KEEPING UP WITH THE DEVERAUXES
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
SCENE 1: INT. UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL HALLWAY
IN on JENNIFER, in shock that she is caught. JACK smiles down gloatingly at her and HOPE looks on confused.
HOPE: Did I say something wrong?
JENNIFER: (SMILING WEAKLY) No, no...Jack and I were just talking about you.
JACK: (COUGHING) To you.
HOPE: (TO JACK) What was that?
JACK: Nothing. So, Hope, tell me, where is young Isaac?
HOPE: (CONFUSED) Isaac? He's at home with Dad and Julie.
JACK: I see.
HOPE: (LOST) You see. (TO JENNIFER) Jenn, what's going on?
JACK: (SMILING) Yes, "um."
JENNIFER: (WRINKLING HER NOSE AT JACK) Um, why don't we...why don't we talk over here? (PULLING HOPE AWAY TOWARDS THE NURSES' LOUNGE)
JACK walks towards them, interested in what they have to say.
JENNIFER: (SHUTTING THE DOOR ON JACK'S FACE) Alone.
OUT on JACK, rubbing his nose in pain.
SCENE 2: INT. NURSES' LOUNGE
IN on HOPE, confused.
HOPE: To say I'm confused would be an understatement. Jenn, what's going on?
JENNIFER: What isn't going on.
HOPE: Hey, what's wrong? You and Jack having trouble again?
JENNIFER: (FIXING HERSELF SOME COFFEE) Now that would be an understatement.
HOPE: (LOST) Okay.
JENNIFER: Hope, have you ever kept something from Bo?
HOPE: (NOT LIKING THE QUESTION) Why do you ask that?
JENNIFER: (NOTICING HER REACTION) No reason. (HANDING HER A CUP OF COFFEE) I don't know, someone asked me to keep a secret and I don't know if I want to keep it.
HOPE: And this someone would be Colin?
JENNIFER: Am I that transparent?
HOPE: To me, yeah. And you're probably that transparent to Jack, too.
JENNIFER: (SMILING WEAKLY) I'm a bad person, aren't I?
HOPE: (RUBBING JENNIFER'S ARM) No, not bad, just confused. (BEAT) Why can't you tell Jack anyway? I mean, he's gonna know if something is up with you. Trust me.
JENNIFER: It's just, it's just-Colin was good to me in Africa. If he's in some kind of trou---
HOPE: Jenn, are you saying Colin's in trouble?
OUT on JENNIFER, in disbelief that she slipped up.
SCENE 3: INT. UNIV. HOSPITAL HALLWAY
IN on JACK, pacing back and forth in front of the Nurses' Lounge. He is whistling a tune from "Peter and the Wolf."
JACK: (TO HIMSELF) Okay, Jennifer expects some sort of surprise. (IMITATING GOMER PYLE) Surprise, surprise.
BO: (WALKING UP ON JACK) Surprise.
JACK: (NOTICING BO) Beauregard, how nice of you to join us, well, me, anyway.
BO: Jack, I would ask why you're acting so strange but that would be like preaching to the choir.
JACK: (SMILING SLYLY) Heroic and humorous. Quite the package.
BO: Actually, I'm glad I ran into you again. Hope wanted me to ask you what you were doing for Jenn's birthday.
JACK: Jennifer's birthday?
BO: Yes, the 11th. You know she's celebrated it for the last thirty odd years.
JACK: (REALIZING JUST HOW EASY THIS SURPRISE MAY BE) Yes, her birthday. Why didn't I think of that?
BO: (LOST) Okay.
JACK: (COMING TO) I was thinking...I was thinking about giving her a party.
BO: That sounds good. (BEAT) Where at?
JACK: Um, um...Tuscany...the whole family will be invited. (ANIMATEDLY) Hortons everywhere.
BO: Okay. I'll tell Hope when I get home.
JACK: Why wait until then?
BO: What are you talking about?
JACK: Why wait? Your fair wife is in the Nurses' Lounge with my fair, er, ex-wife.
BO: She is? Who's taking care of the baby?
JACK: (NOTICING BO'S PROBLEM WITH THIS) Not that I like to get involved with familial issues, but I think she mentioned something about Doug and Julie.
BO: Dammit. She didn't say she was coming down here.
JACK: (CONFUSED) Does she normally tell you her every course of action?
BO: (REALIZING HOW ANGRY HE MUST SEEM) You're right. I'm sorry, man, it's just...things are getting a bit heavy at home.
JACK: (SMILING ODDLY) Heavy?
BO: (SIGHING) Yeah, heavy. Listen, remember what we talked about earlier?
JACK: My strange nature?
BO: No, about what friends do for each other.
JACK: Oh, yes, now I remember...something I think you so eloquently put as "covering one's buttocks."
BO: (SMILING WEIRDLY) Yeah. Do you mind not mentioning this to-
JACK: (PUTTING HIS HAND UP TO CUT HIM OFF) Consider it done. Bo Brady? I haven't seen no Bo Brady.
BO: (THROWING JACK AN ODD LOOK) Thanks, man. (CLAPPING HIM ON THE SHOULDER) Let me know if I can help anyway with Jenn's party.
JACK: (SMILING NERVOUSLY) Will do. See you later....(ODDLY) man.
BO exits as JACK looks down at his coffee. HE looks up and suddenly his face brightens.
SCENE 4: INT. NURSES' LOUNGE
JENNIFER: (COVERING) Trouble? What makes you think that?
HOPE: Other than the fact that you basically said it? Oh, nothing.
HOPE: (STOPPING HER) Don't. Your secret's safe with me, although I think it would be better if you told Jack.
JENNIFER: (MUMBLING) As if he's telling me the truth.
HOPE: What was that?
HOPE: Look, Jenn, I can't say I understand you and Jack's relationship, I was gone for most of it, but I do think it would be best if you were both honest with each other.
JENNIFER: (LAUGHING) You don't know the first thing about us, do you?
HOPE: (SMILING) No, but I wish I did. Come here (PULLING HER INTO A HUG). You look like you need one of these.
JENNIFER: (SQUEEZING HER BACK) You're right. I did. (THEY BREAK THE HUG) What are you doing down here anyway? Nothing's wrong, I hope.
HOPE: (GOING THROUGH HER PURSE) No, nothing's wrong. Well, nothing's wrong except wanting to know about my past.
OUT on JENNIFER looking very warily at HOPE.
SCENE 5: INT. UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL HALLWAY
IN on JACK, whose face lights up when seeing ALICE.
JACK: (WALKING OVER AND KISSING HER ON THE CHEEK) Mrs. Horton!
ALICE: (HAPPY TO SEE HIM) Jack! What ever are you doing here? No, wait a moment, you're down here with Jennifer Rose. She mentioned something to me about therapy.
JACK: (SHUSHING HER) Yes, yes, we're here for (LOWERING HIS VOICE AND MAKING SURE NO ONE'S AROUND) therapy. Actually just finished.
JACK helps ALICE walk to the waiting area.
ALICE: There's nothing wrong with it, dear. I'm just happy that you two are trying. Have I ever told you that I simply adore you?
JACK: (EMBARRASSED) No, no you haven't. But the same goes for me.
HE helps her sit down and then sits beside her.
ALICE: You're such a dear. Where is my granddaughter anyway?
JACK: (SMILING) With your other granddaughter, actually. In the Nurses' Lounge.
ALICE: Oh, Hope's here?
JACK: Yup. They're having their girl talk...hair, nails, how hot Brad Pitt is...
ALICE: My, he is hot, isn't he?
JACK: (SHOCKED) Mrs. Horton!
ALICE: I may be old, dear, but I am not dead. (BEAT) What's wrong?
JACK: Wrong? Nothing's wrong. I'm just wondering if perhaps I can call on you for a favor.
ALICE: (TOUCHING HIS HAND) Anything, dear.
JACK: (LOOKING DOWN AT HER HAND ON HIS, MOVED) It's about Jennifer's birthday.
ALICE: (SMILING) Yes, tomorrow.
JACK: (PANICKED) Tomo? Yes, tomorrow. You see, I, well, I...
ALICE: Jack Deveraux, you forgot, didn't you?
OUT on JACK'S sheepish look.
SCENE 6: INT. UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL WAITING AREA
JACK: Well, forgot...forgot is such a strong word...
ALICE: What word would you prefer, dear?
ALICE: Nevermind. What can I help you with?
JACK: I need a place to have a party for Jennifer, someplace nice, someplace fancy...
ALICE: (DEADPAN) Someplace expensive. (BEAT) Jack, may I ask how you plan on paying for this shindig?
JACK: I have some money stashed away.
ALICE: Some money?
JACK: Okay, not a lot, but I was thinking that maybe since Maggie is Jennifer's Aunt...
ALICE: You're asking for a family discount? Why Jack Deveraux, wonders never cease.
JACK: (FLASHING HER AN ANNOYED SMILE) Well, drastic times call for drastic measures.
ALICE: (SIGHING. SQUEEZING HIS HAND) Consider it done.
JACK: (IN DISBELIEF) Really?
ALICE: For you and Jennifer, anything. I'll even order the flowers.
ALICE: (SMILING) Delphiniums. I know, dear.
JACK: Have I ever told you how...how (TEARING UP) wonderful you are?
ALICE: A girl can never hear that enough. (POINTING TO HER CHEEK) Now come here and give me a kiss for everything.
JACK: (SMILING) You don't have to ask me twice.
OUT on JACK, bussing ALICE on the cheek and the two of them laughing.
SCENE 7: INT. NURSES' LOUNGE
JENNIFER: (WORRIED) Are you saying you're going to pursue this whole Princess Gina thing?
HOPE: (LOOKING UP FROM HER PURSE) Why wouldn't I?
JENNIFER: I don't know. It's just-
HOPE: Just what?
JENNIFER: Just...Hope, you have a beautiful baby boy and a wonderful husband. Why can't you just-
HOPE: Leave well enough alone? Geez, Jenn, you're starting to sound like Bo. I thought for sure you'd understand.
JENNIFER: I do, but...
HOPE: (INCREDULOUS) But what? You're right, I do have a beautiful little boy. I also have lost another beautiful little boy and countless years of my life. Don't I have a right to regain at least some of that? Don't I?
HOPE: (ANGRY) No, don't "Hope" me. Here you are keeping something from Jack and are preaching to me about this. Tell you what, Jenn, why don't you concentrate on your relationship and I'll concentrate on mine?
HOPE walks out angrily. JENNIFER is hurt by her comments.
SCENE 8: INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY
IN on HOPE, who feels bad about leaving JENNIFER but is also tired of being told what she should and shouldn't do.
JACK and ALICE look over at her.
HOPE: (PUTTING ON HER WIDEST FAKE SMILE) Gram! (WALKING OVER AND HUGGING ALICE) How nice to see you.
ALICE: Nice to see you too, dear. (BEAT) Where's Jennifer?
HOPE: (NOT MEETING HER OR JACK'S EYES) She's...she's finishing up her coffee.
JACK: (NOT BUYING IT) I'll...I'll join her then. Mrs. Horton (NODDING TO ALICE), Hope (HE MEETS HER EYES, KNOWING SOMETHINGS WRONG AND WALKS OFF INTO THE NURSES' LOUNGE).
ALICE: What was that all about?
HOPE: (PLAYING DUMB) What?
ALICE: Don't what me, Hope Alice Williams, what is going on between you and Jennifer?
OUT on HOPE, unsure of how to answer.
SCENE 9: INT. NURSES' LOUNGE
IN on JENNIFER, hugging herself and looking out the window.
JACK: (OPENING THE DOOR A LITTLE. CONCERNED) Jennifer?
JENNIFER: (WIPING HER EYES AND TURNING AROUND, PRETENDING TO BE OKAY) Jack.
JACK: (SMILING REASSURINGLY) I would knock, but since it is a public place... JENNIFER: (SMILING) Jack, don't start. I wasn't really talking to Hope earlier.
JACK: (WALKING IN SLOWLY) I wasn't...I wasn't going to. I'm sure you have your...your reasons. Is everything...everything okay?
JENNIFER: (HAPPY THAT HE DECIDED NOT TO PRY, THEN GROWING UPSET) Why wouldn't it be? I just have a cousin who basically told me to get lost. (TURNING HER BACK TOWARDS HIM)
JACK: (WALKING OVER AND TOUCHING HER SHOULDER TENTATIVELY) I'm sure...I'm sure she didn't mean it.
JENNIFER: (SNIFFLING) It sure sounded like she meant it.
JACK: (TURNING HER AROUND TO FACE HIM) Come on, I mean, maybe things are a bit heavy at home right now.
JACK: Emotionally wrought, confusing.
JENNIFER: No, I know what you meant, but the language is not you, Jack.
JACK: (SMILING) It isn't, is it? (BEAT) I just...I'm sure this will blow over. Just give her a bit.
JENNIFER: (HOPEFUL) Are you sure?
JACK: I'm sure. (TAPPING HIS SHOULDER TO INDICATE A HUG) Put yourself right here, Miss H.
JENNIFER: (SMILING WEAKLY AND FALLING INTO HIS SHOULDER) I'm so lucky to have you, Jack.
JACK: (RUBBING HER BACK) Aw, come on now, I'm the lucky one.
OUT on the two of them smiling sadly.
SCENE 10: INT. HOSPITAL WAITING AREA
HOPE: Me and Jenn? Nothing. Just a little disagreement.
ALICE: (NOT BUYING IT) So you're saying it's nothing more than when you were little and fought over dolls.
HOPE: Something like that. Actually, I am glad that I ran into you. I was hoping you and I could talk about Jenn's birthday.
ALICE: No need to. Jack's taking care of it.
HOPE: (SURPRISED) He is? I thought for sure he'd forget.
ALICE: Well, he didn't. Now you and I have nothing to worry about.
HOPE: That's good.
JACK and JENNIFER walk up tentatively.
JENNIFER: Grandma! I'm so happy to see you (LEANING IN TO KISS ALICE)
ALICE: And I you. Jack mentioned you were down here for your (LOWERING HER VOICE AND LOOKING AROUND) therapy.
JENNIFER laughs a little and JACK throws ALICE a humorous look. HOPE smiles at JACK, who just stares back at her.
ALICE: Where are you two off to?
JENNIFER looks to JACK.
JACK: We're actually off to pick up the child. A little day in the park is what we could use. Being with family, you know. (HE LOOKS DIRECTLY AT HOPE, WHO LOOKS DOWN AT HER FEET)
JENNIFER looks over to HOPE. ALICE notices how tense they are.
ALICE: That sounds like fun. Do tell Abigail I said hello.
JENNIFER: (QUIETLY) We will.
JACK: (LOOKING TO JENNIFER AND TOUCHING THE SMALL OF HER BACK) Shall we?
JENNIFER: (SMILING WEAKLY) We shall. I'll see you later, Grandma. Bye Hope.
HOPE: (NOT EVEN LOOKING AT JENNIFER) Bye Jenn.
JENNIFER: (HOPEFUL) I'll call you later, okay?
HOPE: (AVOIDING HER) Whatever, cuz.
JACK throws HOPE a final look and he and JENNIFER, shaken walk to the elevator. HOPE avoids ALICE'S eyes, as they are curious. JACK grabs JENNIFER'S hand and squeezes it. SHE smiles to him as the elevator opens and they step in. It closes as JENNIFER still looks at HOPE and JACK watches her, wanting to take the pain away.
END OF EPISODE 47
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