Keeping Up With the Deverauxes
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
Scene 1: JACK AND JENNIFER HAVE JUST ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL AFTER FINDING OUT THAT LEXIE CARVER AND HER "ADOPTED" SON, ISAAC HAVE BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT. IT HAS BEEN REVEALED THAT ISAAC HAD BEEN SWITCHED AT BIRTH AND WAS REALLY BO AND HOPE'S SON.
(THE ELEVATOR DOORS OPEN AND JACK AND JENNIFER RUSH IN TO FIND BO, HOPE, ABE, MICKEY, MAGGIE, AND ALICE)
JENNIFER: (RUSHING OVER TO HOPE) Hope! (SHE THROWS HER ARMS AROUND HER AS JACK LOOKS ON)
HOPE: Jenn! (SHE FALLS INTO JENNIFER'S ARMS AND CRIES) I'm so glad you're here.
(JACK IS LOOKING ON UNCOMFORTABLY AT BO AND ABE. HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY)
ABE: Jack (TEARING UP OVER THE NEWS OF LEXIE AND ISAAC). It's been a-
JACK: (INTERRUPTING HIM, KNOWING HE IS UPSET) No, Abe...don't worry about it. I'm...I'm sorry for your loss. I..I know how...how much she meant to you. (HE GLANCES OVER AT JENNIFER WITH DEEP LOVE IN HIS EYES).
ABE: Yes, she is...she was...I'm sorry, I can't do this .(HE COVERS HIS EYES TO HIDE HIS TEARS AND WALKS AWAY).
(BO AND JACK ARE LEFT STANDING TOGETHER)
JACK: Go...go be with him (HE GLANCES OVER AT JENNIFER AND HOPE)...I'll..I'll hold down the fort here.
(BO SMILES A LITTLE AT JACK AND SQUEEZES HIS SHOULDER BEFORE WALKING OFF TO FIND ABE)
(THE ELEVATOR DOORS OPEN AND JOHN AND MARLENA COME RUSHING IN. THEY JUST HEARD THE NEWS)
JOHN: (RUNNING OVER TO HOPE) Hope! Hope, what's going on?
(JENNIFER AND HOPE BREAK THEIR EMBRACE AND LOOK AT JOHN AND MARLENA. JACK NOTICES HOW INTENSELY HOPE AND JOHN ARE STARING AT EACH OTHER)
Scene 2: John and Marlena have just rushed in the hospital and want to know what's going on. Jack thinks John and Hope are acting strangely.
JOHN: They found the baby, right? Where is he-where is my so-my godson?
HOPE: John-(SHE TRIES TO SPEAK BUT JUST BREAKS DOWN)
JENNIFER: It's okay, it's okay (SHE PULLS HOPE TO HER AND HUGS HER)
JOHN: Jennifer, where's the baby? Is he alright?
(JENNIFER IS TOO BUSY COMFORTING HOPE TO SPEAK)
MARLENA: (GRABBING JOHN'S ARM) John...John, she's upset right now. Give her a moment.
JOHN: Right. I'm just...(NOTICING JACK) Jack, do you know anything?
JACK: Well, actually...all I know is that Lexie and Abe's baby, Isaac, I think it is turned out to be..to be...your godson.
JOHN: Where is he?
JACK: Um,...(LOOKING AT JENNIFER FOR SUPPORT) John, I think...I think you might want to sit down.
JACK: You might...you really might want to sit-
JOHN: Spit it out Deveraux!
JACK: They're dead, John. Lexie and the baby are (TEARING UP) dead.
(JOHN JUST LOOKS AS IF HIS WHOLE WORLD HAS ENDED. THE OTHERS JUST LOOK ON IN AWE AT HIS REACTION)
Scene 3: Jack has just delivered the news about Lexie and Isaac's death to John and Marlena.
JOHN: Dead? That can't be. We just saw them the other day.
MARLENA: Jack, how did this happen?
JACK: I really don't know. I mean I know that Lexie was missing for a few days and that there was some sort of car accident, but, but the rest is sketchy.
MARLENA: And Abe?
JENNIFER: He's with Bo. I think they went to the nurses' lounge.
(JOHN IS WALKING AROUND TRYING TO HOLD ON. MARLENA HUGS HIM)
MARLENA: John, John. Oh, my sweet John. It'll be okay. (SHE RUBS THE BACK OF HIS HEAD AND LOOKS OVER AT HOPE WITH TEARS IN HER EYES. HOPE RETURNS HER GAZE)
JOHN: (CRYING) I just loved him so much.
MARLENA: I know you did, I know you did. (BEAT) Listen, I'm going to call Roman. (SHE STEPS BACK)
JOHN: (NOT LIKING WHAT HE IS HEARING) You're going to call Roman?
MARLENA: For Abe, John. He needs someone right now.
JOHN: (STILL JEALOUS BUT RELENTING) Yeah, yeah, you're right.
(MARLENA NODS AND WALKS OFF AND JOHN WALKS SLOWLY OVER AND EMBRACES HOPE. JACK AND JENNIFER STEP BACK AND WATCH THE TWO WITH GREAT CURIOSITY)
Scene 4: It is a while later. Jack is returning from finding out more about the situation. John and Hope are still embracing.
(JACK IS WALKING BACK TO THE LOBBY WITH COFFEE FOR HIMSELF AND JENNIFER. JENNIFER WALKS OVER TO HIM. SHE IS STILL SHAKEN, BUT IS DEALING)
JENNIFER: Jack. Jack, where have you been?
JACK: I....(LOOKING DOWN AT THE COFFEE) I brought you coffee (HE HANDS IT TO HER) Light and sweet. (BEAT) Your grandmother left?
JENNIFER: Yeah..yeah. Mickey and Maggie brought her home. She and Julie want to start making (TEARING UP) arrangements.
JACK: Yes. (HE NODS TO HOPE AND JOHN WHO ARE STILL EMBRACING) And those two?
JENNIFER: (LOOKING OVER TO HOPE AND JOHN WITH CURIOSITY AND THEN TURNING BACK TO JACK) She's upset, Jack.
JACK: I understand that. But...Jennifer, don't you think it's a little odd?
JENNIFER: That she's with John, Jack? He was very special to her. When Bo was in Ireland, John and Hope got close. He was J.T.'s godfather.
JACK: (STILL LOOKING AT THEM) I think I heard that once or twice. I just think that...I just think that the father should be there. I mean, if anything were to happen to Abigail...
JENNIFER: (PLEADINGLY) Jack, don't. I don't even want to think about that.
JACK: Okay. (BEAT) Listen, I did more than just get coffee when I was gone...I found out a little more about this situation...the accident.
JENNIFER: Jack, Jack, what did you find out? (BEAT) I hope Lexie and the baby didn't suffer much.
JACK: Actually, Jennifer, I'm not sure they suffered at all..
(JENNIFER'S EYES FLY WIDE OPEN AT THIS STATEMENT)
Scene 5: Jack tells Jennifer what he knows about the accident.
JENNIFER: (DROPPING HER VOICE TO A WHISPER) What do you mean, Jack?
JACK: What I mean is...(DROPPING HIS VOICE TO A WHISPER) What I mean is (LOOKING OVER AT JOHN AND HOPE AND THEN GRABBING JENNIFER AND LEADING HER AWAY FROM THEM) What I mean is...(HE GLANCES AT A STORAGE CLOSET AND PULLS HER IN THERE) What I mean is we shouldn't talk about this out there.
JENNIFER: Jack Deveraux, you tell me what's going on right now!
JACK: No need to get so snippy. Geez. Jennifer, I've been doing a little toiling around here and
JENNIFER: Can we just forget the opening and closing paragraphs here, Jack? Just get to the subject.
JACK: (SMILING) You always were my favorite reporter.
(JENNIFER SMILES A LITTLE AT THIS)
Okay, we know that Isaac and J.T. were switched at birth, that much is a given, right?
And we know that was the reason that Isaac's blood test came back negative as a DNA match to Glen's, right?
(JENNIFER NODS. SHE IS GETTING ANGRY AT JACK)
So here we are. A tale of two babies. Hehehehe. Now the question is why or rather who would switch these babies? What would he have to gain?
Scene 6: In the supply room, Jack tells Jennifer his theory on Lexie.
JENNIFER: Jack, I don't follow you.
JACK: Stay with me here, Jennifer (HE PACES AND PUTS HIS FINGERS UP TO CHECK OFF EACH POINT HE IS MAKING). Lexie and Abe happened to want a baby, right?
(JENNIFER NODS AND FOLLOWS JACK AS HE PACES)
JACK: And after numerous attempts at conception, it turns out that either Abe or Lexie is not playing with a loaded gun....
JENNIFER: You're disgusting, Jack.
JACK: (CONTINUING TO PACE) Hehehe. So they conveniently find a baby to adopt. A little too conveniently, if you ask me.
JENNIFER: Hope told me the adoption was arranged by Stefano, Jack. He is Lexie's father..
JACK: And also a mastermind criminal with a penchant for bizarre sidekicks with even more bizarre accents.
JENNIFER: Are you saying?
JACK: What I'm saying is that Stefano DiMera is probably the culprit of this and probably numerous other crimes. In fact, I think I saw him in the study with the poker..
JENNIFER: Why would he switch the babies, Jack? Hope said that when she was locked with him in Princess Gina's castle he seemed like a changed man.
JACK: Seemed is the operative word here, Jennifer. Seemed. Now we all know that seemed isn't worth its weight in gold. And we also know that DiMera, DiMera..he hates one thing more than cheap wine and off-the-rack clothing and that's-
JENNIFER: the Bradys
Scene 7: Jack has just revealed to Jennifer who he thinks is behind the whole baby switch.
JENNIFER: Okay, Jack, that makes sense. Stefano would do anything to get back at the Bradys, but how do Lexie and Isaac's deaths fit in here?
JACK: (LOOKING DOWN AT JENNIFER AS IF SHE WERE STUPID) Have you been slinging ale for so long that you've lost all of your reporter's instinct?
JENNIFER: (MAD AT THIS COMMENT) Jack, I-
JACK: (WAVING HER OFF AND RESUMING PACING) Now, if I shall. So here we have a demented villain who has a little Brady of his own and dear departed Lexie who, ironically, has no idea that she is raising her best friend's child-or does she?
JENNIFER: Jack, that's ridiculous. Lexie would never-
JACK: Would never what, Miss Horton? Would never do anything for her child? (BEAT) As I recall, some people go to great measures for their children (REFERRING TO JENNIFER AND HIS LIVING ARRANGEMENT)...even if it hurt them.
JENNIFER: (KNOWING HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HER) So you're saying that Lexie found out that Isaac was Hope's somehow and faked her own death to keep her son. Jack, she wouldn't, she's
JACK: She's a DiMera, Jennifer.
JENNIFER: But Jack, she wouldn't-I mean, she couldn't--
JACK: She did. (BEAT) I bet my-our--house that Little Miss Lexie Carver isn't as good as we think she is. In fact, I bet she somehow found out that Isaac and J.T. were switched when the blood tests were done for Glen and called Stefano on it. Then, fearing for her baby she took off with nary a trace. And it just so happens that two "unidentifiable" bodies-a woman and a child--were found in a burned car right outside Salem a few days after Dr. Wesley called all the mothers back to the hospital. Coincidence? I think not.
JENNIFER: (PONDERING HIS THEORY) Jack, this is good news. I mean, it's a little shaky, but it's hopeful. I'm going to go out there and tell Hope now. It's not much, but...(SHE GOES TO LEAVE AND JACK GRABS HER ARM)
JACK: Oh no you don't.
Scene 9: Jack and Jennifer agree to keep mum for now.
JENNIFER: (BREAKING FREE OF JACK'S ARM) Where do you think I'm going, Jack? I'm going to tell Hope.
JACK: You most certainly are not.
JENNIFER: Why not, Jack? This is a good thing. It means--
JACK: It's a good theory, yes, but a truth it's not...not yet at least.
JENNIFER: But Jack, you said yourself-
JACK: I said, I did not prove. (BEAT) She just lost a son, Jennifer. I don't want her to get her hopes up just in case...
JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT JACK WITH GREAT SADNESS) Just in case the theory doesn't pan out. (BEAT) What should we do then, Jack? Should we tell the police?
JACK: And tell Commander Carver his wife is a kidnapper?
JENNIFER: You're right, Jack (TURNING AWAY FROM HIM) You're right. (TURNING BACK TO HIM) What do we do then?
JACK: I was thinking that I can do a little snooping around and then-
JENNIFER: Oh no you don't, Jack...not without me.
JACK: Jennifer, I really don't need your help. You have enough on your plate as it is.
JENNIFER: This is my family, Jack. I will do anything-
JACK: You will not. Stefano DiMera is a dangerous man, Jennifer...a dangerous man. I don't want you getting hurt. (BEAT) You mean too much...too much to Abigail (HE LOOKS AT HER WITH GREAT LOVE IN HIS EYES)
JENNIFER: (KNOWING THAT JACK STILL LOVES HER) You're right, Jack. (LYING) I'll let you handle this. It's way too dangerous for me.
JACK: (SIGHING) Now that that's out of the way, what do you say we go and pick our daughter up from school?
JENNIFER: Yeah, we should (GLANCING AT HER WATCH). I didn't realize how late it had gotten.
JACK: (SMILING) Yeah, well, sleuthing does that to you. So, we're agreed, I snoop, you mother (HE HOLDS OUT HIS HAND TO SHAKE).
JENNIFER: (SHAKING HIS HAND) Agreed.
(THEY TURN AND EXIT. JUST THEN ROLF, STEFANO'S HENCHMAN COMES OUT FROM BEHIND SOME BOXES IN THE STORAGE ROOM. HE HAD DUCKED IN THERE TO AVOID JOHN SEEING HIM EARLIER. HE IS NOT PLEASED WITH WHAT JACK AND JENNIFER WERE SAYING)
ROLF: (TO HIMSELF) Stefano's not going to like this...he's not going to like this at all.
Scene 9: Jack and Jennifer leave the hospital. Jack still thinks John is too involved.
(JACK AND JENNIFER ARE GOING TO SAY GOODBYE TO HOPE, BUT SHE IS STILL IN AN EMBRACE WITH JOHN. MARLENA AND BO COME UPON THEM AND ARE NOT HAPPY AT WHAT THEY SEE)
(JACK AND JENNIFER ARE STARING AT HOPE AND JOHN AND THEN TURN AND SEE BO AND MARLENA)
JENNIFER: Bo...um...we just wanted to say goodbye. We've got to go get Abby.
BO: (LOOKING AT HOPE AND JOHN STILL) Yeah, Jenn. Thanks for everything. We'll call you. (SHAKING JACK'S HAND) Thanks, man, for earlier.
JACK: (SMILING) No problem.
MARLENA: Jack. Jennifer.
JACK: Goodbye Marlena.
JENNIFER: Call us if you need anything.
(THEY GO TO GET ON THE ELEVATOR. WHILE THEY ARE WAITING THEY WATCH BO AND MARLENA WATCH JOHN AND HOPE)
JACK: (TO HIMSELF) I just wonder how he fits in here.
JENNIFER: What, Jack? (STEPPING ON THE ELEVATOR)
JACK: Oh nothing....nothing at all (HE STEPS ON THE ELEVATOR AND THE DOORS CLOSE).
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