SCENE ONE: IT IS THE NEXT DAY AND JACK IS GETTING READY TO GIVE HAWK HIS PHYSICAL THERAPY. HE IS READING THE NOTES THE DOCTOR LEFT.
JACK: Alright, it says right here. Bring your shoulders together. That's the shoulder blades. Bring them together and sit back.
JACK PULLS HAWK'S SHOULDERS BACK, HURTING HIM JUST A LITTLE.HAWK: Ooooh!
JACK: Alright. Bend the elbows down and back with your hands and pull.
JACK PULLS HAWK'S ELBOWS DOWN AND BEGINS PULLING.
JACK: One, two....
JACK: .... three, four.
HAWK: Jack, Jack, Hey!
HAWK: If you're going to do it fast, you're going to set me back.
JACK: Oh that's nonsense, you know that. You're doing better than ever. Who knows, with a little bit of luck you might be home by the time Jennifer gets....
THE FRONT DOOR OPENS.
JENNIFER: Jack, I'm home.
JACK STARES AT HER.
JACK: .... gets home.
JENNIFER IS HAPPY TO SEE HAWK.
JENNIFER: Hawk, how are you feeling?
JACK: Oh Howie's doing just fine. Aren't you Howie?
HAWK: Much better. My good buddy here is taking real good care of me.
JENNIFER: Good, good, I'm glad to here it. And now I'm home so I can help you out too.
JACK: No, no, that won't be necessary. Howie's going to be up and around in no time. As a matter of fact what do you say we show Jennifer that new exercise that we were working on? And show her how much better you're doing.
HAWK: Yeah, yeah, I think I need a rest here Jack. Besides, you haven't got a chance to show your lovely wife there a proper welcome home. So I think I'm just going to leave you two alone here, okay.
HAWK SLOWLY STANDS UP BUT JACK GRABS HIM.
JACK: No, no, no. Let me help you.
HAWK: No, it's okay. I can manage Jack.
JENNIFER: Hawk, are you sure?
JACK: Are you sure? I mean I'll do anything. I will.... I will do anything to help you get better, you know that.
HAWK: Yeah, well thank you Jack. You've done enough. Thank you very much. Nice seeing you Jennifer.
HAWK SLOWLY MOVES OFF TO HIS ROOM. HE IS STILL WEARING JACK'S ROBE.
JENNIFER: Jack I am impressed. He couldn't even walk when I left.
JACK: He wouldn't be walking now if he had any say in the matter.
JENNIFER: What, are you implying that he likes being laid up like this Jack?
JACK: I am just saying that there is a certain gratification that comes from being waited on hand and foot.
JENNIFER: That is not true. He isn't impressed with all this. He hates this kind of lifestyle. He would much rather be in Montana riding horses.
JACK: Oh that's right. Mr. Montana, king of the rodeo.
JENNIFER: That's right. That's where he was headed when he came here to say goodbye and fell and hurt his back.
JACK: You don't have to remind me about that alright. I know. I was just hoping that he'd be back in the reigns by the time this weekend showed up. Which reminds me, that's when I was going to see you. So what happened to the Julia Roberts interview?
JENNIFER: She flaked out on me at the last minute. (Beat) But that's alright. I'm back and I'm going to help you with Hawk.
JACK: No, no, no. No you don't have to do that. You have a job to do.
JENNIFER: Well so do you.
JACK: Yes but I know how to help him.
JENNIFER: Yeah but I can learn just like you did Jack.
JACK: No, no, no. I'm telling you, it's very strenuous, much more than you realize.
JENNIFER: Jack you don't have to worry.
JACK: I'm not worrying. (Beat) Worrying about what?
JENNIFER: That I am going to shower all of my attention on someone else.
JACK: Like I said, I am not....
JENNIFER: Yes you are worried about that. But it's just until he gets better. And once he's gone I'm going to shower all of my attention on you.
SHE WRAPS HER ARM AROUND HIS NECK AND KISSES HIM.
SCENE TWO: LATER, IT IS JENNIFER'S TURN TO FEED HAWK. SHE IS HOLDING A BOWL OF SOUP AND COOLING A SPOONFUL BY BLOWING ON IT.
JENNIFER: Right, there you go. That's not too hot is it?
HAWK: It's just fine.
HAWK: But you know you're a busy woman and all that. I mean doing all these news interviews and stuff. You shouldn't be spoon feeding me like this.
JENNIFER: Oh come on Hawk, I can't let you starve.
HAWK: You're much too good to me.
JENNIFER: Now don't even give it another thought. Jack and I are going to do our part to get you well again, no matter what it takes.
NEXT THING JACK COMES OUT OF HAWK'S ROOM WEARING HIS COWBOY HAT AND TOSSING A LASSO.
JACK: I'm an old cowhand on the lone prairie....
HAWK: Alright, alright, what are you doing with my hat?
JACK: Well I was just trying it on for size. You know I bet you can't wait to get back in the saddle again. Boy, Jennifer was just telling me that you're a real cowpoke, a regular Wild Bill Mahoney.
HAWK: Don't you mean Hickock?
JACK: I knew it, I knew it. If he was a real cowboy he'd know who Wild Bill Mahoney is.
HAWK: I know who he is, but I just don't count him.
JENNIFER: Jack's just trying to use psychology on you Hawk.
JENNIFER: Yeah, he thinks if you miss Montana enough you going to work even harder to get better.
HAWK: Well I think Jack knows that I'm working as hard as I can.
JACK: Yes, don't put yourself out on my account, really.
JACK IS DISAPPOINTED THAT JENNIFER TAKES HAWK'S SIDE AGAINST HIM.JENNIFER: Alright, let's go over the doctor's instructions again, alright. It says here that you should have a pillow supporting the small of your back. Alright, let me get this. Just it forward here. Right there. Right, go back slow okay.
SHE PUTS A PILLOW BEHIND HAWK'S BACK.
JENNIFER: Alright, how does that feel?
HAWK: It feels real good.
JENNIFER: Good. Um, it says here now that you have to have your muscles limbered, alright.
SHE GETS UP TO WALK AROUND BEHIND HAWK.
JENNIFER: So let me just go around the back here and....
JACK: No, no, Jennifer. I really think that you should call your office. I mean they don't know that you're back yet.
JENNIFER: But I have to limber Hawk's muscles.
JACK: Don't worry. I'll limber his muscles.
HAWK: No, no, no. I mean....
HAWK TRIES TO STAND UP BUT JACK SLOWLY PULLS HIM BACK DOWN.
JACK: Oh no, no, no. Nonsense my good man. It's all my pleasure. (To Jennifer quietly) Jennifer, please?
SHE SIGHS, HALF SMILES AND WALKS AWAY.
JACK: Thank you. (Beat) Like we said before, shoulder blades together and then we press.
JACK PRESSES DOWN VERY HARD ON HAWK'S SHOULDERS.
SCENE THREE: LATER JACK HAS TO GO TO WORK AND HE HAS LEFT JENNIFER ALONE WITH HAWK. JENNIFER GETS HAWK LAID OUT ON THE MASSAGE TABLE, FACE DOWN WITH NO SHIRT ON.
JENNIFER: Alright Hawk, it says here that you need to bring your shoulder blades together.
HAWK: Like this?
HAWK PRETENDS TO TRY BUT CANOT GET THEM BACK FAR ENOUGH.
JENNIFER: Close. Let me help you here for just one second, alright.
JENNIFER PUTS HER HANDS ON HIS BARE SHOULDERS AND STARTS TO WORK THEM.
JENNIFER: If I, let me just do this here and then I'll pull it together like that. There, how's that? I'm not hurting you, am I?
HAWK: No Ma¡am, not at all.
JENNIFER: Are you sure?
THE FRONT DOOR OPENS AND JACK ENTERS.
JENNIFER: Alright, because I....
JACK: What are you doing?
JENNIFER: Well I'm helping Hawk limber his muscles Jack.
JACK: I SAID THAT I WOULD BE DOING ALL THE LIMBERING OF MUSCLES.
JENNIFER: You went out and he needs to keep up with his therapy.
JACK: From now on, I will do all the limbering of muscles, IF YOU DON'T MIND.
JACK IS CARRYING A BOX WHICH HE UNPACKS.
HAWK: Hey Jack?
HAWK: What are those?
JACK: You're telling me you don't know?
JACK: You strap them on the ankle, you unlock, you lock again, and then you get hung upside down.
JENNIFER: Excuse me, can I have a word with you Jack.
JENNIFER: Excuse us Hawk.
JACK: It's great for the small of the back.
JENNIFER: We'll just be one moment Hawk.
JENNIFER DRAGS JACK INTO THE DINING ROOM AND SHUTS THE DOOR.
JENNIFER: Jack what do you think you're doing?
JACK: I just want to cure Howie and get him the hell out of our lives.
JENNIFER: Alright, that's why we have to stick to the program.
JACK: Exactly, I just want to speed it up a little bit alright. Don't let him get too comfortable.
JENNIFER: Well I can assure you he won't be comfortable strung up to the ceiling in those.
JACK: That's exactly the point. If he's hanging upside down in these things I guarantee you before you know it, you'll hear him just have an amazing recovery.
JENNIFER: You're crazy. We can't chance it Jack.
JACK: Are you telling me that you still actually believe he hurt himself?
JENNIFER: Jack, look, he'll get better alright. If we do everything the doctor says, he will get better.
JACK: You don't have to be so enthusiastic about this.
JENNIFER: I can't believe you just said that. You really think that I'm enjoying this don't you?
JACK: Well if you're not, I know Baby Howie is.
JENNIFER: Jack listen to me. I want him out of here as much as you do so we can have time to ourselves again.
JACK: I just....
JENNIFER: That's why I'm working so hard.
JACK: I don't want to fall on our shoulders alright.... excuse the expression.
JENNIFER: So what, you're going to call a physical therapist?
JACK: No, better than that. I'm going to call a lawyer. The Hawkin's family attorney to be exact. I think it's about time that Chauncey Powell started earning his fee. We'll see how he likes to be babysitting Baby Howie.
JACK CALLS CHAUNCEY.
SCENE FOUR: A WHILE LATER, WITH CHUNCEY THERE TO WATCH BABY HOWIE, JACK HE AND JENNIFER RETREAT TO THEIR BEDROOM FOR SOME QUIET TIME.
JACK: Alright, now that Chauncey is here for Baby Howie duty, perhaps we can relax for a little while. Maybe even get out of this place.
JENNIFER: I think we should stick around Jack.
JACK: Oh alright, as long as we just stick around in here.
JENNIFER GRINS AT JACK.
JENNIFER: You want to?JACK: (Beat) Oh.... well ah.... it has been a while, hasn't it?
JENNIFER: I missed you too Jack.
JENNIFER: But do you think we should?
JACK: Well.... I mean it's okay, we're married.
JENNIFER: Jack, but Hawk and Chauncey are right there in the other room. I don't know if we should.
JACK: Well if it doesn't bother them, it shouldn't bother us.
JACK: We shouldn't....
JACK: What was that?
HE WALKS OVER TO HER AND THEY BEGIN TO KISS. THEY THEN FALL BACK ONTO THE BED JUST AS A LOUD BANG COMES FROM THE LIVING ROOM. THEY STOP AND SIT UP.
JACK: What was that?
JENNIFER: Nothing, forget it, forget it.
SHE PULLS HIM BACK DOWN ON THE BED. THEY HEAR THE BANG AGAIN AND SIT UP.
JACK: No that was.... something's going on out there.
JENNIFER: No you know I'm sure everything's fine.
SHE KISSES HIM AGAIN BUT THIS TIME THEY BOTH HEAR THE BANG.
JENNIFER: You know what, you're right, maybe Hawk's hurt.
JACK: No, no, we didn't hear him scream did we?
JENNIFER: No, no, maybe he can't scream. Maybe he's in a position where he can't scream.
JACK IS MAD ABOUT ALL THIS.
JACK: I wouldn't....
JACK IS FRUSTRATED THAT *YET AGAIN* HAWK IS COMING BETWEEN THEM.
JACK (CONT.): LOOK LET'S STOP WORRYING ABOUT HIM, ALRIGHT. Look can't you see he's ruining our lives?
JENNIFER: No, he's not ruining our lives.
JACK: WE ARE SLAVES TO THAT MAN!
JENNIFER: Only for a little while.
JACK: We hope!
JENNIFER: Look Jack, I will do.... I will put up with whatever it takes until I can have you all to myself again, okay. You know the whole time I was gone all I thought about was you.
JACK: You're sure about that?
JENNIFER: Yeah I'm sure about that. I have proof, I have it in print. You want to hear?
JACK: In print huh? It's not.... it's not mushy is it?
JENNIFER GOES OVER TO HER BAG AND PULLS OUT HER DIARY.
JENNIFER: Yeah, it is mushy.
JENNIFER OPENS THE DIARY AND JACK STARTS TO FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE.JENNIFER: "Here I am hundreds of miles from Jack but it doesn't feel like it because he's in my heart. And wherever I go, no matter how far it is, he'll always be with me and I know I'll never be alone."
JACK: (Moved by what she said) You.... you meant all that?
JENNIFER: I wouldn't have written it in my diary, if I didn't.
SHE CLOSES THE DIARY AND IS ABOUT TO PUT IT AWAY.
JACK: Oh isn't.... isn't there something else in there?
JENNIFER: Oh yeah, there's lots of things.... but it's personal.
SHE SLOWLY PUTS THE DIARY BACK IN HER BAG.
SCENE FIVE: OUTSIDE IN THE LIVING ROOM, HAWK IS STANDING AND POURING HIMSELF A CUP OF COFFEE WHILE CHAUNCEY TRIES TO LISTEN TO JACK AND JENNIFER THROUGH THE DOOR.
HAWK: So what are they talking about?
CHAUNCEY: I couldn't hear a thing.
HAWK: Well it's no wonder. They probably clammed right up after you knocked over those chairs.
CHAUNCEY: Oh, you were the one who kept told me to keep leaning over closer to the room.
HAWK: Yeah well just forget it. I'm already getting on Deveraux¡ nerves here.
CHAUNCEY: How long do you think this is going to take.
HAWK: Well it beats me. I'm in no hurry.
CHAUNCEY: Well how can you be so relaxed about it?
HAWK: Because Chauncey boy, I'm having myself just a good old time here. What's the big hurry?
CHAUNCEY: I'll tell you what. This, it's from Ginger. She's in town and she's been leaving messages for me all day.
HAWK: Oh no. This is trouble.
CHAUNCEY: Oh yes. What are we going to do? I mean she could spoil everything.
HAWK: We're going to get rid of her.
CHAUNCEY: How am I supposed to do that? She's just not going to go away.
HAWK: And you make her go away.
CHAUNCEY: How?HAWK: You know how Chauncey. You lie to her. You do whatever it takes but you get her out of town. She's going to blow this whole thing for all of us.
SCENE SIX: MEANWHILE GINGER IS A WOMAN WHO HAS ARRIVED IN TOWN IN A RV. SHE HAS A JOB AT ALICE'S PLACE AS A WAITRESS. SHE SAYS SHE IS LOOKING FOR HER LONG LOST DAUGHTER WHO WE KNOW IS MOLLY, THE GIRL THAT HELPED EVE FIND A WAY OUT OF THE FOREST AFTER THE TRAIN WRECK. OBVIOUSLY SHE KNOWS HAWK AND WHAT SORT OF GAMES HE PLAYS.