Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Episode 125: Figments

Tuesday, December 20, 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 125th episode, but the official number is 127.

My name is Victoria Winters. I have just lived through days of terror. I have been the captive of an insane, desperate man who wanted to kill me. I had given hope of ever being rescued—until a moment ago.

After David tells her the story, Liz calls Sheriff George Patterson to come because Matthew has Vicki at the old house. 
Mrs. Johnson overhears and thinks they won’t see Vicki again outside of a graveyard.

Luckily, she is wrong about this, as Roger and Burke arrive with Vicki. Liz embraces her and calls her “Vicki, darling.”

Roger tells Liz that Matthew died, possibly of shock. 

Vicki tells them she thinks Josette’s ghost saved her.

Liz takes her up to bed.

Roger thinks it’s all a figment of Vicki’s imagination, but Burke thinks otherwise. Why else was Matthew frightened to death?

Liz thanks Burke for his help. She asks him how fond he is of Vicki. She asks him not to hurt Vicki or Carolyn. She thinks he is capable of feeling, despite everything, and she thinks he’s attracted to Vicki. He tells her falling for an orphaned governess doesn’t fit into his scheme of things.

Mrs. Johnson tells Vicki that Burke must be very fond of her, dropping everything to come and look for her.

Vicki says she could hear him looking for her, through the wall of the old house.

Mrs. Johnson says he hired investigators too.

“I didn’t know that.”

Burke arrives to check on her. Vicki checks herself out in the mirror as Mrs. Johnson lets him in. 
Mrs. Johnson leaves.

Vicki says she doesn’t know how to repay Burke. He says her being alive is payment enough. It means more to him than anything.

Then he says to forget he said that.

She says she doesn’t understand him sometimes.

He says she shouldn’t try; it will just mean trouble for them both.

Burke gives her his usual warning to quit her job and leave town.

She says she’s staying. This is her home now.

He says if she ever needs anything, to call him.

She says she’ll remember and they say good night.

Roger tells Liz that the sheriff and his deputies have taken Matthew’s body away. 
Burke comes down during this. 
Roger tells him and Liz that Matthew seems to have died of natural causes—perhaps of fright.

Liz visits Vicki and, finding her awake, gives her a sedative.

Vicki talks about the ghost of Josette watching over her. She says the ghost of Josette Collins looked like her—more than the portrait did. Maybe she’s one of Vicki’s ancestors.

Liz says that would make her a Collins, and that hardly seems likely.

She tells Vicki about a little girl (Liz’s great aunt) who wandered away and was found by a man fishing at the time of year when people didn’t fish, in an area where people didn’t fish. A woman appeared to her and told her not to be afraid right before the man got there.

Vicki thinks that must have been Josette Collins.

Liz tucks Vicki in and says they’ll talk about it tomorrow.

Josette wanders in and out of the pillars again, dancing.

          Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

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

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

Matthew Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Thayer David

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

Mrs. Sarah Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Clarice Blackburn

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Written by Ron Sproat

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