[Air date 11-4-88]
SCENE ONE: JACK AND MELISSA'S WEDDING DAY. MELISSA
IS GETTING DRESSED WITH JENNIFER'S HELP.
MELISSA: I don't know what I was thinking when I made this
a morning wedding. Want to do me a favor?
MELISSA: Call and tell everyone we're changing it to this
JENNIFER: Melissa, you look fine.
MELISSA: I'm not supposed to look fine, Jennifer. I'm supposed
to look beautiful, ravishing, gorgeous.
JENNIFER: You always look like that.
MELISSA: Yeah right. Do you know if Jack's here yet?
JENNIFER: Yeah, I saw him talking to some reporters outside
his car when I got here.
MELISSA: Well, that's my Jack. Have reporters, will travel.
JENNIFER: You have to get used to that. (Beat) Look, um,
I'm going to call your hairdresser alright. I'll be right back.
MELISSA: Thanks Jen. Lesson number one when marrying a politician.
Always look good for the reporters.
JENNIFER LEAVES AND IMMEDIATELY THERE IS A KNOCK ON
MELISSA: Yes who is it?
JACK: (Disguised voice.) Is the.... um.... bride there?
MELISSA: Yes. Who is it?
JACK: (Disguised voice.) It's the um.... groom.
JACK: (Carrying a single red rose.) Hi, is the bride alone?
MELISSA: Yes Jack but you're not supposed to be in here.
It's bad luck.
JACK: Oh forget about that. Superstition this. This is a
very important day. This is the most important day of our lives.
(He kisses her.)
MELISSA: You bet it is Jack.
SCENE TWO: JUSTIN FINDS A
RECEIPT FOR THE HOTEL ROOM THAT ADRIENNE AND EMILIO SHARED AND HE
GOES THERE TO CHECK UP ON THE DETAILS.
SCENE THREE: MEANWHILE JACK
IS ABOUT TO GO INTO HIS ROOM TO GET DRESSED WHEN KRISTINA WALKS
BY. JACK LAYS ON THE CHARM.
KRISTINA: Congratulations on the big day Jack.
JACK: Kristina, wait a minute, wait a minute. What are you
KRISTINA: (Pushing him away.) You're almost a married man.
JACK: Ah.... right, right. Although I can't see how that
would make much of a difference.
KRISTINA: Don't you think it's time to stop flirting with
me and get dressed for your wedding?
JACK: Right..... You know I just had a.... really big idea.
I.... I need help gettin' changed for the wedding. Maybe you could
SCENE FOUR: MEANWHILE MARCUS
HAS JUST VISITED MELISSA AND DECIDES TO SEE IF JACK NEEDS ANY HELP.
HE OPENS THE DOOR TO SEE JACK FOLLOWING KRISTINA INTO HIS ROOM.
JACK: There's a button in the back here....
MARCUS AND MELISSA LOOK AT ONE ANOTHER IN DISGUST.
SCENE FIVE: THE GUESTS ARE
ALL ARRIVING AND GREETING EACH OTHER. JACK APPEARS ALL DRESSED AND
GIVING A SMALL PRESS CONFERENCE.
JACK: I hate it. That's all I can say.
If I'd had my vote we would have been married in a week where we
could have taken long walks in the country, sat and watch the leaves
fall, stayed up all night in front of the fireplace just talking....
REPORTER: So.... it wasn't your idea to get married the
week before the election?
JACK: No, I'd have to say that's Melissa's responsibility.
REPORTER: Where are you going on your honeymoon?
JACK: Well, I'd like to go to Montana. But, I think Melissa's
booked us into..... whe..... Europe!
REPORTER: So you won't be spending your dollars in the US?
JACK REALIZING THIS COULD BE USED AGAINST HIM, TRIES
TO THINK OF SOMETHING TO SAY.
JACK SEES JO, AND THINKING ON HIS FEET CALLS HER OVER
TO DISTRACT THE REPORTERS FROM THEIR QUESTION.
JACK: (Cont.) ....Mom? Mother, over here. Look she just
got here, my mother. Let me introduce you. (Pretending to be the
dutiful son) I was getting worried about you.
JACK USES HER TO POSE FOR PICTURES. JO IS THRILLED THAT HE
IS ACKNOWLEDGING HER.
JO: Oh well, I couldn't get my hair to do right.
JACK: Oh your hair's beautiful. You look beautiful.
REPORTER: Mrs. Johnson.
JACK: Now, now. Mrs. Johnson, my mother is a guest at the wedding
and she doesn't need to answer any questions.
MARCUS CALLS EVERYONE TO THEIR SEATS.
JO: (Maternally fiddling with his shirt and bow tie, so proud
of him) Oh, Son you look absolutely wonderful today.
JACK: Thank you. Thank you.
JO: Wait a minute. Wait a minute here. Now you may not
have anything to say to me today young man but I was in the middle
of telling you how very proud I am of you and how happy I am for
JO HUGS HIM. DESPITE IT, JACK SEEMS TO A LITTLE PLEASED BY
JO: (Cont.) ....And how much I love you.
ANJELICA AND NEIL ARRIVE, AND ANJELICA CALLS TO THEM.
ANJELICA: Darling, never fear, we're here.
NEIL: It's my fault. I got tied up.
JACK: (Ignoring Jo) Hey look it's just my wedding day. Don't
worry about it. But I'm glad you came Neil, thank you.
ANJELICA: You are making a very important move here darling.
JACK: Speaking of big moves, I understand I'm not the only
one to go on a honeymoon? So congratulations. Neil, when's the big
NEIL: Well we haven't set a date. It would have to be soon.
JACK: I.... I'll see you later okay.
JACK LEAVES AND JO IS LEFT WITH ANJELICA AND NEIL.
SHE IS UPSET OVER THEIR WEDDING PLANS AND SHE BEGINS TO CRY. SHE
SAYS THAT IT IS A MOTHER'S TEARS BECAUSE JACK IS SO BEAUTIFUL WHEN
HE IS DRESSED UP.
SCENE SIX: THE GUESTS ALL TAKE THEIR SEATS
INCLUDING KRISTINA. JACK ENTERS THE CHURCH AND WINKS AT KRISTINA.
AS THE WEDDING PARTY ENTERS JACK IS SMILING. MARCUS WALKS JO TO
HER SEAT. MIKE WALKS MAGGIE. JOINS HIM. JENNIFER WALKS DOWN
SHE IS FOLLOWED BY ADRIENNE, JUSTIN, FURIOUS UPON DISCOVERING
SHE HAD BEEN TO THE MOTEL WITH EMILIO, GLARES AT HER. FINALLY, MELISSA
BEGINS WALKING DOWN WITH MICKEY. JACK, PLAYING THE HAPPY GROOM,
SMILES AT HER, LOOKING AS IF HE REALLY IS IN LOVE HER.
MINISTER: Jack, will you take this woman to be your wife, to
live together after god's holy ordinance? Will you love her, honor
her, comfort her and support her, forsaking all others as long as
you both shall live?
SCENE SEVEN: THE CEREMONY BEGINS. AS THE MINISTER BEGINS READING
MELISSA GAZES ACROSS AT JACK. THEN THE VOWS BEGIN.
MEANWHILE, THE GUESTS REACT DIFFERENTLY. MAGGIE AND MICKEY LOOK
AT EACH OTHER, OBVIOUSLY NOT THRILLED THAT MELISSA IS GOING THROUGH
WITH THE WEDDING. JUSTIN WATCHES ADRIENNE, AND EXHAILS DEEPLY,
HURT AND FURIOUS OVER WHAT HE DISCOVERED. ANJELICA LOOKS OVER
AT NEIL. MIKE DOES NOT LOOK HAPPY, WHETHER NOT PLEASED WITH THE
WEDDING, OR HIS OWN ROMANTIC PROBLEMS, OR BOTH.
JACK: I will.
MINISTER: Melissa, will you take this man to be your husband,
to live together after god's holy ordinance? Will you love him,
honor him, comfort him and support him, forsaking all others as
long as you both shall live?
[Air date 11-7-88]
SCENE ONE: THE WEDDING OF JACK
AND MELISSA IS UNDERWAY.
|Jack and Melissa's wedding, Part
II: Melissa dumps Jack at the altar.
2:55 Min; 6.4 Meg
MINISTER: Melissa will you take this man Jack to be your
husband? To live together after god's holy ordinance? Will you love
him, honor him, comfort him, forsaking all others as long as you
both shall live?
MELISSA IS SILENT.
JACK: (Whisper) Sweetheart, it's okay if you just say, I will.
MELISSA: Could you please repeat the question?
MINISTER: Of course. Will you take this man, Jack Deveraux,
to be your husband? Will you love him....
THE GUESTS ALL GASP. JACK IS STUNNED. A CAMERA
MELISSA: No I won't.
JACK: Melissa, are you alright?
MELISSA: I am now Jack.
MELISSA GOES TO WALK AWAY.
(Grabbing her hands) Wai.... Are you crazy? What are you doing?
MELISSA: Yes Jack, I was crazy. I believed you. All those
times you said you loved me, I believed you.
JACK: Melissa, I think maybe we could....
MELISSA: Yes, I think crazy is the best word for what I
was. I was crazy in love with you. I couldn't see straight and you
knew it Jack and you took advantage of it.
JACK: Melissa I think maybe we could talk about this in
private if you know what I mean. Private!
MELISSA: Why? It's just family and friends here isn't it?
Just the people who are nearest and dearest to us Jack. Well they
all want to hear the truth. What's wrong with telling the truth
Jack? I'm sorry. Have you forgotten how?
JACK: (Quietly) Why are you doing this to me?
MELISSA: You know that's what I keep asking myself Jack.
What did I ever do to make you treat me like I was nothing? All
I ever did to you was love you.
JACK: Okay, I get the point....
I loved you and you used me Jack. I cared about you. I believed
all of your phony excuses. I forgave you for everything. And all
you wanted was to win an election against my father.
JACK: That's not true.
MELISSA: I was your ticket. Yeah, good old Melissa was pretty
convenient wasn't she? I don't know if you ever loved me....
JACK: I.... that is not true.... I....
MELISSA: Look I don't want to hear what you have to say
about it Jack because I wouldn't believe you anyway. As far as I'm
concerned you are a consummate liar.
JACK: That's enough Melissa.
MELISSA: You're a manipulator....
JACK: I said that is enough, Melissa.
MELISSA: .... and it would be fine with me if I NEVER see your
MELISSA THROWS HER BOUQUET AT JACK AND WALKS BACK
DOWN THE AISLE. JACK, FURIOUS, THROWS THE FLOWERS TO THE GROUND.
MICKEY AND THE HORTON FAMILY CHEER. HE THEN FOLLOWS MELISSA
OUT OF THE CHURCH.
JACK: Melissa, wait a minute. What happened in there? What
are you doing?
MELISSA: I'm waking up Jack. Maybe I'm growing up.
JACK: Maybe you don't understand what happened.
MELISSA: Oh you bet I do. I decided to look out for myself
for a change. I decided that I'm worth something and I deserve to
be happy and I definitely deserve someone better than you Jack.
said these are our honeymoon tickets. (She removes two airline tickets
from Jack's pocket.)
JACK: Ah.... ye.... yes.
MELISSA: Oh good, I've always wanted to go to Europe. Thank
you Jack. This one's yours?
MELISSA: Get a refund. (She rips his ticket into pieces.)
THE PRESS COME RUNNING OUT OF THE CHURCH ALONG WITH
MOST OF THE GUESTS.
MICKEY: Melissa are you alright?
MELISSA: I've never been better dad.
REPORTER: Mr. Deveraux.
JACK: I can't.... please.... I can't.... I can't talk right
MELISSA TELLS THE PRESS THAT SHE IS READY TO GIVE
A STATEMENT. SHE PROCEEDS TO TELL THEM THAT SHE FEELS HER FATHER
IS THE PERSON THAT THE PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR.
SCENE TWO: THE HORTON FAMILY GATHER AROUND MELISSA AND GLOAT
WHILE JACK STANDS ALONE COMPLETELY DEVASTATED.
JACK: No comment.
MELISSA SAYS THAT THE RECEPTION IS OFF BUT SHE INVITES EVERYONE
BACK TO HAVE A BIG PARTY.
SCENE THREE: JO GOES OUT TO SPEAK TO
JACK WHO IS COMPLETELY ALONE AND CRYING.
JACK: What do you want?
JO: I'm so sorry.
JACK: Look, could you just leave me alone please?
JO: Jack, could you let me just maybe....
JACK: Please, just leave me alone!
ANJELICA JOINS THEM.
ANJELICA: I think that's your cue Josephine.
JO: I wasn't speaking to you.
ANJELICA: Read my lips Mrs. Johnson. TAKE A HIKE! This is
a family matter and you don't belong here.
JO WALKS AWAY.
ANJELICA: Are you alright?
JACK: (Cynical laugh) What kind of a question is that? Of course
I'm not alright!
JACK STARTS TO LEAVE BUT COMES FACE TO FACE WITH MELISSA.
ANJELICA: Coming Jack?
JACK: Alright, I've just got to get out of here.
HE HURRIES PAST MELISSA AND OUT OF THE CHURCH.
SCENE FOUR: MELISSA AND SOME
OF THE GUESTS GO TO BLONDIE'S FOR A FAREWELL PARTY FOR MELISSA.
JENNIFER TELLS MELISSA THAT SHE HAS GUTS TO DO WHAT SHE DID.
SCENE FIVE: BACK AT THE DEVERAUX MANSION
JACK IS LOOKING AT THE WEDDING RING.
ANJELICA AND NEIL JOIN HIM, TRYING TO COMFORT HIM.
ANJELICA: Jack, please just tell me you're alright?
JACK: I'm alright, Anjelica. You know how I thrive on public
humiliation and political suicide? Hell, person
rejection is mother's milk to me.
NEIL: Jack, I know there's nothing anyone can say to you
JACK: But you are going to say something anyway. Just give
it a shot.
NEIL: Jack, if you need anything let me know. Anjelica,
I'll see you.
JACK: Just take two and call me in the morning, Doc. Don't
you realize the patient is dead? Just pull up the sheet and cart
ANJELICA: Please stop it.
JACK: Oh Anjelica, what's the matter? A little self pity
make you feel queasy?
ANJELICA: Well you know you're better off without Melissa.
JACK: Oh cut the crap Anjelica! We were friends, that's
all. But you had this brilliant idea we should get married and it
would clinch the election!
ANJELICA: Well how was supposed to know the little prima
donna was going to pull a scene like that? She's scared to cross
the street on a green light!
JACK: What's that supposed to be? An apology for a bad political
advice? Or maybe just something to ease a broken heart.
ANJELICA: I'm sorry Jack, I'm sorry. It seemed like a good
idea at the time. It backfired.
JACK: Well you could put it that way, yes.... yes.
ANJELICA: Jack, I don't know what else to say. Look maybe
it won't have any effect. It's so close to the election, maybe people
JACK: Huh, uh.
BUTLER: Mrs. Johnson, Sir.
SCENE SIX: A SHORT TIME LATER
JACK IS POURING HIMSELF A DRINK WHEN JO ARRIVES.
JACK BEGINS TO LAUGH.
JACK: Go ahead, just give it your best shot. This must be
national Get It Off Your Chest Day.
JO: Please, please.
JACK: So please just go.... go ahead.
JO: Don't try to pretend with me because I know exactly
what you're going through. I was there. I saw how you were when
Kayla left and then Harper, he turned his back on you with all of
those lies and now Melissa....
JACK: Is there a point to this?
And me? I know you think I betrayed you when I put you up for adoption
JACK: Oh no, no, please. I feel bad enough without having
to dredge up all that ancient history.
JO: You think that nobody loves you. (Beat) Well I know
how to deal with that. I understand that because I know what it's
like. I know what it's like to be alone with these commitments that
I have made and bad decisions. Some that I didn't have anything
to do with. I understand that. But son, you brought this on yourself.
Now my heart goes out to you but you brought this on yourself.
JACK: (Drunk) You.... you think that.... wait a minute....
this is all.... (insultingly imitating a lower class, Southern accent)
this is all for my good is that right? Let me get this straight,
you're just tryin' to raise your Billy Boy right, is that it?....
JO: Don't talk to me like that.
JACK: Oh, well if you don't like the heat, get out the damn
kitchen! (Laughs then goes quiet.) Just get out and leave me alone!
JO: Alright, I'll go but sooner or later, Jack, you
are going to have to deal with your behavior and sooner or later
you are going to have to deal with the fact that I am your mother,
faults and all.
JACK IS EMOTIONALLY CHOCKED UP, AND TRYING TO HOLD BACK
HIS EMOTIONS. HE HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN AFFECTED BY WHAT HAPPENED WITH
MELISSA, AND WHAT JO IS SAYING
JO: (Cont.) And you're going to have to deal with
the fact that I love you.... faults and all. And I hope that you
can find out what is important in life before it's too late and
you end up old, and alone.
JO LEAVES, AND JACK CHOKES BACK A SOB, FELLING LOST AND ALONE,
AND MAYBE, FINALLY REALIZING ALL THE THINGS HE HAS DONE HAS BROUGHT
HIM TO THIS POINT, AND THAT JO IS RIGHT.