Fifty-one: As The Deveraux
Family Prepares for the Salem 500, Jack
Gets Another Attack; He Secretly Visits
Lexie, Who Gives Him Devestating News.
date June 22nd, 2005]
Abigail, drinking a soda from a can, and Chelsea are looking over
some racing magazine, giggling at some article. It looks as though
the are getting ready to go somewhere. Jennifer is carrying something
from the fridge. Jack's voice can be heard.
JENNIFER: Okay, I've got the tortilla chips.
JACK: (Cont.) ....ahh.... [hard to understand] well see one
bag of fudge [or fun] here.
JENIFER: (Cont) ....chips, peanut butter brownies packed for
has walked over to Jack, who is packing a picnic basket.
Can you believe, she's excited about a family gather for a change.
JACK: (Still packing things) I wouldn't get your hopes up,
she's in the final throes of Salem 500 fever.
laughs and looks over at the girls. They are still giggle over some
article. Abigail says that someone has the "hottest smile."
Chelsea thinks whoever they are looking at is hot all around. Jennifer
walks over and asks them who they mean. Abigail just says that it
is one of the racers. Jennifer wonders if he is hot. Chelsea, giggles,
"Hot to the *Max*!" The both giggle and walk off.
(Laughs) Girls (pats her daughter's behind)!
JACK: (With a high pitch laugh, imitating them) Hehehehehe.
Jack grimaces, and puts his back to his side, obviously in pain,
sighing. Jennifer notices this, and walks over towards him, concerned.
Jack, are you okay (she touches him)? What's wrong--
JACK: (Jack shouts out in pain) Ahhh (and jumps back, her touch
obviously hurting him)!
at her and she at him. He is panting from the pain.
Jack and Jennifer are in the kitchen. Jennifer is packing and is
not noticing that Jack is breathing heavily and holding his side.
All right, that's it....
Jack is startled,
and jerks, dropping his hand from his side. Jennifer closes some
(Cont.) ....I'm ready to go.
to look like nothing is wrong, as she turns towards him.
(He sounds like the pain is making it harder for him to talk) I tell
you what (puts his fist to his mouth) I'm, ah, (points) I'm going
to meet you at the track (smiles trying to pretend nothing is wrong).
JENNIFER: What?! (Smiles) Why?!
JACK: Oh, I just.... I just have an errand to run. I-I....
It's in town. (He puts his arm on her shoulder) It's just.... you'll
like it I.... I.... I'll.... I'll be there soon.
JENNIFER: (Looking concerned) Are you sure you're feeling okay?
JACK: I feel great! I'm home!
Abigail and Chelsea walk into the kitchen.
(Cont.) I'm with my little family. (Jack reaches over and gives her
a hung, not noticing the girls) Who I love.
He is about
to kiss her, when an embarrassed Abigail stops him.
Jennifer's noses are touching, oblivious to them.
(Cont.) Don't be gushy!
CHELSEA: I think it's sweet!
(Amused) Uh, oh.... (caressing Jennifer's hair) See, I never thought
I live to see myself called "sweet" (Jack smiles, still
looking lovingly into Jennifer's eyes).
JENNIFER: (Continues to look lovingly into Jack's eyes) I know,
but here you are sweet as can be.
JACK: (Jack finishes the phrase with her) ....can be. Yes!
(He kisses her anyway)
Chelsea are too preoccupied with their racing magazine.
(Cont.) I'll see you. I'll see you there.
away, and touches Abigail and then Chelsea's shoulders, and teasing
I'll see you at the track, te-he-he-he-hee.
JACK: (Stops at the door and looks back) Bye!
looks towards the door, with a concerned expression.
Jack is walking through house towards the door. He his rubbing his
lower back with one hand and punching in a number on his cell with
the other. He goes outside, and puts the phone to his ear, obviously
he does not want them to hear his call. He stops, and panting.
Haa, (on the phone) Dr. Carver, please, hurry! Haa...
hospital Lexie answers the phone.
JACK: Lexie, (a little frantically) it's Jack Deveraux, I need
to see you right away! And this time I need answers!
The hospital, Lexie is going over some file in the hallway. Jack
walks up to her, still holding his lower back. He seems out of breath,
his voice is weak.
Lexie, ha.... ha....
towards him. Jack puts his hand on her shoulder.
(Cont.) Explain it to me, Doc....
LEXIE: Huh hmm.
JACK: (Cont.) Haa.... (gestures) my sense of balance is gone,
I'm feeling light-headed, (points) and this pain in my side has gone
from bad to worse.
LEXIE: Have you told Jennifer yet?
JACK: Noo! And you're not telling her either!
LEXIE: (Putting her hands on her hips in frustration) Oh, Jack,
you're making a huge mistake not letting her know--
JACK: (Gestures, desperate) Just tell me how you can
LEXIE: (Exhales) Hmm, I like to (scratches above her eyebrow)
take some more blood, order a few more tests (walks off).
JACK: Great! Great! Listen st-st.... stick me like a pig 'cuse
I don't care.... (In desperation) Jus.... tell me what the hell is
wrong with me!
At the races the girls run off to get autographs. Jennifer is getting
a little worried because Jack is not there.
At the hospital, Jack pours himself a cup of coffee. He sees a nurse
bring something to Lexie, so he stops.
The nurse has brought Lexie Jack's test results. She looks at them
and something seems wrong. Jack comes over to her, and tries to
make a joke out of the situation, but he is obviously worried.
So, how long have I got, Doc?
nothing, and closes his folder. She turns to him, and the look on
her face indicates it is bad news.
Ahh, (her voice cracks a little) Let's speak in private. (Nods) On
off. Jack gives a half-hearted crocked smile, his face shows that
he knows the news is bad.
After a few
moments he follows her, clearing his throat.
Meanwhile Tek has arrives and has an altercation with one of Abe's
officers who has been watching Tek or Abe.
Outside Jack tries to make light out of the situation to hide his
You look awfully serious.
the file. She tries to find away to tell him, finally she does.
Jack, I'm afraid your white blood count is dangerously low.
JACK: (Shrugs) So, ah, what's the prognosis?
LEXIE: Not good.
JACK: (Nods) Well, what's that, doctor speak for (makes a motion
with his head and smiles, trying act like it is no big deal) I'm dying?
nothing but looks at him, her eyes tell him that is exactly what
it is. Jack's smile fades, and his eyes show his sadness.
At the races Lexie and Chelsea watch a racer who has a bunch of
girls around him wanting his autograph.
Meanwhile, Jennifer is still waiting for Jack, and has become concerned.
Come on, Jack! Why are you always so late!? Don't you
know how much I worry about you!
and looks around hoping to find him.
At the races Jennifer is shocked to discover that the driver all
the girls, including Abigail, are hot for is Max Brady, who years
earlier was adopted by the Bradys, along with Frankie -- when Frankie
was pretending to be his brother and was hiding out from his real
family the von Leuschners. Frankie gives her a big hug, surprising
Chelsea and especially Abigail.
Back at the hospital, on the terrace, Jack is holding on to the
railing, he slides his hand and then grasps the railing railing
with his other hand. He tightens his grip, trying to deal with the
news. He exhales.
her hand on him in comfort.
There is (shakes her head slightly) no way anyone could have
predicted something like this, Jack. It is a very rare condition.
In fact I've never encountered it before.
looks at her and she shakes her head.
(Sarcastically) Well, alert the medical media!
(Cont., sarcastic laugh, slight smile) Haa.... Come on, Lexie,
this is me, give me the straight dope! Come on, I can handle
it. Am I dying.
looks at my saying nothing. She moves her finger over her forehead,
In situations like this I always advice getting a second opinion
(flicking her hair way from her eyes).
JACK: (A slight gasp) Ah.... Wait a minute. You can't even
say it. Haa.... (a slight smile) You can't even say it. Wh.... Come
on, tell me how long, a.... at least manage that much! (Trying playing
it off) Wh.... how many damn years do I have left?
LEXIE: Ahh (cannot tell him, she closes her eyes and shakes
her head, then looks away)--
JACK: What?! Wh-wh-wh....wh.... we're.... we're....
(Cont.) ....we're talking months, weeks, what?!
TALK TO ME!
LEXIE: (Emotionally, almost in tears, she finally looks at
him) If I had to guess, aahhh, maybe, aahhh, three months.
is in shock, his mouth is open, he is speechless. As she talks Jack
is panting, trying to deal with the news.
(Cont.) But the medical community is always working on new treatment,
Jack, treatments, (not sounding very convincing) there are breakthroughs.
I mean, there is a chance tha.... that we find something--
Oh, my God. Oh, my God, this isn't happening.... (puts his
had to his forehead) I..... This is amazing, (keeps his hand on his
(Cont.) ....I get through everything Tony di Mera can throw at me,
(throws down the hand) I manage to get home to my wife and
my family only (smiles at the irony) to die.
LEXIE: If.... if you want I'll come with you to tell Jennifer.
JACK: (Realizing what it will mean to Jennifer) Jennifer? My
(Cont., shakes his head) No! No, I can't do this to Jennifer!
I can't (rush towards the door and goes out.)
remains outside for a moment, upset about the news.
She goes inside and finds in the hallway. She
tries to convince him to tell Jennifer. Jack looks away and his face
shows all his sadness and frustration.
Jack, life is so precious, if Jennifer has only a few
months with you she needs to know! So she can make peace with
JACK: Haa.... It's my life! It's my decision!
You are to tell (throws down his hand) no one! (Angrily) No
one! (Turns towards her) You got me! (Breathing hard)
LEXIE: (Talking to him calmly, soothingly) Jack, you're making
a big mistake.
JACK: No, God made the mistake! God made the mistake!
He's having a little joke on me. (Trying not to break down) Me and
my whole family. "I'll let Jack make it all the way home,
have a couple of happy weeks, and take him away from his wife and
kids forever and ever!" Ah-men! (Jack tightens his lips
so as not to cry and nods) Good one!
LEXIE: (Looks down) Tst.... (shakes her head and then looks
back at Jack) I'm sooo sorry! (She is trying not to cry) I'll....
I'll.... be in touch with you as soon as I have something to report,
JACK: (Swallowing to keep from losing it, nods) Thank you!
And, ah.... (looks away) thank you for (looks at her) having the guts
to tell me. Thank you.
LEXIE: (Almost inaudibly) You're welcome.
walks off and she reaches to pat him, but he keeps going.