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KEEPING UP WITH THE DEVERAUXES
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
EPISODE 24

INT. DIMERA ESTATE IRELAND

SCENE 1: HOPE, BO, AND JACK ARE FOLLOWING JENNIFER DOWN A CORRIDOR. SHE IS SPEAKING AND WALKING VERY QUICKLY. JACK KNOWS SOMETHING IS WRONG.

JENNIFER: I don't remember the actual town name, but it's on the outskirts of Dublin. He came in a few times when I was working in the pub, but then disappeared. Ian might know more. They seemed to talk to each other quite often. Colin spoke very highly of him when we were in Africa.

CLOSE UP OF JACK NARROWING HIS EYES, WONDERING WHY JENNIFER'S KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT COLIN

BO: (OUT OF BREATH. WORRIED) What else, Jenn? Did he ever mention the Bradys? Where would he put Lexie and the baby?

JENNIFER: (STOPPING AND LOOKING BACK AT BO AND HOPE) I'm sorry. I don't know.

HOPE: (PUTTING HER ARMS ON JENNIFER'S SHOULDERS) Anything, Jenn? Come on, you followed hi--(SHE REALIZES WHAT SHE IS SAYING AND THEN STOPS). Okay, let's just find the others and try to find our baby. (SHE GRABS BO'S HAND AND THEY RUN AHEAD)

JENNIFER STARTS TO WALK AWAY BUT JACK GRABS HER SHOULDER AND SPINS HER AROUND

JACK: Oh no, Miss Horton. You're not going anywhere!

OUT ON JENNIFER'S SHOCKED EXPRESSION


SCENE 2:

IN ON JENNIFER'S SHOCKED EXPRESSION. CUT TO JACK, LOOKING DOWN AT HER CURIOUSLY.

JENNIFER: (LYING) What, Jack?

JACK: (FLUSTERED) I don't know. I-I-I guess I just want to know why you know so much about Doctor Demento here.

JENNIFER: Well...(TURNING AWAY) Jack, you know Colin and I were friends in Africa.

JACK: (FOCUSING ON HER BACK. EACH WORD STABS HIM LIKE A KNIFE.) That I do know.

JENNIFER: Well, he told me a lot of stuff. I mean, you were gone and...

JACK: (KNOWING THERE IS MORE TO IT. IT IS KILLING HIM.) And? (BEAT) Jennifer, is that the reason you-you-(COUGHING) became such good friends with him? Because I was gone?

JENNIFER: (KNOWING THAT JACK MEANS MORE THAN FRIENDS) Jack, (SHE TURNS AROUND TO LOOK AT HIM AND THEY LOCK EYES FOR A FEW MOMENTS. HE KNOWS THE TRUTH) I--

JACK: (LOOKING AS IF HIS WHOLE WORLD HAS ENDED) I-I. I think I hear your cousin calling. (HE WALKS AHEAD)

JENNIFER: (KNOWING SHE HAS JUST DEVASTATED HIM) Jack! (SHE RUNS AFTER HIM)


SCENE 3:

JACK AND JENNIFER ARE A FEW FEET BEHIND BO AND HOPE. JACK IS WALKING FASTER THAN JENNIFER AND SHE IS TRYING TO GET HIM TO LISTEN TO HER.

JENNIFER: (RUNNING FASTER TO CATCH UP) Jack. Jack. Jack! Will you just listen to me? (SHE RUNS IN FRONT OF HIM)

JACK: (STOPPING FOR A SECOND AND LOOKING AT HER. HE IS HURTING.) What?

JENNIFER: (STUDYING HIS FACE FOR A MOMENT) Jack, Colin and I-

JACK: (CLOSING HIS EYES. HE DOES NOT WANT TO HEAR THIS). Jennifer.

JENNIFER: (STARTING TO TEAR UP) Jack, you have to listen.

JACK: (OPENING HIS EYES AND LOOKING PAINFULLY AT HER) I do not have to do such a thing. I, we, have to find this baby of Hope and Bo's.

JENNIFER: (CRYING) Please--

JACK: Please what? Please listen to you stand here and tell me all about your sordid affair? Get upset? Hit something? No, no, Miss Horton, I most certainly will not. Those, my dear, are actions set aside for the lovers in the world, the husbands, the fiancÚs, the paramours. All of the above categories I do not fit into.

JENNIFER: Jack-

JACK: (NOT WANTING TO HURT HER, BUT HURTING HIMSELF) Have you forgotten who I am to you, Jennifer? I am your ex-your (CHOKING ON THE WORDS) ex-husband. I know I have a tendency to slip back into husband mode, but this is one of the times I will be happy to shed that role.

JENNIFER: (CRYING HARDER. TOUCHING HIS ARM SO HE COULD LISTEN) Jack, don't do this-

JACK: (PAINED. KNOCKING HER HAND AWAY AND TURNING FROM HER SO SHE CAN'T SEE HIS FACE) Don't do what? Act like I should've been acting from the start? Like your ex-husband? No, here I was trying, trying to do everything in my power to get you to look at me like you used to, trying to get you to push me, to challenge me, and all for what? To be played a fool? I should've stayed in Europe.

JENNIFER: (CLUTCHING HERSELF) No, don't say that. I'm glad you came back. (BEAT) I love you.

JACK: (TURNING TOWARDS HER SLOWLY AND LAUGHING A NERVOUS LAUGH) Loved me. You loved me, Miss Horton. Love (EMPHASIZING THE D) d. And excuse me if I have a hard time believing that-those-words, especially now. They kind of lose their weight when you use them on one's best friend, don't you think?

JENNIFER: Jack-(SHE STEPS FORWARD AS HE WALKS AWAY FROM HER) Jack, don't do this. Don't--(SHE SWINGS AROUND TO GET HIS ATTENTION)

JACK: Tempus fugit, Miss Horton. (HE TAPS HIS WATCH AND GOES TO WALK OFF AND THEN STOPS TO LOOK SADLY AT HER CRYING. HE WANTS TO HOLD HER, BUT CAN'T) Don't just stand there, Miss Horton. We've got work to do. (HE WALKS AWAY).

OUT ON JENNIFER CRYING, HOLDING HER STOMACH AND LOOKING AT THE PLACE WHERE JACK JUST WAS.


SCENE 4:

JACK AND JENNIFER HAVE CAUGHT UP WITH BO AND HOPE, WHO ARE STANDING NEAR A STONE WALL. HOPE NOTICES BOTH JACK AND JENNIFER'S EXPRESSIONS AND LOOK AT THEM WITH CONCERN.

JACK: Any luck?

BO: (TOUCHING THE WALL AND LOOKING FOR CRACKS) Hope and I heard voices on the other side of this wall. There doesn't seem to be a door, though.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING UP AT JACK WARILY AND THEN TO BO) Was it Colin that you heard, Bo?

HOPE: (THROWING JENNIFER A LOOK OF CONCERN) It sounded more like John and Abe, Jenn.

JACK: (WANTING TO BE ANYWHERE BUT THERE WITH JENNIFER) So, what are we doing here (BENDING DOWN TO LOOK AT THE WALL WITH BO)

BO: (TO JACK) I'm looking for a secret door of some sort.

ABOVE THEM, HOPE MOUTHS "DOES HE KNOW?" AND JENNIFER NODS SADLY. HOPE MOUTHS "HE'LL UNDERSTAND" JENNIFER SHAKES HER HEAD SADLY. SHE BELIEVES THAT IT IS REALLY OVER THIS TIME.

JACK: Like in the movies?

BO: (SMILING WEAKLY DESPITE HIMSELF) I guess so. (HE STANDS UP) Nothing.

JACK: (STANDING UP AS WELL) You'd think that this place would be chock full of secret passageways. You know how Stefano loves his tunnels. Now if only...(LEANS BACK ON THE WALL AND AGAINST A WALL SCONCE) Hmmm...(RUBBING HIS CHIN)

ALL OF A SUDDEN THE WALL OPENS UP REVEALING A SECRET PASSAGEWAY. BO, HOPE, AND JENNIFER LOOK AT JACK IN SHOCK.

BO: (CLAPPING JACK ON THE SHOULDER) Way to go, Deveraux. There may be some detective in you yet...(HE WALKS THROUGH THE DOOR WITH HOPE BEHIND HIM)

JACK: (SMILING WEAKLY AT BO'S COMMENT) Just an investigative reporter, that's all. (TO JENNIFER) A lucky investigative reporter.

HE AND JENNIFER LOCK EYES FOR A FEW SECONDS. SHE GOES TO SPEAK, BUT HE WALKS THROUGH THE DOOR AHEAD OF HER.

JACK: (V.O.) Are you coming, Miss Horton?

JENNIFER: (SADLY) Yeah. (SHE SIGHS AND WALKS AFTER HIM)


SCENE 5:

JENNIFER, JACK, BO AND HOPE RUSH INTO THE SECRET ROOM AND FIND JOHN AND ABE CHAINED TO THE WALL. COLIN IS ON THE GROUND AND HAS BEEN SHOT.

BO: (OVERWHELMED BY THE SIGHT) What the hell?!

JENNIFER: (SEEING COLIN) Colin!!!

JACK FLINCHES AT JENNIFER'S MENTION OF HIS NAME.

JOHN: One of his men shot him. Said he was a trader.

ABE: He came in here and was about to tell us where Lexie and the baby were.

BO REACHES DOWN AND PICKS UP SOME WEAPONS OFF THE FLOOR.

JENNIFER: Is he--? (SHE LOOKS AT JOHN)

JOHN: I don't know. (TO JACK) Deveraux, why don't you make yourself useful and unchain us?

JACK: (BREAKING HIS GAZE FROM JENNIFER) Yeah. (BEAT) Where's the key?

ABE: It's in his hand (NODDING TO COLIN).

JACK: Right. (GULPING) In his hand. (HE CROUCHES DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND OPENS COLIN'S HAND SLOWLY. HE GRABS THE KEY AND IS ABOUT TO STAND UP WHEN COLIN GRABS HIS WRIST.)

OUT ON JACK'S SHOCKED FACE.


SCENE 6:

IN ON COLIN'S HAND GRIPPING JACK'S WRIST. JACK LOOKS UP AT EVERYONE NERVOUSLY. HOPE PUTS HER ARM AROUND JENNIFER.

COLIN: Jack?

JACK: (SMILING SLYLY) In the flesh.

COLIN: I didn't mean to hurt you, Jack.

JACK: (SMILING STILL THROUGH GRITTED TEETH) You could've fooled me. Now if you'd kindly lighten your kung-fu grip. (WHEN HE DOESN'T LET UP) Bo?

BO: (KNEELING DOWN NEXT TO COLIN AND PRYING HIS HAND OFF OF JACK'S) Just get your dirty hands off of him, will ya?

COLIN: (FIGURING OUT WHO BO IS) Bo Brady? You're me cousin.

BO: In name only (SEARCHING COLIN'S POCKETS). Now are you going to tell us where this baby is?

COLIN: Why that's what I came in here to tell ya. (HE GROANS AND COUGHS A LITTLE)

JACK: (RUBBING HIS WRIST AND SHOOTING A LOOK TO JENNIFER) Like we're supposed to believe that one.

COLIN: Jack, why would I lie to ya?

JACK: Oh, I don't know. Let's just call it reporter's intuition (HE LOOKS STRAIGHT AT JENNIFER). The funny thing is, I believed you...(WALKS OVER AND PROCEDES TO UNLOCK ABE AND JOHN). All those times in Afr-

COLIN: Jack, I told you I'd take care of them.

JACK: A little too much care. Perhaps I should have had you ration the TLC. Then-

JOHN: (RUBBING HIS WRISTS) Let him talk, Jack.

BO: (LOOKING ANGRILY AT COLIN) Jack's right, John. Why should we trust him?

COLIN: Because you have nothing to lose.

OUT ON THE GROUP LOOKING WARILY AT ONE ANOTHER.


SCENE 7:

JOHN: He's right. He might be of use.

BO: I don't know. I never trust a DiMera.

COLIN: I'm half Brady, Bo. I did all this to help you.

JACK: Yes, that's what help is in Ireland. Didn't you know, Bo? Steal your family, make veiled death threats.

ABE: (RUBBING HIS WRISTS AND LOOKING AT JACK DISAPPROVINGLY) Jack. (TO BO) He may be telling the truth, Bo.

JACK TURNS TO ABE AND MOUTHS "SORRY" AND PULLS A FACE

BO: (LOOKING ANGRILY AT COLIN) And he may not be. (HE LOOKS AT HOPE WHO LOOKS AT HIM PLEADINGLY) Okay, Colin Murphy, like it or not, you're going to prove that your on our side and take us to Lexie and the baby. I'm warning you though, one step in the wrong direction...(HE SHOVES A GUN INTO COLIN'S RIBS).

COLIN: Understood. (BEAT) Would you lads be kind enough to help me up?

ABE AND JOHN HELP BO LIFT COLIN TO HIS FEET. ONCE THERE, COLIN SEES JENNIFER.

COLIN: (SURPRISED) Jennifer Rose?

OUT ON JENNIFER LOOKING NERVOUSLY AT COLIN.


SCENE 8:

IN ON JENNIFER LOOKING NERVOUSLY ON COLIN. JACK IS WATCHING THIS ENCOUNTER IN GREAT EMOTIONAL PAIN.

COLIN: Well, don't just stand there, come and give this old boy a hug.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING AROUND NERVOUSLY) Um...hi Colin (SHE WAVES A LITTLE)

COLIN: (TAPPING HIS SHOULDER) Come on. After all we've been through.

JACK CRINGES AT THIS MENTION. JENNIFER TAKES A TENTATIVE STEP TOWARDS COLIN ALL THE WHILE LOOKING AT JACK. JACK LOOKS AT HIS FEET.

COLIN: (PULLING JENNIFER INTO HIS ARMS AND HUGGING HER) You look fantastic. (HE KISSES HER FOREHEAD AND PULLS HER CLOSER) Just like I remembered.

HOPE PLACES HER HAND ON JACK'S ARM. HE PRETENDS LIKE THIS JENNIFER AND COLIN BIT DOESN'T BOTHER HIM.

JENNIFER: (BREAKING THE EMBRACE) Colin-I-

COLIN: (PLACING A FINGER TO HER MOUTH TO KEEP HER QUIET) Shhh. We'll get to that later. How's the wee girl?

JENNIFER: Abby's fi-

JACK: (INTERRUPTING JENNIFER) Abigail's fine, Colin. (BEAT. LOOKING AT JENNIFER WITH INTENSITY) Our daughter's fine.

COLIN: (LOOKING OVER TO JACK AND THEN TO JENNIFER) That's good. Now we must be going. We've got another (LOOKING AT BO AND HOPE) wee one to find.

JOHN: Wait a minute there, buddy. Let me take a look at this wound here (HE BENDS DOWN TO CHECK COLIN'S GUNSHOT IN HIS SIDE) Well, someone should hire you some new henchmen-none of them are a good shot. (TO BO) It's just a flesh wound. (TO COLIN) I'm just going to tie this up and we'll be on our way. (HE PROCEDES TO DRESS THE WOUND WITH A PIECE OF FABRIC FROM HIS SHIRT) You're very lucky.

JACK: (UNDER HIS BREATH. LOUDLY) Yeah.

COLIN FLASHES HIM A LOOK. JENNIFER WALKS OVER TO JACK AND PLACES HER HAND ON HIS. HE SNATCHES HIS AWAY AND STANDS THERE. OUT ON JACK LOOKING DOWN AT JENNIFER INTENSELY.


SCENE 9:

THE GROUP IS STILL IN THE "SECRET" ROOM. COLIN'S WOUND HAS BEEN DRESSED AND THEY ARE NOW DECIDING WHAT TO DO.

BO: I'm just saying that there's no need for all of us to go. Some of us should go for help. (TO HOPE) Fancy Face--

HOPE: No Brady, I want to be there when you find my-our-son (SHE FLASHES A QUICK LOOK TO JOHN).

BO: Alright, alright. Abe?

ABE: No chance, Bo. Stefano DiMera's the one who broke up my family. I want to be there when he goes down. I want my wife back (SADLY) if that's possible.

JOHN: Count me out. I'm with Abe. If DiMera's going down, I'm going to be there.

BO: (TO JENNIFER AND JACK, WHO IS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE THOUGHT OF BEING ALONE WITH JENNIFER) Jack? Jenn? Colin's with us, so you'll have to go it alone. Can you handle that?

JENNIFER: (ANSWERING FOR JACK) We can handle that, Bo. What do you want us to do? Call the ISA?

BO: Yeah, call Shane. Tell him where we are and tell him what went down. Ask him to send in some men to surround the place and to infiltrate it. Here, take this (HE HANDS HER A GUN). Jack?

JACK: (STILL NOT KEEN ABOUT BEING WITH JENNIFER) Yes?

BO: Here, take this (HE WAVES THE GUN TO HIM)

JACK: Yeah, right. I'm sorry. Call Shane, call the ISA.

BO: (CONCERNED) Are you alright, Jack?

JACK: (LYING) Fine. High as a kite. Light as a feather. Now go on and find that baby.

BO: Are you sure you're okay?

JACK: (LOOKING AT JENNIFER. SARCASTICALLY.) Never been better.

BO: Okay then. Good luck.

THEY ALL SAY THEIR GOODBYES AND EXIT, LEAVING JACK AND JENNIFER ALONE. JENNIFER LOOKS AT JACK AND HE LOOKS AWAY. A FEW SECONDS OF UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE ENSUE.

JENNIFER: Jack, will you listen to me? It was nothing.

JACK: Jennifer, you don't have to tell me anything. We've already established that your honesty with me is not needed once the marriage has been dissolved.

JENNIFER: (WALKING OVER TO HIM AND GRABBING HIS ARM TO PULL HIM TO LOOK AT HER BUT HE WON'T BUDGE) Jack. Jack, look at me. It wasn't what you think. It was nothing.

JACK: (FINALLY LOOKING AT HER. SEETHING) You left me. You took my daughter thousands of miles away for "nothing"? For "nothing"?

OUT ON JENNIFER'S FACE. SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

END OF EPISODE 24

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