JANUARY 2, 1967: Pre-empted for Sugar Bowl football game.
JANUARY 3, 1967 (EP. #665)
Missy vowed to see Bill before she leaves town, but fretted over explaining her reasons for jilting him and the possibility that Bill might not want to talk. Lenore studied Missy after almost bumping into her at the Student Union. Charlie assured Madge that Max won't fire her since she is the best waitress the Alley has ever had. Madge was touched by Ed's letter from Vietnam. Charlie tried to prevent a despondent Flo from searching for the liquor to drown her sorrows. Flo wailed to Charlie and Madge that she still loves Danny and would rather be dead than live without him. Lenore was shocked by Missy's innocent and naive reaction to her being gifted Liz's engagement ring and Missy's wishes for her and Bill to have a happy marriage. Missy sadly conceded she couldn't deal with a lengthy diatribe from Bill once Lenore predicted that seeing Bill would be an unpleasant encounter for both of them. Charlie encouraged Madge to take his advice on sending Flo to Iowa to straighten out her life. Madge realized that Charlie shared her troubles about whether Missy knew that Bill had searched for her in Chicago, Danny's claims of getting Bill and Missy to reconcile, and Missy marrying Danny. Charlie suggested that Madge get Danny to pay back money that he conned out of Flo and confront him over all of the lies he told. Bill stared at his engagement announcement to Lenore while thinking of Missy. Lenore unsuccessfully tried to get a perplexed Bill to leave work early. Bill didn't appreciate Lenore harping on whether Missy had knowledge of him being in Chicago. Missy watched Lenore adoringly and possessively clutch Bill's arm while walking out of John's office.
Notes: A promotional advertisement for "Continue Your Education" ran during the closing of this episode. It said, "It's hard to believe that a piece of paper can make the difference between getting a good job or not, but it can if it is a diploma. It takes four years to get a diploma and it's worth every minute of it. Today, if you want a good job, get a good education. Stay in School." Peggy's appearance in this episode, showing Bill the engagement announcement and wishing him happiness was cut.
JANUARY 4, 1967 (EP. #666)
Liz desperately tried to ignore the possibility that Bill and Missy were together when Danny called to warn that Missy had been away from the hotel for hours. Madge brooded over Danny betraying Flo and Bill and wondered whether he had tricked Missy into a hasty marriage. Flo told Madge that drinking numbs the pain of losing Danny and scoffed at the idea of going to Iowa because she would be subjected to their mother's lectures. Madge joined Flo in questioning the reasons Missy married Danny instead of reconciling with Bill. Liz urged Bill not to concern himself with Flo's heartbreak over being dumped by Danny. Russ was sympathetic when Liz complained that she only receives short letters and monthly phone calls from Susan, but refused to interfere by asking Susan to return home. Bill recounted waiting all day at a Chicago post office in hopes that Missy would come to retrieve her mail and finding Pat's letter ripped up and thrown into the trash basket. Russ was disturbed when a rankled Bill theorized that Missy was simply putting on an innocent routine while John handles her estate. Danny's relief quickly turned to fury once Missy returned to the hotel looking forlorn and haggard. Missy was forthright in telling Danny that she ran into Lenore and tried to visit Bill at John's office. Danny seemed ready to have apoplexy once Missy proclaimed that their union was a mistake, that she still loves Bill, and insisted that they have their marriage annulled. Danny was plagued by the voices of Liz, Madge, and Missy, who taunted him over being a con artist and at risk of losing Missy and her fortune. Missy was asleep as Danny locked her in the bedroom.
Notes: Interesting script-notes for the transition in Act III: (AS BILL GOES UPSTAIRS, RUSS LOOKS AFTER HIM SEEING VERY CLEARLY THAT BILL DOES NOT TRULY LOVE LENORE. AND THEN CUT TO DANNY STILL PACING THE LIVING ROOM OF THE HOTEL SUITE. PERHAPS RUSS COULD PACE ONE WAY ACROSS THE ROOM AND WE CUT TO DANNY PACING BACK THE OTHER WAY. THIS SCENE IS TAKING PLACE LATER SO WE SPOT A CLOCK SHOWING NINE O'CLOCK...)
JANUARY 5, 1967 (EP. #667)
Lenore raved about the engagement party while nestled in Bill's arms. Helen was embarrassed to catch Bill and Lenore kissing while she was cleaning up the house. Bill and Lenore settled on February 1st as their wedding date. Helen was thankful that Lenore had fallen in love with Bill, despite her initial motivations of deeming Bill's engagement to Missy as a challenge to snag him away from her. Lenore told Helen that she got the definite impression that Missy was unaware of Bill's search for her in Chicago and pleaded for Helen not to tell anyone because she feared that Bill would become full of regrets. Madge smiled wryly while telling Charlie that tending to Flo is exhausting, but conceded that she cannot stop her from purchasing alcohol. Charlie was pleased that Madge had agreed to take Flo to Iowa and then head to Bay City to confront Danny over his treachery and force him to repay Flo. Michael informed Bill that Lee refuses to believe that he is leaving town permanently. Bill bitterly ascertained to Michael that Danny and Missy had played a game of cat-and-mouse on him in Chicago and swore that he is finished with Missy. Michael half-heartedly wished Bill luck towards his impending nuptials to Lenore, but wasn't thrilled by Bill's anxiousness in putting his past behind him. Missy hurriedly put on her robe and placed herself at the window as Danny brought breakfast to her. Danny begged Missy to forgive him for losing his temper and tried to wear down Missy's defenses with sweet-talking and displays of affection. Missy was consumed by the misery and emptiness she felt the night Liz hounded her out of town while quietly sobbing on the bed.
Helen: "...I'll just get these things out to the kitchen, and--"
Bill: "Want us to help, Mrs. Moore?"
Helen: "Heavens, no! The condition you're both in, you'd just be in the way." (TURNS TO GO, THEN STOP:) "I do, have one request, though." (TO BILL:) "Couldn't you make it 'Helen'?"
Lenore: (SMILES:) "How about 'Mother Moore'?"
Helen: "You call me that and I'll never speak to you again--" (TO LENORE:) "--and I'll disown you for suggesting it."
JANUARY 6, 1967 (EP. #668)
Michael called Pat to confirm that she is meeting him in a park this afternoon. Lee quipped that Pat sounded urgent and tense on the phone, but bought Pat's lie that she was speaking to the pharmacy about refilling John's prescription. Mary and Russ agreed that Danny was pathetic in trying to impress them while Alice joked that she'd like to see Dru grill Danny over pursuing Missy's inheritance and expose him for the crook that he is. Russ lamented to Mary that John won't help himself and refuses to discuss his paralysis while Pat appears to be on the verge of a breakdown. Mary confessed to Russ that she and Jim tried to reason with John to no avail. Lee balked at John and Pat's suggestion that she forego studying at the library to have a day of relaxation. John interrupted Pat from urging Lee to prepare herself for the possibility that Michael may never return. Pat maintained that she was simply being realistic about Michael in response to John's lecture that she was pouring cold water on Lee's hopes. Lee told Lenore that getting a convertible for Christmas cannot replace the engagement ring she was expecting from Michael, but refused to wallow in self-pity. Lenore made Lee feel optimistic by pointing out that she didn't have to contend with Michael carrying a torch for another woman like she did with Bill. Pat felt agonized as Michael mused that they should be spending every moment together and reminisced about declaring their love in the park. Lenore reiterated her belief that Lee hadn't lost Michael because of the quarrel they had about him leaving town. Lee allowed Lenore to borrow her car and planned to walk home through the park.
JANUARY 9, 1967 (EP. #669)
Michael told Pat that he will cherish their last moments together, despite it being hopeless for the two of them to be together. John was pleased that Dru elected to handle correspondence, tend to nervous clients, and give legal advice to Bill while Fred tackles the courtroom case load. Dru was sympathetic yet distressed when John groused about Michael breaking Lee's heart and resolved to uncover the truth behind his sudden departure. Russ happily informed Lee that he was accepted into the intern program at Memorial Hospital. Russ and Alice offered to keep Lee company and pressed her to confide in them about Michael. Lee told Russ and Alice that she is going to walk home to sort out her feelings. Michael reflected on his failed first marriage, that it would come naturally to love Pat and build a wonderful life with her, and urged Pat not to feel disloyal to John and Lee because they never meant to fall in love and haven't surrendered to their passions. Pat told Michael that she gave John gratitude and misinterpreted it as love, but Michael maintained that she has been a selfless and devoted wife to John. Pat told Michael that she will help John restore his self-respect and console Lee over Michael. Lee grew haggard and nearly catatonic after witnessing Michael and Pat declare their love, share a passionate kiss while embracing each other and retreat separately. Dru was disturbed when Lee laughed irrationally about loaning her car to Lenore. Lee reacted blankly as Dru promised that she has John, Pat, and her friends to provide moral support in coping with Michael's parting. Dru was gravely concerned by Lee's refusal to let him accompany her home.
Michael: "My darling, we've said everything...but I keep wanting to say it over and over again. I want to...tell you again how beautiful you are, how you move like a poem, when I'm alone, how you're always in my thoughts."
Pat: "Oh, Michael..."
Michael: "Patricia, Patricia...to think that I'll never see you again..." (ANGUISHED...REBELING AGAINST WHAT HE HAS TO DO:) "If only there were...no other people in the way!"
Pat: "But there are, Michael."
Michael: "I know."
Pat: "And there's nothing we can do. I hope you forget me, Michael."
Michael: "I hope you forget me, too. But we both know that neither one of us will ever forget..."
Michael: "Because we've loved each other too much..."
Pat: (JUST BREATHES IT:) "Yes, Michael."
Michael: "Oh, my darling...I love you..."
Pat: "Oh, Michael, I love you..." (AND THEY ARE IN EACH OTHER'S ARMS...KISSING. HOLD THIS FOR A LONG MOMENT...THEN CUT TO LEE FOR A MOMENT, THEN BACK TO PAT AND MICHAEL...THE KISS ENDS, AND THEY STAND BACK AND FACE EACH OTHER, BREATHLESS). "Please, I must go."
Michael: "But I should drive you home."
Pat: "No...go. Not another word...just go. Just leave me..." (HE LOOKS AT HER FOR ONE LAST MOMENT...THEN HE TURNS AND HASTENS OFF. MOVE IN ON PAT. LOOKING OFF IN THE DIRECTION HE TOOK...PRESENTLY THERE COMES THE SOUND OF A CAR STARTING...THEN THE SOUND OF THE CAR MOVING OFF...PAT, LEANING FORWARD, WATCHES IT UNTIL APPARENTLY IT IS GONE AND THE SOUND OF CAR HAS FADED OUT COMPLETELY. THEN, WITH A LITTLE STRANGLED CRY, SHE TURNS AND HASTENS OFF IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION).
Lee: (AFTER A MOMENT, SLOWLY, HER FACE HAGGARD, LEE COMES INTO THE FRAME AND STANDS LOOKING AFTER PAT...ALMOST CATATONIC WITH SHOCK...THEN SUDDENLY SHE BREAKS AND RUNS AS IF TO GET AWAY FROM ALL THAT SHE HAS SEEN AND HEARD....STOPS SUDDENLY NOT FAR AWAY AT ALL...CLOSE TO THE SPOT FROM WHICH SHE HAD WATCHED PAT AND MICHAEL...)
JANUARY 10, 1967 (EP. #670)
Danny called Fred to demand that he contact him right away. Alice was miffed by Danny's rude manner when she dropped by to visit Missy. Mary acknowledged to Helen that Bill is bitter towards Missy, but didn't want to assume that Bill was getting married to Lenore on the rebound due to Helen's concerns over the engagement. Helen was deeply alarmed when Mary mentioned Missy's hostile reference to Katherine. Alice griped to Mary and Helen that Danny chastised her for bothering Missy and implied that she doesn't want to see her friends. Helen and Mary were disturbed as Alice fretted that Danny is practically holding Missy hostage in their hotel suite. Danny lectured Missy on being an inadequate wife because she refuses to be seen in public with him and spurns his affections. Missy bluntly told Danny that their marriage is a mistake and implored him to consent to a divorce so he can be free to marry a woman who truly loves him. Lenore decided against probing Bill further when he was purposely vague in response to her questions on Michael's reasons for skipping town. John frowned as Helen mused that Missy has turned against Katherine despite the two of them having a close relationship prior to her death. Helen agreed with John's assertion that it would have been terribly cruel for someone to tell Missy that she was Katherine's illegitimate daughter. John assured Helen that he will uphold Katherine's will and protect Missy's financial interests. Danny scoffed at Missy for thinking that she had grounds for a divorce or annulment. Missy fled into the bedroom and stealthily locked the door after Danny grabbed her forcefully and kissed her roughly.
Danny: "...You think I'm going to stand here and let you walk out on me, after everything I did for you? You say you want a divorce? Well, I won't give you a divorce, and you know you got no grounds, so forget it."
Missy: (DESPERATE) "An annulment, then -- I don't need your consent for an annulment, I--"
Danny: (LAUGHS HARSHLY) "Annie, you got a short memory. Maybe you'd like to forget it, but -" (TAKES HER CHIN IN HIS HAND, SQUEEZES, FORCING HER TO LOOK AT HIM) "-- baby, we're really married now, remember?" (DRAWS HER TO HIM, STILL HOLDING HER JUST WITH THE HAND UNDER CHIN, LOW, VICIOUS) "You're stuck with me and I'm stuck with you, and that's the way it's going to stay..."
JANUARY 11, 1967 (EP. #671)
Russ was troubled by Lee's absent-minded and flat demeanor as she quipped that she was meeting someone for a romantic rendezvous at the Student Union. Jim and Mary were thrilled to receive a letter from a Dr. Burroughs that praised Russ for successfully delivering a healthy baby. Mary wasn't offended when Jim jokingly compared her to Liz in wanting Russ to bide his time before getting married and starting a family. Dru told Jim and Mary that Lee seemed disoriented and completely unaware of her surroundings as she wandered through the park. Mary tried to mollify Dru by hypothesizing that Lee's behavior may be a healthy sign that she is facing the reality of Michael's departure. Lee somnabulistically started walking home after she recalled witnessing Michael and Pat expressing their love and biding each other farewell. Pat made a concerted effort to create an atmosphere of normalcy as she played the doting, loving wife to John while suppressing her anguish over Michael. John bought Pat's excuses for running late from shopping and acting somewhat unnerved and tense. Lee made a veiled remark at Pat for good-naturedly stating that she didn't share John's concerns over Lee's tardiness getting home. Mary echoed Russ's optimism in Lee being young enough to recover from the heartbreak of losing Michael. Jim expressed his and Mary's pride in Russ being an unselfish, giving person who accepts serving people as a calling rather than an occupation just like Pat and Alice. Lee studied Pat in bewilderment and incomprehension as John promised that he and Pat will give her love and moral support as she copes with Michael leaving town.
Notes: This episode contains the first reference to Bryant's department store.
JANUARY 12, 1967 (EP. #672)
John suggested to Pat and Lee that they invite Michael and Hope over to spend the evening with them. Lee grew hysterical while telling John and Pat that she won't go through the motions of giving Michael a fond farewell and wailed that she will likely not be missed before retreating to her bedroom. Jim had Mary call Pat to quell her concerns about Lee's whereabouts and emotional stress. Mary was dissatisfied while informing Jim that Pat didn't provide indications that anything was wrong with Lee. John encouraged Pat to console Lee and reiterated his faith in Michael's eventual return. Lee laid on the bed staring at the ceiling while trying to ignore Pat's knocking at the door. Lee berated herself for believing that Michael didn't care for anyone else except her and allowing Pat to betray her trust and play her for a fool. John blamed Lee's despondence on Michael ending their relationship after getting into a pessimistic mood. Pat spoke of romantic breakups and picking up the pieces as unfortunate parts of life, but couldn't prevent John from calling Michael. Hope tried unsuccessfully to convince Michael to marry Lee so that she could move away with them. Michael told John that he hadn't planned on visiting anyone because they have an early morning flight to catch. John was struck by a sense of finality once Michael expressed gratitude for giving him a job and asked John to say goodbye to Pat and Lee on his behalf. Pat died inside and struggled to keep her voice steady as John relayed Michael's messages. Lee politely resisted John's efforts to talk things out. Lee told herself that Pat stole the two men that she ever truly cared about and angrily vowed revenge.
(Hastings Den) Hope: "Why don't we take Lee with us, then? You could get married, and then she could go everywhere with us."
Michael: "Darling, I don't think it would work out for us to get married."
Hope: (Exit Line) "Why not? She likes you so much...I can tell...and you like her, don't you?"
Michael: "Yes, of course I like her but..." (HE IS RESCUED BY THE TELEPHONE RINGING. MOVING TOWARDS IT, HE PROJECTS) "I'll get it, Mrs. Hastings!" (PICKS UP) "Hello?"
Notes: Last appearance of Elissa Leeds as Hope Bauer.
JANUARY 13, 1967 (EP. #673)
Missy asked Danny whether he married her out of pity once Danny brought up providing her with shelter and companionship without laying a finger on her. Michael mused that he was ill-equipped to give advice on personal matters after making a mess of his own life and tried to assure Bill that he will have a fine marriage with Lenore. Bill expressed his admiration to Michael for saving Pat's marriage to John and her close relationship to Lee by leaving town. Michael chose not to verbalize his doubts towards Bill's claims that Lenore succeeded in getting him to forget Missy. Danny tried to disguise his embarrassment as Missy correctly surmised that intimacy was a symbol of love to him that is lacking in their marriage. Missy sorrowfully admitted to Danny that she is incapable of loving him and emphatically urged him to find a girl like Flo who will make him happy. Madge implored a defiant Flo to accept the fact she and Danny are through to no avail. Flo pitifully told Madge that she still loves Danny despite him being a duplicitous, unfaithful creep. Madge assured Flo that she wouldn't be a burden on the family in Iowa while she dries out, then subtly pumped Flo for an estimate on the amount of money she gave to Danny during their romance. Missy defended herself as Danny doggedly pointed out that he gave her a name, that Bill never bothered to search for her and has moved forward with Lenore, and assumed a charming smile while trying to convince Missy that they can work things out. Madge finalized arrangements for Flo to fly to Iowa. Flo prepared for bed as Madge secretly relished in blackmailing Danny by threatening to reveal his schemes to Missy.
JANUARY 16, 1967 (EP. #674)
Danny laughed nervously at Liz's disguise to their secretive meeting at the hotel. Liz saw through Danny's calm, collected facade as she probed him with questions on Fred's progress in breaking the terms of Katherine's will. Madge informed Charlie that Flo will benefit greatly from staying with family in Iowa, but may need a psychiatrist to overcome her alcoholism. Charlie promised Madge he would try to convince Max to grant her some time away from work. Charlie was dubious and frightened as Madge pledged to pressure Danny into financially supporting Flo and expose him to Missy should he be uncooperative. Danny ridiculed Liz for phrasing her machinations against Bill and Missy as if they were a pretty, symphonic arrangement. Liz refused to believe Danny's cocky assurances that he and Missy have reconciled and that she has accepted Bill and Lenore's engagement. Danny grew pensive while Liz begged him to forget about Missy's inheritance and leave Bay City to prevent Bill and Missy from seeing each other. Lenore was only partially successful at convincing Helen that Missy cleverly dissembled ignorance over Bill traveling to Chicago and not receiving Pat's letter. Missy paced thoughtfully while trying to figure out the underlying meaning to Lenore's veiled remarks during their conversation at the Student Union. Danny was irritated by Missy's unenthusiastic and suspicious reaction towards his plans for them to leave town. Missy dropped the subject once Danny dismissed Lenore's insinuations about Bill being in Chicago as speculation. Danny suppressed his violent impulses when Missy exclaimed that she is uncertain about splitting town.
Liz: "As you have been so fond of pointing out, our interests do to some extent coincide."
Danny: "Uh huh. Take all the fancy wrapping of what you said and it means you're scared I'll tell little Billy-boy what Mama did to keep him from marrying Melissa Palmer."
Liz: (UPSET BY THIS BUT DETERMINED TO KEEP THE UPPER HAND) "It's quite true that I don't want my son to know how I saved him from a most unsuitable marriage--"
Danny: (OVER) "Hey, it's great the way you talk. You did your own son dirty, and you make it sound like a fancy symphonic arrangement. But the tune is still 'Pop Goes the Weasel,' Duchess."
JANUARY 17, 1967 (EP. #675)
Lee recalled seeing Michael and Pat in the park while lying awake in bed. Pat left to prepare breakfast rather than endure Lee's sullen and bitter mood. Dru reassured Michael that he still believes that he has just and sufficient reasons for abruptly moving away. Michael grew agitated as Dru fretted that a beautiful young woman like Pat is trapped in a marriage to John, who has resigned himself from life. Dru and Michael surmised that Lee experienced a delayed reaction to Michael's departure and the end of their relationship to explain her frantic, dazed, and distraught behavior in the park. Michael was touched when Dru wished him a long, healthy life and bright future. John agreed with Pat that they should forget about Michael for Lee's sake. John and Pat grew deeply concerned when Lee tried to downplay the significance of Michael's departure and rudely stated that she didn't have the stomach to eat Pat's coffee cake. Lenore covered feeling threatened by Missy while telling Alice that she and Bill have settled on February 1st as their wedding date and are looking for an apartment. Alice and Lenore were dismayed towards Lee's dismissive attitude towards Michael, refusal to socialize with them, and her decision to cut a class. John told Dru that Lee has become withdrawn and feared that her rudeness to Pat was reminiscent of the turmoil in the household when John and Pat first married. John resolved to get to the bottom of Lee's poor attitude towards Pat. Pat lovingly took Lee's hands into hers and encouraged her to confide her hurt feelings since they have a close friendship. Lee started crying while loudly wailing to Pat that she never cared about her.
Notes: Michael (with Emily and Hope off-screen) took Westbound Flight Number 938, which had scheduled stops at Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
JANUARY 18, 1967 (EP. #676)
Lee allowed Pat to conclude that she was resentful because Pat didn't convince Michael to propose marriage to her. Pat told Missy that Lee had hoped that Michael's indecisiveness was temporary and that he would return once he had sorted out his feelings. Missy was incredulous as Pat lamented that Lee is acting hostile towards her again. Pat found herself thinking of Michael as Missy confessed that she empathizes with Lee because both of them lost the men that they love. Missy had Pat provide the contents of the letter she wrote to her. Dru told Bill that it was uncharacteristic of Michael to change his mind capriciously, but recognized the futility in puzzling over Michael's true reasons for leaving town. Bill bridled his animosity as Dru described Missy's disappearance and possible knowledge of Bill's quest to find her in Chicago as mysteries. Dru echoed Bill's negative appraisal of Danny, but rejected his theories that Missy was involved in Danny's schemes as pure conjecture. Danny accused Liz of being anxious to get rid of him and Missy to protect herself while keeping Bill tied to her apron strings. Liz panicked upon learning from Danny that Lenore inadvertently planted the idea in Missy's mind that Bill may have searched for her. Missy told Pat that she had planned to stay away from Bay City to bury the past. Pat was stunned by Missy's shocked reaction after she mentioned Bill's unsuccessful trips to Chicago. Dru refused to believe Bill's contentions that Missy had committed perfidy against him. Pat made Missy realize that Danny had known all along that she was an heiress and had sequestered her from seeing the news coverage on her disappearance.
Script Notes for Act II (Dru/Bill scene in John Randolph's office): In reference to Dru's full name. From June 1965 - July 1966, it had been incorrectly given as Michael Dru on the rare occasions a first and last name were given.
Dru: "...But a man like Michael Bauer doesn't change his mind on a whim -- from caprice. Michael has a good reason for leaving or my name isn't Mitchell Dru." (WRITER'S NOTE: THERE! WE'VE SAID IT AND I'M GLAD:)
JANUARY 19, 1967 (EP. #677)
Pat and Missy were horrified as they deduced that Danny feigned ignorance over Missy being an heiress, deliberately kept her in the dark about Bill's trips to Chicago, and disposed of Pat's letter at the post office. Missy admitted that she never asked Pat about the letter because she feared being lectured over fleeing town and tearfully confessed that she still loves Bill. Bill tried to reassure Lenore that Liz will adjust to the two of them putting their life together first. Lenore felt more secure once Bill proclaimed that he doesn't want to get involved in handling Katherine's estate and doesn't share Dru's curiosity over Missy's strange disappearance and behavior. Missy told Pat that she succumbed to the persistent shame of growing up in orphanages and foster homes and fabricating her name and parents, but refused to divulge Katherine and Liz's roles in her running away. Pat comforted Missy, who began to sob while consumed with revulsion and humiliation over Danny tricking her into a loveless marriage. Madge failed to muster Flo's enthusiasm over hosting family events and church suppers and volunteering at their mother's Ladies' Aid meetings. Flo griped to Madge that her life has been full of disappointments. Madge got into a tussle with Flo when she tried to destroy her picture of Danny. Flo begged Madge to let her contact Danny to no avail. Charlie was optimistic that Madge's plans to confront Danny will be successful. Missy told Pat that she married Danny to acquire a name and cure her loneliness and despair after discovering that her father had died without any living relatives. Pat emphatically urged Missy to tell Bill the truth and obtain a divorce from Danny.
JANUARY 20, 1967 (EP. #678)
Liz encouraged Danny to skip town since she can't get Fred to unlock Missy's trust fund. Danny threatened to tell Bill the whole sordid story of Liz's mistreatment of Missy should he lose access to her fortune. Danny planned to inform Missy that they were leaving town, accepting the monthly income from the estate, and returning at another date to break the conditions of the will, but arrived home to find Missy had went out. Pat sympathized with Missy's fears that discussing her situation with John might accidentally cause Danny to discover that she is fully aware of his treachery. Missy told Pat that her mind was like a blank slate in which Danny's words were all that registered while she was living in a daze and recovering from her illness, which made her vulnerable to Danny's manipulations. Dru relished in pointing out to Liz that her certainty in Danny and Missy's impending departure reinforces his suspicions that she has intimate knowledge of Missy's disappearance. Pat left a message for Bill when Liz unexpectedly answered the phone at John's office. Mary tried to reassure Helen that Bill is marrying Lenore of his own volition. Helen informed Mary that she is troubled by memories of Bill's love for Missy and maintained that Bill hadn't allowed himself sufficient time for his wounds to completely heal. Danny lightly scolded Missy for not leaving a note as Pat observed the interaction. Danny grew suspicious as Missy glanced at the phone and objected to his request to see John. Liz masked her displeasure over Bill and Lenore choosing an apartment that included a room that could be turned into a study. Dru suggested that Liz and Bill visit John and Pat.
Helen: "It's something I lie awake at night wondering about and worrying about. And that's all I can do. When your children are grown--"
Mary: "Oh, don't I know. Mother used to say 'When they're little, they're an armfull and when they're big, they're a heartful.' But there is nothing you can do about it."
Helen: "Nothing but watch and wait and pray and keep your fingers crossed."
Mary: "And your mouth shut."
Helen: (AND SHE LAUGHS A BIT:) "Oh, definitely, your mouth shut. But never in my life, Mary, have I so wished I had the gift of gazing into a crystal ball."
JANUARY 23, 1967 (EP. #679)
John was puzzled once an agitated Pat explained that Danny came to retrieve Missy. Pat implored John to make his conversation with Danny brief and get rid of him in short order. Lee advised John not to expect her for dinner since she had plans for the evening. Danny exchanged pleasantries with John upon meeting him for the first time. Missy was mortified when Danny referred to Michael as useless, prompting John to argue that Michael was obligated to uphold the provisions of Katherine's estate and protect Missy's financial interests. Danny interpreted John's contentions that he could swiftly get his case tossed out of court because he lacked legal standing in beating the will's terms as a challenge. Pat offered to drive Missy to the hotel because she didn't want to go home with an ill-tempered Danny. Liz urged Bill to take her home once she recognized Danny's car parked in the Randolph's driveway. Alice told Lenore that she has accepted her and Bill's engagement, apologized for expressing misgivings, and happily agreed to be Lenore's bridesmaid. Liz cooed over Missy having a "married look" that suited her well as Bill coldly rejected Danny's handshake. Liz observed Bill and Missy transfixed by each other's gazes, prompting Danny to hustle Missy out the door. John and Liz marveled at Danny's unscrupulous and audacious nature. Pat surreptitiously arranged to have a private talk with Bill. Mary nodded approvingly over Alice's theory that Bill was rushing into marriage to ease the pain of Missy jilting him. Pat grew exasperated at Bill, who was incredulous as she gave painstaking details on the ways in which Danny had fooled Missy. Bill felt conflicted when Pat begged him to help Missy escape from Danny.
Lenore: "Then you are kindly disposed toward that romantic institution marriage?"
Alice: (TALLULAH? BETTE DAVIS?) "Dahling, I adore marriage! Why, every time I embark on the seas of matrimony, I get such a thrill --" (STOPS) "-- do you know what I said to my third husband, the count -- or was it the marquis? -- I said, 'darling, marriage is such fun, why do you have to be such a crushing bore?'"
Lenore: (LAUGHING) "Will you stop? I'm trying to ask you something!"
Alice: "Ask away, dahling, by all means, what --" (STOPS, LAYS HER HAND ON LENORE'S ARM, DRAMATICALLY) "--you want to write my memoirs." (LEANS BACK SENSUOUSLY, PUFFING FROM IMAGINARY LONG CIGARETTE HOLDER) "Let's see, what should we title them? How about 'I Turned Down a Throne for Love?' No, I guess that's been used--"
Lenore: "How about 'I Was a Teenage Bridesmaid?'"
Alice: "You're awfully kind, darling, but I just turned twenty. Anyway, whose bridesmaid was I?"
Lenore: "You're going to be mine, I hope."
JANUARY 24, 1967 (EP. #680)
Danny boasted over making progress with John until Missy involuntarily let out a spasmodic gasp in reaction to Pat's dire warnings that echoed in her mind. Danny gripped Missy's body in a rough, threatening manner while grilling her on the veiled remark she made about never really knowing him. Missy grew petrified as Danny insinuated that she considers him dirt in comparison now that she has seen Bill again. Pat emphatically told Bill that Missy desperately needs help to be freed from Danny's power and influence. Bill dropped his defenses and bitterness once Pat revealed that Missy still loves him and ran away due to her own fears and self-loathing. Pat urged Bill to keep his planned dinner date with Lenore while she and John lure Danny out of the hotel so that he can speak with Missy alone. Lenore noticed that Bill seemed distracted as she debated on asking Lee to be a bridesmaid and assigned Bill to elect four ushers for their wedding ceremony, but chalked it up to Bill's reserved nature. Bill tried to assure Lenore that Lee will recover quickly from her breakup with Michael. John and Pat hoped that Lee going out for the evening was a positive sign that she is moving on with her life and getting back into circulation. Pat complimented John on being a regular Machiavelli for fooling Danny into coming to the house to discuss new angles in breaking the provisions of Missy's inheritance. Missy told Danny that Pat was having a dress she saw at Bryant's delivered to the hotel to cover being clued in on John and Pat's plot over the phone. Danny groaned about wasting his time with Michael, but was ebullient to finally get John's apparent cooperation.
JANUARY 25, 1967 (EP. #681)
Pat informed Bill that Danny fell for John dangling the prospect of money in front of him and that Missy is expecting him at the suite. Bill was speechless when Pat stated that he and Missy had love in their favor, which is more powerful than luck. Liz graciously accepted Bill's claim that he had a working lunch planned with Dru. Missy dissembled ignorance and disinterest over financial affairs when Danny requested her presence at John's to support him unlocking the trust fund. Missy couldn't repress a smile at Danny's statements that he refuses to do anything behind her back. Dru gently chided Bill for being too pre-occupied with his impending nuptials to properly concentrate on the cases they were reviewing. Bill lied to Dru about having a date with Lenore as an excuse to leave work. Danny was confused and overwhelmed as John discussed cases that had parallels to his quest in acquiring Missy's fortune in a lump sum. John and Pat exchanged knowing glances as the time approached for Bill to arrive at the hotel. Bill and Missy seethed with hatred as they realized the extent by which Danny manipulated them, that he knew Missy was an heiress from the start, and had kept Missy hidden while Bill searched for her in Chicago. Missy revealed that she fled town because she was ashamed of being abandoned as a child who lived in foster homes and orphanages to Bill, who was instantly forgiving and promised that her background meant nothing to him. Dru lectured Liz for checking on Bill and expecting him to keep his family apprised of his precise movements. Bill and Missy embraced and kissed tenderly after declaring their undying love for each other.
Bill: "You mean you left because you couldn't face me, knowing what you did about yourself?" (SHE NODS, UNABLE TO SPEAK:) "Missy, I can't believe that, I can't understand--"
Missy: "You can't understand that kind of shame?" (THROUGH HER TEARS, A KIND OF FIERCENESS:) "No, of course you can't -- because you've never had any doubts about who you are. Nobody ever abandoned you, not even for a minute -- you were born in that beautiful house where you lived all your life, with beautiful loving parents, in beautiful wedlock--" (STOPS, BREAKING).
Bill: (ANGUISHED) "Missy, none of that would have made any difference to me. I never asked who your parents were, I never cared--"
Missy: "But I did! And as long as I had the dream, the made-up story everything was all right, even the lies, I justified them, but then when I found out the truth--"
Bill: "Missy, who told you? Who would do a thing like that to you?" (AND AS SHE LOOKS UP OR TURNS BACK TO HIM, ALMOST AS THOUGH ASSAYING WHETHER TO TELL HIM...)
Bill: (STOPS, TRYING TO TAKE IN ALL THAT SHE'S SAID, ALL IT'S IMPLICATIONS, THEN:) "Missy, I have to ask you something. It's none of my business, and if you don't want to answer me, I'll understand, but I have to ask anyway." (A DEEP BREATH; UNTIL HE ACTUALLY HEARS IT FROM HER, HE HAS TO FEAR THE ANSWER TO THIS:) "Are you in love with your husband?"
Missy: (SIMPLY, UNSMILING; AFTER ALL, THIS ANSWER DOESN'T SOLVE ALL THEIR PROBLEMS BY ANY MEANS:) "How could I be? I love you."
Bill: (CAN HARDLY BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING:) "You--?"
Missy: "I never stopped loving you, longing to see you -- even knowing you were angry with me." (DELIBERATELY CLOSES HER EYES, TO SHUT OUT HIS IMAGE, TO KEEP FROM GOING INTO HIS ARMS...)
Bill: (TENDERLY, QUIET:) "I'm not angry with you, Missy."
Missy: (OPENS HER EYES, LOOKS AT HIM:) "Bill -- if your anger and your hurt went away, is -- is anything left?"
Bill: "Yes. My love for you. It never went away, Missy."
Missy: "Oh, Bill!" (AND AS THEY GO SLOWLY, MAGNETICALLY INTO EACH OTHERS' ARMS, FADE OUT).
JANUARY 26, 1967 (EP. #682)
Missy felt that her dreaded hotel suite had become a wonderland now that Bill was present. Lee apologized to Lenore after snapping at her for bringing up the impact of Michael's departure on her. Lenore was sympathetic to Lee's indecision towards being one of her bridesmaids. Lee marveled at Bill's ability to work and study after Missy jilted him, but refused to confirm Lenore's assumption that she was referring to dealing with her heartbreak over Michael. Bill excoriated himself for believing Danny's lies that Missy never cared about him and was in love with her husband. Missy was privately distressed by the memory of submitting to Danny physically once while Bill cringed at the thought of Danny being in Missy's arms, though Bill promised Missy that her actions as Danny's wife had absolutely no bearing on their future. Missy was instantly forgiving as Bill chastised himself for not having Alice's unwavering faith in her. Bill and Missy vowed to free her from Danny and begin their life together. Bill kissed Missy tenderly and passionately, then left the hotel once she was notified by Pat that Danny had left the Randolph household. Charlie was apprehensive despite Madge's fearless attitude towards confronting Danny alone. Madge shared Charlie's curiosity over a shady character named Sam, who came to the Alley looking for Danny. Sam called the Barclay Hotel to retrieve Danny's whereabouts. Liz asked leading questions to probe Lenore on her conversation with Missy and tried to convince herself that she is no longer a threat to Bill and Lenore's happiness. Missy was quite frightened and puzzled when Sam arrived and insisted on waiting for Danny.
Bill: "Missy, my darling, how could this have happened to us? We should never have been apart. Never."
Missy: "I know. Oh, I know that now."
Bill: "Oh, Missy, I love you. I never stopped loving you and I love you now more than ever."
Missy: "I love you, Bill. Oh, I do, I love you so much." [THEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER, THEIR FACES GLOWING AND GO AGAIN INTO EACH OTHERS ARMS].
(DISSOLVE TO SAM IN PHONE BOOTH IN LIMBO. HE IS ALREADY SPEAKING INTO THE PHONE)
Sam: (Introduction Line) "Hello, Barclay Hotel?... Listen, sister, can you give me the number of Danny Fargo's room?.... Mr. Daniel Fargo." (TO HIMSELF, GRINNING) "Mister!...." (THEN) "Oh, not a room, huh? A suite! Well, well, well..." (HE WRITES A NUMBER DOWN ON THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE) "No, don't ring him. I'll be making a personal call on Mr. Daniel Fargo." (HANGS UP, LOOKS AT THE ENVELOPE) "A suite yet." (PUTS ENVELOPE IN HIS POCKET, AS HE STARTS OUT OF THE PHONE BOOTH. FADE OUT).
Notes: First appearance of Jordan Charney as Sam Lucas.
JANUARY 27, 1967 (EP. #683)
Sam was undeterred despite Missy's hints that it may be a while before Danny returns to the suite. Missy became flustered and scared once Sam revealed knowledge of her being an heiress that he obtained from friends in Chicago and articles in the newspapers. Danny informed Fred that he is leaving town, but will be returning for Missy's fortune and hiring a lawyer who will properly serve his interests. Fred warned Danny to adopt a more hospitable tone or be promptly escorted out of his office and sensed that Danny had a hidden agenda for boasting about getting acquainted with Liz and befriending John and Pat. Danny and Sam sized each other up as Missy went into the bedroom to give them a chance to talk privately. Sam took Danny to task for escaping with the money they robbed from a gas station in Evansville six years ago and allowing him to take the fall. Danny grew terrified and murderous when Sam deemed three hundred dollars as insufficient for not implicating Danny in their heist since he is married to a wealthy woman like Missy. Sam ordered Danny to gain access to Missy's fortune or risk being turned in to the police. Alice told Mary that Liz warned her not to interfere in Bill and Lenore's lives and complained that the family should quit excusing Liz's behavior so readily. Liz recalled Danny threatening to reveal her machinations against Missy should he fail to unlock her trust fund and vowed to stop him once and for all. Fred chided Liz for keeping tabs on Bill by going into John's office and worrying excessively about him running into Missy. Danny deflected Missy's questions about Sam and stated that they are leaving Bay City right away.
JANUARY 30, 1967 (EP. #684)
Bill arrived at Pat and John's house in a flurry, insisting they needed to save Missy from Danny. John advocated sensibility when Bill warned he's liable to do something pretty wild. Bill agreed they could tell Lee of their plans, and they all decided to keep Lenore in the dark. Fred clued Bill in to the fact that Liz was very interested in his whereabouts that afternoon. Bill was reluctant when Fred suggested he and Lenore join him, Liz, Alice, and Tony at the swank new supper club, the Top of the Tower. At their table, all six toasted Bill and Lenore with champagne. Tony groaned when Alice felt sure Bill wasn't keen on marrying Lenore. As he danced like an automaton, Bill felt his eyes glaze over while Lenore mentioned asking Lee to be her bridesmaid. Lee blasted Pat for fixing things so Lenore will lose Bill, then astounded her by revealing she'd been in the park when Pat kissed Michael and told him she loved him. Lee refused to believe Pat's desperate insistence that nothing happened between her and Michael. Lee made her suffer by saying she hadn't made up her mind whether to tell John.
Tony: "Come on in, the rhythm's fine!"
Alice: "From over at that window you can see all the lights of the city...Why don't you dance over there?"
Fred: "If my insurance man forbids me to shovel snow, he must frown on dancing." (THEY ALL LAUGH, AND TONY WHIRLS ALICE AWAY...THE CAMERA FOLLOWS THEM:)
Alice: "Oh, Tony, it's so wonderful of your father to - oh, I don't know! It's not just the place, it's -- it's the way it makes me feel that life could be really swinging if--"
Tony: (OVER) "If you didn't have to get up and work the next day?"
Alice: "I was going to say if Bill really loved Lenore."
Tony: (GROANS:) "Are you starting on that again!"
Alice: "Didn't you notice how quiet he was?"
Tony: (Exit Line) "No, I was making too much noise myself."
Alice: "He isn't happy. Something's wrong..."
Pat: "Lee... do you mean.. you can't be saying..."
Lee: "I'm saying just what you think I'm saying. I'm saying that I know about you and Michael. Yes, Pat, I know everything."
Pat: "Oh, Lee, you're mistaken."
Lee: "Oh, no I'm not!"
Notes: Last appearance of Alex Canaan as Tony Douglas (1967).
JANUARY 31, 1967 (EP. #685)
John failed to interest Pat and Lee in his discussion of divorce laws. Mary and Jim admitted they'd been relieved ever since Michael got on a plane and left Bay City. After he made a big speech of his love for her, they decided to stop in on Pat. Lee was venomous in her condemnation of Pat, who explained she and Michael were in love, but he left so nothing would happen. Lee was sure he left because he was too honorable to keep up an affair with a married woman. Dru lamented to Alice he doesn't live the life of the reprobate he imagined he would be, then they speculated if Liz had reason to be agitated about Bill's behavior. Liz's worst fears were realized when Bill decided to tell her he'd seen Missy. She pressed the attack when he said he understood everything now (though not her involvement), but he blew up when she harped on his taking Danny's leavings.
Jim: "They're all right now, aren't they?"
Mary: "You mean the children."
Jim: "Do we ever talk about anybody else?"
Liz: [BACKING AWAY FROM HIM... FRIGHTENED OF HIM... BUT FRIGHTENED,
TOO, BECAUSE EVERYTHING SHE'S WORKED AND LIVED FOR IS COLLAPSING.
WHEEDLING:] "Oh, Bill, you can't do this to me." [REALIZING THAT'S A MISTAKE,
AMENDS IT] "To Lenore..." [THEN:] "Bill, it's been in the papers,...Everybody knows... you're
going to..." [HER VOICE IS GETTING SMALLER... SHE'S LICKED... SHE'S
FRIGHTENED... SHE'S ABANDONED BY HER SON... AND SHE KNOWS IT, THOUGH
SHE WHIMPERS THESE WORDS, WHICH DO NOT EVEN CONVINCE HER:] "you're...
going to marry... Lenore..."
Bill: "No, Mother, I'm not. I am going to marry Missy." [TURNS AND STARTS TOWARD THE STAIRS. TAKE LIZ AND FADE OUT]
FEBRUARY 1, 1967 (EP. #686)
Liz was relieved when Bill said Danny doesn't know he saw Missy, then frightened her when he crashed his fist into his palm at mention of Danny's name. She tried to convince him it would be dangerous to confront a man like Danny. Danny insisted to Missy that a punk like Sam didn't scare him, then blew up when she balked at the idea of splitting town after she signs papers at the bank tomorrow. Sam phoned to remind Danny he'd snitch to the cops if he didn't pay him off. At the Chicago airport, Charlie worried about Madge, who intended to confront Danny about the money he "borrowed" from Flo. Madge vowed to be reckless and give it to him good. Feeling trapped, a panicky Danny phoned for a taxi on the South Street entrance, then raged at Missy to pack her suitcases. Missy gasped when she came across the gun in the dresser drawer. Liz was satisfied when parroting John's sage advice prevented Bill from running out to check on Missy. Danny took the gun and refused again Missy's request for a divorce. As Missy sobbed in the next room, Danny was tormented by a montage of Liz, Madge, and Sam hounding him mercilessly.
FEBRUARY 2, 1967 (EP. #687)
Pat and Lee were nonplussed when John said the ringing phone must be the call he was expecting from Michael. Lee maliciously turned down John's offer to let her answer in favor of Pat, who also declined. Michael was grateful that John filled him in about Bill and Missy. Lee squirmed when John told Michael he could always come back to work for him if things don't work out. John was so exasperated that Lee refused to say hello that he threw up his hands and muttered, "Women!" Dru visited Mary in the kitchen to praise her Kaffee kuchen, and she was alarmed when he speculated on Lee's bleak mood. Lee warned Pat to toe the line even though she promised not to hurt her father by telling him. Still using kid's gloves with Missy, Danny tried to sweet-talk her when she expressed her desire to be free, but now that she knew what kind of lies were involved, she became repulsed. He was floored to receive a call from Madge, who demanded to meet him in the Bar and Grill across the street. Missy was frightened into obeying when he said she shouldn't use the phone or go out while he was out. Madge laid into Danny for conning Flo with perfumed garbage, and vowed to make him pay for turning Flo into a drunk by getting back all the money he took from her. Missy got up the courage to use the phone after checking the corridor for Danny.
Michael: "Give them... give everybody my regards."
John: "Certainly. Certainly. Maybe some other time--" [THEN:] "Well, goodbye Michael. And good luck."
Michael: (Exit Line) "Goodbye, John, and thanks very much for calling." [HE HANGS UP, EMOTIONS CHURNING WITHIN HIM].
Notes: Last appearance of Gary Pillar (Carpenter) as Michael Bauer.
FEBRUARY 3, 1967 (EP. #688)
Bill told Missy to hurry and meet him in the park near the hotel when she phoned him that Danny intends to whisk her away tomorrow. Lenore imparted to Helen that although there had never been skyrockets going off with her and Bill, she sensed something had been wrong tonight. Lenore declined to consider it when Helen suggested they wait until June to marry so Bill can get over his butterflies. Liz voiced objections while blocking the doorway until Bill grabbed her by the shoulders and firmly moved her aside. Liz trembled with terror, clapping her hands to her ears, as Danny's threats reverberated in her head. Danny gamely protested his innocence when Madge reminded he'd faked Missy out back in Chicago, then finally admitted his schemes when she threatened to spill the beans to Missy. Madge became fearful when he intimated there was another way besides a payoff to keep her shut up. Missy jumped out of the sere, cold wind into Bill's car and held onto him for dear life. She told him about the gun, and of how Danny had been frightened of a man named Sam. Bill said they'd go back to the hotel and settle the score with Danny once and for all. Liz took some deep breaths before leaving Bill a note (about being asleep upstairs), donned some dark glasses, and leaving.
FEBRUARY 6, 1967 (EP. #689)
Missy tried to talk Bill out of confronting Danny. Madge was almost speechless with rage when Danny, with an insouciant smile, said he could make Missy believe everything Madge said was a lie, then left her to pick up the check. Missy convinced Bill that Danny wouldn't hurt her since he needed her cooperation, and that she could lure him to the bank tomorrow, a safer place for Bill to confront him. Sam broke into Danny's suite, and made a mental note of the revolver he stumbled across in his search for valuables. Danny was frazzled to find Sam in his room still harping on being sent up for the job they pulled. Sam informed him he has a "To whom it may concern" letter in a safety deposit box in case Danny tried to use the gun on him instead of meeting his payoff deadline of ten o'clock tomorrow morning. Sam ran smack into Liz when she darted off the elevator, then was interested when she buzzed Danny's room and he let her in. Danny was astonished when Liz informed him that Missy had been seeing Bill behind his back. Desperate to bargain with him, she offered to try to convince Missy to settle a large sum on him, but he decided he'd only accept $500,000 from Liz.
FEBRUARY 7, 1967 (EP. #690)
Danny laughed and whispered in Liz's ear that his price was half a million dollars, paid tomorrow morning at ten o'clock. Missy convinced Bill her idea was best, and he told her not to worry about Lenore. When Danny speculated about Will's trust fund, Liz insisted she couldn't convert her assets to cash at a moment's notice, but Danny was inflexible. Bill found Liz's note, then poured himself a drink, and ruminated over Danny's machinations. Burning with a quiet, murderous fury, Madge mulled over Danny's words before bolting purposefully from the restaurant with the waitress looking at her agog. Liz returned home stealthily and poured herself a good stiff drink. When Bill caught her red-handed, she lied that she'd come downstairs to give in to a dissolute impulse. He was puzzled by her lack of reaction to his plans for tomorrow. Scared to death of the charade she must play, Missy stepped off the elevator and noticed to her surprise the room door was standing a few inches ajar. Leaving it open, she found the room in disarray. Upon closer inspection, she was traumatized to see Danny lying motionless behind the desk.
Missy: [TOUCHES HIS CHEEK, SOFTLY] "Tomorrow morning, darling?"
Bill: "Tomorrow morning." [HE KISSES HER AGAIN, THEN HUSKILY:] "And then... forever." [SHE GOES QUICKLY]
FEBRUARY 8, 1967 (EP. #691)
At midnight, a worried Alice came downstairs to sink into her father's easy chair. She sat erect, terribly startled, when she heard a noise from the kitchen. Very quietly she stole toward the kitchen and collided in the dark with a figure, who put his hand over her mouth to shut her up. Contrite but amused, Russ took Alice's wrist and pretended to feel her pulse. Russ said that though he wasn't due in until tomorrow, he got a ride from another medic upstate who let him off at the Dog Wagon restaurant downtown. Alice complained that though she felt like a maharani at the fancy restaurant, she was sure Bill had been unhappy because he didn't love Lenore. Liz forbade Bill from phoning and bothering John at this time of night, then denied she wasn't trying to help him. Speaking his name with the beginning of hysteria, Missy lifted Danny's hand, looked at it with horror, then let it drop to the floor, with a stifled scream of horror. Liz became exasperated when Bill commented on Danny's ability to fool Flo but not Madge. Madge darted around the bend in the corridor as the house detective [referred to as Harry here, but later as Thomas J. Simmons] and the night chambermaid [Dorothy L. Watkins] arrived at Danny's door to investigate the noise. The maid screamed "He's dead! He's dead! He's dead!" as they walked in on Missy standing holding the gun looking down at Danny. Madge was thoughtful, then frantic, before bolting down the fire exit door. Russ told Alice that a Dr. Henry Robinson has a new operative procedure for cases like John's, and she agreed to talk to Pat about it. Russ was hesitant to agree to talk to Bill. Missy's teeth chattered and she looked like she might crumple into a heap at any moment as the maid ran for the doctor and Harry phoned for homicide.
FEBRUARY 9, 1967 (EP. #692)
Pat found John working late, and he claimed to have found a way for Missy to get a divorce under favorable conditions. Lee threw a jibe at Pat as over the phone John advised Bill not to call Missy. John described Bill's plan to them. Lee marched out of the room after refusing to listen to Pat. Harry followed Missy as she paced in a wobbly and somnambulistic fashion as the doctor examined Danny's body. Lt. Buckley and Sgt. Crawford questioned Harry. Irving the police photographer almost stumbled over Missy as he took shots of the corpse. Crawford outlined the body with chalk then dusted for prints. The maid became hysterical when Missy came out of her trance long enough to try to calm her self-pitying babbling. The police recognized Missy as the missing heiress they'd tried to find last year. Not feeling she needed a lawyer present, Missy spoke to Buckley, lying to protect Bill that she had been out for a walk alone when Danny was shot. Missy asked them to take her to the Randolphs.
FEBRUARY 10, 1967 (EP. #693)
Surprised to find Alice still awake, Dru told her he now has reason to believe something important was on Bill's mind. Alice felt like waving two American flags when Dru told her that John phoned with details of the plan to confront Danny tomorrow at the bank. Pat and John were on their way to bed when Crawford showed up on their doorstep with a dazed Missy. John dragged Crawford inside to speak with him, then whispered the news to Pat, who had her arm on Missy's shoulder on the couch. John and Pat promised to take care of Missy, who was barely able to recognize them. John asked Missy a few quick questions before Pat took her upstairs. Buckley told Crawford he learned that although the Fargos were newlyweds, they didn't share the same hotel bed. The next morning, John and Dru worried about what would happen to Missy when the police find out she had been planning to leave Danny. Buckley was confident that a guilty Missy had a thing about men and marriage.
Alice: (About Danny) "He's the vilest, creepingest, crawlingest creature I ever saw."
Dru: [OVER] "I endorse every sentiment you have ever had about him, my dear."
Dru: "I've got a lot of questions, naturally. First and foremost, who killed Danny Fargo?"
John: "No one knows yet..."
Dru: "I certainly hope it doesn't remain a mystery."
FEBRUARY 13, 1967 (EP. #694)
Unable to dissuade Bill from leaving, Liz felt the wheels turning in her mind when Lenore showed up for an early morning visit. Buckley tried to convince a doubtful Crawford that everything physical and psychological pointed to Missy's guilt, but Buckley also speculated that Bill would have been happy to have Danny bumped off. A flustered Bill looked a little sick when Lenore cooed about learning how to make breakfast for him. Liz ran out of the kichen after them as Bill tried to hustle Lenore out the door and into his car, then wailed in anguish as Bill said he was going to tell her it was over. Dru and John fumed over a busy signal, as Liz phoned Fred to ask him to come over immediately. John hung up when Liz loosened a flood of bile into his ear. In his parked car, Bill got up the courage to let Lenore know he couldn't marry her. An anguished Bill felt awful when a stoic Lenore thought Bill a fool to believe Missy's lies. A realist, Lenore gave him back his engagement ring though she felt her love for him like a terrible ache. The police speculated that if Liz handpicked Lenore as Missy's replacement, Lenore might have some information for them.
Bill: [HE TURNS TO HER FOR THE FIRST TIME] "Lenore, I hate to say this. I wish I could find a better way of saying it. And I won't blame you for anything you think of me from now on... but Lenore, I'm not going to marry you." [LENORE IS SHOCKED... NUMBED FOR THE MOMENT. FADE OUT]
Bill: "We're not going to be married, Lenore."
Lenore: "Well. That is a piece of news for a girl on a bright morning before breakfast."
FEBRUARY 14, 1967 (EP. #695)
With an infinitely sad little smile and through welling tears, Lenore broke it to her mother that it was over. Lenore felt she could have made Bill love her if they'd married, and flared up when Helen suggested Missy didn't intend to break them up. Lenore and Helen claimed little knowledge when Buckley showed up and questioned them about Danny. Bill gave the ring back to Liz, since she'd given it to him on the condition that it was for Lenore only. After phoning John, a numb Bill informed Liz that Danny was dead. Buckley was about to enter the office of D.A. Walter Curtin when he was accosted by reporter Hal Nash. Buckley reviewed his findings with Walter, then said he feels Bill and Lenore won't be getting married. Liz covered when Fred showed up as requested by filling him in on Bill/Lenore and Danny. He was surprised when she suggested reuniting Bill with Lenore to protect him from police suspicion. Walter pointed out the holes in Buckley's theory, but was interested to hear Bill had just been reported pulling up at the Randolphs.
Liz: [AND THOUGH HER HORROR IS GENUINE, THE AUDIENCE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY INTERPRET IT AS THEY WISH] "Shot--" [BREAKS OFF] -- "oh, no, how terrible."
DISSOLVE TO STOCK FOOTAGE OR STILL BLOWUP OF A MUNICIPAL-LOOKING
BUILDING, THEN TO A DOOR WHICH READS "DISTRICT ATTORNEY," AND
UNDERNEATH, IN SMALLER LETTERS, "PRIVATE." AS WE ARE ON THE DOOR,
BUCKLEY ARRIVES IN FRAME, KNOCKS, AND FROM WITHIN:]
Walter: (Introduction Line, O.C.) "Come in!"
Notes: First appearance of Val Dufour as Walter Curtin.
FEBRUARY 15, 1967 (EP. #696)
Alice came down to the kitchen early in her student nurse's uniform as Mary fussed over Russ's breakfast and Jim rustled his paper. Everyone was surprised when Alice revealed the plan to help Missy leave Danny. Mary was shocked Missy was never aware that Bill was looking for her, and Jim felt it shouldn't be taken for granted that Danny would give her a divorce. Mary almost visibly sagged as Dru phoned to relay the news of Danny's death. Dru and John tried to placate Pat's fears about being questioned by the police. The bell rang as Dru told John his fear that Missy will be accused. Bill told them that an unscrupulous man like Danny must have made plenty of enemies along the way, and John warned him not to keep mouthing off about Danny. In a borrowed dressing gown, Missy nestled in Bill's arms while he promised everything would be alright, but John and Dru exchanged looks which indicated they were not so sanguine. Alice wasn't sympathetic when Mary remarked that Liz sounded like she was coming apart at the seams. As Russ and Alice left for Memorial, Mary told Jim she had the feeling Danny was going to reach back from the grave somehow. Missy described coming back to the room and finding Danny's body. John and Dru exchanged an anxious look when she told of picking up the gun. Pat's eyes widened with fear when she looked through the panels alongside the door and saw a policeman outside.
Cover note: "Note: The first half of this episode (up to Bill's arrival at the Randolphs) is actually taking place at the same time as the last half of #695."
FEBRUARY 16, 1967 (EP. #697)
Smiling a moment in satisfaction of Danny's death, Liz took Lenore's ring and left the house determinedly. Walter warned Buckley not to form an opinion before all the facts were in, then offered that Bill had a much more pronounced temperamental inclination than Missy. Liz and Helen held different views on whether Bill knew what he wanted. Horrified to hear Helen was questioned by Buckley, Liz insisted Lenore had to put the ring back on her finger to divert suspicion from Bill. Walter hypothesized that Missy picked the gun up deliberately and held it to shield someone (Bill). Walter was miffed that Buckley had pre-empted his idea to bring Missy down for questioning. He ordered Buckley to question Liz. Flashbulbs went off as Dru and Missy came into Walter's office. Dru and Walter had met last spring when Walter spoke at the University. Missy went over her story, then, as sneak music played, Walter presented her with a clean glass of water (to acquire her fingerprints).
FEBRUARY 17, 1967 (EP. #698)
Pat and John played nursemaid to an upset Bill. John elaborated the reasons why it was better for Dru than Bill to have accompanied Missy. John falsely assured Pat that Missy hadn't done any harm by lying about her whereabouts. Lenore, with consummate dignity, came downstairs, where Helen told her of the murder and Liz implored her to act as if she were still engaged to protect Bill. Walter and Dru were both interested when Missy mentioned Sam. When Walter was called away, Dru advised Missy to mention seeing Bill to substantiate the fact of her whereabouts. Walter joked about Missy's "mysterious stranger" story with his secretary, Ms. Klein. Dru admitted to Walter that Missy had been seeking a divorce and had met Bill last night to discuss it. Lenore put the ring on when Helen noticed a car pulling up.
FEBRUARY 20-21, 1967: Pre-empted for News Coverage of Space Program.
FEBRUARY 22, 1967 (EP. #699)
Missy was flustered when Walter couldn't find it credible that she had seen Bill last night on a professional basis only. Not to be disloyal, Helen agreed when Liz challenged her assertion to Buckley that they were in the middle of wedding plans. The three women gasped when he asked Liz for Bill's whereabouts last night. Lenore told him about being with Bill at the restaurant. Dru forbade Walter from asking why Missy left town last year, but Missy described meeting and marrying Danny. When Walter wondered why she married Danny if she didn't love him, Dru explained it was a mystery of the misty mid-regions of the human mind and heart. Walter agreed to let Pat explain herself how she found out Danny knew all along of the inheritance. Missy recoiled when Walter showed her the gun. Helen criticized Liz for making Lenore lie. Buckley was at a loss for words, since Liz assured him Bill had been home all evening, when Walter told him Bill had gone to see Missy.
FEBRUARY 23, 1967 (EP. #700)
Madge returned home, wandered stiff-legged about her apartment, and was horrified to see Danny's photo, since Flo had taken it with her. In a voice-over pre-recorded melange with plenty of echo, a superimposed image of Danny laughed threateningly at Madge. Charlie came by with the paper, but Madge was upset not to find in it what she was looking for. He was flabbergasted when Madge blurted out that Danny was dead. Jim comforted Mary, who felt guilty at never liking Danny, saying she'd been the only one to say a kind word about him, that he was pathetic. Mary stared at him in dawning horror when he said that the wife is usually the police's main suspect. Madge told Charlie of meeting Danny, hiding in the corridor, and listening through the fire door to hear that Danny had been murdered. Charlie informed her that a drunk Flo was back in town. She told him her mother just called with news that Flo had taken the $100 seed money. A pie-eyed Flo came home, staggered to the couch, and reminisced about the good times with Danny.
FEBRUARY 24, 1967 (EP. #701)
Lee wondered what news everyone had to tell her about Missy. Madge felt it was a bad time when Charlie urged her to tell Flo, who cuddled his picture, that Danny was dead. Flo burrowed into her handbag with increasing frenzy when she could find only $9 of the seed money. Madge refused to believe it when Flo wailed that she'd been robbed. Flo ranted she was going to phone Danny and make him come back to her. After sensing Bill's worry, Lee asked Pat if Missy killed Danny. Bill noticed the tension between Lee and Pat when Lee told John she'd have no problem playing dumb. After Madge dragged Flo away from the phone, Flo was stupefied to hear Danny was dead. Madge and Charlie were frustrated when Flo laughed and sobbed hysterically, denying it and kissing Danny's picture, until Madge slapped her. Avoiding her eyes, Charlie assured Madge he'd back up her story that she was never in Bay City. Pat was hesitant to worry him when Bill asked her to confide in him, but he revealed that, after a long talk with Michael, he already knew everything. Pat was grateful that Bill still held her in high regard, but felt it wouldn't do any good for him to talk to Lee. Bill was alarmed when a furious John slammed the phone down and said Liz had admitted lying to Buckley about Bill's whereabouts.
Charlie: "I'm here. I'll help you handle her."
Madge: "I know, Charlie, and thanks."
FEBRUARY 27, 1967 (EP. #702)
Bill jumped on Liz's case the minute she walked through the door. He groaned in despair as Liz described her plan to convince the Moores to pretend the engagement was still on, and he and John were appalled when she declared not caring about Missy's guilt or innocence. Walter speculated that both Liz and Missy were lying to protect Bill. Buckley was surprised when Walter considered it more likely that Missy was innocent and Bill the guilty party. Liz kissed Bill on the cheek and left after assuring everyone that she can tell Buckley something that will straighten everything out. John told Bill they needed to move Missy to Mary's house for propriety's sake. Dru made light of the meeting when he returned with Missy, but confided to John that Walter had some definite suspicions. Dru despaired of the fat in the fire upon learning of Liz's lies to the police. With wide-eyed candor, Liz told Buckley and Walter that Bill had left late last night to meet Missy on business, then smiled brightly as she reminded them of Bill and Lenore's engagement. Missy told Bill of her meeting with Walter, of whom she spoke favorably. Walter felt sure they now had a case against Bill or Missy, or both.
Missy: [A FLUTTER OF FEAR TOUCHES HER, SHE CLOSES HER EYES AGAINST IT,
HOLDS HIS HANDS TIGHT] "Oh, Bill, kiss me... please..." [AND HE LEANS OVER THE
TABLE AND KISSES HER... TENDERLY, ALMOST CHASTELY, HIS LIPS GO TO HER
CLOSED EYES, TOUCH THEM, AND IN A WHISPER]
Bill: "I'll never leave you, Missy. I do promise." [AND HER EYES OPEN, TO LOOK ADORINGLY AT HIM]
FEBRUARY 28, 1967 (EP. #703)
Clutching a straw to turn it into a pillar of stone, Bill rushed to Dru, grabbed him by the shoulders, and said that Sam must be Danny's killer. Missy told the three lawyers that Danny got the gun and made the plans right after seeing Sam. They tried to convince Missy that staying at Mary's would help stop the broadcast that she and Bill are still in love, then after she and Bill said goodbye, Pat offered to drive her over. Sam returned home, lit a cigarette, and read a lot about Danny's murder in the paper. Dru warned Bill that this "Sam" was the proverbial needle in a haystack. Liz felt she would be able to claim ignorance when Dru told her Missy would eventually tell the police the truth about her relationship with Bill. It wasn't at all displeasing to Liz when she gleaned that John and Dru worried Missy was a suspect. At the cafeteria, Russ tried to take Alice's mind off Missy's troubles, then changed the subject when she wanted to know why he was worried about Bill too. An ash tray brimmed with cigarettes as Sam mulled over the paper. Sam's sister Ada returned home, plopped down on the couch, and complained about the rich dames she has to take guff from at work. He recognized the surname from the paper when Ada told him Mrs. William Matthews had canceled her 10 o'clock appointment. He ignored Ada's question about Danny by mentioning her daughter Rachel had called to say she'd be out late modeling. He showed her the paper to explain why he wouldn't be able to give her the money he promised to send Rachel to Hollywood.
Liz: [SHE EYES THEM BOTH IN THAT IMPERIOUSLY SUSPICIOUS WAY SHE HAS; CATHERINE THE GREAT INSPECTING HER GUARD]
Sam: [HE IS UPSET, OF COURSE, BECAUSE HE HAS JUST MISSED CASHING IN ON DANNY. BUT THE AUDIENCE MAY INFER WHAT THEY WISH AT THIS POINT]
ACT IV. SCENE THE SAME, CONTINUING, SAM IS STILL PACING. SOUND: (KEY IN
THE DOOR) (SAM LOOKS QUICKLY TOWARD THE DOOR. THEN STEPS BACK INTO
THE SHADOWS) (THE DOOR OPENS AND ADA ENTERS, A LARGE BAG OF
GROCERIES IN HER ARMS) (SHE DOES NOT SEE THE NEWSPAPER)
Sam: [STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOWS] "Oh, it's you."
Ada: (Introduction Line) "No, it's Princess Grace."
Sam: [HE GOES OVER CASUALLY AND TURNS THE NEWSPAPER OVER SO SHE CAN'T SEE DANNY'S PICTURE OR THE HEADLINE] "I just didn't expect you back so soon."
Ada: "I told you it was my afternoon off."
Sam: "Oh, yeah, that's right, you did."
Ada: [SHE'S STRUGGLING TO GET HER KEY BACK IN HER PURSE AND THAT SPILLS OR JUST GENERALLY HAVING AN UNWIELDLY TIME WITH THE BAG OF GROCERIES AND PERHAPS A SMALLER PACKAGE] "Look, will you stop just standing there, brother dear. Help me."
Sam: "Oh." [TAKES THE BAG] "Where do you want this?"
Ada: "In the kitchen." [SAM EXITS TOWARD THE CUBICLE KITCHEN TO DEPOSIT THE BAG AND ADA PLOPS DOWN ON THE COUCH, BONE WEARY] "I'll put the groceries away later..." [SIGH, SHE RUBS HER BACK] "Boy, was I glad to get out of that place today."
Sam: "Oh, hey, I forgot to tell you. Rachel called."
Ada: [NOW A TRANSFORMATION COMES OVER THIS WOMAN AT EVEN THE MENTION OF HER DAUGHTER'S NAME. WE SEE THAT THIS IS THE ONE THING THAT SUSTAINS HER AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE ALTAR ON WHICH SHE WOULD GLADLY SACRIFICE HERSELF] "Rachel! Why didn't you tell me before?"
Production Notes: IF WE HAVE BY THIS TIME, CAST RACHEL WHICH WE UNDOUBTEDLY WILL HAVE, LET'S PUT A PICTURE OF HER IN A DOMINANT PLACE IN THE ROOM SO THAT THEY, PARTICULARLY ADA, CAN LOOK AT IT FROM TIME TO TIME.'
Notes: First appearance of Constance Ford as Ada Davis.
MARCH 1, 1967 (EP. #704)
Bill slapped his forehead when Liz managed to convince herself she had never lied to the police. Bill refused when Liz begged him to continue the charade with Lenore to protect himself, but John felt he shouldn't go making any public proclamations about the wedding being off. Bill, who worried he'd be forced to marry Lenore to keep up appearances, declared even being charged with murder wouldn't change his mind. Walter informed Buckley he wanted to question Bill, then they learned Pat drove Missy to the Matthews. Ms. Klein entered with the news that the gun was unregistered. Liz protested when Buckley showed up to take Bill for questioning. Liz laid into John for cooking up with Pat that comic opera to reunite Bill and Missy. She was at a loss for words when Dru told her off. Buckley was annoyed that Walter wouldn't let him sit in on the meeting with Bill. After Liz marched to the kitchen with an air of injury, Dru told John that when he was assistant D.A., Walter had been very much in love with his fiancé, Carrie Jordan, but that she'd broken his heart by running off with his best friend, Arnold Lee, assistant superintendent of the Wayland factory. They worried that subconsciously Walter would hold a grudge against Missy for wanting to leave Danny for Bill. Bill was frustrated when Walter implied he didn't believe in Sam's existence.
MARCH 2, 1967 (EP. #705)
Buckley told Walter that Danny had a Pink Panther lipstick smear on his hand, then they laughed about so-called Sam. Liz had a weary expression as Dru and John tried to reassure a glum Bill he couldn't have defended Missy against Walter any more successfully. Bill was dejected when everyone forbade him from going over to see Missy. After Walter learned only Danny and Missy's prints were on the gun, he ordered Buckley to arrest Missy on Murder Two. Missy had tea with Mary and described pretending her own family was like the Matthews. Missy cried gratefully on Mary's shoulder after explaining why she'd run away. They were stunned when Buckley showed up to arrest Missy, who looked back piteously toward Mary, who phoned John. For different reasons, Liz and Dru and John convinced Bill not to accompany Dru to the station. John's face was a study as he violently wheeled himself around so he wouldn't have to see Liz comfort Bill.
Script note: "Mary-- I took the reading time from here -- Audra had to catch a train." Here, a note to or from production assistant Mary Bonner refers to one of the time marks peppering each page (timing was crucial in live shows) in relation to Audra's character, Liz.
MARCH 3, 1967 (EP. #706)
Ada was unconvinced of his innocence when Sam moaned about burning for a murder he didn't commit. Alice was genuinely sympathetic when she ran into Lenore on campus and was told of her break-up, then understood fully when Lenore explained Liz's idea to keep wearing the ring. Liz gave Bill her little tolerant smile and hugged him briefly before leaving. Pat was appalled to return home and learn from John and Bill of Missy's arrest. John assured Bill that Dru would have Missy remind the police of Sam. Sam argued it didn't make sense to have killed a man who has bound to pay him off. Ada fumed when Sam felt he had enough troubles of his own to worry about staking Rachel's fare to spend three months in Hollywood. Ada, sure that Rachel was pretty, bright, and talented enough to succeed, planned to buy a pretty pink stucco house on Sunset Boulevard and send a photo of it to Pierre's. Mary was shocked when Liz smiled and voiced her belief that Missy was entirely capable of killing Danny.
Notes: Though crossed out (for time or content is unknown), Sam's résumé of crooked activities included a payroll job in Toledo, and a heist of furs in St. Louis with Monk Sigler.
MARCH 6, 1967 (EP. #707)
The reporters raised a hubbub as Dru brought Missy into the squad room. Jim returned home to find the entire Matthews larder spread about on the counters as Mary furiously cleaned the shelves. Mary told him of Missy's arrest, her eyes really brimming when she imparted Liz's urge that Missy get what she deserves. A brusque Buckley, by no means a sadistic inquisitor, took down Missy's particulars: 22 last month, 5'2'', 103 lbs., dark brown hair and brown eyes. Feeney, the police property clerk, bagged her belongings so quickly Missy felt like she was caught in a maelstrom of impersonal, deadly procedure. Fingerprint technician Parker chatted with Buckley as he took Missy's prints. She was shepherded next to the photographer, who shoved a plaque in front of her with her name and the date. Buckley explained to her she might very well have to stay over in jail. In the bare, bleak interrogation room, Missy was distracted by the ink stains she couldn't manage to rub off her fingers. Ms. Klein transcribed on a stenotype machine as Walter explained the nature of the charges. Dru realized Walter had obtained Missy's prints off the water glass that morning when Walter stated she'd held the gun in a firing position. Walter made an unbelieving epithet out of Sam's name. Sam angrily knocked the paper out of Ada's hand when she expressed phoney solicitude over his "grief." Ada remembered that it was Liz's son Bill who had been engaged to Missy last year. After Missy volunteered that she didn't kill Danny, Walter informed her that she would be held in custody to be bound over to Magistrate's Court for formal arraignment.
Script Notes: (THE WHOLE PUSHING, MILLING GROUP HAS NOW CROWDED INTO THE SQUADROOM-- WHICH IS NOT UNLIKE THE CITY ROOM OF A SMALL METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER; BATTERED DESKS, TELEPHONES (ONE OR MORE OF THEM JANGLING WITH SOME FREQUENCY), BEAT-UP FILE CABINETS, A WATER COOLER-- INSTITUTIONAL FURNITURE, WELL-WORN; IT IS NOT AN ANTISEPTIC, WELL-ORDERED PLACE. AND OF COURSE THE DRABNESS, THE IMPERSONAL INSTITUTIONAL QUALITY HAS A DRAMATIC PURPOSE HERE: TO EMPHASIZE MISSY'S DILEMMA, TO POINT UP THE DEHUMANIZING EXPERIENCE SHE MUST NOW ENDURE).
Photographer: "Mrs. Fargo, please--" [THEN:] "Missy!" [REFLEXIVELY MISSY TURNS, THE FLASHBULB GOES OFF, BLINDINGLY, IN HER FACE-- SHE IS FROZEN, TERRIFIED-- WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD A FREEZE-FRAME DEVICE IN LIVE TELEVISION?-- AND WE FADE OUT FAST]
Jim: "Who? Who could possibly suspect-- "
Mary: [A LITTLE SHAKY NOW, BUT WITH ANGER RATHER THAN SADNESS:] "Who? Really, can't you guess?" [A TINGE OF BITTERNESS:] "Our esteemed sister-in-law, Jim-- the great lady herself, past president of the Altar Guild, the doer of good works-- "
Cover note: "PRODUCTION NOTE: THE PAGE COUNT  OF THIS SCRIPT IS LONG, BECAUSE WE FEEL STRONGLY THAT THE POLICE HQ SCENE SHOULD HAVE A FAST, ALMOST KALEIDOSCOPIC PACE AND DEFINITELY NOT AN ATTENUATED LITERALISM."
Notes: This episode included three pages of additional material that was played in the background
during Missy's booking. It ended with the notation: "USE AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU
NEED." In the scene, a "Mrs. Walters" insisted she'd just been out walking her dog Snowball
when she stopped for a cigarette. Since she didn't have a match, she'd gone up and asked a man
for a light. She demanded her constitutional rights of the poor put-upon officer booking her. The
following is the introduction to the supplement:
'ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR SCRIPT #707.
(Not knowing where this will go exactly and whom you will have talking to the woman, you may break it up as you see fit.)
DIRECTIONS: THE WOMAN IS BEDRAGGLED, A LOWER STRATUM PEDDLER OF HER WARES WHO PROBABLY HAS BEEN ON DOPE FOR QUITE SOME TIME.'
MARCH 7, 1967 (EP. #708)
Madge shuddered with revulsion when she picked up Danny's photo, dropped by a sleeping Flo. Charlie came over to show her the story on Danny's death in the paper. He avoided her gaze as she tried to convince him she hadn't killed Danny, then with elaborate casualness he offered that many people likely had it in for Danny. Ada's suspicion that Sam killed Danny was by no means averted as she threw barbs at him. She remembered how much Liz hated Missy, but Sam hardly listened as she prattled on about remembering Katherine Corning who also used to come into the shop sometimes. Sam sweated as he remembered handling the gun, then recalled another woman had seen Danny after he left. He speculated that she'd worn dark glasses because she'd come to kill Danny. Liz came out of her own private brand of the galloping willies (Danny's voice) to answer the door to Fred, who was distressed to hear she'd lied to the police. Flo noticed when Madge tried to hastily whisk the paper away, then was sure Missy was guilty. Sam discounted Ada's idea that the woman was one of Danny's girlfriends.
MARCH 8, 1967 (EP. #709)
Dru came in with her when the matron led Missy, in a great state of shock, into her cell. Alice came home to find Russ engrossed in either "Archives of Surgery" or "Medical Worlds News," and was annoyed he wasn't interested in her talk with Lenore. As they discussed possible surgery for John, Mary came home to tell them of Missy's arrest. They discussed the reasons why it happened. Dru frightened Missy with mention of a Grand Jury hearing, then disappointed her by not letting Bill visit her in jail. Mary and Alice went off to prepare dinner for Dru, who told Russ they now needed to find the real killer. Ada wanted Sam to calm down since she'd told Rachel he'd been in South America, not wanting her to know he'd been in jail. Sam accused her of making Rachel think she was better than anybody else, to fulfill Ada's own failed dreams. Rachel Davis came home and wondered if Sam received the first dividend from his investment so she could go west. Sam grabbed the paper when Rachel showed him the new edition with Missy's arrest. Missy was fearful that the matron may have heard her whisper Bill's name.
Sam: "What have you told her about her father?"
Ada: "That he's dead."
Sam: "Rachel may be in for a real shock someday."
Ada: "Rachel's gonna be a big movie star."
Sam: "Oh, sure..."
THEY ARE INTERRUPTED BY THE OPENING OF THE DOOR AND RACHEL'S ENTRANCE. HER DRESS IS NOT HIGH CAMP YET SHE CERTAINLY LEANS MUCH MORE TOWARD THE OUTRE THAN THE REST OF OUR YOUNG GALS. IN THE POCKET OF HER COAT OR IN THE POCKET OF HER TOTE BAG SHE HAS A FOLDED NEWSPAPER. WE SEE IT BUT IT ISN'T DISPLAYED PROMINENTLY. THERE IS, AT HER ENTRANCE, AN IMMEDIATE SIGN FROM ADA FOR SAM TO KEEP QUIET.'
Rachel: (Robin Strasser, Introduction Line) "Hi."
Ada: "Oh, hello, honey. Did you have a nice day?"
Rachel: [SHE FALLS DOWN INTO A CHAIR] "I had a long day. Modeling dull clothes for dull people."
Ada: "Oh, this was the fashion show for the Hospital Benefit?"
Rachel: "Uh huh... and there were only four of us and we had to change ten times apiece."
Ada: "Oh, you poor baby. I'll get you some coffee."
Rachel: "No, I don't want any. Just tell me when we're getting out of here? Huh, Uncle Sammy? When are Mom and me leaving for Hollywood?" [TAKE ADA LOOKING QUICKLY TO SAM AND WE FADE OUT].
Notes: First appearance of Robin Strasser as Rachel Davis.
MARCH 9, 1967 (EP. #710)
John advised Bill to let wiser heads prevail, as Missy threw herself onto the cot and sobbed. Lee came home and told Bill she intends to speak to Lenore, then was floored when Pat and John told her of Missy's arrest. Walter told Dru he anticipates no problem convincing a jury that Missy's a liar, and dismissed the amount of time between the shots firing and Missy being found over the body. Dru, who felt they were dancing a minuet, was unnerved when Walter asked him to prove that Bill and Missy didn't love each other. Bill warned Pat not to count on Lee being able to keep quiet to John about her and Michael. Liz showed up to beg Bill to come home, and he agreed once he heard from Dru. Dru requested the matron bring Missy a sleeping pill. Missy nightmared that Liz (in black robes) as Judge Matthews forbade Bill from marrying her: Danny laughed derisively, then clapped his hand over Bill's mouth and dragged him away: Danny dragged Missy away as Liz prevented Bill from saving her. Missy woke up screaming as Danny said he was her jailer, Liz said she had no name, and Bill called her name.
ACT IV. PRODUCTION NOTE: "THIS ACT CALLS FOR TWO PLAYING AREAS-- THE CELL AND A LIMBO AREA. PROBABLY BACKED BY A BLACK DRAPE, WHICH SHOULD BE NEXT TO THE CELL BECAUSE MISSY WILL HAVE TO GET FROM CELL TO LIMBO AREA AND BACK WHEN THE CAMERA IS NOT ON HER. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT ONLY ONE CAMERA WILL BE NEEDED IN THE CELL, BUT TWO WILL CERTAINLY BE NECESSARY IN THE LIMBO AREA. FOR SOME SHOTS YOU MAY WANT TO USE THE CHAPMAN IN THE LIMBO AREA. AND SINCE WHAT WE ARE PLAYING IS A NIGHTMARE, THE DIFFUSION LENS IS SUGGESTED. THE NIGHTMARE SHOULD PLAY AT A FAST CLIP."
MARCH 10, 1967 (EP. #711)
Helen wouldn't allow Bill into the house, but Lenore came down in her peignoir and said it was all right. Lenore felt it wasn't necessary when Bill apologized for what Liz made her do. She was astonished when he showed her the paper with news of Missy's arrest, but there was also a dawning, very human, normal hope in her face. Madge told Charlie that Flo was really coming off the spool, then felt Missy had been justified when Charlie showed her the paper with Missy's arrest. Bill felt ashamed when Lenore offered her help in any way. Helen stared at her aghast as Lenore mused over the fact that Missy stood accused of a terrible crime. Charlie didn't buy it when Madge felt Danny could have driven Missy to murder. Walter ordered Buckley to check up on Danny's background at the Alley, then reminded him they found Pink Panther lipstick in Missy's belongings. Walter disapproved when Buckley said the matron overheard Missy say Bill's name. Walter relished the thought of Missy on the stand, since that's the only way the defense can introduce the notion of Sam.
Note: To avoid using the big set of the Alley, a little anteroom for the help was used in Madge and Charlie's scene.
MARCH 13, 1967 (EP. #712)
Liz mused that Danny's best laid plans were foiled despite his boasts that she was powerless against him. Hal Nash was intrigued as Liz hinted that Missy was well-suited for Danny and downplayed her own association with him. Bill proclaimed Missy's innocence while escorting Hal out the door. Liz fibbed to Bill that Hal barged into the house and made a pest of himself. Bill tersely informed Liz that he is embarrassed because of Lenore's graciousness and advised Liz to stop badgering him about breaking their engagement. Liz caused Bill to grow exasperated by urging him not to dwell on Missy being jailed and expressing skepticism over the existence of Sam. Rachel questioned Sam's interest in Danny's murder and Missy's arrest once she managed to seize the newspaper out of his hands. Sam and Ada disagreed with Rachel, who showed off her clippings from the society pages and boasted that she could handle Liz as a mother-in-law. Ada remonstrated Sam for snapping at Rachel when she inquired about sending her to Hollywood. Sam opined that Missy wasn't the type to commit murder, but couldn't answer Ada's question on the reasons he was unsuccessful in getting money from Danny prior to his death. Sam recounted warning Danny against trying to kill him since he has a letter in a safe deposit box to cover his bases. Ada was intrigued as Sam described running into a woman that Danny nicknamed "Duchess" who came to his hotel suite and insisted on talking to him. Liz was horrified when Bill vowed to marry Missy whether she is convicted of murder or acquitted. Liz was haunted by Danny's threat to expose her should he lose Missy's fortune.
Sam: "What's all that stuff?"
Rachel: "My clippings. I cut them out and save them. Things from the society page...and some stuff about show business, too."
Sam: (DISGUST:) "Oh, boy!"
Rachel: (PAWING THROUGH THE CLIPS, SHE COMES UP WITH ONE:) "See? Here it is. See this picture? That's Lenore Moore...she's engaged to William Matthews."
Sam: "Big deal--"
Rachel: "He happens to come from one of the best families in Bay City."
Sam: "What's a best family."
Rachel: "A rich one."
Sam: "Mom has his mother for a customer at the beauty parlor."
Ada: "I have her right up to here. Every week regular she comes in on her broomstick."
Production Notes: Sam's flashbacks from February 6, 1967 (EP. #689) were superimposed over his face while talking to Ada during Act IV of this episode.
MARCH 14, 1967 (EP. #713)
Missy was too frazzled to drink or eat anything while sitting in her jail cell. Bill flipped after reading a newspaper article about Missy's arrest, which was written by Hal Nash and featured Liz's very unflattering assessment of Missy and effusive comments about Bill and Lenore's engagement. Liz claimed that Hal had hounded her with questions and had twisted her words, then purposefully warned Bill not to defy Dru and John's advice by speaking publicly about his reconciliation with Missy. Bill disagreed with Liz's assertion that his attendance at the Magistrate hearing might appear to be improper. Liz slumped against the door in rage and frustration after failing to prevent Bill from going to the court room. Dru prepared Missy for the Magistrate's hearing and advised her to act in an impersonal manner towards Bill, who is representing John's firm. Lenore wasn't mollified when Liz emphasized that she was fully supportive of her engagement to Bill, but had not influenced him in any way. Liz tried to convince Lenore that Missy appeals to Bill's tender heart and protective instincts and to have patience with him. Liz expertly dodged Lenore's inquiry on whether she believed in Missy's guilt. Walter and Buckley watched Bill and Missy keenly as the Magistrate began the hearing with Lt. Buckley taking the stand. Lt. Buckley gave Walter a detailed description of the night that Danny was murdered and revealed that Missy had left the Barclay Hotel to have a secret meeting with Bill. Walter informed the Magistrate that he intended to expand upon Lt. Buckley's testimony with ballistics and fingerprint experts and the coroner's report to illustrate the possible cause of death.
Notes: Headline in the newspaper read by Bill, "Wife Arrested in Local Hotel Murder," which included pictures of Danny and Missy in her bridal attire. Lt. Ira Buckley worked in the "17 precinct, Badge Number #4280."
Production Notes for Prologue: [PERHAPS WE COULD GET AN INTERESTING EFFECT OF THE EARLY MORNING SUN FILTERING IN TO THE BARS OF THE SMALL WINDOW IN MISSY'S CELL. AND THEN TAKE A SHOT OF MISSY WHO SITS IN FRONT OF AN UNTOUCHED BREAKFAST TRAY. SHE PICKS UP A CUP OF COFFEE, TRYING TO FORCE HERSELF TO TAKE A SIP, BUT WE SEE HER HAND SHAKE AND THEN SHE PUTS THE CUP DOWN AS SHE KNOWS SHE COULDN'T SWALLOW IT...AND FROM THIS EFFECT DISSOLVE TO ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE WHICH IS PUT DOWN BY OR HELD IN THE HANDS OF BILL. HE IS SITTING IN THE LIVING ROOM JUST AS CONCERNED AS MISSY THOUGH IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT WAY. WE HOLD ON HIM AS HIS THOUGHTS REACH OUT TO MISSY...]
MARCH 15, 1967 (EP. #714)
Dru quickly objected to Lt. Buckley's statements about Bill and Missy having clandestine meetings. The Magistrate permitted Walter to provide sworn testimony about the conference he had with Missy and Dru. Russ told Alice that he wants John to be examined by Dr. Robinson. Russ assumed that Lee's animosity towards Pat stemmed from her unrequited love for Michael and his departure, but encouraged Alice to be optimistic that they will become close again. Walter informed the Magistrate that Danny married Missy under false pretenses, that she and Bill had planned legal action against him, and that Missy knew that Danny carried a gun. Dru objected to Walter forcing evidence to confirm his hypothesis that Missy killed Danny after they engaged in a violent struggle. Walter and Dru debated on whether Missy had ample time to escape and the reasons Missy was found hovered over Danny's body. Missy pled not guilty. The Magistrate granted Walter's motion for a Grand Jury hearing on a murder charge. Pat defended herself against Lee's insinuations that she had an affair with Michael and that they are secretly corresponding with each other. John firmly declined Russ's suggestion that he consult with Dr. Robinson because he considers his paralysis permanent. John informed Pat, Lee, and Russ that the Magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence for Missy to face the Grand Jury and recommended bail on the presumption that the murder was not premeditated. John reached his limit in tolerating Lee's hostility towards Pat and demanded apologies. Pat fell off a stepladder trying to stop Lee from telling John that she and Michael had an affair.
Pat: (EMPHATHIZING COMPLETELY, REMEMBERING) "Is Missy -- has Missy been taken back to jail?"
John: "No. Dru's arranging bail for her now."
Pat: "You mean she doesn't have to --"
John: "No, honey. The District Attorney recommended bail on the presumption that the killing was unpremeditated. That's one thing to be thankful for."
Lee: "Does it make that much difference, Dad? After all, Pat was accused of murder in the first degree, and you got her off."
John: "Lee, I have put up with your rudeness to Pat for quite some time. What's more to the point, Pat has put up with it." (LEE GIVES A SARCASTIC SCATHING GLANCE TOWARDS PAT:) "And we've tried to make excuses because we knew you were unhappy over Michael Bauer's leaving."
Lee: "Oh, you made excuses for me, did you? And Pat did too, I suppose."
John: "Of course she did."
Lee: "I'm sure Pat was very good at making excuses for me about Michael."
John: "Pat has been more indulgent with you than anyone should expect her to be. And I'm telling you, Lee, that your attitude's got to change. I will not stand for your hostility towards Patricia any longer. You have no reason for behaving this way towards her."
Lee: "That's what you think."
John: "That's what I know."
Lee: "Well, I know different."
John: "Lee, just what is it you think Pat has done to you?"
Lee: "If you really want to know, Dad, I'll tell you. You think Pat is so perfect, don't you? Well, let me tell you that..."
Pat: (Susan Trustman, Exit Line) (SHE WHIRLS AROUND AND THROWS OUT HER ARMS TO STOP LEE:) "No, Lee, no! No, don't." (THEN PAT, LOSES HER BALANCE AND FALLS FORWARD. STAGE IT WHICHEVER WAY WORKS BEST BUT THE END RESULT IS THAT PAT IS LYING ON THE FLOOR, UNCONSCIOUS).
John: "Pat, Pat!"
Russ: "Pat, watch out! Pat!"
(THE ABOVE DIALOGUE DURING THE FALL...AND THEN FADE OUT ON THE SHOT OF PAT:)
Notes: Last appearance of Susan Trustman as Pat Randolph.
MARCH 16, 1967 (EP. #715)
Ada told Sam and Rachel that Liz has a reputation of trying to run every aspect of Bill's life. Sam covered by claiming Danny resembled shady characters from his past when Rachel questioned his comment about Danny being broke. Rachel groaned about modelling new dresses and tending to customers at Bryant's. Sam warned Ada that her vow to ensure that Rachel doesn't ruin her life by hastily getting married was similar to Liz's overbearing tactics with Bill. Sam bitterly reminded Ada that Danny was his prospective source of money to send Rachel to Hollywood, but resolved to find honest work. Liz swore to Mary that she is sympathetic toward Missy's plight, would never will Missy to endure her current ordeals, and blamed Hal Nash for misquoting her in the article. Mary quietly seethed at Liz's hypocrisy and duplicitous behavior. Dru informed Bill that Walter would have cut Missy to shreds under cross-examination had she testified about the mysterious man named Sam without providing evidence. Bill was moved when Mary reflected that Missy's gentle spirit and shining armor of innocence will set her free. Bill angrily told Mary that Liz gave Hal Nash the perception of Missy's culpability that he was seeking for his article. Ada was shrewdly skeptical of Liz's haughty denials that she had any opinions on Missy's case. Liz stirred Ada's resentment by claiming that Bill and Missy's relationship was doomed due to their different backgrounds and hoped for a swift resolution to Danny's murder case so that Bill and Lenore can proceed with their wedding plans. Missy was touched that Bill kept her wedding band and promised to share his faith that she will be his wife.
MARCH 17, 1967 (EP. #716)
Dru updated John on the outcome of the Magistrate hearing. John was reticent while telling Dru that Lee rehashed Pat's trial with unpleasant connotations and hurled accusations at Pat that may have involved Michael, which led to her accident. Dru assumed that Lee was consumed with guilt and contrition and urged John to show her understanding. Lee stewed over Pat taking John and Michael away from her. Charlie fumed over Danny dying without repaying his debts to Flo and Madge working double shifts to cover the money Flo took from their mother. Madge vowed to remain silent about her efforts to collect money from Danny or risk becoming a murder suspect. Charlie quietly harbored suspicions of Madge, who recalled hearing the chambermaid screaming after seeing Danny's body as she was heading to his suite. Madge and Charlie were chagrined when Flo triumphantly showed them the article on Missy's arrest. Flo went into a lachrymose reverie on Missy stealing Danny from her, prompting Madge to decry Danny as a selfish, heartless animal. Madge was sickened as Flo described Danny professing his love to her in a dream. Charlie and Madge failed to talk Flo out of attending Danny's funeral. Dru ruefully told John that Missy will need every ounce of courage and strength she possesses and that Walter's confidence is justified because of the circumstances of the case. John grappled with whether to allow Bill and Missy's relationship to become public knowledge to prevent Walter from making inferences. Lee told Dru and John that Pat committed an unforgivable slight against her and asserted that a reconciliation between them is impossible.
Production Notes: "The physical requirements of Act IV are simply that a section of the hall leading away from the Randolph living room be set contiguous to the living room itself, and that the door to Lee's room be a part of that hall -- the nearer the living room, the better."
MARCH 20, 1967 (EP. #717)
Walter informed Lt. Buckley that he couldn't demonstrate premeditation to justify objecting to bail being granted. Lt. Buckley agreed to put Missy under moderate surveillance. Walter told Lt. Buckley that the defense could claim self-defense or justifiable homicide, the smear of lipstick on Danny's hand as indicative of slapping Missy, and the condition of the suite as evidence of a struggle. Walter was skeptical of Lt. Buckley's hypothesis that Missy staged the crime scene and invented a cover story with Dru's assistance, but was intrigued by Lt. Buckley's idea that evidence may surface that will prove premeditation. Mary reminded Missy that she is available to lend a sympathetic ear or shoulder on which to cry. Missy suffered from sudden bouts of vertigo. Mary carefully led Missy to the sofa while she tried to regain her equilibrium. Missy was terrified as she recalled Danny boasting that she no longer has grounds for an annulment since they have consummated their union. Russ promised to contact John once Pat is finished having x-rays done. John shared Dru's disbelief over Lee's violent, unreasonable antipathy towards Pat, but was grimly determined to drag the truth out of her. Russ gave Alice a detailed account of Pat's accident. Russ left to examine Pat upon learning that she had lost consciousness due to a possible concussion while Alice contacted John and Mary. Missy desperately tried to get around the living room in hopes that she was experiencing temporary dizzy spells and not symptoms of a pregnancy. Missy held onto the mantle tightly, then bowed her head and sobbed in despair as Danny's voice reverberated in her mind.
Script Notes for Missy during Act IV: (MISSY LIES PERFECTLY STILL FOR A FEW SECONDS, THEN DECIDES TO TRY TO GET UP - MORE AS AN EXPERIMENT THAN ANYTHING ELSE, BECAUSE SHE MUST KNOW WHETHER HER FEARS ARE JUSTIFIED -- AND OF COURSE IT WOULD BE VASTLY REASSURING TO HER, THIS BEING A TIME FOR CLUTCHING AT STRAWS, IF SHE WERE BETTER, IF SHE COULD PUT THE DIZZY SPELLS DOWN TO SOMETHING MORE TEMPORARY, LESS UNTHINKABLE THAN PREGNANCY. SO SHE SLOWLY SITS UP, WITH NO ILL EFFECTS, THEN STANDS, TAKES A FEW EXPERIMENTAL STEPS, TOWARDS THE FIREPLACE -- AND HAS ALMOST REACHED IT WHEN A NEW WAVE WASHES OVER HER, STAGGERING HER. SHE GRAPS THE MANTLE FOR SUPPORT AND HANGS ON, WHITE-KNUCKLED, IF THERE'S A MIRROR OVER THE MANTEL, HER HAGGARD IMAGE)
Danny's Voice (ON FILTER) "....I know I made you a promise, and I broke it last night, but you can't hardly blame me, can you? You can't hardly blame me..." (REVERBERATING, FADING) "blame me...blame me...blame..." (NOW HIS VOICE COMING FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE ROOM) "blame me...blame me..."
Missy: (WITH A SOB OF FEAR AND DESPAIR SHE PUTS HER HEAD DOWN ON MANTEL OR COLLAPSES. FADE OUT).
Production Notes: Pre-recorded voice-overs of Danny were included in Act IV of this episode.
MARCH 21, 1967 (EP. #718)
Missy was momentarily buoyed when Bill called to check on her. Sam aired his frustrations to Ada over his troubles in finding employment. Ada pressed Sam to concentrate on getting the fare for Rachel's trip to Hollywood. Sam lectured Ada for wanting Rachel to have the finer things in life. Ada told Sam that she didn't want Rachel to be bossed around and treated poorly in the ways she is at Pierre's. Sam accused Ada of being jealous of Liz because she lives a life of leisure and lamented that he, Ada, and Missy are born losers. Liz confessed to Missy that she had arrived for a visit knowing Mary would be away. Missy sensed that, behind Liz's dazzling smile was a woman coiled to strike. Liz told Missy that she will survive the adversity of Danny's death and promised not to impede on her plans with Bill. Missy acted noncommittal when Liz tried to impress upon her the importance of keeping quiet about the true reasons she fled town. Fred assured Bill that he was right to break off his engagement to Lenore, but echoed Bill's sentiments that Liz condemned Missy in the papers. Bill told Fred that his search for Sam was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Ada suggested that Sam provide information to Missy's lawyers about the woman he saw entering Danny's suite in exchange for a reward, but Sam insisted that he would implicate himself in Danny's murder. Rachel was ambivalent towards Sam's business deal in South America falling through. Rachel became engrossed reading an article about Helen and Liz's committee to hold a Heart Fund Ball. Sam feigned disinterest after recognizing Liz as the woman he saw in the hotel corridor the night Danny was killed.
Notes: Sam worked as a garage maintenance man for a cab company in Evansville prior to going to jail. He also held jobs at trucking companies doing highway construction jobs. The newspaper article on Helen and Liz listed their married names as Mrs. William A. Matthews and Mrs. Walter P. Moore.
MARCH 22, 1967 (EP. #719)
Liz proposed to Missy that, in the spirit of friendship, that they bury the past since she and Bill will be sharing a life together. Liz cringed watching Bill being affectionate with Missy, but contended that she came to get reacquainted with her. Bill proclaimed that he has legal purposes for seeing Missy when Liz urged discretion in the two of them spending time together. Missy agreed with Bill's belief that Liz was sincerely trying to make peace since she had been sold by Liz on the necessity to maintain harmony. Fred tried to convince Lenore that she was better off under the circumstances since Bill has always loved Missy. Fred cautioned Lenore against deluding herself by doubting Bill's love for Missy or thinking that the murder charge would affect his feelings. Lenore clutched at straws without guile while telling Fred that she would make an excellent wife to Bill and will be ready should the time come. Missy dismissed her dizziness and nausea as slight fatigue to quell Bill's concerns. Bill told Missy that Sam could be integral in solving Danny's murder and asked Missy to recall her encounters will Sam in hopes of uncovering new details. Sam advised Ada that Rachel will lead the kind of life she creates for herself. Ada insisted to Sam that the only difference between Rachel and the rich dames at Pierre's is having money. Sam gazed at Liz's picture in the papers thoughtfully. Sam remembered running into Liz at the Barclay Hotel and seeing her enter Danny's room. Fred admonished Liz for acting cordial to Missy while keeping Lenore on the hook. Liz defended herself by reminding Fred that Missy's desire to be free of Danny raises the possibility of her guilt.
Fred: "There's an old Chinese proverb that I think applies to you at this time. One you'd be very well to heed."
Liz: "A proverb?"
Fred: "'When you go to dig a grave for your enemy -- dig two.'"
Notes: Ada reveals that she married Lou (likely renamed Gerald by 1970) to get away from home, despite Sam and their parent's objections. Ada was the oldest of 10 children. She helped take care of her younger siblings while working at a dime store on Saturdays.
MARCH 23, 1967 (EP. #720)
Lenore was enthralled in a television newscast, which covered Missy's disappearance and marriage to Danny, then asserted that legal experts believe Walter has a strong case against her. Helen was displeased watching Lenore, who had partially risen with clenched fists as if urging the commentator to provide more damning things about Missy. Helen encouraged Lenore to socialize rather than suffer at home and pray that Bill calls her. Lenore resigned to Helen's contentions that she was clinging to false hope and contemplated taking charge of her life. Russ tried to soothe Bill's worries over Missy's exhaustion. Bill agreed with Alice's opinion that he should proactively search for Sam because the police doubt his existence. Russ and Alice were perplexed when Bill abruptly left after getting a detailed account of Pat's accident. Lt. Buckley bought Helen and Lenore's excuse that her wedding to Bill had been temporarily postponed. Helen interposed as Lt. Buckley questioned Lenore, who mentioned the strange circumstances behind Missy's disappearance, her being an heiress, and that Bill loaned money to Missy to finish college. Lenore countered that she was speaking her mind when Helen chastised her for making incriminating remarks about Missy and jumping to conclusions that she is capable of murder. Lee accused Bill of being biased in retaliation to him scolding her for nearly telling John about Michael and Pat's supposed affair. Bill told Lee that he learned the truth by speaking directly to Michael and noted that Lee was willing to destroy John and Pat for the sake of nursing her own hurt. Lee defiantly told Bill not to expect her to remain silent to John.
Bill: "You were about to tell him that Pat and Michael were having an affair, weren't you?"
Lee: "Maybe I was."
Bill: "Well, I'm here to tell you that Pat and Michael had no such relationship."
Lee: "I saw them."
Bill: "You saw them saying goodbye. I know all about it."
Lee: "Yes, your sweet cousin Pat told you..."
Bill: (OVER) "Pat didn't introduce the subject. Michael told me everything quite a while before he left town."
Bill: (OVER) "Well, you listen to me. Michael and Pat were attracted to each other, yes. That's happened before in the history of the world. But from the start they behaved more honorably than anybody possibly could."
Lee: "That's your opinion."
Bill: "An informed opinion. I talked to Michael, I tell you and there was never anything between them. Stop clinging to your sickness."
Bill: "What else is it? These are two of the finest people on the face of the earth and you're acting as if...as if..."
Lee: (OVER) "As if I saw what they were to each other. Well, I did see it."
Bill: "Oh, Lee, I have more serious things to concern myself with now. Missy is in genuine trouble...if you only knew how lucky you are. But you're just determined to nurse your hurt. And that's what I mean by sickness. You were about to tell your father something that would have destroyed him."
Script Notes for Prologue: (COME IN ON A TV NEWS COMMENTATOR, WHO WILL FILL OUR SCREEN FOR THE MOMENT, AS IF WE WERE WATCHING A NEWSCAST...)
(OUR CAMERA HAS BEEN PULLING BACK AND NOW WE SEE THAT WE ARE IN THE MOORE LIVING ROOM WHERE LENORE IS WATCHING THE NEWSCAST...)
MARCH 24, 1967 (EP. #721)
Alice was jolted awake by Missy's screaming while having a nightmare. Charlie and Madge pitied Missy after watching a newscast on her facing a possible indictment by the Grand Jury. Madge guessed rightly that Charlie had suspicions of her killing Danny, but reiterated that she sought Danny to get money for Flo and not to commit murder. Madge told Charlie that Max or the other waitresses at the Alley would have broadcasted her whereabouts had they known that she was in Bay City during her absence from work. Missy grew somewhat hysterical while refusing to let Mary and Alice retrieve Russ to examine her. Mary and Alice consoled Missy, who gave a vague description of her dreams and couldn't bring herself to confess that she might be pregnant. Alice comforted Missy to help her fall asleep. Charlie and Madge minimized their interactions with Danny and knowledge of his background and associates to Lt. Margolies during questioning. Lt. Margolies exposed Madge's lies and contradictions by getting her to acknowledge her brief encounter with Missy, Danny's past romance with Flo, and his marriage to Missy. Charlie panicked when Madge blurted out that Danny married for financial gain and that his murderer had sufficient reason. Lt. Margolies was unsuccessful in extracting any information about Sam from Charlie and Madge. Sam expressed gratitude to Ada for taking care of him and their other siblings and apologized for losing his temper. Ada spoke to Sam about rebelliously marrying Lou and fulfilling the dreams she has for Rachel. Sam stunned Ada by revealing that Liz is the woman who entered Danny's suite on the night he was killed.
Ada: "Myself? I'm nothing. I'm nothing except a mother that's not going to let her daughter be yelled at by a gang of old biddies in a beauty shop. She's going to get what I didn't have."
Sam: "Ada, that's swell, that's fine, except one thing. You're dreaming Rachel's dreams for her. You're making her plans for her..."
Ada: "She's got it, Sam. She's really got it. Have you looked at her figure?"
Sam: "Hey, she's my niece."
Ada: (LAUGHS, AND SAM DOES TOO) "You tell me I'm dreaming her dreams for her. What I'm really doing for her is helping her, I'm guiding her. Nobody guided me."
Sam: "My point is nobody guides anybody, Ada. People make it themselves or they don't. Some people are losers. I am. I know I am. Everybody in the pen was. Almost every one of them thought big, but they were all losers."
Ada: "Don't think I don't know what you're talking about because I'm a loser myself. It's just that Rachel isn't going to be a loser."
Sam: "You think you can fix her?"
Ada: "You think I can't? Nobody to help me out. So I dreamed my own dreams. That's what you say I ought to let Rachel do. Well, the dream I dreamed was taken away. Get away from taking care of the other kids. That's the only reason I ran off with Lou at the age of seventeen. Lou!"
Sam: "Okay. I understand but, Ada, the dream you had then for yourself is the same dream you've got for Rachel now."
Ada: "You're saying Hollywood is the same as being married to Lou?"
Sam: "I'm saying that running away is the same as running away. That's what you're asking Rachel to do. But I hope the kid makes it...Not for her own sake, but for yours."
Ada: (TOUCHED) "Thanks, Sam..." (SHE TURNS AND STARTS TOWARD THE BEDROOM) "I guess I'll go to bed now."
Notes: Charlie's surname is given as Rachenberger in this episode.
MARCH 27, 1967 (EP. #722)
Ada was astonished and confused by the idea that a rich woman like Liz could know Danny, despite Sam's certainty in recognizing her. Liz fussed over Bill's whereabouts, prompting Fred to remind Liz that he is a self-reliant, responsible adult. Fred remonstrated Liz over forcing Bill and Lenore to lie about their broken engagement, and predicted that she will cause people to connect Bill to Danny's murder by planting the notion into their minds. Liz griped to Fred about Bill's determination to marry Missy. Fred lectured Liz on raising Lenore's hopes that Bill may return to her and buttering up Missy should she and Bill get married while entertaining thoughts that Missy committed murder. Sam discounted Ada's theory that he misidentified Liz because he was nervous from his confrontation with Danny. Sam informed Ada that he reminded Danny of the payoff deadline and his safe deposit box should Danny use his gun on him. Rachel questioned Sam and Ada over their interest in Liz. Bill told Fred and Liz that he spent time with John and dropped by the Barclay Hotel to verify whether anyone recalled seeing Sam. Fred voiced approval of Bill's search for Sam while Liz opined that it was a hopeless cause. Rachel spoke dreamily about being rich and men with lucrative careers. Sam and Ada were disappointed that Rachel didn't have a picture of Liz among her clippings of celebrities and affluent people of Bay City. Ada persuaded Sam to stand outside of Pierre's the next time Liz has an appointment to test his memory. Liz pressed Bill to show appreciation for her coming to see Missy. Bill emphatically vowed to locate Sam and uncover the true culprit in Danny's murder.
Rachel: "They don't come any cuter than that Bill Matthews. I'll tell you that."
Sam: "Cuter! Girls always call some guy cute that turns out to be maybe six feet eight."
Rachel: "He's a doll...I mean, he's handsome, but he's rich too...fellows like that...I've only seen his picture but I know...fellas like that move different and talk different and...I don't know. Boy, it must be nice to be rich!"
Ada: "When you get to Hollywood, you'll know them so rich they can buy and sell the Matthews family. And they'll flock to you too. You'll see."
Sam: "Oh brother!" (THEN) "If you want to listen to your uncle, Rachel, find some nice guy with a good steady job."
Ada: "Steady job."
Rachel: "Job? Well, maybe. I mean if you call being a lawyer a job, or a doctor, or maybe if a cute boy inherited a great big department store, that'd be nice."
MARCH 28, 1967 (EP. #723)
Lt. Buckley told Walter that he got the impression that Lenore dislikes Missy and suspects her of killing Danny. John sensed rightly that Lee was making excuses on having a full class schedule to avoid going to the hospital to visit Pat. Lee didn't deny harboring animosity towards Pat and interpreted John's demand that she change her attitude as an ultimatum. John fumed when Lee proclaimed that she won't live in the house as a hypocrite by feigning civility to Pat. Lee recalled her confrontation with Bill over Pat's accident. Lenore ruefully noted the irony of expressing confidence that Lee and Michael would share a happy ending with her and Bill the last time they were at the Kopper Kettle. Lee fumbled for responses when Lenore asked about Pat's condition. Lee couldn't muster a defiant glare to match Alice's meaningful, grim glance as she joined the conversation. Alice informed Lenore and Lee that Pat is recovering nicely at the hospital. Lenore was appreciative to Alice for reaffirming their friendship despite Alice's closeness to Missy. Lee dodged Alice's inquiry on her hostility towards Pat by contending that she really didn't want to know the facts. Bill told John that he is flying to Chicago after the Grand Jury hearing. John divulged to Bill that he and Dru are concerned that Walter is prejudiced against Missy because he was once engaged to a woman who jilted him for another man. Lenore admitted to Walter that she is unaware of whether Missy ever revealed her reasons for leaving town months ago to Bill. Walter told Lt. Buckley that Lenore has the courage and stamina to conceal a broken heart, but swore that he will eventually pry the truth out of her.
MARCH 29 - APRIL 10, 1967: Pre-empted due to the AFTRA strike.
APRIL 11, 1967 (EP. #724)
Bill agreed with Missy that Danny was a liar and a con-artist who acquired many enemies including Sam. Dru and Bill fretted over John's lack of involvement in Missy's case, but assured Mary and Missy that they were not handicapped by his absence. Bill promised that Walter will change his tune once they find Sam to ease Missy's fears that Walter doesn't truly believe in him. Missy decided to skip eating lunch to get some rest in Alice's bedroom. Dru and Mary rushed to Missy's side when she fainted while trying to walk up the stairs. Ada chided Sam for shamelessly flirting with a waitress named Esther. Sam warned Ada that he was risking being recognized or hauled into the police station for loitering by standing outside Pierre's. Ada was close-lipped when Sam questioned her intentions for wanting him to positively identify Liz as the woman who visited Danny. Missy fibbed to Mary and Alice that she was simply exhausted and asked them not to fuss over her. Mary and Alice felt defeated when Missy vehemently refused to be examined by Russ or another doctor. Missy dreamed of Danny, who tormented her for entering into a loveless marriage and forcing her to consummate it. Fred was incredulous towards Liz's obstinate refusal to accept the possibility that Missy may be acquitted and plans to amend her will since Liz didn't want Bill to squander money on Missy's hopeless defense case. Ada told Sam that she convinced Pierre to hire him to wash windows so that he wouldn't be conspicuous during Liz's appointment at the beauty salon. Sam told Esther that he had arrived in town a few week ago and works as a window washer, which appeased Ada.
PROLOGUE: (AS THE OPENING BILLBOARD'S BUBBLES GIVE WAY TO THE TITLE, LET US THEN DO A FAST DISSOLVE TO A DOOR ON WHICH IS WRITTEN "ANOTHER WORLD" GIVING THE IMPRESSION AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THAT THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. AND AS THE LAST BUBBLE BURSTS, THE DOOR OPENS AND WE, THE AUDIENCE, ARE GREETED BY A SMILING DRU. DRU IS IN A PORTION OF HIS APARTMENT)
Dru: "Come in. Come in. How good it is to be back with you again." (HE CLOSES THE DOOR AND MAKES HIS WAY TOWARD A DESK WHICH HAS A NUMBER OF LETTERS ON IT, REPRESENTING LETTERS FROM VIEWERS) "And when I say that I'm speaking, of course, not just for myself but for everyone who is a part of Another World. And we particularly want to thank you for the many letters you have sent, saying that you have missed us for we have certainly missed being with you. As far as we are concerned, absence does, indeed, make the heart grow fonder, and we hope that is the case with you...We also want to assure you that during our absence, you have not missed any important developments in the story. Tomorrow, there is a Grand Jury hearing of the State versus Melissa Palmer Fargo. An event which, as Missy's counsel, I am not looking forward to with any eagerness. The District Attorney only has a circumstantial case against Melissa but it's a very strong one, especially since we have no true lead yet as to who might have killed Danny Fargo. That, you see, is the big question in all our minds. Who did it? There's the man who came to see Danny several times, you know, the man Danny called Sam whom Missy saw. But as yet we have not been able to find him, or even to learn his last name...However, Bill is going to Chicago immediately after the Grand Jury hearing to try to get some lead from the people there who knew Danny...Another thing that disturbs me very much, though I don't like to say this even to John Randolph or Bill, is the lie Bill's mother forced Lenore to tell the police about her engagement to Bill. For it was a lie, no matter how Liz Matthews tries to justify it. And I am sure Walter Curtin suspects that Melissa and Bill are in love and I'm sure he intends to ferret out that fact." (DRU MAKES HIS WAY TOWARD THE DOOR ADJOINING THE LIVING ROOM) "Mary's in the kitchen fixing lunch and Bill and Melissa are still in the living room, I believe, enjoying a few moments alone." (HE CRACKS THE DOOR, LOOKS OUT, AND THE CAMERA, FROM DRU'S P.O.V., SHOWS MISSY AND BILL SEATED TOGETHER ON THE COUCH TALKING EARNESTLY AND HOLDING HANDS) "Yes, there they are. And we'll join them in just a moment." (FADE OUT)
Production Notes for Missy's dream sequences during the second portion of Act III: (AND NOW SUPER DANNY AND THEN FADE OUT FOR HER RECALL. DANNY IS SHOT, SUPPOSEDLY FROM MISSY'S P.O.V. IN A LIMBO BACKGROUND).
APRIL 12, 1967 (EP. #725)
Ada instructed Sam to time washing the windows so that he has a clear view of Liz while he works on Pierre's large front window. Dru and Mary lamented that Bill feels ill-equipped to help Missy and that hunting for Sam was like chasing a will-o'-the-wisp. Dru and Mary reflected on Missy's strong will and resistance in requesting guidance because she grew up without a family and fears disappointment should she reach out to others. Russ agreed to casually check on Missy in hopes that she might discuss her symptoms with a doctor. Dru studied Mary curiously as she averted his gaze and busied herself straightening up the house. Lenore told Liz that Walter likely summoned her to affirm the pretense that she and Bill are still engaged and have temporarily postponed the wedding. Ada lied that she was completely booked when Liz asked to cancel her appointment so that she could get a detailed account of Lenore's meeting with Walter. Russ informed Mary and Dru that Missy is extremely tired and recommended that she have diagnostic tests done. Liz grew tense and flustered as Ada insinuated that she is relieved that Missy broke her engagement to Bill and that she is absolutely guilty of killing Danny. Sam nonchalantly looked over his shoulder, confirmed Liz's identity as she was looking away, and quickly resumed his work. Missy confessed to Mary that her marriage to Danny was loveless and platonic, that her love for Bill resurfaced upon returning to Bay City, and that Danny became furious when she requested an annulment. Missy mustered up the courage to tell Mary that a drunk Danny forced himself onto her one night and that she may be pregnant.
Missy: "...But I knew too that I'd never love anyone but Bill."
Mary: "And you told Danny that?"
Missy: "I told him that many times before, but this time -- I asked for an annulment."
Mary: "Not a divorce."
Missy: "No, because --"
Mary: "I understand, Missy. After you told Danny --?"
Missy: "He was furious."
Mary: "Of course...He wanted your money, Missy."
Missy: "Yes, but I didn't know then how he had lied to me...I tried to reason with him. I told him it wasn't fair to him being married to someone who didn't love him. But he kept saying I was his wife. He was my husband. He -- He said the promise he had made to me was wrong."
Missy: "He said the way we were living -- it wasn't natural..."
Mary: "Which is why you wanted an annulment."
Missy: "Yes, but Danny would go into a rage when I even mentioned it...and then one night, he had had a lot to drink...he --" (STOPS, UNABLE TO ARTICULATE IT)
Mary: "He -- broke his promise?"
Missy: (RECOILING FROM THE MEMORY) "Yes..."
Mary: "Oh, Missy -- Missy, darling." (SHE PUTS HER ARM AROUND HER COMFORTINGLY)
Missy: "I tried to forget it...I tried to put it out of my mind...and for a while, I managed to. It never happened again and I came to think of it as just a horrible dream...But now --"
Mary: "...But now?"
Missy: "I'm afraid, Mrs. Matthews...I'm so afraid."
Mary: (WITH INFINITE GENTLENESS) "You're afraid you're pregnant? Is that it, Missy?"
Missy: (AND NOW SHE REALLY BREAKS) "It can't be, Mrs. Matthews...it can't be...it just can't be." (AND AS MISSY CRIES, WE FADE OUT).
APRIL 13, 1967 (EP. #726)
Mary urged Missy to have her suspicions confirmed rather than allow fears to cloud her life. Sam politely excused himself for absent-mindedly blocking Lenore's entrance while he was polishing doorknobs and studying Liz. Lenore accepted Ada's congratulations on her engagement to Bill, but grew anxious to leave Pierre's once Liz got carried away talking about their wedding and honeymoon. Ada was pleased with Sam's positive identification of Liz. Missy berated herself for trusting Danny as Mary reasoned that he took advantage of her fragile state, conned her into marriage, and deliberately made promises that he had no intention of honoring to gain her inheritance. Mary obtained Missy's consent to make an appointment for her to see Dr. Montgomery outside of his regular hours and under strict confidence. Madge recalled arguing with Danny about his callow treatment of Flo and his schemes to get his share of Missy's fortune. Flo whined about attending Danny's funeral until Madge explained that she had wasted a week sleeping and getting drunk. Madge covered quickly after making a cryptic remark to Flo about bidding Danny farewell for herself and on Flo's behalf. Flo told Madge that she fervently believes that Missy killed Danny because she didn't love him and was desperate to free herself from his clutches. Lenore told Liz that she faintly damned Missy when Walter asked her questions to assess her character and emotional stability. Liz encouraged Lenore not to abandon hope in having a future with Bill since Missy may be convicted by Walter and jailed for years. Sam smiled wryly while expressing relief that Liz didn't recognize him. Ada and Sam joked that the nickname "Duchess" fits Liz and pondered the extent of her association to Danny. Sam immediately struck down Ada's proposal that he give information on Liz and Danny to the authorities.
Lenore: "I simply said Bill and I are engaged, but that we have had to postpone the wedding because of his work."
Liz: "But you're not sure Mr. Curtin believed you."
Lenore: "Mrs. Matthews, I'm not sure of anything about that man. He has the strangest way of looking into your eyes -- through them, as thought what you're thinking were written on your brain for him to read --"
Liz: "I know."
Production Note: During Madge's flashbacks, Danny was in limbo with the camera placed according to Madge's point of view. Description of "Virginia's" in Act IV (featuring Liz and Lenore): "The tea room near Pierre's - A typical lace-doily and watercress-sandwich plate, where strong men grow faint with hunger."
Notes: Mary mentions that Dr. Henry Montgomery is the Matthews' family physician and obstetrician, who delivered Alice when she was born.
APRIL 14, 1967 (EP. #727)
Missy was too consumed with inner turmoil to eat the lunch Mary had provided. Dru informed Mary and Missy that the Grand Jury handed down an indictment. Dru and Bill urged Missy not to become pessimistic since they haven't presented her defense case. Bill advised Dru, Mary, and Missy that he is flying to Chicago to investigate Danny's past and speak with Madge and Flo to potentially drum up new leads. Bill noticed Missy's introverted absorption while encouraging Missy to have faith in her own innocence and confidence in her legal team. Missy glumly told Mary that she dreads Bill's reaction to the possibility that she is carrying Danny's baby. Fred scrutinized Liz's belief that Bill doesn't truly love Missy, but refrained from refuting Liz's complaints about Missy returning to claim her trust fund, spoiling Bill and Lenore's happiness, and thwarting their marriage plans. Fred felt insulted by Liz for masking her curiosity over the Grand Jury hearing with subterfuge of discussing Will's estate. Fred fumed when Liz doubted that Dru will exonerate Missy and maintained that her personal feelings do not color her judgment concerning Bill's welfare. Missy insisted on getting her pregnancy verified with Dr. Montgomery before informing Bill and Dru, despite Mary's objections. Mary shared Missy's fears towards Liz discovering her pregnancy and promised to keep it a secret. Fred and Bill balked at Liz's idea that Bill hire a private detective to travel to Chicago. Walter told Lt. Buckley that he is diligently building his case and theorized that Liz might provide him with a fresh approach in questioning Lenore. Walter and Lt. Buckley laughed about Bill going on wild goose chases.
APRIL 17, 1967 (EP. #728)
Walter was amused and intrigued by Liz's quotes in Hal Nash's newspaper article. John glanced meaningfully at Lee and told Pat that she sends her regards. Lee seethed when John blamed her for causing Pat's apparent dread towards coming home. John warned Lee that his profession has shaped him into a formidable sparring partner and asked that Lee apologize to Pat and mend her ways. Dru was distressed while telling John that Walter set Missy's trial date for May 5th, which scarcely gives them time to prepare her defense. Liz reiterated her beliefs that Lenore is more suitable for Bill than Missy because of their drastically different backgrounds. Walter was privately impressed as Liz insinuated that Missy was unstable, but claimed ignorance on Missy's background and her motives for running away. Liz dodged giving an opinion to Walter on Bill's work for Missy's defense. John and Dru ruled out Jim and Mary as character witnesses due to the short time they have known Missy and concluded that Pat would be discredited under cross-examination. Dru suggested that John locate Ann Fuller in hopes that she could provide valuable testimony for the defense. Madge criticized Flo for wrecking a job opportunity, but softened once Flo wailed that she wanted to die. Flo had Madge retrieve Danny's picture for her to hold while she sleeps. Madge grew wary when Bill requested her help in uncovering Danny's killer. Flo accosted Bill for failing to keep Danny away from Missy and enabling her to kill Danny. Bill angrily seized Flo's arms and shook her furiously for threatening to incriminate Missy by going to the police, prompting Madge to quickly intervene.
APRIL 18, 1967 (EP. #729)
Madge told Charlie that Bill is in Chicago and got violent with Flo. Charlie and Madge dismissed Flo's threats as the ravings of a despondent woman in a drunken stupor to assuage Bill's fears over Flo going to the police. Bill grew discouraged when Charlie and Madge claimed that they didn't know an associate of Danny's named Sam. Sam maintained to Ada that providing information about the night of the murder in exchange for a reward wasn't worth implicating himself. Ada chastised Sam for cowardly refusing to help Missy and passing on an opportunity to get some money in the process, but Sam maintained that his criminal record would be used to discredit him. Sam told Ada that Rachel should quit carping about working since Ada spent her entire life taking care of her younger siblings. Ada expressed worries to Sam over Rachel suffering from bad headaches. Dru and John deduced that Ann would be the best possible character witness against Walter's circumstantial case, but fretted that the verdict will be based on whether Missy fired the gun. Dru argued with John over his steadfast refusal to participate in the courtroom and calling himself an invalid who has retired from active practice. John failed to muster Dru's optimism towards Bill finding Sam. Bill was shocked when Charlie and Madge linked Missy's description of Sam to a person who came into The Alley looking for Danny, who became frightened of Sam and frantic over leaving town. Madge told Charlie that she intends to remain quiet about being in Bay City during Danny's murder. Ada speculated to Sam that he would come across as honest by cooperating with Dru and the police.
Sam: "...She needs to learn how to stop crabbing every time she has to do a little work."
Ada: "The work Rachel's doing right now is beneath her!"
Sam: "Is the work you're doing beneath you?"
Ada: "Me? I don't count."
Sam: "Oh, no, not much. You just worked all your life. Scrubbed us younger kids, blew our noses for us, spanked us, fed us." (GRINS:) "Now, if you want me to get some money to send you to Hollywood, Ada! Different story."
APRIL 19, 1967 (EP. #730)
Missy remained fearful as Mary asserted that she must know whether she is pregnant by keeping her appointment with Dr. Montgomery. Mary told Missy to consider the Matthews' house her home and to remember that she is loved by the family, which touched Missy greatly. Mary suggested that Pat accompany Missy to her appointment to give Pat a reprieve from a dreadful household situation. Pat dissembled while trying to inject lightness into the conversation as Russ harped on her reluctance to go home and expressed puzzlement towards Lee's profound hatred towards her. Pat told Russ that Lee believes that she didn't adequately persuade Michael into staying in town and proposing marriage to her. Russ chided Pat for acquiescing to Lee's animosity, prompting Pat to beg Russ to drop the subject. John accused Dru of using Missy's trial to badger him into acting as associate counsel in Missy's case. Lee admitted that John marrying Pat quickly was deeply hurtful, but denied that her hostility towards Pat involved Michael. Dru recalled finding a disturbed Lee in the park after Michael left town and agreed with John's theory that the full story is unknown. Lt. Buckley was dubious towards Walter's vow to expose Lenore's ruse of still being engaged to Bill. Walter surmised to Lt. Buckley that Bill and Missy are still in love and that their problems were solved once Danny was dead. Lt. Buckley characterized Bill as gullible for searching for a fictitious man named Sam. Mary and Pat refused to let Missy blame herself for marrying Danny and not contacting Pat after spotting Bill in Chicago. Missy was grateful to Mary and Pat for maintaining her confidence.
(WE DISSOLVE TO PAT'S HOSPITAL ROOM. SHE IS SEATED IN A CHAIR, WEARING A ROBE, AND RUSS IS, AT THIS MOMENT, TAKING THE BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF OFF HER ARM)
Russ: "There you are, Mrs. Randolph."
Pat: (Beverly Penberthy, Introduction Line) "This is all very unusual, isn't it Dr. Matthews? A doctor treating his own sister?"
Russ: "An intern is not a doctor. He's a slave. He does what the powers that be tell him to do. They told me to take your blood pressure."
Notes: First appearance of Beverly Penberthy as Pat Randolph. March 16 - April 18, 1967 (excluding pre-emptions) is the longest period in which the character of Pat was off-screen by this point. According to AWHP source, Dan Ahearn, this was necessary to allow Beverly Penberthy to move to New York.
APRIL 20, 1967 (EP. #731)
Charlie and Madge told Bill that several people noticed Sam at The Alley. Bill advised Charlie and Madge that he and Dru want them to serve as witnesses for the defense. Dru theorized to John that Sam may have covered his tracks due to keeping a terrible secret. John lamented to Dru that it will take time and patience for Lee's poor attitude to change towards Pat. Pat was amused that her own siblings were acting as her doctor and nurse. Russ and Dru reflected on Lee being tight-lipped regarding her antipathy towards Pat, that juries may view Missy as capable of committing murder, and John's stubbornness towards entering a court room. Dru conceded to Russ that he needs John to examine witnesses and write perceptive notes to guide Dru's strategies. Charlie failed to convince Bill that his testimony would be sufficient in response to Madge's worries over coming to Bay City. Bill sternly informed Charlie and Madge that they can corroborate the facts on Danny and Sam and threatened to issue subpoenas should they fail to comply. Pat asked John not to pressure Lee into modifying her behavior. John criticized Liz for trying to dictate the handling of Missy's case by wanting Bill to abandon his futile pursuit of Sam. Liz grew furious with John, who warned that her heavy-handed tactics on Bill won't succeed with him or Dru. Liz was anxious to change topics when John, Pat, and Alice defended Missy's character and discussed her background and reasons for running away. Charlie urged Madge to be completely truthful with Dru and Bill. Madge conceded to Charlie that she had motives for wanting Danny dead and went to Bay City with murder in her heart.
APRIL 21, 1967 (EP. #732)
Pat reassured Mary that she will take Missy to her doctor's appointment and has kept it from John and Lee, who listened in on the phone conversation. Alice reflected to Mary on Missy growing up in foster homes and orphanages and never knowing her parents. Mary reasoned that the method by which Missy learned that she had been abandoned as a baby was too painful for Missy to discuss, but doubted that anyone could reveal that fact deliberately. Alice noted Liz's lack of sympathy for Missy to Mary, who conceded that Liz is resentful and jealous of her. Missy feared that she would lose Alice's friendship should she discover that she may be carrying Danny's baby. Alice was puzzled when Mary quickly changed the subject on Missy seeing a doctor and seemed anxious for her to leave. Pat told Lee that she has put Michael behind her and knows that her pleas for Lee not to tell John are meaningless. Lee purposely invited Pat to attend a lecture at the University that was taking place at the same time as Missy's appointment so John would be disappointed in her for rejecting Lee's efforts. Alice remonstrated Lee for treating Pat poorly. Lee cited Alice's ignorance of Pat going with Missy to see a doctor to undermine Alice's claim that she knows her sister. Missy hallucinated Danny taunting her on their marriage, Bill's engagement to Lenore, breaking his promise, and her inability to get an annulment. Walter's interest was piqued upon hearing from Lt. Buckley that Pat was taking Missy to see an obstetrician. Missy swore that her baby would not experience the suffering she endured and mused about something innocent and helpless coming from a traumatic event.
Script Notes for Act III: (MATTHEWS' LIVING ROOM AS MISSY COMES DOWN THE STAIRS, DRESSED TO GO TO THE DOCTOR. I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY EFFECTIVE IF FEASIBLE PRODUCTION-WISE, TO HAVE MISSY RECALLING A LINE FROM DANNY WITH EACH STEP THAT SHE TAKES AND THEN AS SHE STARES DOWN TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS, HER MIND IS PLAYING SUCH TRICKS ON HER THAT IT SEEMS DANNY IS WAITING FOR HER THERE. TO MISSY HE SYMBOLIZES THE WORD, THE INFORMATION THAT IS WAITING FOR HER AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE. I THINK IT WOULD BE A DIFFUSED IMAGES OF DANNY SEEMINGLY STANDING THERE, BUT HIS WHOLE PERSON RATHER THAN JUST THE DISEMBODIED HEAD. OF COURSE, AS MISSY GETS CLOSER TO HIM, AS THE CAMERA TAKES A TIGHTER SHOT, WE SEE JUST HIS HEAD. ON FILTER, DANNY'S VOICE).
Missy: "But then the doctor said those words - those words I was so afraid to hear - and I had to listen to them...He said I was going to have a baby..." (THIS IS NOT SO MUCH A STATEMENT TO MARY AND PAT AS A THINKING OUT, A SORTING OF HER OWN THOUGHTS:) "A baby who didn't ask to be born...Who didn't ask to be born any more than I asked to be born...So that's why I can't cry now...Because I won't do to this baby what my mother did to me...I won't let this baby suffer what I suffered...I won't let this baby be a nothing, a nobody...I won't abandon this baby. Not even in my thoughts. Not even now...Strange...that something ugly and cruel can become something helpless and innocent? Could this be what life is really all about?"
APRIL 24, 1967 (EP. #733)
Lt. Buckley reassured a skeptical Walter that Pat and Missy went to see Dr. Montgomery. Walter and Lt. Buckley contemplated Missy's case becoming a new ballgame should she be pregnant. Walter humored Lt. Buckley by permitting him to theorize that Missy's hatred towards Danny was fueled by the possibility of carrying his baby and drove her to commit murder. Walter and Lt. Buckley concluded that Missy's friends are shielding her and ruminated over Liz's reaction to Missy's pregnancy. Liz nagged Bill for over-exerting himself on Missy's defense and traveling to Chicago. Bill informed Liz that Charlie and Madge are going to testify that a man who matched Missy's description of Sam asked for Danny's whereabouts a few days prior to his death. Liz stirred Bill's fury by poking holes in the reliability and substance of Charlie and Madge's statements. Walter hypothesized to Lt. Buckley that Missy plotted to kill Danny in advance and pass her child off as Bill's, which would prove that the murder was a ruthless, deliberate execution. Sam was depressed while telling Ada that he was laid off at the plant after starting two days ago. Ada predicted that Sam would have trouble keeping a job due to his criminal record and gap in employment, then pressured Sam into calling Dru by providing his contact information. Sam temporarily stymied Ada by anticipating that his credibility as a defense witness would be easily discredited and accused Ada of gambling on sending him back to prison. Walter successfully trapped Lenore into revealing her broken engagement by implying that she had been shocked by Bill's fervent belief in Missy's innocence and unwavering love for her.
APRIL 25, 1967 (EP. #734)
Pat covered for Missy, who avoided Bill's phone call. Missy exhaled with a flat, numb finality as she anguished over telling Bill that she is pregnant by Danny. Fred was alarmed when Lenore bemoaned betraying Bill and worsening Missy's lot by failing to maintain the ruse that she and Bill are still engaged. Lenore disagreed with Fred holding Liz solely responsible by insisting that she willingly wore Bill's engagement ring as a symbol of hope that he might return to her. Fred was concerned and sympathetic to Lenore, who berated herself for seizing the opportunity afforded to her by Walter to exact revenge on Missy and aide in her destruction. Pat reassured Missy that Bill will be completely understanding and non-judgmental towards her situation. Missy dissembled when Russ suggested that she visit a doctor. Russ urged Pat to talk to John about having a consultation with Dr. Robinson while he's at Memorial Hospital performing surgeries and teaching seminars. Bill sensed that Missy was distressed due to her passive acceptance of his embrace and reserved demeanor. Russ was thrilled that Bill had recruited two people from Chicago who could testify that Sam had a vendetta against Danny. Pat talked Russ into accompanying her to discuss Dr. Robinson with John to give Bill and Missy some privacy. Bill grew puzzled as Missy stiffened in response to his touches and seemed tense. Fred opined to Lenore that she didn't improve Walter's case against Missy and suggested that she tell John and Dru about her confession. Missy tearfully told Bill that Danny broke a promise to keep her from getting their marriage annulled and that she is carrying Danny's child.
APRIL 26, 1967 (EP. #735)
Walter informed Lt. Buckley that Lenore confessed to perpetuating the lie that she and Bill are still engaged. Walter pledged to Lt. Buckley that he will seek justice for Danny and Lenore by putting Missy behind bars for destroying lives. Walter told Lt. Buckley that Missy has an ingenious criminal mind to carry out a murder, marry Bill, and pass her baby off as his. Fred told Liz that Walter tricked Lenore into admitting her broken engagement to Bill, prompting Liz to disparage Lenore for lacking self-discipline and betraying the plans and precautions they had made. Fred lambasted Liz for brainwashing Lenore into wearing Bill's ring to protect him from becoming a murder suspect and to falsely hope that she and Bill will have a future. Liz focused on contacting Bill and ignored Fred's accusations that she is a possessive, amoral woman who twists the truth to rationalize her own actions. Bill was compassionate to Missy, who chastised herself for selfishly worrying that she will lose everything dear to her. Missy proclaimed that she won't abandon her child, then released Bill from all promises and obligations in anticipation of his rejection. Bill stopped Missy from retreating into Alice's room, professed his undying love, and assured Missy that they will raise the baby as their own. Liz was tormented by visions of Danny threatening to expose her to Bill. Liz went on the offensive by telling Walter that she is unconcerned by Lenore's admission since Bill is not a suspect in Danny's murder. Walter was fascinated by Liz's contention that Bill's infatuation and pity towards Missy will eventually dissolve. Walter carefully asked Liz whether she knows about Missy's pregnancy.
Fred: "What I know is that beneath the veneer of charm and chic sophistication, you are the world's most possessive and amoral mother."
Liz: "Amoral? Fred, how could you say such a thing like that to me?"
Fred: "Because I've come to think it's true, Liz. Where Bill is concerned you don't know right from wrong. You really don't."
APRIL 27, 1967 (EP. #736)
Liz was floored by Walter's suspicions that Missy is pregnant. Walter requested Liz's full cooperation in uncovering conclusive proof that will prevail in court. Missy informed Bill that she gave Pat permission to tell John and Dru about her pregnancy, though Bill was dubious towards it having any bearing on her case. Bill erased the last vestiges of doubt in Missy's mind by promising that they will raise her child together. Missy embraced Bill tightly as they professed their love and devotion to each other. Pat remarked on Missy's maternal instincts surfacing and commended her bravery and selfless nature to John and Dru, who marveled at Missy's survival despite facing so much adversity during her lifetime. Dru and John ruminated over the significance of Missy's pregnancy on Walter's case against her. John hypothesized to Dru that Walter may use Missy's condition to paint her as a promiscuous, selfish woman who has no regard for her unborn child. Dru reprimanded John for limiting his role to that of a consultant outside of the courtroom because he needs John's psychological skills in reading the jury and outsmarting Walter. Bill shared in John's astonishment upon overhearing Dru threaten to have Missy change her plea to guilty by reason of self-defense rather than fight an indictment without John's help. John briskly conceded after Dru and Bill demanded that he overcome his pride for the sake of Missy's future. Bill and Pat complimented each other on providing love and support to Missy. Walter recruited Liz to his side by pointing out that she has a stake in getting Missy convicted because she committed premeditated murder to free herself to marry Bill.
APRIL 28, 1967 (EP. #737)
Bill panicked when Lenore bemoaned being responsible for the authorities uncovering an important secret. Russ and Alice were floored to learn from Mary that Missy is having a baby. Lenore told Bill that her own pride in maintaining their ruse eventually caused her to fall victim to Walter's insinuations that she had knowledge of his reconciliation with Missy. Bill tried to ease Lenore's conscience by expressing relief that the truth was known, but speculated that Walter will attempt to connect their charade to Missy having motivation to commit murder. Lenore was deeply hurt when Bill minimized the impact of their lies being exposed and dejectedly noted that she has no place in his life now. Bill was speechless once Lenore returned his engagement ring and tearfully ran away. Alice deplored Danny for leaving misery for everyone he left behind. Mary opined to Russ and Alice that Bill's compassionate and understanding reaction to Missy's pregnancy reinforces his love for her, but implored them to maintain Missy's secrecy. Lt. Buckley was pleased that Walter secured Liz's partnership in verifying Missy's condition. Walter mused to Lt. Buckley that Liz refuses to believe that Bill would stand by Missy while knowing that she is carrying another man's baby. Liz dissembled an interest in Bill's legal work and concern for Missy's well-being in hopes of getting an angry and vulnerable Bill to elaborate on his gripes about Missy's situation worsening as her trial approaches. Bill's reticence in protecting Missy's confidentiality thwarted Liz's fishing expedition. Liz felt nauseated while listening to Bill give Missy general assurances and declare his love over the phone.
MAY 1, 1967 (EP. #738)
Liz daydreamed about joining forces with Walter against Missy. Ada relished in Liz's discomfiture as she made conjectures on her having an interest in Missy's trial, knowing Danny well enough to make an assessment of his character, and hypothesized that someone other than Missy is Danny's murderer. Ada smiled when a flustered Liz fibbed that she had forgotten an appointment and left before Ada could start manicuring her nails. Sam sheepishly told Ada that he had another unsuccessful day of job hunting. Rachel declined Ada's suggestion that she stay home due to having a bad headache because her boss would be upset that she missed a fashion show at the department store. Sam reminded Ada that Danny's death curtailed him from financing Rachel's trip to Hollywood. Ada boasted to Sam that she made Liz squirm by quizzing her on Danny and proposed that they call Dru to raise suspicion of Liz killing him. Dru fretted to Mary that Danny's killer is at large, Bill has failed to locate Sam, and that Missy's fine character is not a guaranteed advantage in her defense. Mary was pleased that Dru persuaded John into participating in Missy's case by going into the courtroom, though Dru conceded that his methods in winning John over were somewhat Machiavellian. Dru and Mary exchanged uneasy glances as Liz expressed sympathy for Missy over her current ordeals and sick appearance. Liz prepared to extract damaging information from Missy, who agreed to come downstairs to visit with her. Russ and Alice tended to Rachel, who was rushed to the hospital emergency ward after collapsing at work. Alice contacted Ada while Russ examined Rachel.
Notes: First meeting of Russ Matthews and Rachel Davis.
MAY 2, 1967 (EP. #739)
Dru remained suspicious of Liz's claims that she has accepted Bill's love for Missy and that she is truly worried about her. Missy broke away from Liz placing her arms around her shoulder and downplayed Liz's observations that she looked pale. Dru and Mary were exasperated when Liz implied that John had decided to actively participated in defending Missy because he felt that the case was going badly for her. Dru brusquely informed Liz that he used his wiles to persuade John into appearing in court to thwart Liz's efforts in probing Missy on recent developments in the matter. John told Pat that Dru forced him out of his false pride by bluffing that he would ask Missy to change her plea to self-defense and lamented on putting his vanity and selfishness ahead of Missy's welfare. Pat was thrilled when John agreed to have a consultation with Dr. Robinson. Lee accused Pat of pressuring John into taking dangerous chances by allowing Dr. Robinson to perform an operation to potentially restore the use of his legs. Pat grew uneasy as Liz fished for the precise reason for John's change of heart in attending Missy's trial while effusively praising his decision. John sternly proclaimed to Liz that his trained legal mind impugns her insinuations that he is representing Missy in court to shield her from something specific. Liz planted the suggestion in Bill's mind that Missy was gravely ill to raise his concerns. Pat assured Bill that Missy didn't need to have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Montgomery since she was experiencing a normal pregnancy without complications as Liz listened avidly to the phone conversation. Liz felt victorious as she quietly hung up the phone.
MAY 3, 1967 (EP. #740)
Sam stalled accompanying Ada to the hospital by claiming he'll risk being spotted since he was at Danny's the night he was killed. Sam gave in to lend moral support to Ada once she pointed out that she provides him with meals and a place to stay. Rachel was difficult with Alice by defying Russ's orders to stay in bed. Russ gave Rachel an ultimatum that he'd allow her to fall if she continued to jerk away from his grasps to keep her standing during dizzy spells. Madge called her mother and promised to pay back the money Flo had misplaced. Charlie warned Madge that Sally Chance will hound her for an interview on Danny and they will be called as witnesses in Missy's trial. Madge ruefully told Charlie that she would skip town without leaving a trace if she wasn't facing the risk of having her whole life investigated by the police. Flo was livid to hear that Charlie and Madge were subpoenaed because they talked to someone named Sam, who is suspected of killing Danny. Ada couldn't repress a smile over Rachel's spirited conviction in attempting to leave the hospital. Russ told Ada that Rachel needed to undergo medical tests to confirm his preliminary diagnosis as anemia. Sam and Ada tried to disguise their alarm upon learning that Russ and Alice are members of the Matthews family. Madge sternly advised Flo to start taking care of herself and gain some independence. Flo ranted about Missy fabricating Sam despite her obvious guilt in murdering Danny. Ada probed Alice for information on Danny's murder case that hadn't been revealed in the papers. Sam slinked away and Ada squirmed when Alice said that Missy's lawyers are searching for someone named Sam.
Alice: (about Russ) "Didn't you hear what the doctor said?"
Rachel: "I don't care what the doctor said. Anyway, he isn't a real doctor, is he? He's an intern, isn't he?"
Rachel: "What do interns know?"
Alice: "He's an intern who happens to be my brother and he knows enough. He knows you should lie here quietly."
Rachel: "Sorry. I'm getting out of here." (SHE SWINGS HER LOGS AROUND AND HOPS OFF THE EXAMINING TABLE. THEN SHE ALMOST FAINTS, BUT ALICE TRIES TO HELP HER, SHE SHRUGS ALICE OFF AND WITH AN EFFORT STANDS ALONE) "I can get a cab right out of here, can't I?"
Alice: "Miss Davis, you have got to stay here!"
Rachel: "Not on your life."
Alice: "Well, at least until your mother gets here..." (AT THIS MOMENT RUSS COMES BACK INTO THE EXAMINING ROOM).
Russ: "Right back up there on the table, Miss Davis."
Rachel: "Make me."
Russ: (to Alice) "Did you let her get up?"
Alice: "Let her. I tried to stop her."
Russ: (to Rachel) "I don't want to have any trouble with you, Miss Davis."
Rachel: "That goes double."
MAY 4, 1967 (EP. #741)
Walter's interest was piqued when Liz called stating she had acquired new information on the Danny Fargo murder case. Liz surreptitiously arranged to see Walter when Bill came home unexpectedly to gather legal papers. Bill didn't detect Liz's impatience in getting him out of the house. Liz was exasperated at an impulsive Fred for showing up as she was about to leave. Fred apologized to Liz for lecturing her on trying to run people's lives while enjoying a nightcap. Liz made embellishments to explain still wearing a coat and suffering from a migraine to ensure Fred believed she wasn't giving him a polite brush off. Dru told Bill and Missy about his first appearance in court facing Judge Monahan, who imperiously lectured Dru on quoting his rulings while citing precedents. Bill and Missy were encouraged by Dru's assessment of Judge Monahan as a gruff, but fair man. Bill ascertained to Dru and Missy that Lenore telling Walter about their broken engagement was simply a minor setback, but exchanged anxious glances with Dru as Missy fretted that it would be far more significant to Walter should he become aware of her pregnancy. Bill told Missy that she had won Liz over because she had asked with concern about Missy looking ill and exhausted. Walter got Liz to overcome any guilty feelings towards using furtive methods to obtain information for him. Liz revealed to Walter that she overheard Bill and Pat's phone conversation about Missy's pregnancy. Liz and Walter concluded that Missy had committed murder to marry Bill and pass her baby off as his. Walter exuded excitement and confidence over Liz helping him clinch his case against Missy.
Walter: "Precisely: If she married your son now it would only give me a stronger case against her, Mrs. Matthews. I am indebted to you. The state is indebted to you. You have undoubtedly clinched my case. In fact, without proof of Mrs. Fargo's pregnancy, I doubt that we could have proven pre-meditation. Now..." (PERMITS HIMSELF A THIN SMILE) "...now, for the first time, I am actually looking forward to go into court tomorrow morning."
MAY 5, 1967 (EP. #742)
Bill grew annoyed with Liz for fussing over him to eat breakfast and griping about his time with John and Dru in preparing Missy's defense case. Liz reasoned that it was to entice readers as Bill groused about the newspapers sensationalizing Missy's trial. Bill was furious and Liz hid getting in a tizzy about Bill's subpoena as a witness for the prosecution. Lt. Buckley and Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh hypothesized that Missy's lawyers may wrongfully assume that Pat's summons involves Bill and Missy's romance and her close relationships with the Matthews family. Walter explained to Ted and Lt. Buckley that he didn't summon Bill once Lenore admitted their broken engagement because proving premeditation now hinges on Missy's pregnancy. Bill shifted blame on Liz for forcing Lenore to lie about the engagement as a virtue and a weakness out of the truth. Bill flipped when Pat called to tell him that she was also subpoenaed by Walter. Liz accidentally reminded Bill that she gave him a false alibi on the night Danny was killed. Liz had daydreams of Danny taunting her over revealing Missy's pregnancy and Bill finding out. Dru, John, and Bill discussed the reasons Walter is putting Pat on the stand and whether he knows of Missy's condition. Walter nettled Liz for going beyond the call of duty to obtain damning information on Missy. Missy pled not guilty. Walter laid out the evidence the prosecution will be presenting to the jury to prove Missy's guilt. Dru objected to Walter referencing murder and Missy's plan to marry Bill once Danny died as established facts. John, Dru, Bill, and Missy were utterly shocked by Walter seeking a verdict of murder in the first degree.
Liz: "And, Bill....Bill, don't worry. Everything's going to be all right."
Bill: (HE STARTS TO SPEAK. IF IT WORKS BETTER FOR THE ACTOR, PERHAPS HE DOES SAY, "Don't worry!" BUT THE POINT IS HE STARTS TO REPLY TO HIS MOTHER AND THEN REALIZES THE UTTER FUTILITY OF IT)
(AFTERWARDS, LIZ CLOSES THE DOOR AND LEANS AGAINST IT, GIVING AWAY FOR A MOMENT TO THE SHOCK AND FEAR WHICH SAPS HER ENERGY. AND NOW WHAT WE WILL SEE IS NOT A DREAM OF LIZ'S, BUT A FEW MOMENTS OF WIDE-AWAKE FANTASY WHICH OVERTAKES LIZ BECAUSE OF THE TERRIBLE PREDICAMENT IN WHICH SHE FINDS HERSELF, NO LESS TERRIBLE BECAUSE SHE HAS BROUGHT IT ON HERSELF. IN FACT, IT IS FOR THE VERY REASON THAT IT IS SELF-INDUCED THAT IT IS SO NIGHTMARISH. LIZ IS TRULY SUFFERING HERE, AND THOUGH THE AUDIENCE MAY NEVER COME TO APPRECIATE THIS FACET, WE SHOULD: FOR HER SUFFERING IS THAT OF THE PERSON WHO, HAVING BETRAYED SOMEONE ELSE, HAS BY THAT VERY ACT OF BETRAYAL, FORFEITED HER ABILITY TO TRUST ANYONE ELSE. LIZ GOES OVER AND LIGHTS A CIGARETTE, TAKES A DEEP DRAG ON IT, SITS DOWN AND STARES AHEAD. WE MOVE IN FOR A VERY TIGHT SHOT OF HER FACE, PERHAPS JUST HER EYES AND THEN HER WORST FEARS BEGIN TO TAKE FORM AND SHAPE IN HER MIND...WHAT WE SEE IS, OF COURSE NOT A LITERAL SCENE IN ANY SENSE BUT A VERY PERSONAL AND INTERPRETATIVE PROJECTION OF FEARS).
Danny: (STILL ON LIZ WE HEAR DANNY'S LAUGHTER, ON ECHO, THEN STILL ON ECHO HIS WORDS AND HIS FACE IS SUPERED) "You've done it this time, Duchess. You've really got yourself behind the eight ball. Wait until Billy boy finds out what you've done now."
Liz: "He won't find out! He won't."
Danny: "In a pig's eye he won't. "I can just see it now, can't you, Duchess."
(FADE OUT DANNY)
(RESUMES AFTER FADE OUT OF DANNY. CONTINUATION OF LIZ'S NIGHTMARISH VISIONS)
Walter: "Your mother, Mr. Matthews!" "So the cat's out of the bag and the fat's in the fire."
Bill: (TIGHT SHOT, HORROR MIXED WITH INCREDULITY) "My mother!"
Missy: (BRING HER IN SUPERED OVER BILL, THEN FADE BILL OUT) "Your mother, Bill. Your mother! It was because of your mother that I ran away. It was your mother who told me I was abandoned as a baby. Your mother told me all about myself. She made me promise I wouldn't tell you but now I will, Bill. You might as well know. "I can't keep silent any longer."
Bill: (HIS FACE SUPERIMPOSED OVER MISSY'S) "My mother! My mother!"
Danny: (AND NOW LET'S BRING HIS FACE ON OVER BILL'S FADING IT OUT, LAUGHING) "Remember what I told you, Duchess? If I lose out, you lose out, too...How long did you think you could keep Billy boy from knowing what you really are, what you've really done? You look down your nose at me, but sweetheart, you're no better than I am." "You do the same kind of things but you spray perfume all over them." "You think cause you've got money, you can buy yourself out of anything. But like I told you, if I lose Annie, you'll lose your Billy Boy." (LAUGHS).
Bill: (HIS FACE SUPERED OVER DANNY'S. FADE OUT DANNY.) "My mother! I have no mother!"
(AS WE FADE BILL OUT, WE HEAR DANNY. HIS LAUGHTER ECHOING FROM ALL SIDES OF THE ROOM. IN THE MEANTIME, WE HAVE SEEN LIZ'S FACE GAINING CLARITY THEN).
Liz: (SHOUTS TO DISSPELL THE AGONIZING FANTASY) "No! No, no!"
(WE ARE WITH LIZ ALONE NOW AS SHE SUDDENLY LOOKS DOWN, REALIZES THAT HER CIGARETTE HAS BURNT TO HER FINGERS. WITH A CRY OF PAIN SHE DROPS THE SMOKING BUTT AND PUTS HER FINGERS TO HER MOUTH...THEN WITH A CRY OF FEAR, SHE GETS UP, GRABS HER COAT AND STARTS OUT AS WE FADE OUT).
Production Notes: Headline of the morning newspaper, "Fargo Trial Begins Today," with picture of Danny and Missy. Judge George D. Bruch presided over Missy's trial.
Notes: First and only appearance of Alex Wipf as Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh.
MAY 8, 1967 (EP. #743)
Dru informed John that Walter wouldn't gamble on a first-degree conviction without substantiating evidence. Bill tried to console Missy while Mary and Pat were flabbergasted over Dru's request to postpone the defense's statements until the conclusion of the trial. Sam told Ada that he would implicate himself by telling the police that he had visited Danny on the night he was killed. Sam wasn't swayed by Ada's opinion that Russ and Alice are unlike Liz since Alice said the police are searching for him. Ada tried to convince Sam that they could claim the reward by telling the police what he knows about Danny. Ada casually pumped Alice for information on her family and wished she could afford a private room for Rachel. Ada grew thoughtful after Alice linked Ada to the case since Liz is a client of Pierre's Beauty Shop. Walter summoned Barclay Hotel Detective Thomas Simmons to the stand. Simmons told Walter that he was called for duty when the chambermaid heard three gun shots in Danny's suite. Simmons testified that he found the door ajar, the room a mess, and Missy standing over Danny's body with a .38 Police Special. The Judge sustained Dru's objection that Walter was asking prejudicial questions when Simmons implied pretense in Missy's actions. Dru got Simmons to admit that enough time had elapsed for the murderer to escape and Missy to have found Danny's body. Dru told Pat that she may have been called as a witness if Walter knows of Missy's pregnancy. Pat ruled out Lee being Walter's source since Lee was at school. Dru studied Liz, who deflected his question on her inner thoughts and rushed back into the courtroom.
Notes: First appearance of Billy Dee Williams as Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh.
MAY 9, 1967 (EP. #744)
Dru and John wondered what evidence Walter had to seek a first-degree murder conviction. Madge sealed a letter with a money order enclosed to their mother before Flo could read it and urged her to start job hunting. Charlie and Madge tried to spare Flo from reading about Danny's murder trial in the newspapers. Flo resolved to accompany Charlie and Madge to Bay City. Charlie told Madge that their testimony on meeting Sam a few days prior to Danny's death may prove Missy's innocence. Madge told Charlie that she's petrified to testify and worried she'll be recognized by a waitress where she and Danny had a drink on the night of his murder. Sam figuratively whistled in astonishment while listening to a radio report that covered the first day of Missy's trial. Ada was weary towards Sam's opinion that Rachel didn't need a private room to receive excellent medical treatment. Ada pondered Alice's reaction should she figure out that Liz may have been the last person to see Danny alive. Sam warned Ada she'd incriminate him by giving the Matthews family information on his association to Danny. Chambermaid, Dorothy Watkins testified that Missy and Danny had stayed at the Barclay Hotel for three weeks and slept separately. Dru promptly took Walter to task over Dorothy's supposition that obvious marital discord existed between Danny and Missy and redirected the jury to concentrate on facts and not theories. Dorothy testified that Missy didn't care about Danny, which Walter used to taunt Missy on murdering Danny in cold blood. Mary and Pat tried to assure Missy that Walter is mistaken in believing in her guilt and urged Missy to trust her lawyers.
Radio Announcer: "...turning to the local news, here in Bay City the murder trial of Mrs. Melissa Fargo opened this morning. Prosecutor Walter Curtin caused a sensation almost at the outset, when he declared in his opening statement to the jury that he intended to seek a first-degree murder verdict against Mrs. Fargo, rather than the second-degree finding it was expected he would ask for. Curtin stated, and we quote,"...we will seek to prove that Mrs. Fargo intended to marry a man with whom she had just had a midnight rendezvous the night of her husband's death, and that when she returned from this meeting, she took the gun which she knew her husband had in his possession, and deliberately, cold-bloodedly, and with malice aforethought, fired three shots into his body." (SAM FIGURATIVELY WHISTLES LOW AT THIS, AS) "When the trial recessed at noon, Mr. Curtin was questioned by reporters, but declined to elaborate on the statement he had made in court." (ADA ENTERS, COMING FROM THE HOSPITAL) "He said that the evidence against Mrs. Fargo would be developed as the trial progresses, and that it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the case in any way, while it was in progress."
Ada: (IRRITABLY, OVER THE ABOVE) "Turn that off, will you? I'm sick of the whole thing."
Production Notes: Visual Vignettes used:
"Curtin motions to Marsh to gather up his papers, stalks out, up the center aisle. As he reaches the point where Liz is sitting, on the aisle, he feels her eyes on him, pauses just momentarily, long enough to meet her gaze fleetingly--then passes on leaving us with her on camera, uncomfortable and apprehensive. Now Missy and Bill come up the aisle, Bill trying to keep his distance and having a hell of a time doing it--Missy shaken to the toes by Curtin's last thrust. Mary and Pat come into the aisle, form ranks around her, and almost physically support her, out through the double doors into the corridor and we pull ahead of them or cut to the corridor as they come through the doors, Bill hovering background, helpless, they get Missy into an alcove or onto a bench."
(after Mary and Pat console Missy) "Missy manages a wan smile, nods. They help her to her feet, lead her down the hall toward the elevator. Again, we pull in front of them, then let them past camera and stay on Liz, standing quietly in an alcove as they pass her, unnoticed and still. She watches them intently, her face a mask. Hold on her, tight. Cut to her picture - the one in the paper with Helen Moore. Pull back to include Ada, holding the paper, looking intently at the picture. After a moment she makes her decision, goes to desk or table drawer, takes out piece of paper on which she has written, "John Randolph - Lawyer" and under that, a phone number. With the slip of paper in her hand, she goes to the phone, begins to dial, as we fade out."
MAY 10, 1967 (EP. #745)
Ada secretly called Dru, wanting to strike a deal to provide new leads on Danny's murder case. Dru couldn't get Ada to provide her name or the nature of the information she had, despite contending that it was her duty as a citizen to come forward regardless of whether they agree to a bargain or not. Lenore groused to Lee about people staring and gossiping about her and lamented that Liz's ring maintains her ties with Bill even though they are no longer engaged. Lenore was shocked and dismayed when Lee told her that Walter is seeking a premeditated murder charge against Missy. Lee tried to stop Lenore from reproaching herself, but Lenore claimed she had been a willing participant in Liz's scheme to fake still being engaged to Bill and revealed it to Walter. Lenore felt dread upon receiving a subpoena to appear as a witness for the prosecution. Ada tried to arrange a meeting with Dru, but quickly hung up when Sam arrived home. Dru sighed over being unable to trace the call. John and Pat hoped that that the caller might have information about Sam since no one has knowledge of him. Dru found it odd that the caller had paused mid-sentence and then quickly placed the phone back on to the receiver. Ada was menaced by Sam, who bullied her into confessing that she called Dru to reveal his association with Danny. Ada pleaded with Sam to allow her to take a chance with Missy's lawyers in hopes that Sam will not be implicated. Lenore recoiled as she told Walter that discussing her broken engagement to Bill was humiliating. Walter enthralled Lenore into believing that her testimony will prove Missy's motive in killing Danny was to reconcile with Bill.
MAY 11, 1967 (EP. #746)
Fred found Liz self-absorbed for having the positive genius of painting herself the protagonist in every drama and using the trial as an excuse to decline his dinner invitation. Liz felt ill, trembled, paced the floor, and fiddled with her beads while Bill gave details on the mysterious call to Fred and Liz. Fred was pragmatic while expressing doubts to Bill that the caller could provide any real leads to the case, but disagreed with Liz's hypothesis that John and Dru should dismiss the possibility that someone visited Danny's hotel suite on the night of his murder. Sam hounded Ada mercilessly to preclude her from contacting Missy's lawyers. Ada got Sam to lay off by stating that she inquired on the reward for information and convinced Sam to go to the hospital cafeteria to avoid running into Russ or Alice. Russ lectured Rachel on hindering her treatment by being defiant. Ada tried to persuade Rachel that she'll be released from the hospital once she cooperates with Russ. Rachel whined about not having a private room, but apologized for being ungrateful of Ada's hard work in providing for her. Bill fumed over Liz's selfish excuses for not wanting to go to court. Fred chastised Liz for trying to blame Lenore since she caused Lenore to lie about her and Bill's engagement, giving Walter evidence that addressed motivation. Rachel grew coquettish as she acted remorseful, batted her eyes, and held out her hand to Russ once she heard that Liz is his aunt. Ada gave Liz a manicure while musing about Rachel getting a chance in Hollywood and that people with money have everything. Liz made her boredom apparent to Ada, who retaliated by subtly calling her "Duchess."
Liz: (about the trial) "Oh, I'm sorry, Fred. I can't go today. I...well, as a matter of fact I have a hairdressing appointment..."
(TAKE BILL, WHO TURNS TO LOOK AT HER WITH JUST A FAINT TINGE OF DISGUST) Bill: "And you said you didn't have a frivolous reason for staying away...."
Liz: "Oh, Bill."
Fred: (TRIES TO SMOOTH THINGS OVER...PLEASANTLY) "You ought to know your mother well enough by now, Bill, to know that being well groomed is almost an obsession with her. I expect her to be the best dressed woman at the Last Judgment."
MAY 12, 1967 (EP. #747)
John, Dru, Bill, and Missy exchanged startled glances once Walter summoned Bill to the stand. John and Dru encouraged Bill to carefully answer Walter's questions. Madge took a firm hand with Flo to accept Danny's death, get sober, and regain her self-respect. Flo conceded that Madge was fair in holding her accountable over contributing to their mother being repaid the money she lost. Bill testified that Missy fled town on the eve of their wedding day without notifying anyone and returned as Danny's bride. Judge Bruch sustained Dru's objection that Walter had latitude to question Bill without making summations over Missy knowing that Danny carried a gun and had been contemplating murder. Sally relished in Flo's misery over Danny and bitterness towards Missy in giving Danny false hopes of using her money to build a record company. Madge reached her limit in tolerating Sally interrogating Flo and succeeded in getting her to leave by revealing that she has been called as a witness for Missy's defense. Flo exclaimed to Madge that Missy fabricated Sam, but coldly stated that she would not come forward to assist Missy if she knew Sam personally. Dru seized the opportunity to ask Bill questions that Walter prevented him from answering. Bill told Dru that Danny was completely aware of Missy's desire to obtain a divorce and be free to marry Bill. Bill explained that he and Missy met at a park near the Barclay Hotel and planned to stop Danny from swindling Missy's money and spiriting her out of town by posting guards while he confronted Danny. Walter objected to Bill's statement that Missy isn't capable of murder and never considered it as an option.
MAY 15, 1967 (EP. #748)
Judge Bruch sustained Walter's objection that Bill's assessment of Missy's guilt or innocence was immaterial. John and Dru were full of consternation towards Walter's plans to recall Bill to the stand to establish premeditation. Russ subtly expressed appreciation towards Rachel's good looks and improved behavior as a patient. Rachel was perplexed when Ada bragged that she and Liz have built a rapport despite their different backgrounds. Liz was plagued by memories of Danny and Ada calling her "Duchess." Lenore insisted to Helen and Liz that she is simply obeying Walter's subpoena. Helen remonstrated Liz for criticizing Lenore over failing to keep secrets, then eyed Liz and Lenore with astonishment and disgust while accusing them of finding comfort in believing that Missy will be convicted. Helen countered Liz and Lenore's defense of Walter doing his job by contending that Walter would damage his reputation should he back away from his dogged persecution of Missy. Helen predicted that Liz will face a tremendous blow once Missy is cleared. Rachel deduced that Russ would be her ticket to high society and resolved to pursue him romantically. Mary and Pat resented Lenore's concern that her testimony will reflect negatively onto Bill and her opinion that Missy must prove her innocence. Lenore testified that she pretended to still be engaged to Bill while knowing his intentions to marry Missy. Dru got Lenore to reveal that Bill vehemently opposed the deception and that it was Liz's plot to protect Bill and not Missy. John and Dru were distressed when Walter insinuated that Liz tried to shield Bill from being linked to Missy as an accused murderer.
MAY 16, 1967 (EP. #749)
John and Pat were grateful to Dr. Robinson for rearranging his schedule for them. Pat told Russ that she is praying that Dr. Robinson can help John. Bill groused to Mary that Walter may recall him as a witness and that Lenore's testimony drew sympathy because she tried not to condemn Missy or Bill despite getting hurt by both of them. Missy commented that it was strange to hear herself talked about in court as if she were a character in a novel, prompting Bill and Mary to encourage Missy not to get bothered by half-truths and have faith in Dru presenting her case. Bill confidently told Mary and Missy that the mysterious woman who offered Dru information on Danny in exchange for a reward will call again. Missy conceded that she finds herself doubting that her encounters with Sam actually occurred or that he exists. Sam vowed to curtail Ada from implicating him in Danny's murder by contacting Missy's lawyers. Russ reassured Sam that Rachel is getting fine medical care in the emergency ward and agreed to give Rachel the transistor radio Ada bought for her. Dr. Robinson informed John that he has good prospects of regaining some mobility with corrective surgery. Russ and Pat were understanding yet elated when John agreed to carefully consider his options. Bill and Missy reminisced on meeting and falling in love at the Kopper Kettle. Missy wasn't mollified when Bill expressed certainty that they will have a bright future together. Lee justified her skepticism towards Pat's account of Dr. Robinson's consultation by pointing out that she misrepresented the facts about her and Michael. Pat was exasperated when Lee vowed she won't allow her to manipulate John.
Notes: Lanna Sanders temporarily plays the role of Lee Randolph in this episode.
MAY 17, 1967 (EP. #750)
Bill bit his tongue when Liz pitied Lenore for enduring the unnecessary ordeal of testifying at the trial since Walter has ample evidence to convict Missy. Liz stiffened as Bill tried to be optimistic that the mysterious woman with information on Danny's murder will contact Dru and hypothesized that someone other than Sam may have visited Danny that night. Dru and John decided to have Professor Pearson appear as an expert witness on domestic relations to testify that Missy had adequate grounds to obtain a divorce from Danny. John expressed gratitude to Dru and Bill for making him feel needed and useful again. Dru opined that putting Missy on the stand in her own defense would be their greatest asset, but lamented that they didn't have stronger weapons. Ada dodged promising Sam that she would steer clear of anything involving Danny or Missy's trial. Walter informed Ted that he will question Pat on Missy's disappearance in Chicago and use Lt. Molinsky's police report as supplemental evidence. Walter told Ted that sympathy has no place in their considerations and that Missy will trap Bill into marriage should she be acquitted. Sam reassured Liz that he would give Ada the present she brought for Rachel. Sam concluded that Ada sold him out for Rachel's benefit and hurled Liz's package against a door. John told Walter that he won't succeed at forcing Missy to plead guilty to a lesser charge by seeking a first-degree murder conviction. Bill ignored Walter's sympathetic musings that he was duped and victimized by Missy. Dru was dumbfounded as Walter noted the irony of Bill and Pat being the most loyal to Missy and effective in proving premeditation.
Notes: Three or four column newspaper article with double head: "Mrs. Fargo Secretly Planned to Wed Lawyer, Witness says," with large photograph of Lenore.
MAY 18, 1967 (EP. #751)
Pat swallowed hard and braced herself for the ordeal upon learning from John that she is the prosecution's first witness of the day. Alice was intrigued by Rachel's agreeable attitude and compliments about Russ's medical capabilities. Rachel assumed that Ada was joking about getting money through their supposed connection to royalty. Walter questioned Pat on Missy's appointment with Dr. Montgomery. John was solemn once he deduced that he, Dru, and Bill had underestimated Walter and pondered Walter's intentions in linking Missy's pregnancy to premeditated murder. Pat begrudgingly conceded to Walter's theory that Missy may have discovered that she was pregnant with Danny's child prior to his death. Pat testified that Missy wasn't a hateful person, despite Danny's refusals to grant her a divorce. Walter pounced on Pat's comment that Missy was incapable of murder, ranted that Missy has yet to explain her reasons for fleeing town, and standing over Danny's dead body. Walter declared that Missy's motive to kill Danny was to free herself to marry Bill and pass her unborn baby off as his. Pat's account of Missy seeing someone named Sam was swiftly denounced by Walter. Sam angrily jumped to the conclusion that Liz had dropped off a gift for Rachel because Ada had revealed his connection to Danny. Ada grew scared of Sam, who figured that Liz had tied Ada calling her "Duchess" to her anonymous call to Dru. Sam countered Ada's brazen attitude towards Liz's inquiries to implicating him in Danny's murder. Pat grew emotionally wrought while swearing that Missy was forthright about her whereabouts during the shooting and wouldn't commit murder.
Rachel: (about Russ) "You're very lucky to have such a nice brother."
Alice: "Don't let him hear you say that -- he's tough enough to live with as it is."
Rachel: "Well, I think he's a doll."
Alice: (INTEREST PEAKED) "Oh, do you?"
MAY 19, 1967 (EP. #752)
John, Dru, and Missy consoled Pat, who felt sorrow over revealing Missy's pregnancy and damaging her defense. Dru advised John, Pat, and Missy to assume brave fronts to impede Walter and the jury from noticing their surprised reactions to Pat's testimony. Russ advised Alice to focus on patients since her concerns for Missy cannot help matters. Alice was amused when Russ acknowledged that Rachel is quite pretty, but insisted that his interest in her is strictly professional. Walter obstinately blocked Bill from answering his questions and ignored Dru's objections. Walter painted Missy as a devious, cold-blooded woman who acted without regard to people's feelings, Danny's life, and Bill's frantic search for her in Chicago. Walter eyed Missy with utter contempt, then informed Bill that Missy had made a fool of him. Russ grimly told Rachel that Missy's trial is likely the hardest thing Bill has ever endured. Walter accused Bill of contradicting established facts when Bill claimed that Missy waited to reveal her pregnancy once she was certain of it. Russ and Alice were pleased with Rachel's cooperation in her medical treatment. Rachel was genuinely sympathetic as Russ and Alice talked about Bill and Missy and the ordeals they have faced together. Bill told Dru that Missy had restored the faith and trust in her that had once been compromised. Bill testified that Missy had never concealed her marriage to Danny, reasons for wanting a divorce, or her pregnancy, and has never shown hatred towards anyone. Missy confided to Pat that she regrets allowing Danny into her life and lamented that the jury will find her guilty. Pat reinforced her belief in Missy's innocence.
Missy: (to Pat) "One of the last things that Danny said to me....he said, 'you'll never get away from me, Annie. We're linked together from now on...Wherever I go, you'll go.' Maybe he was right."
MAY 22, 1967 (EP. #753)
Liz pondered whether it was simply a coincidence that Ada called her "Duchess." Liz was apprehensive when Lenore arrived to discuss Missy's trial. Lenore informed Liz that Walter deduced that Missy returned to Bay City, worked her way back into Bill's affections, and killed Danny to free herself to marry Bill and pass her child off as his. Liz bragged that Walter had made conclusions that had been obvious to them for months to alleviate Lenore's guilt in believing that Missy had committed murder. Liz accepted Ada's offer to come over and comb-out her hair for the Benefit Ball as a personal favor for gifting Rachel with a bed jacket. Lenore's eyes shined brightly due to Liz's assurances that Bill could never be furious with her. Liz felt relief that Walter hadn't divulged his source in discovering Missy's pregnancy. Sam spoke longingly to Ada about getting a job and attending night school to earn his high school diploma. Ada stressed that Walter is unaware that Liz entered Danny's suite on the night of the murder while she debated the merits of Walter's theories on Missy with Sam. Sam sullenly told Ada that he anticipates that she will call Dru again and noticed that Ada nearly forgot to take Liz's present to Rachel. Fred opined to Liz that Walter's conclusions are preposterous. Liz squirmed as Fred refused to believe that Dru received a crank call about Danny's murder and questioned her on the ways in which Walter unearthed Missy's pregnancy. Ada marveled at Liz's house and the gown she bought for the Benefit Ball. Liz became paralyzed with fear when Ada stated that she may have heard the nickname "Duchess" from their mutual acquaintance, Danny.
MAY 23, 1967 (EP. #754)
Liz was flabbergasted that Ada knew about her association to Danny. Pat was despondent over confirming Missy's pregnancy and bolstering Walter's charge of premeditation. John was appalled when Lee callously urged Pat to read an article on her testimony. John tried to ease Pat's guilt by stressing that Missy's defense has not been presented and commended her for mentioning Sam in court. Lee vindictively told Pat that she continued her pattern of hurting people by providing damning testimony against Missy and it was reminiscent to her own trial. Pat stunned Lee by challenging her to repeat her cruel comments in John's presence. Ada shrewdly concocted a story for Liz: Danny had been a friend of her family's and they got reacquainted when Danny came to town. When Liz stated that Missy never mentioned her, Ada explained that Danny was careful not to introduce Missy to anyone who might expose him and that Danny gifted her with old clothes. Ada witnessed Liz enter Danny's suite while she was rewrapping clothes and quoted portions of her exchange with Danny that she heard from Sam to build credibility. Russ and Rachel realized their mutual attraction as she raved about him belonging to one of the most respected families in town. Lee was dubious towards Pat's claim that she won't pressure John into having an operation. John told Pat and Lee that he wishes the mysterious woman who has information on Danny's murder would contact Dru again. Ada stated that she was wrong to call Dru without discussing it with Liz and insisted that Liz was a pillar of the community who deserved to tell her side of the story since Danny lied frequently.
Notes: Lanna Sanders temporarily plays the role of Lee Randolph in this episode. Last episode to be broadcasted live.
MAY 24, 1967 (EP. #755)
Madge was sickened to read Sally Chance's article, which called Missy a con artist and likened Danny and Flo to Romeo and Juliet. Charlie warned Madge that she would become a suspect should anyone discover that she was in Bay City since she was candid with Sally over wanting him dead. Liz evaded confessing her encounter with Danny at the Barclay Hotel by pouncing on Ada's admission of being there and warned that she is in trouble for concealing that fact. Ada and Liz argued as each woman accused the other of killing Danny. Madge berated herself for interrupting Sally's interview with Flo by making disparaging comments about Danny, but resigned to Charlie's opinion that Sally exposed Flo's naivete. Charlie promised to keep quiet about Madge being in Bay City. Madge told Charlie that Flo's use of the money she stole from their mother weighs heavily on her mind and feared that Walter might summon Flo to testify. Walter told Ted that Flo would create sympathy for Missy by describing Danny. Walter informed Ted that a noose will tighten around Missy's neck once he mentions the smear of Pink Panther lipstick on Danny's palm and the hotel room serviceman testifies overhearing Danny and Missy engaged in a shouting match prior to the murder. Ada called Liz's bluff by asserting that she would place both of them at the scene of the crime by contacting Dru or the police. Liz and Ada beamed at each other hypocritically while putting on airs of having a dear friendship. Bill dissembled hearing all about Ada from Liz upon meeting her. Bill was perplexed when Ada mentioned Dru's mysterious caller and hinted that the true culprit may be in plain sight.
Notes: First episode to be a taped broadcast. Production date of Sunday May 14.
MAY 25, 1967 (EP. #756)
Lenore destroyed the invitations to her and Bill's cancelled wedding and the commemorative matchbooks she had kept in a drawer. Walter promised not to question Lenore further on the Danny Fargo murder case. Missy deliberately brightened and tried to laugh as Mary ribbed Alice for incorporating French phrases into the conversation and gossiping about Russ being attracted to a patient named Rachel, who happens to be Ada's daughter. Alice decided to help Missy in the kitchen to get their minds off the trial. Dru told Mary that Walter would never put a hostile witness on the stand without knowing her responses and ruminated over the ways in which Walter discovered that Missy is expecting a child. Walter explained to Lenore that prosecutors must resort to unpleasant tactics since they bear the burden of proof and sympathy tends to lie with the defense. Lenore conceded to Walter that she was shook over Pat being forced to reveal Missy's pregnancy, but was unconvinced that Missy deceived Bill. Lenore was terribly astonished when Walter angrily blurted out that she should stop hurting herself because Bill only cares about Missy. Bill groused to Dru and Mary about Flo's accusations against Missy in Sally Chance's article. Dru stressed to Bill that Flo is a disturbed woman whose testimony would likely help Missy. Dru and Bill expressed worries that Walter hasn't rested his case. Lenore retorted to Walter that what she does should Missy be convicted is none of his business and resented him implying that she is throwing her life away for Bill. Bill tried to pressure Missy into getting married right away. Missy vehemently refused to marry Bill unless she is acquitted.
Alice: "I didn't think we'd get Dad to go out that door tonight, even if we all got behind him and pushed."
Mary: (SHE LAUGHS A LITTLE) "I know, that's your father, Alice. He thinks that if he goes out for an evening of poker, the walls of this house will come tumbling down."
Alice: "You want to deprive Dad of his raison d'etre?"
Mary: "Raison d'etre?"
Alice: "I've decided to sprinkle my conversation with foreign phrases. It enhances my glamour."
Mary: "You, young lady, have enough glamour as it is to keep a conscientious father awake at night worrying."
MAY 26, 1967 (EP. #757)
Liz was too distracted thinking about Ada's insinuations to accept Fred's compliments on her regal appearance in her gown. Fred made a toast to Danny's true murderer being found, which startled Liz. Dru tried to cheer up Alice, who groaned that Dr. David Thornton had to work on the night he planned to take her to the Benefit Ball. Alice told Dru that Russ will become aware of his attraction to Rachel the same way in which Bill realized that he was in love with Missy. Bill tried to reassure Missy that he would marry her under any circumstance and that he will be a father to her unborn child. Rachel joked to Russ that she disobeys medical orders so that he keeps checking on her. Sam was angry and troubled to hear that Ada hadn't come to the hospital to see Rachel yet. Ada fibbed to a skeptical Sam that she lost track of time while chatting with a coworker. Rachel thought the bed jacket Liz gifted her was exquisite and eagerly put it on to show off to Russ. Sam took Ada to task for speaking badly of Liz, but claiming she has good qualities since Liz bought Rachel a present. Russ offered to take Rachel to a major social event once she has fully recovered and has been discharged from the hospital. Fred was dubious towards Liz's complaint that she was the subject of gossip because Lenore admitted that she feigned still being engaged to Bill on the witness stand. Liz was frightened and miffed when Fred opined that the mysterious woman who contacted Dru will call again and may be the key to identifying Danny's true killer. Ada was forthright with Sam about her confrontation with Liz, but swore that she has guaranteed Liz's silence on the issue.
Ada: (VOICE OVER, PRE-RECORDED) "It was you, Mrs. Matthews. I saw you. Don't forget I know you pretty well. I'm not mistaken. It was you. You went into Danny Fargo's suite not long before he was killed...People don't even know that you knew Danny Fargo, do they? ...Maybe you'd want to tell your son about that...After all, he's Melissa Fargo's lawyer, so he ought to be interested...Want to tell him, Mrs. Matthews? -- Or do you want to level with me?"
Production Notes: This episode takes place on the same evening as May 24 and 25, 1967.
MAY 29, 1967 (EP. #758)
Walter dismissed Fred's recommendations to re-examine the case and Missy's character as lacking sense and displaying bias. Fred failed to get Walter to elaborate on his veiled remarks about Lenore's loyalty towards Bill. Lt. Buckley testified that particles found on Danny's palm were of Pink Panther lipstick, which was among Missy's personal items collected while she was booked by the police. Dru established that the lipstick in question is popular and widely available by doing a survey of the women in the courtroom. Fred quipped that Bill and Missy have faced a tragedy of errors rather than argue with Lenore's assertions that Missy treated Bill badly. Fred and Lenore were baffled as they tried to fathom Walter's reasons for angrily urging her to get over Bill. Madge lectured Flo on repaying their mother the money she lost and staying sober. Madge expressed dread over appearing in court. Peggy prepared the courtroom as Dru, John, and Bill conferred on the various ways Missy's lipstick could have been placed onto Danny's hand. Dru intercepted Bill, who lunged at Walter for proposing that they change Missy's plea to second degree murder. Dru professed confidence in Missy's innocence and accused Walter of showing poor judgement. Wilfred Batelle, a room service waiter for the Barclay Hotel, told Walter that he overheard Danny and Missy arguing when he came to clear glasses and an ice bucket on the night of the murder. Dru got Wilfred to confess that he assumed that Missy was with Danny and didn't hear another voice. Walter had Wilfred testify that Danny and Missy quarreled frequently and that it was common knowledge that they slept separately.
Production Note: Clarke Morgan played piano music instead of organ cues during Act II, which featured Fred and Lenore at a restaurant near the college campus. Pink Panther lipstick was a prominent story element used during the Prologue, Act I, and Act II.
MAY 30, 1967 (EP. #759)
Sam was relieved to learn from a televised newscast on the trial that Wilfred Batelle only heard Danny's raised voice in a violent argument on the night he was killed. Ada cryptically opined to Sam that Walter is wrong to conclude that the murder occurred while Missy was in the suite with Danny. Sam was intrigued when Ada pointed out that Liz wears Pink Panther lipstick, then laughed derisively as Ada recounted Liz dodging her questions by accusing her of shooting Danny after she left the suite. Ada swore to Sam that she will get answers from Liz and theorized that she may have killed Danny. Russ grinned when Rachel relayed her impression of Missy as a decent person who is simply going through terrible ordeals. Dr. Francis MacCurdy advised Rachel to have patience with him in finding a proper diagnosis after checking her heart. Russ pondered whether his concern for Rachel was becoming personal after Dr. MacCurdy took him aside to confirm that his tentative diagnosis was correct. Lenore expressed fears to Lee that people interpreted her damning testimony against Missy as a revenge tactic for taking Bill away from her. Lee made veiled remarks to Lenore about Pat's betrayal and mused that she was mistaken to consider herself a good judge of character. Lenore was struck by the paranoid hostility in Lee's vow to stop Pat from hurting John in any way. Russ and Alice fretted over losing optimism over the outcome of the trial. Dr. MacCurdy informed Ada that Rachel has an inflammation of the lining of the heart, which is treated with medication, observation, and control. Ada decided to enlist Liz's help in paying for Rachel's medical expenses.
Notes: The role of Dr. Francis X. MacCurdy was played by Ernest Graves, who would later originate the role of Victor Lord on Nixon's own soap opera, OLTL. Dr. MacCurdy reappears on February 29, March 1 and 4, and May 9, 1968.
MAY 31, 1967 (EP. #760)
Liz was distraught as she ruminated over Ada's knowledge of her last confrontation with Danny. Fred's unexpected arrival stopped Liz from surreptitiously calling Ada. Liz smiled at Fred's persistence in asking her on a dinner date. Fred noted the coincidence of Liz wearing Pink Panther lipstick and voiced concerns over Liz's stress symptoms. Dru and Bill grilled Missy on her whereabouts and actions on the night of Danny's murder to prepare her to take the stand in her own defense. Missy fell apart as she greeted Ann Fuller with a grateful embrace. Liz fought off panic and suppressed displaying her curiosity as Fred recounted the testimony delivered by Wilfred Batelle and Lt. Buckley during the last trial session. Fred told Liz that her approval of Missy pleading guilty to a lesser charge so that she is out of Bill's life was beneath her. Dru and Bill informed Ann that she will appear as a character witness to disprove the assumption that Missy is capable of murder. Dru and Bill tried unsuccessfully to reassure Missy that her testimony will be beneficial to her defense. Missy decided to help Ann unpack and get settled into the bedroom while Dru and Bill went to discuss their defense strategy with John. Ann refused to believe Missy's statements that she and Bill don't have a chance to be together. Missy told Ann about her marriage to Danny, becoming pregnant, and reiterated her dedication to raising her child. Ann begrudgingly admitted to knowing Missy's parentage, but failed to get Missy to reveal the ways in which she discovered that Katherine was her mother. Fred gently chided Liz for initially resisting his dinner invitation. Liz was tense and frazzled as she called Ada.
Notes: Reappearance of Olga Bellin as Ann Fuller. Missy gives the full name of her fabricated parents as Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dexter Palmer.
JUNE 1, 1967 (EP. #761)
Charlie surmised that Madge was searching her apartment for liquor Flo might have stashed away to stall leaving for Bay City. Madge fibbed that Max is willing to rehire Flo under the condition that she remain sober when Flo almost overheard Charlie mention Madge going to Bay City to confront Danny. Madge upbraided Flo for deluding herself into believing that she and Danny shared wonderful times in a happy relationship. Flo took a pint bottle she had hidden under a cushion and toasted to Danny and Missy being punished. Dru, John, and Bill laid out plans for Ann, Jim, Professor Pearson, and Missy to appear as witnesses in their defense strategy. Dru emphasized to John and Bill that Missy is the only person who can testify about Sam, but conceded that Bill was right to fear that Missy's defeatist attitude could prove detrimental to them. John advised Dru and Bill that they must impress upon Missy the importance of her testimony to raise their theory on Sam. Pat interpreted Lee buying food from a drug store as a symbol of her withdrawing from the family. Lee grew defensive when Pat accused her of jumping to false conclusions about her and Michael and acting like an insolent child. Bill was incredulous over Lee convincing herself that Pat is pushing John into getting an operation and offered to speak with her. Charlie reiterated his promise to keep mum about Madge's previous trip to Bay City. Dru tried to quell Madge's anxiety over staying at the Barclay Hotel. Charlie and Madge reassured Bill that they have been honest with him and that Flo doesn't believe in Missy's guilt. Flo called the Chicago police to incriminate Missy during a drunken stupor.
Notes: Another reference to Charlie's last name being Rauchenberger
JUNE 2, 1967 (EP. #762)
Sam was terrified over the ramifications of Ada's schemes after receiving a call from Liz requesting to speak with her. Sam consoled Ada over Rachel's heart condition and urged her to be satisfied that she has ensured that Rachel will lead a better life than she has. Ada reiterated her suspicion that Liz killed Danny when Sam foreboded that Pat brought up his name in court testimony and that Liz may recognize him as the person who spotted her entering Danny's suite. Ada tried to ease Sam's nerves by emphasizing that Liz is too consumed with being linked to Danny and saving her own hide to implicate him in a murder. Bill told Liz that he is grateful that she has not harangued him about Missy's pregnancy. Liz nearly eradicated the good impression she had made on Bill by crowing that he would be happier with Lenore and should change his mind about Missy since she is carrying Danny's child. Liz was nearly speechless when Bill outlined plans to adopt Missy's baby once they have married. Alice teased Russ over waiting on him in the kitchen and Rachel being his favorite patient. Russ told Alice that Dr. MacCurdy diagnosed Rachel with endocarditis and joked that Liz's apparent fondness for Ada may indicate that she is mellowing. Liz insisted on coming over to Ada's apartment, then lied to Bill that she was leaving to sit with a neighbor who suffers from dizzy spells. Sam was aghast at Ada's belief that Missy will be acquitted and that Liz deserves to be double-crossed. Ada lamented to Liz that Rachel's condition won't improve because she is miserable staying in a hospital ward. Liz offered to pay for Rachel to get a private room, which made Ada feel triumphant.
JUNE 5, 1967 (EP. #763)
Liz wrote a check to a flabbergasted Ada in exchange for her silence. Ada told Liz that she should have enough faith in her to explain the business she had with Danny. Alice tried to divert Missy's attention from the trial by talking about the interns bossing the student nurses and Russ's crush on Rachel. Alice protested when Missy compared her assertion that Rachel is pursuing Russ because she incorrectly assumed that the Matthews family is wealthy to Liz's opinion that Missy is a gold digger and inadequate for Bill. Liz was discomfited as she downplayed her association with Danny to Ada, who claimed to be bothered over not knowing Liz's true purpose for coming to see him. Ada was miffed that Liz avoided her inquiries and made excuses about Bill being concerned over her whereabouts to leave. Sam hurled his lunch box across the room in bitterness, humiliation, and frustration over being laid off from his job. Ada swore to Sam that she hadn't persuaded Liz into paying for Rachel's private hospital room and expressed confidence that Liz will eventually reveal the truth about her encounter with Danny. Sam theorized that Liz shot Danny after he slapped her during an argument and warned Ada that Liz may become distrustful enough to silence her permanently. Missy had a nightmare of Liz as Judge Matthews, who had Danny testify against her, then condemned Missy and her unborn child of killing Danny. John reflected to Missy on wallowing in self-pity and hopelessness and realizing his own worth, which gave him the courage to return to the courtroom in a wheelchair. Missy was moved beyond words due to John's certainty in proving her innocence.
(...AND NOW WE SEE MISSY TOSSING AND TURNING A BIT, AND THEN WE TAPE: SUPER A GAVEL BEING HIT ON THE JUDGE'S DESK. PULL BACK TO SEE THAT IT IS LIZ DRESSED IN THE JUDGE'S ROBE AS SHE WAS IN A PREVIOUS DREAM OF MISSY'S. THIS SEGMENT PRE-TAPED:)
Liz: "Order in the court! ....Order in the court! Let the defendant step before the bar of justice, Melissa Palmer Fargo." (AND MISSY IN HER FLOWING NIGHT ROBE, STANDS IN FRONT OF THE BENCH:) "Melissa Palmer Fargo, how do you plead?"
Missy: "Not guilty...not guilty."
Liz: "You see, she's guilty. She's guilty."
Missy: (THAT SPECIAL EXQUISITE FRUSTRATION WHICH ONE FEELS ONLY IN NIGHTMARES:) "I'm not guilty...I said I'm not guilty." (AND DURING THIS IF WE COULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF ALL THESE PEOPLE SORT OF MOVING IN SPACE, IT WOULD BE ANYTHING TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE REALM OF LITERAL TREATMENT)
Liz: (BANGING THE GAVEL:) "Quiet, I say. Quiet in this court...now where is the victim. Let him give his testimony." (NOT NECESSARILY IN FRONT OF LIZ, PERHAPS ON CAMERA ALONE, AND HE MOVES AS HE TALKS. PERHAPS HE'S SWINGING A KEY CHAIN. OR, IF IT'S MORE EFFECTIVE, HE COULD BE SEATED AT A PIANO PLAYING)
Danny: "Well, you see, I picked this chick up in Chicago. And this chick told me her name was Annie Summers. And I didn't know from nothing about her. I believed her when she said she didn't have a dime."
Missy: "That's not true! It's not true! You knew all along. You were lying to me."
Liz: (HER VOICE PERHAPS OFF-CAMERA:) "Silence! The accused shall remain silent! And silence gives consent!"
Danny: "And then I found out what was really bugging her......So I gave her a name. That's right, big hearted me. I married her so she could have a name." (NOW, IF HE'S AT THE PIANO, HE PLAYS A FEW CHORDS TO FIT IN WITH THE FOLLOWING PARAPHRASE:) "Little Orphan Annie came to my house to stay...to wash the cups and saucers and sweep the crumbs away...and that's why I married Little Orphan Annie."
Missy: "You married me for my money! That's the only reason you married me! And he promised me...he promised me..."
Danny: (PERHAPS HE APPROACHES THE BAR AGAIN AT THIS POINT...) "I ask you, your Honor? Should anybody expect you to keep a promise like that? She was my wife, right? And I was her husband. Like I told her, it isn't natural to live the way we were living."
Liz: "And now she is going to have a child."
Danny: "My child."
Liz: "And the child will be guilty too."
Missy: "No! No! You can't blame a child! A child doesn't ask to be born."
Liz: "You didn't ask to be born! But, you're to blame! You're guilty! So your child will be guilty!" (LIZ HITS THE GAVEL ON THE BENCH:) "Take her away! The case is closed." (DANNY TAKES MISSY, CLAMPS HANDCUFFS ON HER AND STARTS DRAGGING HER AWAY WHILE MISSY STRUGGLES)
Missy: "No, no, no!"
Liz: (DURING ABOVE, HER VOICE, OFF-CAMERA, FURNISHES AN OBLIGATO BACKGROUND:) "Guilty! Guilty! Guilty...."
JUNE 6, 1967 (EP. #764)
Ada informed Sam that she is moving Rachel into a private hospital room. Sam and Ada challenged each other to come clean to the police on Missy's behalf to assuage their guilty consciences. Ada reiterated her faith in Missy being acquitted, but confessed that providing for Rachel holds precedence over helping a girl whom they have never met. Liz tried to suppress her anxiety as Bill fretted that the mysterious woman who contacted Dru may have become scared and opined that she should come forward to prove Missy's innocence. Liz ruminated over whether she can maintain Ada's silence. Dru outlined the defense's strategy of putting Missy on the stand in her defense, subjecting her to severe cross-examination, and presenting witness testimony to demonstrate that Missy is incapable of committing murder and that her character will disprove Walter's theories. Ada went along with Rachel's presumption that Sam's business deal in South America paid off to explain Rachel getting a private room. Rachel was somewhat ambivalent when Ada mentioned financing her trip to Hollywood and getting her an aggressive agent. Ada was embarrassed when Rachel assumed mock humility towards Russ's warnings to abide by medical orders and grew coquettish over eventually being discharged from his care. Ann gave detailed testimony on Missy's formative years, relocating to Bay City, and asserted that Missy is a remarkable girl with high moral standards despite being without the security of a family. Dru successfully objected to Walter's insinuations that Ann's judgement was biased because of her emotional attachment to Missy. Walter expressed morbid pleasure in Ann being summoned after she admitted that Bill gave Missy a loan to attend college.
Notes: Appearance by Olga Bellin as Ann Fuller. Ann reveals that she is 39 years old, that she never married, and first met Missy while working in San Diego in 1953 or 1954. The check Liz wrote for Ada was drawn from a Citizens' National Bank account.
JUNE 7, 1967 (EP. #765)
Madge told Charlie that she is wearing dark glasses out of fear that someone will recognize her, then deplored staying at the Barclay Hotel and agreeing to testify for Missy. Charlie grew disquieted as his suspicions of Madge resurfaced. Charlie persuaded Madge into attending court to become familiar with the layout of the place and get updated on the progress of the trial. Madge swore to Charlie that she has been honest about her actions on the night of Danny's murder. Dru and John complimented Jim on corroborating Ann's testimony. Jim voiced confidence in John and Dru's plans to discredit Walter's theories and Missy's ability to prove her innocence. Missy thanked Madge for being kind to her on the night she came to the diner in Chicago. Bill told Charlie and Madge that their testimony is essential in establishing Sam's existence. Missy grew teary-eyed over Madge's compassionate good wishes. Professor Pearson testified on the various grounds in which marriages can be annulled. Dru framed the circumstances of Danny tricking Missy into marriage to acquire her inheritance as a hypothetical scenario for Professor Pearson, who ascertained that Missy's chances of getting an annulment were excellent. Judge Bruch sustained Dru's objection to Walter characterizing Missy as growing disillusioned of Danny and wanting to dispose of him. Walter got Professor Pearson to concede that the legal proceedings would be complicated if Missy sought to terminate her marriage before her pregnancy became apparent. Charlie tried to calm Madge, who became hysterical over the possibility of Walter badgering her about Danny. Madge abruptly told Pat that she and Charlie have told them everything they know in response to Pat's dinner invitation.
Walter: "But of course there is another way a woman can end a marriage other than by annulment or divorce."
Professor Pearson: "I beg your pardon?"
Walter: "I believe in fact, that the marriage vows themselves incorporate the idea." (HE HAS WALKED OVER TO A POINT OPPOSITE MISSY) "They say, do they not, Professor Pearson -- 'till death do us part?'"
JUNE 8, 1967 (EP. #766)
Walter impulsively asked Lenore on a date. Dru and John agreed that Missy's performance on the stand will likely determine the verdict. Dru told John that establishing that Missy was victimized by Danny inadvertently provides a motive for murder. John and Dru informed Lee that the presumption remains that Missy was with Danny during a shouting match on the night of his death. Lee was unapologetic when John correctly surmised that she was heading to the college campus to get out of helping Pat fix dinner. John fretted to Dru that the trial has limited any time he can devote to Lee, but resolved to get to the bottom of Lee's about-face towards Pat. Ada gushed to Sam about Rachel having a private room and open visiting hours. Sam's paranoia wasn't placated, despite Ada's assurances that Liz won't identify him as the person who saw her with Danny at the Barclay Hotel. Sam advised Ada that he refuses to accept handouts and may resort to illegal means of making money due to his issues with keeping a job. Sam grew frightened when he and Ada watched a newscast on the trial, which mentioned that Charlie and Madge will testify about encountering someone named Sam. Charlie and Madge told Dru and John that they are unaware of anyone who had a grudge against Danny. Dru tried to reassure Madge that she has the truth on her side. Walter sheepishly admitted to Lenore that he invited her out to make amends. Walter told Lenore about a woman he once loved named Lydia who married another man to reinforce his belief that she was better off without Bill. Walter and Lenore were intrigued to spot Fred and Liz coming into the Top of the Tower.
JUNE 9, 1967 (EP. #767)
Fred told Liz that she was deluding herself into thinking that Bill was ever in love with Lenore. Liz was appalled to see Walter and Lenore having dinner together, prompting Fred to stress that she has no right to control Lenore's love life. Missy lamented to Bill that she must concentrate on preparing to testify in court rather than dream about their lives together as a married couple. Bill embraced Missy comfortingly once she explained that she fled last year after discovering that Katherine was the mother who abandoned her. Fred protested when Liz eagerly accepted Walter's offer to share a drink with him and Lenore and questioned Walter to unearth whether he had revealed his source in discovering Missy's pregnancy to Lenore. Liz grew indignant and projected an air of injury when Fred balked at helping her interrogate Walter and Lenore. Liz recalled confronting Walter in his office and decried being unable to trust anyone. Bill castigated Liz for having a semi-hysterical episode over Walter and Lenore's date and for objecting to Dru and John's tactics of having Missy take the witness stand. Liz was secretly relieved that Missy had revealed the reasons she ran away without implicating her and dissembled shock over Katherine being Missy's mother. Liz fantasized about Danny taunting her as Missy and Walter exposed her machinations in the courtroom. Walter was impressed by Ted's organizational skills in preparing the case's files. Dru and John urged Missy to be forthright about Katherine should Walter question her on the subject. Judge Bruch confirmed Missy's understanding of her rights and the consequences of testifying in her own defense.
Danny: (VOICE OVER, HE LAUGHS DERISIVELY, AND LONG:) "I told you, Duchess...if I lose out, you lose out. So maybe the D.A. tells Lenore, and maybe Lenore tells all your smart fancy friends that you squealed...that you told him Missy was going to have my baby." (THE LAUGH AGAIN:) "Or maybe it just comes out in the courtroom." (THE LAUGH AGAIN:) "Or maybe tomorrow Missy will be on the stand and they'll ask her how come she found out Katherine Corning was her mother. Hey, Duchess, what if she tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" (THE LAUGH AGAIN:) "What if that happens, Duchess?"
Visual Vignettes potentially used during the conclusion of Act IV (Courtroom Scene): (WE TAKE PAT AND MARY, PAT PERHAPS WITH HER EYES CLOSED AS IF IN PRAYER...THEN LIZ, BITING HER KNUCKLE...THEN BILL AND JOHN, THEIR CONCERN CLEAR...AND FINALLY, CURTIN, A SARDONIC HALF-SMILE ON HIS FACE. IF SHOTS ARE USED, WE SHOULD HEAR BAILIFF ADMINISTERING OATH OFF-CAMERA).
Production Notes: Scenes featuring Danny, Flo, and Liz were pre-taped on June 6, 1967, which recounted and revealed the events leading to Danny's murder and aired after Missy's trial.
JUNE 12, 1967 (EP. #768)
Liz worried that Missy would reveal the truth behind her fleeing town as the bailiff swore Missy in as a witness. Missy grew despondent as she established for Dru that she made up her own name. Russ and Alice marveled that John has returned to his old self by taking command in preparing Missy to testify without any brooding or self-pity. Missy testified that she fabricated parents and a past for herself because she had been through countless orphanages and foster homes and needed to create an existence. Judge Bruch permitted Missy to give a detailed account of her childhood, coming to Bay City, and the fantasy she concocted of being an orphan because of her parents' deaths, despite Walter's objections over relevance. Dru had Missy explain that she fell in love with Bill, but was loathe to reveal her background to him, and learned that she was abandoned as a baby on the eve of her wedding day to Bill. Rachel stopped herself from comparing Missy's experience in court to a movie while subtly flirting with Russ. Alice put a thermometer in Rachel's mouth to interrupt her musings about meeting members of the Matthews family and reading articles about Liz in the society papers so that she could take Rachel's temperature. Liz became terrified as Missy brought up discovering that Katherine was her mother. Missy told Dru that Katherine's friendship meant more to her than inheriting her estate. Dru guided an emotional Missy through going to Chicago, becoming ill and bewildered, and meeting Danny. Missy informed Dru that Danny feigned ignorance over her being an heiress and pressured her into a platonic marriage to acquire an identity.
JUNE 13, 1967 (EP. #769)
Missy told Dru that she married Danny out of gratitude, but was forthright with him that they could never share intimacy. Missy tearfully blurted out that she was a fool for believing that Danny would keep his promises and didn't know that she was an heiress. Charlie assuaged Madge's concerns over Flo calling the police by stressing that they would discount Flo's accusations against Missy as the mad ravings of a drunk woman. Flo vowed to exact revenge against Missy and phoned Sally Chance and claimed she had a story for her. Missy told Dru that Danny constantly talked about needing money to start a music publishing business and to pay for his mother's operation, which convinced her to request the initial disbursement from Katherine's estate. Missy stated that Danny rented a post office box and coaxed her into returning to Bay City to claim the rest of her inheritance. Missy became distraught as she confessed that Danny became furious when she requested an annulment and forced himself onto her while in a drunken stupor. Sally upbraided Flo for making ridiculous claims about Missy and stormed out. Missy testified that she never knew that Bill had searched for her in Chicago and that Danny lied to Bill about not knowing anything about her. Missy described her encounter with Sam, Danny becoming anxious to leave Bay City, and finding his gun in a drawer. John questioned Missy on her meeting with Bill and formulating a plan to free her from Danny. Missy recalled finding the suite in disarray, Danny's body, and foolishly picking up his gun. John had Missy proclaim that she didn't plan to kill Danny and was unaware of her pregnancy.
JUNE 14, 1967 (EP. #770)
Sam froze into an apprehensive immobility as a newscaster mentioned his confrontation with Danny while summarizing Missy's testimony. Ada was taken aback and dismayed when an agitated Sam resolved to skip town. Ada reassured Sam that Walter is certain that Missy murdered Danny and the police would have located him if he was a viable suspect in the crime. Sam promised Ada that he wouldn't leave Bay City and apologized for accusing her of blackmailing Liz for her own purposes. Walter discredited Missy's story about Sam since it was based on assumptions and sketchy details. Missy became ragged and desperate while denying Walter's accusations that she invented Sam to thwart the investigation. Walter hounded Missy into conceding that she planned to marry Bill, but Danny vehemently contested her request for a divorce from him. Russ thought it fortunate when Rachel boasted that Sam's investments had paid for her private room, much to Ada's chagrin. Ada got defensive as Rachel lamented that the Matthews are a prominent family and that Russ is out of her league. Liz stared fixedly at Missy as though she were telepathically ordering her to remain silent about her complicity in Missy's ordeals. Walter questioned Missy on fleeing to Chicago and leaving her apartment in shambles, proclaiming that she acted without regard to Bill and her friends. Dru objected to Walter's insinuations as prejudicial. John nearly jumped out of his wheelchair in rage at Walter for mocking Missy's testimony on Katherine and stated that he had drawn up Katherine's will. Missy avoided eye contact with Liz while struggling to explain learning of her parentage.
Rachel: "The Matthews are big people in this town, Russ could have a bunch of those society girls chasing him all over if he wanted, why would he even look twice at me?"
Ada: "Well, if he doesn't, he ought to have his eyes examined."
Rachel: "Oh, maybe he thinks I'm pretty, maybe he -- you know, looks at me that way, but what's the big deal, practically every man I've ever met's looked at me that way --"
JUNE 15, 1967 (EP. #771)
Walter was consumed with contempt and disbelief over Missy's hesitance in answering his questions about Katherine. Dru objected to Walter badgering and bullying Missy, who cracked under the pressure and screamed that she cannot bear to hurt anyone further. Judge Bruch approved Dru's motion to have Walter's last question waived and relieve Missy as a witness. Liz breathed a sigh of relief as Dru led Missy to the defense table. Bill dropped the subject when Missy balked at explaining the meaning behind her outburst on the witness stand. Charlie urged Madge to limit her testimony to the facts that they told Missy's lawyers. Walter told Ted that Missy was capable of faking a nervous breakdown since she is a cold-blooded woman who committed premeditated murder. Ada was guilt-ridden over knowing about Liz's clandestine meeting with Danny and allowing Liz to buy her silence. Alice tactfully told Ada that Liz is a person who gets her way and that she pities any person who crossed her. Madge informed Dru that Danny never divulged Missy's whereabouts to Bill, promised Flo that they'd marry once he obtained a loan from Missy, and forced Madge to stay quiet. Ada was intrigued when Alice opined that Danny was a creep and that Liz wouldn't give someone like him the time of day. Ada resolved to uncover the extent of Liz and Danny's association. Walter discredited Madge's statements due to her hatred of Danny and inability to substantiate Sam's existence and supposed confrontation with Danny. Madge felt defeated when Walter precluded her from defending herself against his insinuations that she testified out of gratitude to Missy for killing Danny.
JUNE 16, 19, and 20, 1967: Pre-empted due to coverage of Middle East crisis.
JUNE 21, 1967 (EP. #772)
Rachel opined that Missy's lawyers were unsuccessful in building her defense case. Ada grew scared as Rachel joked that she should ask Sam whether he knew Danny and had murdered him. Missy took Liz to task for hounding her out of town by accusing her of deliberately deceiving Bill and revealing her parentage in response to Liz expressing gratitude to Missy for keeping the past buried. Liz seethed once Missy explained that she stayed quiet to protect Bill from experiencing the same disappointment in his mother that she suffered from Katherine. Rachel was bewildered by Ada's request not to openly discuss Sam paying for her private room. Ada stopped Rachel from telling Russ about Sam while he completed an examination. Russ told Rachel that he is going home to sleep after working three consecutive nights as Ada recalled Sam raising the hypothesis that Liz shot Danny and is desperate to cover her tracks. Lenore felt conflicted when Liz predicted that Missy is unlikely to be acquitted and that her acquaintance with Walter reinforced his conviction. Liz warned Lenore against trusting Walter and getting romantically involved with him. Lenore was nonplussed towards Lee's flippant attitude towards missing final exams and her cryptic remarks about learning valuable life lessons away from school. John informed Pat and Lee that he is resuming his law practice and having Dr. Robinson perform surgery on him. Pat reminded Lee about the dark days they endured last year because of John's paralysis to reinforce her belief that an operation for John is an excellent idea. Lee threatened to tell John about her and Michael should he go through with the operation.
Missy: (SHE LOOKS AT HER FOR A LONG MOMENT, AND NEVER HAS LIZ SEEN SUCH MATURITY IN HER EYES:) "Mrs. Matthews, the times we've talked before -- I've grown up a lot since then. I thought then it was important to try to make you like me, to keep a good relationship with you...But Mrs. Matthews, if you think that's why I didn't tell the court what you did to me, you're mistaken. It wasn't you I was trying to protect by my silence, it was Bill."
Liz: "Bill --?"
Missy: "I love Bill with all my heart. I love him so much that I don't want him ever to suffer as I've suffered. I don't want him ever to be disappointed in his mother as I have been in mine. I don't want it on my conscience that I destroyed for Bill what you have destroyed for me." (LIZ STARTS TO SPEAK BUT BEFORE SHE CAN, MISSY CONTINUES:) "And now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll wait outside for Bill...Goodbye, Mrs. Matthews." (AND MISSY WALKS OFF LEAVING A SPEECHLESS LIZ, BUT ONE IN WHOM ANGER IS BUILDING).
JUNE 22, 1967 (EP. #773)
Madge raved to Charlie about Dru giving them a ride to the airport despite having to prepare for closing summations. Madge was perplexed by Charlie's brooding, somber mood and the tortured look on his face. Charlie gravely told Madge that Missy will likely be convicted and expressed regret over telling Madge to conceal being with Danny on the night of the murder. Madge pleaded her case against Charlie's suspicions that she was traumatized by her confrontation with Danny and killed him during a blackout. John and Bill tried to overcome an atmosphere of defeat by reassuring Missy that she will be acquitted as Pat served lemon meringue pie. Pat told Missy that John's trust in her innocence drove him to appear in court and to have an operation, but minimized Lee's objections towards the procedure. Missy matter-of-factly told Pat that she has accepted that she will be convicted and has decided to plan accordingly. Pat was moved to tears when Missy asked that she and John adopt her child so that it has two loving parents rather than going through life in orphanages and foster homes. Pat accepted Missy's offer, but maintained faith that Missy will be acquitted. Madge angrily informed Sally that Danny never told Flo that he was leaving Missy because she was in Iowa at the time and that Missy is innocent. Flo told Madge that Missy fooled everyone and relished in her being found guilty, much to Madge's chagrin. Judge Bruch instructed the jury on the purpose of closing summations and rendering a verdict. Walter urged the jury to disregard Missy's innocent facade, cast aside sentimentality, and to provide justice by finding her guilty of first-degree murder.
JUNE 23, 1967 (EP. #774)
Walter tied Missy's amorality and instability to abandoning Bill on the eve of their wedding day, fleeing to Chicago, and imposing impossible marital conditions on Danny. Walter contended that Missy committed malicious, cold-blooded murder after having a rendezvous with Bill to free herself from Danny, staged the crime scene, and planned to trap Bill into marriage by passing her child off as his. Fred was exasperated to hear that Liz reminded Lenore that her heart belongs to Bill. Lenore countered Fred's advice to continue seeing Walter by insisting that Bill is the only man for her. Lee bluntly told Lenore that she deems attending college pointless since she must protect John from Pat's ulterior motives. Lenore was speechless as Lee contemptuously stated that Pat feels like John's prisoner and that she will leave him regardless of whether John survives the operation or not. Missy held her breath and maintained a blank face as Dru asserted that Missy was seeking honest, legal means to end her marriage and that Missy didn't plan out Danny's murder or purposely wait to be apprehended while holding the gun. Dru proposed that Sam or another person killed Danny in his suite, implored the jury to be mindful of reasonable doubt and to acquit Missy of premeditated murder. Fred remonstrated Liz for passing judgment on Walter's suitability for Lenore, attempting to control Lenore's life, and convincing herself of Missy's guilt. Judge Bruch gave final instructions to the jury before excusing them to deliberate on a verdict. Walter cryptically told John that he had obtained specific information to confirm Missy's pregnancy, but refused to divulge any details.
JUNE 26, 1967 (EP. #775)
Sam anxiously listened to a radio newscast that summarized key testimony during the trial and Walter and Dru's closing summations. Ada tried to push Sam into conceding that he shares her discomfiture over Missy being accused of a crime she didn't commit while knowing the identity of the true culprit. Russ was intrigued as Rachel described Ada as a hardworking woman who used to gripe about Liz, but pointed out that their relationship has improved since Liz gifted her with the bedjacket. Rachel grew envious as Russ talked about his close family and reflected on sharing a room with Ada and being shuttled to nurseries until she could start school. Russ and Rachel became aware of their mutual attraction as Rachel admitted that she hasn't given going to Hollywood serious consideration. Russ urged Alice to have courage for the sake of the family and Missy, but asked Alice to quit nagging him about Rachel's romantic interest in him. Fred was surprised to see Liz waiting in the corridor of the courtroom. Liz refused to answer Fred's questions about her belief in Missy's guilt and her acquiring Bill's affection without Liz's approval. Sam accused Ada of taking Liz's money to pay for Rachel's private room and to keep quiet about Liz being present in Danny's suite on the night of the murder. Ada became defensive when Sam expressed doubts that she would allow herself to be cut off financially by blowing the whistle on Liz. Russ and Alice gathered around Rachel's bed as a radio newscaster stated that the jury had reached a verdict. Missy quietly sank to the floor and lost consciousness in response to the foreman delivering the verdict as guilty of murder in the first degree.
JUNE 27, 1967 (EP. #776)
Bill angrily ordered Walter to stay away from Missy when he tried to help her to stand. John summoned Juror #5, who was a retired doctor, to tend to Missy while Dru warned Bill to ease his temper. Lee tried to convince Lenore that her testimony was inconsequential compared to Pat's when Lenore berated herself for contributing to Missy's conviction. Lenore wailed to Lee that she must face the consequences of having her prayers answered because she daydreamed about getting Missy out of the way to have Bill. Fred persuaded Liz into giving Bill space. Walter told Fred that he is available should Dru, John, or Bill need any assistance. Liz accused Walter of relishing in his power as a prosecutor, prompting Walter to retort that he successfully got Missy convicted through the help of others. Dru had to intercede as Bill stepped between Missy and the Matron, who was instructed by Judge Bruch to take Missy away. Missy brought her finger to her lips and touched Bill's cheek while quietly being escorted out of the courtroom. Sam was dubious towards Ada's claims that she has remained silent to protect him, then badgered Ada over accepting Liz's hush money to spoil Rachel. Dru and John informed the media that they will either request a new trial for Missy or appeal her conviction. Walter defended the verdict to a reporter and opined that any subsequent legal actions on Missy's behalf will fail. Sam and Ada reacted with utter disgust over Liz's flat refusal to make a statement to the press. Lenore graciously declined Walter's dinner invitation. Walter dodged Lenore's inquiry into the reasons he cares whether she is clinging to dreams and plans of snagging Bill.
Walter: "...I think I know how you really are feeling. But thoroughbreds don't cry, do they?"
Lenore: "I wouldn't know about thoroughbreds..."
Walter: (AN INTERJECTION:) "Yes, you would."
Notes: Last appearance of Billy Dee Williams as Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh.
JUNE 28, 1967 (EP. #777)
Russ grabbed Rachel's radio from a devastated Alice, who nearly hurled it to the floor upon hearing the verdict. Alice calmed once Russ advised that she must keep her composure because she is on duty. Russ and Alice didn't share Rachel's optimism that John and Dru will unearth new evidence that will clear Missy after hearing Dru, John, and Walter's interviews. Alice lamented to Russ and Rachel that Bill and Pat must cope with their testimony sealing Missy's fate. Ada tried to be slightly cheerful to disguise her anger towards Liz and the verdict for Russ, Alice, and Rachel's benefit. John insisted that he doesn't have legitimate grounds for an appeal when Pat and Lee suggested that he review his law books. Pat apologized to John for expressing the wish that she had perjured herself on the witness stand. Fred arrived at the Randolph house to check on whether Bill had stopped by to ease Liz's anxiety over his whereabouts. Pat knew that Lee was speaking for herself as Lee surmised that Bill is alone at John's office and avoiding phone calls. Fred informed John, Pat, and Lee that Mary asked Russ to search for Bill, then fielded Liz's frantic call by fibbing that Bill is at work researching legal precedents. Russ found a disconsolate Bill sitting near a creek where they went fishing as children. Ada responded absently as Rachel gushed about Russ being an attractive intern who comes from a respected and affluent family. Rachel fretted that Missy was given a life sentence despite people's belief in her innocence until Ada tersely ordered her to drop the topic. Russ offered Bill his assistance in finding Danny's killer. Bill informed Russ that he plans to confess to the crime.
Russ: "But, there's just one thing I want to do now that I'm here." (HE PICKS UP A STONE AND THROWS IT OFF WITH ALL HIS MIGHT:) "I made it. When I was twelve...remember? We used to try to throw stones across the creek and it seemed like ten miles. It's nothing at all, Bill."
Bill: "Do you want me to read some symbolism into that?"
Russ: "No. Well, yes. But I don't think you will."
Bill: "No, I won't. Because when we used to come here, Russ, when we were twelve, maybe it was hard to throw a stone across the creek, but everything else was easy. Now that we're grown up..." (HE SHAKES HIS HEAD AND SITS DOWN ON THE GRASSY BANK...)
JUNE 29, 1967 (EP. #778)
Missy felt bleak when the jail matron opined that she was unlike the other female inmates who have passed through the detention facility and expressed hope that she will survive in prison. Alice was too bitter over Missy's fate to be mollified by Jim and Mary's faith in John and Dru launching a successful appeal. Jim signaled for Russ to stay quiet when he arrived home while he reassured Liz that she will be contacted once Bill is located. Jim, Mary, and Alice were startled as Russ revealed Bill's scheme to take the blame for Danny's murder. Missy equated taking a sleeping pill with accepting her guilt, but relented after imploring the matron to believe in her innocence to no avail. Ada's face belied Rachel's delirious musings about her dead father and assumptions that his presence in her life would be nice. Rachel babbled about Russ, having a father like Jim, and complained that her endocarditis was possibly hereditary, prompting Ada to summon a nurse because of Rachel's fever. Russ agreed with Jim, Mary, and Alice's prediction that Walter would propose that Bill and Missy conspired together to kill Danny and throw Bill in jail. Jim postponed calling Liz so that John could talk Bill out of falsely confessing to Danny's murder. Alice guessed rightly that Russ was going to the hospital because of Rachel after getting a call from the hospital. Jim was incredulous and Mary intrigued as Alice gossiped about Russ's personal interest in Rachel. Russ lectured Rachel over failing to notify anyone that she has been feeling weak and disoriented. Rachel caused Russ to become somewhat embarrassed when she asked whether he would return to the hospital for other patients.
JUNE 30, 1967 (EP. #779)
Pat blocked the door to prevent an obstinate Bill from walking out and begged him to listen to John. Madge told Charlie that they will go through life doubting that they did everything they could to help Missy. Charlie got upset when Madge voiced his suspicious that she may have murdered Danny, but Charlie maintained that he has accepted Madge's story and has protected her thus far. Charlie and Madge chastised Flo for coming into the Alley's anteroom drunk and putting their jobs in jeopardy by loudly reveling in Missy being sent to prison. Bill angrily acknowledged to John that they lack grounds for an appeal or retrial, then asserted that his confession could withstand scrutiny by Walter. John openly questioned recruiting Bill for his firm due to his brilliant legal mind and accused Bill of wallowing in his emotions and ignoring logical thinking. Bill became chastened after John pointed out that Walter would swiftly convict him on the basis that he and Missy were in cahoots to get rid of Danny. John encouraged Bill to start a new investigation in Chicago with Dru and interview Flo with a calm disposition. Madge was appalled with herself for slapping Flo hard across the face during a struggle to keep Flo from going into the Alley to celebrate Missy's downfall. Bill made plane reservations for himself and Dru. Bill was delighted and Lee stated that Pat should be congratulated once John revealed that he has scheduled a surgery with Dr. Robinson. Lee viciously accused Pat of persuading John into risking his life by undergoing a dangerous operation. Pat bravely called Lee's bluff when she threatened to expose her and Michael to John should he have the procedure.