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Ice Road Truckers: Jack Jessee goes from haul-road ace to bully of the Dalton

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Ice Road Truckers "haul-road ace" Jack Jessee has changed this season--and not for the better.

Things are getting rough on the Dalton on the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers.

This season, many fans have noticed a change in haul-road ace Jack Jessee. In earlier seasons, Jack has been the nice guy. Definitely the “haul-road ace,” whatever seasons he appeared in, but typically the nice, professional driver. This season, however, he started out arrogant, and has appeared for most of the season to just be, well, angry.

This week, Jack pulled the “seniority” card on rookie Darrell. And, it’s not so much the seniority issue—it’s hard not to agree with Jack that senior drivers should be given some additional consideration, after all—but he has become so angry about it, as well as a bit devious.

Some drivers, of course, are not proving themselves to be top-of-the-line drivers, such as Porkchop. It seems that with every step forward, he takes at least a couple back, as he did this week. After a few weeks doing everything he could to be a safe driver, Porkchop had a fit of road rage that might come back to haunt him. Darrell, on the other hand, is another story completely. He is proving to be a professional on every level, and Jack is obviously threatened by him.

“I go in there and they tell me they don’t have anything for me, I’ve gotta bobtail [no back haul for Darrell, in other words]!” Darrell exclaimed. “I see all kinds of loads sitting down here in this yard—they gotta be going somewhere! I’m sure there’s something here going back to Fairbanks!”

Jack, on the other hand, was smug and self-righteous about having a back haul.

“I called from Coldfoot and pulled a little seniority on that one,” Jack told Darrell. “Little seniority get you a long way around here sometimes. I’ve got a few more tricks; I can teach you a couple.”

To the camera, Jack said, “If there are back hauls to be had, they ought to be given to the senior drivers. Give them to the people who have been here, people who have proven themselves.”

But, calling from Coldfoot to take loads away from other drivers?

Bullying His Way to Back Hauls

Jack is definitely feeling threatened—and he’s not acting like the “haul-road ace” these days. What made him that “ace” for many fans, anyway, was not just how many loads he could carry in a season, but that he carried those loads and himself with style and professionalism. Now, however, he is turning into the bully of the Dalton—not much of an ace.

Sure, again, senior drivers should get some perks. And, some of the more borderline drivers, like Porkchop, it’s easy to understand why they are not getting the pick of the litter, so to speak. But, a good driver like Darrell, who is more than pulling his weight, not getting a back haul even tho’ he was first to arrive, just because Jack Jessee called ahead from Coldfoot and demanded that he get what was available?

Well, as Darrell said, “If you gotta cheat to win, you’re not the ace.”

And, good for Darrell—he got a load on his trip back to Fairbanks when another driver had an emergency back home and had to leave his load along the way.

Will Jack keep his “haul-road ace” title, or will Darrell take him down this season?

Stay tuned.

Ice Road Truckers airs on the History Channel on Sundays at 9/8c.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Perhaps if Jack would spend some of his allegedly huge earnings on some dental work, as opposed to spending the money on his ridiculously gaudy $70,000 Ford pickup, he might start acting like the professional, couteous truck driver that we typically think of him being....not the toothless, white trash, back-stabbing hillbilly we've seen this year. Big disappointment. One is left to wonder if perhaps Jack had something to do with Lisa's non-participation this season....hmmm?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Perhaps if Jack would spend some of his allegedly huge earnings on some dental work, as opposed to spending the money on his ridiculously gaudy $70,000 Ford pickup, he might start acting like the professional, couteous truck driver that we typically think of him being....not the toothless, white trash, back-stabbing hillbilly we've seen this year. Big disappointment. One is left to wonder if perhaps Jack had something to do with Lisa's non-participation this season....hmmm?

Submitted by TA (not verified) on
What is this, Alice In Wonderland--where we wish someone an Unhappy Birthday instead?? You all have this so backwards. Jack's the good guy!

Submitted by TA (not verified) on
I can't believe you're dogging Jack Jesse in all this! When you talk of him being arrogant, I think you've got him confused with Austin. I never had a problem with Darrell until he started talking smack about Jack. HE's just jealous of Jack's record, yet you claim it's Jack who's intimidated?? Jack remains one of their best drivers. The way you tell it, Jack's a bully?? I'd hate to hear what you'd have to say about Phil & Tony or Alex then, considering you're painting Jack as the bad guy all of a sudden.

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