date April 1989]
SCENE ONE: THE NEXT DAY JENNIFER IS WALKING IN THE
ALLEY WHEN JACK APPROACHES HER.
JENNIFER: Jack, you nearly scared me half to death.
I'm going to do more than scare you if you don't have that housing
assignment for me.
JACK: The assignment I gave you yesterday, you remember?
JENNIFER: Yeah I'm sorry. I haven't even started it yet.
JACK: Uh, uh. Uh! Try again.
JENNIFER: Jack I was at the prison all day today.
JACK: Oh come on. I could make up something better than
JENNIFER: Look Jack, Sally is miserable. Her baby is with
some strangers who are keeping her for the money and I can't think
about anything else.It's not like I haven't tried.
JACK: Try harder.
JENNIFER: Look I know that you went out of your way to hire
me back alright but I can't change how I feel. And I don't know
what to do.
JACK: I do. Forget it. Forget the whole thing. Forget the
housing story and pretend it never happened and.... um.... take
another assignment. I have another assignment for you and it starts
tonight. I want you to cover the revival that's going on down at
JENNIFER: I can't. I'm sorry. I can't even think about....
JACK: Don't say, don't think, just do. And tomorrow at twelve
noon have the story on my desk or it's bye bye Jennifer. And don't
try to come back to me crawling and begging because I won't take
you back this time, you understand that?
JACK: Good, good. I'm glad we understand each other. Now
you get your priorities straight and....
JENNIFER: Look Jack, I am not giving up on Sally. Alright you
will get your article but my first priority is Sally and her baby.
I do not give up on anyone or anything that I care about
and there is nothing you can do or say to change that.
JENNIFER STORMS AWAY.
JACK: Yeah. I kinda noticed.
JACK IS IMPRESSED WITH JENNIFER'S SPUNK, AND HOW SHE
FIGHTS FOR THE UNDERDOG.
SCENE TWO: JENNIFER GOES DOWN TO THE PIER WHERE THEY
ARE SETTING UP THE REVIVAL TENT. JENNIFER BEGINS HER RESEARCH WITH
FAITH THE DAUGHTER OF THE GUY IN CHARGE, REVEREND SAUL TAYLOR. SHE
ENCOURAGES FAITH TO WEAR SOME MAKEUP BUT HER FATHER GETS UPSET WITH
JENNIFER AND WANTS HER TO LEAVE.
SCENE THREE: JACK ARRIVES JUST AS ALL THIS IS HAPPENING.
JACK HAS A SMUG EXPRESSION, HE SEEMS TO KNOW THAT THE REVEREND TAYLOR
IS GIVING JENNIFER A BAD TIME, AND IT IS UP TO HIMSELF TO
JACK: Reverend. Is there a problem here?
REV. TAYLOR: And who might I ask are you?
JACK: Jack Deveraux, Sir. Owner and publisher of The
Salem Spectator. "25 cents at your local newsstand."
REV. TAYLOR: Ah, a member of the press. Why didn't you say
so my friend? What can I do for you?
JACK: Well, actually, I was hoping to do a cover story on
REV. TAYLOR: Excellent. The more who know of our good work
the more souls that are brought to the fountain. My daughter and
I are at your complete disposal Mr. Deveraux.
JACK: Then you don't mind being interviewed by a reporter
REV. TAYLOR: Not at all. Any questions you like.
JACK: Well, actually I was going to have one of my staff
REV. TAYLOR: Well, I'd be very pleased to give your representative
as much time as he needs.
JACK: Well, I'd like to introduce you to one of my reporters,
Jennifer Horton. She's the reporter I was talking about.
REV. TAYLOR: You?
JENNIFER: I'm fully qualified, Reverend.
TAYLOR: I'm sure you are. My dear young lady. I hope you'll
forgive me. The pressure of setting up in a new town is my cross
to bear although that doesn't excuse my somewhat hostile behavior.
I just hope we can put all that behind us and begin again.
JACK: Well, there, all friends!
JENNIFER: You know, Reverend, I would like to interview
you sometime soon. I mean at your convenience.
REV. TAYLOR: Anytime, after Friday evening.
JENNIFER: Well, I'll be at the revival so maybe we can talk
afterwards. Great and it was really nice meeting to met you Faith.
JACK: We better be going. Let's run along. God bless you
JACK AND JENNIFER LEAVE THE TENT.
JENNIFER: Oh I suppose you're waiting for me to thank you for
helping me out with him, huh?
JACK: Only if the spirit moves you sister.
JACK: (Cont.) Hallelujah to you.
JACK WALKS AWAY. JENNIFERS WATCHES HIM. SHE SEEMS TO LIKE JACK,
SCENE FOUR: LATER THAT DAY, JACK
WALKS INTO THE STAFF LOUNGE AT THE HOSPITAL AND FINDS JENNIFER THERE.
JACK: (Imitating Gomer Pyle) Surprise, surprise, surprise.
JENNIFER: You following me around Jack?
JACK: No. I'm here for a board meeting.
JENNIFER: Oh good for you. And I'm here checking the volunteer
JACK: Did I ask?
JENNIFER: No but you were going to. Oh and then you were
going to ask me about the revival article but I can't get it to
you until after Friday so don't bug me alright.
JACK: "Thank you Jack."
JENNIFER: Excuse me?
JACK: "Thank you, Jack. For giving me that first assignment
and having the compassion to give me another second chance which
I probably didn't deserve in the first place. And.... for showing
up at the tent and saving my second assignment. I am waiting for
a thank you on that one."
JENNIFER: Thank you.
JACK: Well, so much for great expectations. Friday?
JACK: Hmmm. Well, since there's no typewriters around here
maybe I can give you a lift back to the newspaper.
JENNIFER: Actually I wasn't headed to the paper Jack.
JACK: No more crusading for Sally and the baby?
Yes. I told you before that Sally and the baby were....
JACK: Oh, oh, oh, okay, I understand. I'm sorry. "Truth,
Justice and the American way." "Don't give up the ship."
JENNIFER: Look I know that there is some way to get Hannah
away from those foster parents.
JACK: You are dreaming you know that. You are talking about
bureaucracy beyond your wildest dreams. You are just going to be wasting
your time banging your head against a brick wall.
JENNIFER: Look, Sally and her baby are not an assignment anymore
JACK: Well, yes that's one thing we do agree on.
JENNIFER: Great. Okay then we're not talking about work
which means I don't have to stand around and listen to this bull
JACK: (Jack is surprised and seems to like Jennifer giving
it back to him) Whoa!
JENNIFER: Look Jack, if I want to be depressed, I'll read
JACK: No, no, no. Wait for the movie.... (Jennifer's leaves)
Better yet rent the video.
JACK PICKS UP THE PHONE.
JACK: Hello, I want to talk to Dan Le Gant. (Beat) Danny, Danny,
hi this is Jack. I need a little bit of that legal voodoo that you
do so well.
Remember I was talking to you about that little baby, the ward of
the state, yeah, her name is Hannah Wales, yeah right, mother named
Sally. I want you to tell me how I can have her assigned to me as
a foster child.
SCENE ONE: LATER JACK IS
BACK IN HIS OFFICE WHEN HE GETS A VISITOR, DOYLE ARCHER
JACK: Archer, you said your name was.
DOYLE: Doyle Archer. My boss said he spoke to you already.
JACK: Yes, yes, he mentioned something about some real estate
he's planning on developing.
DOYLE: Yes that's right. What he was hoping is perhaps you
could write an article about him in the paper. Ah, here's a portfolio
JACK: Thank you. Have a seat. Yes, yes, this is very interesting.
Your boss has some big plans for Salem.
DOYLE: You got a problem with that?
JACK: Who me? No, no. But there are some people in this
town who are not as broad-minded as I am.
DOYLE: We've run across slow growth movement before but
it's taken a lot more than that to stop a man like my boss.
JACK: We'll see. Anyway thank you for bringing this to me.
I'll be in touch.
SCENE TWO: ARCHER LEAVES
JACKS OFFICE AND RUNS INTO CAL. THEY RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER. AFTER
A TALK ABOUT OLD TIMES, CAL GOES IN TO SEE JACK.
JACK: Enter. Oh, Lieutenant. Come on in.
CAL: Listen this won't take long now.
JACK: Have a seat.
CAL: Yeah thank you.
Thank me for what?
CAL: Well, I know that you're the one that put up my bail.
What I don't know is why. I mean Jack, you barely know me. I just
don't see why you'd put up my bail.
JACK: I may know you better than you think.
CAL: That's not much of an answer. I guess that's about
as much as I'm going to get from you right now, eh? Okay, look,
I'm going to pay you back.
JACK: Don't worry about
that. Please don't worry. I'm not worrying about it. Besides I know
that Diana would have bailed you out if she'd been in town. You
know that she's in Hawaii with Roman don't you?
CAL: Yeah, I knew that.
JACK: (Jack's expression almost seems as if he feels bad
and sympathizes for what Cal is experiencing) And that was where
you two got together.
CAL: Yeah, it was but once she gets there, she's going to remember.
She's going to remember what we had. She won't be able to deny it
SCENE THREE: A SHORT TIME
LATER ANJELICA COMES BY TO SEE JACK, SHE IS UPSET.
ANJELICA: Jack I have to talk to you.
ANJELICA: Ah, well, it's finally happening. Victor is moving
in on me and he's doing everything he can to get my baby.
Sit down. Sit down. Please sit down and tell me what has Victor
ANJELICA: Victor, it seems, has been financing Neil's gambling
habits and now he's calling in every single one of his markers so
he's going to get every single dime that Neil has so I now have
to go to him for support.
JACK: No that is a ridiculous plan in the first place because
you know that I would give you anything that you and Alexander need.
ANJELICA: Oh Jack thank you but I would never put you in that
position because that's what I did to Neil and look what's happened.
No, Victor is never going to do that to you.
SHE BRUSHES HIS CHEEK WITH HER HAND.
JACK: Look I can handle Victor.
ANJELICA: I know you can and I appreciate the offer but
this is my problem and I got myself into it and I will get myself
out of it.
JACK: How do you plan to do that?
ANJELICA: I only know one way I can. It's very risky and I
may lose everything but I don't have any other choice right now.
SCENE ONE: THE REVIVAL MEETING IS UNDERWAY ON THE PIER WITH
STEVE AND KAYLA SHARING THE LIMELIGHT WITH A FUNDRAISER FOR
THE COMMUNITY CENTER. EVERYONE IS ARRIVING INCLUDING JENNIFER WHO
IS THERE TO DO HER STORY FOR JACK AND THE SPECTATOR.
THE REVEREND ASKS STEVE AND KAYLA ON STAGE TO THANK THEM
FOR THEIR HELP. AS THEY ARE ON STAGE ONE OF THE TIMBER SUPPORTS
FOR THE TENT BREAKS AND THE WHOLE THING COLLAPSES ON TOP OF THE
CROWD. JENNIFER IS PINNED UNDER A BEAM.
SCENE ONE: JACK IS VISITING ANJELICA AND ALEXANDER.
ANJELICA: Hi, Jack.
JACK: Anjelica, I thought you were going to be in the nursery.
ANJELICA: Oh no, no, no. Well?
JJACK: How's the little fellow doing?
ANJELICA: Well, take a look.
JACK: Hey pal. How are you doing?
ANJELICA: Look whose come to see you baby.
JACK: Actually Anjelica, I came to see you.
JACK: After our talk the other day you left me a little
ANJELICA: Oh, Jack I'm sorry. I didn't mean to do that.
JACK: Oh really. Something up then?
ANJELICA: Well, not exactly. Not yet anyway, but it will
JACK: Huh, uh. Got some things in the works?
ANJELICA: Maybe I don't want to jinx it but who knows. If
things go the way I want them to, you're never going to have to
worry about me again.
JACK: Well, I don't worry about you. I just want you to
ANJELICA: Thank you sweetheart.
JACK: No thanks necessary. You deserve it. Both of you do.
ANJELICA: Yes we do. We both deserve it
and I think he deserves a little lunch right now.
JACK: Can I use the phone?
ANJELICA: Oh Jack, don't ask.
Good. I'm keeping an eye on a particular story which at this time
is only about.... eight hours overdue. (Talking on the phone.) Vern
Scofield please. (Beat) Vern, hi. Has Junior Miss gotten back from
the revival me.... what (Jack's voice changes)? Wait a minute. When
did that happen? (He seems very concerned about what Vern has told
him) Okay, don't worry, I'll be right down there. Okay. I'll be right
JACK: (Very upset) There's been an accident down at the pier.
ANJELICA: Jack what?
JACK: (Frantic) One of my reporters is down there.
JACK RUNS OUT TO GO TO THE PIER.
SCENE TWO: ON THE PIER,
JENNIFER IS UNCONSCIOUS AND TRAPPED. STEVE IS TRYING TO GET HER
OUT WHEN JACK ARRIVES.
JACK: Press, press, coming through.
COP: No one's allowed inside.
JACK: Look, I'm looking for one of my reporters. Jennifer
COP: I don't care who you're looking for no one's allowed in.
JACK LEAPS PAST THE MAN AND INTO THE COLLAPSED TENT.
JACK: Press, press. (Frantically call for her) JENNIFER, JENNIFER!....
STEVE: We need some help over here.
JACK: Jennifer. We got to get this thing off her. Come on let's
JACK FRANTICALLY TRIES TO LIFT THE BEAM OFF JENNIFER
WHILE STEVE STOPS TO STARE AT HIM. ALICE IS IN THE BACKGROUND FRANTIC.
KAYLA IS ALSO BY HER.
JACK: (To Steve) What the hell are you looking at? Let's move
STEVE: (To Jack) Let's do it. Come on. One, two, threeeeee.
All the way up!
ALICE: (In the background) O Heaven, let her be alright!
THEY HAVE LIFTED THE BEAM FROM HER. HOWEVER, SHE IS
STEVE: (To himself) We got it, Billy.
ALICE: Frantic) Oh.... Tom....
JACK: Oh (from the strain for moving the heavy beam and
fear for Jennifer's safety), where the hell's the ambulance?
ALICE: Oh, here they are right now.
STEVE: (To Kayla, he is out of breath too) Kayla, get the --
BEFORE HE FINISHES SHE RUNS OFF TO GET HELP.
STEVE: (Cont.) ....the paramedics.
JACK: Jennifer, hang in there Jennifer. Hang in there.
STEVE CONTINUES TO STARE AT JACK AS HE SHOWS HOW MUCH
HE CARES ABOUT JENNIFER.
SCENE THREE: JENNIFER IS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AND IS
STILL UNCONSCIOUS. JACK WAITS OUTSIDE HER ROOM AS ALICE, TOM AND
MICKEY LISTEN TO MIKE'S DIAGNOSIS.
MIKE SAYS THERE IS AN INJURY BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR
SCENE FOUR: ANJELICA CREATES A VIDEO MESSAGE
FOR JUSTIN, IN IT SHE REVEALS THAT HE IS ALEXANDER'S FATHER. ADRIENNE
WATCHES THE VIDEO WITH HIM.
SCENE FIVE: JACK CONTINUES TO WAIT OUTSIDE WHILE THE
FAMILY IS BY JENNIFER'S BEDSIDE. MIKE
COMES OUT AND JACK ASKS HIM ABOUT HER.
JACK: Excuse me, Mike.
MIKE: What do you want?
JACK: Well, I'd like to see how Jennifer's doing?
MIKE: Well, we don't know yet.
JACK: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Come on, tell me. Is it serious
MIKE: Since when are you so concerned about what's happened
to my sister?
JACK: Well, I think it's only natural. She's my employee
and a good reporter and I'm.... concerned. Actually, I'd like to
MIKE: Well, you can't. Family only and that's doctor's orders.
JACK: (Jack is hurt by his remarks) Whatever you say.
MIKE: Leave her alone Jack. It's best thing for her.
SCENE SIX: JACK IS WORRIED AND GOES BACK TO WATCHING
THROUGH THE DOOR. A BIT LATER MIKE COMES BACK WITH GOOD NEWS.
IT IS ONLY A SEVERE CONCUSSION AND SHE SHO ULD BE OUT OF IT SOON.
JACK OVERHEARS AND IS HAPPY.
MIKE ORDERS EVERYONE HOME TO
GET SOME REST. JACK WAITS UNTIL THEY HAVE LEFT AND GOES IN TO
JACK STOPS AT THE DOOR, SEEING HOW VULNERABLE SHE LOOKS, AND
SCENE SEVEN: IT IS A LITTLE LATER. JACK HAS BEEN IN
HER ROOM. HE IS LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW, THEN GOES TO HER BED.
HE LOOKS DOWN AT HER AND CARESSES HER HAIR. IT APPEARS THAT JACK
CARES DEEPLY FOR HER.
JACK: Hey, Jennifer. Look, we got a lot of work to do. You can't
just lie around like this all day. You better wake up. Look, I want
to tell you something, I've got a surprise for you so you got to wake
up real soon. (Beat) Okay.
JACK CONTINUES TO LOOK LOVING AT HER. IT APPEARS THAT
MR. DEVERAUX IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIS CUB REPORTER.