SCENE ONE: LATER AT THE DEVERAUX
MANSION, JACK COMES DOWNSTAIRS.
JACK: What is it Saunders?
SAUNDERS: A gentleman to see you sir.
JACK: Yes, what is it?
MAN: Are you Jack Deveraux?
JACK: Yes I am.
MAN: Thank you.
HE HANDS JACK AN ENVELOPE.
ANJELICA: What was that about?
JACK: I have just been served with divorce papers.
ANJELICA: You were expecting them weren't you?
JACK STARTS TO SHOW PAIN AND ANGER.
ANJELICA: Jack I've said it before and I'll say it again.
You're better off without her.
JACK: Well I'm going to make sure she's not better off without
me! If she thinks she can divorce me and live happily ever after
with Steve Johnson, she couldn't be more wrong.
SCENE TWO: KAYLA OPENS
THE LOFT DOOR AND JACK IS STANDING THERE.
JACK: Hi Kayla, can I come in. I heard you were looking for
KAYLA: Yes I am.
JACK: You know they say that two people in the midst of
a divorce should never meet like this, tempers being what they
KAYLA: Well good, let's not drag this out then.
I do hope you're referring to this meeting.
KAYLA: No I'm referring to our divorce. Look Jack I know
that you're just trying to be selfish and vindictive. You're never
going to get away with it.
JACK: Come on Kayla, threats at this late date. What could
you possibly do to me that you haven't already done? You took
me to court, you accused me of being a rapist in front of the
whole world. Now it's my turn. I mean fair is fair.
KAYLA: Do you think it's fair that you try to ruin my
life after all you've already done to me? I'm going to tell you
something Jack. You may be able to delay this divorce but you
can't stop it.
JACK: I wouldn't be too sure of that if I were you.
KAYLA: Oh I would. I'm going to get that divorce. Steve
and I are going to be together. We are going to spend the rest
of our lives together and you can go ahead and make it harder
if you want but your the one that's going to suffer because I'm
going to win.
JACK: We'll see who suffers and who doesn't Kayla.
STEVE COMES IN THE DOOR.
STEVE: Junior, I see your back with more threats. What did
I tell you about that?
JACK: Relax Johnson, I didn't call this meeting, my lovely
STEVE: Oh really. Well it's over now but you know what,
I've got a few things to say to you myself.
JACK: I wish I could say I was interested.
STEVE: I don't give a damn if you're interested or not.
You're going to stand right there and you're going
to listen to me.
JACK: (Looking down at where Steve is holding his shirt.)
Sure why not?
STEVE: I tried with you Jack. I tried to understand you.
I tried to help you. Hell I even gave you a damn kidney!
JACK: I never asked for anything from you.
STEVE: No you didn't ask but I gave it. I gave you back
your life and all you want to do with it is make other people's
lives miserable. Why is that?
JACK: I guess you could just say it was a big waste of
STEVE: You're right!
JACK: Well since we are opening up here why don't you
tell me why you did all those things in the first place?
STEVE: You wanna know why? Because I thought.... I thought
you reminded me of somebody I knew a long time ago but I was wrong.
You're nothing like that guy.
JACK: You're not exactly my kind of guy either!
STEVE: You think you're so damn cute don't you? You think
you're cute in your fancy clothes and your big cars and your high-priced
lawyers, huh? You think your money and your power can get you
anything don't you?
JACK: Eventually, yes!
STEVE: Well it's not going to work this time Jack. You
can hire all the sleazy over-paid lawyers you want and it's not
going to do a damn bit of good because, you know what, Kayla and
I are going to be happy. As a matter of fact we already are happy
so you can just take your lawyers and your money and your sleazy
deals and you can just stuff 'em where the sun don't shine cause
I don't give a damn.
JACK: Sound pretty sure of yourself.
STEVE: I'm sure of myself dude, yeh! I almost lost Kayla
once because of the past but I'm not holding on to that past anymore.
So you can just take all your threats and everything you got and
all your big deals and you can take 'em on out of here. You're
not going to hurt us anymore.
JACK: You through?
STEVE: Oh yeh, I'm through with you Jack. You make me
sick. You get out of here. You do yourself a favor and you get
out of our lives.
JACK: (He walks towards the door and stops.) I see. Let me
see. We're through with you Jack so please just get the hell out
of our lives. Is that it? I'm sorry I can't do that, because I'm
not through with you. Have a nice day!
JACK SLIDES THE DOOR SHUT AND THEN SIGHS. HIS LOOK
TURNS TO REVENGE.
SCENE THREE: JACK COMES IN THE DOOR
OF THE DEVERAUX MANSION AND THROWS HIS JACKET ON THE COUCH.
ANJELICA: Did you catch up with Kayla?
JACK: Yes I did! I listened to them rant and rave for
me fighting this divorce and I told them exactly what they can
do about it.
ANJELICA: You know, I've been thinking. Maybe you oughta
just give Kayla the divorce. I mean why not get it over quickly
and get on with your life especially when you consider the possible
fallout an ugly divorce could have on your career?
JACK: I'm not going to let her get away with slandering
my name, the family's good name.
ANJELICA: Well ordinarily I would agree with you. Family
honor and family reputation are very important but so is your
health. I can't help but worry about what possible effect this
is going to have on you physically.
JACK: Don't worry about me Anjelica. Making Steve and Kayla
pay for what they did to me and the family has given me a whole
new lease on life.
SCENE FOUR: JACK GETS OUT
OF THE LIFT AT THE HOSPITAL AND WALKS INTO THE DOCTOR'S LOUNGE.
LATER MELISSA COMES IN TO GET HER PURSE AND JACK GRABS HER. SHE
SCREAMS AND HE COVERS HER MOUTH.
JACK: Don't! Don't scream!
JACK KISSES HER PASSIONATELY ON THE MOUTH.
MELISSA: What was that for?
JACK: Because I felt like it!
MELISSA: What are you doing here?
JACK: Oh I'm um.... I'm just here for a check-up.
MELISSA: Is everything ok?
JACK: Hmm ..mm. Everything's just fine! The doctors say
that everything is in.... perfect working order. What are you
MELISSA: Um.... what am I doing here?.... I'm having breakfast
with my grandmother!
THEY BOTH LAUGH.
MELISSA: What are we doing here?
JACK: Well, I'm having what they call a stolen moment
and I hate myself for having to do it this way. Am I rushing things?
MELISSA: I'm not complaining.
THEY BEGIN TO KISS AND THE DOOR BURSTS OPEN AND
IN COMES A VERY ATTRACTIVE BLONDE, CINDY LAW.
CINDY: Oh there you are. We just a call from the office
and there's been another shooting incident down on River Street.
JACK: Alright, I'll be right down.
CINDY: Okay, you want me to set up for a statement?
JACK: Yes, yes. Bring the car round front and I'll join
you. I'll be right down there.
CINDY: Got it.
JACK: I.... have to go.
MELISSA: Who was that?
THE CINDY COMES BACK IN.
CINDY: Excuse me, there one more thing. I was thinking that
your meeting with the police commissioner may run a little bit long
and I'm wondering. Should I call the three o'clock with the city
planner and reschedule?
JACK: No, no. Just tell them we'll be a little late.
CINDY: Okay, great thanks!
JACK: Okay. (She leaves) Uh.... I hired her to.... to replace
MELISSA: She's pretty.
JACK: She's good.
MELISSA: I can see that.
JACK: Look you don't have anything to worry about. She's
not half as beautiful as you are.
JACK SNEAKS ANOTHER PASSIONATE KISS FROM MELISSA.
MELISSA: Now tell me how good she is.
JACK: She's not even an eighth as good as you are.
MELISSA: And she's not efficient?
JACK: I have to double check everything she does.
MELISSA: And you haven't even noticed what great legs
JACK: No, no, not even when she wears those lacy black
MELISSA: Oh yeh, right!
JACK: I've gotta go, really. I do. Okay, bye.
HE TURNS BACK.
JACK: You know what! Kayla and I could never do this. Kayla
and I could never just, just kid with each other.
MELISSA: I'm not Kayla.
JACK SMILES AT HER AND LEAVES. THE BLONDE IS WAITING
FOR HIM OUTSIDE AND MELISSA WATCHES THROUGH THE GLASS.
CINDY: Oh Jack, wait, there are a few things I forgot
to go over with you, inside, okay? (She holds his arm.) So we
need to talk about them okay?
THEY LEAVE AND MELISSA TALKS TO HERSELF.
MELISSA: I'm not Cindy either!
SCENE FIVE: MELISSA IS
DOING RESEARCH ON GANGS. SHE IS ON THE PHONE AT HER APARTMENT.
MELISSA: What gangs are involved? The Vipers? Yeh I thought
they would have killed each other off by now. Hmm.... mmm. I've been
working for Mr. Deveraux for a few months now. Do you know which
gang is the biggest problem?.... No I'm still writing.... Oh really.
You think he's cute, huh? Well I'll be sure and tell Jack you said
that. (The doorbell rings.) Could you hold on for a second Officer
MELISSA ANSWERS THE DOOR AND IT IS MICKEY. HE GIVES
HER A LECTURE ABOUT THE TROUBLE JACK IS AND TELLS HER TO STAY
CLEAR OF HIM. SHE TELLS MICKEY HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT JACK AND THINKS
BACK ON THINGS.
JACK: Melissa, you heard your dad, he thinks you're throwing
me out of your life.
MELISSA: If I have to lie to him, I'll lie.
JACK: Listen to you. This is all wrong. We have to stop
worrying about my problems for a minute and start worrying what's
best for you.
MELISSA: What's best for me is to keep on seeing you.
JACK: I don't think so.
MELISSA: I don't care about anything else. That's how
bad I want you.
JACK: Then you better start caring!
MELISSA: What's best for you Jack? Do you want me or not?
JACK: Stop it!
JACK: How's that for an answer?
HE KISSES HER PASSIONATELY.
MELISSA COMES BACK TO REALITY.
MICKEY: Melissa do you think Jack's returning all these feelings?
MELISSA: I know he is.
MICKEY: Well then already he is not being honest with you.
SCENE ONE: THE SHOOTING
AT THE RIVERFRONT NEAR THE NEARLY COMPLETED COMMUNITY CENTER.
KAYLA AND STEVE ARE FENDING OFF THE PRESS. JACK ARRIVES.
JACK: Well if it isn't my lovely wife!
STEVE: Jack you let her go, you let her go.
JACK: I want to thank you both for coming down here today
to show your support. Did you know I was making a speech?
STEVE: You're not going to be making anything. I'm going
to give these news reporters a real story. (To Kayla. ) Come on.
JACK: Hey, just trying to be friendly!
STEVE AND KAYLA LEAVE.
JACK: Alright Cindy, let's get on with it. Let's get down
CINDY: Alright. (She adjusts his tie and jacket.) Okay
that's good. Are you ready?
JACK: (Looking with anger in the direction of Steve and
Kayla) Yeh, I'm ready!
SCENE TWO: BACK AT MELISSA'S
APARTMENT. SHE IS ON THE PHONE WHILE MICKEY WAITS.
MELISSA: That was Jack.
SHE WALKS OVER AND TURNS ON THE TV TO VIEW THE PRESS
JACK: (On TV) No this isn't just my problem or
these people's problems. Violence in the streets is everybody's
problem because it festers and grows and innocent people get hurt
everyday. That's why we have to put an end to it right here! These
people deserve to have safe streets just as much as anybody else.
REPORTER: Is this going to be one of your pet projects?
JACK: No it's not because I'm going to put an end to it
MELISSA IS GRINNING AS JACK MAKES
JACK: I'd like to introduce a new staff member
for me. Cindy? This is Cindy Law. Cindy is going to be a familiar
sight down here. Her main function is to keep me abreast of the
situation. I want to know what's going on down in the offices and
departments that are dealing with this problem. I want to know what's
going on down on the street and I want all of you to know that if
you have any tips, please call.
THE VOLUME DOWN ON THE TV.
MICKEY: Melissa, do you see what I'm talking about? This
guy is dangerous. Is that why you are so attracted to him because
everything he does spells trouble?
MELISSA: It's because I care about him.
MICKEY: Melissa, you've done this with Pete, with Lars
Ingland. You go out and you find a guy who has a head full of
problems and you try to fix them no matter what it means, no matter
what it costs you. Why don't you learn?
MELISSA: And why can't you like who I pick?
MICKEY: Because the people that you pick always end up
MELISSA: Dad, Jack is going to end up being President.
Isn't anyone good enough for you?
MICKEY: I don't think that guy is going to end up being
President and no he is not good enough for you.
MICKEY LEAVES AND MELISSA TURNS THE VOLUME BACK UP.
JACK: Well I think Cindy is more equipped to
answer that question than I am. Cindy?
CINDY: Thank you Jack.
TO TALK AND MELISSA THROWS A SHEAF OF PAPERS AT THE TV.
MELISSA: Oh who asked you!
SCENE THREE: LATER MELISSA IS SORTING OUT NEWSPAPER
CLIPPINGS WHEN THE DOORBELL RINGS.
JACK: Hi. Look I hope it's alright that I came over.
MELISSA: Of course it's alright. I'm just surprised to
see you that's all.
JACK: So.... tell me.
JACK: Did you see the broadcast?
JACK: Yes, and.... how did it come off?
MELISSA: Well I thought you looked great.
JACK: Uh.... huh.
MELISSA: I think you made those people down there feel
a lot better knowing that they have someone like you working to
JACK: So you have any ideas so I can help them?
MELISSA: Actually now that you mention it I've been doing
a little research. (She lifts up a box full of files.)
JACK: You're kidding.
JACK: I mean I was kidding Melissa.
MELISSA HANDS HIM A FEW FOLDERS.
JACK: What is this?
MELISSA: Well it's the start on a few files that I've
been making about the gangs on the riverfront and what other cities
have done about their gang problems, things that have worked,
things that haven't, stuff like that.
JACK: You never cease to be able to amaze me you know
that. Come here and tell me why you did this.
MELISSA: Because it's something that you care about.
JACK: You know I have a little surprise for you too.
MELISSA: You do.
JACK: Hmmm.... mmm.
JACK: I'm going to get you off this attempted murder charge.
MELISSA: Oh Jack what do you know? Tell me.
JACK: All I know right now is that I hired a private detective
agency to do their own investigation into what really happened
with Kayla and when they get to the bottom of it, I don't know
who they are going to find, all I know is that it's not you.
MELISSA: Oh Jack. (She hugs him.) Do you know how this
makes me feel? Do you know what this means?
JACK: It means I can't breathe.
MELISSA: No, it means that once we get all this behind
us and you get your divorce from Kayla....
JACK: Hmmm.... mm?
MELISSA: We can come out in the open Jack. We can stop
sneaking around and hiding in hospital lounges and uh....
JACK IS KISSING HER NECK.
JACK: And uh.... what?
MELISSA: I forgot what I was saying.
THEY SIT DOWN TOGETHER ON THE COUCH.
JACK: Whoa what was that? (He picks up a bag he had sat on.)
MELISSA: Oh that's nothing.
JACK: Oh no, no wait a minute....
MELISSA: Jack! Please give it to me.
JACK: I just want to take a look at it.
MELISSA: Jack? Jack please.
JACK: It's a.... black lacey hose. Why Melissa, I don't
think I've ever seen you in black lacey hose.
JACK: You'll look lovely.
JACK: What? (He takes her in his arms and kisses her.)