ANJELICA: (Reading the newspaper) Well it looks like the Community
Center is in a great deal of trouble.
SCENE ONE: LATER AT WINGS. JACK AND ANJELICA ARE
JACK: I'd say that's a gross understatement.
ANJELICA: Any bets on whether or not it's going
to shut down completely?
JACK: Oh no, it's a sure bet. I got a telegram
this morning from the big boys in Washington who control the purse
ANJELICA: They're withdrawing the funding.
ANJELICA: What did they say?
JACK: They said I was right. They said thank
you for shedding the light on the whole situation. I mean what can
I say. The climate today is one of fiscal control, fiscal restraint.
People don't want to filter their tax dollars away any more so it's
up to Assemblymen like me to point out ways like in the so called
ANJELICA: Very good. You end up smelling like
JACK: You noticed?
ANJELICA: And Patch and Kayla are on the unemployment
JACK: It was their own doing. It was a risky
venture going in. What can I say.
ANJELICA: What's next?
JACK: Well it's only the beginning of the end for the dynamic
duo. Maybe they'll see that they are not so great together after all.
SCENE TWO: MEANWHILE JENNIFER
IS STILL TRYING TO GET FRANKIE TO MAKE LOVE TO HER BUT HE STILL
THINKS SHE IS NOT READY AND IS TOO YOUNG. HE CONTINUES HIS FRIENDSHIP
WITH PAULA CARSON WHICH UPSETS JENNIFER.
SCENE THREE: AT BLONDIE'S.
JACK, ANJELICA AND HARPER ARE HAVING DINNER.
HARPER: Thank you Dave, this is superb. (Sips champagne.)
ANJELICA: Take it easy darling. Slow down.
HARPER: Nonsense this is a celebration. My
son is a winner just like his old man. Congratulations Jack.
JACK: Really dad it's nothing. I just set my
goals and went for them, that's all.
HARPER: But you did it, you did it. You closed
down the Community Center. I'm proud of you son. I have no doubt
you could achieve anything you set out to do. You're a Deveraux.
That means you're a champion.
JACK: Well what's important is the community.
HARPER: Absolutely right. People with questionable
morals like Kayla and her Mr. Johnson shouldn't be allowed to run
a Federally funded center.
JACK: You know there is no telling what they
were going to do with that money. That is tax payers money.
ANJELICA: Jack get real. You'll have us start
to believe in our own press!
JACK: Anjelica. I'm very serious about being
an Assemblyman. I car about my constituents.
ANJELICA: Oh yes I know that darling and I'm behind you all
the way but we're all family here. we can all be honest here. The
only reason you went after that Community Center is because you wanted
to destroy Steve and Kayla.
MELISSA ARRIVES WITH MICKEY AND MAGGIE. THEY ARE SEATED
AT A TABLE OPPOSITE JACK. MICKEY TELLS MELISSA THAT THE ATTEMPTED
MURDER CHARGES AGAINST HER HAVE BEEN DROPPED.
MELISSA: Oh that's great. I can't wait to tell Jack. This changes
everything. Excuse me. Jack excuse me but could I speak to you for
ANJELICA: Melissa. This is hardly the time
or the place.
HARPER: Jack I would not advise it.
MELISSA: It won't take long. I'm sorry for
interrupting your dinner but it's very important.
JACK: Melissa of course. Dad, Anjelica excuse us for a minute.
JACK AND MELISSA WALK AWAY TO TALK.
JACK: Look I think my folks are right. I don't think this is
a very smart move right now.
MELISSA: Jack it doesn't matter anymore. It's
JACK: What do you mean it's all over?
MELISSA: We don't have to sneak around anymore.
I've been cleared of the attempted murder charges. It's official.
JACK: Melissa that's great. (Hug.)
MELISSA: Now we can be together. We don't have
to worry about what anyone thinks.
JACK: Not quite yet.
MELISSA: What do you mean?
JACK: We have to remember that I'm a married
man still. And in view of my position and my dad's campaign we have
to be careful about my public image. So we have to be careful for
just a little bit longer.
MELISSA: Yes I see your point. But that's okay.
We're closer than we were and at least now I can come back to work
for you. I don't think how anyone could have a problem with that.
What do you say? Want me back?
JACK: What do you think? Come on.
JACK AND MELISSA RETURN TO HARPER'S TABLE.
HARPER: Jack would you please think what you
JACK: I know exactly what I'm doing. Dad, Anjelica,
Melissa's coming back to work for me.
HARPER: Have you gone out of your mind Jack.
There is no way Melissa can work for you again.
ANJELICA: Darling I think you should listen
to your father. Melissa I'm sure you understand and I don't think
this is the place to have this discussion....
JACK: Wait a minute, wait a minute. We have
nothing to worry about. All the charges against Melissa have been
HARPER: Oh I see. Well Melissa that does change
things. Well of course I knew all along you couldn't be capable
of any such a thing.
MELISSA: Well I appreciate the confidence Senator
HARPER: Tell me, have the police re-opened
the case? Do you know if they have any other suspects?
MELISSA: As far as I know they're not looking
for anyone. I mean obviously I was set up but they just didn't have
enough things to go on. That's the baffling thing about the case.
HARPER: Well you want Melissa back as your
administrative assistant Jack. Are you sure?
JACK: I'm sure.
HARPER: Well I think that's fine. If that's
what you want son it's okay with me. Welcome to Deveraux country!
ANJELICA: Oh! Harper please, that's
dreadful. I apologize.
HARPER: Oh I was thinking of using it for my
campaign slogan. What do you think Jack?
JACK: I think it's pretty pretentious dad, even for you!
JACK: Look I hate to break this up but I really have to get
back to work. I have a meeting.
HARPER: That's alright son. Melissa, seriously.
MELISSA: Thank you Senator.
JACK: Melissa, will you see me out?
MELISSA: Of course. Goodnight Anjelica, Senator.
JACK AND MELISSA WALK TO THE FOYER AND KISS.
JACK: I can't wait believe it. Things are finally coming my
MELISSA: Funny, I feel the same way.
JACK: Community Center's closing down, I've
got you back and I've finally got a way to get back at Steve Johnson.
MELISSA: How are you going to do that Jack?
JACK: Well I don't want to go into too many
details but suffice to say I'm looking up an old friend of Steve's
who's going to help me get back at him.
MELISSA: Who would help you get back at Steve?
JACK: Oh someone from his past. I've got people
looking for him right now. Wait a minute.... I remember.... there's
something that I've been.... you wanted to show me something for
a long time now. Now what is it? I just remembered.
MELISSA: Um.... never mind Jack. It wasn't
JACK: Are you sure?
MELISSA: Yes I'm sure.
JACK: Right. See you tomorrow morning.
MELISSA: Right. (Kiss.)
SCENE ONE: THE NEXT DAY THERE
IS AN EXPLOSION AT THE EMERGENCY CENTER AND KAYLA IS BADLY INJURED.
STEVE HAS BEEN CONSTANTLY AT HER BEDSIDE BUT HAS LEFT FOR A REST.
JACK ARRIVES AT THE DOOR TO HER ROOM DRESSED IN SCRUBS AND SURGICAL
GLOVES. THERE IS A POLICEMAN GUARDING THE DOOR.
JACK: Excuse me. I want to see Kayla.
GUARD: I'm sorry but the only people allowed
in that room except authorized personnel and immediate family.
JACK: Well I'm her husband. Jack Deveraux.
Go ahead. Search me.
GUARD: It's okay for you to go on in.
JACK: Good guess.
JACK SEES KAYLA IN AN OXYGEN TENT WITH HER EARS BANDAGED.
SHE'S UNCONSCIOUS. JACK SEEMS SINCERELY UPSET AND WORRIED ABOUT
JACK: What were you doing in that basement Kayla? If you were
relying on Steve to be your big protector, where the hell was he?
I'm sorry that this happened, I really am. But I told you, if you'd
listened to me (Beat). You know there were times when I wished you
were dead. When I saw you with him I wished you had gone. Now I'm
sorry I even thought that. You're so beautiful (Beat) even now. Kayla
why couldn't you love me? I would never let this happen to you. I
guess I'm supposed to be happy now. I was right. I won.... I won....
(He puts his face in his hands on the edge of the bed.)
HARPER COMES IN.
HARPER: What in the hell do you think you're
JACK: What do you think? I'm seeing my wife.
HARPER: You know sometimes I wonder about you.
This is the last place in the world you should be.
JACK: How did you know that I was here?
HARPER: I know my own son. It was easy to figure
out. Now we've got to get you out of here.
JACK: Why? Nobody knows that I'm here.
HARPER: Don't be too sure. Do you have an alibi
for last night? The police are after you.
JACK: The police?
JACK: What for?
HARPER: They're very anxious to question you
about the explosion last night. Now you had nothing to do with did
JACK: Of course I didn't.
HARPER: Oh I knew you couldn't have done it.
But can you prove you weren't anywhere near the explosion?
JACK: Uh.... no I can't. And I bet you that
95% of the people that they ask couldn't prove where they were either
so why do I have to. Last time I checked, you were innocent until
HARPER: That's true. Unless you're already
under suspicion for being a serial killer.
JACK: Wait a minute. What's that supposed to
HARPER: Lieutenant Carver came to our house
this morning looking for you. He told me that they think that the
explosion at Kayla's was the work of the Riverfront Knifer.
JACK: They think that I did it?
HARPER: They seemed awfully in a hurry to catch
you, find you.
JACK: Dad I don't have an alibi.
HARPER: Don't worry, don't worry. Anjelica
and I have given you one. That's why I had to get a hold of you
so urgently so our stories could all be straightened out.
JACK: Oh, well tell me what's my story.
HARPER: You got to the police and when they
ask you say you were in the bosom of your family all night.
JACK: Sure, anything you say (Jack seems confused and possibly
worried, could he be the Knifer, or is he perplexed because Harper
is acting oddly).
JACK: Excuse me. Am I interrupting something?
SCENE TWO: MIKE TALKS TO MELISSA ABOUT HER
WORKING FOR JACK. HE THINKS IT IS A BAD IDEA. AS THEY ARE TALKING
IN THE DOCTOR'S LOUNGE JACK COMES IN.
MELISSA: Hi. We were just talking about some
boring medical stuff.
JACK: Well a nurse told me you'd be in here
so I just thought I'd drop by.
MIKE: I gotta go. I'll see you later. Bye.
JACK: Bye. (Mike leaves.) You were talking
about me weren't you?
MELISSA: Not really.
JACK: Come on your whole family's talking about
me. They're trying to warn you to stay away from the evil Jack Deveraux.
You don't have to deny that. I expect it.
MELISSA: They just don't know you that's all.
I'm sure a lot of families would like to know more about the people
their loved ones are involved with.
JACK: Melissa! Come on don't try and be diplomatic
with me. That's my job. I know it's all up to me. I have to talk
to your family face to face and stop all this talking behind my
MELISSA: I'd rather leave my parents out of
JACK: Melissa that's how we got in this mess
in the first place. Now I think I should talk to them. I know how
to talk to people, how to share my point of view. I'm a politician.
MELISSA: Maybe that's the problem Jack. Maybe
they think you're so smooth they can't trust you.
JACK: You trust me don't you?
MELISSA: Of course I do. I love you but they don't.
MICKEY AND MAGGIE COME IN.
MICKEY: Oh well we'll be going.
JACK: No wait a minute please. I need to talk
to both of you. I think there's something that we need to clear
MICKEY: If it's about you and Melissa being
together, I'm already clear on that.
JACK: No Melissa, that's alright. You don't mince words sir
and neither do I. I would like to say for the record. I did not rape
my wife. Now people are going to believe whatever they want. No court
of law can change or stop that. Ultimately Kayla and I will have to
answer to ourselves. What we won and what we lost. All I know is that
I loved her, perhaps too much, but I loved her and that's the truth.
I'm telling you this because I care about Melissa's feelings so I
care about your's as well. You may not believe me but listen. Listen
to what I'm saying and remember above all, I will never hurt Melissa.
I'll talk to you later.
MELISSA: Now do you see why I love him so much?
JACK: Dad everything's been taken care of.
SCENE THREE: JACK ARRIVES HOME.
HARPER: Good. I'm glad to see you. For a minute
I thought it was Anjelica coming home.
JACK: Dad, are you trying to hide from her?
HARPER: No it's nothing like that.
JACK: Oh you know there's something very strange
going on between the two of you.
HARPER: Nothing out of the ordinary.
JACK: Oh that's true if it's ordinary for Anjelica
to want a baby when you don't.
HARPER: Now what makes you say that?
JACK: She told me so. Why are you so against?
HARPER: A baby at my age! Don't be ridiculous.
I can't be tied down like that. Besides I already served my time
JACK: She told me that she wants one more than
HARPER: Ah, I don't know where she got such
an idea. Where do you think it came from?
JACK: It's not so odd. She's a Baby Boomer.
It's all the rage these days.
HARPER: Well I'm no Baby Boomer and I don't
want any babies booming around here.
JACK: Come on dad. You want to tell me you
don't want another charmer like me? No, don't answer that.
HARPER: Jack you've been a handful since day one. You're all
the son I'll ever need.
SCENE FOUR: BACK AT THE HOSPITAL, MIKE HAS
DIAGNOSED KAYLA AS BEING DEAF FROM THE BLAST. HE THINKS THAT WITH
AN OPERATION AND TREATMENT SHE MIGHT REGAIN HER HEARING.
ANJELICA: I am awfully glad you could join me for dinner tonight.
With your father out of town it gets kinda lonely.
SCENE FIVE: JACK AND ANJELICA ARE HAVING DINNER
JACK: I'm just sorry I can't spend more time
with you and you know that you are anything but boring.
ANJELICA: You are too kind.
JACK: So tell me. How goes the baby making
ANJELICA: You are too crude.
JACK: No I'm not. I'm just being practical.
Okay what do you call it?
ANJELICA: Well (Beat) I see what you mean.
ANJELICA: It's not going well. Your father
and I do not see eye to eye. He does not think that a child would
add to our marriage. He thinks that it would be an encumbrance to
JACK: Well a baby would complicate things.
ANJELICA: I suppose it would. And after all
I knew who I was marrying when I married your father so I suppose
I shouldn't complain.
JACK: Come on, you're not complaining and my ears are always
ready to hear anything you've got to say. (Beat) Look if you'll excuse
me, I see someone I need to speak with. I'll be right back.
JACK WALKS OVER TO A MAN AT THE BAR.
JACK: Detective Steele?
STEELE: Yes. Mr. Deveraux.
JACK: Thanks for waiting. They said at the
agency you wanted to locate a missing person. I specialize in that
area of private investigation.
JACK: Exactly what I'm looking for. I'm trying
to locate a young man named Billy Johnson.
STEELE: What can you tell me about him?
JACK: Not much. Look I know that twenty five
years ago he was dropped into an orphanage in Los Angeles. I can't
tell you anything else. If I had a baby picture of him would that
STEELE: Yes it would help a lot. Anything else
you can learn would speed up the process.
JACK: That's what I want to do. Speed up the process. I've
got to get face to face with this Billy Johnson.
JACK IS GETTING EXCITED ABOUT FINDING BILLY AND THUS DESTROYING
JACK, NOT KNOWING THAT THE WILL BE THE ONE DESTROYED BY THE NEWS.
SCENE SIX: A SHORT TIME LATER.
JACK: Here comes Johnson's sister. Would you excuse me for
just a minute? Adrienne.
ADRIENNE: Oh Jack hi.
JACK: Thank you so much for coming.
ADRIENNE: Well of course when I got your message
at the hospital I came as quickly as I could.
JACK: So you have Billy's picture?
ADRIENNE: No I don't have it any more.
JACK: What happened? You had it in your hand
when Steve interrupted us.
ADRIENNE: I know. I dropped my purse and he
saw the picture.
JACK: What did he do?
ADRIENNE: Well he told me not to look for Billy
anymore and he took it back. In fact he said he was going to give
it to my mother.
JACK: Look I'm sorry that it upset him so much
but when we find Billy I guarantee you he will to be so happy he'll
forgive us both.
ADRIENNE: I think so too. I remember how happy
I was when I found Steve.
JACK: Still if we had that picture it would
make things go so much quicker.
ADRIENNE: Jack I'm sorry about that but I can't
go back and get it. Steve will wring my neck. I did find out the
name of the orphanage.
JACK: Oh really? That would be a great help.
What is it?
ADRIENNE: Well it's in Los Angeles. I don't
know if it's still there. Hartman Orphanage.
JACK: Terrific! This is just the beginning.
But it's a beginning. Now let's agree. Until we find Billy let's
not tell anyone that we're searching for him, right?
ADRIENNE: Oh no, no. I agree completely. I
can't wait to see the look on Steve's face when I introduce him
JACK: Neither can I. It's going to be one great
big wonderful surprise.
ADRIENNE: I think so too. Listen I gotta go.
If you need anything else from me you call me I'm right there.
JACK: Fine, bye, bye.
ADRIENNE: Take care. Bye.
ADRIENNE LEAVES AND JACK RETURNS TO TALK TO STEELE.
JACK: Bingo, she didn't have the picture but
we've got the name of the orphanage. Hartman Orphanage in Los Angeles.
STEELE: A picture of the child would help a
great deal. Is there any possibility of getting one?
JACK: I'll try. I don't know how but I'll get it. (Aside)
Funny how I'm getting more and more interested in meeting Mr Billy
JACK: For you!
SCENE SEVEN: JACK IS OUTSIDE JO'S APARTMENT
HOLDING A BUG BUNCH OF FLOWERS. HE KNOCKS AND JO OPENS THE DOOR.
JACK: Oh they're beautiful. What a wonderful
surprise. Come in here.
I wanted to see how you were doing. I'm sorry I didn't come by sooner.
JO: Oh I'm doing just fine thank you. I know
you have so much to do you don't have to worry about me.
JACK: Oh come on now. If a man can't take time
out to see how his friends are doing then he's in deep trouble and
I do care about you. You know that.
JO: Yes I know that.
JACK: Now look these flowers need a little
drink of water. Maybe you can find a vase or something for them.
JO: I've got the perfect thing in the bedroom.
Now you wait right here, wait right here. I'll be right back.
JO LEAVES THE ROOM AND JACK BEGINS TO SEARCH HER DRAWERS
JUST AS STEVE COMES IN THE DOOR HOLDING A SMALL BUNCH OF FLOWERS.
STEVE: What in the hell are you doing here Jack? (Beat) I asked
you a question Jack. What are you doin' here?
JACK: Just came by to visit my friend Jo. No
harm in that.
STEVE: Uh, huh!
JACK: What other reason could I possibly have?
JO: Here we go. (Beat) Steve, I didn't expect
you back so soon.
STEVE: Well I just hurried back so I could
get these here before they died. Besides I was looking forward to
spending a little more time with you, alone!
JACK: Well far be it for me to come between
a mother and her son. I'll just be going.
JO: The flowers are beautiful. Thank you very much.
STEVE GESTURES FOR JACK TO LEAVE.
JACK: You know Jo I'll come back at another time when it's
more convenient for you. And I want you to get better, alright? Promise
JO: Yes, yes. Thank you.
JACK: Bye, bye.