SCENE ONE: THE NEXT
MORNING AT THE DEVERAUX MANSION, JACK COMES IN TO SEE HARPER AND
HARPER: Well I'm a bit concerned that he didn't come home
ANJELICA: Well here he is, safe and sound. You can cancel
your call to the Kremlin.
HARPER: Jack I'm glad you're home. I was worried about
JACK: That's a joke isn't it? I can't be your son.
HARPER: Of course I'm your father Jack. You know that.
JACK: Do I?
HARPER: Look I've always been your father. If anyone is
filling your head with ideas to the contrary....
JACK: Gosh dad, why would anybody do something like that?
HARPER: I have no idea. Maybe to try and hurt you. There
are some very cruel people out there Jack. People who wouldn't
think twice about fabricating ludicrous rumors at the expense
of others. It's all a lie of course.
JACK: Of course. Of course. It's funny though how defensive
these ludicrous rumors seem to have made you.
HARPER: Well how do you expect me to react? You come in
here spouting accusations, making outrageous statements after
being god knows where all night.
JACK: Save it Senator. Save it for your constituents.
Remember I'm a little more astute than your average audience.
I can spot the Deveraux press persona as soon as you snap it on.
HARPER: I assure you Jack that my feelings for you have
always been sincere. I should think you'd know that by now, that
you'd believe me when I tell....
JACK: God don't! You're not going to keep trying to deny
this are you? I've seen with my own eyes who I really am.
HARPER: If you're referring to those pitiful forgeries
of adoption papers, I've already told you that they're fakes.
JACK: Fakes! So I suppose that the photograph of Jo Johnson
holding that baby who bears more than a passing resemblance to
me is a fake. Little trick photography perhaps. What about Jo
Johnson's jewelry? The necklace and the earrings which are a perfect
match for my mother's ring. Fakes? I don't think so. And tell
me did Steve give me his kidney because he hates my guts? Now
there's a very interesting paradox for you and an amazing coincidence.
How we were such a perfect medical match. Maybe the medical records
were faked as well.
HARPER: I have no idea why Steve Johnson did what he did.
I'm only glad that he did it. As low as my tolerance is for that
man, he did save your life. Now as for Mrs. Johnson....
JACK: No don't! I can't take anymore of your lies. That's
all my life has been. Don't you see that? One lie after another
piled on and on ad infinitum. That's just a little snatch of I
picked up from one of the many prep schools I got for my Deveraux
name. So many benefits from my Deveraux heritage. My great Deveraux
stature. Fine and noble Deveraux breeding. Not to mention fine
oft touted Deveraux blood causing through my veins. It's all....
When all that I really am, Senator Deveraux, is your ex-maid's
son. Something truly to be proud of.
ANJELICA: Harper is this true? Have you been keeping this
from me all these years?
HARPER: Anjelica leave us alone. This is strictly between
my son and me. Your presence is not required here.
ANJELICA: Why don't I leave you alone?
HARPER: Do that. Now Jack....
JACK: Jack? Jack? Who's Jack? Let's drop the pretense
here for a minute shall we? Why don't we try on that other name
for size? Go ahead, call me Billy! I WANT TO HEAR YOU SAY IT!
Or would you prefer William? Or Willy? Or Bill? William Earl Johnson.
Oh I like it!
JACK: Don't, don't call me that. After all these years
of mendacity, I want the truth. I think that's the least I deserve.
Mendacity. Now there's a word that I bet William, Billy, Bill,
Johnson never would have used.
JACK: I told you not to call me your son.
HARPER: But you are my son. I've always thought of you
that way and I always will. Now when your mother....
HARPER: Camille, the woman who raised you, the only mother
you've ever known. Well when we discovered that Camille was unable
to conceive we were devastated. We both wanted a child so desperately.
We had so much love to give not to mention everything else we
had to offer so we adopted you.
JACK: From Jo?
HARPER: From the orphanage. I had no idea Mrs Johnson
was your natural mother. From the moment Camille and I saw you
we loved you so much. We couldn't have loved you anymore if you'd
been our own flesh and blood. I understand that you feel hurt
by all this. It's almost inevitable. That's why I never wanted
you to know the whole truth. I never wanted you to have to go
through this kind of pain.
JACK: Maybe if you'd told the truth it would have saved
a lot of people pain.
HARPER: Maybe. Maybe you're right. Maybe I made a mistake.
God knows I'm not the perfect Senator I'd have the world believe.
You have every right to be furious with me just as long as you
realize that I love you and you love me. The bond we share is
just as strong as that between any father and son, natural or
otherwise. And you know it's not going to end because of this.
The feelings we have go too deep for us to just toss them aside
like this. You do believe that my love is genuine don't you?
JACK: I don't know what to believe anymore.
SCENE TWO: LATER ON THE PIER, ADRIENNE
FINDS JACK BROODING ALONE.
ADRIENNE: Jack, Jack.
I guess you heard the news?
JACK: I guess we better drop the search for your missing
ADRIENNE: Jack, I'm sorry I ever got you involved in all
JACK: Don't. Don't try and take the blame on it. I'm at
much at fault as anybody. I wanted to find Billy as a way to get
revenge on your brother. (Laugh) What a beautiful plan that turned
out to be?
ADRIENNE: You really hate Steve, don't you? Jack why don't
you try to make up with him. For the two of you to just forget
what happened in the past, bury the past.
JACK: I really.... I really don't see that happening.
SCENE THREE: A BIT LATER
MELISSA FINDS JACK ON THE PIER.
MELISSA: Jack I was looking all over for you. I was worried
JACK: There's no need to worry about me. I'm fine. I'm
on top of the world.
MELISSA: Jack I'm sorry if I hurt you. The last thing
I wanted to do was hurt you. I know you're angry. It's only natural
that you would be. I only hope that one day you'll find it in
your heart to forgive me. To at least listen to my side. Dammit
Jack, don't you even care about me enough to look at me?
JACK: I don't even know how I feel about you anymore.
I remember how I used to feel. I trusted you more than anybody
in the world. And you have destroyed that trust.
MELISSA: Jack I did it for
you. I did it because I love you.
|Jack and Melissa, he wondered
why no one him enough to tell him the truth;
2 min; 4.5 Meg
JACK: Don't! EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY SAYS THAT TO ME! Everybody.
My father, my wife, my mother. Oh we love you Jackie, we do, but
gee sorry, sorry we had to lie to you for your entire life. (Crying)
I don't even know who I am anymore. My whole life's nothing but
deceit, a pretense. But it's okay because everybody who lied to
me did it because they loved me. I did.... Melissa, tell me something.
Why didn't anybody love me enough to tell me the truth?
SCENE FOUR: LATER AT THE
DEVERAUX MANSION, STEVE IS ARGUING WITH HARPER WHEN JACK ARRIVES
JACK: Oh no. I don't believe this! What are you doing here?
HARPER: Don't worry Jack I
was just about to throw this piece of trash back out into the
street where he belongs.
JACK: Thank you Da.... thank you Harper. I think I can fight
my own battles. Thank you. I know how to handle Mr Johnson.
|Despite Jack saying he never
will accept him, Steve tells Jack he is not giving
up on him;
4min; 9.2 Meg
JACK: So. You have something you want to say to me?
STEVE: Yeah. I um, I thought there'd been enough bad blood
between us and you know we've been pretty good at figuring out
how to hurt each other. I just thought maybe we could put all
that behind us and try to figure out maybe how to help each other.
You know, start from scratch.
JACK: Hmm. And why would I want to do that?
STEVE: Cause we're brothers. Does that mean anything to
JACK: Well I think it means that I will probably be getting
one more birthday card next year. That's June 14th if you want
to mark it on your calendar. Think you just missed it. But you
already know that don't you?
STEVE: What's the matter with you man? How did you end
up like this, huh?
JACK: Like this? I don't know. How'd you end up like that?
Maybe I like the way I am. Now if you have nothing else to say
to me I'd appreciate your leaving.
STEVE: You know it's just like you to turn jerk on me
when I'm trying to come here to try and fix things isn't it?
JACK: (Angry) JUST LIKE ME!
JACK: JUST LIKE ME!
STEVE: Just like.... that's right.
JACK: Look you're the one whose really following true
to form here you know that. Why do you think you always have the
power to always fix things? Here you go again, one more time trying
to play god. And I'm screwing up your little fantasy because I
won't dance around like a little puppet when you want to pull
on my strings. (Snubs his nose at Steve.)
STEVE: Jack just listen to me man because this is important
and you got to understand where I'm coming from here man. All
my life I loved you and I worried about you and I didn't know
where you were. I didn't know whether you were dead or alive man.
And then you get adopted. They take you away from me and you end
up here and you turn into a selfish little spoiled brat. That's
what you are. (Thumps Jack on the back.) That's what you are.
You're selfish Jack. But (BEAT) you're still, you're still my
brother see and I'm ready to.... I can just put all that aside
and I can forget everything. I'm here man. I just want to start
JACK: Get out of my house!
STEVE: Oh man. You want me to get out of your house, I'll
get out of your house. But I'm not about to get out of your life.
And sooner or later you're going to have to face the fact that you
are Billy Johnson dude and all your Deveraux money and your connections
and all this crap here is not going to change that!
STEVE: (Taking Jack's face in his hands.) You're still my
STEVE GRABS JACK AND HOLDS HIM TIGHT AS JACK
STRUGGLES TO GET FREE.
STEVE: Oh god you're still my baby brother!
STEVE WALKS OUT. JACK SEEMS TO NOT KNOW WHAT TO THINK, OR
HOW TO FEEL.
STEVE STOPS AT THE DOOR AND STOPS CRYING.
SCENE FIVE: THE SHOW ENDS WITH A
MUSICAL MONTAGE OF MELISSA IN HER APARTMENT HOLDING A PICTURE
OF HER AND JACK.
And I think it's going to rain today.
THEN JACK, ALONE, PICKS UP A FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH
OF HIM AND HARPER. HE THROWS
IT TO THE FLOOR AND TREADS ON IT TO BREAK THE GLASS. HE
STANDS ALONE CRYING AS RANDY NEWMAN'S VERSION OF "I
THINK IT'S GOING TO RAIN TODAY" PLAYS IN THE BACKGROUND.
Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
With frozen smiles to chase love away.
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today. Human kindness is overflowing
SCENE ONE: FOURTH
OF JULY. THE DAY AFTER JACK FINDS OUT HE IS ADOPTED, HARPER CALL
A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE PIER ABOUT FAMILY UNITY. JACK HAS BEEN
UP ALL NIGHT AND IS STILL IN THE SAME CLOTHES.
ANJELICA: You really think you can fool all of people all
of time, don't you Harper.
HARPER: Anjelica, please.
JACK: What the hell is all of this?
HARPER: Jack. I'm so glad you could make it. Come over
here for a minute, come over here. (Beat) I've called a press
conference to show we're one family, indivisible.
JACK: Laying it on a little thick don't you think?
HARPER: Don't worry about that. I'm just as happy as can
be that you decided to come here and join me today.
JACK: It's your press conference. I don't know why I need
to be here.
HARPER: Well with all the rumors flying around about us
I want to make sure we show everybody that they are totally unfounded.
JACK: Rumors, huh? What kind of rumors?
HARPER: When you're a public figure running for office
you live life in a fish bowl. Sometimes when you're the subject
of rumors you don't even know that you are the subject of them.
One thing I've found out in my long career is that you nip those
rumors in the bud before they become self fulfilling prophecies.
JACK: Oh! Like what?
SCENE TWO: A SHORT TIME
JACK: I don't think my participation in this press conference
would be such a good idea.
HARPER: Why not? No matter what anybody thinks, you are
my son and that's all that matters. This press conference has
to be held. We have to put an end to these rumors once and for
JACK: Why do we have to deny it in public?
HARPER: Jack, believe me when I say, reporters have been
calling the house every day. Pretty soon it's going to be all
over the newspapers. We have to publicly and formally deny every
one of these malicious accusations.
JACK: Well I wish you luck, I really do but I don't think
I'm going to be able to get up the old Deveraux spirit.
HARPER: Oh come on Jack, you've got to snap out of it.
Do you think that piece of paper changes the way I feel about
you? I've loved you ever since the moment I adopted you, from
the moment I saw you. You're my son legally and emotionally. As
far as I'm concerned you are my flesh and blood.
JACK: I know what you're saying, I do. You've been very
good to me and I'll never forget it.
HARPER: Jack, there's too much love between us for us
to just throw it away like that, for nothing. After what you said,
are you willing to do that? Look, I took you and I loved you when
you were abandoned by your mother. Are you going to abandon me
JACK: I will always be grateful to you. I will.
HARPER: Jack, you were raised a Deveraux. You will always
be a Deveraux in spite of what some dumb piece of paper says.
JACK: Being a Deveraux is all I've ever known.
HARPER: Then will you stick by me son? Will you stand
by my side at the press conference?
JACK: (With bitterness) Oh sure, why not? Count me in!
HARPER: Oh good, I can't tell you how much this means
ANJELICA: I couldn't help but overhear Jack. Well I think
it's very big of you considering everything that's happened.
JACK: I felt an obligation to the campaign.
HARPER: Years of love and loyalty can't and shouldn't be
wiped away by one big single surprise. I mean even if you aren't
my biological son, I still feel like you are my son in every sense
of the word.
SCENE THREE: LATER AT THE
PRESS CONFERENCE, JACK HAS CHANGED INTO A SUIT AND IS WATCHING
HARPER GO THROUGH HIS PRACTICE QUESTIONS WITH HIS ADVISOR.
REPORTER: Is it true that your son is adopted?
HARPER: What's the best way to answer that?
ADVISOR: Okay, we think the best approach is straightforward.
Now I think it would be good if you just said no and then if you
can just change the subject.
JACK LOOKS ON WITH ANGER.
HARPER: Alright. How's this? I've heard those vicious rumors
and I'd like to lay them to rest once and for all therefore I must
say they are groundless and not based on fact. Then I'll go into
how I'm sponsoring legislation on the floor of the Senate to make
it easier for people who can't have children on their own to adopt.
ADVISOR: Nice touch Senator.
ANJELICA: (To Jack) How are you doing?
JACK: Oh I don't feel so hot about going on television
and lying about this. That's how I feel.
ANJELICA: Jack, sometimes we have to do things we don't
want to do. But remember you're just bending the truth a little
bit. You're not under oath, you're just on television.
JACK: Do you think people should tell the truth only when
they're under oath?
ANJELICA: Who are you hurting if you tell a little fib?
No one. And if you don't do what you have to do you're hurting
yourself and your father.
JACK: What's the difference?
ANJELICA: Sweetheart, I know this is difficult for you
but you've got to make the best of it.
JACK: I appreciate what you're trying to do here, Anjelica,
I really do. But you don't understand what I'm going through here.
I just found out I'm not the person I thought I was. My entire
life has been a lie.
ANJELICA: I think maybe I understand how you're feeling
a little more than you think! Don't forget, I was lied to too.
JACK: It's not the same thing. The people that I thought
were my family are not. Instead, I'm related to my worst enemy.
ANJELICA: The only thing that is changed is your attitude.
Jack, your father and I still love you as much as ever.
JACK: I appreciate that. I really do. But things have
changed. It's not the same. I'm not his son. I'm not his true
heir. His true heir is that little baby whose inside you. That's
his true heir. It's going to be the child that he always wanted
that I never could be.
ANJELICA: Jack. This baby is never going to replace you
and don't you forget it. Look, politics is the art of compromise.
You have got to go on that press conference or you'll ruin your
father's bid for the Presidency. Unless in fact you feel so bitter
for him, that's what you want to do.
JACK: You know something, no matter what he's done to me,
no matter how much he's lied to me, I could never hate him. He may
not be perfect but he's the only father I've ever known.
SCENE FOUR: LATER AT THE
PRESS CONFERENCE JACK IS BEING INTERVIEWED.
Assemblyman Deveraux, is there any truth to the rumor that you may
not be the natural son of Senator Deveraux?
JACK: (To camera) Oh I'm glad you asked me that. It gives
me the opportunity to clear the air on this subject once and for
all. My father, Harper Deveraux, has raised me from birth and
taught me everything I know. He's the only father I've known.
REPORTER: Are you saying you weren't adopted?
JACK: Let me put it to you this way. If I'm not a Deveraux,
then I don't know who I am.
STEVE AND KAYLA ARE WATCHING ON TELEVISION AND GET
UPSET ABOUT JACK'S STATEMENTS.
JACK: I'd like to wish everyone a very happy July 4th and
as the Deveraux son I'd like you to pay attention to Anjelica Deveraux
and the new addition to our family. I'm sure the baby will be a
bouncing baby boy and I can't tell you how happy we are about it.
We will be one big happy family.
THE REPORTERS TAKE A SERIES OF PICS OF JACK AND
HARPER AS ANJELICA LOOKS ON. THE REPORTERS LEAVE AND JACK'S FACE
RETURNS TO ONE OF PAIN.
HARPER: Well son I think the press conference was a big success.
Thanks to you.
JACK: I did my best.
HARPER: You were brilliant. What are you talking about? Listen,
after the fireworks, why don't we go to Blondie's and celebrate
with a real old fashioned family dinner?
JACK: Perhaps some other time!
HARPER: Are you sure?
JACK: Look, I got the press off your back and that's what
you wanted but every time I had to refer to you as my father (Beat)
I couldn't stand it when you called me your son.
JACK: You know why!
HARPER: But it isn't a lie. It's the truth. I raised you
and I love you just as much now as when I first saw you. To me
you're my son and nothing can change that.
JACK: No matter what you say, it's changed.
HARPER: Take it easy Jack, don't be so hard on yourself.
SCENE FIVE: LATER A VERY
DISTRESSED JACK IS IN THE ALLEY BEHIND SHENANIGAN'S, THE AREA
WHERE THE PROSTITUTES HAVE BEEN MURDERED. STEVE SEES HIM.
STEVE: Hey, hey, what are you doin' around here?
JACK: Hi, how you doin'?
JACK IS ABOUT TO WALK AWAY
JACK: I'm just out taking a walk that's all.
STEVE: Are you alright?
JACK: Sure, just out walkin' the streets.
STEVE: I saw the press conference on TV man. It must have
been hard for you to lie like that?
JACK: Why can't you just leave me alone?
STEVE: I'm just trying to make conversation.
JACK: Why don't you try and make it somewhere else?
JACK WALKS AWAY.