SCENE ONE: AT THE LOFT. IT IS THE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
JACK: (Speaking outloud to himself) Steve, why are
you so interested in this!? (Thinking) Unless--
JACK HEARS JENNIFER'S FOOTSTEPS.
JENNIFER: (Calling out) Morining!
JACK: (Hiding the paper before she appears): How about a little
bit of coffee?
JACK GETS IT FIRST AND HIDES IT IN HIS POCKET. IT
CONTAINS AN ARTICLE ON THE TOSCANO FAMILY. JENNIFER WANTS TO KNOW
WHAT IS GOING ON.
JACK: What makes you think anything is going on?
JENNIFER: The article and the way you're acting.
JACK: Well, I don't know about you but until I've had my
first cup of coffee in the morning, I'm a poor judge of anything.
JENNIFER: You're in trouble again aren't you?
JACK: What makes you think that?
JENNIFER: I'm a reporter Jack.
JACK: You're nosey, that's what you are.
No, I know when someone is hiding something.
JACK: You know I've been wondering. What have you been trying
to hide the last couple of days?
JACK: Me? Yeah, you. You know I thought maybe it was something
personal. I thought I'd keep my big nose out of it but seeing as
all bets are off, what have you been up to?
JENNIFER: Jack, I don't know what you're talking about.
JACK: Well, I don't know what you're talking about.
THEY STARE AT EACH OTHER AS THERE IS A KNOCK ON THE
DOOR. THEY CONTINUE TO STARE UNTIL JENNIFER GIVES IN AND ANSWERS
EMILIO: Let's go you folks. We're going to be late. Let's go.
JACK AND JENNIFER CONTINUE TO STARE AT EACH OTHER
AND NOT TALK.
JENNIFER: I'll just get my purse.
EMILIO: Well, let's hop to it okay.
JACK: And I need to stop by the hospital. I have to see
how soon I get out of these wraps.
EMILIO: Well, I've got no debate with that. After all it
is your car ain't it?
JENNIFER MARCHES STRAIGHT PAST JACK, GIVING HIM A
LOOK. AS THE THREE OF THEM REACH THE DOOR, THE PHONE RINGS AND JENNIFER
GOES BACK TO ANSWER IT. IT IS JULIO CALLING EMILIO FROM THE POLICE
STATION. HE WANTS EMILIO TO COME RIGHT DOWN.
JENNIFER: What's wrong?
EMILIO: Brady brought my brother down for questioning.
JACK: Stealing milk money again.
EMILIO: I better get down there fast.
JENNIFER: I'll drive the car.
EMILIO: No, I want to make sure that you and what's his
face get down there safely.
JACK: Oh, believe me, what's his face can get to the hospital
very well thank you.
EMILIO: I'm not worried about you Deveraux okay. I just want
to make sure the lady gets down there. Now without much further delay,
let's take it.
THE THREE OF THEM MOVE TO THE DOOR AND THEY ALL TRY
TO SQUASH THROUGH, AT ONCE AND AS USUAL JACK IS TO BLAME.
JENNIFER: Jack have you ever heard of ladies first!
EMILIO: Please Deveraux!
EMILIO: Shut up!
SCENE TWO: JACK AND JENNIFER ARRIVE AT THE HOSPITAL.
THEY ARE LEAVING THE ELEVATOR AND JACK IS TELLING JENNIFER WHAT
SHE HAS TO DO. SHE IS HOLDING HER FINGERS IN HER EARS AND SINGING
"LALALALA" SO SHE CANNOT HEAR HIM RANT.
JACK: I want full research on the gangs. I want names, I want
records, I want every article we've ever done. Jennifer!
JENNIFER: Jack, we have been over this a hundred times.
JACK: Then why aren't you doing anything about it? Let me
take notes for you okay.
JENNIFER: Jack, Jack! Just listen to me.
JACK: Jennifer, Jennifer.
JENNIFER: The more publicity you give these gangs, the more
they'll feel they have to live up to it. Ever since you've been
writing these articles all the problems have been getting worse.
JACK: Let me say one word to you. Economics. Economics.
Do you know how many letters we've gotten from one article alone?
We're going to blow this whole thing world wide. We're going to
take this sucker and ride it all the way down.
JENNIFER: Jack what about the Stingrays? You saw what they
did to you over one article. How do you think they're going to react
with a whole series?
JACK: We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
JENNIFER: We're at the bridge.
You're going to end up being killed.
JACK: Listen to me.
JENNIFER: No! You listen to me.
JACK: Jennifer, work! The Great and Powerful
Oz has spoken.
JENNIFER: How are you supposed to get to the office?
JACK: In my balloon! No, I'll take a cab. Don't worry about
me. But you have that work done, ready. You understand. Capisce!
JENNIFER: I understand. I understand.
MIKE: Hi, Squirt.
JENNIFER: Hi Mike.
JACK: Ready for me Mike?
MIKE: In a minute.
JENNIFER: Mike can you make sure he gets a cab to get to
work? Can you do me that favor?
MIKE: I'm sure that Jack's a big boy and can get a cab all
by himself, even with a couple of cracked ribs.
JACK: You heard the doctor.
MIKE: Since when have you been his mommy?
JENNIFER: (Embarrassed) I'm n.... I wa.... nothing. Forget
MIKE: Look, I have a patient to see. I'll see you in my
JACK: Good. Good.
MIKE: And I'll talk to you later.
JENNIFER: I'll call you. Don't call me.
MIKE LEAVES AND JACK HAS THIS SATISFIED GRIN ON HIS
JENNIFER: What Jack?
JACK: Remember. The research, the gangs.
JENNIFER: I'm going.
JACK: Job, job.
JENNIFER: Goodbye Jack.
JENNIFER GETS IN THE ELEVATOR AND JACK PREPARES TO
SEE MIKE. AS HE TURNS AROUND HE DROPS HIS DIARY AND PEN AND BENDS
DOWN TO PICK IT UP. AS HE LOOKS UP, MARINA TOSCANO WALKS PAST AND
HE LOOKS AT HER LEGS.
JACK: Pardon my pen.
MARINA: Quite alright.
SHE ADMIRES JACK AS WELL.
JACK: Huh? Hamanahamanahamana. Whoa!
SHE WALKS INTO THE STAFF LOUNGE AND JACK IS LEFT VERY DISTRACTED
AT THE NURSES' STATION. A NURSE COMES OUT AND TELLS HIM THAT MIKE
IS READY TO SEE HIM.
SCENE THREE: HE WALKS OFF
TO MIKE'S OFFICE. AFTER HE HAS LEFT STEVE AND KAYLA ARRIVE AND KAYLA
TALKS TO MARINA IN THE LOUNGE WHILE STEVE IS OFF DOING BUSINESS.
AS MARINA COMES OUT OF THE LOUNGE, JACK SEES HER AGAIN AND SHE GIVES
HIM A FLIRTING GLANCE AND WALKS TO THE ELEVATOR.
NURSE: Doctor Horton has an opening on Wednesday at nine.
JACK TURNS TO FACE THE ELEVATOR AS SHE ENTERS.
JACK: (To himself) Well!
AS HE IS WATCHING HE SEES STEVE COME TOWARDS THE ELEVATOR
AND SEE MARINA ALSO. HOWEVER STEVE HIDES SO MARINA CANNOT SEE
HIM. JACK OBSERVES IT ALL. HE TURNS BACK AWAY FROM STEVE.
STEVE: Hey, Billy Jack, don't lollygag and miss your appointment
SCENE FOUR: JUST BEFORE THE ELEVATOR ARRIVES, KAYLA COMES
OUT TO SPEAK TO MARINA AGAIN. STEVE CONTINUES TO HIDE UNTIL MARINA
HAS LEFT THEN HE COMES OUT TO SPEAK TO KAYLA AS IF HE HAD JUST
ARRIVED. JACK LISTENS TO THE WHOLE CONVERSATION. AS STEVE
IS LEAVING HE CALLS OUT TO JACK.
JACK TAKES THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE OUT OF HIS POCKET AND READS
IT AGAIN, THINKING THAT THERE IS DEFINITELY SOME CONNECTION.
SCENE FIVE: BACK AT THE OFFICE,
JULIO ASKS JENNIFER TO GET EMILIO TO STAY AWAY FROM JACK BUT SHE
SAYS THAT EMILIO IS THE ONLY ONE KEEPING JACK ALIVE. JULIO LEAVES
AND EMILIO ARRIVES. JUST AS THEY BEGIN TO TALK JACK MARCHES IN.
JACK: Jennifer, Jennifer, get Vern in my office right now!
JENNIFER: Jack. Jack what about the research?
JACK: Now, now! Not later. I can't. Now, I can't wait.
SCENE SIX: A FEW MINUTES
LATER JENNIFER AND VERN COME INTO JACK'S OFFICE.
JENNIFER: Okay, Jack, we're here.
VERN: Yeah, what's the story?
JACK: Thank you Jennifer.
JENNIFER: What are you talking about?
JACK: I'm talking about thank you for bringing Vern in here.
Now run along.
JENNIFER: What do you mean? I'm always in on the meetings.
JACK GUIDES JENNIFER OUT THE DOOR AND SHUTS IT.
JACK: Not now. Not on this issue.
VERN: Okay, it sounds important.
JACK: It is important. That's why you have to handle this
JACK: Go to the library. Get all the information we have
on the Toscano family vineyards. You know what I'm talking about?
VERN: I've heard that. Where did I hear that before?
JACK: Vern, you're no Lou Grant.
VERN: Oh, wait a minute. That's from the article and microfilm
you had me copy. The one that Steve Johnson was reading.
JACK: Brilliant Vern, brilliant. Now that you've gotten
over your shock and found out what it is, go and get it.
VERN: What's the angle?
JACK: No angle. It's all secret. Just for me.
VERN: Oh, come on Jack.
JACK: Executive privilege Vern. Executive privilege.
JACK OPENS THE DOOR AND JENNIFER FALLS INTO THE OFFICE.
SHE WAS LISTENING OUTSIDE. JACK BENDS DOWN TO TALK TO HER.
JACK: Who are we today? Inspector Clousseau?
JENNIFER: Are you going to tell me what's going on Jack?
HE SLAMS THE DOOR IN HER FACE.
JENNIFER: JACK! ERGH!
SCENE SEVEN: EMILIO COMES IN AND ASKS
HER WHY SHE BOTHERS WITH JACK. SHE DOES NOT ANSWER AND TELLS EMILIO
TO LEAVE HER AND JACK ALONE BECAUSE THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.
EMILIO CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE MEANS BUT SHE SAYS THAT HE IS
BEING PARANOID. SHE CONTINUES TO TRY AND PUSH HIM AWAY SO THAT THE
STINGRAYS WILL NOT THREATEN JULIO BUT EMILIO REFUSES.
SCENE EIGHT: A SHORT TIME
LATER VERN COMES BACK TO JACK WITH SOME INFORMATION.
VERN: Here's the file you wanted Jack. All I could find on
the Toscano family.
VERN: Ah, it's not much.
VERN: They're in the back there. Listen what's the hook on
JACK FLICKS TO THE BACK OF THE FILE AND SEES A PICTURE
OF MARINA TOSCANO.
JACK: Holey moley!
JACK: Marina Toscano.
VERN: Yeah, what about her?
JACK: Well, that's her.
JACK: The woman I saw in the hospital. That's why he
was so upset.
VERN: Who's he? Who?
VERN: Jack, what in the hell are you talking about?
JACK: Ah, nothing Vern.
VERN: What is so important about this woman?
JACK: What woman?
VERN: Wha? Ah....
JACK: Vern, Vern, who was talking about a woman?
JACK: You're imagining things.
VERN: Oh, give me a break.
JACK: (Putting his hand on Vern's shoulder) Vern, you're
imagining things. You're working too hard. You need a vacation and
I'm just the guy to give it to you.
VERN: Okay, okay. I'm imagining things.
JACK: Okay, it'll be our little secret, okay?
JACK: Anything else for you?
VERN: Well, except for my galloping senility, I think we're
JACK: Good. Thanks for dropping by.
VERN: I guess there's a little more to this.... to this
regular story, eh Jack.
JACK LOOKS UP BUT VERN HAS LEFT.
JACK: (Smiling) Ah.... no, this is not just a story. This
is Steve's story. This is family.
mid September 1989]
JACK: Good morning!
SCENE ONE: MARINA TOSCANO IS IN HER HOTEL ROOM FINISHING HER
MAKEUP. THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR. SHE CHECKS HERSELF IN THE
MIRROR THEN OPENS THE DOOR.
MARINA: I think you have the wrong room.
JACK: I don't think so.
MARINA: I don't know you.
JACK: Oh, but you will.
MARINA: Are you sure that this is the right number?
(Looking at the number on the door) 603. You are Donna d'Angelo aren't
MARINA HAS BEEN POSING AS DONNA SINCE SHE CAME TO SALEM.
MARINA: Are you with the hotel?
JACK: Oh no, no, no. I don't do housework.
MARINA: How did you know my name?
JACK: Oh, I know a lot about you Miss d'Angelo.
JACK HAS A CLEVER GRIN ON HIS FACE AS HE SKIPS RIGHT
PAST HER INTO THE ROOM
JACK: Nice digs.
MARINA: (Reluctant to shut the door, and very suspicious
of Jack.) You say you know a lot about me.
Sounds like a bad line eh?
JACK: (Enjoying every minute of it.) I'm good at bad lines.
MARINA: Do you try this with all the women when you first
JACK: (Still enjoying being in the powerful position.) Huh,
MARINA: I'm going to have to ask you to leave before I call
JACK: Without finding out how I know who you are?
MARINA: The suspense is killing me.
JACK: Oh, beautiful lady killed by suspense. Film at eleven.
We can't have that happen can we?
MARINA: I'm waiting, please.
JACK: Alright, I don't know you.
MARINA: Have a nice day. (She tires to shut the door.)
JACK: But I do know someone who does. Steve Johnson is my brother.
MARINA STOPS AND IS VERY INTRIGUED.
JACK: Steve Johnson, blonde, blue eyed. Well one's blue, one's
green. Actually one's glass.
MARINA: Kayla's husband.
JACK: Kayla's husband, yes!
MARINA: If you here concerning the car accident, I filed
a report with the police, Mr. Johnson.
JACK: Deveraux. Jack Deveraux.
MARINA IS PUZZLED BY THE DIFFERENT NAME.
JACK: Well, actually it's kind of a long story. See when I
was born I was very young and.... ah....
MARINA: Actually, I have nothing more to say.
JACK: But I do. Actually, I want to meet you. I mean I've wanted
to meet you.
JACK EXTENDS HIS HAND AND SOMEWHAT RELUCTANTLY SHE
JACK: I've heard a lot about you.
MARINA: Miss d'Angelo has become famous?
JACK: In a way. And I'm glad I got a chance to meet her.
MARINA: I'm glad you're glad. Goodbye.
SHE PATS HIS HAND AND SHUTS THE DOOR.
JACK: (Outside her door, talking to himself) Till we meet
JACK: (Cont.) Both of you. Till we meet both of you again.
SCENE TWO: LATER JACK IS WALKING ON THE PIER WHEN
HE SEES STEVE THROW A COPY OF FINE WINES OF THE WORLD
INTO THE RIVER IN ANGER.
JACK: They're going to take away your library card.
STEVE: What do you know about her?
IN USUAL FASHION, STEVE GRABS JACK BY HIS COAT COLLAR.
JACK: Enough to know that I can help you.
STEVE: So you want to help me baby brother?
JACK: I just offered didn't I?
STEVE: You can't help me.
Donna d'Angelo is Marina Toscano. I know that for starters. I know
that she's got something on you.
STEVE: Yeah, you're not in your business again, are you?
You're in my business. I know you got into that microfilm and I
saw the gleam in your beady little eyes yesterday at the hospital.
JACK: Look, if you want, I can help you find out more about
STEVE: I don't want your help. You better quit while you're
JACK: What about Kayla?
STEVE: Now, Kayla's none of your damn business.
JACK: What's going to happen to Kayla?
STEVE: You shut up about Kayla!
I'M NOT GOING TO LET YOU SIT AROUND ON YOUR BUTT WHILE THIS WOMAN
RUINS KAYLA'S LIFE.
STEVE: (Grabbing Jack by the collar) I SAID SHUT UP! Shut
up I tell you. I don't need you telling me anything about my wife.
JACK: I'm all you've got.
STEVE: I don't think so. Life doesn't get that pathetic.
JACK: It just did! Now I'm offering to help you.
STEVE: How can you help me? You're a walking disaster yourself.
JACK IS DEEPLY HURT BY STEVE'S COMMENT AND FOR A SECOND
THINKS OF BACKING AWAY BUT INSTEAD PERSISTS.
JACK: Look, we both know I've made mistakes.
STEVE: You call what you did, making mistakes?
JACK: You haven't made mistakes?
STEVE STOPS AND REALIZES THAT JACK UNDERSTANDS HIM AND THAT
HE IS RIGHT.
JACK: (Cont.) You know, you and Jo and Adrienne, you all
talk about family sticking together. But you know something, it's
a bunch of empty words. What you want is me on the outside.
That's what you've got. That's not going to help your situation
STEVE: Alright, you want to be my brother, you want to help
me and help yourself? You'll stay out of this one.
STEVE BEGINS TO WALK AWAY BUT STOPS.
STEVE: I'm serious, Billy.
STEVE LEAVES JACK ALONE AND WONDERING WHAT IS GOING
ON AND WHETHER HE SHOULD GET INVOLVED.
VERN: I got here as fast as I could Jack.
SCENE THREE: A SHORT TIME LATER, JACK IS STILL ON THE PIER,
HE IS TAPPING HIS FINGERS ON AND DEEP IN THOUGHT.
THEN VERN ARRIVES.
JACK: Vern, are you sure nobody saw you? Nobody knows you
VERN: Nobody saw me. Now what's up? You made it seem so
top secret on the phone.
JACK: It is top secret. Nobody can know that you're here.
Look I'm relying on you. I need your help.
VERN: You've got it. Anything you want.
JACK: I'm going to Europe.
VERN: Oh no, what about the paper?
JACK: Just for a couple of days.
VERN: Well why don't you make it a little longer? I hear
Europe is lovely this time of year.
JACK: Vern, this is serious. I'm serious. Nobody can know
where I'm going.
VERN: You want me to cover for you?
JACK: That's the idea! That's why it's secret.
VERN: Yeah well, at the risk of my already dented sanity
Jack, what is this trip all about?
JACK: It's.... er.... personal.
VERN: Something to do with that research you're doing on
JACK: A little something, yeah.
VERN: Well, for this little something, you're sure looking
JACK: There's something strange going on and I just need to
see if I should.... get involved.
mid September 1989]
SCENE ONE: THE NEXT DAY JENNIFER COMES INTO THE OFFICE UNAWARE
JACK HAS GONE TO EUROPE. SHE IS RESEARCHING INFORMATION ON GANGS.
JULIO AND CARRIE COME TO SEE HER AND ASK FOR HER HELP BECAUSE
EMILIO IS BEING PRESSURED BY THE GANG. SHE IS ABOUT TO ASK JACK
FOR HELP WHEN VERN TELLS HER THAT JACK WILL NOT BE IN THE OFFICE
TODAY AND HE IS NOT SURE WHEN HE WILL BE BACK. JENNIFER DECIDES
TO SEE SANTOS ON HER OWN AND GOES TO THE PIER.
SCENE TWO: WHILE SHE IS TALKING
TO SANTOS, EMILIO ARRIVES AND SANTOS RUNS OFF. EMILIO IS ANGRY WITH
JENNIFER FOR PUTTING HERSELF IN DANGER AND INTERFERING IN HIS LIFE.
HE TELLS HER THAT HE DID NOT TRUST HER AND THAT HE IS FED UP.
SCENE THREE: JENNIFER IS
FED UP HERSELF WITH BOTH MEN AND DECIDES TO TAKE A WEEK'S VACATION.
SHE PACKS UP HER THINGS AND STORMS OUT OF THE OFFICE.