Monday, November 7, 2016

Episode 96: The Back Road from Bangor

Monday, November 7, 1966

My name is Victoria Winters. Collinwood seems a thousand miles away tonight, yet my only hope is that someone is driving from there to pick me up in Bangor and rescue me.

Roger arrives to “rescue” Vicki. He tells her she doesn’t have anything to worry about with him.

As they drive home, Vicki tells him about seeing the pen.
She would have recognized it anywhere.

Roger advises Vicki not to mention the pen to anyone. Well, it’s such a flimsy piece of evidence. He might have lost it there several days before that sad event—or even afterward.” Reporting it to the sheriff will just make an enemy of Burke, who can be vindictive.

Vicki wonders why Roger wouldn’t jump at the chance to get Burke in trouble. Roger points out that she doesn’t have the pen, and Blair would change his story to cover up for Burke.

Vicki suggests that they look for where David hid the pen he took. Roger thinks it will never be found.

Roger decides it would be better to turn off the main road because it was almost washed out when he drove up, and it’s still raining.

The sheriff’s car is stalled, and he has to use the phone at Collinwood. 
Liz tells him, “Miss Winters is in Bangor, but the rest of the family are home.” (Aw. Vicki is family.)

The sheriff tells her that people in town wish they could help her against Burke.

The phone rings and it’s for the sheriff. The back road to Bangor is completely impassable. Liz says nobody in their right mind would take that road anyway.

Roger and Vicki stop because the road looks too deep to drive through. 
He gets out to check and confirms this. 
He tells her there’s an abandoned shack down the road. The car won’t start. Roger leaves a note with the car before they go.

The sheriff leaves.

Liz turns off the lights and goes up to bed.

Vicki and Roger arrive at the abandoned house. There is some kerosene left in the lamp.

“Well, it’s not exactly cosy, is it?”

“It looks like the bridal suite at the aldorf Astoria to me,” Vicki says.

“I shoulda carried you over the threshold.”

“You forget that you’re already married.”

“Yes, if you can call it that. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that way.”

“David told me you and Laura didn’t get along.”

“That’s an understatement.” Roger suggests they can find more pleasant things to talk about.

Vicki wonders why David admitted he stole the pen and then lied about where he hid it.

Roger says he can’t account for much that David does. Or his friendship with Burke. He does note that Burke and David have something in common. They’ll both do whatever it takes to get what they want.

Vicki says that Roger’s not like that. He seems very confident. David must have gotten that from his mother.

Roger hopes David didn’t inherit any of her other tendencies.

Vicki says she doesn’t know much about Roger. What does he want?

Right now, he wants someone to come to the door and rescue them. And he wants Vicki to leave Collinwood.

He thinks she’s in danger.

She wonders why Burke would kill Bill. Roger says Bill was probably going to lie to back up his story about the hit and run. Malloy was jealous of Roger. Bill probably changed his mind and decided not to go through with the lie. Burke probably accidentally killed him.

What did Burke say when she wouldn’t go back to Collinwood with him?

He seemed annoyed. “I imagine he thought, how like a woman, always changing her mind.”

Roger wants Vicki not to say anything to anyone about the pen.

It would get back to Burke.

She can’t believe Burke would do anything to her. 
Roger says Bill didn’t believe it either.

She says it would be withholding evidence.

He grabs her and says, “Then withhold it, you little idiot.”
Then he gains control of himself and says he’s the one Burke wants to blame for the hit and run and Bill’s death.
He’s more in the middle of it than anyone. 
Burke will call Blair and tell him to get rid of the pen. Then they won’t have any evidence.

The sheriff arrives, having found Roger’s note at the car.

He asks Vicki if there’s anything wrong and she says no.


       Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

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

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard . . . . . Joan Bennett

Sheriff George Patterson . . . . . .  Dana Elcar

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Written by Francis Swann

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