SCENE ONE: SOMEHOW NICK,
HAS RESCUED EVE, AND THEY HOLD OUT IN THE ABANDON HOUSE. HE TELLS
HER THAT WHEN SHE IS STRONGER HE WILL TAKE HER HOME.
SCENE TWO: DIANA IS LOOKING THROUGH
SOME FILES. SHE BECOMES NERVOUS AND STOPS WHEN SHE HEARS JACK'S
VOICE FROM THE HALLWAY. IT SOUNDS LIKE DIANA'S SECRETARY IS PREVENTING
JACK FROM ENTERING DIANA'S OFFICE.
JACK: [Much of what he says is difficult to hear] Carol,
(indistinct mutterings).... No, don't get me anything. I just want
Vern. Jus.... Jus.... Come on! Just stop it, stop it. Thanks....
DIANA PUTS THE FILES AWAY AND WALKS AWAY FROM FROM
THE FILE CABINET, JUST AS JACK BARGES IN. DIANA NERVOUSLY TRIES
TO HIDE WHAT SHE HAD BEEN DOING.
DIANA: Jack, whatever you do, don't bother knocking.
JACK: Well, we're being rather formal aren't we? We're
not keeping any little secrets are we?
DIANA: No, but a little civility wouldn't hurt would it?
JACK: Alright, let's cut right to the chase. I just got
a phone call from a friend. A very high ranking friend in the Department
DIANA: So? What's that got to do with me?
JACK: Apparently it has a lot to do with you. He said you've
been doing everything in your power to get a hold of some very classified
information. Now why would you want to do that? (Beat) Well?
DIANA: Well, what?
JACK: Why are you collecting information.... classified
information.... from the Department of Defense?
DIANA: I'm working on a story.
JACK: Oh, really! What's the story about?
DIANA: Um, I can't discuss it yet.
JACK: Hmmm. Okay I'll bite. Why not?
DIANA: I don't have enough facts.
JACK: You don't have enough facts. Well, maybe I could
DIANA: Journalism isn't a team sport Jack. It's everyman
for himself until the paper hits the newsstand.
JACK: And what is that supposed to mean?
DIANA: It means that I am not discussing it with you.
JACK: Has it ever occurred to you that I have sources?
I have my own connections at DOD. If you're on to something I can
help you with your sources.
DIANA: Well, thank you and I appreciate the offer but I
don't think I'm going to need your help. Now if you'll excuse me,
I have a lot of work to do.
JACK: Diana, don't make me do something I don't want to
do. (Beat) Throw my weight around.
DIANA: Jack you may have controlling interest in this newspaper
but you don't have controlling interest in me. Now I can investigate
any story I please and that's exactly what I intend to do.
JACK CLAPS LIKE A SEAL AND MAKES SEAL NOISES.
Bravo, bravissimo. Except when you raise your voice it just doesn't
get to me. You see you have to remember that I'm a politician raised
by politicians and I know when something is smells fishy.
DIANA: Alright. Now what can I do to convince you that I'm
not hiding anything from you?
JACK: Show me what you got? (Beat) You can't do that can you?
That's alright, one of these days you'll realize you can't hide things
from me because I always find out. (Smirks) And I'll find out about
SCENE THREE: JO ASKS STEVE AND KAYLA ABOUT ORGANIZING
A DINNER FOR JACK. SHE THINKS THAT NOW ANJELICA HAS HER OWN BABY,
THAT JACK IS FEELING ALONE. AFTER MUCH CONVINCING THEY AGREE TO
COME TO HER DINNER.
SCENE FOUR: JACK FINDS ROMAN IN DIANA'S OFFICE. JACK
FEIGNS CONCERN FOR DIANA, BUT IS TRYING TO GET ROMAN TO BECOME SUSPECIOUS
OF DIANA. ROMAN DOES NOT BUYING HIS SMARMY ACT.
JACK: Roman. Look I'm glad I ran into you. There's something
I wanted to talk to you about in private. If that's okay?
JACK: It's about Diana.
ROMAN: Well, No, offence here Jack but I really don't want
to talk about Diana with you.
JACK: Oh but I'm concerned about her. I was wondering if
she was acting as strange at home as she is here.
ROMAN: Quiet down Jack. I said I don't want to talk about
JACK: She's involved in this mysterious story that's involving
government documents of all things. I tried to talk to her about
it and she bit my head off.
ROMAN: Is that a fact?
JACK: That's right. I thought that now with the wedding
coming up she'd be all wrapped up in that she wouldn't jump into
a major project like this. I even thought she was going to take
time off until after the honeymoon. I wanted to suggest it but you
know how she is.
ROMAN: This may come as a shock to you but you see I don't
make a habit of talking behind people's backs, especially ones I
plan to marry.
JACK: Well, that's right, you're her fiancé. That's
why I thought you'd be interested. If I were you I be concerned.
ROMAN: But you're not, are you Jack.
JACK: You're right, I'm not. Well, I just thought I'd help
out. Have a good day.
JACKS WALKS OUT QUITE SATISFIED THAT HE HAD LEFT ROMAN
SCENE FIVE: A SHORT TIME LATER JACK ARRIVES AT JO'S
APARTMENT. JO IS THRILLED JACK DROPPED BY.
Thanks for coming by.
JACK: I can only stay for a minute.
JO: I appreciate your taking the time. Let me take your
JACK: Oh, let me keep it on if you don't mind.
JO: Oh sure. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate
you wanting to help me get a new apartment.
Oh, you mean you've reconsidered. That's what this is all about.
JO: No. Not exactly but I have a counter offer. I'd like you
to have dinner with me tonight.
JACK: Wh.... you mean here?
JO: Yes. I'll cook.... I know it's not what you're used
to but it'll be good and it'll give us a chance to have a nice conversation.
JACK: Mrs. Johnson, look I'm sorry but I've got a lot of
things I've really mean to....
JO: Oh, you know. I forgot, I forgot to tell you. Steve
and Kayla will be here.
JACK: (Hearing Kayla's name Jack suddenly becomes interested)
JO: Yes. You'll come, please?
JACK: Well, sure, of course. Count me in.
JO: Oh that's terrific because I've got a brand new recipe
that I'm going to try out. Oh where's my cookbook?
JACK FLASHES A SATISFIED SMIRK. JO, IS OVERJOYED THAT JACK
AGREED TO ATTEND.
SCENE SIX: LATER THAT EVENING, JACK
SNEAKS INTO DIANA'S OFFICE AND SEARCHES HER DESK.
JACK: What have you got here?
THE PHONE RINGS AND JACK ANSWERS IT.
JACK: Hello, Spectator. We're watching you!
JACK: Yes, this is Jack. Who's this?
KAYLA: This is Kayla. Why are you answering Diana's
JACK: Well, Kayla, I own this place. When nobody else is
here, I answer the phones too.
KAYLA: Well, do you know where she is?
JACK: Well, um, actually I'm not sure. Can I take a message?
KAYLA: Yes, I suppose. You can just tell her
I called to tell her how my mother's doing and that she's alright.
JACK: She already got that message. Roman was here earlier
and as a matter of fact they are probably down at the hospital right
now, seeing your mom. Um.... Kayla.... I'm really glad that your
mom's feeling better.
KAYLA: Thank you.
JACK: When we get together tonight we can talk more about it....
KAYLA: I'm not going to be there, Jack.
JACK: (Jack is upset) I thought that we were going to get together
and have dinner tonight.
KAYLA: I have to work. I have to go. I'll talk
to you later.
JACK: Kayla, wait a minute. Kayla I thought that we....
KAYLA HANGS UP IN HIS EAR.
JACK: Oh, shoot....
HE PICKS UP THE PHONE AGAIN AND DIALS JO'S NUMBER.
JACK: Ah.... Mrs. Johnson.
This is Jack.
JO: Hi Jack.
JACK: Look, something came up. I've got to work tonight
and.... er.... I'm not going to be able to make it. I'm going to
cancel out. I'm sorry to inconvenience you like this.
JO: Oh, Jack. I planned....
JACK: Look, I'm sorry but I have to go right now. Bye.
AT JO'S PLACE JO TELLS STEVE THAT JACK WILL NOT BE
STEVE: What happened?
JO: He had to cancel. Business I guess. (Beat) Well, hey,
it looks like it's going to be you and me tonight, eh?
STEVE: No, it won't.
JO: Where are you going?
STEVE: Set three places on the table.
JO: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Steve?
STEVE: Listen to me. Jack is coming to dinner tonight. You
can count on that.
STEVE STORMS OUT.
STEVE: Why'd you do it huh? Why did you cop out on dinner with
SCENE SEVEN: JACK IS IN HIS OFFICE WHEN
STEVE BURTS IN.
JACK: Something came up Steve.
What came up? WHAT?
JACK: Look it's none of your business Steve when....
STEVE: It's my business when you treat my mother like that.
Now I'm sick and tired of watching you play her like a yo yo. One
minute you give her hope and make her think everything is going
to be alright between you two and the next minute you just drop
her flat. Now I'm getting....
JACK: I gotta go, I gotta go.
STEVE GRABS JACK.
STEVE: No, don't tell me you gotta go. I'm talking to you.
And you listen to me. I want to know how you do it man? I want to
know how you think you can play people like that? You pretend that
you're their best friend when you want something out of them but when
you're finished you just leave them out in the cold. Now why is that
eh? Why do you have to be like that? Did you ever take a good look
at yourself? You ever think that maybe that's why you don't have any
friends and family, eh?
JACK: I gotta go (Jack looks as if is affected by Steve's
No, you're not goin' anywhere. You listen to me. What is it Jack?
Is it all the fancy schools or all the money you have, the expensive
clothes, the limos, your father, eh? I feel bad for you about it,
about your stepfather. I really do. But that give you the right
to treat Jo the way you do. Now I don't give a damn what you do
with the rest of your life but you're going to keep your promise
tonight. You're going to go have dinner with your mother.
JACK: WHY? YOU TELL ME, WHY, IF I'M SUCH A HORRIBLE AWFUL
PERSON, WHY DO YOU WANT ME TO BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE, EH?
STEVE: BECAUSE I'M YOUR BROTHER!
JACK: (Startled by this) Huh?
STEVE: Jo...is your mother. She's the only person who still
gives a damn about you. She's the only who's holding on man. And
you're going to stand there and tell me that you're going to give
up the only love you've got?
JACK: (More affected than he lets on) Oooh! I'll go. Please
let's not make a.... (walks away, closing his briefcase) big deal
out of this, alright. It truly doesn't make a difference to me one
way or the other.
STEVE: Oooh, mama, that was tasty. Kayla doesn't know what
SCENE EIGHT: JACK AND STEVE ARE SITTING
AT JO'S SMALL TABLE AS SHE CLEARS UP THE PLATES.
JACK AND STEVE ARE COMFORTABLE, JO IS TOO THRILLED HAVING
HER SONS TOGETHER TO NOTICE. THOUGH DESPITE IT ALL, IT IS OBVIOUS
THAT JACK DOES ENJOY BEING THERE.
Well, thank you son. Did you like it, Jack?
JO: I remember when I use to work.... I remember that one
of your favorite recipes was standing rib roast so just took a chance.
JACK: Well, it's fine, it's really fine, fine.
JO: Thank you for taking the time to come over. I realize how
busy you are.
STEVE MAKES A FACE.
JACK: Ah, it really.... it was nothing. Ah, I'm glad it was
able to work out. The meeting wasn't a.... wasn't a big business meeting
after all (coughs). (Beat) May I.... may I get up now?
THEY WALK TO THE COUCH.
Absolutely. As a matter of fact, come over here. We'll have coffee
in the sitting room.
JACK: Oh, way over here eh?
JACK: Look, I tell you, I wish you'd reconsider about this
place. It's a lot tinier than I even remembered.
JO: I guess I'm kinda used to it.
JACK: Well, to each his own.
JO: Sit down, sit down. Sit please.
STEVE: I'm sittin'.
SHE JOINS THEM ON THE SMALL COUCH, SITTING BETWEEN
I know that this place isn't what you're used to and I'm sure that
that apartment you were going to put me in was much bigger but this
is home. It's home and home is where your family is and where love
is. Don't you agree?
JACK: Well, sure if you want this to be your home then
that's fine. It's just fine (Uncomfortable, but it seems more because
he actually likes being there than because he does not).
JO: That's exactly.... I want you to consider this your
home too because.... oh I don't mean to live.... but I mean to come
by and visit (Looks from Jack to Steve). (Beat) Steven, Adrienne
and me, we're your family. We care about you.
STEVE: Let me get that coffee alright?
JO: No, don't you dare. Don't you move a muscle. I'll do
STEVE: No, you don't have to do it. You've done enough. You
cooked that dinner there so just relax.
JO: You just sit right there, it's my job.
STEVE: What do you mean your job? You got No, job here. This
is your home. Look at you, you're all dressed up. You don't look like
a cook. What's the matter with you? Don't she look great Jackson?
STEVE: (Continued) Huh? And look at that pin? Isn't that pretty?
Where'd you get that? I've never seen that before.
JACK HAS A SLIGHT SMILE ON HIS FACE. DESPITE IT ALL THERE
ARE TRACES IN HIS EXPRESSION THAT HE IS LOOKING AT HER WITH LOVE.
JO: Well, this is the first time I've had a chance to wear
STEVE: Hmmm. Where'd you get it?
JACK SEEMS MOVED THAT SHE CHERISHES IT SO MUCH. THOUGH
ALSO EMBARRASSED BY HER AFFECTION FOR IT.
JO: I'm not quite sure. I went to the children's party at
Christmas at the hospital and Santa Claus gave it to me. It's very
JACK: Ah.... excuse me. I have to get back to the paper. I
have a lot of work to do tonight, if you'll excuse me? I've really
got to go.
JACK CANNOT TAKE IT ANY LONGER, HE SEEMS OVERCOME WITH CONFLICTING
FEELINGS. JACK RUSHES TO THE DOOR AND GETS HIS COAT. JO
JO: I'll walk you out.
JACK: I've really got to go.
JO: Jack, Jack.... Jack.... ah wait a minute. I want to thank
you. I want to thank you for coming by.
JACK: (Softly, his voice catching; nodding ) Sure....
STEVE HAS FOLLOWED THEM TO THE DOOR. JO KISSES HIM ON THE
JACK SEEMS CONFUSED BY HIS FEELINGS, AND DESPITE HIS EMOTIONAL
ARMOR LIKES HER AFFECTION, HE NEEDS TO GET AWAY.
SMILING, SHE CLOSES THE DOOR, BUT JACK STOPS OUTSIDE
IN FRONT OF IT, PUTTING ON HIS JACKET.
JACK: (Overcome with emotion, near tears) Oh, goodnight,
SCENE ONE: ANJELICA [NEW ACTRESS PLAYING
THE ROLE FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE A PERMANENT RECAST] AND HER
NEW BABY SON, ALEXANDER, ARE COMING HOME FROM HOSPITAL. JACK HAS
COME TO VISIT. ADRIENNE OPENS THE DOOR. JACK IS EXCITED.
JACK: Adrienne, Sis! (He kisses her cheek, runs around the
living room looking for Baby Alexander) Where is he? Where is that
little guy? Hey, come here.... where is.... boy I'm early aren't I?
Well, I guess I couldn't wait. I mean this is my first chance to
see my bouncing baby brother.
ADRIENNE: Baby brother?
JACK: Oh, yeah. And you can bet I'm going to spoil him too
and when Anjelica makes me the godfather, no excuse but to take
him out to every ball game there is, buy him anything he wants....
ADRIENNE: You're excited about the baby aren't you?
JACK: Oh, yeah. Alexander is exactly what I need in my life
ADRIENNE: What do you mean?
JACK: Well, I finally get a chance to be a brother to somebody.
ADRIENNE: Jack, you have a brother, Steve.
JACK: Um.... look Steve isn't exactly the ideal.... brother,
ADRIENNE: He could be.
JACK: Look, the ideal brother is somebody who will accept you
just the way you are and I know that Steve can't do that. Now Alexander....
Alexander is going to accept me just as I am. He's going to be good
for me and I'm going to be good for him. He's exactly what I need
in my life right now.
JACK: Mrs. Johnson, I didn't know you were here.
JO: Would it have made a difference?
JACK: If you're talking about Alexander, I meant what I
JO: Adrienne's right you know. You do have a brother.
JACK: You mean Steve.
JO: That's exactly who I mean. You know you two were so
close when you were little.
JACK: Huh, uh. Alexander and I are going to stay close.
Nothing's going to separate us. I'll see to that.
ANJELICA: Jack, what a nice surprise.
JACK: What do you mean surprise? I've been waiting for you.
ANJELICA: I bet this is who you've really been waiting to
JACK: Oh, you bet you're right. Hey, hey, I'm your big brother.
Hi. He's beautiful Anjelica.
ANJELICA: I think so.
ANJELICA: Mrs. Johnson, is everything ready for us?
JO: Yes, everything's all ready.
NEIL: Hello, Adrienne.
JO: Oh, no, no, doctor, let me take this for you.
NEIL: Thank you, Jo.
ADRIENNE: (To Justin) Hi. Anjelica may I see him?
JACK WATCHES AS ANJELICA SHOWS ADRIENNE THE BABY.
ANJELICA: Well, I bet I know who wants to hold him first?
JACK GETS A BIG GRIN ON HIS FACE.
ANJELICA: Yes, of course you. You did help deliver him didn't
JUSTIN: Yes, I sure did. Hello there, little Alexander.
JACK'S FACE DROPS AS SHE HANDS THE BABY OVER TO
JUSTIN. JO NOTICES HIS PAIN.
ANJELICA: I wasn't going to ask you this till later but I don't
see any reason to put it off. Justin would you do me the honor of
being Alexander's godfather?
JACK TURNS AWAY WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES. HE STANDS
THERE AS ANJELICA INSISTS THAT SHE WANTS JUSTIN TO BE THE GODFATHER.
EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM NOTICES JACK'S PAIN.
JACK: Hey, Justin congratulations. You're going to make a great
JUSTIN: Thank you.
JACK: You really are.
ANJELICA DECIDES TO TAKE THE BABY UP TO THE NURSERY
AND NEIL GOES WITH HER. ADRIENNE LEAVES AND JACK IS LEFT ALONE WITH
JO WATCHING HIM. ANJELICA IS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE NURSERY AND REST
BUT NEIL WANTS TO DISCUSS SOMETHING WITH HER.
NEIL: It's about your choice for godfather for Alexander.
ANJELICA: What about it?
NEIL: Well, in the first place I was kind of surprised that
you made the choice without talking to me first.
ANJELICA: Are you upset because I chose Justin as Alexander's
NEIL: No, but I think Jack might be.
ANJELICA: Jack.... oh no. I didn't mean to slight Jack.
NEIL: Well, from the look on his face I think he was counting
ANJELICA: I'll talk to him.
ANJELICA: I'm sure I can make him understand. Neil thanks
for mentioning it to me.
SCENE TWO: JACK IS DOWNSTAIRS
POURING HIMSELF A CUP OF COFFEE.
ANJELICA: Mrs. Johnson.
JO: Mrs. Curtis.
ANJELICA: Would you please bring us some tea?
JO: Regular or herbal?
ANJELICA: Jack, which would you prefer?
JACK: Ah.... either.
ANJELICA: Well I'm sick of herbal tea so why don't you brew
us a nice big strong pot of English Breakfast?
JO: Fine. Ja....
ANJELICA: And while you're at it why don't you make us a
few finger sandwiches too?
JO: Of course.
ANJELICA: I'm glad you're still here.
JACK: Actually I was just leaving.
ANJELICA: Jack please don't.
JACK: You don't have....
ANJELICA: I want to talk to you.
JACK: You don't have to make any kind of explanation to
ANJELICA: Maybe not but I'd like to give you one. (Beat)
I'm sorry. I never meant to hurt you.
JACK: Anjelica, I know you didn't mean....
ANJELICA: And I'm even sorrier that I didn't ask you now
that I know how much it meant to you. But I had my reasons.
JACK: Anjelica this is not necessary. Really it's not.
ANJELICA: Oh, Sweetheart, look I know you're feeling hurt
and left out but I want you to think of Alexander as your brother.
I mean that.
JACK: Oh, wait a minute. Anjelica you've got a whole new
life going on here. You've got Neil and now you've got little Alexander.
I really don't fit into any of this.
ANJELICA: But you can. I want you to fit into it. We both
JACK: Are you sure about that?
ANJELICA: Yes.... yes. (Hug) How could you not be part of my
life? When I think of all those ice cream
parties you made me throw for you when you were growing up. My hands
still get sticky just thinking about it. And all the Christmases and
the times I would drive up to your private boarding school for no
other reason than to sneak you out so I could take you shopping with
me. Jack, we've always been close and we'll always be close nothing
will ever change that.
JACK: Anjelica you know how much you mean to me. That little
guy up there, he means a lot to me now too. But we are really kidding
ourselves if we think that things are the same, that things haven't
ANJELICA: They haven't changed that much.
JACK: Oh, well.... er.... if you don't mind I'd like to go
up and take a peak at him.
ANJELICA: Sure.... yes.
JACK: I'll tell you one thing, if you're half as good to him
as.... you've been to me, he's going to be one lucky little guy.
SCENE THREE: JACK GOES UP TO SEE ALEXANDER.
HE KNEELS BY THE CRIB HOLDING A TEDDY BEAR.
|Jack talks to Baby Alexander, Jo
tells him to accept his real family;
3.15 min; 4.5 meg.
Hey there, hey. Hi. Alexander. I want to introduce myself. My name
is Jack and we're now going to be seeing a lot more of each other.
We're going to be close. We're going to be as close as two brothers
JACK GETS UP WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES AND BACKS AWAY
FROM THE CRIB AS JO WATCHES FROM THE DOOR.
JACK: You something, even if we're not blood relations, we're
going to be family. And if you ever have a problem I want you to come
to me and talk to me. Because we're going to talk. Are we ever going
to talk? Just like real brothers. Cause we're going to be a real family,
you and me.
JO: Jack, you're fooling yourself. I hope you know that.
JACK: Mrs. Johnson.
JO: We didn't get a chance to finish our talk earlier.
JACK: Well I really don't have time to chat. I have to go.
JO: I meant what I said. You're kidding yourself if you
think that this baby is going to make up for your real family.
JACK: It's really none of your business.
JO: Oh, yes, it is much my business. I'm your mother and
I've made it my business. Jack I know how you're feeling right now.
JACK: You don't have the slightest idea how I'm feeling.
JO: Yes. Yes I do. You're feeling very left out and lonely
and you're very angry at me. I know that.
JACK: Mrs. Johnson, I'm not angry with you.
JO: And I know.... I know.... that you hate calling me Mrs.
Johnson. I know that it's just a habit. So why don't you stop it?
Why don't you.... why don't.... why don't you just call me mama, please?
JACK WALKS AWAY FROM HER.
JO: Alright but it doesn't change things. You miss your family
so much that you are willing to reach out for some family.... a baby
that doesn't even belong to you.
JACK: You stop it. You stop it right now. If I want my stepmother's
baby to be my family, it's totally up to me.
JO: When are you going to admit the fact that you already
have a brother?
JACK: Yeah.... a brother who challenges me and tests me every
time I try to open up to him.
JO: Can you blame him?
JACK: When this baby grows up he's not going to challenge
me or test me. He will accept me for who I am.
JO: I accept you for who you are. But you've got to stop
this fantasy about this baby being a part of you. This baby is a
part of another family. You are a part of us. The Johnsons are the
only real family that you are ever going to have. You and Steve
are brothers and you're going to have to accept that and learn what
that means. Now you think about it.
JO WALKS OUT.
SCENE FOUR: JACK HAS COME DOWN STAIRS, HE IS LEFT HOLDING
A SMALL WHITE TEDDY BEAR, JO WATCHES ON, SAD FOR HER SON, THAT
HE IS HURTING AND THAT HE STILL CANNOT OR WILL NOT ACCEPT THE
JOHNSONS AS HIS FAMILY. THOUGH, IS JACK THINKING OVER WHAT JO
SAID. KENNY LOGGINS' "THE MORE WE TRY" STARTS PLAYING,
FIRST A GUITAR SOLO.
"Some lessons are forever;
Never need to change...."