That Sure is a Big...Brain: Soaps' 10 Smartest, Sexiest Supercouples
With the return of acerbic, comical newspaper man Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) to Salem on Days of Our Lives, one of soap's smartest, sexiest pairings, Jack and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), have been reunited. Well, not quite. There is the matter of Jenn's hairy, hunky new boyfriend Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) for the roving reporter to contend with.
Never fear. Our boy Jack's no stranger to having to use his brains to best another man's brawn when it comes to Jennifer Rose. Remember Emilo Ramirez or Hawk Hawkins? Yeah, neither do we. In celebration of Jack and Jenn getting another shot at a little, ahem, intelligent interaction, let's look back at 10 of daytime's smartest couples.
10.) Jennifer Horton and Jack Deveraux, Days of Our Lives
There's absolutely no way this pairing should have worked. He was the insanely jealous, political scion, who had raped his first wife, town sweetheart Kayla Brady (Mary Beth Evans). She was the plucky, virginal granddaughter of Salem's most prominent family on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Yet from the moment Jennifer Horton started an internship at Jack Deveraux's newspaper, The Spectactor, there was no denying the combustible chemistry that flowed beneath every snarky barb Jack shot in Jennifer's direction.
Though everyone tried to warn Jenn, her Grandmother Alice ( the late Frances Reid) and her cousin Melissa (then Camilla Scott) to name a few, she was determined to make Jack admit he had feelings for her, and to see himself the way she saw him. When Jenn grew weary of waiting on Jack to finally realize he was just as crazy for her as she was for him, she opted to marry good-natured Latin heartthrob Emilio (Billy Hufsy), causing Jack to do what any sensible man in love would. He hijacked a fire engine and kidnapped Jennifer on her wedding day!
In Jennifer, Jack found the redemption he was so desperately searching for and in Jack, Jenn found the greatest love (and challenge) of her life. In the over two decades that have followed, Jack and Jenn have endured Cruises of Deception (complete with diaphragms!), marriages, divorces, the births of two children, childhood cancer, a couple of returns from the dead and even Peter Blake, but through it all, they've always managed to make smart look hella sexy. Okay, except for when Steve Wlder and Stephanie Cameron were in the roles...