Thursday, October 27, 2016

Episode 89: Loyalty

Thursday, October 27, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. For more than one hundred and thirty years, the foreboding mansion of Collinwood has stood on the top of Widow’s Hill like a giant headstone marking the watery graves of fishermen who have perished in the sea below. It is a monument to one man—Jeremiah Collins—and his dreams. But when men dream, spoilers always seem to lurk nearby, ready to destroy their dreams, turning them into nightmares—even in a small, family town like Collinsport.

Burke asks James Blair whether the properties he’s buying are worth the price.
“If you’re asking me are the prices fair, I can answer in one word: yes. On the other hand, if you’re asking is it worth it, only you can answer that question.”
“It’s worth it.”
“Well, then, you’ll be happy to know that your bid is in on the Logansport Fishing Industries.”
“Good. Has anyone else made a bid?”
“Not so far. Tell me, are you dead set on going ahead with this deal?”
“If it kills me.”

Roger tells Liz that Vicki is a dangerous young lady to have in this house. She has delusions and an overactive imagination.
Liz isn’t so sure.
Roger says Vicki threatens David’s safety. She doesn’t like him, and Roger thinks he’s afraid of her sometimes.
Liz scoffs at this. It seems to her it would be the other way around.
Liz receives a call from her lawyer who says that Burke just made a bid for the Logansport Fishing Fleet and Cannery. 
Liz says she’ll top his bid.
Roger says Burke will just raise his bid. She can’t win. 
Burke has endless resources. What does Liz have?
Liz says there was a time she depended on Roger; now, she’s not so sure.

James tells Burke that Liz will put up a mean fight. She’s quite a lady.
Burke says she has nothing to fight with.
Tony says she has the men who work for her. They’re loyal.
Burke says loyalty is for sale. In fact, he’s planned a little meeting.

Burke’s guests arrive—some of the men who work for the cannery.
Burke announces he’s buying the Logansport operation and he needs men.
Amos says that he’ll leave the building of new enterprises to younger men. The Collins family has always treated him right. The men get up to leave, but Burke asks them to stay and hear him out. 
Blair tells them they would have profit sharing. (Come on, Liz, you don’t have profit sharing?)

Liz tells Roger they won’t be alone. “We have people Burke could never have, people he could never buy,” she tells Roger.

“Forget loyalty,” Burke says. “That’s not the issue.” If they don’t take his offer now, they’ll find it very hard to find jobs when the Collins cannery closes.

Roger suggests that Burke will try to steal their men.
Amos arrives to confirm this. He tells them about Burke’s meeting.
After Amos leaves, Roger tells Liz that when money and loyalty are matched in the same ring, there’s always a quick decision.

Blair tells Burke that Amos probably went straight over and told the Collinses all about it. Burke says he hopes so.
He thinks he got at least one of the guys. When the rest see how well he’s doing, they’ll fall in line.
Blair says he’ll go back to Bangor. Burke warns him against any slipups.
Blair says the only slipup could be Amos Fitch. Blair doesn’t think his loyalty can be bought at any price. Burke gives Blair a thousand dollar payment, saying he knows exactly how expensive loyalty is.
After Blair leaves, Burke receives a call from Liz, who tells him she’ll fight him if it takes every penny she has. (That might not be the best thing to say.)

When she hangs up, Roger says they’re committed to a fight for survival.
Liz says, “That’s the way it is, Roger. It’s Burke Devlin—or it’s us.”

         Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Moltke
Burke Devlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell Ryan
James Blair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Baragrey
Roger Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis Edmonds
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Bennett
Amos Fitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  George Mathews

Fashion by Ohrbach’s
Directed by Lela Swift
Written by Francis Swann

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