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Episode 114
(TB 4/DISK 1 #7)

 

Tape Date: November 24, 1966
Air Date:
December 1, 1966 Thursday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. It is morning at Collinwood and I've begun to believe I'm out of danger. Not knowing that danger still lurks in the shadows of an old, abandoned house. At the moment, my biggest concern is making my peace with a member of the Collins family. A man I once suspected of trying to murder me.

It is the next morning. Roger is sitting in the drawing room drinking his morning coffee and reading the "Collinsport Star." Vicki is in the drawing room drinking her morning coffee too. Noticing that Roger has just drank his coffee cup empty, she asks, "More coffee, Roger?" He coldly replies, "No need to be solicitous. Your little attempts at being friendly don't change anything." The phone rings. Roger answers. It's Burke Devlin. He asks to speak to Vicki. Roger gives the phone to her. Burke asks Vicki to come to the hotel to speak to him. Vicki replies, "I don't think I want to ..", but Burke tells her, "It's very important. Please come." Vicki agrees to. After she hangs up, Roger asks her, "What are you two conspiring about?" Vicki replies, "Nothing. He just wanted to see me. He probably heard about what happened." Roger tells her, "I can't stop you from going to see him, but Burke Devlin is an enemy of this family who's trying to destroy us, and as long as you continue to see him, I'll consider you an enemy too!"

Vicki goes to the Collinsport Inn to see Burke. Vicki tells Burke everything that's happened. Burke asks, "Could Matthew have been lying to protect Roger and the family?" Vicki replies, "No, that's just wishful thinking on your part." Burke remarks, "I suppose you're right..." He asks, "When he admitted to you that he had arranged to see Bill Malloy at Lookout Point, did he say anything about Malloy having new evidence about the accident 10 years ago?" Vicki replies, "No he didn't. I'm glad he didn't." Burke remarks, "I didn't know you were so fond of Roger." Vicki replies, "I'm not. I fond of Elizabeth. She's given me a job and a home." Burke tells her, "Well, you've been very loyal to her." Vicki replies, "I'm not being very loyal to her being here. I don't want to be your conduit for information from Collinwood, Burke." Burke tries to protest, "But Vicki! That's not why I asked you here, if that's what you think!". But Vicki continues, "You're trying to destroy the Collins Family and I don't want to be part of it. I think it would be best if we didn't see each other anymore." Burke grabs her and kisses her, then says, "Sorry. I didn't mean to do that. But I guess we each knew that would happen sooner or later." Vicki tells him, "That doesn't make any difference, Burke. I can't see you anymore." Burke tells her, "All right. You know where the door is!"

After Vicki leaves Burke's room, the phone rings. It's Blair. Burke talks to him, "Blair?... What is it?...You have?... Well, well, that IS good news...I only wish I could see the look on Mrs. Stoddard's face when she finds out!"

Elizabeth goes into the drawing room and is surprised to find Roger in there reading the paper. She asks, "Given up working mornings?" He replies, "No, I'm waiting for Vicki to return. She went to see Burke. I want to find out what for." Elizabeth tells him, "Vicki's completely loyal." She sees David coming down the stairs dressed to go out. She goes to him and asks, "Going out? Didn't Miss Winters give you some homework?" David replies, "I've already finished it", but Elizabeth tells him, "I know you're lying. You couldn't have. She just gave it to you before she left." David tells her, "I'll do it later", but Elizabeth tells him sternly, "No. You'll go upstairs and do it now!" He starts up the stairs, but after Elizabeth goes back into the drawing room, he quietly sneaks back down again and goes into the door under the stairs.

In the drawing room, the phone rings. Elizabeth answers. It's Burke. He tells her, "I thought you should be the first to congratulate me. I'm the new owner of the Logansport cannery. They couldn't wait for you to come up with a higher bid. Are you ready for some honest competition? " Elizabeth tells him, "Don't think you've won, Burke . I intend to fight you!" Burke calmly replies, "Good. I like a good fight. You know why? Because I usually win!" Elizabeth hangs up and tells Roger what's happened.

David sneaks into the kitchen. He takes out a shopping bag and begins filling it with cans and boxes of ready-to-eat food from the cupboards.

Roger tells Elizabeth he thinks she should take the safe way out, to sell the cannery and keep the money safe. Elizabeth refuses, saying she intends to go into competition against Burke and fight him. Roger remarks, "Too bad Matthew wasn't successful when he tried to strangle Burke..."

David takes the food and sneaks out of the house.

Vicki returns to Collinwood. Roger, seeing her come in, asks, "Vicki, could you come here for a moment? I'd like to talk to you." He asks her about what Burke wanted. Vicki tells him, "He just wanted to know how I was." Roger asks, "Did he tell you about his next move to destroy us?" Vicki replies, "I don't know what you're talking about." Elizabeth tells her about Burke's acquisition of the Logansport cannery and threat to put the Collins family out of business. Roger sarcastically remarks, "I'm surprised he didn't tell you about it, you two being such good friends?" Vicki replies, "We're not such good friends anymore. I'm never going to see him again. I don't like his trying to destroy this family and I told him so." Roger, surprised, tells her, "If that's true, I'd be willing to overlook a great many other things!" Vicki exits the drawing room. Roger continues to argue with Elizabeth. He tells her, "Think of Carolyn and David! If you fight, you could lose every penny! You'd leave them with nothing!", but Elizabeth tells him, "I want to leave them with more than the Collin's money. I want them to learn that it's worth fighting in what you believe in!" She goes out into the foyer and asks Vicki, "I notice that you're flushed. Did anything happen while you were with Burke?" Vicki lies, "No, I just got mad at him, that's all."

David goes to the old house and gives the food to Matthew. He then returns to Collinwood and goes in through the front door. He runs into Elizabeth and Vicki there. Elizabeth asks, "Where have you been, David?" David replies, "Out." Elizabeth angrily says, "You disobeyed me!" David lies to her, "I had a good reason to go out. I had to feed the birds." Elizabeth replies, "Don't lie, David. You couldn't have fed the birds. Matthew keeps the birdseed locked in the shed." David replies, "I didn't say I FED the birds. I said I was going out to feed them. I found the shed locked. That's why I came back. To get the key." Elizabeth tells him, "You can feed the birds later. Go up and finish your homework first!" As David is going up the stairs, he turns to Roger, who has also come out into the foyer, and asks, "Has there been any word about Matthew?" Roger replies that there hasn't. David remarks, "It's funny how someone can seem to vanish from the face of the earth, isn't it?"

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Episode 115
(TB 4/DISK 1/#8)

Tape Date: November 28, 1966
Air Date: December 2, 1966 Friday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Clarice Blackburn as Sarah Johnson

My name is Victoria Winters. I came to this house with the hope of finding out about my past life. Instead my life was nearly taken away from me. And the man who tried to kill me is hiding in the one place no one would think to look. And he's being protected by one who does not suspect his treachery.

It is the next day. David brings more food to Matthew.

At Collinwood, Vicki comes down the stairs carrying a plaid cloth suitcase. She goes into the drawing room, where Elizabeth is writing at a table, and tells her goodbye. Elizabeth asks, "Do you have any plans for your weekend in Bangor?" Vicki replies, "Frank is going to show me the town today, and on Sunday, I think I'm going to go listen to some music at the conservatory." Elizabeth remarks, "I didn't know you were so fond of Frank Garner." Vicki replies, "It's not just that. I need to be away for a few days after all that's happened." Elizabeth tells her, "I hope you enjoy yourself." She adds, "I can't believe a loyal old servant like Matthew could have been behind all this. I wonder where he is now."

Matthew tells David, "Now let an old man have his dinner." He looks out the window. David tells him, "You don't have to worry. No one followed me. I'm good at sneaking out." Matthew pulls an old chair up to an old table.

Elizabeth asks Vicki, "Is David upstairs?" Vicki replies, "No." Elizabeth asks, "Do you know where he is?" Vicki replies, "Probably at the old house." Elizabeth remarks, "I wish he wouldn't go there so late." Vicki asks, "Would you like me to get him?" Elizabeth asks, "What about your bus?" Vicki replies, "There's plenty of time before it leaves." Elizabeth tells her, "Yes, I'd appreciate it if you went and got David. It's going to get dark soon."

Matthew spoons up the contents of a can and eats heartily. He tells David, "You sure know what a man likes. You've brought me a lot of food. You sure no one at the house will miss it?" David replies, "No. They have so much food at the house they'll never miss this. You'll be able to hide here for years. No one ever comes here but me." Matthew tells him, "That's why I came back here, because it's such a good hiding place. And I'll tell you something. There's a secret here that makes it impossible for anyone to find me, a secret so close you could touch it. I don't think even you know about it." David replies, "Sure I do, it's the ghosts!" Matthew remarks, "Then you don't know about it." David begs him to tell him, but Matthew refuses, saying he'll tell him when he's about to leave the old house. Matthew jokes, "Too bad I don't have some brandy to go with all this good food you've brought me." David replies, "I'll bring some next time." Matthew laughs, "You're going to spoil me while I'm here, David!" Suddenly, they hear Vicki's voice calling, "David?" David and Matthew quickly gather up Matthew's dinner and Matthew runs and hides in a closet. Vicki comes in, sees David and asks, "What are you doing here?" David lies, "Looking for ghosts." Vicki sees part of a slice of bread lying on the floor. She bends down and picks it up. She drops her wallet while doing so, but neither she nor David notices it. Holding the piece of bread, she asks, "David, have you been eating up here?" David lies, "Yes." Vicki remarks, "You should be neater, or else you'll attract ants leaving pieces of food lying around like that." David replies, "Not ants. Rats. If you stay here, you'll see the rats come out and get it!" (It is unknown whether David made up the rats just to scare Vicki because he wants to get her out of the old house quickly or there really are rats in the old house.) Vicki replies, "No, thanks. I have a bus to Bangor to catch. Let's go." They leave. A few minutes later, Matthew comes out of the closet. He finds Vicki's wallet, easy to spot because it's white, lying on the floor.

At Collinwood, Elizabeth calls the sheriff to asks if there's been any word on Matthew. Vicki and David return. After Elizabeth hangs up, Vicki asks, "Was that the sheriff?" Elizabeth replies, "Yes. There's been no trace of Matthew. They think he's probably going to try to get out of the country. They've notified the Canadian police." Vicki says, "Goodbye" again and turns to leave. Suddenly, she exclaims, "My wallet's gone! I must've dropped it somewhere!" David helpfully suggests, "You probably dropped when we were going over the old fence on our way back." Vicki agrees that that's where she probably lost it and tells Elizabeth that she will go there to look for it. Elizabeth tells her, "If you don't find it, come back here and I'll give you enough money to last the weekend." Vicki replies, "Oh, I'm sure I'll find it." and leaves.

Elizabeth tells David, "Now look what you caused." David, quite reasonably, replies, "It wasn't MY fault she lost her wallet!", but Elizabeth tells him, "You should own up to what you're responsible for, David." David replies, "I have a friend who thinks I'm very responsible!" He asks Elizabeth about "loyalty".

Vicki goes to the old fence and looks all around, but doesn't find her wallet there.

David asks Elizabeth, "How about keeping secrets from someone you're loyal to?" Elizabeth replies, "If two people were truly loyal to each other, there wouldn't be any secrets between them."

Vicki, not having found the wallet at the old fence, decides to go to see if she lost it at the old house. Inside the old house, she looks around the floor to see if her wallet's there. She doesn't find her wallet, but does find some large footsteps which look like they belong to a large man. She follows some of them and is surprised to find that they seem to go into the bookcase. Another set look like they're coming out of the bookcase. Suddenly, she hears a deep voice asking, "Lose something, Miss Winters?" She turns and is shocked to see Matthew Morgan there holding her wallet.

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Episode 116
(TB 4/DISK 1/#9)

Tape Date: November 30, 1966
Air Date:
December 5, 1966 Monday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. Since I came to live at Collinwood my life has been in danger several times. Until a moment ago I thought the danger had passed. Only to find myself trapped in a deserted old house by a desperate man who has already tried to murder me.

Matthew growls, "Wouldn't stop your snooping, would you?" Vicki, very frightened, replies, "I wasn't snooping. I was just looking for my wallet!" Matthew replies, "It doesn't matter. You're here and you know I'm here. Too bad you had to find out where I am." Vicki asks, "What are you going to do?" Matthew replies, "I don't know. But there's one think I know I can't do, and that's let you go." He grabs her, opens the bookcase, and drags her into the secret room behind it.

There's a knock at the door at Collinwood. Mrs. Johnson answers it. It's a taxi driver. He asks, "Someone call for a cab?". Mrs. Johnson replies, "That would be Miss Winters, but I think she's already left." The cabbie tells her, "Well, she didn't cancel the cab." Mrs. Johnson goes and looks around for Vicki. She comes back and tells the cabbie, "She's gone. She must've gotten a lift into town. I'm sorry." The cabbie remarks, "Me too." and leaves.

Vicki looks around and asks, "What is this?" Matthew replies, "Some kind of secret room or something. No one knows about it but me, not even Mrs. Stoddard. No one 'ill ever find you in here!" Vicki asks, "You never left here, did you?" Matthew replies, "I did. I drove about a hundred miles." Vicki asks, "Why did you come back?" Matthew replies, "Couldn't think of anywhere to go. Figured this was the best place to hide. When the search dies down in a few months, I'll go up the coast and hire onto a freighter up there and sail away." Vicki asks, "But how will you live? How will you get food?" Matthew replies, "I can get food." Vicki asks, "But how? You can't go to the house and get it, and you can't go into town and get it, you'll be recognized." Matthew replies, "Someone's helping me. A friend." Matthew blames Vicki for everything that's happened, saying "It's because of you that Mrs. Stoddard lied to me. She never lied to me before. If you hadn't come here and started snooping around, none of this would've happened!" Vicki replies, "You're insane!" Matthew lets out a crazed yell, then lunges at her and grabs her by the throat, but quickly lets her go.

Elizabeth asks Mrs. Johnson, "Where's Carolyn?" Mrs. Johnson replies, "I'm not sure, but I think she's on a date. She asked me to iron a dress for her earlier." Elizabeth asks, "Vicki get away all right?" Mrs. Johnson replies, "Apparently. Did she order a taxi? One came and asked for her, but she was already gone. She must've gotten a lift into town and forgotten to cancel it." Elizabeth wonders if Vicki's left, then says, "Wait. I remember she left her suitcase in the foyer. Let's see if it's still there." They go out into the foyer and look. There is no suitcase. But Elizabeth is wrong. Vicki did not leave her suitcase in the foyer, but in the little "pre-foyer" right by the door. It's still there right now, a plaid cloth suitcase with the letters "VW" attached to it, hidden by the one of the little walls between the pre-foyer and the foyer from Elizabeth's view.

Mrs. Johnson brings the day's newspaper to Elizabeth. Elizabeth glances at it and remarks, "I don't even want to look at it. All it talks about is Matthew." And indeed it does. The headline reads, "ESCAPED KILLER STILL AT LARGE" with a picture of Matthew below it. Elizabeth remarks, "I really pity him." Mrs. Johnson replies, "Pity him?! But he killed Mr. Malloy!" Elizabeth tells her, "But it WAS an accident. I can't forgive what he did, but I also can't forget that he was a loyal servant for almost 20 years and that he thought he was trying to help me. I feel like I've lost TWO friends." The phone rings. Elizabeth answers. It's Frank Garner. He tells her Vicki wasn't on the bus she was supposed to be on. Elizabeth tells him, "Strange. She left over two hours ago. Maybe she'll be on the next bus." Mrs. Johnson, who's heard the phone conversation, helpfully tells Elizabeth, "Those buses leave every hour." Elizabeth remarks, "I'm worried about Vicki. So many strange things have happened to her lately."

Matthew tells Vicki, "You're lucky I didn't hurt you. Don't ever say anything like that again! I lose my temper easily. Why couldn't you leave me alone? I'm just a harmless old man. I've never hurt anyone." Vicki asks, "How about Bill Malloy?" Matthew replies, "That was an accident!" Vicki tries to convince him, "That's right. If you let me go right now, that's all you'll be guilty of. Why don't you just go drive away in your can and let me go?" Matthew replies, "I can't do that. There are police everywhere out there." Vicki replies, "No there aren't. There haven't been police out there for days." Matthew remarks, "And the next thing you'll be telling me is that there are no roadblocks out there either." Vicki replies, "No there aren't. The police and roadblocks are all gone. They think you've left the country." Matthew tells her, "Well, someone else told me there were police everywhere out there, and roadblocks too." Vicki tells him, "Well, whoever told you that lied to you." Matthew asks, "Why would my friend lie to me?" Vicki replies, "I don't know. All I know is that there are no police out there. If you don't believe me, why don't you go and look?" Matthew just stands there, staring at Vicki. Vicki asks, "Why are you looking at me like that?" Matthew replies, "I'm trying to decide what to do."

Frank Garner calls Elizabeth again and tells her Vicki wasn't on the next bus either. He tells her that he's called the bus company and found that Vicki hasn't boarded any of their buses. Elizabeth hangs up, worried. Mrs. Johnson suggests, "Maybe Carolyn didn't go on a date. Maybe she decided to drive Miss Winters to Bangor." Elizabeth calls Joe to see if Carolyn is on a date with him, but finds he isn't in his room and that his landlady doesn't know where he is. Mrs. Johnson gets an idea. She tells Elizabeth, "I think I know a way to find out if Carolyn is on a date. If her car is still here, Joe must have picked her up and she must be on a date with him. If it's gone, she must be driving Miss Winters."

Matthew tells Vicki, "You're lucky." Vicki asks what he means. Matthew tells her, "I've decide to give you a chance. I'm going to go out there and take a look. If you're telling the truth and the police are all gone, I'll get into my car and drive away, and that's the last you'll ever see of me. But you've got to promise to do one thing. You've got to stay in here for at least two hours before you leave. You've got to give me time to get away." Vicki agrees to do so. Matthew opens the bookcase, exits the secret room, and re-closes the bookcase. He goes to the front door and leaves. From inside the secret room, Vicki hears the sound of the front door closing. She waits a few minutes, then opens the bookcase and comes out. She looks around for a few minutes and then, deciding it's safe, opens the front door and goes out. She is immediately grabbed by Matthew Morgan. He drags her back into the old house and angrily shouts, "I knew I couldn't trust you! I knew you were lying to me!"

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Episode 117
(TB 4/DISK 2/#1)

Tape Date: November 29, 1966
Air Date:
December 6, 1966 Tuesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard

My name is Victoria Winters. Months ago I came to Collinwood to begin a new life only to find I may die here. I am held captive in a secret room in a deserted old house, and the inhabitants of Collinwood have only begun to suspect I'm missing.

Mrs. Johnson returns and tells Elizabeth, "Carolyn's car is gone. She must be driving Miss Winters to Bangor." Elizabeth remarks, "But why didn't she tell me? It's a long trip to Bangor. She always tells me when she makes such a long trip." Mrs. Johnson suggests, "Maybe she didn't plan to go all the way to Bangor. Maybe she just planned to drive Miss Winters into town then decided to go all the way to Bangor when she got there." But Elizabeth tells her, "I'm still uneasy. So many strange things have happened to Vicki lately. She seems to attract disaster." There's a knock at the door. Elizabeth answers. It's Joe Haskell. He tells her, "My landlady told me you called. Said it was urgent." Elizabeth asks if Carolyn is with him. He replies, "No, I haven't seen Carolyn for a month." Elizabeth remarks, "Then Mrs. Johnson must be right. She must be with Vicki."

But she isn't. Carolyn is with Burke Devlin. Burke pours two glasses of brandy and toasts, "To many more happy times ahead." Carolyn remarks, "Think of the expression on Aunt Elizabeth's face if she could see me now!" Burke asks, "Did you tell them you were coming here?" Carolyn replies, "No. Uncle Roger wasn't home and Aunt Elizabeth was busy going over some ledgers. I'll just tell them I was with a girlfriend, Cindy Fisher. They never check." Burke asks, "Did you tell Vicki?" Carolyn replies, "No, she's in Bangor with Frank Garner." She asks, "That bothers you, doesn't it?" Burke denies that it does, saying, "Why should it?" Carolyn replies, "That's what I'm wondering, Burke." Burke tells her, "I should be the one who should be jealous. About you and Joe Haskell." Carolyn replies, "There's no longer anything between me and Joe Haskell."

At Collinwood, Elizabeth tells Joe it's really Vicki she's worried about. She tells him why. Joe suggests, "Maybe she's still at the Collinsport Inn." He calls the diner and asks Maggie if Vicki is there. Maggie replies that she isn't. Joe asks if she's seen Vicki at all. Maggie replies that she's been on duty all day and hasn't. Joe tells this to Elizabeth and suggests, "Maybe Mrs. Johnson was right. Vicki's probably driving up with Carolyn." But Elizabeth tells him, "There's one thing that bothers me. Carolyn asked Mrs. Johnson to iron a dress for her earlier today. Why would she do this if she were only going to drive Vicki up to Bangor?" Mrs. Johnson agrees, "She told me she wanted to look especially pretty tonight." Joe remarks, "Well, she didn't have a date with me." Elizabeth asks, "Well, then who else could she have had a date with?" Joe pauses, not saying anything. Elizabeth seems to get the message. Joe tells her, "I'll go looking for her if you want me to, Mrs. Stoddard, but only if you want me to." Elizabeth replies, "I hope she's not there. But I think you should go look for her, Joe, for Vicki's sake."

Burke is romancing Carolyn. He strokes her face and tells her, "Half the female population would give anything to have skin like yours. So soft, like a baby's.." They kiss. There's a knock at the door. Carolyn asks, "Expecting anyone?" Burke replies, "No." He shouts, "Who is it?" A voice replies, "Joe Haskell". Burke asks, "What do you want?" Joe asks, "Is Carolyn there?" Carolyn tells Burke, "Tell him yes." Burke lets Joe in. Carolyn sarcastically remarks, "Spying for my mother now?" Joe replies, "She's worried about you. Come on. Let's go." Carolyn refuses to go. Burke asks Joe to leave. Joe sees the lipstick on Burke's face and remarks on it. He punches Burke. They get into a fight and knock each other around a bit. When they stop, Carolyn shouts at Joe, "Quit snooping on me and causing trouble!" Joe replies, "I'm not snooping on you. I only came look for you because Vicki's missing!" Burke suddenly starts to look interested and concerned. Joe explains. Burke announces, "We're going to Collinwood right now!" Carolyn tells him, "I don't think that's such a good idea..", but Burke tells her, "No time to argue with you now. Let's get going!"

The phone rings at Collinwood. Elizabeth answers. It's Frank Garner. He tells her Vicki still hasn't arrived. Elizabeth hears the front door. She goes into the foyer and finds that Carolyn, Joe and Burke have come in. She asks Carolyn, "So you were with Burke!" Carolyn answers, "Yes." Burke asks, "What's this about Vicki?" Elizabeth tells Carolyn to go up to her room, saying she'll talk to her later. After some argument, Carolyn goes up to her room. Elizabeth asks to speak to Burke in the drawing room. Elizabeth starts to talk about him seeing Carolyn, but Burke tells her, "We can talk about our personal differences some other time. I want to talk about what's happened to Vicki. I'm worried about what might have happened to her with Matthew still at large." While Burke and Elizabeth are talking, Joe goes to hang his coat up in the coat rack in the "pre-foyer" then goes into the drawing room. Burke asks Elizabeth when she last saw Vicki. Elizabeth replies, "About 4 o'clock. I gave her, her salary then she left." Burke asks, "Did you see her leave?" Elizabeth replies, "No, but I know she left. Her suitcase was in the foyer and it's gone now." Joe asks, "Was this a black and red plaid cloth suitcase?" Elizabeth replies, "Yes, how did you know?" Joe replies, "Because I noticed a suitcase like that in the entry hall!" He goes and gets it. Burke remarks, "Then she never left Collinwood!"

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Episode 118
(TB 4/DISK 2/#2)

Tape Date: December 1, 1966
Air Date:
December 7, 1966 Wednesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. It is night at Collinwood and I'm desperately afraid it may be the last night of my life. I'm held prisoner in a secret room of a deserted old house by a half-crazed, desperate man. A man who once attempted to kill me. At Collinwood the only three people in the world who could rescue me have just discovered I'm nearby.

Joe asked Elizabeth "Are you sure this is Vicki's bag?" She points "Positive. It has her initials on it." Burke says "And she never left the grounds" Elizabeth worries "What happened to her?" Burke tells Elizabeth he never left the grounds and Matthew might have Vicki. Elizabeth calls the sheriff and tells him she has reason to think Vicki is still on the grounds. She tells him to come back with more men this time. After she hangs up, Burke tells her he thinks he and Joe should start searching right away. He asks Elizabeth if they have any guns. Elizabeth replies, "Roger has some" and takes Joe with her into the room under the stairs.

Matthew, having dragged Vicki back into the secret room, shouts, "You lied to me, didn't you? I was testing you. You were going to go and call the sheriff and tell him about me, weren't you?" Vicki insists that she wasn't, that she was telling the truth, that the police aren't around anymore. She tells him, "You can't keep holding me here. They'll notice I'm missing soon!", but Matthew replies, "They'll never find you here. I'm the only person who knows about this place." Vicki asks, "Are you sure? Mrs. Stoddard knows more about Collinwood than anyone. I'm sure she knows about it! Soon, they'll find out I'm missing and then there will be police all around, searching for me. This is your last chance to escape, Matthew!" Matthew starts to tie her up and tells her, "I'm going outside to take a look. Maybe you are telling the truth." She replies, "I am!" He remarks, "You'd better be." He finishes tying her up and exits.

Joe and Elizabeth return with a couple of shotguns and a box of shells. Joe and Burke load the shotguns and open the door to leave. Elizabeth suddenly remarks, "Wait! Maybe Vicki is just lost!" She tells them she's suddenly remembered about Vicki having lost her wallet and going to look for it. She tells them Vicki thinks she lost it at the old fence while taking a shortcut on the way back from the old house. They asks where this shortcut is. Elizabeth points and says, "Past the greenhouse near that clump of trees."

Joe and Burke go to the old fence. They find no trace of Vicki except a strip of cloth on the fence which they think might have torn from her dress. Burke asks, "How far is it to the old house?" Joe replies, "About a quarter of a mile." Burke says, "Let's go!"

Matthew comes back into the secret room and remarks to Vicki, "It looks like you're telling the truth. It might be best to make a run for it." Vicki asks, "Then what are you waiting for?" He replies, "I'm going to take you with me! If I run into the police, they're less likely to shoot if you're with me!"

Burke and Joe approach the old house.

Matthew unties Vicki and takes her out of the secret room. He takes her to the front door and prepares to open it, but suddenly stops when he hears something outside. From outside, Joe's voice calls, "Vicki!" Matthew quickly covers Vicki's mouth with his hand and drags her back into the secret room, closing the bookcase behind him. Joe and Burke come in. They look around. Burke tells Joe to search upstairs. Burke searches downstairs.

While they are both out of the room, Josette's portrait starts to glow. Joe comes down the stairs. The portrait immediately stops glowing. Joe calls, "Burke?" Burke comes back into the room. Joe tells him he's found nothing upstairs. Burke tells him he's had no luck downstairs either. Burke asks, "How much do you know about this house?" Joe replies, "Well, Carolyn and I used to play here when we were kids, but I don't really know much about it." Burke tells Joe to go back to Collinwood and ask Elizabeth if there's any closed off parts of the old house or any rooms they might have missed.

Joe goes back to Collinwood and asks Elizabeth this. Elizabeth replies, "Yes! As a matter of fact, there is..."

Joe returns to the old house. He tells Burke, "Mrs. Stoddard told me there is a place we've probably missed." Burke asks, "Where?" Joe replies, "An old storm cellar." Burke tells him, "I've already found and searched there." He asks, "Is the sheriff here yet?" Joe replies, "Yes. With about 20 men." They leave. Vicki manages to struggle free and shouts, "Burke!!!", but she is just too late. Burke and Joe have just left. Her scream comes just as the front door closes. Matthew tells her, "That was a dumb thing to do, Miss Winters, real dumb!"

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Episode 119
(TB 4/DISK 2/#3)

Tape Date: December 2, 1966
Air Date:
December 8, 1966 Thursday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard

My name is Victoria Winters. The lights are burning late tonight at Collinwood for my disappearance has caused great alarm. There are those who search for me... but their search may be in vain for my captor has hidden me well. They looked for me here. They were so near that I wanted to scream to them from within secret room. But my hopes are dimming now. For Matthew will surely not fail this time to take my life.

Joe and Burke continue their search in the woods.

Carolyn, dressed in a nightgown, comes downstairs looking for Elizabeth. She is surprised not to find her in the drawing room. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is outside the house, looking worried. Elizabeth comes back in and runs into Carolyn in the drawing room. Carolyn asks what's happening. Elizabeth tells her that they're afraid that Matthew might have Vicki. Carolyn confidently remarks, "Burke will find her." Elizabeth asks, "You have a lot of confidence in him, don't you?" They get into an argument about her seeing Burke.

Elizabeth is pacing around nervously. Carolyn is leafing through a large magazine (it looks like "Life"). Roger returns. Elizabeth, hearing, goes into the foyer to meet him. Surprised she is up, he jokes, "I didn't expect a welcoming committee at this time of night." Elizabeth tells him about Vicki being missing. Roger doesn't seem very interested or concerned. Carolyn tells him about having gone out with Burke. This bothers Roger. They get into an argument about this.

In the wood, Joe apologizes to Burke for taking a swing at him. Burke jokes, "It's not the swing I minded. It was the connection!" He adds, "Don't worry about it. A man needs to take a swing every once in a while." Joe replies, "Well, next time I'll make sure it's for a better reason than Carolyn." He tells Burke it's over between him and Carolyn.

Carolyn is playing "Chopsticks" on the piano. Elizabeth glares at her and Carolyn stops. Joe and Burke return and tell them that they've found no trace of Vicki. Roger, shocked to see Burke carrying a shotgun, asks, "What do you have there?" Burke replies, "A weapon." Roger exclaims, "That's mine!" Burke gives it to him. Joe returns his shotgun to Roger too. Roger remarks, "Vicki's missing, eh? She seems remarkably unintelligent for a teacher." Burke gets very angry about Roger's flippant attitude about Vicki's disappearance and argues with him about it. Elizabeth tries to cool things off by asking Burke if he would like some coffee. Roger remarks, "You've never had much decimation about who you feed here." Burke tells Elizabeth he takes his coffee black. Carolyn excuses herself, saying she's going to bed.

As Carolyn mounts the stairs, Joe comes out into the foyer and tries to talk to her, but finds Carolyn is reluctant to talk to him. He tells her he just wanted to tell her it's all over between them, saying, "I'm sorry to see what's happened to you. You used to be such a nice girl."

Elizabeth returns with a tray of coffee. Joe takes his black too. Burke and Joe discuss what to do next. They decide to search the caves at the beach in the morning. Joe remarks, "I'll see if I can get some fishermen together to help." Burke says, "I'll go home and change out of these wet clothes. I'll be back." Roger remarks, "I hope you haven't made this your search headquarters." Burke retorts, "No, but I might have some other plans for it in the future." Elizabeth angrily snaps, "Burke, I appreciate your helping to search for Vicki, but I don't appreciate that last statement." She reprimands him for his buying of the Logansport cannery and trying to put her out of business. She tells him he won't succeed. Burke tells her he will. Roger remarks, "You'd better watch out, Liz. He knows every filthy trick in the book." Burke grabs him by the lapels, pushes him against a wall and replies, "Yes. I learned every one of them from you!" and leaves. Roger angrily grabs one of the shotguns and starts after Burke, but Elizabeth bars his way, exclaiming, "Roger!"

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Episode 120
(Kinescope)
(TB 4/DISK 2/#4)

Tape Date: December 4, 1966
Air Date:
December 9, 1966 Friday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. Morning has come to Collinwood and my bed is still empty. I may never sleep in that bed again for my searchers have not yet found me and my captor is a desperate man. Morning has come to the ghost house after a night of terror and the day holds no promise of salvation.

Morning comes. Matthew tells Vicki, "I'm going to take this gag off you, but if you make a sound, I'll close your mouth forever!" He takes the gag off. Vicki does not scream. She asks, "How long can you stay here? How are you going to get food and water?" Matthew replies, "I've got that all taken care of. I've got the best food and better water! Hungry? Breakfast is on its way!"

Mrs. Johnson is in the kitchen with David, giving him his breakfast. David eats while Mrs. Johnson sips from a cup of coffee. She lights a cigarette to go with the coffee. Noticing the look on Mrs. Johnson's face, David asks what's wrong. Mrs. Johnson tells him about "the mysterious disappearance of Miss Winters." She tells him that the police, Joe and even Burke Devlin are out searching for Vicki. She remarks, "I think we've seen the last of Miss Winters." David asks why she says that. Mrs. Johnson replies, "They were carrying guns last night. When I see men carrying guns, I know it's very serious." David asks why they were carrying guns. Mrs. Johnson explains, "They think Matthew Morgan might still be in the area and might have Vicki." Mrs. Johnson tells David she thinks it's his fault Vicki is missing, since it was him she was going after when she lost her wallet. She leaves the table and goes into another room. There is the sound of dishes being washed. David quickly gets up, gets a shopping bag out of a drawer, and starts to fill it with canned and boxed food from cabinets. One of the boxes can clearly be seen to be Kellogg's Corn Flakes. He turns back to the table and takes some rolls from the bread basket too. Noticing Mrs. Johnson's pack of unfiltered cigarettes lying on the table, he takes them too. Mrs. Johnson returns and looks for her cigarettes. Not finding them, she remarks, "I could've sworn I left them on this table. I must be losing my mind. Have you seen my cigarettes, David?" David lies, "No." and leaves.

Matthew is looking out the window of the old house. He sees something. He goes back into the secret room and prepares to gag Vicki again. Vicki asks, "Do you have to?" Matthew replies, "Yes. Breakfast is coming." He gags her and leaves the secret room, closing the bookcase behind him. David comes in with the bag of food. Inside the secret room, Vicki hears David talking with Matthew. David tells Matthew, "There's lot of trouble at the house. Miss Winters has disappeared. They've looked everywhere. They think something's happened to her." Matthew asks, "What?" David replies, "They think you have her." Matthew remarks, "That just goes to show you. They try to blame everything on me. Next thing you know, they'll be blaming every crime in the state on me." David tells him he blames himself for Vicki's disappearance. He asks, "Do you think my father might have her?" Matthew, taking advantage of the fact that David suspects Roger of killing Bill Malloy, remarks, "You'd better watch out about people who have killed, David. It gets easier as you go along..." Vicki hears this and, interpreting it differently from David, becomes frightened. Matthew tells David that because of all the hubbub about Vicki, he thinks it would be better if he came just once a day with a big load of food enough for three meals instead of three times a day. David begs Matthew to tell him the secret he was talking about. Matthew tells him, "That's serious stuff. Adult stuff. I can't tell you about it." David continues to beg him. Matthew explodes, "WOULD YOU GET OFF MY BACK!", but then quickly apologizes, telling David, "Maybe I'll tell you tomorrow or the next day. You'd better be getting back before they miss you." David leaves.

Matthew opens the bookcase and goes into the secret room, taking the bag of food with him. He announces "Breakfast is here!" Engaging Vicki, he asks, "Hungry?" Vicki replies that she's thirsty. Matthew tells her, "I'll have to go to the old well and get you some water, then." He gags her again and leaves, closing the bookcase behind him.

David, on his way back to Collinwood, is climbing the old fence. As he is doing so, he remembers that he has Mrs. Johnson's cigarettes in his pocket. He runs back to the old house and shouts, "Matthew? Matthew? Where are you? I've got some cigarettes for you!" He is surprised to find that Matthew isn't there. Vicki, hearing David, starts to make noises through the gag. She tries to call to David, but only manages, "MMMMMMMMMMM... MMMMMMMMMMM" sounds. David hears the sounds and listens carefully to try to find where they are coming from. He listens and finds that the sounds seem to be coming from behind a bookcase. Meanwhile, Matthew, having gotten the water, is walking back to the old house...

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Episode 121
(TB 4/DISK 2/#5)

Tape Date: December 5, 1966
Air Date:
December 12, 1966 Monday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Dana Elcar as Sheriff Patterson
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. There is grave concern at Collinwood for my whereabouts are still unknown. The searchers move farther and farther away from where I'm hidden. But there is one, who unsuspecting, has come very close to finding me.

David, at the bookcase, asks, "Who is it? Who's in there?" Matthew comes in, sees David near the bookcase and demands, "What are you doing near that wall?" David replies, "I was looking for you." Matthew remarks, "I thought I told you to go back to Collinwood." David replies, "I came back to give you some cigarettes." He gives them to him. Matthew asks, "What were you doing by that wall?" David tells him, "I thought I heard something." Matthew asks, "What kind of sound?" David replies, "It was like a voice." Matthew tells David, "It must have been your imagination!", but David insists that he heard it. He asks, "Matthew, does this have anything to do with the secret of the house? Matthew, what's the secret of this house?" Matthew gets angry, saying, "I already told you, I'll tell you later!" David continues, "I think I know the secret of this house." Matthew is shocked. But David finishes, "The secret of this house is ghosts." Matthew suddenly starts laughing. David asks, "What are you laughing at?" Matthew lies, "Nothing, David. It's just that you're smarter than I thought you were." David asks, "You mean I'm right, the secret of this house is ghosts?" Matthew lies, "Yes. This house is full of ghosts." He adds, "And ghosts to be..." Inside the secret room, Vicki hears this.

At Collinwood, Mrs. Johnson tells Elizabeth, "Last night, I heard them outside, calling 'Vicki! Vicki!'. If Matthew has her, I don't think we'll see her alive again..." Elizabeth tells her to stop being so morbid. There's a knock at the front door. Mrs. Johnson answers it. It's the sheriff. He asks to see Elizabeth. Mrs. Johnson asks, "Any word on Miss Winters?" The sheriff reiterates, "I came to see Mrs. Stoddard." Mrs. Johnson, upset he won't tell her, says, "I guess that means you haven't found her. Some police department you are! You couldn't solve a crime if you had a hundred clues and fifty eyewitnesses!" She takes him to the drawing room.

The sheriff tells Elizabeth that they've found no trace of either Vicki or Matthew. He tells her they'll go search elsewhere, but that he'll leave a few men here just in case. He asks for a picture. Elizabeth tells him Carolyn's taken some recently. She asks, "Be brutally frank with me. Do you think there's much hope that Vicki's still alive?" The sheriff replies, "No."

David returns and runs into Mrs. Johnson in the foyer. David notices the sheriff's hat on the table and asks, "The sheriff is here. Have they found Vicki?" Mrs. Johnson derisively remarks, "No, they haven't found a clue. The only clue that sheriff understands is that the noon whistle at the Collins cannery means lunch. That explains the size of him." She tells David, "I want to ask you something. I remember clearly now that I lit a cigarette while I was talking to you at the kitchen table earlier and left the pack there. Do you know what happened to my cigarettes?" David replies, "No." Mrs. Johnson grabs David's hand and inspects the fingers. David asks, "What did you do that for?" Mrs. Johnson explains, "I wanted to see if there were any yellow stains on your fingers. I wanted to see if you'd started smoking." David laughs, "Oh, you thought I'd stolen your cigarettes! Mrs. Johnson, if I wanted to smoke, I wouldn't have stolen your cigarettes. I would have bought some!" and runs into the drawing room.

David finds the sheriff sitting in the drawing room. David asks, "Do you know what the noon whistle means?" The sheriff replies, "Lunch? Why?" David replies, "Oh, nothing, just asking." He then asks, "Found any clues yet?" The sheriff replies, "Not much. We're going to go search elsewhere." He tells him, "Someone might be hiding Matthew." David asks, "Who?" The sheriff replies, "I don't know, but I feel sorry for whoever it is." David asks, "Why?" The sheriff explains, "Well, first of all, Matthew is a very dangerous and unstable man. Secondly, he'll get in trouble if he gets caught. He'd be harboring a fugitive, he'd be an accessory after the fact." David replies, "What would happen to him if he were caught?" The sheriff replies, "He could go to jail." Elizabeth returns with a picture of Vicki and gives it to the sheriff. He leaves. Elizabeth asks David, "Where have you been?" David replies, "Around". As she opens a ledger and starts to write in it, David asks, "The sheriff told me that anyone who helped Matthew would go to jail. I thought it was good to help people." Elizabeth explains, "Yes, normally it would, but it's different here. Matthew has done a lot of bad and it would be bad to help him." David asks, "Do you think Matthew has Miss Winters? Do you think he would hurt her?" Elizabeth replies, "David, I don't want to talk about that." David asks, "You know a lot of things about the old house. Do you know any secrets about it?" Elizabeth asks, "What kind of secrets? Ghosts?" David replies, "No, secrets about the walls." Elizabeth doesn't understand what he's talking about. David starts to leave. Elizabeth asks, "Where are you going?" David replies, "Out" and leaves. As he gets to the front door, Mrs. Johnson demands, "Where are my cigarettes? I think you know where they are! I think you're up to something!", but David just shouts, "Quit bugging me!" and leaves.

David goes back to the old house. Matthew asks, "I thought I told you to go back home and quit coming here so much." David replies, "I have something important to tell you. The sheriff was at the house. He said he was stopping the search here to search somewhere else and was just leaving a few men here." Matthew replies, "Good. That means I can leave tonight when it gets dark." David asks, "By the way, Matthew, where DO you hide when you're here?" Matthew refuses to tell him. David asks, "The sheriff said anyone who helped you would go to jail. Is that true?" Matthew lies, "No." David asks, "Then why would the sheriff tell me that?" Matthew lies, "He just wanted to scare you." David asks, "If you were caught, you wouldn't tell about me, would you?" Matthew replies, "No." David asks, "Why?" Matthew replies, "Because I wouldn't want you to go to jail."

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Episode 122
(TB 4/DISK 2/#6)

Tape Date: December 6, 1966
Air Date:
December 13, 1966 Tuesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. The sun is shining on Collinwood. It also shines on the Old House in which I am held prisoner. There are nothing but shadows in the secret room behind a row of bookshelves which is my prison, and only one person guesses where I may be. It is an unpredictable, small boy who may or may not tell what he knows.

Matthew tells David, "You'd better go home now. They might miss you." David looks at the bookshelf. Matthew asks, "What are you looking at? There's nothing there. Just books and ghosts." David remarks, "I thought you didn't believe in ghosts." Matthew replies, "There's no one else here, so who else could've caused the sounds you heard?" David remarks, "I guess that's the only explanation." David asks, "So you're leaving tonight?" Matthew replies, "Maybe." David tells him, "Then I'll bring you some food to travel on tonight." He leaves. Matthew opens the bookcase, goes into the secret room and yells at Vicki for making noise and trying to attract David's attention.

At Collinwood, Carolyn telephones Burke. Burke asks, "Any word on Vicki?" Carolyn replies, "No." and tells him the sheriff and his men have left to search elsewhere. Burke becomes upset by this. Carolyn tells him, "But that's not what I called about. I had a terrible argument with my mother and Uncle Roger this afternoon. They say I can't see you anymore." Burke replies, "I can't talk right now, Carolyn. I'm expecting an important call, and I haven't slept since the night before last." Carolyn hangs up, a look of disappointment on her face. David comes into the room. He asks Carolyn if she's seen Elizabeth or Roger. Carolyn tells him they're both asleep, neither having had any sleep last night. David asks Carolyn, "What if Matthew has Miss Winters. Would he kill her?" Carolyn replies, "I wouldn't have thought so before, but now, after everything that's happened, I think he would. After all, he's killed Mr. Malloy, and he's already tried to kill Vicki several times before." David tells her, "Yes, but my father was out the night someone tried to run her over. It could've been him. And I think he could've killed Mr. Malloy too." Carolyn is shocked and asks, "How could you think that about your father? Besides, everyone knows it was Matthew. " David replies, "Maybe I'm just smarter than everyone else." Carolyn asks, "Well, if you're so smart, explain one thing to me. How could your father have pushed that urn off the old house? He was in jail at the time. It must've been Matthew." David exclaims, "Matthew wouldn't have done something like that!" Carolyn replies, "Yes he would. And if he has Vicki, we may never see her alive again."

In his room at the Inn, Burke Devlin is talking on the phone. He is angrily telling the person on the other side, "Contact Blair. It's urgent! Find him and tell him to call me. It's urgent. And don't waste any time about it!" There's a knock at the door. It's David. Burke asks, "What are you doing here?" David replies, "I have to talk to you." He asks, "You still think my father was responsible for that man's death 10 years ago, don't you?" Burke asks, "What about it?" David replies, "Well, if he killed once, that means he could kill again, doesn't it? It would mean he could have killed Bill Malloy, and be responsible for Miss Winter's disappearance. What if my father's guilty and Matthew is innocent?" Burke tells him, "Look, David, I don't have time to talk about ancient history right now. I have other things on my mind." David, in a very disappointed tone, remarks, "I thought you were different. I thought we could talk..." The phone rings. Burke quickly goes to it and picks it up. It's Blair. Burke tells Blair, "I'm not satisfied with the way the local police are handling things. I want to hire an investigator. The best. Spend as much money as necessary..." When Burke finishes talking to Blair and hangs up, he looks around and calls, "David?" but finds that David is gone.

Matthew gets sleepy. He gags Vicki again so she can't call out for help, lies down on the floor in the secret room and goes to sleep. Soon after he goes to sleep, He is awakened by a female voice calling, "Matthew! Matthew!" He looks at Vicki and sees that it isn't coming from her. He un-gags her and asks, "Where did that voice come from?" She asks, "What voice? I didn't hear anything." Matthew shouts, "You're lying to me! You must have!" Outside, Josette Collin's portrait starts to glow. Matthew tells Vicki, "I'm going to go out and have a look around." He opens the bookcase and goes outside. He hears a female voice calling, "Matthew!" again. It repeats itself, over and over again. Soon, the room is resonating with calls of "Matthew!" Matthew shouts, "Who's that? Who's calling my name?" The voice replies, "I'm calling you, Matthew." Matthew shouts, "Who?" The voice replies, "Josette. Josette Collins!" Matthew looks at the portrait and sees that it's glowing. Terrified, he runs back into the secret room and screams, "Don't tell me you didn't hear it that time! The voices! The lights!" He grabs Vicki, shouts, "Let's go! We've got to leave here!" and drags her out of the secret room. Outside, he looks at the portrait of Josette and exclaims, "But it was glowing at first!" Vicki tell Matthew, "You had just awoke from a bad dream. You were probably still dreaming. You must have imagined it all." Matthew replies, "Yes. That must be it. I must have been dreaming. No man ever saw such things. No man in his right mind..."

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Episode 123
(TB 4/DISK 2/#7)

Tape Date: December 8, 1966
Air Date:
December 14, 1966 Wednesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell
David Henesy as David Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. The days have been long since I came to Collinwood, but this day is the longest one of my life. The searchers continue to look for me, but I am well hidden. My eyes have been filled with fear, but now I see fear and terror on the face of the man who would kill me. For he has seen something, something he would never dream he would see, something that terrified him.

Matthew, having put Vicki back into the secret and having calmed down somewhat, stares at the portrait of Josette Collins. He mutters, "Nothing... It's just a picture someone painted, that's all." The portrait starts to glow again. Matthew screams, "Why are you doing this to me? Why are you doing this to me! NO!" and runs out of the old house.

Maggie is working at the diner. Joe comes in. He looks a mess. His clothes are dirty, and he clearly needs a shave and a shower. Maggie remarks, "You sure look a mess!" Joe agrees. He tells her he's been helping search for Vicki for the past night and day and found absolutely nothing. Maggie remarks, "This town is starting to swing!" Joe replies, "I'd prefer it not swing this way." Maggie jokes, "I guess the only kind of swinging you like is a net full of fish swinging into your boat." Joe replies, "No. My values have changed." Maggie remarks, "I'm sure Miss Carolyn Stoddard had something to do with that." Joe tells her, "No, Carolyn and I have broken up." Maggie asks, "What happened?" Joe explains, "I found her in Burke's hotel room with Burke..." He starts to tells her the whole story. A beautiful blonde woman in her thirties comes into the diner and sits down at a table. Joe asks, "Who's that?" Maggie replies, "I don't know." Joe remarks, "She looks familiar..."

David is bringing food to the old house. From a distance, he sees Matthew going into the old house. Matthew goes in and looks at the portrait of Josette again. It is not glowing. He derisively mutters, "Nothing. You're nothing!" He goes to the bookcase, opens it, goes inside the secret room, and closes the bookcase. A few seconds later, David comes in through the front door. He shouts, "Matthew!" and looks around, but cannot find Matthew. Inside, Matthew accidentally knocks over a candlestick. David hears the noise. He calls "Matthew!" a few more times and leaves. Matthew hears the front door and comes out of the secret room. But David is not really gone. He is spying in through a window and sees this. Matthew goes to look out the window. David quickly moves out of view.

At the diner, Maggie goes and gives a menu to the blond woman, who says, "Thank you." Maggie goes back to the counter. Joe continues to wonder, "Who could she be?" but Maggie is more anxious to hear what happened between him and Carolyn. He finishes the story for her. He tells her, "When I mentioned that Vicki was missing, Burke seemed to forget Carolyn existed. I find that very interesting." He finishes his coffee and leaves. Maggie goes to the woman and asks, "Would you like a cup of coffee?" The woman replies in the affirmative and Maggie pours a cup. Maggie asks if she's ready to order yet. The woman replies, "Not yet." Maggie goes back to the counter. A few seconds later, the woman goes to the counter and asks, "Could I have a glass of water?" Maggie pours her one. The woman drinks it and asks, "Work here long?" Maggie replies, "About 5 years." The woman asks, "Does Grace still work here?" Maggie replies, "No, that's who I took over for. Are you from around here?" The woman replies, "Originally." Maggie asks, "Has the town changed much since you left?" The woman replies, "No. It's exactly the same as I remember. The damp sea air, the fishing boats, the old buildings..." Maggie remarks, "You sound almost like the chamber of commerce describing the quaint attractions of Collinsport. Except you sound like you don't like Collinsport. Something in the way you said it." The woman answers, "Oh, if I gave that impression, I didn't mean to." She asks, "And the Collins family, how are they?" Maggie laughs and says, "The town doesn't breathe without them!" The woman asks about individual members of the Collins Family, Elizabeth, Roger, and David. Maggie tells her. Maggie asks, "Are you back for the holidays?" The woman replies, "I'm not sure I really know why I'm back. Or if I should be..."

Matthew goes out of the old house and finds David outside. He asks, "Where have you been?" David lies, "Out in back looking for you." They go inside. David gives Matthew the food and asks, "Where were you, anyway?" Matthew gets angry at this question, but then quickly apologizes to David, probably wanting to stay on his good side, and tells him to go back home before he's missed.

Matthew opens the food bag, takes a can out and remarks, "I'm going to need some water." He goes out to get some. David, from the woods, sees him leaving. David goes back into the old house. He goes to the bookcase, opens it and goes inside. What he sees causes a look of surprise and shock to cross David's face. His eyes and mouth open wide.

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Episode 124
(TB 4/DISK 2/#8)

Tape Date: December 7, 1966
Air Date:
December 15, 1966 Thursday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
David Ford as Sam Evans
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. It is dusk at Collinwood and I am still held captive. I have lost hope until someone whose curiosity is stronger than his sense of danger found me.

David exclaims, "Miss Winters! What are you doing here? Are you all right?" and takes the gag off Vicki. Vicki tells him, "Yes, I'm all right, but we have to hurry. Untie me! If Matthew comes back, he'll kill both of us!" David replies, "Matthew wouldn't do that. I know he wouldn't." Vicki shouts, "He will! He kidnapped me and kept me prisoner here!" David replies, "He just wanted to keep you from telling anyone where he was. He wouldn't hurt you." Vicki protests, "But he's threatened to kill me!" David nonchalantly explains, "He just probably wanted to scare you so you'd listen to him." Vicki continues to beg David to untie her, and eventually convinces him to. David tries the knots, but complains, "They're too tight. I can't untie them." Vicki begs him to try. David continues to try. Suddenly, they hear a sound. Vicki, frightened, asks, "Is that Matthew?" David goes out to take a look. He returns and tells Vicki, "It was only the shutters in the wind." He continues to try to untie Vicki. Vicki remarks, "As soon as I get back, I'm going the call the sheriff!" David suddenly stops trying to untie her. He remarks, "You will? But if you do, I'll get in trouble for helping Matthew! The sheriff tells me what could happen. I could go to jail!" He runs off, closing the bookcase behind him.

At the diner, the woman is pushing some food around on a full plate in front of her. Maggie asks, "Is anything wrong?" The woman replies, "No, just not that hungry, I guess. I don't know why I came in here." Maggie replies, "I guess you just wanted to check out some old scenery." The woman asks about the accident 10 years ago. Maggie tells her, "A lot of people say an innocent man went to jail for it. He's back." The woman asks, "Who?" Maggie replies, "A local boy. Burke Devlin. He's made a lot of money since. He's rich now. I don't know if he made it straight or crooked. All I know is he has plenty of it. He's staying in what we jokingly call our 'Presidential Suite'. He's got quite a chip on his shoulder." The woman remarks, "He wasn't like that when I knew him." Maggie remarks, "Well, you seem to know everyone. This is really Old Home Week." She asks, "Where are you coming back from? Boston?" The woman replies, "No." Maggie asks, "New York? I've never been there, but I've heard it's exciting." The woman replies, "No. I went about as far away from here as I could. Arizona." Maggie asks, "Really? What city?" The woman replies, "Phoenix." Maggie remarks, "Phoenix. I like that name." The woman explains, "Yes. It comes from the name of a mythical bird, a bird which, when it feels it's dying, builds itself a funeral pyre. It then sets the pyre afire, fanning the flames with its wings and burns up, but returns from the ashes to live another 5000 years. It's an old Egyptian myth." Maggie asks, "Did you spend all your time away in Phoenix?" The woman replies, "No, just the last part." Maggie asks, "Where were you before then?", but the woman is evasive and doesn't seem to want to answer the question, instead asking, "Could I have another cup of coffee?"

From the woods, Matthew sees David coming out of the old house. He waits and confronts David when he get to the woods. He asks, "What were you doing in there?" and grabs him, but David manages to struggle free and runs off.

Sam comes into the diner and goes to the counter. He remarks to Maggie, "Sounds like a storm coming up." Maggie remarks, "You got home late last night." Sam replies, "Yes. I had quite a night. Did you thank whoever took me home?" Maggie replies, "It must have been quite a night! You brought yourself home, don't you remember?" Sam replies, "No." Maggie complains, "When are you going to get yourself together? It's painful to see all your talent going to waste." Sam claims, "It isn't! I'm planning a 40-50 painting set right now. I'll start on it soon..." Maggie suggests, "Maybe a change of scenery would help." Sam protests, "But it was Collinsport I was planning to paint!" Maggie tells him, "Oh, I just thought a change of climate would help. I was thinking of Phoenix, Arizona." Sam asks, "Phoenix? What do you know about Phoenix?" Maggie replies, "Nothing. I mentioned Phoenix because I was just speaking to a woman who just came from there." Sam asks, "Who?" Maggie points out the woman sitting at the table. Sam looks and asks, "Who is she?" Maggie replies, "I don't know." Sam remarks, "There's something familiar about her." He looks at her for awhile then remarks, "The hair's a little different, but... No, it couldn't be!" Maggie remarks, "She seems to know everyone. She asked about the Elizabeth, Roger and David, and she seems to know Burke Devlin." Sam asks, "Where's she staying?" Maggie replies, "At the hotel." Sam tells her, "Let me know if you find out her name." He tells her he has something important to do and leaves.

Matthew returns to the old house, opens the bookcase and goes into the secret room. He finds that Vicki is un-gagged and asks, "How did that happen?" Vicki lies, "It came off." Matthew tells her, "I don't believe you. It was too tight to just fall off by itself. It must've been David!" Vicki tries to lie, "No..", but Matthew holds out his hands ominously and remarks, "I can't take any more chances. I've to do something and I've got to do it now!"

David runs into Collinwood and screams, "Father! Father!"

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Episode 125
(TB 4/DISK 2/#9)

Tape Date: December 9, 1966
Air Date:
December 16, 1966 Friday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Frank Schofield as Ghost of Bill Malloy
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. Night has fallen at Collinwood and in a few short hours my fate will be decided. In the deserted Old House where I am held captive, my captor must decide to free me or kill me... unless a small boy, who knows the secret of my whereabouts, tells what he knows.

David continues to scream "Father! Father!" Roger finally comes out of the bedroom hallway and comes downstairs. David asks, "Where have you been?" Roger replies, "In the East Wing, securing the windows. There's bad storm coming up. What is it, David?" David tells him, "I've got something important to tell you!" Roger asks, "What?" David asks, "You've got to promise before I tell you that I won't get into trouble." Roger asks, "What have you done now?" David refuses to tell him, repeating, "You've got to promise I won't get into trouble first." Roger angrily replies, "I'll do no such thing! This is ridiculous! I don't have time for this nonsense. I've got to go and secure the garage and the greenhouse." David retorts, "You'll be sorry you didn't! You're going to be responsible for something terrible that's going to happen!" Not believing him, Roger orders, "Go up to bed! I've got to go secure the greenhouse and garage!" David shouts, "I hope you get pneumonia and die!" Roger shouts, "To bed!" leaves. David says to himself, "I wish I knew what to do! I wish I knew what to do!"

In the secret room, Matthew packs up some food and stuff into a shopping bag. He tells Vicki, "We're going to clear out of here soon." Vicki asks, "We?" Matthew replies, "Yes. I'm taking you with me. It'll be safer if I take you with me." Suddenly, Matthew acts as if he heard something. He asks Vicki, "Did you hear that? It sounded like footsteps." Vicki replies, "I didn't hear anything. It must have been your imagination", but Matthew insists, "I heard footsteps. Someone's in the house!" He goes out to check but finds nothing. Nevertheless, he comes back into the secret room and announces, "They're out there, everywhere!" Vicki asks, "Who?" Matthew replies, "My enemies! There all around me! And you're one of them!" Vicki tries to convince him, "No I'm not. I'm your friend. I'll help you if you let me!" Matthew tells her, "We're going to leave soon." He gags her again and leaves, saying, "I've got to take this food to the car."

The clock in the foyer shows 11 p.m. David is sitting in the drawing room thinking about what to do. Unable to think of anything, he gets up to go up to bed. In the foyer, The ghost of Bill Malloy appears (in front of the door under the stairs) and moans, "David..." David gasps, "What do you want?!" The ghost tells him, "Help Miss Winters." David tries to explain, "I can't. I'll got to jail if I do!", but the ghost repeats, "Help Miss Winters!" and disappears. Roger comes back in. Seeing David, he angrily shouts, "What are you doing here? I told you to go to bed!" David replies, "I just saw Mr. Malloy's ghost. He was standing right there!", pointing to the spot where the ghost was. Roger shouts, "Nonsense!" and drags him by the arm up to bed.

In the woods, the ghost of Bill Malloy appears to Matthew, moaning "Matthew Morgan! Matthew Morgan!" Matthew gasps, "Who are you?!" The ghost replies, "Bill Malloy. The man you killed!" Matthew shouts, "That's not possible! You're dead! The dead don't come back!" The ghost tells him, "Someone at Collinwood will die tonight!" and disappears.

Collinwood is now dark. All the lights have been turned off. David, dressed in pajamas and a robe, quietly sneaks downstairs. He goes into the foyer, picks up the phone, calls the desk at the Collinsport Inn and asks, "Could you ring Mr. Devlin's room?" The desk does so and tells David Burke's not in. David tells them, "Could you take a message? Could you tell him to come to Collinwood right away? Tell him it's urgent. Tell him it's about Miss Winters."

In the secret room, Vicki manages to struggle free from the ropes tying her and un-gags herself. She gets up, opens the bookcase, and exits the secret room. She goes to the front door and opens it. And runs into Matthew coming back. She backs away from him, terrified. Matthew asks, "What's the matter? You look scared. Sorry if I scared you. I just came back to say goodnight. I'm all done with my work. is there anything else you want me to do, Mrs. Stoddard?" Vicki, now realizing that Matthew has gone crazy and thinks she's Elizabeth, replies, "No. Goodnight, Matthew." Matthew asks, "Is it all right if I stay here a for a bit until the rain lets up? I'll get all wet if I go to my cottage right now." Vicki replies "Sure. I think I'll go to my room now. Goodnight." Vicki turns and prepares to leave through the front door, but suddenly Matthew exclaims, "Wait a minute. This isn't the main house. This is the old house. What are we doing in the old house?" Vicki lies, "Don't you remember? We came here to look for David but didn't find him." Matthew replies, "No. I don't remember. Something's wrong with me. I can't think..." Vicki tells him, "You just need to get some sleep. Why don't you go and get some sleep?", hoping to get him to go, but Matthew says, "No..", then starting to remember, says, "I saw Mr. Malloy's ghost... What was I doing in the woods?" Suddenly, he snaps out of it and exclaims, "You're not Mrs. Stoddard. You're Miss Winters! I remember what we're doing here now!". He grabs her and drags her back to the secret room.

Burke Devlin comes to Collinwood and bangs on the door. Roger comes downstairs, answers the door and angrily asks Burke what he's doing here at this time of night. Burke asks, "Where's David? I got a message from him saying he had some urgent information about Vicki." Roger replies, "That's ridiculous. David doesn't know anything about where Vicki is" and refuses to go get David. Burke is insistent and threatens to "get rough" with Roger again if he doesn't. They argue. Eventually, David hears and comes walking down the stairs all by himself.

Matthew reties Vicki. He tells her, "I'm going to do what I should have done in the first place. I'm going to kill you." Vicki whimpers, "No..." Matthew continues, "They want you dead." Vicki asks, "Who?" Matthew replies, "The ghosts. Mr. Malloy's ghost told me someone was going to die at Collinwood tonight, and that someone is going to be you!" Vicki protests, "But Mr. Malloy wouldn't want me dead. He was a friend of mine!" Matthew explains, "But the widows do. They want a third girl, and that third girl is going to be you! I have to kill you so they'll stop haunting me! Don't worry. I'll find a good way to kill you so you won't suffer. You won't know what hit you!" Vicki asks, "What?" Matthew replies, "You'll find when I get back!"

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Episode 126
(TB 4/DISK 3/#1)

Tape Date: December 12, 1966
Air Date:
December 19, 1966 Monday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Ghost of Josette Collins
Frank Schofield as Ghost of Bill Malloy

My name is Victoria Winters. Though it is now late at night, the lights of Collinwood are still burning. A man has arrived who could rescue me from the Old House where I am held prisoner, a prisoner of a crazed, desperate man who has just decided to kill me.

In the secret room, Vicki screams, "Help me! Please, someone help me!"

Burke asks David, "What did you want to tell me?" David haltingly replies, "I don't know how to tell you... If I tell you, promise I won't get into trouble!" Burke asks, "What kind of trouble?" David replies, "I'm afraid they might put me in jail." Burke tells him, "You don't need to worry about that. They don't put little boys in jail." David tells him, "I called you here because the ghosts told me to.." Roger exclaims, "What?! You called him because you thought you saw some ghosts ?!" David explains, "I saw the ghost of Bill Malloy." A look of great disappointment crosses Burke's face. David continues, "He told me to help Miss Winters." Roger asks, "Now how could you possibly help Miss Winters?" David answers, "I know where she is. She's with Matthew."

Matthew goes to a tool shed. He looks at an axe embedded in a wooden block.

Vicki continues to scream, "Help! Someone please help me!" Outside, the portrait of Josette begins to glow. The ghost of Josette Collins appears in front of it and walks down invisible steps down to the floor.

In the shed, Matthew sharpens the axe on a grindstone.

The ghost of Josette Collins materializes in the secret room and tells Vicki, "Don't cry." Vicki asks, "Who are you? You look just like Josette Collins." The ghost replies, "I am Josette Collins. Don't be afraid" and disappears.

Burke asks David, "How do you know she's with Matthew?" David replies, "I was helping him." Roger exclaims, "WHAT ?!" David continues, "I thought he was innocent." Burke asks, "Where is he?" David replies, "The old house." Burke remarks, "But the old house has already been searched. I searched it myself." David explains, "You didn't know where to look. You didn't know the secret of the old house. That's where he's been hiding. That's where he's been hiding Miss Winters."

Matthew returns to the old house, carrying the axe. He goes back into the secret room. Vicki, seeing the axe, cries, "No, Matthew, no! I just saw the ghost of Josette Collins!"

Roger remarks, "Oh, that's ridiculous. I've lived at Collinwood all my life and never heard anything about any secret room at the Old House." David insists, "It's there. Take me there and I'll show you!" Burke replies, "No, David. You're not going. It might be dangerous. Just tell me where it is." David tells him about the secret room behind the bookcase. Burke asks Roger, "Could I borrow a shotgun?" Roger remarks, "This is all ridiculous." Burke shouts, "Even if it's a one in a million chance I think it's worth trying!." Roger replies, "Yes. I'll go with you."

Vicki tells Matthew about seeing the ghost of Josette. She tells him, "See, the ghosts don't want me dead. If they did, she wouldn't have told me not to be afraid. They don't want me to die!", but Matthew just replies, "Yes they do!" Vicki tells him, "No they don't. If you do, they'll come back and haunt you!"

Roger returns with two shotguns. Burke asks, "Could we load them here? It'll save time. Don't worry, I won't shoot you, although I've got to admit I've thought about doing that a few times."

Matthew tells Vicki, "You're lying! You're just trying to stop me from killing you. I know the ghosts want you dead. So do I!" He raises the axe and prepares to kill her. Suddenly, a chorus of ghostly voices calling "Matthew!" starts. Matthew stops. The voices stop. He asks Vicki, "Did you hear that?" Vicki replies that she didn't hear anything. She begs, "Please, don't kill me. Let's just leave together like you were planning to in the beginning!" Matthew raises the axe again. The voices start again. Matthew shouts, "Someone's in the house! Someone or something. Whatever it is, I'll make sure it doesn't leave this house alive!" He goes out into the main room and shouts, "Where are you?" A deep male voice starts to sing, "What do you do with a drunken sailor..." The ghost of Bill Malloy appears. Matthew shouts, "Why don't you leave me alone? What do you want from me?" The ghost answers, "Your life." Matthew gives out an animal cry, "AWWWW!" and swings the axe at the ghost several times, but the axe just passes through it harmlessly. The ghost laughs. The ghost of four women in very old fashioned dresses (working class, not high class) appear. (Josette Collins is not among them.) They must be the Widows. They start chanting, "Your life.... Your life... " Matthew swings the axe at them too, with equally little success. All the ghosts, both Bill Malloy and the Widows, start to surround Matthew in a semicircle, trapping him against the corner. Matthew shouts, "Stay away from me!"

Inside the room, Vicki hears Matthew shouting, "I told you to stay away from me. NO!!!!! NO!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH! ", then silence. She shouts, "Matthew? Matthew, what's happening?" But instead of Matthew, She hears in reply Burke's voice shouting, "Vicki! WHERE ARE YOU?" Vicki shouts, "I'm in here!" The secret door opens. Burke and Roger come in. Burke asks, "Where's Matthew?" Vicki replies, "He's around here somewhere. You've got to be careful. He's got an axe!" They untie Vicki and they all exit the secret room. Roger sees Matthew sitting slumped down on a chair and exclaims, "Look!" Roger commands, "Don't move or I'll shoot!" He goes up to Matthew, and, aiming the gun at him, says, "Come on, let's go. But Matthew does not move, so Roger nudges him. Matthew falls out of the chair onto the floor. Roger exclaims, "He's dead!" Burke suggests, "Let's get out of here!" They do.

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Episode 127
(Kinescope)
(TB 4/DISK 3/#2)

Tape Date: December 13, 1966
Air Date:
December 20, 1966 Tuesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Thayer David as Matthew Morgan
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Ghost of Josette Collins

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

Elizabeth comes down to the foyer in her bathrobe and calls the sheriff. She tells him, "David just woke me up and told me the most incredible story. He says Matthew's been holding Vicki at the Old House. My brother and Burke Devlin are searching there right now." Mrs. Johnson, who's come out of the door under the stairs and heard her talking on the phone, remarks, "I've got a bed feeling about this. The last time I had a feeling like this was the night Mr. Malloy died." Burke, Roger come in through the front door. They have Vicki with them. Burke takes Vicki into the drawing room. Elizabeth asks Roger, "Roger, what happened?" Roger explains, "Matthew was holding Vicki at the old house in a secret room, a room we never knew existed." Elizabeth asks, "Where's Matthew?" Roger replies, "Dead." Elizabeth asks, "Did you shoot him?" Roger replies, "No". Elizabeth asks, "Then how did he die?" Roger replies, "We don't know." They go into the drawing room. Vicki tells them, "I think the ghosts saved me. I saw the ghost of Josette Collins. She told me not to be afraid. And when Matthew tried to kill me, he suddenly stopped for no reason at all and went into the other room. Then I heard the most horrible scream, then nothing." Elizabeth takes Vicki up to bed. Roger remarks, "That's the most ridiculous story I've ever heard!" Burke replies, "I'm not so sure. Did you see the look on Matthew's face? It sure looked like the face of a man who had been frightened to death!"

Elizabeth comes back downstairs and finds Burke alone in the drawing room. Burke explains, "The sheriff came. Roger's taken him to the old house. I've stayed because I want to see how Vicki is. Can I go up and see her?" Elizabeth answers, "Sure. You care very much about Vicki, don't you. I can see it in your eyes." Burke vehemently denies it.

Up in Vicki's room, Mrs. Johnson tell Vicki, "Burke Devlin must be very fond of you. As soon as he heard you were missing, he dropped everything and searched for you and never let up." Burke comes in and tells Vicki, "I just came to say goodnight." Mrs. Johnson leaves to let them talk alone." Burke recommends that Vicki leave Collinwood. Vicki refuses, saying, "This is the closest thing I've ever had to a home."

Roger returns to Collinwood. He tells Elizabeth, "The Sheriff and his deputy have taken Matthew's body away. He told me there probably won't be an inquest." Burke, who's coming down the stairs, asks, "Why?" Roger replies, "The doctor has already taken a look at Matthew and says it looks like a heart attack. He says it looks like he saw something horrible that made his heart stop." Elizabeth asks, "What?" Roger replies, "I don't know. I don't think I want to know."

The clock in the foyer reads 2:00 in the morning. Elizabeth goes into Vicki's room with a glass of water and some pills. She tells her they're some sedatives to help her sleep. Vicki takes them. Elizabeth tells her, "Take the day off tomorrow. Stay in bed all day and regain your strength." Elizabeth apologizes for what David's done, saying "I don't know what to do with him." Vicki reminds her, "Well, it WAS David who finally told where I was." She starts to get drowsy. She asks, "There's one more thing I'd like to talk to you about. When I said I saw the ghost of Josette Collins, did you believe me?" Elizabeth pauses then replies, "Yes." Vicki remarks, "I think she was looking over me the whole time. You know, she looked a lot like me." Elizabeth protests, "But the pictures of doesn't look anything like you." Vicki explains, "No, but in person, she looked a lot more like me than the pictures do. I think she might be an ancestor of mine." Elizabeth replies, "I don't think so. That would make you a Collins. I don't think you're a Collins." Vicki asks, "Has anyone else in the house ever seen a ghost before?" Elizabeth replies, "Yes. It was a long time ago. My great aunt. She was taking a walk one day. She got lost and ended up on a deserted beach. She almost died of exposure, but was lucky to be picked up by a boat. It was very strange. It was during a season when fishing boats didn't normally go out. The beach was a place the fishing boats never go. Later, when the fisherman was asked why he went there, he said he didn't know. He just felt like going there." Vicki asks, "And the ghost?" Elizabeth explains, "My great aunt claimed that just before the boat showed up, a ghost appeared and told her not to be afraid, a ghost of a woman with dark hair dressed in a long white dress." Vicki exclaims, "Josette Collins!"

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Episode 128
(TB 4/DISK 3/#3)

Tape Date: December 14, 1966
Air Date:
December 21, 1966 Wednesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell
David Ford as Sam Evans
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. The nights of terror have ended and I have returned to Collinwood. But death has also come here, a death so weird and mysterious that no one can explain it.

Maggie is alone in the diner. Joe Haskell comes in and asks, "How's the coffee?" Maggie jokes, "If you liked it two days ago, you'll like it today. It's the same coffee." She pours him a cup. Maggie asks, "Heard about Matthew Morgan?" Joe replies, "Yes. The coroner said he died of a heart attack." Maggie remarks, "I heard he had a horrible expression on his face. I think Matthew Morgan died of fright!" Joe rebuts, "Maggie, we're not kids anymore. You can't possibly think he saw a ghost!" Maggie replies that she does, and points out, "They say Matthew's heart didn't just stop. They say it burst!" They argue about this. Sam Evans comes walking in. Maggie asks, "Pop! Have you heard about Matthew Morgan?" Sam replies, "Yes. It's the topic of conversation everywhere. I hope you two aren't going to talk about it. I'm tired of hearing about it." Maggie replies, "No, Joe and I have gotten about as far as we can with that topic." Sam goes and sits down at a table. Maggie sits down with him, leaving Joe alone at the counter. Sam asks, "Have you found out who she is?" Maggie replies, "No, she left soon after you did and hasn't come back since." Sam tells her, "Try to find out if she comes back. I have to know who she is." Maggie asks why. Sam refuses to tell her, saying only, "It could be very important to me. And others." He asks, "What did she say when she was here?" Maggie replies, "Not much. She asked questions, mostly. Then she got into a strange mood and told me the story of the phoenix." She recounts the legend of the phoenix to Sam. Sam tells her, "Try to find out more about her. If you do, meet me at the Blue Whale and tell me." He leaves. Joe finishes his coffee. He tells Maggie, "I left you a huge tip. Don't spend it all at once!" and leaves. Maggie picks up Joe's cup and saucer, finds a quarter underneath and laughs. She then busies herself filling all the sugar containers, which she has lined up on the counter. While she is doing so, the mysterious blond woman comes in an sits down at the counter. Maggie, who has not heard her come in, looks up and is surprised to see her there. Maggie asks, "Menu?" The woman replies, "No, just a cup of coffee, please." Maggie pours her one. To make conversation, Maggie talks about Matthew, saying, "They say he died of fright. They say it was the ghost of Josette Collins. That's what the girl he held claims she saw." A funny expression comes over the woman's face. Figuring she doesn't like the subject, Maggie decides to change subjects. She asks, "Have you seen your family yet?" The woman replies, "No, not yet." Maggie remarks, "After all this time, I expect they'll be quite surprised." The woman replies, "It'll be more than a surprise. It'll be quite a shock!" The woman lights a cigarette, looking at the match strangely for a few seconds before putting it out. Maggie remarks, "You look kinda familiar. Let's see, it's Spencer, isn't it? The woman replies, "No." She then pays, says, "Thank you", and gets up to leave. Maggie protests, "But you haven't even touched your coffee!" The woman tells her, "I've changed my mind" and leaves.

Sam is sitting at the bar at the Blue Whale, getting very drunk. Joe Haskell is sitting beside him. Sam remarks, "You're a nice kid, Joe, but you don't drink enough." Joe asks, "What's wrong?" Sam replies, "The past is catching up with me." Maggie comes in. Sam quickly goes to her. Joe comes too, but Sam tells him he'd like to talk to Maggie alone. Joe leaves. Sam asks, "Did you find out who she is?" Maggie tells him, "She came back, and I tried to find out who she was, but she saw right through me and left. She seems to be a nice lady, though" Sam remarks, "If she's who I think she is, you'll find out just how nice she really is" in a sarcastic tone that indicates the person he thinks she is really isn't very nice at all. Sam remarks, "I've got to make sure!" and leaves.

Sam goes to the lobby of the Collinsport Inn. Nobody is at the desk. Sam calls out, "Mr. Wells? Mr. Wells?" and gets no answer. Having made sure no one is around, Sam takes the register (a VERY slim one) and looks through it. One name in it causes a look of shock to cross his face. He goes to the phone booth to make a call. He prepares to dial, but sees the blond woman come in through the front door. He quickly turns so she doesn't see him. When he sees that she's gone upstairs, he makes his call.

At Collinwood, the phone rings. Roger answers the phone in the foyer. Sam tells Roger, "I've got something important to tell you! Meet me at the Blue Whale in two seconds flat!" Roger tells Sam, "You're drunk!" Sam replies, "Yes, and I intend to get much, much drunker before the night's over. The worst possible thing that could happen has happened!"

Roger goes down to the Blue Whale and meets Sam there. Roger asks, "What do you have to tell me?" Sam asks, "Roger, what's the ] very worse thing that could happen to you right now?" Roger jokes, "You becoming my social equal." Sam angrily retorts, "Quite a snob, aren't you? Well, let me tell you this. I wouldn't WANT to be your social equal. Now what do you think of that?" As Sam takes another drink, Roger angrily asks, "Are you going to tell me what you wanted to tell me or are you going to pass out before you can?" Sam replies, "I want to get as close as I can to passing out before I tell you. I saw someone I never expected to see again, someone you never expected to see again, someone's whose return affects both me and you. Laura's back in town." Roger looks shocked. Sam sarcastically remarks, "Smile, Roger, your wife is home..."

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Episode 129
(TB 4/DISK 3/#4)

Tape Date: December 15, 1966
Air Date:
December 22, 1966 Thursday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell

My name is Victoria Winters. Life at Collinwood is serene for me now; danger has passed. But for one member of the Collins family, it's just beginning.

Roger gasps, "Are you sure?" Sam replies, "Yes, I saw her at the hotel. She's registered there under her maiden name." Sam remarks, "You have more reason to be worried than I do. After all, I wasn't driving that car." Roger says, "SHHHHHH! Don't talk about that in public!" Roger wonders, "She's been back for a couple of days now. I wonder why she hasn't come to see me yet". Sam theorizes, "Well, she IS staying in the same place Burke Devlin is. Maybe he's behind bringing her here and they're busy making plans right now." Roger exclaims, "That's impossible! He couldn't have found her! The last place she was, was in a sanitarium!" Sam replies, "Don't underestimate him. He'd have found her if it was at all possible. You'd better decide what to do about Laura and fast!"

Joe takes Maggie back home. She tells him what's wrong, "Some woman's got him in a flap." She tells him about the mysterious woman and Sam's interest in her. Joe remarks, "Maybe she's just an old friend he's just interested about." Maggie replies, "No, it's more than that. If she were just an old friend, he'd just go up to her and talk to her. He seems...afraid of her." Joe asks, "What's she like?" Maggie tells him, "She's pleasant, but a little bit odd. I can't quite put my finger on it, but she's strange in some way." Joe concludes, "She's probably just one of Sam's old models or something. Maybe he had a fling with her once and doesn't want you to know about it. I think you're making a mysterious mountain out of a molehill." But Maggie, not convinced, replies, "I'm still terribly worried..."

Roger returns to Collinwood and goes into the drawing room. He looks at the phone as if thinking of calling someone, but seems to change his mind and goes to the liquor cabinet and pours himself a drink instead. Elizabeth comes into the drawing room and asks him, "Where have you been?" Roger replies, "The Blue Whale." Elizabeth remarks, "I thought you hated the Blue Whale." Roger replies, "I do, but Sam Evans asked me there to tell me something." Elizabeth asks, "Sam? What about?" Roger remarks, "Wait. Let me pour you a brandy." Elizabeth tells him, "But I don't want a brandy." Roger pours one anyway and says, "Here. You'll need it when I tell you what Sam told me. We're going to be receiving a visitor soon. Laura's back in town." Elizabeth asks, "What does she want?" Roger replies, "That's the $64,000 question, isn't it?" Elizabeth asks, "Are you sure?" Roger replies, "It'll be easy enough to check. Sam said she was registered at the Inn under her maiden name." He calls the desk and asks, "Mr. Wells, is there a Laura Murdoch staying there? There is? No, I don't want you to ring her. I just wanted to know if she's staying there." Elizabeth asks, "What could she want? Money? But she receives a generous check every month." Roger remarks, "Maybe she's decided it isn't generous enough." Elizabeth asks, "Roger, are you afraid of your wife? You seem to be." Roger denies that he is. Elizabeth asks, "Why didn't you have the clerk ring her room and talk to her?" Roger replies, "It's late and I didn't want to bother her."

Joe and Maggie are making small talk about boats. Sam returns home, quite drunk. Joe says goodnight and leaves. Maggie goes to Sam, who's stumbling around, gently grabs him and tells him, "Come on, let's get you to bed." Sam replies, "No, I've got some work to do. I've just got an idea." Maggie tells him, "Come on, Pop, you can do that tomorrow. Come on and go to bed." Sam shouts, "QUIT NAGGING ME! I'VE GOTTA PAINT!" Maggie says, in a sad voice, "O.K. Pop. I give up. I'll see you in the morning. Good night." and goes to bed. Sam lights a cigarette and starts to make a rough sketch on a canvas.

It is the next morning. Roger and Elizabeth are having coffee in the drawing room. Roger calls the Inn and asks for Laura, but finds she isn't in her room.

Maggie comes into the living room of the Evan's Cottage. She is dressed in her diner uniform and is obviously about to go to work. Sam is lying on the couch, asleep. She goes to him and shakes him awake. He complains, "Hey! Don't do that! Let me sleep!", but she tells him, "No, Pop, I've got to go to work soon and I don't want to leave you here in this condition. Wake up and have some coffee." Sam gets up. Maggie goes around the room collecting all the glasses he's drunk from the previous night. As she is doing so, she happens by a canvas on an easel and remarks, "Hey, I've never seen this one before. Is this what you were working on last night? It looks like your style, but I've never seen you paint anything like this before." Sam goes, takes a look and replies, "You know, I really don't remember!" Maggie remarks, "It's strange. A woman standing in flames. I don't like it. Something about it bothers me. I don't really know what. And those colors. They're strange." Sam remarks, "Maggie, how about that coffee?" Maggie leaves to get some for him. Sam takes the picture off the easel and looks at it. We finally get to see it too. It is of a blonde woman surrounded by flames, only her head visible. Maggie was right. It IS eerie.

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Episode 130
(TB 4/DISK 3/#5)

Tape Date: December 16, 1966
Air Date:
December 23, 1966 Friday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. During the time I have been at Collinwood, there is one name that is seldom spoken and when it is the voices are hushed. But now the name is being spoken again, and the voices are filled with uncertainty.

Roger calls the Inn again and asks for Laura Murdoch, but is again told she isn't in. He remarks, "Strange. It's not like her to be out so early. She used to sleep till noon. I wonder if Burke Devlin is behind her return." Unbeknownst to them, Mrs. Johnson is in the foyer eavesdropping...

Mrs. Johnson goes to the Collinsport Inn and goes to Burke's room. He asks her, "What brings you here?" She replies, "I've got something to tell you I think will interest you. Something's got the Collins's very nervous." Burke remarks, "I expect them to be nervous right now. My Logansport Cannery is putting quite a bit of economic strain on them." Mrs. Johnson replies, "No, that's not it. It's something else. Something they think you might be behind. Laura Collins is back in town." Burke is left speechless. He finally asks, "When did she come back?" Mrs. Johnson replies, "It must've been within the past couple of days. Anyway, the Collins's must have just heard about it. This morning is the first time I've heard them talking about it, and I hear everything. They thought you might be behind it." Burke replies, "No, I have nothing to do with it. I did track her down a few years ago at a sanitarium, but she was very ill and they said the prognosis was not hopeful." He asks, "Do you know where she's staying?" Mrs. Johnson replies, "Yes. At a place very convenient for you. Right here at the Inn." Burke calls the desk and asks, "Is a Laura Collins staying here?". He is told there isn't. Mrs. Johnson tells him, "Oh! I forgot! I heard them say she was registered under her maiden name!" Burke asks the clerk, "Is there a Laura Murdoch staying here? He is told there is. After he hangs up, he tells Mrs. Johnson, "This could be the break I've been waiting for! You've really made my day, Mrs. Johnson. You can expect a little extra in your next pay packet!" Mrs. Johnson asks, "What do you plan to do next?" Burke replies, "I'm going to see an old acquaintance!"

Burke goes to Room 31 of the Inn and knocks but finds that Laura Collins isn't in.

David is playing on some swings at Collinwood. From the bushes, Laura Collins is looking at him.

It is now night. Mrs. Johnson is putting David to bed. She remarks, "You didn't eat much dinner tonight." David complains, "That's because you never make anything I like!" Mrs. Johnson remarks, "Your father should've made sure you ate your dinner." David replies, "Oh, he never cares what I eat." Mrs. Johnson tells him, "Things might be changing soon. You might be finally getting the discipline you need." David asks her what she means, but Mrs. Johnson just says, "You'll see" and refuses to explain further. David tells her, "I got a funny feeling when I playing on the swings today. I thought I saw a woman spying on me from behind the bushes." Mrs. Johnson asks, "Was it one of the Widows?" David replies, "No, she was different."

Roger calls the Inn again for Laura and once again finds she isn't in. There's a knock at the front door. Mrs. Johnson answers. It's Laura. Mrs. Johnson invites her in. Roger comes out of the drawing room into the foyer, saying, "I thought I heard..." He then sees Laura. After a long pause, he says, "Hello, Laura." Laura replies, "Hello, Roger." Roger excuses Mrs. Johnson and she leaves. He tells Laura, "I didn't expect you." Laura asks, "How's David." Roger, using his hands to show her, replies, "He's about so high. He has your coloring." He takes her into the drawing room. She takes a seat by the fire and stares into it.

Upstairs, David starts to toss and turn restlessly in his sleep.

Laura remarks, "I've always loved this fireplace." Elizabeth replies, "Yes, so do I. I keep it going almost continuously." She asks Laura, "Have you come back to Collinsport to stay?" Laura replies, "No, I have a home out west now. I'm going to go back there." Elizabeth asks, "What do you want?" Laura replies, "The analysis I went through in the asylum helped me very much. Now I know exactly what I want. David."

Upstairs, David, still tossing and turning, moans, "Mother... Mother..."

Elizabeth asks Laura, "What do you mean?" Laura replies, "I want complete custody of David. I want to take him away with me." She asks Roger, "Well?" Roger replies, "I'll have to think about it." Laura asks to see David, but Elizabeth tells her she can't right now because he's asleep. Roger shows Laura to the door.

Upstairs, David awakens.

Roger goes back into the drawing room and asks Elizabeth, "Well, what do you make of that?" Elizabeth replies, "I don't know." David comes down the stairs into the foyer, dressed just in his pajamas. Roger goes to him and asks, "What are you doing down here? Get back to bed! You'll catch a cold!", but David just stands there as if he can't hear him. Suddenly, the front doors blow open. David runs to the door and shouts, "MOTHER! MOTHER!" Roger and Elizabeth run and grab him. David, who seems to have been sleepwalking , snaps out of it. He tells the, "I had a dream my mother was here and was calling me..."

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Episode 131
Air Date: December 26, 1966 Monday
No episode -- Christmas. Pre-empted for football.

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Episode 132
(TB 4/DISK 3/#6)

Tape Date: December 19, 1966
Air Date:
December 27, 1966 Tuesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. A stranger has visited Collinwood and her visit has created tension in the Great House, particularly in the mind of a small boy who only saw her in a dream

Elizabeth takes David back up to his room and puts him back in bed. But as soon as she leaves, David gets out of bed, goes to the window, opens it and shouts, "Is anyone out there?" It is the next morning. Roger, Elizabeth, David and Vicki are sitting at the kitchen table having breakfast. David complains, "Do I have to eat my eggs? Mrs. Johnson made them runny again! I don't like them runny!" Roger starts to say, "Yes, David, you do..", but Elizabeth overrides him and tells David, "You don't have to eat them if you don't want to." David asks, "Can I go out and play?", but Vicki tells him he can't, saying he has a lot of math to catch up on. She remarks, "I'll teach you long division if it kills me!" David replies, "It'll probably kill me!" Vicki and David leave. Roger tells Elizabeth, "I wish you'd stop undermining my authority with David!" Elizabeth replies that she thinks David should be given some leeway this morning considering the terrible experience he had last night. Roger dismisses it as just a nightmare. Elizabeth tells him she thinks it was more than that. She remarks, "Quite a coincidence, wasn't it, David dreaming about his mother the same night she came here?" Roger remarks, "You don't want David to see his mother, do you?" Elizabeth asks, "Why do you say that?" Roger replies, "Because you want to take his mother's place in his life, don't you?" Elizabeth denies this, saying, "I don't think he should see someone who was totally unbalanced." Roger reminds her, "But she's been released from the sanitarium. That means she's cured." Elizabeth replies, "Well, I'm not convinced she's totally cured." Roger remarks, "You're just looking for an excuse not to let her see David." Elizabeth retorts, "You're just looking for an excuse to unload your son." Roger angrily shouts, "That was uncalled for!"

Vicki corrects David's math lesson. She tells him, "75%. That's not very good." David asks, "Miss Winter, why don't you hate me? Why don't you hate me for leaving you tied up there?" Vicki replies, "I understand what happened. Anyway, it WAS you who told Burke where I was." David asks, "Miss Winters, would you like your mother to come back?" Vicki replies, "Of course." David tells her, "I used to want my mother to come back, but I'm not sure anymore."

Roger and Elizabeth continue to argue about whether it would be a good idea to let Laura see David.

Vicki remarks to David, "But I don't understand. You used to wish all the time your mother would come back." David replies, "I had a dream about her last night, the scariest dream I've ever had! It still frightens me!" Vicki notices that he's still trembling. She tells him, "I think we'd better finish later. I think you should get some rest.", puts him to bed and leaves. As soon as Vicki's gone, David gets out of bed, goes to the window, opens it and calls, "MOTHER! MOTHER!"

Roger and Elizabeth continue to argue. Roger tells Elizabeth, "You're not being fair to Laura. You've never liked her. You didn't like me marrying her. You thought she was beneath us." He adds, "Somewhat hypocritical considering the your less than ideal choice of a mate." Vicki comes into the drawing room and tells them, "I'm worried about David. He said he had a terrible nightmare last night. He still seems frightened by it." Elizabeth tells her, "Yes. He had quite a nightmare last night. He was even sleepwalking." But Roger dismisses it as not very important, saying, "Oh, it was just a bad dream. Get him down here. His mother's returned. He's going to have to see he sooner or later. We've got to prepare him." Vicki remarks, "You know, it's strange. He seems to be afraid of his mother now."

David is still at the window of his room calling, "Mother, are you out there?" Vicki comes in and, finding him at the window, asks, "I thought you were in bed resting!" David replies, "I guess I wasn't as tired as I thought." Vicki tells him, "Your father and aunt Elizabeth want to talk to you." David mutters, "Oh, might as well get it over with." Vicki, puzzled, asks, "Get what over with?" David replies, "Never mind" and leaves.

David goes down to the drawing room where Elisabeth and Roger are. He tells them, "I know what you want to tell me. I wish you'd get it over with." Elizabeth asks, "What do you know?" David replies, "My mother is back." Elizabeth asks, "How do you know?" David replies, "Because I saw her in my dream last night. She was wearing a blue coat. She was sitting right there, staring into the fire. I know it was my mother because she wanted to take me away." He leaves. Elizabeth is shocked. She asks, "How could he have known all that? He was asleep when she was here. He got every detail right!" Roger, unconcerned, replies, "Oh, you probably just thought he was asleep. He must have come down here and peeked."

David goes back up to his room, goes to the window and starts calling, "Mother! Mother!" again.

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Episode 133
(TB 4/DISK 3/#7)

Tape Date: December 20, 1966
Air Date:
December 28, 1966 Wednesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick

Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Diana Millay as Laura Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. Someone who used to live in Collinsport has returned, and her return has affected the lives of many people. Particularly one man whose life was changed by her many years ago. Just as one man is driven by a desperate kind of hope, so is another driven by confusion and fear.

Burke Devlin is in his hotel room, talking to Blair on the telephone. He tells him, "No, I don't want to talk about the cannery right now. Something has happened which changes everything! The one person who could prove me innocent has shown up!"

Sam is at home, staring at the painting he painted of the woman standing in fire. Maggie comes in and asks him if he'd like breakfast. Sam replies that he doesn't. Maggie complains, "You haven't had breakfast for several days now. You need your vitamins." Sam jokes, "Vitamins? What's that? A new brand of bourbon?" Maggie replies, "No, they look like eggs and they're on the table. Now come on and have some." But Sam tells her again, "I don't feel like eating right now." Maggie remarks, "Oh, I give up" and tells him, "Drop by the diner later and I'll give you lunch." Sam replies, "Thanks, but I don't think I'll have the time. I'm working on another painting." Maggie wanders over to the easel to see what he's working on, but finds the canvas covered by a cloth. She starts to lift the cloth, when suddenly Sam grabs he hand and shouts, "NO!!!!" Maggie asks, "What the matter? You've never kept a painting covered before." Sam replies, "I don't want anyone to see it until it's finished." Maggie asks, "Even me? But you've always asked my opinion when you're doing a painting." Sam replies, "Well, not this time." Maggie remarks, "You've been acting strangely ever since you saw that woman. Did you ever find out her name?" Sam replies, "Yes. Laura Collins." Maggie asks, "What's Laura Collins got to do with you?", but Sam doesn't answer her.

Burke goes to room 31 again, knocks and shouts, "Laura? Laura, it's me, Burke!" but receives no answer.

Maggie is working at the diner. She pours some coffee for an old man sitting at a corner table and goes back to the counter. Burke comes in and remarks, "I looking for a woman." Maggie jokes, "A beautiful blond one?" Burke replies, "Why, yes. Laura Collins." Maggie tells him, "She hasn't been in here this morning, but she's been in here several times before. In fact, she mentioned that she knew you." Burke asks, "What was she like?" Maggie replies, "Nice, but a bit strange. She's never ordered any food, just coffee. In fact, I don't think she's ever finished a cup. She usually just stares at it." Sam comes in. Burke tells him, "This town's about to come alive! The one person who can change everything's come back! Laura Collins. Start sweating, Sam!" and leaves. Maggie asks Sam what Burke meant, but Sam refuses to tell her. She presses him. He angrily tells her, "I came here to eat, not to be interrogated!" and turns to leave, but sees Laura standing there in the middle of the diner. Laura tells him, "Hello, Sam. You look the same as you do when I last saw you." Sam jokes, "Alcohol is a great preservative." Sam nervously makes some small talk with her then leaves. Laura goes to Maggie and remarks, "So your Sam's daughter Maggie. I didn't recognize you. At the risk of making myself seem ancient, when I last saw you, you were this high", gesturing with her hand. Maggie tells her, "I have a confession to make. I've been trying to find out who you are. Your arrival in town's caused quite a stir!" Laura asks, "What do you mean?" Maggie tells her, "Well, when my father first saw you, he didn't quite recognize you and asked me to find out your name. Burke Devlin's been asking about you too." Laura replies, "Could you do me a favor? If Burke asks you again if you've seen me, could you tell him you haven't? I'd prefer not to see him just now." Maggie replies, "OK", and returns to the counter. Unfortunately for Laura, Burke happens to come in right at this moment, sees her and walks up to her table. She looks up and sees him standing there. They say hello to each other. Burke asks, "Can we talk?" Laura replies, "Well, I was just leaving." Burke protests, "This'll take just a minute. I've waited 10 years to talk to you. Strange, I've thought about this for 10 years, thought about what I'd say if I saw you again, but now that the moment has come, I'm at a loss for words." Laura asks, "How do you feel?" Burke admits, "Bitter. I tried to find you. I finally did, but the doctors said there was little hope of you ever recovering." Burke strikes a match and lights a cigarette. Laura stares at the flame strangely until Burke blows the flame out. Laura tells him, "Well, I did recover. It was hard, but I did so I could come back to do what I came to do." Burke asks, "And what's that?" Laura replies, "To get David." Burke tells her, "Me, I came back to prove my innocence. You're the key to that. Will you help me?" Laura tells him, "Maybe. I have my own concerns. Maybe after I've taken care of them."

Sam is painting. He grabs his wrist angrily and throws the brush. The painting is another of a woman standing in flames...

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Episode 134
(TB 4/DISK 3/#8)

Tape Date: December 21, 1966
Air Date:
December 29, 1966 Thursday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. There is an air of expectation at Collinwood for the one who has returned will soon arrive. And the one who waits most eagerly grows impatient.

Elizabeth goes into David's room and finds him staring out the window. She asks him what he's doing. He tells her, "Looking for my mother." She tells him, "Your mother's not out there.", but David suddenly points and says, "There! My Mother!" Elizabeth looks and says, "I don't see anything.", but David replies, "I know I saw her!" Elizabeth tells him it must have been his imagination.

Elizabeth goes down into the drawing room. Roger is there. They discuss what to tell David about his mother. Elizabeth tells Roger it looks bad that Laura is staying at the Inn, that it might cause talk. Elizabeth suggests that they let her stay at Collinwood. Roger agrees, adding, "I don't like her being so close to Burke."

Vicki goes into David's room and is surprised to find him dressing in a dress shirt and tie. She remarks on it. He tells her, "I washed my hands, too!" She remarks, "Something must be going on." David replies, "My mother's coming!" He asks Vicki, "What should I say to her? Do you think she'll like me?" Vicki assures him, "Of course she'll like you. She'll like you whatever you say." David tells Vicki, "I've been having dreams about my mother, but they've been getting scary lately. The last one was really scary. There was fire all over. She was standing right in the middle of it, holding her arms out and calling, "David! David!" Vicki tells him his dreams are probably caused by his nervousness about seeing his mother. David tells her, "I have this feeling something is going to happen. Something I don't understand."

Laura knocks on the front door. Roger answers and lets her in. The drawing room doors are closed. They remain in the foyer. Laura asks how David reacted when he learned she was back. Roger replies, "He has a vivid imagination. He claims that he saw you, but he couldn't have. He was asleep." He tells her, "I'm all for you taking David. The real obstacle will be Elizabeth. She's gotten quite attached to David." He tells her he knows Burke will be wanting to use her to prove his innocence. He warns her against doing so, saying it'll jeopardize her chances of getting David. Vicki comes into the foyer. Roger tells her to go upstairs and get Vicki. Vicki goes upstairs. Laura looks over at the closed drawing room doors and remarks, "Well, I'm ready for the first obstacle..."

Vicki goes into David's room to get him but is surprised to find that he isn't in there. She looks around further and finds him hiding. She asks, "What are you doing? Your mother's waiting for you downstairs." David replies, "I don't want to see her!" Vicki asks him why, but can't get a coherent answer from him.

Inside the drawing room, Elizabeth is telling Laura about her concerns about letting her have David in view of her former mental instability. Roger remarks, "I'd hate to see David go, but if it's best for David, I'm all for it." Elizabeth tells Laura, "Let's see how it works out with David." Vicki takes David into the drawing room, apparently having convinced him to come down. David looks at Laura. Suddenly, he sees her surrounded by flames. No one else seems to see this. He screams, "No!!!" and runs off. Elizabeth tells Laura, "I don't understand. He was so eager to see you earlier."

Vicki goes up to David's room and asks, "David! Why did you do that?" David replies, "THAT'S NOT MY MOTHER!"

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Episode 135
(TB 4/DISK 3/#9)

Tape Date: December 22, 1966
Air Date:
December 30, 1966 Friday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. A stranger has come to Collinwood. Every member of the Collins family has reacted to her presence in a different way. The strongest and the strangest reaction has come from a small boy.

Vicki tells David, "What are you talking about? Of course that's your mother!", but David continues to insist that it isn't his mother. He tells her, "I'm not going to go downstairs again. I'm afraid!" Vicki asks, "Of what?" David replies, "Of her! Something might happen if I go downstairs!" Vicki asks him, "What?" David replies, "I don't know. I just have this funny, scary feeling." Vicki tries to convince him to come back downstairs, but he adamantly refuses to do so. Finally, she gives up and leaves.

Vicki comes downstairs and lies, "I think it might be best to postpone this. David's just nervous about meeting his mother."

Upstairs, David is looking out the window saying, "I can feel you watching me, mother. Stop it! Stop it!"

Elizabeth tells Laura, "David might need a little time to adjust to you." Roger explains, "What we mean is we think it might be best if you stayed here at Collinwood so David could get used to you." Laura seems reluctant about the idea and says, "I'd have to think about it." Roger tells her, "If it's your privacy you're worried about, you don't have to stay in the main house. You could stay in Matthew's cottage. No one's living there right now." Laura's eyes light up and she exclaims, "That's a splendid idea!" Carolyn comes into the drawing room. They introduce her to Laura. Carolyn exclaims, "Aunt Laura! You haven't changed a bit!" Laura replies, "But you certainly have! The last time I saw you, you were 12 years old!" Roger tells Carolyn, "Laura's going to be staying with us for awhile. She'll be staying in Matthew's cottage." Roger tells Laura, "I'm confident everything's' going to work out." Laura replies, "All I want is to be close to David."

Upstairs, David is still at the window. He is saying, "Mother, go away!, Go away! Go away!"

Roger and Elizabeth tell Laura they'll have the cottage ready for her by tomorrow morning. Laura leaves with Carolyn to see the cottage. Elizabeth tells Roger, "I'm worried about David" and goes upstairs. Vicki tells Roger, "David's been acting very strangely. He says that isn't really his mother." Roger replies, "That's ridiculous!" He adds, "Don't say anything about this to my sister. You know how she gets worked up about everything. This is just more of David's usual foolishness. I'll deal with it."

Elizabeth goes to David's room. David asks, "Is my mother still here?" Elizabeth replies, "She's going to be staying with us." David exclaims, "Here?! In this house?"" Elizabeth replies, "No, she'll be staying in Matthew's cottage." David calms down upon hearing this. Elizabeth asks David what's wrong. David replies, "I don't know. I just got this funny, scary feeling when I saw her." Elizabeth tells him, "You're just nervous." David replies, "But I AM scared, and I don't know why!" and hugs her.

Carolyn takes Laura to the cottage. She tells her, "Mrs. Johnson cleaned it up after Matthew died, but as you can see, it still needs a little work." Laura asks, "Can you see the main house from here?" Carolyn replies, "Yes, you can when the leaves are off the trees." She points out the window and says, "See? Right there." Laura asks, "Where's David's room?" Carolyn replies, "That one, the second window from the left. The one with the lights on."

Elizabeth manages to calm David down and convince him there's nothing to be afraid of. David tells her, "I guess you're right. There isn't anything to be afraid of. I'm just being a big crybaby. I've been acting silly." Elizabeth asks, "Are you OK now?" David replies, "Yes. I've been acting dopey, but I'm fine now." Elizabeth puts him to bed, says, "Goodnight" and leaves.

At the cottage, Laura asks Carolyn, "Do you think your mother and uncle would mind if I moved in here tonight instead of tomorrow morning?" Carolyn protests, "But it isn't ready yet!" Laura replies, "Oh, that's no problem. I'll just build a nice fire and it'll be quite cozy here. I can call the hotel tomorrow and have my things sent here." Carolyn remarks, "If that's what you want..." Laura replies, "If your mother and uncle have no objections..." Carolyn replies, "I'm sure they won't. I have to go into town tonight anyway. I can get your bags for you." Laura replies, "Could you? You can just ask at the hotel for them. I'm all packed." Carolyn, puzzled, asks, "You are?" Laura pauses then says, "Yes. In fact, I never unpacked. I wasn't expecting to stay at the Inn for very long." David is in bed, asleep. Suddenly, the room fills with Laura's voice saying, "David! David! David, I want you! I need you! You hear me, don't you, David?"
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