Anyone else think it would have been a phenomenal tip to BnB history to have Jake McClain set the fire and plant the bomb in Rick’s car? I’m typically not a fan of ‘making crazy’ with typically sane characters and especially when they’re veteran characters. What would motivate him to do it? Jake was an actual incest victim. His uncle sexually assaulted him when he was a child and let him believe that his father molested him. He left home as a young man and didn’t see his parents again until adulthood – when he realized the truth about Uncle Charlie. He lost more than a decade with his parents.
Imagine that his parents have just died. Imagine that he’s been experiencing depression – and being socially and emotionally isolated, he throws himself into his work . Jake is always skulking around and must see more than he cares to (like Donna walking the halls of FC in lingerie during a work day). One late night, he sees Rick and Steph fooling around in Rick’s office, or maybe the night of the fire, he went to deliver papers from FC to the beach house. He gets there and realizes that Rick is deflowering Steffy. Even though Rick and Steffy aren’t blood relatives, they’re close enough. Rick’s father is HER grandfather. He believed he was her uncle as she was growing up. Jake is aware of how close they were as a family. Experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder because of his own abuse, and his parents’ deaths, coupled with witnessing with Rick- and it would make sense that Jake set the fire that night, and plant the car bomb shortly after.
His breakdown, of course, would lead to Margo’s return. Her return paves the way for his recovery, but also for other storylines.
I’m thinking of a Margo/Nick/Felicia/Bill Spencer Jr. quadrangle (yeah yeah Margo was married to Bill Spencer Sr! This is the BnB, Rick is sleeping with the girl he use to babysit, for pity’s sake. Margo is ‘normal’ by this show’s standards)… Clarke would have nothing in common with Margo, any more and would end up dating Jackie who feels threatened by Margo’s presence.
We could have scenes of Pam bonding with Jake (who she treats as her own child) over the fact that they’ve both had troubled histories related to mental health. Pam’s watched her sister’s years of abuse by their father. Jake could open up to Pam about his own abuse. Some of their bonding moments would be tender, some comedic as they delight in the reaction of others around them and ‘tweek’ FC employees how are afraid of them. What would happen if DONNA fell for Jake after a period of time? How could his surrogate mother handle that?
So many lost opportunities with this storyline! I starting thinking about what I would do differently after one little line, believe it or not. It began with Jake’s phone call to Rick, telling him to have a good time with Steffy at the beach house… W.T.H!?!?!? That one line left me speechless.
I thought it was odd that JAKE, of all people, was supporting Rick and Steffy. It’s hard to believe the writers remember this guy’s history and still had him supporting the gruesome twosome. At least they gave us scenes of Steph handling Rick HER way. That almost made up for it.
The pain begins 2:50 minutes in: