date early December 1989]
SCENE ONE: JACK IS IN HIS OFFICE PACKING HIS BRIEFCASE
WHEN VERN COMES IN.
VERN: Excuse me, Jack. I need this file.
JACK: Oh, Vern, while you're at it, can you confirm these two
tickets for me?
VERN: Italy, again?
JENNIFER WALKS IN AS JACK HANDS VERN THE TICKETS.
JACK: Yeah, well. I figured I need a little vacation besides
it'll give you a chance to take that little lunch break you've been
VERN: Lucky me.
VERN WALKS OUT, AND JENNIFER WALKS INTO THE OFFICE.
JENNIFER: So, planning a little time off Jack?
Yes. Well, you're the one that was saying I was a little grumpy
lately. I figured that a little rest would do the trick.
JENNIFER: You're in trouble Jack.
JACK: No. You're the one that's going to be in trouble if
you don't stop sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.
JENNIFER: You can't fire a reporter for asking questions.
And what would you say if I told you I had proof that you were definitely
involved in something?
JACK: I would say, what in your mind, constitutes proof?
JENNIFER: The gun in your top desk drawer. What's it doing
SCENE TWO: KIMBERLY LOOKS LOVINGLY AND CARESSES A PHOTO OF
HER AND SHANE.
SCENE THREE: SHANE, STILL WANDERING AROUND WITH AMNESIA, HOLDS
ONTO A LOCKET, AND SEEMS TO BE ABOUT TO REMEMBER.
SCENE FOUR: BACK IN JACK'S OFFICE, JENNIFER HAS JUST QUESTIONED
JACK ABOUT THE GUN IN HIS DESK.
JACK: Gun.... gun. Oh yes the rubber gun in my top desk
JENNIFER: Jack, you know very well that I am not talking
about the rubber gun in your drawer.
JACK: I think you've been doing a little too much work on
those Riverfront gangs.
JENNIFER: I saw the real gun. I had it in my hands.
JENNIFER: Jack, I'm worried about you.
JENNIFER: You're doing this to help someone else.
JACK: Oh, now I think you're really imagining things.
JENNIFER: It's a woman in the Bayview Sanitarium. I figured
it out Jack, just like you taught me. Okay. And judging by the sound
of her voice, whoever she is, she isn't all that crazy.
JACK BEGINS TO HUM ONE OF THOSE SPOOKY, OLD TIME SOAPERISH
THINGS "OOOOEEEEEEEAHHH" WHILE JENNIFER IS TALKING.
JACK: Now we're jumping to one of our melodramatic conclusions
JACK CONTINUES THE EERY SOUND EFFECTS.
JENNIFER: You're going to get her released aren't you? That's
what this little vacation is all about. You're going to take her
JACK: No, the only one who's being taken away is me. I'm
going on a vacation, alone. By myself.
JENNIFER: I just want to help you. Can't you understand
that? Alright! I don't know the details but I know that whatever
you're mixed up in is dangerous. Don't go into this alone.
JACK: There is nothing dangerous about going on a vacation.
And that is exactly what I'm going to do. Period. Now if you don't
mind I've got a little bit of work I need to do before the plane
takes off. If you don't mind.
JENNIFER: Alright Jack, if you say so.
JACK: I do say so.
JENNIFER: Fine. Have a nice trip Jack.
JACK: Thank you. And Jennifer if you could close the....
SHE SLAMS THE DOOR AS SHE LEAVES.
JACK GOES TO HIS DRAWER AND TAKES OUT THE REAL GUN AND
LOOKS AT IT
SCENE FIVE: VICTOR KIRIAKIS IS READING THE ITALIAN PAPER "IL
GIORNALE," THERE IS A PHOTO OF MARINA, AND AN ARTICLE
ABOUT MARINA'S DEATH AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE TOSCANO FORTUNE,
WITH THE DEATHS OF ERNESTO AND MARINA.
SCENE SIX: BACK AT THE PAPER, JACK IS WALKING AROUND HIS OFFICE,
PLAYING WITH HIS GUN.
JACK: Nah, why ask for trouble.
So, when will you be back?
HE PUTS THE GUN AWAY. JUST THEN JENNIFER COMES
BACK INTO JACK'S OFFICE.
JACK: Ahh.... Who knows? That's the advantage of being the
publisher and owner of this rag. Besides with you and Vern on the
job, I've got nothing to worry about.
JENNIFER: (Sadly) I'll miss you. (Beat) It's not the same when
THEY BOTH ARE SILENT FOR A FEW MOMENTS, LOOKING INTENTLY, AND
EMOTIONALLY AT EACH OTHER, BUT TOO AFRAID TO ADMIT THEIR REAL FEELINGS
FOR EACH OTHER.
JACK: I'll bet. (Beat) You can save the strokes. Your job is
JENNIFER: I meant what I said Jack, about everything.
JACK: Ah....well, so much for the long goodbyes.
JACK: Ah, I tell you what. I'll write when I get work.
HE PICKS UP HIS SUIT JACKET AND AS HE PUTS IT ON, HIS WALLET
FALLS UNDER THE DESK. HE SEEMS TO WANT TO TELL HER THAT HE WILL
MISS HER AS WELL, BUT DOES NOT.
JENNIFER: Jack, will you please listen to me for a minute?
JACK: I want you to work hard, okay. Work hard.
JACK OPENS THE DOOR AND EMILIO IS STANDING THERE.
JACK: Ah.... I tell you one thing. If you kids want to play
in the desk, it's open. It's easier on the locks.
AS HE IS TALKING HE IS STRUGGLING TO PUT HIS COAT
ON SO EMILIO TRIES TO HELP.
JACK: Just leave it alone right.
JENNIFER TELLS EMILIO THAT JACK WOULD NOT LET HER HELP
HIM. EMILIO TELLS HER TO GET THE HINT AND STAY AWAY FROM HIM.
SCENE SEVEN: SCOTT ARRIVES
AND THE TWO GUYS DECIDED TO ORDER PIZZA BECAUSE JENNIFER SAID SHE
CANNOT GO OUT UNTIL SHE FINISHES HER ARTICLE. SHE SITS AT JACK'S
DESK AND TRIES TO READ ANY INFORMATION SHE CAN FIND ON HIS DESK.
SHE IS PREOCCUPIED THINKING ABOUT JACK AND TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT
HE IS PLANNING. SHE FINDS JACK'S COPY OF THE ITALIAN NEWSPAPER ON
SCENE EIGHT: IN HER ROOM, ISABELLA IS LOOKING AT JACK'S COAT,
SHE TAKES IT AND GENTLY RUBS IT AGAINST HER FACE SNIFFING IT,
SHE LAUGHS AND SMILES; SHE APPEARS TO HAVE FEELINGS FOR JACK.
MALE NURSE: There have been people here asking about your friend.
People in fancy suits who ride in big shiny cars that somebody else
SCENE NINE: JACK ARRIVES, AND IS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY
WITH THE MALE NURSE.
JACK: Wait a minute, give me a description. License plates.
MALE NURSE: I don't know. The day guy let me in on it.
JACK: Well, thanks for not making me pay him.
MALE NURSE: I thought you'd want to know.
ISABELLA: Jack, you're here. Did you talk to your lawyers?
THE NURSE WALKS AWAY LEAVING JACK WORRIED. HE GOES INTO ISABELLA'S
ROOM. JACK MUTTERS SOMETHING AND THEN CAUTIOUSLY OPENS THE DOOR.
HE CLEARS HIS THROAT.
JACK: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. (Jack is worried, he
seems as if he has to tell her something but does not know how)
Ah, yeah, I talked to the lawyers. Look I was hoping to get....
ah.... get through this thing on the up and up.
JACK: Yeah. I don't think we can wait around for the wheels
of justice. I think we have to walk you out of here tonight.
SCENE TEN: A COUPLE OF MOMENTS LATER, JACK IS LOOKING OUTSIDE
ISABELLA: Tonight (Walking over to Jack)?
JACK: Yeah, somebody's getting a little too nosey for my
ISABELLA: Do you think it's Victor Kiriakis?
JACK: Could be. But I'm not going to wait around to find
out. I tell you what. Get only the things that are most important
to you. Nothing that will raise suspicion. I'll be back in a couple
ISABELLA: How are you getting out of here (reaches for his
JACK: Well you tell me. You're the one that walked out of
here before. You see the secret is to get out without anybody knowing
and the for us to get out with nobody seeing us together. That shouldn't
be too hard. I mean how many attendants are there around here anyway?
ISABELLA: Thank you.
JACK: Oh, save it until you're out of here for good.
JACK LEAVES HER ROOM TO SCOPE THE PLACE.
SCENE ELEVEN: MEANWHILE JENNIFER IS CLEANING UP AFTER
THE PIZZA. SHE SITS DOWN AT JACK'S DESK AND OPENS THE DRAWER. SHE
LOOKS AT THE GUN AND DECIDES THAT JACK MUST WANT HER HELP OR HE
WOULD HAVE LOCKED THE DRAWER. SHE LOOKS OVER THE NEWSPAPER
WITH AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE TOSCANO FAMILY AND SEES THE NAME OF ISABELLA.
SHE REALIZES THAT SHE MUST BE THE WOMAN IN THE SANITARIUM. SHE GOES
THERE TO SEE IF SHE CAN FIND JACK, "ALRIGHT JACK, I'VE GOT
SCENE TWELVE: AT BAYVIEW JENNIFER TRIES TO SPEAK TO
THE DOCTOR IN CHARGE BUT THEY TELL HER THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL
WORKING HOURS. SHE THEN SAYS THAT HER BOSS IS THERE AND THEY TELL
HER THAT THERE ARE NO VISITORS THERE AT ALL. SHE TAKES OUT HER COIN
PURSE AND TELLS THE ATTENDANT THAT SHE HAS SOME CHANGE AND WILL
PAY HIM. HE TELLS HER THAT IF SHE DOES NOT LEAVE HE WILL CALL THE
SCENE THIRTEEN: ISABELLA IS PUTTING HER THINGS TOGETHER.
SHE FINDS JACK'S COAT AND PICKS IT UP AND GENTLY TOUCHES IT. JACK
Alright, are you all set?
ISABELLA: Yes I think so. I guess I didn't think you'd back
JACK: Just get everything together and let's go.
ISABELLA: Okay. I want to take my book and I need to get
JACK: No, no. Calm down. First thing is calm down. We don't
want to arouse suspicion, alright. I want you to go downstairs,
go through the lounge to the Emergency Exit. I'll meet you there.
You know where that is?
ISABELLA: Yes. I know where it is.
JACK: Good, good. Let's go. Right, let's get out of here. Remember
the important thing is not to arouse any suspicion.
JACK OPENS THE DOOR AND TWO MALE ATTENDANTS ARE STANDING
JACK: Gentlemen, I don't believe we've been introduced.
I know it's after visiting hours but you don't understand.
ATTENDANT: Your plans are cancelled! You and your friend
aren't going anywhere!
JACK LOOKS AROUND NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO NOW.