Just when we thought Jonathon McClendon was leaving the NBC show, it turns out that he is not going anywhere. His character Chase Jennings was stabbed in jail after getting in a fight with his inmate. He was also in a critical condition after getting stabbed and was rushed to the hospital for surgery, and we all know what happened next. He pulled through and is now at a private hospital, recovering from his injury and trying to get better. This only means one thing, he’s staying. So in case you thought the writers were going to get rid of his character just like I did, it looks like that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Which is actually a great thing!
Jonathon McClendon is a good actor, who is best known for playing the role of Chase Jennings since 2015. When he joined the show, he had no idea his character will turn out to be a rapist, now that he’s a rapist, he’s trying to get better knowing what he did was wrong. Which really doesn’t change a thing, because he knew what he was doing when he forced himself on Ciara (played by Vivian Jovanni) and ruined her life. So, I don’t know what the writers are really trying to do as I don’t see Chase and Ciara ever being friends again.
On last week’s episode, we saw Ciara get a volunteer job at The Shady Hills hospital where Chase is a patient. After finding Chase there, she told him off and left, only to return and face her rapist saying confidentally to him that she’s strong enough to deal with him, wants to get better, hoping he gets better too. I like where this storyline is going, and the way the writers have got everything planned.
The worst nightmare for any girl is to face her rapist. And when she does, she feels all sort of fears, but after getting all the help she deserves including talking to a therapist, she decides it’s time to face her rapist. The writers are trying to get a message out there to all the girls who have been a rape victim and had to go through hell. Do not stay quiet, talk to someone about what happened, press charges and after you do, start seeing a therapist so you can get the help you deserve. It doesn’t end there, when you’re ready, face your rapist, so you can get all the answers you deserve. That’s when you will be able to move on with your life and get better. Staying quiet does not help. You don’t have to live in a fear anymore of him hurting you, because he will never hurt you ever again once you take action. He will only hurt you more, if you don’t take action.