Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Episode 28: Spells and Incantations

Wednesday, August 3, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. A nine-year-old boy, driven by fear and desperation, has disappeared from Collinwood. A boy who holds the key to an attempted murder, a crime that involves the interest and concern of many people.

Burke storms into the sheriff’s office. Jonas tells him that people usually knock before they come in there. (Really? People usually knock before they come in the sheriff’s office?) Burke asks if Jonas knocked before coming into Burke’s hotel room.

“Why are you so worried about my searching your room? What do you have to hide, Burke?”

Burke says he has nothing to hide but Jonas had no right to do it without a search warrant. Jonas tells Burke he had one, and Burke asks if he found anything interesting. He wants to know who’s behind this—Roger Collins?

The phone rings and Jonas testily answers it. He says he’s not ready yet. He tells Burke that nobody tells him how to do his job, not Roger Collins or anybody else. Burke says that family railroaded him into prison ten years ago and he hasn’t forgotten it. Jonas notes he thought that was all bygones now.

Jonas says if Burke didn’t tamper with Roger’s brakes, then somebody else did, and he has to find out who.

Maggie brings a wandering David into the restaurant and makes him a sundae. His father comes in there quite often. Did he know that? No. Maggie was hoping Roger would come in tonight, as she’d like to talk with him. David says he’ll be along . . . pretty soon.

Maggie goes to the pay phone, ostensibly to call her father.

Burke kills time at the sheriff’s office by looking at wanted posters. Jonas comes back in and asks him if he sees anyone he knows.

“I graduated from that class five years ago.”

“Has it been that long since you got out of prison?”

Burke says he got out early for good behavior.

Jonas gets another phone call, and he mentions New York. Burke wants to know if the phone call is about him. He flies off the handle again. Jonas says he seems like someone with a guilty conscience. (How did Burke ever get through five years in prison without clocking anybody?)

Maggie lets David make a sundae. She asks him about going in Burke’s room and he denies doing anything wrong. He tries to go wait in the lobby, saying he doesn’t want the sundae. Maggie smooths it over and talks him into making a sundae for her.

Roger arrives. David disappears while Maggie lets his father in. He was just there, she insists.

“Spells and incantations, Maggie.” If David rematerializes, he could make his own way home.

Maggie notes it’s getting dark soon and Roger weakens. If she sees David again, at least let him know he’s in for a good solid lecture.

She asks about Burke and her father. She tells Roger that Sam is going to do a portrait of Burke.



Burke walks in. Seeing how intense Maggie and Roger look, he asks, “I’m not breaking up the great romance, am I?” 
(A romance between Roger and Maggie would be kind of interesting.)

Maggie leaves Roger and Burke alone to go through their usual round of bickering over the brakes and prison. Roger says Burke will be going back there, and then leaves.

Maggie and Burke talk about David, then Burke wants to know if Roger and Sam saw much of each other while Burke was away.

Not until the night Burke came home. Although Roger had been at the house when Maggie was a kid, about the time of the trial.

Roger goes to the sheriff again, who wonders what Roger is hiding. The report on Burke from New York is clean. He runs an investment firm, buys into outfits and sells them for a profit. But he did hire a private detective to come up there and investigate the Collins family. Again, does Roger have anything to hide?

Maggie still can’t find David. Burke says maybe he got into Burke’s room. Maggie says he didn’t even have time to get out of the restaurant.

He’s in the phone booth. (Nobody looked in the phone booth! Are you kidding me?)

        Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

Jonas Carter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Currie

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

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

David Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Henesy

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

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Story created and written by Art Wallace

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