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KEEPING UP WITH THE DEVERAUXES
By Jennifer-Lynn D'Anna
EPISODE 50

SCENE 1: INT. BALLROOM

IN on JENNIFER, who turns and watches as JACK walks out. The crowd is staring at her, she turns around towards them, tears in her eyes, and then goes to speak but she can't. She gasps a little and runs out after him into the hall and straight into Maggie, who's confused at what's going on.

JENNIFER: I'm sorry, Maggie...

MAGGIE: Jennifer, are you alright?

JENNIFER: I will be. (LOOKING UP AND DOWN THE CORRIDOR) Have you seen Jack?

MAGGIE: I think...I think I saw him go that way (POINTING). Is something wrong?

JENNIFER: (TEARS IN EYES) I can't talk about it right now. (RUNNING OFF AROUND THE CORNER)

Once around the corner, she looks to both sides, dead ends. Seeing the door that leads to the roof, she sighs and wonders if maybe he's up there. Looking up, she decides to take a chance and opens the door and enters. As she walks up, the camera pans to her feet as she unknowingly steps on his boutonnière. Jack is definitely on the roof.

CUT TO


SCENE 2: EXT. ROOF

IN on JACK, opening the door to the roof. He is pale and sweating and is trying to catch his breath. He walks out towards the ledge somberly and looks out on the city.

JACK: (TO HIMSELF) So much for that.

JENNIFER: (QUIETLY STEPPING OUT OF THE DOOR) For what, Jack?

OUT on JACK, looking very unhappy that she found him.


SCENE 3: EXT. ROOF

IN on JACK, now stepping back and leaning with his back against the ledge. He unties his tie.

JACK: (DRYLY) So, you found me.

JENNIFER: (SMILING WEAKLY) It wasn't hard, you know. (SHE STEPS TOWARDS HIM)

JACK: It wasn't? I never was good at hide and go seek, was I?

JENNIFER: (QUIETLY) It's never hard to find you, Jack. (BEAT) I just look up.

JACK: (CONFUSED) Up?

JENNIFER: (STEPPING CLOSER TO HIM) I always look up and there you are. It's happened tons of times before. You remember, don't you, Jack?

JACK: I can't say that I do. (BEAT) Please (SMILING SARCASTICALLY) refresh.

JENNIFER: (STEPPING TOWARDS HIM TENTATIVELY WHILE SPEAKING). I mean when you asked me to marry you at the loft, you were on the fire escape. And when Har...Harper died, you were at the bell tower, and when I was trapped on the cliff, you were...All I had to do is look up and there you were.

JACK: Friends in high places, huh?

JENNIFER: (STEPPING SO SHE'S CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS HIM) Yeah.

JACK picks up the photo that she is still holding from her hand and he looks at it painfully. JENNIFER awaits his reaction nervously.

JACK: (EYES ON PHOTO) You look very...happy here.

JENNIFER: I do, don't I? (BEAT) Jack, give me your wallet.

JACK: (NARROWING HIS EYES AT HER) My wall--? Isn't it enough that I paid for this whole shindig? Now you want cash, too?

JENNIFER: (ADAMANT) Give me your wallet, Jack.

JACK: (RELUCTANTLY HANDING HER HIS WALLET) Fine. It's all counted so don't try anything funny.

JENNIFER: (LOOKING THROUGH THE WALLET ANXIOUSLY) I don't want your money, Jack. I want....(PULLING A PHOTO OUT) this. (HOLDING THE PICTURE TO SHOW HIM)

JACK: (TAKING THE PHOTO AND LOOKING AT IT) I didn't even know I still had this in here.

JENNIFER: (KNOWING HE'S LYING) You didn't?

JACK: Okay, I did. (BEAT) What's your point?

JENNIFER: (LEANING IN TO LOOK AT THE PHOTO OF HER AND JACK WITH HIM) I'm just showing you just how happy I am here, too...

JACK: (FEELING STUPID FOR WHAT HE JUST DID) Jennifer...I'm...I'm sorry...it's just...

JENNIFER: Jack, it's okay. Remember what you told me? That it was going to be hard. This is going to be hard (SHE GRABS HIS HAND AND SQUEEZES IT).

JACK looks down at their interlocked hands and squeezes her hand. A few moments of silence ensues. Nervous, Jack begins to speak.

JACK: (WIPING HIS EYE AND TRYING TO MUSTER UP SOME COURAGE) I know...I know I'm going to regret asking this, but...but do you want to talk about it? (SWALLOWING HARD) Talk about him?

OUT on JENNIFER, shocked by the question.


SCENE 4: EXT. ROOF

IN on JENNIFER, confused by JACK'S question.

JENNIFER: (LOST) Talk about it?

JACK: Him...(COUGHING) Col...Colic...

JENNIFER: Jack, I don't know what to say...

JACK: I want you to tell me about Africa. Wh...What happened when I was...when I was gone.

JENNIFER: (TURNING AND WALKING AWAY) Jack, I really don't want to talk about-

JACK: Jennifer...I...(WALKING TO HER AND TURNING HER AROUND) I...just...want to know what I'm up against...what he did for you...what he's still doing for you.

JENNIFER: (NERVOUS) Did for me?

JACK: You...you're always referring to his "help". What did...what did he "help" you with, Jennifer? (BEAT) And why couldn't (VOICE CRACKING-HE IS HURT) I help you?

OUT on JENNIFER, not wanting to answer the question.


SCENE 5: INT. TUSCANY HALLWAY

IN on ALICE, walking down the hall. MAGGIE passes by.

ALICE: Oh, Maggie dear, have you seen Jack or Jennifer?

MAGGIE: Actually, Jennifer was just out here looking for Jack. Is everything alright with those two?

ALICE: (SEEING JACK'S BOUTINIERRE ON THE STAIR FLOOR LEADING UP TO THE ROOF AND SMILING) No, but it will be.

MAGGIE: Why do I have a feeling that you're up to something?

ALICE: No, just me, darling. Us. We're up to something. (CLOSING AND LOCKING THE ROOF DOOR AND WINKING AT MAGGIE)

MAGGIE: (SMILING) Alice, you old dog you.

ALICE: (MOCK SURPRISE) Who me? Never.

OUT on the two of them linking arms and laughing down the hall.


SCENE 6: EXT. ROOF

JENNIFER: (PLAYING DUMB) Help? Jack, I don't know what you're talking about.

JACK: Yes, you do.

JENNIFER: Jack, can't we just go back downstairs and finish off the party? I mean everyone will wonder where we've gone to.

v JACK: (SMILING) No they won't.

JENNIFER: (PLEADING) Jack.

JACK: (SHRUGGING) Okay, okay. Jennifer, I'm not going to let you keep this from me. It's important to me. It's important to...to..us. But you're right, this is neither the time nor place for it. Besides, I never got to give you my gift.

JENNIFER: Jack, you shouldn't have-

JACK: But I did. Come on. (HE PUTS HIS ARM AROUND HER AND THEY START TO WALK DOWN THE STAIRS) Wait.

JENNIFER: What?

JACK: (HOLDING UP THE PICTURE FRAME HE STILL HAS IN HIS HAND) This. What...what did you want to do with this? I mean you do look quite fetching in it, but...

JENNIFER: (TAKING IT FROM HIM AND SMILING) Come on, Jack. (TAKING HIS HAND AND DRAGGING HIM DOWN THE REST OF THE STAIRS)

JACK: What are you doing?

JENNIFER: (TOSSING IT IN THE GARBAGE BIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRCASE) This.

JACK: You know, you could've probably exchanged it for something else-a watch, maybe a piece of china.

JENNIFER: (GOING TO OPEN THE DOOR) Jack.

JACK: (NOT PAYING HER ANY ATTENTION) I'm serious. It looks like he spent a pretty penny on it. You know, doctor's salary and all.

JENNIFER: (REALIZING THE DOOR WON'T BUDGE) Jack.

JACK: How much do you think he makes a year, anyway? (BEAT) What form of medicine does he practice? Surgery?

JENNIFER: (SHAKING HIM) Jack!

JACK: What?

JENNIFER: The door is locked.

JACK: It's probably just stuck. Let me see. (MOVING IN TO PULL IT AS JENNIFER FOLDS HER ARMS BEHIND HIM)

JENNIFER: Having trouble, Jack?

JACK: (WIPING THE SWEAT FROM HIS BROW) Very funny, Miss Horton. It's good to know you haven't lost your sense of humor with age.

JENNIFER: Ha ha.

JACK: (GIVING UP) It's locked.

JENNIFER: Is it now?

JACK: (THROWING HER A LOOK) I take that back. You're not that funny.

JENNIFER: What do we do now?

JACK: I don't know. Put those pipes to use, I guess. Please...(GESTURING FOR HER TO TAKE OVER)

JENNIFER: (PAUSING FOR A MOMENT AND THEN KNOCKING ON THE DOOR AND SCREAMING) Help! Somebody let us out!

OUT on JACK smiling and plugging up his ears. He sits down on the bottom of the stairs.


SCENE 7: INT. TUSCANY HALLWAY

IN on the guests, beginning to file out, looking curiously towards the sound of a muffled Jennifer. Mrs. H. and Maggie are standing beside rooftop door, acting as if they don't hear a thing and smiling as if nothing's wrong.

MAGGIE: Thank you for coming. Hope to see you soon. (BETWEEN CLENCHED TEETH TO ALICE) Could she be any louder?

ALICE: (THROUGH GRITTED TEETH AS WELL) She always could break glass with that scream.

HOPE and BO walk by and although they are fighting, hear Jennifer.

HOPE: Gram, did you hear that?

ALICE: Hear what, dear? (TO MAGGIE) Maggie, did you hear anything?

MAGGIE: Not a thing.

BO: It sounds like Jenn.

ALICE: Oh no, dear, Jennifer and Jack left already. Said something about being out all night.

JO: (WALKING OVER) Why those two never tell me anything. I could just...just...

MAGGIE: Jo, dear, let's take a walk. I'll fill you in a little on what Alice means by being out all night. (MAGGIE LEADS HER AWAY AND THEY WALK DOWN THE HALL WITH VERN AND ABBY FOLLOWING)

BO: (CATCHING ON) I get it. Mrs. H., you never change.

ALICE: I should hope not. Sometimes two people in love need a little extra push. If you two keep this up, you might be next.

HOPE: (LOOKING HOPELESSLY FROM BO TO ALICE) Gram-

ALICE: But not tonight. Tonight is Jennifer and Jack's night. You two go, hug your sons, remember what you have.

HOPE: (SHOOTING BO A LOVING LOOK AND BENDING TO KISS ALICE) You're wonderful, you know that? I love you, Gram.

BO: (KISSING ALICE'S CHEEK) I'll second that. (LOOKING AT THE ROOFTOP DOOR QUICKLY) I'm pretty sure they'll second that as well.

OUT on them saying their goodbyes.


SCENE 8: INT. STAIRWELL

IN on JENNIFER, stepping back from the door.

JACK: (UNPLUGGING HIS EARS) Cat got your tongue?

JENNIFER: No.

JACK: What is it then?

JENNIFER: (SLOWLY) It's my grandma. I can hear her.

JACK: This isn't one of those weird family connections, is it? I tell you, Jennifer, you really do have to quit watching "Passions".

JENNIFER: Jack, I don't watch "Passions". You do.

JACK: I find it funny...the writing, that is. (BEAT) You were saying?

JENNIFER: I was saying...Wait...(RUNNING QUICKLY UP THE STAIRS AND ONTO THE ROOF)

After a second, Jack follows.

JACK: (CATCHING UP TO HER) Jennifer, what are you doing?

JENNIFER: (SCREAMING OVER THE LEDGE) Wait! Jack and I are stuck up here!

ALICE: (V.O.) Happy Birthday, Jennifer Rose! (A CAR STARTS AND PULLS AWAY)

JENNIFER: (TURNING AROUND TO FACE JACK) It seems...

JACK: That somebody wanted us to talk. (BEAT) What does that tell you Jennifer?

JENNIFER: That we have to find another way off this roof. (LOOKING OVER TO SEE HOW TALL IT IS) It's not that high up.

JACK: (WALKING OVER AND TOUCHING HER SHOULDER) For two kids who can afford a broken leg or two, but for two parents who like to play with their young daughter in the park, that's another story.

JENNIFER: You're right.

JACK: That's a first.

JENNIFER: (SMILING) I tell you when you're right. It's just that it's not very often.

JACK: (SMILING AND HUGGING HER CLOSER TO HIM) It's not? I guess it's not, huh?

JENNIFER: (GIGGLING) Yeah.

JACK: Well I guess we can get that conversation over with, can't we now?

JENNIFER: (FACE DROPPING) What conversation?

JACK: (READING HER FACE AND THEN RELEASING HER. FRUSTRATED) Don't tell me you've forgotten. Jennifer...I...I already believe nothing happened between you and Co...Co...him...but your reluctance to talk about it speaks volumes.

JENNIFER: I though...I thought you felt more comfortable when Marlena was here with us, Jack. When we're in therapy.

JACK: I...I do...but...listen, I don't want to spend my whole life having to wait on Marlena to have all our relationship conversations. (BEAT) Jennifer...I know we've had problems in the past with...with saying how we feel and talking about us but...but I want to know...a bit late, I know but...please...please tell me what went on...please. I deserve that much, don't I?

OUT on JENNIFER, wanting to leave but can't. She turns away from him and shivers as he looks on nervously.

END OF EPISODE 50

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