Friday, August 19, 2016

Episode 40: The Price of a Painting

Friday, August 19, 1966
My name is Victoria Winters. Here in Collinwood, I sit in a quiet room, teaching the son of a frightened man—a man who seems to be impelled by constantly growing fear.

Sam wants to know if Bill usually knocks when he comes into a man’s house. 
He says he does, but Roger and Sam were going at each other too loud to hear him.
Roger thinks Bill should be at the plant. Bill thinks the same about Roger. He can’t help but ask himself why. 
Roger claims Sam is doing a painting for him. Bill thinks between Roger and Burke, Sam will be running out of paint. 
Bill also thinks it’s odd for them to argue so loudly about the price of a painting.
Roger says he’s going back to the plant.
Bill declines to leave yet.

Burke calls to tell Carolyn he found her ring. She claims to have been searching frantically for it. 
He says he could drop it off on his way to Bangor. She says that would be too inconvenient for him and asks when he’s leaving. One o’clock. She says she’ll meet him at the restaurant at 12:30, and he can give her the ring back then.
 Sam talks about painting Burke without knowing the inner man. Bill finds how an artist works interesting. He suggests they have a drink—a stiff one. Sam didn’t know he drank so early in the day. Bill says this could be a special day. 
He wants to talk about Burke. He should be a happy man now that he’s rich, shouldn’t he?
Sam says he wouldn’t know, as he’s never had that much money.

Roger comes into the restaurant. Burke is hanging around there. He wonders if Roger would like to chat about his old friend, Sam Evans. Roger says they hardly know each other. Burke says he thought Roger and Sam had been seeing a lot of each other lately. Roger says he was talking with Sam about buying a painting.
Roger sees that Burke has Carolyn’s ring, the ring Roger gave her for her sixteenth birthday. He’s upset to think Carolyn gave it to Burke. Burke says Carolyn left it there and is coming back to get it. Roger says he’ll save her the trouble by taking it to her himself. He tells Burke to stay away from Carolyn and David.

Roger returns the ring to Carolyn, much to her disappointment.
He asks her not to see Burke. She doesn’t like Roger and Liz giving her orders. She says even if she can’t help, she’s going to try.
 Carolyn arrives at the restaurant, pretending she hasn’t received the ring. He finds it in her purse. (Why did she bring it?)
Burke says that’s an old play, older than either of them.
She wants to know if his business in Bangor has to do with her family. He says it isn’t, and he says she can’t come. She wants to know when he’ll be leaving. Fifteen minutes. He goes up to his room.
She calls Vicki and asks her to tell her mother that she won’t be home for dinner because she has a big date tonight.
 Sam gets drunk and tells Bill he’s afraid. Someone threatened to kill him. (No wonder Roger doesn’t trust him to keep quiet!)
Bill plays on Sam’s fears to try and get information out of him.
Sam says Roger Collins is afraid of him too.
Bill wants to know why.
Sam says he’s the only thing that stands between Roger Collins and a prison sentence.
He passes out and Bill covers him up with a blanket.
          Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexandra Moltke
Bill Malloy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Schofield
Roger Collins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis Edmonds
Sam Evans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Ford
Carolyn Stoddard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nancy Barrett
Burke Devlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell Ryan

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