Monday, July 11, 2016

Episode 11: The Trojan Horse

Monday, July 11, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. Collinwood sits, as it has for almost a hundred and thirty years, in brooding isolation on the crest of Widow’s Hill. The secrets of the past have not yet been opened to me, but I’ve come this far and I must wait. It’s a strange home for me, but even stranger for those who’ve spent their lives within its walls.

Carolyn tells her mother that Burke was kind enough to drive her home, so the least they can do is offer him a drink. “And he’s really not a monster, after all.”
Liz invites Burke into the drawing room. She tries to keep Carolyn out, but she “wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Burke says he came home because he was homesick. He advises Carolyn that if she went away for a while, this room wouldn’t seem so gloomy. Carolyn, who just turned down an offer to do just that, says she’d be willing to try it.
Carolyn, over Burke’s phony objections, tells Liz he’s leaving in two days. Liz and Burke agree that Carolyn talks too much.

Mr. Welles captures his audience
Sam arrives at the hotel drunk and the desk clerk, Mr. Welles, advises him he’s in no shape to visit his daughter. He tries to get Sam to join him for a cup of coffee or three. He mentions Burke is staying there. This should hardly surprise Sam, but it does. They go to have coffee.
Mr. Welles criticizes coffee commercials on TV. He exchanges information for Sam’s sips of coffee. He tells Sam that Carolyn Stoddard came to see Burke and stayed for an hour or an hour and a half. They left together, very friendly.

Liz asks Carolyn to help her get some ice, and then asks her about the two days. Carolyn says she promised not to tell (promises are meaningless to Carolyn), and then tells Liz all about the paper. “How do you know he didn't put it there so you could see it?” Carolyn says she thought of that, but then he got the phone call. (Which we know he also arranged.)

Sam decides he needs to make a phone call. Liz answers, but she’s not sure where Roger is. Sam hangs up when he hears Burke’s voice.

Burke says he’s been admiring the paintings. He claims whatever happened ten years ago is past history. Burke wonders what she would ask if she were selling the house. Liz tells him it’s not for sale. In his experience, everything is for sale. He’d also like to see Roger, his one-time good friend, to assure him he’s not out for revenge.

Sam returns to the restaurant. Mr. Welles notes that was a long phone call. Sam says he went to the bar. Sam is freaked out that Burke (“the Trojan horse”) is at Collinwood.

Burke tells Liz that, “as many places as you run to, you can never get away from who you are.” Liz expresses sympathy for his time in prison, but he says she must know how it feels, since she’s still there. He says the worst prisons are those inside ourselves.
Carolyn returns with the bucket of ice.
The phone rings and Carolyn goes to answer it. It’s Joe. Carolyn tells him she’s hoping their troubles will soon be over. The ghosts are gone. They have a date that night for dinner and a movie.
Liz sends Carolyn to find Roger, who’s on the grounds somewhere, to join them in the drawing room.

Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Moltke
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard . . . . . . . . . . Joan Bennett
Burke Devlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell Ryan
Carolyn Stoddard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Nancy Barrett
Mr. Welles (Hotel Clerk) . . . . . . . . . . . Conrad Bain
Sam Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mark Allen

Fashion by Ohrbach’s
Directed by Lela Swift
Story created and written by Art Wallace

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