Days of Our Lives used to be known for its supercouples and strong romances, and Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton were one of the most popular and enduring couples.
Newer viewers might only know Jack as the man without a memory who keeps letting Eve Donovan manipulate him into hurting his family and who once raped Kayla, but that's a shame.
Jack and Jennifer have a rich history, some of which could enhance the current stories (like the time Jack and Jen entered a fake marriage so she could adopt a baby.)
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Check out this classic couple slideshow devoted to Jack and Jennifer's history, then share your favorite memory in the comments!
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Jack and Jennifer Meet
In 1989, Jack was a shady politician who bought the Salem Spectator to stop the press from covering his political malfeasance while Jennifer was a naive reporting student. Nobody would have guessed that sparks would fly when she got an internship working for Jack, but it was soon clear that they had both met their match.
Jack Vs. Emilio Round One
While Jack and Jennifer both fought their feelings for each other, the situation became complicated when Emilio Ramirez became interested in Jennifer. Emilio was a former gang member who had had negative interactions with Jack before Jack's reformation. Jack kept trying to interfere with Emilio's interest in Jennifer, but wouldn't put his all into pursuing her himself, feeling he wasn't good enough. Eventually, the Emilio problem resolved itself when Jennifer found out that Emilio had tampered with Adrienne's brakes. She broke up with him and he left town, leaving Jack free to pursue Jennifer.
Jack and Jennifer's Fake Marriage
When a pregnant woman named Sally deliberately got herself thrown in jail for robbery so that she wouldn't be homeless, Jennifer became determined to raise Sally's baby. Jack suggested he and Jennifer pretend to be married so that she could more easily adopt the baby. Jennifer was unsure she trusted Jack, while Jack hoped this fake marriage would lead to true love, but in any case the plan failed when Child Protective Services denied Jennifer custody because of Jack's past rape of Kayla. However, when Jack found a way to get the baby to Jennifer anyway and helped take care of her, Jennifer began to fall for him. Sadly, baby Hannah's grandparents came to get her, leaving Jack and Jennifer heartbroken.
Jack vs. Emilio Round 2
After losing baby Hannah, Jennifer didn't want to admit to herself that she had feelings for Jack, while Jack was convinced he wasn't good enough for Jennifer. As a result, Jennifer ended up turning to Emilio again when Emilio came back to town. The two got engaged even though Jennifer's heart belonged to Jack. Jack couldn't take it anymore and kidnapped Jennifer from her wedding to Emilio and married her himself.
Jack's evil adoptive father, Harper Deveraux, contacted Jack to try to get him to speak at his parole hearing. Jennifer didn't like Jack's relationship with Harper, fearing that Harper would negatively influence Jack to go back to his old ways, and Harper didn't like her either. In fact, he told Jack that if Jennifer didn't back off, he'd have her killed! Jack distanced himself from Jennifer to protect her, even firing her from the Spectator.
The Cruise of Deception Leads to Their First Time Making Love
The evil Ernesto Toscano arranged for a number of people to be on a ship called The Loretta, which came to be known by DAYS fans as the Cruise of Deception because Ernesto set up the cruise as part of an elaborate plot to kill his daughter Isabella and her friends and family. Jack and Jennifer were on that ship, and when there was a shipwreck they were stuck on an island together, where they ended up making love for the first time.