Who'd have thought so many people would want to know some damn fool theory of
mine? I didn't I can tell you. ;) Since I've gotten so many requests for my theory
about Jet and Faye, I decided to make a page about it so I don't have to keep
remembering and rallying my arguments at each e-mail.
First let me say that I've seen all 26 episodes many times and I've examined the
characters. What they say, how they say it, and especially their body language.
Very often there's a dichotomy between what the character is saying with their
mouth and what they're saying with their body.
Jet is the best example of this. Many people look at him through the entire series
as a hard assed, tough skinned stoic whose harsh view on life precludes tender
feelings. If that's what you think of Jet, I have to say that you're only looking
at half the picture. Jet is a guy whose bark is worse than his bite. Most of the
time his soft underbelly is revealed through his constant worry about whether
people are eating right. To Ein: "Bean sprouts are good for you!"; Ed: "Ed wants
chocolate!" Jet: "Guess I'll [catch the bounty head] alone, then."; To Spike:
"Maybe [Faye and Ed] just aren't eating right, you know? It's a known fact that
human beings go crazy if they don't eat!"; To Spike: "I'm sure if the girls could
just eat some sukiyaki with meat. . ." and so on, and so on. Jet is too "tough"
to express his affection in words, so he expresses it in food. One the most beautiful
expressions of this love in the whole series is the farewell scene between Spike
and Jet in "The Real Folk Blues, pt.
2." It goes to show just how well Spike knows Jet, that he came back and asked
for Jet to cook for him one last time. Jet is just sitting there, with that indescribable
look in his eyes. I love that scene. You guys are going to laugh, but my eyes
are honestly getting moist as I write about it.
Now, what does this have to do with Jet's relationship with Faye? Well, it's only
when you realize how wrapped up Jet gets in the people around him, that you might
consider what I propose is their relationship. I think that Jet felt more than
friendship for Faye, then he had a kind of love for her. Not exactly sexual
love, but something with a romantic basis just the same. Now, what makes me say
that are his particular "attentions" to Faye, if you want to call them that. Jet
is the one who goes after Faye in "Jupiter
Jazz, pt. 1"; and do you notice the little smile on Spike's face when Jet
claims that the only reason he wants to find Faye is the money she stole? Like
I said, Spike knows Jet really well, perhaps better than he knows himself. Spike's
smirk suggests to me that he has the same suspicions that I have. Another incident
occurs in "Speak Like a Child": Jet is all fired
up about getting rid of Faye's tape, until he starts seeing what's on it. Spike
is bored by it, but Jet absolutely has to find out this little bit about
Faye. Then of course, there are the scenes from "Hard
Luck Woman", with Jet's concerns for Faye. She's acting weird, is she eating
right? Maybe she's sick. . . etc, etc. And as I stated earlier, Jet very often
expresses his affections, his tender, easily wounded feelings, through food. Even
in "My Funny Valentine", an episode in which
Jet barely appears at all, he is sort of planted into the middle of Faye's back-story
by the Sunrise staff - when Faye runs out to the highway to flag someone down,
a ship suspiciously similar to Jet's hammerhead passes her by. Almost makes you
wonder what would have become of Faye if Jet had found her in that fragile, emotionally
susceptible state, doesn't it? Before she was betrayed, before she closed herself
off from trust.
The other part of this equation is Faye. Do I think that Faye is in love with
Jet? Not a bit of it. I do think she has an affection for him and that she is
a woman who desires trust and protection, even while she shuns and reviles those
things. And what she desires most is perfectly suited to what Jet desires to give
the most! Jet is a man who wants to protect those he loves, and never is that
emotion more often revealed than in his dealings with Faye. But what, you're going
to ask, about Faye's feelings for Spike? Well, I am one for saying that Faye may
have had a crush on Spike but I think those feelings are transient. What she wanted
most, Spike could never give her. This, of course, is pure speculation on my part.
I'm not totally set in my ideas about Faye; some good arguments could probably
convince me that something else is going on with Faye. I am, however, pretty set
in my ideas about Jet. The more I watch CB, the clearer it becomes to me.
Now, there are sure to be some people out there who feel that if Spike had been
able to forget the past and live on, he would have eventually come to love Faye.
I am not one of those people. Frankly, Spike has never shown the slightest interest
in Faye. Even if he were able to get over his past and fallen in love again, I
don't in a million years think that it would be with Faye. There will be people
who disagree strongly with me there but I hold to my opinion. ;)
Anyway, whether Spike and Faye would have made a good couple is really irrelevant
at this point; bridge under the water. Spike gave up his life, in classic film
noir style. The question is, what happens after the ending we're given? I think
that most people will agree that Jet and Faye go on to be bounty hunters together.
I personally project that Jet and Faye will eventually get together as a couple.
Maybe before that happens, Jet will even stop being a stoic long enough to give
Faye some comfort. I kind of hope so, but I don't think that he's reached that
point of intimacy with her, that he could show his emotions openly.
Well, there's the theory! Sorry it was so long, but I had a lot to say. ^_^ If
you wish to argue the point with me, I'd welcome an e-mail about it. However, make sure you think out your
arguments before you write me. Don't just say something like, "Spike and Faye
2gether 4ever!" or you'll get a mighty wonk from the clue hammer. :p