Thursday, December 8, 2016

Episode 117: Enemy of the Family

Thursday, December 8, 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, but I will note the official numbering also. This is the 117th episode, but the official number is 119.

My name is Victoria Winters. The lights are burning late tonight at Collinwood, where my disappearance has caused great alarm. 
There are those who search for me—but their search may be in vain, for my captor has hidden me well. 
They looked for me here. 
They were so near that I wanted to scream to them from within the secret room. But my hopes are dimming now, for Matthew will surely not fail this time to take my life.

Joe points out that Burke is making a lot of noise and leaving a lot of evidence where he was.

Carolyn comes downstairs and Liz comes in from outside.

Liz is afraid Matthew has Vicki.
 Carolyn thinks he wouldn’t still be around. Liz says Matthew knows more hiding places than David.

“Burke will find her,” Carolyn says.

“You have a lot of faith in him, haven’t you?”

“Shouldn’t I have?”

“You know my answer to that.”

“I knew this was coming!”

“Yes, that’s the one redeeming feature about the obvious. You can always depend on it. Burke is an obvious person. He’s an enemy of this family, and therefore an enemy of yours too.”

“Mother, you will never sell me that.”

“I won’t have to; he’ll do it himself. He’ll hurt you badly, and it’s just a question of time.”

“I wouldn’t be too sure of that.”

“It’s inevitable. Burke is dedicated to revenge. You’ll find you’re only his instrument.”

“That’s because you only see what’s on the surface. You refuse to go beneath and see the man he really is.”

“No, darling, that’s your mistake, and it’s a very serious one. Burke only permits you to see the man he wants you to see.” She says Carolyn will find she has an important role in Burke’s plan.

Carolyn says Liz has lived at Collinwood too long. Everything seems sinister to her.

Liz says Carolyn isn’t seeing Burke objectively. He’s too old for her. She’s still a young girl.

“Tell me, Mother, when will you bestow the title of ‘woman’ on me?”

“When it’s a fact.”

“Well, it won’t be a woman who bestows that title on me. It’ll be a man: Burke Devlin.” Carolyn says it doesn’t matter if Liz rants and raves, locks her in her room, or disinherits her. She’s going to spend her time with Burke—and maybe her life.

“It will be a terrible life—because he’ll destroy you. That’s the only thing he knows how to do.”

Roger arrives home. He expresses no concern for the missing governess.

Carolyn tells him she spent a wonderful evening with Burke Devlin. 
Roger tells her that doesn’t say much for her judgment. Carolyn says that just makes her a Collins.

Roger remonstrates with Carolyn about Burke.

He says Burke is using her. 
In fact, he told Roger so by showing him his tactics. 
Burke is drawing a line with himself on one side and everyone else on the other. And where will Carolyn be? Wherever she chooses.

Roger says she may find herself without a choice when her usefulness is at an end.

Liz asks Carolyn if Burke told her about his new enterprise. 
Carolyn says Burke doesn’t discuss business with her. Liz says he’s taken over the Logansport cannery. Carolyn tries to pass this off as doing things in the grand style.

Liz says it wasn’t. It was underhanded and with destruction its goal.

Carolyn accuses her of being hypocritical, since she was glad to see Burke tonight. (Actually, no, she wasn’t, and that she’s willing to take his help in trying to save Vicki is hardly hypocritical.)

Joe apologizes to Burke for taking a swing at him. He won’t do it again unless he can find a better reason than Carolyn. She wants something. Maybe it’s Burke or something else, but it isn’t Joe.

Burke wonders whether Joe will ever get that girl out of his mind.

Joe says that’s his problem. He’s said everything he’s going to say on the subject.

Joe and Burke return to Collinwood. 
Roger retrieves his guns and removes the bullets.

He makes a crack about Vicki being phenomenally stupid for someone whose job it is to teach.

This makes Burke angry. Carolyn worries about Burke’s feelings for Vicki.

Roger and Burke make threatening noises at one another.

Roger puts a bullet back in one gun.

Liz suggests they have coffee. Carolyn says she’s going up to bed. Liz tells Carolyn she’ll talk to her in the morning.

Joe follows Carolyn to the stairs.

She assumes he’s going to apologize, but he sets her straight. He says he’s sorry this happened to her. She used to be a very nice girl. She claims to be even nicer now. It must be the company she keeps.

He says there’s no point in talking to her anymore.

“Have you finally realized that? I was trying to be subtle,” Carolyn says, and runs up the stairs.

In the drawing room, Joe, Burke, Liz, and Roger discuss the search for Vicki. Burke and Joe Roger thinks Burke is inordinately concerned.

Burke says he resents Roger’s lack of concern. Roger says he hopes Burke isn’t going to make Collinwood the search headquarters. Burke says not necessarily, but he might have other plans for it soon.

Liz tells Burke she appreciates his helping search but not his last remark.

He says it was aimed at her brother.

She says everything about the business is aimed at her.

He congratulates her on being a realist.

She tells him that’s why he’ll lose. No one ever made money on revenge.

Burke says he’ll be the exception.

Roger says because he’ll use every filthy trick in the book.

Burke slams Roger against the door and says, “Because I learned them all from you.” 
He leaves.

Roger grabs up a gun. Liz stops him from following Burke.
        Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

Joe Haskell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joel Crothers

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

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

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

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

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