I don’t think it was necessarily that Bill “beat him to her” since Bill and Jo were already married prior to ever meeting Jonas (and that wording always makes me think that the people involved all knew each other prior to any marriages), but it is possible he was jealous regardless. She’s a very pretty and strong lady.
I used to think, when I was younger, that he liked her because of the way he talks to her during the diner scene when they’re all together. He’s really close to her, almost whispering at some points, and whatnot. To me it seemed like he was trying to get closer to her and she just flat out rejects him. Now, however, I see it as him simply trying to smooth-talk information out of her. But as we don’t know anything about their history prior to what we see in the film basically anything is possible!
Maybe he does harbor feelings for her and he hates Bill due to the fact that he’s not only married to her but is also better at their job than he is. It could very well be what is driving him to be so mean towards them. Because yes, they dislike him and we have an idea as to why (corporate sponsoring and being a jerk, basically) but why does he hate THEM so much? Jealousy is a very good reason!
I think it’s that way, too. They all used to work together so they would know his personality by this point. It’s probable that Jonas walked around the lab, fresh out of college or something, thinking he was better than everyone else but, as the new kid, had to listen (begrudgingly) to what the Hardings had to tell him. Then when Bill started drawing up plans for Dorothy at some point Jonas realized that Bill was on to something pretty good and was probably angry he hadn’t thought of it first. Then tension started building up between Jo and Bill and one day Bill left for good. That’s when Jonas took his chance and stole Bill’s idea and went off, with his own team, and had Bill’s unfinished project sponsored so that he could afford to build it on his own without Jo’s help and her lab. At some point Jo realized what he did (note how calm she was when he was showing off his version of Dorothy whereas Bill freaked out, and she even told him she knew) and it’s possible that SHE kicked him out of HER lab for it. Maybe Jonas was like ‘Hey, now that your lousy husbands gone how about you and I go halvesies on that there project?’. Jo never did come to terms with Bill leaving her (hence why she never signed the divorce papers and still wore her wedding ring) and so she freaked on Jonas and kicked him out - leading him to fund his stolen project with sponsors.
TL;DR - No, it’s not silly! I totally agree with you.
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[1/5] Favorite Quotes (in no order) -
Bill: Yes, she’s very nice. No, she doesn’t work at the station. She’s, uh, she’s a therapist.
Jo: Oh. Yours?
Bill: You couldn’t resist, could you? Come on!
Twister is on tv so naturally I have to get my twister tattoo out.
Favorite Pairing - Beltzer/Haynes
[3/3] Favorite Characters - Tim “Beltzer” Lewis
[2/3] Favorite Characters - Robert “Rabbit” Nurick
[1/3] Favorite Characters - Dustin “Dusty” Davis
[1/3] Favorite Characters - Jo Harding