oldEpisode One-hundred-ninety-seven:
The Embassy Ball: Jack and Nigel
Crash the Ball Posing as Lord
Grenville and His Son Wilfred.

[Air date early October 1990]

 

SCENE ONE: JACK IS PREPARING FOR THE BALL. HE IS PUTTING ON HIS CUFF LINKS.

 

NIGEL: Jack, dear, dear fellow, since the hour is fast approaching for us to begin our evening of diplomatic theatricals may I advise you to complete your toilette immediately by donning the requisite but currently absent white tie. White tie.

JACK: Right, right, well don't go away.

 

JACK GOES TO THE BATHROOM TO GET HIS TIE AND NIGEL GOES TO THE BAR AND POURS HIMSELF A DRINK. HE IS ABOUT TO SWALLOW IT WHEN JACK COMES BACK.

 

NIGEL: Oh don't fear good fellow, I shall stay right here, stalwart and truthful, steadfast and firm, staunch and unyielding, faithful and just ever so little....

JACK: Were you saying something?

NIGEL: Oh, unbending and loyal, aah, resolute and devoted, constant and....

JACK: NO! Don't you dare drink. You are not going to mess this up. I've got too much riding on this.

NIGEL: All I wanted was a drop of courage Deveraux.

JACK: Look to me! LOOK AT ME! There is not enough courage in that bottle to protect you if you mess this thing up for me.

NIGEL: You know, I almost believe you.

JACK: You better believe me. You know why, because I don't have enough time to deal with you when I'm at that ball tonight. I cannot be trying to control you. You have to control yourself. If you can't do that let me know right now. Alright, do we understand each other. Are you in or out?
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JACK TIES HIS TIE, AND HE
PUTS ON THE COAT TO COMPLETE HIS FULL OUTFIT OF WHITE TIE AND TAILS.

 

NIGEL: The Peabody's never shirk their duty, sir! Come hell or high fire water you can bank on me, count on me, depend on me, rely on me! (Beat) Am I convincing?

JACK: No, but I can't pull this off without you.

NIGEL: But I told you, victory's in the bag dear fellow.

JACK: Bag, yeah.

NIGEL: Assuming of course that you did get an official invitation to the embassy. You did get such an invitation, didn't you?

JACK: Yes, yes, yes, Yes! It's right here and don't ask me how I got it.

NIGEL: Well, let's see who we're going to be tonight, hmmm? Oh, Lord Julian Grenville and his son.... Wilfred. Wilfred, Wilfie, Wilfie.

JACK: If you're through making jokes, do you even care why we're doing this?

NIGEL: I know love when I hear it.

JACK: No, no, no. This.... love has nothing....

NIGEL: Ah, ah, ah. I'll bet we're talking about that winsome young blonde that you were arguing with in the alley, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm?

 

JACK JUST ROLLS HIS EYES.

 

NIGEL: Ah but Jack, who can blame you. She's a beautiful woman, stunning, rare.

JACK: Stubborn, argumentative.... foolish. That's not a word I usually say. But then again I'm not usually in tails. But whatever she is, it's our job to get her out of this mess tonight. RRRIGHT?

NIGEL: Rrrrright.

JACK: RRRRRIGHT! Whether she wants it or not.

 

JACK AND NIGEL LEAVE FOR THE BALL.

SCENE TWO: AT THE EMBASSY, JENNIFER IS ABOUT TO GET DRESSED WHEN LAWRENCE COMES TO HER ROOM AND TELLS HER THAT HER OLD SCHOOL HEADMASTER IS THERE TO SEE HER. SHE IS WORRIED BECAUSE HE WILL KNOW SHE IS NOT KATERINA. HE COMES TO HER ROOM AND ASKS HER WHY SHE IS IMPERSONATING KATERINA. SHE TELLS HIM IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT SITUATION AND HE AGREES TO GO ALONG WITH HER. LAWRENCE COMES TO CHECK THAT ALL IS WELL AND SEEMS COMPLETELY AWARE THAT THE HEADMASTER IS LYING TOO.

SCENE THREE: JACK AND NIGEL ARRIVE AT THE EMBASSY. A COUPLE AHEAD OF ARE ANNOUNCED, KARPATHI, THE MAN CORRECTS HIM, KARPATHE, *ZOLTAN* KARPATHE (THIS IS ANOTHER MOVIE ALLUSION, THIS TIME TO MY FAIR LADY, AND THE SELF-PROCLAIMED LINGUISTIC EXPERT WHO SAID HE COULD DETECT ANY FRAUD BY THEIR MANNER OF SPEECH, AND THUS WAS A CAUSE OF CONCERN FOR ELIZA DOOLITTLE AND PROFESSOR HENRY HIGGINS.) THE ENTRANCE TO THE BALLROOM IS GUARDED BY ARMED GUARDS WHO AT FIRST DO NOT LET JACK AND NIGEL ENTER.

 

GREGORY: Gentlemen, your invitation.

NIGEL: Grenville and son.

GREGORY: You're here for Katerina.

JACK: How did you know?

NIGEL: Oh Wilfred, please. It's this man's responsibility to know who's attendant on the Alamains and who's here for the Von Leuschners.

JACK: Oh.

NIGEL: It's to be expected. Please do forgive. Younger son. If only he was as well versed in his duties as.... but chaos reigns. Ah, well?

GREGORY: Yes of course my lord, please.

 

GREGORY LETS JACK AND NIGEL INTO THE BALL.

 

NIGEL: Come along Wilfie.

JACK: Yeah. That was close.

NIGEL: I told you it was in the bag. Don't worry. Your lovely maiden will be rescued in due course. In the meantime, welcome to the upper classes. Beautiful people, beautiful clothes, exquisite food, legendary champagne.

 

NIGEL TAKES A GLASS FROM A WAITER AS HE PASSES BUT JACK TAKES IT AWAY FROM HIM.

 

JACK: Ah, no, no, no, no, no, no.

 

JACK SWIGS DOWN THE WHOLE GLASSFUL.

 

NIGEL: Oh for heaven's sake Jack, oh Wilfred, Wilfred. At affairs like this your considered practically naked unless you've got something in your hand.

 

JACK TAKES AN HORS D'OEUVRE FROM A TRAY AND HANDS IT TO NIGEL.

 

JACK: Good point. Thank you. Feast. Now read my lips.... NO BOOZE! No booze!

 

SUDDENLY A FANFARE IS PLAYED AND LAWRENCE ANNOUNCES THE ARRIVAL OF HIS FIANC┘E, KATERINA VON LEUSCHNER. JENNIFER WALKS IN DRESSED IN A GOWN WITH A PEARL AND CRYSTAL BEADED BODICE AND A PALE PINK SILK SKIRT GATHERED AT THE WAIST. SHE IS WEARING A DIAMOND TIARA AND MATCHING EARRINGS. JENNIFER NOTICES JACK IS THERE AS SOON AS SHE ENTERS. THEY BOTH STARE AT HOW HANDSOME AND BEAUTIFUL THE OTHER LOOKS. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT DESPITE WHAT THEY SAY, THEY ARE DESPERATELY IN LOVE.
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SCENE FOUR: JACK FINDS IT HARD TO GET HER ALONE, AND THIS MAKES HIM ANXIOUS.

 

NIGEL: Oh really Wilfie, what's the problem now?

JACK: The problem is I can't get near Jennifer. He hasn't left her side all night.

NIGEL: Oh is that all. Don't get your nickers in a twist, Ducks, Daddy will take care of this.

JACK: Wha.... wait.... what are you going to do?

NIGEL: Oh Alamain, Alamain, dear dear boy. I've been looking all evening for an opportunity to talk to you. Now I haven't been in your country for very many years, not since the war actually. You know all that nasty business with Rommel and desert tanks and all that....

 

NIGEL TAKES LAWRENCE ASIDE TO TALK TO HIM BUT AS LAWRENCE WALKS PAST JACK, HE LOOKS DIRECTLY AT HIM ALMOST SENSING WHO JACK REALLY IS. JACK HEADS STRAIGHT OVER TO SEE JENNIFER.

 

JACK: Thank you very much, keep moving.

 

HE TAKES A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE FROM A WAITER.

 

JACK: Alright Jennifer, this is the plan. We're going to wait for some late comers to show up and when the guards are distracted, we're going to slip out....

JENNIFER: I'm sorry Jack I can't do that.
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JACK:
What do you mean, you can't do that?

JENNIFER: I told you already, I'm not leaving. Things have changed.

JACK: What do you mean?.... (To waiter) Thank you very much.... What do you mean you're not going?

JENNIFER: I had a long talk with Lawrence.

JACK: Really, about what, china patterns?.... (To guest) Hello.

JENNIFER: He's planning something. I don't know all the details but it's going to hurt a lot of people back in Salem.

JACK: Oh, then why not go back to Salem and tell the authorities?

JENNIFER: No.

JACK: No? Well Salem is the home of Shane Donovan of the ISA.

JENNIFER: Lawrence will know if the ISA is involved, alright. Our best bet is if I work from the inside and I've already got a plan.

JACK: Oh great, I love plans.

JENNIFER: I'm going to keep pretending to be Katerina right up the day of her twenty-fifth birthday.

JACK: Great!

JENNIFER: Once that passes, I tell them who I am, the whole marriage is off. In the meantime who knows what I can find out.

JACK: In the meantime, Jennifer, who knows what kind of trouble you can get into. I tell you, we have to get out of here right now. Let's go.

JENNIFER: Please don't force me Jack, because I'm not going with you.

JACK: You're right.

 

JACK SEES GREGORY HEADING OVER TO SEE THEM.

 

JACK: Let's go this way, heiress. Oh what's.... please, what's over here? Please show me over here.

 

JACK KEEPS HIS HAND ON HER BACK AND FORCES HER BEHIND A CURTAIN AT THE BACK OF THE BALLROOM AND INTO A SMALL ALCOVE WHERE THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TO EACH OTHER.

 

JENNIFER: Jack, don't touch this.

JACK: Oh what, with the Embassy Hammer.

JENNIFER: Jack.

JACK: This way.

JENNIFER: Stop it.

JACK: Alright, let's just be quiet. Ssssssshhhhhhhh, ssssssshhhhhh, just remember, ssssssshhhhhhh!

JENNIFER: Sssssssshhhhhh!

JACK: Sssssshhhhh.... ssssshhhhh.... sssshhhh.
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JENNIFER LOOKS AT JACK'S LIPS AND IS DYING TO KISS HIM BUT RESISTS AND TURNS HER BACK TO HIM.

 

JACK: Jennifer, would you just....

JENNIFER: Jack.

 

HE LEANS IN CLOSE TO HER EAR.

 

JACK: He.... is.... dangerous!

 

HE DESPERATELY WANTS TO KISS HER TOO.

 

JENNIFER: I know that.

 

SHE TURNS TO FACE HIM.

 

JENNIFER: But there is nothing and I repeat myself, there is absolutely nothing that you can do to force me out of this embassy and that's final.

JACK: Jennifer....

JENNIFER: I said, final and final is final.

 

JACK TAKES HER FACE IN HIS HANDS.

 

JACK: Just....

JENNIFER: If you don't take your hands off me, I'll complain to my fianc├, my very dangerous fianc├, as you've pointed out.

 

JACK MOVES HIS HANDS.

 

JENNIFER: Thank you.

 

SHE CHECKS OUTSIDE.

 

JENNIFER: Now that the coast is clear I have a party....

JACK: I'm going to go back....

JENNIFER: Shut up Jack! I've made up my mind. I'm staying, I'm not going anywhere.

 

SHE WALKS BACK OUT TO THE MAIN BALLROOM.

 

JACK: Made up your mind.... we'll see who's made up your mind.

 

JACK MARCHES OUT BUT LAWRENCE INTERCEPTS HIM.

 

LAWRENCE: Well good evening, I don't believe we've met. My name is Lawrence.... Alamain. And you are?

 

JACK SMILES.

 

LAWRENCE: I'm sorry I didn't catch your name.

SCENE FIVE: JACK HAS BEEN CORNERED BY LAWRENCE HE IMMEDIATELY PUTS ON A VERY STRANGE ENGLISH ACCENT.

 

JACK: My name. Well my name.... my name is Wil.... Winifred, Winifred.... actually it's my sister. Aaaaah, Lord Grenville's son. Actually I am Lord Grenville's son, Wilfred, Wilfred, yes, yes.

LAWRENCE: Really?

JACK: Yes.

LAWRENCE: I've known a great many Grenvilles over the years and every one of them has sported the very same, very distinctive, regional accent.

JACK: Yes.

LAWRENCE: Except for you.

JACK: Yes, well very funny that. I was sent away very young to a private school very far away in a very far away region.

LAWRENCE: And just which region is that?

JACK: Ah, the region where everyone.... speaks like me. Hahahahah. It's kind of a.... kind of a regional joke, you know. Ah, yes. Well anyway, the school that I was....

 

GREGORY COMES OVER.

 

GREGORY: Lawrence, Lawrence, please.

LAWRENCE: Will you excuse me, one of our guests is leaving us.

JACK: Please go, please. Please.

 

LAWRENCE WALKS AWAY MUCH TO JACK'S RELIEF.

 

JACK: Ah, yes.

 

HE TURNS AROUND TO SEE JENNIFER STANDING THERE. GREGORY TELLS LAWRENCE THAT CARLY AND BO HAVE ARRIVED AT THE JENCON OFFICES IN NEW YORK. LAWRENCE DECIDES TO VISIT THERE AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE UP TO. HE LEAVES GREGORY TO CARE FOR "KATERINA".

SCENE SIX: LAWRENCE GOES TO THE OFFICES AND SECRETLY WATCHES BO DELETE SOME IMPORTANT FILES. HE THEN RETURNS TO THE EMBASSY.

SCENE SEVEN: A COUPLE OF GUESTS COME TO LOOK AT JENNIFER'S RING. WHEN THEY LEAVE JACK TAKES HER HAND.

 

JACK: Let me see that ring.

JENNIFER: Do you realize what Lawrence could have done to you if he would have found out you don't really belong here Jack?

JACK: Done to me? I'm just a guest here, you're his fianc├. You're his fiancée!

JENNIFER: That's not the point.

JACK: Well tell me what is the point. I'm in trouble, yes, but you're really going to be in trouble. Now I think it's time for the two of us to get the hell out of here.

JENNIFER: I told you that I am not going.

JACK: I don't care what you said. I'm not going anywhere without you and that's final.

JENNIFER: Well I guess this is stalemate then because I'm not going anywhere and you're not getting me anywhere so what are you going to do?

JACK: Well, I've got no choice but to.... tango!

JENNIFER: This is a minuet Jack.

JACK: Minuet, tango, what's the difference. Let's.... dance!

JENNIFER: What? What if, maybe I don't want to dance?

JACK: Well, maybe you have no choice.

 

HE PICKS HER UP AND TWIRLS HER ROUND AND ROUND TOWARDS THE DOOR.

 

JACK: You dance divinely. One two three, one two three.

JENNIFER: Put me down.

JACK: One two three, one two three, we're dancing our way out of here.

[Air date early October 1990]

 

SCENE ONE: JACK IS STILL SWIRLING JENNIFER ROUND AND ROUND TOWARDS THE DOOR. HE PUTS HER DOWN SUDDENLY.

 

JENNIFER: Jack, Jack, please put me down.

JACK: Listen I'm not.... we are going to get downstairs to that sidewalk of it kills me.

JENNIFER: This isn't going to work, right, not with Gregory around. He doesn't miss a thing.

JACK: Well I don't know about that.

 

THEY TURN AROUND AND SEE NIGEL KEEPING GREGORY WELL OCCUPIED.

 

JACK: I think you've lost your watchdog for the time being. I told you I had this all planned out.

JENNIFER: Look Jack, I'm sure you think you're doing the right thing, okay.

JACK: I know I'm doing the right thing. I'm going to get you out of this whether you like it or not.

JENNIFER: How many times do I have to tell you, I don't want to escape.

JACK: Then why are you still standing here?

JENNIFER: (She is thrown by the question, it is obvious he is correct.) What?

JACK: Methinks the lady doth protest too much. If you really wanted to go, you'd go. Why don't you walk away? (Beat) Well you said you just wanted to walk away from me. Why don't you just do it?

 

THEY CONTINUE TO ARGUE, BUT THEY SPEAK SOFTLY AND ACT AS IF THEY ARE JUST HAVING AN IDEAL CONVERSATION SO NO ONE WOULD BE SUSPICIOUS.

 

JENNIFER: Because I don't want to make a scene.

JACK: Hahahahah. This from the woman who wants to go on national television and say she's been impersonating an heiress. I don't buy it. Another excuse please.

JENNIFER: It's not an excuse.

JACK: Heheheheh. You know something, you hate this mess just as much as I do. You're just too pigheaded to admit it.

JENNIFER: I am not pigheaded.

JACK: Oh, there you go being pigheaded. again.

 

JACK PICKS HER UP AND STARTS SWIRLING AGAIN.

 

JENNIFER: What are you doing?

JACK: Case in point.

JENNIFER: It's not an idiot plan and I can do it and I will.

JACK: Oh yeah, we'll see about that. One two three, one two three, one two three, one two three.... ouch!

 

JENNIFER KICKS HIM AND HE PUTS HER DOWN.

 

JENNIFER: Don't you try it again. Now stop it.

JACK: Whoa! Sssshhhh.

GREGORY: Going somewhere? You strayed some distance from the main party Katerina.

JENNIFER: Really. I didn't even notice.

GREGORY: How would it be for Katerina von Leuschner to be seen leaving her own ball? Besides, the embassy is heavily secured.

JENNIFER: What do you mean?

 

SHE GLANCES AT JACK.

 

GREGORY: There are guards everywhere. If they saw you leaving with someone they would naturally assume it was against your will. No offense to your lordship.

JACK: None taken.

GREGORY: This is all for your own protection, of course.

JENNIFER: Yes, yes, of course.

GREGORY: Will you come back with me now? There are so many people anxious to meet the lovely Katerina.

JENNIFER: Yes. Well Lord.... Grenville? I can't say it hasn't been interesting.

JACK: Likewise.... till later.

JENNIFER: Yes.

 

SHE SAYS YES BUT SHAKES HER HEAD AT JACK AS SHE WALKS AWAY.

 

JACK: Dammit, dammit.

SCENE TWO: FRUSTRATED, JACK HAS WALKED OVER TO TALK WITH NIGEL. NIGEL HAS A DRINK IN HIS HAND.

 

JACK: Nigel, I thought you were going to keep Gregory busy.

NIGEL: I did. I talked nonstop for an hour so naturally I felt the need for a little libation.

JACK: (Angered) Libation! How much did you have, one, three, sixteen?

NIGEL: I don't know.

 

AT THAT MOMENT THE HEADMASTER OF JENNIFER'S SCHOOL COMES OVER JACK CONTINUOUS TO TALK IN HIS STRANGE ENGLISH ACCENT.

 

GASTON: Excuse me, I'm sorry to interrupt but I've just been informed that you are Grenvilles.

JACK: Ah.... yes and what can we do for you?

GASTON: My name is Gaston Chamier and I am on old friend of the family. Oddly enough I don't ever remember seeing either of you two gentlemen at the Grenville manor.

 

AT THAT COMMENT JACK SWIGS DOWN A FULL GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE,AFRAID THAT CHAMIER WILL GIVE THEM AWAY.

 

JACK: Monsieur Chamier is it?

GASTON: That's right.

JACK: And you said you've been to Grenville manor before.

GASTON: Oh, many times. I know your grandparents very well.

NIGEL: Well in that case we have a lot to talk about. I spoke to papa only the other day....

JACK: .... and the connection was so bad, he couldn't hear a thing.

GASTON: Oh I'm sorry to hear that. I trust Alex and Julia are well.

JACK: Ah.... who?

GASTON: His parents, your grandparents.

JACK: Silly me. You know I always forget that they have real names like everybody else. Like the old Pater (Pronouncing it Pay-Ter) here, I keep forgetting his name is Jason.

NIGEL: Julian.

JACK: Well you see what I'm saying.

GASTON: I'm sorry to hear about Ian, your cousin.

JACK: Ian?

GASTON: Yes. Terrible, terrible business and such a nice young man.

JACK: Oh, it's terrible when they die young, yes.

GASTON: Die? I thought he ran away with a pornographic actress.

JACK: Ah well yes, what I meant.... what I meant was....

NIGEL: What Wilfred meant was, Ian will wish he was dead when my father gets a hold of him. You know how the old man is.

GASTON: I certainly do.

NIGEL: Now I must get Norfolk to invite you down to one of our weekend dos. You know we had such fun at the last one.

GASTON:Oh yes I read all about them in the newspapers.

NIGEL: They never print the real stories in the newspapers. You're in luck and I was sober part of the time so I can tell you exactly who....

 

NIGEL WALKS OFF WITH GASTON AND LEAVES.

SCENE THREE: JACK FREE TO PURSUE JENNIFER.

 

JACK: Where's Gregory?

JENNIFER: He was called away for something.

JACK: Good, good, let's go back to plan A.

JENNIFER: Let's not Jack....

JACK: Shall we.

 

HE PICKS HER UP TO DANCE. JUST AS HE DOES THIS LAWRENCE COMES OVER. HE SEEMS TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF JACK, IS SMOOTH, NOT LETTING JACK SUSPECT ANYTHING.

 

LAWRENCE: Excuse me. I've been looking forward to a dance with my bride-to-be all evening. You won't deny me that pleasure will you?

JACK: Ah, she's all yours.

LAWRENCE: Thank you Wilfred. Shall we.

 

LAWRENCE AND JENNIFER BEGIN TO DANCE AND JACK STANDS BY WATCHING EVERY MOVE, EVENING DANCING OFF TO THE SIDE OF THEM, MATCHING JENNIFER AND LAWRENCE'S DANCE STEPS.

 

LAWRENCE: You're very beautiful tonight.

JENNIFER: Thank you.

LAWRENCE: Lord Grenville seems to agree with me.

JENNIFER: (Jennifer is concerned, and pretends she does not know what Lawrence is talking about.) Who?

LAWRENCE: The gentleman who was asking you to dance when I came along. He hasn't taken his eyes off us since.

JENNIFER: Oh I didn't even notice.

LAWRENCE: What do you think of him?

JENNIFER: Of Lord Grenville? Well he's nice enough I suppose. Typical Englishman. (Trying to change the subject) I missed you earlier.

LAWRENCE: Did you?

JENNIFER: Yes you were gone for a long time. Where were you?

LAWRENCE: I had business to attend to but it's finished now and I intend to devote the rest of this evening to romance.

 

JACK IS WORRIED, AND JEALOUS AT THE PROSPECT OF THE RICH AND HANDSOME LAWRENCE SPENDING TIME WITH JENNIFER.

SCENE FOUR: AT THAT MOMENT CARLY ARRIVES AT THE EMBASSY TO SEE THE AMBASSADOR. SHE GETS COLD FEET WHEN HE TELLS HER LAWRENCE IS THERE AND RUNS AWAY.

SCENE FIVE: MEANWHILE JACK LOOKS FOR A DISTRACTION TO KEEP LAWRENCE BUSY. HE WALKS UP TO A FEMALE GUEST, AND IS STILL USING HIS FAKE ACCENT.

 

JACK: Don't look now but didn't Vice President Quayle just come in the room?

WOMAN: Where?

JACK: Right over there. He just stepped on the Vice Minister's foot.

WOMAN: You're right. It is him.

JACK: Just don't tell anyone, alright.

WOMAN: Oh you don't have to worry about me.

JACK: Right, right.

 

THE WOMAN WALKS AWAY AND IMMEDIATELY SPREADS THE RUMOR THROUGHOUT THE ROOM. LAWRENCE AND JENNIFER SENSE THE FUSS AND HE GOES TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING. JACK TRIES TO CONVINCE JENNIFER ONCE AGAIN TO LEAVE WITH HIM.

 

JACK: Listen, is it your mission in life to thwart me in every little way, huh?

JENNIFER: I am not thwarting you, you are. I told you that I was going to stay and you won't listen to me Jack.

JACK: Jennifer you are in big trouble here. Look around you, the sharks are circling. When are you going to get it through your head?

JENNIFER: We both know that Lawrence is dangerous, alright. If you want to stay here and get yourself killed, fine.

JACK: Would that matter?

JENNIFER: Would what matter?
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JACK:
If I was killed.

 

JENNIFER DOES NOT ANSWER. IT IS OBVIOUS BY HER EXPRESSION THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF JACK BEING MURDERED TERRIFIES HER.

 

JACK: It would, wouldn't it? Wouldn't it? Because still care, don't you?

 

SHE TRIES TO WALK AWAY, TRYING TO HIDE HER NOT WANTING TO LET JACK SEE HOW SHE REALLY FEELS.

 

JACK: Jennifer, look at me. You're always talking to me about facing my feelings, you've got to at least meet me half way. You have to admit you still care about me.

JENNIFER: What do you think you are, a psychiatrist?

JACK: Wh.... wh.... what made you say that?

JENNIFER: You're talking in all the psycho babble. You've never done that before Jack.

 

JACK IS EMBARRASSED BY THIS, AND DOES NOT WANT JENNIFER TO DISCOVER THAT HE HAS BEEN SEEING A PSYCHIATRIST.

 

JACK: Well it's because everybody else does it. I mean I'm not Donahue but I mean under the circumstances I think it's inevitable.

JENNIFER: No you're definitely not Donahue and you can't read me. I said I didn't care because I don't care. I just meant if I had a choice between you being dead or not, I'd pick not.

JACK: I'm touched.

JENNIFER: It's nothing personal. I wouldn't want anybody to be dead. It's not just you.

JACK: Well doesn't matter.... I know that you still care about me.

JENNIFER: Well you're wrong because I don't.

JACK: Jennifer....

JENNIFER: I don't.

JACK: I am not going to give up on you. You hear me. I'm going to get you out of this, I guarantee it.

JENNIFER: Please Jack.

JACK: I guarantee it.

 

LAWRENCE THEN MAKES AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE BALL IS OVER AND THAT HE AND KATERINA ARE LEAVING. JENNIFER WALKS OVER AND STANDS BY THE DOOR AS THE GUESTS LEAVE. NEITHER JENNIFER OR JACK LIKES THE IDEA OF LEAVING THE OTHER. JACK MARCHES STRAIGHT PAST HER BUT SHE GRABS HIS ARM AND HE SPINS BACK TO FACE HER. SHE OFFERS HE HAND TO HIM TO KISS. HE TAKES IT GENTLY AND LOOKS DEEPLY INTO HER EYES HAS HIS LIPS BRUSH HER HAND.
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SHE SMILES AT HIM. HE GLANCES BACK AS HE LEAVES. HE GETS TO THE DOOR AND LOOKS BACK AGAIN WITH A WRY SMILE ON HIS FACE.
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SHE SMILES AT HIM AND THEN TO HERSELF AS HE LEAVES.

 

[Transcribed by Carol Vaughan
added material by Sally A. Wilson]