SCENE ONE: JACK IS
ORGANIZING A PROTEST OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY CENTER. KAYLA AND STEVE
COME OUTSIDE TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING.
JACK: Close down the center, that's right! Close down the
STEVE: What do you think you're doing here?
JACK: What do you think? Exercising my right
to free speech!
STEVE: And you have a right to disturb the
JACK: You don't like it, go call a policeman.
KAYLA: I will.
STEVE: No, no. We don't need to call the
police. We can work this out can't we Jack? Let's go on inside
JACK: Oh no, no, no, no, no. We already know
each other's opinions on this. Besides you just want to get me
off the street. CLOSE DOWN THE.... That's right, keep it up. Hold
those signs up. Great!.... I'm going to do everything I can to
close this place down.
KAYLA: You can't do that.
JACK: Just watch me!.... CLOSE DOWN THE CENTER,
CLOSE DOWN THE CENTER. Great! Keep it up! It's a detriment to
the community. Two people have been shot dead. Who's going to
be next? You or you.
KAYLA: Jack's just manipulating the situation.
He knows people are afraid and he's playing on their fears.
STEVE: I can see that.
KAYLA: You know if he keeps this up all we're
going to have is an expensive empty building. We had high hopes
for this place. I thought we were going to make a difference on
the riverfront. Now one person is destroying the whole thing.
JACK: JOIN ME NOW. CLOSE DOWN THE CENTER,
CLOSE DOWN THE CENTER.
STEVE: I think it's more than one.
JACK: Excuse me for a moment. Let me introduce the Senator
and future President of the United States
and my father, Harper Deveraux!
THE CROWD APPLAUDS.
JACK: Senator, would you say a few words for us.
AS HARPER MAKES HIS SPEECH JACK GLANCES OVER, SMUGGLY WATCHING
STEVE'S AND KAYLA'S REACTIONS.
HARPER: Thank you son. Assemblyman Deveraux
is right. We've got to stop wasting money on these free loaders
and use that money instead to help the law abiding, tax paying
citizens of Salem.
ANJELICA: You're doing great. It's going
to help your career.
JACK: Thank you Anjelica.
ANJELICA: Sweetheart I have to go. I have
an important appointment I don't want to miss.
HARPER: What's this? You didn't say anything
about an appointment. Who with, where?
ANJELICA: Oh sweetheart. It's nothing you
have to concern yourself with. I'll see you later.
JACK: BOYCOTT THE CENTER, BOYCOTT THE CENTER, BOYCOTT THE
CENTER, BOYCOTT THE CENTER....
JACK CONTINUES TO CHANT AND CLAP HIS HANDS. STEVE
LOOKS ACROSS AND CLAPS BACK.
KAYLA: We can't let Jack get away with this.
We've got to do something to fight him.
STEVE: There's only one way to fight that baby and that's
fire with fire. Ready?
JACK: (Looking across at Steve.) BOYCOTT
THE CENTER, BOYCOTT THE CENTER, BOYCOTT THE CENTER, BOYCOTT THE
CENTER, BOYCOTT THE CENTER, BOYCOTT THE CENTER.
STEVE AND KAYLA GO INSIDE. MELISSA WATCHES THROUGH
THE DOOR AS JACK CONTINUES TO CHANT AND STIR UP THE CROWD. SHE
WALKS OUTSIDE, LOOKS AT JACK AND THEN WALKS AWAY LEAVING HIM LOOKING
SCENE TWO: STILL OUTSIDE
THE COMMUNITY CENTER AT THE PROTEST.
JACK: Steve Johnson knows this place is no good and he
doesn't have the guts to come out here and face up it. That's
the problem, if he could face up to it he would....
EMILIO: I'll face you man. I'll shut you up once and for
EMILIO ATTACKS JACK AND CANBY BEGINS TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS.
JACK: Wait a minute. This is one of the punks who hang out
EMILIO: What is it you talking to man?
JACK: (Whispering to Emilio) Wait a minute!
Let me open up to them right? (To the crowd) That's exactly what
I'm talking about. We can't even meet down here without being
hassled or attacked.
EMILIO: You ain't been attacked yet man!
JACK: That's exactly what I'm talking about.
EMILIO BEGINS TO ATTACK JACK AGAIN AND STEVE RUNS
OUT OF THE CENTER AND PULLS EMILIO OFF JACK.
STEVE: Come on, what do you think you're doin'?
EMILIO: This guy's bad rapping you and I'm
gonna shut his mouth for him.
STEVE: You're not gonna shut anybody's mouth!
You shut yours! You stop right now!
JACK: That's exactly what I'm talking about.
These punks only understand violence. Now Mr. Johnson here thinks
he's going to control them, treat them like apes, when he says
fight, they fight, when he says stop, he hopes they'll stop!
EMILIO ATTACKS JACK AGAIN AND CANBY GETS MORE PHOTOGRAPHS.
JACK: No, no.
STEVE: Stop it right now, stop it right now. Inside I'm talking
CANBY GIVES JACK A SIGNAL TO SAY THAT HE GOT PERFECT
SHOTS OF THE WHOLE THING.
MELISSA: Jack what are you doing here? (More kisses.) What
are you doing here?
SCENE THREE: JACK CREEPS INTO MELISSA'S APARTMENT
AND GRABS HER AS SHE COMES DOWNSTAIRS. HE TAKES HER IN HIS ARMS
AND KISSES HER.
JACK: What do you think I'm doing here? I
came down here to see you. It's alright isn't it? I didn't scare
you did I?
Oooh just a little bit.
JACK: Uh, huh!
MELISSA: Of course it's alright. I wasn't
expecting you that's all.
JACK: You know how much I need to be with
you. I take every chance I can get. (Kiss.)
MELISSA: Well I'm glad you could get away.
You looked pretty busy last time I saw you.
JACK: Well you can say that again. It's a
big job cut out for me. I'm lucky I've got people like you to
help me out with it. Tell me what was going on with the center
today. I saw all those people going in
and going out. They're having some kind of meeting there right?
MELISSA: Jack, I didn't go there to spy for
you. I got a call from my friends for help and I went.
JACK: Melissa, come on. I know how uncomfortable
this is for you but it's important you keep me abreast of things.
MELISSA: Jack I know you think you are doing
the right thing but after today, I'm not so sure I agree.
JACK: You don't seriously think this place
is good for the community do you?
MELISSA: I'm sorry but I do.
JACK: Well that's what makes horse racing
right, people's different tastes? Let's just make sure that our
political differences don't come between us right?
MELISSA: I don't want it to.
JACK: I don't want it to either. You mean
too much to me.
MELISSA: You won't ask me any more questions?
JACK: No.... I don't need to. I could already
tell what was going on. All the people going in and going out,
Steve and Kayla were probably having a drive to save the center
with petitions, right?
MELISSA: That shouldn't surprise you. You
know how they feel about it.
JACK: Well they're just going to be treading
water anyway. They're not going to get what they want . No Community
Center, no divorce....
MELISSA: What do you mean, no divorce?....
What do you mean no divorce Jack? You promised you would get a
divorce from Kayla so we can be together. Don't you want that?
JACK: You know I want that more than anything.
If it was up to me I'd be out of that marriage so fast Kayla's
head would spin but we have other people to consider here. I mean
the Deveraux name has to be protected. That's why I have to contest
this divorce, to go on record to show that I'm not to blame.
MELISSA: Well I don't see why you can't finally
end the marriage. I know the Deveraux name is important but Jack
it doesn't make any sense to drag the divorce proceedings on and
JACK: Look if my father weren't running for
President of the United States it would be different. But my family
is in a extraordinary situation that calls for actions above and
beyond what you expect.
MELISSA: But Jack what about us?
JACK: Look if you just stick with me all
through this, I promise you it's going to be fine.
MELISSA: Everyone keeps telling me to be
careful. Loving a married man can be hard on you.
JACK: Melissa. Believe me when I tell you
that it's just as hard on me as it is on you.
MELISSA: Jack I hope you're right that everything
JACK: Trust me on this. I have no choice
in the matter. Trust me!
MELISSA: I will if you say so.
JACK KISSES HER.
SCENE ONE: MELISSA IS WORKING
AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER WITH STEVE AND KAYLA. THE PHONE RINGS
AND SHE ANSWERS IT.
MELISSA: I'll get it.... Hello Emergency Center.
JACK: Melissa, hi it's me.
JACK: Uh look do you think you could get
away for a couple of minutes. I've been thinking a lot about the
Community Center and you and I really need to see you.
MELISSA: Well this really isn't a good time.
JACK: I take it that you've got company.
MELISSA: We've got a lot of work to do.
JACK: Ah we'll meet a little later okay.
MELISSA: Thanks for calling, bye.... (To
Kayla) I'm going next door to deliver some phone messages. You
take over for me?
SCENE TWO: JACK IS PERUSING
CANBY PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE STAGED FIGHT BETWEEN JACK AND EMILIO.
JACK: Very good Mr. Canby.
CANBY: What did you expect?
JACK: Well it certainly says it all.
CANBY: Well I hate to use cliches but these
pictures really are worth a thousand words or should I say ten
JACK: I'm surprised you were able to get
this one. (Indicating a picture of Emilio holding Jack and threatening
CANBY: Ah right place at the right time.
Emilio was shoving you and there's no mistake that it's happening
right in front of the Emergency Center.
JACK: Yes. Use this one in the newspaper.
CANBY: You got it. We'll run some sort of
caption like: New Community Center provokes neighborhood youths
to more violence. Assemblyman Deveraux's life threatened.
JACK: That should put a lot of pressure on
Steve and Kayla.
CANBY: No doubt.
JACK: Here it is. You'll find it all there
just like we agreed.
CANBY: Well I'm sure it is and you get what you paid for.
I guarantee and I'm certain they are going to be worth every penny
that they are about to receive.
SCENE THREE: MELISSA IS
WALKING IN THE PARK WHEN JACK SEES HER.
JACK: Melissa, I'm sorry I'm late. I was held up by business.
MELISSA: I haven't been here long. (She hugs
JACK: Oh what's this all about?
MELISSA: This is about being the most wonderful
man in the whole world. That's what its about.
JACK: Well flattery will get you everywhere
MELISSA: This isn't flattery Jack. This is
JACK: Be that as it may. Maybe you can still
tell me why you are so happy.
MELISSA: It's supposed to be a secret isn't
JACK: Er.... well.... er yes it is but still
maybe you can tell me what this is all about.
MELISSA: Jack I know. I know you are the
one that pulled some strings that got the prosecuting attorney's
office to consider dropping the attempted murder charges.
JACK: Well wait a minute. They're about to
drop the attempted murder charges? That's great!
MELISSA: Jack come on. You don't have to
act surprised. I know it was you.
JACK: Er.... Look I'm surprised because I
never thought they would consider it. I mean I never thought they
would actually go for it. You're going to get away scot free,
MELISSA: Thanks to you.
JACK: Well Melissa, you really give me way
too much credit.
MELISSA: No I'm not. Look you can me modest if you want but
I know that you're the only person who would help me out like this.
And the best part is that we can be together in public like a real
couple. We don't have to hide anything Jack. Isn't this great?
JACK: Er, yeah, it's.... great.
MELISSA HUGS JACK AND HE HAS A LOOK OF SURPRISE AND SHOCK
ON HIS FACE.
EMILIO: You know I never thought I'd say this, but this is
more than we agreed on.
SCENE FOUR: JACK IS PAYING EMILIO FOR HIS
HELP WITH THE PROTEST.
JACK: That's because there's a bonus in there
for you Emilio.
JACK: That's right. After your performance
in front of the Community Center the other day it's well worth
the extra money.
EMILIO: It was nothin'.
JACK: I think the press would disagree. As
a matter of fact one of the photographers took some pretty incriminating
photographs of the whole thing.
EMILIO: Oh so pictures is what you really
JACK: You could say that. Yes. Thank you
very much Emilio.
EMILIO: No problem. Look, pleasure doin'
business wid ya.
JACK: Uh, huh! As long as our business keeps them out of
business. When that photograph comes out in the newspaper Steve
and Kayla's dream center will hopefully become their worst nightmare.
SCENE ONE: JACK AND MELISSA
ARE KISSING ON THE PIER.
MELISSA: Jack I missed you so much.
JACK: You make it seem we've been apart for
days not hours.
MELISSA: I know but the nights just seem
so long without you.
JACK: I know, I know. I can't till we can
be together and we don't have to worry about anybody or anything.
MELISSA: Oh I want that day to come so badly.
JACK: Me too. But until your court case clears
up and I get my divorce, it's really risky to do this.
MELISSA: I know. Jack it's just so hard for
JACK: Look I know. (Kiss) Melissa somebody's
coming. We better split up.
JACK: Canby? Canby, hold it down.
CANBY: Hey you can run but you can't hide
JACK: Well I didn't know you could find me
CANBY: Well you asked to see these again.
JACK: Yes. Good, good.
CANBY: Yeah, I got a few different angles
of you and Emilio in that shoving match. And there's a few more
pictures in there which show the ugly side of this neighborhood.
JACK: Good, good.
CANBY: I'm glad you like them.
JACK: Look, do you think you could catch
them doing something illegal?
CANBY: Well I'll see what I can do.
JACK: I mean this is good. It's very good
but I need more.
CANBY: Then more you'll get. I'll catch you
JACK: Melissa what is it?
MELISSA: I can't believe what I just heard.
JACK: What do you mean?
MELISSA: You've hired your own photographer
to spy on the Community Center?
JACK: It's not spying. The people have a
right to know what's going on under their very noses. What's wrong
MELISSA: What's wrong? I'm beginning to think
you're not doing this for the good of the community. You're digging
up dirt for yourself.
JACK: I'm not digging up dirt for myself.
MELISSA: That's sure what it sounds like
JACK: This is ridiculous. You know first
hand what I'm trying to do here. There's a lot more risk here
than my personal problems with Steve and Kayla.
MELISSA: But hiring a photographer? That
sounds like you're going after them personally.
JACK: I can't believe you're saying this.
I'm trying to make positive long term changes not some cheapy
quicko tactics that are sending this whole neighborhood down the
tubes faster than it's already going.
MELISSA: Steve and Kayla are trying to make
positive changes and they're trying to get on with their lives
JACK: They don't know what they're doing.
They think they're helping Salem but they're fooling themselves.
MELISSA: Jack I've been there. I've been
working there. I've seen first hand what they're doing. And you
are trying to destroy everything they're working for.
MELISSA: It's true. Now I've seen what your
pride can do to you. You just can't stand to be beaten by anybody
JACK: Look I admit I've got a problem with
ego. Maybe that's got something to do with this.
MELISSA: Are you sure it's not the only thing
JACK: There is nothing wrong with being competitive.
That's part of me. I'm born that way. It's part of being a Deveraux.
There's nothing wrong with that.
MELISSA: Jack you can't treat people like
JACK: Yes I can. My family didn't get as
far as it did without being competitive. I was born that way.
It was built into me. I'm a Deveraux and that's the way I am.
MELISSA: You're not as much a Deveraux as
you think you are.
JACK: What do you mean by that?
MELISSA: Just what I said.
JACK: You just said I'm not as much of a
Deveraux as I thought I was. What does that mean?
MELISSA: It's just that.... it's just that....
JACK: Go ahead.
MELISSA: Jack you're such an individual.
Yes you're a Deveraux but you're so much more than the family
name. I mean you're a maverick.
JACK: A maverick?
MELISSA: Ask anyone.
JACK: Well I thank you for the insight into
my character but this individual is not going to let up on the
Community Center. Do you have that?
MELISSA: Why are you so driven to lash out
at Steve and Kayla?
JACK: Look I admit that it will not bother
me if this press is bad for Steve and Kayla. But, at the same
time the Community Center is bad for the community and bad for
MELISSA: Can I ask you a question?
JACK: Yes, go ahead, shoot.
MELISSA: Do you still have feelings for Kayla?
MELISSA: Jack just answer me. Do you still
JACK: Melissa, I care more about you than
I do about the Community Center or Steve or Kayla.
MELISSA: I hope you do.
JACK: I'll show you how serious I am. I'm
going to let you off the hook. I don't want you to tell me another
thing about what's happening down at the Community Center.
MELISSA: Jack are you serious?
JACK: Yes I'm serious.
MELISSA: Oh, do you know what that means
JACK: Well I hope that it proves to you that
I'm putting you first.
MELISSA: Yes it proves it to me. It proves
how much you care about me. If you care enough to put me first
it means everything Jack. (She kisses him.)
JACK: Ah, Melissa as much as I love doing
this, we have to remember to be careful.
MELISSA: Okay I guess I better go.
JACK: Yeah I guess so.
MELISSA: When will I see you again?
JACK: Soon, soon. I'll call you.
MELISSA: Well.... ah don't take too long.
I go crazy when I'm not around you Jack.
JACK: I know, I promise you I'll call you
soon. (She kisses him.)
MELISSA: Take care of yourself.
JACK: I will.
MELISSA LEAVES AND EMILIO COMES DOWN THE STEPS.
JACK: Oh small world. What's been happening with you?
EMILIO: Same old thing
JACK: Maybe things are going to start looking
up for you.
EMILIO: Oh yeah.
JACK: Yeah. Actually I just wanted to thank
you again for a job well done.
EMILIO: Don't worry about. You wanted me
to rough you up in front of the press, that's what I did. That's
what I do best.
JACK: Oh you can say that again. You're a
natural. I was thinking about what you did. It got me thinking.
EMILIO: About what?
JACK: You did such a good job, I'd like to
give you another job. Kind of put you on to salary. How would
you like to have a steady salary?
EMILIO: Oh come on man who wouldn't? But
what I gotta do?
JACK: Nothing, nothing, er.... do what you
EMILIO: Hang out at the Community Center?
JACK: That's right, that's right. Hang out
and get paid for it.
EMILIO: And that's it?
JACK: That and.... er, reporting back to
EMILIO: Yeah well I don't know.
JACK: What do you mean you don't know?
EMILIO: Because I don't know if I should
to that alright?
JACK: How much money would make you know? Name your price.
MONTY, EMILIO'S FATHER COMES OVER THE EMILIO.
MONTY: Emilio, what do you think you're doing?
EMILIO: Get out of here okay.
MONTY: What are you talking with this guy?
He's trouble for you. You have no business talking with him.
EMILIO: Look you got no business telling
me who to talk to. Now come on get out of here.
MONTY: Jack Deveraux is trouble I tell you.
JACK: Excuse me. I'll let the two of you
discuss your problems together. Emilio we'll finish our business
MONTY: He won't finish business with you
Deveraux because he's not doing business with you.
EMILIO: Shut up.
SCENE TWO: EMILIO TELLS STEVE THAT JACK ASKED
HIM TO SPY ON THE COMMUNITY CENTER.
SCENE THREE:JACK IS HAVING LUNCH AT SHENANIGAN'S
WHEN STEVE WALKS IN AND GRABS HIM BY HIS TIE.
You want to get me Jack, you
come after me. You hear what
I'm sayin, you
come after me
JACK: You're really hell on my wardrobe, you know that
STEVE: Don't you mess with me today you little twerp!
I'm at the end of my rope. I'll take you down right here and now.
JACK: Something upsetting you?
MELISSA WALKS IN.
STEVE: You take an innocent kid, a mixed up kid from the
Riverfront and you use him to do your dirty work. It's because you're
too much of a coward to go out in public and show people who you
JACK: You know something. I'm here in a public restaurant,
about to have my lunch. Now if you don't mind I'd like to go ahead
and do that without you spitting all over it. Is that alright?
STEVE: (Grabbing his fork.) You can eat when I'm finished
with you. Now you listen to me. If you've got a score to settle
with me, you settle it with me, come on, one on one. Don't
use people who can't defend themselves.
JACK: Is that what you think I'm trying to do?
STEVE: I know what you're trying to do. You're trying
to close down the Community Center just to get back at me and
Kayla. That's really lame Jack.
JACK: It's an interesting analysis of a very complicated
civic issue. I'll take it.... I'll take it under advisement at
the next council meeting.
STEVE: You know that you are really, really sick. You
don't care how many people get hurt just as long as you get your
JACK: Are you finished yet?
STEVE: Back off, now.
JACK: Not that sounds like a threat.
STEVE: Just back off.
STEVE TOSSES JACK'S FORK ON THE TABLE AND WALKS
OUT OF THE RESTAURANT.
MELISSA: He's right.
JACK: Melissa. Not you too.
MELISSA: Your need for revenge is getting the best of
you Jack. This family pride issue is an obsession. It's going
to get somebody hurt. It could get a lot of people hurt including
JACK: I have already been hurt Melissa. Steve never should
not have messed with me or my family. Now the wheels have already
been set in motion and there's nothing anybody can do about it.
MELISSA: Maybe there is.
MELISSA: Maybe there is Jack.
JACK: What did you say?
MELISSA: I've been wrestling with this long enough and
it's time that I do it.
JACK: Do what?
MELISSA: Well Jack I want you to know but I can't explain
it to you. I have to show you.
JACK: Fine, go ahead and show me.
MELISSA: No I can't show you here. It has to be in private.
JACK: Er.... explain to me what you want to show.
MELISSA: Jack trust me. You wont believe me unless you
see it for yourself. Will you come to my house tonight?
JACK: Tonight? Look I don't know if I get away tonight.
MELISSA: It has to be tonight. Say you'll be there, please.
JACK: Uh.... sure well I'll make the time. Er, I'll check....
JUST EXPLAIN TO ME!
MELISSA: I can't Jack. I do know one thing though. Once
your eyes are open, you will never see things the same way again.
JACK IS CONFUSED BY MELISSA'S CRYPTIC STATEMENT, OBVIOUSLY
SHE IS TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT JACK IS ACTUALLY A JOHNSON,
AND THUS STEVE'S BROTHER.