Jessica Dube has certainly learned about setting people up from her years of shamming with the Virtue Moir camp. When Bryce was injured, Jessica played little girl lost, waiting for her prince to rescue her from the desolation of singles skating. Bryce was hurt but Jessica was wounded. Bryce, fans (and Skate Canada) ate it up.
I've never seen the injured partner pressed into service as the morale boost for the healthy partner before, but Jessica played her foray into singles quite tragically, and Dube Davison fans felt more for the robustly healthy, skating-for-fun, poor little girl on the ice all alone in her sparkly triangle-skirted dresses then they did Bryce back in Huntsville living with his parents, unable to drive and swimming at the local Good Life without use of his legs. Fans completely expected Bryce to haul out those crutches and get his behind to Jessica's skating events or Lord knows if she'd even get through them. Jessica encouraged this, talking quite a bit about Bryce's support and advice and not at all of Bryce himself. How did his injury get to be about her?
Poor brave Jessica is a persona Jessica has spent a lifetime enacting, and it set her up perfectly to blindside Bryce once she didn't need him or his family anymore.
Her singles season done, she flipped the script and poor little waif with the candle in the window was no more.Suddenly singles skating was no wan placeholder but a confidence boosting accomplishment, reigniting her love for the sport and propelling her out of her partnership.