date May 1989]
(Smugly) I don't know. What do you think? Do you think I can carry
SCENE ONE: A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER, STEVE AND KAYLA RETURN
TO THE LOFT TO FIND THE EARRINGS SHE LEFT THERE WHEN THEY MOVED
INTO THE HOUSE THAT NICK GAVE THEM FOR HELPING HIM. KAYLA KNOCKS
ON THE DOOR AND JACK ANSWERS WEARING THE EARRINGS.
STEVE: What are you doing Jack?
JACK: Me? I'm living here. I'm renting this place.
STEVE: You're what?
JACK: I'm renting this place. You got a problem with that?
(Long Beat) I guess not. You know actually I wanted to return these
to you by mail but the landlord said you were coming by so.... er....
thanks for saving me the stamp. Well, I'll see you.
JACK CONTINUES TO TORMENT THEM, AS IN THE PAST.
STEVE: No, wait a minute. I want to know what's going on
here. Come on Jackson, this place is not you.
Maybe I'm changing my image.
SOUNDING SARCASTIC, *BUT* THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME TRUTH IN
WHAT HE IS SAYING, BUT HE IS HIDING THIS FACT.
STEVE: Well, maybe I don't like the idea of you moving in
here. What do you think of that?
JACK: I want.... I think it's none of your business what
I do or where I live. Excuse me (Hurt).
JACK SLIDES THE DOOR SHUT. KAYLA WALKS AWAY AND SAYS IT DISGUSTS
HER TO SEE JACK IN THE LOFT. STEVE DECIDES TO FIND OUT WHAT IS
REALLY GOING ON AND BANGS ON THE DOOR. JACK IGNORES STEVE
AND LEAVES THE DOOR SHUT, BUT HE ALSO SEEMS UPSET, MAYBE EVEN
SCENE TWO: A SHORT TIME LATER JENNIFER ARRIVES.
JACK: Come on in.
JENNIFER: Alright Jack. I'm here. So what was so important?
JACK: Well, what do you think?
JENNIFER: About what?
JACK: Our new apartment.
JENNIFER: Our what?
JACK: I said I was going to take care of everything. Look,
Social Services said they needed to see where we live so now they're
going to see where we live. Mrs. Simms is going to be here in a
couple of minutes.
JENNIFER: No. I'm not moving in with Jack. You're crazy.
JACK: Then you can just kiss the baby goodbye. (Beat) Look
Jennifer. We're just.... we're just playing here. We're playing
house. You've played house before haven't you?
THERE IS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR. JACK EXCITEDLY RUNS TO THE DOOR.
JACK: Well, there she is. It's up to you. What do you want
to do? In or out?
JENNIFER: Answer the door.
LETTING HER IN. THEY ARE ACTING LIKE A HAPPY AND LOVING COUPLE.
THEY DO NOT SEEM TO NOTICE HER EXPRESSION, WHICH IS NOT HAPPY.
JACK: Okay, you got it. We're
coming. Mrs. Simms, come on down. Look I know the place looks kinda
bad, kinda beat up but we're pulling it together. Give us a couple
of months and we'll have everything fixed up.
SIMMS: I'm sorry Mr. Deveraux, Mrs. Deveraux but in light of
what our research has uncovered, I'm afraid the department has had
to reject your application of Hannah.
JENNIFER: What do you mean? What did we do?
MRS. SIMMS: Well, it's not you Mrs. Deveraux. It's what
your husband's done, to his first wife. I'm afraid the courts will
not give a child to a man who has pled guilty to assault charges.
I'm sorry Mrs. Deveraux but Social Services has an obligation to
the children first.
BEFORE SHE FINISHES, JACK SEEMS TO REALIZE
WHAT SHE IS GOING TO SAY. FROM AN EXPRESSION OF JOY IT QUICKLY
CHANCES TO PAIN. AS JACK LISTENS HE THINKS OVER HIS ASSAULT
OF KAYLA IN HIS MIND, WE SEE IT IN FLASHBACKS. HE HAS TURNED AWAY
SO THEY DO NOT SEE HIM.
JENNIFER: I understand.
MRS. SIMMS: You know your husband's past makes him completely
ineligible to meet our most basic requirements.
MRS. SIMMS LEAVES. JACK IS CRUSHED.
JENNIFER: Jack? (Beat) Jack?
JACK: She was right. It was.... it's never going to be over
and we're never going to forget.
SCENE THREE: A SHORT TIME LATER,
JACK GULPS DOWN A GLASS OF WATER. HE IS LEANING ON THE COUNTER,
AS IF FOR SUPPORT.
JACK: You know something? It doesn't matter
what you do or how much time it takes. You can't change. Nothing
will change it. And you can't just try and be sorry either. And
now we can't help Sally.
JENNIFER: Well, Jack I knew we couldn't fool everyone into believing
that we were really married.
JACK: That's not why she turned us down.
JENNIFER: Come on Jack, it would have happened sooner or
later. Look all we have to do is figure out a new way to help Sally
and her baby, that's all. (Beat) So what about you? What are you
going to do with this place?
JACK: Oh, I've got to hold on to it. I've sublet for six months.
But I'm not going to live here. I couldn't live here with everything
JENNIFER: It's cost you a lot hasn't it? The things
you did in the past.
JACK: No. No. It hasn't cost me anything. But I tell you,
I'm just kind of wondering maybe sometime in the future maybe I'm
going to meet somebody and they're going to come up to me and they're
going to say "Hey Jack!" and they're (sighing) not going
to remember me for what I've done. (Emotionally, fighting back tears)
They're not going to keep reminding me of what I've done. What I
did, back when everything was so crazy.
JENNIFER: You know after what you did to Kayla it's hard
for anybody to just forget, once they know.
JACK: I better get out of here.
JACK WALKS TO THE DOOR.
HE THROWS THE KEYS TO JENNIFER. HE HAS TO GET AWAY. HE CANNOT
SEEM TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. HE HAS TO GET OUT, TO ESCAPE THE ROOM,
JACK: (Jack tosses her the keys) Lock up when you're through.
AFTER HE LEAVES JENNIFER CALLS SOMEONE ON THE PHONE AND WANTS
THEM TO MEET HER AT THE LOFT.
SCENE FOUR: A SHORT TIME LATER, ALICE ARRIVES AT THE LOFT
AND JENNIFER EXPLAINS THAT SHE IS MOVING IN. ALICE ASKS IF IT
IS ALONE AND SHE SAYS YES. ALICE THINKS THE WHOLE IDEA IS TOO
SUDDEN AND WANTS DETAILS. SHE TELLS ALICE THAT SHE IS GOING TO
SCENE FIVE: ADRIENNE HAS ASKED STEVE AND JO TO MEET HER AT
SHENANIGANS. SHE IS NERVOUS, AND TELLS THEM ABOUT ALEXANDER
BEING JUSTIN'S SON. STEVE IS FURIOUS AND TOLD HER HE ALWAYS WARNED
HER THAT JUSTIN WAS NO GOOD. JO IS PREOCCUPIED AND IS VACANT.
THEY ASK HER WHAT IS WRONG BUT SHE SAYS NOTHING.
SCENE SIX: A LITTLE LATER, JO IS CALLING SOMEONE FROM A PAYPHONE
IN THE ALLEY. SHE ASKS IF THIS PERSON WAS STILL THERE, AND PRAYS
HE IS. IT SEEMS LIKE SHE IS CALLING A PRISON. SHE LEARNS THE PERSON
IS NO LONGER THERE AND IS TERRIFIED. JUST THEN. EARL JOHNSON,
WHO IS THE IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHER OF HER DEAD HUSBAND DUKE, STEVE
(JACK AND ADRIENNE'S FATHER) SHOWS UP. HE WANTS TO SEE STEVE AND
ADRIENNE AND HE HAS NO IDEA THAT JO HAS FOUND BILLY. HE ALSO BLAMES
HER FOR HER TESTIMONY PUTTING HIM IN PRISON. HE SEEMS TO ALSO
TO WANT HER, AND MAKES SUGGESTIONS TO THAT FACT.
JACK OVERHEARS THE END OF THE CONVERSATION AND THINKS EARL IS
AN OLD ENEMY OF STEVE. WHEN JO LEAVES JACK TALKS TO EARL.
JACK: Excuse me. Hold it right there.
EARL: What do you want? What do you want?
JACK: I think maybe you and I.... maybe have a little talk.
EARL: Who are you and what do you want?
JACK: I'm a friend. Look I couldn't help but overhear your
conversation with Jo Johnson.
JACK: So.... what would you say if I helped you find Steve?
I could help you out.
EARL: Keep talkin'.
JACK: Is my.... I get the impression that Steve wouldn't
be very happy to see you.
JACK HAS A DEVIOUS AND PLEASED EXPRESSION, THINKING ABOUT
USING THIS GUY TO GET BACK AT STEVE, AND MAKE STEVE LOOK BAD.
Maybe. So what?
JACK: So.... I think I can arrange a time and a place for
you to run into him. In front of his whole family.
EARL: Yeah, I'd got for that. Yeah, sure, why not?
JACK: Good, good. Why don't we meet back here in a couple
of hours and I'll pull it all together.
EARL: Two hours.
JACK: Two hours, right.
JACK: I'll see you.
JACK EXTENDS HIS HAND BUT EARL IGNORES IT.
EARL: I'll see you later pal.
JACK: Right. (Beat) This is going to be one party you're
never going to forget Steve.
TURNS AROUND TO SEE STEVE AND KAYLA STANDING THERE.
JACK: Howdy neighbors!
EMBITTERED BECAUSE STEVE DOES NOT WANT HIM AT JO'S PARTY,
AND BECAUSE OF BEING REFUSED GUARDIANSHIP OF BABY HANNAH ON ACCOUNT
OF HIS PAST, JACK LASHES BACK; HE SEES THIS AS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY
TO HURT SOMEONE, TO HURT *STEVE*.
JACK WALKS OFF AND STEVE IS SUSPICIOUS.
SCENE SIX: A LITTLE LATER JACK IS HAVING A DRINK AT SHENANIGAN'S
AND JENNIFER ARRIVES TO SEE HIM.
JACK: What do you want?
JENNIFER: I've been looking for you. We have to talk.
Forget it. I'm all talked out.
JENNIFER: Well, look this won't
take long. You know what happened with Mrs. Simms this morning?
JACK: I was there remember.
JENNIFER: Well, after she turned us down I thought that
I as going to have to tell Sally that I wouldn't be able to keep
my promise about helping her take care of Hannah but I came up with
the greatest idea. I can apply to be a single foster. In fact I
decided to take the lease on the loft. What do you think?
JACK: (Back to the old Jack; trying to hide how he really
feels: falling into cynicism to mask his pain.) I think that's the
stupidest idea I ever heard.
JACK: (Self-pity) You wanted the truth, you got it. If that
hurts? Too damn bad.
JACK GETS UP.
JENNIFER: Where are you going?
JACK: I'm going to get another drink at the bar.
JENNIFER: Don't you walk away from me. I have something
to say to you and if that hurts, that's too damn bad!
JENNIFER GRABS HIS ARM. JACK IS STARTLED BY JENNIFER'S SPUNK.
SCENE EIGHT: JENNIFER HAS JUST CALLED JACK ON HIS ATTITUDE,
You want to tell me the truth about myself? How can you do that?
You don't even know me.
JENNIFER: I know a rotten attitude when I see one.
JACK: Oh! Oh, you're going to give me a lecture on my evil
ways now. Please wake me when it's over.
JENNIFER: This isn't about your past. This is about what
I think based on what I've seen with my own eyes.
JACK: Huh, uh! Based.... on. Sounds like a
true cub reporter.
JENNIFER: Look I may not be the most experienced observer
in the world but I have you figured out Jack.
JACK: Got the headlines right now, "Gigdet outguns
JENNIFER: You know before we met with Mrs. Simms you were
really starting to get involved with Sally and Hannah. And now you're
acting like you don't even care.
JACK: That's right. I am. Because I don't!
I don't believe you. I think you're upset because of what Mrs. Simms
JACK: I don't give a damn what that old bag said.
JENNIFER: Yes you do or else you wouldn't be hanging out
in this bar right now.
JACK: I'm going to give this to you real simply. Buzz off
and leave me alone.
JENNIFER: Why don't you just admit it? You're embarrassed
about what Mrs. Simms brought up about Kayla.
JACK: We're not talking about Kayla.
JACK'S EXPRESSION SHOWS THAT SHE IS RIGHT. THAT IS WHAT HE IS
FEELING. HE REALLY HAS COME TO FEEL GUILT AND REMORSE FOR WHAT HE
JENNIFER: I saw how you reacted. You're sorry for what you
did to her.
JACK: Yeah, that's really big of me isn't it? Maybe I should
give myself a little round of applause for that, shouldn't I?
JENNIFER: You know I know why you act like this. I do.
You think if you show your good side to people they won't accept
it, they'll reject you. You're afraid of that. You're afraid of
JENNIFER HAS JACK PEGGED. JACK IS SURPRISED. BUT IT IS TOO
CLOSE TO THE TRUTH, AND HE DOES NOT WANT TO ADMIT IT TO HER
JACK: (His expression indicates that he is turning over
in his mind what Jennifer said.) You're out of your mind.
JENNIFER: Yeah, maybe I am but I'm right. Now I don't have
time for this anymore. I have to figure out a way to help Sally
SCENE EIGHT: A SHORT TIME LATER JACK MEETS EARL ON THE PIER.
EARL: I didn't think you were going to show up.
JACK: Don't worry. I got the whole thing set up.
EARL: Good. When?
JACK: Tomorrow night meet me here at the pier. 8 PM sharp.
Don't be late because we've got to see Steve's face when you come
EARL: Yeah, yeah. What is it with you pal? What's your connection
JACK: Look don't.... just show up here, alright?
EARL: I told you I was comin'. You're a real worrier, huh?
JACK: (He has an evil glint in his eye.) Let me explain
it to you. It's a surprise party and we have to be there on time
because you are the surprise.
SCENE NINE: LATER JENNIFER ARRIVES TO SEE JACK AT SHENANIGAN'S
AGAIN. JACK IS READING SOMETHING.
I'm back, Jack. Do you mind telling me why?
JACK: Sit down.
JENNIFER: Look if this is about an assignment, just give
it to me right....
JACK: I said...sit down. (Beat) I've been thinking about
what you said before and I want to know one thing. Are you really
interested in being a single foster parent?
JENNIFER: Of course I am.
JACK: Then I may be willing to help you.
JENNIFER: Well, I don't see how you can
help me out with Mrs. Simms.
JACK: L.... I have this little.... Look, I have a little
bit of clout in this town still. A couple of low level bureaucrats
who eat people like Simms for breakfast.
JENNIFER: Well, so you really think that I could
JACK: Yes, I think maybe we could swing it and I'm.... I'm
going to help out with the rent on the loft. But remember this is
not charity. This is a business expense and I expect you to write
about it. I think maybe we can squeeze four or five articles out
about the debutante and the baby.
JENNIFER: Oh, so this is strictly business.
JACK: Strictly business, yes.
JENNIFER: Have it your own way. (Beat) Jack....
THOUGH THEY SAY "STRICTLY BUSINESS" THEIR EXPRESSIONS
SEEM TO INDICATE THAT THEY WANT IT TO BE MORE THAN THAT.
PLACES HER HAND OVER HIS, AFFECTIONATELY. AND HE PULLS IT
JENNIFER: ....thank you.
JACK: Write me a good story.
JENNIFER: Don't worry. I will.
JENNIFER RUNS OFF HAPPY.
date May 1989]
SCENE ONE: JACK IS IN HIS OFFICE TALKING ON THE INTERCOM
WHEN DIANA WALKS IN.
JACK: Flo, I'm going to be leaving the office early. I've got
some plans for this eve....
DIANA: You're not going to be going anywhere. Not until
we get something straight.
JACK: Diana, welcome back. How was Hawaii?
DIANA: I want to talk about Cal. Why did you hire him to
JACK: Oh, that's why you're so upset with me.
DIANA: Oh, you knew that I was going to be upset with you.
That's why you did it.
DIANA: You are the definition of unprofessional.
JACK: Wrong. I did it because I was concerned about the
newspaper. Cal has a story to tell and I think that the people out
there want to hear it. Now maybe we should talk about who's being
unprofessional. (Beat) Cup of joe?
DIANA: Don't you dare try to turn this around on me Jack.
JACK: Diana, I know that you two were having some kind of
problems. But I thought you were bigger than all of that. I thought
you'd put aside your differences for the good of the newspaper.
DIANA: Alright Jack. Okay, if you think that Cal is such
a great asset to this newspaper, fine. Fine, we'll see about that.
But in the meantime I'm not going to have anything to do with him
or with his column.
JACK: Well, I was kinda hoping you could help him out. I
mean the guy's a rookie and he could really benefit from your experience
as a reporter.
DIANA: No way. This is your baby. You hired him, you're
stuck with him.
JACK: Don't make me pull rank Diana.
DIANA: Oh, Jack. You get an A for effort but you know what?
It's not going to work. Cause I'm not going to let you or Cal get
to me so it looks like this little plan of yours didn't work out,
DIANA OPENS THE DOOR TO LEAVE AND CAL IS THERE.
JACK: Oh, Lieutenant. Come in. I was just telling Diana all
about your new column.
DIANA: I was just on my way out.
CAL: Actually Diana I wanted to talk to you. I heard you
were in here.
JACK: Oh, well, look, you kids come on in here and use my office.
That's alright with me. I tell you what...I'm sure you have a lot
to talk about.
SCENE TWO: LATER THAT NIGHT
JO AND ADRIENNE HAVE JUST ARRIVED AT STEVE AND KAYLA'S HOUSE. THEY
ARE ALL DRESSED UP FOR JO'S SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY. NEIL AND MARCUS
ARE THERE WITH THE FAMILY AND JO ASKS STEVE IF EVERYONE IS THERE
AND HE SAYS YES, EVERYONE THAT WAS INVITED. THE DOORBELL RINGS AND
KAYLA ANSWERS THE DOOR.
JACK: Hi Kayla. Aren't you going to invite me in?
JACK WALKS PAST KAYLA. ACTING SLIMEY.
Happy Birthday Jo.
STEVE: Hey, hey, what are you doing man? Don't you remember
you weren't invited to this party? What are you doing here?
JACK: Look, sorry I interrupted but doggone I met somebody
that was really anxious to see you.
EARL JOHNSON WALKS IN AND EVERYONE LOOKS IN HORROR.
ADRIENNE: Oh, no!
EARL: Happy birthday, Josie darlin!
JACK'S GRIN OF SATISFACTION TURNS TO SURPRISE. HE NOTICES
EVERYONE'S HORROR, AND IS CONFUSED.