Thursday, January 5, 2017

Episode 136: Scaredy Cats

Thursday, January 5, 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 136th episode, but the official number is 139.

My name is Victoria Winters. There are very few lights burning at Collinwood, for it is late at night, but lights in the caretaker’s cottage are still burning.

Roger arrives with his gun (on a slightly less bad version of the scene from yesterday). He says he could kill Burke and no one could convict him. He’s on Roger’s property and bothering his wife. Burke asks Laura whether he’s bothering her, and she says no. (He was bothering her.)

Burke leaves and Roger yells at Laura for telling Burke she was only there for David. If Burke thought she was a loyal wife, he wouldn’t be trying to get to her. Roger says the happiest day of his life will be when she takes his son and goes. “If David is my son!”

Roger leaves and Laura goes to the window.

David’s dreams are disturbed by Laura’s voice calling his name.

Vicki comes in to wake David up. He’s slept late. It’s ten-thirty. He says he kept waking up from having that dream.

Roger comes in and says he’s going to take David to Matthew’s cottage. David doesn’t want to; there’s something scary about his mother.

Vicki tells him to go wash up. She promises to help with David and his mother.

She says she saw the sheriff’s car out her window last night. Roger tells her about the body in Phoenix.

Vicki brings breakfast to Laura, saying she thought they could share it.

They discuss David. Vicki says he’ll want to see her after he gets over his “stagefright.” Laura asks whether he talked about her before she came back. Vicki says he did, all the time, and said how much he loved her and wanted her to come back.

Laura asks Vicki if she could get a lock of David’s hair. She has a lock of his baby hair in a locket Roger gave her, and she keeps it with her always. When she was in the sanitarium, it was the only thing that kept her in touch with reality, knowing she had a son out there in the real world.

Vicki thinks maybe if David and Laura could meet by accident sometime, that might do the trick. Vicki suggests the greenhouse.

Laura thinks maybe on top of Widow’s Hill, so they arrange that. Vicki says David needs a mother. Laura says she needs David. No one understands how much.

Vicki takes David to Widow’s Hill. He wonders how many people have died there, which Vicki thinks it morbid, and gets close to the edge enjoying the waves, which makes her nervous. He calls her a scaredy cat. She says scaredy cats don’t have accidents. David says neither does he.

He likes the sound of the gulls. When he wants to go, Vicki points out a ship. He says he’d like to go on an ocean liner around the world when he grows up.

Laura comes up and asks whether he’s going to Madagascar. He used to say that’s where he’d go when he was little. He liked the sound of the word. When she tries to get close to him, he backs away and falls, but catches hold of a root or something.

 Cast, In Order of Appearance

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

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

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

David Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  David Henesy

Fashion by Ohrbach’s

Directed by Lela Swift

Written by Ron Sproat

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