Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Episode 88: Restless Souls

Wednesday, October 26, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. Collinwood has a reputation for ghosts and specters and the unseen widows who weep for their men lost at sea. I had always scoffed at these ghost stories—until last night.

Vicki is upset about having been locked in a room to die. 
She tells Carolyn she saw the ghost of Bill Malloy. 
Liz overhears this. 
She doesn’t think that makes sense. She heard David played a prank on Vicki.

Vicki says it wasn’t a prank. She thinks David was trying to kill her. She thinks it would be best if she left Collinwood.

Carolyn says that isn’t fair. To whom? “To all of us,” Carolyn says. (Okay, Carolyn.)

Liz says she shouldn’t make a decision in a hurry.

Vicki notes that she had plenty of time to think while she was locked in that room.

Roger comes in and says he agrees Vicki should leave. There’s no reason for her to stay somewhere she’s in danger.

Liz wants to talk with Roger alone.

Roger tries to pass the event off as a childish prank but doesn’t do a good job of it. He mentions that David tried to kill him once. Liz says she thought they agreed that was an accident.

“Yes. So we did.”

“There’s only one thing.”


“Has it occurred to you—lately—that there have been too many accidents at Collinwood.”

Carolyn comes to Vicki’s room to talk her out of leaving. 
What about Vicki’s search for her past? 
Vicki says she could stay here the rest of her life and not find a solution. 
Carolyn doesn’t know what it was like in that room last night.

“Vicki, I’m so sorry.”

“Didn’t anybody miss me?”

Carolyn says Vicki makes her feel guilty. She was out—with Burke Devlin. (She doesn’t mention that her mother was worried about Vicki before Carolyn even left, and Carolyn point-blank refused to help look for her because the only person she was going to worry about was herself.)

Vicki thought she wasn’t going to see Burke again.

Carolyn ran into him accidentally at the Blue Whale. “Honestly, Vicki, if I hadn’t been so angry with Joe for breaking that date, I never would’ve gone out.”

“So now Joe is the culprit?” Vicki observes.

“Don’t you know what he was doing? He was having dinner with Maggie Evans.”

“If you will forgive me for butting into your private affairs, I’d like to remind you that Joe came to the house looking for you yesterday, and you were out.”

“He could have waited for me, couldn’t he?”

“I wouldn’t have thought very much of him if he had.”

“But why? I was just taking a walk.”

“From some of the things you’ve told me, you’ve kept Joe waiting for quite a while.”

“What if I have? That still does not give him the right to have a dinner date with Maggie Evans.”

“And does it give you the right to have a date with Burke Devlin?”

“I didn’t have a date with him—I told you, I didn’t know he was gonna be there!”

“But he was, and so were you, and that’s all that mattered at the moment. Am I right?”

“I suppose so.” But Carolyn was so happy to see him without all that hatred in him, not accusing anybody of anything, he was so charming (and so on).

She was very worried when she got home and found out Vicki was missing. “Vicki, we all care about you. Maybe we’re not demonstrative or anything, but we care.” (How demonstrative do you have to be to bloody look when someone is missing, Carolyn?)

“Including David?”

“How can I tell what David thinks? He’s a nut. But Mother and I care about you. And so does Uncle Roger.”

“Well, this may sound very strange—but the person I’m the most concerned about is David.”

Carolyn doesn’t understand this.

Vicki feels sorry for David. 
 Collinwood has become his whole world, and there is nothing he can do to get away from it.
Vicki, on the other hand, can walk out the door and turn her back. They managed perfectly well without her before.

“No. Not perfectly well. Let’s just say we managed.”

And they’ll manage again.

Carolyn isn’t so sure. The day she came was the same day Burke Devlin came back to Collinsport.

“What’s that got to do with me?”

“Maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with you. But it has everything to do with me. Don’t you see? That’s why I’m so confused.”

“No matter how many times you explain what happened to Vicki last night,” Liz tells Roger, “I’m still confused and upset.”

Roger says he’s told her everything he knows.

They discuss Vicki’s assertion that she saw the ghost of Bill Malloy.

Roger says he’s seen and felt things before. He knows Liz has too. Despite this, he somewhat scoffs at “what Vicki claims to have seen.”

They decide to investigate the other wing.

Carolyn tells Vicki she’s the only person she can talk to about Burke Devlin. “Can you imagine the mess I would’ve been in without your advice?”

“Would it have been any worse than the mess you got in with it?”

Carolyn says nothing happened between her and Burke.

“Was it your fault nothing happened?”

Carolyn never thought about it that way. “You always have to be so honest?”


If Burke hadn’t been drinking so much . . . How can she say what might have happened?

“Did you want something to happen?”

Carolyn isn’t sure. She said she was confused.

Vicki says she’s never seen Burke drunk. Carolyn says he wasn’t drunk. It was like he was celebrating.

Vicki wonders what he was celebrating . . .

Roger and Liz investigate.

He tells her about finding Vicki. Maybe she had a bad dream about ghosts. 
Liz finds David’s things. “David’s been in this room before,” she says. “He brought Vicki here deliberately.”

Roger says he might have intended to get Vicki out but was scared because of the enormity of what he’d done. But he does think David is an incipient psychopath. He doesn’t see anything to corroborate Vicki’s story.

But Liz does. She finds the seaweed on the floor.

They return to the drawing room to discuss. 
Liz notes that the seaweed is still damp. She thinks it was left for them to find. 
“I’ve heard that ghosts are restless souls, souls that never stop wandering, until a wrong has been righted.”

Roger thinks maybe David put the seaweed there.

“Didn’t Vicki tell you the ghost was dripping wet and covered with seaweed?”

Carolyn comes in, followed by Vicki. 
Carolyn says Liz must convince Vicki not to leave Collinwood. 
Liz says she doesn’t think she has the right to.

She tells Vicki she doesn’t want her to go, but the decision is Vicki’s.

Carolyn and Roger try to convince Vicki to stay/go, and Liz says it’s her decision.

Vicki says she doesn’t think it is.
She wants to talk to David.
“Because he hates me more than I ever guessed—and I want to know why.”

                  Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

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

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

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

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Written by Francis Swann

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