SCENE ONE: LATER AT SHENANIGAN'S. JACK IS SITTING AT A TABLE,
DEEP IN THOUGHT.
MELISSA ARRIVES TO MEET HIM.
JACK: Thanks for coming. I really needed to talk to somebody.
MELISSA: Sure what's up?
JACK: I just came from seeing Kayla. She sent for me.
JACK: I don't know how it happened but she knows that
I'm looking for Billy. She even tried to talk me out of it.
MELISSA: Did she give you a reason?
JACK: No. Don't you think it's rather curious?
MELISSA: What is?
JACK: Everybody and their mother is trying to talk me out
of looking for the mysterious Billy Johnson.
MICKEY AND MAGGIE WALK IN.
JACK: Melissa, maybe your father can help me out?
MELISSA: What? Why would he? You know how he feels about
JACK: That's why you have to talk to him. Tell him how
important this is.
MELISSA: No Jack I won't ask him. There's no way.
JACK: Melissa. I can't tell you how important this is.
You have to talk to your dad for me.
MELISSA: How can I do that? He hates you Jack.
JACK: Don't tell him it's for me. Tell him it's for Jo
or Adrienne, anybody.
MELISSA: No Jack, I won't do that. Not even for you. I'm
sorry but you know how much I love you. My god you have to know
by now but sometimes you ask the impossible.
JACK: Melissa, I know I ask a lot of you but I need your
help. With your help I can get through this whole Johnson thing
and put it behind me. How about it?
MELISSA STANDS UP.
JACK: Where are you going?
MELISSA: I'm going over to say hello to my folks. They've
been looking over here ever since they came in.
JACK: Then you'll talk to your dad for me?
MELISSA: No Jack I won't. I'm sorry but this is the one time
I can't help you.
JACK WALKS OVER TO THE PAY PHONE AND DIALS.
JACK: Yes, operator. I'd like to make a collect call to Detective
Steele from Jack Deveraux. Thank you. (Beat) Detective? Yes, Jack
Deveraux. Look, have you been able to crack into the orphanage yet?
(Beat) Well look, you do whatever it takes. (Beat) Yes, yes, even
if it means something illegal. Look I'm telling you I want those
SCENE TWO: LATER JACK THEN
JACK: Hi, this is Jack Deveraux. I have some very good
news for you.
ADRIENNE: About Billy?
JACK: That's right. My man in LA has got the files and
he's bringing them back from LA tonight.
ADRIENNE: Oh Jack. I'll never be able to thank you enough.
JACK: Oh no, no. No thanks are necessary. I want this to
be a favor the Johnsons will never forget.
SCENE THREE: LATER THAT NIGHT JACK AND MELISSA ARE
WAITING AT THE SALEM AIRPORT FOR THE DETECTIVE. STEELE [THIS MIGHT
BE A POP CULTURAL ALLUSION TO REMINGTON STEELE, THE DECTECTIVE
SHOW WITH PIERCE BRONSON AND STEPHANIE ZEMBALIST, ZEMBALIST WAS
A PRIVATE DECTECTIVE AND INVENTED A MALE PERSONAL REMINGTON STEELE,
AND BRONSON'S CHARACTER WAS A SHADY CON MAN, THEIF WHO PRETENDED
TO BE STEELE DURING A CON AND CONTINUED TO DO SO THROUGHOUT THE
SHOW'S RUN]. STEVE GETS OFF THE PLANE AND HIDES FROM JACK.
STEELE: Thank you for meeting me Mr. Deveraux.
JACK: No problem at all. You do have the file?
STEELE: Here you are sir as promised. You'll find everything
you need to locate Billy Johnson. I had a rough time.
JACK: I'm sure you did. Thank you for your help. Just
send me a bill to my office. I'll see that it's paid immediately.
If I need you again, I'll give you a call.
STEELE: Thank you.
JACK: Thank you, thank you again. You were great. I'm
sure we'll be talking in future.
STEELE: Well I'm glad. Goodbye Mr. Deveraux.
JACK: Goodbye. (Beat) Alright!
STEVE COMES UP TO THEM AND IS ALL SMILES.
Well, how sweet of you two to come down here and meet me. I'm
serious. I'm really touched that you went to all this trouble
for me. Do I get to ride in the limo too?
JACK: Well I'm sorry Steve. It may look as big as a bus
but it's not public transportation.
STEVE: Ha, ha, ha. That's alright. I've got the Bluesmobile
downstairs. So if you didn't come to greet a weary traveler, what
are you doing here? Maybe you and Missy have a one way ticket
JACK: Well I don't see how that's any of your business.
STEVE: You're right. I guess it's not. Well you two have
JACK: He wouldn't be so smug if he knew what I had in my
hands. (Opens folder.)
MELISSA: Jack don't be a fool.
JACK: What do you mean, don't be a fool?
MELISSA: You can't look at it here. Steve almost caught
you. Anybody could walk up while you're looking at that.
JACK: You got a point there.
MELISSA: Why don't we go back to my apartment? It would
be much better to read the file in private.
JACK: That makes sense. It would also be fitting. After
all the cloak and dagger we're going through we should meet in
secret when we find the truth about the mysterious missing Billy
MELISSA: Yes that would be much better.
SCENE FOUR: LATER IN THE
MELISSA: Well I completely reworked your schedule for next
week. You should probably take a look at it. I've changed some appointments.
JACK: I can't even think about that right now. All I want
to do now is get a look at that Billy Johnson file.
MELISSA: Jack it isn't very good light in here. Don't
you think you should wait?
JACK: Melissa I will look over the whole thing thoroughly
when I get over to your house. Right now I want to see what Steele
came up with.
CAR PHONE RINGS.
MELISSA: Well here.
JACK: (Snidely) Thank you Melissa. (Beat) Hello, Jack Deveraux.
Dad? (Beat) Ya, are you all right, I mean is it serious? (Beat)
No, no, no. That's alright. I'll cover for you. No problem at all.
I'll call you later alright. (Beat) Alright Stevens, we've got a
change in plans. We're going right over to the court house. City
Hall, right, okay. Dad's not feeling well. He had to cancel out
on a big fundraiser and he wants me to cover for him.
MELISSA: Well we should get to work right away on a speech.
JACK: Yeah, I guess this is just going to have to wait.
SCENE FIVE: WHILE JACK
IS AT THE FUND RAISER, MELISSA GOES TO SEE STEVE AND KAYLA. SHE
TELLS HIM THAT THEY SHOULD TELL JACK BEFORE HE JUST FINDS OUT
BUT STEVE SAYS THAT IT IS IN JACK'S HANDS AND THAT HE HAS TO FACE
THE CONSEQUENCES. HOWEVER AFTER MELISSA LEAVES, STEVE REALIZES
THAT THE INFORMATION WILL DESTROY JACK AND DECIDES TO STOP HIM
MELISSA: Jack I'm very impressed. For a speech practically
off the top of your head you were brilliant.
SCENE SIX: IN THE LIMO, AFTER THE FUNDRAISER. JACK IS LOOSENING
JACK: I couldn't even think about that speech. All I could
think about was that file on Billy Johnson. If you don't mind?
MELISSA: Jack don't you think you should wait until you
have better light. It's dark in here.
JACK: Melissa! (Turns on the reading light) Now, satisfied?
Now please, the file. Here we go.
MELISSA: Jack I know this is going to be hard for you
to understand at first. It'll be difficult for you but I want
you to know that I'm here for you, whenever you need me. It will
take time but you've got plenty of that.
JACK: Having the time is going to be the least of my problems
and I will need your help, especially if I decide to go down to
JACK: That's right. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. That's where
the people who adopted Billy Johnson come from. I think I'll send
Mr. Steele down there right away to start investigating and in
a few days I'll be face to face with Mr. Billy Johnson.
MELISSA: Yeah that'll really be something Jack.
SCENE ONE: AT THE KIRIAKIS
MANSION. JUSTIN AND ADRIENNE ARE THERE WHEN JACK ARRIVES.
HENDERSON: Excuse me, sir. Mrs. Kiriakis, Jack Deveraux to
JACK: Justin, how do you do? I'd like to thank you again
for all the support you've given to my father's campaign.
JUSTIN: Thank you.
JACK: Hello Adrienne.
ADRIENNE: Hello Jack.
JUSTIN: Look I have some business to take care of. Are
you going to be okay?
ADRIENNE: Yeah I'll be fine.
JUSTIN: Excuse me.
ADRIENNE: Well, I have the feeling you have some news
JACK: I certainly do. About a certain person we've both been
SCENE TWO: AT THE KIRIAKIS MANSION.
JUSTIN AND ADRIENNE.
JACK: The information put us on the right track right down
to the city where he lived.
ADRIENNE: Jack, that's great! Did you see him? Did you
talk to him?
JACK: Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but no
ADRIENNE: What happened? Has he moved?
JACK: Not exactly.
ADRIENNE: Jack what?
JACK: He was never there Adrienne!
ADRIENNE: What, how could that be possible Jack? Was there
something wrong in the files?
JACK: You could say that. After careful investigation
I found out that I had the wrong guy completely.
ADRIENNE: How can that be?
JACK: Because somehow, someone switched the files on us
ADRIENNE: Oh no Jack.
JACK: No wait a minute, wait a minute. Now, don't get
down. I told you that I was going to find Billy and I will. But
I can't tell you how much easier it would be if I had that baby
picture or any other information from his past.
ADRIENNE: Jack, Jack I can't!
JACK: Please, Adrienne, please. I promised you that I would
find Billy and I will, with or without the pictures, with or without
Steve's help. (Beat) It's just a matter of time. Just a matter of
time until I track Billy down.
SCENE THREE: LATER AT THE
MELISSA: You have three phone calls to return this afternoon.
JACK: I can't deal with this right now Melissa, please.
MELISSA: Well the only reason I mentioned it is because
all three are faithful contributors and supporters of Assemblyman
JACK: They're going to have to wait for Assemblyman Deveraux
then because I can't talk to anybody right now especially people
who want favors from me.
MELISSA: Jack what's bothering you?
JACK: I'll tell you what's bothering me. We chased a bum
lead all the way down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama looking for Billy
Johnson and we came up empty handed.
MELISSA: You did?
JACK: Yes. After all of that, we have nothing. No clues
MELISSA: Well that's too bad.
JACK: You know why we came to a dead end? Because somebody
switched the files, because somebody meddled with the information
and now I have to find who did that as well. You know something?
Steve Johnson was on that flight from Los Angeles. I wouldn't
be surprised if he was involved.
MELISSA: Oh come on. Don't you think that's a bit too
JACK: What's too coincidental is that he was on that flight
at all. The more I think about it, the more I believe Steve did
MELISSA: Jack do you really believe this is worth another
wild goose chase? This could get expensive and very time consuming.
JACK: Melissa I'm already consumed. At this point it's worth
every penny, every dime, every minute I'm involved, to know, to
know, that Steve Johnson can't stop me from finding Billy Johnson.
SCENE FOUR: MEANWHILE ANJELICA
GOES TO SEE NEIL CURTIS AND FINDS OUT SHE IS PREGNANT. SHE ASSUMES
IT IS FROM HER AFFAIR WITH JUSTIN BUT SHE DOES NOT TELL NEIL.
SCENE FIVE: LATER AT THE
DEVERAUX MANSION, HARPER IS LOOKING AT BLACK AND WHITE SLIDES
OF JACK AS A LITTLE BOY. JACK AND MELISSA COME IN AND JACK SIGNALS
MELISSA TO KEEP QUIET AS THEY WATCH THE SLIDES.
HARPER: Oooh. I didn't realize I had company.
JACK: Oh dad. Sorry. Sorry to startle you.
HARPER: It's alright, it's alright. Don't worry, don't
JACK: Tell me what are these slides of anyway? (Plonks
on the sofa next to Harper.)
HARPER: (Placing his hand on Jack's shoulder.) Oh you've
seen them before. I was home from Washington and we spent the
whole day together.
JACK: Uh, huh. Melissa, see that one there. The cute one,
MELISSA: Yes I sort of guessed.
JACK: Oh they were some good times dad. Some of my favorite
HARPER: Mine too Jack. Mine too.
JACK: Detective Steele what do you have for me?
SCENE SIX: LATER AT THE DEVERAUX MANSION JACK IS ON THE
STEELE: Well it seems an acquaintance of yours
was in Los Angeles. My sources tell me that Steve Johnson visited
the City of the Angels and was seen near the orphanage the day
before I was there.
JACK: Bingo! That confirms my suspicions.
STEELE: It should. If I was a betting man and
I am, I'd say that Patch Johnson got his mitts on the Billy file.
JACK: I'd put my money on that too. It seems he has some
important secret he's trying to keep from the world.
STEELE: For sure he's hiding something. He didn't
go to California for a suntan I'll guarantee that. So do you want
me to take the next step?
JACK: No. No, I'll do myself, thank you.
SCENE SEVEN: JACK IS BREAKING INTO STEVE AND KAYLA'S. HE
SEARCHES THE DRAWERS IN THEIR BEDROOM AND FINDS A BOX CONTAINING
A PICTURE OF HIMSELF AS A BABY.
HE IS STUNNED AND SHOCKED.
JACK: A picture of me! What are you up to Johnson? What are
you trying to pull on me?
JACK LEAVES AND STEVE COMES HOME AND REALIZES THAT
JACK HAS THE PICTURE. HE IS VERY WORRIED.
SCENE ONE: A DAY OR TWO
LATER AT SHENANIGAN'S. JACK COMES OVER TO SPEAK TO ADRIENNE.
JACK: Adrienne I want to thank you for joining me today.
ADRIENNE: That's okay Jack. How's the search for Billy
going? Did you find anything?
JACK: Not much, but we're getting closer.
ADRIENNE: Great, that means you found something new?
JACK: Possibly. Yes.
ADRIENNE: Well what is it?
JACK: Look Adrienne I had to do something. Maybe it wasn't
the right thing to do but it was my only choice. I'm tired of
running into dead ends.
ADRIENNE: What did you do?
JACK: Before I tell you I want you to know that the only
reason I'm looking for Billy is for you and for your mother.
ADRIENNE: Well Jack I know that. I know how important
it would be to my mother to find Billy. It'd bring our family
JACK: Exactly. Family. Bringing the family back together.
And that is why I had to break into Steve's place and get this.
ADRIENNE: You stole something from Steve's room?
JACK: I borrowed something I want to know why in the hell
Steve had it in the first place.
JACK IS HOLDING THE PICTURE WHEN JO COMES UP BEHIND
HIM AND SEES IT.
JO: Jack! (Beat) Adrienne. What's going on here?
JACK PUTS THE PICTURE BACK IN HIS WALLET.
JO: Will someone please tell me what's going on around here?
ADRIENNE: Jack and I were just talking momma, that's all.
JACK: Yes, that's right. We were just talking about (Beat)
about the fundraiser the other evening and I was just telling
Adrienne what a fine job she did. As a matter of fact I was showing
her a picture we took there. Here, a picture of dad and me.
JO: Isn't that funny? I didn't realize Adrienne was so
interested in fund raising.
ADRIENNE: Well Momma it just reminded me of the time I
filled in for you.
JACK: And speaking of work, you've probably started back
at Dr. Curtis's haven't you? As a matter of fact you're probably
on the way to the job right now.
JO: Well I am going to check in on Noel. Dr. Curtis still
won't let me carry a full load.
JACK: Oh, we don't want to hold you back from your half
JO: Listen, I've got some time. I was thinking maybe I'd
have a little breakfast with you. do you mind if I join you?
JACK: No, no, not at all. Please sit down but I'm sorry
I can't join you. So why don't you two ladies have breakfast together.
JO: Now Jack. Now don't rush off on my account.
JACK: No, no, no. I'd love to have breakfast with you,
but duty calls.You know how it is.
JO: Well sure. Well it was a pleasure seeing you.
JACK: It was a pleasure seeing you too. Adrienne, I'll
talk to you later.
ADRIENNE: Yeah, sure.
JACK LEAVES AND JO SITS DOWN.
JO: I know what you are Jack are up to and I want you to
stop it right now.
JO ON TO TELLS ADRIENNE WHY SHE MUST STOP LOOKING
SCENE TWO: LATER ON THE
PIER. JACK COMES DOWN THE STEPS AND MEETS MELISSA.
MELISSA: What took you so long?
JACK: Melissa, I had a meeting. I couldn't get away from
MELISSA: I don't remember you having a meeting for that
JACK: Well it just came on all of a sudden. You know how
those things are.
MELISSA: Who was it with?
JACK: What is this? The third degree.
MELISSA: No. I'm your assistant. I think I should know
what's going on.
JACK: Well look I had this meeting all of a sudden and
I couldn't let you know because I knew you were on your way down
MELISSA: Well I just don't like standing around her by
myself for so long, specially with that Knifer on the loose.
JACK: I know. Melissa I'm sorry. I know, I was totally wrong
and I promise it won't happen again. I just er.... look I.... I
have something I need to talk to you about.
JACK TAKES HIS BABY PICTURE OUT OF HIS POCKET.
MELISSA: Well who is it?
JACK: Who is it? It's me. It's a baby picture of me. I
found it in the dresser in Steve's apartment.
MELISSA: What were you doing in Steve's apartment?
JACK: What do you think? I broke in there. You don't think
he'd let me waltz in there willingly do you?
MELISSA: Jack it's not right to break into people's homes.
JACK: Melissa, it wasn't like that at all. It wasn't like
I was stealing money or anything. I tell you what when this is
all over I'll give Steve my baby picture back, how about that?
MELISSA: You still shouldn't have taken it!
JACK: IT'S MY PICTURE! I want to know what the
hell he was doing with it in the first place.
MELISSA: Well how should I know.
JACK: Well, Melissa, I'm not saying that know. I just
think it's very strange that he would have my baby picture, don't
MELISSA: I suppose so.
JACK: You suppose so. I'm telling you there's a very good
reason for it.
JACK: He's trying to get something on me and I'm not about
to let him.
MELISSA: Well you certainly were a cute baby.
JACK: Yeah I know. But it bothers me that he would have
MELISSA: Come on, what difference does it make?
JACK: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Melissa you know how
much he hates me after what happened with Kayla. Crazy psychos
do this kind of thing, collecting things on people they are trying
to get. Who knows, maybe he's the Riverfront Knifer? Maybe he's
into voodoo or something.
MELISSA: Jack, you're being paranoid now.
JACK: I am not! I know that he hates me. Now how did he
get this picture? Probably when he donated his kidney. Then he
felt he was suckered into the whole thing. He probably wants his
MELISSA: Jack! You sound ridiculous.
JACK: Look, maybe I do. But tell me a better reason. Why
would anybody want this?
MELISSA: I don't know why. Maybe somebody gave it to him.
JACK: Who? Who would want somebody else's picture?
MELISSA: Look, I don't think grasping at straws like this
is going to help you figure out anything. I think you should drop
JACK: Maybe. Maybe you're right but I'm not going to stop
my investigation until I find out why Steve had my picture.
MELISSA: Jack why are you doing this? Why do you have
to find out about this stupid picture?
JACK: Because he's playing cat-and-mouse with me, can't
you see that? He's knows that I'm on to Billy Johnson and he's
trying to get something on me.
MELISSA: Even if you find out who Steve's brother is,
what could you do with that information?
JACK: I don't know! Maybe I could answer some of these
questions! It's suddenly become very important to me. It's become
very, very important.