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KEEPING UP WITH THE DEVERAUXES
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
EPISODE 37

SCENE 1: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN on JENNIFER who is nervously contemplating her answer to MARLENA'S question. JACK is looking at her for an answer and MARLENA is nervous at how long it is taking JENNIFER to answer the question at hand.

JENNIFER: Well, that's...(LAUGHING NERVOUSLY) that's silly. We just, (LOOKING AT JACK) we just never got a chance to. (TO MARLENA) We never got the chance.

MARLENA: (NOT BUYING IT) You never got a chance to...in almost eight years?

JACK looks at JENNIFER for some sort of explanation to her answer.

JENNIFER: (GETTING UP AND WRINGING HER HANDS) Well...

JACK watches her nervously as she paces behind them.

JENNIFER: (CONT.) Well, you know a wedding takes time. We wanted to be sure and then...and then my family wasn't there. I mean, Gram and Hope, and I didn't know that many people in Africa and...

JACK: (TRYING TO CALM HER DOWN) Jennifer...

JENNIFER: (CONTINUING DESPITE HEARING HIM) And Abby was young and in school and we wanted her to understand...

JACK: Jennifer...

JENNIFER: And then the actual wedding...well, there was that whole dress thing. Should I wear white? I mean...

JACK: (LOUDER) Jennifer...

MARLENA: Jennifer....

JENNIFER stops to look at them.

MARLENA: (CONT.) Jennifer, Jack is trying to say something to you.

JENNIFER: (CONCERNED) Oh. (SHE LOOKS AT JACK)

JACK: I was....I was just trying to say that I wanted to get married again. You...you were the one who always changed the subject.

MARLENA: (PONDERING THIS) Is that true? (TURNING TO JENNIFER) Why wouldn't you want to get married again, Jennifer?

JENNIFER: (NERVOUS) I..I did.

MARLENA: Then why didn't you? I mean eight years was more than enough time to do so. You were in love, weren't you?

JENNIFER: (QUIETLY) Yes.

MARLENA: Then why couldn't you go through with it?

JENNIFER: Because...(SHE TURNS AWAY)

MARLENA: Because why Jennifer? (BEAT) I don't mean to push but this is important to see what happened as a result of this. Why couldn't you find the time to remarry Jack?

JACK wants to jump in, to shield JENNIFER from the pain these questions are causing her, but decides to keep mum. Instead, he watches JENNIFER with great pain.

JENNIFER: (TURNING TOWARDS THEM. TRYING TO REMAIN CALM) I don't see why that is necessary.

MARLENA: (TENTATIVELY) You don't? I think it's very necessary to get to the root of this problem. (BEAT) Did you want to marry him or not?

JENNIFER: Yes, but...

MARLENA: But what? Whatever it is important or it wouldn't bother you the way it does? Why?

JENNIFER: (FINALLY BREAKING DOWN) Because...because I WAS SCARED, THAT'S WHY!

OUT on JENNIFER looking towards JACK with sorrow.


SCENE 2: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN PROGRESS

MARLENA: (CONCERNED. STANDING UP AND WALKING OVER TO THE WINDOW AND FINALLY TURNING BACK TO THEM) I'm truly am sorry that talking about this hurts you, but you have to understand where I'm coming from. So, now, you were scared?

JENNIFER nods through her tears. To JACK, she looks like a lost little girl.

JACK: (THICK WITH EMOTION. NOT TAKING HIS EYES OFF HER) Of me?

JENNIFER: No. (BEAT) Yes. Oh, Gosh. (SHE TURNS AWAY AND STARTS TO CRY, KNOWING HOW BADLY SHE HURT JACK)

JACK: (KNIFE THROUGH HEART) Did you think I could hurt you?

MARLENA: Jack, let her speak. Jennifer...Jennifer, why were you so scared of Jack?

JENNIFER: (TURNING AROUND AND TRYING NOT TO MEET HIS EYES) I don't know. I mean...(FINALLY LOOKING AT HIM) you remember how mad I was when you came back, right? How badly I felt? I guess (TURNING TO MARLENA) I guess..I was always afraid of that happening again. I'm sorry (TO JACK) I'm so sorry. (SHE CRIES)

MARLENA: So this all stems from when he left you when Abby was sick?

JENNIFER: Not all. I mean, a lot of it. I guess it just came to a head. (BEAT. THICK WITH EMOTION) Everybody always leaves me...everybody.

MARLENA: (SITTING DOWN IN HER CHAIR AGAIN) Meaning your father and mother.

JENNIFER: (SITTING DOWN. JACK INSTINCTIVELY PUTS HIS ARM ON HER BACK) And Frankie, and Carly, and in some ways, Jack. (SHE WON'T LOOK AT HIM)

JACK looks hurt by being lotted in the group, but can see that it is true.

JENNIFER: (QUIETLY) Everybody I ever loved has left me in one way or another. I'm sorry. (SHE TURNS TO JACK) I just thought it was a matter of time, that...

JACK starts to rub her hair and assure her that would never happen, but he looks to MARLENA for advice instead.

MARLENA: And what about you, Jack? Does Jennifer have any reason to put you in this group?

OUT on JACK looking nervously from MARLENA to JENNIFER.


SCENE 3: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN PROGRESS

MARLENA: Jack, why would Jennifer put you in this group of people who always left her?

JACK: (LOOKING FROM MARLENA TO JENNIFER) Well...hehehehe...(QUIETLY) Because...because it's true.

MARLENA: It's true?

JACK: (NOT WANTING TO TALK ABOUT THIS BUT TRYING) True. Honest. (SIGHING) Wow, that hurts. (HE PATS JENNIFER'S HAND AND THEN GETS UP) I never said this would be easy. Okay, here goes...

MARLENA: Go ahead.

JACK: We all know about my past, don't we? (MARLENA GOES TO SPEAK, BUT JACK WAVES HER OFF) No, no. I'm not going to rehash that bit. Let's just say it wasn't exactly shining, shall we? And then, and then there was...well there was Miss Horton. (HE FLASHES JENNIFER A REASSURINGLY LOVING SMILE)

JENNIFER smiles back weakly. She knows how hard this is for him.

JACK: She...uh...(COUGHING) She...uh...well, she didn't let me run from what I was feeling. And believe me, I tried. She just had a way....(ALMOST WISTFULLY) she had a way of stopping me.

MARLENA: (LOST) I don't understand.

JACK: To put it in layman's terms, or laywoman's terms, she paid attention to me and she, well, I think she said it once herself, she believed...she believed in me. (HE FLASHES A LOOK TO JENNIFER) She may have been the only one who ever took that chance. (HE BEGINS TO PACE AGAIN) Girl loved boy, boy eventually gave in, and we were married, but...

MARLENA: But what, Jack?

JACK: But....well, I always felt...I always felt that it was...for lack of a better word for it...fleeting.

MARLENA: Fleeting?

JACK: As in happiness fleeting. Then when Abigail got sick....I thought it was just a matter of time until Jennifer realized that she was wrong and that I...that I caused her all this pain.

MARLENA: So you decided to leave instead of talking about it?

JACK: (STOPPING AND FLASHING A NERVOUS SMILE) Well, yes.

MARLENA: (PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER) Which is probably the same reason why Jennifer left you and went to Ireland.

OUT on JENNIFER and JACK having been "Found out".


SCENE 4: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN PROGRESS

MARLENA: So, this miscommunication has always been a problem with you two? (SHE LOOKS BACK AND FORTH TO THE TWO OF THEM)

Both JENNIFER and JACK nod slightly and pull faces.

JACK: Well, that's...that's why we're here. (HE WALKS BACK AROUND AND SITS DOWN NEXT TO JENNIFER) To...to work this out.

MARLENA: (NODDING) I understand that. So you two never married because Jennifer had these issues of your leaving and Jack had these issues of unworthiness?

JACK: (SMILING NERVOUSLY) In a nutshell.

JENNIFER throws him a look.

MARLENA: Okay. Tell me about Africa. What was that like? When I saw you, you seemed happy. Were you happy?

JENNIFER: Were we happy? Yeah, I guess we were. I mean, we were, right? (SHE TURNS TO JACK FOR AN ANSWER)

MARLENA: (SMILING HOPEFULLY) Tell me about it. Tell me about when you were happy.

JACK: Don't look at me. Happy stories are Jennifer's specialty. That's why I hired her at the Spectator. No one could write a better heart-tugging tale than Miss H., here.

JENNIFER: (WEAKLY KIDDING WITH JACK) You also fired me, remember? (TO MARLENA) Okay, let's see. We were...we were happy after we married.

MARLENA: No, I want to hear about Africa. I want to hear about your time there, since that's where all this happened, where it all came to a head. (BEAT) Tell me about a truly happy time when you were in Africa.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING QUICKLY TO JACK AND THEN BACK TO MARLENA) Well there was this one time...I guess Abby was about three...going on four (SHE LOOKS AT JACK, WHO IS WATCHING HER WITH GREAT LOVE)

CUT TO FLASHBACK

FLASHBACK: INT. JACK AND JENNIFER'S HOUSE IN AFRICA

IN on JENNIFER, who walks into the living room with a laundry basket on her hip. JACK and ABBY, about three, are sitting on the couch and he is trying to teach her how to read a newspaper. JENNIFER smiles at the two of them.

JACK: (READING THE PAPER TO ABBY WHO IS ON HIS LAP) According to members of the Yugoslavian government. (TO ABBY) Can you say Yugoslavian? You.

ABBY: (LOOKING AT HIM WITH WONDERMENT) You.

JACK: Go.

ABBY: (LAUGHING) Go.

JACK: Slav (HE EXTENDS THE V SO SHE CAN CATCH IT)

ABBY: (DELIGHTED BY HER DADDY) Swav.

JACK: (GOING TO CORRECT HER, BUT STOPS. HE LAUGHS AT HER PRONUNCIATION) E.

ABBY: E. (SHE GIGGLES)

JACK: N.

ABBY: N.

JACK: (BEAMING WITH PRIDE) Yugoslavian. Say it with me, You-go-slav-E-N. Yugoslavian.

ABBY: Cupcake. (SHE GIGGLES)

JACK: (PLAYING WITH HER) Cupcake? No, no. Yugoslavian. (GIVING IN) Okay, have it your way. (PICKING UP THE PAPER) According to the cupcake government...

JENNIFER: (LAUGHING AT THEIR INTERACTION) Jack, I thought we agreed. Little Golden Books, not the U.S. World and Government.

JACK: (THROWING HER A LOOK) Who needs "The Pokey Little Puppy" when you have the trials and tribulations of a third world to read about?

ABBY: Ooh, the Pokey Puppy.

JENNIFER: (THROWING JACK A LOOK HERSELF) Apparently, she does. (SHE COMES OVER AND PICKS UP ABBY) All right, Miss. It's time for bed.

ABBY: Already? Daddy was telling me about cupcakes.

JENNIFER: (THROWING JACK A LOOK) I bet he was. Come on. (SHE SMILES AT JACK AND THEN WALKS OUT)

JACK smiles widely at the two of them and tries to go back to reading his paper.

JACK: (ALOUD) According to the cupcake-Yugoslavian---government...

JENNIFER walks back in and plops herself down and the sofa next to JACK. JACK looks over at her amorously.

JACK: Well, hello Miss Horton.

JENNIFER: Hello, Mr. D. (NOTICING HIM STARING AT HER) What?

JACK: Nothing.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) What was that look for?

JACK: (WAVING HER OFF) Forget it. (NOTING HER INSISTENT LOOK) Okay. I was...I was just thinking about how...how non-motherly you look.

JENNIFER: (CONFUSED) How non-motherly?

JACK: Well...how non-conventionally motherly. Not June Cleaver, not Carol Brady. (HE STROKES HER HAIR) How more like a Grace Kelly or a...a Marilyn Monroe...

JENNIFER: (PLAYFULLY) Jack Deveraux, have you lost your mind?

JACK: (SPEAKING ABOUT HIS HEART) Among other things..(HE STROKES HER FACE GENTLY)

JENNIFER: Jack! Abby could wake up.

JACK: (LEANING IN TO KISS HER) Or she could not.

JENNIFER: (SMILING INTO THE KISS) What ever could have put you in such a mood?

JACK: Well, it obviously is not the cupcake or the Yugoslavian government. Must be the company. (HE CONTINUES THE KISSING). Maybe it was a combination of the three.

JENNIFER: (UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY) I don't care what it was. I'm just happy we're here now.

OUT on the two of them kissing and giggling on the couch.

CUT TO THE PRESENT DAY

JACK and JENNIFER are smiling about that recollection.

MARLENA: (PONDERING OVER THE SITUATION) Why were you so happy?

JENNIFER: (CONFUSED BY THE QUESTION) Why?

MARLENA: Why? This particular memory stands out to you for some reason, doesn't it? It must make you happy for a reason.

JENNIFER: (LOST) I never really thought about it. I guess...I guess it makes me happy because it's of me and Jack...and of Abby. We-all three of us-were doing well.

MARLENA: And there was no doubt in your mind that Jack loved you.

JENNIFER: (GLANCING QUICKLY AT JACK AND THEN BACK TO MARLENA) I guess so.

MARLENA: (NODDING) Okay, Jack, what about you? Give me a happy memory of yours.

JACK: Oh no...I told you, that's Miss H-Jennifer's-forte. Save the bitter and horrid tales for me.

MARLENA: (SCOLDINGLY) Jack.

JENNIFER: (PLEADINGLY) Jack.

JACK: (PULLING A FACE) Oooh, double Jack Attacks. (HE LOOKS AT JENNIFER'S PLEADING FACE) Let's see. Truly...truly happy...(HE SCRATCHES HIS CHIN IN DEEP THOUGHT)

OUT on JACK searching his mind for a memory.


SCENE 5: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN PROGRESS

IN on JACK, who is mulling his brain over for a particular memory. He has been doing this for some time. JENNIFER is staring at him incredulously and MARLENA is checking her watch.

JENNIFER: Jack...

JACK: (NOT LOOKING AT HER) Hold on, Miss H., I'm thinking.

JENNIFER: (IN DISBELIEF) You're thinking?

JACK: (ANNOYED) Yes, thinking. In deep thought.

JENNIFER: I know what thinking is , Jack. The question is why.

JACK: (CONFUSED) Why?

JENNIFER: Why are you STILL thinking? Didn't we have any happy memories in Africa?

JACK: Of course...of course we did...I'm just looking for a particular one. It's all about the details, Jennifer. Didn't I teach you anything?

JENNIFER: (ANNOYED) Can the details, Jack. (SHE NUDGES HIM TO LOOK AT MARLENA, WHO IS FALLING ASLEEP AT HER DESK)

MARLENA: (SENSING THEM LOOKING AT HER) Um...(SHAKING HER HEAD TO WAKE UP) I'm sorry.

JACK: (NERVOUSLY JOKING) Long night?

MARLENA flashes him an annoyed smile back.

JACK: At the insistence of one extremely bimpy blonde, I've come up with one.

MARLENA: One?

JACK: (ANNOYED. DRAGGING OUT THE WORDS TO REMIND HER) A truly happy memory.

MARLENA: Oh yes. Please tell us.

JACK: Alright. (GETTING UP AND BEGINNING TO PACE) It was around the same time as Jennifer's, actually. It was a hot July day, some five-six years ago. I was just returning home from a business trip....

CUT TO FLASHBACK

FLASHBACK: INT. JACK AND JENNIFER'S HOUSE IN AFRICA

IN on JENNIFER who is playing with a three-year old ABBY on the floor. ABBY is playing with a toy typewriter and JENNIFER is showing her how to spell.

JENNIFER: (PUNCHING OUT THE KEYS) D-A-D-D-Y. Daddy. You try.

ABBY: (SMILING AT THE WORD) Daddy.

JENNIFER: (REPEATING THE WORD TO HER AND SMILING) Daddy.

At this moment, JACK returns. He is wearing his power blue suit and is carrying a briefcase and two small bouquets of flowers.

ABBY: (SEEING JACK WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR) Daddy!

JENNIFER: (INCREDIBLY HAPPY TO SEE JACK) Daddy! (PICKING ABBY UP AND SMILING WIDELY) Jack, you're home!

JACK: (SETTING DOWN HIS BRIEFCASE) That I am. (HE PULLS OUT THE BOUQUETS OF FLOWERS) For my two "best girls". (HE HANDS JENNIFER THE LARGER BOUQUET AND TAKES ABBY FROM HER AND HANDS ABBY THE SMALLER BOUQUET)

JENNIFER: (SMELLING HER FLOWERS AND SMILING) What do you say, Abby?

ABBY: (LOOKING TO JACK) I love you. (SHE KISSES HIS FOREHEAD)

JENNIFER stands on her tiptoes and goes to kiss JACK as well.

JENNIFER: (LEANING INTO THE KISS) I was going for a thank you, but I guess she has other things on her mind.

JACK: (SMILING INTO THE KISS) As do I, but that's for later.

JACK and JENNIFER kiss with huge grins on their faces. When they pull out of the kiss, JENNIFER smiles giddily at him.

JENNIFER: So, did you have a good trip?

JACK: I most certainly did. And I have another surprise for you.

JENNIFER: You do? (BEAT) If it's anything like the first one, then I'm already loving it.

JACK: You're too easy. (HE SITS DOWN ON THE COUCH AND PLACES ABBY ON HIS KNEE) Actually, the surprise is a little too large to fit in our modest surroundings. But if all goes well, then we could possibly create surroundings large enough to, well, surround it.

JENNIFER: (EXCITED) Jack, what is it? Tell me! (SHE SITS DOWN ON THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF HIM AND PLAYS WITH ABBY'S HANDS)

JACK: It is...it is significant to us. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. It is informative, but most of all it is lucrative.

JENNIFER'S face falls at this last word.

JENNIFER: (CONCERNED) Jack-

JACK: Oh, no...don't "Jack" me. Don't you even want to know what it is?

JENNIFER: (THINKING IT OVER) No. (NOTING JACK'S DISAPPOINTMENT) Yes. (BEAT. ANNOYED) What is it?

JACK: (DRYLY) Try again, Miss Horton.

JENNIFER: (FAKING ENTHUSIASM) What is it, this wonderful idea of yours?

JACK: Talk about overdoing it. It is a-a newspaper. The African Spectator, if you will.

JENNIFER'S face turns to joy.

JENNIFER: A paper? Jack, are you serious?

JACK: As serious as the capital check in that briefcase (NODDING TO THE BRIEFCASE ON THE FLOOR). It's not much, but I figure with a little blood, sweat, ink, and tears, you and I, if you would care to join me, could turn this into much more.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) I don't know, Jack. Do you think you could afford me?

JACK: (JOKING) Afford you? Now, now, just because you're an award-winning journalist, that doesn't mean you have to be greedy.

JENNIFER: Jack-

JACK: Oh no, not with the "Jacks" again.

JENNIFER: I love you and I love your little idea.

JACK: Little and lucrative idea.

JENNIFER: (LEANING IN TO KISS HIM) Little and lucrative.

JACK: (TURNING AWAY WITHOUT NOTICING HER ALMOST-KISS) Now, let's see...We have to start looking for space. Inexpensive printing presses and supplies. And interviewing (HE GETS UP AND HANDS HER ABBY AND HE FINDS A PAD AND BEGINS WRITING)...Lord knows where we'll find any good reporters here...(HE STOPS WHEN HE SEES JENNIFER'S LOOK OF DESPAIR) What?

JENNIFER: (COVERING. REALLY WORRIED) Nothing.

JACK: (READING HER FACE FOR A FEW MORE SECONDS) Good. Now, let's get cracking. We have lots of work to do. (HE TURNS AWAY AND STARTS TO GO THROUGH HIS BRIEFCASE)

OUT on JENNIFER, holding ABBY and looking very worried.

CUT TO PRESENT DAY

JACK is standing and smiling at his recollection. JENNIFER is looking at him in disbelief. MARLENA is taking the whole scene in.

JACK: (TO JENNIFER) What?

JENNIFER: That? That was your happy memory?

JACK: (NOTICING HER EXPRESSION) Well, yes. (IN AN AWFUL FRENCH ACCENT) You do not like?

JENNIFER: (PUTTING HER HEAD IN HER HANDS AND ALMOST SCREAMING) Aaagh!

OUT on JACK'S shock over JENNIFER'S reaction.


SCENE 6: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN PROGRESS

JACK: (SITTING DOWN NEXT TO JENNIFER) Aaagh is hardly the response I was hoping for.

JENNIFER: (TO MARLENA) Do you see what I deal with?

JACK: (CONFUSED) Deal with what? (LOOKING TO MARLENA FOR HELP)

MARLENA: I think Jennifer is referring to the fact that your memory was about her, Abigail, and money.

JACK: That's not true. Can you blame a guy for wanting to be successful?

JENNIFER: Jack, you don't want to be successful, you want to be wealthier than words.

JACK: I do not. I like money. Shoot me.

JENNIFER: (GETTING UP AND WALKING AWAY) You prefer money over your daughter and I.

JACK: That's ridiculous!

JENNIFER: (ANGRY) Is it? Is it ridiculous? Is that why you were always off making a quick buck? Is that why I went for months on end without hearing from you? Is it, Jack?

JACK: I was gone for reasons other than that and you know it.

JENNIFER: With my father? With my what did you call him? Oh, "philandering" father?

JACK: I-(STOPPING HIMSELF) I did not choose that memory for that reason. Trust me.

A few seconds of silent tension pass.

MARLENA: Jack, why did you choose that memory?

JACK: (LOOKING AT MARLENA) Why?

MARLENA: Why you chose that memory-of Jennifer, Abigail, and money.

JACK: (NERVOUS) I...Okay, I chose it...I chose it because it was the last time that...that I felt that she...(TURNING TO JENNIFER)...that you...believed in me. (TURNING AWAY) That you believed in something I believed in.

OUT on JENNIFER'S shock at the revelation.


SCENE 7: INT. MARLENA'S OFFICE

IN PROGRESS

IN on JENNIFER, who is almost in tears over JACK'S confession.

JENNIFER: (QUIETLY) Are you being serious?

JACK: (FINALLY MEETING HER EYES) Why wouldn't I be? (NOTING MARLENA) Therapy is the place for it, isn't it?

JENNIFER: I never knew.

JACK: I thought you did.

JENNIFER: I...I'm sorry. I just...

JACK: You just didn't believe in me.

JENNIFER: (HURT) No, I guess...I guess I didn't.

A few more seconds of silence pass. MARLENA stands up.

MARLENA: You two covered a lot of ground for today. And you uncovered a lot of it, as well.

Both JACK and JENNIFER look uncomfortably from each other to her.

MARLENA: (CONT.) And I really wish we had more time today, but I want you to do a little exercise for me before our next appointment. Are you willing to do that?

Both JACK and JENNIFER, who are now standing beside each other, nod.

JACK: (SARCASTICALLY) A little homework for the soul, if you would.

JENNIFER throws him a look.

JENNIFER: Sure.

MARLENA: I want you to each take the time to write down at least five more truly happy times. As you can see, this miscommunication is hurting your relationship greatly. If we can compare both of your views of happiness and how you were feeling at a particular time, you might be able to understand the other better. Can you do that for me?

JACK: (LOOKING TO JENNIFER FOR AN ANSWER AND THEN TO MARLENA) Writing is our specialty, you know.

MARLENA: (SMILING) I know. See Mary on the way out to schedule your next session.

JACK and JENNIFER go to leave.

MARLENA: (CONT.) By the way, I'm very proud of you both.

JENNIFER: (SURPRISED) You are?

MARLENA: (SMILING) Yes. It takes a lot of courage and growth to do what you did today. I just hope we can continue to keep this up, despite how painful it may be.

JACK: (UNCOMFORTABLE) We...we hope so too.

JACK and JENNIFER flash each other worried looks and then exit.


SCENE 8: INT. SALEM UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL HALLWAY

JACK and JENNIFER have just exited MARLENA'S office and are a bit on edge.

JENNIFER: (NERVOUS. MAKING SMALL TALK) Next Wednesday, huh?

JACK: The day before Thursday, yes.

JENNIFER: (TURNING TO HIM) What now?

JACK: (CONFUSED) "What now"?

JENNIFER: (THINKING HE IS GOING TO BAIL ON THIS WHOLE "WORKING IT OUT" THING) What do we do now, Jack?

JACK: (REALIZING WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT) We? We, Jennifer, are going out for lunch. And we, Jennifer, are going to continue coming here to talk things out. That's what we are going to do.

JENNIFER: (SMILING AT HIS REASSURANCE) I...I am very happy you said that.

JACK: (SMILING BACK AND ENJOYING THEIR EMPHASIS ON YOU'S, WE'S, AND I'S) I am too. Now you...you are going to start by putting your hand in mine.Can you handle that?

JENNIFER: (SMILING WIDELY) I can handle that. (SHE PUTS HER HAND IN HIS AND SQUEEZES)

JACK: (SQUEEZING BACK) Good. Now, let's see where we can go? (THEY START TO WALK DOWN THE HALL TOGETHER) What do you feel like? Mexican? No.

JENNIFER: Chinese? No, we had that the other night. Hmmm...

COLIN spots them and walks up.

COLIN: I see you're still here. Fancy that, it's lunch time as well. How about getting a spot to eat with an old chum?

JACK: (LOOKING TO JENNIFER AND SMILING. TO COLIN) No.

COLIN: (CONFUSED) No?

JACK: No. (HE AND JENNIFER BEGIN TO WALK AWAY)

COLIN: (TURNING TOWARDS THEM) Where are you going?

JACK: (GLANCING BACK) We...we are going to lunch. You, Colin, you are staying here. (HE LAUGHS AT COLIN'S EXPRESSION AND HE AND JENNIFER HEAD ONTO THE ELEVATOR LAUGHING)

OUT on COLIN'S confused and not amused face.

END OF EPISODE 37

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