Thursday, July 21, 2016

Episode 19: The Portrait of Bill Malloy

Thursday, July 21, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. The tension seems endless. So much has happened since I first set foot in Collinwood and faced the woman who hasn't left its grounds in eighteen years. A woman who has been shocked by an attempted murder. A woman who is torn with concern for the one person she loves most in the world.

Liz comes forlornly down the stairs in the middle of the night, wearing a smashing robe. She starts to make a phone call but hangs up. Then the phone rings. It’s Bill Malloy. He hasn't been able to find Carolyn, but she and Joe had an argument at the Blue Whale and he left. Then she left with Burke Devlin. Bill is in the hotel lobby now, but Burke hasn't come in yet.

Liz says to call her if he finds anything out, no matter how late it is.

Sam Evans is at the Blue Whale, drinking and smoking. Bill comes in and orders a beer. Sam says in London they drink warm beer. Bill was in London once, before he started working for Mrs. Stoddard. Bill wonders if Sam has seen Carolyn or Burke. Together. Separately. It doesn't matter.

Sam wonders why they’d be together. Bill says maybe he’ll let Sam do his portrait.

Sam says Burke has no use for the people up on the hill.

Joe and Carolyn enter the restaurant, bickering. She’s angry he left her at the bar. He’s angry she was so attentive to Burke. Is there any hope for this pair?

Bill wonders when they’ll make Maggie manager of the restaurant. Sam says she’s thinking of buying a place.

Sam tries to grill Bill, using his usual technique of talking too much. He knows Carolyn took Burke to Collinwood. Why would she do that? Why would he go? Sam is just interested in human nature, of course, nothing more than that.

Bill tells him something he didn't know: Roger Collins was almost killed in a car wreck. Sam wants to know where Burke was when this happened. (Smooth, Sam.) Bill wonders why he’s so worried about it.

Joe explains to Carolyn that Maggie went home sick so they’re shorthanded at the restaurant, as he delivers the burgers to their table. Joe says if it isn't Burke, it’s somebody else—anybody—and it always seems to happen when he talks about getting married. Carolyn admits he knew Burke would be at the Blue Whale.

Joe can’t keep being good old Joe waiting on the sidelines for her to come back. Carolyn asks if he can get her a cup of coffee.

“Is that all you’ve got to say?”

“What do you want me to say—that I’m sorry? Well, maybe I am sorry if I hurt your pride, but I have to live my life my own way.”

“I’ll get the coffee.”

Sam walks in and sees Carolyn.

Liz answers the phone again. This time Bill has good news. Carolyn is on her way home.

Bill and Sam are now at the restaurant. Does Sam think Burke will be after him next? Sam takes offense at this sally. Burke used to model for him, that’s all. He wishes Burke had never come back.

Joe brings Carolyn home. She apologizes and says he’s a great guy. “Just try to remember that tomorrow,” he jokes.

Carolyn goes up to see her uncle.

Liz wants to talk with Joe. About Carolyn. Did Carolyn go to the Blue Whale to see Burke? Was she very friendly to him? Why did Joe and Carolyn have a fight?

Liz tells Joe that Burke was almost a murderer tonight. Carolyn comes in and announces that Roger’s gone.

Liz asks Joe to go check whether the convertible is gone.

She tells Carolyn that Burke tried to kill her uncle Roger. Carolyn doesn't believe it. Joe comes back and reports the convertible isn't in the garage. He tells Carolyn he’ll call her tomorrow and leaves.

Carolyn asks Liz why Burke would try to kill Uncle Roger. Liz tells her about the trial, that Roger was a witness, and that Burke swore revenge.

(How could Carolyn not have heard about this? Didn't she go to school around here?)

Liz tells Carolyn not to protect Burke, not even in her mind. “He’s not worth it.”

Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexandra Moltke

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Bennett

Bill Malloy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank Schofield

Sam Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Allen

Joe Haskell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joel Crothers

Carolyn Stoddard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Barrett

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Story created and written by Art Wallace

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