Friday, September 2, 2016

Episode 50: Seeing Death

Friday, September 2, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. Night has come to Collinwood, and brought with it no answer to the mystery of a man’s disappearance. Instead there is restlessness. A restlessness that draws me out of the great house and into the darkness around it. A restlessness that seems to gnaw at everyone who lives on the crest of Widow’s Hill.

Vicki’s walk leads her to a meeting with Carolyn on our favorite cliff.
“Friend or foe?” Carolyn says. “Advance and be recognized.”

Carolyn says she’s looking for ghosts, which are all around them, everywhere.  “You still don’t believe in ghosts, do you?”

“I haven’t seen one yet.”

“You don’t have to see them, Vicky. You feel them.”

“You’re not talking about ghosts. You’re talking about your own feelings.”

Carolyn says her mother is very upset about Bill Malloy.

Vicki’s sure he’ll be all right and will come home.

Carolyn wonders if the widows could help. They’re as real as anything else in her life.

Vicki notes that the last time she saw Carolyn, she was in a good mood.

“That’s me. Up and down. In and out. Never the same girl twice.” When Carolyn was a little kid, she used to come out there and think the wind could help her solve anything. Maybe that only works at midnight, the witching hour. She shows Vicki the watch Joe gave her.

Carolyn doesn’t understand why she hangs onto Joe and runs away from him both. 
She’s afraid she’ll end up like the widows, wanting so much and having nothing. 
“They’re saying, ‘Help me, help me, somebody, help me,’ ” she tells Vicki.

David is worried about the “things” in his room. Liz tells him to go upstairs and turn on the lights—they’ll go away. He wants to stay downstairs with her, but she says she doesn’t have time for him tonight. David says she doesn’t care what happens to him and runs away.

Liz starts to dial the phone, but when Vicki and Carolyn come in, she thinks it might be Roger. 
Then she decides to go upstairs to wait in David’s room. “He’s afflicted with the family disease—seeing ghosts.”

Vicki makes tea. 
Joe calls, but she has to keep the line clear in case there’s any news about Bill. 
Carolyn says Joe is really nice in that dreamy voice she usually reserves for saying Burke is really nice.

Liz comes down. She doesn’t want any tea. She doesn’t understand why Roger hasn’t come home. She tries calling Roger’s office again. No answer.

Carolyn tries to tell Vicki the story of the “three people.”

Liz tells her stories are based on facts. Death is a fact.

Carolyn is upset and decides to go to bed.

Liz tells Vicki that two people have thrown themselves to their deaths, and the legend is that someday there’ll be a third. She doesn’t want to think about it tonight.

Roger arrives home in a jovial and famished mood, and makes Liz wait to talk to him until he gets a bite to eat.

Vicki goes up to her room and finds someone has written DEATH on her mirror. 
She gets David out of bed. He denies writing it. She tells him to take some tissues and wipe the word off. Carolyn comes in. 
David says the widows did it. They were in his room. 
Vicki finds it strange that they have exactly the same handwriting as David. She threatens to tell Liz and David wipes it off, but not very well. 
While Vicki works on cleaning the mirror, Carolyn tells her about her missing watch. 
She wants to go back and look for it before the night air ruins it. She wants Vicki to come with her.

Liz wants to know where Roger has been. He says he never has to ask that about her. He knows where she’s been for the past eighteen years.

Roger claims he went to Bill’s cousins’ house to see if they’d seen him. It’s quite a ways, and it was a wasted trip, as they hadn’t.

Liz asks why he didn’t tell her that Bill was at Collinwood last night and that he and Roger argued. Roger claims it was just a business matter. Bill felt Roger hadn’t been handling some accounts properly. They can all talk about it when Bill gets back.

Carolyn comes in and looks around for her wristwatch, and then she and Vicki go off to look for it at the cliffs.

David asks Liz where Vicki is going.

“She went to look for a wristwatch.”

“That’s not what she’s going to find. She’s going to find death.

At the cliffs, Vicki screams while she and Carolyn look down at what appears to be a dead body in in the waves below.

        Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by John Sedwick

Story created and written by Art Wallace

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