And how does his story play out over the course of the week?
Well, he’s constantly badgering people for information, whether it’s calling Dan into the office at the factory or thinking about getting hold of Ali because she might have some details. Basically, anyone who can give him an update. But Rishi tells him to stop doing that because it’s going to blow his cover.
So how does he learn that Rachel has had a baby boy?
From Rishi. His dad comes into the factory and tells him that it’s a little boy. So that’s the first Jai hears of it. All the way through, it’s second-hand information: he can’t be at the hospital. He can’t see the baby. His dad and Rachel are trying to keep them apart.
In some ways, you kind of feel for Jai because it’s his son and he doesn’t know if he’s going to survive. The other way of looking at it would be to say that it was always going to be this way. He’s tried to play this game and keep it all secret and this is the price he pays for that. He’s been incredibly selfish because he wants to keep his marriage to Charity and he also wants to keep the baby. And the two are just incompatible. But what’s interesting about the story is that it’s never been driven by an affair or a romance. It was always the human instinct, this desire to have a child. That’s why it’s so difficult for him.
And how is Charity reacting at this time?
Well, he’s absolutely freaking out and going crazy, so Charity knows something’s wrong but she doesn’t know what. She thinks he’s having an affair! But eventually Rishi tells her that it’s still to do with the fact that she won’t have a baby for him. And in some ways, that makes Jai realise why he’s gone through with it in the first place – because, if it was left to Charity, he would never have a son. But obviously it’s very deceitful.
Personally, I don’t know he could possibly live through something like this. It’s absolutely unbelievable and an unbearable amount of pressure that he’s under.
So does Charity believe the cover-up?
I think she does because they’ve argued about it so many times. In an ideal world, he wouldn’t have ended up in a marriage without having discussed whether they’d be having a kid in the future. Or he would have ended the relationship and moved on to someone who did want a baby with him. But it’s a soap and that’s not how things work out.