Marty and Jack
I’ve been thinking a lot about Jack coming out to Marty and just, we know it was meaningful for Jack, obviously, but it must have meant a hell of a lot to Marty, too.
-just think about how hard Marty was obviously working to reach out to Jack: Jack had cancelled on/declined dinner at Marty’s *multiple* times
-we know how introverted Jack is, and how he can have a hard time warming up to people
-the fact that he’s hiding not only his sexuality but a relationship that is very central to how he lives his life means Jack probably avoids a lot of social situations for fear of giving himself away, even moreso than he might have done otherwise
- Marty sees this social reticence, but he’s at least willing to give Jack the benefit of the doubt because he keeps trying. He is both friendly and persistent.
So how powerful must it have been for Marty to have Jack trust him in this huge way?
Marty could easily have just decided that Jack was great on the ice and a
Good Dude to have on your team, but not worth the effort socially.
Instead he just keeps trying.
It must have been so validating for all that patience and kindness to lead to this moment of “Here is my truth. You could use it to hurt me, but I trust that you won’t.” Then he gets to see Jack with Bitty and see that he CAN be so much more uninhibited and just joyful, and it’s all just so fucking beautiful.