ONE: A COUPLE OF DAY'S LATER AT MELISSA'S APARTMENT. JACK ARRIVES.
JACK: Hi. Can I come in?
MELISSA: Yes of course. It's been a while since I heard
from you. I was worried about you Jack, especially after you ran
out on me last week.
JACK: A lot's happened since last week.
MELISSA: I was afraid I'd lost you forever. I didn't know
if you could find it in your heart to forgive me.
JACK: Melissa. You're the last person that needs to
be forgiven. (Hug) Melissa, I'm so lost now. I need you so much.
MELISSA: Jack, I made a terrible mistake keeping the adoption
papers a secret from you.
JACK: You were trying to protect me.
MELISSA: I know but it was wrong. That secret held you
and a lot of people from getting on with their lives. But now
it's out and we can deal with it as best as we can.
JACK: How do you propose that we deal with it?
MELISSA: By forgetting about the past and all the past mistakes.
It's time to let go Jack. It's time to move on.
JACK: Look I'm sorry. I can't just forget about everything
that's happened and just move on. There are too many things that
still need to be dealt with.
MELISSA: Not Steve and Kayla?
JACK: They happen to be on the list, yes.
MELISSA: Oh Jack come on, let it go. I can't believe you're
still holding a grudge against them. Please don't tell me you're
still planning to block your divorce from Kayla. (Beat) Jack you
have got to give up this vendetta against Steve and Kayla. Don't
you see what it's doing to you?
JACK: I'm sorry but that's just the way things are right
MELISSA: It may be the way things are but it's not the
way they have to be. Jack the sooner you realize that the people
you feel so much anger towards are the people who love you the
most, that's when you will be able to put all this behind you
and start rebuilding your life.
JACK: Look Jo and Steve....
MELISSA: ....only wanted what was best for you. Just like
I do. Jack don't you see, you're not destroying Steve and Kayla
by hanging on to your anger. You're destroying yourself and by
doing that you are ruining every chance we have of sharing a life
together. Would you do us both a favor and think about what I've
JACK: Melissa, it would be wonderful if I could just move
on with my life.
MELISSA: And I think you should just hold onto that thought.
And I also think in the meantime while you're figuring all this
out, it would be best if we didn't see each other. It's too painful
for me Jack.
MELISSA WALKS AWAY FROM HIM LEAVING HIM DEJECTED AND ALONE,
ANDN CONTEMPLATING WHAT SHE SAID.
SCENE TWO: LATER AT THE
LOFT, JACK ARRIVES.
JACK: Hello Steve.
STEVE: What do you want?
JACK: I want to see Kayla.
She's lying down.
JACK: Well, could I please speak to her?
STEVE: No, no. Why don't you just speak to me? I don't
think I want you speaking to Kayla.
JACK: You sure know how to try a person's nerves, you
STEVE: Would you just state your business and leave, alright?
JACK: I think I better just leave. But I'll be back so
do be kind enough to tell her that I'm coming and to expect me.
STEVE: You listen to me. (Grabs Jack) Don't you even start
JACK: Now, now....
STEVE: Don't you even start.
JACK: Don't.... don't get in an uproar. Don't rupture
anything. You never know when I might need another organ. Besides,
I'm going to need you here to, to translate.
STEVE: More of your garbage? No thanks, I won't translate
JACK: No, no, no. No garbage, no garbage. Actually I think
you'll be getting something that.... something that you've had
coming for quite some time. Bye for now.
STEVE: Better not be!
IS JACK SERIOUS, OR IS IT MORE OF JACK'S GAMES
TO HURT STEVE AND KAYLA; THEN HE LEAVES.
SCENE THREE: A SHORT TIME
LATER, JACK RETURNS WITH A LAWYER.
STEVE: Well Jack, if I knew you were bringing a friend I
would have baked a cake.
You can bake it later. You'll probably feel like celebrating later
anyway. Tom Reuben, my attorney. Steve Johnson, my wife Kayla.
TOM REUBEN: Mr. Johnson.
STEVE: Yeah. So what's going down here man?
JACK: What's going down.... is.... Kayla and our marriage.
Down the tubes that is. So if you don't mind I'd like to skip through
all the discussion and get this over quickly as possible. Tom why
don't you Kayla the papers and where we'd like her to sign?
JACK: What's she saying?
STEVE SIGNS FOR KAYLA AND EXPLAINS.
STEVE: She wants to know what's going on here.
JACK: Er.... you tell her that her husband has instructed
his lawyer (Beat) to give his wife an uncontested divorce in all
STEVE: This is for real?
STEVE: (Signing to Kayla) Jack has decided to give you
TOM REUBEN: If you'll just sign these papers, Mrs. Deveraux?
STEVE: Come here baby, come here. Sign these. Where does
TOM REUBEN: Here and here and....
JACK STANDS ASIDE IN PAIN AS THEY SIGN THE PAPERS.
STEVE: Jack, er....
JACK: (Jack is trying to choke back his tears) Please....er....
I'd like for you to tell Kayla that although this may be a very
happy time for her it's a very (Beat) painful moment for me. And
no matter what she might have felt at the time we were married,
I for one.... felt that it would.... felt that it would be for a
STEVE SHAKES HIS HEAD AT JACK.
JACK: Oh come on, what's the matter? Stuck for a few words?
Just.... I'll tell you what to do.... just.... point at me and
make the sign for.... patsy. She'll pick it up.
STEVE: Jack, Jack. Come on man. Don't spoil it like this,
okay? You're doin' the right thing here. I appreciate it.
JACK: I'm doing for (Voice breaking) her. (Beat) Tom are
TOM REUBEN: All set.
JACK: So the divorce is finalizing. It will be ready in a
just a couple of days. It's all over.... Miss Brady. Goodbye.
JACK WALKS OUT QUICKLY.
SCENE FOUR: LATER AT MELISSA'S
JACK: Hi, I'm back.
MELISSA: Jack, I was serious before. I think it's best
if we don't see each other until you work out your situation with
JACK: I know.
MELISSA: Well why are you back so soon? Did you make any
JACK: Decided, executed and in the works. The divorce
is over. In a couple of days, I'll be plain old Jack Deveraux,
bachelor at large.
MELISSA: Are you kidding? So fast? Is it true?
JACK: Ah.... no.... yes.... and yes.
MELISSA: Jack, this is fantastic. I can't believe all
our obstacles are finally gone and we can be together, after all
this time. (Hug) You do love me don't you?
JACK: Yes. Yes I love you.
MELISSA: Well I think this calls for a celebration. We
can go to that place we went for your birthday, the Zodiac Room.
JACK: Yes, ah, but I'd like to take a rain check. I've
been through so much today and lately.... I don't think I'd be
very good company. You understand?
MELISSA: Yes of course I understand. You can stay here
if you want.
JACK: Actually I think for now, I'd just like to.... I'd
like to be alone. Okay?
JACK KISSES MELISSA'S CHEEK.
JACK: I'll see you soon.
MELISSA: I'll be waiting for you. (Beat) Jack, I'm proud
of you and I'm really glad that everything's going to work out
MELISSA CLOSES THE DOOR AND JACK STOPS TO REALIZE THAT SHE
DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT HIS WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN DESTROYED IN
A WEEK AND WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.
SCENE FIVE: LATER THAT
NIGHT ON THE PIER, STEVE IS SITTING ON THE STEPS ALONE, PLAYING
HIS HARMONICA. JACK WANDERS DOWN.
JACK: Well I'm surprised to see you out here. I thought
you'd be out celebrating with my almost ex-wife.
STEVE: She needed a little time alone tonight.
JACK SITS DOWN BESIDE STEVE.
JACK: I guess none of us Johnson Boys was meant to have her.
STEVE: No. I was meant to have her man. I'm going to marry
JACK: If you say so.
STEVE: I do. We're going to be married and Kayla is going
to be happy. I'm going to make all our dreams come true.
JACK AND STEVE SIT SIDE BY SIDE ON THE STEP. THEY GLANCE
AT EACH OTHER AND THEN STARE AHEAD INTO SPACE.