ONE: KAYLA AND JACK WALK UP TO FRANKIE AND SHAWN AT THE NURSE'S
KAYLA: Max is out of surgery and he's alright.
SHAWN: Oh thank the merciful heavens!
FRANKIE: Ah, what about the....(He points
to his eye.)
KAYLA: We don't know about his eye yet. We're
not going to know for a while.
SHAWN: Listen Jack. We really appreciate
you coming by like this.
JACK: I came as soon as I heard.
SHAWN: Frankie and I, we think good of it,
FRANKIE: Yeh we sure do. Kayla, Jack, this
is a friend of mine, Paula, she's my physics professor and we also
work together at the hotline. This is my sister Kayla and her husband
PAULA: How do you do?
JACK: Look it's going to be a while before
Max wakes up. Can I take everyone out for a bite to eat?
PAULA: Thanks for the invitation but I better
get back to school. I have classes to teach this morning.
KAYLA: Well I'm sorry you can't make it but
I think food's a good idea. How about you pop?
SHAWN: Well, it sounds good to me. What about
FRANKIE: Look I really don't want to leave
the hospital. I want to be here when they bring Max back.
SHAWN: Well how about we go down to the cafeteria?
That's close by.
FRANKIE: Well that sounds fine but why don't
you guys go ahead cause I really have to talk to Paula for a bit.
JACK: (To Paula) Bye.
SCENE TWO: MELISSA AND ALICE ARE TALKING
IN THE DOCTOR'S LOUNGE AS JACK COMES IN TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE.
ALICE: What did you mean when you asked me what
I would do if I had a secret about someone that could destroy them?
MELISSA: Granma....I....(She notices Jack.)
JACK: Mrs. Horton!
ALICE: Hello Jack! (She notices the looks between
Jack and Melissa) (To Melissa) Darling I'll be in your grandfather's
office when you're ready to leave.
JACK: Your grandmother must be pretty upset.
MELISSA: Yes I guess she is.
JACK: That's understandable with everything
that is going on.
JACK: Melissa, is there something else?
MELISSA: I just had a decision to make, that's
all. But I made it!
JACK: Look I....about what I said the other
day that I can't help....I know that things are really messed up
MELISSA: Jack please! Look all you have to know
is that I care and I always will and I would never do anything
to hurt you no matter what Jack. (She leaves.)
SCENE THREE: KAYLA HAS BEEN IN VISITING
MAX WITH STEVE. AS SHE OPENS THE DOOR TO LEAVE, JACK IS WAITING.
KAYLA: Jack! I know I shouldn't have come
here because Steve was here but I just wanted to see Max.
JACK: That's alright. It's like I told you before.
I trust Steve about as far as I could throw him but you....I trust
you to the ends of the earth!
SCENE ONE: JACK IS READING THE NEWSPAPER
AT THE KITCHEN COUNTER IN THE LOFT. KAYLA COMES DOWNSTAIRS.
KAYLA: Good morning!
Oh, good morning. Want some coffee?
KAYLA: No thanks. Look another article about
Melissa. I just can't believe this is happening.
JACK: (Sigh) Yep. You look a little pale
you know. Are you alright?
KAYLA: I'm fine, just a little tired.
JACK: Maybe we could give the hospital a
call and see how Max is doing?
KAYLA: No I think it's still too early to
JACK: Well give it about half an hour and then
we can call.
THERE IS A KNOCK
ON THE DOOR.
KAYLA: I wonder who that is. It's not even
JACK: There's only one way to find out. (He
goes to the door.)
AND HARPER ARE STANDING AT THE DOOR.
ANJELICA: Good morning! How are you sweetheart!
JACK: Anjelica, dad, I'm fine. Come in!
ANJELICA: I'd love to. Good morning Kayla.
HARPER: Kayla how are you my dear? Are you
taking care of yourself?
KAYLA: Yes I'm fine thank you.
HARPER: Jack, she looks tired to me.
JACK: Well we've been up all night waiting
to see how Max was. He's going to be okay.
KAYLA: I'm going to get myself some coffee,
ANJELICA: Well I've never been here before.
I've been told living in a loft is supposed to be chic.
JACK: Anjelica! Come on, you two didn't cut
the campaign short just to check out my living conditions.
HARPER: No as a matter of fact we took the
day off to come and be with you for Melissa's pre-trial hearing.
JACK: Dad what do you think is going to happen?
HARPER: Don't look so worried son. You've
nothing to worry about, nor does Kayla.
JACK: It's not me, it's Melissa. I just can't
picture Melissa trying to kill Kayla or anyone else for that matter.
HARPER: Then you didn't know she was in love
with you either!
JACK: Batting a thousand on that one! But
still Melissa is....
HARPER: I know, I know.....it's hard to believe
son. But well....that's the way those things go, to think about
a friend, somebody close like that, a friend, could possibly be
a cold blooded murderer. Let's face it. She is in the hands of the
best criminal justice system in the world. If the judge doesn't
see sufficient evidence to connect her with the crime he won't remand
her to trial. It's as simple as that.
JACK: You're right!
HARPER: All anyone wants is the truth. That's
what we're after.
TWO: JACK, KAYLA AND HARPER ENTER THE COURTHOUSE SURROUNDED BY REPORTERS.
REPORTER 1: Jack, do you think Melissa Anderson
JACK: Excuse us please.
Let us through please. Just let us through.
REPORTER 2: Senator Deveraux. Do you think
your son's involvement in a crime of passion will affect your campaign.
HARPER: My son is not involved in a crime
of passion. Jack and Kayla are victims, no more!
REPORTER 2: Mrs. Deveraux, how does it feel
to have another woman in love with your husband?
JACK: Excuse me please. That's enough, enough
questions. Thank you very much.
ENTERS AND REPORTERS FIRE QUESTIONS AT HER.
REPORTERS: Melissa what do you have to say about
Jack Deveraux now and his wife? How do you feel about his wife? Do
you still love him? How did you know to use Atrophine? When did you
realize you were still in love with him?
AND MELISSA EXCHANGE LOOKS.
JACK: Excuse us please, we have no statements.
THEY ALL ENTER THE COURT ROOM FOLLOWED BY STEVE.
KAYLA AND STEVE EXCHANGE GLANCES.
JACK: Who are you looking at?
KAYLA: No one. I was just looking around.
THE PRELIMINARY HEARING BEGINS. VARIOUS PEOPLE GIVE EVIDENCE INCLUDING
ABE WHO TELLS THE COURT ABOUT THE LOVE LETTERS. JACK FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE.
HARPER OBSERVES FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM. ALL THE EVIDENCE CONCENTRATES
ON MELISSA'S LOVE FOR JACK.
JACK TAKES THE STAND.
JACK: She kept getting sicker and sicker and
nobody seemed to know why.
we know why now don't we? Somebody was giving her Atrophine.
DA: What was your relationship to Miss Anderson?
JACK: She was my personal administrative
DA: And that's all?
JACK: No. She was my friend!
DA: And you trusted her?
DA: It would appear she was the only one
who had both motive and opportunity to kill your wife.
JACK: (Nervous) Yes....yes it does appear
DA: One more question. I understand that you were unaware of
Miss Anderson's feelings towards you until she was arrested but has
there been any conversation between you before or since that has led
to you to believe that she was in fact guilty?
JACK: Yes there has!
DA: Would you tell the court about it please?
JACK: Melissa came to me the other day....
DA: After she was out on bail?
JACK: ....after she was out on bail and she
asked me to be a character witness for the defense.
DA: And what did you do?
JACK: Well I refused....I said I couldn't
DA: And how did she react?
JACK: She was furious. She said....she said
if I really cared for her why didn't I have compassion for her?
DA: So much compassion that you might lie
for her perhaps.
MELISSA: (Interjecting) NO, I NEVER SAID
THAT. I NEVER MEANT THAT! I NEVER ASKED YOU TO LIE FOR ME JACK!
JACK: I never said that!
JUDGE: You're out of order Miss Anderson.
MELISSA: I'm sorry.
JUDGE: Cross examine.
GABRIELLE: Mr. Deveraux. You testified that
you were not aware that Melissa Anderson was in love with you. Is
JACK: Yes, that is correct.
GABRIELLE: And yet the two of you spent a
lot of time together. How could you possibly be unaware of her feelings?
JACK: There is no way I can answer that except
to say I was rather insensitive about the whole thing.
GABRIELLE: Oh, on the contrary. I think you're
a very sensitive person and perceptive as well. Is it possible Mr.
Deveraux that you didn't know of Melissa's feelings for you because
she didn't want you to know, because she went to very great lengths
not to let you know?
JACK: Yes it is possible!
GABRIELLE: Oh it's not only possible Mr. Deveraux,
it's fact! Melissa Anderson knew that you were a happily married man
and loved your wife and she also knew if she revealed her feelings
to you it would only drive a wedge between you and completely destroy
the relationship that you both valued. So she never revealed how she
felt and a sensitive person like yourself never realized it.
MELISSA HAS TEARS IN HER EYES AS SHE
LOOKS AT JACK.
JACK: That certainly makes sense doesn't it?
GABRIELLE: That's why she never sent the
letters isn't it?
JACK: It could be!
GABRIELLE: Mr. Deveraux isn't it a fact that
Melissa Anderson supported your relationship with your wife?
JACK: It certainly seemed that way at the
GABRIELLE: You're running for the Assembly
aren't you Mr. Deveraux?
JACK: Yes I am!
GABRIELLE: And did you ask Melissa Anderson
to accompany you to the state capital in the event that you were
elected to act as your administrative assistant?
GABRIELLE: And what was her answer?
JACK: She turned me down! She said that she
had family and friends here in Salem and she was rebuilding her life
after an unhappy romance here and she wanted to stay.
MELISSA IS CRYING.
GABRIELLE: Now does that sound like a love-sick
half-crazed killer or an honest independent woman who is trying to
do the very best she can for herself and for others? Mr. Deveraux
what was your observation of the relationship between your wife, Kayla
Deveraux and Melissa Anderson?
They were friends.
GABRIELLE: Casual friends or was it a close
warm mutually supportive relationship?
JACK: They were good friends....
JACK: They cared a lot about each other.
GABRIELLE: Yes they did, didn't they? I have
no more questions your Honor.
AND ANJELICA ARE SITTING AT THE BACK OF THE COURT ROOM.
ANJELICA: (To Harper.) Well she did a good
HARPER: We'll see.
HEARING IS RECESSED AND THE JUDGE SAYS HE WILL GIVE HIS DECISION
ABOUT A TRIAL AFTER THE RECESS.
DURING THE BREAK HARPER GIVES A PRESS INTERVIEW ABOUT MELISSA'S
OBSESSION WITH JACK. KAYLA AND JACK OVERHEAR.
JACK: Honey, are you alright?KAYLA: Yeh,
I'm fine. I'm just remembering what it was like to be so sick and
maybe die. I can't believe that Melissa would do that to me deliberately.
STEVE IS LISTENING IN THE BACKGROUND.
JACK: I can't really believe it myself.
KAYLA: You still think she's guilty don't
REPORTER: (Interrupting) Hey Jack, how about
a picture of you with your folks?
JACK: Ah right....(To Kayla) Are you going
to be okay?
KAYLA: Yes, I'm fine. Go right ahead.
JACK: Okay....come on!
LEAVES WITH THE REPORTER.
STEVE AND KAYLA TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY WANT TO HOLD EACH OTHER.
HE TELLS HER IT WILL NOT BE LONG. THEY SECRETLY HOLD HANDS BUT CANBY
THE REPORTER GETS A PICTURE OF THEM.
JACK WITH KAYLA BY HIS SIDE IS ASKED QUESTIONS BY A REPORTER.
REPORTER: Jack, have you anything to say?
JACK: Yes. I'd like to publicly say that I love
my wife very much (he kisses her hand) and I intend to show that to
her for the rest of my life. (He kisses her on the lips.)
JACK STANDS HOLDING KAYLA AS THE PRESS TAKES
SCENE EIGHT: THE HEARING RESUMES AND THE JUDGE
DECIDES THAT THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR MELISSA TO STAND TRIAL.
JACK: Oh no! Oh no!
SCENE ONE: BILL TELLS JENNIFER THAT
HE HAS DECIDED TO DIVORCE HER MOTHER LAURA AND SHE GETS VERY UPSET.
SHE TELLS HER GRANDFATHER TOM AND HE CONSOLES HER WITH POEM.
SCENE THREE: JUST AS
BILL IS ABOUT TO TELL JANICE (SHE IS ALSO WASTHE FOSTER CHILD OF
MAGGIE) THE WOMAN HE LOVES, HE GETS WORD THAT LAURA HAS HAD A SLIGHT
IMPROVEMENT AND HE RUNS OFF TO SEE HER.
SCENE ONE: JENNIFER DECIDES THAT SHE
WANTS TO SEE FRANKIE AGAIN AND GOES TO SEE HIM.
JACK IS TALKING TO TWO ELDERLY PATIENTS AT THE NURSES STATION.
JACK: What do you mean you won't be out in time
to vote? The elections not till the end of the week.
KAYLA SLIPS BY AND ENTERS MAX'S ROOM.
STEVE IS THERE AND THEY KISS A NUMBER OF TIMES. THEY ARE HAVING
AN INTIMATE DISCUSSION AS JACK OPENS THE DOOR. HE SEES THEM AND
IS SUSPICIOUS. HE SHUTS THE DOOR, TAKES A DEEP BREATH AND RE-ENTERS.
STEVE: Hey Dude, we were just talking about
you. I mean you're going to win this thing. You're a shoe-in aren't
KAYLA: Jack don't start anything
JACK: (Smiling broadly) Oh I'm not going
to start anything, nothing at all. Actually I was just looking for
Steve. I need to ask you a favor.
STEVE: You want a favor from me?
JACK: That's right. I need your help.
BILL CALLS CAROLINE WHILE FRANKIE AND JENNIFER ARE AT THE FISH MARKET
AND TELLS HER THAT THEY ARE READY TO REMOVE MAX'S BANDAGES.
JACK, KAYLA AND STEVE LEAVE MAX'S ROOM AND GO TO THE NURSE'S STATION.
STEVE: So what's this favor you want to ask
JACK: It's about the election.
As you know it's just a few days away and according to this morning's
polls I'm in real trouble.
STEVE: Trouble! I thought you were way out
in front, last I heard.
JACK: One thing the polls have made crystal
clear is that I'm really losing support on the riverfront district.
As a matter of fact this morning it dwindled to just about nothing.
STEVE: What are you talking about, after
all you did for those people, the low income housing project....
JACK: Call it human nature Steve but people
aren't nearly as interested in what a man does as what they think
he's doing behind closed doors and if they've heard rumors that
the man they plan to vote for can't even hold on to his own wife
then it makes them lose confidence that he can hold onto his campaign
promises as well. The point being that if I can't carry the riverfront
district, I lose the election and unless you've forgotten that's
the one district that you promised to deliver.
STEVE: Well no I haven't forgotten man, but
a lot has happened since then.
JACK: Yes it has. A lot has happened. Anyway
there's a rally down at the pier later today and I was wondering
if you could come down and make a little speech on my behalf.
STEVE: Make a speech man! I don't make speeches.
JACK: On come on.
STEVE: You want me to make a speech?
JACK: Yes I do.
STEVE: What kind of speech?
MARCUS WALKS UP AND TELLS THEM THAT THEY ARE REMOVING
MAX'S BANDAGES THIS AFTERNOON.
STEVE: Jack, listen man. I'm sorry. I can't
go anywhere until I'm sure Maxwell is alright.
No, no, that's no problem. I understand completely. Actually the
rally is not until 7 pm. Could you make it by then?
STEVE: Well that depends on this dude. How
long does that examination take?
MARCUS: Well not long. We'll know where we
stand once the bandages are off. Look I've got to run but I'll see
you (To Kayla) about three o'clock.
KAYLA: Yes, thanks Marcus.
STEVE: Thanks dude.
JACK: So what's it going to be? Can you help
STEVE: (Pause) I'll be there!
JACK: Good! Thanks! (To Kayla) Look I've
got to run. I'll be back in just a little bit, okay?
KAYLA: Where are you going?
JACK: I just have to make a few arrangements.
I'll be back in time for Max's examination, okay. I'll see you later.
(He kisses her cheek.) (To Steve) And thank you very much.
LEAVES IN A HURRY.
KAYLA: I wonder what that's all about.
STEVE: I don't know.
CAROLINE, SHAWN, FRANKIE AND JENNIFER ALL ARRIVE TO SEE MAX. JENNIFER
DECIDES TO WAIT OUTSIDE UNTIL THE FAMILY SEE HIM FIRST. JENNIFER
TELLS BILL THAT SHE HOPES THAT SHE AND FRANKIE GET BACK TOGETHER.
JACK: Hi Max!
CAROLINE AND SHAWN GO IN AND STEVE AND KAYLA ARE ALREADY THERE.
EVERYONE IS AROUND THE BED. MAX'S EYE IS BANDAGED AND HE IS HOLDING
A TOY BEAR. MARCUS AND ANOTHER DOCTOR COME IN AND TELL MAX THEY
ARE GOING TO TAKE OFF HIS BANDAGES. THEY REMOVE THEM AND MAX SAYS
HE CAN SEE COME COLORS WHICH PLEASES EVERYONE. JACK WALKS IN HOLDING
A LARGE TOY GREEN TOAD, AN ALLIGATOR AND A PENGUIN.
Is that Jack?
CAROLINE: Yes sweetheart. My goodness he
has a bunch of presents for you!
JACK: That's right. Here will you take this
JACK HANDS THE ALLIGATOR
AND PENGUIN TO KAYLA AND WALKS OVER TO THE BED.
JACK: Got a little friend and I want him to
come visit you, alright. He's green and he wears a big waistcoat and
he's got a big mouth that keeps getting him into trouble. Can you
tell me who he is. What's his name?
JACK: Mr. Toad, that's right! Here I bet your
mom and dad know more about him than I do? You know they come from
a band of old story tellers.
PUTS THE TOAD IN MAX'S ARMS AND THE SMALL BROWN BEAR FALLS ON THE
FLOOR. SUDDENLY A GROUP OF REPORTERS COME IN THE ROOM ARMED WITH
MICROPHONES AND CAMERAS.
REPORTER: Mr. Deveraux, I hope we're not too
JACK: Oh no, not at all, not
STEVE: Wait a minute, what the hell is this
man? What do you think this is? This is a sick boy's room. This
is not some kind of campaign rally. What's the matter with you?
Now go on get out of here, get that camera out of here.
JACK: No, no hold it Steve, hold it.
STEVE: What's the matter with you Jack?
JACK: Don't you think we should ask Max what
he wants? Max, I thought maybe you'd like to have your picture in
the newspaper and maybe be on the TV news tonight. What do you think?
Would you like that?
MAX: I'm going to be on TV?
JACK: If you'd like!
JACK: Alright, YEAH! Okay, Mr. and Mrs. Brady,
Frankie, stay right there. Press, why don't you move right around
over here alright. Kayla, honey, why don't you get next to me? Come
here honey. Great. Everybody move in close.
REPORTER: Mr. Deveraux can you tell us why....
JACK: Oh no, hold it fella. If you have any
questions just direct them to this little guy right here. You know
my little brother-in-law's recovery is more important than any election
right now. Of course if do have any political questions you can save
them for 7 pm tonight down on the pier, right Steve? (He laughs) Anyway
what do you say Max? You feel better now?
EVERYONE LEAVES CANBY ARRIVES AT THE HOSPITAL LOOKING FOR JACK.
HE WANTS TO GIVE HIM AN ENVELOPE.
THE CAMPAIGN RALLY IS UNDERWAY ON THE PIER. JACK AND KAYLA ARE THERE.
A NUMBER OF VOTERS ARE WONDERING WHAT SOME RICH KID CAN DO FOR THEM.
THE ORGANIZER CALLS ON STEVE TO TELL THE FOLKS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE
FOR JACK. STEVE WALKS UP NEXT TO JACK AND KAYLA AND BEGINS TO SPEAK.
STEVE: Forget what that dude told you. I'm not
going to tell you who to vote for, that's your business?
What the he....
KAYLA: Just a minute Jack.
STEVE: I'm going to tell you who I'm going to
vote for and that's Jack Deveraux.
GOES ON TO TELL THE PEOPLE THAT JACK HAS LIVED UP TO ALL HIS PROMISES
AND THAT HE WILL STAND BY THE RIVERFRONT.
JACK: (To Kayla) I tell you one thing. The man's
got a way with words.
STEVE IS SPEAKING CANBY APPROACHES JACK.
CANBY: Mr. Deveraux, can I have a word with
you, it's important?
I've always got time for the press.
CANBY: Well I've got something
I want to give to you, something that I think you'll find very interesting.
THE CROWD GETS NOISY AND STEVE TRIES
TO QUIETEN THEM DOWN.
CANBY: Before I show you this I want you to
understand the spirit in which I'm giving it to you. (Jack is distracted.)
JACK: Oh I'm sorry.
I wasn't listening to you. What did you say?
CANBY: Maybe we should go someplace else?
JACK: What, you're asking me to leave my
CANBY: I'm just saying that you don't want
JACK: If you want to show me something then
just give it to me, alright?
CANBY: Alright! I'll show it to you right
HE BEGINS TO OPEN THE ENVELOPE AS KAYLA
CALLS JACK OVER TO SPEAK.
JACK: I gotta go....I'd like to thank Mr.
Johnson very much for speaking for me....
CANBY: (To himself) Sure go ahead and smile
now. It won't be for long.
JACK: I'm going to answer any kind of question,
any problem you have, I want you to see me personally. That's the
important thing. Come seeing the Assemblyman for the state is not
KAYLA AND STEVE
EXCHANGE LOVING GLANCES AS JACK SPEAKS.