Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Episode 77: A Wounded Tiger

Tuesday, October 11, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. The battle over Collinwood has been joined, either for or against. Yet it isn’t always an easy decision, for some more difficult than for others.

Carolyn tells Liz about the time she had lunch with Burke in Bangor and introduced her to Mr. Blair as an old swindler who was trying to defraud Liz of everything. Carolyn thought it was a joke. Liz says she understands. If she could forget about what he’s trying to do, she would find him very attractive.

Carolyn tells her about finding David in Burke’s room. “What was David doing in Burke’s room?”

“What were you doing there?” Liz counters.

Carolyn went to tell him she never wanted to see him again. She hoped it would change Burke’s mind about how he felt about the family. She was jealous that he drove Vicki home.

Liz asks how she could be jealous of someone she never wanted to see again.

Carolyn says she doesn’t understand her own feelings. Burke is so mysterious.

Liz met a mysterious stranger once. She married him.

Carolyn asks if Liz loved her father. Liz says she did.

“What was your life together like?”

“Our life together . . . was nothing.” Liz says she hopes Carolyn won’t see any more of Burke Devlin, and Carolyn says she won’t.

Liz asks her to send David down so she can straighten him out about Burke.

David and Matthew have a discussion about divided loyalties (i.e., his choice between Burke and Liz). David shows him a picture of Burke at his first oil strike. He admits he borrowed it, but that Burke would want him to have it.

Carolyn tells David that Liz wants to talk to him about Burke. After some back and forth, David goes down. Matthew warns Carolyn she should stay away from Burke. “He’s like a wounded tiger. Even an experienced hunter won’t go after a wounded tiger.”

Carolyn gets a lusty look and agrees that Burke is a tiger.

Liz tells David that Burke has declared war on the Collins family. Not on David. Burke is his friend.

“Do you think your friend would come here and tell me he intends to take away the cannery, the fishing fleet, and all of Collinwood?”

David can’t believe this. Liz asks if David trusts her. If he does, he must believe what she says. “You’re either for me or against me, David.”

Carolyn finds Burke’s photo and decides to search to see what else David has “borrowed.”

She tells Matthew that Burke doesn’t accept the coroner’s verdict.

Liz wants David to promise her never to see Burke again. He won’t, because Burke is the only friend he has. Liz says he isn’t David’s friend. “What if I insist that you never see him again?” David thinks that’s why she’s hiring Mrs. Johnson, to be his jailer. Liz says she’d have more time for David with Mrs. Johnson around.

David says he needs to think about the promise, just like Liz has to think about hiring Mrs. Johnson to be his jailer.

David returns to his room to find Carolyn searching it. He admits to borrowing the picture, but then says, no, Burke gave it to him. She can ask Burke. She has no doubt he would back up David’s story. He accuses her of being jealous. She says she received a better present than that from Burke anyway. David says he thinks Burke like Miss Winters best anyway. He can tell.

Matthew is finished fixing David’s drawer. He says they should be ashamed of arguing over a man who is out to destroy their family. Carolyn says they aren’t arguing about Burke. She tells David to leave Burke out of this.

“How can you leave Burke out of it? He’s the most important thing there is!” David yells.

Matthew tells Liz about David and Carolyn’s bickering. And that Burke apparently gave Carolyn a present. Liz thanks Matthew for the information, and he goes.

David and Carolyn come downstairs. David accuses Carolyn of going through his things and take away his picture of Burke. Carolyn apologizes to David, but David refuses to apologize to her. Liz tells David she doesn’t want to hear Burke’s name in this house and sends David to his room.

In the hallway, David angrily repeats “Burke Devlin” over and over.

                       Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

Carolyn Stoddard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mitchell Ryan

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

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

Matthew Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Thayer David

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Written by Francis Swann

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