Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Episode 82: Silver Pens and Crystal Balls

Tuesday, October 18, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. In spite of a coroner’s decision, a critical question is still being asked—even in Collinwood—was a man’s death accidental, or was he murdered? A question that continues to occupy the mind of a strange and troubled boy.

Vicki wants David to do his math problems, but he’s more interested in his crystal ball. Isn’t solving a murderer more important than math? And Burke is going to prove that David’s father killed Bill Malloy.

Burke invites himself to sit with the sheriff. He tells how he went to Lookout Point to find the fountain pen—and didn’t find it. (And wasn’t there at the same time as Carolyn, surprisingly.)

The sheriff isn’t impressed. He tells Burke there was no murder.

David becomes interested in Vicki’s fountain pen.

Burke tries to convince the sheriff to ask Roger about the fountain pen. The sheriff isn’t interested. It was an accidental death. He leaves before he has to punch Burke.

David says Mrs. Johnson is coming to work for them. And he’s going to be a millionaire when he grows up. He’s going in to partnership with Burke Devlin.

Vicki wonders who owned the pen.
Roger comes in and says Vicki should keep the pen. Then he tries to walk out of the room with it when the phone rings. David points it out.

Roger answers the phone. It’s Burke. 
He says he’s at the Blue Whale (he looks like he’s at the pay phone at the restaurant), and he expects Roger there in ten minutes—with his fountain pen.

Roger arrives at the restaurant, where Burke is waiting for him.

“I want my pen,” Burke says.

Roger admits he lost it. He says he’s sorry, but he’ll buy Burke another one.

Burke says Roger lost it at Lookout Point, when he went to meet Bill Malloy and killed him.

The sheriff walks in and tells Burke the case is closed.

Burke tells Roger that someone must have found the pen and when they realize what it means, everything will come tumbling down around Roger’s head.

David admires Vicki’s pen. He wishes he had a pen like that. Vicki says maybe she’ll give it to him someday—if he does his lessons and works hard. He says never mind; he knew there was a catch. He asks where she found it.

“Well, I don’t think I should tell you.”

“Why not? You told me it was on a beach.”

“Well, you might go run down and pick up all the others that are there.”

“There are more?”

“There are thousands of them. They’re scattered all over the beach like silver dust—big ones, giant ones, tiny ones, fat ones, thin ones—all sizes and shapes.”

David says he’s serious.

Vicki advises him to look in his crystal ball.

Roger comes in and asks Vicki to come down to the drawing room for a talk.

Roger tells Vicki that the phone call was Burke asking to meet Roger in town and he did. Burke made another threat and Vicki should think about his offer of a job in Florida. He can even pay her two or three thousand dollars to make up for all she’s been through.

David rushes in with something to tell Vicki. Roger says they’re having a private conversation, but Vicki says it doesn’t matter; she isn’t going to change her mind.

David closes the doors on Roger. 
He tells Vicki he knows she found the pen at Lookout Point—he saw it in his crystal ball.

Roger takes the pen from David’s room.


                          Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

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

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

Sheriff George Patterson . . . . . .  Dana Elcar

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

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by John Sedewick

Story created and written by Art Wallace

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