JANUARY 5, 1965 (EP. #167)
There was a loud murmur as Pat was brought into court. In his opening remarks, John instructed the jury that the picture puzzle of the trial would not be complete until the last piece was fitted into its proper place. John objected to Phil's attempt to arouse the jury's sympathy for the first witness, Ken. Ken told Phil he looked at his son's dead body at the County Morgue on November 7th. The judge sustained Phil's objection to John's characterization of Tom as a ladies' man. John harped on Ken's separation from Laura until Phil objected. The coroner, Dr. Robert Wolf, testified that Tom died from a massive hemorrhage of the abdominal cavity (in other words, he bled to death) from a gunshot beneath the sternum. Wolf identified the bullet (State's Exhibit No. 1) and estimated time of death as between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
"THE USUAL LOUD MURMURING PRODUCED BY A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE ARISES."
JANUARY 6, 1965 (EP. #168)
A furious Pat rebuked John for smearing Tom's name, and he warned her not to testify Tom was a paragon of virtue. Dru couldn't fathom why John insisted on telling off and antagonizing Pat. The following morning, John begged Pat to have the same faith in him she had in Dr. Warren. Judge Sutherland berated John and Phil for playing on the jury's emotions yesterday. The crime lab technician, Peter Jordan, testified he found Pat's fingerprints on Exhibit No. 2, the 32-caliber pistol. John declined to question Jordan. On the stand, Adams recounted what happened when he went to Tom's apartment. As Adams described telling Mary and Jim he believed their daughter was with Tom Baxter that night, Pat stood up and shouted she wasn't there, to ensuing court hubbub.
Pat was acquitted, and she and John fell in love. Janet ended her relationship with Ken. Ken began spending more time with Laura in hopes that she would grant him a divorce. Janet began seeing Ernest romantically. Lee got very upset when she learned John was falling in love with Pat.
FEBRUARY 8, 1965 (EP. #190)
Pat’s abortionist, Robert Alberts, appears on the witness stand.
FEBRUARY 11, 1965 (EP. #193)
Pat was found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.
Pat: “Temporary insanity? Was I- Was I insane?”
MARCH 31, 1965 (EP. #227)
Pat found a seedy motel after having run away when she no longer felt she belonged in polite society. Pat let seedy Larry talk to her in a coffee shop and then follow her back to her room.
Larry: (To Pat) "You cool, or cold? Nothin' wrong with cool! But cold! Man, that's nowhere!"
Pat: (about Larry, then herself): "At first I was afraid to get up and go out. I thought, "He'll follow me, and outside it'll be worse than here." He kept on talking to me. I don't remember what he was saying...but I began to be less frightened. I began to feel...almost calm. I thought, "I'm no better than he is...no matter how he talks or what he does. I'm sure he's never killed another human being...or murdered a baby before it was born. I thought, "Who am I to think I'm better than he is? This is exactly where I belong. I've found people I belong with."
APRIL 14, 1965
Appearance by Joey Trent as Russ Matthews.
JUNE 1, 1965 (EP. #270)
Larry got violent when Pat spurned his advances, but he left after shoving her around a little. A distraught Pat decided to fill out her prescription for sleeping pills when she felt she didn't belong in either world. John arrived in the nick of time and convinced her to come home. After dropping Pat off at her parents' house, John returned to her hotel room where he found her suicide note. John came back and proposed to Pat, but she insisted on telling him everything. When he said he already knew, and that he'd burned her note, she accepted his proposal.
John: "Will you marry me?"
Pat: "Yes, John, I'll marry you. I want to marry you more than anything in the world."
JUNE 21, 1965 (EP. #284)
Liz didn't share Bill's enthusiasm over Pat's upcoming wedding. She reminded him that Pat's inability to have children came out in court, and that it will create problems for John. Jim confided in Janet that he may have been wrong not to tell Mary that John had tried to make love to Pat before she ran away. He said he was distrustful of John for other reasons, including that he was 17 years older than Pat. Jim wasn't angry when Janet said she'd told Pat she'd approved of her marriage plans because then Pat wouldn't be alone like Janet was. Alice sulked when Pat ignored her idea and chose Mary's idea of having the wedding in front of the fireplace in the living room. Pat joked about Alice's enthusiasm as maid of honor. Everyone was impressed when Pat described her honeymoon in Miami. Pat reassured Jim she loved John.
Headline of Newspaper: "Matthews Girl Marrying Attorney Who Defended Her In Murder Trial."
Pat: (To Jim) "I honestly believe I'm going to have as good a marriage as yours and Mom's."
JUNE 22, 1965 (EP. #285)
Dru and John reminisced on their 20-year friendship. John was touched that Dru considered Pat a daughter to replace his ward/daughter who was very far away. Lee was the only unhappy participant at the wedding rehearsal at the Matthews house. The night before the wedding, Lee tried to beg off attending, but John wouldn't hear of it. Alice ran to get Mary when Pat had night terrors, and Mary hummed Pat to sleep.
Dru: (To John) "I never had a son, until I met you."
Mary: (To the sleeping form of her daughter Pat) "Goodbye, my baby. Goodbye, my Pat."
JUNE 23, 1965 (EP. #286)
After Mrs. Weber (Randolph housekeeper and "German Mother Earth") assured John she would look after Lee during his honeymoon, he told Lee he would always love her. Dru scolded Lee about ruining John's big day with her sulking. Pat assured a forlorn Alice they will always be a part of each other's lives. Missy blushed when Pat told her she was going to throw the bouquet her way. John and his best man Dru waited by the fireplace while down the staircase came Mary, Missy, Alice, and finally Pat in her wedding dress escorted by Jim.
Pat: (Upon waking up) "It's my wedding day!"
Alice: "You said, 'absolutely fresh and new.' That reminded me.."
Pat: "Of what?"
Alice: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. You have to have them all, Pat. It's good luck."
Appearance by Matthews' cousin Anita Corby.
PRODUCTION NOTE: Request of four extras for John and Pat's wedding reception. Also included, is a suggestion that the extras be cousins of the Matthews family as, "they would have cousins anyway."
JUNE 24, 1965 (EP. #287)
Reverend Carlson conducted Pat and John's emotional and lovely wedding. The wedding was attended by Jim, Mary, Janet, Ernest, Alice, Russ, Liz, Bill, Missy, Dru, and Lee. Dru then Jim toasted the bride and groom, who led the first dance. Pat and John left for their honeymoon under a hail of rice. Dru tried to comfort an unconsolable Lee, whom he calls "Rosebud" affectionately.
John: "I, John Anthony Randolph, take thee, Patricia, to be my wedded wife..."
Pat: "I, Patricia Ellen Matthews, take thee, John, to be my wedded husband..."
John: "This ring I give thee, in token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love."
Jim: "Take good care of her."
John: "I will."
Pat: "Through half the ceremony all I could hear was Alice sniffing in my ear."
PRODUCTION NOTES: "Count for time in prologue," and "Please Save This Tape."
John and Pat's wedding ceremony.
(THERE IS QUITE A CRUSH IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE NOW. WE DOLLY BACK FROM IT AND PAN TO THE SEATS, EMPTY NOW EXCEPT FOR ONE PERSON: LEE, MOVE IN TO HER. SHE DOESN'T MOVE. AT FIRST WE THINK IT IS ONLY SULLEN HURT, BUT THEN WE SEE HER TRY TO RISE. HER STRENGTH IS EBBING FAST. SHE GETS HALF OUT OF THE SEAT, THEN SITS BACK DOWN, A LITTLE DIZZY, CONFUSED. O.S. WE HEAR THE HUBBUB OF VOICES IN GROWING EXCITEMENT)
(THE EMPHASIS IN THIS SCRIPT IS ON THE WEDDING, NOT LEE'S ILLNESS. IT SHOULD BE HANDLED IN SUCH A WAY THAT GENERALLY THE AUDIENCE ASSUMES HER ACTIONS ARE PROMPTED BY FEELINGS, NOT HER PHYSICAL CONDITION. THEY SHOULD REALIZE SHE WAS ILL ONLY IN RETROSPECT.)
JUNE 25, 1965 (EP. #288)
Pat and John arrived at their private honeymoon cottage in Santa Isabella. Lee had a nightmare about the wedding. Dru rushed over when Lee phoned him that she was genuinely ill. Dru was alarmed when Dr. Henry Lewis's tentative diagnosis was for virus pneumonia, which doesn't respond to antibiotics. Feeling miserable about interrupting their honeymoon, Dru finally brought himself to telephone John.
PRODUCTION NOTE: VOICE OVERS FROM TAPE PLAYED IN ACT IV OF SCRIPT JUNE 18, 1965 (EP. #283) USED DURING LEE'S NIGHTMARE OF JOHN AND PAT'S WEDDING. AMONG VOICE-OVERS DURING LEE'S NIGHTMARE:
Girl: "Why do you suppose she got engaged to him. He looks old enough to be her father...Would you want to marry someone your father's age?"
Boy: "Do you suppose I could ask her to dance later? If she went out with Tom Baxter, why wouldn't she dance with me."
(THE VOICE-OVERS GREW LOUDER, FASTER AND MORE INSISTENT UNTIL AT THE END THEY WERE A DISCORDANT CACAPHONY. THE INSTANT SHE SITS UP AND OPENS HER EYES, THE SOUND IS OUT...)
JUNE 28, 1965 (PRE-EMPTED)
JUNE 29, 1965 (EP. #289)
John felt guilty when Dru phoned him about Lee's illness, and felt guiltier still when Pat suggested they return immediately to Bay City. Dru tried to calm Lee's fears of going to the hospital for tests. Bert came to see his son Ernest at his office to complain about his medical treatment and to praise Ernest's new lady love, Janet. Bert tied to reconcile Ernest with Alex and Karen, with whom he's been on bad terms for over 10 years, since both Alex and Karen recently returned home to Bay City to live. Jim and Mary's happy morning was dashed by Pat's phone call saying she was at the airport.
JUNE 30, 1965 (EP. #290)
Mary's tears flowed freely when Pat told her her honeymoon had been interrupted. Missy clammed up when Bill pressed her about the sociology books she was studying. Dr. Lewis filled Pat and John in when they arrived at the hospital. The doctor was alarmed when Nurse Conway reported Lee showed signs of cyanosis and dyspnea. He used nail polish remover on a fingernail to confirm Lee's nails were blue. An oxygen tent was set up around Lee. John was tortured by feelings of guilt despite Dru's attempts to make him feel better. John had no choice but to agree when Dr. Lewis told him it would upset Lee too much if she saw him and realized she'd ruined his honeymoon.
Missy: "I was reading."
Bill: "I'll say you were. It looks like you were reading all night. It looks like you've been reading for a week."
NOTE: Among the books Missy was reading: "Principles of Sociology" and "Twentieth Century Sociology."
JULY 1, 1965 (EP. #291)
Pat revealed to Dru that Lee probably got sick over a week ago. During her and Missy's graduation party, Lee had got upset and ran out into the rain without a coat. Dru tried to console Pat when she fingered herself as the cause of Lee's distress that night. Pat agreed to go home for awhile when John worried about her. Janet felt bad for Pat when Ernest told her about Lee's illness. Janet suspected Ernest was afraid to face Alex and Karen because he and Karen had been in love and engaged to be married when she and his brother Alex had run off. Ernest maintained that was in the past and that he loved Janet now. Mary and Jim tried to console Pat over her honeymoon being cut short.
Mary: "Dear God, please give my Pat the happiness she deserves."
PRODUCTION NOTES: Pencilled in, "Poss [sp] Cuts; ACT I (all), ACT II (all), ACTS III and IV."
"1st time Ernest has said he loves Janet. Shouldn't she react?"
JULY 2, 1965 (EP. #292)
Alice visited Pat at the hospital and remembered that the last time she was there, Pat was the one in hospital. Bill beamed when Missy informed him she passed her test and won a scholarship to study Social Sciences in college that fall. Missy thanked him for helping her get her high school diploma, but refused to take another cent from him. Bert and his wife Cora were all flustered waiting for the arrival of Alex and Karen, but things went smoothly once their son and daughter-in-law showed up. Dr. Lewis told John and Pat that Lee's condition was worsening.
JULY 5, 1965 (EP. #293)
Mary, Jim, and Alice worried about Lee, but mostly about Pat. Liz and Bill also discussed the "paramount topic." Liz surprised Bill by complimenting Mary's wedding arrangements. Liz hid her distaste when Bill said Missy will study to be a social worker. Cora and Bert wondered if Karen still had feelings for Ernest, whom they worried is still upset that Karen and Alex ran off and eloped without his knowledge. Pat and John flashbacked to happier times while they kept vigil over Lee's bedside.
Bill: (About Missy) "It's hard to believe this is a girl who was working as a waitress and hiding from the world in a little furnished room a year ago."
JULY 6, 1965 (EP. #294)
John fought back tears as he phoned Dru to come sit with him by Lee's bed during her final hours. Karen assured Alex she has no qualms about moving back to Bay City because Alex received a partnership and vice-presidency at a management consultant firm. Alex failed to notice Karen got upset when he talked about his desire to see Ernest again. Ernest comforted Janet when she was close to tears over Lee's condition. Dru was ecstatic when Pat and John told him Lee had been able to say one word, "Daddy." Dr. Lewis told them that hearing her father's voice on the phone to Dru must have given Lee strength to fight the disease, as her condition started to improve.
Dru: "If a life must be taken, take mine, but spare hers, spare my Rosebud."
Janet: "It's what happened to Pat, it drew the whole family together."
JULY 7, 1965 (EP. #295)
Jim and Mary were thrilled when Pat came to tell them Lee's crisis was over, and to relate how hearing John's voice had saved her. Later, Jim confided to Mary that Lee's love of her father was too strong and might cause problems for Pat once the three of them were living together. Pat was unsure when John insisted they both go into Lee's room to visit her. John shrugged off Pat's concern that she was responsible for Lee's illness. Lee told John she feels guilty she had to deprive him of his honeymoon.
Lee: (To her nurse) "That was my father... Isn't he wonderful?"
JULY 8, 1965 (EP. #296)
Bill visited Missy at the Kopper Kettle to express his disapproval over her resumption of her waitressing duties. Missy found excuses to turn down Bill's idea that they could get married after he graduates from law school next June. Janet and Ernest oohed and ahed over the story of Lee regaining consciousness upon hearing her father's voice. Ernest was uncomfortable when Janet tried to pin him down on his feelings about the return of Alex and Karen. John apologized to Lee for not believing she was sick when she complained before the wedding of not feeling well. Pat noticed Lee was uneasy when John rambled on about the three of them spending the summer together.
Ernest: (To Janet) "I feel nothing for Karen! Nothing!"
JULY 9, 1965 (EP. #297)
Janet received a call from Ken in California informing her he'd be back in town next week. Janet realized Jim still has misgivings about John and Pat's marriage. Jim tried not to let his pleasure show when Janet admitted that for the first time she was thinking of marriage. With a rueful smile, Janet denied that her new man was married. Ernest reprimanded Bert for not taking care of his health after his heart attack. Ernest refused to attend a family gathering. Lee wasn't moved when Dru told her it was Pat's idea, not John's, to return home from the honeymoon.
Janet: (To Jim) "What a marvelous big brother you always were."
JULY 12, 1965 (EP. #298)
Ernest reminisced to Janet about his time in the orphanage. He has no idea who his parents were, just that he and Alex were left in the waiting room of the clinic when he was two and Alex was less than a week old. Alex was very outgoing, and now Ernest blamed himself for having asked him to take Karen out when he was tied up at the hospital. Ernest realized Ken intends to fight him for Janet's affections. Janet assured him it was all over between her and Ken. John's secretary, Peggy Harris, "a good-looking young negro woman of about twenty-five," speculated on her plans when she graduates from law school in three years. Ken reminded Janet that he and Laura are separated. Ken was resigned when Janet rebuffed his advances, but got upset when she said she might marry Ernest.
'SHE IS CARRYING A STACK OF LAW BOOKS. JOHN LOOKS UP, RISES, COMES TO HER.'
John: "Here, let me help you."
Peggy: (Intro Line) "[SMILING] It's all right, they're balanced."
Janet: (To Ernest) "Ken and I were never that close."
JULY 13, 1965 (EP. #299)
Laura nervously awaited Ken's visit after his six weeks working in California. She was immediately apologetic after he got angry over her asking if he'd been to see Janet. Pat visited Janet. Missy visited Lee in hospital, and Lee insisted they share a room when they both start college in the fall. Missy showed off Bill's class ring to Lee, but insisted he couldn't be anything more than her best friend. Lee wasn't thrilled when Dr. Lewis said she could go home at the end of the week.
JULY 14, 1965 (EP. #300)
Dr. Lewis suspected Lee wasn't eating so that she wouldn't be well enough to go home. When informed of Lee's hunger strike, John speculated that Lee resented Pat because she first knew her as a client of his, a criminal and a woman accused of murder. Cora told Ernest she blamed Bert's dedication to medicine for his current ill health. John persuaded Lee home life would be all right.
JULY 15, 1965 (EP. #301)
Mrs. Weber fussed over Lee when John and Pat brought her home from the hospital. Mrs. Weber was confused when Lee got angry for calling Pat Lee's new mother. Pat and John assured Lee they would rather spend the next few weeks with Lee rather than resuming their honeymoon. Alex reminisced about the first time he saw Karen, walking into his parents' living room. Karen wondered whether Ernest had changed over the years. Alex and Karen told his parents they were settling into Bay City just fine after so many years away. Karen told Bert she had decided to be a nurse when her sister died when she was only nine. The four of them patiently waited for Ernest to arrive for dinner.
JULY 16, 1965 (EP. #302)
Alex and Karen and Cora and Bert killed time waiting for an overdue Ernest to show for their dinner party. Ernest finally phoned to say he was running late at the hospital and wouldn't be able to make it. After hanging up, Ernest berated himself for lying to his mother. Over dinner, Lee brought up her desire that Pat and John resume their honeymoon. Lee begged off when John and Pat wanted to play Scrabble. Back at home, Karen and Alex speculated on why Ernest was a no-show. Karen tried to laugh it off when Alex asked if she had been nervous at the prospect of seeing Ernest again. John gazed raptly at Pat as she brushed her hair at the new peignoir John got her.
JULY 19, 1965 (EP. #303)
Bert chided Cora that after being married to a doctor for 42 years she shouldn't be cross with Ernest for having stayed overtime at work. But Cora realized Ernest was just making an excuse. Janet finally dragged it out of Ernest that he chickened out of attending his family dinner. John went to Jim's office to thank him for the wedding, and Jim (though without warmth) told him he'd been able to get over a lot of his misgivings. Lee was mum when Pat pressed her on why she doesn't like her.
Ernest: "I remember what happened, Janet. You don't have to review it."
John: (To Jim) "I give you my word of honor that I'll never consciously or willfully do anything to bring unhappiness to Pat."
Pat: (To Lee) "There was a baby, alive in me. It would have been born by now. It would have been alive. But I killed it."
Pat: (To Lee) "I killed Tom Baxter. I pulled the trigger. He died, because of me. I haven't forgiven myself for that. I never will."
JULY 20, 1965 (EP. #304)
Liz could barely disguise her disapproval when she surprised Missy with a visit at the Kopper Kettle. Missy was terrified when Liz noticed Bill's class ring on her finger, a ring Liz had bought for him. Liz made Bill feel guilty about not working in his father's office that summer, and that she and Bill didn't have plans to vacation together. She got upset when Bill said Pat's wedding put him in a marrying mood. Mary raved about John to Jim, then told him she still wonders what happened to Pat when she ran away for five days. Dru told Pat the real reason Lee dislikes her is because it forces Lee to share the love of her father, a man she worships and adores.
(AT THE KOPPER KETTLE)
Liz: (about the juke box) "Goodness, don't you go deaf working with that noise in your ear all day long."
Missy: "It's not on all the time."
Liz: (LEANING TOWARDS HER WITH AN INGRATIATING SMILE) "I don't suppose we could turn it off now."
Missy: "I...I don't think so. Those kids over there put some money in it and I don't think they'd like it if they didn't hear the songs they played."
Liz: (SITTING BACK WITH A SIGH AND A FAINT SMILE) "The tyranny of the younger generation."
Missy: "But I think they only put in a quarter. It should stop in a minute."
Liz: (SMILING) "Then maybe we can bribe them not to play it again." (MISSY IS SILENT)
Liz: "That ring looks familiar? Isn't it...?"
(CU/MISSY, PALE. SHE REACHES UP INVOLUNTARILY AND TOUCHES THE RING WE SEE HANGING AROUND HER NECK).
Missy: "It's Bill's."
Liz: "Of course. It's his college graduation ring. (WITH AN ATTEMPT AT A LAUGH). No wonder it looked familiar. I bought it for him."
(CU/MISSY, MORE UNCOMFORTABLE BY THE MOMENT).
Missy: "Bill...gave it to me...for my graduation. It was his graduation present."
Liz: "How charming. Trust Bill to think of a really...personal present like that. It looks...very nice on you."
(A LIGHTNING BOLT WOULD BE WELCOME AT THIS POINT)
Missy: "Thank you, Mrs. Matthews. I...I'd better take care of that table. Excuse me."
(SHE GETS UP AND HURRIES TO THE OTHER TABLE. CU/LIZ, WATCHING HER AS SHE GOES, HER EYES NARROWING, HER EXPRESSION CONGEALING)
PRODUCTION NOTE: pencilled in, "When did Liz find out Bill and Missy were dating?"
NOTE: Liz mentions that Bill is 22 years old and will graduate from law school at 23.
JULY 21, 1965 (EP. #305)
Ken and Laura could both barely hold back their anger when she dropped in at his office and interrupted him asking Janet to dinner. Ken brought up divorce when Laura brought up reconciliation. Janet complained to Ernest about Ken's persistence. Alice and Pat wondered if Russ enjoyed the private school he was attending outside of Bay City, and commented on how much they miss him. Alice stopped herself from telling Pat about the new painting she was working on. After Jim and Mary coddled Pat over her troubles with Lee, they got up enough courage to ask her about the time she was missing.
Laura: (To Ken) "Divorce isn't a solution, it's a dissolution."
Alice: "He's the most heavenly man I ever met."
Pat: "I'm not so sure I should let you near John."
JULY 22, 1965 (EP. #306)
Pat flashbacked to her days in Bedfordtown and related to Jim and Mary everything that happened to her there. She said that Mary's idea, that Liz drove her away by saying Pat should be sent to Europe until people forget what happened, was wrong.
PRODUCTION NOTES: "Bedfordtown again-composite of previous tape."
NOTE: Tapes of the Bedfordtown sequence from EP. #269 and #270.
Alex and Karen Gregory's appearances in this episode were cut.
JULY 23, 1965 (PRE-EMPTED)
JULY 26, 1965 (EP. #307)
John and Peggy were working on the Carrington case when Jim arrived to thank John for saving Pat's life in Bedfordtown. Lee advised Missy not to expect Bill to wait for her for too long. Dru boasted to Ken about his new job teaching a class in trial techniques at the university. Ken told Dru his advice of befriending Laura in hopes of achieving an amicable divorce backfired because Laura misunderstood his intentions. Pat and John reaffirmed their love despite their problems.
JULY 27, 1965 (EP. #308)
Laura wailed to Dr. Eric Hilker that her life was falling apart, and refused to face the fact that Ken doesn't love her anymore. Mary didn't share Liz's distaste when Liz told her Missy and Bill are only inches way from being engaged. Liz was sure that Missy was only an operator who was playing Bill for every cent she could get. Bill was understanding when Missy couldn't return his "I love you's". Lee got a visit from her boyfriend Mike Quinn. After he told her about how friends of theirs got married and moved to their own place, Lee decided to pop the question to him.
Liz: "Mary, I'm the last person to want to interfere in her children's lives."
JULY 28, 1965 (EP. #309)
Lee was furious when Mike turned down her proposal, but readily admitted she wants to get married only to get out of the house and away from Pat and John. Pat was in tears when Alice presented her with one of her paintings as a wedding gift. Janet apologized to Ken for her rudeness, but the "inchoate joy drain(ed) from his face" when she told him she's in love with Ernest now. Karen reassured Cora she can have children, just that she and Alex haven't gotten around to it yet.
Pat: "Just being Alice is wonderful enough. I hope some things about you never change."
JULY 29, 1965 (EP. #310)
Karen ran into the bedroom when Ernest dropped by to see Cora. Cora made up an excuse when he noticed a lit cigarette in the living room. Karen almost brought on apoplexy trying to catch a glimpse of Ernest's face from the bedroom door. Mary tried to console Pat over her problems with Lee. Janet told Ernest she loved him, but that they could consider mariage only when he'd put his past behind him. Alex was perplexed when Karen told him about hiding in another room and spying on Ernest.
JULY 30, 1965 (EP. #311)
Mary told Alice they shouldn't be too hard on Lee, because she grew up without a mother. Lee tried to be on her best behavior when Pat insisted they have breakfast together. Pat was stung when Lee gushed about her father's love of her mother, who died when she was very young. Janet filled Jim in on Ernest's family situation.
Janet revealed her big secret to Jim: When she was in hospital 10 years ago, it wasn't for an appendectomy, it was for a hysterectomy. She'd had a tumor, so she'd had no choice but to have the operation. Ernest was the surgeon, and that was how they first met. When she told her fiancé, Mike Connors, that she'd never be able to have children, he broke off the engagement. It was an experience that made her decide never to leave herself open to hurt again. She'd spent the last ten years involved with "unavailable" men for that reason.
Script Note: "THIS [A BLARING RADIO] IS TO ALERT TEEN-AGERS THAT WE ARE ON THEIR WAVE-LENGTH."
Jim: "Since when is a visit from my favorite sister a disturbance?"
Janet: "I'd consider that a flattering compliment if I weren't your only sister."
Ken and Laura reconciled. Janet and Ernest got engaged. John and Pat argued when she said Tom's name in her sleep a few times. John resented Janet's closeness to Pat because he felt it prevented Pat from forgetting the past. Life seemed to go more smoothly for John, Pat, and Lee. Alice began dating Tony Douglas, a big football star. Missy confessed being an abandoned child to Pat.
Forced to provide a background for herself, Missy told Bill the fabricated tale that she was brought up by her Aunt Dorothy in San Diego after her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer, were killed in an auto accident. She cut out pictures of two strangers in a magazine and displayed them as her parents. She got a job as hostess at the Homestead restaurant.
AUGUST 2, 1965 (EP. #312)
Jim revealed Janet's secrets to Mary, who felt she had been unkind and judgmental towards her all these years. Mary planned to see Janet in hopes the family can grow closer. Jim and Mary discussed how Janet's attitude towards marriage has changed but wondered about Ernest's previous engagement. Mary was distressed that Pat and Lee haven't bonded, Mrs. Weber takes care of the household, and that Pat's afraid to assert herself. Lee feigned enthusiasm as Pat rearranged the furniture, then hinted that John prefers everything to look as it did when John and her mother first moved into the apartment. John and Pat couldn't think of a solution to Lee's unhappiness but gave Lee credit for trying to adjust. Pat asked John about his first wife, Lee, and was surprised that John and his wife had never lived in the apartment. Ernest complimented Janet on the ways she has changed since they first met. Janet couldn't reciprocate Ernest's expressions of love. Ernest grew frustrated over Janet's concerns that he still has lingering feelings for Karen and he refuses to see her. Ernest decided to have dinner with his family to face Karen and ease Janet's fears and doubts.
Jim: (to Mary about Ernest's past engagement) "I didn't tell you that to worry you."
Mary: "I wasn't thinking of Janet. I was thinking of...another marriage."
Jim: "I don't have to ask which one."
Mary: "...I have all kinds of help too in the last years..but this is still my home, Jim. It reflects my way of doing things, my way of thinking and living. Every home should do that. Pat's still...well, she's almost a visitor in that home...and that's not good for any marriage."
AUGUST 3, 1965 (EP. #313)
Pat asked for complete honesty once she got Lee to admit it was she who didn't want the apartment changed. Lee cried alone after Pat urged her to take down the walls she's built between them. Ken returned from California and was alarmed to hear from Dr. Eric Hilker that Laura refuses to become independent and considers her life over without Ken's love. Janet was moved to tears and embraced Mary, who apologized for misjudging her and hoped she could consider herself part of the family. Ernest thought smoking cigars was one way Bert copes with retirement, but agreed with Cora on Bert's stubborn attitude in breaking bad habits despite health risks. Cora quickly called Alex and Karen to arrange a family dinner before Ernest had the chance to change his mind about attending.
Mary (about Pat and Alice): "Fortunately, they had more sense than I did. Being children, they could see you without prejudice...and they knew the kind of person you are. Pat and Alice are very fond of you."
Janet: (NEAR TEARS) "I'm very fond of them."
Mary: "In some ways children are so much wiser than adults. Well, I hope I've learned my lesson. All I wanted to say today was that I'm glad the children know you, Janet."
NOTE: John and his wife, Lee considered naming their daughter Eleanor or Ellie to avoid confusion between mother and daughter.
AUGUST 4, 1965 (EP. #314)
Pat warned against taking a heavy-handed approach with Lee in changing her attitude to John, who felt Pat's talks with Lee haven't alleviated the tension in the household. John decided they should discuss purchasing a house again so that each of them has more space and can make a new start. Lee's friends were glad she has recovered from her illness and is socializing again. Mike turned down Lee's idea that they elope, maintaining it was too drastic a solution to leave home and not marry for love. Ken consulted with Dru on getting a divorce so he can rebuild his life with Janet. Dru was forthright in voicing his objections towards such cases but didn't pass judgement to Ken's scheme to establish residence in another state to seek an uncontested divorce.
Mike Quinn: (about Pat) "And I asked some of the kids at school who knew her, and they say she was a wonderful girl."
Lee: (about Pat) "Do they think it's wonderful that she got pregnant...and killed the baby and the boy who got her pregnant?"
Mike: "That's all in the past, Lee. If your father's forgotten it...."
Lee: "Sure, he loves her...he doesn't care what kind of person she is. It's just like I said, Mike, love makes people do stupid things."
Ken: (to Eric Hilker) "Because I can't live this kind of hypocritical, half-existence any more. I'm sick of living in a men's club, without any kind of life of my own. I want to begin to rebuild my life. I can't as long as Laura and I are still in this limbo...married, not married."
AUGUST 5, 1965 (EP. #315)
Missy told Mike that she won a scholarship to attend college and took a waitress job at the Kopper Kettle for the summer. Mike and Missy felt haunted as they discussed Lee's motives for proposing marriage and that Lee enjoys maligning Pat because of her past with Tom Baxter. Mike predicted that Lee was asking for trouble if she dates other guys. Eric bluntly advised Laura to exercise her rights in seeking peace of mind and living a full life. Laura requested to be alone after Eric suggested she think of her own well-being. Bert convinced Cora that they should keep a sense of humor to ease the tension during dinner with Alex, Karen, and Ernest. Cora described Karen as turning white as a sheet, choosing to hide in a bedroom rather than face Ernest at his parent's house. Alex tried to console Karen with his assertions that they shouldn't torture themselves but deemed it long overdue for them to face Ernest.
PRODUCTION NOTE: PROLOGUE: (with Missy and Mike)
FADE IN: THE KOPPER KETTLE, LATE AFTERNOON OF THE NEXT DAY. START IN CU/THE JUKE BOX, ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSIC BLARING. (ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE YOUTH OF OUR SUMMER AUDIENCE, SO PLEASE PICK A SONG FROM THE TOP FORTY, SO WE'RE MAKING THEIR NOISE)
NOTE: Bert revealed that Alex and Karen married when she was 19 years old. Alex mentions he and Karen married eleven years ago and haven't seen Ernest since.
AUGUST 6, 1965 (EP. #316)
Karen became flushed as she recalled dreaming about Ernest, but assumed a smile when Alex woke up. Bert and Cora made preparations for the evening while being frightened over Alex, Ernest, and Karen seeing each other. Janet advised Ernest that he shouldn't see Alex and Karen because she and his parents insisted on it. Janet comforted Ernest, but realized they're both concerned over how the evening will go. Karen decided to lie that she was ill to Bert and Cora because she thought it'd be best for Alex and Ernest to have the evening together alone. Ernest formally greeted Alex, but eventually softened as Alex reminisced about a neighborhood party they attended during their youth.
Alex: (to Karen) "I'd help you if I could, but I don't think I'd do a job that would meet your approval. I'm much better at taking your lipstick off than putting it on."
Bert: (about Ernest and Alex) "Two distinct personalities. You were always serious...a digger. Alex was always smiling, looking for fun. And you were always early and he was always late."
NOTE: Alex mentions that he is two years younger than Ernest.
AUGUST 9, 1965 (EP. #317)
Janet felt restless and smoked nervously as she thought of Ernest and Karen's past together. Bert, Alex, and Ernest praised Cora for her cooking. Alex talked about selling his business, accepting a management consultant position at Brown and Company, and the house he and Karen bought. Bert was puzzled by Karen's absence and skeptical that Ernest has intentions to visit Alex and Karen. Janet was dismayed over Ernest's attitude towards the family dinner and that he hadn't faced Karen. Alex told Karen his evening with the family was initially strained but became more relaxed over time. Karen wished to avoid discussing Ernest as she and Alex became intimate.
Janet: (SHE MOVES UNEASILY FROM THE WINDOW, STOPS NEAR THE COFFEE TABLE...) "...Why am I so nervous! It's been eleven years...it's as if I were seeing Mike Connors again after all these years. No it's not. I saw him once...and it was meaningless...he was a stranger. But it's obvious Ernest doesn't feel that way about Karen."
Bert: (to Ernest and Alex) "Goodnight, son. Goodnight, Alex."
(THE TWO MEN GO OUT. CU/CORA, AS SHE CLOSES THE DOOR BEHIND THEM AND TURNS TO BERT, HER FACE ECSTATIC)
Cora: "Oh, Bert...wasn't it wonderful! I didn't dare dream it would go that well."
CU/BERT, SILENT, HIS FACE LESS ECSTATIC THAN HIS WIFE'S).
Alex: (about a party during his youth) "It's easy. It happened on my ninth birthday...at a party."
Karen: "What happened?"
Alex: "Ernest didn't want to play 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' because he thought he was too old for it. Mom and Dad made him play and, out of spite, he missed the donkey and stuck the pin in one of the kids."
AUGUST 10, 1965 (EP. #318)
Bill assured Missy that she'll do well in college, but his face soon matched Missy's to that of concern. Missy recounted her conversation with Mike that Lee's desperate to move away, may find a guy who will agree to eloping, but hoped speaking to Lee would prevent her from making costly mistakes. John frowned over Lee's ambivalence at the floorplans of a house he and Pat were enthusiastic about. Pat said campus life provides a sense of independence to cover for Lee, who made excuses about being too busy at college and living in the dorms to care about a new place. Pat was upset when Lee declined her offer to have lunch together. Liz called Mary too charitable, as Liz remained unsympathetic about Janet and opined that she's a bad influence on Pat and Alice. Mary was disturbed over Liz's assertion she'll believe that Janet has change once she's married, settles down, and leads a respectable life. Jim mused that he and Mary don't see Alice, though she lives at home, staying busy attending the Art Institute while enjoying an active social life. Janet ascertained that Ernest must settle his past with Karen before they can think about a future. Jim was troubled and without a solution to the complications despite Janet's wish to marry Ernest.
Bill: (to Missy about college) "You'll do great. Look how you finished high school after being away from it for two years. It was a breeze. You're a very smart girl, Missy. You might as well just admit it."
Jim: (to Janet) "What children? We don't have any children any more. If you mean those people we sometimes see socially..."
Janet: "It's come to that?"
NOTE: Two pages of dialogue between Liz and Mary crossed out. One page has the handwritten note, "Why's this cut?"
Liz: "You don't have three women in the house anymore."
Mary: "No. Of course, Pat's gone now."
Liz: "How is he doing?" [Russ's name is not in the script here]
Mary: "Very well. Letting him go away to school was a very good idea. I guess he needed that independence. It's just done wonders for him. He'll be able to go to college in the fall. We were thinking of sending him here in the city, but lately Jim and I have talked about letting him go to school quite far from here, so he still feels on his own."
Liz: "It's wonderful that you can be so objective...and unselfish about it. Some mothers aren't really so good about letting their children be independent of them. I can't bear women like that." (CU/Mary, A FAINT SHADOW IN HER EYE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, SHE MAKES NO COMMENT).
Liz: (RISING AND CROSSING FOR A CIGARETTE) "So now there's just you and Jim and Alice in that big house. I'll bet you miss having Pat there."
Mary: (WITH A FAINT SMILE) "Yes, I have to admit...sometimes I do. But the one who really had to make an adjustment was Alice. I think it came as quite a surprise to her."
Liz: (COMING BACK TO SIT) "What?"
Mary: "How much she missed her sister."
Liz: "Well, Alice and Pat were always very close."
Mary: "Yes, but, the last couple years, Alice had talked about having a room of her own...and I think she looked forward to being the big sister in the house after Pat was gone. But there have been times when I felt Alice was quite lost without Pat. She's so sweet. She never says anything, but I can feel it."
Liz: "And what about you? Do you sometimes feel lost without Pat?"
Mary: (A HESITATION) "A little...but when I think of where she is and what's happened to her, I don't feel anything but happiness."
Liz: "The marriage has worked out that well?"
Mary: "Yes. I've never seen two people as happy as John and Pat. It's so obvious that they adore each other."
Liz: "Well, that's wonderful."
AUGUST 11, 1965 (EP. #319)
Edna, a close friend of the Baxters, was alarmed to find the Baxter Den a mess and Laura disheveled while still wearing a dressing gown. Laura exploded in anger, bitterness, and sorrow over the state of her life and marriage, having too much pride to want sympathy. Edna admitted defeat once Laura resisted her offer to speak with Ken and suggestions she attend the luncheon or visit Dr. Hilker. Ken couldn't break Janet's icy reception with assurances that Laura will accept a divorce and begin a new life. Ken told Janet that she's fooling herself into thinking she's in love with Ernest and promised to wait until the "affair" ends. Lee lamented that she is a "fifth wheel" for Pat and John, then apologized when Lee jumped to the conclusion that Missy would tell Pat everything she said. Pat told Missy that Lee must find sharing John's love difficult since Lee only had John growing up. Missy was conflicted about breaking Lee's confidence while thinking of Pat's struggle to reach her. Lee asked Mike to come get her before John arrived home.
Pat: (on her marriage) "It's the most wonderful experience I've ever had. Every day I learn something new and wonderful...about John...or just about living. It's like having a marvelous teacher with you every moment. If you have a question...about anything, there's always an answer. If you're afraid...or worried...there's always that strength."
AUGUST 12, 1965 (EP. #320)
Karen's Aunt Ella firmly refused to be uprooted and live with Alex and Karen or in a new apartment. Ella saw through Karen's happy veneer, leading Karen to confess that she and Alex were wrong to abruptly marry and leave town without any notice. Karen confessed that, by returning home, they are forced to take responsibility for breaking Ernest's heart and hurting the family. Ernest and Janet had dinner with Jim, Mary, and Alice, who was all aglow as she enthused over the landscape course she's taking and everyone's raves about her paintings. Ernest's eyes darkened and his thoughts wandered to Karen as Jim remarked that Lee feels deprived of John's love now that he has married Pat. Alex shared Karen's wishes to provide Ella with a nicer home, but reminded Karen that she is too independent and old fashioned to want change in her life. Karen became edgy when Alex brought up the subject of extending a dinner invitation to Ernest.
Alice: (about John and Pat) "You should see them. They act like a couple of teenagers. They're always holding hands, and John's always jumping up and asking Pat if she wants anything, and if he so much as clears his throat she gets this worried look on her face, like maybe he's getting a cold."
Mary: "It's not that bad."
Alice: "Bad....it's beautiful! That's the way I want to be with my husband."
Jim: "And I'm sure you will. The poor man."
Janet: (about Alice's painting) "I've got an original 'Alice Matthews' on my wall, and everyone always asks about it."
NOTE: Karen was raised by her Uncle Ed and Aunt Ella.
AUGUST 13, 1965 (EP. #321)
John had Pat visit her family alone so Lee would have to acknowledge her poor attitude and rude behavior without Pat taking Lee's side. John urged Lee to accept his marriage and said that she wouldn't solve their problems by living on campus. Lee acted agreeable enough to satisfy John into purchasing the house for them. Alice noticed immediately that Pat was upset as she said the Matthews' house is still a place she can feel at home. Pat confided that she's fed up with Lee's painfully obvious attempts to mask the hatred she feels towards her. Ken surmised to Janet it was easier to love him when he was unavailable and is now running away because he planned to proposed marriage. Laura interrupted Ken and Janet on the verge of kissing after he revealed plans to free himself of Laura. Ken tried to make Laura understand they spent time together so they could work towards an amicable divorce. Laura was steadfast in her belief that they have a chance to reconcile, but Ken maintained she was denying the truth and thought spending time together would be deceitful.
Alice (to Pat): "I guess, after sleeping in the same room with you my whole life, I know when something's bothering you. I don't even have to look at you. I can feel it...."
AUGUST 16, 1965 (EP. #322)
Jim was amused but didn't grasp the reasons Alice gets more oil paints on her shirt and jeans than the canvas. Alice told Jim about Pat's troubles with Lee once Jim mentioned that Pat's ordeals with Tom could've been prevented had they known more about the problems firsthand. Jim assured Alice that she did the right thing by telling him about Pat's unhappiness and pondered ways to avoid letting her suffer in silence. Jim visited Pat, who tried to downplay the friction between her and Lee and insisted that telling John would only make things worse in the household. Edna pleaded with Ken to find more compassionate ways to dissolve his marriage because Laura doesn't care about anything anymore and is closing herself off from everyone. Ken was affected despite himself after Edna mentioned Laura's veiled remark of not wanting to live without Ken. Janet was candid with Ernest about Ken's intentions to marry her once he's divorced from Laura. Ernest accused Janet of inventing issues between them and grew frustrated that Janet remains fearful until he has confronted Karen.
AUGUST 17, 1965 (EP. #323)
Missy told Liz that Bill gifted her with his graduation ring, which means a great deal to her. Liz improvised with leading questions and ignorance to extract information from Missy, then arranged to see Mary after Missy revealed that John and Pat are unaware of Lee's intentions for her and Mike. Liz emphatically told Mary that Lee hopes to persuade Mike into an elopement and move away from John and Pat. Lee turned John and Pat's celebratory mood over purchasing the house into disappointment when Lee chose to go out with Mike rather than see their new place. Mike was discouraged over Lee's sour moods and refusal to stop suggesting they marry. Lee compared living with John and Pat in the new house to that of prison before pleading with Mike to reconsider her idea to elope.
Liz: (to Missy) "When I bought that ring for his college graduation, I never dreamed it would wind up being worn that way."
(CU/MISSY, UNEASY). "It looks quite charming. I suppose it has a very special meaning to you."
John: (about to open a bottle of champagne) "Do you want a loud pop or a soft pop?"
Pat: "The louder the pop the better, isn't it?"
John: "Wine experts tell me no, but I'm of the loud pop school myself. Lee, what's your feeling?"
Lee: (A FAINT SMILE) "Loud."
John: "That makes it unanimous." (HE PUSHES WITH HIS THUMBS AND THE CORK COMES OUT WITH A SIZABLE POP)."Not the greatest pop I ever heard, but not bad."
John: "Oh it's probably Dru. Good. He can help us finish the champagne." (GETTING UP AND GOING TO THE SIDEBOARD FOR ANOTHER GLASS). "Do you suppose he heard the cork pop all the way over at his place and came straight over?"
AUGUST 18, 1965 (EP. #324)
Laura drank herself numb while ridiculing herself before calling Eric hysterical and begging for more pills so she could sleep. Eric was perturbed with Laura for waking him once he arrived. Laura's desperate pleading convinced a reluctant Eric to give her pills, though she resented being interrogated and treated like a child beforehand. Eric informed Ken that Laura is mixing pills with alcohol, and said he's reached his limits in helping Laura, which finally persuaded him to visit her. Janet told Ken that, while she acknowledges they had more than a casual affair and is having problems with Ernest, it doesn't change the fact that he belonged with Laura.
AUGUST 19, 1965 (EP. #325)
Mary wondered if Laura has come to terms with the deaths of her children. Laura got soused and ridiculed herself while Ken drove to see Laura, swearing no one will succeed in getting them to reconcile and denied that Laura would endanger her life. Laura questioned Ken's sudden concern and called herself unattractive, unloved, and an obstacle. Ken accused Laura of resorting to idle, childish threats for attention. Laura reacted to Ken's lectures with hysteria, leading them to argue violently.
Laura: (at herself in the mirror) "You're disgusting. How can you do this to yourself? Where's your pride?...Pride? What's that? That's what you have from knowing how other people feel about you. When they don't care...whether you live or die...how can you have any pride."
AUGUST 20, 1965 (EP. #326)
Eric and Laura disagreed that Ken lacks having any good memories of their marriage and is too determined to end it. Laura chastised Eric for making her beg for sleeping pills rather than write a prescription for them. Laura assumed Ken will never return to the house because his visit dissolved into lectures and a quarrel.
AUGUST 24, 1965 (EP. #328)
Laura confronted Janet at her apartment. Janet struggled to contain anger as Laura mocked Janet's regret towards her affair with Ken and vows that they are no longer together. Laura screamed that Janet and Ken succeeded in ruining her life and promised to exact revenge on both of them.
Janet: (NEAR TEARS OF GRIEF AND ALARM. SHE MOVES TO LAURA) "Mrs. Baxter, please, believe me..."
Laura: (BACKING AWAY, REVULSED) "Don't touch me! You're not clean! Neither is he. I don't want to be touched by people like you. I don't know why I came here."
(SHE IS MOVING TO THE DOOR) "It gave you a chance to see what you've done...to see how completely you've won. Now you can gloat. Well, it's not over yet. You can tell your lover he's not through with me yet...neither of you are!"
AUGUST 25, 1965 (EP. #329)
Eric failed in comforting Laura, who said she was surprised by Janet's compassion but promised nothing short of death would separate her and Ken. Janet reasoned that the worries she shares with Eric and Edna prove that Laura's mental instability is not a sympathy ploy. Ken raged about Laura starting a systematic campaign to gain allies to wear him down with feelings of shame and guilt.
AUGUST 27, 1965 (EP. #331)
Laura lambasted Ken over acting as her husband when it suits him and for breaking their wedding vows. Ken told Laura she seems to enjoy playing the wronged woman routine and convincing other people to beg him to ease her unhappiness.
SEPTEMBER 3, 1965 (EP. #336)
Ken advised Eric he stayed with Laura so she wouldn't have to deal with Tom's death on her own but they've had a sham of a marriage for a long time. Ken was tense as he expressed impatience over obtaining a divorce and tried to stay hopeful Janet would soon consent to marry him.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1965 (EP. #338)
Laura was dismissive towards her drinking and the messy state of the Baxter den as causes for alarm. Eric forced himself to tell an increduluous Laura that Ken is trying to do what is best for them and no longer has Janet as a mistress. Laura denied she's tormenting herself for attention and spoke cryptically in response to Eric's advice she be prepared for anything that may happen.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1965 (EP. #340)
Eric was perplexed by Laura's relaxed mood and considered Laura's conclusions that she forced Ken out of her life by not forgiving his affair as self-deception. Laura lashed out at Eric when she insisted he can't fathom her despair, loneliness, and lack of hope. Ken told Janet he's leaving town for six weeks and promised he'll be single once he returns. Janet blamed herself for ruining Ken and Laura's marriage, then opined that the measures Ken is taking to get a divorce were cold-blooded. Laura downed the twenty five pills she's been saving with alcohol.
Janet: "Don't you think it's a little cold-blooded this way?"
Ken: "This is the way the lawyer wants me to do it. She'll know about it...very soon. The first thing they do when I arrive and file for divorce is post a notice of it in the papers. At the same time Laura will get a letter from the lawyer, explaining what I'm doing."
(WE HAVE BEEN IN CU/JANET, HER FACE GROWING MORE TROUBLED BY THE MOMENT)
Janet: (LOW, SOME BITTERNESS IN HER VOICE) "How romantic, how tender."
Janet: "I know it's a little late to be squeamish about these things. And you weren't the first married man I was involved with. As you know, there were several others. It was my...pattern." (THERE IS BITTERNESS ON THE LAST WORD) But...this time...someone was really hurt."
SEPTEMBER 10, 1965 (EP. #341)
Laura howled like a wounded animal upon receiving a legal notice that revealed Ken's plans to obtain an uncontested divorce.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1965 (EP. #342)
Ernest had Janet accompany him to see Alex and Karen. Laura was stunned, reeling, and fighting to maintain her sanity as she tried to reach Ken and obtain a forwarding address by calling the University Club. As she thought of Ken and Janet being together to celebrate his freedom, Laura urged herself to face the truth and stop fighting or keeping faith in a reconciliation. She spread out the legal notice and placed it on the bar as a symbol of finality as she downed more pills.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1965 (EP. #343)
Janet tried unsuccessfully to mask being upset over meeting Alex and Karen. Ernest tried to ease Janet's guilt by stating the Baxter marriage was troubled long before she and Ken got involved. Janet's last barrier in accepting Ernest's love crumbled as he slipped an engagement ring on her hand. The tender moment was interrupted when Laura, half conscious with thick and slurred speech called to congratulate her for winning Ken. Janet initially thought Laura had hung up the phone, but was overcome by terrible thoughts and begged Ernest to rush to the Baxter residence. Ernest and Janet found an unconscious Laura upon their arrival.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1965 (EP. #344)
Ernest called Ken, who was shocked and confused to hear that Laura had been admitted to Memorial Hospital due to an overdose of sleeping pills. Ken frantically made a flight reservation while realizing he discounted Laura's hints of being without him.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1965 (EP. #345)
Janet accused Ken of being callous for dismissing the anguish they have caused Laura. Ken assumed a sotto voice as he theorized that Laura overdosed on pills to punish and make them suffer.
SEPTEMBER 23, 1965 (EP. #350)
Ken and Laura decided to sell their house in the suburbs and move to Los Angeles, first staying in hotels and then buying a small house. Ken told Laura he requested a job transfer to head the West Coast office of his company. He promised that he wants to leave the ghosts of the past behind them and isn't running away from Janet.
SEPTEMBER 24, 1965 (EP. #351)
Janet wept tears of joy for Ken and Laura, who expressed their gratitude for making them realize they still loved each other.
Laura (to Janet): "Even if you're right, it doesn't cancel my debt to you. If Ken had got involved with a woman less...less moral than you...(THESE WORDS MARK THE MILLENIUM FOR LAURA, AND BOTH WOMEN KNOW IT)...yes...moral...he and I wouldn't be together now. It's strange how life sometimes works things out. But the truth is, in the end, my marriage was saved by your morality. And I couldn't leave here unless you knew it." (SILENCE. THE WOMEN FACE EACH OTHER)
Ken: (to Janet) "We're selling it..completely, as is, with everything that's in it. We were out there this morning, and the only things we took out of it were our clothes and our personal things...pictures, things like that. The rest...we want to leave behind. There was too much tragedy in that house...there are too many ghosts. We feel that's all over now...all of it. We just want to look ahead."
NOTE: Last appearances of Ken and Laura Baxter.
Exit Scene and Lines: (to Janet at her apartment)
Ken Baxter: (Exit Line) "Goodbye. I'll never forget you or what you've done."
Laura Baxter: (Exit Line) "Goodbye Janet."
SEPTEMBER 27, 1965 (EP. #352)
Janet expressed to Ernest her happiness and relief over Ken and Laura's reconciliation. Ernest and Janet's faces reflected radiant hope after she remarked they can begin to live again. Ernest pressed Janet for an answer on whether she will consent to building a future with him.
Ernest: (QUIETLY) "So...it's beginning for them...and it's over for you."
Janet: "Yes. I did some things I'll never forgive myself for. It almost ended tragically...for Laura...for all of us, but, thank God, it didn't...and we can all begin to live again."
Ernest: (A FAINT SMILE, HIS EYES FIXED ON HERS) "Does that include us, Janet?"
SEPTEMBER 30, 1965 (EP. #355)
Alice reluctantly came to "The Joint" with Bill and Missy, who had set her up on a blind date with Tony Douglas. Bill advised Alice that Tony is a halfback on the college football team and depressed because of a recent breakup. Alice made a valiant effort to tear her eyes from Tony as she stumbled through conversation and ordering dinner. Tony got Alice to let down her guard as they slow danced. Soon, Alice became ecstatic in Tony's arms while laying her head on his shoulder.
Bill (LEANING TO ALICE, TAKING HER HAND) "Don't worry, Alice. I'm your cousin. Would I steer you wrong on a thing like this?"
Alice: "It's not that, Bill. I've never liked blind dates much."
Bill: "I know, but I told you...you're doing this as a favor to me. And to Tony. He was going with this girl for quite a while and he was really dragged when they broke up. So I figured nobody could cheer him up faster and better than my cousin Alice."
Alice: "I think you got the wrong girl."
Character description of Tony Douglas: "He is dazzling, tall, slim, athletic, insouciant, handsome...in short, a collegiate matinee idol, and veteran of many a collegiate matinee. He isn't oily or slinky or arrogant. If anything he is sometimes a little withdrawn which dazed girls take for a poetic quality. They are wrong. It is the only visible symptom of Tony's weakness. He is a young man who has been pushed too long and too hard by a driving, successful, and dominating father. It has weakened something vital in him, but his youth, intelligence and vitality are still strong enough to hold him together and up. That will not always be so."
Bill: "And this is my cousin, Alice Matthews."
Tony: "Hello, Alice."
(CU/ALICE; FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE SHE IS NEARLY SPEECHLESS.)
Tony: "Did Bill explain why I'm late? I had practice 'til just half an hour ago, then I had to go home and change."
Alice: "Yes, Till bold me...I mean, Bill told me. It's...it's all right."
Bill: "You know what? I think Alice's hate on men is just about over."
Missy: (SMILING BACK AT HIM) "You know what? I agree with you."
OCTOBER 1, 1965 (EP. #356)
Tony defused Alice's grievances towards Bill for setting up their date because of her troubled moods. Alice listened intently to Tony, who said his future seems to have been laid out for him to be a lawyer just like his father. Tony invited Alice to the first football game of the school year and then a date afterwards.
Alice: "Bill swore to me that he didn't ask you to go out with me just...just as a favor. He said I was doing it for you."
Tony: "Does it make any difference who was doing it for whom?"
Alice: "Of course. A girl doesn't like to feel like a charity case!"
NOTE: Tony mentions that he served two years in the United States Air Force prior to starting college and is 22 years old. His father was in the Air Force during WWII.
OCTOBER 4, 1965 (EP. #357)
Bill was taken aback but quite humoured when Alice gushed about the football game and described with ease the kickoff return for sixty yards and catch in the end-zone despite that Alice had only attended a few games in her life. Alice gently chided Bill for fibbing to arrange her date with Tony, then Alice enumerated on her fingers the times she's seen Tony: the blind date, at the game, dinner with him and his father, church, and a drive in the country. Tony and Alice noted the special qualities they see in each other. Alice melted inside after Tony wanted to learn more about her instead of talking about his potential football career.
Alice: (TO BILL, ABOUT TONY) "What a man! What a fantastic, beautiful, incredible man."
Bill: (SUPPRESSING LAUGHTER) "Well, he's not quite Superman..."
OCTOBER 6, 1965 (EP. #359)
Tony had dinner with Jim, Mary, and Alice. Jim and Mary found Tony to be quite the gentleman and very polite.
OCTOBER 13, 1965 (EP. #364)
Alice was overwhelmed meeting Pete Douglas, but Tony put on a brave facade during his father's acerbic comments on him lacking common sense, not living up to his full potential, and being too modest. Pete had bitterness in his voice as he recalled ending up an unsuccessful athlete. Tony was relieved when Pete excused himself so he could spend time alone with Alice.
First appearance of Tony's father, Pete (later Fred) Douglas.
Introduction Scene: (in the Douglas house) "Alice, dear, forgive the long delay, but I absolutely couldn't face a beautiful young woman looking the way I did when I got home from the office. I had to shave and repair some of the damage. Not that I can hope to compete with this fellow here. Youth always wins. I hope he's keeping you entertained."
PRODUCTION NOTES: Handwritten note next to Pete's introduction line, "Too much."
Pete (Tony Douglas' father)...."Use for future storyline?"
Tony: "You look very beautiful tonight."
Alice: (THE KNEES GOING WEAK AGAIN) "In this old dress." (IT'S SO "OLD" YOU CAN PRACTICALLY SEE THE PRICETAGS)
Tony: "You'd look beautiful in anything."
Alice: "You're even a better talker than your father."
Character description of Pete Douglas: "Once he was very athletic, now it is turning a bit fat, but it is hard fat. He is a hard man, powerful, frequently ruthless, and, like all cruel men, often sentimental and capable of bursts of warmth. On the surface he is ebullient and open and quite attractive; his personal attractiveness and magnetism is the main reason for his success. as in the pitcher plant, the glossy, inviting exterior [the house] serves the purpose of drawing victims close enough to be eaten...."
NOTE: Tony mentions that his mother died several years ago.
OCTOBER 15, 1965 (EP. #366)
Lee decided against waiting with Pat to meet Tony. Alice declared that she is in love with Tony. Pat mentioned that John has made it so Lee can stay out late in hopes it will soothe Lee's unhappiness. Pat was amused and Alice pleased while John and Tony, who is a pre-law student, discussed court cases. Pat laughed at John's initial attitude towards meeting Tony, then admitted that Alice is quickly becoming a woman. John hoped nothing would spoil Pat's relaxed mood.
Alice: "But those were all different. They were childish crushes, puppy-love! This is...well, this is it, Pat. I just know I could spend the rest of my life with Tony Douglas and never want another thing in this world. We could live in a hovel, I'd work, I'd slave..."
Pat: "Well, there you go, you see?"
Alice: "There I go where?"
Pat: (TRYING NOT TO HURT ALICE'S FEELINGS) "It's all those superlatives. You know it is sort of a habit of yours to turn everything into the greatest event in the history of the world."
Alice: "That's all changed. I'm completely changed. This one really is the greatest event in the history of the world."
OCTOBER 20, 1965 (EP. #369)
Alex and Karen had an argument about her returning to nursing. Ernest frowned at an obstinate Alex, who requested that he get Karen to concede to his demands towards being a stay-at-home wife.
Last appearance of Alex Gregory
Exit Scene: (the hospital snack bar about Karen Gregory), "I'm not going to change, Ernest. That means she's got to...and I can't make her see that. I thought maybe you could."
OCTOBER 21, 1965 (EP. #370)
Alice was hesitant and frowned faintly once she invited Tony to come into her house without Jim and Mary present. Tony and Alice held each other, sharing a long, tender kiss. Alice grew frightened over going further with Tony, explaining that the ordeals Pat and Janet went through have made her scared of any displays of affection from boys. Pat gave Alice sage advice against losing herself for the sake of love, urged her to trust Tony, and to stand up for what she believes in.
Pat: "If he's too nice and polite for that, maybe he's too nice and polite to expect what he shouldn't from you."
Alice: "He's a man, Pat. He's a normal, healthy, good-looking man."
Pat: "Every man isn't like Tom or Mr. Baxter. The world is full of John Randolphs and Ernest Gregorys...and Tony Douglas may be like them."
OCTOBER 27, 1965 (EP. #374)
Pat's memory of shooting Tom was triggered by seeing the date on Mrs. Weber's calendar. John regretted that Pat hadn't reminded him so that they could've been more prepared. Pat was comforted when John pointed out that her and Laura's lives have since changed for the better and can look forward to the future. Bill expressed admiration to Peggy for working at John's office during the day and attending law school at night.
PROLOGUE: (FADE IN: JOHN AND PAT'S BEDROOM. JOHN, ASLEEP IN HIS BED, PAN TO PAT IN HER BED, ASLEEP BUT VERY RESTLESS. MOVE IN TO PAT AS SHE TWISTS IN THE BED, CLEARLY DISTURBED BY HER DREAM. MOVE IN TO CU/HER DEEPLY TROUBLED FACE. SUPER: TAPE OF NOVEMBER 6, #128, ACT IV. (I DON'T KNOW WHICH TAPES WE STILL HAVE. I WOULD PREFER THE ACTUAL TAPE OF THAT PROGRAM, RATHER THAN THE SHORT SPECIAL ONE WE MADE. IN OTHER WORDS I WOULD LIKE SOME OF THE DIALOGUE PRECEDING THE KILLING....)
NOTE: This episode marked the anniversary of Pat shooting Tom Baxter, in anticipation of November 3-5 being pre-empted for The World Series and November 6 (actual date of shooting in 1964) falling on a Saturday.
John: "Of course the date would bring it back. A year isn't that long. But next year the memory won't be as strong and some day the date will hardly have any meaning at all."
Pat: (SHAKING HER HEAD) "No, that day will never come...."
Bill: "I mean how do you work here all day and go to law school at night. I find it hard enough going in the daytime and just working here a couple of days a week."
Peggy: (SHRUGGING) "I don't know, I guess if you want something badly enough, you'll do anything."
Bill: "I know a lot of people who want things and don't lift a finger to get them."
Peggy: (SMILING) "They don't have Mr. Randolph for inspiration."
OCTOBER 28, 1965 (EP. #375)
Lee flirted with Tony and praised his performance at the football game. Alice interrupted Tony and Lee's conversation to ask Tony to dance, unaware that the two had realized their mutual attraction. Alice explained the friction between Pat and John and she's glad that the three of them seem to be getting along better now. Tony grew upset when Alice broke away from kissing and being in his arms around her. She was insulted towards Tony referring to their restraint towards affection as a pact. Mary told Alice that every woman has the same anxiety Alice is experiencing.
Bill: "Hi, Alice."
Alice: "Oh, my favorite cousin!" (SHE GIVES HIM A QUICK HUG)
Tony: "And my favorite fraternity brother." (HE SHAKES HANDS WITH BILL)
Bill: (SMILING) "Well, what have I done to deserve all this praise?"
Tony: (HOLDING ALICE'S HAND) "We haven't forgotten who our Founder was."
Bill: (WITH A SLIGHT BOW) "We aim to please."
OCTOBER 29, 1965 (EP. #376)
Alice had a big fight with Tony, who ran off in a huff over his frustration with her timid attitude toward even harmless intimacy.
NOVEMBER 1, 1965 (EP. #377)
Janet tried to cheer Alice up when she revealed that she constantly worried that what happened to Pat and Tom would happen to her and Tony. Pat couldn't figure out why Lee was asking so many questions about Alice and Tony. Lee said she wasn't interested in inviting Hal Keefer to the party Pat and John are throwing for her. Lee was furious when John let it slip that Pat wants to let Mrs. Weber go so she would be able to take care of the house on her own. John criticized Pat's apologetic air with Lee and told her to take a firmer hand with her. Lee was more defensive than apologetic when Pat innocently stumbled across Lee's scrapbook with a newspaper clipping of Pat from her murder trial.
Newspaper Headline in Lee's Scrapbook: "Guilty or Not Guilty?"
NOVEMBER 2, 1965 (EP. #378)
Janet dropped by Pat and John's to invite them to her and Ernest's wedding on December 11th. Pat told Janet she feels guilty that Alice has difficulty letting boys get close to her because of what happened to Pat. Janet said she doesn't mind that Ernest loved Karen more than he does Janet now. Liz was surprised when she went to John's office and ran into Bill, whom John had hired to work part-time. Liz apologized to John for having gotten on his case about giving Bill the job when she wanted him to follow in Will's footsteps. Janet told Karen she won't work after she's married if Ernest doesn't want her to. Karen wished Janet every happiness, but made excuses for not being able to attend the wedding.
Karen: (to Janet) "Perhaps in the future you might have some doubts. But you needn't...I'll never admit this to anyone else, but the fact that I made a mistake isn't going to affect your and Ernest's life in any way. The mistake I made I'll live with for the rest of my life. And it will be easier to do knowing Ernest is happy. It really will be easier, Janet."
Last appearance of Karen Gregory
Exit Scene: (the hospital, thanking Janet for the private talk they had), "Thanks."
NOVEMBER 3-5, 1965: Pre-empted due to the World Series.
NOVEMBER 8, 1965 (EP. #379)
Liz told Mary that Bill issued her an ultimatum: the very next time Liz says or does anything that encroaches on his personal life, he'll move out of the house. "Mary marvel(ed) at Liz's ability to dissemble." Janet accepted Mary's offer of having her wedding at Mary and Jim's house. Mary was sure Alice wouldn't mind that Janet plans to ask Pat to be her attendant. As "Spanish Flea," "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday," and "Going Place" played on the jukebox at the Kopper Kettle, Bill pressed Missy to marry him, but had no luck. When Tony came in, Missy wondered if he really was a nice guy or not, but Bill felt that he was, or he would never have introduced him to Alice. Bill's eyebrows were raised when Lee came in to meet with Tony. Tony declared to Lee that he wasn't Alice's personal property.
NOVEMBER 9, 1965 (EP. #380)
Bill considered Liz doing volunteer work at the hospital an excellent start in making herself a new life. Liz was disappointed that Helen didn't come with Katherine, who is staying with Helen during her stay in town. Liz recalled that Katherine had mentioned her friends, the Palmer family who live in San Diego and asked if Missy might be related to them. Katherine listened with much interest as Liz spoke well of Missy and contemplated the reasons Bill could be serious about a girl with an unknown background or family. Missy was distressed when Bill told her about Katherine and asked if she knew anyone who lives in San Francisco. Helen noticed that Katherine was distracted and guessed rightly that she has no genuine interest in the hospital benefit. Katherine revealed her true purpose for coming to town to Helen-finding her daughter, which she believes may be Missy.
First appearance of Helen (surname Von Maur in this episode).
Introduction Scene: (Her bedroom while reading a book and sipping tea) "Come in. Oh, Katherine you're home."
First appearances of Katherine Corning.
Introduction Scene: (Liz's house to Liz about coming without Helen) "I'm afraid I'm all alone."
NOTE: Katherine mentions that she and Helen have known each other for many years and their husbands were in the Navy together during WWII. They renewed their friendship after Katherine's husband, Carter Corning died.
Production Notes: "WE WANT TO SEE A KATHERINE HERE WHO, BEING A VERY SOPHISTICATED WOMAN, HAS SCHOOLED HERSELF FOR MANY YEARS TO HIDE SOME VERY BASIC TRUTHS CONCERNING HER PAST: SO THAT WHILE SHE DOES SHOW A REACTION AT CERTAIN TIMES TO WHAT LIZ TELLS HER, SHE WOULD NEVER BETRAY HERSELF BY GIVING IN TO HER EMOTIONS OR SHOWING HER TRUE FEELINGS OR THOUGHTS. AS A RESULT, LIZ INTERPRETS HER INTEREST AS JUST THAT...INTEREST, CURIOSITY PERHAPS....THE NATURAL REACTIONS OF ANY FEMALE. SO THAT HER SUSPICIONS ARE NEVER AROUSED IN ANY WAY."
Liz: "You know, Bill, your father and I used to sit over coffee like this every evening after dinner. It's one of the times I miss him most."
Bill: (NODS) "I remember."
Liz: "I've tried not to talk about it much lately...people don't like to be reminded of another person's grief, I suppose it embarrasses them. But I think of him so often...the way it used to be, the things we did together...sitting here like this..."
Bill: "You and Dad spent a lot of years together, Mom. It's only natural that you'd miss him."
Liz: "It's almost like...half of yourself is missing. You try not to think of it, but...
Bill: "I know."
Liz: "You know, Katherine, in a way you're fortunate not to have any children."
Katherine: "Why...why do you say that?"
Liz: "Because at times, they can be such a worry. And it just seems that...well, the bigger they get, the bigger the worries get." (FADE OUT ON KATHERINE).
NOVEMBER 10, 1965 (EP. #381)
Alice told Lee that Tom Baxter was a member of the same fraternity as Bill and Tony. Lee made a point to remember that the song, "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" brings back memories of Tom for Pat. Hal cautioned Lee against wanting to steal Tony from Alice.
NOVEMBER 22, 1965 (EP. #388)
Jim and Mary offered Dru a room in their house after he had a stay in hospital. Janet received a phone call from Ernest (unseen)- Alex and Karen had been driving east to meet friends in New York. They were just outside Toledo when Alex was killed. Karen, in hospital, wasn’t hurt badly. It is implied, though never stated, that they were in a car accident. This dispels the long-held AW legend that the entire Gregory family was killed off in a plane crash.
NOVEMBER 25-26, 1965: Pre-Empted
NOVEMBER 29, 1965 (EP. #391)
Ann revealed to Katherine that Missy was raised in an orphanage due to a case of abandonment which made it difficult for Missy to be adopted. Anne was unwilling to arrange a meeting for Katherine to meet Missy because Katherine was too vague about her intentions. Ann told Katherine that Missy has felt alone and unwanted for so long and refused to risk subjecting Missy to suffer in any way again.
NOTE: Ann Fuller mentions that she first met Missy in San Diego and has been her social worker for 10 years.
NOVEMBER 30, 1965 (EP. #392)
Jim told Pat that Dru may be placed into a nursing home if he doesn't agree to stay at the Matthews' house with them. Janet was unable to answer Alice's inquiry on whether Alex's death has made any difference to her and Ernest's wedding plans.
Jim: "I make it a point never to keep a beautiful woman waiting."
Pat: "Even when it's only your daughter?"
Jim: (AFFECTIONATELY) "Especially then...Although I admit, Pat, your Dad still finds it hard to think of you as a grown woman. I'm afraid to me you'll always be my little girl."
DECEMBER 7, 1965 (EP. #397)
Janet called off her engagement to Ernest because of his past involvement, and perhaps lingering feelings, for Karen.
Ernest: (Exit Line) “Janet, what are you saying?”
Janet: “That I’m not holding you to anything, Ernest. I-I’m breaking our engagement.”
DECEMBER 16, 1965 (EP. #404)
Epigram was not included in opening sequence.
DECEMBER 17, 1965 (EP. #405)
Epigram not included in opening sequence.
NOTE: Starting with December 16 and 17, 1965, it appears the epigram was used less frequently in the opening sequence before it was eventually dropped completely.
Recognizing the similarity to her marriage to John, Pat was upset when Janet decided not to marry Ernest since gratitude, respect, and goodness are not the things on which to base a marriage.
Lee met Dru in front of the Student Union building, where she told him Tony had invited her to the Sigma Chi fraternity dance. Dru, realizing Lee wanted to hurt Pat by breaking up her sister's relationship, warned her revenge was like a boomerang that gives the one who hurled it the hardest blow of all.
John was more concerned about his relationship with Pat when Dru, just before Christmas, tried to explain to him that Lee felt left out of the family.
Missy finally consented to marry Bill, and they became engaged on Christmas day.