Thirty-Seven: The Homecoming
Part I: Jack Finally Makes it Home,
Only to Discover That Abigail Is in the Hospital.
date April 26, 2005]
One: The gang is still on the plane, from an outside shot we see
Jack pass by the window, and tap Roman on the shoulder. Roman
smiles back at him. Jack walks over to the rear of the plane where
Cassie is sleeping in her chair. Jack gently shakes her to wake
softly) Cassie, you're still asleep? We're about to land.
starts to stir.
(Cont.) You slept through the whole flight.
turns over in her seat, awake.
I was exhausted.
JACK: Oh, I can't blame you, I haven't had a good
night sleep since, I don't know when.
CASSIE: You'll sleep well tonight, you'll be with
JACK: "My family"! Ha.... That's right
(sitting down opposite her) that's all I seem to be thinking about.
(Gesturing) Well, while I am not the subject, you know, I think
today.... (pointing) I think today my daughter turns 17.
smiles back at him.
(Cont.) (Nodding) 17 years old, wow!
Two: Abigail is in a hospital bed sleeping, Jennifer by her side.
She leans over and kisses her daughter. A nurse comes in and tells
Jennifer that she has ordered a roll-away bed for her so she can
spend the night with Abigail. Abigail awakens and wonders where
she is. Jennifer tells her she is in ICU. Abigail worries that
something is wrong with her, she thought she was doing better.
Jennifer assures her that it is just for the night, Lexie just
wanted to monitor her just to be safe, but she is okay. Abigail
thanks her mother for being there with her. She tells Jennifer
she loves her. Abigail also apologies for her behavior and the
way she treated her. She tells Jennifer that she is "the
best mom." Abigail tells her she does not know what she would
do without her. Jennifer is tearing up, and tells her not to cry.
Abigail agrees as long as she does not cry either. Jennifer tells
her that it was funny, because she was smiling in her sleep.
I had a dream. (Sighs) Ah.... The best dream!
smiles, thinking of her dream, she tells her mother about it as
we see her thoughts. It exactly matches Jack's fantasy earlier
that evening [on the previous show]. As she talks about the dream
we see and hear what she dreamt. [To make it less confusing I
will have Jennifer and Abigail's dialogue first, then the dialogue
from the dream]
We were all together: You and Jack, Jr., and Dad.
smiles hearing the dream.
Really, your dad?
ABIGAIL: Yeah, it was today, my birthday. There
was a cake with seventeen candles on it, you lit them all. An d....
(laughing) and Dad said, "Don't forget to
make a wish!"
JENNIFER: And what did you wish for, Sweetie? Do
ABIGAIL: I said, "I didn't need to make a
wish, because it had already come true. We were all together."
Ah, oh my gosh.
Jack is buttoning his shirt, and turns to see Abigail carrying
Jack, Jr. Seeing his son, Jack lets out a gasp.
(Cont.) Look how big he's gotten.
15 pounds as of yesterday.
Abigail hands her father Jack, Jr. and he gently takes him
holding him out to look at him.
Ooh, oh, my gosh. Ooh lo ok....
JENNIFER: Ooh, he is so happy to see his daddy.
(Talking to his son) Yes, well, I'm happy to see you too, and you're
going to see alot more of me, my boy...
laughs. Jennifer and Abigail watch Jack with his son.
(Cont.) ....yes, I'll be at every one of your birthday
parties. (Looking at Abigail) and yours too! Yours too!
takes he baby.
(Cont.) Oh, my gosh, it's your birthday!
laughs at Jack, and admires her son. Jack motions to the cake.
Yo u.... you've got your candles lit right over there, we've got to
blow them out! You Ota to make a wish!
ABIGAIL: Having you come home, Daddy, I mean, my
wish already came true (smiling).
JACK: Aw www.
pulls him towards him. Then hold all his family. He kisses Jennifer
on the forehead, then Abigail, then Jack, Jr.
to Abigail talking to Jennifer.
I'm sorry it was just a dream.
JENNIFER: Well, my wish today was that my little
girl wouldn't be taken away from me. And my wish
both smile at each other, then Abigail sadly continues.
I wish all our wishes could.
sadly smiles at her daughter.
Three: Back in the plane Jack and Cassie are looking out window
as the plane nears Salem.
A short time later, the pilot is heard over the inter comm, he
tells him that the are approaching the airport and that the should
prepare for landing. Jack gets up and goes over to talk to Roman.
He taps him on the shoulder.
(Quietly) Do you know--
then there is some severe turbulence and Jack goes flying backwards.
and Marlena hug each other, as Cassie falls out off her seat.
Four: Back at the hospital, Jennifer is talking to Maggie on the
pay phone. She asks about the baby. As Maggie fixes the decorations
for Abigail, she tells Jennifer that the baby is wonderful, he
is the "sweetest, the darlingest, the easiest baby."
She says that she and Mickey "are in their glory. It is the
next best thing to having grandchildren." She says it is
even more special because they are in "a Bonny-free Zone!"
Maggie tells Jennifer she is so happy that Abigail is fine. Jennifer
asks Maggie to fix her an over-night bag, because she plans on
spending the night with Abigail.
Back at the Deveraux', Mickey comes in the room after Maggie has
hung up. They are acting like they their oldselves, very loving
and affectiate with each other. They both come up with the idea
of bringing the party to Abigail.
Jennifer goes back into Abigail's room. She asks about her brother.
Jennifer tells her, "He's great! He's sleeping *like a baby*."
They both laugh. Abigail says she misses him. The nurse comes
in and tells Abigail that Chelsea has awken and is asking to see
her. Abigail sadly asks if Chelsea knows about her parents.
Five: Back on the plane, the turbulence continues. Jack and Cassie
are on the floor of the plane, while Marlena and John hold on
to each other.
Oh, my gosh, Jack, what is going on?!
JACK: Ahhh (trying to get up) I don't know! Just
hang-on tight! Jus....
and Cassie stumble back to their seats. Jack buckles his seat
Here we go. Okay....
looks around wondering what cause the trouble. Just then the pilot
comes on and apologizes. He tells them that they hit some turbulence,
but things are settling down. He advices that strap in for landing.
Ah, ha! (Testing his seat belt) [??] Finally strapped, okay, (he
I cannot wait for this flight
to be over!
Me neither (panting)!
CASSIE: Yes, but for different
reasons! You cannot wait to get back to your family, I
just had an aweful déjà vu
of escaping that island and almost drowning. Please
let us be the ones to.... get back home this time!
JACK: (Comforting her) Cassie, nothing
is gonna keep us from our families! Nothing is
gonna keep me from Jennifer! Ever again!
and Cassie sit back in their seats. Roman asks Marlena how she
is doing. Marlena tells him that just when it appears everything
will work out something like that happens. It makes her "mistrust
the future." Roman assures her that they are all still there
and fine, and Tony is dead and will never hurt them ever again.
Six: A short while later, the four of them are standing up, looking
out the window. The pilot's voice comes over the intercomm.
Welcome to Salem!
MARLENA: Ohhhh, Yes (slapping
her hands together)!
walks over and throws his arm around Jack and gives him a pat.
pats Roman. The pilot continues his announcement.
Don't get too excited, folks, there might be a little delay with
and Roman continue to kid around with each other.
did it. (Smiling and gesturing) We did it.
gives him a good nature punch to the chest. The pilot continues
(Cont.) We might have some explaining to do about your lack of appropriate
identification and passports.
suddenly stops, realizing the implications of what the pilot is
saying. Roman is thinking, he puts his hand to his mouth. Though
he does not seem as concerned as Jack.
(Frantically) Wait a minute! No, he's got to be
kidding! They can't keep us here! (Pointing to
himself) They're not can keep me here, I got to it out of
ROMAN: (Putting out his hands) Look! (Gesturing
pointing to Marlena and himself) We are sure not gonna keep you
here. (Gesturing) As a matter of fact, Cassie is exhausted, can
you drop her by the Pub on your way?
JACK: Sure! Sure! Sure, (gesturing
to her) Cassie.
tells Cassie to do her best to explain things to Pop (Shawn, Sr.),
he will be there as soon as possible. He gives her a kiss, and
she says good-bye to him and Marlena.
(To Cassie) Let's go!
MARLENA: Good luck!
and Cassie turn back, smiling since they are *finally* home, and
Jack waves to them.
You too, Marlena!
does not seem too certain about Jack and Cassie just walking off,
she asks Roman if he thinks the authorities will them go. He tells
her that he will deal with the authorities.
Seven: Back at the hospital, Jennifer and Abigail are
visiting Chelsea; Jennifer has rolled Abigail in a wheelchair.
She asks them about her parents and they do not know what to do
or tell her. Finally Jennifer is about to tell her when Jennifer
notices that she has fallen asleep. They leave the room.
Once outside the room Jennifer asks how Abigail is doing. Abigail
is sad for her friend, she cannot believe that no one has told
Chelsea about her parents. Jennifer tells her that she thinks
they probably are waiting until she is stronger.
No matter when she hears it will never be better!
She'll never see her mom and dad again. Except their bodies at the
funeral. We never even got that with Dad. Don't
you think that's why it's been so hard for it to seem real?
is near tears, unable to speak she can only nod in agreement.
(Cont., sadly) He's not ever coming back, is he?
JENNIFER: Ah, I don't know, Sweetie, (her voice
cracking) there's so many times when I wanted to
believe that, but he's not, he's gone.
Eight: Meanwhile, Jack has *finally* arrived home. He is outside
the house, and runs his hand over the mailbox.
(Sighs) Ha.... (He looks around) No di Meras in sight. Haa....,
quickly, cautiously, walks to his door, and opens it. Inside,
again he cautiously looks around to make sure it is safe.
Wait a minute.
walks towards the living room. The house is still decorated for
the party. Mickey is sitting on the couch and does not see nor
hear Jack. Jack looks surprised to see no one home, and Mickey
does not look up, and for the moment does not seem shocked by
Jack's arrival. He waves his hand in gesture.
Eh, Jenn's not here, Jack! (Gesturing) She's....
Mickey remembers that Jack is suppose to be dead. He turns around
befuddled, gets up and points to Jack, and walks towards him.
(Cont.) Oh, my God, Jack, (pointing) i-i.... it's you!
JACK: (Throwing out his arms) I'm here!
I'm here! Alive and in the flesh.
reaches to shake his hand. Jack is so excited to be home he is
is still completely flustered and can only mumble.
Oh, come on, give me a hug!
still is confused, as Jack gives him a big bear hug.
Hawha.... where the hell have you been for so long?
(Pointing) We didn't uh--
JACK: (Interrupting and gesturing) I know, let
me tell you, long story short....
MICKEY: (Muttering) Wha....
JACK: (Cont.) ....I was held hostage by Tony di
MICKEY: (Still muttering) Oh...
JACK: (Cont., still gesturing wildly) ....now he's
dead and gone and I've risen again, Thank
MICKEY: (He still is befuddled) Y'uh ah....
JACK: (Cont.) ....but anyway, I ah.... (realizing
something) wait a minute, you said that Jennifer was not here.
(Confused) So, wha.... what's.... I was ready to see my wife and
my kids.... I got two kids now.
(Cont.) Two kids! (Still gesturing wildly) A boy
and a girl, a perfect set!
(Mickey is still
completely flustered and can only mumble.)Yeah!
JACK: A little boy, a little....
notices that Mickey's expression has changed, Mickey looks like
something is wrong. Jack becomes concerned.
(Cont.) ....wa.... wha.... what's wrong?
is upset, he does not know how to tell Jack. He puts his hand
to his mouth, and flusters, has a hard time telling Jack about
Jack, ah, I-I'm afraid th-th.... there was an accident.
JACK: (Terrified) "An accident"? Wi....
MICKEY: (Putting out his hand) No.... no.... no....
no, it's Abigail! Bu.... but she's gonna be all
becomes more frighten, his mouth is agape.
(Cont.) And.... (gesturing) and Jennifer is with her at the hospital,
now, and Maggie went over there to be with her, jus....
does not listen any further, he rushes out towards the door.
I've gotta go!
MICKEY: Wait, wait, wait!
chases after Jack.
(Cont.) ....She left her cell phone, take this to her (handing it
MICKEY: (Cont.) ....oh, come on, wa.... and here,
wait, hey, take my keys (handing them to Jack too) there good....
rushes out the door and Mickey follows him set befuddled.
MICKEY: Drive carefully! Oh, God!
JACK: (Waves) Sure! Thanks Mickey!
has taken off and Mickey stands by the mail box, muttering to
Nine: At the hospital, Maggie has Abigail's cake. She is thanking
the nurse for helping her, she will save her a piece. The nurse
recognizes that it is one of Alice Horton's cakes. She walks off
as Maggie continues to admire the cake. Just then Jack runs up.
looks up in shock. Jack walks up right in front of her and still
in shock she steps back.
JACK: (Out of breath)Yeah!
overjoyed seeing him throws her arms around him!
continues to hug him, she is nearly chocking him she his so thrilled
to see him.
Oh, my God! I don't believe it!
JACK: I don't believe it it either, Maggie!
MAGGIE: Ooooohhh, how? How? Oh! Oh!
lets go, and then touches his cheek.
I'll sum it up in two words....
JACK: (Cont.) ...."Tony"
MAGGIE: Oh, say no more! Look,
you can explain later, right now your daughter is about to get the
MAGGIE: (Cont.) ....present ever!
JACK: (Concern in his voice) Maggie, is she okay?
(Pleading) Abigail, is she okay?
MAGGIE: (Maggie is so thrilled Jack is alive) Ah....
Oh, oh (touching his face to reassure him), oh, oh, she's gonna
be better than okay now that she sees her
JACK: (Looking over towards the room) Oh, my gosh!
MAGGIE: Oh, look, here! Ah, do me a favor....
picks up the cake. Jack, his thoughts on Abigail, looks down confused.
(Cont.) ....do the honors!
hands him the cake, but he is still preoccupied with worry for
(Still preoccupied and confused) Uh?
JACK: Thank you.
MAGGIE: Here (handing him the cake).
JACK: Thank you!
MAGGIE: Okay. Ah... I can't believe
inside Abigail's room. Jennifer is caressing her daughter's cheek.
Abigail is absentmindedly petting her stuff lamb Lambie.
I always felt like Daddy was somewhere out there, waiting for us
to help him. And we didn't know what to do, or
where to look. I don't feel
that anymore. I guess it is because I know where he is, in heaven
(she looks towards her mother). He's at peace, and I can talk to
him. And he can hear us, Mom. Right?
JENNIFER: I don't doubt that
he can hear us.
ABIGAIL: (Shaking her head) I don't
want to give up on him, Mom! (With a deep sigh) I just want to be
able to tell him, "Good-bye."
JENNIFER: I know. Listen, why.... why don't we
just say a prayer, okay?
nods and sighs. She closes her eyes and listens to her mother's
prayer. Jennifer closes her eyes in meditation.
Dear Lord, we just thank You for all the blessings
You have given us. And I thank You that You watched over Abby tonight.
And I pray, Lord, that You will heal
her and You will help Chelsea through this very difficult time.
And I also thank You that Chelsea's parents are home with You, now.
(Becoming more emotional) But especially now we
want to thank You for Jack. (Almost crying) He
was the best father, and he was the best
husband anyone could ever ask for.
that moment Jack appears at the door way, carrying the cake. He
stops and listens moved by what she is saying about him. The more
she talks the more emotional he becomes. Jennifer is practically
crying as she continues.
(Cont.) And we just thank You for the time that we had with him.
And we know, we know that he can see us now, and we just want him
to know that we love him! And that we will
always love him!
continues to listen silently. He too is near tears hearing how
much Jennifer loves him.