Friday, July 22, 2016

Episode 20: The Habit of Glancing Back

Friday, July 22, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. The road that leads down from Collinwood is steep and winding, like the secrets of my past. And now it has brought a man close to death, a man who is searching for answers of his own.

Roger and Vicki arrive at the hotel. He tells her to wait in the restaurant (which is apparently open twenty-four hours, regardless of whether anyone is there to take your order). Vicki isn't convinced of Burke’s guilt, much to Roger’s annoyance.

Vicki is nursing a cup of coffee when Sam invites himself to sit at her table. He saw her and Roger come in. he glanced back as he was going home. It’s a bad habit of his, glancing back. “One should always look forward.”

“It can’t always be done.”

Sam finds it strange that Roger has come back there on the night of his car accident and disappeared. The light dawns. “He went up to see Burke Devlin, didn't he?”

Burke is surprised to see Roger but not that surprised that he’s alive. Roger doesn't notice this. He wants to hear about the business deal. Or maybe there was never any business deal?
Burke offers him a drink.
Roger wants to know how long Burke waited for him at the Blue Whale. An hour and a half.
“What happened to that smile, Burke? I thought you and I were going to be friends again.”
Burke can’t believe Roger is there after midnight to talk about a business deal.
Mr. Welles calls the Evans house. Sam picks up. (He got home fast.) Sam is annoyed he called so late when he knew Maggie went home with a headache. It’s after midnight, you know.
It turns out she asked Mr. Welles to call and he probably said the first thing that came into his head when Sam answered. This annoys Sam too—that Maggie is getting reports on him.
Maggie says when she got home, she looked to see if Sam’s suitcase was still there. She wants all this with him and Roger Collins and Burke Devlin to end.
Sam thinks she may get her wish tonight.

Burke says he wanted to talk with Roger about buying the Collins Cannery. Roger calls him a liar. Burke knows Liz would never sell. Then he gets down to it. “You tried to kill me.”
Burke denies everything.
Roger goes to the phone and asks for Vicki to be sent up.

Sam is making plans to get up early to pain the sunrise on the cliff. Which cliffs? Maggie asks. Not Widow’s Hill.
Sam shows Maggie a picture he did of Collinwood.
“I’m getting to hate that place.”
“Now why should you hate Collinwood? It’s a nice, respectable house filled with nice, respectable . . . horrors.”
“One of whom seems to have trapped my nice, respectable father.”
She thinks it’s funny how everything is happening at once. Burke’s return, Roger’s accident—now Sam is getting up early to paint.
Sam says maybe he and Burke are meeting to decide how to try to kill Roger next. He goes off to bed in a huff.

Vicki arrives at Burke’s room. The three of them go over the meeting in the garage. Burke says he was just looking at the car because he was thinking of buying one like it. He found the wrench on the front seat of the car. He saw it lying on the seat, picked it up, and threw it on the workbench.
Roger says there was no wrench on the front seat of the car earlier.
“Then someone must have put it there!” Burke says he’s not the scared kid Roger railroaded ten years ago.
“Nobody railroaded you.”
Burke says he doesn't know how Roger dragged Vicki into this. He gives her the usual advice about going back home.

Roger and Vicki arrive back at Collinwood. Roger tells Vicki she can’t leave now, whether she wants to or not. He needs her, and she has to stay.

Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

Roger Collins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Louis Edmonds

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

Burke Devlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell Ryan

Maggie Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Leigh Scott

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Story created and written by Art Wallace

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