Thursday, September 1, 2016

Episode 49: A Study in Red and Green

Thursday, September 1, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. A new fear has struck at Collinwood, a fear rooted in the disappearance of someone whose life has been involved with the family that lives in this great house. A fear that reaches down from Widow’s Hill—and touches others.

At work at the restaurant, Maggie receives a call from her father, who is trying to find out where Bill Malloy is. She promises to call Sam if she sees him.
Burke says she’s allowed to talk to her father as long as it doesn’t interfere with his breakfast. He asks how “old Sam” is, forgetting for the moment that his feelings about Sam have changed. Burke asks if she’s seen Bill. She says he’s the third person to ask her that (after Carolyn and her father). She wonders if Bill has quit his job and gone to Tahiti.
Burke doubts that, and he’s worried.
Maggie notes that she thought Burke would be at the house this morning for his portrait sitting. He says he canceled it. She thinks he seems worried something happened to Bill. He wonders if her dad sounded worried when he asked about Bill too.
“No. He just asked me where he was, that’s all.”
Burke says maybe Maggie’s right and Bill did go to Tahiti. “Or some other, less exotic, place.”
Joe comes in for coffee and doughnuts. She tells him Carolyn was there an hour ago, and he wants to know how long Burke has been there—about a half hour.
Joe asks if she’s seen Bill.
“You too?”
“Why, has someone else been asking about it?”
Burke says he has been, and that Maggie hasn’t seen or heard from Bill today. He starts trying to grill Joe about why he’s looking for Bill.
Burke says Bill is a friend of his, and for some reason, he’s suddenly not around. He wants to know if Roger has him looking.
Carolyn comes in and says she’s having trouble with her carburetor. She calls Burke “one of [her] favorite people,” which Joe doesn’t like. Burke leaves and Joe asks Carolyn if she wants to have coffee with an impossible man.
She does.

Burke goes to Sam’s. He thinks Bill’s not coming to the meeting last night got Sam off the hook.
Sam says maybe he realized he was wrong. Burke says if he had, he would have walked into the office and said so.
Sam says Bill is a man. Men make mistakes. Sometimes they don’t like to admit it.

Carolyn and Joe discuss Bill. Joe thinks maybe Burke has something to do with Bill’s disappearance. None of this started happening till Burke came back.
Maggie wants to know if Burke mentioned Sam to Carolyn. Carolyn says he hasn’t.
Maggie leaves the diner to its own devices.
Carolyn and Joe bicker and then laugh. He proposes again. Then he tells her about the crystal ball and David’s prediction that Carolyn will marry Burke.
“For your thoughts.”
“I just don’t like the idea of a crystal ball deciding my future.”

Sam starts drinking. Burke says that won’t help. He thinks there are only two people who could benefit from Bill’s disappearance—Sam and Roger.
Sam says Bill is one of the best men he knew.
Past tense?
Maggie comes home. Burke says he’s going “fishing” and leaves.

Carolyn takes Joe home to Collinwood.
Joe tells Carolyn he loves her.
“In spite of everything I do to you?”
Joe says he takes the bad with the good. 
When she wonders what will become of her, she says that she’ll become Mrs. Joe Haskell and live happily ever after. She seems to like the idea. She wishes she could forget about Burke and this house.
Someone is at the door.

Burke and Joe wait while Carolyn goes to get Roger. Burke advises Joe on joining the Collins clan. He could move in. There’s plenty of room. 
“Joe, just push aside the cobwebs, dig up some dead bodies, hang your portrait on the wall, and you’re a member of the clan.”
Carolyn comes back and tells them Roger isn’t home.
As Burke leaves, he reminds Joe to dig up the dead bodies first.
 Carolyn wonders what he meant by that. Joe says its just a bad joke.

Maggie tells Sam she was worried because everyone was talking about Bill Malloy. It seems to be connected to Burke and Roger and Sam. How did he know Bill was missing?
Sam says she’s being too inquisitive and she should go back to work and leave him to his. He becomes angry.
She wants to know what it is that ties him and Burke and Roger Collins together.
Sam selects paint colors, reds and yellows and greens. “I think I’ll do it all in reds and greens.” With a touch of yellow.
Maggie wonders where they are all heading. She gives up and leaves.
“Toward death, Maggie, darling. We’re all headed towards death.”

        Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexandra Moltke
Maggie Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Leigh Scott
Burke Devlin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mitchell Ryan
Joe Haskell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joel Crothers
Carolyn Stoddard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Barrett
Sam Evans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  David Ford

Fashion by Ohrbach’s
Directed by John Sedwick
Story created and written by Art Wallace

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