Forty-one: The Homecoming Part V:
Jack, Preferring to Be Honest, Even If It Ruins
Any Chance of Happiness for Him, Tells Jennifer
About Sleeping with Madison, the Fake-Jennifer.
Roman and Marlena finally discover the fact that John and Marlena
are engaged. Things get complicated for the couples. Roman and Marlena
do not make a decision about coming clean about sleeping together
nor that they saw a video of John and Kate having sex. Back in the
pit gas comes in and further incapacitates Bo. Bo thinks he is with
Hope and starts to get amorous with Billie, despite calling Hope's
name Billie uses the opportunity to have sex with Bo. Eventually
Bo and Patrick pop by catching them. In the war zone the four arrive,
and Sami goes to the bunker where Philip is being held but is taken.
Tony not surprisingly is alive, he and Bart are on some yacht; Victor
and Caroline have yet *again* been taken hostage by him. Tony continues
to manipulate all the Salemities' lives.
date May 11, 2005]
One: At the hospital Abe is having his hand tended to, he burned
it trying to cook; he has lost his sight from the head injury he
received trying to escape the island. He now is also impotent, and
has developed a surly disposition. Lexie comes into the examining
room and sees him. She becomes upset that he tried to cook, for
he could have caused a fire injuring himself and Theo. Abe tells
her that he was monitoring the police radio and heard about Abigail's
accident, he did not want to bother her to come watch over him.
They eventually leave the examining room, as they walk into the
hallway they continue to talk about Abigail.
Is Abby hurt badly?
LEXIE: Ah, she's gonna be all right.
ABE: Thank God!
LEXIE: The last thing Jennifer needs is another tragedy...
(just then she sees something and stares, gasping) Ah, no!
(Her mouth agape) No, it can't be!
ABE: (Annoyed) Whaat! What can't
LEXIE: Jennifer, she's kissing someone!
ABE: Well, she's entitled to move on--
LEXIE: (Gasping, becoming excited, jumps up and down)
Abe, I could swear it's Jack!
ABE: Jack, that's impossible!
is trying see better.
ABE: (Cont.) He died when we escaped from di Mera's
island. That's not--
interrupted by Jack and Jennifer walking down the hallway. Jennifer
is walking in front of Jack, and is giggling, ecstatic that her husband
No, no, no, no, no! Reports of my death are greatly
exaggerated [allusion to a Mark Twain quote], Abe, just like yours!
has his arm around Jennifer. She giggles at his remarks and looks
back towards him. They are acting like to young, giddy lovers. Abe
is in shock. Lexie, is overjoyed, and is giddy, placing her hands
over her mouth.
JACK: Lexie, Abe!
LEXIE: Oh, my God!
and Jennifer are smiling, Jack has her arms around Jennifer, and
Jennifer has her arm intertwined with Jack's.
Lexie, now (pointing to herself) I now how (pointing
to Lexie) how you (gesturing) felt when you found
out that Abe was alive!
LEXIE: Well, yeah, but--
JACK: It's very easy, Abe....
looks down at Jennifer filled without love. Jennifer has a silly
smile on her face, overjoyed being in her husband's arms.
(Cont.) ....nobody can keep us away from the women that we love!
turns to Jack.
(Cont., talking to Jennifer) Right.
start to kiss again.
watches them smiling. Abe is happy to for them, but is saddened
he can see them. Jennifer giggles.
then looks over towards Abe, who smiles at Jack and Jennifer but
cannot see them. Lexie also realizes Abe's frustration over his
Two: It is a short while later, Jack has obviously filled Abe and
Lexie in on what happened. Jennifer and Jack are cuddling, and she
is looking loving at him.
(Exhaling) Haa...., Abe, (looking at Jennifer) you, and Marlena and
Roman and I....
and Jennifer look at each other.
(Cont.) ....we've had an experience that very few people ever have
(cupping his hand over Jennifer's cheek) coming back to families that
thought we were dead. Coming back to people that we never thought
we were going to see again. I mean, (caressing her, looking at her)
I just can't take my eyes off you, Jennifer! (Sighing)
continues to giggle.
The first time I saw Lexie, and Theo and Brandon....
looks at her husband.
(Cont.) ....I memorized their faces so I'd never forget them.
is holding Jennifer from behind, he cups her face them lets go so
he can gaze at her.
Mmmm, I know exactly what you mean.
looks at Jennifer with profound love. She caresses his arms, and
turns to look at him, to tell him about Abe's condition.
No, Jack, it's not the same. Abe, uh, he lost his
eye sight shortly after coming back home.
expression changes from smiles, to shock, to sadness.
LEXIE: Abe's was brought about by severe head trauma
he sustained during escape from the island.
JACK: No! No, I mean, b-b-b-b-b-.... but there's
a treatment, right, there's a treatment tha.... that you ca....
says nothing. Lexie just shakes her head.
LEXIE: It's permanent.
is heartbroken for his friend. Jack does not know what to say.
E... (frowns) Abe I'm, uh.... (swallows hard) I-I-I.... I'm sorry,
um, I'm sorry!
ABE: Thank you!
JACK: I sa.... (really affected) W-w-wa.... is there
anything I can do? Is there.... I mean, ah.... I
mean.... you're o.... you're okay otherwise, right? You....
tries to play it off as a joke, but Lexie knows how much it is affecting
Well, aside from being turned into a complete klutz.
does a half-hearted laugh. Jack tries to do anything he can to comfort
Oh, well that! I-I... I can totally relate
looks over at him and chuckles. Jack's heart really is not into
(Cont.) ....I can tell you all about being a.... klutz--
ABE: The hard part is not being able to work. Being
at home all day! Every day!
and Jennifer just look at their friend, not knowing what to say
or what to do to help him.
(Cont.) ....Trying to negotiate my way around the house.
LEXIE: (Patting his shoulder) Well, Honey, come on,
you're not being fair to yourself! It takes time
ABE: (Fake smile) Well, I tell you, I-I.... I'm just
soo glad that you're alive, Jack,
smiles, but Jack looks so saddened by his friend's condition.
(Cont.) ....you and all the others.... you know, i-i-i-i.... in fact
when.... when Roman's ready to come back to work I intend to recommend
him for my job. Bo hates being a commander, and he'll
be thrilled to get out of the office and back
into the field!
laughs, Jack is unable to say anything, he is deeply affected by
what happened to Abe. Abe smiles trying to pretend he is adjusting.
Lexie plays along but she knows the truth.
Well, ah, Kate must be thrilled to have Roman back.
She and John must be ecstatic that Roman, (gestures) Marlena, Cassie
JENNIFER: It's just terrible that Caroline....
JENNIFER: (Cont.) ....and Victor....
JACK: (Cont.) ....and Victor....
JENNIFER: (Cont.) ....didn't make it (looks at Jack).
and Lexie are saddened that the news is not all happy and that their
dear friend Caroline is believed to have died.
Well, I hope Tony di Mera rots in hell for what he's done to everybody!
looks over at Abe.
(Cont.) Are you sure that he is finally dead?
looks towards Jack.
Abe, I'm as sure as I can be without (gesturing) having his body right
here in front of us!
does not look too convinced. He nods.
(Shaking head) Then there is a possibility he's still alive.
is adamant. Jennifer shakes her head. Jennifer turns to look at
I shot him! (Tapping himself) I shot him! I saw the
blood. He (motioning with his hand) he went through the floor in front
of me when there was this explosion, and we got out just in time,
anybody who was left in there there is no way they
could have survived.
shakes her head.
I-I... I just can't believe what you all went through....
is very emotion, he swallows hard. Jennifer, turns around, and lovingly
caresses his face.
(Cont.) ....escaping that island only to be lost at sea and
then (gesturing) recaptured and held prisoner by
Tony in that castle for all these months!
is resting up against Jack, he is holding her wrist.
I know, Lexie, which is (gestures) why I-I really
would love it if you would give (looking quickly towards Jack and
then back towards Lexie) Jack just a complete physical!
JACK: Ah, what me! No!
JACK: No, no, no, no, no I-I.... I'm.... I'm healthy
as a horse! Really--
LEXIE: No, no, no, no Jennifer's
right, the human body has it's limits. Listen, I can fit you in after
I finish my rounds. Okay, you can wait (nodding) for me in the exam
JENNIFER: That's great!
like Jack is about to protest but realizes it is futile.
JENNIFER: (Cont.) Thank you, Lexie!
LEXIE: Ah, huh!
JACK: I.... (sighing) Haa.... (looking at Jennifer)
well, ah, o-okay. A.... and, Abe, (not knowing what to say to Abe)
we'll.... w.... let's.... w-w.... we'll get (gesturing) together....
(throws down his hand in frustration) we'll get together later, all
touches Abe's shoulder. Jennifer goes into the examining room.
JACK: We'll get together later, just.... (pats his
takes Lexie's arm.
does not know what to say. Lexie pats him, knowing Jack cares. Jack
walks into the examining room.
Lexie tries to guide Abe so he will not run into anything, which
further frustrates him. Abe says that Jack is okay at least he will
not have some problem which would could jeopardize his marriage.
Meanwhile, inside the examination room, Jack has his arms around
Jennifer and is passionately kissing her, and she is kissing him
back and giggling.
continues to be amorous kissing her face. Jennifer tries to stop.
(Cont.) .... No, no.... wa.... wait, wait....
continues kissing her, and moves down to her neck. Jennifer tries
to stop him but is giggling too, enjoying it.
(Cont.) Jack, wait....
JACK: (Letting frustrated sigh) Haaa....
finally gets him to stop.
(Cont.) .....Lexie's going to walk in here (Jennifer is smiling)!
JACK: (Gesturing) She's not coming
back until after all of her rounds, please....
goes back to kissing her, lips, face and neck, moaning.
JENNIFER: Okay, but what if someo....
someone else could..... someone else could come.
I tell you what we're going to do....
puts her hand to her face, not believing how amorous Jack is.
(Cont.) ....we got to get out of here right now.... jus.... just for
a little while! W-we're going home. Just for a little bit....
starts to walk off. Jennifer tries to stop him.
JACK: (Cont.) Please!
JENNIFER: Jack we can't!
is frustrated, and is panting.
Ha... ha.... Listen, after what I just saw with Abe (putting his hand
to her cheek, and shaking his head) we can do what we want. I....
I gotta (kisses her again) I got you! (Putting his hands on her shoulders)
And I can see you and hold you.
And when you're this close to me I've got to have you!
(Cont., hugging her) I want to be alone with you! Ahh....
JENNIFER: Jack, okay, listen....
hugs her again.
(Cont.) Ah.... Wait, I have an idea.
is busy kissing her neck.
(Cont.) I have a great idea, when we bring Abby home....
JACK: Mmm, hmm....
JENNIER: (Cont.) ....we'll just spend alot of time
with Abby and Jack, Jr. and then....
JACK: (Moaning) Mmmm.... mmmm.... mm....
JENNIFER: (Cont.) ....and you know, (touching his
shoulder) why don't we.... why don't we go to the Horton cabin for
a few days?
smiles. Jack suddenly stops.
JENNIFER: Yeeahh! The Horton cabin, just me and you.
We haven't been there is such a long time, Jack.
cannot say anything. He looks sicken and sadden. He thinks back
to his escape when Madison, disguised as Jennifer, brought him there.
[Slightly different] Jack is with Madison/Jennifer on the couch
at the Horton Cabin.
you know, that you're the only man that I will ever
love! I want you to make love to me, Jack!
be begin to kiss, about to make love.
Jack's thoughts return to the present. Jack looks terrible, he is
overcome with guilt, and sadness for breaking his marriage. vows.
He is about to say something, swallows, and looks away, trying to
find a way to apparently tell Jennifer what happened.
I.... (exhales) Ha.... ha.... (taking her hand) I got to tell you
something, Jennifer, right now, I got to tell you something an...
an.... and it's not good!
heart is breaking he hates to hurt her, and fears the consequences.
Jennifer stares at him, worried, not knowing what is wrong.
What? What are you talking about?
JACK: I want you to sit down!
JENNIFER: Ah, you're scaring me, Jack.
JACK: Please, please, jus.... jus.... just sit down.
Just for me, please! Please, sit down, just for a minute.
eases her down onto the examination bed.
is almost in tears, he wipes his face.
Ahh, I got....
JENNIFER: Okay, lo.... I'm sitting, what is it?!
does not know how to tell her. Jack thinks, then turns to her.
Jennifer, I betrayed our marriage vows!
is confused, she looks at him, frowning, not understanding what
Three: Jack is emotionally distraught, he sighs; not knowing what
to do. He has his fist to his mouth.
JENNIFER: (Worried) Which ah.... whi.... which marriage
vow did you betray, Jack?
tries to say something, but does not know how to say it or what
to say. He throws down his hand in frustration. Finally he beings
to speak, gesturing.
I promised that when it came to you I would be
(shaking his head in frustration) up front and truthful no matter
JENNIFER: Yeah, you did.
seems at the point of tears.
Ahh... I (gesturing) I told you (clapping his hands together) that
I escaped from the Castle once before.
JENNIFER: (Nodding) Ye.... Yes, y-you did laundry
on the freight, you--
is saying more but Jack interrupts her, trying to get the news out
as quickly as possible.
(Gesturing for emphasis) Yes, yes, and when I got home, when I got
home, there was a woman that Tony had planted there. A woman....
does not know how to continue, in frustration he slaps his hands
together into a fist.
(Cont.) ....a woman who impersonated (pointing to Jennifer) you! A
woman who was (pointed) determined to recapture (pointing
to himself) me and (pointing behind himself) take me back to Tony!
JENNIFER: Yeah, I know Jack. I've heard all this
you told me--
JACK: Jennifer, (gesturing) she was
and was not you! (Emotionally) Her hair! (putting
his hands to his face) her face! This....
is choked up, it is killing him to tell her knowing it will hurt
her, but also know that he loving her he cannot keep such an important
secret from her. Jack demonstrates, trying to get her to understand
how he could have made such a mistake. Jennifer sits, confused,
(Cont.) She had this mask, that looked, and felt
like you! (Almost breaking down) And I was....
....I was exhausted, a.... and exhilarated,
a.... and (motioning) enchanted to be back with you
-- or the woman that I (angrily) thought was you!
is trying to understand. Jack is determined to come clean, but it
is killing him to have to hurt her with the truth. It is breaking
his heart that he even unknowingly and unwillingly betrayed their
JENNIFER: Jack, what are you saying?
JACK: (Trying to explain) I'm saying (gasps)....
JENNIFER: (Cont.) .... I don't understand--
JACK: She.... suggested that we.... we go to the cabin.
She suggested this, and I.... I know now that sh.... she didn't want
me to see you or anybody else.
frowns. Jack's voice cracks, filled with pain and sadness
(Cont.) But I went! I weenntt! I.... Oh, she was
soo convincing! I.... I dreamed of being with you
soo many times for so long! And
I.... (choked up, swallows hard) I slept with her, Jennifer!
is crying. Jennifer sadly looks at him, not able to fully comprehend
what he said.
You slept with her, Jack?
Four: Jack has just told Jennifer he slept with the faux-Jennifer.
It tearing his heart out to do so. Neither is saying anything. Jennifer
sits on the examining bed in shock. Jack walks around in a daze.
Jennifer finally speaks.
turns to her.
I dreamed.... (sighing) ha.... of being with
you for months and months and months and months --
gets up and walks towards him as she talks. Jack's head is lowered
in shame, guilt and sadness
Jack, couldn't you tell that was wearing a.... a rubber mask!
JACK: No... (putting his hands to his head, trying
to explain) it was.... it was.... it--
JENNIFER: (Cont., hurt and angry) and what about
her body it was not like....
JACK: (Cont.) ....it was.... (sighing) ha....
JENNIFER: (Cont.) ....she was a twin or a clone!
is panting, he has his hands to his mouth, desperate, not knowing
what to say to Jennifer. Fearing that she will never forgive him.
JENNIFER: (Cont., upset) ....There had to be some
JACK: (Desperate) The di Meras have done this kind
of thing wi.... with Hope and Princess Gina. Hell, the.... they did
it with Marlena be-be.... believing that John wa.... was Roman Brady,
FOR (throwing down his hand in frustration) YEARS!
(Starts walking around angrily) THE.... THEY DID IT WITH....
back is to her. He is panting, practically crying. Jennifer says nothing,
just looks down sadly. Jack, as he talks, walks over behind her.
Ha... ha... (putting his hand to bridge between his eyes, mumbling
to himself) oh, my gosh, what am I.... (turning) what am I saying....
(throwing out his arms in frustration) I'm hurting.... (rubbing his
hands together) I'm hurting you all over again! (His voice in pain)
I can see it I'm hurting you now--
JENNIFER: (Turning to him) Jack, (sad) I can't
believe tha.... that you made love to her.
has to wipe his nose, because he is on the verge of crying. He sniffs.
But I did! (Choking back tears) I did! (Jack swallows
to stop from crying) and (walking up to her) I'm sorry!
(Pleading) And I... and I'm hoping you'll forgive me.
looks at him, her expression hard to interpret.
Five: Jennifer looks sad and hurt, as she walks away. Jack is crushed,
believing that she will never for give him and that his life with
her is over.
You can't forgive me, can you?
JENNIER: (Turning towards him) You know, Jack, it's
not a question of forgiveness! I know that you were
(gesturing) a victim of Tony di Mera.
JACK: (Letting out a deep exhale) Haaa....
listens, fearing the worst.
(Cont.) No one, wants to hear that their husband
slept with someone else, no matter what the circumstances
JACK: I know. I know. I know!
JENNIFER: I'm just, (running her hand over her hair)
having a hard time with a....
JENNIFER: (Cont., hurt) ....I mean, how.... how could
you not.... know the difference?!
looks at her, hurt, not knowing how to explain.
(Cont.) I mean, even with our clothes off, and when you (not able
to complete the thought about the sex part).... How could it have
been the same, Jack?!
looks hurt, and ashamed. He frowns, his heart aching.
It wasn't! But it had been so long, so very
long! Haa.... I dreamed of being with you! Haa....
Ha.... Not the woman who looked like you!
looks at him.
(Cont.) But I.... I didn't.... haa.... I didn't question it. I didn't!
(Exhaling) Haa.... I let it happen. (Nervously fiddles with his wrist)
Haa.... Hell, I was a part of making it happen, but I'm not I not
going to lie now, and say it didn't happen! (Sighing)
turns away from him, hurt. Jack looks, hurt, crushed, believing
their relationship is over. Jennifer, sadly puts her hand to her
tentatively walks up to her. Jennifer looks over her shoulder towards
him. Jack feels horrible for causing her so much pain, hoping she
will forgive him, but fearing the worst.
hurt you. I know I've hurt you! I am sorry!
I'm.... (looking down, sighing) Haa.... I just.... Please
is looking at him, tears in her eyes. Though it is hard to say if
she can forgive him.
(Cont) ....don't let this come between us! Please!
remains silent, she looks down, then back at Jack.
(Cont.) 'Case if you do, then.... (shallowing to choke back his emotions)
then Tony wins! Don't let that happen! Don't let
Tony take away our happiness!
It's too late Jack!
blinks a couple times, hearing what he feared the worst.
Six: Jack looks at Jennifer, believing her remarks mean that there
is no hope for their marriage.
What do you mean it's "too late"?
Ah, Jack, Tony (looking into his eyes) he already stole so
much from us by
keeping you from your family and letting us think that you were dead.
And we can never get that back! Never!
a her sadly, know what she says is true.
No. No we can't.
JENNIFER: And just knowing tha.... that he manipulated
you into sleeping with another woman, Jack, that
hurts, that hurts terribly!
JACK: (Sighing) Haa....
hangs his head, and tightly closes his eyes, to fight back his tears;
You know what, it wasn't your fault!
slowly looks up at her, as if he is not daring to believe what he
(Cont.) It wasn't! You (motioning) you risked your life
to come home to me, and Abby, and Jack, Jr.! And the only
one to blame for any of this is Tony di
JACK: (Looking into her eyes, filled with emotion,
and love) Ha..., I missed you and our family soo
JENNFIER: (Looking into his eyes) I know that! And
I love you! I love you soo much for not giving up
on us and for fighting so hard to come back home
moved by Jennifer's words, but is still worried that she however does
not forgive him.
So, ah, (Jack,
swallows, and looks down, then gets the courage to ask her if she
forgives him).... wha....(looking up, but not directly into her eyes)
what does.... (looking down again) wha.... are you saying.... (finally
looking at her) does it mean?--
JENNIFER: (Looking at him) What?
JACK: (Sighing, worried) Ha....
JENNIFER: (Cont.)That I forgive
you? (Flashing a big smile) Yeeaah!
JENNIFER: Gosh, of course I forgive
throws her arums around him and kisses him passionately. Jack is
overjoyed and responds.
JENNIFER: (Cont.) Of course I do!
continue to kiss each other, and hold each other tightly, making
up for all the pain, suffering and lost months.