Ethan and Jack meet on the train from Boston to Capeside. Ethan is recovering from a break-up and staying with his parents in Capeside for a while. He remarks to Jack that he sees his ex-boyfriend all the time at school, to which Jack is astounded as Ethan is the first person he has met in real life who is also gay.
They talk and get along great, and Jack later runs into Ethan at the store, where he ends up going to Capefest, a music festival, to get closer to Ethan.
Their first kiss was the first gay male kiss, in tv history .