DOOL also gave me reason to be skeptical of Ashford's return because for months it seemed like the show was trying to discredit Jack, implying that he abandoned his family to go find himself and never looked back. I assumed this was an attempt to get the audience to hate him so that they would be more receptive to the Jennifer/Daniel pairing, because as we all know Jack and Jennifer were among the show's most popular supercouples. In reality I guess all the Jack mentions simply served the purpose of setting up his return and subsequent storyline. While many fans are understandably upset about the way he has been portrayed in recent months, myself included, I have to wonder if things are really as they seem. My theory is that perhaps Jack left to do something he didn't feel safe telling anyone about and that this walk-about was just a cover, a way to protect himself and his family. If this is true it would appear that something went wrong considering that no one has been able to make any kind of contact with him. Since I can't imagine him returning to Salem without reuniting with Jennifer I have to assume he has been in some kind of trouble.
So far details of Ashford's first airdate have not been released. In the meantime, however, you can catch him on the web series The Bay, alongside former DOOL co-stars Mary Beth Evans and Charles Shaughnessy. Click here to read my recent review of The Bay and go to http://thebaytheseries.com/ to start watching.
For all the Jack and Jennifer fans out there, a special treat -
I found the following video clips yesterday morning. They are from the show TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes. Melissa Reeves becomes the target of a prank set up by Matthew Ashford and her husband Scott Reeves, GH's Steve. Enjoy!