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Keeping Up With the Deverauxes
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
Episode 15

Scene 1: Jack, Jennifer and Abby are in the car. Jack and Jennifer have just picked up Abby from school and she is sitting in the backseat. As they are driving, Jack and Jennifer are sneaking peeks of concern in the rear view mirror of Abby.

ABBY: Mommy, Daddy, are you going to tell me what's wrong?

JACK: What's wrong, Princess? What makes you think something's wrong?

(JENNIFER LOOKS OVER AT JACK WITH LOOK OF GREAT CONCERN)

JENNIFER: (TURNING TOWARDS ABBY) Baby, nothing's wrong.

ABBY: Then why did you pick me up from school? And why are you two being so quiet?

JACK: (LOOKING AT ABBY IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR) Well...You see, Mommy and I, well, we, we, we missed you. We couldn't wait another moment for our Abigail fix.

ABBY: Is that it, Mommy? Is that what you and Daddy picked me up from school for?

JENNIFER: (LOOKING WORRIEDLY AT JACK AND THEN SMILING AT ABBY) Yeah, Baby. Daddy's right. We just couldn't wait to see you.

JACK: (LOOKING AT ABBY AGAIN IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR) And you know what else Mommy and Daddy missed?

ABBY: What?

JACK: Your sweet little voice. So whaddya say, Abigail? Should I strike up the band? I'll start if you like. (STARTS SINGING) "When the saints go marching in...When the saints go marching in..."

(ABBY STARTS SINGING ALONG AND JENNIFER GLANCES AT JENNIFER WHO IS HAPPY THAT HE IS CALMING HER DOWN. SHE SMILES SLIGHTLY AT HIM AND LOOKS DOWN AT HER HANDS, WHICH ARE RESTING IN HER LAP. JACK NOTICES HOW NERVOUS SHE IS AND HE REACHES OVER AND PUTS HIS HAND ON HERS. THE SCENE ENDS WITH JENNIFER LOOKING AT JACK'S HAND ON HERS AND HIM LOOKING AT IT ALSO-EXPECTING HER TO PULL AWAY. WHEN SHE DOESN'T, A LOOK OF GREAT LOVE WASHES OVER JACK'S FACE)


Scene 2: Jack, Jennifer, and Abby return home and Jack and Jennifer figure out what to do.

(ABBY AND JENNIFER HAVE JUST WALKED IN THE DOOR AND JACK IS FOLLOWING. HE CLOSES AND LOCKS THE DOOR BEHIND HIM AND DROPS HIS KEYS ON THE SMALL TABLE WHERE JENNIFER'S KEYS ARE)

ABBY: (WALKING INTO THE LIVING ROOM) So then Sam brought a picture of her new puppy in (SHE SETS HER BOOKBAG DOWN ON THE SOFA AND TURNS TO JENNIFER AND JACK WHO ARE JUST STARING AT HER LOVINGLY) What's wrong, Mommy?

JACK: (FLASHING JENNIFER A LOOK OF CONCERN THEN KNEELING DOWN TO TALK TO ABBY) Oh, Mommy's just a little emotional today. We just missed you so much. Abigail, have we ever told you how much we love you?

ABBY: Yes. You tell me all the time.

JACK: That we do. Daddy and Mommy just want you to know that you are the most perfect little girl in the world. And that we love you more than anything in the world...more than the sun, the moon, and the stars.

ABBY: Daddy, I know. (SHE LOOKS AT JENNIFER) I know you love me, Mommy. (SHE WALKS OVER TO JENNIFER AND GRABS HER HANDS) Please don't cry.

JENNIFER: (SCOOPING ABBY UP IN HER ARMS) I love you too, Baby. (SHE HUGS HER CLOSE)

(JACK JUST LOOKS AT THE TWO OF THEM WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES. HE KNOWS HE WOULD DIE IF ANYTHING WERE TO HAPPEN TO EITHER OF THEM. AFTER A FEW SECONDS OF SILENCE, ABBY SPEAKS)

ABBY: Mommy?

MOMMY: Yes, baby?

ABBY: I have to go to the bathroom.

MOMMY: (SMILING AT JACK) Oh, okay. (SHE SETS HER DOWN) I guess I got carried away, huh?

ABBY: That's okay. I like to be hugged by you. I'm going to the bathroom and then up to my room to set up a tea party. Would you like to come?

JENNIFER: I'd love to.

ABBY: (TURNING TO JACK) Daddy?

JACK: I'll be there with bells on.

ABBY: Good. I'll call you when it's ready. (SHE RUNS UP THE STAIRS)

(JENNIFER TURNS TO WATCH ABBY RUN UP THE STAIRS. TURNING AROUND, SHE LOOKS AT JACK AND TRIES NOT TO CRY)

JENNIFER: Thank you for helping me there, Jack.

JACK: (NERVOUSLY SMILING) Ah, it was nothing. Just being my usual goofy self.

JENNIFER: Yeah, well, thank you for being your usual goofy self.

(JACK AND JENNIFER SMILE AT EACH OTHER AND THEN LOOK DOWN AT THEIR FEET. A FEW SECONDS OF SILENCE PASS)

JACK: Okay, Miss Horton, where do we go from here?

JENNIFER: (EYES LIGHTING UP) Where do we go, Jack?

JACK: Yes, I mean, do you want to start making the phone calls or would you rather I do the dirty work.? You know the more that I think about it, I think I should do them. You have this way of getting totally off subject.

JENNIFER: (DISAPPOINTED A LITTLE THAT JACK WASN'T TALKING ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP) I have a way of doing that? Jack, you are the king of superfluous conversation.

JACK: (LOOKING PLAYFULLY SHOCKED) Me? Little ole me? I am very concise, I'll have you know. Short and sweet is what many have called me.

(JENNIFER RAISES HER EYEBROWS AT THIS DOUBLE ENTENDRE)

JENNIFER: Jack, you are anything but short. You can be sweet though sometimes. A kind of warped sweet, but sweet nonetheless.

(A FEW MORE SECONDS OF SILENCE PASS. THEY ARE BOTH NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT MAY BE HAPPENING BETWEEN THEM. THEY ARE UNSURE ABOUT HOW THE OTHER ONE FEELS OR IF THEY COULD WORK THIS OUT)

JACK: Well, I'll get started on the phone calls. (HE GOES TO GRAB THE PHONE)

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AROUND FOR SOMETHING TO DO) Good. Hope's number is in the address book. I'm going to try and rustle up something to eat for everybody. (SHE GOES INTO THE KITCHEN)

JACK: (SITTING DOWN ON THE COUCH WITH THE ADDRESS BOOK AND LOOKING THROUGH IT) Oh Jennifer? Do you have John Black-slash-Roman Brady of yore-slash-Forrest Alamain's phone number here.

JENNIFER: (COMING BACK IN FROM THE KITCHEN HOLDING A DISHTOWEL) It should be in there. Jack, why do you want to call John?

JACK: You heard the man...he was JT's godfather, after all. (BEAT) Do you think that would be a problem?

JENNIFER: No, I don't think so. Jack, you don't think that John is involved in this plot, do you?

JACK: Well, I...well...I just think that he should be here. (BEAT) I have my reasons.

JENNIFER: Okay, Jack. By all means, don't tell me your reasons. (SHE GOES BACK INTO THE KITCHEN) Jack, what do you think about chinese food?

JACK: In general or for tonight? In general, I think that it's a bit salty and a tad too Americanized, but

(A DISHTOWEL COMES FLYING OUT FROM THE KITCHEN AND HITS HIM ON THE HEAD. HE PULLS IT OFF.)

(IN A MOCKINGLY HAPPY VOICE) Chinese Food? That sounds wonderful! (BEAT) Just remember to order extra potstickers...you always eat them all.

(ALL OF A SUDDEN A SECOND DISHTOWEL COMES FLYING OUT AND HITS HIM SQUARE ON THE HEAD. HE ALSO PULLS THIS ONE OFF)

(TO HIMSELF AS HE THUMBS THROUGH THE ADDRESS BOOK) Well, you do.


Scene 3: It is some time later. Jennifer, Jack, and Abby are upstairs having a tea party with Abby when the doorbell rings.

(JACK WALKS DOWN THE STAIRS WEARING A RATHER LARGE PINK HAT, A FEATHER BOA, AND LARGE PLASTIC PEARLS WITH MATCHING CLIP-ON EARRINGS. HE HAS A TINY PINK TEACUP IN HIS HAND)

(THE DOORBELL RINGS AGAIN)

JACK: Hold on, hold on.... (HE GLANCES IN THE MIRROR AND PULLS OFF HIS HAT, COMPLETELY FORGETTING ABOUT THE PEARL JEWELRY AND THEN OPENS THE DOOR TO FIND BO AND HOPE OUTSIDE) Officer Brady. Hope. Come in. (HE GESTURES FOR THEM TO COME IN)

(BO AND HOPE EXCHANGE AMUSED LOOKS AND THEN WALK IN CAUTIOUSLY)

BO: Jack, I didn't know we had to dress up. I left my pearls at home.

JACK: Hehehehehe. Oh you mean these? (HE PULLS OFF THE EARRINGS) Well, I only wear them on Thursdays. If I could take your coats.

(BO AND HOPE HAND JACK THEIR JACKETS)

Please, have a seat. Jennifer should be down momentarily.

(HE GOES TO PUT THE COATS UP IN THE HALL CLOSET)

HOPE: Jack, excuse us if we're a little wary, but you sounded, well, urgent on the phone. We haven't even eaten yet.

JACK: (SHUTTING THE CLOSET DOOR) No worry. We ordered Chinese. I hope that will do. However, if you prefer something else...

(HOPE LOOKS AT BO FOR HELP)

BO: Chinese is fine, Jack. We just want to know what's up. It was kind of sudden the way you called us.

(JUST THEN JENNIFER COMES DOWN THE STAIRS. SHE IS WEARING A FLAPPER HAT WITH FEATHERS AND HAS A SEQUINED SCARF ON)

JENNIFER: Can't we just have family over for dinner? I know it's a bit spur of the moment...

JACK: (STEPPING BEHIND JENNIFER AND TAKING OFF HER HAT AND HANDING IT TO HER) Impromptu, if you will.

JENNIFER: We just wanted to visit and we figured that we'd invite a few close friends over and save you the trouble of cooking supper.

HOPE: A few friends, Jenn? Who else is coming?

(JUST THEN THE DOORBELL RINGS)

JACK: That must be them now. (HE LOOKS AT JENNIFER) No worry, I'll get it. (HE WALKS TO THE DOOR AND OPENS IT) John, Marlena, you look lovely. Do come in (HE GESTURES FOR THEM TO COME IN)

(JOHN AND MARLENA ENTER AND JACK SHUTS THE DOOR BEHIND THEM AND GETS THEIR COATS)

BO: (SEEING JOHN AND MARLENA) What the hell are they doing there?

(THE SCENE ENDS WITH BO AND JOHN LOOKING AT EACH OTHER WITH GREAT TENSION AND THE REST OF THE GROUP FEELING IT)


Scene 4: The dinner party begins.

JACK: (SEEING HOW TENSE THE SITUATION IS, GLANCES AT JENNIFER) Well, shall we all move this into the living room? I think that it would be more comfy in there.

(JOHN, MARLENA, AND JACK STEP DOWN INTO THE LIVING ROOM WHERE BO, HOPE, AND JENNIFER ARE)

HOPE: (TRYING TO MAKE THINGS LESS TENSE) Marlena. How's Belle?

MARLENA: Good, good. Shawn?

HOPE: Great.

JOHN: (GLANCING AT BO AND THEN TURNING TO HOPE) How are you, Hope? Are you handling things okay?

(MARLENA, JOHN, BO, AND HOPE CONTINUE TO MAKE TENSE SMALL TALK AND JACK AND JENNIFER CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THEM NERVOUSLY)

(THE DOORBELL RINGS AGAIN)

JACK: I think that's our last guest. Jennifer, if you would. (HE GRABS JENNIFER'S HAND AND THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE DOOR)

JENNIFER: What, now? Don't tell me you've lost all your ability to answer doors by yourself? (SHE LOOKS BEHIND HIM AT THE SITUATION IN THE LIVING ROOM)

JACK: (LOOKING BEHIND HIM QUICKLY AT THE SITUATION ALSO) I wonder what's wrong with them. (NOTICING JENNIFER'S ANNOYED LOOK) Did you put Abigail to bed?

JENNIFER: Yes, she's out like a light. I told her we'd save her some chinese food. She wasn't too happy about missing all the fun, though.

JACK: Good. (HE PUTS HIS HAND ON THE DOORKNOB) I want her to miss all this...a barrel of fun, if you will. (HE OPENS THE DOOR) Commander Carver, do come in. (BOTH JACK AND JENNIFER GESTURE FOR ABE TO COME IN)

(JACK CLOSES THE DOOR AND THEN LOOKS AT JENNIFER)

Let the games begin.


Scene 5: Everyone is seated at the dining room table and Jennifer and Jack are trying to entertain them and keep everyone happy.

ABE: And then I had the most interesting phone call today. Some little old lady....Thelma Mae Shoemaker.

(JACK PULLS A FACE AT THIS WRONG NAME AND JENNIFER LOOKS AT HIM NERVOUSLY)

She wanted to know where I purchased my lawn ornaments, but at the last minute...

(THE DOORBELL RINGS AND JACK GETS UP TO GET IT. HE OPENS THE DOOR TO A CHINESE FOOD DELIVERY MAN, WHO IS LOOKING DOWN AND HAS A LARGE STRAW HAT ON. JACK CANNOT REALLY SEE HIS FACE)

CHINESE DELIVERY MAN: Dever- woe

JACK: Hehhehehe. Yes, that's us. (LOOKING AT THE DELIVERY MAN VERY ODDLY AND DIGGING IN HIS POCKET FOR CASH)

CHINESE DELIVERY MAN: Lots of food. Big party? (HE PEEKS IN THE DOOR TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE TABLE)

JACK: (HANDING HIM THE MONEY) I guess you can say that. Did you get extra potstickers? Never mind. (HE GRABS BOTH BAGS AS THE DELIVERY MAN COUNTS HIS MONEY)

CHINESE DELIVERY MAN: No tip?

JACK: (SETTING DOWN THE BAGS AND SLAPPING HIM ON THE HAND) It's pronounced Dever-oh. That's your tip.

(HE SHUTS THE DOOR QUICKLY AND GOES INSIDE)

(OUTSIDE THE DELIVERY MAN TAKES OFF HIS HAT. IT IS ROLF, STEFANO'S HENCHMAN)

ROLF: (TO HIMSELF) Stupid and cheap. Two of Stefano's least favorite qualities in a man. This should be amusing. (HE WALKS AWAY)


Scene 6: Dinner is underway. All of the guests are still wondering why they are there.

(JENNIFER IS REACHING ACROSS THE TABLE WITH HER CHOPSTICKS TO GRAB A POTSTICKER AND JACK IS DOING THE SAME. JENNIFER GETS TO IT A SECOND BEFORE JACK AND GRABS IT. IT IS THE LAST ONE. JACK GIVES HER A LOOK AND JENNIFER JUST GLOATINGLY SMILES)

(A FEW SECONDS OF UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE PASS)

JOHN: (SETTING DOWN HIS CHOPSTICKS) I give. Will you two tell us what we're doing here?

(JACK AND JENNIFER TOSS EACH OTHER LOOKS)

JACK: Well, John, we're sharing a very important meal with friends. Breaking bread, mingling, mixing fine food with fine talk.

BO: We're serious, Jack. We want to know what's up.

JACK: (LOOKING AROUND AT ALL OF THEM. THEY HAVE STOPPED EATING AND ARE STARING AT JACK AND JENNIFER) Well...well...are you done with that, Commander Carver? (LOOKING AT ABE'S UNFINISHED CHINESE FOOD)

ABE: No, Jack, I'm not. But I tell you what I am going to be done with if we don't get some answers soon...this dinner. (HE PUTS DOWN HIS NAPKIN)

JENNIFER: (STANDING UP) Abe, don't go. Jack and I, we actually called you here for a reason.

JOHN: This better be a good reason. (MARLENA SHOOTS HIM A DISCOURAGING LOOK)

MARLENA: What John is trying to say is that we know you'd have a good reason to pull us away from our families tonight. We're just a little curious as to what it is.

JENNIFER: It is, really. See Jack and I have been doing a little research.

(EVERYONE AT THE TABLE JUST GROANS AND SHAKES THEIR HEADS)

JACK: What Jennifer's trying to say is, we came across some information that could prove helpful to all of you.

HOPE: What is it, Jack? (TO JENNIFER) Jenn, will you just tell us?

BO: Tell us what's going on. If this, if this, whatever it is, concerns us, we have the right to know.

JACK: (LOOKING DOWN AT JENNIFER) There's no time like the present, huh? Okay, Lexie, Lexie and the baby are not dead.

(EVERYONE JUST LOOKS AT THEM IN SHOCK)


Scene 7: Jack has just told everyone that Lexie is not dead. He and Jennifer are now trying to explain their theory.

ABE: (GETTING UP) I cannot believe this. I buried my own wife and son. I know they are dead.

JACK: Did you see them with your own two eyes?

ABE: This is ridiculous. I'm getting out of here. (HE WALKS TO THE DOOR. THE OTHERS, ANGRY THAT JACK WOULD EVEN SUGGEST SUCH A THING, FOLLOW SUIT)

JACK: (JUMPING IN FRONT OF ABE AND THE OTHERS) Will you just answer my question, Commander Carver. Did you see the bodies with your own two eyes?

ABE: No, Jack. I didn't. That doesn't make them any more undead though, Jack.

JACK: What if I told you I had proof that they weren't dead, Abe? What if I told you that Jennifer and I found out that they were alive and even knew where they were?

(ABE AND THE OTHERS STOP AND LOOK AT EACH OTHER)

ABE: (RELUCTANTLY) Tell us what you know, Jack.

JACK: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER) Do you want to take this or shall I?


Scene 8: Jack has just finished telling Abe and the others what he and Jennifer know.

JACK: ( PACING AND LOOKING AT JENNIFER, WHO IS POURING COFFEE FOR EVERYONE. THEY ARE ALL NOW IN THE LIVING ROOM) So that's when Jennifer and I decided to invite you all here. And somewhere between the moo goo gai pan and the lo mein we got here.

ABE: (SITTING IN A CHAIR) I should really bring you in for breaking and entering and destroying public property, but I've got to admit, you two make a pretty good case. Nothing circumstantial, of course.

BO: And they were getting the DiMera estate ready. Why would Stefano go there of all places? He could go anywhere in the world.

HOPE: But, Lexie, why would she do such a thing?

MARLENA: He's her child, Hope. She was probably afraid you were going to take him away.

HOPE: But to fake her own death?

MARLENA: She knew you would want your child back, especially with JT gone.

JOHN: She's a DiMera, Hope. She'd do anything to get what she wants. (LOOKING AT ABE) I'm sorry, Abe.

ABE: It's quite alright. I blame Stefano for this. I just,..I should've seen it.

JENNIFER: So what do we do now?

ABE: We aren't doing anything. I'm going to call the station and have them put an APB out on Stefano's two cronies and then I'm going to put a call into the ISA and have them put out a national search on Stefano.

JENNIFER: But we know they're in Ireland, Abe.

ABE: We can never be too sure. Not with Stefano DiMera. Can I borrow your phone?

JACK: Sure. It's over there (HE POINTS TO THE PHONE)

BO: Abe, are you sure you want to call?

ABE: What are you saying, Bo? I should withhold evidence? You're a policeman yourself, you should know better.

BO: I'm not...I'm just saying...you can't trust anyone, Abe. You call everyone in on it and Stefano could be gone faster than you could say "top of the morning". I'm saying that we should hold onto this information ourselves for a little while longer. Besides, you said yourself that Jack and Jenn's evidence was not circumstantial, so they'll have a lot of explaining to do as to why they were breaking every law to get it.

(JACK AND JENNIFER LOOK AT EACH OTHER SURPRISED)

ABE: You're right. Can we at least call Shane on it? We know he can be trusted.

BO: Yeah, I'll call him tonight. I know one thing, though. I'm getting on the first plane to Ireland tomorrow.

JOHN: No need. I'll just tell them to fuel up the Black jet and we'll leave ASAP.

BO: Wait a minute, where do you think you're going?


Scene 9: John has just insisted on going with Bo to Ireland.

MARLENA: Bo's right, John. You don't need to go.

HOPE: Neither does Bo. If he goes, I'm going.

BO: No, you're not. You're going to stay here and take care of Shawn D. I'll be fine by myself.

JOHN: Quit being such a hero, Brady. I'm going along too.

MARLENA: (GRABBING HIS ARM) John, I really...

JOHN: Marlena, I'm going. Don't try to talk me out of it, Doc.

HOPE: And I am too.

BO: You are not going. Case closed. You are staying right here in Salem, Fancy Face.

HOPE: (LYING. LOOKING AT JENNIFER) Fine. At least let John go, Bo.

BO: I don't need him, Hope. I'll be fine.

HOPE: (LOWERING HER VOICE TO TALK TO BO) You need his money, Bo. We can't do this on what we have. Not with me not working and you taking all the time off from the police station. He does have a jet and connections. (BO LOOKS BACK AT JOHN AND MARLENA, WHO ARE HAVING A HEATED CONVERSATION). He wants to help.

BO: Fine, fine. (TURNING TOWARDS THE OTHERS) We'll leave first thing in the morning.

ABE: I'm going along also. We need someone there who can talk to Lexie. I'm not sure if that person is still me, but I've got to give it a shot. I owe it to what we once had.

BO: No argument here. Then the three of us will be leaving as early as possible. I'll call Shane and see if he can get us some reliable contacts in Ireland. I'll also call my cousin and see if he could lend a hand.

JENNIFER: Bo, maybe I should come along. I did spend some time there and I know a few of the locals pretty well.

BO: (NOTICING JACK'S LOOK OF CONCERN) No, Jenn. You stay here with Hope. I have my cousin. We'll manage. She needs you now.

JENNIFER: But, Bo-

BO: No buts, Jenn. (BEAT) We really should get going. We have a lot to do before morning. Fancy Face?

(HOPE JOINS BO AND JACK HANDS THEM THEIR COATS AND THEN HANDS JOHN AND MARLENA THEIRS. THEY ALL SAY GOODBYE AND EXIT. ABE STOPS BEFORE EXITING AND TALKS TO JACK)

ABE: Jack, I don't condone your methods, but I do appreciate your help. I'm sorry for jumping all over you like that. (BEAT) Do you really think that the lawn-

JACK: They're hideous, Abe. Especially the gnome in front.

ABE: (TURNING TO JENNIFER) Jennifer. (HE NODS AND EXITS)


Scene 10: Jack and Jennifer decide what they do next.

(EVERYONE HAS JUST LEFT. JACK AND JENNIFER ARE NOW WALKING BACK INTO THE LIVING ROOM AND ARE VERY TIRED. JENNIFER STARTS TO CLEAN UP THE DINING ROOM)

JACK: Leave that. I'll get it later. Come put your dogs up (HE SITS DOWN ON THE COUCH AND PUTS HIS FEET ON THE COFFEE TABLE)

JENNIFER: (WALKS OVER AND SITS DOWN NEXT TO HIM AND PUTS HER FEET UP) It was one hell of a night, wasn't it, Jack?

JACK: (MOUTH OPEN) Such language! Really, I do think that all of our dinner parties are destined for failure. How are your dogs, Miss Horton? (HE TAPS HER FEET WITH HIS)

JENNIFER: (SMILING) Barking.

JACK: (SMILING) Barking? (HE PRETENDS TO BE LISTENING FOR SOMETHING) Yup, I think I hear them.

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING) Very funny. Jack, I wish I knew what was going on between John and Bo.

JACK: I'd say classic male rivalry. I would be very upset if my wife was extremely close to another man, especially one as handsome and rich as John Black.

JENNIFER: You think John's handsome, Jack?

JACK: Not to myself. But I can see where some would find him aesthetically pleasing.

JENNIFER: Some.

JACK: Some.

(A FEW SECONDS OF SILENCE PASS)

JACK: You still thinking about going to Ireland?

JENNIFER: I just think I could be of help, Jack.

JACK: Helping Hope really is important to you, isn't it?

JENNIFER: Jack, she's more than my cousin. She was always like the sister I never had. If I could help her, I want to.

JACK: I know how that is. Should I call in the cavalry?

JENNIFER: What?

JACK: The cavalry, the caretakers, the recruitments...so that you can go help your cousin?

JENNIFER: Jack, you think I should?

JACK: We should. You and I and Hope--and don't tell me that she wasn't going because I saw her flash you that look. I would rather go with you than find out that you and Hope stowed away on some plane full of chickens. We'll go-with no chickens.

JENNIFER: Jack, we can't leave Abby. What if Stefano tries to do something to her?

JACK: I have a feeling that Stefano is going to be too busy with (REFERRING TO JOHN AND BO) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid over in Ireland, but to be sure I'll call Shane myself and see if we can get her some sort of protection.

JENNIFER: Not a bodyguard, Jack. I don't want to make her feel odd.

JACK: An inconspicuous one. And I'll call Jo and Vern tonight and have them stay here. And we'll tell them that they can't let her out of their sight.

JENNIFER: You think they'll do it?

JACK: I know they will. Abigail misses Jo so it'll be perfect for her. She'll fly in and they'll bond.

JENNIFER: What about us, Jack?

JACK: What about us?

JENNIFER: What about Abby missing us, Jack? She just moved in here and she loves having us together.

JACK: She'll be okay. We'll tell her we're going on a little vacation. She'll probably think we're getting back together and be happy.

JENNIFER: It would make her happy, huh?

JACK: Yeah. (BEAT) It would.

JENNIFER: (SOFTLY) It would.

(THE SCENE ENDS WITH JACK AND JENNIFER SITTING ON THE SOFA LOOKING WISTFULLY AHEAD OF THEM. THEY WANT TO SAY MORE, BUT CAN'T, SINCE THEY'VE BEEN SO HURT IN THE PAST. EACH KNOWS THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RECOVERY BUT DON'T KNOW IF THEY WANT TO TAKE IT.)

END OF EPISODE 15

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