em>and</em> her better half had known about it all those years!</p>
<p>After Alice discovered that the murderous Salem Stalker was none other than her dear friend Marlena Evans, the supposed killer did away with her by weaponizing her doughnuts. Thankfully, it turned out that Marlena was no more a homicidal maniac than Alice was dead. The soul-shattering shenanigans were all part of a plot hatched by Andre DiMera. Who was posing as half brother Tony. Because the whole mess wasn’t dizzy-making enough!</p>
<p>You know that one aunt that everybody has who loves the holidays so much that when trick-or-treaters ring her doorbell, they’re bathed in the glow of Christmas lights already hung? Alice loved the Yuletide season that much, too. Although she generally showed more restraint when it came to putting up wreaths and getting a tree before Thanksgiving, at least.</p>
<p>After hanging the treasured Horton family ornaments on Bo and Hope’s Christmas tree in 2009, Alice was devastated to learn of the passing of her son, Mickey (seen here years earlier). She loved all of her children, of course, but she and Mickey… they shared a special bond. So his loss was one from which she would never recover, not completely.</p>
<p>Perhaps it’s fitting, in a poignant sorta way, that the last photo that we could find of Reid on the<em> Days of Our Lives</em> set was taken during the taping of Christmas episodes in 2007 with longtime castmates Suzanne Rogers, who plays Alice’s daughter-in-law Maggie, and Susan Seaforth Hayes, who plays her granddaughter Julie. Following the soap legend’s passing in 2010, Alice’s health was said to have declined swiftly, her heart having been broken by Mickey’s death. On screen, Salem — and we — were said to have lost Alice on June 23, 2010.</p>
<p>When Alice was laid to rest, her friends and family gathered to pay their respects. But how could any of them sum up a person who was so sweet and spirited, so strong and so gentle? As Hope laid a yellow rose on her grandmother’s casket, she said simply, “I love you, Gran,” and asked her to do exactly what she’d always done. “You look out for us,” said Hope, “for the rest of the days of our lives.”</p>
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