Forty-Four: The Homecoming Part VIII:
The Hortons Gather to Celebrate Jack's Return
and Abigail's Birthday; Meanwhile, Celeste Has a
Premonition of Doom and Gloom for the Deveraux Family.
date May 19, 2005]
One: The same day Abigail was released from the hospital, Jack and
Jennifer's home, Mickey and Maggie and Alice are waiting inside
the house. It is decorated with streamers and balloons and a big
banner which says, "WELCOME HOME JACK! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABBY!"
and in a bigger font "WE LOVE YOU!" Just then we hear
Jack talking outside the door.
Shh! They're here! They're here!
are talking amongst themselves, but we cannot hear.
Let me help you there.
door opens and we see Jack and Abigail. They stop and look around,
Let me help you!
JACK: Wait a minute!
MAGGIE AND MICKEY: (Throwing confetti and laughing)
JACK: Oh, my gosh!
is laughing and smiling. Mickey and Maggie are clapping.
Welcome home, everyone!
ABIGAIL: (Turning to her mother) Oh, my gosh, Mom,
did you know about this?
JENNIFER: (Shrugs and puts up her hands feigning
laughs and so does Mickey and Maggie.
Oh, yeah, I think you di.... (Jack notices something,
he puts his hand on Abigail's arm, liking what he sees) Look at
JENNIFER: Oh, yeah.... we've got donuts and cake--
JACK: (Walking towards the table with the desserts)
Look at that we've got donuts and cake!....
JENNIFER: We've got everything!
Cake and donuts! Oohh, I feel like I've died and gone to heaven....
laughing and smiling Mickey walks over to Jack.
(Cont.) .... No, (looks at Mickey) I never
gonna say that again!
MICKEY: (Putting his hand on Jack's arm, laughing
and glad Jack is back) No! No! Anyway, it was Mom's idea, (patting
his other arm) she couldn't wait to celebrate.
JACK: Well, I couldn't wait to celebrate with her!
JENNIFER: (In the background) This is extra-special.
then Maggie walks into the room carrying Jack, Jr., who is wearing
jeans and a green polo shirt. She walks over towards Jack, smiling.
And neither could your son!
JENNIFER: Ahhh, here he is!
turns towards his son. Jack, Jr. looks at his father, then flashes
a big smile. Maggie holds his hand.
Here he is!
Jr. continues to beam seeing his dad. Maggie laughs, happy seeing
father and son reunited.
There you are! Aaayyy, my little man, you're so tiny....
MAGGIE: Yeeesss!, (handing the baby to Jack)....
JACK: (Cont.) ...you're my tiny man. Aren't you?
[not sure] little man.
and Jack, Jr. stare at each other. You can hear the others laughing
in the background.
(Cont.) Hi, tiny man, how are you? I haven't seen you in so long,
I.... I'm so happy to be home with you! I'm so happy to be home
with you(He kisses his son)!
Abigail is sitting on the couch talking to Alice. Alice asks how
she is feeling and Abigail tells her she is "a little sore"
but she is okay. Alice says she is glad that Abigail is okay. Jack
turns to them and addresses Alice.
Oohh, Alice, (walking over to the couch) I can't wait to get a hug
(sitting down) but I'm a little involved right
all laugh. Abigail reaches for her brother's arm.
(Cont.) Ah, to tell you, though, I'd love to get involved with those
donuts, but just the thought of them kept me going
all this time.
ABIGAIL: (Pretending to be offended) Heeyy, I thought
Mom and I and Jack, Jr.
kept you going (mock glare)?!
watches on, so thrilled having her family reunited and Jack alive
and with her. Jennifer looks down at her son, who is looking at
his sister [this is one cute baby actor he is so conscious, observant
and aware, and he really interacts well and realistic with his
Well, to tell the truth, (stuttering trying to get out of
it) e.... e.... e... I was.... the thought of you
an... an.... and (looking down at his son) the little man, here,
an.... an.... and Mommy.... around the table, here,
eating Grandma's donuts, that's what kept me
Abigail, Alice and the others laugh at Jack's quick save.
He's soo quick, isn't he?!
JACK: Practice, Alice, practice!
and Maggie are smiling and laugh, so happy for the Deveraux family.
Mickey says that it is "so nice to have smiles and laughter"
here, again. She agrees. She tells him, "*Finally*, someone
has a *happy* ending!"
Meanwhile, the four Deverauxes are spending time together. Jennifer
has given Jack, Jr. this toy which intrigues him. They all laugh
at him, watching him playing with and enjoying his toy. Jack is
holding his son tightly, Abigail is holding her brother's hand,
and smiling at him; Jack, Jr. is looking at his mother who is playing
with his toy, and talking baby talk to him.
You, just like that, don't you! (Squeezing him) I just think the
good times are here, and the bad times are finally
behind us! Ahhh....
and Jennifer reach over and kiss each other; Jack, Jr. and Abigail
watch their parents.
Hmmm ( kissing his son's forehead).
over at Abe and Lexie's, Celeste has a strange expression on her
The image of the four Deverauxes appears in a wall mirror. Jack
has his face next to his son's, Jennifer putting her arm around
her son and Abigail admiring her brother, with great love.
(Upset) Don't speak too soon! I fear bad times
are far from over!
glances back at the mirror. Just then flames engulf the image of
the four of them. She shakes her head.
Oh, dear God.... (gasping) how many families will be disrupted (sighs).
Two: A short while later, Jack, Jr. is grinning and playing with
JACK: (Cont.) Oh, my goodness wa....
Jr. drops his toy, Jennifer bends down to pick it up.
Oh, look at there! (She picks it up and shows it to him) Haaa....
JACK: (Cont.) You're getting kind of silly, aren't
laughs. Jack, Jr. continues to play with his toys. In the background,
Maggie watches the three of them and smiles.
(Cont.) I think he's getting ready for a nap (looking at Jennifer).
JENNIFER: You know what, (looking at her son, in
a slight baby voice) I'll you bring upstairs and I'll put you down,
JACK: No, no, no I want to do
it! I want to feel like a full-time dad again (smiles at her). (Looking
down at his son's bottom) And he's feeling a little full himself.
Excuse us (walks off)
and the others laugh.
All right (looking towards them)!
(Walking towards the stairs) Come on, it's time.... it's time to
take a little nap.
and Mickey watch father and son, happy for them. Maggie puts her
hands to her chest. She throws out her hands, then makes a fist
for emphasis, and talks to Mickey.
loves Jack so much, and Jack loves her! Ah (putting
her arms to her chest) it's wonderful!
MICKEY: I think they have a long
and happy life together.
sadly and with frustration, tells him that "that's what you
used to say about us.
Meanwhile, Abigail opens her present from Alice, two Gwen Stefani
concert tickets. She is so excited and cannot wait to tell Chelsea.
Howevver, she remembers what has happened to Chelsea's parents.
Abigail is worried about her friend, Jennifer assures her daughter
that Billie promised to take care of Chelsea, and she knows Billie
will keep her word. Abigail says that "even with us and Billlie
it can't make up for losing her family." Just then Jack returns,
and goes over to his daughter to console her.
How many times do we have to be reminded how fleeting
it all is. (Sitting next to Jennifer) Alice, I'm going to tell you
right now, e.... (gestures) well, I can't tell you what it means
to be with my family (holding Jennifer's arm) again!
leans over towards her mother, and rests on her shoulder; Jennifer
puts her arm around her head.
(Cont.) I never want to be separated from any of
you, again! (Caressing Jennifer's arm, then kissing her forehead)
smiles at them. Jack smiles at his family. Jennifer and Abigail
are thrilled to be with Jack. Jennifer leans over and rests her
face on her daughter's head.
Three: It is a little while later, Jennifer is looking at Jack and
Abigail through the view finder of a digital camera. They are leaning
over a cake and Abigail is in the process of cutting it. Mickey,
Maggie and Alice watch them, smiling and laughing, glad Abigail
is fine and that Jack is alive and back with them. Jennifer is trying
to set up a picture and tries to pose them. They lean close together.
Okay, okay, wait, you guys, look at me, but you have to get closer,
but, no closer to the cake.
JENNIFER: Get down a little bit further....
get closer to the cake. Jack's finger is raised and is is covered
(Cont.) There we go....
JACK: There we go. How about right there?
JENNIFER: Ready, Cheeeesse!
JACK: Here we go again!
Aaahhh, there we go!
the picture. They all laugh. Jennifer gets up.
(Licking the icing of his fingers) Oh, sorry.... mmmm.
JENNIFER: I'm going to send these to Jo and Vern!
continues to eat the icing and moaning with pleasure. Apparently
Jennifer [not in the camera frame] is looking at the photos in the
viewer, and comments on them.
Jack, where are your parents, anyway?
JACK: Jennifer just told me that Vern took Jo on
this Mediterranean cruise.
MICKEY: I think that's a wonderful
idea, maybe you (gestures) and Jen could book yourselves, ah, ah,
a first class suite on the Love Boat, huh?
laughs. Jack gets up.
Are you kidding me! After being washed overboard
(hands Maggie a piece of cake)....
MAGGIE: (Laughing) Thank you.
JACK: (Cont.) ....and by this killer wave, (walking
around to Jennifer) and being imprisoned oh thi.... this (gesture
fishing trawler, and the.... then doing laundry on this filthy freighter,
(gestures) I going to stay right on here....
grabs his arm.
(Cont.) o.... on dry land! I.... I'm, please!
JENNIFER: But you know what Gram, I.... I was hoping
that, maybe, umm, we could use the Horton cabin if that was all
right with you, Gram!
ALICE: Of course it is! It's more
than all right! I insist!
JACK: (To Alice) Oh, thank you! (Whispering into
Jennifer's ear) A, I'll try to get it right this time (referring
to the fake Jennifer).
pats his face and they walk off together.
sighs, and tells Mickey that a second honeymoon would be lovely.
However, Mickey stupidly comments that they could not leave Bonnie
home alone, which infuriates Maggie.
Jack and Jennifer are looking through the view finder at the pictures
she took. They frown, apparently not impressed with the way a picture
Hey.... (Calling to Abigail) Abigail, come over here, where's that
million dollar smile. (Gestures, commenting to Jennifer) It seems
like it cost a million dollars.
chuckles. Abigail walks over to them, looking slightly depressed.
Are you okay Honey, or are you still thinking about Chelsea, aren't
ABIGIAL: It's just so unfair! I mean, life is so
random, depending on where you sit in a car could make the difference
between eating cake, or being in an ICU, or (rolls her eyes) not
being here at all!
and Jennifer feel for their daughter's pain.
I know, Honey, I know it doesn't seem fair, but I can't tell you
(looks at Jack) how grateful (takes her arm) we are that you're
then Celeste's voice is heard.
Children are precious.
looks towards the doorway.
JENNIFER: (Mouthing) What? (Talking Abigail) Stay
They walk over towards Celeste.
Mothers should cherish them before it's too late!
looks like she is mouthing something. Maggie, Mickey, and especially
Jack, Jennifer and Abigail all stare at Celeste.
Four: Celeste has just crashed the party, everyone is worried, knowing
all her past predictions of doom. She apologizes for coming unannounced.
Abigail walks over to the couch.
CELESTE: Jack! I'm so glad to
see back home with your.... your wife and your children! Yes,
that is as it should be!
and Jack continue to look at her with concern.
Well, thank you, but... but wha.... what's with this, ah, "mothers
must cherish their children" thing? I
mean, getting some kind of vibe telling us we should be.... (looks
at Jennifer, gently rubbing her shoulders) concerned about Abigail?
CELETE: Well, no (slight chuckle). Abigail
is growing up, and (shrugs), well, as parents.... we still
worry about her a great deal, and it's only natural.
is frowning and she looks at her, confused, and concerned. Jennifer
asks if Lexie is okay. Celeste tells them that her feelings tell her
to be "watchful." Jennifer looks at Jack, and he looks at
her. Jack frowns again. She asks them how a person goes about investigating
someone. She is referring to TEK whom she does not trust and thinks
is trying to cause problems for Lexie and Abe.
Well, there's all sorts of journalistic tricks of the trade.
CELESTE: (Nods) Hmmm.
JENNIFER: Celeste, who do you want to investigate?
Five: Jennifer continues to ask Celeste who she wants investigated.
Celeste says nothing. Jack and Jennifer look at each other concerned.
Jack caresses Jennifer's arm to comfort her. Jennifer tells her
that she is becoming worried. On the couch, Alice, Mickey and Maggie
listen, also concerned. Celeste tells them that "she rather
not say." Maggie tells her she remembers her vibes, and how
she predicted that she "would be killed by the Salem Stalker"
and how she "ended up on the island of hell! And ever since,
my life has *never* been the same!" Mickey tries to assure
Maggie that Celeste did not predict anything like that. Alice replies,
"Let's hope not!" Just then the room turns dark, everyone
disappears and Celeste sees an image of an illuminated skull flying
across the room. The visions ends, and she looks around, as the
others stare at her. Celeste walks into the hallway and Maggie follows,
asking her what the matter is. Celeste does not reply.