SCENE ONE: SANTOS IS TALKING TO EMILIO ON THE PIER.
HE WONDERS IF EMILIO IS GOING TO JOIN THEM. JUST THEN JENNIFER
WALKS DOWN THE STAIRS, AND EMILIO MOTIONS FOR SANTOS TO LEAVE.
KAYLA: (Relieved, excited as she throws up the door) Welcome
SCENE TWO: KAYLA IS HOME TALKING ON THE PHONE TO
CAROLINE. STEVE IS AWAY. THE DOOR BELL RINGS AND SHE RUSHES TO
ANSWER IT BELIEVING IT IS STEVE. IS SOMETHING UP WITH STEVE?
HOWEVER. IT IS JACK, LOOKING RATHER MISCHIEVOUS. IMMEDIATELY
HER EXPRESSION CHANGES.
JACK: (In typical Jack fashion) and it's great
to be home.
KAYLA: (Flashing Jack a look) Jack!
JACK'S ATTITUDE CHANGES, AS IF SENSING SOMETHING IS
WRONG. HE ALMOST SEEMS CONCERNED.
JACK: And well, maybe I came at a bad time.
KAYLA: (Wondering what Jack is up to now) When
is a good time?
JACK: (Her remarks seem to sting. Though Jack actually seems
to genuinely sincere) Actually it's about Steve. I want to do a story
about him. Can I come in?
KAYLA DOES NOT SEEM TO BUY WHAT HE IS SELLING
SCENE THREE: THE CAMERA SHOT IS VERY NARROW, AND
DARK, IT APPEARS TO BE SOME ROOM. THERE IS A TABLE, WITH A PHONE,
A WOMAN'S STRAW HAT, AND WHAT APPEARS TO BE A NEWSPAPER ON IT.
WE SEE TWO HANDS, THEY APPEAR TO BE THAT OF A WOMAN, ONE IS HOLDING
A TELEPHONE RECEIVER, THE OTHER IS ON THE PAPER. WE HEAR A MAN'S
VOICE COMING OVER THE RECEIVER. HE IS REFERRING TO SOMEONE THAT
THE MYSTERY PERSON HAD HIM TRACK DOWN. AFTER A TIME WE DISCOVER
THAT IT IS STEVE JOHNSON. HE TELLS HER IT IS DIFFICULT BUT HE
THINKS HE CAN COME UP WITH INFORMATION ON HIM. THE PERSON HANGS
UP THE PHONE. THROUGHOUT THIS TIME WE NEVER HEAR THIS PERSON'S
VOICE. THE CAMERA THEN PANS ON THE NEWSPAPER, THERE IS A PHOTO
AND ARTICLE ABOUT STEVE. WITH A RED FELT PEN THE MYSTERY PERSON
DRAWS A HEART AROUND STEVE'S PHOTO.
SCENE FOUR: JENNIFER WANTS TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING
ON BETWEEN EMILIO AND SANTOS. SHE WONDERS IF IT WAS ABOUT JACK.
EMILIO BLAMES JACK, BECAUSE HE WROTE THAT ARTICLE ABOUT HIS FAMILY
AND GANGS, HE DOES NOT LIKE IT WHEN PEOPLE HURT HIS FAMILY. JENNIFER
ADMITS JACK WAS WRONG. SHE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HIM, ONE DAY HE
IS SO NICE AND THEN THE NEXT HE IS A JERK. EMILIO TELLS HER THAT
IT DOES NOT MATTER "JACK WILL GET WHAT HE DESERVES!"
JENNIFER IS CONCERNED: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN. SHE TELLS EMILIO SHE
KNOWS HE IS TRYING TO CHANGE SHE WONDERS WHY JACK CANNOT SEE THIS.
HESITATING, SHE ADMITS THAT SHE THINKS OF HIM AS A FRIEND
IS IT MORE THAN THAT. EMILIO SEEMS PLEASED WITH THAT. JENNIFER
KAYLA: Why would you want to do a story on Steve?
SCENE FIVE: JACK AND KAYLA IN PROGRESS.
JACK: The word is that he's a hero: that's
news. I thought I could cover that for the paper.
KAYLA: (Skeptically) I See.
JACK: (Hopeful) I also figured you could help
me since you where there.
KAYLA: (Somewhat angry, believing that Jack
is yet again trying to hurt them). Right you want me to help
you write a hatchet job on my husband.
JACK: (He truly seems to react as if that is
not his motive.) No, no, no. no. No that's not it at all.
KAYLA: Oh, come on Jack, the only reason
you want to write a story about Steve is to hurt him. You can count
JACK: Oh, please give me a couple of minutes of your time.
JACK LOOKS HOPEFUL, KAYLA IS STILL LEERY OF HIS MOTIVES,
BUT SHE HESITATES. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS JACK WALKS THROUGH THE
DOOR, CONTENT. SHE HAS TO STEP ASIDE.
JACK: ....Thanks! I just want to ask you a
couple of questions.
KAYLA: Well I don't think I have the answers.
SHE WALKS AHEAD OF HIM INTO THE LIVING ROOM. JACK
FOLLOWS HER. HE SEEMS PLEASED. HE ALSO SEEMS TRULY SINCERE. BUT
SINCE IT IS JACK, CAN WE BE SURE?
JACK: Anything you say will help him.
KAYLA: Alright Jack, let's just suppose
that I help you, and you write this article and it winds up hurting
all of us, do you think we need this after what happened to Shane?
JACK: No....I....I'm not going to hurt anyone
with this. It's just (hesitating)....
KAYLA: (Still trying to figure out what Jack
is really up to.) It's just what? What?
JACK: It's just that....that.... (Apparently
sincere) I think I really understand what this story is about.
KAYLA: You didn't even know anything
about this story until yesterday.
JACK: (Trying to put his reasons and thoughts
across.) No....no.... No, Marcus. Marcus' story.
KAYLA: (Interrupting) Since when are
you and Marcus such pals?
JACK: His family has been pulled part. So has
mine. I understand that.
KAYLA: I don't think it's quite the same thing.
JACK: (Sobered, and slightly hurt by the truth
in what she said; he responds introspectively.) No, I guess you're
right. Marcus has seemed to risen above what happened to him. I
seemed to have been caught in all the angry.
JACK: (Cont.) Anyway, if you help I can finish
this story up by tomorrow.
KAYLA: I don't really think I have a right
to do that.
JACK: Well, if you change your mind I'll be at my office. (Jack
walks off, softly) Thanks.
KAYLA LOOKS AWAY IN THOUGHT. AS SHE SLIGHTLY
SHAKES HER HEAD THE DOOR CLOSES.
SCENE SIX: THE PIER. SANTOS IS TRYING TO CONVINCE
EMILIO TO JOIN THEM. EMILIO THINKS THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO DEAL
WITH THE PROBLEM. SANTOS TELLS HIM THAT THAT IS HOW THE STINGRAYS
HAVE ALWAYS DEALT WITH THEIR PROBLEMS. HE LEAVES. EMILIO THINKS
MAYBE IT IS TIME TO CHANGE.
JACK: (Walking inside) Maybe I should get one of those for
the outer office.
SCENE SEVEN: INSIDE JACK'S OFFICE. JENNIFER SEEMS
RATHER PERTURBED, SHE AS IS USING A MOTORIZED SHARPENER TO SHARPEN
A PENCIL. SHE CONTINUES TO SHARPEN IT EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMS TO
ALREADY BE SHARP. JUST THEN, UNNOTICED, JACK WALKS THROUGH THE
DOOR; HE STOPS AT THE DOOR, AND AMUSEDLY WATCHES HER.
(Not turning too look at him, she continues to sharpen the pencil,
even more angrily now). I'll be out in a minute.
JACK: (Amused) It won't fit.
JENNIFER: Excuse me?
JACK: My head. It won't fit in that little hole. That's what
you want to use it for?
SHE IS *STILL* SHARPENING THE PENCIL. THAT IS IN FACT
WHAT SHE IS THINKING, FOR SHE GIVES A LITTLE SATISFIED LAUGH. JACK
GIVES A LITTLE LAUGH, TRYING TO GET HER TO TALK. SHE IS *NOT* AMUSED.
JACK IS HOLDING SOME PAPERS, WHICH HE FOLDS, AND THEN HE CROSSES
HIS ARMS OVER HIS CHEST. REALIZING THAT SHE IS NOT RESPONDING TO
HIS JOKE JACK TRIES ANOTHER TACTIC.
JACK: I can't believe you're still upset over one little
JENNIFER: (No longer able to remain silent)
Did you ever think that that "one little story" might
be hurting people.
JACK: (Trying to be smug, and not let on who
he really is feeling.) Hmm, "people," like Emilio?
JENNIFER: Hmm. No, no like the whole Ramirez family.
Hmm, did you ever think of that, Jack?
JACK HAS WALKED TO HIS DESK, HE STANDS UP BEHIND IT.
JENNIFER FOLLOWS HIM, AND STAND UP IN FRONT OF THE DESK, LOOKING
JACK: Did you ever think of all the people
that article might be helping? (Rather melodramatically) All the
young men and women who might not get into a gang because the read
JENNIFER: (Interrupting) You are so unbelievable.
THROUGH IT ALL JACK REALLY SEEMS TO BE ENJOYING THEIR
JACK: Oh, really?
JENNIFER: One minute you write this really
caring article about Marcus Hunter, and then you you tear Emilio's
family apart, and you justify it by saying you're saving the world.
Who are you? Will the real Jack Deveraux please step
JACK: (A mixture of amusement and also some
regret) Certainly, (motioning as he speaks) as soon as you stop
bleeding over my desk.
JENNIFER: Jack, well, I rather have a bleeding heart
than no heart at all!
JACK MOVES OVER TO A TABLE WHERE THERE IS A GLASS
PICTURE FILLED WITH WATER AND GLASSES. HE POURS HIMSELF A DRINK.
JENNIFER HAS FOLLOWED HIM. THROUGHOUT THE CONVERSATION JACK TRIES
TO TAKE A DRINK BUT STOPS, INTERRUPTED BY JENNIFER'S RETORTS.
JACK: I Think an unbiased point of view would be better than
both. If you really want to be professional you really should try....
JENNIFER: (Interrupting him) A professional
wouldn't use his paper to hurt people he didn't like.
Do you know what Emilio said?
JACK: (Sarcastically) Oh, I can hardly wait
for these pearls.
JENNIFER: Emilio said you're going to get burned
if you keep fouling around with people's lives like this. And I'm
beginning to think he may be right.
JACK: Oh, Really?
JENNIFER: You may very will live to regret what you did, (walking
out the door) Jack!
JACK HAS A RATHER PLEASED EXPRESSION. YET, HE ALSO SEEMS
TO BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT JENNIFER HAS TOLD HIM, AND RETHINKING
WHAT HE DID.
JACK: Come in Jennifer. (Getting up, and seemingly glad to
see her). Right in.
SCENE EIGHT: SOMETIME LATER. JACK IS SEATED AT HIS
DESK, IN THOUGHT, TYPING AWAY ON HIS KEYBOARD. THE CAMERA PANS
TO THE MONITOR [THE QUALITY OF MY TAPE WAS NOT THE BEST SO I COULD
NOT SEE EXACTLY WHAT WAS ON THE SCREEN, THIS IS MY BEST GUESS.]
IT APPEARS HE IS TYPING OUT JENNIFER'S LAST WORDS, "YOU MAY
LIVE TO REGRET THIS." REGRET IS REPEATED. JUST THEN
THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.
KAYLA: I guess we both expected other people today.
HOWEVER, IT IS KAYLA AND *NOT* JENNIFER. JACK SEEMS RATHER
BUT HIS MOOD CHANGES BECAUSE HE BELIEVES THAT SHE HAS AGREED
TO HELP HIM WRITE THE ARTICLE.
JACK: (Gets up and goes to the front of his
desk, and sits on it.) I guess.
KAYLA: (Slightly uncomfortable) I thought about
what you said.
JACK: (Pleased) Yes, about the article, right!
SHE WALKS IN AND JACK WALKS QUICKLY OVER TO HER.
JACK: (Pleased, yet slightly nervous) Ahem. So, you're going
to help me (he says expectantly)?
KAYLA: Not you, Steve.
JACK: Oh, oh, of course. Ahem. (Slightly
disappointed) Well hmm, grab a seat (he motions her to sit down).
KAYLA: No, I'm not staying
JACK: But I thought you said you were going to help me?
KAYLA: I'll help you with this article, but
I won't do an interview.
JACK: Well then, how are we going to do this?
KAYLA: I wrote a statement (she hands him a
paper). I think it covers everything.
JACK: Ahem, great (looking it over), maybe you can meet with
Vern then and run it over with him. (He goes back to his desk.) Thank
you very much! Thank you.
JENNIFER: Jack I....(She stops upon seeing Kayla). I'm sorry.
JUST THEN JENNIFER BARGES IN
KAYLA: It's okay I was just leaving.
JACK: No, no, Kayla please. Jennifer please
what do you want.
JENNIFER: I have an urgent message from your
secretary, it's from the Vipers [They are the Stingrays' rivals].
(She hands the memo to Jack, and he reads it. He is excited by what
it has to say). It's written out down there.
JACK: Hahaha. They want to meet me down on the pier tonight
JACK IS DETERMINED. THROUGHOUT THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE
JENNIFER, FORGETTING BEING UPSET WITH JACK BECOMES MORE AND MORE
CONCERNED, AS JACK IS MORE AND MORE DETERMINED. KAYLA WATCHES ON
IN THE BACKGROUND, CONFUSED AT JENNIFER'S CONCERN.
Well you're not going. Are you?
JACK: Well, hahaha, it says they're going to
give me the inside scoop on the Stingrays, their gang activities.
JENNIFER: Oh, what Jack, what have you become
the resident expert on gangs now?
JACK: No, but I am the resident expert on a
good story. and this looks like a good story.
JENNIFER: Wait, wait a minute Jack you can't go down there
by yourself someone has to go with you.
JACK IS RUMMAGING THROUGH HIS DESK. HE TAKES OUT A
SMALL TAPE RECORDER.
JACK: No, this says they want to see me alone. Tell
me does this thing have batteries?
JENNIFER: (Reluctantly) Yes, in my desk.
JENNIFER: Wait, is this some macho trip for
JACK: No, no (ignoring Jennifer, rushing to
leave) Thank you Kayla, thanks....
JENNIFER: (Interrupting) Maybe you should bring
JACK: No, no photographer (Jack rushes out
before Jennifer can reply).
JENNIFER: Jack maybe you should bring....(It's too late). (Frustrated,
running her hand through her hair.) Oh, how come he could be so pigheaded.
He drives me nuts!
JENNIFER LEAVES, LEAVING KAYLA ALONE. KAYLA IS CONFUSED.
KAYLA: (To herself) I don't know why you
care about him so much.
SCENE NINE: JACK'S OFFICE SOME TIME LATER. KAYLA
IS SEATED IN JACK'S CHAIR, VERN IS LEANING OVER HIS DESK. THEY
ARE GOING OVER THE ARTICLE ON STEVE AND MARCUS AND WHAT HAPPENED.
VERN IS IMPRESSED WITH WHAT SHE WROTE. HE TELLS HER THAT JACK
HAS BEEN VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS STORY, LIKE NO OTHER STORY
BEFORE. SHE SEEMS SURPRISED. VERN GOES ON TO TELL HER THAT SINCE
HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE SPECTATOR HE HAS BECOME MORE
CARING AND COMPASSIONATE, HE REALLY HAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.
THIS MAKES HER EVEN MORE SURPRISED, AND PENSIVE. IT SEEMS, HE
CONTINUES, THAT THIS IS JUST WHAT JACK NEEDED, SOMETHING HE COULD
GET INVOLVED WITH, SOMETHING HE COULD CARE ABOUT. IT HAS BROUGHT
OUT THAT SOMETHING WITHIN HIM THAT PEOPLE DID NOT GIVE HIM A CHANCE
TO DISPLAY. JUST THEN EMILIO BARGES IN LOOKING FOR JACK, AND VERY
AGITATED. NOTICING WHAT IS GOING ON KAYLA TELLS EMILIO THAT JACK
WENT TO THE PIER. EMILIO, UPSET, RUNS OFF; VERN WONDERS WHAT IS
GOING ON AND TRIES TO STOP HIM; KAYLA REMAINS AT THE DESK A MIXTURE
OF CONFUSION, AND EVEN POSSIBLY CONCERN.
JACK: Testing, testing, one, two, three. This is Jack Deveraux
on Pier Number Two, ladies and gentlemen I'd like to thank you for
making this Pulitzer Prize possible....
SCENE TEN: JACK IS WALKING ALONE ON THE PIER, AND
IS TALKING INTO HIS TAPE RECORDER.
SANTOS HAS SNEAKED UP BEHIND HIM AND SNATCHED HIS
JACK: ....I really.
SANTOS: You won't be needing this.
JACK: Now wait a minute that's my....(Santos
tosses it into the Salem River.) well, well (nervously) I guess
Glad to see you on time.
JACK: (Looking at him confuse.) Yeah, yeah,
now wait a minute, from my research on gangs (nervous laugh) I thought
the Vipers wore Blue.
SANTOS: (Who is not wearing blue, but red.)
JACK: So, you're wearing red (finally dawning
on him) so that must mean that you're a....Stingray.
SANTOS: (Sarcastically) The man's fast.
JACK: So, how can I help the Stingrays tonight.
SANTOS: (Stepping closer to Jack in a threatening
manner.) You tell me Paper Boy.
JACK: Oh, is this about that article? Let me
tell you something if you don't like an article you can always write
to the Editor.
SANTOS: Oh, I forgot my pen and paper at home.
JACK: Oh, well maybe....I....
SANTOS: But I got this (He opens his switchblade
and points it towards Jack's face.)
JACK: (His eyes widening, and laughing nervously) And a
very nice one it is, too.
JACK TRIES TO WALK AWAY WHEN HE IS SURROUNDED BY A
GANG OF STINGRAYS.
SANTOS: You ain't going away.
JACK: I get your point. Ahem, (talking to another
Stingray) well, you look like a very calm and rational gentleman,
perhaps we can go somewhere and talk this out rationally;
in fact let's all have a beer, it's on me.
SANTOS: We ain't got nothing to talk about.
JACK: Well, if we don't then the meeting is adjourned (trying
THEY ENCIRCLE CLOSER.
SANTOS: Not so fast. We may not wanna talk, but the Stingrays
got some stuff to take care of with you.
JACK HAS NO WHERE TO GO. ONE OF THEM IS HOLDING JACK AS
THEY BEGIN TO ATTACK HIM.
SANTOS IS COMING TOWARD HIM WITH THE BLADE.
SCENE ELEVEN: STEVE AND KAYLA'S HOUSE. STEVE
HAS RETURNED HOME. KAYLA TELLS HIM THAT JACK STOPPED BY. STEVE
IS CONCERNED, AND WANTS TO KNOW WHAT JACK IS UP TO *NOW*. SHE
TELLS HIM. STEVE IS NOT CONVINCED THAT JACK'S MOTIVES ARE PURE.
BUT KAYLA BELIEVES THEY ARE. STEVE IS SURPRISED THAT SHE IS DEFENDING
JACK. THEY SIT ON THE COUCH, AND STEVE SEEMS TO BE PREOCCUPIED
WITH SOMETHING ELSE. COULD SOMETHING BE WRONG?
EMILIO: (Running over to Jack) Are you alright? Are you alright?
Look you're going to be okay. Help is on it's way. Okay?
SCENE TWELVE: THERE ARE FIVE OF THEM WHO PUNCH JACK AND THEN
KICK HIM WHEN HE IS DOWN. AS THEY ARE DOING IT, EMILIO COMES RUNNING
UP AND TRIES TO STOP THEM. JACK IS LYING ON THE GROUND WITH HIS
FACE CUT AND BARELY CONSCIOUS AS EMILIO FIGHTS WITH THE LEADER
OF THE GANG. SUDDENLY THEY HEAR THE POLICE SIRENS AND THE GANG
RUNS OFF. JACK IS WHEEZING AS HE TAKES SHALLOW BREATHES.
AS EMILIO IS BENDING OVER JACK, JENNIFER COMES RUNNING
ALONG THE PIER.
JENNIFER: JACK! Jack, it's me. (To Emilio) What's the matter
with you? How could you do this to him? Jack it's okay, you're going
to get help. It's okay. Please don't move.
SHE CRADLES JACK'S HEAD IN HER ARMS.
JACK: Don't....don't leave.
JENNIFER: I'm not. I'm not going to leave.
I'm going to be right here with you Jack.
EMILIO: Yah know I didn't do this.
JENNIFER: Oh I suppose he did it all by himself,
EMILIO: No but I...
MEANWHILE JACK'S BREATHING IS GETTING MORE AND MORE
JENNIFER: I don't care what your excuses are.
All I care about is getting him some help.
EMILIO: Will you listen to me?
JENNIFER: Call an ambulance! Emilio he needs help. Call
EMILIO RUNS OFF TO CALL.
JENNIFER: I didn't know that this would happen.
No matter what you wrote, you didn't deserve to end up like this.
JENNIFER RESTS HIS HEAD ON HER SHOULDER AND STROKES HIS CHEEK.