February 5th, 2001]
SCENE ONE: A TAXI CAB; ALICE AND
Alice is in the back seat, she
seems agitated and in a hurry. Finally, she tells the
driver that she has to be at the airport pronto, she
has to get there before Jennifer's plane takes off.
Talking more to herself, she says that she has an important
letter to give her. The driver does not appear interested,
so she offers him a $20 tip if he gets her to the airport
on time. The driver, takes notice, and agrees, putting
pedal to the metal.
SCENE TWO: AN AIRPLANE; JENNIFER.
Jennifer is sitting in her seat,
reading a book, waiting for the plane to take off for
Greta von Amburg's coronation in Paris. A guy sits next
to her. He tries to come on to her, but she is uninterested.
The stewardess comes over the loud speaker telling them
to prepare for take off. However, a short while later
they still have not taken off. Jennifer looks out the
window as the stewardess comes back on and tells them
there will be a short delay. As she says this Alice
boards the plane, calling out Jennifer's name. Jennifer
is surprise and slightly worried to see her, fearing
something is wrong with Abigail. Alice assures her Abigail
is fine. With a wise look, Alice hands her a blank envelop,
telling her she could not let her leave without first
giving her this. Jennifer holds the envelop as if it
is something precious. She is overjoyed, and thanks
Alice. Her seat mate is not at all happy that they delayed
the flight for a letter, but Alice shuts him up by telling
him to "Chill." Alice wishes her well, and leaves. It
is obvious that the letter is special to her, she is
thrilled and holds it lovingly close to her body.
(Thinking) It's from Jack.
The obnoxious passenger tells her
it must be important; and wonders if after all her grandmother
did to get it to her why is she not reading it. Jennifer
just holds it to her, with a look of indecision on her
SCENE THREE: CAB; ALICE AND
The cabbie tells Alice he is impressed
that she was able to stop the plane. She thanks him
for his help, and he shrugs it off, it was the most
fun he has had in years. He wonders if she has anywhere
else she needs to get in a hurry. Alice, talking mostly
to herself, says she does not. But she has something
else she needs to do. She takes out her phone and calls
ALICE: Jack, I've got to get to you before Jennifer
gets to Paris.
SCENE FOUR: AIRPLANE; JENNIFER.
Thinking to herself, and holding
the letter, next to her lips.
Oh Jack, we had so many years together; and shared
so many memories.
fades into a memory. It is from the night of the big
storm in 1990. The night of her first assignment for
the TV station, after Jack fired her. Jack has just
rescued her out in the storm. They are in his car, both
are soaking wet, and she is wearing his Fedora.
No, you looked (Stopping before he lets on that he was
watching her).... I mean, I mean, I mean..... I'm sure
you looked great.
JENNIFER: Jack I'm sure I looked like a collie.
No joking, but Lassie had a very good career in television.
(She kind of hits him) Jack, shut up.
I'm serious. You look, you look..... well you look....
you look good wet. Jack takes the hat of her.
I mean.... kinda.... kinda cute, yeah.
begins to stroke her hair. He is looking at her affectionately,
and full of love.
JACK: Yeah, kinda..... wet.
moves closer to him.
I mean I'm wet.... and you're wet.... They move
in for a kiss.
to present. Jennifer is thinking wistfully.
(Smiling, thinking to herself) I knew we had something
special, long before you did.
smiles to herself, closes her eyes, and remembers another
special moment in their lives. It is the time she locked
Jack inside his bedroom.
JENNIFER: Why do you keep fighting me Jack? Why can't
you just give in to what you want?
walks towards him and he backs away from her.
I want you to go.
No you don't.
I want to be alone.
You want me to be with you. You don't want to be alone.
You want me to be with you. You're just too afraid to say
You're putting words in my mouth.
Oh really! Then let's see if your body can do the talking
walks up behind him and puts her arms around his chest running
her hands up and down. Jack is nervous, and tries to struggle,
but he does not do that good a job. He does not mind it
all, despite what he says.
Oooooh! While your fingers do the walking.
spins him around to face her. What do you want?
JACK: I don't want this.
You don't want this, really?
Yes, really! I mean no.
begins to kiss him, and Jack responds instantly. Jack
is protesting some, but continues with the kiss, which
gets more passionate.
Fade back to the present. Jennifer is enjoying her memories.
Once I got you to admit what you wanted, there
was no stopping you!
smiles again, as she relives another precious memory.
They are in the cave, just before they made love.
You know I don't.... I don't express my feelings very well.
I don't put into words.
It's okay. It's alright because you already said it.
No I didn't. You said it. I just agreed with what you said.
(Very emotionally) I just.... love you.... Jennifer. I love
smiles. Jack takes her in his arms and begins to kiss
her passionately. Jennifer He lies her down in front
of the fire. They begin to make love for the first time.
Fade to present.
(Thinking of what was, and no longer seems to be)
has the letter closer to lips, as if kissing it.
You never took things seriously, even when you
now thinks back to Christmas 1990, when Jack, worried
since she was living with Frankie and rejected his other
proposal, comes down her chimney, dressed as Santa.
Jack I already gave you a gift. I don't have anything
else to give.
A gift, gift. My, my holiday reindeer! What are you
talking about? No, no, I'm checking my list and checking
it twice to see if you've been naughty or.... well speaking
oh Mr. Deveraux wanted me to check on my time and see
if you had an answer to his.... his little question.
his little finger Santa Jack has the engagement ring.
He then asks for Jack if Jennifer had changed her
mind, and had decided to marry him after all. Jack
is nervous and stutters.
Ah yes, so I'm asking for him.... ah.... wou.... wou....
wou.... wou.... wou.... would you marry him?
on the plane. Jennifer is still smiling over all the happy
times she and Jack spent together.
And the wedding. It made the engagement look
positively normal (she laughs).
remembers her and Jack's wedding, July 2nd, 1991.
Dearly beloved, we come together today to join Jack Harcourt
Deveraux and Jennifer Rose Horton in marriage......
memory skips ahead to when she recited the poem The
Journey. Jennifer reads the poem, a symbol of their
past and hopeful future. She is very emotional, her voice
slightly cracks with emotion, and her eyes slightly fill
with tears of joy. Jack is equally moved and over come
with emotion and love.
JENNIFER: "Now we will feel no rain,
For each of us will be shelter to each other.
And now we will feel no cold,
For each of us will be warmth to each other.
[portion of the poem skipped]
Old hopes, new laughter, shared tears.
The adventure has just begun."
(Very emotional) Um.... what she just said.... that.... that
goes double for me (Jennifer laughs).
memory flashes ahead, the minister has just proclaimed
them married. Both Jack and Jennifer are ecstatically
Jack and Jennifer are staring at each other with deep
You may kiss the bride now.
Thank you (Jennifer giggles, over come with joy).
slowly folds back her veil and looks at her with profound
love. They move together and slowly he begins to kiss
her. She responds, in a loving, romantic, and passionate
Back in the present.
(Pensive) Gawd, it was so wonderful for a while.
recalls Valentine's Day, 1992, when she told Jack she
So I made an appointment with the doctor and I went
to the hospital and he made me take a test and he told me
that I'm absolutely positively without a doubt....
Would you stop beating around the bush. Just spit it out.
(She has a huge smile on her face. Okay, this is my surprise
for you. (Beat) I'm pregnant!
almost chokes on his drink. He slowly puts down his glass
and stares at her in amazement and terror.
The memory fades to the day Abby was born. Jack and Jennifer
were stranded in a cabin, and he had deliver Abby.
Just a little bit more.... come one just.... just.
is panting as Jack's face turns to amazement.
I can't believe it.
You can't believe what?
baby begins to cry.
I.... I did it. We had a baby. (Beat) A little baby girl.
face melts into tears of happiness.
now thinks back to a romantic moment they shared together,
shortly after Abby's birth. They had both been preoccupied
with their jobs, but vow they would make time for each other.
Jennifer is wearing a sexy pink negligée, and Jack
is in his robe and pajama's. They are in the middle of a
[This is the last flashback, and the remarks about neither
really having been there for so long seems like a reference
to the fact that the past seven plus years have been erased,
that pretenders had taken over the rules of Jack and Jennifer,
but now they are back together, real Jack and Jennifer have
I've missed you Jack.
Well I don't know what to say. I've been right here.
JENNIFER: No you haven't. I haven't either. But that
is going to change because you know what, my only dream
is to be here with you. To be here with you and Abby and
to love each other. That's all I've ever wanted.
Well that's all I've ever wanted too.
in the present, Jennifer seems resigned that all that
that they are all just bittersweet memories of the past,
and that there is no future for them.
I'll never forget what we had together.... Jack....
But there's no going back. (She shakes her head sadly
and speaks sotto voce) There's no going back.
FIVE: CAB; ALICE AND CAB DRIVER.
is on her cell phone talking to her son Bill -- Jennifer
and Jack had been in Africa with him. She thanks him for
getting back to her; and especially for the information
she wanted. The cabbie wonders if found what she was looking
for. She tells him she thinks she did. She then calls someone
in Rome. Alice sighs, hoping that she has found him.
next shot is of a hotel room, obviously in Rome. A man
comes out of the shower, as the phone rings. He is naked
except for a towel around his waste. He is drying his
hair with another towel, which obscures his face. As he
is about to answer the phone we see that it is Jack.
(Answering in Italian) Pronto (Looking smug and devilishly
sly, as if to say "I'm back!!!").
SCENE SIX: AIRPLANE; JENNIFER AND
seat mate leans over and tells her that the person who
wrote the letter is a "lucky guy." Jennifer then thinks
You know what Jack, it doesn't matter what's in that
letter. The fact is you never learn from your mistakes (She
looks at the letter, and puts it in her purse). But you
know what, I do.
SEVEN: CAB IN SALEM, HOTEL ROOM IN ROME; ALICE AND JACK.
The two are on the phone with each other, but have yet
to realize with whom they are speaking.
slowly and over enunciating, thinking he does not speak
English) I'd like to speak to Jack Deveraux please.
You got 'im. (Finally realizing he is speaking to Alice,
yet not quite sure). Hey, this isn't Mrs. Horton, is it?
finally dawns her as well) That's right. What are you doing
to act cool, yet also maybe a little embarrassed) I.... Ahh....
oh.... I'm trying some new material with the Pope. I figure
if I could get the Pontiff to crack up, I'll kill 'em in the
by his bad joke) Are you ever going to grow up Jack?
hope not! (Smiling, then getting serious) Actually, Mrs.
Horton, I'm here on business, I've started a new company.
letter arrived. And I gave it to Jennifer.
(Expectant) Excellent!! Did she say anything about it?
(With a wise expression) Actually she's on a plane.... to
Paris. And I don't know if she's read it or not.
(Surprise, yet hopeful) Paris!? Why's she going there?
a coronation, if you must know. And it's taking place tonight,
Right, when did her plane leave?
(Alice definitely is egging Jack on to make a move) put
it this way, there's time for you to get to Paris before
you think that is a good idea? (Hoping that Alice does).
question is what do you think? (She says with a wise
and devious look. She is obviously proud of her work getting
Jack and Jennifer together).
flashes a wise and devious look. He definitely has something
EIGHT: PARIS AIRPORT.
man, obviously Jack, appears, he is wearing a long dark
colored trench coat, and beret. He is reading a newspaper,
hiding behind it, and is walking around furtively. There
is an announcement over the loud speaking about the arrival
of the flight from Salem. Jack is in his slightly bumbling
Jack mode, nearly bumping into several people and a wall.
He peers from behind the paper -- he is wearing a fake mustache.
He hides back behind the paper, and continues to creep about,
only to crash into a wall.
gives an embarrassed look then continues with his spying.
He hides behind a pillar, and we see that there are
two large circles cut out for eye holes in his newspaper,
Le Monde Des Livres [Probably an in joke, "The
World of the lives]. Just then Jennifer walks into the
waiting area. Jack is thrilled and terrified at the
same time. It appears he debates what to do: To talk
to her or to flee. He hides behind the pillar.
(Thinking to himself) It's now or never, Jack.
No guts, no glory!
She is now right near him. Petrified,
he turns his back on her so she does not see him. He
gets some courage and is about to make his move when
the guy that was sitting next to Jennifer calls her
name. He comes over to her, and gives her her purse,
which she had forgotten. Jack finally decides to talk
to Jennifer, and turns but he does not notice that she
has put down her luggage; and he trips over it.
has not noticed this, and she trips over Jack, falling
on top of him. Jack does not realize it is Jennifer and
first apologizes in bad Italian, then realizing he is
in France, in bad French and English. Jennifer still does
not realize it is Jack, however. Just then they both look
up and see the other. There is an underlining joy, which
they both immediately suppress.
to see him) Jack!
eyes are open wide. His fake mustache falls partially
off. They are both speechless. Meanwhile the guy who
sat next to Jennifer on the plane watches on perplexed
at their standard Jack and Jennifer behavior.
SCENE NINE: PARIS AIRPORT; JACK
AND JENNIFER, AND MAN.
being separated for months -- and in real time over
seven years -- Jack and Jennifer (Matthew and Missy)
are finally reunited. They still are speechless for
a few moments. Glad to see each other. Suddenly Jennifer
remembers she has decided to move on. They get up. The
man still is confused by what he is witnessing.
(Talking to Jennifer, still very confused) You okay?
Look, I.... I.... know this is a bit of a surprise.
Get away from me, now....
guy asks her if there is a problem. Jennifer is short
with him, telling him she can handle the situation.
The man takes off, obviously not wanting to get involved.
(Watching him walk off, and giving him a look; slightly
jealous). Who was that?
Get a life Jack.
I'm trying to. Did you read my letter?
No! I didn't read your letter?
Because, I don't want to know, Jack. Because of Africa
if you need a little reminding. Because of a few other
occasions that are too numerous to mention.
(Enjoying their familiar word games and bantering):
"Few" "numerous"? That's an oxymoron, I believe.
You're an "oxymoron" I believe!
says as she rips off the fake mustache. He groans in pain.
Then she throws it at him.
Bye. (She then storms off).
JACK: (Trying to chase her) Jennifer, wait....
wait.... wait.... wait.... wait.
cannot catch up with her. She exits the airport. At
the door, Jack stops. Though seemingly defeated, he
has a smug and victorious look on his face.
JACK: I still get to her. I still
got that old magic.
puts on the mustache. And with determination and optimism