Jay

Played by: Utkarsh Ambudkar
Family members: Samantha Arondekar (spouse), Bela Arondekar (sister), Sheryl (mother-in-law)
Abilities: Chef; Home Renovation
Occupation: Chef; Bed and Breakfast Operator

Personality

As the non-ghost seeing husband to Samantha, Jay Arondekar is the calm in a swirling and often chaotic spectral storm. While he maintains a laid-back, patient and understanding demeanor, Jay sometimes struggles with some of the aspects of living a complicated life in a haunted house, dealing with spirits that only his wife can directly communicate with verbally.

As an unemployed chef and former resident of New York City, Jay is a laid-back young man who loves spending time with his friends in the city. He also enjoys gaming, with Dungeons and Dragons being one of his favorite hobbies (‘D&D’). He gave up a great deal when he moved to the Hudson Valley region when his wife inherited the Woodstone Mansion. But Jay is a man who is also deeply in love with his wife. While in ‘Pilot,’ Jay was reluctant to begin the bed and breakfast, Sam’s injury and near death altered his thinking to accept his wife’s new dream and he embraced it as strongly as she did. In doing so, he also had to quickly adjust to her new ‘gift,’ as well: her ability to see ghosts, both in their home and elsewhere. Jay also serves as Sam’s biggest cheerleader and supporter. He is quick to give her advice and encouragement whenever Sam enters into a new venture (‘Sam’s Mom’) and when things go not as planned (‘Pete’s Wife’). Jay is the voice of steady and consistent reasoning in the home.

As the young couple reconcile themselves to living in a home with multiple ‘occupants,’ Jay has found his understanding often coupled with confusion and on occasion, dismay (‘D&D’). While Samantha communicates on a daily basis with the ghosts, Jay has to deal with being the ‘odd man out’ as the one not a part of these conversations. In addition, the ghosts report on his activities to Sam, and Sam has to report to him, in turn, whatever is discussed between herself and the ghosts. In turn, Jay responds to this with interest and good humor.

Despite Jay’s inability to verbally communicate with the spirits, some of the ghosts have successfully been able to relay messages on to him (‘D&D’). In turn, Jay has grown more confident in finding ways to communicate with them in his own way (‘Sam’s Mom,’ ‘D&D’). He has only seen what two ghosts look like: he saw Alberta’s face on the back of Todd’s back in the form of a tattoo (‘Alberta’s Fan’) and he saw a photo of Trevor through his dating profile (‘Jay’s Sister’). Jay also experienced one of the ghosts in one of the most shocking and dramatic ways possible when Hetty accidentally took control of his body (‘Possession’). While Hetty was inadvertently ejected from Jay’s body when she attempted to drive off the premises, it appears that part of Hetty’s personality remained with Jay in the form of his culinary choices and new found assertiveness.

History

Jay’s history runs in unison with his wife Samantha, given her inheritance of the Woodstone Mansion and her ability to see and communicate with the spirits located there. While he was initially hesitant to begin the ambitious task of restoring a 300-year-old mansion and establishing a bed and breakfast, his mind was changed dramatically when his wife was seriously injured from a fall (accidentally caused by Trevor) (‘Pilot,’ ‘Hello’).

In the early days of living in their new home, Jay, as an unemployed chef, was busy with many tasks typical for home-owners: he did his own home renovations and repairs, which often failed (‘Pilot,’ ‘’Possession’), collaborated with Sam and contractors, supported Sam in her own endeavors and had to become adjusted to the most unusual situation of all — dealing with a houseful of nosy, opinionated, and often demanding ghosts he could not see or hear.

As he has sought to be a supportive husband to Sam, he has also grown in his own understanding and support of the ghosts as well. He collaborated with Sam to secure Thorfinn’s remains and give him his longed-for Viking funeral, with Jay himself shooting the flaming arrow into the canoe containing Thorfinn’s bones. He also sought to reassure the ghosts by attempted to thwart the house from getting vandalized by a group of boys (‘Halloween’).

Jay’s caring attitude extends to other members of his family, both living and otherwise. He has a loving and protective relationship with his sister Bela (‘Jay’s Sister’), the only other person other than Sam and Jay who knows of the ghosts in the mansion, due to her online interaction with Trevor. Jay also sought to encourage his mother-in-law Sheryl, herself a ghost existing in an Ohio restaurant, to reconcile with her daughter (‘Sam’s Mom’).

Moving away from the city and his friends has not come without difficulty for Jay. For the most part, Jay handles his isolation with good humor and curiosity (‘The Vault’) but he dislikes being spied on by the ghosts (‘Ghostwriter’) and not being able to be a real part of regular conversations (‘D&D). When Jay found himself kicked out of his group’s Dungeons and Dragons games, Jay connected with Pete, who also is enthusiastic about the game, and he got the chance to play the game with several of the ghosts on two occasions (‘D&D’). In addition, Jay bonded with Pete again with the two watching and enjoying a basketball game together (‘Ghostwriter’).

Jay’s most significant dealing with any ghost,however, was through Hetty’s accidental possession of him during an electrical wiring incident (‘Possession’). This occurred when Jay was preparing a special meal for a wedding planner, but Hetty’s desire to remain in Jay’s body was too strong for him to overcome. When Hetty attempted to drive off the property, she was successfully expelled from Jay’s body.

Appearance

Jay is a handsome young man, early to mid 30’s, who typically dresses in a hip and casual manner common to someone of his generation. He has studs in each ear. He also has dark hair, mustache and a goatee. He is of normal to slight build; Thorfinn refers to him constantly as ‘small man.’ Isaac has frequently commented on the positive aspects of his physique.

Trivia

  • Jay is the U.S. inspiration of Mike Cooper from the BBC version of ‘Ghosts.’

Quotes

  • ”You got a cute butt, but it’s got a foul mouth.” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • “We’re double down, baby! I maxed out the credit cards, I cashed in the IRS, despite the very vocal objections of my father. News flash: we are deeply in debt. If this bed and breakfast fails, we’re really screwed.” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • “Almost losing you made me realize that I don’t care where we live, because as long as I’m with you, I’m home.” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • “I’m pretty far from good.” (Season 1, Episode 2)
  • “If you’re here, you’re welcome.” (Season 1, Episode 2)
  • “So, how did you end up here? Well, I feel in love with a white girl with a cute, cute butt and then she inherited a haunted house and then….” (Season 1, Episode 3)
  • “This isin’t fair. You got a whole team of spies watching my every move.” (Season 1, Episode 4)
  • “Uh, yep. She felt really bad, people.” (Season 1, Episode 4)
  • “This is just great. Our friends are partying on rooftops, and we’re being egged by the cast of Stranger Things.” (Season 1, Episode 5)
  • “So what I’m asking you is, who are you? Are you the dude who gets eaten on the toilet while the little girl in the Jeep is like, “He left us! He left us! He left us!”? Or are you Dr Ellie Sattler? Do you fix things? Hmm?” (Season 1, Episode 6)
  • “And you have this whole group of people that-that you can talk to that I can’t even see. So the other night when we were all playing together, I actually felt like I was part of the gang.” (Season 1, Episode 8)
  • “You mean invisible Todd, roaming the hallways, collecting everyone’s toenails? I do not like that.” (Season 1, Episode 9)
  • “Oh my God, I’m being colonized from the inside out.” (Season 1, Episode 10)
  • “Uh…hey Hetty, wherever you are, uh, just wanted to say thanks for helping me with the menu. I wish I could say I owe you, but you kind of kidnapped me and tried to take me to Paris so let’s just call it even.” (Season 1, Episode 10)
  • ”Babe, you’re doing amazing. And it’s not just the writing. You nabbed yourself a good hubs. We’re starting this B and B. And you’re possibly the only person on the planet who can see ghosts. You’re practically a superhero.” (Season 1, Episode 11)
  • “They feel pain when we pass through them, right?…. Come here! Oh! [grunts] Where are you? Ooh. Aah! Oh! Did I get him?” (Season 1, Episode 12)
  • “A surface that’s impenetrable to ghosts? I love it when the mythology gets expanded.” (Season 1, Episode 13)
  • You got to tell me how it happened. I mean, was it hot? Was there screaming? Was country music playing?” (Season 1, Episode 13)
  • “Look, if this guy has been suffering from night terrors for half a millennium, that’s some pretty serious trauma.” (Season 1, Episode 15)
  • “I worry sometimes that you’re dealing with this huge crazy thing and I’m the only person that you have to talk about it with.
  • “What are you doing? Yell at them. Yell at the ghosts.” (Season 1, Episode 14)
  • “Darn ghosts. Always stealing my thunder.” (Season 1, Episode 14)
  • “I’m married to a damn superhero.” (Season 1, Episode 15)
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