Jake, the boy at school, is played with a huge, goofy charisma by Rich Buchanan. Wearing a backwards baseball cap, he just can't quit grinning, providing Medding's Eli with another opportunity to show the depth of his character. As they do with his mother, his moods swoop between sullen, stoic, and shyly excited-but in an entirely different range. Eventually, the two become lovers and Jake is outed, with no big repercussions. "Your mom's not the only Democrat in Iowa," Jake tells Eli.