Daily Synopses: January - June / July - December

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.

Alex: (Introduction Line, to Cora Gregory) "Hello, Mom."

Karen: (Introduction Line, to Cora Gregory) "Hello, Mother."

Notes: First appearances of James Congdon as Alex Gregory and Ellen Weston as Karen Gregory.

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.

John: "Here, let me help you."
Peggy: (Introduction Line) [SMILING] "It's all right, they're balanced."

Janet: (To Ernest) "Ken and I were never that close."

Notes: First appearance of Micki Grant as Peggy Harris Nolan.

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...?"
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."
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."
Missy: "Thank you, Mrs. Matthews. I...I'd better take care of that table. Excuse me."

Production Notes: pencilled in, "When did Liz find out Bill and Missy were dating?"

Notes: 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."
Notes: 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.


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."

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."

Notes: 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 have not alleviated the tension in the household. John decided that he, Pat, and Lee should discuss purchasing a house so that all three of them will have more space and can make a fresh start as a family. Tony Douglas and Lee's other friends were elated that she has recovered from her illness, is spending time outdoors, and has resumed socializing again. Mike promptly 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 that he can rebuild his life with Janet. Dru was forthright in voicing his objections towards such cases but refused to pass judgement on Ken's scheme to establish residence in another state to obtain an uncontested divorce from Laura.

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."

Tony: (Alex Canaan, Introduction Line) "Well, it's nice to see you out again. You want to dance?"
Lee: "This is my first night out...and I'm supposed to take it I don't think I'll dance tonight. Thanks, Tony."
Tony: "Well it's great to see you. And you look great."

Notes: First appearance of Alex Canaan as Tony Douglas. Credited as "Teenage Boy" until September 30.

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 Notes: PROLOGUE: (with Missy and Mike)

Notes: 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.

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."

Notes: 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'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."
Cora: "Oh, Bert...wasn't it wonderful! I didn't dare dream it would go that well."

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?"

Notes: 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."
Mary: "Yes."
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."
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 at Edna in anger, bitterness, and sorrow over the state of her life and marriage while having too much pride to want sympathy. Edna admitted defeat once Laura resisted her offer to speak with Ken and declined her suggestions to attend a luncheon or visit with Dr. Hilker. Ken couldn't break Janet's icy reception with assurances that Laura will accept a divorce and begin a new life of her own. Ken told Janet that she is fooling herself into believing that she is in love with Ernest and promised to wait until the "affair" ends. Lee lamented to Missy that she is a "fifth wheel" for Pat and John, then apologized when Lee hastily 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 while growing up. Missy was conflicted about breaking Lee's confidence while thinking of Pat's struggle to reach her. Lee asked Mike to get her out of the house 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 move into 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 is 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 proposed that they extend a friendly dinner invitation to Ernest soon.

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: "'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."

Notes: 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 warned that she would not 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 ruefully commented that the Matthews' house is still a place she can feel at home. Pat confided to Alice 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 that Janet is running away because he wishes to propose 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 that 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 mood 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)
Ernest tenderly embraced Janet and spoke softly about dropping all pretenses when together. Janet admitted her love to Ernest, but she broke away after he hinted at marriage and acted noncommittal towards seeing him again. Ernest's demeanor became taut as he left the apartment while Janet felt disappointment in letting fears compromise her devotion to Ernest. Laura drank herself numb while ridiculing herself before calling Eric hysterical and begging for more pills. 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 Ken to visit her. Janet told Ken that, while she acknowledges they had more than a "no strings attached" affair and she is having problems with Ernest, it didn't change the fact that he belonged with Laura.

Ernest: "I matter what we're doing...whether we're out somewhere...or here, just spending the evening quietly, doing nothing but being aware of each other."
Janet: "You're in a rather sentimental mood tonight."
Ernest: "No, not sentimental. These are all cold, hard, scientific facts."
Janet: (SHE SMILES AT HIM) "They may be facts, but I'd hardly call them cold."
Ernest: "Want to hear more facts?"
Janet: "Sure."
Ernest: "A.: I love you."
Janet: (SMILING; QUIETLY) "B.: I love you."
Ernest: "C.: I'm having a wonderful time with you."
Janet: "D.: I'm having a wonderful time with you."
Ernest: "E.: It can be more wonderful..."
Janet: "F.: I'm sure it can."
Ernest: "G.: ....if we were married."

AUGUST 19, 1965 (EP. #325)
Bill's face darkened with anger and his voice grew edgy once he deduced that Liz mouse-trapped Missy into telling her that Lee wants to marry Mike. Jim and Mary were incredulous towards Lee hating Pat and her desperation to marry just to leave home. Jim warned Mary they shouldn't talk to Pat if Liz is just telling tales and risk causing more friction in the Randolph household. Mary felt uneasy as she wondered if Laura has adjusted to the loss of her children since the trial. Bill didn't buy Liz's claim she persisted in finding out about Lee due to concern for the family. Liz deflected blame by calling Missy a troublemaker. Laura got soused and insulted herself. 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 mania, leading them to argue violently.

Bill: (at "The Joint") "Do you want some dessert?"
Missy: "Oh, I couldn't."
Bill: "You sure? Not even an 'Awful-awful?'"
Missy: "What's that?"
Bill: "The biggest sundae you ever saw. If you can finish it you get another one free."
Missy: (LAUGHING) "I'm not even going to start it!"

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 can you have any pride."

AUGUST 20, 1965 (EP. #326)
Alex sensed an unhappy tone in Karen's voice while she talked about cooking and surmised that Karen enjoyed life more before Ernest came back into their lives. Karen objected to Alex's assertion that her ambivalence towards Ernest has caused her to make feeble excuses to avoid him. Alex walked to his parent's house and Karen sewed clothes for Cora without resolving their issues. Bert realized he was licked and gave his cigars to Alex, who lectured him about smoking and threatened to tell Cora. Alex and Bert agreed that Karen must stop evading Ernest to sort through her feelings. Ed Quinn, Mike's father, understood the gravity of Mike's dilemma in loving Lee and his fears of losing her if he doesn't concede to an elopement. Ed suggested that John is the most suitable to speak with about Lee. Eric thought Laura's opinion that Ken doesn't have fond memories of their marriage dubious. Laura pointed out that Ken seems too eager to get a divorce. Laura chastised Eric over his refusal to write her a prescription for sleeping pills, then assumed Ken won't visit again because of their quarrel.

Bert: (about giving up cigars) "A fine way to end your life, being treated like a child."
Alex: "If you stop acting like a child, you won't end your life for a long time."

Mike: "May---may I talk to you for a minute?"
Ed Quinn: "Of course. Sit down, son. What is it?" (AS MIKE SITS). "Let's see--you're not in school for another month, so it's not an educational problem; I haven't heard anything but the most harmonious sounds in the house for at least two weeks, so it's not a family problem...That leaves only one thing I can think of: a girl problem." (CU/MIKE: HE SMILES FAINTLY, HE IS TOO TROUBLED TO BE MORE AMUSED).
Mike: (QUIETLY) "Yeah. Yeah. Well, I've never claimed to be a great expert in that field, but you're welcome to whatever clues I have."

Notes: First and only appearance of Ed Quinn.

AUGUST 23, 1965 (EP. #327)
John and Pat were radiant upon entering the house that John had purchased for them. Pat was near affectionate tears over John's wishes to buy brand new furniture so everything could be their own. John told Pat it's as though he never loved anyone else like he does Pat after talking about his first wife, Lee. Pat knew the battle lines had been drawn after learning that John had confronted Lee about her attitude towards Pat. Mike earnestly told John about Lee pushing for an elopement. John complimented Mike on being a remarkable, mature young man whom Lee should marry for the right reasons. Bert advised Cora that he dislikes retirement because he has too much time to brood. Bert and Cora realized that none of the family want to articulate that Karen may have lingering feelings for Ernest. Cora ruminated over Alex's plans to force Karen into seeing his brother. Alex was too distracted by Karen's evasiveness about Ernest and the ways it's affecting their marriage to concentrate on work. Karen feigned agreement in inviting Ernest to dinner, but stiffened when Alex made the arrangements.

John: (SMILING DOWN AT HER, GENTLY) "Do you like it?"
Pat: (LOOKING UP AT HIM, HER EYES RADIANT) "Yes, it's beautiful--but that's not why I like it. I like it because it's our home--it's where you and I are going to spend--maybe the rest of our lives." (SHE LOOKS AROUND THE ROOM). "Imagine if we knew everything that's going to happen in this room. Some of it will be happy and some of it will be sad--and all of it will be--us."

Notes: "Debut" of the Randolph House (1st). The set would be used until March 1977. John, Pat, Lee, Michael, and Marianne lived there.

AUGUST 24, 1965 (EP. #328)
John reminded Pat that Mrs. Weber must accommodate to her ways of doing the housework. John and Pat fretted that their hands were tied with Lee since they can't be frank with her or let Lee know that Mike told them about her insistence on eloping. Pat had doubts about John's ideas that getting Lee a car and giving her space in the house would make a difference. John shrugged helplessly when Lee wouldn't budge on living on campus and used being tired as an excuse to make a hasty retreat. Ernest told Janet that he accepted Alex and Karen's dinner invitation. Janet covered her concern and avoided making eye contact while telling Ernest she is glad that he agreed to settle matters with Alex and Karen. Laura shocked Janet by coming to her apartment unannounced to confront her. Janet struggled to maintain her composure 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 the two 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 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)
Alex admitted to Bert that something visceral is affecting his and Karen's marriage. Bert tried unsuccessfully to convince Alex that Karen only harbors guilt over breaking her engagement to Ernest and marrying Alex. Alex recounted how he had friendly dates with Karen whenever Ernest was tied up at the hospital, which led to them falling in love, and that they have a happy marriage because they're like-minded people. Bert disapproved of Alex's plan to fib about working a little late so that Ernest and Karen could talk privately. Eric failed in comforting Laura, who said she was stunned by Janet's compassion and spoke cryptically that 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 shame and guilt.

Production Notes: "Don't play Laura too high." "Cuts to leave time open to Ken/Laura getting together."

AUGUST 26, 1965 (EP. #330)
Cora was alarmed when Bert mentioned that Alex arranged it so that Ernest and Karen could talk before he arrives. Bert and Cora were restless and concerned as Bert described the uneasy atmosphere that has surrounded Alex and Karen since they have returned. Karen confessed to Ella that she thinks Alex will misunderstand her being frightened about facing Ernest. Ella was confident that Alex, Karen, and Ernest's evening together will lead to reconciling with the past. Karen panicked after Alex called to say he was running late getting home from the office. Ernest and Karen made small talk about the house's interior design. The mood was lightened as Ernest and Karen joked about their "diet" of pizza, canned spaghetti, and hospital food while he was a resident and she a student nurse. Karen gently persisted in apologizing for hurting him by marrying Alex and leaving town despite Ernest's protests that broaching the subject was needless. As Karen spoke, Ernest failed to mask the hurt feelings his face conveyed. Alex arrived just as Ernest and Karen had complimented each other on changing very little over the years.

Ella: "You're still young, you're not thirty yet. You can still stop and have children."
Karen: "Yes, of course, but--I don't know why--I wish we had them now. Isn't that silly--suddenly to wish you had a lot of children? But I wish I did. I wish I were fat and matronly and surrounded by a half a dozen children."

AUGUST 27, 1965 (EP. #331)
Alex and Ernest expressed their admiration for each other's careers: Ernest for enduring medical school and being a dedicated physician; and Alex in finding his niche as a driven, successful business man. The mood turned awkward as Alex talked about how grateful he is to Karen for providing the kind of happiness he never felt was deserved. Ernest extended a dinner invitation to Alex and Karen so that they could meet Janet. Karen was upset over Alex purposely having her and Ernest be alone and his conclusion that they could talk more easily without his presence. Janet was exasperated over Ernest's indifference and apathy towards discussing the past. Ernest accused Janet of turning the evening into a major event. Janet told Ernest that his ambivalence has done nothing to soothe her worries. Laura lambasted Ken for acting as a husband when it suited him and breaking their wedding vows. Ken painted Laura as someone who enjoys playing the wronged woman routine and manipulating people to beg him to ease her unhappiness.

AUGUST 30, 1965 (EP. #332)
Jim and Mary were unconvinced by Liz's certainty in Lee's efforts to elope with Mike so she could leave home. Jim conceded to Mary's resolve to discuss the situation with Liz further before telling Pat. Pat simmered with anger and annoyance due to Lee's indifference towards everything about their new house. Lee was unmoved towards Pat's pleas to be less difficult for John's sake. Liz kept busy straightening up her house in anticipation of Mary's visit. Liz griped about Bill dating Missy and speculated that Bill might quit law school if Missy talks Bill into marriage. Liz privately savored in getting Mary to beg for her source in knowing about Mike and Lee. Pat assured Mary she wasn't interfering by talking about Lee, who seethed at overhearing Mary and Pat agree that Lee should never be told that they know she wants to run away.

Jim: (CAREFULLY) "Liz was married to my brother, and since he died I've felt a--responsibility towards Liz. You know that."
Mary: "Yes, but--what does that have to do with telling Pat?" [about Lee].
Jim: "Let me finish. You've never felt very close to Liz." (BEFORE SHE CAN PROTEST) "I'm not saying that's good or bad. It's just a fact. I've always been much less critical of her than you. Well, in spite of that fact, I admit that sometimes Liz--exaggerates things for effect. Sometimes she's not above--ordinary gossip. She's alone, she's very lonely--I suppose that kind of thing can happen. What I'm saying is that this may be nothing more than that, Mary--idle gossip. And we won't help Pat by bringing it into her life."

Pat: "I know how you feel--and I know I can't change that overnight, but--I'm trying, Lee--I'm trying to be friends with you. I know I can't be a mother to you--maybe that's what you need but I know I can't be that, I know it as well as you do. When John asked me to marry him, I--I thought maybe we could be--like sisters sort of. All right, maybe that can't be either--but we can be friends, Lee--there's nothing wrong with that. And, if we can't be that, at least we cannot be enemies!" (THIS LAST HAS COME OUT VERY FERVENTLY) "Isn't that possible Lee? Is it too much to ask?"
Lee: "We're not enemies."
Pat: "That's what it feels like--from the moment the day starts until it ends...."

Liz: ".....I don't like to sound like a complaining mother--and you know I'm normally not one--but this business with Melissa has really got me upset. I just pray she doesn't talk him into marrying and throwing away all the years of hard work and education just as he's going into his last year of law school."
Mary: "Oh, I'm sure nothing would keep Bill from finishing his education."
Liz: "You never know, Mary. It happens every day. Young people don't always show the best sense about things...."

Liz: "She didn't even say goodbye. Well, Mary's always been a little blunt."

AUGUST 31, 1965 (EP. #333)
Alice dodged Jim and Mary's inquiries into her plans for the evening. Mary told Jim that Liz recounted for her the conversation she had with Missy, who revealed that Lee wants to marry Mike so that she could leave home. Jim was surprised to learn from Mary that Pat was aware of Lee's scheme, but agreed with John and Pat's decision to conceal their knowledge of the matter so that they could keep an eye on Lee. Lee was cold towards Mike as they headed to "The Joint." Bill admitted to Liz that he was preoccupied by thoughts of school and Missy, prompting Liz to remonstrate Bill for ignoring her during dinner. Liz imperiously told Bill that she was right to tell Mary about her talk with Missy and tersely suggested that Bill should obtain all the facts before judging her. Bill pointed out to Liz that she failed to mention to Mary that she had tricked Missy into disclosing Lee's plans and feared that Pat might conclude that Missy was talking behind her back. Liz simmered when Bill vowed that he would protect Missy's reputation. Bill told Missy about his fight with Liz, leading Missy to suggest that they quit dating since she did not want to cause discord between Liz and Bill. Missy chastised Bill for claiming that Liz purposely caused trouble for John, Pat, and Lee. Lee severed ties with Mike for talking to John about her proposal and for breaching her trust. Lee was unforgiving despite Mike's insistence that he was worried about Lee and felt they would be getting married for the wrong reasons. Bill and Missy watched with surprise and concern as Lee flirtatiously asked Gary to dance to torment Mike.

Mary: (to Alice) "...Don't let tired adults tease you out of your enthusiasms. I hope they last forever."
Jim: (SMILING) "Unfortunately, they won't. But, your mother's right. Enjoy them while you can. It's a wonderful time of life."
Alice: (REFLECTIVE) "You mean -- life's going to stop being this much fun?"
Jim: "No, of course not -- it just becomes a -- different kind of fun. Don't pay any attention to us. We certainly didn't mean to dampen your spirits. And don't ever let us fool you -- we love you as you are -- even when you play that awful music too loud in your room."

SEPTEMBER 1, 1965 (EP. #334)
Lee was adamant in her refusal to forgive Mike or go home and said that she wanted nothing to do with him. Lee belied her spiteful actions towards Mike as she clung to Gary while consumed with melancholy and insecurity. John and Pat brought up Lee being morose and withdrawn to Dru, who mentioned that he hasn't seen or had a chance to talk to Lee in weeks. John echoed Pat's sentiments that nothing will destroy their marriage, but said it could be happier without their conflicts with Lee. Dru told Lee he misses her visits and affectionately gave her a kiss on the cheek before leaving so John, Pat, and Lee could talk alone. John defended Mike and Pat against Lee's accusations that they talk behind her back instead of directly to her face. Pat had to bear witness to Lee defiantly asserting her independence and John's angry declarations that he won't stand by and watch her make mistakes. Gary assured Mike that he'd never ruin their friendship by purposely flirting with or dating Lee. Mike didn't share Gary's optimism towards getting back together with Lee.

Dru: (about Lee) "I can understand your concern, John. If only there were one of us she could talk to."
Pat: "There isn't, Dru. As far as John and I are concerned, she treats us like enemies. When we're together it's sort of--an armed truce."

Production Notes: Sets used for this episode included the exterior of Gary's home (front steps and door) and Lee's bed (only).

SEPTEMBER 2, 1965 (EP. #335)
Alex was agreeable to Karen's reasoning that quarrelling over Ernest was silly. Karen was forthright in telling Alex that she resented having to endure the strained experience she had being alone with Ernest. Alex was contrite after Karen explained that she felt deserted without his support in handling difficult situations. Karen feigned excitement over the two of them having dinner with Ernest and Janet for Alex's benefit. Mary happily told Janet that Alice is enjoying the best summer of her life. Mary was filled with compassion for Janet, who professed her love for Ernest and fears about Karen's presence. Pat didn't blame Missy for unwittingly telling Liz about Mike or causing John and Lee's argument. Missy told Pat about the night Lee broke up with Mike. Pat bit her tongue as she registered Missy's comparison of Gary to Tom and worries that Lee may still want to marry. Alice promised not to break Pat's confidence, though Pat asserted that she shouldn't rely on family to solve her problems. Pat wept over Lee skipping out on having a family outing and John and Lee's fight. Pat and Alice quickly ended their conversation and put on cheerful faces upon Mary's arrival.

Mary: "When I think how Jim and I opposed Alice going to Art School at first--because of you, because you'd gone there."
Janet: (TRYING TO STOP HER) "Mary..."
Mary: "No, I can admit it now---thank heaven. We didn't want her exposed to---those influences. When I think of the happiness we might have deprived her of--because of our foolish prejudice. And that's all it was. It shows you how blind that kind of thinking can make you. I'm just glad that Alice had more sense than we did then---and that we finally came to our senses. And most of all I'm glad that we're good friends now--you and I---and my children. It's nice that you feel you can drop by like this. That makes me very happy, Janet."

SEPTEMBER 3, 1965 (EP. #336)
Ken advised Eric that he stood by Laura to help her cope with Tom's death, but they've had a sham of a marriage for years. Ken was tense as he expressed impatience over getting a divorce and tried to muster optimism that Janet would marry him. Pat told John that Bill and Missy witnessed Lee breaking up with Mike and flirting with Gary. John was distressed while Pat fretted that Gary may be a poor influence on Lee and they don't have links to her life. John balked at Pat's idea that she occasionally stay with family so that John and Lee could have time alone. John decided he had coddled Lee enough and vowed not to tolerate her hurting Pat. Karen told Ella about arguing with Alex because he deliberately came home late so she and Ernest would talk alone. Ella was displeased over Alex and Karen's plans to have dinner with Ernest and Janet. Janet told Ernest that she's overwhelmed with work and suggested he spend more time with Alex and Karen before she meets them. Ernest and Janet accused each other of having unresolved feelings for Karen and Ken.

Karen: "I was an awful tomboy, wasn't I? Didn't I cry once when Georgie Dwyer told me girls couldn't grow up to be baseball players?"
Ella: "You certainly did. Luckily, about two weeks later you decided dolls were more fun than baseball."
Karen: (COMING FROM THE WINDOW) "I'm not sure I was right."

SEPTEMBER 6, 1965 (EP. #337)
John emphatically informed Lee that their problems will be solved once she accepts Pat as family. Lee fell silent after John insisted that she attend the Labor Day dinner at "The Cascade" with him and the Matthews. Lee weighed the merits of defying John further when he was unyielding towards her accusations that everyone spies on her. John joked to Jim and Mary about buying brand new furniture and getting impatient towards moving into the new house. Lee remained stoic while Jim, Mary, and Alice raved about the house, the neighborhood, and the university being nearby. Bert and Cora were pleased over Alex and Karen having dinner with Ernest and Janet. Alex was impressed by Janet as Cora enthused that she's perfect for Ernest while Karen was silent and tense. Janet reflected upon her past estrangement with her family and told Ernest that it's wonderful that they have accepted her. Jim, Mary, Alice, Pat, John, and Lee arrived just in time to interrupt Janet concluding that Ernest didn't want to spend Labor Day with his family because of Karen.

John: "....We can't get a divorce, you and I. We're father and daughter---no matter what." (SHE PAUSES. THEN, EMPHATICALLY) "And Pat and I are husband and wife---and we're not getting a divorce either."
Lee: "I never said you should!"
John: "No, but you make it clear how you feel about our marriage---and you make things as difficult as you can for us. I can't stop that in one day---but I'm going to stop it, Lee. You and I have never had a problem like this before---but we'll solve it, and, in the meantime--no divorces; we're staying together. When you finally realize that, I think things will go a lot easier---for you too."

Alex: "Has Ernest talked about getting married?"
Bert: (Exit Line) "He's said some things that certainly sound like he might be thinking about it."
Alex: "That's wonderful. Ernest should be married. He's over forty. It's time."

Notes: Last appearance of House Jameson as Bert Gregory.

SEPTEMBER 7, 1965 (EP. #338)
Dru delighted in having his game of solitary chess interrupted by Pat's visit. Pat wailed to Dru that her presence impedes on John and Lee's lives and is fueling their animosity towards each other. Pat felt that Dru was the only person who could convince John that she doesn't need protection, to be less harsh with Lee, and that she doesn't want John and Lee to fight anymore. Dru compared John's approach with Lee to forgetting the fundamentals in practicing law to remain calm and objective. Dru was blunt but compassionate while warning John that his feud with Lee over Pat is jeopardizing his marriage. Lee and Gary found themselves at an impasse over dating despite Lee swearing she is through with Mike. Lee threw a tantrum over Gary's rejection, which prompted Gary to whisper a warning to himself not to get caught in Lee's problems. Laura swore off Eric's alarm towards her drinking and the messy state of the den. Eric begrudgingly told a skeptical Laura that Ken is doing what is best for them and no longer has Janet as a mistress. Laura denied tormenting herself for attention and spoke cryptically in response to Eric's advice that she be prepared for the worst.

Dru: "That was a good move. Not a great move: a good move. But two can play at this game of chess---and I'm not ready to give up yet---not quite yet. As a matter of fact..." (HE MOVES, SITS BACK TRIUMPHANT) "...try getting out of that." (HE SITS LOOKING AT THE BOARD AND THE LOOK OF TRIUMPH SLOWLY VANISHES TO BE REPLACED BY ONE OF CONCERN. NOW DOLLY BACK SO WE SEE THAT HE IS ALONE. HE TURNS THE BOARD SO HE HAS THE OTHER SIDE NOW AND PONDERS). "Hmmm. Nothing is impossible."
[LATER] Pat: (LOOKING AT THE CHESS BOARD) "Did I interrupt a game?"
Dru: "With myself. One good thing about playing chess with yourself, you can always stop and start when you want. You never have to go looking for a partner...."

Dru: (to Pat) "You bother me!? Why it's as if I'd suddenly opened all the windows in this room and a fresh breeze full of the smell of flowers had swept in."
Pat: (SMILING) "When you can say things like that, how on earth have you managed to stay single?"
Dru: "Simple. I'm all talk---nothing else, I'm afraid--quite harmless. But don't tell the ladies. It'll be our secret."

SEPTEMBER 8, 1965 (EP. #339)
Dru told Lee that she has changed into an angry, unhappy person due to being consumed by hatred. Lee claimed to Dru that forgetting her prejudices and trying to get to know Pat didn't help her and Pat to bond. Dru couldn't salvage attempts to reach Lee after he inadvertently turned her irate by bringing up her efforts to elope with Mike. Lee pointedly informed Dru that he, John, and Pat failed in stopping her from carrying out her plans. Mike was surprised by Pat's affections for Lee and assertions that she doesn't understand that Pat has changed since the trial and marrying John. Mike couldn't bring himself to share Pat's belief that Lee still has feelings for him. Lee patronized Mike over confiding in Pat. Janet imparted to Jim the ways Ernest has taught her to trust, accept vulnerability, and consider marriage. Jim was bothered by Janet's past fears of commitment resurfacing because of Alex and Karen. Ernest tried to read Janet's reactions to the topic of having dinner with Alex and Karen as she freshened her makeup. Janet told Ernest that her unsettled feelings towards their romance is comeuppance for thoughtlessly hurting Laura during her affair with Ken.

Dru: "Come in--come in." (LEE COMES IN AND HE CLOSES THE DOOR, TURNS TO SEE HER LOOKING AT THE COOKIES AND CAKES) "Aren't they pretty? There's a new bakery that just opened about a block away. They've got a fancy French name on the window and the cookies and cakes all have fancy, French names, so the only way I can order is by pointing at the ones I want. It works out just as well..."
Lee: "Maybe I'm not your Rosebud anymore."
Dru: (QUIETLY) "That's true, it's the saddest thing anyone has said to me in a long, long time."
Lee: (MOVING AWAY) "You can't stay young and happy and stupid forever."
Dru: (A PAUSE, WATCHING HER, THEN) "Is it stupid to be young and happy? I never knew that."
Lee: (HER BACK TO HIM, SHRUGGING) "You have to grow up sometime, Uncle Dru."

Janet: (to Jim) "For so long, as you know, I didn't let myself think about marriage---much less actually consider it. After the hysterectomy, after Mike Connors broke our engagement because of it, I wouldn't leave myself open to be hurt like that again. Ernest---changed all that. Somehow---I could trust him---I did open up---I was vulnerable again. I still am." (HER VOICE GROWING A LITTLE HARDER) "But I'm learning." (SHE TURNS TO JIM, HER FACE PALE) "I--I can feel that door closing again, Jim---and that's what frightens me. It felt so good---not to be afraid. And it feels so---awful to be afraid again."

Ernest: "Janet, you're being ridiculous."
Janet: (about Laura) "Am I? I had an affair with her husband---for a long time. When we were together, I never thought about her--what she must be feeling, what she must be thinking---at home, alone, wondering, suspecting--afraid to believe her suspicions. That's what's happening to me, I guess. I'm getting a very small taste--of what she must have felt. So you see? There is some justice."

SEPTEMBER 9, 1965 (EP. #340)
Lee belied her feelings for Mike, who stood firm in wanting them to marry for the right reasons. Mike realized he didn't have a future with Lee once she delivered an ultimatum that they elope, or part for good. Alex joked to Karen that Cora was thrilled over their dinner with Ernest and Janet at the Embassy Club. Eric was perplexed by Laura's relaxed mood and considered Laura's theories that she forced Ken out by not forgiving his affair as self-deception. Karen downplayed the past to Alex, who recalled that Ernest nearly beat him up and wondered if they could ever truly be forgiven. Alex quickly changed the subject of their marriage becoming a little strained since they've come back to that of enthusiasm over meeting Janet. Ken informed Janet that he's leaving town for six weeks to establish residence elsewhere to obtain an uncontested divorce. Ken promised Janet that he'll be single once he returns. Janet blamed herself for ruining Ken and Laura's marriage, then gave her opinion that Ken's measures in seeking a divorce from Laura were cold-blooded.

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."
Janet: (LOW, SOME BITTERNESS IN HER VOICE) "How romantic, how tender."

Mike: "I -- would like to marry you, Lee -- someday, when it's right for both of us. I think I love you enough to -- to make you happy."
Lee: (NEAR TEARS OF FRUSTRATION HERSELF) "I want to get married now, Mike. I asked you. Girls shouldn't do that, but I did -- and you said no."
Mike: (Exit Line) "I explained..."

Notes: Last appearance of Mike Quinn.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1965 (EP. #341)
Ernest was confident that he and Janet would get through the evening without difficulties. Janet told Ernest that she holds herself responsible for the grief Laura has endured and has had insomnia since Ken laid out his plans to obtain a divorce. Ernest and Karen gently chided Alex over constantly being late, which Janet found quite amusing. Alex advised Ernest to make a list of good places and restaurants to go while they marveled over the Embassy Club. Janet and Karen started to bond as they admired the beautiful view of the city from the Embassy Club and discovered that they shared a fondness for modern architecture. Alex toasted to Ernest and Janet and to the beginning of new friendships. Pat tried to get a sullen Lee to have dinner with her and John and see a movie together afterwards. Lee griped about Mike convincing Gary not to date her and being stuck at home. An awkward silence came over the table as Ernest and Karen realized their talk about living on pizza when she was a student nurse made everyone think about the past. Laura howled like a wounded animal upon receiving a legal notice that outlined Ken's plans to successfully divorce her.

Ernest: "That's right Alex, 'cause even when you're not busy, you're late."
Alex: (WITH A SIGH) "Well, I guess it's just something dark and psychological that I'll never understand, least it makes me mysterious and interesting."
Karen: (SMILING) "...and sometimes just a little annoying."
Alex: (PUTTING AN ARM AROUND HER) "Ah, but I have so many charming traits."

SEPTEMBER 13, 1965 (EP. #342)
Laura became mentally unhinged as she attempted to retrieve Ken's whereabouts, then reprimanded herself for making desperate, vain efforts to save her marriage. As she imagined Ken and Janet celebrating his freedom, Laura somnabulistically accepted defeat, spread out the legal notice and placed it on the bar to symbolize finality, and downed pills. Alex's effusive talk about Ernest and Janet being a perfect fit and interacting like married couples was in sharp contrast to Karen's abstract comments. Karen cautiously described that, while she and Ernest were serious and hard-working, she was drawn to Alex because she found a new experience in having fun in life with him. Ernest stated the Baxter's marriage was troubled long before Ken embarked on an affair with Janet, who was upset with herself for moping over Ken's visit during their evening. Ernest affectionately urged Janet not to question his love or doubt that Alex and Karen remain happily married. Janet's last barrier in accepting Ernest's devotion crumbled as he carefully slipped an engagement ring on her finger. Ernest was interrupted by the phone just as he was about to officially propose to Janet.

Janet: (about setting a wedding date) "But why do we have to set a date tonight? We've---we've felt this way about each other for months and we haven't set a date."
Ernest: "Because you set certain conditions. You said I had to face the past first--my past--Karen and Alex--before we could face the future. Well, I've met all your conditions, Janet. I'm like the suitor in the fairy tale who's done everything the king demanded, so now I've come to claim the hand of the princess in marriage." (HE IS SILENT; QUIETLY) "There are no more dragons to kill."

SEPTEMBER 14, 1965 (EP. #343)
Laura, half-conscious and with thick and almost incoherent speech, called to congratulate Janet on winning Ken and promised she'd stop bothering them. Ernest pitied Laura while Janet recounted that Ken made coping difficult because he was indecisive about his marriage and shunned Janet and Dru's objection to Ken's ways of obtaining a divorce. Ernest and Janet deduced that Laura had called after taking sleeping pills and frantically tried to call the Baxter Den. Janet was overcome by horror, prompting her and Ernest to rush over to see Laura. Ernest found Laura in a coma from barbiturate poisoning, ordered an ambulance, and alerted intensive care. Janet cried over being correct about Laura receiving the legal notice and taking sleeping pills. Hal Keefer was apprehensive towards dating Lee because of how quickly she dumped Mike and Gary. Lee ran Hal ragged dancing at "The Joint," then seductively talked him into taking her on a drive in the country. Ernest told Janet about Laura's medical treatment and that the prognosis is uncertain. Janet convinced Ernest to contact Ken, so he's notified about Laura being hospitalized.

Hal: (Introduction Line) "I've just about had it, Lee. Let's sit down." (THEY GO TO A RINGSIDE TABLE AND SIT. THE OTHER COUPLE DANCES. HAL LOOKS AT HIS WATCH) "Do you know what time it is?"
Lee: (QUICKLY) "I don't care."
Hal: "Maybe you don't, but I do. I thought I was pretty hip about staying up late, but man, you never get tired, do you."
Hal: "Well, how long have I known you? A couple years? And all that time---I never took you for a swinger."
Lee: "Maybe I'm not such a swinger."
Hal: "Well, you never like to call it a night--and the last few weeks you went out with Mike, and then Gary, and now me. I always thought you were sort of a---quiet girl."
Lee: "Thanks for not saying square."

Notes: First appearance of Joe Bennett as Hal Keefer. First described as "New boy (Hal, 19)" on cast sheet. He would later be given the last name Keefer. He is described in the script as "a little sharper and tougher than Mike or Gary."

SEPTEMBER 15, 1965 (EP. #344)
Ernest informed an astonished Ken that Laura was in critical condition at Memorial Hospital from overdosing on sleeping pills. Ken frantically booked a flight reservation as he realized he discounted Laura's hints of refusing to live without him. Eric reflected to Ernest and Janet on reaching his capacity as a doctor and friend to Laura and had suspected that she was hoarding pills. Pat tried to emphasize the importance of sleep to prevent John from flying off the handle at Lee. John resolved to exercise his duties as a father against Lee's childish rebellion despite Pat's protests. Lee was prepared for a fight with John when she came home at four in the morning again. Pat was devastated by the heated exchange when John forced Lee to live at home while attending college until she becomes sensible and cooperative. Janet told Ken about Laura's congratulatory call and her receiving the legal notice from his divorce lawyer. Ernest consulted with Ken on Laura's condition and medical treatment she is undergoing in intensive care. Ken was shocked and disturbed upon seeing a comatose Laura.

Pat: "Darling, maybe--maybe you'd better wait and talk to her in the morning--when you've had a chance to get some sleep. You're terribly tired now. You--we always get more upset than we should when we're tired...."
John: "More upset than we should! Pat, the trouble is I haven't got upset enough at Lee. I've let her get away with murder--for months. What she really needs is a good old-fashioned shellacking--right across my knee--until she comes to her senses and realizes I mean what I say."

Ken: (BARELY AUDIBLE) "May I see her?"

SEPTEMBER 16, 1965 (EP. #345)
Eric showed much decorum when he firmly struck down Ken's thesis that Laura pulled a stunt because she endured sleepless nights and faced her demons without help to hoard the pills she took. Eric advised Ken it was fortunate that Janet had the good sense to guess something was wrong with Laura and the initiative to check on her. Mary was speechless as Janet revealed she had callously disregarded Laura's feelings while having an affair with Ken and that Laura attempted suicide once she was notified of Ken's efforts to get a divorce. Janet begged Mary to tell Pat the truth when Mary predicted Pat might assume all the blame because of Tom's death. Dru was at a loss after Pat confided in him about John and Lee's latest fight and their uncompromising stances. Pat sadly told Dru that her belief that nothing could affect her marriage to John has been shaken because of their problems with Lee. Janet ordered Ken to accept his share of responsibility for putting Laura through so much anguish and resorting to heartless measures in getting a divorce. Ken felt pained by Janet's contention that they deserve to suffer and be punished for the harm they inflicted onto Laura.

Eric: (THOUGHTFUL) "It's strange how it all worked out--with all of you here, all of you involved: you, Miss Matthews, Dr. Gregory. Laura managed to bring you all together---in one place, one moment."
Ken: (TURNED AWAY, QUIETLY) "Maybe she meant it that way."
(CU/ERIC; HE GLANCES AT KEN) "If you're saying that this was just a---stunt---that Laura didn't really mean to kill herself--you're wrong, Ken. You can't give yourself that comfort."

Mary: "Yes, Janet---very good friends."
Janet: (MARY HAS TOUCHED HER ARM. JANET TAKES HER HAND, CLINGS TO IT) "I feel that way. I---I need your friendship, Mary--and your understanding. You've had to be understanding of me in the past. I'm afraid you'll have to be understanding again---now. I--I just hope this won't end the friendship that's just begun between us."

Ken: (about Laura's condition) "No, it's not just one of those things. It's more important than that---much more important."
Janet: "Do you really feel that way?"
Ken: "Of course, I'm not inhuman." (CU/JANET; STARING AT HIM. SHE COMPRESSES HER LIPS) "No comment to that?"
Janet: "Is one necessary?"

Production Notes: "EP. #345 (Revised)." An original draft was not in the collection. Exchanges mentioned in the next episode that may've been in the original script: Eric encouraged Janet not to judge herself so harshly. John and Pat nearly argued while discussing the shouting match he had with Lee. Eric finally convinced Janet to leave the hospital and get some rest. Otherwise, there are no story developments or significant events missing.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1965 (EP. #346)
Mary told Pat about Russ and Alice getting ready for the fall semester, then fretted over hearing about John's fight with Lee. Pat grew distraught over Laura's attempted suicide and feared that the papers might link it and Janet's affair with Ken to Tom's murder trial. Mary spoke with much conviction towards also holding Tom and Ken responsible for Laura's heartache while comforting Pat. Ernest felt helpless in convincing Janet that wishing to change the past was the wrong way to think. Janet advised Ernest that Pat mustn't blame herself and that she's prepared to be rejected by the family once again. Ernest was modest in accepting Ken's gratitude for getting Laura admitted to the hospital. Ken and Janet glumly thought about the terrible press everyone is bound to get. Eric and Ernest were excited when Laura's body reacted to pain-a definitive sign that she was coming out of her coma. Janet impressed upon Ken the significance of the first words he'll say to Laura when she regains consciousness. Janet firmly told Ken that he was lying to himself in thinking she ever loved him or that they have a future together. Ken was consumed with emotions as he watched Laura awaken.

Pat: "How are Dad and Alice and Russ?"
Mary: "All fine. Alice is chafing at the bit to start full-time classes at the Art Institute, and Russ got his final card from summer school. He did much better. I just hope well enough he'll be able to get into a junior college this term. Your father's checking some of the colleges now to see if he can register."
Pat: "I hope my brother is finally getting a hold on himself...."

Janet: "This happened at just the right moment---just when I was beginning to have a family again, just when they were beginning to be able to forget everything I've been, everything I'd done, and accept me---as a person."
Ernest: "This won't change that, Janet."
Janet: "Won't it? It'll be in the papers---about Laura" [....] "Mary still has two children to raise---Alice and Russ. I'm afraid I'll be a 'bad influence' again, the welcome mat won't be out to me anymore..."

Ernest: (to Janet) "How can you be so clear and considerate about everyone else---and so stubborn and cruel to yourself?"
Janet: "Because I don't deserve consideration. The seeds I helped sow have been reaped---and this is the harvest."

Production Notes: Crossed-out dialogue was replaced with the original lines being rephrased in type. Penciled-in dialogue were additions. An appearance by Joey Trent as Russ Matthews was considered. Ultimately, the character came home for a visit but was not seen on-camera.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1965 (EP. #347)
Ken was relieved that Laura was transferred out of intensive care. Ken tried to compose himself as he witnessed Laura reenacting her last moments prior to falling into a coma. Eric informed Ken that Laura will be getting psychiatric help once the effects of the sleeping pills wear off. Ken expressed uncertainty to Eric on resuming his divorce plans but maintained that he still loves Janet and not Laura. Eric asked Ken to leave the hospital room so that he could calm a hysterical Laura and suggested that Ken return once Laura's physical and mental conditions had stabilized. Janet told Ernest about urging Ken to reconcile with Laura and was curious on whether he'd consider it seriously. Ernest was relieved when Janet promised that she wasn't avoiding the subject of discussing his marriage proposal. Janet impulsively told Ernest that she cannot accept the engagement ring while there are still unresolved issues between Ken and Laura. Laura sobbed in despair when she realized she had recovered from her overdose. John guessed rightly that Pat was trying too hard to be enthusiastic over moving into their new house. John made Pat understand that Janet made a great sacrifice in revealing her affair to stop Pat from assuming all the blame for Laura's attempted suicide. Ken's awkward efforts in telling Laura that he cares about her were all in vain. Laura fell silent after Ken revealed that Janet helped save her life.

Eric: (Exit Line) "Go out, Ken. Leave me alone with her. You can see her later today, when she's stronger, when her mind is clearer." (KEN HESITATES AN INSTANT, THEN GOES OUT. ERIC TURNS TO LAURA, WHO IS SOBBING, MUTTERED PAINED INCOHERENCIES).

John: (GRINNING) "Darling, don't be silly---I can take off my own shoes."
Pat: (PUSHING HIS HAND BACK AND PROCEEDING TO REMOVE HIS SHOES) "I've read about it in books and I've seen it in the movies. There's no reason why I can't do it too. If I were really a good wife, I'd have your slippers and pipe waiting for you."
John: (REACHING DOWN AND RAISING PAT TO SIT NEXT TO HIM ON THE COUCH) "Just the way you are, you're a perfect wife, so kindly don't improve any---or you'll have me wanting to stay home from work all day just to enjoy your attentions."

Production Notes: Transition from Act 3-4.

Notes: Last appearance of Michael Ingram as Dr. Eric Hilker.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1965 (EP. #348)
Bill questioned his own judgement in placating Liz, who snapped at him for being in a rush to see Missy. Liz was enraged over a newspaper article that covered Laura's attempted suicide, mentioned Pat's murder trial, and made conjectures on the Baxter's estrangement involving Ken and Janet. Bill admonished Liz due to her pre-occupation with the Matthews' name being in the papers. Liz and Bill acknowledged that they had strong, opposing views on family and agreed not to discuss the matter further. Missy told Lee that she thinks she earned enough money during the summer to pay for her first semester at college. Lee ranted to Missy about her dorm reservation being cancelled and limits being set on the time she can go out in the evenings. Missy failed to reach an obstinate Lee, who referred to Pat as a trouble-maker who ruins people's lives. Ken told Janet that Laura was angry after she regained consciousness because she had meant to commit suicide. Janet was certain that Ken could help improve Laura's well-being by trying to build a new life with her. Ken realized he had been blind to everything in his life once he confessed to Janet that he doesn't see a future for them.

Liz: (reading) ".....After taking the sleeping pills, Mrs. Baxter made one phone call, to Miss Janet Matthews, a woman who works in the same office with her estranged husband. Miss Matthews is the aunt of Patricia Matthews, who was freed of the charge of murder of the Baxter son on the basis of temporary insanity. The reason for the call to Janet Matthews is still not known. Both Miss Matthews and Mr. Baxter have refused to discuss the nature of the call, but rumor has linked Miss Matthews and Mr. Baxter in the breakup of the Baxter marriage....."

Liz: "Do you think I enjoy seeing things like this about our family on the front page of the paper?"
Bill: "No---enjoy isn't exactly the word for it, but it gives you something to get excited and upset about."
Liz: "And I like being upset, I suppose."
Bill: "I'd better not answer that. I'll see you tonight."
Liz: "That's really all you have to say?"
Bill: "What do you want me to say: Naughty Aunt Janet? What she does is her business."

Bill: (TOUCHING HIS CHEST WITH HIS FINGERS) "I'm only responsible for what I do to the Matthews name. That's what I care about---and that's all you have to worry about."
Liz: "Unfortunately, we're not the only people named Matthews."
Bill: "Aunt Janet's got as much right to the name as you have---more; she was born with it. And she's got a right to live her own life too, without us passing judgement on it. Besides, you've always hated her."
(CU/LIZ; BRIDLES; HER EYES GO DARKER) Liz: "Hate is a strong word, Bill."
Bill: "In this case, it's the right one. Look, there's no use our discussing this. We'll never see eye to eye on the subject of the family."
Liz: "I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever see eye to eye again on anything."
Bill: "I don't know---but I've got to go. I'm keeping Missy waiting."
Liz: (COLORING, QUELLING THE ANGER THAT RISES) "By all means, go then. You mustn't keep Missy waiting." (HE STARTS FOR THE DOOR) "But in spite of what you say, I consider this the end. Janet is no longer welcome in this house!"
Bill: (PAUSING AT THE DOOR) "When was she ever welcome here?"

Production Notes: "Under play Lee." "Cut into-Liz reads paper, cut to [Missy/Lee scene]."

SEPTEMBER 22, 1965 (EP. #349)
Jim and Mary were like-minded in finding it difficult to accept Janet's transgressions. Mary unhappily admitted she doesn't approve of Janet's affair with Ken and is most concerned about her influence on Alice. Jim explained to Mary that he views the situation as a test on their ability to forgive and proposed that they take a sympathetic approach to Janet. Liz and Mary agreed that the scandal was degrading to the family and could affect Jim's accounting firm and Bill's prospective law practice. Mary grew intolerant towards Liz's self-righteous stance on preserving the Matthews' name from a bad reputation by confronting Janet on her immoral behavior. Janet swore to Ken he would be tempting fate should Laura have to live alone in a small apartment or hotel that does not harbor reminders of the past. Ken confided to Janet his tormented thoughts of life without Laura and his inability to find solutions to their problems. Janet was touched by Ken crediting her with helping him realize he had let anger and resentment cloud his feelings for Laura and his marriage. Ken spoke candidly to Laura about his conflicting emotions and uncertainties but promised Laura that he wants the two of them to start over.

Janet: "Loneliness isn't a house or an apartment, Ken. It's not outside us at all. It's in here." (SHE TOUCHES HER CHEST).

Jim: "Really? Alice and Russ?"
Mary: "Well, I think she feels, since Russ was away all summer, and since they'll both be going back to school in a week, this is one of the few chances they'll have to be together."
Jim: "That never influenced her before."
Mary: (REFLECTING) "Well, she always had Pat before---right there in the same room with her. Now Pat's gone---and then Russ was gone all summer, and he'll be going away to school in a week. Alice has never been this alone before."
Jim: (NODDING) "And suddenly even the company of her younger brother becomes desirable."

Liz: "And how long can we go on excusing her, Mary, justifying everything she does, saying, "Poor Janet, she was hurt once, so she can do anything she wants now." We've all been hurt, Mary. But it didn't turn us into immoral people."

Mary: (about confronting Janet) "You're going to go to Janet and hold up to her the fact that we have children, knowing that she doesn't, that she can't?"
Liz: "Thank heaven she can't have children! Can you imagine what they'd see and hear?"

SEPTEMBER 23, 1965 (EP. #350)
Ken told Dru that he dropped the divorce suit and that he and Laura are going forward with a reconciliation. Dru gave Ken profound wisdom in forgetting "what ifs," learning from mistakes, and moving forward in life. Ken reflected on Dru's remarks that many things can obscure true feelings and it may take drastic measures to realize the truth. Lee felt the cold weight from her chest melt away as Dru confessed that he is worried that she has outgrown their friendship and misses her being his chess partner. Dru carefully broached the subject of Lee starting college, which led her to complain about living at home and John's distrust towards her. Janet happily told Mary that Ken came to his senses once he was forced to consider life without Laura and that they are reuniting. Janet grew teary-eyed when Mary promised that nothing has changed her mind about Janet being a member of the family. Laura was ecstatic over Ken's ideas of selling their house and moving 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 of his company. Ken assured Laura that his motives are to put the past behind them and not to run away from Janet.

Ken: "But if I'd been able to understand then what I understand now...."
Dru: "Ah, that's the biggest 'if' in the world, Mr. Baxter. And we're all subject to it---"If I'd known then what I know now." Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way. Sometimes we need more than words, more than people telling us what's right. Life has to teach us---with experience, and sometimes the experience isn't a pleasant one, as you've just seen."

Lee: (about John) "He doesn't trust me. Just because he married a girl like Pat Matthews, he thinks every girl is like her. Well, I'm not going to get pregnant, if that's what he's worried about."
Dru: (STARING AT HER) "Oh, Lord, child. Is this what's in your mind?" (SHE IS SILENT) "Have you said this to John or Pat?"
Lee: "No, but I will if I want to!"
Dru: "Listen to me, Lee. If I've ever meant anything to you, if we've ever meant anything to each other---listen to me. Don't, Lee. Don't ever say that to your father."

SEPTEMBER 24, 1965 (EP. #351)
John wouldn't leave for the office until Pat told him her good news. John was optimistic that Ken and Laura's reconciliation would be the end of tragedies for them and alleviate all of Pat's lingering guilt over Tom's death and Laura's anguish. John said Lee's attitude was hurting their marriage when he declined Pat's suggestion that he give in a little to her. Pat's good mood got her to reminisce about sharing a room with Alice while they were growing up. Alice told Pat that she feels conflicted because Mary taught them that infidelity in a marriage was wrong but now doesn't want them to be judgmental towards Janet. Pat talked about the mistakes she made with Tom, but told Alice she'll learn that love and respect can be the most beautiful things in the world. Janet's instinctual reaction of being uneasy while in Laura's presence vanished once Laura praised her for saving her life. Janet wept with joy after Ken and Laura expressed their gratitude for getting them to remember their love for each and realize that they belonged together.

Pat: "Well, youngster, how are you?"
Alice: "That's the first time you've called me that in a long time."

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)

Pat: "Really, John, a prominent and successful lawyer shouldn't arrive at the office with his tie crooked."
John: (SMILING) "Hasn't it ever occurred to you that I purposely tie it that way every morning?"
Pat: "Why?"
John: "So you'll come over and straighten it, and, then..." (HE GRABS HER WAIST, PULLS HER CLOSE) " I can do this." (HE KISSES HER, FIRMLY, WARMLY, WHEN THEY BREAK, SHE LAUGHS)
Pat: "You're sneaky!"
John: "That's right. I never said I wasn't."

Ken: (Exit Line, to Janet) "Goodbye. I'll never forget you or what you've done."
Laura: (Exit Line) "Goodbye Janet."

Notes: Last appearance of William Prince and Augusta Dabney as Ken and Laura Baxter.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1965 (EP. #352)
Janet told Ernest how Laura transformed into a youthful, beautiful, happy woman now that she and Ken reconciled. Ernest and Janet's faces reflected radiant hope after she remarked they can all begin to live again. Janet promised Ernest that she has completely put Ken in a past chapter of her life. Ernest didn't deny that he was profoundly hurt by Karen breaking their engagement but swore he's not in love with her any longer. Bill was saddened by Liz's admission that she doesn't want to socialize with people who are incapable of understanding her woes and wears fancy clothes while dining alone. Liz cringed while telling Bill that Mary made an error in judgment for not turning against Janet when she has impressionable children who could be adversely influenced. Mary told Alice that she and Jim didn't want to deceive her by keeping Ken and Janet's affair a secret from her. Mary and Alice agreed that John is perfect for Pat because he loves Pat unconditionally like Jim. Mary gave Alice sage advice that there are no guarantees in finding the right man, but that protection lies in not compromising oneself or personal values. Janet quickly called Mary to tell her she has accepted Ernest's marriage proposal.

Ernest: (QUIETLY) "'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 28, 1965 (EP. #353)
Pat groused to Mary about the delay in moving into the new house and the animosity between John and Lee. Mary told Pat that Janet was so deeply affected by Laura's suicidal attempt that she has become a changed woman and is marrying Ernest. Mary reminded Pat that she has her own responsibilities and shouldn't worry about Alice. Pat grew upset while telling Mary that she, John, and Lee are at an impasse because John and Lee won't make compromises. Mrs. Weber was taken aback by Lee's ambivalence over school and for blaming Pat for ruining her life with John. Lee scoffed at Mrs. Weber's fondness for Pat and hinted at plans to leave home. Bill encouraged Missy to have pride in graduating from high school and earning a college scholarship. Missy gently declined Bill's offer to help her pay for school so she wouldn't be juggling classes and work. Bill was happy that having dinner and hanging out at "The Joint" eased Missy's butterflies over school. Bill told Missy that Pat asked him to play matchmaker for Alice, who is in a tailspin over Janet. Bill and Missy spotted Tony and thought he might be good for Alice.

Pat: "Alice needs to meet some really nice boy...maybe Bill when I have a chance. I'll call him."
Mary: (about Alice) "Pat, you mustn't concern yourself with this."
Pat: "But Alice is my sister."
Mary: "But you have your own responsibilities now. You have..." (SHE STOPS)
Pat: (HER FACE CLOUDING) "Yes. I have Lee. What is she? My sister? My daughter? My enemy?"

Bill: (SMILING SLIGHTLY) "I'm glad you feel that way, but I'm not sure why."
Missy: "Because, whenever I'm afraid---you find some way to make me feel better."
Bill: "Don't you? It's because I love you, Missy. Hadn't you noticed? (HE TOUCHES THE RING ON THE CHAIN AROUND HER NECK) That's what this ring is supposed to do---remind you of it. If I have to remind you, then the ring's not doing its job."

SEPTEMBER 29, 1965 (EP. #354)
Lee was stoic towards John's excitement about college being a major milestone in a person's life. John put discouragement aside to negotiate a truce with Lee on the condition that she change her attitude towards school and not stay out late. Lee softened when John reflected on the close relationship they once enjoyed. Lee bristled in response to John hastily including Pat in his hopes that the three of them can make peace. Jim told Bill that Alice has been shaken by the articles on Janet due to the values and morals in which she was raised. Bill echoed Jim's sentiments that Liz is inflexible regarding Janet, but needs their support to help her grieve for Will. Bill talked Alice into going on a blind date with his fraternity brother, Tony Douglas, whom Bill described as a terrific, handsome guy. Ernest graciously accepted Alex's apology for hurting him and offered congratulations over his engagement to Janet. Alex unintentionally made the atmosphere strained by remarking that Ernest found the love he and Karen share and it alleviates some guilt. Ernest joked with Jim, Mary, and Janet about the two women being excellent but humble cooks. Jim gave an honest, eloquent toast to Ernest and Janet. Alice warmly embraced Janet and wished her much happiness once Alice's love for her aunt resurfaced.

ACT II: The Matthews' House:

Bill: (to Alice) "....We could double tomorrow night---you and he and Missy and I."
Jim: (INTERVENING) "Why don't you go, Alice? Your mother and I are invited to the Frazer's for dinner tomorrow night, so you'd be having dinner alone at home. And from Bill's description it doesn't sound like you'll have a dull time."
Bill: (GRINNING) "That's right. If he should turn out to be a dud, there's always my sparkling conversation."

Jim: "I'd like to say..." (TURNING TO ERNEST) "...that the woman you plan to marry is my favorite sister. Of course, she was my only sister..." (THE OTHERS LAUGH) "....but I think she'd have been my favorite if I'd had a hundred." (HIS VOICE HAS GROWN SERIOUS. THE MOOD IN THE ROOM CHANGES) "I've always had a very special place in my heart for Janet---for a good reason. She's a very special person." The world's full of good people and bad ones, honorable ones, dishonorable ones." (HE GLANCES AT ALICE. THIS IS MEANT FOR HER. CU/ALICE, LISTENING) "And there's some good and some bad in every one of us. From one day to the next, from one moment to the next, either side of us can be on the other. What counts in any of us is the long run, how we make out on average." (HE SMILES) "You see, I can never forget I'm an accountant. All I want to say is, Janet's younger than I am---so I've known her every minute of her life--and, I'd say Janet is one of the people I admire most in this world. And I'd say that if we weren't related at all---What's good in Janet is very, very good, absolutely first quality---grade A."

SEPTEMBER 30, 1965 (EP. #355)
Liz concealed her disdain over Dru's ties to Pat's murder trial when Bill mentioned that Dru is his trial techniques professor and faculty advisor. Liz harped on Janet's promiscuity rather than accept Bill's firm belief that Janet will marry Ernest. Bill accused Liz of focusing too much on the negative aspect of things and framing Janet as cheap. Liz expressed hurt and bitterness through acerbic comments to Bill about his naivete and concern for Jim and Mary's family at the expense of his own. Alex talked to Karen about burying the hatchet with Ernest and looked forward to having dinner with him and Janet. Karen told Alex that Cora's subtle hints about having grandchildren influenced her to consider that they may have been living life for themselves. Karen reflected to Alex that it was difficult to have any independence with being poor and working at the hospital, but felt she had purpose in her life at that time. Alice was full of apprehension about her blind date with Tony when she arrived at "The Joint" with Bill and Missy. 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 turn her eyes away from Tony and stumbled through conversation and ordering dinner. Tony got Alice to let down her guard as they slow danced. Alice swooned in Tony's arms and laid 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'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."

Bill: "And this is my cousin, Alice Matthews."
Tony: "Hello, Alice."
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 all right."

Character description of Tony Douglas: "He is dazzling, tall, slim, athletic, insouciant, 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."

OCTOBER 1, 1965 (EP. #356)
Tony dispelled Alice's grievances towards Bill for engineering their blind date because of her morose spell and his recent breakup. Alice listened intently to Tony, who said his future seems to be laid out for him to be a lawyer like his father. Both turned sheepish when: Tony connected Alice's family to John being Pat's defense lawyer; Alice blurted out her preference for slightly older men. Tony invited Alice to the first football game of the season and a date afterwards. Pat sketched the new house's living room to arrange the furniture. Pat was delighted that Alice was ecstatic and not upset with her and Bill, but fought impulses to laugh while she gushed over Tony. Pat finally lost her composure when Alice made superlatives about their relationship and his abilities as a football player. Karen was caught off guard by Alex's lectures on married women who work neglecting their marriage and husbands. Alex effusively talked to Karen about the dinner preparations and joked that Ernest cajoled Janet into accepting his proposal. Ernest and Karen briefly made eye contact when he escorted her to the dining room. Karen levelled with Alex about her desires to settle down, establish roots, and return to nursing part-time.

Alice: (about Tony) "I mean he is the most magnificent, handsome, rugged, sensitive, poetic hunk of a man I have ever laid eyes on in my entire nineteen years." CU/PAT, STARING AT ALICE, DESPERATELY FIGHTING THE IMPULSE TO LAUGH) "What are you grinning at?"
Pat: "Was I grinning? I'm sorry. I was just thinking..." (SHE STOPS)
Alice: "What?"
Pat: "I don't know. I just had such a strange picture of this boy---rugged, sensitive, poetic---the picture changed with every word; it doesn't seem to fit together."
Alice: (FIRMLY) "Take my word for it, sister dear, no one---no one fits together like this masterpiece of masculinity."
Alice: (OBSERVING HER) "Don't you believe me?"
Pat: "Oh, yes, of course, but---you know you are sometimes given to slight exaggeration, Alice."
Alice: (AGAIN SOLEMN AND FIRM) "In this case, I am guilty of the most flagrant understatement."

Alex: "I propose a toast. To my---brother---and to the very beautiful and charming woman he has had the impeccable good taste to bully, threaten and cajole into accepting his proposal of marriage."
Janet: (SMILING) "He didn't have to bully, threaten or cajole at all. I practically twisted his arm."

Notes: 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 awestruck but quite amused as Alice recounted with ease the kickoff return for sixty yards and catch in the end-zone, despite that Alice had only attended a few games thus far. Alice chided Bill for fibbing while he arranged 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 appreciate in each other. Alice melted inside after Tony changed the subject from his potential football career to learn more about her. John told Pat that Lee made them miserable in the apartment and proclaimed that he is solely focused on the future and making their house a happy home. Pat was filled with joy over John's instructions to run the house as she sees fit, adopt her character, and consider it her own. Lee was ungrateful to Pat for reminding John that she'll have difficulties in leaving the apartment because she lived there most of her life. Lee shot down John's offer that they have dinner together while the new house gets settled. Lee was overwhelmed by pain and sorrow as she sadly gazed around the apartment one last time before grabbing John's pipe rack.

Alice: (TO BILL, ABOUT TONY) "What a man! What a fantastic, beautiful, incredible man."
Bill: (SUPPRESSING LAUGHTER) "Well, he's not quite Superman..."

OCTOBER 5, 1965 (EP. #358)
John and Pat struggled to remain patient with arranging the furniture. John called Pat the mistress of the house and encouraged her to assert herself in shaping it into a home. Pat stayed uneasy despite John's claims that the three of them have privacy, but he won't enable Lee to cause friction in their new place. Alice enjoyed watching John and Pat poke fun at themselves over spoiling each other. Alice bridled at Pat, who laughed at her excessive praise of Tony's looks and athleticism. Pat had a brief memory of meeting Tom at the campus bridge, where Alice planned to meet Tony. Alice mentioned the dichotomy of Tony being a scary giant playing football and being kind and gentle with her. Pat gave Alice a stern warning on avoiding boys who have inappropriate expectations for girls. Karen told Ernest she always had confidence in him becoming a superb doctor. Ernest noticed that Karen seemed envious of his and Janet's lives having purpose and connections to the world. Karen told Alex that visiting Ernest's office and touring the hospital inspired her to return to nursing. Alex whined about their social lives suffering should Karen start working. Karen stubbornly advised Alex to decide to accept her decision or not.

John: "You're free to do anything you want here. In that way, you're the boss---over me, Lee, and Mrs. Weber."
Pat: "But I wouldn't pretend to tell Mrs. Weber how to run things...."
John: (INTERRUPTING) "When we were first married I could tell that you were hesitant about asserting yourself in the apartment, because you were new there. But we're all equally new here---including Mrs. Weber. And we're all waiting for your orders. So, please, darling, don't be afraid to give them. You're the mistress of the house."
Pat: "That's a big responsibility."
John: (SMILING) "You're a big person."

Production Notes: "The Randolph Apt. living room will not be used again. Henceforth the living room in the house will simply be referred to as the Randolph living room."

Notes: Beginning with this episode, the hand-written notes become very critical of the scripts, especially of Alex and Karen. These could have been done by a producer or Agnes Nixon prior to her replacing James Lipton as Head Writer.

OCTOBER 6, 1965 (EP. #359)
Jim affectionately calmed Alice's nerves after she tidied the living room in preparation for her evening with Tony. Alice thought the world of Jim and Mary expressing pride in her becoming a mature young woman and the artwork she's been doing. Jim and Mary quelled their concerns over Alice getting serious about a boy by reserving judgment until they meet him. Alice made facial expressions to subtlety give signals to Jim and Mary whenever she was chagrined at something they'd say or do. Tony told Jim and Mary that his father declined a prospective judicial appointment in favor of staying involved in politics. Jim agreed with Alice's assessment over Tony's athletic skills. Tony offered to buy tickets for Jim, Mary, and Alice to attend his next game. Janet told Ernest that she received a letter from Ken, which read that Ken heads the agency in California, he and Laura bought a little house overlooking the ocean, they've finally distanced themselves from the past, and are rebuilding their marriage. Janet's emotions shifted from contentment to fear when Ernest said that Karen is returning to nursing. Cora was sympathetic and compassionate to Karen's plight over Alex's objections to the demands and time her job would involve adversely affecting their marriage. Cora decided to talk with Alex so that he and Karen could resolve their disagreements on her working again.

Alice: "Would---would you mind awfully not smoking your pipe---just 'til Tony gets here? It makes the room sort of full of---well, pipe smoke."
Jim: "Where has this neatness been all these years, Alice? I thought I'd seen every one of the many sides of your character. But tonight has revealed a brand new one. The neat, meticulous Alice Matthews."

Janet: (about dinner) "I'm sure it'll be a lovely evening. As a matter of fact, the only thing that bother me about this parade of congratulatory dinners is the weight I'm going to gain from all the good food. Another week like this last one and I won't be able to get into my clothes."
Ernest: "You got into that one very nicely. I'd call it a perfect fit."

Jim: "From the way Alice has been talking about him, he sounds like a combination of Rock Hudson, Mickey Mantle and Sir Galahad...."

OCTOBER 7, 1965 (EP. #360)
Bill laid into Missy for choosing not to tell him that she is working at "The Joint" two nights a week while attending school. Bill became immediately repentant because his anger made Missy devastated and frightened. Missy promised to tell Bill if she becomes overwhelmed with school and working if he agreed not to get angry with her again. Mrs. Weber was deeply pained by Lee ranting about the new room being a dungeon and that the family seems to be at war rather than talking things out. Lee brushed off Mrs. Weber's fears that bad things will happen if she does something foolish to test John's trust. Lee turned up the radio and snuck out of her room through the French door to the garden. Lee persuaded a hesitant Hal to ditch his date and take a drive with her. Dru described John and Pat's new house as a fitting setting for a long, happy marriage. Pat was pleased that Dru is Bill's faculty advisor and regards him as the brightest student in his class. Pat deemed Dru perceptive due to his impression that Liz is an overbearing mother. Pat maintained that John and Lee aren't solving anything because of their stubborn natures. Dru and John grew pale and angry when they found Lee's room empty.

Pat: (to Dru) "Do you think we've arranged the furniture right?" (AS DRU LOOKS AROUND)
John: "Before you answer, Dru, please remember that if your answer is negative, I'll have to push furniture again. So, if you value our friendship...."
Dru: (SMILING; TURNING TO PAT) "I think the room is perfect, Pat. I wouldn't change a thing---except maybe that couch. If it were over there...." (HE POINTS TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROOM)
John: "You traitor!"

Dru: (about Pat) "She's just like her mother---mother hen to the world---always trying to find ways to feed you---or do something for you."
John: "I sort of like that trait---since I'm the frequent beneficiary of it."

OCTOBER 8, 1965 (EP. #361)
John fumed over Lee defying his rules against going out because she wouldn't consent to a curfew. Pat tried to put things into perspective by relating Lee's behavior to her feelings of loss and loneliness she had after the trial. Pat was candid about being frightened over the consequences of John and Lee being too stubborn to compromise. Alex became defensive when Cora admitted that she got Karen to tell her about their disagreement over her working. Cora stayed calmly objective despite Alex's insolence towards women juggling work while keeping a happy marriage. Alex jumped to conclusions that Karen must be discontent with life and views their marriage as meaningless. Alex fell silent when Cora asked if his protests against Karen involve Ernest. Karen beseeched Alex to have faith that working will give her purpose and improve their marriage. Alex declared that the discussion was pointless and said he must accept Karen's decision since she had accepted a job at Memorial Hospital. Lee was unapologetic to John for disobeying him by sneaking out of the house. John grew incensed while Lee taunted him over his hypothetical questions about locking her room. John slapped Lee after she cruelly accused him of thinking every girl will make the same mistakes that Pat made.

John: "No one has been spying on you. We took a house where you could have your own room, in your own part of the house, with your own entrance. You were given complete privacy, complete responsibility---because we thought we could trust you. We were wrong! What do you suggest we do now? Lock this door, keep the key, treat you like a complete child?"
Lee: (QUIETLY) "You'd better nail the windows down too."
John: "....If necessary."
Lee: (HER TEMPER FLARING) "Then nail them down! What are you afraid of!? What do you think I'll do if I go out?! I know what's wrong with you. You're just used to certain kinds of girls. You think every girl's like that. I guess you think I'll get pregnant, I'll have an abortion! Well, don't worry! My name's not Patricia Matthews...."

Cora: (PERSISTING) "...But please understand, Alex, we love both you and Karen. We think you may be being a little stubborn and unreasonable about this. And we wonder why."
Alex: "I've told you why!"
Cora: (SHAKING HER HEAD) "I don't think so. You may not have told yourself why."
Alex: "What do you mean?"
Cora: (Exit Line) "Well -- forgive me, Alex, but -- is it possible that you're against Karen going back to nursing -- because of Ernest?"

Notes: Last appearance of Florence Williams as Cora Gregory.

OCTOBER 11, 1965 (EP. #362)
Mary urged Pat to think of her childhood home as a comforting place and not find fault in confiding in her parents. Pat told Mary that Lee defied John by sneaking out and aired her frustrations about John and Lee leaving things unresolved. Pat tried to keep herself together while telling Mary that John slapped Lee in a fit of rage for her cruel remarks about Pat's past pregnancy and abortion. Mary objected to Pat's notion that John and Lee's feud would end if she weren't married to John and didn't live with them. Mary and Pat were dismayed to learn that John and Lee haven't spoken to each other since the argument. Bill paced the floor while thinking about Missy and was apprehensive over confiding his troubles to Liz. Bill told Liz that Missy won't budge over putting herself through college without any financial help from him. Liz gave her unsolicited theory that Missy is taking advantage of him and purposely exhausting herself so Bill will run himself ragged in finding ways to help her. John emphatically told Pat that she got Lee to succeed in driving her out of the house. Pat thought John's ideas to handle Lee based on each circumstance and beliefs that Lee will stop maligning her were without merit. Pat asked John if his motivations involved helping or saving their marriage.

Mary: (about Pat coming to talk) "Don't feel bad about that, Pat. Being here in this house, talking to us when you're worried---it's the habit of a whole lifetime. It doesn't change in a day. Why, I remember, one day I'd been shopping downtown, and I went home---to my mother's and father's house---without even thinking. And I'd been married for a year, and Jim was in our home waiting for me. It's just habit---it's even deeper. It's instinct, I guess." (SHE INDICATES THE ROOM) "This is the place you were brought up in, it's the nest...."

OCTOBER 12, 1965 (EP. #363)
Lee was undaunted by Pat's regrets over her argument with John or wishes that Lee didn't have such contemptuous feelings towards her. Lee remained stoic despite Pat's proposal that she'll persuade John to let her go out in hopes that Lee will be more accommodating. Pat was sympathetic as Missy explained that Bill was angry and worried because she didn't tell him about working and going to school. Missy told Pat that Bill's anger towards her stirred up the loneliness she felt as an orphan. Missy wouldn't consider Pat's suggestion that she tell Bill about being illegitimate since it'd be the hardest thing for her to confess. Pat was floored when Missy told her that Lee was at "The Joint" and had boasted that she's allowed to go out again. Bill spoke passionately to Dru about his dream of practicing criminal law. Dru told Bill that he'd excel as a trial lawyer because of his rare gift of pleading a case with earnest and honesty. Bill felt honored over Dru's idea to have him work for John as a law clerk. John was too distracted by his woes about Lee to listen to Dru singing Bill's praises. Dru was distressed to hear that John slapped Lee during an argument after she said unforgiveable things about Pat. John realized that he must heed Dru's advice to be less strict with Lee because his marriage and Lee's future are in jeopardy.

Dru: (about Bill) "I'll tell you what I wanted to talk to you about, John. What if I were to tell you that I've found a lawyer with the greatest potential I've run into since I met a young fellow named Randolph twenty years ago? What would you think of that?"
John: (SMILING FAINTLY) "I'd think you were trying to butter me up with flattery."
Dru: (SNORTING) "I don't have to butter you up---and, as for flattery, if you don't know what I think of you by now, there's no point in my trying to tell you...."

Notes: Dru mentions that John was his protege twenty years ago. John had intended to practice corporate law, but Dru convinced him to go into trial and criminal law instead.

Penciled-in Notes: "Where's the Tony thread? No intertwine or reference?"
Dru suggesting Bill work part-time at a law office, "Isn't he still in school?"
Dru telling Bill that he'll be working for John as a law clerk, "Backwards: He should talk to John first. What if John says no?"
Addressing description of Dru's office: "It is a small room, containing an old wooden desk, some filing cabinets, the kind of room a professor with no seniority gets."
Critique: "Shouldn't be too modest. He's not a young instructor."

OCTOBER 13, 1965 (EP. #364)
Tony dryly likened the Douglas house to a men's club or fraternity while giving Alice a tour. Alice swooned as Tony shyly gave her a corsage as a sweet, apologetic gesture for football practice running late. Alice was dazzled meeting Pete Douglas, but Tony put on a brave facade when Pete criticized him for lacking common sense, not living up to his full potential, and being excessively modest. Pete bitterly blamed the voting committees and favoritism over prestigious schools causing his unsuccessful athletic career. Tony was relieved when Pete excused himself so he could be alone with Alice. Liz was genuinely pleased when Bill said that Dru is impressed by the quality of his school work until Bill said that Dru inspires him in the same ways John was twenty years ago. Bill confirmed Liz's darkest fears when Bill envisioned a prosperous future by joining John's firm once he finishes school. Liz lectured Bill on the years it'll take to build a law practice rather than taking his rightful place as Jim's business partner. Alice noticed Tony becoming relaxed and cheerful while they slow danced and Tony showered her with compliments on her looks. Liz told John that Dru's advice will have undue importance over Bill's career choices. Liz left in a huff when John was keen on Bill working for him as a law clerk if he chooses.

Notes: First appearance of Tony's father, Pete (later Fred) Douglas.

Production Notes: Handwritten note stating, "Pete (Tony Douglas' father)....Use for future storyline?"

Tony: "You look very beautiful tonight."
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...."

Notes: Liz mentions that Will founded and built the family's accounting firm, then recruited Jim and gave him half of the company. Liz retained Will's interest because, according to Liz, Mary felt Will and Jim were not equal business partners. Following this episode, Tony mentions off-screen interactions with his father, who is not referred to by name. The character didn't appear again until January 17, 1966, when his name was changed to Fred.

OCTOBER 14, 1965 (EP. #365)
Ernest was surprised to find Karen at the nurses' station studying. Karen told Ernest that her reflections about the lifestyle she and Alex had led triggered memories of wanting to be a nurse. Karen enthused over her life having purpose again and hoped that Alex would come to understand how important working is to her. Ernest was pragmatic towards Karen's wishes that Alex will realize that their marriage will improve because of Alex's stubborn nature. Karen tried unsuccessfully to soften Alex's frustrations and disgust towards her job reducing their quality time together. Alex was obstinate towards Karen's request for a chance to prove that she can work without taking anything away from him or their marriage. Dru frowned over Lee's indifference towards the significance of a college education. Lee acted defiant as Dru voiced disappointment in her for insulting Pat and opined that she deserved to be slapped. Dru wisely told Lee that she caused her own unhappiness but insisted that she can change her life by adopting a better outlook. Lee was caught off-balance when John lifted her curfew and apologized for not trusting her intelligence and good sense. Lee's pleasure over warmly hugging John was drained once Pat arrived home.

Penciled-in Notes: About John and Lee's scene, "Isn't some of the sting taken out by John easing up before Lee has a chance to pull her act?"

Description of Alex as, "petty and childish," next to the following dialogue:
Karen: (to Alex about a drink) "Would you make me one while you're there?"

Alex: (to Karen) "...I've been home an hour. I walked in here, tired, just thinking about relaxing and spending a pleasant evening with you. I forgot this was---one of your days at the hospital. So I've been sitting here alone for an hour."

Karen: (about working) "Alex." (HE STOPS. SHE MOVES TO HIM, TAKES HIS ARM) "Please, darling---give it a chance. Give me a chance."
Alex: "To do what?"
Karen: "To prove to you that I can do this and take nothing away from you, nothing away from our marriage."
Alex: "Too late." (SHE LOOKS AT HIM) "I think you already have taken something away from our marriage."
Karen: "Alex...."

OCTOBER 15, 1965 (EP. #366)
Pat disguised shock over Lee, who put on a convincing act by offering to put away the groceries, made drinks for John and Pat, had John's pipe and slippers at his chair, and had a pleasant talk with her. Pat mentioned Alice dating Tony, whose name Lee recognized as the "big man on campus" and a football star. Lee politely told Pat that John knows she's made plans to go out. John credited Dru and Pat with getting him to be less rigid with Lee and for the positive changes in Lee's behavior. John explained to Pat that he kept quiet about his conversation with Lee so as not to mislead Pat into thinking Lee would treat her differently. Pat was cautiously optimistic over John's hopes that Lee will not have cause to run away again. John groaned over meeting the football player Alice is dating instead of having time alone with Pat. Alice declared to Pat that she's in love with Tony and envisions them spending the rest of their lives together. Pat told Alice that John has allowed Lee to go out in an effort to alleviate her angst and unhappiness. Pat was amused and Alice pleased as John discussed court cases with Tony since he is a pre-law student at the university. Alice interrupted before Tony could elaborate on his uncertainty over pursuing a professional sports career and his education to John. Pat joked about John's initial disdain towards meeting Tony and noted that Alice is becoming a woman. John hoped nothing would spoil Pat's good mood.

Pat: (DOORBELL CHIMES) "Oh, that's probably Alice and Tony." (SHE STARTS FOR THE DOOR)
John: "Tony?"
Pat: "The great man. The football hero she's so crazy about. She wants us to meet him."
John: "You mean, at the moment when you and I can finally have a few relaxing minutes together, I have to talk to some half-witted football player!?"
Pat: "Shh. Darling, he can't be half-witted or my sister wouldn't be going with him. Now, reserve judgement."
Alice: "Hi, Pat."
Pat: (LOOKING BEHIND HER) "Where is he?"
Alice: "Oh. He had football practice. He has it every afternoon." (CU/JOHN, A FAINT LOOK OF PAIN ON HIS FACE) "But he'll be here in a few minutes. It should be over by now."
John: "Is he coming over in his uniform?"
Alice: (COMING IN) "Hello, John." (TO PAT) "May I?"
Alice: "He's not coming in his uniform. He has to shower and change and then he's coming over."

Pat: (SMILING) "I guess you didn't notice. You two got so wrapped up in your talk about the law, you forgot we were here, so we came over to talk by ourselves."
Tony: "I'm sorry, that's my fault."
John: "It's both our faults, and we apologize. Come back. I hate parties where the men congregate in one group and then women in another."

OCTOBER 18, 1965 (EP. #367)
John sang Peggy's praises to Bill for working as his law clerk during the day and attending law school at night. Bill was in awe and very pleased that John took Dru's recommendation and offered him a job. John had Peggy arrange Bill's work schedule and show him around the office. Liz made no secret to Mary over disagreeing with Dru's advice for Bill over his future. Liz paid little mind to Mary's assertions that John's firm has a wonderful reputation and that Bill may not want to take Will's place as Jim's business partner. Mary was taken aback by Liz downplaying Jim's contributions to Matthews and Matthews' remaining prosperous for many years. Dru beamed when Pat said Lee has started talking to her and has become warm, helpful, and interested in the house. Dru refused to accept credit for the changes in Lee or that John and Pat are finally enjoying some peace. Lee told Hal that John gave into her going out before she had a chance to make any promises. Hal fell in astonished silence as Lee expressed her deep hatred towards Pat. Lee got defensive over Hal's past assessment of her dating "Boy Scouts" like Mike, but softened as she and Hal admitted their feelings for each other.

Lee: (about John and Pat) "Sure. Don't make waves: that's my motto now. They want a goody-goody, that's what they'll get. I was letting them win, handing it to them on a silver platter, acting the way I was. They weren't having much fun, but neither was I--and I was worse off than they were. That doesn't make much sense, does it?"
Hal: "Man you really hate that chick, don't you?"
Lee: "My father's wife?"
Hal: "Don't you even say her name?"
Lee: "Not if I can help it."

Mary: "He's twenty-two, Liz..."
Liz: "And a very immature twenty-two. This just proves it. He's like a straw ready to blow in any direction. One word from Mr. Dru and he's ready to throw away a successful business that's waiting for him, and rushes off to start a new job--and for what--so someday he can defend criminals who don't deserve to be defended."

OCTOBER 19, 1965 (EP. #368)
Liz and Bill had a showdown over her interference in him working for John. Bill's temper flared at Liz's temerity in claiming that Mary conspired against Bill becoming Jim's partner by getting Dru and John to hire him as a law clerk. Bill regretted he hit a sore spot by telling Liz he'd move away like Susan had, but warned not to force his hand. Missy assured Bill that she isn't tired and her grades haven't suffered. Bill was too mad to give Missy details on his fight with Liz, but lightened up while telling Missy that practicing law is his true calling. Bill disagreed with Missy on the similarities in both of them juggling work and school, stating that he's in it for the experience. Missy was relieved when Tony and Alice interrupted Bill's offer to help her financially. Tony ruefully told Alice that he's not meeting Pete's expectations for him to be the best at everything. Alice abruptly cut the evening short after they shared a long kiss, which disappointed Tony. Mary smiled while Alice rambled about loving Tony and his wonderful qualities. Mary assured a sullen Alice that her innocence is something that Tony likes and respects. Mary told herself that getting hurt was part of growing up and parents can only help their children through it.

Bill: "Right or wrong, it's my life. You had no right to go to John."
Liz: "Because I thought maybe he might have some sense about this. Unfortunately, I was wrong. If you'd like to know the full list of my "sins," I also went to Mary and asked her to speak to Jim. That was the stupidest mistake of all! I was marching straight into the camp of the enemy."
Bill: (HIS EYES NARROWING) "Why the enemy?"
Liz: "I didn't realize until I was there, face to face with Mary. Then it made perfect sense."
Bill: (QUIETLY) "What did?"
Liz: "You mean you can't see it? Doesn't it strike you as rather a coincidence that this offer came from Mary's son-in-law?"
Bill: "I'm afraid I don't follow you."
Liz: "Oh, Bill, you know as well as I do that for years Mary has been resentful about that company. It just kills her that Will started it and brought Jim in--for a free ride. She's never been able to get over that---and now she sees a way to get us out of the company permanently."
Bill: "Are you suggesting that Aunt Mary got Mr. Dru to do this?"
Liz: "I'm not saying exactly how it happened. All I'm saying is that---by a happy coincidence, their close friend Dru suggested that you work for their son-in-law John. And you took the bait, Bill. And if you take the job, you'll be conveniently out of the way, once and for all, and Matthews and Matthews will be theirs. Now do you see?"
Bill: (APPALLED, HOLDING ONTO HIS SHREDDED TEMPER) "I see a couple of things---that you don't. First of all, when Dad died Uncle Jim made sure that we still owned half that company...."
Liz: "What else could he do!?"
Bill: "Plenty of things, if he were the kind of person you say he is! Secondly, it's not a matter of "if" I take a job with John. I took it---yesterday. He offered it to me and I was honored and happy to take it." (CU/LIZ, HER FACE GOING TAUT AND PALE) "Thirdly, if you ever meddle in my life again like this I'll do the same thing Sue did. I'll walk out of here and I won't come back." (CU/LIZ, BEATEN)

OCTOBER 20, 1965 (EP. #369)
Alex griped to Karen that they are leading two different lives because of their work schedules. Karen tried assuring Alex that she'll have shorter hours once she has finished reorientation programs. Alex surmised that Karen was content with a life of leisure until they moved back home. Karen agreed that their marriage has been affected since she resumed working but not her love for him. Janet told Ernest that she'll tolerate the hospital food to have lunch with him. Janet was touched when Ernest said he doubted he could fall in love again until they met. Ernest grew impatient when Janet asked to postpone making honeymoon plans until they set a wedding date. Ernest realized that talking about coordinating his and Janet's schedules to finalize their wedding plans was a sore subject for Karen. Karen told Ernest that Alex doesn't believe she can work and maintain a happy marriage. Ernest sympathized with Karen, who hoped that Alex will understand her fulfillment and happiness in nursing. Alex bluntly told Ernest that he opposes Karen working and assumed that seeing Ernest influenced her decision. Ernest couldn't get Alex to consider Karen's needs or have faith in her devotion to their marriage. Alex selfishly put Ernest in an awkward position by asking him to convince Karen to quit her job.

Janet: (in response to Ernest kissing her left hand) "Ernest, we're in public."
Ernest: "So what?"
Janet: "So--what will these people think of the eminent Dr. Gregory?"
Ernest: "That he's in love. There's nothing in the Hippocratic Oath against it."
Janet: (LAUGHING) "You're silly--and wonderful."
Ernest: "Yes, that's just it. I feel quite silly--and very young. It's a nice feeling."
Janet: "You are young. And I feel the same way and I love it too."

Alex: (Exit Line) (about Karen) "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."

Notes: Last appearance of James Congdon as Alex Gregory. Penciled-in critique, "Bad Script" and "Read Page by Page." "Ernest w/ J [Janet] lacks dignity-acts silly."

OCTOBER 21, 1965 (EP. #370)
Alice was hesitant and frowned slightly once she invited Tony to come into the house without Jim and Mary present. Tony blushed at Alice's assessment of him as intimidating during football games, but warm and gentle off the field. Tony and Alice held each other, sharing a long, tender kiss. Alice grew frightened over going further and explained to Tony that the ordeals Pat and Janet endured made her scared of affection with boys. Tony felt thwarted when he couldn't assure Alice of having pure intentions or ease her insecurities. Alice cried while lamenting to Pat that she has ruined her and Tony's relationship. Pat held herself accountable for Alice berating herself over feeling inadequate to sophisticated girls who do not fear intimacy. Pat gave Alice sage advice about not losing yourself for love's sake, urged her to trust Tony, and to stand by her beliefs and values. Hal purposely annoyed Lee by patronizing her over dating "good little boys." Lee resisted Hal's efforts to gain insight into the reasons she vacillates from being a fun-loving and carefree girl to a goody-goody. Hal was perturbed by Lee becoming guarded and evasive with him while she defended Mike's good qualities. Tony and Lee were nonplussed when they unexpectedly bumped into each other on the dance floor.

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 22, 1965 (EP. #371)
Pat unknowingly made Lee feel a bit guilty by praising her pleasant behavior and treatment towards her. Lee became tense and discomfited as Pat enthused over the differences in the household, her marriage to John improving, and the three of them taking a vacation. Lee's interest was piqued by Pat's hints about Tony and Alice having disagreements. Pat was full of happiness for Janet, who looked forward to attending a medical lecture that Ernest is giving. Janet told Pat that she feels youthful despite that she and Ernest are inundated with wedding plans, celebratory dinners, and parties since they announced their engagement. Pat gladly accepted Janet's offers to help with the house's interior design by going to art galleries to purchase pictures and paintings for the walls. Lee politely greeted Janet, who had some doubts over the changes in Lee being genuine. Tony softened Alice's anxiety by bringing her a bouquet of violets. Alice nervously told Tony that she has different standards and rules for herself on intimacy and conduct. Tony respected Alice's honesty but requested that she not compare him to other guys. John and Pat decided to accept the alterations in Lee's attitude as a gift instead of questioning the causes. Lee considered Tony's denial that he was at "The Joint" last night without Alice quite strange.

Alice: "Hello, John." (SLIDES HER SHOULDER TO PAT) "May I?"
Pat: "You always ask. What would you do if I said no?"
Alice: "I love your after shave lotion!"
John: "I don't use one."
Alice: "You mean that's you!?"

OCTOBER 25, 1965 (EP. #372)
Pat earnestly told John that Mrs. Weber has been helpful in carrying out her plans for the house. Pat informed John that she wants Mrs. Weber to work three or four days a week so she can make the house a home in her own unique ways. John was proud of Pat, who asserted that handling more domestic duties and reducing Mrs. Weber's schedule were her decisions. Mrs. Weber practically read Pat's mind when she said that Pat should do things herself and offered to lessen the number of days she works, but begrudgingly accepted a raise. Tony advised Alice not to regret being upfront about her views on intimacy or worry that his affections for her will change. Alice privately fretted that she had failed to reach an understanding and compromise with Tony. Alice was a bit disappointed that Tony didn't kiss her before she headed to class. Tony and Lee made small talk about John. Lee bristled at Tony referring to Pat as her stepmother and his opinion that John and Pat are perfect for each other. Tony admitted to Lee that he fibbed about being at "The Joint" because he worried that Alice would jump to conclusions. Lee told Tony that she hopes he will resolve his differences with Alice. Lee made a hasty retreat after she and Tony stared at each other for a moment.

Lee: (about John) "He likes you a lot too. I know Dad so well. I can tell when he doesn't like somebody. He just sort of tunes them out. I can see it in his eyes; they get just the littlest bit out of focus. Sometimes it's funny. People are sitting there talking, and he's smiling and nodding, but I know perfectly well he isn't hearing a word they're saying."
Tony: "I know what you mean. Sometimes my father does that too. I guess all busy men do; it's the only way they can protect themselves from having their time wasted. I guess they spend that time thinking about whatever they want to think about."

NOTE: Mrs. Weber, the Randolph's housekeeper was of German descent. She gives her first name as Emma and deceased husband's name was Fritz.

OCTOBER 26, 1965 (EP. #373)
Pat worried about John liking a painting she had bought while shopping with Janet. Janet advised Pat not to worry that Mrs. Weber agreed to a lighter schedule and to divide the household duties to appease Pat. Pat tried to downplay Janet's contentions that Lee getting sick, her conflicts with Lee, and John's long hours prevented them from having a true honeymoon and any peaceful time alone. Ernest informed Janet that Karen feels conflicted about nursing and Alex being against her working. Ernest told Janet that he refused Alex's request to convince Karen to quit her job. Janet told Ernest that she doesn't share John and Pat's beliefs that Lee has changed and Pat is immersing herself into housework to avoid addressing marital problems. John tried to mollify Pat, who disapproved of his indecisive attitude towards the painting. John was uncertain on whether Pat was annoyed that he couldn't go shopping with her because of work. Hal was envious of Lee having her own part of the house, private entrance, and a fifteen-minute commute to school. Lee kissed Hal to placate making him feel dense for stating that he cannot understood her unhappiness. Hal insinuated to Lee that Tony may have a wandering eye because he fibbed to Alice about being at "The Joint" without her

Pat: (about Mrs. Weber) "Well, she's so nice I'm not sure she wasn't just being nice to please me---and sacrifice herself, you know?"
Janet: (QUIETLY) "You're so much like Mary that sometimes it's amazing."
Pat: "Why?"
Janet: "Because your mother has always had exactly that quality of---concern for others. She's kind of a mother to the world---or she would be if she could, and you've turned into a kind of big sister."

Ernest: "...I was complaining to one of my colleagues just today that when we get married I'll never have the excuse that my wife made us late by taking so long dressing."
Janet: "You complained about it!?"
Ernest: "Well, for most men it's such a handy excuse."
Janet: (SHE TURNS HER BACK TOWARDS HIM) "Will you?" (HE FINISHES ZIPPING UP HER DRESS) "There's a little tiny hook at the top."
Ernest: "I know." (HE STRUGGLES WITH IT) "Sometimes I think they put these on women's dress just to torment clumsy-fingered men...."
Janet: ..."when are you a clumsy-fingered man?" (SHE TAKES HIS HAND, HOLDS IT UP) "I'm sure your patients wouldn't like to hear you say that."

OCTOBER 27, 1965 (EP. #374)
Pat had a nightmare that re-enacted every moment of the night she killed Tom. Pat told John that seeing Mrs. Weber's calendar reminded her of the date, but she thought the memories wouldn't come back so vividly. John regretted that Pat didn't tell him so that he could've been prepared to help get her through the day. John urged Pat to focus on the positive things that have happened in the last year. Pat remained drained and exhausted while John held her in his arms. Bill expressed admiration to Peggy for working at John's office during the day and attending law school at night. Bill reassured John that Liz won't interfere in his job and that he is gaining valuable experience as a law clerk. Peggy surprised Bill when she opined with certainty that something important is bothering John. John confided in Dru that Pat's memories of Tom and him being swamped with work has caused more discord in their marriage. Dru readily agreed to John's urgent request to visit Pat. Dru was impressed by Pat's progress as a homemaker and told her not to worry about making mistakes with the house. Pat was touched and gladly accepted Dru's invitation to go to the zoo and see a museum exhibit on modern painting. John continued dictating law references to Peggy despite being riddled with stress and exhaustion.



Pat: "I didn't think it would all come back, but it did---every second of it---so clear, so strong. It's never going to go away!"
John: "Yes it will, darling. 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 someday the date will hardly have any meaning at all."
Pat: (SHAKING HER HEAD; BARELY AUDIBLE) "Not, that day will never come. I killed a human being---I can still see it happening. For so long I couldn't remember it, and then I took that drug---and I remembered..."

Dru: (about Pat's smile) "That's what I wanted to see! Have I got a date?" (PAT HESITATES) "Please don't turn me down. At my age, being refused by a young woman is a terrible blow to the ego." (PAT LAUGHS) "I take that for yes. Come on, get your coat. Come on, hurry up! They feed the monkeys at eleven-thirty and several of them absolutely refuse to eat unless I'm there."
Pat: (LAUGHING IN SPITE OF HERSELF) "Dru, you're wonderful."
Dru: "Exactly what the monkeys think."
Dru: "Now, no fair thinking twice."
Pat: "That's not it." (SHE REACHES UP AND KISSES HIS CHEEK) "There. Now let's go."

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)
Missy wanted to drop the subject rather than answer Bill's inquiry on having something to prove by juggling a job and an education. Missy was distressed that Liz and Bill aren't on speaking terms because she tried to interfere in Bill working for John. Bill cooled off when Missy pointed out that he didn't want to discuss Liz any more than she did about working. Bill beamed while telling Missy about working with Peggy as John's law clerks. Lee flirtatiously praised Tony on his performance at the football game. Lee found Tony's attempt to muster happiness over dating Alice transparent. Alice interrupted Tony and Lee's conversation to ask him to dance, unaware that the two had realized their mutual attraction. Alice explained John and Pat's conflicts with Lee to Tony and that she's happy that they seem to be getting along now. Tony grew upset when Alice broke away from his embrace and kisses. Alice felt insulted when Tony called their restraint on intimacy a pact that might not work for them. Tony left Alice in frustration when she couldn't articulate the differences between her ways of showing affection towards boys and physical intimacy. Alice confided in Mary that her principles are ruining her romance with Tony. Mary told a bitter, teary-eyed Alice that all women go through the anxiety that Alice is experiencing.

Bill: (HE TAKES HER HANDS; MORE GENTLY) "I love you, Missy. If I had my way we'd see each other every night."
Missy: "And then you wouldn't see your mother at all."
Bill: (HIS GAZE DARKENING) "It wouldn't be much of a loss. We're not exactly the best of friends at the moment."
Missy: "Bill! Because she went to John Randolph?"
Bill: "You're darn right! She's never going to do anything like that again. I'm twenty two years old. I don't need my mother going to people and telling them what to do about me. And now that I'm working for him and I know what I might have missed---it really makes me see red."
Missy: "But you can't, Bill, you mustn't. Your mother's only thinking of you."
Bill: (DARKLY) "That's the excuse I used to make for her. I'm not so sure anymore. Anyway I've told her the next time she interferes in my life I'm moving out of that house."

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)
Pat was relieved that Missy's unexpected visit rescued her from doing household chores. Missy gushed to Pat about attending college, but conceded that Bill was unhappy about her working nights at "The Joint." Pat told Missy that she was curious about Tony because she got the impression from Alice that their romance was not going well and Tony seemed more experienced than Alice. Missy opined to Pat that, while Tony is popular, good looking, and a star athlete, he has dated many girls, but does not have Tom's reputation. Pat and Missy realized that Lee had overheard Pat admit that she was ashamed of the example she had set for Alice. Missy declined Lee's offer to share being the guest of honor at her housewarming party because Missy was uncomfortable with being the center of attention. Lee deduced from Missy's veiled remarks that Alice was apprehensive over getting affectionate with Tony. Alice was nervous yet flattered when Tony raved about the candlelight dinner she had prepared and the dress she wore for the occasion. Tony was charmed when Alice confessed that she fears that Tony would get badly injured while playing football. Tony accused Alice of leading him on by creating a romantic atmosphere and judging all men to Tom when Alice stopped herself from responding to his affection. Lee called Alice to confirm that she would be attending the housewarming party. Tony unhappily suggested to Alice that they quit spending time together alone. Alice grew teary-eyed while grappling with feeling immature, timid, and disappointed for frustrating Tony.

Notes: Last episode to credit James Lipton as Head Writer.

NOVEMBER 1, 1965 (EP. #377)
Janet joked about Ernest's profession constantly interrupting his personal life in an effort to raise Alice's spirits. Alice wailed to Janet that she had ruined the special evening that she had planned for her and Tony because her caution towards affection frustrates Tony. Janet sympathized with Alice, who confessed that she fears that she would experience the same ordeals that Pat had endured with Tom by getting intimate with Tony. Alice told Janet that she was afraid of losing Tony. Lee got Pat to admit that Alice was quite fond of Tony, but Pat emphasized that Alice does not care about Tony's status at the college. John and Pat bought Lee's claim that she decided against inviting Hal to the housewarming party because Lee felt she would be a better host without Hal being present. Lee eyed Pat without conciliation when Pat accidentally revealed that she had dismissed Mrs. Weber because she wanted to take care of the house on her own. John tried to ease Lee's anger towards Pat by emphasizing that Mrs. Weber had wished to retire and that she was not needed as their housekeeper since John had married Pat. John told Pat that they must be forthright and honest with Lee while treating her like an adult. John urged Pat to take a firmer hand with Lee instead of being deferential towards her. An offended Pat remonstrated John for treating her like a client who was on trial for a crime. Lee's amicable facade disappeared as she gazed at an article on Pat's murder trial that was in Lee's scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Lee probed Pat further on whether or not Tony and Alice were dating exclusively. Lee was more defensive than apologetic when Pat innocently stumbled on Lee's scrapbook and saw the newspaper article about her trial for murdering Tom.

Newspaper Headline in Lee's Scrapbook: "Guilty or Not Guilty?"

Notes: First episode to credit Agnes Nixon as Head Writer.

NOVEMBER 2, 1965 (EP. #378)
John felt helpless when Pat refused to articulate the reason that she gets angry at the mention of being guilt-ridden during their conversations. Janet told John and Pat that she came unannounced to invite them to her and Ernest's wedding that would take place on December 11th, since the occasion would be a small gathering and sending out formal invitations was unnecessary. Janet claimed to Pat that Tony returned to campus for football training after sharing a private dinner with Alice because she wanted to protect Alice's privacy. Pat admitted to Janet that she felt guilty because her experiences with Tom caused Alice to find it difficult to allow boys to get close to her. Janet implored Pat to put the past behind her and remember that she was acquitted for shooting Tom, but Pat maintained that she had destroyed the child she would have shared with Tom and became barren as a consequence for her actions. Janet told Pat that she was grateful that Ernest loved her enough to marry her, despite that Ernest could never love another woman the way he loved Karen. Liz was surprised to learn that John had hired Bill as a law clerk on a part-time basis. John was forgiving when Liz apologized for getting on John's case, despite Liz's wish for Bill to take his rightful place at the family's accounting firm. Bill joked to John that Liz has repeatedly expressed surprise over Ernest and Janet's engagement and wedding plans because Liz never thought that Janet would abandon her career for marriage. Janet told Karen that she would quit her job at Ernest's behest once they get married. Karen invented excuses for being unable to attend Ernest and Janet's wedding, though she sincerely wished Ernest and Janet much happiness. Karen encouraged Janet not to doubt Ernest's love.

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."

Karen: (Exit Line) (the hospital, to Janet about the private chat they had) "Thank you."

Notes: Last appearance of Ellen Weston as Karen Gregory.

NOVEMBER 3-5, 1965: Pre-empted due to the World Series.

NOVEMBER 8, 1965 (EP. #379)
Janet was plagued by memories of Karen expressing regret over hurting Ernest by marrying Alex. Liz griped to Mary about walking on eggshells every time she broaches the subject of Missy to Bill. Mary sympathized with Liz, who lamented that her relationship with Bill has become strained, but Mary disagreed with Liz's assertion that Bill feels infatuation and not love towards Missy. 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 marveled at Liz's ability to dissemble ignorance over Ernest and Janet setting a wedding date. Liz pretended to share Mary's happiness and enthusiasm over Ernest and Janet's wedding plans. Janet accepted Mary's offer to hold her wedding at Mary and Jim's house. Mary felt certain that Alice would not mind that Janet planned to ask Pat to be her wedding attendant. Janet hedged on working on a guest list for the wedding after telling Mary that Alex and Karen left town and would not be attending the ceremony. At the Kopper Kettle, Bill tried to pressure Missy into marrying him, but struck out. Missy assured Bill that her qualms over marriage had nothing to do with the fact that she grew up without a family. Bill noticed Tony's arrival at the Kopper Kettle and reiterated to Missy that he would not have introduced him to Alice if he was not a decent guy, leading Missy to debate whether she had misjudged Tony. Bill's eyebrows were raised when Lee innocently claimed that Tony was tutoring her on some math homework. Tony was ambivalent when Lee mentioned Alice, but became defensive while telling Lee that his dating life is none of her business. Lee smiled sweetly in reaction to Tony declaring that he was not Alice's personal property.

NOVEMBER 9, 1965 (EP. #380)
Helen read while sipping tea in her bedroom. Helen groused to her friend, Katherine Corning, that she is too ill to accompany her to see Liz. Katherine warned Helen that keeping her busy with charity work will not prevent her from finding Missy, which is Katherine's true purpose for coming to town. Liz reminisced about Will and confided in Bill that she's still grieving for him. Bill considered Liz doing volunteer work at the hospital an excellent way to create a new life for herself. Liz was disappointed that Helen didn't come with Katherine, who is Helen's houseguest while she's in town. Katherine was impressed by Bill's kindness towards Liz and his good manners upon meeting him for the first time. Liz and Katherine related to each other on the ways in which they cope with being widows. Liz recalled that Katherine had mentioned her friends, the Palmers who live in San Diego and asked if Missy might be related to them. Katherine listened intently as Liz contemplated the reasons Bill could be serious about a girl with an unknown background. Bill studied pictures that Missy had secretly made of her parents. Missy was distressed that Bill had talked about her to Katherine, but Bill maintained it was only natural for him to mention the girl he loves. Bill casually dropped the subject and believed Missy's claim that she didn't know anyone in San Francisco. Helen told Katherine that Liz is caustic at times but has good intentions. Helen noticed that Katherine was distracted and sensed that she had no interest in the hospital benefit. Katherine vowed to prove Missy as the daughter she gave up for adoption, despite Helen's dire warnings that she will hurt Missy and should leave things alone.

Helen: (Nancy Douglas, Introduction Line) "You're ready to go?"
Katherine: (Introduction Line) "I'm sorry you aren't coming along. But I'm sure bed is where you belong with that cold."

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."

Notes: First and only appearance of Nancy Douglas as Helen (surname Von Maur in this episode). First appearance of Ann Sheridan as Katherine Corning. Originally, Liz mentions Katherine's extensive experience in volunteer work, giving this as the character's purpose. This was revised to only include Katherine's original line, "I really haven't made any definite plans. I'm more or less foot loose and fancy free, you know." Katherine stated that she and Helen have known each other for years and their husbands were in the Navy together during WWII. They renewed their friendship after Katherine's husband, Carter Corning died.


NOVEMBER 10, 1965 (EP. #381)
Hal asked Lee the reasons she excluded him from the housewarming party and has been treating him like he was poison. Lee grew defensive when Hal accused her of stringing him along and plotting to steal Tony away from Alice. Hal warned Lee against playing the innocent routine with him. Bill modestly told Pat that he works hard to reciprocate John giving him job experience when Pat said that John considers him a very helpful law clerk. Pat grew apprehensive over discussing Tony and Alice's issues with Bill, who wanted to help because he felt responsible for setting them up. Pat grimly advised Bill that Alice is scared of showing Tony affection because of everything that she had endured with Tom. Bill tried to change the subject for Pat, who was regretful over being too young and naive to heed Bill's warnings about Tom. John told Dru that Mrs. Weber will be working fewer days and that Pat seems to enjoy being a housewife. Dru got John to consider adopting a child to foster Pat's loving, maternal nature. Pat was transfixed by hearing, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi," on Lee's record player, then made a hasty retreat after claiming to John and Dru that it didn't bother her. John went to help Lee with her math homework after lecturing her about playing music loudly in her bedroom. Dru encouraged Pat to tell John that she's been plagued by memories of Tom lately and not to let the past ruin their future together. Pat was appreciative towards Dru for reminding her that a healthy marriage involves a husband and wife leaning on each other for support.

Pat: "He's helped so much already. He's been through so much because of me. No, I - I'll be all right, Dru. I'll get over this."
Dru: "Of course you will. But it takes time for anyone to get over what you went through, Pat -- much more time than you've had. And sometimes people need more than just time. They need help in exorcising the spirits of the past. And you should go to your husband for that help, Pat."
Pat: "I - I don't want to burden him with this. Especially now, Dru."
Dru: "But that's what husbands and wives are for -- that's what marriage is for. To share the burdens as well as the joys of life."
Pat: "I've been the cause of so much sorrow in John's life already, Dru."
Dru: "And you've also given him more happiness than he's known in many years, my dear. Pat, you and John have so much more happiness to look forward to - you mustn't let the past engulf you; you mustn't let it ruin your future. Your future together. You can't let the past do that, Pat."
Pat: (TRYING TO BE MORE CONVINCING THAN SHE FEELS) "I - I know that, Dru. I do know it, but -- thank you for saying so. I - I guess I needed to be reminded. I'll be fine now. Really I will."

NOVEMBER 11, 1965 (EP. #382)
John assuaged Pat's anxiety over the party by urging her to have confidence in herself and to rely on Mrs. Weber. Pat tried to evade John's proposal of adopting a child for her to nurture and love because she is young and would enjoy motherhood. John chose to drop the subject so Pat wouldn't feel pressured and to ease her agitation. Jim was distressed when Janet revealed that Pat continues to doubt her own innocence in Tom's death and punishes herself over having an abortion. Jim and Janet ruminated over the reasons Pat has yet to discuss her troubles with Mary or John. Janet told Jim that she doesn't want to cause discord with Mary because Pat confided in her and asked Jim not to bring up their conversation so that she maintains Pat's trust. Jim opined that it was a positive sign that Pat was talking through her problems with Janet, who lamented that she and Pat may be excessively dependent on each other. Alice apologized profusely after innocently playing, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi," which caused Pat to drop a plate she was holding. John beamed over Pat, Alice, Lee, and Mrs. Weber making the house spotless during the day. Pat was grateful to Jim, Mary, and Dru for coming early because it lent her much needed moral support. Mary joked about overcoming anxiety in having company with practice and time. Pat enjoyed the security in listening to Jim fondly recall the outings they had together as informal traditions. Dru staggered over to the bar, placed his hand to his head, and faltered next to John during a dizzy spell. John urgently called a doctor when Dru fainted while sitting in a chair.

Mary: "Oh Jim, do you remember how I was when we were first married? I'd get so nervous and upset when we were having company, you and I always ended up not speaking to one another before the guests came."
Dru: "Why Mary, I'm surprised. You always appear to take guests right in your stride."
Jim: "She does now. But I've learned the secret, Dru."
John: "What is it? I'd like to know."
Jim: "On the day you're giving a party, just disappear! And don't show your face in the house 'til about five minutes before the guests arrive. By that time, everything is done and your wife is calm, cool and collected. And very much easier to get along with, I might add."

Jim: "You know, honey, it's still a little hard for me to believe that my little girl is old enough to have a home of her own, be giving parties of her own. It seems like only yesterday your mother and I were chaperoning your high school parties."
Jim: "Uh-hmm. And you know? I miss the good times we used to have together. The hikes you and I used to take, the Friday nights the two of us would go to movies. Do you remember?"
Pat: "I remember taking you to some pretty awful movies."
Jim: "Good popcorn though."
Pat: "You must have been bored to death."

NOVEMBER 12, 1965 (EP. #383)
Bill and Lee noted that Dru remained jovial and gregarious despite appearing tired lately. Bill, Missy, Alice, and Lee affectionately discussed Dru, who created a family of sorts for himself through close friendships with all of them. Alice likened their sentiments to Janet building relationships with the family after years of leading an independent life. Bill, Missy, and Alice were embarrassed over Lee's theory that Pat might not have been acquitted without Dru and John's work. Alice and Missy persuaded Bill and Lee to quit debating the merits of Pat's defense case after becoming discomfited over the topic. Lee reflected on time passing by quickly and the ways in which so many things have changed. Lee and Alice promised to keep Bill and Missy abreast on Dru's condition. Alice told Lee that she is pleased that Lee and John are part of the family and offered her friendship. Lee tricked Alice into accepting that she was genuinely remorseful over playing, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi," after Alice revealed that the song has special meaning to Pat. Alice told Lee that Tony is a member of the same fraternity as Tom, that he is her first serious boyfriend, but admitted that Tony hasn't given her his fraternity pin yet. Lee downplayed her relationship with Hal when Alice asked about him. Bill and Missy were incredulous towards Hal's claims that Lee is plotting to snag Tony from Alice. Hal cautioned Bill and Missy against fooling themselves into believing that Lee wants friendship from Tony or to underestimate her duplicity. Lee feigned sincerity and assumed a sweet smile while assuring Alice that she would keep quiet about her issues over displaying affection with Tony.

NOVEMBER 15, 1965 (EP. #384)
Janet and Mary tried to console Pat over the party ending abruptly and Dru having to be hospitalized. Mary, Janet, and Pat debated whether Dru had been exhausting himself with a heavy class schedule while exchanging sentiments over his kindness and generosity. Ernest informed Janet, Mary, and Pat that he appointed a cardiologist named Dr. Daniel Steele to lead Dru's medical case and promised to keep them abreast of his condition. Mary told Janet that it was only natural to be thinking of her own happiness and having pride in Ernest since they are getting married. Janet told Mary that she was remiss for feeling content over being alone and reflected on happily sharing her life with Ernest. Pat kept quiet her realization that she didn't love John in the deep, profound ways that Mary articulated about Jim. Dr. Steele told Mary, Pat, John, and Janet that he will perform more diagnostic tests once Dru has regained some strength. John and Mary informed Dr. Steele that Dru is without relatives, lives alone, and teaches at the University, but were unaware of allergies and medical history. Mary refused to let Alice spend the night with John and Pat, which disappointed Pat because she was anxious to have Alice's company. Janet and Mary were puzzled over Pat seeming lost. Janet theorized to Ernest that Dru's hospitalization may have triggered Pat's memories of her ordeals and she is punishing herself over past mistakes. Ernest was disturbed as Janet related that Pat is desperate to have a perfect marriage, but is afraid to confess her troubles to John. Pat sulked over cursing everyone she holds dear.

Pat: (VOICE-OVER, RECORDED) "Why? Why? Everything I touch -- everyone I'm close to -- something goes wrong. The first party I give and Dru...He tried to help me and now this happens...Why? Why?"

Notes: Dr. Daniel Steele, who along with Ernest treated Dru in the hospital, was originally given the last name of Vaughn.

NOVEMBER 16, 1965 (EP. #385)
Bill and Missy were uncertain whether Hal was driven by jealousy to allege that Lee is scheming against Alice to win Tony for herself. Missy was profoundly affected by Bill's contentions that all people have thoughts and feelings that are kept private regardless of their relationships with others. Bill accepted Lee's explanation for excluding Hal from the party as reasonable and dismissed Hal's suspicions of Lee having ulterior motives as baseless. Missy wasn't mollified by Bill's assertion that Lee was being a proper hostess by socializing with Tony. Bill was aghast when Missy scolded him for lecturing Pat over dwelling on the past. Liz was patronizing towards Missy's claims that Bill hadn't aired any frustrations about her, then griped about her first foray into social events being ruined. Missy grew agitated while telling Liz that she was too young to remember her parents and made excuses to deliberately end the conversation. Bill accused Liz of prying into Missy's life by bombarding her with questions, but realized Liz was right to inquire into Missy's background since she is the girl he intends to marry. Liz harped on Missy's reluctance to talk about her parents, despite Bill's appeals to give Missy the respect Liz had when she evaded the subject of Will. Bill fell victim to Liz's coercion by becoming angry and defensive towards her implying that Missy is keeping secrets from him. Ann encouraged Missy to trust Bill, be upfront with him about her background, and believe that the truth wouldn't change Bill's love for her. Missy was wrought with vehemence while voicing shame towards not being adopted and having to choose her own name.

Bill: "I don't know what it is. But I do know one thing. If Hal thinks he knows exactly what's going on in Lee's mind, he's mistaken; no one can ever know that about another person, no matter how close they are."
Missy: "I - I suppose not."
Bill: "Of course they can't. All of us have a private world of our own, Missy, and even though we share a part of our lives with other people, there's still a certain part that no one can share."
Missy: "I know..."
Bill: "Even you and I Missy - as close as we are -- I don't always know what you're thinking, your real reasons for feeling the way you do about certain things. A lot of times we don't even know the reasons ourselves."

Ann: "Darling, what his mother thinks -- what anyone else thinks -- isn't half as important as what Bill thinks of you. Or what you think of yourself. Missy, you're a fine person. A wonderful girl. Your background doesn't matter now."
Missy: "You - don't know Bill's mother. It would matter to her a great deal."
Ann: "But it isn't Mrs. Matthews you're in love with, Missy. And the longer you go on not telling Bill...."
Missy: (EMOTIONALLY) "I can't tell him, Ann. I just can't!"
Ann: "And why not? Missy, I don't think it's because you're really afraid of what Bill or his mother will think. It's because of the way you yourself feels -- as if your past were something to be ashamed of."
Missy: "It - it wouldn't be so bad if I had been adopted, Ann. I wouldn't mind saying that. But this way no one even adopted me. I - I even had to make up my own name!"
Ann: "It's a beautiful name...Melissa Palmer."
Missy: "But it doesn't mean anything! Other people's names mean something -- a family, relatives, a home. But mine -- what does it really mean? Nothing! Nothing at all. That's all Melissa Palmer is, Ann -- that's all she'll ever be. Just a big black nothing."

NOVEMBER 17, 1965 (EP. #386)
Ann told Missy that people ask questions because they want to get to know her. Missy defended herself against Ann's disappointment over deflecting Bill's curiosity due to being without a name and fabricating "parents" by cutting out pictures of strangers and framing them onto a wall. Ann grew flustered while openly wishing she could persuade Missy into accepting that she is a beautiful, intelligent young woman that Bill loves and people would respect for overcoming hardships. Missy spoke ruefully about feeling like a fraud in Liz's eyes. Janet applauded Liz's campaign of getting out more and doing charity work. Liz wistfully told Janet that she envies her starting a life with Ernest and reflected on loving Will deeply and Bill and Susan becoming adults. Janet was stunned over Liz's resolve to unearth Missy's background, despite Bill's lack of concern over it. Helen disguised her misgivings over Katherine's presence in town while they helped Liz at the hospital thrift store. Katherine raved about Liz's friendship and Helen being a consummate hostess. Helen disagreed with Liz's opinions that Janet is fortunate to be marrying Ernest and that an onus on single women existed in society. Liz wallowed in self-pity over life seeming pointless since losing Will and boring Katherine with her problems. Katherine noted Helen's disapproving look when Liz mentioned the Palmers in San Francisco being unrelated to Missy. Helen expressed regret to Katherine over letting her come to town because of her intentions to prove that Missy is her daughter. Katherine was undaunted by Helen's urgings to abandon her quest and forget she ever heard the name Melissa Palmer.

Liz: "My campaign -- to get out and do more. Make a new life for myself." (LAUGHS) "If you call pinning price labels on second-hand clothes living! I'm beginning to wonder."
Janet: "Oh, but it's very worthwhile work, Liz! Ernest told me that they're planning to renovate the recreation room in the Pediatrics Ward with the funds raised in the Thrift Shop."
Liz: "After a morning working in this Thrift Shop, I'm the one who needs renovating! And as soon as my replacement arrives, I'm off to the beauty parlor..."

Katherine: "I'm already enjoying it. Helen is a wonderful hostess, and your sister-in-law has been very kind to me too."
Liz: "You've hardly given me a chance, Mrs. Corning. But we're delighted to have you here. Aren't we, Helen?"
Helen: (Murial Williams, Introduction Line) (RESTRAINED ENTHUSIASM) "Oh -- yes. Of course."

Notes: First appearance of Murial Williams as Helen Von Maur (later renamed Moore).

NOVEMBER 18, 1965 (EP. #387)
Mary assumed that Alice was distracted because Tony was playing an out-of-town football game during the weekend. Alice confessed to Mary that she regrets telling Pat about her issues with showing Tony affection because Pat blames herself for causing them. Mary grew thoughtful as Alice bemoaned ruining Pat's happiness by conjuring the ghost of Tom Baxter. Dru joked that he was seeing a vision upon waking up to find Pat in his hospital room and apologized for disrupting the housewarming party. Dr. Steele and Pat were amused over Dru fussing over his medical treatment involving endless tests and examinations. Dru and Dr. Steele remarked on Pat being a beautiful, charming young woman. Dr. Steele reflected to Dru on remaining sympathetic to Pat because of the tragedies she faced and that Pat deserved the happiness she has found with John. Alice told Mary that she was self-centered in allowing Pat to comfort her by calmly discussing the experiences she had with Tom. Mary tried to console Alice over Pat's disturbed reaction to hearing "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" on Lee's record player, but was incredulous towards Alice's suspicions that Pat is putting on a happy facade for John's sake rather than confessing her troubles. John theorized to Pat that Dru may have collapsed because of fatigue that caught up to him. Pat was crestfallen that she couldn't get John to take her on a vacation due to work and leaving Lee alone in the house. John didn't notice Pat turning her back to him while fighting back tears over staying home and insisting that she isn't overwhelmed by housework.

Dru: "Tests! That's what a hospital seems to be made up of - tests, syringes, stethoscopes, thermometers...How do they expect a man to get well at this rate?"

NOVEMBER 19, 1965: Pre-empted.

NOVEMBER 22, 1965 (EP. #388)
Mary was amused by Alice excitedly drumming up ideas for Ernest and Janet's wedding ceremony. Janet freely admitted to Mary that she was wrong to think that satisfaction in her career was a substitute for marriage and sharing a home with a husband. Mary was inquiring further into Janet's comments about Karen feeling remorseful over marrying Alex and having no intention of attending the wedding when Jim arrived home. Jim informed Mary, Janet, and Alice that Dru was diagnosed with malnutrition and anemia and won't be released from the hospital until he moves into a nursing home or hires someone to cook for him. Alice enthusiastically approved of Jim and Mary's decision to invite Dru to stay with them while he recuperates. Mary and Alice assured Janet that taking care of Dru and having her wedding at the house won't be an inconvenience. Dru insisted that he would be a burden and disruption to their lives when Jim and Mary offered a room to him in the Matthews house. Dr. Steele unsuccessfully tried to convince a stubborn Dru to accept Jim and Mary's invitation since he would receive the adequate care, regular meals, and rest necessary to leading a healthy lifestyle. Janet was in shock after receiving a call from Ernest, who revealed that Alex and Karen had been driving to meet friends in New York. Alice consoled Janet as she related that Alex had been killed instantly and Karen hospitalized with minor injuries just outside of Toledo. Janet conceded to Alice that she failed to consider the possibility that Alex's death would affect her wedding plans to Ernest.

Dru: "Mary....Jim...You have always been two of my dearest friends. And I certainly don't intend to put our friendship in jeopardy by imposing on it in such a way."
Mary: "But it wouldn't be an imposition, Dru - believe me, it wouldn't! We want you with us, don't we, Jim?"
Jim: "And when Mary first suggested it Dru, Alice practically pushed us out of the house to come over here and talk to you about it. She's every bit as eager to have you as we are."
Dru: "I'm deeply flattered, Jim. Please tell her that for me, will you?"
Mary: "What we want to tell her is that you're coming. Now Jim and I talked this over with Dr. Steele before we even said anything to you, and he thinks it's just exactly what you need."
Dru: "That may be, Mary. But I'm thinking of what the Matthews need -- and that doesn't include having a sick, old man on your hands."
Mary: "You're not a sick, old man, Dru. Dr. Steele said when you were released from the hospital, you'd be able to be up and around and living quite a perfectly normal life."
Jim: "And as far as that goes, Dru, we won't interfere in that life in anyway. It'll be like having your own apartment. You can come and go exactly as you wish. And you'll have every bit as much privacy as you have where you are now."
Mary: "Please, Dru - please consider it, won't you?"
Dru: "Mary dear, I'm very grateful you'd even suggest such a thing. But as I said before, I have no intention of inflicting myself on my friends and disrupting your entire household."
Mary: "Oh, Dru! Jim, can't you talk to him?"
Dr. Steele: "Well, what's the verdict, Mrs. Matthews?"
Dru: "Dr. Steele, I happen to be the lawyer on this case, and I find the three of you guilty of conspiracy. Not only that, but I strongly suspect you personally of being the mastermind behind this whole plot."
Dr. Steele: "Mr. Dru, I am completely innocent of the charges. I'll admit, however, that when Mr. and Mrs. Matthews told me about their plan, I agreed that it was an excellent idea."
Dru: "In that case, I'll change the charge to accessory after the fact; but I refuse to change the original verdict."

NOVEMBER 23, 1965 (EP. #389)
Dru ruefully admitted to Dr. Steele that the frightening experience of being incapacitated has completely changed his outlook on life. John and Pat bantered with Dru on his medical treatment after giving him malted milk and a book to read. Dru told John and Pat that he refuses to impose on Jim and Mary by consenting to live with them when Dr. Steele mentioned their offer. Mary told John and Pat that she was too distracted by Alex's death to discuss the offer she and Jim extended to Dru. John disagreed with Pat's assumptions that Janet was worried over Ernest and Karen reconciling and needed moral support. Pat relayed the ways Janet had helped her, which John countered by stating she wasn't obligated to see Janet right away. Mary was upset after witnessing John put his foot down against Pat visiting Janet to end their argument. Jim grew pensive while Mary brought up Alice's suspicions that Pat is disturbed by the past and is suffering in silence. Mary told Jim that John discounted Janet's support to Pat as being in the past, which led her to believe that John wouldn't be sympathetic to Pat's depression over her memories. Jim tried to pacify Mary, who became angry and hurt over Pat confiding in Janet about being haunted over killing Tom and having an abortion. Mary expressed concern over John and Pat to Jim, who conceded to not having reassurances since he was opposed to the marriage. Pat concealed her disappointment in John's attitude as he tried to explain his stance on Janet. John felt unsettled over Pat's decision to go to bed immediately.

John: "How are you feeling?"
Dru: (A TOUCH CROCHETY) "If everyone in the world felt as well as I do, the hospitals would go out of business. I don't know why they insist on keeping me here. There's nothing wrong with me."
Pat: (MISCHEVIOUSLY INNOCENT) "Oh really? Then what's that for?" (INDICATES I.V.)
Dru: "Ummph! Pure sugar and water. Just something to give them an excuse to present me with a whopping bill when I leave."
John: (MOCK SEVERITY) "There's no use trying to conceal the facts, Dru. Dr. Steele has already given us the truth about your condition."
Dru: (DISGRUNTLED) "Hmmph! Why doesn't he just put out an all-points bulletin."

NOVEMBER 24, 1965 (EP. #390)
Helen told Katherine that her daughter, Lenore enjoys college and has made new friends, but firmly advised Katherine not to entertain any ideas of using Lenore to be introduced to Missy. Katherine shrugged off Helen's convictions that she doesn't have the right to interfere in Missy's life and would cause everyone involved heartache. Helen chastised Katherine for concealing her true purpose for coming to town, but acknowledged that their friendship was too precious to make her stay at a hotel. Bill told Missy that Liz wants them to become friends now that she has faced the fact that Bill intends to marry her. Missy evaded accepting Liz's dinner invitation by telling Bill that she will be juggling her schoolwork and a job at the Homestead. Bill told Missy that he persuaded Liz to quit asking her personal, invasive questions to quell Missy's hesitance in spending time with Liz. Missy groused to Pat that Liz acts sincere and genuinely interested while pumping her for information on her parents and past. Pat reflected on taking accountability for her actions while urging Missy not to be ashamed of her background because she isn't responsible for being illegitimate. Missy grew pensive over Pat's advice to be honest with Bill once and for all. Ann was surprised when Katherine inquired on Missy and revealed having knowledge of her case. Katherine learned that Missy was abandoned without a signed release from her parents and lived in orphanages and foster homes until the age of eighteen due to never being adopted by asking Ann leading questions. Ann abruptly clammed up when Katherine alluded to Missy not having a real name.

Pat: "Missy, there are certain things I - I'd like to hide about my past. Things that are much harder to conceal than your background."
Missy: (IMMEDIATELY SYMPATHETIC) "Oh Pat, I - I didn't mean."
Pat: (TOPS) "I know. But the point is, Missy -- these are things I brought on myself. I did them. You've done nothing to be ashamed of. The things I did -- my abortion and then killing Tom because he wouldn't marry me -- Missy, I was the one responsible for these things. No one else."
Missy: "But you weren't responsible for Tom's death, Pat. The jury said you weren't."
Pat: (NODS) "And I've been saying to you that your background doesn't matter to anyone, but you don't accept that. Missy, don't you see - we have to accept something in our own hearts, believe it ourselves, before we can believe anyone else who says it?"
Missy: "Are you saying that for yourself or for me, Pat?"
Pat: "I - I think it applies to both of us."

Notes: First mention of Lenore who is introduced in May 1966. Helen reveals that Lenore is a college sophomore at the local University.

NOVEMBER 25, 1965: Pre-empted for coverage of the Thanksgiving Parade.

NOVEMBER 26, 1965: Pre-empted for coverage of the NCAA Football Game.

NOVEMBER 29, 1965 (EP. #391)
Janet told Pat that she couldn't gauge Ernest's thoughts and feelings while they talked on the phone. Pat was astonished as Janet revealed that Ernest felt animosity towards Alex and Karen because he was deeply hurt by their marriage, but faced Karen's rejection by shifting the blame onto Alex. Janet and Pat reflected on Ernest's gratitude over becoming friends with Alex. Pat discouraged Janet from pondering whether Ernest would cancel their wedding to reconcile with Karen. Lee was embarrassed when Missy complimented her on adjusting to John's marriage and getting along with Pat. Missy accidentally blabbed Hal's insinuations about Lee and Tony, but tried to assure Lee that she and Bill dismissed Hal as being jealous. Lee remarked that Missy was lucky not having parents to dictate her life after Missy mentioned Bill attending law school against Liz's wishes. Missy grew curt with Lee, who was stunned by her reaction to asking her about having any living relatives. Bill was perplexed over Lee's hasty retreat after Missy cut her off from apologizing. Missy hedged making a commitment to Bill on having dinner with Liz. Bill aired his grievances to Missy on her mood swings once she flatly refused to include Ann in Liz's plans without an explanation. Ann told Katherine that Missy was raised as a ward of the state. Katherine was vague while telling Ann that her purpose for Missy was to verify a possible family relation between them and asked Ann to arrange a meeting. Ann grew suspicious and declined Katherine's request while maintaining that she won't risk subjecting Missy to any suffering after years of feeling alone and unwanted.

Notes: Ann Fuller mentions that she first met Missy in San Diego and has been her social worker for 10 years. Ann works for the "Social Welfare Agency."

Production Notes: The scene of Ann Fuller and Katherine was a continuation of Act IV in the previous episode. The entire scene was taped on November 24, 1965.

NOVEMBER 30, 1965 (EP. #392)
Hal was shocked to run into a furious Lee, who scolded him over trying to run her life and demanded that he keep criticisms to himself. Lee denied pursuing Tony to Hal, who smugly admitted that he clued Bill and Missy in on the truth beneath her innocent routine. Hal insolently reminded Lee that Tony would be a prize catch since he is the "big man on campus" and assumed that she hasn't made progress because of his rigid training schedule. Lee grew defensive when Hal correctly deduced that she intended to steal Tony from Alice to indirectly get revenge against Pat for marrying John. Hal advised Lee that he won't tolerate being ordered around by her and to get lost. Lee smiled an enigmatic, joyless smile after she recalled Alice explaining the special meaning the song "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" holds for Pat. Pat informed Jim that she could handle hearing the qualms he had towards John and Pat's union. Jim confessed to Pat that he felt she needed more time to heal from her ordeals and that she was driven by respect and gratitude to marry John. Pat emphasized to Jim that John taught her acceptance through understanding and compassion. Jim remained slightly unconvinced when Pat swore she is without lingering guilt and remorse and loves John. Lee asked Pat for help with her English Literature homework. Pat's voice began to shake while reciting "Red, Red Rose" by memory once Lee stealthily put on "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi," causing Pat to retreat into the living room. Lee raised the volume on the record player while Pat sank into a chair and buried her face in her hands.

Lee: You think you've got it all figured out, don't you?"
Hal: "Yeah, I think so. Not that it took much figuring."
Lee: "What do you mean by that?"
Hal: "Well, Tony's a big man on campus....a big football hero...a big college man. He's a big deal. I suppose lots girls would give their right arm to date him - if they could."
Lee: "I'm not 'lots of girls' Hal."
Hal: "I know, and I'm not saying you're crazy about Tony himself. Maybe you just want to be Homecoming Queen next year or - or the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi at their Spring formal."

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 in some ways."

Notes: The poem "Red, Red Rose" was written by Robert Burns.

DECEMBER 1, 1965 (EP. #393)
Helen realized that Katherine was too pre-occupied thinking of Missy to listen to her talking about Lenore's college studies. Katherine informed Helen that she is convinced that Missy is her daughter after meeting with Ann, though Helen was skeptical that she would believe any evidence to the contrary. Helen agreed with Ann's refusal to arrange a meeting between Katherine and Missy and was weary towards Katherine's desire to atone for giving Missy up as an infant. Katherine's interest piqued when Liz declined Helen's invitation to play bridge since she is having Bill and Missy over for dinner. Liz told Katherine and Helen that Missy is working at The Homestead, a restaurant with guest rooms upstairs where students spend time with their visiting families. Katherine, Helen, and Liz talked about pampering themselves and women who get cosmetic surgery while relaxing after working hard at the Memorial Hospital thrift shop. Liz was flattered by Helen's compliments on her youthful appearance. Katherine graciously accepted Liz's tentative plans to invite her over soon. Helen put aside her objections to accompany Katherine to the Homestead to ensure that she didn't do anything foolish with Missy. Missy raved to Bill about The Homestead and being a hostess because it allowed her to interact with customers more. Bill told Missy that their dinner plans with Liz have been settled. Helen and Katherine chatted with Bill while waiting for a table. Katherine was flustered when Bill introduced her and Helen to Missy.

Notes: Helen's surname is changed to Moore as of this episode.

DECEMBER 2, 1965 (EP. #394)
Jim and Mary ruminated on having different aspects to their lives and many people being involved in it. Jim told Mary that he feels responsible for Pat refusing to confide in him because he didn't provide the guidance and approval she wanted in marrying John. Mary assured Jim that Pat doesn't have the slightest reason to doubt his love and support. Jim told Mary that he concealed their knowledge of Pat's talks with Janet and Alice to ensure that she takes them into her confidence, but suspected that Pat is too proud to admit she is haunted by the past. John shook Pat awake from a nightmare of professing her love to Tom and pleading to save their child. Pat readily agreed to John's request of wearing her hair in a matronly fashion and proclaimed willingness to do anything to please him. John was haunted by Pat declaring love and devotion to Tom while talking in her sleep. Liz praised Pat's homemaking skills and opined that she was reaping the benefits of marrying an older man by moving into a beautiful place without living on a shoestring budget. Pat evaded Liz's criticisms over making herself look older by changing her hair style for John. Liz invited John and Pat to join Bill and Missy in her dinner plans. Pat cheerfully told Liz that she and Lee are getting along now. Liz became keenly aware of Pat disguising her displeasure in being reminded of the trial and Lee's difficulty in adjusting to John and Pat's marriage. Pat imagined D.A. Phil Martin in her mirror while recalling his closing summation during the trial. Pat nervously claimed that she was in good spirits and not wrestling with any inner conflicts, which left John dubious and concerned.

Notes: Appearance by Paul Sparer as D.A. Phil Martin.

DECEMBER 3, 1965 (EP. #395)
Missy fussed to Ann about Liz wanting to get to know her through interrogation. Ann pointed out to Missy that Liz has accepted Bill working for John and encouraged her to give Liz the benefit of the doubt by believing that her intentions are sincere. Missy was terrified by Ann's suggestion that she conquer her inferiority complex and trust Bill enough to tell him the truth. Ann was satisfied when Missy promised to try to accept herself and find happiness. Missy unwittingly stunned Ann by mentioning that she met Katherine and Helen. Ann remembered discussing Missy with Katherine and feared that she unintentionally enabled her to get involved in Missy's life. Liz noted to John, Bill, Missy, and Pat that she was throwing her first dinner party since Will's death and appreciated Missy's sentiment behind family heirlooms. Bill and Missy complimented Pat's French twist to contradict Liz, who reproached John for forgetting Pat's youth and hastening the aging process. Bill interrupted Liz harping on him pursuing law instead of joining the family's firm to have Missy talk about her hostess job at The Homestead. Liz caused Missy to become agitated by asking whether she was related to Katherine's friends, the Palmers who live in California. Missy related to Bill's description of Liz being a lonely woman who tries to extend having company for as long as possible. Bill told Missy that Liz respected his wishes to not question her and was pleased that they are beginning to bond. Missy couldn't bring herself to reciprocate Bill's declaration of love. Missy was floored when Bill revealed that he wants them to become engaged by Christmas Day.

Ann: "Oh, don't be silly. But I'm glad you asked me to go along. There's nothing I'd rather do than look at clothes - especially when I know it's not going to cost me money."
Missy: (SMILES) "Well, what do you think -- pearls or a pin?"
Ann: "Hmm....pearls, I think."
Missy: (GETTING THEM OUT, FASTENING THEM IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR) "I don't know what I would have done without you, today, Ann."
Ann: "Gotten along very well, I'm quite sure. Missy, you're not going to be presented to the queen you know." (LAUGHING AT HER)
Missy: (TURNING AROUND, FACING HER) "In a way, it's even worse....Oh, Ann, I'm scared. I'm so scared."

DECEMBER 6, 1965 (EP. #396)
Janet told Mary that it wasn't her place to attend Alex's funeral. Janet insisted to Mary that Pat confided in her because she was available at the right time. Mary was floored when Janet revealed that Pat saw a newspaper clipping of Tom's shooting in Lee's scrapbook, which caused the memories of Tom's death, the trial, and abortion to resurface. Janet told Mary that Pat has lived with guilt and responsibility, but tried to erase the past by getting married and building a life with John. Pat ribbed Dru for being stubborn about moving in with Jim and Mary. Dru told Pat that Lee is a prime example of younger people who are adaptable because she came to accept John and Pat's marriage and has made a concerted effort to be pleasant and friendly. Pat downplayed her reaction to hearing 'The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" that Dru witnessed as being caused by nerves over throwing the housewarming party, but insisted that she is no longer bothered by the song. Pat was moved when Dru reiterated that she can talk to him about anything that won't be repeated to anyone. Dru softened after Dr. Steele pressured him into making living arrangements and Mary suggested he stay with them on a trial basis. Mary dissembled by telling Dru she was worrying unnecessarily about Pat. Dru was pleased that Ernest and Janet were getting married despite Alex's death. Janet carefully broached the subject about Alex and Karen resolving their differences to Ernest. Ernest told Janet that he and Alex became good friends, but realized too much time had passed to restore their brotherly bond. Ernest angrily refused Janet's suggestion that they postpone their wedding.

DECEMBER 7, 1965 (EP. #397)
Janet was pensive and reflective while gazing at her engagement ring. Alice arrived to help Janet with her wedding plans. Janet smiled at Alice gushing over the wedding and assumption that her apartment would be cluttered with gifts and clothes. Alice updated Janet on her classes at the Institute and having a date with Tony after rarely seeing him during football season. Janet was evasive with Alice on finalizing her and Ernest's honeymoon to Antigua and keeping organized with the wedding plans. Alice apologized for being insensitive when she thought Janet had grown distant and distracted because of Ernest's grief over Alex's death. Mary advised Alice not to make a fuss over Dru while preparing a room for him. Jim and Mary bantered with Dru on ignoring him after his first evening and expecting him to be present at meals. Dru laughed when Mary affectionately described him as a large man who is overweight and undernourished. Jim and Mary tried to alleviate Dru feeling like a nuisance and imposition to the family. Alice told Jim, Mary, and Dru that Janet must be too excited over the wedding to concentrate on preparations. Janet paced the floor while being plagued by memories of her private conversation with Karen. Ernest and Janet felt awkward and strained while he discussed having a last-minute emergency case at the hospital and Janet admitted to not calling their travel agent. Ernest was incredulous towards Janet's concerns that he might have married Karen if circumstances had been different. Janet told Ernest that she was breaking their engagement to give him the opportunity to potentially reconcile with Karen.

Mary: "Dru, stop that. Jim, why don't you just leave Dru's things in the hall? Or, better still -- Alice, you take his bag into his room, will you?"
Alice: "Sure, Mom."
Dru: "There, you see? I'm already being treated like a guest."
Jim: (LAUGHS) "Don't worry. That won't last long. After this evening we're not going to pay a bit of attention to you."
Mary: (JOKINGLY) "That's right. We're going to ignore you completely, Dru."
Dru: (LAUGHING) "Well, I don't know that I'll like that, either!"
Mary: "It's the way you wanted it. But we do expect you at the table for meals -- three times a day!"
Dru: "You see, Jim? She's giving me orders already."

Ernest: "I made that choice already. When I asked you to be my wife."
Janet: " didn't. Not really. Because when you asked me to marry you, Karen wasn't -- free. Now she is."
Ernest: "I - I can't believe you mean what you're saying."
Janet: "I'm only saying -- I have to let you be free to make your own decisions, your own choice. I couldn't stand it, Ernest, if -- well I just couldn't stand it..."
Ernest: "Janet...Don't you have any more faith or confidence in me than....?"
Janet: (OVER) "Ernest, you're the finest man I've ever known. So fine that -- you would never go back on a promise, never break an engagement. So -- I have to do it."
Ernest: (Exit Line) "Janet, what are you saying?"
Janet: "That I'm not holding you to anything, Ernest. I-I'm breaking our engagement."

Notes: Last appearance of Mark Lenard as Ernest Gregory.

DECEMBER 8, 1965 (EP. #398)
Lee purposefully told John that a friend asked whether she and Pat were sisters to gauge his reaction. John begrudgingly accepted Lee's excuses for calling Pat his second wife and not her stepmother because they are close in age. Lee lied that Hal had been keeping a hectic schedule when John was surprised that she had invited him over to the house after not seeing him much lately. Pat averted John's gaze as Lee disagreed with his preference towards Pat's new hairstyle by commenting that she looked older. Lee sweet-talked Hal into believing that she needed to let off some steam the other day and wasn't genuinely angry with him. Bill told Pat he hopes to become engaged to Missy by Christmas, but spoke ruefully about Missy's concerns over burdening him while he is attending law school and pursuing a career. Pat inspired Bill by describing marriage as a couple building a life and getting through hardships and triumphs together. Pat vehemently insisted to Bill that she had reconciled with the past, leading Bill to caution against avoiding her true feelings. Bill was perplexed to see Lee and Hal spending time together. Bill told Pat that Liz promised not to badmouth Missy but hasn't changed her attitude, and predicted a fall-out once she learns that Bill has proposed marriage to Missy. Hal and Lee convinced Bill and Pat to join them in dancing to some records. Lee relished in Pat's discomfort over John catching them shouting and laughing while wildly dancing in the living room. John masked feeling self-conscious over his age to retain some pride. Bill suspected premeditation on Lee's part as she and Hal raved effusively to John about Pat having a marvelous time.

Production Note: According to penciled-in notes, a "Wipe Out" with "Clear Title" was considered to substitute the standard Opening Sequence but ultimately scrapped.

DECEMBER 9, 1965 (EP. #399)
Dru cheerfully welcomed a visit from Lee, though he disapproved of her skipping classes without a vital reason. Lee covered her true sentiments by cajoling Dru into discussing her resentment towards John and Pat's marriage and seemingly getting along well through leading questions. Dru stressed that John wants Pat to enjoy life when Lee mentioned John's displeased reaction to Pat cutting loose with her, Bill, and Hal. Bill tried to convince John that he was wrong to suspect that Pat may feel deprived of fun and interaction with people her own age after seeing her full of life and youthful exuberance. John confessed that he is thankful for Janet's impending nuptials because Pat confided in Janet and is a constant reminder of the past. Bill made the astute observation to John that he conjures Pat's memories as equally as Janet since he was her defense attorney. John soberly recalled lecturing Pat on her apologetic approach towards Lee and remorseful behavior. Pat showed Mary and Dru holly that she wanted to use to decorate the house for the wedding ceremony while they polished Mary's fine silverware. Dru made wisecracks and self-deprecating remarks while discussing matrimony, anniversaries, and wedding preparations with Mary and Pat. Mary convinced a hardheaded Dru to take a nap in accordance to Dr. Steele's orders. Janet was resolute against Pat's protestations towards breaking her engagement to Ernest so that he has the opportunity to reconcile with Karen. Pat fumed while recognizing the similarity in her marriage to Janet's declarations that loyalty and gratitude were not things to base a marriage and love should never be one-sided.

Janet: "It's because I love him, Pat, that I can't let him enter into a marriage which might be -- one-sided. A marriage, has to be between two people who love each other equally, without question, without regret. Without that kind of love on both sides, it - it's not a real marriage, Pat."
Pat: (BECAUSE OF HER SUB-CONSCIOUS FEELING OF GUILT THAT HER OWN MARRIAGE IS ONE-SIDED) "I don't believe any two married people love each other to the same degree, Aunt Janet."
Janet: "But -- to go into a marriage without love, to go into it out of a sense of -- gratitude or loyalty....Pat, as much as I love Ernest, if I felt he was marrying me out of loyalty, I could never be happy."
Pat: "But you can't throw away your chance of happiness because of -- something that may never happen."
Janet: (OVER) "Pat dear, I've lived a lot longer than you - I've seen much more of life. And I think there's one thing worse than being alone in the world. And that's being married to someone who doesn't love you as much as you love him. That would be so much worse, Pat."

DECEMBER 10, 1965 (EP. #400)
Liz was floored by Bill's announcement that he plans to give Missy an engagement ring. Bill bristled at Liz's warnings that he won't have access to his inheritance until he turns twenty-five and was hastily entering into marriage. Liz's ears raised with surprise and hope when Bill revealed that he intends to marry Missy once he finishes law school and has begun a career. Bill and Liz shared a laugh over her incorrect assumption that Ernest and Janet wouldn't get married. Pat pleaded with Janet to tell Ernest that she was wrong to break their engagement. Janet urged Pat to understand that living with the knowledge that someone doesn't reciprocate your love is a special kind of hell that nothing can remedy. Mary was stunned by Janet's news, but respected her wishes to wait until Jim gets home from work before giving explanations. Pat ran to John and threw her arms around his neck after ruminating on Janet's reasons for calling off the wedding. Bill adamantly refused to let Liz put Mary through an inquisition to extract details on Janet's decision not to marry Ernest. Janet politely declined Pat's dinner invitation after noting John's lukewarm reaction to the idea. Mary was puzzled by Janet referencing herself as a potential intrusion into John and Pat's lives. Janet contemplated John's opinion of her while anticipating Jim's arrival. John talked Pat out of wanting to help Janet deal with her problems and fill the void that is in her life. Pat belied her true feelings by assuring John that she married him out of love and not gratitude and that their life together means everything to her. Janet's words echoed in Pat's mind as she prepared dinner.

Script Notes for Liz/Bill scene: "Liz, who, though she has implied a recent change of attitude towards Missy, has had her own motives for doing so, hoping that time itself would change Bill's feeling[s] toward the girl. Now, with this announcement, her real feelings come closer to the surface. She tries at first to cover them, but the effort is not wholly successful."

DECEMBER 13, 1965 (EP. #401)
Alice was in disbelief upon hearing from Jim and Mary that Janet's wedding wasn't taking place. Jim and Mary tried to spare Alice from the truth by maintaining that Janet postponed the wedding because of Alex's death, but she sensed they were concealing the full story from her. Pat revealed to Bill that Ernest had been engaged to Karen several years ago, but married Alex instead who died in a car accident recently. Bill disagreed with Pat's objections by pointing out that marriage must involve two people who are sure of each other's love and that Janet's decision was wise under the circumstances. Pat got caught up in memories as she reflected to Bill on Ernest's kindness and understanding while treating her in the hospital last year. Bill bluntly told Pat that he doesn't believe that she has stopped thinking about the past and warned against suppressing her feelings and letting things prey on her mind. Bill pleaded with Pat to confess her trouble to John since he has the most intimate knowledge of her ordeals and is her husband. Pat insisted to Bill that she needed to reconcile with her memories without burdening John or anyone else. Bill reluctantly covered for Pat by telling John that they were discussing Missy when he arrived home. John conceded to Pat that he is jealous of Janet being her confidante and the wonderful time she seemed to have dancing with Lee, Bill, and Hal. Pat chalked up to being busy with family and keeping house when John asked whether she felt distance between them lately. John refrained from giving Pat a comforting embrace after she woke from a dream in which she declared her love to Tom and cried about their baby.

DECEMBER 14, 1965 (EP. #402)
Lee got upset when John was pleasantly surprised by her offer to fix breakfast and wanted to include Pat in going Christmas shopping. John tried unsuccessfully to drum up enthusiasm in Lee over Pat's idea of throwing a tree trimming party. Lee fibbed about having a date to get out of going shopping with John and Pat. Dru was touched that Lee gifted him a record of Christmas carols and proposed doing some shopping for him while he is recuperating. Lee was melancholy while reminiscing with Dru on the many Christmases they shared together with John. Dru became acutely aware of Lee's lingering bitterness towards Pat as Lee lamented over their lives changing so much. Lee told Dru that Pat cannot replace her mother, but resigned to Dru's assertions that John loves her and Pat would never want her to feel shut out of the family. Dru urged Lee to visit again so that they could talk through her unhappiness and find a solution. John told Dru that Pat is leading two separate lives-a content, social, and active housewife and a secretive person consumed by worry, memories, and nightmares of the past. Dru theorized to John that Pat's memories may still be too painful to talk about openly with him. John ran with Pat's idea of Lee having friends over for a tree trimming party on Christmas Eve with encouragement from Dru. Lee masked her angst for Hal's benefit. John accepted Dru's advice to involve Lee in things so that she feels like a member of the family. Dru enthused over Pat's idea to include Lee in the tree trimming party. Hal invited Lee to a Christmas party with the intention of introducing her to his parents.

DECEMBER 15, 1965: Pre-empted for Gemini 6 and 7 Rendezvous Coverage.

DECEMBER 16, 1965 (EP. #403)
John felt frustrated and defeated while pointing out to Dru the ways in which he and Pat have accommodated Lee. Dru reminded John that he was Lee's whole world for many years and hasn't found a new one to replace it yet. John vehemently told Dru that he refuses to put Lee's issues over his marriage onto Pat's shoulders. John blurted out to Dru that Pat has professed love for Tom while dreaming and resolved to handle Lee alone. John gave perfunctory replies as Pat beamed about the warmth and security of returning to her childhood home as an adult. Pat persuaded John into making tree trimming parties on Christmas Eve a new family tradition and hoped to entice Lee into participating. John quickly covered when Pat questioned his veiled remark about ensuring that Lee feels a part of the family. Lee grew defensive over Hal's opinion that she is transparent and guessed rightly that she would prefer to have Christmas alone with John. Hal was annoyed when Lee invited Tony and Alice to join them at "The Joint." Lee told Hal, Tony, and Alice that Bill and Missy are planning an engagement. Tony revealed the Sigma Chi tradition of serenading the future brides of their members, causing Alice to blush as Lee hinted that she may be the next lucky girl. Hal aroused Lee's scorn by implying that she would dump him to be with Tony. Lee took an opportunity to separate Tony and Alice by getting her to dance with Hal. Pat addressed John's concerns over her nightmares by dismissing them as meaningless and easily forgotten, which John tried to accept. Lee put on an affable pretense while telling John and Pat that she made plans with Hal on Christmas Eve.

Production Notes: This may be the first episode in which the show experimented with omitting the epigraph from the opening sequence. Several non-consecutive scripts, starting with this episode, have the epigraph crossed-out on the show routine sheets. However, some of these scripts include penciled-in notes which seem to contradict this conclusion.

DECEMBER 17, 1965 (EP. #404)
Pat looked at Lee's newspaper clipping of her trial. Alice joked to Pat that she was a picture of the typical, young housewife. Pat confirmed Alice's suspicions that Jim and Mary hadn't disclosed the full story on Janet calling off the wedding in hopes that she might change her mind. Alice marveled at Janet's selflessness once Pat explained that she jilted Ernest to give him the opportunity to reconcile with Karen. Pat was surprised by Lee's sudden excitement over the tree trimming party upon learning from Alice that she had invited Tony. Hal commended Tony for being popular with girls and carrying a full course load while playing on the football team. Tony was slightly ambivalent when Hal asked him about dating Alice. Hal ruefully told Tony that he is uncertain whether Lee reciprocates his feelings for her. Alice was pleased by Lee's hospitality after Pat dodged Alice's request to accompany her to run errands. Lee deliberately created a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to gain Alice's confidence and extract information. Alice told Lee that Tony hasn't given her his fraternity pin, but grew uncomfortable while insisting that they are too young to discuss marriage and love in response to Lee's probing questions. Lee pushed Alice into confessing her worries over losing Tony due to her qualms towards displaying affection. Pat was lighthearted in asking Dr. Steele for sedatives because she keeps John awake by talking in her sleep. Dr. Steele tried unsuccessfully to get Pat to disclose the causes of her issues with sleep. Pat was distracted as Dr. Steele advised that the pills won't solve her underlying problems and should be used with discretion.

Newspaper Headline in Lee's Scrapbook: "Guilty or Not Guilty?" Article as read by Pat: "Guilty or not guilty...This is the question a jury must answer in regard to Miss Patricia Matthews who is on trial for the murder of Thomas Baxter, her college sweetheart...John Randolph, whose reputation as a brilliant trial lawyer is well known in this city, has agreed to take Miss Matthews' case. The District Attorney says, however, that he is confident of bringing in a verdict of guilty..."

DECEMBER 20, 1965 (EP. #405)
Missy told Bill that she has been thinking about Janet's future since she broke her engagement to Ernest. Bill theorized to Missy that Janet's decision likely involved more than Alex's death, but reflected that she may not want to explain herself. Mary was nonplussed by Liz putting on airs to justify inquiring into Janet's reasons for cancelling the wedding. Mary was implacable in respecting Janet's privacy, despite Liz implying that she would have intimate knowledge of the situation and accusing Mary of not trusting her with the truth. Liz griped to Mary about Bill and Missy's planned engagement and vowed to stall the marriage until she uncovers details on Missy. Bill and Missy debated the benefits of Pat leaning on John for support in dealing with the past and consequences of ignoring problems in a marriage. Missy told Bill that she talked to Katherine about school, her hostess job at the Homestead, and Bill being a nice young gentleman. Bill was overjoyed once Missy consented to becoming engaged by Christmas. Ann was thrilled by Missy's news, but disappointed that she didn't confess her background to Bill. Missy rationalized hiding her parentage from Bill by pointing out to Ann that they don't know the full circumstances surrounding her parents. Ann frowned upon Missy building fantasies about her mother being forced to abandon her because she was too ill and destitute to raise a child. Helen felt defeated in convincing Katherine that she was driven by emotionalism and didn't have proof that Missy is her daughter. Katherine vowed to Helen that she will gain Ann's cooperation by revealing herself as Missy's mother.

Missy: "...Oh Bill, I was so proud to be thought of as your girl."
Bill: "Missy, I want you to be thought of as my fiance, not just my girl. I told my mother that I want to give you a ring for Christmas, Missy. And Christmas Eve is almost here."
Missy: "I know...."
Bill: "Missy, will you let me? Can we become engaged on Christmas?"
Missy: "I - I've been thinking about it a lot, Bill. I was going to say no, after tonight -- the things you said about - sharing problems and all..."
Bill: "Yes, Missy?"
Missy: "I can't say no, now, Bill. I have to say yes."
Bill: "Oh Missy...I love you, I love you so much."

Mary: "Liz, I think it's lovely."
Liz: "Lovely! At their age!"
Mary: "You and Will were already married at their age, weren't you Liz?"
Liz: "Well, but that was quite different. For one thing, our families had known each other for years. Why we practically grew up together."
Mary: "Well, I can't see how that really makes such a difference, Liz."
Liz: "Mary, we know nothing about this girl! Who she is, where she came from -- nothing!"
Mary: "You know your son's in love with her, Liz. I think that's the important thing, don't you?"
Liz: "Well, I'll tell you one thing, Mary. I'd never say this to Bill, of course, but he's not going to marry her. At least not until I know a great deal more about Melissa Palmer than I do right now."

DECEMBER 21, 1965 (EP. #406)
Helen admonished Katherine for compounding her mistake of giving up Missy by getting involved in her life. Katherine forewarned Helen that she was skipping a charity committee meeting to see Ann. Bill evaded sharing his knowledge of Janet cancelling her wedding with Liz, who was indignant over her right to know being violated. Liz deemed voicing her disapproval over Bill and Missy's engagement pointless once Bill contended that she couldn't change his mind. Bill begrudgingly agreed to obtain Missy's birthplace and parent's names for a formal announcement in the society papers. Helen told Liz that Katherine leads a busy, fulfilling life and was devoted to her husband despite not having children. Helen commented that they are fortunate that their children have reached the age to become self-sufficient when Liz complained about her troubles with Bill. Liz shamelessly boasted to Helen that she is using the engagement announcement to dig into Missy's background. Missy shyly told Katherine that she and Bill are getting engaged and that the feelings of Bill's family towards her are very important. Katherine realized she was rehearsing a fabricated story when Missy revealed that her parents died in a car accident, that she was too young to remember them, and was raised by her Aunt Dorothy. Ann was deeply troubled that Missy created a backstory for herself to provide to Liz for the society papers. Ann reminded Katherine that the agency's case files are kept confidential to ensure the privacy of their clients. Katherine blurted out that she is Missy's biological mother after failing to extract information from a protective, suspicious Ann.

DECEMBER 22, 1965 (EP. #407)
Ann took Katherine to task for condemning Missy to a lonely life of feeling unwanted. Liz effusively praised Janet's artistic talent while Janet commended Liz on her charity work. Liz dissembled to invite Janet to Bill and Missy's engagement party. Liz hinted about Janet simply postponing the wedding, prompting Janet to blurt out that it had been permanently cancelled. Janet hypothesized to Liz that Mary was intentionally vague about the reasons for Janet's decision, then told Liz that she won't confide in her about anything. Liz insinuated to Janet that Missy will be anxious to marry Bill once she gets a ring and lamented that she would feel better knowing more about Missy. Ann informed Katherine that Missy chose her name and manufactured a background. Ann was stunned when Katherine matched the day Missy was left at the Foundling Home and referenced the birthmark on the palm of her left hand. Katherine revealed that she married Navy Commander, Carter Corning out of respect and admiration, but fell in love with Navy pilot, Rick Summers while Carter was stationed overseas during World War II. Rick was overjoyed when Katherine became pregnant and encouraged her to request a divorce. Katherine learned that Rick had been killed in an aerial accident on the day Missy was born and, fearing that Carter would reject both her and the baby, abandoned Missy and resumed her married life without confessing her affair and illegitimate child. Ann accused Katherine of seeking Missy out since she isn't a threat to her security and that her presence is inconvenient. Missy swooned while Bill measured her finger with a ring sizer he borrowed from a jeweler. Bill remarked that Missy's birthmark was shaped like a lucky star that brought them together. Missy stalled in providing the information to Bill for the engagement announcement.

Ann: "Let me ask you this...Did you ever in all the years afterwards tell your husband that you had had a child?"
Katherine: "No..."
Ann: "Because you were afraid to? Not afraid for your child but afraid for yourself. Isn't that true?"
Katherine: "Yes, I suppose it's true...I'm far from proud of the way I acted Miss Fuller. I made a terrible mistake and I've lived with it for twenty years."
Ann: "You've lived with it, Mrs. Corning? You've lived with it? What about Missy? What about a baby abandoned to a life of loneliness, of feeling so unwanted that it affects her attitude even today."
Katherine: "Oh please, I know all that, but I want to make it up to her now. I want..."
Ann: (INTERRUPTING) "You want! I think it's a little late for what you want, Mrs. Corning. Now after all these years, now that your husband's dead and Missy's identity is no longer a threat to your security, you've come back to claim her. Now that it's convenient for you...But perhaps it's not convenient for Missy now, Mrs. Corning. You need Missy now. But I don't think Missy needs you. And it's Missy who counts now."

DECEMBER 23, 1965 (EP. #408)
Hal angrily accused Lee of lying about attending the tree trimming party to fulfill John's wishes. Janet wanted to drop the subject after briefly addressing Alice's concern for her since she gave up a bright future with Ernest. Alice told Janet that she has been candid about her feelings for Tony and is spending Christmas Eve with him. Janet was pleased to hear from Alice that Lee changed her mind about spending the holidays with John and Pat. Lee grew discomfited when Hal called her selfish for cancelling their Christmas Eve plans because Tony is going to John and Pat's tree trimming party. Hal laughed wryly at Lee's excuses, but refused to be appeased and lectured her over being inconsiderate in breaking dates and disappointing his parents. Lee grew upset over Hal's insinuations that she was scheming to snag Tony from Alice. Hal saw through Lee's half-hearted, obligatory invitation to the party and decided to attend in hopes of watching her in operation. Tony spoke ruefully about his limited culinary skills after raving about the cake Alice baked for them. Alice surrendered herself to the romantic mood while slow dancing with Tony. Tony felt dissatisfied when Alice grew flustered and broke away from their long, passionate kisses to meet Hal and Lee at "The Joint." Lee downplayed her relationship with Hal to Tony. Hal was amused when Alice stated she was relieved that Lee conquered her animosity towards Pat and was attending the party due to Bill and Missy's engagement and wanting to please John and Pat. Alice was dumbstruck over Hal's hints that Lee is pursuing Tony and her machinations involve the lingering bitterness she harbors for Pat.

DECEMBER 24, 1965 (EP. #409)
Alice hid her worries about Tony and Lee from Pat, who noticed she was distracted while looking through Christmas cards. Pat told Alice that she doesn't know Lee's feelings for Hal because she refuses to pry into her personal affairs. Lee effusively raved to Alice about their double date with Tony and Hal despite Alice's lukewarm responses. Alice denied to Pat that she is affected by her misfortune with Tom and swore that she and Tony are simply going through an adjustment period. Pat was curious over Alice's questions about Lee and sensed that something has happened between them, despite Alice's claims to the contrary. Dru joked to Jim, Mary, and Alice that he feels compelled by duty to pass judgment on Tony or any young man Alice dates regularly. Jim, Mary, and Dru were puzzled that Alice decided to wait for Tony outside. Alice had Hal move away from the front porch to keep their meeting secret. Hal admitted to Alice that he is without proof of Lee's schemes, but felt she should consider his theories of Lee's intentions for Tony. Alice struggled to accept Hal's claims that Lee has arranged getting them out of the way to have time alone with Tony. Hal warned Alice that Lee's pleasant attitude towards Pat is a smoke screen because Lee remains hurt by John and Pat's union and is seeking revenge. Alice fretted over Hal urging her to distrust Lee and fight to hold onto Tony. Jim and Dru dismissed Mary's concerns of Alice acting bothered as anxieties over being in her first serious relationship. Mary and Dru approved of Lee and Alice's friendship. Tony accused Alice of contradicting her feelings for him by resisting his affection.

Alice: "You've probably seen Mr. Dru at school, Tony. He's one of the law professors there. Uncle Dru, this is Tony Douglas."
Dru: "Well! I'm glad to meet you." (JOKINGLY) "Seems to me I've heard the name of Tony Douglas somewhere before."
Tony: "I've heard of Professor Dru, too, sir. But - are you really Alice's uncle?"
Dru: "Only temporarily, I'm afraid."
Alice: "Whether you live with us or not, you'll always be Uncle Dru to me."

Jim: (to Mary, about Alice) "Honey, as Dru said, don't try to figure it. There's nothing wrong with that girl except a few cobwebs in her head, as my grandmother used to say."
Dru: "And any young lady who's embarked on her first serious romance has the privilege of having a few cobwebs in her head."

DECEMBER 27, 1965 (EP. #410)
Katherine told Helen that she thought Ann would show more forgiveness and sympathy upon hearing her story of Missy. Missy was thrilled to receive a place setting on flat silver from Ann as an engagement gift. Ann pleaded with Missy not to relay the fabricated story she told Katherine to Liz. Missy reiterated to Ann her fervent belief that her mother was too poor or ill to properly care for a child and swore it would be easier for everyone to think that her parents had died. Helen was skeptical that Katherine could make Missy understand that she was given up because her father, Rick Summers had died and Katherine acted out of desperation to salvage her married life with Carter. Katherine groused about Ann's lack of objectivity, but Helen contended that she was simply thinking of Missy's welfare. Helen cautioned Katherine to limit her interactions with Liz to keep the truth hidden. Bill declared his love for Missy while slipping an engagement ring on her finger. Missy was awed as she and Bill professed belonging to one another, then she laughed gaily when Bill wanted to tell the world that they are getting married. Bill looked at Missy's pictures of her "parents" and expressed gratitude to them for giving him Missy. Liz reflected to Katherine that she regrets not using her influence to promote Bill dating the daughters of her friends. Katherine responded to Liz's apparent displeasure of Bill and Missy's engagement by noting her positive impression of Missy and the couple's maturity. Liz dissembled while joining Katherine in congratulating Bill and Missy upon seeing her ring. Missy gave the necessary information for the announcement in the society pages to Liz.

Missy: "What is it, Bill?"
Bill: "Just that..." (HE TAKES HER HAND, SLIPS THE RING ON HER FINGER, SAYING AS HE DOES SO:) "I love you very much."
Bill: (PLEASED) "You like it?"
Bill: "It's what the ring stands for, Missy -- that's the important thing."
Missy: "Yes..."
Bill: "From now on we belong to each other, Missy. And everyone who sees that ring will know it."
Missy: "And I know it."
Bill: (JUBILANTLY) "Then let's go tell the world, Missy! We're engaged, we're in love -- we're going to be married! Let's go tell everybody we meet between here and my house, what do you say?"
Missy: (LAUGHING) "Oh Bill, I think you really would, wouldn't you?"

Notes: Missy claimed that she was born and raised in San Diego. She gave her parents' names as Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer, who died in an automobile accident, then stated she was raised by her Aunt Dorothy Palmer until she died a few years ago.

DECEMBER 28, 1965 (EP. #411)
Mary was perplexed by Alice's uncharacteristic insecurity over her appearance. Alice was guarded but refrained from arguing with Mary's comments that Lee has stopped resisting John and Pat's efforts to become a family and doesn't seem hostile towards Pat anymore. Mary believed Alice's claims that Pat hasn't mentioned Tom lately and encouraged her friendship with Lee. John couldn't get Lee to explain her change of heart over attending the tree trimming party. Lee squirmed when John commended her agreeable behavior towards Pat and befriending Alice. Jim gently chided Mary for worrying about Alice's indecisiveness while getting ready. Tony reminded Jim and Mary that he is starting law school next fall and was introduced to Alice by Bill. Jim realized that Mary correctly sensed that Alice is troubled while watching her leave with Tony. Bill and Missy relished in John joking about Pat, Alice, and Lee's excitement over seeing Missy's engagement ring. John dedicate a toast to Bill and Missy. Pat told Bill not to judge Liz harshly for wanting to throw an engagement party and place an announcement in the papers. Hal and Alice noted Lee's reaction to John's casual remark about marrying Pat quickly and not indulging in formalities. John told Bill that he has a full-time position at his law firm ready for him once he graduates. Lee persuaded John to consider hiring Tony as a law clerk, but made Alice crestfallen because Tony postponed a date to visit John's office. Alice apologized to Tony for getting possessive and distrusting him around Lee rather than discuss Hal's suspicions with him. Tony failed to assure Alice that they had settled their differences.

John: (LIFTING HIS GLASS) "To Melissa and Bill - a lifetime of happiness which they so richly deserve."

Production Notes: The prologue began with Alice gazing at a picture of Tony, followed by Hal's face being superimposed on top of it with a "dreamlike quality." Audio of Hal repeating several of his lines (without Alice's responses) from December 24, 1965 (EP. #409) were utilized. Definite references to the date were dropped by Act III to reference John and Pat's party more generally.

DECEMBER 29, 1965 (EP. #412)
Alice averted Mary's face and stoically answered questions about her evening with Tony. Dru reflected to Mary on spending every Christmas with John and Lee since John's first wife died. Pat told Mary and Dru that Alice was quiet at the party to support Mary's concerns over Alice's moodiness. Dru, Mary, and Pat worried about Alice, who acted unaffected over Tony postponing their date to visit John's office, then returned to her bedroom to nurse a headache. Missy proudly showed her engagement ring to Dru and Mary, who welcomed her as a member of the Matthews family. Mary jokingly told Missy not to deprive Liz of the pleasure of throwing an engagement party. Alice blurted out to Missy that Lee is trying to snag Tony from her and bemoaned upsetting Tony by becoming possessive. Missy was unconvinced as Alice rationalized her fears by pointing out that Lee excluded Hal from the housewarming party and changed her mind about attending the tree trimming party because of Tony. Alice told Missy that Lee's new attitude is a pretense to hide her hatred towards Pat for ruining her life, but asked Missy not to repeat anything to Pat. Missy discounted Hal's claims as reading too much into situations and allowing jealousy to cloud his judgment. Alice was relieved after Missy urged her to ignore Hal's paranoia. Tony expressed gratitude to John for letting him spend time at his law office. Tony sympathized with Lee's difficulty in accepting Pat as John's wife and feeling like an outsider in her family. Tony was flattered and touched that Lee confided in him, but was surprised that Lee felt she can't bring Hal into her confidence in the same way.

Pat: "Dru, you know Melissa Palmer, don't you?"
Dru: "Indeed I do. I met her at your house, Pat. Hello, Melissa."
Missy: "It's nice to see you again, Mr. Dru. You look wonderful."
Pat: "And you look like a young lady who's just become engaged. Show them your ring, Missy."
Missy: (DISPLAYS IT) "I have to confess -- that's why I came."
Mary: "Oh Missy - it's lovely, dear." (KISSING HER) "And welcome to the Matthews family. I can't think of anyone we'd rather have."
Dru: "I've said right from the beginning, Bill Matthews has a good head on his shoulders. This only proves I was absolutely right."

Notes: Dru reveals that his wife, Martha made a fuss about the holidays until their eight-year-old son Tod died, who was close in age to Lee. Martha died later, but the time frame is not given in the script. Dru also mentions that he has spent Christmases with John and Lee ever since John's first wife died.

DECEMBER 30, 1965 (EP. #413)
Katherine was stung by Ann coldly rejecting her cordial gestures. Ann frankly told Katherine that she will do everything in her power to keep Missy from knowing that she is her mother. Katherine withstood Ann's caustic remarks that she didn't claim Missy for twenty years, is keeping abreast of Missy's life, and fostering a friendship with Liz because of Bill and Missy's romance. Ann reminded Katherine that Missy fibbed about her parents due to shame and the truth would make Missy suffer. Katherine grew more determined to be a mother to Missy despite Ann's defiance. Missy and Pat beamed about Lee's efforts to bond with the Matthews family, her friendship with Alice, and being the life of the party. Pat was utterly astounded over Missy lying about her background and believing that her mother was forced to abandon her. Missy drew a parallel between her hiding the truth from Bill to Pat's refusal to discuss her memories of Tom with John, but Pat countered that the circumstances differed because Missy wasn't responsible for her parent's choices. John promised Liz to keep her will confidential. Liz hinted about defining financial affairs clearly due to Bill and Missy's engagement, which confused John. John agreed to be available to Katherine for legal advice. Liz was embarrassed over pointing out John and Pat's age difference because she forgot that Carter and Katherine were similar. Bill and Liz bantered about the problems between mothers and their children. Katherine spoke wistfully to Liz about the pleasure a mother feels in planning a wedding. Liz was surprised by Katherine's offer to help with Bill and Missy's wedding and statement over remaining in town.

Katherine: "I haven't really had a chance to congratulate you on your engagement yet, Bill. But I want you to know I think your Melissa is a lovely girl."
Bill: (SMILES AT LIZ) "I'm afraid my mother thinks we're too young. It's hard to make her realize that I've been out of knee-pants for a long time, Mrs. Corning."
Liz: "Oh now Bill. Let's not go into that."
Liz: (JOKINGLY) "I've just been telling her how lucky she is. Think of all the problems she's managed to escape."
Bill: (RETURNING THE BANTER:) "Oh come on, Mom. What would you ever do without me?"
Liz: (A TOUCH OF SARCASM) "It seems to me I see less and less of you these days. And I manage to survive. Somehow."
Bill: "Which reminds me..."
Liz: "You won't be home for dinner tonight."
Bill: "Right again!"

Notes: John gives the location of his law offices as residing in the Bank building on Third and Brady Street.

DECEMBER 31, 1965 (EP. #414)
Helen was floored when Katherine revealed that she has rented an apartment at the Carleton Towers. Katherine anticipated Helen's disapproval and defensively stated that Ann's resistance in helping her with Missy led her to take action. Helen scoffed when Katherine tried to correlate her desire to be near Missy to Helen moving with Lenore should she choose to attend school elsewhere. Katherine accepted full responsibility over Missy growing up without a mother, but told Helen that she wishes to bond with Missy without revealing her identity. Helen warned Katherine that she may become too emotionally invested in Missy and inadvertently expose the truth. Katherine declined Helen's offer to remain as her house guest because she refuses to explain herself or apologize for her actions. Missy tried to dismiss concerns over Liz inviting Ann to their engagement party to Bill. Bill indignantly told Missy that Hal's jealous rantings about Lee wanting to steal Tony from Alice are nonsense. Pat expressed disapproval over Janet avoiding contact with Ernest so that he can sort things out without feeling obligated to her. Janet reaffirmed her closeness to Pat by pointing out that she is the only person who knows the whole truth behind jilting Ernest. Pat beamed while telling Janet about Lee acting like a member of the family. Janet and Pat made a New Year's resolution to put the past behind them and concentrate on the future. Lee cautiously reminded Missy that she and Hal are still dating when she mentioned Hal's insinuations about her pursuing Tony. Janet and Pat were perplexed when Tony called to inform Lee that he was running late for their date.

Katherine: "It's hard to believe the year is over, isn't it?"
Helen: "And I'll be putting 1965 on every check I write for the next three months."
Katherine: (SMILES:) "I do the same thing..."

Janet: (LAUGHS) "Darling, you're getting so domestic I can't stand it!"
Pat: "And I'm also getting to be a fairly good cook. Which I expect to prove to you many times in 1966."
Janet: "I'd love it." (A BEAT, THEN SERIOUSLY) "I must admit, Pat. 1965 is one year I'm glad to see end."
Janet: (CHEERFULLY) "And I -- I just have the feeling that 1966 is going to be a good year for me. That something -- very special is going to happen."

Script notes of Katherine during Act I with Helen: "We want to see here a Katherine who is obsessed with the desire to make up for the past. To do something for her daughter. So that while she maintains that her plan of action is rational, she's really going on pure emotion."