STEVE: (Feigning a Jamaican accent) Hey Jackson Mahn, how are
things in Rastaland.
SCENE ONE: JACK ON PHONE FROM
HIS CARIBBEAN HONEYMOON WITH KAYLA. HE WIPES THE PERSPIRATION
FROM HIS FOREHEAD WITH A HANDKERCHIEF.
Steve, there goin' alright, there goin' just great We've got a really
nice place down near the water.
STEVE: Oooh right down on the water uh? I bet that's nice for
those moonlit strolls on the beach with Kayla eh?
JACK: Yeh, yeh, look the reason I called you is I forgot to sign
those zoning requests for the housing project and with the trip it
completely slipped my mind.
STEVE: Well you had a lot of things to think about.
JACK: Well look I don't want to hold up the show so if you don't
mind what I'd like you to do those papers to my dad and have him sign
for me. He has power of attorney. Then we can get this whole thing
STEVE: Sure no problem.
JACK: You know which one's I'm talking about don't you? The one's
that Melissa....Yes Melissa has them that's right.
STEVE: Well Melissa's right here. I'll get 'em from her and run
them over the old man right away. Do you want to talk to Melissa?
JACK: Ah....that's okay. Steve?
JACK: Thanks, I really appreciate it.
STEVE: Hey man, people down on the riverfront are goin' to appreciate
it and I'm gonna to make sure they know you interrupted your honeymoon
to take care of this. That should get you a lotta new votes eh?
JACK: (Chuckling) Thanks for the vote of confidence. Look I better
be going, I don't want to keep you.
STEVE: Oh man you're the one that shouldn't be kept. I mean you
gotta a new wife waitin' for you.
JACK: That's right. I do.
STEVE: How's she doin? How's Kayla. Is she feelin' better?
JACK: Yeah lot's better. This time the rest seems to be doing
wonders for her you know.
STEVE: Yeah well that's good because she dropped her bag, her
little makeup bag in the limo. I tried to get it to you guys but the
plane took off. It had her pills in it.
JACK: Oh I know. I know exactly what you're talking about but
we were able to refill the prescription so everything's fine out here
Steve and you don't have to worry.
STEVE: Good. How about you? How are you feelin'?
JACK: Better than ever! I think it was good for both of us to
get away from things.
STEVE: Yeah well I guess that's all the two of you needed to get
away from things for a while.
JACK: Yah. Well thanks for everything and taking care of those
papers. Look Steve if you need anything else just call me.
STEVE: I don't think I'll need anything. Look you just have a
good time and don't you worry about anything.
STEVE HANGS UP AND RETURNS TO TABLE WITH MELISSA.
HARPER: It's great to talk to you too son. I just wanted to
let you know that Steve Johnson was here and I sent him off with the
signed papers, sealed and everything.
SCENE TWO: JACK ON PHONE TO HARPER.
JACK: Thanks a lot. I can't believe I went out and forgot all
HARPER: How's the trip going?
JACK: Great, great, the weather's terrific. We couldn't have picked
a greater place to have a honeymoon.
HARPER: And Kayla, I understand she's feeling better.
JACK: It's amazing how fast she's bouncing back. It must have
been a bug or something. I'd put her on now but she's out at the pool
soakin' up some sun.
HARPER: Sounds like a miracle recovery.
JACK: No. No miracle, just a little R & R.
HARPER: But she hasn't stopped taking her medicine has she?
JACK: Oh no no no. She's been real good about that even though
she probably doesn't need it anymore.
HARPER: Still it's best to take the whole prescription. You never
know about these things. She wouldn't want it to come back you know.
JACK: Not to worry Dad. Being a nurse Kayla feels exactly the
same way. She's not going to let her resistance down. You know I'm
so relieved that she's recovering from whatever it was. I was really
scared for a while.
HARPER: We all were.
JACK: I don't know what I'd do without her.
HARPER: Now don't talk like that.
JACK: Well it was Kayla that got me back on my feet again. I need
her to keep me going.
HARPER: Before too long you'll be standing on your own two feet
without help anyone.
JACK: I'm glad you've got so much confidence.
HARPER: You're my son. It runs in your blood. You can't keep a
JACK: Kayla's a Deveraux now too so she's going to bounce back.
HARPER: Jack I better let you get back to your wife. Both of you
take it easy. Don't either one of you overdo it.
JACK: I appreciate all your concern dad but don't worry. We're
having a nice relaxing trip exactly what the doctor ordered.
HARPER: Well I'll see you soon. My love to Kayla.
SCENE THREE: JACK WALKS TOWARDS WINDOW WEARING
PJ BOTTOM, NO TOP. HE OPENS THE FRENCH DOORS, SUCKS IN A BREATH
OF AIR AND SIGHS.
JACK SITS ON THE BED AND LOOKS LOVINGILY AT KAY. THEN
WALKS BACK TO THE BED WHERE KAYLA IS PRETENDING TO BE ASLEEP.
HE KISSES HER NECK.
KAYLA: (Kayla wakes up) You know what. What time is it?
JACK: Time to get up. How do you feel?
KAYLA: Better actually.
JACK: Are you sure?
JACK: Because I feel better too.
KAYLA: Jack look if you're not strong enough we really don't have
to do this.
JACK: No don't....
THE PHONE RINGS AS JACK NUZZLES KAYLA'S NECK.
KAYLA: Steve? Is that you?
JACK GROWLS AS HE TRIES TO KISS KAYLA'S NECK.
STEVE: Yeah. Yeah baby, how're you doin'?
KAYLA: Me? I'm fine.
STEVE: What about Jack? How's he doin'?
KAYLA: Jack's great.
JACK: Jack would be doin' a lot better if Kayla would get off
STEVE: Is he around? I need to speak to him.
KAYLA: Umm. I'm sorry what was that? I don't think I heard with
STEVE: Is Jack there? I need to talk to him.
KAYLA: Uh he's right here. Just a minute.
STEVE: Take care of yourself okay?
KAYLA: I will. I will. Hold on a minute. (To Jack) It's for you.
JACK: Hello Steve.
STEVE: Hey junior. Listen dude I know it's your honeymoon and
everything. I wouldn't bother you if it wasn't important.
JACK: Well what is it?
STEVE: Well there's a problem with the grant for the housing project.
JACK: What kind of problem?
STEVE: I don't know man. The bozos at the state capital, you know
those guys won't give me a straight answer.
JACK: What about my dad? Can't he help?
STEVE: No he said he can't help at all. He said this is your baby
and it wouldn't look good for the campaign.
JACK: Okay, I'll take care of it. I'll just make a couple of calls.
STEVE: Hey listen dude, that is not going to cut it.
JACK: What do you mean?
STEVE: Well I promised these people that this thing would be finished
on time and when I give my word I like to keep my promise.
JACK: Are you saying you want me to come back to Salem just to
straighten this thing out?
STEVE: Exactly what I'm sayin! Look dude I know you're on your
honeymoon and everything but this is important.
JACK: I know that but other things are important too.
STEVE: Yah well, if that's the way you feel about it but remember
if this thing gets screwed up you can forget my help on any of your
future projects and that includes your campaign.
JACK: Alright, I'll remember that but Steve don't get crazy. I'll
handle this from here.
STEVE: Alright, we'll see.
KAYLA: What was that all about?
STEVE HANGS UP. RETURN TO JACK AND KAYLA IN BED.
JACK: Nothing, he just wanted to tell me something about the housing
KAYLA: Oh, well he thinks you should come back home doesn't he?
JACK: That's okay, I can handle the whole thing from here. That's
what a staff is for are isn't it? What are you doin' over here? Come
on back over there.
KAYLA: What was it all about? He wouldn't have called if it wasn't
JACK: It is important but it's not worth cutting my honeymoon
in half over specially when I can handle it over the phone.
KAYLA: Uh look Jack, we came here to get away and get some rest
and feel better and I feel better I feel rested and if you need to
JACK KISSES KAYLA.
JACK: Not yet. We can't go home yet.
KAYLA: Come on tell me the truth. We should go home shouldn't
JACK: Well maybe we should.
KAYLA: Well let's go.
JACK: You know it would be okay with me if you weren't so dedicated
to my career.
KAYLA: Yeh.... (half laughs)
SCENE ONE: JACK AND KAYLA COME IN DOOR OF THE DEVERAUX MANSION.
HARPER IS WAITING.
HARPER: Well hello. Welcome home. Kayla you look good how are
KAYLA: Fine thank you.
JACK: The tropical sun did the trick.
HARPER: Well that's great. You had us pretty worried for a while
there young lady.
KAYLA: I know. I'm sorry.
HARPER: There's nothing to be sorry about. You're better now and
that's what counts. Son, you seemed in such a hurry when you called
from the airport you neglected to say what you came home early for.
JACK: Oh a little trouble with the funding for the housing project.
Steve thinks it's important. The riverfront contingent is getting
a little restless and I better get down there and unruffle a few feathers.
HARPER: I agree.
JACK: As a matter of fact, I was wondering if you have a couple
HARPER: Of course.
JACK: Kayla, you wouldn't mind if I disappeared with dad for a
little while would you? You see I'm not exactly a local hero down
there and I thought maybe you could give me a couple of pointers.
KAYLA: Sure, I have some unpacking to do.
JACK: See you in a few minutes.
KAYLA: Hurry back.
HARPER: Hello Steven.
SCENE TWO: STEVE ARRIVES AND TALKS TO KAYLA. JACK WALKS BACK
INTO THE ROOM WITH HARPER.
STEVE: Hey Senator. Glad to see you too Jack.
JACK: We thought it best to come back.
HARPER: What was that about your medicine? Did you lose it?
KAYLA: No not exactly. I dropped it in the limo on the way to
HARPER: You should have let us know. We could have sent it on
JACK: Oh it's okay. Jack found some connections there and managed
to get me some new medication.
HARPER: Oh that's good. Obviously there was no harm done.
JACK: I suppose you're here to fill me in on what's going on?
STEVE: Yeh, that's right dude.
JACK: Kayla, we'll probably be here for a while so why don't you
go upstairs. I need to talk to dad and Steve.
HARPER: Very good idea. We want to make sure that virus is gone
KAYLA: Yes I am a little tired.
JACK: I'll be up in a little while.
JACK: Let's get on with it.
JACK: So tell me what's going on.
SCENE THREE: DEVERAUX MANSION. MELISSA ARRIVES AND IS HAPPY
TO SEE JACK.
JACK: Oh here's trouble.
MELISSA WALKS UP AND HUGS JACK.
MELISSA: Hi. It's good to have you back even if you did have to
cut your vacation short.
JACK: Oh don't rub it in. In fact you two probably planned this
all this weather. It was so foggy we almost couldn't land.
MELISSA: I'm glad you did. I was starting to miss you.
JACK: You mean you missed my bossy nature?
MELISSA: You're not that bad. You look great after your trip.
JACK: I think the time away was good for both of us. I think all
we needed was to be alone.
STEVE: Hey dude, why don't you give us the travelogue later. We've
got work to do.
JACK: Right, right. Otherwise there's no point in coming back
early. We can over the work later, alright Melissa. That is if you
MELISSA: Yes I can wait.
STEVE: Alright let's do it.
STEVE: Well I guess that's about it eh dude?
SCENE FOUR: DEVERAUX MANSION.
JACK: Thanks for helping to put everything together so quickly.
STEVE: Well you know me and my riverfront connections.
JACK: Hmm, mmm.
MELISSA: Kayla? Hi.
KAYLA: Hi Melissa.
MELISSA: I was just about to bring this up to you.
KAYLA: There's no need to do that.
HARPER: I thought you were resting.
KAYLA: Well to tell you the truth I really wasn't very tired.
I just went up there because I thought it was easier than fighting
the two of you.
HARPER: I see. Wise girl you married.
JACK: I know.
KAYLA: Well I didn't mean to interrupt but I thought you'd be
finished by now.
STEVE: We are finished baby. Matter of fact I was on my way out.
JACK: Thanks Steve.
KAYLA: Yeah, no problem. Anytime.
STEVE: You're looking good Kayla. You're looking much better.
Keep it up.
KAYLA: I will.
HARPER: Drink your tea my dear. You don't want it to get cold.
KAYLA: What's wrong with me?
SCENE ONE: SOME DAYS LATER. JACK AND KAYLA IN HIS BEDROOM
AT THE DEVERAUX MANSION. NOW THAT SHE IS HOME KAYLA IS TAKING
HARPER'S POISONED PILLS AND IS GETTING SICKER.
JACK: Plane leaves in an hour. Are you ready?
KAYLA: Jack I just have to put these things in a suitcase. Are
JACK: Since eight o'clock this morning. What have you been up
KAYLA: Oh. I guess I've just been u....(She faints
in Jack's arms.) Jack I can't. I can't make it.
JACK: What's wrong? Is it the same as before?
KAYLA: I think it's worse this time.
JACK: I knew it. I asked you. Why didn't you tell me?
KAYLA: I didn't want you to worry. I thought it would go away.
KAYLA: Great logic for a nurse eh?
JACK: You should have told me. You should have told somebody.
So you want to lie down.
KAYLA: No. I can't even pack a stupid suitcase. How am I supposed
to go to Greece.
JACK: Don't worry about Greece.
KAYLA: But I'm supposed to be in Adrienne's wedding.
JACK: Adrienne will understand if you can't make it to the wedding,
alright. Here I want you to lie down.... right here....just lie down
KAYLA: I'm sorry.
JACK: Shhh. I'm going to find out what's wrong here. I'm going
to go get the doctor.
JACK: Is Dr. Jorgens still up there with Kayla?
SCENE TWO: JACK AT THE DEVERAUX MANSION. ANJELICA WALKS IN.
ANJELICA: I don't know why things like this have to happen right
when we're ready to leave for Greece.
JACK: What you're trying to say is why couldn't Kayla find a more
convenient time to get sick?
ANJELICA: I'm sorry sweetheart. Forgive my nerves. I hate when
my plans get upset.
JACK: I don't give a damn about your plans.
ANJELICA: You're absolutely right. The only important thing here
is Kayla. It seems strange to me that she'd get sick now. She looked
wonderful when she came back from the honeymoon.
JACK: She's been hiding it all this time. She's been sick all
ANJELICA: Well why don't we have optimistic thoughts. Jorgens
can give her something and then we can all leave for Greece.
JACK: Anjelica, Kayla is in no shape to travel. You don't need
to be a doctor to see that and if Kayla doesn't go then I don't go.
JACK: How is she?
SCENE THREE: JACK AND HARPER IN THE BEDROOM WITH KAYLA IN
DR. JORGENS: I don't know what to tell you. We're going to have
to run some more tests.
HARPER: You can't find anything?
DR. JORGENS: Well she's exhibiting the same symptoms as before
she left on your vacation and I couldn't pinpoint the problem back
JACK: Well you gave her medicine then. Why don't you try it again?
DR. JORGENS: But I'm not convinced it was the medication and not
the rest and isolation that did her good. There is one more possibility
I think we should consider.
JACK AND HARPER: What?
JORGENS: Kayla's problems may be psychological.
JACK: Oh come on.
JACK: Dad look at her and you're telling me all this is coming
from her head?
DR. JORGENS: It's not that uncommon.
DR. JORGENS: Jack I'm not saying Kayla is consciously making herself
JACK: She can barely move doctor.
DR. JORGENS: I know it's hard to believe Jack but people can make
themselves this sick. So sick Jack that sometimes they die. I have
a couple of questions to ask you. Can we go outside?
JACK: Melissa. I didn't know you were here.
SCENE FOUR: JACK WALKS DOWNSTAIRS WHERE MELISSA AND ANJELICA
MELISSA: I told you I'd bring your briefing book by so you could
take it on the plane and read it.
JACK: Well I'm in no hurry. I'm not going anywhere.
ANJELICA: Did Dr. Jorgens say you couldn't go?
JACK: No it's Kayla. Kayla can't go. She's in no condition to
MELISSA: I don't understand. I thought she was getting better.
JACK: She must have been hiding it.
MELISSA: Did she have relapse.
JACK: I don't know.
MELISSA: Jack what's wrong with her?
JACK: I don't know.
MELISSA: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to pry.
JACK: You're not prying. Of course you care about her. You're
her friend. I wish I knew what was wrong with her.
JACK: She's very sick. That's all I know.
ANJELICA: Did Jorgens say what she has.
JACK: No. He thinks maybe....he thinks it's in her mind.
ANJELICA: Oh sweetheart, that's great news. People don't die of
JACK: Dr. Jorgens says it happens all the time. People actually
will themselves to die.
ANJELICA: Oh Jack that's absolutely ridiculous. I don't believe
in voodoo. There is something physical wrong with Kayla. If Jorgens
can't fix and find then we'll take her to someone who can.
JACK: Don't you think I would have done that by now. Dad's got
the best help for her that anyone can get. His own personal physician.
MELISSA: Jack are you saying Kayla might die!
JACK: No. No Kayla is not going to die. That's why I'm staying
here to help her get better.
ANJELICA: Sweetheart. Don't you think the best thing to do is
take her to the hospital where they pay people to take care of her.
Did you ask Jorgens about that?
ANJELICA: Well why don't I go mention it? Somebody has to do some
thinking around here.
JACK: (To Melissa) I don't know if she's saying that just to get
me to go to Greece with her. (To Anjelica as she leaves the room.)
But it's not going to work.
MELISSA: It's shame you'll have to miss the trip.
JACK: I couldn't care less about the trip. I only care about Kayla.
JACK LEAVES THE ROOM.
SCENE FIVE: JACK ENTERS THE BEDROOM WHERE KAYLA IS READING
JACK: So Anjelica's going to Greece. She's going to represent
the whole family so dad and I can stay here and take care of you.
JACK: No, no, no. Now I think you've been given Dr. Jorgens
the run around.
KAYLA: Why? What did he say?
JACK: He doesn't know what's going on. He wants to run more
tests. Kayla? He told me to ask you some questions. He wants to
know if you've been under any unusual stress or strain lately.
JACK: The doctor thinks maybe this is all
KAYLA: No, Jack.
JACK: That's what I said too.... at first. But then I started
thinking about it. Now Kayla, Kayla I want you to listen to me.
I know why you married me. I knew you didn't love me -- at least
not as much as I love you. But what I mean is maybe this is all
because of me. Maybe it's because of the strain that I put you through.
Maybe it was my telling you I could live, that I could get better
if I had you to live for, to spend the rest of my life with. I just
wasn't fair.... I love you, Kayla and if letting you go is what
makes you better, then that's what I'm going to do.
KAYLA: Jack, that's not it. It isn't you. It isn't you.
JACK: Just think about it and rest....
KAYLA: Jack, I need to speak to Melissa.
JACK: Melissa? You've got to rest honey.
KAYLA: I really need to talk to Melissa.
JACK: Why? You need to rest.
KAYLA: Will you just get her for me please?
JACK: Okay, you just rest okay.
JACK LEAVES THE ROOM
SCENE SIX: JACK IS SITTING BESIDE KAYLA AFTER KEEPING VIGIL
ALL NIGHT. KAYLA STIRS IN HER SLEEP.
KAYLA: (In her sleep.) Steve.
HARPER: Where are you going?
JACK GETS UP TO LEAVE AND HARPER ENTERS THE ROOM.
JACK: I'm going to get Steve Johnson.
HARPER: Why are you going to get Steve Johnson?
JACK: Because she keeps asking for him. Keep an eye on her will
HARPER: Jack, wait a minute. Kayla is delirious. She doesn't know
what she wants. She doesn't want Johnson. She needs you.
JACK: I haven't been able to do damn a thing for her.
HARPER: You have.
JACK: I haven't done a damn thing for her. Look I've stayed with
her day and night. I've talked to her. I've held her, I've told her
how much I love her. I don't know what else to do.... Nothing can
help. Look at her dad, look at her. She's getting worse, she's not
getting better. I promise you that getting Steve here is the last
thing I want to do, but if that's what it takes to get her better.
That's what I'm going to do.
HARPER: No Jack, you can't do that?
JACK: Well tell me what am I supposed to do? She keeps asking
for him. You tell me, what am I supposed to do about that.
HARPER: Forget Johnson. You be here for her. You be her
JACK: (Snarkily, yet hurt) That's what I thought I was doing.
But you know, it gets kinda hard on your confidence when she keeps
asking for the other guy. It's something I can't understand. He breaks
her heart and she keeps asking for him. He hurts her again and again
and she can't seem to let him go.
HARPER: Jack. Listen to me. She needs rest and you just said it.
He's the one that hurt her. If you bring Steve Johnson here to her
he might do her more harm than good. Just think about that.
JACK: I'll let her rest and then I'll ask her. Then if she wants
to see Steve. I'll get him.
[Transcribed by Carol Vaughan; additional material
and HTML Scripts by Sally A. Wilson]