Monday, November 28, 2016

Episode 109: The Easy Way

Monday, November 28, 1966

Note: The episodes’ official numbering includes skipped numbers for pre-emptions, in accordance with their numbering system (so that one could look at the number of an episode and know what day of the week it aired on). I have elected to number the episodes by what episode it actually is (this is the 109th episode, but the official number is 111), but I will note the official numbering also.

My name is Victoria Winters. In the past week, three attempts have been made on my life by an unknown assassin, a man who has already killed once. I have just learnt that man’s identity.

 Matthew tells Vicki he doesn’t want to kill her, but it’s the only way to keep her quiet.
 She swears she won’t tell, but he’s not impressed.
 She says they’ll find her body and know it was him.
 He says he killed Bill by accident. He was trying to stop him from harming the Collins family. If Bill had listened, he’d be alive now. He tried to walk away. Matthew grabbed him and he fell. (I miss Bill so much.) Roger came by and saw the body. Matthew hid.
Vicki says she believes him. The sheriff will too.
An accidental death is different from murder in cold blood. 

Frank wishes he could be out there searching with the sheriff.

Liz says he wouldn’t know the grounds well enough. (How many times has the sheriff searched the grounds of Collinwood?)

Frank tries to think where Vicki could be. He thinks she must be somewhere close by.

The sheriff arrives, wanting to use the phone to call more men.

Frank mentions the broken urn by the old house.
The sheriff wants to search the buildings on the property, but Liz thinks that’s a waste of time.

Vicki tries to convince Matthew that the sheriff will figure out it’s him. 
They’ll find out she didn’t leave Collinwood. They’ll ask questions. 
There are only four people who were there—Mrs. Stoddard, Mrs. Johsnon, David, and Matthew.

Matthew confesses to trying to come into Vicki’s room and driving the car, but he didn’t try to kill her. He was just trying to scare her. She’s forcing him to kill her. (Vicki rightly objects to this victim blaming.)

She tries to convince him that he doesn’t want a murder on his conscience.

He says they won’t find her when he dumps her body two miles up the coast.


Liz says it worries her that Vicki might have stumbled into something—one of the caves under the cliff, for instance. Even though she’s lived in Collinwood all her life, she doesn’t know the grounds that well, and neither does Roger.

Matthew does. It’s odd he hasn’t reported back about his search for Vicki.

The phone rings. Vicki tries running for it, but Matthew blocks her.

He says he knows it’s Mrs. Stoddard calling. 
He wants her to think he’s out looking for Vicki.


Frank thinks the person trying to kill Vicki is responsible for her disappearance. He wonders who stood to benefit from Bill’s death. Liz says no one. 
He asks if Bill was on good terms with the family when he died. Liz admits that he wasn’t.

Frank wonders if it had something to do with the manslaughter case. Liz says it might have been. She says Roger didn’t try to hurt Vicki. He can’t be holding her somewhere. He’s in town now. Frank concedes this, and says Sam Evans is too.

He asks Liz whether she can think of anyone who is so close to her they would kill for her—or Roger—or the whole Collins family.


Matthew tells Vicki he’s thinking of how he should kill her. He’s sorry he has to kill her.

She says she doesn’t have to.

He killed a dog once. He put it out of its misery by breaking its neck. He won’t make her suffer.

Vicki says she won’t let him kill her. She’ll scratch his face up. There’ll be marks all over his face, and everybody will know.

Matthew says she shouldn’t try to fight him. It’ll be easier for her. 
He tries to strangle her, and she struggles and screams.

Liz walks in and yells at Matthew to stop. 
Vicki screams that Matthew killed Bill Malloy and tried to kill her.

        Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Moltke
Matthew Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Thayer David
Frank Garner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Conard Fowkes
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Joan Bennett
Sheriff George Patterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Dana Elcar

Fashion by Ohrbach’s
Directed by John Sedwick
Written by Ron Sproat

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