date late December 1989]
SCENE ONE: JACK IS WALKING ALONG THE PIER WHEN HE HEARS SOMEBODY
COMING UP BEHIND HIM. HE CROUCHES DOWN AND PULLS A GUN.
JACK: Hold, hold it right there. I've got a gun. I'll shoot.
IT TURNS OUT TO BE JENNIFER.
JENNIFER: Don't shoot, it's me!
JENNIFER: Who did you think it was?
JACK: (Frightened that he came so close to shooting her.)
What the hell do you think that you're doing, sneaking up on me
JENNIFER: I'm not sneaking up on you.
I could have killed you.
JENNIFER: I thought you only shot blanks out of that Jack.
JACK: Don't you ever do something like that to me again.
JENNIFER: Don't give me orders.
JACK: I'm your boss. I'll order you whe....
JENNIFER: Oh yeah, well you could have fooled me.
JACK: What do you mean by that?
JENNIFER: Have you forgotten where your office is?
JACK: It's right.... I've been busy!
JENNIFER: Too busy that I had to come looking for you?
JACK: (Smugly, but with more than a little hint of hopefulness.)
You missed me?
JENNIFER: No! I was worried about you.
JACK: Well look, I've been working on something.
JENNIFER: Something dangerous, right?
JACK: You know me. I'm not into dangerous.
JENNIFER: Then why do you insist on carrying a gun and why
did you just turn on me like that? Jack, I'm worried about you.
JACK: I like it when you worry about me.
JENNIFER: Well, I don't. I want to know what's going on.
I want to help you.
(Getting an idea.) Maybe you can.
JENNIFER: Alright, tell me what to do.
JACK: First, you've got to trust me.
JENNIFER: Well, for some reason I always do.
JACK: Then, you've got to be sworn to secrecy.
JENNIFER: Alright, just tell me what you need.
JACK: Your loft.
JENNIFER: The loft? For what?
JACK: Ah.... I've got this friend who.... who needs a place
to hide out.
JENNIFER: Who is this friend?
JACK: I thought you were going to be sworn to secrecy.
JENNIFER: I just want to know a little bit more before I
JACK: Look, this friend is in a lot of hot water and I thought
this friend would be safe with you.
JENNIFER: (She seems to enjoy the idea of the danger, especially
since it means working with Jack) What are you getting me into Jack?
JACK: A little adventure!
JENNIFER: Is this little friend of your's really in danger?
JACK: Let me put it this way. (Beat) This person's life
could depend on your answer. Think about it and get back to me.
JACK WALKS OFF, LEAVING JENNIFER WONDERING WHAT HE IS UP TO.
ISABELLA: No, one's been nice to me in a long time.
SCENE TWO: JACK RETURNS HOME AND HE AND ISABELLA ORDER CHINESE
FOOD. JACK AND ISABELLA SEEM RATHER COMFORTABLE WITH EACH OTHER.
Well, don't push your luck. If you don't start eating that shrimp
real soon, I'm going to eat it. I love shrimp.
ISABELLA: Why are you in such a good mood?
JACK: Well, I don't want to get your hopes up but I think
I've found you a place to hide.
JACK: Let's just suffice to say that Kiriakis will not be
able to find you.
ISABELLA: You're right. I don't want to get my hopes up.
THE PHONE RINGS.
JACK: (Gesturing)Oh! Hope rings eternal.
JACK: That was kind of a joke. I was hoping that was the
phone call I was waiting for. I'll get it. (Beat) Hello.
JENNIFER: Jack, hi, it's Jennifer.
JACK: Oh, my little Angel of Mercy. I knew it was you.
JENNIFER: Yeah, look I know I'm probably crazy....
JACK: You're going to do it?
JENNIFER: It was a difficult decision.
JACK: I knew I could count on you.
JENNIFER: Look, I'm doing this for you, okay. Because
you're my boss and I want to help you (Though it is obvious she
is doing it because she cares for Jack.).
JACK: I tell you what, there's going to be a special thank
you for you in your next paycheck.
JENNIFER: Jack, I'm not motivated by money. How soon
will this little friend be arriving?
WHILE SHE IS TALKING, EVE COMES DOWNSTAIRS AND OVERHEARS THE
JACK: Ah, tonight!
JACK: Well, we have to do this right away.
JENNIFER: Alright. Then I guess I'm going to have to
ask Eve to move out.
JACK: I didn't know that Eve was still living there.
JENNIFER: Yeah, well, I tell you that I don't think she's
going to be very happy about moving out Jack.
JACK: Yeah, well, I tell you what, my.... friend....and
I will be sneaking in through your bedroom window.
JENNIFER: Alright, Jack, that will be.... Jack I've got
to go. Bye.
SHE HANGS UP SUDDENLY WHEN SHE SEES EVE.
JACK: She hung up.
ISABELLA: Do I have a place to live?
JACK: Why did she hang up? (Beat) Yes! Yes, I think you
have a place to live.
ISABELLA: Right. Can I finish my dinner first?
SCENE THREE: BACK AT THE LOFT. MIKE HAD CONVINCED JENNIFER
TO TAKE EVE IN, JENNIFER HAD RELUCTANTLY AGREED. THEY HAD BEEN
RIVALS EVER SINCE SHE WAS DATING FRANKIE AND EVE HAD A MAJOR CRUSH
ON HIM AND TRIED TO SABOTAGE JENNIFER AND FRANKIE'S RELATIONSHIP.
JENNIFER: I didn't know you were here.
EVE: I was in my.... I was in your room. So who's
taking my place?
JENNIFER: Eve, I'm sorry that you happened to walk in at
the wrong time.
EVE: No, I think it was the right time.
EVE IS UPSET THAT SHE IS BEING THROWN OUT BUT JENNIFER SAYS
THAT A FRIEND OF HER'S REALLY NEEDS A PLACE TO STAY IMMEDIATELY.
AS THEY ARE TALKING EMILIO COMES IN AND EVE TELLS HIM THAT JENNIFER
IS THROWING HER OUT SO THAT SHE CAN MOVE SOME OTHER FRIEND IN.
EMILIO THINKS THAT HE IS THE FRIEND AND LEAVES TO PICK UP A FEW
THINGS. HE SEEMS QUITE SMUG WITH HIMSELF, THAT JENNIFER SEEMS
TO BE CHOOSING HIM.
SCENE FOUR: BACK AT JACK'S.
JACK: Not much to pack, eh?
ISABELLA: It'll do.
JACK: You don't like what I got you?
ISABELLA: Jack, it's all fine, really.
JACK: I know. You're disappointed because I didn't get you
ISABELLA: I'm scared.
JACK: Scared of what? Kiriakis?
ISABELLA: Of being with somebody beside you.
JACK: (Affectionately) You mean Jennifer? Oh don't worry
about Jennifer. Jennifer's great. She'll take good care of you.
ISABELLA: She's a stranger. I don't know her. You're the
only one I trust.
JACK: Well, I'm going to be around still.
ISABELLA: A knight without his horse.
JACK: I'm scared of horses. (Beat) You really do trust me,
ISABELLA: No, one's ever done so much for me.
JACK: (Surprised that someone trusts him, affected by that
notion) No. Nobody's trusted me in a long time.
ISABELLA: I find that hard to believe.
JACK: Believe it!
SCENE FIVE: A SHORT TIME LATER JACK COMES CRAWLING IN JENNIFER'S
BEDROOM WINDOW FOLLOWED BY ISABELLA.
ISABELLA: Do you think anybody saw us?
JACK: Sssshhhh! I think it was too dark.
ISABELLA: It looks like we made it.
JACK WALKS OVER TO JENNIFER'S DRESSING TABLE AND PICKS UP
A BASKET OF POTPOURRI. HE SMELLS IT AND SMILES.
JACK: This is definitely Jennifer's room.
ISABELLA: Where is she?
JACK: Well, she said she'd meet us.
ISABELLA: Shall we wait?
JACK: Ah.... we'll wait a minute and then I'll go down and
SCENE SIX: DOWNSTAIRS EMILIO ARRIVES WITH HIS LUGGAGE AND
A PIZZA. HE SAYS HE KNOWS THAT JENNIFER IS AS PLEASED AS HE IS
ABOUT THE MOVE. SHE TELLS HIM THERE HAS BEEN A TERRIBLE MIX-UP
AND THAT SHE MADE UP THE LIE ABOUT A FRIEND SO THAT SHE COULD
ASK EVE TO MOVE OUT. SHE TELLS EMILIO SHE DOES WANT TO BE WITH
HIM AND THEY KISS.
JACK IS WATCHING FROM BEHIND THE STAIRS. THE KISS SEEMS
TO AFFECT JACK, HIS CHEERFUL EXPRESSION CHANGES. ISABELLA COMES
DOWN TO JOIN HIM. SHE NOTICES HOW MUCH SEEING THE KISS BOTHERED
JACK, AND SEEMS SLIGHTLY HURT AND JEALOUS HERSELF, SHE PICKS UP
ON THE FACT THAT JACK CARES FOR JENNIFER. THEY BOTH GO BACK UP
TO JENNIFER'S ROOM.
JENNIFER SAYS GOODBYE TO EMILIO.
JACK: (Hurt by what he saw) Well, Jennifer's here.
JACK: Me too. I think maybe a little more than was intended.
ISABELLA: (Realizing Jack cares for Jennifer You mean her
kissing that guy?
JACK: Oh, he's not just any guy.
JACK IS FIDDLING WITH THE POTPOURRI. THINKING OVER WHAT HE
SAW. AND HURT BY IT.
ISABELLA: It bothered you, didn't it, seeing her with him.
JACK: (Trying not to reveal that the kiss did in fact bother
him, greatly.) Oh.... well.... I mean she's my employee.
My apprentice, my cub reporter (Though speaking rather
impersonally about Jennifer, he does so affectionately).
JUST THEN JENNIFER COMES INTO THE ROOM. SAVING JACK FROM HAVING
TO REVEAL TOO MUCH TO ISABELLA, OR EVEN HIMSELF.
JENNIFER: Jack, you're here! How did you get....
JENNIFER SEES ISABELLA AND IS NOT IMPRESSED BY JACK HAVING
AN ATTRACTIVE FEMALE FRIEND. LIKE JACK SHE TOO IS BOTHERED THAT
THE OTHER MIGHT CARE FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
JACK: Through the window. Um, this is my friend.
JENNIFER: Yes, I can see that.
JACK: Jennifer, I'd like to introduce Isabella Toscano.
JENNIFER IS VERY SURPRISED AND STARES SILENTLY AT ISABELLA.
JACK: (Noticing the tension) I'm sure you've got a million
JENNIFER: Isabella Toscano! When Jack said a friend I had
no idea that....
JACK: I said, top secret and very dangerous. Now, what are
the sleeping arrangements?
JENNIFER: Ah, Isabella, you can stay in the guest bedroom.
JACK: And what about me?
JENNIFER: Well, I don't know. (Her voice cracks thinking
that Jack and Isabella want to share a bed) I don't know where you
want to sleep. I mean if both of you want to stay in the....
JACK: I'll take the couch!
Jack will take the couch and I will take the bedroom. That's a good
JENNIFER: Okay. I didn't know Jack was staying.
JACK: You don't mind, do you?
JENNIFER: Do I have a choice?
ISABELLA: Jennifer I really appreciate you doing this for
JENNIFER: Well, Jack said he needed to help a friend, so
ISABELLA: I know you're going to a lot of trouble.
JENNIFER: Well, I'm sure he went to a lot of trouble to
help you too.
ISABELLA: I owe him my life.
JACK HAD BEEN CHECKING THE WINDOWS AND HEARING THIS STOPS
AND TURNS WITH A SHOCKED EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE AT THE IMPLICATIONS
OF WHAT ISABELLA HAS SAID.
JENNIFER: (Jennifer seems to be bothered and slightly hurt
that Jack would go through all this trouble for Isabella) That must
mean a lot to him, to help you.
ISABELLA: You'll have to ask Jack.
JACK: (Noticing the tension, he tries do something about
it.) I think we should talk about some ground rules.
JENNIFER: Rules, Jack? In my house.
JACK: Yes. First of all, nobody can know that Isabella's
JENNIFER: I'm not going to tell anyone.
JACK: You won't have a chance to. Until we get this ironed
out, we're all going to be spending a lot of time together.
JENNIFER: The three of us.
JACK: Hmmm. It has a nice cosy ring to it, doesn't it?
JENNIFER: Yeah. Just like the Three Musketeers.
JACK PUTS AN ARM AROUND EACH WOMAN.
JENNIFER DOES NOT SEEM TOO PLEASED WITH THE ARRANGEMENT,
AS WELL AS BEING SLIGHTLY JEALOUS OF ISABELLA AND HER RELATIONSHIP
WITH JACK. ISABELLA SEEMS AWKWARD BY THE SITUATION, AND IS PICKING
UP ON THE TENSIONS BETWEEN JACK AND JENNIFER, AS WELL AS BEING
SLIGHTLY JEALOUS OF JACK'S FEELINGS FOR JENNIFER.
[Air date late December 1989]
SCENE ONE: THE NEXT MORNING JENNIFER COMES DOWNSTAIRS AND
JACK IS ASLEEP ON THE COUCH. HE IS STILL IN HIS PANTS AND SHIRT
WITH A BLANKET TOSSED OVER HIM. JENNIFER LEANS OVER THE BACK OF
THE COUCH AND AFFECTIONATELY PULLS THE BLANKET UP OVER HIM, AND
LOOKS DOWN AT HIM, WATCHING. SHE THEN GOES TO THE KITCHEN.
ISABELLA SEES HER DO IT.
ISABELLA: Good morning.
JENNIFER: Good morning.
ISABELLA: I.... I hope I'm not interrupting.
JENNIFER: Ah.... what do you mean?
ISABELLA: You and Jack.
JENNIFER: Ah.... Jack's asleep.
ISABELLA: Not now. I mean in general.
JENNIFER: (Jennifer seems to realize what she means, but
so as not to reveal how she feels pretends she does not.) "In
Well, it's obvious you care for him.
JACK WAKES UP BUT PRETENDS TO BE STILL ASLEEP. HE OPENS ONE
EYE AND LISTENS TO THEIR CONVERSATION.
JENNIFER: (Trying to evade the question, and her feelings.)
Oh.... well, Jack's my boss.
ISABELLA: Is that all?
JENNIFER: What do you mean?
ISABELLA: I guess I thought that you and he were lovers.
JENNIFER: Well, I don't know where you ever got an idea
like that, but you're wrong.
ISABELLA: Then you and he....
JENNIFER: No, we're not.
JACK HAS NOW LEANED FURTHER OVER TRYING TO HEAR EVERYTHING
THEY ARE SAYING.
JENNIFER: Jack and I, we just work together. That's all.
ISABELLA: I'm sure there's more to your relationship but
JACK SUDDENLY ROLLS OFF THE COUCH.
|Angry that Jack spied on their
conversation, Jennifer lobs fruit at him;
1:45 Min; 2 Meg
JACK: (Trying to act nonchalant) Morning, ladies.
JENNIFER: You weren't asleep, Jack?
JACK: Me, asleep? I could hardly keep my eyes open through
JENNIFER: (Angry, and flustered) I'm not talking about last
night. I'm talking about right now.
JACK: Oh, now.... oh.
JENNIFER: "Oh?" Is that all you can say
Jack? Oh. You were eavesdropping on us, you creep. OH!
JENNIFER BEGINS TO BASH HIM WITH A PILLOW.
JENNIFER: It's so typical of you Jack, so typical.
JACK: Oh, oh.... oh.... OH! (Flashing one of his patented
Happy Jack faces.) You're not mad at me, are you?
JACK WALKS OVER TO THE KITCHEN AND LOOKS AT ISABELLA.
AS SOON AS HE SAYS IT, HE AND ISABELLA DUCK DOWN AND JENNIFER
THROWS SOME OBJECT AT JACK WHICH MISSES THEM BOTH AND GOES SAILING
INTO THE KITCHEN.
JACK: Thanks for the juice. Work on that aim.
JACK PICKS UP A GLASS OF JUICE AND RUNS UPSTAIRS.
JENNIFER: Don't you walk away from me Jack. I'm talking
JACK: I'm going to the shower. You'll thank me later.
JENNIFER BEGINS TO THROW FRUIT AT HIM.
JACK: Look, Isabella, she's not like this usually. Usually,
she's worse.You can trust her as far as you can throw her which
isn't far. Don't turn your back.
JENNIFER: GET IN THE SHOWER, CREEP! (To Isabella) Oh he's
so sneaky and manipulative.
ISABELLA: I find that hard to believe.
JENNIFER: That's because you haven't known him that long.
I have. Trust me, he's like this all the time.
SCENE TWO A SHORT TIME LATER, JACK COMES
OUT OF THE SHOWER. HE IS WEARING PANTS AND A SHIRT BUT HAS A
TOWEL WRAPPED AROUND HIS HEAD, LIKE THE BRAZILIAN SINGER CARMEN
MIRANDA. HE IS DANCING AND SINGING "THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA."
JACK IS BEING CUTE KNOWING THAT JENNIFER IS STIL ANGRY WITH
HIM; HE IS TRYING TO GET HER TO REACT AND FORGIVE HIM.
JACK: "Tall and tanned and young and tender,
The girl from Ipanema goes walking,
And when she's walks,
The boys, they just go Oooooooh,
They just go oooooh,
They just go ooooohwaaa...."
(Jack stops short noticing that she is still angry with him.)
JENNIFER IS SITTING ON THE COUCH PRETENDING TO READ THE PAPER
WATCHING HIS PERFORMANCE
JACK: Ah, hi! I didn't know you were still here (An obvious
JACK: Um, sorry about the song. You know it kind of got
stuck in my head. You know, I love that waterproof Mr. Mike. (A
nervous laugh) Hehehehehee.
JACK SITS DOWN NEXT TO JENNIFER ON THE COUCH. HE IS TRYING
TO MAKE FRIENDS AND SHE IS TRYING REALLY HARD TO IGNORE HIM AND
JENNIFER: Huh, uh.
JACK: Ah, where's Isabella?
JENNIFER POINTS UPSTAIRS.
JENNIFER PLONKS JACK'S SHOES IN HIS LAP, THEN RIPS THE TOWEL
OFF HIS HEAD.
Kinda nice, you know, the guest before the host. I'm sure that Miss
Manners would be proud.
JENNIFER: I'm sure.
JACK: Wow! One, two. Count 'em. Two!
JACK: Two words. When you're angry you usually go to one.
JENNIFER: I am not angry.
JACK: (Flashing another Happy Jack smile.) Oh, yes you are.
You're angry. Come on.
THE BOTH GET UP AND WALK OVER TO THE COUNTERTOP.
JENNIFER: Alright, alright, I am a little angry. But I should
have realized that you always sleep with one eye open, Jack.
JACK: Not to mention my ears.
JENNIFER: I wasn't planning on mentioning them.
JACK: Good. Not my best feature.
JENNIFER: Well, they'll do.
JACK: Oh, well, good. Are we still angry?
JENNIFER: (Beat) I'm through, for now.
DESPITE HOW SHE ACTS, IT IS HARD FOR HER TO STAY MAD AT JACK
Good, good. I was hoping we could cut through the ice and I could....
well, I could, you know, tell you how much I appreciate you helping
JENNIFER: Helping you?
JACK: Well, helping Isabella. You were helping me to protect
SHE IS PLEASED THAT JACK IS ALLOWING HER TO HELP AND HAS THANKED
HER, BUT HURT BY THE IDEA THAT HE IS GOING TO SO MUCH TROUBLE
JENNIFER: Well, Jack, I told you that I could help you with
this whole Toscano business, alright. I'm just glad that you're
finally giving me a chance to.
JACK: Well, it's not exactly helping. It's more.... you
know what I would actually like is for you to kind of not get too
JENNIFER: Why not Jack? Why are you making this such a mysterious
thing? Is it because of Isabella?
JACK: Er.... well.... in a way.
JENNIFER: Well, I know that you started doing this because
you wanted to help Steve and Kayla. But it's bigger than that now
isn't it? Will you just tell me how Isabella fits into this?
JACK: Okay. I just.... I just have the feeling that the
girl's in a lot of trouble and she needs my help. She needs our
help and we can't tell anybody that she's here. Okay?
JENNIFER: Don't worry. She's important to you, isn't she?
JACK: (He does not seem to know how to answer the question)
Er.... well.... ah.....
ISABELLA COMES DOWN AND SEES JACK PARTLY DRESSED, SAVING JACK
FROM AN EXPLANATION.
ISABELLA: You're not leaving are you?
JACK: No, I'm not going.... well I am going in a minute
but I'm going to be back.
THERE IS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR.
JENNIFER: Oh I'll get it.
JACK: Wait, get upstairs. Run, run. (To Jennifer) Ask who
EMILIO: (From outside the door) It's Emilio, dummy.
JACK: Don't worry about it.
JENNIFER: Oh, don't worry about it!
JACK OPENS THE DOOR.
EMILIO: What are you doing here?
JACK: Ah, just leaving. Thanks for everything.
JENNIFER: Okay. Goodbye.
JACK: (To Emilio, who is blocking the door) Pardon my pecks!
EMILIO: Get out of here!
JACK LEAVES AND EMILIO COMES IN.
EMILIO: So, what's going on between you and Deveraux?
JENNIFER: Emilio there is nothing going on between Jack
EMILIO: Did he sleep here last night?
JENNIFER: Yes he did, alright. But it's not what you think
that it is.
EMILIO GETS UPSET. JENNIFER TELLS HIM THAT JACK CAME LAST
NIGHT TO HELP HER WORK ON A STORY; IT GOT LATE AND HE FELL ASLEEP
ON THE COUCH. EMILIO HANDS HER THE BREAKFAST HE BROUGHT AND TELLS
HER HE HOPES JACK CHOKES ON IT. EMILIO THEN STORMS OUT.
SCENE THREE: ISABELLA COMES DOWNSTAIRS AND TALKS TO JENNIFER.
ISABELLA: Jennifer, I'm sorry I couldn't help overhearing.
JENNIFER: It's okay. Emilio and I fight like this a lot.
ISABELLA: Like you and Jack.
JENNIFER: Well, I never thought about it like that but yes,
I guess you're right.
ISABELLA: It's inevitable when you like two people. Eventually
Jennifer you have to choose.
JENNIFER: Look, Isabella, I know you're trying to help.
ISABELLA: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to jump to conclusions.
JENNIFER: No, that's okay. You don't have to apologize.
I mean if I had to sit through everything you've seen this morning
then I'd have to say something too.
ISABELLA: I saw how difficult this must be for you.
JENNIFER: I really appreciate that but I really think you're
getting the wrong impression here. (Sadly) Especially about me and
ISABELLA: He's just not someone you can get close to.
JENNIFER: I don't think so.
ISABELLA: Well, I do. The Jack you speak about is nothing
like the person I know.
JENNIFER: But you saw the way he acted before.
ISABELLA: When he's with me, he's sensitive and caring.
JENNIFER: What about competitive and argumentative? What
about undependable, short tempered and sarcastic?
ISABELLA: Jack has never lost his temper with me. He's sincere
and caring. Sometimes even a little bit vulnerable.
JENNIFER: You know I can't believe I'm hearing this. It
sounds like we're talking about two different people.
ISABELLA: Maybe we are.
JENNIFER: I mean the man that you're talking about is almost
perfect and that is not the word that I think of when I think of
ISABELLA: I wasn't talking about Jack. I was talking about
you and me. Maybe Jack is different because we're different. My
grandmother used to have this saying. She'd say, it's not who you're
with but who you are when you're with them.
JENNIFER: Maybe you're right. Maybe he is different when
he's with you.
ISABELLA: Maybe so.
JENNIFER: Well you've obviously reached something in him.
You know (Wistfully) I used to think that I would....(Beat)....
look I'm going to take a shower, okay (Stopping before she
admitted how much she cares for Jack, and how sad she is that she
does not have a future with him.).
JENNIFER IS HURT THAT JACK IS SUCH A DIFFERENT PERSON AROUND
ISABELLA. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT DESPITE ALL SHE SAYS THAT SHE IS
DESPERATELY IN LOVE WITH HIM.