[Air date 12-31-87]
SCENE ONE: JACK AND KAYLA ENTER THE DEVERAUX LIVING
ROOM WHICH IS DECORATED FOR A PARTY. HARPER AND ANJELICA ARE THERE
WITH OTHER GUESTS.
JACK: Happy New Year everybody!
KAYLA: Sorry we're late.
JACK: It's really coming down out there. We had to take
HARPER: Well we were just beginning to get worried. We were
afraid that maybe Kayla had another setback.
JACK: No she's going to be just fine. The doctor gave her
a clean bill of health.
HARPER: Well that's something to celebrate the new year
JACK: Well we have a lot to celebrate this year, don't we?
And I'm going to make sure we do.
SCENE TWO: JO BUMPS INTO STEVE AT SHENANIGAN'S AND
TELLS HIM SHE HAS AN INVITATION TO THE DEVERAUX PARTY FROM JACK.
SHE TELLS HIM THAT "BILLY" WOULD NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.
SHE SHOWS HIM HER MULTI-COLORED SHINY DRESS.
SCENE THREE: JACK AND KAYLA ARE HAVING
THEIR PICTURE TAKEN AT THE PARTY.
REPORTER: And you say you don't remember what happened the
day you disappeared from the hospital?
JACK: Canby, give it a rest. It's a holiday. Why don't you
take the night off?
CANBY: Hey I'm just curious. That's all. It's not every
day that a senator's daughter in law vanishes into thin air.
JACK: Kayla was sick. She was very disorientated. She didn't
know what was going on. Fortunately a good samaritan came along,
he found her and returned her to me.
CANBY: Who was this good samaritan?
JACK: You're not going to give up without a story are you?....Melissa?....Melissa
why don't you keep Kayla company. I'm going to take our friend over
to the punch bowl and give him a real scoop.
LEAVES WITH CANBY.
KAYLA: Melissa you really don't have to stay with me. I'm fine.
MELISSA: No it's okay. I want to talk to you. I want to
apologize for the way I yelled at you the other day.
KAYLA: That's okay really.
MELISSA: No it's not. I had no right to say the things I
did to you. I don't know what came over me.
KAYLA: Well you just care about Jack, that's all.
MELISSA: It's just that....he's a friend and I worry about
KAYLA: We all do.
MELISSA: I know and I know you'd never do anything to hurt
KAYLA: Well why don't we forget about this and stay friends,
MELISSA: I'd like that.
JACK AND CANBY ARE TALKING
ACROSS THE ROOM.
JACK: I tell you I don't know another thing. You'll have to
ask the police that one.
THEY WALK AWAY.
ANJELICA: (To Harper) We better keep an eye on Melissa tonight.
The reporters would be thrilled if she started showing her claws
to Melissa again.
HARPER: I wouldn't worry too much about Melissa. I have a feeling
that situation is well under control.
JACK AND KAYLA ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM.
CANBY: Alright let's get a shot of Jack and his lovely bride.
THEY POSE FOR THE SHOT
THEN JACK KISSES KAYLA AND IS DRAGGED AWAY BY CANBY.
MELISSA: (To Kayla) You know seeing Jack now it's hard to believe
he was so sick just a little while ago.
a campaign does wonders for him.
MELISSA: I think you have too.
KAYLA: Oh I think you give me more credit than I deserve.
Look at Jack over there with his supporters. If anyone helped him
recover, it was them. I mean nothing means more to Jack than his
ANJELICA: (Laughing) It's in his blood. His father's the same
way. I guess you'd say the Deveraux name is synonymous with politics.
MELISSA LOOKS AT ANJELICA IN A STRANGE WAY.
ANJELICA: Excuse me Mrs. Johnson but we didn't hire on any
extra help tonight.
JO ENTERS THE PARTY AND GIVES THE BUTLER HER COAT, REVEALING HER
COLORED DRESS. ANJELICA SEES IT AND IS DISGUSTED.
JO: I didn't come here to help this evening. Jack invited
ANJELICA: Oh....oh. Of course how silly of me. Well I do
hope you don't feel out of place and if you do it would be just
fine with me if you made yourself comfortable in the kitchen.
JACK: Mrs. Johnson is not going to take one step in the
kitchen tonight. She's my personal guest and I'm going to make sure
she has a great time. Come right this way.
JO: Excuse me Mrs. Deveraux.
AWAY AND HARPER WALKS UP TO ANJELICA.
ANJELICA: I certainly hope that woman doesn't make a spectacle
of herself. That's all we need., a charwoman ruining our party.
JACK HAS BROUGHT JO OVER TO MELISSA WHERE THE THREE
OF THEM ARE LAUGHING. ANJELICA IS DISGUSTED AT JO'S BEHAVIOR AND
WALKS AWAY LEAVING HARPER ALONE WATCHING MELISSA.
HARPER: (To himself) I have a feeling tonight's the kind of
night that anything could happen.
SCENE FOUR: MEANWHILE, ROMAN, ABE AND LEXIE SEARCH
MELISSA'S APARTMENT AND FIND THE PILLS AND MORE LOVE LETTERS TO
SCENE FIVE: BACK AT THE PARTY,
HARPER AND JACK ARE POSING FOR CANBY.
CANBY: Okay let's get a father and son picture.
HARPER: My son is just like me. It's in the Deveraux blood.
We're political animals. Grrrrrr.
JACK: Thanks a lot.
HARPER: You're welcome.
JACK: (To Canby) You were asking me about that ....
THEY WALK OFF AS JO AND MELISSA LOOK ON FROM OPPOSITE
SIDES OF THE ROOM. KAYLA WALKS UP TO JO.
JO: Oh, Kayla! (They hug) Happy
KAYLA: You too. Are you having a good time?
JO: Oh, am I having a good time? I'm having the best time
in my whole life. It's so wonderful to see you and Jack feeling
well. (Jack is observing this from across the room.)
KAYLA: Well Jack loves campaigning.
JO: Being with you. That's what makes him happy.
KAYLA: Jo, I think Jack'll be okay no matter what happens.
JO: Thanks to you. I know that you and Steve gave up an
awful lot but look what it did for Jack.
CUT TO JACK WALKING UP TO
JACK: Melissa, have you got a minute?
I just wanted to thank you for everything.
JACK: For everything, the whole party. I think everyone
is having a blast.
MELISSA: I think you should be thanking Anjelica. I mean
I just helped.
JACK: No, you did so much. I just wanted you to know that all
your efforts are appreciated.
JACK KISSES MELISSA
ON THE CHEEK WHILE HARPER AND ANJELICA LOOK ON CONCERNED.
JACK: Thanks a lot.
CANBY: Mr. Deveraux?
JACK: I have to go.
SCENE SIX: ANJELICA TELLS HARPER THAT SHE ALMOST FEELS SORRY
FOR MELISSA BECAUSE JACK HAS NO IDEA HOW SHE FEELS. HARPER SAYS
THAT UNREQUITED LOVE IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAR.
SCENE SEVEN: ROMAN TELLS
ABE TO GET A WARRANT FOR MELISSA'S ARREST.
SCENE EIGHT: STEVE IS SEEN
LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE PARTY. KAYLA SEES HIM AND IS ABOUT
TO GO OUTSIDE WHEN JACK NOTICES HER.
JACK: Going somewhere?
KAYLA: Yes, I was just
going outside to get some fresh air.
JACK: If you go outside you're going to get another case
KAYLA: It's just stuffy in here and I thought I'd go out
and get some air.
JACK: I have a cure for that.
KAYLA QUITE PASSIONATELY.
JACK: Happy New Year.
KAYLA: It's little early
isn't it? (She wipes her mouth.)
JACK: Oh, it must be New Years somewhere in the world. Come
on, why don't we blow this pop stand and go celebrate on our own.
KAYLA: Oh we can't do that.
JACK: Sure we can. We can just walk out the door and keep
walking. (He walks towards the door to the garden where Steve is
KAYLA: No Jack! No! We can't go yet. I mean we've got midnight
JACK: Alright. We'll wait until midnight but when that clock
strikes we're getting out of here because we have a lot of time
to make up for. You know what I mean. (He starts to kiss her neck.)
ANJELICA: Uh, uh, uh! Break it up you lovebirds. Jack darling,
I want you to meet the Taylors. Muffy is an old school friend
of mine. Her husband is Leland and he just happens to be the mini
ANJELICA: He has plenty of spare funds for campaigns.
JACK: Well, duty calls.
ANJELICA: Come on lover. (They walk towards the Taylors.)
Here he is.
ANJELICA: And Leland....
JACK: How do you do?....
SCENE NINE: KAYLA GOES OUT THE DOOR AND INTO STEVE'S ARMS. SHE
TELLS HIM SHE DOESN'T WANT TO GO BACK INSIDE AND WANTS TO GO SOMEWHERE
ALONE WITH HIM. JO NOTICES THEM THROUGH THE WINDOW. THEY GO TO THE
BACK OF THE HOUSE AND MAKE LOVE IN A OLD WAGON FILLED WITH HAY.
CANBY HAS SEEN KAYLA SNEAK OUT AND DECIDES TO HIDE OUT AND TAKE
PICTURES OF THEM.
SCENE TEN: BACK INSIDE JACK
IS LOOKING FOR KAYLA.
MELISSA: Jack is something wrong?
haven't seen Kayla, have you?
MELISSA: No not for a while.
JACK: Me neither. I hope nothing's happened to her.
ANJELICA: Alright everybody here we go! TEN, NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN,
SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
THE GUESTS ALL SING AULD LAND SYNE AND KISS EACH OTHER.
ABE AND LEXIE WALK IN THE DOOR WITH THE WARRANT TO ARREST MELISSA.
JACK: I can't understand where Kayla could have gone.
MELISSA: Well Jack, I'm sure she's here somewhere.
MELISSA FOLLOWS JACK ACROSS THE ROOM AS HE LOOKS FOR KAYLA. ABE
MELISSA: Aren't you forgetting something?
MELISSA: Happy New Year!
JACK KISSES HER ON THE
LIPS THEN WALKS AWAY.
SCENE ELEVEN: CANBY CONTINUES
TO TAKE PICTURES OF KAYLA AND STEVE OUTSIDE.
SCENE TWELVE: BACK INSIDE
ANJELICA ASKS HARPER IF HE KNOWS WHY ABE IS HERE.
HARPER: I seems Melissa is so in love with Jack that she tried
to murder poor Kayla.
ANJELICA: Good Lord!
HARPER: I'm afraid they're here to arrest her.
MELISSA OVERHEARS AND GOES TO HER BAG AND REMOVES A LETTER TO
JACK. SHE GOES TO THE FIREPLACE. LEXIE GRABS HER AND ABE RETRIEVES
Melissa, I'm sorry, but I've got a warrant for your arrest.
JACK: What? What are you talking about? You're crazy. Arrested
ABE: Suspicion of the attempted murder of your wife.
JACK: This is insane.
ABE: I'm sorry Melissa but you're going to have to go with
ABE TELLS HER NOT TO SAY ANYTHING AND TAKES
JACK: Wait. Wait a minute. What the hell is going on here?
SCENE ONE: MELISSA IS FINGER PRINTED AT THE POLICE
STATION. MICKEY AND MAGGIE ARRIVE TO TRY AND GET HER OUT ON BAIL.
SCENE TWO: JACK IS BACK AT
THE DEVERAUX MANSION. ALL THE GUESTS HAVE LEFT AND HE HAS HIS TIE
UNDONE AND LOOKS VERY DISTRESSED. JO WALKS UP TO HIM.
JO: Jack, are you okay?
JACK: Yeh, I guess
so....No I'm not okay! This doesn't make any kind of sense. Why
would Melissa try to murder Kayla?
JO: I don't know. She doesn't seem like the kind of person
that would harm anybody but sometimes....people do things that we
just don't understand.
JACK: Kayla! I haven't seen Kayla. Where is she?
JO: Well with everything that's been going on, I'm not really
JACK: I haven't seen her since midnight. Excuse me Mrs.
Johnson, um,thank you so much for coming.
JO: No wait, um, where are you going?
JACK: To find Kayla.
JO LOOKS VERY WORRIED
AS HE LEAVES.
SCENE THREE: STEVE AND KAYLA ARE STILL OUTSIDE KISSING AND
CANBY IS STILL TAKING PICTURES OF THEM. KAYLA AGREES TO STAY WITH
JACK UNTIL ELECTION DAY SO HE WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
HER BESIDES HER. STEVE TELLS HER THEY CANNOT LEAVE BILLY WITH
NOTHING. SHE AGREES TO GO BACK INSIDE.
SCENE FOUR: JACK COMES BACK
DOWN PULLING ON HIS COAT. JO TRIES TO STOP HIM.
JO: Jack you know it just occurred to me. I think that Kayla's
JACK: Why do you think she's upstairs?
JO: Well I talked to her a few minutes ago and she said
she was feeling a little bit under the weather so I suggested that
she go up and take a nap and I bet that's exactly where she is.
JACK: I'm going to go up and see her right now.
JO: No, no, you shouldn't go up there.
JACK: No that's alright. I won't disturb her.
JO: But you see you'd have to tell her about Melissa and
that would upset her. Why don't you just let her stay here tonight?
JACK: No, no, she's not going to sleep here all night.
JO: Well, I just don't think it's a very good idea to wake
somebody with bad news particularly with everything Kayla's had
to go through. Why don't you just let her sleep till she wakes up?
JACK: I'll just look in on her.
SNEAKS IN THE DOOR BEHIND JACK.
JACK: Kayla! Where have you been?
Oh I just stepped outside for a minute. I just needed some fresh air.
JACK: (He takes her hand.) Honey, you're freezing. Are you
KAYLA: No, I'm fine, really I'm fine. It was
just a little stuffy in here.
JO: I better be going. (She and Kayla exchange looks.)
JACK: Alright, thank you Mrs. Johnson.
KAYLA: So....what happened to the party?
JACK: Kayla. There's something I need to tell you.
KAYLA: What's happened?
JACK: Well, the police came. That's why the party ended
KAYLA: The police? What were the police doing here?
JACK: They arrested Melissa.
KAYLA: Melissa! What for?
JACK: Attempted murder. They think she's the one that's
been trying to kill you.
KAYLA: You say Melissa tried to poison me?
JACK: Please, let's just sit down.
KAYLA: But Melissa and I are friends. Our family are friends.
I just don't believe it.
JACK: All I know is that Abe Carver came in with his partner,
Melissa sees him and she pulls this paper out of her purse and tries
to throw it in the fire.
KAYLA: Paper? What paper?
JACK: I don't know what paper but Abe was really interested
in it. He jumped in, grabbed the paper out, then he arrested her
and took her away.
KAYLA: I just can't believe it. She'd have no reason to
try and kill me. It's just ridiculous.
HARPER: I'm sorry to say but it's not as ridiculous as it
appears at first.
JACK: Do you know something that we don't?
ANJELICA: Harper just tell him.
HARPER: It appears that Melissa did have a motive. You,
HARPER: Well apparently Melissa is desperately in love with
you son. So desperately that she tried to get Kayla out of the way
so she could have you for herself.
SCENE FIVE: AT THE POLICE STATION, MELISSA ADMITS
THAT SHE LOVES JACK BUT SHE ONLY WROTE THE LETTERS AS A WAY TO GET
HER FEELING OUT WITHOUT HURTING ANYBODY. SHE HAS TO SPEND THE NIGHT
IN JAIL BEFORE MICKEY CAN BAIL HER OUT.
SCENE SIX: JO WAITS FOR STEVE
TO COME HOME AND ASKS HIM WHY HE WENT SEEKING OUT WITH KAYLA AND
HURTING BILLY. SHE TELLS HIM MELISSA HAS BEEN ARRESTED.
SCENE SEVEN: MORNING AFTER
AT THE DEVERAUX'
ANJELICA: Good morning! Don't tell me you've been right
here all night?
JACK: We just couldn't stop talking about what happened.
HARPER: Well life has dealt some surprises before but nothing
ANJELICA: Well pardon me but I don't know what you're moping
about. Surely you're not unhappy Kayla?
KAYLA: What are you talking about?
ANJELICA: Well if someone was trying to poison me and the
police had that person in jail, I'd put on my party shoes and dance
the night away.
KAYLA: Melissa's a friend of mine, Anjelica.
JACK: We spent so much time together. I thought I knew her.
ANJELICA: Well you apparently didn't know her as well as
you thought you did sweetheart.
JACK: We were friends, we were pals. If she really loved
me all that time....I don't know, could it be true?
HARPER: I find it hard to believe myself. Not that she was
in love with you but that this sweet, willing industrious girl was
in actuality a cold blooded murderer.
KAYLA: I just don't believe it.
ANJELICA: Well the evidence shows that she did it and it
won't be the first time that a sweet willing industrious girl turned
out to be a murderer.
ANJELICA: Well don't look at me Jack. I'm not making this
up. Kayla did you tell him?
JACK: What are you talking about?
ANJELICA: Well the other day I went into Shenanigan's and
there was Melissa Anderson making a complete spectacle of herself
in front of the entire restaurant. She was berating Kayla for mistreating
JACK: I didn't know about this.
KAYLA: Well it's not nearly as dramatic as Anjelica makes
it sound. Melissa was just a little emotional and well that doesn't
make her a killer.
HARPER: Kayla's right. One incident doesn't mean a thing.
You have to look for a pattern of events.
ANJELICA: Okay well how about the one that Melissa always
managed to be the one who brought you your meals, your cups of tea,
your medicine. That girl was forever bringing you something on a
KAYLA: She's my friend. She's just trying to help.
ANJELICA: With friends like her, who needs enemies as they
HARPER: I think we should all keep an open mind on this.
JACK: What bothers me is that she could have been in love
with me all that time and I didn't even notice.
HARPER: Does that mean you're convinced she did it?
JACK: No. It means I'm very insensitive.
ANJELICA: Well excuse me but that doesn't mean you think
she's innocent, does it?
JACK: No, no it doesn't mean that either but....uh....if
the police say they have evidence then....
HARPER: I believe that's the right approach Jack. Look let's
leave it up to them. You know....they are the ones who are responsible.
Melissa will stand trial and the whole thing will come out in court.
JACK: Kayla come on!
HARPER: Where are you going?
JACK: We're going to see Abe Carver. We're not going to wait
that long. We're going to find out now.
SCENE EIGHT: STEVE GOES TO SEE MELISSA AND TELLS HER
HE WILL TRY TO FIND THE REAL KILLER. AS HE IS LEAVING THE JAIL,
JACK AND KAYLA WALK IN.
JACK: What are you doing here?
STEVE: I was here to see a friend.
KAYLA: You talked to Melissa?
STEVE: Yeh I talked to her.
KAYLA: Do you think she did it?
STEVE: I don't know, it's hard to say.
JACK: Well who did do it?
STEVE: I don't know junior. It could have been anybody even
one of the illustrious Deveraux.
JACK: Yeh, well maybe it was one of the illustrious Johnsons,
ever think of that.
THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT
AND KAYLA TRIES TO DRAG JACK AWAY FROM STEVE.
JACK: YOU'RE ALWAYS IN MY LIFE AND KAYLA'S . WHY DO YOU THINK
YOU CAN DO THAT, JUST BUTT INTO MY LIFE.
COMES ALONG AND BREAKS THEM UP.
JACK: What is he doing here? He has no business in this.
STEVE: That's none of your business Jack. Now he's in here
because I let him in here. He wanted to see Melissa and I saw no
harm in it.
JACK: He's not here for Melissa. He's only here for himself.
He always is.
KAYLA: Jack, take it easy would you? We don't want to make
a scene here right? The press have already had a field day with
the Deveraux family today.
JACK: You're right!
ABE: What are you two doing here?
JACK: Well I came to see you if you've got a minute?
KAYLA: Why don't you go ahead Jack. I'll wait here. Go on.
JACK LEAVES AND ABE WARNS
STEVE TO LEAVE BEFORE JACK GETS BACK. KAYLA TELLS STEVE THAT JACK
NEARLY CAUGHT THEM AT THE PARTY.
SCENE NINE: MELISSA IS PACING
UP AND DOWN THE JAIL AS JACK WALKS INTO THE VISITOR'S AREA.
MELISSA: Jack! I didn't think
you'd....I'm so glad to see you.
JACK: I had to come in Melissa. I had to tell you how I
feel about all this.
MELISSA: How do you feel?
JACK: I'm mad! No, I'm not, I'm furious! I can't believe
that anyone would think you could do this.
MELISSA: Jack. You don't know how good it is to hear you
JACK: I have to ask you about something else, what they've
been telling me outside. Is it true that you are really in love with
MELISSA LOOKS DOWN AWAY FROM JACK.
JACK: It is, isn't it!
MELISSA: Yes! I've loved you for a long time Jack but I
could never tell you. I knew how you felt about Kayla.
JACK: Melissa I'm so sorry.
MELISSA: Sorry for what? You didn't do anything.
JACK: I....If I'd realized sooner....I don't know.
MELISSA: Then you're not angry?
Why would I be angry?
MELISSA: My being in love with you! All of this. I mean
I thought I was going to cause you this terrible scandal and ruin
your the election.
JACK: Melissa, I don't care about the election....All I
care about is you and getting you out of here. And that's what I'm
going to do, I promise you. (She leans forward and their hands touch
through the wire.) Don't you worry about a thing. Everything's going
to be alright.
GUARD: Miss? You have to go back to your cell now.
MELISSA TURNS TO FACE THE GUARD.
SHE TURNS BACK TO FACE
JACK AND HE HAS GONE. HER HAND IS ALONE ON THE WIRE.
SCENE TEN: STEVE AND KAYLA ARE STILL TALKING OUTSIDE
THE JAIL. HE TELLS HER TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE NO ONE IS SURE WHO
THE KILLER IS.
SCENE ELEVEN: MEANWHILE HARPER
TELLS HIS LAWYERS HE WANTS MELISSA TRIED AND CONVICTED AS SOON AS