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KEEPING UP WITH THE DEVERAUXES
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
EPISODE 23

SCENE 1:

THE SCENE OPENS TO JENNIFER AND HOPE WHO HAVE JUST HEARD THAT ONE OF THE GUARDS WORKS FOR COLIN MURPHY, JENNIFER'S FRIEND FROM AFRICA.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT THE GUARD NERVOUSLY) What do you mean? You work for Colin Murphy?

GUARD: What me said. The lad is only the nephew of Mr. DiMera.

HOPE: (MULLING THIS OVER) Only the nephew--? Oh my God, Bo...

(OUT ON JENNIFER LOOKING AT HOPE, NERVOUS ABOUT BO, JACK AND THE OTHERS)


SCENE 2:

IN THE OFFICE, JACK AND BO ARE STILL HIDING BEHIND THE CURTAINS. JACK HAS JUST FIGURED OUT THAT ONE OF THE MEN WAS DR. COLIN MURPHY, HE AND JENNIFER'S FRIEND FROM AFRICA.

COLIN: (LOOKING AT HIS COLLEAGUE WHO IS STILL STANDING THERE) What are you still doing here? You have your orders. (HE BEGINS FLIPPING THROUGH A MAGAZINE)

MAN: But sir-

COLIN: (CLOSING THE MAGAZINE ANGRILY) But what? Spit it out, man.

MAN: Your uncle...Stefano...he will not like your getting rid of soldier Black and the other man...he is Alexandra's husband.

COLIN: (RUBBING HIS CHIN) True, true. Leave those two to me.

MAN: And the others?

COLIN: (LOOKING AT THE SHOES PEEKING OUT FROM UNDER THE CURTAIN) Find them. Bring them to me. We'll deal with them then.

MAN: Will do, sir. (HE EXITS)

COLIN: (TO HIMSELF) Well, this ought to be fun. (HE PICKS UP THE MAGAZINE AND EXITS, WHISTLING).

(THE DOOR LOCKS)


SCENE 3:

(COLIN HAS JUST LEFT THE ROOM AND LOCKED JACK AND BO IN. THEY BOTH COME OUT FROM BEHIND THE CURTAINS, UNAWARE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN SPOTTED OR LOCKED IN)

JACK: (DUSTING HIMSELF OFF) With all his money, you'd think he could afford a maid.

BO: (THROWING JACK A LOOK) I wonder what that was all about. JACK: (DROLL) I have a sinking feeling I might know.

BO: We've got to find the others. Jack, if you know anything, fill me in on the way. (HE RUSHES TO THE DOOR AND FINDS IT LOCKED)

JACK: (CONCERNED) Wh-what's wrong?

BO: (TURNING TO JACK) He saw us. We're locked in.

(OUT ON JACK AND BO'S CONCERNED FACES)


SCENE 4: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF HORTON WOMEN

JACK: It can't be locked. (HE TRIES THE DOOR HIMSELF)

BO: Jack.

JACK: (PULLING THE DOOR EVEN HARDER) I think I felt it budge.

BO: Jack.

JACK: (STEPPING BACK) Here, you try. Put some of that Brady muscle in action. (SMILING NERVOUSLY) I loosened it up for you.

BO: It's no use, Jack.

JACK: What do you mean "it's no use"? It has to be of use. (TRYING THE DOOR AGAIN/BREATHING HARD) It has to.

BO: (GRABBING JACK'S SHOULDERS) Calm down, Jack. There has to be a logical way of getting out of here.

JACK: (CATCHING HIS BREATH) You're right. A logical way of getting out of here. Perhaps Jennif-oh, no. (PACING/NERVOUS) Oh no no no.

BO: (LOOKING AT JACK PACE ODDLY) What?

JACK: (STOPPING) Oh no. We told Jennifer and Hope to stay there.

BO: Exactly. (SMILING) Jack, I think you may have found the answer to our prayers.

JACK: (LOOKING AT HIM ODDLY) Exact--? I'm sorry, I don't follow.

BO: Jack, have you ever known the Horton women to ever listen?

JACK: (SMILING A LITTLE) Well...well, no.

BO: It probably goes all the way back to the Hortons of old, Jack.

JACK: (LOWLY) Like Ebenezer or Theodora.

BO: What?

JACK: (WAVING HIM OFF) Nothing, nothing, just a little joke between Jennifer and myself. (CROSSING HIS ARMS TO THINK) You were saying.

BO: I was just saying that the Hortons are a resilient breed. Stubborn, hotheaded,---

JACK: strong, proud-

BO: but underneath this gruff exterior there's a wonderful heart and a strong set of morals

JACK: (THINKING ABOUT JENNIFER) that continues to challenge and delight the most worthy of partners.

BO: (SMILING. THINKING ABOUT HOPE) Exactly. If you know Jennifer as well as I think you do, you know that she and Hope possess yet another Horton trait-they do not listen. If there's trouble-

JACK: (SMILING WIDELY) They'll find it.

BO: Precisely. In fact, I bet Jennifer and Hope will be knocking on that door before you can say...

(ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE IS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR)

HOPE'S VOICE: (SHOUTING) Bo, Jack?! Are you in there?!

(OUT ON BO AND JACK SMILING AT EACH OTHER AND LOOKING AT THE DOOR)


SCENE 5:

(HOPE AND JENNIFER HAVE FOUND JACK AND BO AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET THEM OUT)

HOPE'S VOICE: (SHOUTING) Are you in there?!

BO: (WALKING TO THE DOOR. SPEAKING LOUDLY) Yes, Fancy Face, we're in here!

(CUT TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR, WHERE JENNIFER AND HOPE ARE)

JENNIFER: (CONCERNED) Bo, is Jack with you?! Is he okay?!

(CUT TO BO AND JACK)

JACK: (WALKING OVER TO THE DOOR AND TOUCHING IT WITH GREAT LOVE) Right here, Miss Horton. (BEAT) All in one piece.

BO: Are you two allright?! Have you seen the others?!

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

HOPE: We're fine. We haven't seen John or Abe. Bo, we found out some news...

(CUT TO BO AND JACK)

BO: (LOOKING AT JACK) So did we, Fancy Face. Can you unlock the door from outside?

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

HOPE: There's no key.

(CUT TO BO AND JACK)

BO: Damn.

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

JENNIFER: (TO HOPE) What about the guns in the stateroom?

HOPE: (GRABBING JENNIFER'S HAND) Good idea, Jenn.

JENNIFER: (PUTTING HER HEAD CLOSE TO THE DOOR) Bo, Hope and I saw some guns back in the stateroom. I think if we can get one of them and if it's loaded, we could maybe shoot off the lock.

(CUT TO BO AND JACK)

BO: Good idea, Jenn. (HE SMILES AT JACK) How far back is the stateroom?

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT HOPE) Two, three rooms east? (TO THE DOOR) Two, three rooms east.

BO: (NERVOUS FOR THEM) Okay, listen to me. Go together. If you run into any trouble, forget about us, run and scream as loud as you can. We'll get to you as soon as we can, okay? Stay together.

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

JENNIFER: (NERVOUS) Okay. (SHE LOOKS WORRIEDLY AT HOPE)

HOPE: (SQUEEZING JENNIFER'S HAND AND PUTTING HER HEAD TO THE DOOR) Brady? Brady, can you hear me?

(CUT TO BO AND JACK)

BO: (LEANING AGAINST THE DOOR WITH LOVE IN HIS EYES) Loud and clear.

(TO HOPE AND JENNIFER)

HOPE: I love you, Brady. We'll be right back.

(TO BO AND JACK)

BO: I love you too, Hope.

JACK: (LOOKING AT BO AND WANTING TO SAY SOMETHING TO JENNIFER) Miss, Horton? Miss Horton, can you hear me?

(TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

JENNIFER: (EYES LIT UP) I hear you, Jack.

(TO JACK AND BO)

JACK: (OVERCOME WITH EMOTION) I just wanted to tell you that...I...I

(TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

JENNIFER: (SMILING TO HERSELF) I know, Jack...I know.

(TO JACK AND BO)

JACK: (RELIEVED THAT SHE KNOWS) Good. Now run along. Walk softly and carry a big stick.

(TO HOPE AND JENNIFER)

HOPE: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER ODDLY) Walk softly?

JENNIFER: (IGNORING HOPE/WITH GREAT LOVE) Jack, I love you, too. Don't forget that. I love you, Jack Deveraux. (THINKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF RUNNING INTO COLIN) Only you. (QUIETLY) Only you.

(TO JACK AND BO)

JACK: (THINKING THAT LAST PARD WAS ODD) I know. (QUIETLY) I know.

(OUT ON JACK'S FACE, OVERCOME WITH EMOTION)


SCENE 6: JENNIFER AND HOPE RETURN...SHARPSHOOTER.

(OPEN TO JENNIFER AND HOPE, WHO ARE APPROACHING THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR. BOTH ARE CARRYING ANTIQUE PISTOLS)

HOPE: Bo!? Bo, can you hear me?

(CUT TO BO AND JACK, WHO ARE DEEP IN DISCUSSION)

BO: (HEARING HOPE AND WALKING TO THE DOOR) I hear you. Did you get the guns?

JENNIFER: (V.O.) We did. Now, just get out of the way.

BO: Jenn, are you sure you want to do this? Hope might have a better shot.

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE OUTSIDE THE DOOR)

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AT HOPE AND THEN THE DOOR) No, I got it. I can do this. Tell him, Jack.

(CUT TO BO AND JACK)

(BO LOOKS AT JACK QUESTIONINGLY. JACK NODS NERVOUSLY AND SMILES AND THEN PROCEEDS TO LIE ON THE FLOOR AWAY FROM THE DOOR)

BO: Okay, Jenn. I'll yell when I'm ready. (HE WALKS OVER TO WHERE JACK IS AND LAYS ON THE FLOOR ALSO) Now it may take a few shots, just be ready!

(CUT TO JENNIFER AND HOPE)

(JENNIFER STEPS BACK A FEW STEPS FROM THE DOOR AND HOPE DUCKS BEHIND THE CORNER COVERING HER EARS. JENNIFER HANDLES THE GUN NERVOUSLY AND WHEN SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCREAMS. WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, SHE HAS SHOT OFF THE LOCK...IN ONE SHOT)


SCENE 7:

(THE SCENE OPENS ON A SHOT OF THE LOCK THAT JENNIFER HAS JUST SHOT OFF. JENNIFER SMILES AT HOPE AND HOPE LOOKS AT THE LOCK AND SMILES BACK. SHE IS IMPRESSED. THEY BOTH WALK IN)

BO: (GETTING UP AND RUSHING OVER TO HOPE) Hope! (HE KISSES HER AND THEN TURNS TO JENNIFER) Great shot, Jenn.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) Thanks. (SHE LOOKS ON THE FLOOR TO JACK, WHO IS STILL LYING THERE AND CLUTCHING HIS EARS AND SQUEEZING HIS EYES SHUT). Jack. (KNEELING DOWN TO HIM AND TOUCHING HIS BACK). Jack.

JACK: (OPENING ONE EYE AND LOOKING AT HER) Jennif--? (HE TAKES HIS HANDS OFF HIS EARS) You're here?

JENNIFER: (SMILING AT HIM AND GRABBING HIS HANDS TO HELP HIM UP) Yup. I told you I could do it.

JACK: (GETTING UP AND SMILING) I never doubted that. (HE RUNS HIS HAND THROUGH HER HAIR)

(BO AND HOPE TURN TO THEM)

BO: (SERIOUS) Jack, tell us what you know.

(OUT ON JACK LOOKING AT JENNIFER AND THEN THEM. HE NOW KNOWS THAT COLIN MURPHY IS NO GOOD)


SCENE 8: JACK FILLS THEM IN-TOO BAD IT'S NOT MUCH

JACK: That gentleman that was in here, the one so adamant about killing us, he's a man I knew from Africa.

(JENNIFER JUMPS BACK NERVOUSLY)

HOPE: That's what I was trying to say Bo, he's Stefano DiMera's nephew, Colin Murphy.

BO: (SLAMMING HIS HAND DOWN ON THE DESK) It can't be!

HOPE: (TOUCHING BO'S SHOULDER) What do you mean, "it can't be!"?

BO: (PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER) Colin Murphy is my cousin. He's a Brady.

HOPE: (SHOCKED) I never knew his na--Do you mean? Oh, my...

BO: (TO JACK) Jack, how do you know Colin?

JACK: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER, WHO HAS NOW BACKED AWAY FROM THE GROUP, AND THEN BACK TO BO AND HOPE) We were rather close in Africa. I mean, (GULPING/UPSIDE THAT COLIN WAS NOT CLOSE TO HIM BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BE) I trusted him. (BEAT) I guess hindsight is 20/20, huh? (HE GLANCES BACK AT JENNIFER ODDLY)

BO: (SHAKING HIS HEAD) I can't believe this. All this time, he was supposed to be helping us. I wouldn't be surprised if he set himself in Africa to somehow get close to you. (RUBBING HIS CHIN AND MAKING A FIST) That no-good double-crossing-

HOPE: (GENTLY GRABBING HIS FIST) Bo, don't.

BO: (LOOKING AT HOPE AND THEN TO JACK) You're right. We have to find the others and then find Colin. He should lead us right to Lexie and the baby. Jack, do you know anything about Colin? Where he might stay? Where he's from in Ireland?

JACK: (UPSET THAT HE CAN'T HELP) No. I wish I knew more, but I don't.

HOPE: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER) Maybe Jenn does.

(OUT ON JENNIFER, WHO IS UPSET THAT HOPE BROUGHT HER INTO THIS)


SCENE 9:

(HOPE HAS JUST SUGGESTED THAT JENNIFER MAYBE WILL FILL THEM IN ON COLIN. JACK, HOPE, AND BO ARE LOOKING AT HER INTENTLY)

JENNIFER: (BREAKING THE SILENCE) I'm sorry. I can't help (SHE TURNS HER BACK TO THEM)

HOPE: (SURPRISED BY JENNIFER'S ANSWER) You can't help?

JENNIFER: (TURNING AROUND/LYING EVEN THOUGH IT IS KILLING HER) You heard me, Hope. I can't help. I really know no more than Jack does.

HOPE: (WALKING OVER TO HER/LIVID) You can't help? Jenn, listen to me...

JENNIFER: (WANTING TO CRY) I'm listening, Hope. I have no information to give.

HOPE: (ANGRY) This is not about you. This is not about Jack. This is about the safety of the others and the safety of my baby...my baby. (SHE SHAKES JENNIFER) Will you just tell us what you know? Please? Please? (SHE IS CRYING)

(JACK AND BO WATCH THIS INTERACTION WITH GREAT CONCERN. JACK IS WONDERING WHY JENNIFER KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT COLIN AND WHY SHE IS LYING TO THEM)

JENNIFER: (STARTING TO CRY AND PUTTING HER ARMS ON HOPE'S) Okay. I will. (SHE LOOKS AT JACK LOVINGLY) I will.

(OUT ON JACK PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER IN HIS HEAD)

END OF EPISODE 23

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