Episode Twenty: The Odyssey Starring
Jack Deveraux, Part III: Jack Has
Fantasies of Returning Only to Find
That Jennifer Has Moved on with Patrick
date February, 9th, 2005]
One: Jennifer is alone at home. The lights are out, except for a small
lamp by the couch. She is waking around the room embracing something,
wearing her robe and pajamas. She sniffles, apparently she has been crying,
as she nears the couch we see it is a framed photo. She sits down on the
couch, and continues to gaze upon the photo. It is of Jack [Funny, but
everyone's photo, hers, the one in Abigail's room and the one Bart is
showing everyone are all the same photos] She runs her finger over the
Oohh, Jack! (Looking upwardly) I would give anything for
you to be with me right now!
hugs the photo to her chest and wraps her arms around it, in tears.
she goes into a fetal position, continuing to hold Jack's photo to her
Two: Meanwhile on the freighter, Jack has an even larger pile of clothes,
he is still scrubbing away. His shirt is dirty, and stained with sweat
under his armpits and down his chest; his sleeves are rolled up; he
is lean, and fills out the shirt well. He is wearing a blue bandana
on his head. He is a major hottie! Jack is muttering under his breath
as he scrubs something on the washboard.
(Muttering, most is hard to hear) ....D rat ....miserable captains....
"captain, O, Captain" [??? Walt Whitman's poem about Lincoln???]
then the captain shouts at him -- the Captain is the guy who found him
and let him stay on the freighter. He is still chomping on a cigar butt.
jumps up startled.
looks like he is standing at attention.
(Addressing the Captain) Ah, ah, yes, Sir! Wha.... Wha....
What can I do for you, Sir?
CAPTAIN: We have a little problem here.
is worried about what the "little problem" is.
Three: Back at Jack and Jennifer's, Julie comes over, she is feeling
lonely, and poor Doug's snoring is driving her crazy. Jennifer tells
Julie about Bo, Billie and Patrick returning from Europe with no news,
that they have not been able to find Georgia. Julie feels bad for Billie,
but she thinks it is best for Bo and Hope. She then notices how depressed
Jennifer looks. Jennifer tells her that she is alone, Abigail is spending
the night at Chelsea's, and Billie and Patrick are spending the evening
together. She tells Julie that she is "alone and feeling *really*
sorry for herself."
Four: Chelsea has convinced Abigail to sneak into the Cheatin' Heart.
They are at a table, but all Chelsea can do is lust after Patrick, who
is seated at another table with Billie. Chelsea recognizes Billie, she
has seen her a couple of times at Abigail's -- Billie is living there
too. Chelsea is jealous and she wantst to know about her competition.
Abigail tells her some of Billie's history: About Bo, and about the
how two of them looking for their not-dead daughter [major sledgehammer
to the head]. Looks like Billie, not Jennifer is Chelsea's competition.
Five: Back on the freighter, Jack is fearing the worst.
Ahh, is there a problem, Sir?
CAPTAIN: I'll tell you what the "problem" is,
(pointing to Jack) you're in big trouble!
puts out his hands, in a gesture of begging.
Wait a minute, I thought we had a deal h--?!
Captain spreads out his arms, showing Jack the pale blue Oxford shirt
his is wearing. He is furious about something Jack he has done to shirt.
Look at this shirt! Hu h, (he looks he looks down at
his own shirt) it's as stiff as a board! (Gesturing)
Now, did I or did I not tell you easy
on the starch?!
smiles, he is obviously relieved that it is not something major. Jack
touches the Captain's collar, and tugs on it, laughing at how stiff
it really is. Just then the Captain blows smoke into Jack's face, causing
Jack to choke, cough and blow away the cigar smoke. He continues to
laugh, choke and blow away smoke, as he gestures trying to show the
Captain the problem.
Sorry, you're right, I'm jus.... it's just really difficult
when .... when you (picking up a plastic gallon bottle filled with blue
liquid) try to mix up the starch (holding the bottle up and pointing to
the tub) in the water by hand (Jack demonstrates by pretending to pour
the starch into the tub). (Chuckling) You see, usually
(puts down the bottle).... usually (gesturing trying to mime) You know,
I.... I.... I take (continuing to mime) a spray bottle
of starch and I iron and it's so much....
(Trying to silence him) whoa!
JACK: (Cont.) easier to control--
CAPTAIN: Wait a minute, wait a minute (puts the cigar
back in his mouth, puts his arm around Jack), now you never
told me you knew how to iron!
has an "Oh, Damn" expression as he realizes now he will be
expected to iron as well.
Six: Billie and Patrick stuff are out to have a good time. Patrick buys
her a beer, she drinks despite being a recovering alcoholic (when she
went out with Jack in 2002, right after her return, she had to remind
Jack that she cannot drink). Patrick receives a mysterious phone call,
Patrick is told to give him the cash when he gets it. It appears Patrick
may be up to no good after all.
Seven: Back at the freighter, the Captain has just discovered Jack can
iron. Frustrated, Jack slaps down the bottle of starch.
I'm sorry, Captain, but this is where I draw the line.
slides his foot across the floor, "drawing the line" and then
stamps his foot. He puts his hands together, defiantly.
I don't care if I have to walk the plank, no ironing!
And I don't do portholes either! And that's final!
CAPTAIN: (Holding his cigar) Oh, really? (Walk close
to him, and pointing) and need I remind you, that you're
working off your passage here in trade! And should the
pledge go unfulfilled, (pointing behind him) I keep you
from disembarking. (Putting the cigar back in his mouth) And put you back
from whence you came!
Captain returns to smoking his cigar, and blowing smoke into Jack's
face in a sign of authority. Jack looks sick at the possibility of that
happening. Jack exhales and suddenly Jack becomes all apologetic and
now that you mention it.... ah, I don't mind ironing at all. (Gesturing)
Fact, I.... I love it! In fact, I.... I, ha ha, can't
get enough of it.
CAPTAIN: (Chewing on his cigar) I thought as much.
JACK: Look I just got a question, just one
question, whatever happened to (gesturing and talking melodramatically)
"give me your tired, your poor, huddled masses?"
CAPTAIN: (Laughing) Yeah, Lady Liberty, right!
(Taking off his shirt) Well, she won't be long.
JACK: (Overjoyed) "She won't be
long?" You mean we're close? (Getting more and more
excited) We're almost home?
CAPTAIN: (Handing him the shirt) Yeah, like I said, it
won't be long, (not moved) it's just another port. (About
to walk away) Carry on! (Stops, gestures) eh.... eh.... easy
on the starch.
Captain walks off.
Aye, aye (putting up his hand) ay.... aye, aye Captain! Aye, Aye!....
Aye, Aye, Jennifer, (like a pirate) arrrrr.
laughs and smiles shakes the shirt, then talks to it.
Ohhh, it won't be long, now! I'm coming home, Jennifer! I'm coming home!
(Sighing) I'm home.
puts the Captain's shirt in the soapy water and starts scrubbing.
Eight: Back at Jack and Jennifer's, Jennifer and Julie are sitting on
the couch. Julie is trying to help her cousin. Jennifer is sad and depressed
missing Jack. Julie gets up.
You knnoooww, maybe you need (getting up to leave) more time alone. I
would love to watch Jack, Jr. for you!
JENNIFER: (Getting up too) Oh, no, Julie, please, (putting
out her hand), thank you, but being alone is the last
thing that I need right now. (Putting her hands on her robe's pockets,
with a slight smile) And taking care of Jack, Jr. is one of the few
joys I have these days.
JULIE: (Trying to do something to comfort her) There
must be something I can do?
JENNIFER: ( Titling her head and looking up) Well, no
unless you know of a way to bring my husband back.
JULIE: O, Darling.
takes Jennifer in her arms and hugs her, sad for her cousin. Jennifer
looks on sadly.
Nine: Back in the freighter, Jack is sorting another pile of clothes,
sighing and groaning, then he looks around.
Detergent?! (Sighs) Time to get the Detergent
sees it on a table, so he walks over to it. Next to a bottle is a
transistor radio. Jack is about to pick up the bottle, when he spots
Heey, (picking it up, looking at it) wait a minute! (Thinking) If we're
getting that close to land (trying to turn it on) maybe I can finally
get this thing to work.
has turned it on, there is some static.
puts it to his ear. Then through the static, a voice can be heard.
Weather tonight in Salem is clear and calm.
cannot believe his ears, hearing that it is being broadcast from Salem
he is pays attention,excitedly. [Amazing still out in the Atlantic and
he gets a Salem station, Salem which is in the somewhere near Chicago]
DISK JOCKEY: We return now to another uninterrupted....
(Becoming more thrilled) Salem!
....hour of music for your listening pleasure.
the radio from his ears, and looking around overjoyed. Just then soft
romantic jazz is heard through the static.
Salem! Salem, I'm getting a signal from Salem! Huh, finally....
walks around, taking out the locket, he looks at it, holding it tight
in his hand, addressing it.
Huh, I'm coming home, Jennifer. Huh, I'm coming home!
(Sighs) I'm going to be home before you know it.
Ten: Back at Jack and Jennifer's the camera pans on the photo of Jack,
the same radio station is playing, Jennifer puts a tea cup by Jack's
photo, which is on a chair. She looks at the photo, lovingly, and starts
talking to it. She is on the bending down next to the chair; her own
cup of tea is the the foot rest of the chair, by Jack's.
I love you sooo much, Jack!.... And
even though you are gone, I can still feel your love for me.
looks up and the camera angle is from up above her.
(Cont.; smiling) And right now, I feel it soooo strongly,
it is almost like you're here. (Pausing for a few moments,
and then looking back at the photo) Uh, who knows, maybe.... maybe in
some way are.
continues to look at Jack's picture.
date February, 22nd, 2005]
One: Jennifer complains to Patrick about Billie. He defends her. She
tells him that all men defend her, including Jack. Patrick thinks there
is more to it, he thinks Jennifer is jealous of her. He also thinks
that Jennifer feeling upset about Jack should not be an excuse to rag
into Billie. [More sloppy writing, on the fantasy episode from last
month, Jack looks at the mail box at his house and the address is, 3223;
today Jennifer has a letter for Jack, and the address is "755."
Nice too see there are continuity people on the job. Most the Jennifer
scenes are of her complaining about Billie, and she cannot believe he
can defend her.
Two: Poor Jack, he is still in the same shirt and still is wearing the
overalls at his waist; that blue bandana is still on his head. Jack
is working at the laundry, and the Captain is there, Jack walks up to
him upset and angry -- it appears to be in mid-conversation. The Captain
blows smoke in Jack's face, Jack coughs, and waves away the smoke. To
talk the Captain removes he cigar from his mouth.
Look, I told you when I came aboard that it was urgent
that I get back to Salem!
CAPTAIN: Hey, we're all anxious to
reach land. (Gesturing) But there is a bad storm in the East and I had
to (puts the cigar back in his mouth) change course.
JACK: (Concerned) So, where are we headed?
CAPTAIN: (Blows smoke and then takes the cigar out of
his mouth) South America.
CAPTAIN: (Nods and chuckles) Yeah.
JACK: No! (Furious) LOOK THE ONLY REASON THAT I'M (hitting
the laundry) STINKING LAUNDRY FOR THIS STINKING
CREW SO THAT I CAN GET BACK TO THE UNITED STATES
CAPTAIN: (Emphazing each point with his cigar) Yeah,
and with no money, and no passport
you're a little short on options, wouldn't you say?
JACK: (Exhaling loudly, throws down a sheet) Damit!
(Walking around for god's sake this team can't handle
picks up a couple of bottles. He shifts around the bottles. Then stops,
looking on dejected and resigned.
Mother Nature can be a cruel lady. Since I am captain of this tin can,
(dumps out a duffle bag full of clothes) I'm ordering
you to get these clothes back to me, pronto! And don't
forget, (gesturing) easy on the starch!
JACK: (Sarcastically imitating him, talking at the same
time) "Easy on the starch."
CAPTAIN AND JACK: (Jack sarcastically) And nicely
hits the table, in anger) I hate ironing!
As the Captain is talk Jack listens on concerned.
(Gesturing with his cigar) You know I think you need, an attitude transplant.
If you ever hope to (emphasizing it with his cigar) set foot
on U.S. soil you'll have to suck it up lie the rest
Captain walks off, Jack worried plops two bottles on the table.
I gotta get out of here, (gesturing pacing around) fast!
I got to get back to Jennifer and Abigail and the baby! One way or the
then flashes back to when Bart showed Jack the video of Jennifer with
Patrick at Philip and Belle's wedding.
Patrick is escorting Jennifer, by the arm, into the church. She
looks at him. Bart fiddles with the dials. Jack watches on confused.
Bart points to them together. Jack frowns as he tries to figure out
what is going on.
What the hell?
BART: They make an attractive couple, don't they?
titles his head trying to see what is really going on.
That's St. Luke's but it doesn't look like they're
BART: (Turning to Jack) Oh, maybe not today, but according
to the Count it's just a matter of time. (Gesturing) I mean, they're
already shacking up.
continues to watch, confused, and hurt.
(Cont.) And with Patrick playing World's Coolest Daddy to Abigail
and Jack, Jr., (gesturing) you just know, (pointing)
before long, (pointing to the screen) he's going to be going to be Hubby
in the present Jack is disturbed by the memory.
I can't let that happen.
heavily, Jack looks around and tries to think, gesturing.
(Softly) I.... (More loudly) I got to figure out a way to get back home
before it's too late.
stands there, slightly frowning, worried that it may be too late
Three: Jack is back to scrubbing the Captain's shirt on the washboard,
his frustration can be felt by the way he is scrubbing, grunting and
breathing heavily. Stops working remembering the video.
What if that jerk Bart is right, what if I make it back to Salem only
to find.... Jennifer is already involved with that Patrick character?!
sniffs, and wipes the back of his hand over his nose. He then takes
the shirt to the other tub.
Naaaww, she couldn't, she couldn't do that!
is wringing out the shirt and about to put it in the tub, when he stops
is home, it is winter, this time he is wearing the blue bandana. He
walks up to the door of his house, and stops, looking around, thrilled
to be back.
Home! I finally home!
the fantasizes are filmed with this whirling, distorted effect. Smiling,
Jack walks up to the door, then stops, and looks over towards the
window. He looks inside, seeing Jennifer he smiles. However, Jennifer
is being hugged by a shirtless Patrick. [The
dialogue is vomitous so I will not transcribe it] Jennifer talks
about missing Jack, as Patrick is all over her. She talks about being
happy now that she finally let him (Patrick) sleep in her bed. They
kiss. Jack screams in horror.
in the present, the scream continues to reverberate. Jack is worried
about his fantasy, fearing that it could actually happen. Jack is squeezing
the shirt tightly, in a daze. The scream continues, and then Jack shudders,
snapping himself out of the daze. He throws down the shirt, and steps
back. Flaying his hands, gesturing "no." Then he walks to
No, no, no she'd never (working again) no (shaking his
continues to mutter and shake his head, trying to convince himself.
Four: Bo tells Hope that the judge was going to put Billie in jail --
for a fight she and Patrick got into at the Cheatin' Heart -- Bo said
to save her from going to jail he agreed to let Billie move in. Hope
is Furious. Hope uses the same arguments to Bo about Billie that Jennifer
used with Patrick. Bo thinks Hope is exaggerating. Hope wonders why
Billie could not continue to live with Hope. Bo says that Patrick he
does not trust him, he does not want Patrick near Billie; he alsodoes
not think that Patrick should be saying at Jennifer's he does not trust
Patrick and thinks Patrick will hurt Jennifer. [It looks like the trust
thing between Billie and Patrick is being paralleled, are they both
innocent, or is Hope and Jennifer right about Billie, and Bo (and Jack)
right about Patrick.) Are Patrick and Billie up to no good?]
Five: Jack is trying to iron, it looks ancient. His thoughts preoccupied
worrying about Lockhart worming himself into Jennifer's affections,
Jack hurts his hand.
(In frustration) Ahha....
he picks it up.
(Sighing) I gotta get off this ship before I drive myself crazy.
has an ironing board, and the Captain's shirt is on it.
.... or put a hole in his shirt.
goes back to ironing, but cannot get the thought of Jennifer and Patrick
out of his head.
(Muttering) Jennifer and Patrick Lockhart (shaking his head) no
flashes back to them kissing. The baby is crying. Patrick goes to calm
him. Jennifer tells him that he is wonderful with Jack, Jr., just like
Jack was with Abigail. Jack watches in horror. Jack, broken hearted
turns away from the window. He then walks to the door and opens it.
He walks inside, and watches the two of them with Jack, Jr. As Patrick
puts the baby down Baby Jack says, "Da Da." They are both
thrilled. Jack, shuts the door. They see him, and he walks towards them.
Patrick isn't Jack, Jr.'s father....
JENNIFER: Oh, my God!
JACK: (Cont.) ....I am!
JENNIFER: Jack, Oh?!
faints into Patrick's arms. Jack him up and down, confused, hurt and
are you doing? Take your hands off my wife!
Six: Jack is affected by the thoughts, he tries to put back the ironing
board but it falls back on him.
tries to put it up again, and holds it there. Panting, upset.
No! (Putting up his hands, gesturing) No!
is fantasizing again. This time Jack and Jennifer have their arms around
each other, as Patrick watches on upset. Jennifer is holding her from
behind, and kissing her face.
JENNIFER: (In ecstasy) Jack!
holds her even more tightly and continues to kiss her, now here head.
As the talk he continues to kiss her all over, and caresses her.
JENNIFER: Is it really you?
JACK: It's me, Jennifer. It's me.
JENNIFER: No, I must be dreaming.
tries to break away, believing it is a dream. Jack stops her. She is
about to say something but Jack interrupts before she can.
No, Jennifer's,it's not a dream! (Gently shaking her)
It's me, I told you I was going to be here.
JENNIFER: What do you mean?--
JACK: I was coming back to you....
JENNIFER: You told me.....
JACK: (Cont.) ....and the kids.
JENNIFER: (Cont.) ....what do you mean.... You told me?
Patrick is glaring at them.
I told you in the phone machine. I left you a message right here.... (pointing
to the answering machine) right here in the phone machine.
JENNIFER: You didn't leave me a message!
I didn't get a message, Jack!
JACK: (Looking at them) Patrick erased it!
is shocked. Patrick denies it
didn't erase anything!
JENNIFER:: No, Jack, really.
Tha.... tha.... that's all right, Jennifer. That's all right. (Looking
at him) You see, Patrick's been lusting after you for a long
Now, that is not true--
JACK: (Putting up his hand) No.... no.... no, the only
truth is that I'm home now. And I want
my family back. (Turning to Jennifer) But that really is up to you.
(Pointing both his hands at her) You decide, Jennifer, who do you want?
Him or me?
looks at Jack, frowning and confused.
Seven: It is still Jack's fantasy. Jennifer does not hesitate, she throws
her arms around Jack, and holds him tightly.
O, God, how can you even say that! You know I want to be with you, Jack!
lets her go, not convinced. Patrick stares in the background, not happy.
JENNIFER: Yes, I do! (Full of emotion)
You are husband! Your the father of my children.(Caressing
his cheek) You're the love of my life, Jack!
Patrick, knows! He knows that I
never stopped loving you all the time!
JACK: I saw you with him, Jennifer!
I saw (his voice cracking).... through the window (hurt) before I came
in, I saw!
Jack can be heard breathing heavily, hurt and confused. Jennifer
is near tears trying to convince him she wants him not Patrick.
No, I know! Patrick and I got closer because I thought that I had lost
you forever, Jack. But.... You are my.... one
is crying, she throws her arms around Jack.
I'm so glad you're home!
start to kiss passionately. Jennifer laughs with joy. Jack and she moan.
Patrick glares in the background, and sniffs. The baby cries.
Oh my God!
their son cry, she stops kissing and looks at Jack, smiling.
Do you hear that? Do you hear that? I have the most
wonderful surprise for you! O, Jack!
goes to the crib talking to the baby.
Your daddy's home, yeah!
is bending over the scribe, Jack, Jr. is still crying. Jack puts his
arm around a still shirtless Patrick.
Yeah, he is! No, it's okay. It's going to be okay!
turns him around. As Jack is talking to Patrick, Jennifer is holding
the baby, trying to calm it.
Well, Patrick, old buddy....
is talking in the background to Baby Jack, as Jack talks to Patrick.
During their conversation, Jennifer listens to the two of them.
going be with your daddy, Yeah! Shuuusssh!
keeps his arms on Patrick's shoulder and leads him away. Gesturing,
Jack continues talking to him.
(Cont.) ....I think you need to get your things together, and I think
you need to leave, because you not really welcome here
JENNIFER: Ssshhh, it's okay!
PATRICK: You think I'm just going to walk away?
JACK: (Smiling confidently) If you're smart, yes!
PATRICK: No, I'm sorry, I can't do
that! See I love Jennifer, too.
JACK: Well, maybe you didn't hear her, she said (smiling)
she loves me and not you!
PATRICK: Oh what do you expect her to say you show up
out of the blue!
JACK: No, no not "out of the blue,"
(gesturing) I called on the answer machine! But
(indicating with his finger) you know that! Don't you!
PATRICK: (Scoffs) I didn't hear or erase
stares at him, not believing Patrick's gall. Yet he also seems afraid
that Patrick may be right.
(Cont.) Now, I'm sure she doesn't want to hurt you, Jack, she obviously
cares about you. You've been gone for a long time,
and she needed someone!
JACK: (His voice cracking) And there
you were. Johnny on the Spot.
PATRICK: Naw, it's not what you think, at first we
were just friends.
(Hurt) And then you became so much more.
PATRICK: (Nodding) Like I said, I love
her, and I'm going to stick around until she admits her true
feelings. Because I think she's going to want to be with me!
looks over towards Jennifer. Jennifer looks scared.
to the present, Jack is pacing around.
I've got to get Lockhart out of Jennifer's life! The only way to do that,
is to haul ass back to Salem!
goes back to scrubbing clothes. Just then the Captain returns, still
smoking; he walks up to Jack.
Well, Mate, this is your lucky day after all!
stops working and looks at him, fearing something else is wrong, thinking
the Captain is being sarcastic.
Forecast changed, we're back on course.
happily begins to work.
excitedly, slaps the shirt on the washboard. As the Captain talks he
is looking at his cleaned, ironed and folded shirt.
When we get States' side we'll be docking at a port not far from Salem.
Aye, th.... (picking out the shirt) this is a niiccee
job! You finally got that starch just right.
JACK: (Slightly sarcastically) So now we're happy.
CAPTAIN: Uh, yeah (plops down the shirt) you're doing
a good job. (Picking up a pile of pressed clothes) You'll be home before
you know it.
Captain walks off. Jack is panting, but this time hopeful. He hits down
You hear that, Jennifer?.... I'm on my way!