Jack named his boat after his childhood friend Amanda
He also promised to look after her dog, Sammy, when she was taken away. Sammy is still alive in the present day, and recognises Emily when she comes back into town.
There is a definite connection between Jack and Emily when they meet, even though he has no knowledge of her real identity.
"My dad always said that an empty bar is a sad bar." - Jack Porter
Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) is a blue-collar son of a dock
worker who's spent his entire adult life helping his father manage
the Stowaway Tavern, a local hangout for the common folk of
Though he's loyal to the core, Jack's always had aspirations of escape - nomadic dreams of sailing around the world and carving out an adventure of his own, but dedication to his hard luck family has always conspired to keep him landlocked.
When fate (and a yellow Labrador) brings Emily Thorne into his life, Jack is unable to shake a déjà vu-like connection to her.
With intimate knowledge of Emily's former life as the little girl he knew as Amanda Clarke, Jack's growing interest in the strangely familiar new girl could throw a serious wrench into Emily's carefully crafted agenda.