Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Episode 135: The Body at 443 Maple Street

Wednesday, January 4, 1967

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 135th episode, but the official number is 138.

My name is Victoria Winters. The quiet of the night at Collinwood has been shattered by some news—news so startling and strange that it is beyond belief.

Roger thinks that the report about Laura’s death is erroneous. George says it was a positive identification.

The body was found in what was left of her apartment. Everyone was accounted for except Laura. George would like to talk with her.

Roger wants to make sure George doesn’t plan to give her the third degree. George says he won’t; there’s no accusation being made.

Roger takes George to the cottage.

He asks her when she was last at 443 Maple Street. She tells him about her travels.

He tells her about the fire.

He tells her the body was identified as Laura Collins.

Roger wishes he wouldn’t be so melodramatic.

Laura tells him no one was staying in her apartment, and she doesn’t know who it could have been.

The sheriff leaves but Roger stays behind.

Roger wonders whether this will affect her taking David. She says she has another place she plans to take David.

Burke drops Carolyn off, and tells her how cute her nose is. They kiss. She doesn’t know whether she feels younger when she’s with him or more mature.

She decides to have him come in.

Burke is laying it on thick with her. They snuggle next to the fire. He offers to take the suitcase down to Laura’s cottage on his way out.

Roger returns to Collinwood and sees Laura’s suitcase.

Carolyn asks whether he’s being thoughtful or he just wants to see Laura. He says it’s just business. Carolyn says she doesn’t know why she lets him get away with so much and he says he’s irresistible. They are kissing when Roger comes in.

Roger says Burke isn’t welcome. Carolyn is amused by the whole thing. Roger says he represents the destroyer of this family and Carolyn along with it. He says Burke is about as fascinating as the grim reaper.

Burke says Roger has played the grim reaper often enough. Burke, on the other hand (who has been lying right and left here), represents honesty and truth. He’s willing to speak the truth anywhere (but he doesn’t).

Burke and Carolyn say goodnight. She notes he’s very determined to deliver the suitcase.

Laura is communing with the fire when Burke arrives.

He tells her what a treat it is to see her and how rich he is. He’s not someone to be made a fool. She doubts that could happen to him. He doubts it too, but he wants to be certain.

Roger asks Carolyn whether she took the suitcase to Laura. She says it’s on his way.

He realizes Burke took it.

He says he wishes she hadn’t done that.

She says she’s sorry, she didn’t realize—(She never does, does she? A convenient excuse.)

Burke asks Laura for a definite commitment. She says she can’t do anything till after she has David. If Roger knew he was there, it would ruin her getting David.

Burke says he wanted revenge against her, but seeing her again makes him feel inexplicably different. She owes him years of life he never had, love he never had.

He starts pawing her and doesn’t listen when she tells him no.

Roger bursts in with a gun.

        Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

Sheriff George Patterson . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Dana Elcar

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

Laura Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Diana Millay

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

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

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Written by Malcolm Marmorstein

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