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EPISODE 45

SCENE 1

INT. THE GRAND BALLROOM - NIGHT (SAME DAY AS EPISODE 45)

JENNIFER thinks she has just seen a ghost from her past: CARLY MANNING. JACK wonders what has her so distracted.

JACK: Jennifer?

The person quickly disappears into the crowd. JENNIFER walks past JACK to try to find the woman, but she can no longer see her. JACK notices that JENNIFER seems to be looking for someone.

JACK: (touching JENNIFER'S arm) Jennifer?

JENNIFER still doesn't respond.

JACK: You know, I'd even settle for your divided attention right at this rate.

JENNIFER: Hmm?

She realizes JACK was talking to her, and turns around to face him.

JENNIFER: (embarrassed) Oh my gosh, I'm sorry--you were saying something...

JACK: (dryly) Yes. Should I be offended that I can't seem to be able to hold your attention for more than a few minutes every time we're at some sort of social event? (looks around) Let's see... Well, your brother's not here with us in Paris, so it can't be that you're entranced with watching him dance with Kayla or some other woman you're trying to fix him up with-

JENNIFER hits him on the arm.

JACK: All right, all right, it was a joke...

JENNIFER: Not a very funny one.

JACK: Ouch. The lady bears her claws.

JENNIFER: I'm sorry. I was just-

JACK: Distracted, yes, I believe we established that fact. (beat) So...

JENNIFER: So...

JACK: Care to tell me what I was competing with?

JENNIFER: What do you mean?

JACK: I mean, something was clearly holding your attention captive. What's going on?

OUT on JENNIFER as she looks at the crowd once again.


SCENE 2

IN PROGRESS

JACK wants to know what JENNIFER saw. JENNIFER is still scanning the crowd to see if she really did see CARLY, but can not seem to find the person anymore.

JENNIFER: (thinking she must be mistaken) You know what, it's... it's silly...

JACK: Try me.

JENNIFER: (laughs) I just thought I saw someone I knew, that's all.

JACK: (gives her a look) Jennifer, half of Salem's population seems to be in this room. The odds of you seeing someone you know are quite high.

JENNIFER: I didn't mean that, Jack, I meant... someone I knew from a long time ago.

JACK: I see. And who would that be?

JENNIFER: (knowing how much he dislikes CARLY; hesitates) Oh, um... you know, someone from my boarding school days.

JACK: Oh. Interesting. (grins) Perhaps I can get some more dirt on your adolescence-

JENNIFER: Jack!

JACK: Let's go say hello, shall we? Where is she?

JENNIFER: (feeling embarrassed over thinking she saw CARLY) I don't even know if I saw what I saw... I mean, really, what are the chances?

JACK: Jennifer, you went to boarding school in Switzerland, which is practically a stone's throw away. I'd say there's a good chance.

JENNIFER: You know what, Jack, I don't even see her anymore. This room is getting pretty crowded, and besides, I was probably just seeing things... (takes JACK'S hand and pulls him onto the dance floor) Come on, Mr. Deveraux, what do you say we show 'em how it's done?

JACK: (slyly) I presume you mean on the dance floor.

JENNIFER: (smiles) Well, some things should remain private, don't you agree?

JACK: Indeed.

He takes her in his arms and they begin to dance.

JENNIFER: (noticing that he's not looking at her) We seem to have switched roles.

JACK: (distracted) What?

JENNIFER: (takes his chin and makes him face her) I mean, for someone who was giving me such a hard time a few minutes ago about not paying enough attention to him, you seem to have no problem doing the same thing just now.

JACK: (gesturing towards VICTOR and KATE, who outside the entrance to the grand ballroom, and look as if they are in a heated discussion) I'm sorry, but apparently the entertainment has begun.

JENNIFER: What? What do you mean? (turns around to look at what JACK is watching) Oh my gosh...

JACK: My sentiments exactly. (starts to lead them in the direction of VICTOR and KATE)

JENNIFER: Jack, what are you doing?

JACK: What do you think?

JENNIFER: They're going to see us!

JACK: Jennifer, look at them! We could have fireworks go off in here and they still wouldn't turn their heads.

JENNIFER: Don't you think it's going to be kind of obvious what we're doing if we end up from one side of the dance floor to the other?

JACK: (dryly) We're dancing the waltz--people are supposed to glide across the floor.

JENNIFER: (protesting) Jack-

JACK: Shh!!

JENNIFER: (annoyed) Don't shh me-

JACK: (whispering) I can hear their voices!

They exchange knowing looks.

JACK: Maybe now we can finally get to the bottom of things...

OUT on JACK and JENNIFER as they listen to VICTOR and KATE argue.


SCENE 3

IN PROGRESS

JACK and JENNIFER have spotted VICTOR and KATE in a heated argument.

JENNIFER: (whispering) Oh my gosh, they sound really upset, Jack...

JACK: He's certainly not whispering sweet nothing in her ear.

CUT TO: VICTOR AND KATE

KATE: I'm not one of your little toy soldiers, Victor. You can't tell me what to do-

VICTOR: The hell I can't! I'll be damned if I'm going to let you take my son away from me and then send him to rot in some boarding school before he's even old enough to drive!

KATE: Just try and stop me... I guarantee you will be sorry if you do.

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JACK and JENNIFER react to KATE'S statement.

CUT TO VICTOR AND KATE

VICTOR: Is that a threat?

KATE: (smiles coolly) You decide, Victor. After all, threats are your forte, aren't they, darling? (adjusts his tuxedo jacket) But you just better watch your back. You never know what can happen when a mother is in danger of losing her child.

She starts to walk away. JACK and JENNIFER quickly move away from the door so she does not see them when she walks into the ball room.

JENNIFER: All right, you can say it. Say I told you so.

JACK: (watching KATE) For once, I'm not in the mood to gloat, believe it or not. (beat) But I have a feeling we need to keep an eye on that one.

OUT on JACK as he watches KATE shoot daggers across the room at VICTOR.


SCENE 4

INT. LADIES LOUNGE - LATER

JENNIFER has gone to the rest room to touch up her makeup. She is putting her lipstick back in her evening bag and turns to leave, when she bumps into someone.

JENNIFER: Oh, I'm so sorry-

She sees that the woman is CARLY.

JENNIFER: (incredulous) Carly...

CARLY is shocked that JENNIFER has seen her, and immediately runs away.

JENNIFER: (goes after her) Wait a minute! Carly, wait!! Carly!

CARLY slips out of the rest room, but before JENNIFER follow her, HOPE comes into the bathroom.

HOPE: Hey! (sees JENNIFER looks upset) Is something wrong?

JENNIFER: Hope... No, I... everything's fine...

HOPE: Are you sure? You look like you just saw a ghost.

JENNIFER: (to herself) You could say that...

HOPE: What was that?

JENNIFER: Uh... nothing... Did you, uh, did you happen to see a woman with dark hair walk past you? She was wearing this off-the-shoulder red gown, and had her hair up in a twist-

HOPE: No, I didn't notice anyone... Why, what's going on, Jen?

JENNIFER: (shaking her head) Oh, well, uh, she dropped her lipstick, and I just wanted to return it to her.

HOPE: I'm sure she'll come back here for it. (notices JENNIFER seems preoccupied) Jen?

JENNIFER: Hmm?

HOPE: Are you sure you're all right?

JENNIFER: Yeah, I'm fine, I'm fine. You know what, I'll see you out there, okay? Jack's probably wondering what took me so long.

HOPE: (as JENNIFER runs out) Wait, Jen-

JENNIFER: (standing outside the rest room door) Oh, Carly... What is going on with you...

OUT on JENNIFER'S concern.


SCENE 5

INT. THE GRAND BALLROOM - LATER

JENNIFER tries to find JACK to tell him about her mysterious encounter with CARLY.

JACK: (encircling her waist from behind) There you are. I was getting worried about you. (kisses her cheek)

JENNIFER: (nervous laugh) Oh, come on, it's not like I was gone for that long.

JACK: They just started the coronation ceremony, you're right on time-

JENNIFER: (as JACK pulls her into the crowd) Jack, I need to tell you something...

JACK can not hear, as GRETA is being presented as the new PRINCESS VON AMBURG.

JENNIFER: Jack, I-

JACK: This is it, you ready?

JENNIFER: Jack...

Suddenly shots ring out. Screams come from the crowd, and JACK instinctively pushes JENNIFER to the ground and covers her.

JACK: (shouting above the screaming) Jennifer! Are you all right? Are you hurt?

JENNIFER: (dazed, holding on to JACK) I'm okay... Oh my God, what's going on?

JACK scans the room for any sign of VICTOR.

PERSON: Oh no! The princess!

JENNIFER: Oh my God, Jack! It's Greta! She's been hit!

JACK: What?!

CUT TO: GRETA AND HER ENTOURAGE

GRETA'S entourage swarms around her as she lies on the ground, bleeding. The crowd continues to panic, though the shots have stopped.

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JACK helps JENNIFER sit up.

JENNIFER: What's going on, is she hurt badly?

JACK: (above the screaming) I don't know... I can't tell...

JENNIFER holds onto JACK.

JACK: (whispering) I'm right here... I'm right here, Jennifer, I'm not going anywhere... It's going to be all right... (continues to scan the room for VICTOR, then spots BO bending over someone) Oh no...

JENNIFER: What?

JACK can not answer her.

JENNIFER: Jack, what is it?

JACK: It's Victor... (looks at JENNIFER) I think he got shot.

OUT on JACK and JENNIFER trying to make sense of the madness.


SCENE 6

INT. A HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - LATER

JACK and JENNIFER have joined BO and HOPE as VICTOR was rushed to the nearby hospital. They are waiting for news about him.

BO: Damn it, what is taking so long?

HOPE: (stroking his back) Bo, I'm sure they're get back to us soon. They're doing everything they can...

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JACK and JENNIFER are watching BO and HOPE as they wait by the front desk. JENNIFER has her head on JACK'S shoulder.

JACK: (solemnly) It's ironic...

JENNIFER: (lifting her head to look at him) What?

JACK: Just... I spent all those years hating him, and now here I am, waiting for good news to know that he made it.

JENNIFER: (smiles at him, lifts his chin up to look at her) You're a good man, you know that, Jack Deveraux?

JACK: (grins) Try not to let that get around.

JENNIFER smiles.

A doctor comes out to talk to BO and HOPE.

DOCTOR: Monsieur Brady?

BO: Doctor... Is there any word on my father?

The doctor hesitates.

BO: (knowing what it must mean) What is it, doctor?

JACK and JENNIFER get up and join BO and HOPE.

DOCTOR: I'm sorry, Monsieur Brady...

HOPE: Oh, God...

DOCTOR: We did everything we could, but he had lost too much blood...

HOPE reaches over and puts her arms around BO.

BO: What are you saying?

DOCTOR: Your father... passed away on the operating table. I'm so sorry for your loss.

BO looks at him incredulously. HOPE is holding on to BO, who knows he is in shock. JACK and JENNIFER watch helplessly.

JENNIFER: (reaching out to BO) Oh, Bo... I'm so sorry...

JACK: (quietly, to JENNIFER) I... I need to call Adrienne and Justin...

JENNIFER: Do you want me to come with you?

JACK shakes his head.

JENNIFER: (squeezes his hand) I'll be here with them.

JACK: I'll be right back. (kisses her forehead)

OUT on JENNIFER as she watches JACK walk away, then looks on at BO and HOPE.


SCENE 7

INT. JACK AND JENNIFER'S HOTEL ROOM - LATER

JACK and JENNIFER have returned from the hospital, drained from the ordeal.

JENNIFER: (softly) You all right?

JACK: (nods) Me? Yeah, I'm... I'm fine... Everyone I love is safe and sound. (strokes her hair, then takes her in his arms) Safe and sound.

JENNIFER: It's going to be okay...

JACK: I hope so.

The phone rings.

JENNIFER: (breaking from the embrace) I'll get that. (picks up the phone) Hello?

CUT TO: ABBY ON THE OTHER LINE

ABBY: Mommy?

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JENNIFER: Abby! Hi, baby...

JACK comes over to JENNIFER'S side. JENNIFER smiles at him.

JENNIFER: (to JACK) It's Abby. (to ABBY) Baby, what are you still doing up, isn't it past your bedtime?

CUT TO: ABBY

ABBY: I wanted to talk to you and Daddy first, to say good night...

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JENNIFER: (smiling) I'm so glad you called. You don't know how much I needed to hear that sweet voice of yours. Daddy wants to talk to you too, okay? Hold on... (hands the phone over to JACK)

JACK: Hey, kiddo.

CUT TO: ABBY

ABBY: Daddy! Are you guys having fun? Is it really romantic?

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JACK: (laughs softly) It's been an adventure. But Mommy and I miss you very much.

CUT TO: ABBY

ABBY: I miss you too. I can't wait till you guys get back. And you don't even have to bring me back anything!

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JACK: All right, kiddo, time for bed. We'll talk to you tomorrow.

JENNIFER: (into the phone) Good night, baby, we love you.

CUT TO: ABBY

ABBY: I love you too! G'night!

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JENNIFER: That is one amazing little girl we have.

JACK: (taking her in his arms) That she is...

OUT on the two.


SCENE 8

INT. JACK AND JENNIFER'S HOTEL ROOM - LATER

MONTAGE - EDWIN MCCAIN'S "PRAYER TO SAINT PETER" IS PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

JACK watches JENNIFER as she sleeps.

Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands to golden harps
To these our boys
Let them love Peter
For they've had no time

CUT TO: BO AND HOPE AT THE HOSPITAL

BO and HOPE are sitting in the waiting room. BO has his head in his hands, and HOPE has her arms around him.

They should have bird songs and trees
And hills to climb
The taste of summer
And a ripened pear
And girls as sweet as meadow wind
And flowing hair

CUT TO: JACK AND JENNIFER

JACK lightly strokes JENNIFER'S hair, then closes his eyes and kisses the top of her head.

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

JENNIFER turns over to face JACK, and she snuggles up to him. JACK wraps his arms around her and tries to go to sleep.

And tell them how they are missed
But not to fear
It's gonna be all right
With us down here

END EPISODE 45

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