date late-May 1989]
SCENE ONE: TWO DAYS LATER JACK'S ARTICLE APPEARS IN
THE SPECTATOR. TITLED "HE DID IT FOR LOVE,"IT SCARES
DIANA BECAUSE SHE STARTS TO RECALL WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AND REMEMBER
THAT SHE WAS THE ONE WHO SHOT ROMAN.
SCENE TWO: JENNIFER IS AT
THE LOFT GETTING READY FOR WORK. SHE IS WAITING FOR ALICE TO ARRIVE
TO MIND HANNAH. THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.
JENNIFER: Granma, I love you, I'm so glad you
SHE OPENS THE DOOR TO SEE JACK LEANING THERE.
JENNIFER: Oh, it's you.
JACK: Yes, just me.
JENNIFER: I was expecting somebody else. What
are you doing here Jack?
JACK: I'm checking on the transit story. I
wanted to see if it was ready.
JENNIFER: It's not. I have one more interview
that I have to do.
You're not going to make the deadline are you?
JENNIFER: No, not if I have to stand here talking
to you I won't.
JACK: I'm not the problem Jennifer. The problem
is the kid.
JENNIFER: Hannah is not a problem. I love taking
care of her.
JACK: Why don't you face the facts? You're
not going to be able to be a working mother. You can't work and
take care of the baby.
JENNIFER: Look I know this isn't as easy as
I thought it was going be but I'll manage. You'll see.
JACK: (Feigning this attitude because he wants
to prepare Jennifer, he does not want to see her hurt.) You're fooling
yourself. You're screwing up your whole life for the kid.
JENNIFER: I don't care. Hannah's worth
THE PHONE RINGS AND JENNIFER ANSWERS IT.
JENNIFER: Hello. (Beat) Well, I can't possibly be there in....
yes, I understand.
SHE HANGS UP.
JENNIFER: I can't believe that this is happening.
JACK: What? What's happened?
If I don't get to City Hall in 20 minutes the whole interview is
off. My grandmother's not here. I can't leave Hannah alone. What
am I supposed to do Jack?
JACK: Relax. Just relax. I'll rock the cradle
till Gram gets here.
JENNIFER: Really? You wouldn't mind?
JACK: I'd mind it a lot more if you miss out
on this interview. Go on, get out of here.
JENNIFER: Thank you so much. I won't forget
JACK: Don't worry. I won't let you.
JENNIFER LEAVES AND JACK WALKS OVER TO
TALK TO HANNAH.
HE BENDS OVER THE STROLLER.
JACK: I'm going to give you ten big ones, ten big ones (Flashing
ten with his fingers), if you sleep until your foster grandmother
gets here. In fact I'll give you twenty big ones (Flashing twenty
with his fingers) if you leave me off of diaper detail.
THE PHONE RINGS.
JACK: (Speaking rapidly at first.) Remember that okay. (Beat) Jennifer Horton.
Hello she's not here, let me take a message. Well, this must be Social
Services. You're wondering about the baby right? Oh, me? (Speaking
in a deep voice) I'm Dr. Mike Horton. I'm Jennifer's sister.... I
mean brother. (His voice changes, and so does his expression) Ah,
What? When? Look I mean you're not serious. They don't really have
the right to do that do they?
ALICE COMES IN THE DOOR. SHE IS NOT PLEASED TO SEE
JACK: You're sorry about it. You're not going to be the only
one who's sorry about it.
HE HANGS UP.
JACK: (Hurting) This is going to kill Jennifer.
SCENE THREE: JACK HAS JUST DISCOVERED THAT
JENNIFER IS GOING TO LOSE HANNAH. HE DOES NOT REALIZE THAT ALICE
HORTON HAS COME IN AND HAS BEEN LISTENING AND THAT SHE IS NOT
HAPPY SEEING HIM THERE.
JACK: (Finally noticing Alice) Mrs. Horton?
ALICE: What are you doing here? And where's
JACK: Actually she's conducting the interview
and I was looking after the baby until you got here.
ALICE: And was that her call that you were
JACK: Yes, that was Social Services. They just
told me that Sally has reconciled with her parents and they're going
to get custody until Sally gets out of prison.
ALICE: Oh, Jennifer is going to be heartbroken.
JACK: I know she is. I don't know how I'm going
to tell her but
ALICE: Well, you needn't be concerned about
that. As a matter of fact I think you better leave right now.
JACK: Excuse me?
ALICE: And you shouldn't have been answering
JACK: Wait a minute, wait a minute. I just
want you to know something. Jennifer asked me to stay here. You
may not believe this Mrs. Horton but (His voice cracking.) Jennifer
and I are friends.... Sort of.
ALICE: Well, I find that very hard to believe
because I remember what you did to Melissa and to Kayla.
JACK: (Affected by her words.) I'm not asking
you to believe it but I'm telling you that I'm not going to hurt
ALICE: Jennifer's going to be very hurt with
this news about Hannah.
I know. That's why I think I should tell her.
JACK: Well, I.... I've been with this thing
since the beginning. Also II knew it was going to happen sooner
ALICE: Well, maybe it is better for Jennifer
in the long run.
JACK: I agree with you. And I also think that
I should be the one to tell her please?
ALICE: Alright. But Jack, if you ever hurt Jennifer, I want
to warn you, you'll have to answer to me.
SCENE FOUR: THAT NIGHT JACK IS
OUTSIDE THE LOFT DOOR HOLDING A PIZZA AND BANGING THE DOOR WITH
A FALSK OF CHIANTI. JENNIFER OPENS THE DOOR. HE IS CASUALLY DRESSED,
WEARING A BLUE SILK SHIRT, WITH DARK BLUE STRIPES, AND LEVIS,
AND LOOKING EXTREMELY GORGEOUS.
JENNIFER: No Jack the article is not done and I will give it to
you first thing in the morning. I promise.
JACK: Fine. You haven't eaten yet have you?
JENNIFER: No I had to give Hannah a bath and
I had to type some notes and then I put her to bed. I'm completely
JACK: (With a concerned, sympathetic expression.) I can tell.
Please sit down.
JENNIFER: Let me get some plates and
HE DROPS THE PIZZA BOX ON THE COUNTER. AND PUTS DOWN THE WINE. HE
IS BEING VERY GALLANT. JENNIFER SITS OPPOSITE HIM, ON A BAR STOOL.
JACK LEANS OVER PUTTING DOWN TWO WINE GLASSES.
JACK: No let me do it. I'll get something.
I think you've just been working too hard. I think you should take
things a little easier.
JENNIFER: Jack, I can handle it.
JACK: Maybe you shouldn't be handling it. I
think if you keep going like this you're going to burn yourself
JENNIFER: Jack, don't. Look I know that you're
trying to be nice alright, but you don't understand. I love Hannah.
JACK: That's not the thing. Maybe you shouldn't be getting
so attached to Hannah.
JENNIFER: It's too late. I don't expect you
to understand. I don't think anybody would.
JACK: (Jack looks at Jennifer intently, his
expression is sincere) I might if you give me a chance.
JENNIFER LOOKS INTENTLY BACK AT JACK. IT APPEARS THAT LOOKING
AT HIM SHE KNOWS SHE CAN TALK TO HIM AND HE WOULD UNDERSTAND.
Jack, no, no. Jack I have work I have to do tonight.
SCENE FIVE: JACK IS POURING JENNIFER ANOTHER
GLASS OF WINE. SHE WALKS OVER TO HER COUCH AND SITS DOWN. JACK
FOLLOWS AND SITS NEXT TO HER.
THEY BOTH BEGIN TO TALK OPENING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THEIR
FEELINGS, AND FAMILIAL EXPERIENCES. JACK'S GUARD IS DOWN. THEY
BOTH SEEM AT EASY WITH EACH OTHER.
JACK: Forget about the work. Beside like they
say. There's truth in the wine.
JENNIFER: Why, do you think I've been lying?
JACK: No. No. I think you haven't been telling
the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Jennifer,
come on. We all grew up alone and lonely at some point but not all
of us ran out being foster parents the minute we got out of college.
JENNIFER: I don't know. I think it's because of my mom. I mean
I know she must have loved me but I never felt it. And now it looks
like I never will.
JACK: (Feeling for her.) It must hurt a whole
JENNIFER: What is worse is that she'll never
know how I feel. I mean I love her and I can't show her that. I
can't give her anything at all.
(Confining in her. Comfortable enough to be honest for a change.)
I know. I never knew my father.
My real father. Of course from what I hear, I'm not missing much,
JENNIFER: There's something
missing in your life.
JACK: (A smile of recognition.) Yeah. Yeah.
And then there's my mother. Of course you know all about her.
JENNIFER: Don't you ever want to get close
to her Jack?
JACK: (Uncertain) I can't too much history.
JENNIFER: You mean with Steve.
Yeah, (Avoiding the question.) look we're talking about you not
about me. And you still haven't told me how Hannah fits into all
JENNIFER: I don't know Jack. I'm not sure.
She needs me and I need to love somebody unconditionally.
JACK: We all need that.
JENNIFER: And it doesn't matter why I feel
the way I do ab out Hannah. I just know that taking care of her
is the most important thing in my life. Nothing I've ever done has
made me feel happier or more fulfilled.
JACK: I'm sorry to hear you say that.
JACK: I think I need a glass of wine.
JACK GOES TO THE KITCHEN TO POUR A GLASS OF WINE.
JACK THINKS LONGINGLY OF HER. HE IS TRYING TO FIND AWAY TO TELL
HER, BUT IT IS OBVIOUS BY HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS THAT CAUSING HER
PAIN WOULD KILL HIM.
JACK: Actually, Jennifer, it's about Hannah. Um you don't
know everything and I well,
I hate to be the one to always say this but I told you so. You
got you got too attached to her and no wand now Sally's parents
have reconciled with Sally and you know what that means It means
JACK: Jennifer it means you're not going to hear yet. (Beat)
HE TURNS AROUND TO SEE JENNIFER ASLEEP ON THE COUCH. SIGHING.
THERE IS A BLANKET HANGING OVER THE BACK OF THE COUCH. HE
LOVINGLY PUTS IT OVER JENNIFER. AND BENDING OVER FROM BEHIND THE
COUCH, IS LEANING OVER HER, WATCHING HER, HIS HANDS RESTING ON
THE BACK OF THE COUCH [THOUGH IT WILL TAKE WELL OVER A YEAR FOR
HIM TO ADMIT IT TO HIMSELF, IT APPEARS THAT JACK HAS ALREADY FALLEN
DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH HER.]