the day before Christmas Eve 1989]
SCENE ONE: THE KIRIAKIS MANSION. ANJELICA HAS JUST COME DOWNSTAIRS
TO FIND THE MAID LETTING JACK IN.
JACK: Ho, Ho, Ho! I'm looking for Ms. Deveraux, Curtis,
ANJELICA: Thank you, Rhonda, I have it. Hello Santa, you're
JACK COMES IN COMPLETELY LADEN WITH CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.
JACK: Yes, I'm just must checking to see who's been naughty
and who's been downright nasty.
ANJELICA: Oh, Santa, you know me.
JACK: That's why these are all for Alexander.
ANJELICA: AH!... I see the Christmas season hasn't affected
your wicked sense of humor.
JACK: But it has affected my arms. Could you....
ANJELICA HELPS JACK CARRY THE PRESENTS INTO THE LIVING ROOM.
JACK: Thank you, thank you.
ANJELICA: It's so good to see you. Wanda, Wanda, Wanda,
RHONDA: "Rhonda," ma'am. With an "R."
JACK: (Singing the Beach Boys' song) "Help me
Rhonda. Help me.
ANJELICA: Rhonda, help with these. Oh Jack, look at you.
JACK: Don't worry, there is one especially for you.
JACK PRODUCES A SMALL PRESENT FROM HIS POCKET.
JACK: Just to let you know you don't have to be nice to
get something.... nasty.
ANJELICA: And from the size of the box it looks like my
favorite. Thank you Jack! Rhon, Rhon, why don't you put those under
the tree and that will be all for now. And Jack, how about you?
An eggnog, a Cognac, a coffee?
JACK: Ah, I.... I.... I.... really I can't stay.
ANJELICA: Oh come on you didn't have to make this special
trip to bring all these wonderful presents. You could have brought
them over Christmas morning.
JACK: Ah, well, I couldn't wait.
ANJELICA: Because you know I like to peek.
JACK: Because I'm not going to be here Christmas morning.
ANJELICA: You're not going to be here Christmas morning?
SCENE TWO: MEANWHILE BACK AT THE LOFT, ISABELLA IS PUTTING
HER COAT ON.
JENNIFER: You're not going out are you?
ISABELLA: Not exactly.
JENNIFER: Well, if you're cold I can turn up the thermostat.
ISABELLA: I'm leaving town.
ISABELLA: I think it's best for everybody if I get out of
JENNIFER: Does Jack know about this?
ISABELLA: I was hoping you could tell him for me.
JENNIFER: Look Isabella, you can't leave, alright. I'll
make you something to eat and we'll talk about it.
ISABELLA SAYS THAT SHE IS NOT HUNGRY BUT JENNIFER INSISTS
SCENE THREE: AS THEY ARE TALKING EMILIO BANGS ON THE DOOR.
EMILIO: Deveraux' here isn't he?
EMILIO: Yeah, you know, Jack Deveraux. About six foot, sloppy
build, overpriced suits. Yeah that guy.
JENNIFER: You know that's so typical of you. Anytime one
little thing is out of place you think Jack had something to do
EMILIO SAYS THAT WHEN HE HEARS THE WORD TROUBLE HE JUST THINKS
DEVERAUX. JENNIFER SAYS THAT HE SHOULD NOT THINK THAT ABOUT JACK.
HE IS MAD AND LEAVES.
SCENE FOUR: BACK WITH JACK AND ANJELICA.
ANJELICA: Jack I really do apologize that I didn't send
an official invitation to the Kiriakis Christmas but I assumed that
you knew you should be here with me.
JACK: I've made other plans.
ANJELICA: Please change them.
JACK: I can't.
ANJELICA: Jack, what plans could be more important than
spending Christmas with your family?
VICTOR IS LISTENING OUTSIDE.
JACK: There are none.
ANJELICA: Fine. Then we.... oh I know. You're spending Christmas
with the Johnsons. Your real family.
JACK: No, no. It's not what you think.
ANJELICA: Huh, uh. What I think is that you do feel closer
to them than you feel to me.
JACK: That's ridiculous.
ANJELICA: Is it really ridiculous?
JACK: Look, I am not spending Christmas with the Johnsons.
ANJELICA: Then please be a friendly face across the table
and spend it with me.
JACK: Anjelica, I've made other plans. I hope you'll understand.
ANJELICA: Of course. You're a big grown up man. You can
make your own plans. Don't let me or any family interfere with your
plans. Merry Christmas Jack!
JACK: Anjelica, Anjelica!
VICTOR: I'm sorry to hear you won't be spending Christmas
JACK: I think you should have an architect check these walls.
I think they're far too thin.
VICTOR: Well, you must be spending it with someone very
important to disappoint Anjelica that way. I wonder if it's someone
old.... or new.
JACK: What are we doing here? Playing twenty questions?
VICTOR: Oh I thought you liked to play games?
JACK: Oh, only if I know I'm going to win. This is one match
that I think I'll forego. Thank you.
JACK TURNS TO LEAVE AND FINDS JUSTIN STANDING BEHIND HIM DRESSED
IN ALL BLACK.
JACK: Nice suit.
SCENE FIVE: VICTOR AND JUSTIN DISCUSS THE FACT THAT STEVE
AND JACK HAVE BEEN SPENDING TIME TOGETHER WHICH IS VERY ODD FOR
TWO BROTHERS WHO HATE EACH OTHER. VICTOR THINKS THEY ARE WORKING
TOGETHER TO FIND THE KEY. VICTOR THINKS THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE
TO PLAY JACK AND STEVE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS
HATE BETWEEN THEM.
SCENE SIX: BACK AT THE LOFT, JENNIFER AND ISABELLA ARE ARGUING
WHEN JACK COMES IN THE DOOR.
JACK: Hey. HEY! Do I have to be Mr. Safety here. We close the
doors and we lock them.
JENNIFER: Well, it's nice of you to finally show up Jack.
JACK: Thank you. I was out doing a few things.
JENNIFER: Well, now that you're here can you work this out
because I have something that I have to go work out. Isabella you're
welcome to stay here as long as you like.
JENNIFER THEN GRABS HER COAT LEAVES.
ISABELLA: Jennifer has been more than nice. I don't want
to impose anymore.
JACK: I think you're going to have to impose on her some
more because you can't go out there.
ISABELLA: I think it's best for everybody if I leave today.
JACK: If you run away now, you're never going to find the
key and Victor is going to find you. You know that he will and when
he does you're going to be alone. Then what are you going to do?
ISABELLA: I'll figure something out.
JACK: Are you going to figure out a way to help Kayla?
JACK: Kayla. She's still missing remember. I need you to
find her. So nobody's going anywhere until you're safe and until
SCENE SEVEN: JENNIFER GOES DOWN TO THE PIER TO FIND EMILIO.
THEY BEGIN TO TALK BUT END UP FIGHTING OVER HOW SHE REALLY FEELS
ABOUT JACK. EMILIO ASKS HER TO TELL HIM EXACTLY HOW MUCH SHE CARES
ABOUT JACK. SHE SAYS SHE DOES NOT KNOW. HER FEELINGS ARE ALL CONFUSED.
HE WALKS AWAY HURT.
SCENE ONE: BACK AT THE LOFT.
ISABELLA: I thought it would be best for everyone if I left
JACK: If you run away it's not going to solve anything.
ISABELLA: Especially Kayla.
JACK: Especially Kayla. She's still going to be in trouble
if you leave.
ISABELLA: I guess I didn't think about it.
JACK: Victor's going to keep coming after you. It's not
going to stop. He's going to send his men after you. It's only going
to get worse.
JACK: Maybe. (Beat) I'm not going to force you to stay here.
I tell you right now that if you do stay here I can protect you.
I can take care of you. I think we still need each other. What do
JACK IS SO SINCERE AND CARING THAT SHE CHANGES HER MIND.
ISABELLA: So what's the next step?
JACK: The next step. (Beat) I'm going to break into Steve
and Kayla's house.
ISABELLA: How's that going to help your brother?
JACK: Look, we didn't find the key over at Marina's place,
JACK: So Marina wasn't in many places in this town. Unfortunately
she went to Steve's a lot. So I think that's where the key is. I
think she hide in a place right under Steve's nose.
ISABELLA: I want to come too.
JACK: No, no, no, no. It's too dangerous. You can't come
ISABELLA: I'll be careful.
JACK: No, no. I want you to stay right here. Just stay put,
ISABELLA: Jack where are you going?
JACK: I think they might have seen me come in so I'm going
to go out the roof so people will think I'm still here.
ISABELLA: Be careful.
JACK: I'll be right back.
SCENE TWO: A SHORT TIME LATER OUTSIDE STEVE AND KAYLA'S HOUSE,
JACK IS HIDING BEHIND A LARGE CHRISTMAS TREE AS HE DRAGS IT TOWARDS
THE FRONT DOOR.
JACK: What?.... What are you doing here? Stay where you
are. I'll come over there.
JACK PICKS UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND HIDES BEHIND IT AS HE
MOVES OVER TO ISABELLA AT THE CORNER OF THE HOUSE.
ISABELLA: I don't want you to do this alone.
JACK: What do you mean? It's dangerous for you to be here.
ISABELLA: I'll be careful.
JACK: Well I hope you're being really careful because Victor
spotted me half a mile from the loft.
ISABELLA: He didn't see you here, did he?
JACK: No, I ditched him in the Christmas tree lot. Hence
my firy disguise. And you're going to get out of here. You're going
to run back home.
ISABELLA: And what if you he followed you here? Maybe he's
lurking around. He'll follow me back to the loft. I think I should
stay with you.
JACK: Alright, alright. But you can't go in the house okay.
There's two trees back there with your name on them. I want you
to go back there and hide. You be the lookout. If you see anybody,
you let me know.
ISABELLA HIDES, JACK GOES BACK TO THE FRONT DOOR TO BREAK
IN WHEN A GLOVED HAND LANDS ON HIS SHOULDER. HE TURNS AROUND IN
MARCUS: What the hell are you doing here man?
JACK: Uh (Looking around for Isabella).
MARCUS: (Trying to get his attention) JACK!
MARCUS: What are you doing here?
JACK: Me?.... I'm.... um.... I'm um here.... I'm here with
my tree. I'm delivering it to Steve and Ka.... to Steve and Kayla.
JACK: Really. I was going to bring it here, bring it in,
get it all decorated and looking really nice. I really figured they
could use a little bit of Christmas cheer.
MARCUS: Yeah, yeah. Come on Jack. You're trying to break
into their house. I have a feeling that you have more on your mind
than Christmas and I have a feeling that it's not good.
JACK: Oh no. I'm trying to help them.
MARCUS: Oh really, really. And next thing you're going to
tell me, there is a Santa Claus too.
JACK: You don't believe me?
MARCUS: Hey, you got two seconds to tell me what you are
JACK: I'm telling you the truth.
MARCUS: The truth? The truth is Jack, the truth is, you've
been hurting Steve and Kayla for a long time now and I don't see
JACK: Specially to me, right?
MARCUS: Hey, from where I'm standin'.
JACK: Come over here.
MARCUS: Look, now you may have been able to fool some people,
you may even have been able to fool Kayla into believing that you've
changed. But I don't trust you Jack and I don't want you near my
friends so you get the hell out of here. Now!
MARCUS LEAVES AND JACK IS HURT BUT RESIGNED TO THE FACT THAT
PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS THINK THE WORST OF HIM.
JACK: Ho, ho, ho.
JACK SEES ISABELLA.
JACK: Oh! My lookout. Come on, let's go home. Get over here.
JACK PICKS UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND LEAVES.
SCENE THREE: BACK AT THE LOFT, JENNIFER HAS JUST COME HOME.
AS SHE OPENS THE DOOR, VICTOR APPEARS BEHIND HER. HE SAYS THAT
HE IS THINKING OF BUYING SOME REAL ESTATE AROUND HERE AND WONDERS
IF HE COULD LOOK THROUGH HER LOFT. SHE TELLS HIM THAT HE WILL
HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE MANAGER. HE LEAVES, ALMOST
SURE THAT HE KNOWS WHY JENNIFER WAS RELUCTANT TO SHOW HIM AROUND.
SCENE FOUR: JENNIFER IS WAITING FOR JACK AND ISABELLA TO RETURN
WHEN SHE HEARS THEM OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
JACK: You hold the tree and I'll get the door.
ISABELLA: I can't hold the tree.
JACK: Hold the tree and I'll get it.
ISABELLA: Jack I can't
JACK OPENS THE DOOR AND HE COMES IN HOLDING THE FOOT OF THE
TREE WHILE ISABELLA IS TRYING TO CARRY THE TOP PART.
JACK: Everybody in the whole building can hear us out here.
I thought you were trying to be quiet. Hi Jennifer.
JENNIFER: Jack, where have you been?
JACK: Ah.... out! Oh that's for me isn't it?
SHE IS HOLDING A WRAPPED PRESENT.
JENNIFER: Victor Kiriakis was here.
JENNIFER: What is wrong with you? Victor was here. He was
talking about buying this building.
JACK: I heard you.
ISABELLA: He must know something's going on.
JACK: Oh come on. Victor Kiriakis buys buildings like we
buy socks. I mean it's just a coincidence.
ISABELLA: What if it's not a coincidence? What if he thinks
that I'm here?
JACK: Don't worry. I own this place, I won't sell it to
him. Don't worry.
JENNIFER IS HURT BY JACK'S LACK OF ATTENTION TO HER AND THE
APPARENT INTIMACY BETWEEN HIM AND ISABELLA.
JENNIFER: Well look, now that you guys are here, I'm going
to get out of here okay. I'm going to get some air. Excuse me.
JACK LOOKS AT JENNIFER FOR A SECOND THEN GIVES ISABELLA HIS
FULL ATTENTION. JENNIFER WATCHES THEM AS SHE LEAVES.
JACK: You're freezing. What's the matter with your hands?
You didn't wear gloves, did you? Are you alright?
ISABELLA: I'm scared.
JACK: Well, you're going to be scared and sick unless you're
JENNIFER SHUTS THE DOOR AS SHE LEAVES.
ISABELLA: Jennifer's scared too Jack.
JACK: She'll be okay.
ISABELLA: Well, you still haven't told me what we're going
to do if Victor shows up.
JACK: Well, I think that desperate times call for desperate
measures. We're going to have to.....deck the halls!
JACK WALKS OVER AND PICKS UP THE TREE AND HOLDS IT ABOVE HIS
HEAD AS HE CARRIES IT OVER NEAR THE FIREPLACE.
JACK: AAARRRGH! DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY
AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS!
ISABELLA: I'm serious.
JACK: I am serious. I'm very serious about tree trimming.
Jennifer said she had all these balls and she didn't know what to
do with them. I've got something for her to do with them.
ISABELLA: Thank you.
JACK: Thank you for what?
ISABELLA: For making me stay in Salem. For making me smile.
JACK: (Feeling awkward, not used to people enjoying being
with him) Well you know there's a lot of people would want to send
you back to Bayview for hanging around with me. You know that don't
ISABELLA: Like Dr. Hunter?
JACK: Yeah, for one.
ISABELLA: I heard you at the house. He was so angry. Jack
I don't understand why people talk to you like that.
JACK: Well you know they've got their reasons.
ISABELLA: Why? Did you do something?
JACK: Yeah. I did something.
ISABELLA: Couldn't have been that bad.
JACK: Well it certainly wasn't good. I.... er.... I was
married to Kayla once.
ISABELLA: You what?
JACK: Or should I say, she was married to me. (Beat) But
she loved him. And I didn't want to let her go. So I.... er....
I did something. And a lot of people got hurt and er.... that's
all in the past. And now I'm the guy that's trying to get them all
back together. Whether Steve believes that or not, that is exactly
what I am trying to do.
ISABELLA: I believe you.
JACK: You do? (Beat) Well I know I can't change the past
but I'm certainly going to try to do something about the future.
I'm going to really do something. I am.
SCENE FIVE: MEANWHILE JENNIFER GOES TO WINGS WHERE EMILIO
IS PRACTICING A SONG. SAD BECAUSE SHE THINKS THAT JACK IS LOST
TO HER FOREVER, SHE SOFTLY AND SADLY SHE SAYS JACK'S NAME.
ISABELLA: So that's why you're so intent on this. You're trying
to prove to people that you've changed.
SCENE SIX: AT THE SAME TIME, JACK IS DECORATING HIS TREE.
JACK: People? Yeah....
JACK IS WISTFUL AND THINKING OF JENNIFER.
ISABELLA: Well, there's not much we can do if we can't get
into Steve's house.
JACK: Well, I think there is something we can do.
JACK: I still have this earring. You remember that?
ISABELLA: Yeah (She looks strange).
JACK: I figure when we find the owner of this earring, we'll
find the person that has the key.