[Air date late August 1989]
JENNIFER: Sorry about my cold hands but believe it or not I
was a volunteer here once.
SCENE ONE: JACK IS OUT OF BED AND ATTEMPTING TO GET DRESSED
WITH JENNIFER'S HELP. SHE IS PUTTING ON HIS SHIRT.
JACK: Yeah, and you've probably
still got your little candy striper outfit just to prove it, uh?
JENNIFER: Yes, as a matter of fact I do and if you behave,
you can see it when we go back to the loft. I'll show it to you.
JACK: Well, that's very tempting but I'm not going back
to the loft.
JENNIFER: What are you talking about? We already decided
JACK: You decided it. I'm behind in my work. I'm three days
behind in my follow up series.
JENNIFER: What series Jack?
JACK: On the gangs. I'm doing a full blown exposé
JENNIFER: Jack are you out of your mind?
Of course not. He's just a thing for pain. Don't you Jackie boy?
EMILIO WALKS IN AND JABS JACK IN THE RIBS.
JACK: Argh, argh, argh!
EMILIO: You're out of your
white bread mind, you know that don't you?
JACK: Thank you for your assessment Mr. Ramirez.
EMILIO: You know you keep that up and you're not going to
be able to throw those fancy words around much longer.
JACK: I'm not about to let a couple of illiterate punks
stand between me and printing the truth. I've got an obligation
EMILIO: Oh, more fancy words. That's great.
JACK: You could stand one or two yourself, you know. But
don't strain anything.
JENNIFER: Jack, this is serious.
JACK: So am I.
JENNIFER: Look I understand why you want to do this....
JACK: Correction, I am doing it.
JENNIFER: And what happens when they catch up with you again
JACK: That's why I've got a bodyguard.
EMILIO: Hey you keep setting yourself up like this, no way
in hell I'm going to protect you.
JACK: Oh, of course. You can't stay away from the cheap
entertainment, can you?
JENNIFER: Wait a minute, Jack.
JACK: Emilio, who would you root for? My team or the home
EMILIO: Look, if I wanted the Stingrays to wipe you out,
I wouldn't be standing here trying to open your eyes. (To Jennifer)
And if he keeps riding them in print, it's only a matter of time,
I'm telling you.
JACK: Your concern is touching.
EMILIO: (To Jennifer) Listen to me. Just keep your distance,
if you know what's good for you.
JENNIFER: Emilio, how am I supposed to do that? We're together
all the time. We work together.
JACK: Nice try.
EMILIO: All I'm saying is that they could be waiting outside
right now. What's wrong with you?
JENNIFER: We both know how stubborn Jack can be.
SHE GIVES JACK A LOOK AND HE LOOKS AT HER STRAIGHT BACK.
EMILIO: Okay, if you've got to go to the office with him, I'll
go with you. How's that? At least somebody will be smart around here.
JACK: Well, you're my first choice.
EMILIO: Okay, come on jabber jaws. That fancy car of yours
is double parked.
JACK: Oh. Jennifer?
JENNIFER: Alright Jack, listen. I will let you go to the
office and work for a little while. Then we are going right to the
loft and you're going to get some rest. Do you understand me?
JACK: (He tries to salute) Aye, aye.... aye.... argh!
JENNIFER: Come on let's get this over with. Give me your
JACK: I gotta get out of here.
JENNIFER: Here, take it real slow.
JACK: Okay, it hurts. It hurts. Easy, easy.
EMILIO: Easy nothing. Let's go.
JENNIFER: Stop it.
JACK: Help me with this. Thank you, thanks. Do I look okay?
JACK IS WEARING PAJAMA PANTS, A BUSINESS SHIRT WITH
TIE AND HIS JACKET IS DRAPED OVER ONE SHOULDER.
JENNIFER: You look great, you look great. Everything will
be fine Jack.
JACK LEANS ON JENNIFER AS HE
WALKS OUT AND SHE FIDDLES WITH HIS JACKET AND PAMPERS HIM.
SCENE TWO: JACK, JENNIFER
AND EMILIO ARE AT JACK'S OFFICE AND EMILIO IS HELPING HIM INTO HIS
JACK: Take it easy.
EMILIO: Here sit down.
JENNIFER: Jack I really think you should have come straight
home with me.
EMILIO: Hey the guy knows what he's doing.
GETS HIMSELF SEATED AND EMILIO PUSHES THE CHAIR INTO THE DESK, JAMMING
EMILIO: He can take care of himself.
JENNIFER: Emilio, he can't even put his shirt on by himself.
JACK: I don't want to be a burden.
JENNIFER: Jack, you're not a burden. I want you to stay
with me. No arguments.
JACK: I don't think I have the strength to argue. I guess
I have to admit that I really do need your help. So well, thanks
for being so considerate.
JENNIFER: No problem Jack.
JACK: Yeah. I guess I bet.... I guess I bet....
JACK ATTEMPTS TO REACH FOR THE PEN IN HIS DESK SET
BUT CAN'T LIFT HIS ARM. EMILIO HANDS IT TO HIM.
JACK: Thanks. I guess I better get to work while I still
can. Oh, shoot, I need somebody to help me with the research on
JENNIFER: Whoa, whoa, let me help you. What are you looking
for? I can....
EMILIO TRIES TO GRAB THE FILES.
EMILIO: Wait a second. I don't think you get involved....
Give me that.
EMILIO: No give me that. Forget it.
JACK: Hey, hey kids. Stop fighting on the playground. For
once I think that Emilio is right. I think this assignment could
end up getting a little dicey.
JACK: Well, I would feel much better if we had.... if we
had a male reporter covering this.
JENNIFER: Yeah. Jack that is the most patronizing disgusting
thing I've heard out of your mouth.... in days! And I'm not going
to let you get away with it, okay. I want to be treated like every
other reporter, male or female. And if you shut me out of this story
because I am a woman I will have my uncle Mickey down here so fast
JACK: Okay, okay. No law suits, please. It's your assignment.
Go ahead. Research, muck, dig, rake.
JENNIFER: Thank you!
JENNIFER GRABS THE FILE
FROM EMILIO AND WALKS OUT. EMILIO WALKS OVER AND SITS ON JACK'S
DESK RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM.
EMILIO: And if anything happens to Jennifer, I'm going to break
your broken ribs. (Winks) Remember that.
EMILIO THUMPS JACK IN THE RIBS AND WINKS AGAIN.
SCENE THREE: EMILIO IS PRACTICING
DANCE MOVES OUTSIDE JACK'S OFFICE DOOR WHEN MAX, FRANKIE'S LITTLE
BROTHER, ARRIVES. HE WANTS TO SEE JENNIFER. EMILIO TELLS HIM THAT
JENNIFER IS DOWNSTAIRS. MAX SAYS SHE IS NOT AND HE WANTS TO GO INTO
JACK'S OFFICE TO LOOK FOR HER. EMILIO SAYS NO BUT MAX KICKS HIM
AND WALKS IN.
JACK: Emilio, I can't tell you how safe I feel knowing that
you're out there guarding my door. My bodyguard, I think I'll keep
EMILIO: Just shut up! He kicked me alright.
JACK: I can see the gleam in his eye. And you know something,
they get the smell of blood, nobody can sleep safe at night.
MAX: Where is she? What happened to Jennifer?
EMILIO: Hey, I'm going to tell you where Jennifer is, alright.
JACK: Whoa, Emilio, Emilio. I think I can handle it from
EMILIO: Like you did the Stingrays, uh? Forgot.
EMILIO WAITS OUTSIDE.
JACK: Sit down kid, what can I do for you?
want to see Jennifer. She can help me.
JACK: Oh, yeah. Let me tell you something. I'm the big cheese
around here. If there's anything you want with this paper you come
to me. I'm the man, alright. So you tell me what's on your mind.
Cup of coffee?
MAX: No thanks.
MAX: I want a grandpa.
JACK: (Chuckling) You do eh? I tell you what, I sold my last
one yesterday morning. Hahahaha.
JACK'S LAUGHING TURNS
JACK: Ooooh. Go easy on the morning vitamins, kid. It's a joke.
Okay, take it back to the top. You're looking for a grandpa, right.
MAX: Right. Pop's too busy at the fish market all the time
and mom's been sick so she can't play with me like she used to either.
So now I need a grandpa.
JACK: So you thought you'd come here to get one, right?
MAX: I want to advertise. That's how people get things they
JACK: Oh, that's a real concept you've got there. I have
to tell you something. Advertising costs a lot of money.
MAX: I got tons of money.
JACK: Oh, yeah.
MAX EMPTIES HIS POCKETS ONTO
JACK: Huh, uh. I tell you what, I'm going
to have to count it for you.
MAX: This is enough, isn't it?
JACK: I'm sure it is. Let's see.
MAX: And you better not cheat. Cause I'm going to be watching
you, you know.
JACK: Wha.... do I look like the kind of guy who would cheat?
JACK: Must be losing my touch.
SCENE FOUR: SOME TIME LATER.
JACK IS COUNTING MAX'S MONEY.
JACK: Sixty, sixty five, sixty six. Well, that should do it.
JACK: Depending.... on how long your ad is.
MAX: I might need some help writing it.
JACK: Hmmm. Well, we're always willing to help our advertisers.
Let's see, what are we looking for in a Grandpa?
MAX: Well, he's got to fish.
JACK: Hmmm. "Fishing experience required." And?
MAX: And baseball.
JACK: Well, this is America. Of course, that's the natch.
MAX: Checkers. But he's not supposed to be real good at
it. Cause I'm supposed to win sometimes too.
JACK: Right. "Mediocre".... no scratch that. "Vague
checker playing ability." There we go. Let's count that up.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine,.... huh, oh.
MAX: What's the matter?
JACK: Too many words.
MAX: What's that mean?
JACK: Too many words and not enough money so we're going
to have to cut some. What I suggest we cut is this little bit about
MAX: Forget it. How much more money do I need if I want
to leave the whole thing like it is?
JACK: Okay, the whole thing like it is. As is, let's see,
one, two, three.... another dollar.
MAX: A dollar!
JACK: A dollar! And that's my final offer, take it
or leave it.
MAX: Wait a minute. What do you give me for this?
JACK HOLDS UP A LARGE MARBLE.
JACK: That's scratched.
JACK: Right there.
MAX TAKES IT BACK AND SPITS
ON IT THEN RUBS IT ON HIS SHIRT AND HANDS IT BACK TO JACK.
MAX: Oh, that's nothing. It came right off, see.
Oooh. You drive a hard bargain, partner, but fifty cents, that's
MAX: That's an official "Mounties of the Cosmos Superized
Swirler." How many do you think there are in the whole world?
JACK: I tremble to think. But it's still my final offer.
MAX: Okay, okay.
MAX LOOKS IN HIS BAG AND RELUCTANTLY HANDS JACK A BASEBALL
MAX: You can have this too.
JACK: Well, that's a horse of a different color. I tell
you what, I'll just hold on to all these things here and you keep
the story. (Handing him back his paper with his want ad) Okay. I
want you to take it home and work on it like a good reporter does.
Then you come back to me, the publisher, and we'll do lunch. Your
treat. How about that?
MAX: But I'll be back.
JACK: Good. I can hardly wait.
MAX LEAVES AND
JACK LIMPS BACK TO THE DESK AND PICKS UP THE BASEBALL CARD.
JACK: I should be able to add that to my little collection.
JENNIFER COMES IN.JENNIFER: Max!
JACK: You just missed him.
JACK: Well, what?
JENNIFER: Well, what was he doing here?
JACK: Oh, it's nothing. No need to concern yourself.
JACK SECRETLY PUTS THE BASEBALL CARD IN HIS SHIRT POCKET.
JACK: Just business.
JACK IS READING A FILE
AND JENNIFER GRABS IT FROM HIM.
JENNIFER: That's it. No more work today.
JACK: Look I just got started.
JENNIFER: Don't get stupid about this. You just got out
of the hospital. Now whatever you were doing bring it back to the
loft. You can do it there. Now let's go.
JACK: Jennifer, I have to do this work.
JENNIFER: Jack no argument.
JACK: I.... alright I give in. Let's go.... Oooh god. I
better just camp out here.
JENNIFER: See, see, what did I tell you? I should never
have let you come here. Let's go Jack.
JACK: (In pain) Jeeeenifer!
SHE PUTS HER ARM AROUND HIM FOR SUPPORT.
EMILIO: What do you think
you're doing? You can't carry him around all day?
JENNIFER: What am I supposed to do? Leave him here. How
am I supposed to get him to my car and into my place Emilio?
JACK: Any volunteers?
EMILIO: Hey wait. Don't look at me.
JENNIFER: Emilio, you have to. You have to do it. It's the
only way. You're the only way we can do this. You have to help me.
JACK: For the Gipper.
EMILIO: (Very reluctantly) Alright. But you're going to
owe me Horton.
JENNIFER: Alright. Fine, here.
OVER TO JACK.
JENNIFER: Don't hurt him.
EMILIO PULLS JACK
TO HIS FEET.
JACK: Argh, ooh, argh.
EMILIO: Put your arm around
JACK: I'm not going to do that.
EMILIO: Put your arm around me.
JACK: Aaaargh, aaargh.
JENNIFER: Take it easy with him. Don't rough him up.
EMILIO BENDS DOWN AND PUTS HIS ARMS UNDER JACK AND LIFTS HIM
JACK SAGS IN THE MIDDLE AND THEN STRAIGHTENS HIMSELF OUT LIKE
JACK: Oooh my hero. Smooth as silk.
JENNIFER: Jack, bend your knees Jack. Emilio's going to
EMILIO: Shut up! Before I drop you by accident.
JENNIFER: Don't you dare.
JACK: You know I've always heard that manual labor can be very
good for the.... OOOOOH!
EMILIO BASHES JACK'S HEAD
AGAINST THE DOOR AS THEY LEAVE.
JENNIFER: Oooh. Jack are you alright?
JENNIFER: Oh, Jack, your slippers.
THROUGH THE MAIN OFFICE OF THE SPECTATOR CARRYING JACK.
end August 1989]
SCENE ONE: JACK IS IN HIS BEDROOM AT THE LOFT ATTEMPTING
TO GET DRESSED. HE IS WEARING BOXER SHORTS AND HIS RIBS ARE BANDAGED.
HE HIS TRYING TO PUT HIS SHIRT ON. JENNIFER KNOCKS ON THE DOOR.
JENNIFER: Jack, Emilio's here to take you to work. Are you
JACK: Just a minute, er.... aaaah, aaaah, aaaah!
JENNIFER OPENS THE DOOR AND COMES IN.
JENNIFER: Jack, what is it? What's wrong.
I just pulled something. I'll be alright.
JENNIFER: Are you in pain?
JACK: Ah, not bad. Give me a couple of minutes and I'll
even be in pants.
JENNIFER: (She looks down) Oh, I'm sorry.
JACK: Would you mind?
SHE TURNS HER BACK TO HIM.
JENNIFER: Oh, yes of course. I'm sorry.
BEGINS TO PULL UP HIS PANTS.
JENNIFER: Can I help you with that?
JENNIFER: Can I help you with your pants? Do you need me
to help you pull them on?
JACK: (Figuring, why not) Sure. You won't look?
JENNIFER GENTLY HITS HIM IN DISGUST THEN BENDS DOWN TO PULL UP
HIS PANTS. HE BEGINS TO GIGGLE.
JENNIFER: Stop it.
JACK: (Giggling) Don't.
JACK: Don't pull on it. Don't pull.
JENNIFER: I'm trying to pull your pants up.
JACK: Don't pull....
AS SHE STRUGGLES UP WITH
HIS PANTS, THEY BOTH LOSE THEIR BALANC AND FALL BACK ONTO THE BED,
ENDING UP WITH JENNIFER LYING ON TOP OF JACK.
EMILIO HEARS THE SCREAMING
AND BURSTS INTO THE ROOM.
EMILIO: Hey, what in the hell's going on?
JENNIFER: Oh, Jack.
EMILIO: Hey, what's going on?
JENNIFER: I was helping Jack get dressed.
Does he always get dressed laying down?
JENNIFER: He tripped. We both did.
EMILIO: Oh, that's a new one.
JACK: (Embarrassed, and knowing ful-well what Emilio is thinking.)
Let me tell you something, you were hired to guard bodies not interrogate
JACK LIMPS AWAY FROM THE BED.
JENNIFER: Jack, you're going to hurt yourself.
I can handle it. Next time, knock.
EMILIO: I thought somebody was hurt, okay.
JACK: (Hurt by the implication that he tried to molest Jennifer)
I know what you thought!
JACK AND JENNIFER EXCHANGE GLANCES.
JACK: Now you look. I'm going to be ready in ten minutes.
I want that car downstairs and waiting. You hear me.
EMILIO: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
JACK HITCHES UP HIS PANTS AND LEAVES THE ROOM.
EMILIO: (To Jennifer) I'm waiting.
JENNIFER: For what?
EMILIO: For you to tell me what was going on in here.
JENNIFER: Look, Emilio, I don't know what you're thinking.
EMILIO: It doesn't matter what I think. You know the guy's
a creep when it comes to ladies. You know that.
JENNIFER: You're talking about his past.
EMILIO: You're damn straight I am.
JENNIFER: Well, you don't have to be concerned, alright.
I know Jack. He would never hurt me.
EMILIO: Jennifer, you don't know that.
JENNIFER: Yes, I do know that.
JACK IS STANDING AT THE DOOR LISTENING AND HE IS HAPPY
THAT SHE THINKS THAT.
JENNIFER: And I know something else too. You're jealous.
Not I'm not.
JENNIFER: Yes, you are, yes you are. You're blushing. But
you don't have to worry because there is nothing between Jack and
EMILIO: You really mean that? Is that what you really want?
JENNIFER: Huh, uh. It's exactly what I want.
JACK IS HURT AND DISAPPOINTED.
SCENE TWO: JACK IS WORKING
IN HIS OFFICE WHEN VERN COMES IN.
VERN: It's about that time.
VERN: The concert. You told me you were going to throw me
out of here if I let you forget it.
JACK: Congratulations Vern. You just saved your job.
VERN: You're not going?
JACK: Brilliant Vern, brilliant!
VERN: What are you going to do with the tickets?
JACK: They're yours Vern.
JACK HANDS VERN TWO
VERN: Oh, come on Jack, I can't make this. I'm going to be
busy later on.
I'm busy now. In fact I'm too busy to argue. In fact I don't have
time for anyone or anything. You understand that?
MAX: Not even me?
JACK: Kid, what are you doing in here?
MAX: I got my ad ready.
JACK: (Feeling awkward in front of Vern.) Your ad? Oh, your
ad, of course. Well, why don't you show it to me? (To Vern) Could
you excuse us?
VERN: Oh, sure.
JACK: Guess you managed to figure all the words out, uh?
MAX: I tried.
JACK: Yeah. Well, let's see how hard you tried.
JACK READS THE AD THAT MAX HANDS HIM.
JACK: (Reading) "Grandpa Wanted. I like to play checkers
and catch and go fishing. If you do too maybe this is a good job for
you." Not bad. If you write to the newspaper, I will write back."
MAX: That's too many words, huh?
JACK: Yeah, but.... what day's today? Thursday?
JACK: You know something. We have a special on ads on Thursday.
JACK: Really. Yeah, yeah. You can get this ad printed up
for the low low price of five dollars.
MAX: But I only have four dollars, a marble and a baseball
JACK: Correction. You had four dollars, a marble and a baseball
card. Now I have it. But I'm going to give you fifty cents credit
for the baseball card and for the "Cosmos Swirler." How
MAX: Then I have enough.
MAX: Wait until I tell Jennifer.JACK: Yeah!
JENNIFER HAS QUIETLY ENTERED THE
OFFICE, AND IS GRINNING AT JACK'S ACTIONS.
JENNIFER: Wait until you tell me what?
JENNIFER (CONT.): Max, this is great.
JACK'S MOUTH FALLS OPEN AS HE SEES JENNIFER AT THE DOOR. HE
IS EMBARRASSED THAT SHE CAUGHT HIM, YET SEEMINGLY GLAD TO SEE
MAX: Jack showed
me how to write it.
JACK: Mr. Jack.
MAX: And told me all about the sale.
JENNIFER: What sale?
MAX: You know. All ads cost five dollars today.
JENNIFER: (Looking pleased with Jack. She goes along with
it.) Oh! Yeah, yeah, the Thursday sale. Right, right.
JACK: (Embarrassed) Look, I really need to be getting back
to work so....
JACK WAVES JENNIFER OUT THE DOOR.
JENNIFER: Oh, okay. Max, come on. I'll buy you a soda.
JENNIFER HANDS JACK THE AD AS SHE
MAX: Thanks for everything Mr. Jack.
JENNIFER: Yeah. Thanks for everything Mr. Jack. (Big
JACK: (Smiling sheepishly) Get out of here!
WALKS OUT PAST EMILIO AND VERN WHO ARE TALKING ABOUT THE TICKETS
SCENE THREE: THE TICKETS
ARE FOR A PHILHARMONIC CONCERT IN THE PARK AND VERN CONVINCES EMILIO
THAT GIRLS LOVE THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. WHEN JENNIFER COMES BACK
INTO THE OFFICE, EMILIO ASKS JENNIFER TO GO WITH HIM. SHE IS RELUCTANT
TO GO BECAUSE SHE SAYS THAT JACK NEEDS HER BUT EMILIO TALKS HER
SCENE FOUR: A SHORT TIME
LATER SHE GOES INTO JACK'S OFFICE.
JENNIFER: Jack, I've done with my nursing home piece.
JACK: That's fine, just leave it.
JENNIFER: Do you think that you could read it at home?
JACK LOOKS UP AT HER WONDERING WHY.
JENNIFER: I was just hoping that we could get home early tonight.
JACK: Sure, we can order us some pizza, we can get a video,
I'll finish reading that stuff and we can call it a night.
JENNIFER: Sure we can stop at the video shop on the way
home but I'm going out tonight.
JACK: You're going out?
JENNIFER: Yeah, I have a date.
AT THE DOOR.
EMILIO: All set?
JENNIFER: Oh, yeah. Oh, Emilio when you drop us off I'm going
to need a little time to change.
JACK LISTENS AS THEY
TALK AND SHAKES HIS HEAD AS IF HE WAS FOOLISH TO THINK THAT HE HAD
ANY CHANCE WITH JENNIFER.
JENNIFER: Well, yeah. We can't go dressed like this.
JACK CONTINUES TO LISTEN AND WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO
ASK HER OUT ON A DATE, BUT ALL THE TIME THINKING HE IS NOT GOOD
ENOUGH FOR HER.
EMILIO: Yeah, right.
JENNIFER: You know I have my
ticket, so why don't I just meet you there.
EMILIO: Sure, whatever you want.
JENNIFER: Okay. Oh, Jack, I hope you like the story.
JACK: I'm sure I will.
JENNIFER: Okay, well, I'll see you at home later.
JENNIFER LEAVES BUT EMILIO STAYS.
JACK: Is there any particular reason you're standing there?
JACK: They really should put that on your tombstone. It
says it all.
EMILIO: Listen Deveraux. Have you ever heard of the Philharmonic?
JACK: You mean as in the orchestra?
EMILIO: Yeah. You know like if you would go there to see
one of their concerts, you would get all laid out, put a nice rack
on and everything.
JACK: Well, that of course.... that depends on the music.
EMILIO: Well, on the tickets it says somethin' about Beethoven.
EMILIO: And he's some big deal whose dead now.
JACK: How well you put it.
EMILIO: Well, like if I would go and listen to some of his
stuff, would I get all decked out?
JACK DELIGHTS IN
HIS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE EMILIO LOOK UNCULTURED IN FRONT OF JENNIFER.
JACK: Well.... er.... I mean you can't go casual. Of course
it's up to you but if it were me.... I'd go formal. Real formal, you
know. Tux, studs, tie.
EMILIO: Hey man, thanks for the help.
JACK: Don't mention it.
JACK: Yeah. Real formal!
JACK HAS A DELICIOUSLY WICKED GRIN ON HIS FACE. EMILIO LEAVES
LOOKING REALLY PLEASED. AFTER HE IS GONE JACK GLOATS.
JO: (In the middle of the conversation) ....Yes, I do, I know
how busy you are.
SCENE FIVE: LATER THAT NIGHT. JACK IS ALONE
IN JENNIFER'S LOFT, LOOKING FORLORNLY. THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE
DOOR AND IT IS JO.
JACK: You know how it is.
JO: Yes, I'm not going to stay. I just wanted to bring you
by this casserole.
JACK: Oh, that's what that is, eh?
THE CASSEROLE FROM JO AND PUTS IT ON THE TABLE.
Yes. It's for you and Jennifer. Where is she, by the way?
JACK: Oh, she's out on a date.... with Emilio.
JO: Oh! I didn't know they were involved.
JACK: Yeah, well, I didn't really think she'd be the type
to go dating outside her own species.
JO: I take it you don't approve.
JACK: Well.... I think she could.... she could do better,
JO: (Wisely know just who that someone is.) You have
somebody else in mind?
JACK: (Getting a annoyed) Actually I don't!
JO: Jack, if you want Jennifer, you're going to have to
start opening up.
JACK: Who said anything about wanting Jennifer?
JO: Well, it's obvious that you care. Tell her! I mean you
just have to tell her otherwise she's never going to know what a
wonderful man you are deep down.
(Getting angry because Jo sees right through him.) How do you know
what a wonderful man I am deep down. You don't even know me.
JO: That's not true. I most certainly do know you.
JACK: (Pointing to the casserole.) What's in this, uh? What's
JACK: Tuna fish? Is that what it is?
JO: As a matter of fact, it is.
I HATE TUNA FISH!
JO: (Hurt) Sorry, I didn't know.
JACK: You didn't know. That's right. There's a whole lot
of things you didn't know about me. I could make a whole list of
things you don't know about me. But let's just suffice to say that
you don't know me.
JO: Well, that maybe true, but whose fault is that?
JACK: I didn't give you up!
JO IS HURT.
JO: Jack I can't change the past. I can only live for now.
I have tried to get to know you. I really have tried. (Beginning to
cry.) Obviously you don't want to get to know me.
BEGINS TO LEAVE.
JACK: Wait a minute. Wait.
JO: No, no. You're busy. But for the record, there are a
lot of things about you that I know that you don't. You see I used
to hold you in my arms. I used to sing to you.
JO: (Cont.) And I knew more about you than anybody else
in the whole world. I loved you. (She walks over and puts her hand
on his shoulder.) I'll always love you son. (She kisses his cheek.)
JACK IS AFFECTED BY HER WORDS AND HER AFFECTION.
JO LEAVES AND JACK IS FEELING SAD ABOUT HIS LIFE. HE WALKS
TO THE WINDOW AND HEARS THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PLAYING AT
THE CONCERT WHERE JENNIFER AND EMILIO ARE. HE SITS ON IN THE WINDOW,
CLOSES HIS EYES AND SIGHS.
SCENE SIX: MEANWHILE JENNIFER
IS WAITING IN THE PARK FOR EMILIO. HE TURNS UP IN A FULL DINNER
SUIT. HE ASKS HER IF JACK WOULD KNOW WHAT TO WEAR TO A CONCERT LIKE
THIS AND SHE SAYS YES AND HE SAYS HE IS GOING TO KILL JACK FOR TELLING
HIM THE WRONG THING TO WEAR. A FEW PEOPLE AT THE CONCERT TEASE HIM.
WHEN IT ENDS JENNIFER AND EMILIO SPEND SOME TIME TALKING AND THEN
THEY KISS. SHE SHIVERS AND HE PUTS HIS COAT AROUND HER SHOULDERS.
HE WANTS TO KISS HER AGAIN BUT SHE SAYS IT IS GETTING LATE AND THEY
SCENE SEVEN: JACK IS SITTING
IN HIS ROOM AT THE LOFT WAITING FOR JENNIFER TO COME HOME. HE HEARS
HER COME IN THE DOOR.
HE GETS UP AND GOES TO THE
JACK: Jennifer, is that you?
JENNIFER: Yeah, Jack,
JACK: Well, why don't you come on up and tell me all about
your little date, uh?
SHE WALKS IN STILL WEARING EMILIO'S
JENNIFER: What do you want to know?
JACK: Well, first
and foremost, what was it.... nice jacket.
JACK: Ah, no. I just realized that I've got a heap of work
JENNIFER: What do you mean? I thought you wanted to hear
all about my date.
JACK: Ah, well, I don't want to pry.
JENNIFER: No, no. Let me tell you. It was wonderful. Emilio
has a great feeling for music. Among other things.
JACK: (With a cynical look on his face, and trying to hide
his true feelings.) I'm so happy for you.
JENNIFER: You're lying.
JACK: (Trying to laugh it off to hide the fact that he is
jealous) I beg your pardon.
JENNIFER: You tried to show Emilio up. You tried to show everybody
that you're much smarter than him. Well, you did. So I hope that you
enjoy your victory Jack. But just tell me one thing. What did you
JENNIFER WALKS OUT AND JACK, FEELING REMORSEFUL,
TRIES TO STOP HER.
SHE HAS LEFT AND JACK IS ALONE FEELING ASHAMED.