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THE JACK AND JENNIFER CAMPAIGN PETITION

SUMMARY:

We are a group of Days of Our Lives viewers who have been increasingly worried about the dearth of storylines focusing on Jack and Jennifer, as played by Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves.

They are the youngest of DOOL's three golden supercouples, and have remained popular over the years even when absent from the screens. They are extremely attractive, intriguing, and have a long history and manifold contacts with other characters that could be tapped for exciting, captivating and emotional storylines. Instead, their drama-rich history and undeniable chemistry have been disregarded in favor of weak comedy and, at present, no airtime other than through "In the House" segments -- which provide little more than product placement.

Such youthful, charismatic, beloved and multifaceted characters, with backgrounds and personalities ripe with untold stories viable for years to come, should be considered integral to the show's future. The continued disregard of them and their fans is utterly bewildering.

Now that James E. Reilly is returning as headwriter, the time is ripe for us to make our voices heard as far as what are hopes and expectations are for Ashford and Reeves' characters. We the undersigned want 1) the actors in place, 2) a return to Jack and Jennifer's true characters, 3) plots with emotional depth, and 4) Jack and Jennifer to share the frontburner as they rightfully deserve.

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We now offer a detailed description of the four main points we wish DOOL and its producers and network to keep under consideration:

1) KEEP THE ACTORS IN PLACE:

This is first and foremost. Why are Jack and Jennifer still such tremendous fan favorites despite being virtually ignored over the years? Because of the incredible performances from Ashford and Reeves, and the electricity that sparks between them and the other cast members. The characters were unwatchable with others playing them, and another switch would be absurd and insulting. DOOL was brilliant in bringing Ashford and Reeves back to the studio together -- do not let them slip through your fingers again!

2) A RETURN TO THEIR TRUE CHARACTERS:

Unlike some others on soap operas, Jack and Jennifer are not mere puppets whose experiences bounce off them with no effect on their lives. They are who they are because of their history, which should continue to affect them, even in small ways. Their complex, intriguing background deserves respect and careful examination into what makes them tick.

Jack Deveraux is unflaggingly protective of and loyal to Jennifer and his loved ones; he is romantic, intelligent, inquisitive and acquisitive (he is ambitious and would fight to own his newspaper again, much less the fortune that was stolen from him years ago). He is dryly sarcastic and self-deprecating, and aloof to those he doesn't trust. Still adept at scheming, he has never forgotten his dark past despite others' forgiveness, and is vulnerable to guilt and remorse whenever it's become public in some way. This is his sorest spot -- his own sins, and the sins of his fathers. He has a quirky sense of humor but is NOT a bumbling oaf, as he was often treated by the writers. He may seem cocky sometimes yet is often insecure; he is no swaggering macho hero and is often afraid, but has been heroic many times -- even more so because he has conquered his fears.

Jennifer Horton Deveraux's character was nearly destroyed during the Colin arc, changing into a shrewish, man-hunting, brainless victim. We want to see a return to who she really is -- a loving, warm woman who, though she's matured since her beginnings as a naive girl, is still romantic, impetuous with a twinge of idealism. She loves digging into mysteries and wants to make others' lives better through her work. She's been (badly) burned before, and may have doubts about her ability to make the right decisions. She is funny, smart, enjoys adventure, loves romping with Jack, and can be frustratingly yet endearingly stubborn.

At heart, that's who these characters have been -- and this multifaceted depth should be at the heart of who they are today.

3) PLOTS WITH EMOTIONAL IMPACT:

There is so much to work with in these characters' histories and emotional makeup that it is astonishing that the writers have treated them little better than cardboard scenery. We want and expect more. The recent feather-light and silly plots have been beneath the dignity of the audience who have adored Jack and Jennifer for so many years, not to mention the characters and actors.

We want to see a return to the storylines with emotional depth -- such plots were directly responsible for Jack and Jennifer's enduring popularity. Jack's discovery of his true parentage, his long and painful journey of redemption, Jennifer's loss of her foster child, Jack's trauma over killing his adoptive father, Jack and Jennifer working together to prevent Isabella's discovery of the truth about her father, Jennifer's struggle to recover from her rape, Jack's realization and subsequent guilt that his past involvement with toxic dumping resulted in Abigail's aplastic anemia (a storyline written by Mr. Reilly) -- all of these were personal fights that deeply affected both of the couple, along with other characters involved with them. Viewers were addicted to DOOL's storylines back then, and we crave such captivating plots now.

We do NOT crave another triangle, particularly if it involves Jennifer falling for another man; since Jack and Jennifer's first marriage, this plot has been done at least three times with disastrous results. Put Jack in the center of a triangle, if you absolutely must; though he would never betray Jennifer, it is certainly believable that another woman would fall for him.

Back when Jack and Jennifer were at their peak, the plots in which they were involved were linked to who the characters were: Jack's struggle to reform himself despite many heinous acts was mesmerizing and unforgettable, as was Jennifer's journey from naive trust to deeper understanding, forgiveness and love. We want plots with romance, adventure, mystery and humor -- but we also want plots that deal with Jack and Jennifer's emotions and personalities, and ideally are also somehow tied to their history together.

4) PUT THEM ON THE FRONTBURNER:

When a sweeps month goes by with a hotly-anticipated wedding of a supercouple ... and yet these characters are barely shown onscreen ... something is horribly wrong; the ratings speak for themselves. We were disgusted at the chopped-up wedding ceremony, with the lack of airtime for the bride and groom, and not even a honeymoon to make up for the obliterated ceremony. WE WANT AIRTIME. And not airtime merely through a monitor on the "In the House" set: we want to SEE Jack and Jennifer in a real plot, one that is vital to them and other characters. We respect the fans of Bo, Hope, John, Marlena, Shawn and Belle (characters who receive the bulk of airtime over the past few months), and do not wish these characters to fall by the wayside. BUT WE URGE EQUAL TIME FOR JACK AND JENNIFER.

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All in all, we want intelligence, passion, fun, romance, mystery, angst, wit (not slapstick), adventure, and AIRTIME for Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves' Jack & Jennifer.

We respectfully request that you turn this soap opera around and bring back the magic of Jack and Jennifer.

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