Monday, January 9, 2017

Episode 138: Drawn to Her

Monday, January 9, 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 138th episode, but the official number is 141.

My name is Victoria Winters. The stranger who has come to Collinwood has created fear and indecision for every member of the Collins family, but the gravest indecision rests in the mind of a small boy.
Vicki greets David and asks him whether he slept well. 
He has. No bad dreams. 
Vicki’s glad he’s not afraid of his mother anymore (he guesses not); she really loves him. 
David guesses she does, but he has ways of finding out. He declines to say what they are.
He’s drawing a picture of the phoenix.
The best part of the story, David says, is that the bird is burning itself alive.
Finding out David has already had breakfast, Vicki says she’ll get a cup of coffee and they can get an early start on his schoolwork.
Laura arrives.

She asks Vicki to let David off of his schoolwork, just for today. 
She knows she shouldn’t be asking this, but she’d like to spend the day with him, just the two of them.
Vicki agrees.
Laura tells David she’s glad he agreed. He says he’s glad he doesn’t have schoolwork. She asks whether that’s the reason he agreed, and he says not the only reason.
He has an idea for something they could do today, a place he’d like to take her.
He asks her whether she believes in ghosts. He does. He’s not afraid of them. She’s glad, because he should never be afraid of anything, and she wants him to remember it always.

Vicki goes to visit Maggie, who was being tempted to look at the portrait again. 
Maggie says she’s been cleaning up after her father, and she’s happy he’s gone for a morning walk—because the Blue Whale doesn’t open till noon.
Vicki says she might not have her job for much longer because Laura Collins will probably take David away. Maggie is interested to hear that’s why Laura is back. She thinks Roger will all right with getting rid of David. She wonders whether Roger seems nervous or under pressure since Laura’s been back. Vicki says she didn’t know Maggie was so interested in Roger.
Maggie says she isn’t; she’s just worried about her father, and he seems worried about Laura. Does Vicki think Laura really came back only for David?
Vicki says she does.
Maggie says Laura seems nice, but she can’t help feeling she’s somehow behind the weird things happening lately.

David takes Laura to the old house. He tells her his friends the ghosts are there. She thinks it must be his lunchtime. She’s not scared, is she? he asks.
He calls to Josette to introduce them.
Laura doesn’t like any of this.
David wonders why she’s so anxious to get back.
Then David gets an idea. The ghosts don’t appear to two people at one time. If he leaves Laura alone, maybe Josette will appear. Over Laura’s objections, he leaves her to try the experiment. The portrait of Josette begins to glow.
When David comes back, the glowing stops. Laura tells him that Josette didn’t appear.

Vicki asks Maggie what mysterious things are happening, and how they involve Laura Collins.
Maggie tells Vicki about Sam’s reaction to Laura and how it started to affect his work.
She tells about the strange painting he’s working on. Maggie finally shows Vicki the picture.
Sam comes home and finds the cover off of the painting. He is not happy with Maggie.
Vicki tells him it’s her fault.
Sam tells her not to tell anyone about it. He admits he’s compelled to paint it.
It started a few days ago, after he saw Laura Collins.

David shows Laura his phoenix drawing, and she’s very pleased with it.
He asks whether she knows any other stories.
She says she’ll tell him lots of stories when he comes to visit her, back in the place where she came from. He asks if it’s far away. A long way, she says. Farther than a hundred miles. Is it hard to get there? he asks. She says, no, it’s easy. “All you have to do is want to go.”

Sam stares at his painting.

 Cast, In Order of Appearance

Victoria Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Moltke
David Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  David Henesy
Laura Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Diana Millay
Maggie Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kathryn Leigh Scott
Sam Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  David Ford

Fashion by Ohrbach’s
Directed by John Sedwick
Written by Ron Sproat

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