Vicki starts packing her things the next morning, Carolyn comes to Vickie's room and invites her to come down and have a cup of coffee with her. Carolyn is shocked to see Vickie's suitcase on her bed and asks, "Leaving already?" Vicki tells her that she is, that she didn't like what happened last night. She tells her, "I will have that cup of coffee with you before leaving, though. After they go downstairs, David comes out of his room, which is on the opposite side of the hallway from Vicki's room, and sneaks into Vicki's room.
Downstairs in the dining room, Vicki tells Carolyn about meeting David last night. She also tells her about hearing the sobbing noise late at night. Roger comes in, holding a bundle of mail. He gives one to Vicki, saying, "Glum? Here's a letter from home to cheer you up." He apologizes to her for what happened last night. She asks him if he heard a sobbing noise at about 2:00 last night. He replies that he didn't, that he was sound asleep.
Upstairs, David starts taking Vickie's clothes out of the dresser and putting them into her suitcase.
Vicki reads her letter. Carolyn asks, "Good news or bad?" Vicki replies "Just news. It says the children miss me." Carolyn begs Vicki to change her mind and stay. She tells her she's lonely living in a big, mostly empty house with no one to keep her company. She tells Vicki, "Your so lucky to be able to just pack up and leave to go back to a normal family." Vicki, surprised that she should say this, tells her "That isn't true!" She shows her the letter and says, "Look where it's from." Carolyn does and replies, "So. You worked at a foundling home." Vicki
After breakfast, Vicki goes outside for a walk. She goes to the cliff again and looks out over the sea. A strange man comes up to her and says, "Go home, Miss Winters. Go back to New York". He refuses to tell her who he is or how he knows about her. He tells her to go inside and tells Roger he's here. She tells him that Roger isn't home, that he went into town. He tells her to tell him "Sam was here" when he comes back to "this house of tears". She asks him why he referred to Collinwood as a "house of tears". He asks her, "Have you ever heard of Josette Collins? She was the wife of the man who originally built this house, brought from France to marry him. But it didn't turn out happily. She was a stranger from a foreign land, and the townspeople didn't like her. This house didn't like her. She was very unhappy, and spent much of her time crying. One day, she couldn't take it any longer and committed suicide, jumping of this very cliff. It is said, on some nights, you can still hear her ghost crying at Collinwood."* Vicki remarks, "There's no such thing as ghosts." The man replies, "Isn't there? What do you call Elizabeth? She hasn't left that house in 18 years. Is she much more that a ghost, haunting its hallways?"
Vicki goes back inside and asks Carolyn about her mother. Carolyn replies that it's true, that her mother hasn't left the house in 18 years, since 6 months before she was born, that it was at that time that her father left, never to return, and that her mother hasn't left the house since. Upset, Carolyn tells her, "Now why don't you go home and quit bothering me?"
As Vicki walks up to her room, Carolyn chases after her saying, "Wait! I've just thought of something! You've got to stay! !8 years! It was 18 years ago that my father left and my mother started staying in the house! It was also 18 years ago you said you started to receive the money! Maybe there's a connection! Are you going to leave before you find out for sure?"
Vicki goes into her room. She is surprised to find that all her clothes have been thrown into her suitcase. Suddenly, she hears a voice chanting, in a mocking tone, "Her name is Victoria. I cannot take care of her! Her name is Victoria. I cannot take care of her!" over and over again. David jumps out from behind the curtains. He is holding a piece of paper. He continues to chant mockingly, "Her name is Victoria....." Vicki demands, "Give that to me!" He runs. She chases him around the room. Finally, he stops, shouts, "You want it? Here!". He wads the piece of paper into a ball and throws it to the ground at her feet. She picks it up and asks "Why?" He tells her, "They told me to do it. The widows told me to get rid of you!" and runs out of the room. Carolyn comes in and asks, "What happened?" She tells him, "It was David. Help me put these things back. I've thought about what you said and I've decided to stay."
Vicki is downstairs in the basement. She is looking for David, who is hiding from her. She goes to what looks like a door to a storeroom and is about to try the door when she hears footsteps coming down the stairs. She turns and finds an old man standing there. She asks him who he is, but he just grabs her and angrily demands, "What are you doing down here?" Elizabeth comes down and asks what's going on. She tells Vicki that the man is Matthew Morgan, the handyman. Matthew tells Elizabeth "I caught her snooping around down here!" Vicki retorts, "No I wasn't! I was just looking for David!" Elizabeth tells Matthew," It's all right you can go upstairs." He leaves. She then tells Vicki she'll talk to her later and tells her to go upstairs too. After Vicki leaves, Elizabeth goes to the door which Vicki was about to try and checks the lock. She hears a noise. She goes and looks in a box and finds that David IS hiding down here.
Vicki goes upstairs and goes into the drawing room. Matthew Morgan is in there cleaning the fireplace. He introduces himself," Morgan. Matthew Morgan." Vicki replies, "Winters. Victoria Winters". Both sound conciliatory. She remarks, "What's so special about the basement, anyway?" He replies, "Nothing. Just don't think Miss Elizabeth would like you snooping around, that's all. I like to make sure nothing she don't like happens." He goes to the window and asks her to come look. He points to a small cottage and tells her, "See that? That's my house. Miss Elizabeth gave it to me. She's been very kind to me. She gave me that house and this job. She's been very kind to me and I don't like to see things she don't like happen." Vicki asks, "Are you the only servant?" He replies that he is, that there used to be a lot, but Elizabeth fired them all about 18 years ago.
Downstairs, Elizabeth opens a crate and says, "Here they are! I knew they were down here somewhere." She takes a book out of the crate and gives it to David. He asks what it is. She replies, "The Rover Boys. They're adventure stories. There are a lot more of them in this box. They're your father's. He read them when he was your age" David throws the book down and exclaims, "Then I don't want it! My father, he hates me!" Elizabeth assures him he doesn't. He asks, "Why doesn't my mother come back?" She tells him, "Your mother's sick. She won't be back for a long time. Is that why you don't like Miss Winters, because you think she's a replacement for your mother? She isn't."
Carolyn goes into the drawing room and asks Vicki, "Did you ask my mother about the money yet?" Vicki replies that she hasn't, saying "I can't just come out and ask, just like that!" Carolyn tells Vicki that she's going to drive into town and asks her if she'd like anything. Vicki replies that she doesn't. Elizabeth comes back upstairs. The phone rings. It's Joe, for Carolyn. Elizabeth tells her to take it out in the hall, saying she'd like to speak to Vicki alone. Carolyn goes into the foyer and Elizabeth closes the doors.
Elizabeth starts to talk to Vicki about David, telling her he misses his mother and will be a hard child to deal with. Vicki tells Elizabeth there's something she'd like to ask her about. She tells her about the money she received every month while she was at the foundling home and asks, "I've heard about your husband leaving 18 years ago. It was 18 years I started receiving the money. Is there any connection?" Elizabeth tells her there isn't. Vicki again asks, "Why did you hire me?" Elizabeth replies, "I've told you already. Someone at the Hammond Foundling Home recommended you." Vicki asks, "Who? Can I have her name?" Elizabeth gets angry and replies, "I don't like being interrogated like this!" and leaves. Vicki goes to the phone dials the operator and says, "I'd like to make a collect call to the Hammond Foundling Home..." Carolyn comes into the room. Vicki tells the operator, "Oh, cancel that call." and hangs up. She asks Carolyn, "Didn't you say you were going into town? I'd like to come with you." Carolyn replies that she can't, that Joe Haskell called and said he was coming over. Vicki asks, "Is there any other way to get into town?" Carolyn replies," There's a bus. It leaves in about half an hour." Vicki leaves to go get the bus, but when she gets into the foyer, Carolyn comes running out after her and says, "Wait! Do you know how to drive?" Vicki replies that she does. Carolyn lends her the keys to her car. Vicki leaves through the front doors. Elizabeth comes into the room and asks, "Did I just hear the door?" Carolyn replies, "It's just one of our ghosts starting to rattle around.."
Sam Evans, the man who Vicki met at Widows Hill, goes home. As he starts to pour himself a drink, a hand grabs his wrist. It's Roger. Roger tells him, "Don't. I want to talk to you." Sam replies, "In that case, I'll really need this drink!" and pours it. They discuss what to do about Burke Devlin.
Burke Devlin is in the diner of the Collinsport Inn. Maggie Evans asks him what he wants. He replies, "A cup of coffee and a couple of doughnuts." She asks, "How would you like your coffee? Black with four sugars?" He replies, "No. I don't drink it that way anymore. Hey, how did you know?" She asks, "Because that's the way you used to drink it! Don't you remember me?" He replies that he doesn't. She tells him she's Maggie Evans, the daughter of Sam Evans, the man he used to pose for. He tells her she's grown so much he didn't recognize her. Vicki comes in and asks Maggie for change for $3.00, saying she'd like to make a phone call. Maggie gives her the change. Vicki takes the change and leaves. Burke Devlin excuses himself and leaves, telling Maggie "I'll be back."
At the Evans Cottage, Roger admonishes Sam, "You went up to the house and saw Miss Winters there?! You know I've told you NEVER to come up to the house! What did you say to her? Did you say anything about Burke Devlin?" Sam assures him that he didn't, that all he did was ask for him, Roger. Roger, wanting to make sure, calls Collinwood and asks for Vicki, but is told she isn't there. He leaves, telling Sam, "I've got to find Miss Winters before she finds Burke Devlin!"
Vicki makes her phone call, but finds the line busy. She gets out of the phone booth and finds Burke Devlin there waiting for her. He says, "Hello, Miss Winters. Remember me?" and invites her to have a cup of coffee
Vicki and Burke are making small talk. Burke is telling her about how he used to look for ghosts at Collinwood when he was 10 years old. Maggie returns with Burke's paper. She remarks, "Roger Collins was here. It was very strange. He asked for you, Vicki, but when I told him you were in here with Burke, he just left." Vicki excuses herself to try her call again.
At the Evan's Cottage, the phone rings. Sam picks it up. It's Maggie. Sam exclaims," Who's coming?!" The doorbell rings. Sam answers. It's Burke Devlin. Sam asks him what he wants, why he came back. Burke replies, "Nothing in particular. I've just come back to visit the old home town. I told myself when I was away that when I came back, the first thing I'd do would be to see my old friend Sam." Sam tells him, "Maybe another time. I'm very tired right now." Burke replies, "Sure, Sam, sure." and leaves.
Vicki puts some coins in the phone and places her call. She tells the person who answers, "Hammond Foundling Home? I'd like to speak to Miss Hopewell. Tell her it's Vicki Winters and it's important, very important!"
Elizabeth discovers the window in Victoria's room has come open and goes to close it. As she does, she sees some papers lying on the floor, among them the most recent letter from Vicki's friends in New York. She begins to read it when Carolyn comes in noticing the letter. They discuss Vicki. Carolyn asking why Elizabeth had hired Vicki rather than going to Lewiston or Bangor. Elizabeth sticks with her lie that Roger knew someone at the orphanage. But Carolyn seems to have doubts. She tells her mother that she suspects Vicki went to town to call the foundling home to find out if she told the truth. Carolyn leaves and Liz goes back to reading Vicki's mail.*
Miss Hopewell tells to Vicki that she didn't know of Roger Collins until after she got the job offer and that she’s just as curious as Vicki is. Also no one on the staff has ever heard of Elizabeth or Roger or any of the Collins family. Elizabeth, looking nervous wonders if she made a mistake hiring Vicki, who likes to look in shadows, and considers terminating her employment. Carolyn begs her not to, because she finally has a friend. Elizabeth asks Carolyn if she needs Vicki since she has Joe Haskell, telling her she can be free of Collinwood now that Vicki is here. She tells Carolyn that if she does not fire Vicki it will only be because of Carolyn.*
Joe comes, bearing flowers for Carolyn. Elizabeth goes to get tea. Carolyn asks Joe, "Now what's so important that you had to come here and tell me?" He replies that he is now an ex-fisherman, that Bill Malloy, Elizabeth's business manager, has promoted him to an office job at the cannery, that with the new job, he's going to be making $25 more a week (a substantial amount in 1966, probably equal to about $150 in 1995 money). He asks her to marry him. She tells him she doesn't want to yet. Elizabeth returns. Joe remarks on how strange it was he got this promotion, saying that it came as a complete surprise, that Bill Malloy suddenly called him to his office this morning and offered him the job. Carolyn gets a funny look on her face and tells Elizabeth that she suspects she ordered Malloy to give Joe the job, that she remembers hearing her talking on the phone to him early in the morning, an unusual occurrence. Elizabeth denies this, saying she merely OK'ed the promotion, that she had nothing to do with Joe's promotion, that Carolyn's implication that she had him promoted to make it easier for them to get married is wrong. They don't believe her.
Vicki returns and runs into Carolyn in the foyer. She finds that she's very upset.
In the drawing room, Joe tells Elizabeth about Burke Devlin offering him money for information on the Collins family.
Elizabeth finds out that Vicki had gone into town to make a phone call and confronts her. Vicki admits she had called the foundling home to check her story. She tells her Miss Hopewell asked around and couldn't find anyone who knew Roger Collins. Elizabeth becomes angry, telling her she's upset that she didn't trust her and went to check her story. She tells her Miss Hopewell is wrong, that there are a lot of people connected to the foundling home and she couldn't have asked them all, that she must have missed the person.
At the foundling home, Miss Hopewell dictates a letter to a secretary. The letter is to Vicki at Collinwood. In it, she tells Vicki that a very strange thing happened that she thinks she should know about, that a little after her call, a man showed up at the foundling home and made the same kind of inquiries she had in her phone call. She writes that the man had claimed to be a magazine writer, but that she had found this dubious and got him to admit that he was really a private investigator named Wilbur Strake.
Bill Malloy goes to the Collinsport Inn. In the lobby, he calls up to Burke Devlin's room and asks to see him, but Devlin refuses and Malloy leaves.
Bill Malloy goes to Collinwood and tells Elizabeth he has something important to talk to her about. He tells her about Burke Devlin being back, saying he thinks she has cause to worry. Carolyn comes into the drawing room and asks, "Just who is this Burke Devlin everyone keeps talking about?" Bill Malloy remarks, "I think you've seen him. Joe told me that he broke up a fight at the Blue Whale while you were in there." Carolyn remarks, "Oh, that was Burke Devlin. Everyone's been talking about him and no one ever mentioned he was so handsome..."
Vicki is in her room writing a letter. There's a knock at the door. It's Carolyn. She goes to the window and remarks, "See that cliff there, Vicki? It 100 feet to the rocks below. Three woman have jumped to their deaths there, the wife of the madman who built this house, and two governesses. Legend has it that one more governess will jump to her death there." Vicki asks, "What are you trying to do? Scare me?" Carolyn replies, "No. Just giving you another story for you to tell when you go back to the foundling home. Mother fired you when she learned you called the foundling home to check her story didn't she?" Vicki replies that she didn't. Carolyn, puzzled, remarks, "That's odd. I was sure she would. She must be getting soft." She asks Vicki to tell her about Burke Devlin, saying she finds him a very interesting man, much more interesting than boring old Joe Haskell....
Downstairs in the drawing room, Bill Malloy warns Elizabeth that he thinks Burke Devlin is a danger to her, that he's rich now and he fears he won't be satisfied until he's taken over all that she owns, fleet, cannery, Collinwood, everything. They hear a sound that sounds like a knock at the front door. Elizabeth opens the drawing room door, goes into the foyer and opens the front door, but there's no one there. On her way back into the drawing room, she finds a broken teacup on the floor near the table in the center of the foyer. She goes into the drawing room and tells Malloy no one was at the door. Malloy remarks, "But we both hear the knock". Elizabeth tells him, "It must've been a ghost. Only, this ghost is nine years old and is named 'David'. I found a broken teacup on the floor in the foyer. It must've been David knocking it down. Admit it, Bill. We were both afraid it was Burke..."
Vicki is telling Carolyn about Burke. Elizabeth shouts for Carolyn, saying Bill Malloy has something he wants to talk to her about before he leaves. Carolyn tells Vicki she's planning to go into town and asks her if she'd like her to mail her letter for her while she's there. Vicki seals her letter in an envelope and gives it to her.
In the foyer, Bill Malloy is talking on the phone, making arrangements with someone to have one more person go on a trip. Carolyn comes down into the drawing room. Malloy tells her his niece is going on a long trip and that she'll need company and asks her if she'd like to go with her. Carolyn refuses, saying she knows they're trying to get her away until this "problem" with Burke Devlin is finished. She tells them she's not fragile and doesn't need to be protected like that.
Carolyn goes into town and goes to the Collinsport Inn. In the lobby, she telephones Burke Devlin's room and asks, "Mr. Devlin. This is Carolyn Stoddard. I'm in the lobby. Mind if I come up and talk to you?"
David comes into the foyer through the front doors. The phone rings. The door to the bedroom hall opens and Elizabeth is heard shouting, "I'll get it, Miss Winters." David quickly hides behind a chair. Elizabeth comes down and answers the phone. It's Roger. He asks if Carolyn is there. Elizabeth replies that she isn't, that she doesn't know where she is. Roger asks if Vicki is there. Elizabeth replies that she is. Roger asks her to make sure she doesn't leave the house. Elizabeth refuses, saying she can't keep Vicki a prisoner. After Elizabeth hangs up, she calls out, "David, you can come out from behind that chair. Your far too big now to be able to hide in such small places without being seen." David comes out. He tells her, "Don't punish me for breaking that teacup, I didn't do it, THEY did." She asks what he means. He tells her, "I saw the cup just slide off the table onto the floor!" She tells him, "Don't be ridiculous. Things like that don't happen." He replies, "They do here!" and runs off.
At the Collinsport Inn, Carolyn goes up to Burke's room. He asks her, "Why is my Uncle Roger so afraid of you?" He replies, "There's no reason for him to be afraid of me. Some people live in the past. I don't. I'm only concerned with my future, and your uncle has no part in my future." He asks her if she'd like a drink. She tells him she'd like a ginger ale. He goes into the kitchen to get
At Collinwood, David is in the drawing room playing with a battery operated toy robot, which walks and makes noises. He hears the front door open and close, then his father Roger calling out, "Elizabeth! Where are you?" David hides behind the sofa. Roger goes into the drawing room and pours himself a drink. Elizabeth comes. Roger asks her, "Do you know where Miss Winters went?" Elizabeth tells her," Yes. She went to place a private phone call." Roger replies, "That's not all she did. I found out she was with Burke Devlin." He tells her he suspects that Burke might be using her to get to them. He asks, "Why did you hire her? What do you know about her?" Elizabeth replies, "I've told you. To take care of David." Roger growls, "David belongs in an institution!" Elizabeth angrily replies, "The only reason I let you come back is David! If you send him away, you'll no longer be welcome here!" and stomps away. David's robot, starts to make noises, and Roger finds him hiding behind the couch. Roger starts to yell at him, but David retorts, "You're not going to send me away! I heard Aunt Elizabeth tell you she wouldn't let you ! I hope Burke Devlin comes here and get even with you!"
Carolyn asks Burke Devlin, "I understand you and my Uncle Roger were once good friends. How come I don't remember you?" Burke replies that it was probably because she was so young at the time. She asks what happened between them, but Burke refuses to tell her, saying "I've already told you I don't like to dwell on the past." He goes to the window and muses on how he used to pick up bottles, how the first time he "struck it big" when he was a child he made 40 cents in 5 hours. Carolyn remarks, "A lot different from making half a million dollars. That's what you're going to make when go to Venezuela to make your deal, isn't it?" Burke feigning anger, says, "You read my letter!" Carolyn nonchalantly replies, "Well, you shouldn't have left it on the sofa if you didn't want anyone reading it." The phone rings. Burke answers. Putting his finger on the button, he pretends to talk to someone named Jose calling long distance from Venezuela, saying he'll be seeing him in a couple of days. Carolyn is convinced that Burke has only come back to Collinsport for a few days, that he'll be leaving soon for Venezuela and therefore telling the truth when he says has not come back for revenge.
In the drawing room at Collinwood, Elizabeth has dozed off in a chair. David comes into the room. Elizabeth mumbles, "Ghosts...". She wakes up and sees David standing there. He asks her, why she was talking about ghosts. She replies that she was just dreaming. She notices that David is streaked with oily dirt and appears to be holding something in his closed hand. She asks him, "David! Why are you so dirty? What do you have in your hand?" He replies, "Nothing! Just a seashell, that's all!" and runs off without showing her. Carolyn comes in through the front door. Elizabeth goes into the foyer and asks, "Where have you been all this time?" Carolyn replies, "With a friend." She gestures outside and says, "You remember him, don't you?" Burke comes in and says, "Hello, Mrs. Stoddard..."
Elizabeth is shocked, but invites Burke in for a drink. She asks him, "Are you here for business?" Burke replies, "No. Just here for a visit." Carolyn starts to remark," He's only going to be here for two days. Then he'll be.." but Burke stops her, saying, "That's a secret!".
At Collinwood, Burke tells Elizabeth that he's back in Collinsport just for a visit, that to him, the past is the past. Elizabeth notes that they're out of ice and asks Carolyn to come and help her get some. Elizabeth takes Carolyn out into the foyer, closing the doors behind her. Carolyn asks, "Mother! Do you have to be so obvious?" Elizabeth asks Carolyn why's she's so sure Burke is leaving in two days. Carolyn tells her about reading Burke's letter. Elizabeth remarks, "How do you know the letter wasn't a phony, left there for you to read?" Carolyn replies, "That's what I suspected at first too, but then Burke received a phone call from someone in Venezuela discussing the trip."
Sam calls Collinwood. Elizabeth answers the phone. Sam asks to talk to Roger, but she tells him Roger's not in the house right now. Burke Devlin comes out of the drawing room and jokingly says to Elizabeth, "Mrs. Stoddard! Have you forgotten me?" She replies, "No, Burke. I'll be right with you." Upon hearing the name "Burke", Sam hurriedly hangs up. Burke and Elizabeth go back into the drawing room. Burke looks at the portrait hanging over the fireplace and muses, "Jeremiah Collins. Amazing man. He built this house, didn't he? . Mrs. Stoddard, how much do you think Collinwood is worth today? $200,000? A quarter of a million dollars? (Amazing what inflation's been since 1966!".) Elizabeth replies, "It's not for sale". Burke remarks, "Everything's for sale." He then asks, "Where's Roger? One of the main reasons I came here was to see him and tell him I'm not back for some kind of revenge."
In spite of the hotel clerk's best efforts, Sam goes to the bar and gets another drink. He returns to the diner, but Maggie still isn't back.
At Collinwood, Burke tells Elizabeth that he felt so great to be released from prison he realized revenge wouldn't get back the years he lost so he decided to just forget it.
The phone in the foyer rings again. Carolyn, returning with a bucket full of ice, answers it. It's Joe. Carolyn tells him they've got company right now, that some "Old troubles might be over soon." He reminds her that they have a date tonight. Elizabeth comes out into the foyer and tells Carolyn to go get Roger, that he's somewhere on the grounds. Carolyn asks, "So you're going to get them together." Elizabeth replies, "Yes. I hope I'm not making a mistake..."
Vicki is walking the grounds. She stops at Widow's Hill and looks out into the ocean. She hears an eerie sound. It stops. Roger appears and tells her, "I saw you come down here. I want to talk to you." The eerie sound comes again. Vicki asks, "What's that?" Roger tells her, "It's the wind. Or maybe the Widows." She asks what he means. He tells her, "A long time ago, the wives of men whose ships didn't returned used to come here and watch vainly for them to come back. Eventually, they were even denied that when Jeremiah Collins bought this land - the highest around- to build this house. The stories go that the ghosts of the widows still come here to look for the ships." He asks her, "By the way, you met someone out here the other day, didn't you?" Vicki replies that she did, that a man came and asked for him and she told him he wasn't here. Roger asks, "Is that all he said to you?" She replies that it was.
Maggie finally finishes her break. Sam tells her he is thinking of leaving Collinsport. Shocked, she asks why, but he refuses to tell her.
On Widow's Hill, Vicki tells Roger, "Oh yes. He asked me not to tell anyone other than you that he was here". Roger asks, "Did you keep that promise?" Vicki replies, "Oh yes. To tell the truth, so much has happened since then I'd forgotten all about the man." Roger remarks, "You mean like having coffee with Burke Devlin?" Vicki tells him, "We ran into each other at the Inn." Roger warns her to watch out for Devlin, saying "He's a dangerous man."
Sam goes home. Maggie goes home too, trying to find out what's wrong.
Carolyn goes to Widow's Hill and tells Roger, "Mother wants to see you. She says it's very important."
Carolyn and Vicki return to Collinwood. In the foyer, Vicki asks Carolyn, "Why is your uncle so afraid of Burke Devlin?" Carolyn replies that she doesn't know. Vicki asks, "Do you think Matthew the caretaker might know?" Carolyn replies, "You know, he's been here so long he just might. He might even know something about you. Maybe you should talk to him." Vicki replies that she might just do that. Roger comes walking down the stairs. Carolyn asks, "Have you talked to mother?" Roger replies, "No I haven't. I'm going into town. I have something very important I've got to do there." Carolyn tells him, "But Burke Devlin's here. He's in the drawing room with Mother."
Roger at first heads toward the front door, looking like he's decided to flee, but then he turns, takes off his overcoat, throws it on the table and walks toward the drawing room, a determined look on his face. He grabs hold of the doorknob and prepares to open the door...
Roger opens the door and goes into the drawing room. Burke greets him warmly. Roger asks, "Why are you here?" Burke remarks, "You and your sister have the same questions. Why don't you ask her?" Elizabeth explains to Roger that Burke has come back just to visit. Roger doesn't believe this. Elizabeth tells him, "At least listen to what he has to say." Burke explains that he's just here on a visit. He tells Roger, "I got out of jail after 5 years because of good behavior. For the next 5 years, I traveled and made some money, and eventually, what happened 10 years ago didn't seem very important to me." Roger asks, "Then why were you asking Joe Haskell and Miss Winters questions about us?" Burke explains that he only asked Joe because he wanted to know what happened in the 10 years when he was away, and that he wasn't asking Vicki questions, that he was only having coffee with her.
Vicki goes to Matthew's cottage. Matthew asks, "Does Mrs. Stoddard know that you're here?" Vicki lies that she does. She asks, "Is there any connection between the Collins Family and Bangor?" Matthew replies that the only connection was a trial that took place there about 10 years ago, that young Devlin was tried for manslaughter and sent off to jail. Vicki explains why she is so interested in Bangor, about the $50 she received every month from Bangor while she was in the foundling home. Matthew tells her he doesn't know anything about that, that the only connection between the Collins Family and Bangor is the trial.
At the cottage, Vicki and Matthew are getting along well. Vicki asks, "How do you get to Bangor?" Matthew replies, "There are lots of ways, train, bus. But I would recommend you go to Augusta instead if you want to find anything out. That's where Mr. Collins went to live after he got married." Vicki, surprised, asks, "You mean he didn't live at Collinwood?" Matthew replies, "No, he only came back here about a month ago."
At Collinwood, Burke looks at his watch and tells Roger he's got to leave. He tells him he'll be leaving Collinsport in a couple of days. He tells Roger he'd like to talk to him about some business and asks him to meet him at the Blue Whale tonight.
The phone rings at the cottage. Matthew answers. It's Elizabeth. She asks him, "Are you doing anything right now? We need some firewood here at Collinwood." Matthew answers, "No. I've already finished supper. I'm just here talking to Miss Winters right now." Elizabeth remarks, "Oh. She's there with you?" After he finishes talking to Elizabeth, Matthew angrily tells Vicki, "You lied to me! She didn't know you were coming down here!" He accuses her of snooping around and kicks her out.
As Vicki is going back to Collinwood, she goes to the garage. (Actually it's a car shelter. There are no garage door, just an opening for vehicles to come in and out.) She finds Burke Devlin in there. She asks him what he's doing in there. He tells her he was just admiring Roger's car. He tells her that he was thinking of buying one like it. He remarks, "I found this on the front seat" and throws something on a table next to a tool table next to the car. Vicki asks, "Does Roger know you're in here? Burke replies, "No, but I didn't think he'd mind."
Roger tells Elizabeth he doesn't believe Burke's claim he didn't come back to get revenge. He tells her Burke has invited him to come to the Blue Whale. Elizabeth asks, "Are you going?" He replies that he is, that it's the only way to find out if Devlin is telling the truth or not.
Vicki returns and runs into Elizabeth in the foyer. Vicki tell her, "I'm sorry. I didn't think you'd mind if I went to talk to Matthew." Elizabeth replies that she doesn't, but warns her, "Matthew is a good man, but a somewhat strange one. He's extremely loyal to me, and he'll do anything he thinks helps me, even become violent."
David is in his bed reading a magazine. The cover states that it's "Mechanic Magazine, 35 cents". He gets up, goes to the dresser, opens a drawer, and takes out something that looks like a car part. It is about the size of a human thumb. He exits his room, goes into Vicki's room across the hall, goes to HER dresser, and opens a drawer. Vicki comes in, sees him, and shouts, "HEY! What are you doing in here?" David quickly shuts the drawer. Vicki sees that he holding something in his hand and demands, "What do you have in you hand there?", but he runs off without showing her and runs back into his room, locking the door. Vicki knocks on the door of David's room, but he ignores her and doesn't answer until she threatens to get his father. He opens the door and lets her in. She asks him what he took. He sullenly replies, "Nothing!" He goes to his dresser, opens a drawer, takes something out and tells her, "I didn't take anything! I was trying to give you a gift when you came in, yelled and scared me. Aunt Elizabeth told me to try to be nice to you. I was only trying to give you this." He gives her a seashell, saying he found it on the beach.
Burke Devlin goes to the Blue Whale and finds Joe Haskell there. He offers to buy Joe a beer, but Joe refuses, saying, "I don't want to talk to you. By the way, I told the Collins's about you offering me money for information." Burke replies, "I know. I've straightened everything out with them."
Carolyn is preparing for a date with Joe and Vicki is keeping her company. Vicki remarks that Roger seems to have straightened everything out with Burke and is going to meet him at the Blue Whale tonight. There's a knock at the front door downstairs. Carolyn tells Vicki, "Oh, that's probably Joe right now. Could you go get it? I'm not ready yet."
Vicki goes back upstairs. She goes to the door of David's room and prepares to knock. The door at the end of the hallway opens. Vicki hears this and looks. When she does, the door closes again. She goes to the door and tries it, but finds it locked. She shouts, "David! Open this door!" But David comes out of his room and tells her, "I can't. I don't have the key." Vicki tells him, "Oh. I thought it was you in there. I saw this door close." David tells him, "That's impossible. That door is always locked. It leads to another part of the house. Aunt Elizabeth told me it's been closed off for over 50 years." He gives her the "Mechanics" magazine he was reading and tells her it's another gift from him.
Joe and Carolyn go to the Blue Whale. They sit down at a table. Burke Devlin, sitting at another table, sees them and waves to them. Carolyn waves back. Burke comes to their table and offers to buy them some coffee. Carolyn invites Burke to join them at their table. Burke accepts and sits down, saying "It's better to have coffee with some friends than alone." Joe does not look happy.
At Collinwood, Vicki thanks David and tells him she's going to get him a gift. She tells him that his father is going into town tonight, that she's going to give him some money and ask him to buy some more magazines, that she's going to wrap them up with a ribbon and give them to him. David asks, "Is my father going to drive his car into town?" Vicki laughs and replies, "Of course, silly. You don't think he's going to walk, do you?" David abruptly exclaims, "I don't want any presents!" and runs off.
It is night time at Collinwood and in the drawing room, David is sitting there in the dark. Roger enters the drawing room. "David why are you sitting here in the dark?" David maintains his silence, refuses to answer. "I suppose I should know better than to ask you to explain anything to me." He then ask David "Have you seen my car keys?" David pulls himself down off the chair and in a defiant tone says "No". Roger ask "Are you sure?" In the same tone David says "Yes". David complains "You still want to send me away, don't you.." Roger, looking for his keys replies "All I want right now is to find my car keys." David snarls at Roger "Well you're not going to. I wont let you do it" David then walks out of the drawing room and heads for the stairs, stops at the top and looks down upon the foyer.
Vicki come downstairs in a hurry and finds Roger. She says "Mr. Collins, I understand you're going into town. Roger says "At the moment I'm not so sure. Why?" She requests "I was wondering if you could do something for me... actually for your self." Roger responds "Oh?" Vicki continues "I know you don't approve of my being here but I think I can help David." Roger replies "Do you?" Vicki explains "I think he's beginning to trust me. To believe I want to be his friend." Roger says "I see... Do you think you can trust him?" Vicki begs "If you'll give me a chance." Roger responds "You're referring to the little discussion we had a several hours ago." Vicki says "You said you wanted me to leave because of Burke Devlin." "Miss Winters if Devlin creates trouble, it's going to effect everyone in this house. You, David, my sister, all of us. And I just wanted to spare you the pain. That is the only reason I suggested you leave." Vicki protests "But I want to stay. Very much." Roger's responds is "But you're a bright attractive girl. There must be dozens of ways you could earn a living besides being buried in this house. Well I suppose the decision is up to you."
Elizabeth comes down from upstairs and asks Roger "When are you leaving?" He replies "As soon as I can find my car keys." Vicki informs Roger "I think they're in you car." Roger responds "Oh.. How do you know?" Vicki says "I was in the garage looking for time tables. I'm sure I saw them in there. He replies "Oh... that's a relief.." Vicki then continues "Mr. Collins, will you do that shopping for me? Some magazines for David. I'd like to pay for them." Roger recoils saying "I'm afraid I don't have the time." She begs "Please... It wont take long." Roger warns "Miss Winter, if you're going to go on staying in this house I think you're very foolish. But take my advise... You can't buy friendship from David. He has none to give. Not to you or to any of us." Elizabeth says to Roger "That's ridiculous!" Roger says "As you wish... Just give him enough time... He'll destroy you."
After Roger leaves, Vicki suddenly remembers seeing Burke Devlin in the garage and tells Elizabeth about it, saying Devlin had told her he was just looking at Roger's car because he was thinking of buying one like it.
Vicki goes upstairs and tells David that she talked to his father about buying the magazines but he had told her he was too busy. David shouts, "He hates me! He wants to send me away! I know it! I hope he dies!" Vicki convinces him that he shouldn't feel this way, that his father doesn't hate him, that he loves him and isn't trying to send him away. She tells him he should give his father another chance. David tells her he will.
David goes downstairs and finds his father in the foyer preparing to leave. He asks him, "Are you going to take the car into town tonight?" It looks like he's trying to tell him something, but his father tells him he's very busy and doesn't have time to talk and leaves.
Vicki and Elizabeth are in the drawing room. The phone rings. It's Burke, asking where Roger is. He's told Roger's just left. Elizabeth remarks, "David seems very tense tonight." Vicki tells her it's because he's convinced his father hates him and wants to send him away.
Roger drives his car out of the garage and out the gate. From his room, David watches him from the window and remarks, "He's going to die, Mother, he's going to die!"
Roger drives the car down the hill. Suddenly, he loses control and crashes into a tree.
The phone rings in the foyer. David comes halfway down the stairs and just stares at it. Elizabeth comes into the room and answers it. She exclaims, "What?!.... When did it happen? Is he all right?". She hangs up. Vicki comes into the foyer and asks," What's wrong?" Elizabeth tells her, "Roger's been in an accident!" Vicki asks, "Is he all right?" Elizabeth replies that he is.
It is a little later. The phone rings. Vicki answers, talks to the person then hangs up. Elizabeth comes into the drawing room and asks who it was. Vicki tells her it was Bill Malloy, that he's been to the hospital to see Roger and wanted to tell her he was all right, that he just a few cuts and bruises. She remarks, "Pretty lucky considering what kind of accident it was!" Elizabeth tells her, "I'm not so sure it was an accident. There's just too many coincidences. He was going to go see Burke tonight. Burke knew he would be taking the car down that hill. You told me yourself you saw Burke in the garage tonight..." She asks if Malloy had said anything else about the accident. Vicki tells her that Malloy had told her that the brakes on Roger's car had failed.
Burke, Carolyn and Joe are still sitting together at the Blue Whale. Joe looks very unhappy. He asks Burke, "Didn't you say you had an appointment?" Burke replies, "Yes. Roger was supposed to meet me here, but he's late."
From the kitchen at Collinwood, Elizabeth calls Matthew Morgan and asks him to come to the house, saying she has something very important to talk to him about. Elizabeth tells Vicki, "Seventeen years ago, Matthew had a similar accident in almost the exact spot Roger did. Since then, he's taken special care of all the family cars, making sure the brakes are in perfect working order."
Matthew Morgan comes. Elizabeth tells him that Roger's just had an accident and asks him when the brakes on Roger's car were last checked. Matthew tells her, "two days ago. They were in perfect working condition."
At the Blue Whale, Burke Devlin decides that he's waited long enough and tells Carolyn and Joe he's going to leave. Joe tells Carolyn, "Maybe we can go to that movie now." Carolyn suggests they invite Burke to come with them. Joe gets very angry and stalks off. Burke tells Carolyn, "Come on. Let's go." She asks, "Where are we going?" He replies, "To find Joe." They leave.
At Collinwood, Matthew tells Elizabeth he's gone to see the car. He tells her it was a terrible accident, that the whole side of the car was caved in, that it was a miracle Roger wasn't killed. After Matthew leaves, Elizabeth asks Vicki, "Do you know what movie Carolyn went to see tonight?", apparently wanting to contact her. Vicki tells her, "They didn't go to a movie. They went to the Blue Whale." Elizabeth says, "What? Did she know Burke Devlin was going to be there tonight? Did she go there because of this?" Vicki reluctantly answers, "Yes." Elizabeth gets angry and tells her, "You should have told me! He's a dangerous man!" Elizabeth calls the Blue Whale to look for Carolyn. After she hangs up, Vicki asks her, "Did you find her?" She tells Vicki, "She wasn't there. She left the Blue Whale about a half an hour ago... with Burke Devlin."
David, in bed in his room, suddenly starts screaming, "I didn't! I didn't!". He gets out of bed, goes to the window, opens it and climbs up on the windowsill. Elizabeth comes in the room and grabs him. David screams, "I've got to get away! I didn't kill him!" Elizabeth awakens him. He's been sleepwalking.
Bill Malloy is in the waiting room of a "Dr. Reeves, M.D.". Dr. Reeves comes out of his examining room. Malloy asks, "How much longer?" Reeves tells him, "About 15 minutes. Just a few insurance forms to fill out." Malloy tells him he'll be back, that he's going to go look at the wreck again. Reeves goes back into his examining room to see Roger.
In the examining room, Dr. Reeves puts Roger's arm in a sling and tells him, "It's only a sprain. It should get better in a few days." He remarks, "So Bill Malloy found you after the accident, huh? Good thing he was driving up the hill and not walking, else we'd have another death on our hands." Roger becomes very angry and exclaims, "Now I had nothing to do with that death 10 years ago! It was Burke Devlin who was responsible, not me!" The doctor replies, "I never said you were..."
Malloy returns. Dr. Reeves finishes up with Roger. In the waiting room, Malloy tells Roger, "It was no accident." He tells Roger that something called a "bleeder valve" was missing from his car. He makes a drawing of one to show him what it looks like. He tells him that without a bleeder valve, every time he pressed the brakes, a little bit of brake fluid would squirt out of the hole left by it and after about half a dozen squirts or so, there wouldn't be enough fluid left for the brakes to work. Roger exclaims, "That's exactly what happened! The brakes worked fine until I was about halfway down the hill, then they stopped working completely!" He asks, "Is it possible that this bleeder valve came off by itself?" Malloy replies," Never heard of it happening." Roger asks, "Is it easy to remove?" Malloy replies that it isn't, that a few twists of a pair of pliers is all it would take. Roger exclaims, "It must've been Burke Devlin! He was at my house earlier tonight!"
At Collinwood, Elizabeth is in the drawing room with David, trying to calm him down. She's showing him the portrait of Isaac Collins, telling him it was he who sailed from England to Collinsport in 1690 and founded the town. But David seems preoccupied. He asks, "Did you hear a car?" and looks out the window, but there is no car. A few minutes later, however, a car does come driving up. David exclaims, "I don't want to see him!" and runs off.
Bill Malloy and Roger come in. In the foyer, Roger tells Malloy, "Don't tell my sister anything about the bleeder valve". They go into the drawing room and close the doors. David, who's been hiding, goes to the door and listens. Inside, Roger tells Elizabeth what happened, omitting the part about the bleeder valve. He tells her that he was driving down the hill and suddenly his brakes failed. Elizabeth asks, "Do you think Burke Devlin had anything to do with it?" Roger asks, "Why do you say that?" She tells him, "Miss Winters said she saw him in the garage earlier tonight looking at your car." Roger looks at Bill and exclaims, "Hear that? I told you it must've been him!"
After Bill Malloy leaves, Roger starts up the stairs. David comes out of hiding into the foyer.
It is dark in the foyer as David who has hidden, waits for his father to go upstairs before coming out of hiding. The great clock in the foyer is ticking away.
In Vicki's room, she is awakened by the wind causing her window, which is ajar, to bang. She gets up, closes it, and goes back to bed. There's a knock at the door and Roger's voice saying, "Miss Winters? Are you awake? I'd like to talk to you." Vicki protests, "It's very late." He tells her, "I know. It's very important. Please." Again she protests "I'm not dressed." Roger says "Well I'll wait for you downstairs in the drawing room. Please hurry." Roger then proceeds on his way down stairs.
As Roger comes down the stairs, David quickly hides again. Roger goes into the drawing room. David follows him in there and asks, "Does it hurt, father?" Roger yells "David, what are you doing up so late?" He replies "I couldn't sleep." Roger sarcastically responds "Worried about ME I suppose.." David says "Yes... I... I wanted to say I'm sorry." Roger responds "Sorry for what? That I survived?" David in haste turns to leave but is stopped by Roger. "All right David. That was a bit cruel of me. Please except my apology." Roger takes a seat on the sofa. David, on the fireplace. David asks Roger "Does it hurt?" Roger replies, "Oh a little. The arm especially." David continues "What happened? Is it broken?" Roger answers "No it's just a sprain and should be better in day or two". There's a pause as they look at each other; Roger looking disgusted, David looking sorry. Roger sarcastically says "All right David. Is there anything else?" David answers with a question "Why do you want to talk to miss Winters?" Roger responds "Now that's none of you affair." David pries "It's about the accident. Isn't it?. You think she knows whose fault it is." Roger snaps back "What makes you think it was anybody's fault?" David says "I know... I know you said someone fooled with the breaks and that's why the automobile crashed." Roger snaps "I know something else too, young man... I know I don't like little boys spying through key holes." David inquires "I wanted to know what happened.." Roger obviously tired of the conversation says "Well alright, so now you know. The car ran off the edge of the road, I sprained my arm and cut my forehead. Now you run along to bed." David gets up to go to bed then belts out "Do you know who did it?" Roger yells at him "David I have no patience for this!" David exclaims "You were almost killed. Don't you think I have a right to know?!" Roger snaps "The only thing you have a right to know that it's past your bedtime. Now get up the stairs! Right now!!" David protests "You don't even care if I am sorry." Roger, about to give up says "Just go to bed... AND LEAVE ME ALONE!!! That's all I care about." David retracts "Well maybe I'm NOT.... Maybe I'm not sorry at all! May I wish you...." Roger stands up knowing David was going to say "wish you were dead" and gives David a vicious look and David runs away.
Vicki is upstairs combing her hair. There's a knock at the door thinking it's Roger. "Mr. Collins I told you I intend to come down as soon as I..." But it's David instead. "David, what are you doing up so late?" David asks her "Can I talk to you?" She says "Sure. Come on in." David walks around the other side of the bed. "David I don't have much time. Your father's waiting for me downstairs." David tells her "I know. I just saw him downstairs. I tried to tell him I'm sorry. But he wouldn't listen. He YELLED at me and told me to go to bed" Vicki sits down beside him and says "David look at me. Your father was almost killed. I'm sure he must be very upset. Just as you are." David says "I wanted to apologize. That's all." Vicki replies "There's no reason for you to apologize. Believe me." She pauses "I know what's bothering you. You told me you wish your father had died. And he almost did. Now you think it's your fault." David responds "It's not true! It's not my fault! And I had nothing to do with it!" Vicki replies "Then why are you so upset?" David hastily responds "You don't believe me, do you?! Nobody believes me." Vicki tries to reason "David no one's accusing you of anything. No one but yourself. David turns to Vicki with despair.
Meanwhile, Roger is patiently awaiting for Vicki to arrive, pacing the floor. But back up in Vicki's room, a discussion with David continues. "David, I'm sure there isn't a child in this world who hasn't said what you said at one time or another. It's nothing to be unhappy about. Can't you understand that? Just because you said you wished he was dead doesn't mean you meant it." David yells "I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!" Vicki wonders "Then why are you so upset?" She pauses... "David if your father shouted at you I'm sure he didn't mean it. Just as you didn't mean what you said." David turns to Vicki with a sorrowful look on his face. Vicki suggest "David I think you should go to bed now." David turns and asks "What are you going to tell my father?" Vicki responds "About you, not a thing." David follows up "What are you going to tell about the accident?" Vicki responds "Well if he asks me, I'll tell him what I know. Which I'm afraid is nothing." David proceeds to the door then stops as if to asks more when Vicki tells him "David I have no more time. Your father's waiting for me." Then David asks "Miss Winters? What if it wasn't an accident?" Vicki says "Well then I guess your father will have to go to the police." David worried then asks "Well what will they do?" Vicki answers "What police do. Try to find the person responsible and arrest him." David follows up "Would they put him in jail?" Vicki answers "If he's found guilty he should be put in jail. And now you should be put in bed... Go on David." David finally looks like he's heading to bed but then stops and begins to question again. Vicki warns "David I haven't no more time..." But David's persistence keep him questioning. "I just want to know one thing. If you knew who did it, would you tell?" Vicki answers "Now that's a silly question, of course I would." David continues "Even if it meant he'd have to go to jail?" Vicki replies "David, your father was almost killed. It's a terrible thing for anyone to do." David snaps "He wants to send me away! Don't you think that's terrible?!" Vicki responds "It's not true David, and that has nothing to do with it." David snaps back "It's the same thing, sending someone away! That's all you can think about! You and my father! You're both the same!" Then David finally runs out of Vicki's room.
Vicki arrives downstairs and goes into the drawing room. Roger tells her, "Earlier today, I drove my car. The brakes were fine then. But later, when I took my car out again, the brakes failed as I was going down the hill." He tells her he thinks someone tampered with his car, that he thinks he knows who it is but has no proof. He asks her, "I hear you saw Burke Devlin in the garage earlier tonight. Can you tell me what happened?" She tells him, "I was going to the garage to get some timetables. As I was going in, I heard a car door slam. I looked in the direction of the sound and saw Burke Devlin near your car. I went and asked him what he was doing. He told me he was admiring your car, that he was
In David's room, he picks up the toy car he smashed and brings it to the window to drop it to the ground. Then he goes to his dresser, opens the top drawer and takes something small out. He goes across the hall. Vicki is in her room dressing. She hears a sound outside her door. She opens it and finds David standing outside. He runs back into his own room, standing there as if nothing happened. She goes over to him and asks "What is it this time? Another present?" She then walks around him and exclaims "David I don't want to have to lock my door every time I go out." He hastily responds "You can lock you door. I don't care" Vick says "But I do. David, aren't we friend anymore?" David ignores the question and asks "What did you tell my father?" She responds "It has nothing to do with you. We talked about the accident. Nothing else." David alarmed asks "Is he going to call the police?" Vicki Answers "I don't know... Maybe. Why should that bother you?" David snaps at her "I just wanted to know! That's all!" Vicki wondering "Why are you so worried? Why are you so upset?" David again ignores her question and asks "Where are you going?" She answers "In town with you father." David alarmed asks "To the police?!" Vicki answers "Maybe... I don't know." Vicki looking puzzled pauses "David how can we be friend if you wont tell me what's wrong?" David responds "I don't want to be friends." Vicki surrenders "Alright... We'll talk about it in the morning." Before Vicki could leave, David spouts out "I wrecked the car." Vicki shocked reacts "What?!" David explains "One of my models. I crushed it and threw it out the window." Vicki relieved says "That was a silly thing to do." David being sarcastic blurts out "Why don't you call the police and have me arrested?" Vicki says "It's easier to buy you a new car." David asks "Why doesn't HE buy a new car? Why does HE have to call the police?" Vicki explains "David I think you're just too young to understand." David says "I understand alright... I UNDER!...." Just then Roger appears out of nowhere and says to David "I thought I told you to go to sleep." Vicki explains "It was my fault. We were having a little talk." Roger asks "Can't it wait till morning? I was wondering what happened to you." Vicki explains "He's very upset" Roger threats "Well he'll be more upset if he's not asleep in ten minutes." To David he says "Now get in that bed right now.... DON'T YOU GLARE AT ME YOU MAN!!! I'm in no mood for your nonsense."
Vicki come downstairs and is there Roger waiting and asks her "Well, is my son properly tucked in?" Vicki says "I'm sorry it took so long but I was very worried about him." Roger responds "Spare me the details but I'm only concerned about my own problems. Are you ready?" Vicki exclaims "I should think he's be one of your problems too!" Roger says "Not tonight. Tonight I'm only interested to what happened to that car... and it doesn't involve David at all." They proceed to leave Collinwood.
Upstairs, David is in his room . He is standing in front of his dresser. There is something in his hand. It looks just like the bleeder valve Malloy drew. He opens the top drawer and puts the bleeder valve in there under some of the clothes.
It is late at night. Elizabeth, worried about Carolyn, goes to the drawing room, picks up the phone and starts to dial, but then thinks better of it and hangs up. A few seconds later, the phone rings. It is Bill Malloy. He tells her he still hasn't found Carolyn yet but will keep looking.
Bill Malloy goes to the Blue Whale. He finds Sam Evans there. He asks him if he's seen Carolyn, Joe Haskell and Burke Devlin. Sam replies that he hasn't, then asks why they would be together. At the Blue Whale, Sam Evans tells Bill Malloy that he knows that Carolyn went to see Burke Devlin in his hotel room, that he heard it in the town gossip. He remarks that Carolyn shouldn't be hanging around with Burke, that it will cause talk. Malloy replies, "No, I think the town will have something else to talk about tomorrow." He tells Sam about Roger's accident. Sam gets upset. He leaves, saying he's got to go pick up Maggie from work.
Carolyn and Joe go into the diner of the Collinsport Inn. Burke is not with them. They start to argue. Joe is angry that Carolyn had Burke with them all night; Carolyn is angry that he walked out on her. Joe tells Carolyn that he's very upset about what's been happening and is thinking of breaking up. He asks her, "Now admit it. Did you know that Devlin was going to be at the Blue Whale? Is that why you wanted to go there?" She admits that it was. Sam comes to pick up Maggie.
Elizabeth receives a phone call from Bill Malloy. Malloy tells her that a friend of his ran into Joe and Carolyn and phoned him. He tells her they're on the way home now. After finishing his phone call, Malloy joins Sam at a table in the diner. Sam apologizes for getting upset earlier at the Blue Whale. Malloy remarks, "Were you afraid that Burke Devlin had tried to kill Roger and was going to come after you next?" Sam gets upset again and asks, "What? What reason would Burke Devlin have to want to kill me?" Malloy tells him, "Just joking, Sam, just joking!"
Joe takes Carolyn back to Collinwood. Elizabeth is overjoyed to see them. Carolyn, having been told by Malloy about Roger's accident, goes upstairs to see him. Elizabeth tells Joe she wants to talk to him. They go into the drawing room. She asks him, "Did Carolyn know Burke was going to be at the Blue Whale? Is that why she wanted to go there?" Joe replies that it was. She asks him about what happened during the night. He tells her. Carolyn comes back downstairs and tells Elizabeth, "Uncle Roger's not in his room. The bed hasn't been slept in." Elizabeth asks Joe to see if Roger's other car, a convertible, is in the garage. Joe leaves.
Elizabeth admonishes Carolyn for meeting with Burke Devlin. Carolyn defends herself by saying, "Well, if it weren't for the fact that I went to see him, he wouldn't have come here and patched things up." Elizabeth exclaims, "Patch things up?! He tried to kill Roger!" Joe returns and tells them the convertible isn't in the garage. Elizabeth thanks him and tells him "Good night". He leaves. Carolyn asks why Devlin would want to kill Roger. Elizabeth tells her, "You were only a child at the time. There was a manslaughter trial. Burke was convicted and sent to jail. Your uncle was a witness against him. Burke vowed to come back and get revenge."
Roger and Vicki arrive at the Collinsport Inn. Roger takes Vicki to the diner and tells her to wait there, saying he wants to keep her a surprise to Burke.
Sam comes into the diner and asks Vicki where Roger is, saying he saw the come in together. She tells him, "I don't see why I have to tell you." But Sam says, "He went up to see Devlin, didn't he?"
Upstairs, Burke answers the knock on his door. He opens it and exclaims, "Roger!" Roger comes in and remarks, "It's not a ghost, Burke. I'm very much alive". Burke asks what happened. Roger replies, "A slight accident, that's all." He asks Burke what he had wanted to talk to him about.
Sam Evans returns home. The phone rings. Sam answers it. He angrily tells the caller, "Why don't you send her a get well card next time?" and hangs up. Maggie* comes into the room and asks who it was. Sam replies, "That idiot doorman from the Inn. He wanted to know how you were. At this hour! It's almost midnight!" Then Sam realizes what it must have been, that the doorman was calling to tell Maggie that she had seen Sam there. He gets angry, saying he doesn't like her checking up on him.
Burke tells Roger that he had wanted to talk to him to ask him to ask Elizabeth about selling the cannery. Roger calls him a liar, saying that he, Burke, knows Elizabeth would never sell the cannery. He tells him, "There never was a business deal you wanted to talk to me about, was there Burke? You tried to kill me!" He tells him that his car had been sabotaged and accuses him of doing it. Devlin replies, "You're out of your mind!" and denies having anything to do with it. Roger goes to the phone and makes a call down to the lobby, saying, "There's someone in the diner waiting for me. Would you please have her come up?"
Vicki comes up. Roger tells her to tell her story. She tells about seeing Burke in the garage near Roger's car. Burke tells Roger, "I was just looking at it because I'm planning to buy one like it!" Roger asks Vicki, "Did he have any tool in his hand when you saw him?" Vicki tells of seeing Burke holding a wrench. Burke exclaims, "I found that wrench in the front seat while I was checking out the upholstery and the dashboard!" Roger remarks, "I drove the car earlier that day. There was no wrench on the front seat." Burke replies, "Then someone must have put it there after you drove it. Miss Winters, you only saw me holding the wrench. You didn't see me tampering inside the hood, did you?" Vicki admits that she didn't. But Roger remarks, "That doesn't prove anything. You'd probably finished by the time she got there."
The next morning, Vicki is in the kitchen making the breakfast coffee. Carolyn comes into the kitchen. Vicki asks Carolyn if she's seen her uncle Roger yet. Carolyn replies, "I haven't seen him since the accident." Vicki tells her, "It was no accident!" She tells her about the sabotage to Roger's car, about the bleeder valve being removed. She tells her she saw Burke Devlin in the garage near Roger's car earlier with a wrench in his hand. Carolyn exclaims, "Mother was right! I feel like a fool for trusting that man!" Vicki tells Carolyn that Burke maintains that he's innocent, and that she believes him.
There's a knock at Burke Devlin's room at the Collinsport Inn. Burke answers it. It's Bill Malloy. He tells Burke, "There's something I'd like to talk to you about. Attempted murder." Burke replies that he had nothing to do with Roger's accident. Malloy asks, "Did you know that his brakes were tampered with?" Burke says, "I had nothing to do with it!" Malloy remarks, "You're full of hate, Burke." He tells him he doesn't believe what he says about letting bygones be bygones. He reminds him of what he said 10 years ago, how he vowed vengeance on Roger. Burke insists that he considers the past the past, that he no longer wants revenge. Malloy asks, "You ever heard of a 'Wilbur Strake'? He was here about two weeks ago. Stayed a few days, asking questions about the Collins family. He said he as a real estate man. I found out he was working for YOU. I also found out he was no real estate man. He was a private eye."
At Collinwood, Elizabeth comes into the kitchen with the mail. She finds Carolyn in there. She asks her, "Have you seen Vicki? There's a letter for her from the foundling home." Carolyn tells Elizabeth that Vicki thinks Burke is innocent. Elizabeth replies, "I don't care what she thinks. He's guilty..." Vicki comes in. Elizabeth gives her the letter and leaves. Carolyn tells Vicki, "Do you really think Burke is innocent? I certainly hope he is! Otherwise, I'd feel so guilty. It was me who brought him up here!"
In the drawing room, Elizabeth talks to Constable Carter on the phone. He tells her he'll be coming to talk to Roger in a few hours. After she hangs up, Vicki comes in and tells her to look at the letter she had received. Carolyn has come too. She takes the letter and says, "Here. Let me read it." She reads it aloud. The letter (apparently the one dictated by Miss Hopewell in an earlier episode) states that a man named Wilbur Strake had come to the foundling home asking questions about why she, Vicki, had been hired by the Collins family. Vicki remarks that maybe the man had been hired by Burke Devlin, that it was part of his trying to find out about the Collins family past to use against them. Elizabeth insists it could have nothing to do with that, that she has nothing to do with the Collins family past.
At the Collinsport Inn, Burke explains to Malloy that he had hired Strake for business reasons, that there's a cannery in Logansport that he's thinking about buying and he hired Strake to check it out. Malloy asks, "So why was he asking so many questions about the Collins family?" Burke replies, "Well, they own the largest cannery in the area." Malloy remarks, "You're a smooth talker, Burke. You always have been.", implying he doesn't believe him. After Malloy leaves, Devlin places a call to someone named "Bronson" in New York. He tells him to fly to Bangor, Maine and call him from the airport when he gets there. He tells him, "Things are starting to happen. I want to get moving, fast!"
Maggie is in the Evan's Cottage, drinking a cup of coffee and reading the morning paper. The doorbell rings. It's Burke Devlin. He asks if Sam's home. Maggie replies that he should be home any minute. Holding the newspaper up, she remarks, "I was just reading about Roger's accident last night." Burke replies, "That was no accident. It was attempted murder. Someone tampered with the brakes on Roger's car." Maggie, shocked, drops her coffee cup.
Sam Evans goes to the diner of the Collinsport Inn. He goes to the counter and orders breakfast. Roger is in the telephone booth talking to Elizabeth. He tells her he's just taken care of all the insurance matters. He finishes his call, exits the booth and goes to a table in the diner. Sam, who's sitting at the counter, sees him and joins him at the table and asks him if he thinks Burke Devlin had anything to do with his accident. When Roger doesn't answer him, Sam says, "Heaven help us, but we're tied up together in this, you and I. I think I deserve an answer." Roger tells him he confronted Burke about the accident last night and accused him of being responsible, but Burke had laughed and denied having anything to do with it. He tells him, "Last night, I was willing to forget all about the accident if he agreed to leave Collinsport forever, but now I'm going to go to the police!"
At the Evan's Cottage, Devlin admires a sketch of a beautiful dark haired woman and tells Maggie, "Your mother was a very beautiful woman." He asks if Sam still does portraits. Maggie answers, "Sometimes". Maggie tells Burke that Sam seems to think that he, Burke, is angry with him about something and holds a grudge against him. Burke tells her that that's not true. He tells her that while he was in prison, he wrote to Sam several times but never received an answer and if there's anything he's angry with him about, it's that. Sam returns. Burke remarks, "Maggie tells me you think I have some sort of grudge against you. I don't" At first, Sam gets angry about Maggie "telling Burke things", but eventually calms down. Burke tells Sam he'd like to commission him to paint a portrait of him, offering him $1000 to do so (probably worth about $6000 in 1995 dollars.) At first, Sam refuses, but Maggie convinces him to accept the job, saying, "a commission like that doesn't come every day, and you know we could use the money!" Burke asks Sam, "Have you ever been to Collinwood?" Sam replies that he has. Burke tells Sam, "I'd like it to be about the size of the one they have above the fireplace there. And I want it to be the same style as they have in the drawing room there, you know, simple, just from the waist up." He adds, cryptically, "I want it to fit in."
Roger returns to Collinwood and asks Carolyn if the constable has come yet. She tells him he's on his way.
At the Evan's Cottage, Sam is making a preliminary sketch of Burke. Maggie tells them, "Goodbye" and prepares to leave, saying she has to go to work. Burke offers to drive her. As he and Maggie are leaving, Sam asks Burke, "You know, there's one thing I don't understand. When am I going to get the time to paint the portrait. I thought you were only going to be here for a couple of days." Burke replies," I was, but I've change my mind. I'm going to be here much longer."
David is in his room, reading a magazine. He hears Vicki coming in and quickly hides it.
Downstairs, there's a knock at the front doors. Roger opens them and lets Constable Jonas Carter in and tells him, "I'd like to talk to you about attempted murder!", saying last night's accident was no accident. The constable makes a telephone call and tells someone, "This is going to take longer than I thought." While he is on the phone, Elizabeth comes into the drawing room and tells Roger, "Miss Winters received a letter from the foundling home this morning. I think it's going to cause me some trouble", but he brushes her off, saying he has no time to talk to her about it now. The constable finishes his phone call. Roger tells him the story of his "accident", about how the brakes worked fine as he started down the hill, but suddenly failed when he got halfway down. He tells him that the brakes were inspected only a week ago and found to be in perfect order. The constable remarks, "You suspect Burke Devlin, don't you?" Roger replies, "Yes."
Upstairs, Vicki is giving David his lessons. After finishing with his reading lessons, she starts to give him his lessons on the history of Maine. Suddenly, David asks, "When you were a kid, did you ever get punished for doing something really bad?" Vicki replies that she was once punished for giving another girl a bloody nose in a fight. David asks, "Did you ever try to kill anyone?" Vicki replies "No. Of course not." David asks, "What would have happened if you had?" Vicki replies, "I suppose I would have been sent to jail."
Roger explains to the constable that the bleeder valve had been removed from his car. He tells him about Vicki seeing Devlin in the garage standing by his car. The constable asks to see Vicki. Elizabeth goes to get her.
Upstairs, Elizabeth tells Vicki that the police are here and want to talk to her. Hearing this, David exclaims, "The police ?! They're here?" Elizabeth replies that they are.
David sneaks quietly down the stairs. He goes to the doors of the drawing room, quietly opens them a crack and eavesdrops.
Inside, Vicki is recounting how she saw Burke Devlin in the garage, standing next to Roger's car, holding a wrench in his hand to the constable, about how he claimed he had found it on the front seat. The constable asks Vicki, "Do you think you could recognize the particular wrench he was holding?" Vicki replies that she thinks she can. The constable tells them, "Let's go to the garage and see if we can find it. We might find some fingerprints on it." Vicki, the constable, and Roger leave to go to the garage. Elizabeth goes into the foyer and spots David hiding behind a chair. She tells him, "You can come out now, David." He does. He lies, "I wasn't listening, Aunt Elizabeth." She tells him, "I know you were, but I'll let it go this time. I know all this excitement is too much for a nine year old boy to ignore."
Vicki, Roger and the constable return. The constable is holding the wrench with a towel to avoid contaminating the fingerprints. They all go into the drawing room. The constable puts the wrench on the table and goes to the phone to make a call. David looks at the wrench with a worried expression on his face. He pretends to knock it off the table accidentally, then quickly bends down and picks it up with his bare hands. Roger sees this and angrily shouts at him, "David! Do you know what you've done?", but the constable calmly says, "Don't worry about it. He hasn't ruined anything. He's only added his fingerprints to the ones already there, but there'll be no confusion; we'll know how HIS got there."
Constable Carter goes to the diner. Maggie asks him, "Would you like some lunch? Today's special is lobster roll*, Cole slaw, and fried potatoes", but he tells her he doesn't have the time, that he's come to talk to Burke Devlin. He asks her if she's seen him, saying he isn't in his room. Maggie tells him she saw him a couple of hours ago but doesn't know where he is now. The Constable goes to the lobby to wait for him.
Carolyn comes into the diner and orders two hamburgers, medium rare. Maggie asks, "Two? You expecting someone? Burke Devlin, maybe?" Carolyn gets angry, saying the rumors are going too far. She asks Maggie, "What interest do you have in Burke Devlin, anyway?" Maggie replies, "It's my father. He has something to do with Burke. Burke's commissioned him to paint a portrait of him." Carolyn tells Maggie, "No, I'm not meeting Burke. Joe is going to come here to have lunch with me."
Burke returns to the Inn and runs into Constable Carter in the lobby. The constable tells him he'd like to talk to him. Burke tells him he hasn't had lunch yet and invites him to join him in the diner, but Carter tells him, "I think it would be better to talk in your room and keep this private." Burke replies, "All right. Give me a minute to order a sandwich and container of coffee to go."
Burke goes into the diner and asks Maggie to fix him a ham and cheese sandwich, with butter and mustard but no lettuce, and a container of coffee. As he passes Carolyn and Joe's Table, he asks her, "You going to be busy long?" She replies, "About half an hour more." Burke replies, "See you then" and leaves. Joe grumbles, "One day, I'm going to punch that guy right in the mouth!"
Constable Carter questions Burke in his room while Burke eats his sandwich and drinks his coffee. Burke explains what he had been doing in the garage, repeating his story about wanting to look at Roger's car because he wanted to buy one like it. Carter asks him what he was doing with a wrench in his hand. Burke explains that he found it on the front seat. Carter asks him how he happened to do that. Burke explains that he got behind the wheel to see how it felt and to look at the dashboard and happened on the wrench by sitting on it. He sarcastically remarks that it's kind of hard to miss a wrench when you sit on it.
Burke maintains his innocence, saying, "If I HAD taken the bleeder valve out, do you think I would have been stupid enough to go through with it after being seen with a wrench in my hand? Don't you think I would've called Roger to cancel the meeting and tried to sneak into the garage again to put the valve back in?"
Joe and Carolyn are finishing lunch. Maggie comes and tells Carolyn that she's wanted in Burke Devlin's room. Joe begins to become angry, but Maggie explains, "Don't worry. There'll be a chaperone. Constable Carter is up there with Burke. He wants to talk to Carolyn".
Carolyn goes upstairs. In Burke's room, Burke tells her to tell the constable that it was she who came to his room and invited him to come to Collinwood, that he had told her he thought it would be best to avoid the Collins family while he was in Collinsport but that she had insisted and convinced him to go to Collinwood. Carolyn tells the Constable that this is true. Constable Carter leaves. Burke starts to talk, but Carolyn interrupts him, saying, "I don't know if you had anything to do with my uncle Roger's accident or not, but I know you're a liar!" Burke asks her what she means. She tells him, "You lied about only planning to be in town for a couple of days. I learned from Maggie that you're having her father paint a portrait of you. Now how's he going to be able to paint your portrait if you've left town, long distance?" Burke explains, "I wasn't lying to you. My plans have changed." Carolyn asks her point blank, "Tell me, did you have anything to do with my Uncle Roger's accident?" Burke tells her, "I did not." Carolyn leaves. The phone rings. Burke answers and says, "Bronson!" Bronson apparently asks him if he'd like him to come to Collinsport. Burke replies, "No, that'd be too dangerous. Check into a hotel in Bangor. Did you bring the things I asked for?" Bronson apparently replies that he has. Burke tells him, "Good. We might have even less time that I thought we'd have." Note: Lobster Roll is a New England specialty consisting of coarsely chopped lobster mixed with mayonnaise and other flavorings (celery and onions, usually) and served in a bread roll as a sandwich.
David goes into Vicki's room and starts to snoop around, going through various drawers. He finds the letter from the foundling home and starts to read it. Roger, who had apparently seen him come into Vicki's room, comes in and catches him reading the letter. He starts to scold him, but David runs off.
Roger follows David into his room and continues to scold him. He tells him, "That letter was addressed to Miss Winters. A letter is private. Reading it is just as bad as stealing!" He asks him, "Why did you want to read that letter, anyway?" David answers, "I was afraid it was about sending me away!"
Downstairs in the drawing room, Vicki tells Elizabeth, "I have something I'd like to talk to you about. Have you noticed that ever since Roger's accident, David's been acting very strangely? I don't know how to say this... You and Mr. Collins seem to be certain that it was Burke Devlin who tampered with Roger's car, but have you ever considered that it might be someone else, someone else who hates Roger..." It looks like she's about to accuse David, but she doesn't have a chance to. Roger comes into the room and gives her the letter, saying David had stolen it. As he gives it to her, he remarks that it's something from the foundling home. Vicki asks Elizabeth, "Mrs. Stoddard? Haven't you told your brother about this letter yet?" Elizabeth brushes her off and asks her to leave the room. She does.
Vicki goes upstairs to give David his lessons. She finds him reading another "Mechanics" magazine. She asks him, "You learn a lot from these magazines, about how cars work and how to fix them, don't you?" He answers, "Yes."
Down in the drawing room, Elizabeth tells Roger about the letter, that it is from the foundling home and says that a private eye named Wilbur Strake had been there asking questions about why Vicki had been hired by the Collins Family. She remarks that no one knows who he was working for. Roger exclaims, "Burke Devlin, that's who. It's obvious. It's part of his trying to find any information he can that might harm this family. Well, we'll find out soon enough who hired this man. I'm going to the sheriff with this. Let's see what THIS does to Devlin's claim that he didn't come back for revenge." Elizabeth firmly tells him, "NO! I don't want the police meddling in this." Roger asks why. She tells him, "I don't want anyone asking questions about why I hired Miss Winters. Those reasons are private." Roger asks, "Why DID you hire her? You couldn't have known anything about her. You haven't left this house in 18 years." Elizabeth replies, "I hired her because YOU recommended her highly, because someone you knew recommended her to you highly." Roger, shocked, says, "ME?! I RECOMMENDED HER?" Elizabeth tells her, "That's what I told her, and if she asks you, that's what you're going to tell her..."
Vicki is continuing David's lessons in early Maine history. Roger comes in and asks Vicki to come speak to him. Vicki leaves with him. After Vicki and Roger leave, David goes into Vicki's room and steals the letter again.
Roger talks to Vicki about the letter, saying Burke Devlin must be behind the private detective. He tells her it's nothing to worry about, saying he won't find anything of any use to him there, that she was hired because someone had recommended her to him and that's all. Vicki tells him she finds this story dubious. She reminds him that the first time she met him and thanked him for getting her the job, explaining that his sister had told her someone had recommended her to him, he acted like he didn't know what she was talking about. Roger replies that his mind must have been on something else. She asks him, "I called the foundling home. No one there had ever heard of you." Roger explains, "Miss Winters. Did you know that that foundling home got most of its money through donations?" Vicki replies that she did. Roger continues, "And did you know many of donors wish to remain anonymous? It was one of those anonymous donors who recommended you. Apparently, she has seen you several times and was quite impressed with you. I can't tell you her name." The phone rings. Roger answers it. It's Constable Carter. He tells Roger about questioning Burke. Roger growls, "Well of course he denied it!" He gets very angry that Carter did not arrest Devlin and leaves, saying he's going to the police station to give them a piece of his mind.
Vicki goes back up to her room. She finds that the letter is gone and exclaims, "David!". She angrily goes into his room and starts to search for her letter. She opens the top drawer of his dresser and looks under the clothes. Under the clothes, she finds a bleeder valve...