Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Episode 17: A Hundred Miles, A Hundred Feet

Tuesday, July 19, 1966
My name is Victoria Winters. There is no sound in Collinwood. There’s only the strangeness of the people around me. The strangeness of the woman who’s brought me here, the woman who has not left her house in eighteen years. The strangeness of a small boy too and the merciless devils that torment him.
David is crying out “I didn’t!” and “No!” in his sleep. He tries to climb out the window. Liz comes in and stops him, telling him to wake up. David shouts, “I didn't kill him!” over and over, and “I didn't mean to kill him!”

 Bill Malloy asks the doctor treating Roger if it’s okay for him to take off for a while. He wants to take a look at the wreck.
The doctor is the folksy small town type. He’ll be there unless he gets called away to deliver Lucy Cameron’s baby.
Roger doesn't want to be treated like an invalid. He tells the doctor about the accident. The brakes worked until he got about halfway down the hill. He tried to keep the car on the road, but when he “got to that big curve about a hundred miles from—a hundred miles; it seemed like a hundred miles—a hundred feet from the bottom of the hill, then [he] went right over the edge.”
Then Bill came along.
The doctor says it’s lucky Malloy wasn’t walking up the hill or they might have had another death like ten years ago. Roger says that had nothing to do with him.
“I know,” the doctor says. “I was at the trial.”

David has gone back to sleep but wakes up again when the wind blows his window open. He wants Liz to stay with him. He asks her not to tell his father about his nightmare. He asks her not to let anyone hurt him. It’s reminiscent of Patty McCormack’s performance in The Bad Seed.

Bill returns to the doctor’s office. He saw what he wanted to see at the accident site—he won’t say what. The doctor says someday he’ll write a book about down-Easterners and all the things that never get said. Like everyone else, the doctor has plenty to say about Burke Devlin’s return.

When they go to the doctor’s waiting room, Bill be tells Roger it wasn’t an accident. He explains that the bleeder valve was missing and that’s what caused the brakes to fail.
Roger thinks Devlin lured him to town so he would drive the car and be killed. Which isn’t a bad theory, even though we know it’s wrong.

Liz tells David about Isaac Collins. “Imagine having a town named after you.”
David asks Liz if she hated her father.
No, she loved him very much.
David thinks if you love your father, you never have nightmares.
When Roger and Bill return, David runs to his room.

Roger makes light of his injuries. His arm in a sling (“just a sprain”) “looks rather heroic, don't you think?”
David eavesdrops.
“He said I’d live,” Roger tells Liz, “and that’s the whole sad story.”
Bill, Liz, and Roger discuss Burke’s possible culpability. Liz tells Roger that Vicki saw Burke in the garage. Roger wants to talk with her, of course. He advises Liz to get some sleep.
And what will he do?
“Oh, I might have another drink, commune with my ancestors, meditate over my past mistakes and try to correct them.”
Liz advises Roger that correcting past mistakes doesn't mean making others.
After Liz and Bill leave him alone, Roger muses to the portrait, “Well, Isaac, what would you do if someone tried to kill you?”
Bill comes back to check on Roger before he goes. He’s going to look for Carolyn in town.
David the eavesdropper continues to hide nearby.

Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Moltke
David Collins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Henesy
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joan Bennett
Bill Malloy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank Schofield
Dr. Reeves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fred Stewart

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

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