Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Episode 18: Mr. Devlin in the Garage with a Wrench

Wednesday, July 20, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. My past is still a mystery to me, but my future is bound to the great house on Widow’s Hill. To a boy whose eyes brim with fear and the torment. To the strange sounds and lonely echoes of a small room filled with the echoes of long-dead years.

Roger goes up the stairs. David skulks in the shadows near the stairwell.

Vicki’s window is rattling in the wind. The catches on those windows! She gets up and closes it. Just as she’s trying to settle back to sleep, Roger comes knocking. He wants her to meet him in the drawing room. After their last drawing room encounter, it’s a wonder that she agrees.

David comes to the drawing room and tells Roger he’s sorry.
“Sorry for what? That I survived?” Roger immediately apologizes.
David asks about his arm. It’s just a sprain. David says he knows Roger said someone tampered with his brakes. Roger sends David to bed, and David says he isn't sorry after all.

David knocks at Vicki’s door and wants to talk with her. Vicki tries understand his father is upset and that it’s not David’s fault there was an accident. David denies doing anything.
“David, no one’s accusing you of anything. No one but yourself.” She thinks he feels bad because he said he wished his father would die. His father didn't mean it when he shouted at David, “just like you didn't mean what you said.”
David wants to know what she’s going to tell his father.
Nothing about him.
What if it wasn't an accident?
His father will go to the police.
“What will they do?”
    “Whatever police do.”
David is upset that the person who tampered with the brakes could go to jail. It’s the same as sending someone away, the way his father threatened to send him away. That’s all Vicki and his father think about. They’re both the same.

Roger is not interested in David’s emotional state. He questions Vicki about the bleeder valve. Vicki tells him Burke had a wrench in his hand when she saw him in the garage by Roger’s car. Roger (and the whole audience) wants to know why Vicki didn't mention this before. It seemed silly after Mr. Devlin was so friendly. Roger wants to know if Burke’s hands were dirty. Vicki doesn't recall.
Roger plans to confront Burke in his hotel room—and he wants Vicki to get dressed and come with him. She can wait in the lobby and he’ll only call her up if he needs her.

While Vicki is dressing, David gets the bleeder valve to hide in her drawer. She finds him lurking and wants to know if he was bringing “another present.”
David tells her he wrecked the car.
One of his models. He crushed it and threw it out of the window. Why doesn't she call the police on him?
“Because it’s easier to buy you a new car.”
Roger interrupts them, looking for Vicki. Before she goes downstairs, David coldly tells her he hates Roger.

When Vicki joins Roger downstairs, he tells her he’s worried about his own problems, not David.
“I should think he’d be one of your problems.”
“Not tonight.” Tonight he is only concerned about what happened to the car, and it has nothing to do with David.

Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . Alexandra Moltke
Roger Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis Edmonds
David Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Henesy

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

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