JANUARY 2, 1967: Pre-empted for Sugar Bowl football game.
JANUARY 12, 1967 (EP. #672)
Michael was taken back when John wished to come with Pat and Lee to wish him a fond farewell. John delivered the news to Pat, who felt as if she were dying inside though she kept her voice under control. Lee tried to hide her sorrow from John over Michael.
Last appearance of Elissa Leeds as Hope Bauer.
(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?"
JANUARY 20, 1967 (EP. #678)
Liz encouraged Danny to take Missy and split even though she couldn't get Fred to help her unlock the trust fund. Danny (who took to calling her Duchess) threatened to tell Bill the whole sordid story of her mistreatment of Missy if he lost out on the Grand Slam.
JANUARY 26, 1967 (EP. #682)
First appearance of Jordan Charney as Sam Lucas.
(DISSOLVE TO SAM IN PHONE BOOTH IN LIMBO. HE IS ALREADY SPEAKING INTO THE PHONE) Sam: (Intro 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...”
JANUARY 26 and 27, 1967 (EPS. #682 and 683)
To lure Danny away from the hotel so Bill could meet with Missy, Pat and John lured him to their house on the pretext of discussing the details of Missy's trust fund. After many months apart, Bill and Missy finally reunited, and she felt her dreaded motel room had become a wonderland now that he was there. She was appalled to learn Danny had been manipulating her all along, that not only had he known from the start that she was a heiress, but that he'd kept Bill away from her when he came to Chicago in search of her. She finally told Bill she'd run away because she didn't want to shame him with the fact that she had been an abandoned child who'd grown up in orphanages and foster care. When she accepted his declaration that none of that would ever have mattered to him, they vowed to free her from Danny and the marriage and begin their life together. When a suspicious Danny stormed out, Pat phoned the hotel room to warn Bill to get out of there.
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 KISS]"
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 Mike. Lee made her suffer by saying she hadn't made up her mind whether to tell John.
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 Tony Douglas (1967).
Exit Scene: Tony along with Liz, Fred, Alice, Bill, and Lenore at the new supper club, the Top of the Tower.
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 Mike 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 Mike. Lee maliciously turned down John's offer to let her answer in favor of Pat, who also declined. Mike was grateful that John filled him in about Bill and Missy. Lee squirmed when John told Mike 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.
Mike: "Give them... give everybody my regards."
John: "Certainly. Certainly. Maybe some other time-- [THEN:] Well, goodby Mike. And good luck."
Mike: (Exit Line) "Goodbye, John, and thanks very much for calling. [HE HANGS UP, EMTIONS (sic) CHURNING WITHIN HIM]"
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. 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: (Intro Line, O.C.) "Come in!"
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 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 Mike, 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: (Intro 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 NOTE: 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.'
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.
'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 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: (Intro 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]"
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 Mike. 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 20, 1967 (EP. #717)
Last appearance of Susan Trustman as Pat Randolph.
Pat maintained her composure as Lee accused her of secretly writing letters to Michael. Russ joked that the Matthews' women clean and cook to keep busy when something is bothering them. Russ urged John to see Dr. Robinson, an orthopedic surgeon who has developed a new technique that could help him walk, but John refused to get his hopes up again. The Magistrate determined that there's enough evidence for Missy to face the Grand Jury and put on trial, but bail was recommended on the presumption that the murder was not premeditated. John reached his breaking point in tolerating Lee's hostility towards Pat and demanded apologies. Pat fell off a kitchen stool while trying to stop Lee from telling John she had an affair with Michael.
John: "I'll tell you something about your sister, Russ: when she decides she's going to clean shelves or drawers, or cupboards, nothing will stop her until the job's done."
Russ: "Just like Mom. And they usually do it when they're worried about something."
John: "Now that's a very astute observation, Dr. Matthews. And I never thought of it."
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."
MARCH 21, 1967 (EP. #718)
Rachel arrived home exhausted from a long day of modeling clothes at Bryant's. Sam aired his frustrations over having difficulty finding employment to Ada. Rachel thought of high society as she read a newspaper article about Helen and Liz's committee meeting to hold a Heart Fund Ball at the Barclay Hotel.
MARCH 22, 1967 (EP. #719)
Liz extended a gesture of friendship to Missy because Bill wanted the two most important women in his life to grow close. Sam recalled suggesting Danny make an effort to go straight.
MARCH 24, 1967 (EP. #721)
Sam talked to Ada about the dreams she has for Rachel. Ada mentions being married to "Lou," likely renamed Gerald by 1970.
(In Ada's apartment about Rachel)
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."
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."
Productions Notes: The last page of many scripts list sets, props, sound effects, and miscellaneous items like flashbacks used for each episode.
MARCH 29 - APRIL 10, 1967
Pre-empted due to the AFTRA strike.
Dru defended Missy in court with the assistance of Bill and John. On the stand, Missy was forced to describe the ordeal of her true parentage.
Liz was only too happy to supply Walter with any assistance she could provide. Since his case depended on whether Missy was pregnant, Liz vowed to find out. She was able to uncover this after listening in on a phone conversation between Bill and Pat. Armed with this information, Walter was able to successfully convict Missy and she was sent to prison. Bill vowed to search for Danny's true killer until Missy was freed.
Rachel fainted while modeling at Bryant's department store and had to be hospitalized. She fell in love with Russ, and schemed to make herself the next Mrs. Matthews.
APRIL 11, 1967 (EP. #724)
Danny continued to torment Missy in her dreams.
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 certaintly 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)
APRIL 13, 1967 (EP. #726)
Madge remembered arguing with Danny about his callow treatment of Flo.
Former "pen" pal Lefty Burns reminded Sam of the success they had shared in his numbers racket.
APRIL 19, 1967 (EP. #730)
First appearance of Beverly Penberthy as Pat Randolph.
Mary secretly made Missy an appointment with Dr. Montgomery before his office hours and wasn't offended by Missy's request to have Pat accompany her to the doctor's. Russ harped on Lee's hatred towards Pat, who claimed Lee felt she didn't adequately ask Michael if he loved Lee and was considering marriage. John stubbornly refused to be Dru's associate counsel in Missy's defense case. Lee admitted that John marrying Pat quickly hurt her but denied the hostility towards Pat had anything to do with Michael. Dru recalled finding a disturbed Lee in the park after Michael left town but agreed with John that there's more that's troubling her. The D.A. mocked Bill and Missy's engagement and asserted that they solved their problems by having Danny killed. The Lieutenant thought Bill gullible for searching for a man named Sam who doesn't exist. Mary and Pat refused to let Missy blame herself for marrying Danny and not seeing Pat after spotting Bill in Chicago.
(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, Intro 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."
MAY 1, 1967 (EP. #738)
Rachel fainted while modeling at a fashion show for Bryant's department store. Ada fretted over Rachel, who claimed she wasn't sick. Sam got nervous when Ada pleaded that he accompany her to visit Rachel.
MAY 2, 1967 (EP. #739)
Russ was assigned to assist in treating Rachel. Bill and Pat discussed Missy's pregnancy over the phone as Liz eavesdropped. Ada lamented to Sam about Rachel being in hospital after collapsing. Walter wagered Lt. Buckley any information he could obtain from Lenore would be dynamite in proving Missy's guilt.
Bill: "But if my mother could see that Missy was sick, then don't you think it would be a good idea to have Missy pay another visit to the doctor, Pat?"
Pat: "No, I don't, Bill. And I think you should stop worrying." (TAKE LIZ LISTENING AVIDLY. PAT'S VOICE GOES ON, BUT NOW ON FILTER)
Pat (cont): "The doctor gave Missy a very thorough examination. He said that it is a perfectly normal pregnancy and we don't have to expect any complications at all."
(LIZ'S FACE REGISTERS VICTORY. SHE HAS WHAT SHE'S BEEN ANGLING FOR ALL DAY. GENTLY, SHE EASES THE PHONE BACK ON THE HOOK AND TURNS STARING OUT AT US. FADE OUT)
Walter: (about Missy) "There she is walking around with that engagement ring on her finger, pretending that she and Bill Matthews are still engaged...and I know very well that he is through with her."
Lt. Buckley: "I think you're right."
Walter: "And I think he's a fool. A girl like that...well...that's his business. At any rate, they're through and I shall make her tell me so. Somehow, I'll get her to tell me that Bill Matthews and Melissa Fargo are in love, were in love, and were wondering how to solve their problem the night Danny Fargo was killed."
Notes: First meeting of Russ Matthews and Rachel Davis.
MAY 3, 1967 (EP. #740)
Sam stalled going with Ada to the hospital by claiming he'll risk being spotted since he was at Danny's the night he was killed, but gave in to give her moral support. Rachel was difficult with Alice by defying Russ's orders to stay in bed. Russ gave Rachel an ultimatum that he'd let her fall if she kept jerking away from his grasps to keep her standing during dizzy spells. Madge called her mother and promised to pay back the money Flo 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. 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 diagnostic tests to confirm his preliminary diagnosis as anemia. Sam and Ada were alarmed to learn that Russ and Alice are members of the Matthews' family. Madge chided Flo to learn to take care of herself. Flo ranted about Missy fabricating Sam despite her guilt in killing 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)
Liz called Walter, then surreptitiously arranged to see him when Bill came home unexpectedly to gather legal papers. 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. Bill and Missy were encouraged by Dru's assessment of Judge Monahan as a gruff, but fair man. Bill said it was a minor setback that Lenore told Walter about their broken engagement, but exchanged anxious glances with Dru as Missy fretted that it would be far more significant to Walter if he knew about her pregnancy. Bill told Missy that she had won Liz over because she had asked with concern about Missy looking ill. 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.
Liz: "I can tell you, Mr. Curtin, a certainty - Melissa Fargo is pregnant."
Walter: (BARELY FLICKERS) "For a certainty."
Liz: "There is absolutely no question about it, my source is unimpeachable. And since that is what you asked me to find out, I trust you will excuse me, now I --"
Walter: "One moment, please, Mrs. Matthews. I need a little more information than that. After all, someone is going to have to testify to this, and if Mrs. Fargo's attorneys decide not to let her take the stand in her own defense, I think I should know how you got the information. If you have the feeling your information on someone, or that what you're doing is wrong somehow, let me reassure you. You are simply helping to see justice is done -- no more, or less."
Liz: "I know, and I kept telling myself that, over and over again. It's just that I feel so -- furtive. I -- oh, I don't know why I'm being so touchy about this. I -- I happen to overhear a telephone conversation. You see, I picked up the extension phone in my house. And when I heard someone on the other line, I was about to put it down, but then I caught a few words of what was being said, and I realized that it was Pat Randolph talking to my son, discussing -- Missy's condition."
Walter: "You mean Mrs. Randolph was telling your son about it?"
Liz: "No, no -- he obviously already knew. Pat was reassuring Bill that the doctor had said he expected an entirely normal pregnancy, that sort of thing -- of course I was shocked to find that Bill knew."
Liz: "Well, aren't you? If Melissa killed her husband so that she could marry Bill and pass the baby off as his, why would she tell him she's pregnant, even before they're married?"
Walter: "I'm sure she didn't intend to at the time she planned to murder her husband..."
Liz: "Of course not, but why?"
Walter: "She didn't think she would come under suspicion for murder. I'm sure she had hoped, with her story about the mysterious stranger who was after her husband, to divert suspicion from herself. Then she would have been free to go ahead and marry Bill."
Liz: "But since the indictment for murder..."
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)
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. Walter explained to Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh and Lt. Buckley that he didn't summon Bill once Lenore admitted their broken engagement since proving pre-meditation 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 grew numb with shock over 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. Date of trial: May 5 - June 27, 1967.
Notes: First and only appearance of Alex Wipf as Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh. Walter addresses the character by his full name several times. Another mystery solved!
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 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 if he tells 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. Barclay Hotel Detective Thomas Simmons testified that he was called for duty when a maid heard three gun shots in Danny's room. Simmons 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 told Pat that she may've been called as a witness if Walter knows of Missy's pregnancy. Pat ruled out Lee being Walter's source because Lee was at school. Dru studied Liz, who dodged his question about what she was thinking and rushed back into the courtroom.
Ada: "Oh...I see...you said you didn't think that Mrs. Fargo was guilty."
Alice: "Oh, no, believe me, she isn't. Missy is one of my very best friends and I'd suspect a member of my own family as quickly as I'd suspect Missy of such a thing."
Sam: "Look, if you still think I killed Danny Fargo..."
Ada: (OVER) "That's not what I'm talking about and you know it. I think you're trying to shield the real murderer. You're the only person who knows that Mrs. William Matthews went to see Danny Fargo the night he was murdered. Very near the time they say he died."
Sam: "I still don't know she did it. And I do know if I told the police I was there to see Danny that night they'd try to hang it on me right away."
Ada: "From what it says here in the newspaper, the District Attorney seems to think he's got the real murderer."
Sam: "So all right. Maybe he has."
Ada: "You don't think she did it. You told me you didn't think she did it. Said she seemed like too nice and sweet a kid."
Sam: "So when I was in the pen, there was a nice, sweet kid sixteen years old went to Sunday School and church regular, 'til one evening he came back from the movies, picked up a shot gun and killed his mother and his grandmother and his sister."
Ada: "So he was nuts."
Sam: (INDICATING [MISSY'S] PICTURE) "So she was nuts to marry Danny Fargo in the first place. The creep of all time..." "Look Ada, let's just get out of here. You can't see Rachel till this afternoon."
Ada: "But they told me maybe I could see her doctor before then. Maybe I can see that nice Dr. Matthews."
Sam: (GIVING SPECIAL CONNOTATIONS TO THE WORD) "Dr. Matthews and his sister, Alice Matthews."
Ada: "What you might call a coincidence, huh?"
Sam: "I guess you just might call it that."
Ada: "They're sure a lot different from their aunt. I mean, they acted kind of nice, didn't they?"
Sam: "What do I care about nice? All I remember is what that nurse said. Now I know they're looking for me, a jail bird like me, I'd have about as much chance with the cops as a snowball you know where."
Ada: "But she didn't know she meant you."
Sam: "She said Sam."
Ada: "Sam. Sam....the whole world is full of Sams. It oughta be a relief to you to know she didn't ever get your last name."
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 to their mother before Flo could read it and urged her to start job hunting. 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 help Missy. Madge told Charlie that she's scared 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 listened 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 good medical treatment. Ada pondered Alice's reaction if she knew that Liz may have been the last person to see Danny alive. Sam warned Ada she'd incriminate him if she gave the Matthews any information. Chambermaid, Dorothy Watkins testified that Missy and Danny had stayed at the Barclay Hotel for three weeks and slept separately. Dru called Walter out on Dorothy's statements implying that they were sure signs of marital discord between Danny and Missy. Dorothy testified that Missy didn't seem to care about Danny, which Walter used to taunt Missy on caring enough to kill him. Mary and Pat tried to assure Missy that Walter is mistaken in believing in Missy's guilt and urged her to trust Dru, John, and Bill.
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 give her name or the nature of the information she had. Lenore complained to Lee about people staring and gossiping about her. Lenore was shocked when Lee told her that Walter is seeking a first degree 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 hung up. Ada was menaced by Sam, who bullied her into admitting she called Dru to reveal his association with Danny. Ada pleaded with Sam to let her take a chance with Missy's lawyers in hopes Sam won't 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.
Production Notes: In the Prologue at ACT II during Dru and Ada's phone conversation.
Dru: (INTO THE PHONE) "The Randolph's residence." (CUT TO ADA, ON PHONE IN HER APARTMENT, AND HEREAFTER INTERCUT BETWEEN THEM - OR PERHAPS SPLIT SCREEN MIGHT BE INTERESTING HERE)
Lee: "I thought -- well, when you turned down my invitation to stop at the Kopper Kettle..."
Lenore: "I still want to talk to you. I just didn't want it to be there. I just didn't want it to be there." (AS LEE FROWNS, PUZZLED) "With all those people there, kids from school -- (BREAKS OFF, A LITTLE SIGH) -- I don't know, I feel everyone is talking about me."
Lee: "I understand."
Lenore: "Oh, I know what Melissa is going through is much worse -- and Bill -- (A WISPY SMILE) but "I guess I'm just not cut out for notoriety. Everywhere I go, it seems as though people are staring at me."
Dru: (on the phone with Ada) "...You say you have information on the Fargo case?"
Ada: "I sure have. And let me tell you right now, I'm not a nut or a crackpot or anything. I've got some real information -- something nobody else knows about."
Dru: 'Well -- I am very grateful for your calling us, Miss --"
Ada: "Uh-uh. No names, no nothing. Not till we have a deal."
Dru: "A deal?"
Ada: "Come on, Mr. Dru, you're smarter than that. What's in it for me, if I give you a lead you can really use?"
Dru: "A lead? To Fargo's actual killer?"
Ada: "That's right."
Dru: "I -- I'd have to know more about the nature of your information, before we can make any commitment. And I would need to know your name, and to talk to you in person..."
Dru: "Well, for one thing, to verify anything you may tell me. For another, because if you do have information, it is your duty as a citizen to come forward, whether you and I make a deal or not."
Ada: "Look, I didn't call you up to have you sell me a bill of goods. You want the information or don't you?"
Lee: (Lenore thinking she's cynical) "Does it? I don't think so -- I think I'm just being realistic. I've discovered you have to look out for yourself in this world -- you can't count on anyone else to do it for you. Because if it's to their interest to push you aside, to ignore your feelings they will."
MAY 11, 1967 (EP. 746)
Fred found Liz self-absorbed when she griped about being too upset over the trial to accept his dinner invitation. Liz felt ill, trembled, paced the floor, and fiddled with beads while Bill told her and Fred about the anonymous call. Fred was pragmatic while telling Bill he doubts that the caller had any real leads to the case. Sam hounded Ada to ensure she couldn't contact Missy's lawyers. Ada got Sam to lay off by stating that she inquired on the reward for information and hinted that he may see Russ and 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 then innocently called Liz, "Duchess."
Some great dialogue of Fred gently but critically throwing barbs at Liz:
Fred: "I just meant that Bill and John and Dru ought to be cautious. They ought to investigate - but they ought not to get their hopes up."
Liz: "Of course not. That's just what I'm saying. Why, the very fact that it was a woman who called...."
Bill: (OVER) "What has the fact that it was a woman got to do with anything?"
Liz: "Well...I don't know."
Fred: "Liz, as usual, you are setting a record for the running high-jump at conclusions."
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."
(ADA STRAIGHTENS UP, SIGHS HEAVILY, PASSES HER HAND OVER HER FOREHEAD WEARILY...AND THEN SITS DOWN, GAZING WITH SOMETHING AKIN TO DESPAIR IN SPACE)
Rachel: (VOICE OVER...FILTER OR ECHO) "Mom, I hate this place. Nothing but sick people. People dying. It wouldn't be so bad if I had a private room. I hate this old ward." (NOW SUPERIMPOSE RACHEL SITTING IN HER BED. SHE GOES ON) "Sam was supposed to get hold of all that money from South America and give me a chance in Hollywood...Now what happens? What happens is what always happens to me...to people like us...Do we get what we want? I get sick because I work too hard...You've said that yourself, Mom...I work too hard, and I get sick, and then when I come to the hospital, do I get a nice private room? Not me. Not Rachel. Not your daughter..." [SUPERIMPOSITION FADE OUT]
Liz: (seeing a picture of Rachel) "Mm. Nice looking girl, Ada."
Ada: (TAKING THE PICTURE BACK) "She's a beautiful girl. She's been working as a model...and she's really meant to go places too..."
Liz: (BECAUSE ADA HAS STOPPED MANICURING HER NAILS NOW) "My hand, Ada."
Ada: "Oh." (SHE RETURNS TO HER MANICURING TASK) "I'll tell you, Mrs. Matthews...they don't come any more talented than my Rachel...But some people...some people with money...they can get what they want, any time they want, they can buy fame, they can buy jobs..."
Liz: (AFTER A LITTLE SILENCE) "Don't you think Pink Panther is a good color for me, Ada." (SHE LOOKS AT HER. LIZ IS QUITE DELIBERATELY NOT LOOKING BACK AT ADA BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO CONVEY TO ADA THAT THIS TALK OF HER DAUGHTER BORES HER. SO ADA LETS THE HATRED COME INTO HER FACE...AND THIS FOLLOWED BY CUNNING) Ada: "Yeah, I guess it is, Mrs. Matthews...It's true though, isn't it? I mean the way some people get everything."
Liz: "Well, I think people who achieve things usually deserve what they achieve."
Ada: "My Rachel deserves as much as any girl in this town." [STOP HERE TO INDICATE ACT FOR PLAYBACK 5/15/67 #748]
Liz: (DISTANTLY) "Oh, yes, I'm sure that's true."
Ada: "But she doesn't have as much chance as some people. It doesn't seem fair, does it?" (LIZ IS IGNORING HER. SUDDENLY ADA CAN'T TAKE IT) "I said it doesn't seem fair, does it, Duchess?"
Liz: (WHAT ADA HAS JUST CALLED HER HITS HER) "What did you say?"
Ada: (INNOCENTLY) "I said it doesn't seem fair, Rachel getting sick like this."
Liz: "No, I meant--what did you just call me?"
Ada: "Oh...why...goodness, I called you Duchess, didn't I? Isn't that funny? It just slipped out. Now where do you suppose I got a name like that for you?" (TAKE LIZ WHO IS TERRIFIED, BUT CONTROLLING HERSELF. FADE OUT)
MAY 12, 1967 (EP. #747)
John, Dru, Bill, and Missy exchanged startled glances when Walter called Bill to the stand. Madge took a firm hand with Flo to accept Danny's death, get sober, and gain self-respect. Flo agreed that Madge was fair in making her accountable to help pay back their mother. Bill testified that Missy left town the night before their wedding day without telling anyone and returned as Danny's bride. Judge Bruch sustained Dru's objection that Walter had latitude to question Bill and not make summations over Missy knowing Danny had a gun if she was 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 grew fed up with Sally and got her to leave after telling her that she's been called as a defense witness. Flo exclaimed to Madge that Missy fabricated Sam, but wouldn't save Missy if she did know him. Dru seized the opportunity to ask Bill questions that Walter kept him from answering. Bill told Dru that Danny knew Missy wanted a divorce to marry Bill. Bill said they met at a park near the Barclay Hotel and planned to stop him from taking Missy's money and leaving town with her by having guards around Missy while he told Danny that Missy wanted a divorce. Walter objected to Bill's statement that Missy isn't capable of murder.
Notes: Flo mentioned that Danny broke their engagement to marry Missy. Danny wrote love songs and dedicated them to Flo which included: "In All the World," "Under the Moon with my Baby," and a slow, dreamy song called, "My Love For You." Danny and Flo were saving money to live in New York, where Danny hoped to get his songs published and establish his own record company.
MAY 15, 1967 (EP. #748)
Liz was plagued by memories of Danny, then Ada calling her "Duchess." Liz decided that she must bribe Ada to ensure that she wouldn't be linked to Danny. Rachel figured Russ would be her ticket to high society since Liz is Russ' aunt and decided to pursue him romantically.
MAY 17, 1967 (EP. #750)
Sam's suspicions were aroused over Liz coming to Ada's apartment with a gift for Rachel.
MAY 18, 1967 (EP. #751)
Alice was intrigued by Rachel's agreeable attitude and compliments about Russ. Rachel thought Ada was joking about getting money through their connection to royalty. Walter questioned Pat on Missy's appointment with Dr. Montgomery. John was solemn as he realized that they underestimated Walter and pondered Walter's intentions to link Missy's pregnancy to premeditation. Pat conceded to the possibility that Missy may have known she was pregnant before Danny's death. Pat testified that Missy wasn't a hateful person, despite Danny's refusals to give her a divorce. Walter pounced on Pat's comment that Missy was incapable of murder, ranting that Missy hasn't explained fleeing town or standing over Danny's body. Walter declared that Missy's motive to kill Danny was to free herself to marry Bill and pass her baby off as his. Pat's account of Missy seeing someone named Sam was denounced by Walter. Sam angrily assumed that Liz left a gift for Rachel because Ada revealed his connection to Danny. Ada grew scared of Sam, who figured that Liz tied Ada calling her Duchess to her anonymous call to Dru. Sam countered Ada's brazen attitude about Liz's questions about Danny to implicating him in murder. Pat was emotionally wrought while swearing that Missy didn't lie about her whereabouts during the shooting and wouldn't commit murder.
Ada: "Well, I'll get the ear plug. Or better still, maybe we'll get you moved into a private room, if you have to stay here much longer."
Rachel: (SMILES) "Just buy the ear plug and quit dreaming, Mom."
Ada: "I'm not just dreaming."
Rachel: "Where would you get the money?"
Ada: "Nevermind about the money. I got sources."
Rachel: "Oh, really? What happened, did our rich aunt just die and leave us all her money?"
Ada: (A LITTLE CROOKED SMILE) "Oh, better than that. I found out we're connected to royalty."
Rachel: (GOING ALONG WITH WHAT SHE THINKS IS A GAG) "No kidding? Hear that, Alice?"
Ada: "Yeah. Yeah, I found out we're connected to a duchess. You imagine that? A duchess."
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. Dru advised them not to let Walter or the jury notice their surprise over Pat's testimony. Walter obstinately blocked Bill from answering his questions and ignored Dru's objections. Walter painted Missy as a cold-blooded girl towards people's feelings, Danny's life, and Bill's frantic search for her in Chicago. He looked at Missy in contempt, then told Bill that Missy made a fool of him. Russ grimly told Rachel that Missy's trial is likely the hardest thing Bill has ever endured. Walter spitefully told Bill that he was contradicting established facts when Bill stated that Missy told him of her pregnancy once she was certain. Russ and Alice were pleased with Rachel's cooperation in her medical treatment. Rachel was genuinely sympathetic while Russ and Alice told her about Bill and Missy and the ordeals they have faced. Bill told Dru he had doubts about Missy, but now has complete faith and trust in her. Bill testified that Missy never concealed her marriage, her reasons for wanting a divorce, or pregnancy, and has never felt hatred towards anyone. Missy lamented to Pat that the jury sees her as guilty, regrets marrying Danny, and returning with him. Pat wouldn't let Missy blame herself and reinforced her beliefs 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 23, 1967 (EP. #754)
Last live broadcast.
MAY 24, 1967 (EP. #755)
First taped broadcast. Production date of Sunday May 14.
MAY 25, 1967 (EP. #756)
Production date of Sunday May 21.
MAY 26, 1967 (EP. #757)
Production date of Sunday May 25.
MAY 30, 1967 (EP. #759)
Rachel cooed over MacCurdy [MacCurdy reappeared on February 29 and May 9, 1968]. Sam was interested when Ada pointed out that Liz wears Pink Panther nail polish.
Rachel: “Doctor MacCurdy, you’re a doll, you know that?”
Notes: The doctor's full name was Francis X. MacCurdy and played by Ernest Graves.
MAY 31, 1967 (EP. #760)
Reappearance of Ann Fuller.
Anne Fuller visited Missy. She was shocked and deeply saddened to learn all that had happened to her. Anne appeared as a witness in Missy's defense case, giving testimony on her life in San Francisco.
JUNE 5, 1967 (EP. #763)
Liz paid for Ada's silence in knowing that she visited Danny on the night of his murder. Liz told Ada she should know her well enough to have faith that she didn't kill Danny. Ada tried to probe Liz further on her association with Danny and was struck by the guilty conviction in her voice.
JUNE 6, 1967 (EP. #764)
Reappearance of Ann Fuller.
Ann Fuller tried to lift Missy's spirits. She was optimistic that the jury will hand down a not guilty verdict.
JUNE 9, 1967 (EP. #767)
The entire episode recounted and revealed the events leading up to Danny’s murder.
JUNE 14, 1967 (EP. #770)
Missy agreed to take the stand in her own defense. During cross-examination, Missy testified that she witnessed Danny argue with someone named Sam at the Barclay Hotel a few hours prior to the murder. Walter doggedly questioned Missy on fleeing to Chicago and leaving her apartment in shambles, proclaiming that she acted without regards to Bill and her friends. Dru objected to Walter's insinuations as prejudicial. Missy said that she was traumatized to learn that Katherine was her mother, who made her an heiress to alleviate guilt in abandoning her. John almost jumped out of his wheelchair in rage at Walter for mocking Missy and calling her a liar. He swore she was telling the truth since he had drawn up Katherine's will. Missy avoided making eye contact with Liz as she struggled to think of an explanation on discovering her parentage.
Missy's recollection, All Voice-Overs:
Liz: "Melissa -- you and I haven't seen eye to eye on everything, but there's one thing we have in common - we both want the best for Bill, am I right?"
Missy: "Yes -- yes, of course."
Liz: " -- so we don't want to -- well hurt our family relationship before it starts..."
Missy: "I -- I don't understand."
Liz: "I just want to impress on you how regrettable it would be if Bill were to find out why you left Bay City so abruptly last summer -- that it was after you and I had our little talk, -- do I have your word that he'll never hear it from you, Melissa? Do I have your word?" (AND AS MISSY REMEMBERS DISSOLVE BACK TO LIZ, LIVE, IN THE COURTROOM -- STARTING FIXEDLY AT MISSY ON THE STAND, AS THOUGH SHE COULD BY SOME COMPELLING TELEPATHY ORDER MISSY'S SILENCE. CUT TO MISSY, SHE FEELS LIZ'S EYES ON HER, ZOOM IN ON MISSY, EVEN AT THIS MOMENT DISTRACTED FROM CURTIN'S QUESTIONING AS SHE RETURNS LIZ'S GAZE, ALMOST AS THOUGH MESMERIZED).
Walter: "Very well, Mrs. Fargo, just to see where you intend to take us, what garden path you are leading us down, I'll go along with you for the moment. How did you find out this news that left you so thunder-struck?" (MISSY HESITATES; HER GLANCE GOES INVOLUNTARILY IN LIZ'S DIRECTION) "Well, Mrs. Fargo? Surely it didn't come to you in a flash of intuition, and you've already said it wasn't in Mrs. Corning's will -- that would be too easy to check, wouldn't it? So you must have stumbled on to something. Or someone who gave you the information..." (MISSY IS FROZEN, STARING ACROSS THE WELL OF THE COURT TOWARDS THE SPECTATOR SEATS; CURTIN QUICKLY MOVES DIRECTLY INTO HER LINE OF VISION -- AND IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE COULD GET THE SHOT FROM HER P.O.V., SO THAT HE WOULD SUDDENLY LOOM UP IN FRONT OF HER, AS) "Will you answer me, Mrs. Fargo? How did you find this out?" (AND FROM MISSY, TEETERING BETWEEN REVELATION AND COMPLETE DISINTEGRATION, FADE OUT FAST)
JUNE 15, 1967 (EP. #771)
Missy cracked under Walter's brutal questioning on how she learned that Katherine was her mother. Judge Bruch agreed to Dru's motion to have Walter's question waived and relieve Missy as a witness. Dru and Walter argued over him badgering Missy, causing Bruch to reprimand them to address remarks to the bench. Bill didn't press Missy to explain her plea on the stand about hurting too many people. Ada was riddled with guilt over knowing about Liz seeing Danny. Alice told Ada that Liz is a person who is used to getting her own way. Ada set out to uncover details of Danny and Missy's relationship. Madge told Dru that Danny never gave Missy's whereabouts to Bill, promised Flo that they'd marry once he borrowed money from Missy, and got Madge to stay silent. Madge testified that someone thought to be Sam was looking for Danny. Walter discredited Madge's statements due to her hatred of Danny and inability to prove Sam's existence. She was dismissed before she could defend herself against insinuations that she wanted to help Missy out of gratitude for killing Danny.
Walter: "Well, Mrs. Fargo, I'm waiting. Surely my question wasn't too difficult - how did you learn the truth about your parentage - the fact, if it be a fact, that this Mrs. Katherine Corning was your mother -- (HIS VOICE DRIPPING WITH CONTEMPT AND DISBELIEF) -- that for some unknown reason she had concealed the truth from you all these years, and --"
Dru: "Your Honor, I object!"
Walter: (RIDING THROUGH AND OVER ALL THE OBJECTIONS) "-- then died, still playing this fairy godmother role, if we are to believe your preposterous story --" (BRUCH TRIES TO GAVEL THEM TO SILENCE AS)
Dru: (CONTINUING, TRYING TO TOP CURTIN) "The question is not only irrelevant, Mr. Curtin is badgering the witness! I cannot sit here and allow --"
Missy: (SUDDENLY TOPPING THEM BOTH, BRINGING THEM TO AN ABRUPT HALT - CRACKING WIDE OPEN) "Stop it, Mr. Curtin! Stop it, stop it, I can't answer you, I can't answer anything anymore, I -- (SOBBING NOW, ALMOST INCOHERENT) -- I've hurt too many people already, I can't go on hurting..." (SHE BREAKS COMPLETELY, THE COURTROOM IS IN AN UPROAR. DRU SHOULDERS PAST CURTIN, GOES TO HER, PHYSICALLY SUPPORTING HER IN THE WITNESS CHAIR. AS BRUCH GAVELS REPEATEDLY FOR ORDER, WE SEE LIZ, STILL TENSE, HOLDING HER BREATH, AS)
Bruch: "Mr. Curtin, I think that in the interest of order and decorum we break off your questioning for the moment. If you will return to your seat."
Dru: (AT MISSY'S SIDE) "Your Honor, I move that Mr. Curtin's last question be waived. Not only is the witness in no condition to answer it, he has still not shown relevance."
Bruch: "I will sustain your motion, Mr. Dru." (TO CURTIN) "I see no conceivable profit in continuing along this line, Mr. Curtin. Have you any other questions? If so, I will declare a short recess to allow the witness to recover her composure, and then --"
Walter: (GAUGING THE EFFECT HIS HARRASSMENT MAY HAVE HAD ON THE JURY, AND DECIDING NOT TO PROLONG IT) "No, your Honor. I am satisfied with what has been brought out."
Bruch: "Mr. Dru - re-direct?"
Dru: "I think not, Your Honor - not in view of what Mr. Curtin has already put the defendant through -- "
Walter: (FLARES) "I resent that, Mr. Dru! The State is certainly entitled to --"
Dru: "The State is not entitled to persecute, to intimidate or terrorize any witness, Mr. Curtin -- especially the defendant in a capital case!"
JUNE 16, 19, and 20, 1967: Pre-empted due to coverage of Middle East crisis.
JUNE 21, 1967 (EP. #772)
Pat reminded Lee about the dark days they went through last year because of John's paralysis to reinforce her belief that an operation for John is a good idea.
JUNE 26, 1967 (EP. #775)
Bill and Missy visited with John and Pat, who made a lemon meringue pie for the occasion. Missy asked Pat to raise her baby because she didn't want the child to grow up being shuttled through foster homes. Pat agreed to Missy's request but maintained faith that Missy will be acquitted and able to raise the child herself.
JUNE 27, 1967 (EP. #776)
Missy was convicted of Danny Fargo's murder. Missy wrote a letter to Bill imploring him to forget about her.
Note: Last appearance of Billy Dee Williams as Assistant D.A. Ted Marsh.
JULY 3, 1967 (EP. #780)
First appearance of Lawrence Keith as Lefty Burns.
Walter told Lenore he didn’t believe Missy’s story of Danny being afraid of a man named Sam.
(LEFTY BURNS LEANS AGAINST A SHACK, SMOKING A CIGARETTE, LOOKING OUT AT THE NIGHT. HE IS DRESSED IN FLASHY RATHER THAN EXPENSIVE CLOTHES BUT CERTAINLY HIS APPEARANCE IS OF ONE WHO HAS MORE OF THE WORLD’S GOODS THAN HAS SAM. AS SAM ENTERS FRAME, LEFTY STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND...)
Lefty: (Intro Line) (On a deserted pier) “I thought you were never going to get here, Sam.”
JULY 6, 1967 (EP. #783)
First appearance of Harry Bellaver as Ernie Downs, referred to as “Sid” in this episode, though the first reference to that name is crossed out and replaced with “Ernie.”
FADE UP FROM EXTERIOR P.O.V. LOOKING THROUGH A PLATE GLASS WINDOW INTO THE CLUTTERED OFFICE OF A SERVICE STATION. THE DECAL ON THE WINDOW READS “ERNIE’S SUPER SERVICE.” SOUND BG: TRAFFIC. THROUGH THE WINDOW, WE SEE SID HIMSELF – A LUMPY, UNKEMPT, NONDESCRIPT MAN, HUNCHED OVER THE CLUTTERED DESK IN THE OFFICE FROWNING WORKING OVER SOME FIGURES. ESTABLISH: THEN SAM APPEARS FOREGROUND, LOOKS IN THROUGH THE WINDOW FOR A MOMENT, THEN ENTERS, STANDS WAITING FOR SID TO TURN OR TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS PRESENCE: INSTEAD, SID MERELY SENSES THAT HE IS THERE AND WITHOUT TURNING AROUND:)
Sid: (Intro Line) “(CHOMPING DOWN ON THE STUB OF A CIGAR HE HAS, THUMBING THROUGH THE PAPERS IN FRONT OF HIM:) All right, I pumped twelve hundred gallons of high test at thirty five cents a gallon. How much is that? I did the arithmetic three times and it never comes out right. (SWIVELS IN HIS CHAIR TO FACE SAM:)”
Sam: “(A WRY SMILE) Sounds like you need an accountant instead of a mechanic.”
JULY 7, 1967 (EP. #784)
When Lee started telling John about Missy and Bill saying goodbye, Pat was sure she was leading up to telling him about Pat and Michael. John tried to reassure Lee and Pat that his upcoming operation was for the best. Pat insisted to Lee she had never slept with Michael, but Lee didn't believe her.
JULY 17, 1967 (EP. #790)
Flo swore she'd never tell a soul about her suspicion that Madge killed Danny.
JULY 27, 1967 (EP. #798)
Flo boasted to Madge that she had resisted the urge to take a drink. Madge was upset when Flo begged her to tell Bill, Dru, or the D.A. that she killed Danny. Lenore tried to comfort Lee when Lee obsessed that John would die because of his upcoming operation. Lee fretted over whether she should have told John about Michael and Pat, but had feared it would take away his will to live. Lee told Lenore she blames Pat for losing the only two people she's ever loved: Michael and John. Sunk into her black mood, Lee advised Lenore to get over her feelings for Bill. Madge told Flo she didn't kill Danny, even though she admits she went to Bay City and argued with him before he was killed. Flo admitted Bill encouraged her to believe that someone (Madge) could have done the deed then blacked it out of memory. Madge insisted that Bill was just trying to get Missy off the hook by placing the blame on her. Madge resented Flo's continuing accusations, especially since she's been taking care of Flo all these months. Lee told Lenore she had a premonition that John will die. Lenore got flustered when Pat arrived home, but Lee covered for her so that Pat wouldn't know the women had been having a private conversation. Lee fell to pieces when Pat blamed her for John's accident, since John had been hit by a truck trying to protect Lee, who had run off during an argument and jumped in a car. Madge began to wonder if she really did kill Danny and blacked it out. Flo had a nightmare about Danny, and shocked Madge with the violence of her outbursts.
JULY 28, 1967 (EP. #799)
Pat and John shared a tender moment in his hospital room the morning of his operation. Alice reassured Pat that John's hypodermics were only to give him Vitamin K to help coagulate his blood. John and Pat shared a long lingering look before the elevator whisked him away to surgery.
Ada visited Rachel in her hospital room. She told her the Matthews family, to which Rachel aspires, was "society" and tried to get her interested again in going to Hollywood. But Rachel told her as Mrs. Matthews she would command the same respect and power, such as the Mrs. Matthews that frequents Ada's beauty parlor. Ada had wanted to send Rachel to Hollywood after she won a beauty contest at age fifteen and a half, but didn't have the money. When Rachel reminded Ada that it was Ada's brother, Sam, who paid for her private room, Ada kept mum that it had been her money, which she received when Liz paid her for her silence and discretion. Ada was tortured by the voices of Sam and Liz pounding in her head: Sam screaming that Liz had killed Danny Fargo, and Liz murmuring how much she appreciated Ada's silence. Alice came in to tend to Rachel as part of her nursing duties. Alice tried to take Pat's mind off the operation by gossiping about Russ and Rachel. Ada was about to reprimand Rachel for pursuing Russ for his money, but had to clam up when Rachel pointed out that Ada had brought her up that way. Ada had paid for diction, drama, and dancing lessons, as well as charm school, but to help her daughter stand on her own two feet, not so she could aspire to high society. Since it was the day she worked at the hospital thrift shop, Liz came to inquire about John, but only served to make Pat more anxious. Liz was uncomfortable when she ran into Ada in front of others, and worried that people would wonder where Rachel and Ada got the money for Rachel's private hospital room.
Dr. Robinson and his assistant Dr. Heath both freaked out when John's breathing, then his heart, stopped during surgery.
Sam: "You don't care what you do, Ada, just so long as you get money and clothes for Rachel."
Rachel: (Preening before a mirror) "How do I look?"
Ada: "Elizabeth Taylor should look so good."
Alice: "Russ and Rachel strike me as pickles and ice cream."
Liz: "Are you going my way?"
Ada: "For a short piece, I guess. ['PIECE' IS A SOUTHERN COLLOQUIALISM MEANING 'DISTANCE.' PLEASE DON'T CHANGE IT AS THIS IS WHAT ADA, WITH HER BACKGROUND, WOULD USE]"
JULY 31, 1967 (EP. #800)
Mary and Alice patted Pat's hands during John's operation. When Mary noticed Lee snubbing Pat, Pat admitted she confronted Lee over Lee's guilt in John's accident. Lenore helped Liz out at the thrift shop since Helen had a dentist appointment. Liz said she had been surprised to see Lenore out with Walter at the Top of the Tower. Russ broke the news to the family that while the operation was a success, John's heart stopped briefly during surgery. Russ couldn't restrain Lee when she went into hysterics at the news and ran off. Pat broke down and admitted to Mary that she and Michael thought they were in love, but that neither wanted anything to happen between them. Lee had see them kissing goodbye in the park the day before he left town, but it was the only time he had ever touched her. Mary insisted that what happened was understandable because last year John had resigned from life and made a slave out of Pat.
Mary: "You know Dru... he's a real slyboots."
AUGUST 1, 1967 (EP. #801)
In Chicago searching for clues to Danny's real killer, Dru warned Bill not to jump to conclusions about Madge, while Bill fretted their investigation was leading nowhere. Mary told Jim about Pat's guilt over her wavering devotion to John. Mary and Jim flared up at Liz for suggesting John wasn't well enough for his operation because he had exhausted himself conferring with Dru over Missy's case. Bill and Dru considered returning to Bay City when Jim called with news of John's improved condition. Madge was despondent when Charlie discovered that Flo had pried the liquor cabinet open to get a drink. Charlie was morbidly fascinated when he heard Flo mumbling in her sleep about Danny.
AUGUST 2, 1967 (EP. #802)
Ada panicked when Sam threatened to phone the D.A. and spill the beans. Liz tried to find out if Alice suspected who Rachel's rich benefactor was, and was relieved when Alice thought it was Sam. Liz then quizzed Alice about Sam when Alice mentioned he was Ada's brother. Russ was evasive when Rachel brought up the kiss they shared the day before yesterday. Rachel was "implacable and ominous" when Ada tried to explain that she could no longer afford Rachel's private room. Ada pleaded with Rachel to understand that her salary at Pierre's was all they had, but Rachel threatened to leave the hospital despite the health risk if she lost her room. Rachel railed at Ada for lying to her that her father was dead, but Ada wouldn't say anything about it. Liz read over Missy's trial transcripts at the library and seethed to learn that Danny had known a man named Sam, whom Liz realized was Ada's brother.
Rachel: "Everybody lies when they have to. I know I do."
Sam: "Ada, Raitch is a nice kid, but she's spoiled, she's spoiled rotten..."
Old Newspaper Headline: "Defendant On Stand In Fargo Trial"
AUGUST 3, 1967 (EP. #803)
Bill phoned Walter to tell him they were close to finding the real culprit. Bill swore to Dru he wouldn't lay off pressuring Madge. Flo told Madge she believes in Madge's innocence and Missy's guilt. While sharing a pre-dinner cocktail, Walter told Lenore about his father: a poet who taught English Lit. at a small college in Illinois, then died at age 72. Walter told Lenore that Bill was falling victim to wishful thinking, and scoffed at Bill's idea of Madge being Danny's killer. Bill visited Flo, and she told him his suspicions of Madge were tearing her up. Madge made excuses when Charlie suggested Flo had been to see Danny in Bay City the night of the murder, but the awful truth sunk in when they heard Flo nightmaring about an argument with Danny.
Lenore: "You're uncanny."
Walter: "Now, there's a cryptic remark."
AUGUST 4, 1967 (EP. #804)
In the Women's Correctional Institute infirmary where she recovered from a virus, Missy told Dr. Burrows that Pat and John would adopt her baby when it was born. Walter good-naturedly dismissed Lee's premonitions when Lenore described them to him. Walter said he wished Missy had been acquitted so that she and Bill would be married by now, and Lenore would be free of him. Russ said his invitation to the hospital ball still stands when Rachel mentioned that Ada had her doubts about Russ's interest in her. The shadow of Lee's threat to tell John about Pat and Michael manifested when John told Pat they could now start their life over again.
Russ: (To Rachel) "You're kind of a challenge to me, you know that?"
AUGUST 7, 1967 (EP. #805)
Flo's nightmares interrupted Madge and Charlie's argument about her possible guilt. Liz feigned a headache when Fred wanted to know why she was so out-of-sorts during dinner. Madge refused when Charlie suggested she ask Dr. Hansen, a psychiatrist, about whether suppressed memories could resurface in one's dreams. Sam implored Ada to tell the D.A. that "Duchess" Matthews (Liz) was in Danny's room the night he was killed. Sam reminded Ada that she took care of all her brothers and sisters, so she shouldn't say that Rachel has it so rough. Liz confronted Ada about trying to cover up the fact that not only was Sam her brother but that he was at Danny's that fateful night and was probably the one who killed him. She accused Ada of blackmail since it was Sam, not Ada, who saw her at Danny's.
Ada: (To Liz) "No! No! Sam had nothing to do with the murder of Danny Fargo!"
AUGUST 8, 1967 (EP. #806)
Charlie pressured Madge into agreeing to see Dr. Hansen. Sam was relieved when Ada told him everything was out in the open between them and Liz, but had to agree with Liz that Ada was a blackmailer, and therefore might be arrested if they went to the D.A. with their information. Sam was confident Liz would keep her mouth shut about his presence in Danny's room since it would only implicate herself. Russ had to fib a little when Rachel asked him if Pat and Mary liked her when they met her, as they really didn't have any opinion of her. Ada worried that Sam would end up back in jail if they told the truth, but he was willing to take his chances as he couldn't stand the idea of Missy rotting in prison. Dr. Hansen described hysterical amnesia to Madge, who got upset when he mentioned the role of dreams in the condition.
AUGUST 9, 1967 (EP. #807)
Jim told Pat that Missy would understand if Pat forewent a visit in favor of staying by John's side. Jim was fully on Pat's side when she tried to cast guilt on herself over her and Michael's relationship. Mary visited Missy in prison in Pat's place and passed along Bill's "great, great love" to her, but Missy insisted he should forget her and find another girl, like Lenore. Lee left the room when Pat came to visit John. Lenore warned Lee it would be bad for John's health for him to catch on to the bad blood between Lee and Pat. Lee got terribly agitated when Lenore quizzed her about John's accident last spring.
Lee: (To Pat) "I have nothing but hatred and contempt for you."
Lenore: "Bill went out of my life... But not out of my heart."
AUGUST 10, 1967 (EP. #808)
Jim was optimistic when Mary worried about what will happen when Pat has to take on Missy's child and has to face the music when Lee tells John about Pat and Michael. Ada was terribly upset when Rachel ranted and raved that Russ and Alice would think little of her if she lost her private room. Liz relished telling Jim and Mary that Missy should resign herself to staying in prison the rest of her life. Russ wondered why Rachel was so eager to be out of the hospital, not knowing she wanted to leave before she lost her room. Liz and Sam sized each other up when he came over to confront her. Sam said he knew what Liz spoke to Danny about when she saw him: she wanted to make sure he wouldn't tell people it was Liz's fault Missy ran away the night before she was going to marry Bill. Sam picked up the phone and dared Liz to call the D.A. and finger him.
Rachel: (To Ada) "I'd rather be dead than go on living, being poor, poor, poor!"
Sam: (Over the phone to Liz) "This is Sam, Duchess. And I want to see you... right now."
AUGUST 11, 1967 (EP. #809)
Bill felt it was a dead end when Dru told him their private investigator, Carl Vollmer, found out Danny owed $3,500 to a loan shark three months before his murder. Flo visited Dru and Bill in their hotel room to advise them to cross Madge off their suspect list. Madge admitted to Charlie that Flo may have gone to Bay City to see Danny, but not that she killed him. Liz backed down when Sam dared her to phone Walter. Liz was flabbergasted when Sam accused her of killing Danny. Liz lied that Sam was a contractor when Lenore dropped by unexpectedly. Madge felt glum and guilty when Flo showed up at the Alley all smiles looking to resume her waitress job.
AUGUST 14, 1967 (EP. #810)
Russ wasn't sure Rachel was up to it when she said she'd asked her boss Arlene Stanley if she could resume her modeling. Rachel kissed Russ to thank him for being such a good doctor. Rachel taunted Sam about his financial bad luck when he was unsympathetic that she was upset he could no longer afford continuing to pay for her room. Liz warned Ada that Sam would be the only one who got into trouble if he told the D.A. he'd seen Liz at the Barclay Hotel the night Danny was shot. Rachel was so furious with Sam for saying she just wants to get her hooks into Russ, that she threw a vase at him. They both made excuses when Alice came to investigate. Sam quizzed Alice about whether John was well enough to see visitors.
Sam: (To Alice about Rachel) "She's the kookiest kid I ever saw."
Script Note: "[Rachel] THE INSTINCTIVE COQUETTE, KNOWING EXACTLY WHEN TO TEASE HER QUARRY."
AUGUST 15, 1967 (EP. #811)
Madge and Charlie speculated that Flo had used the money she stole from her mother to take a plane to Bay City to confront Danny. While fixing him his sandwich lunch, Ada told Sam outsiders like themselves and Missy don't stand a fair chance in the justice system. Walter confided in Lenore about a girl named Lydia who'd made a fool out of him. He felt better when Lenore said she doesn't agree with the popular opinion that he was a cold, unfeeling man. Madge just about died of shame when Flo told her she'd stick by her through anything, just like they promised their mother. Flo was flustered when Madge confronted her about her incriminating nightmares and about whether she had seen Danny in Bay City. Madge was stunned to find an airline ticket to Bay City in Flo's purse.
Sam: (To Ada) "Haven't I got an honest face?"
AUGUST 16, 1967 (EP. #812)
Walter wouldn't reveal his source when Lenore asked how he'd discovered that Missy was pregnant. Walter told Lenore she was deluded if she thought Liz wasn't trying to push her and Bill together. Madge was tormented by voices of Charlie (saying they couldn't let an innocent girl like Missy stay in jail) and Flo (saying she'd never squeal on her sister). John teased Russ about his interest in Rachel. Lenore thought it was despicable when Walter revealed that Liz had told him about Missy's pregnancy in order to seal Missy's fate.
Madge: (To herself) "No, no, you couldn't have done it, Flo. It can't be. It can't be."
Lenore: (About Liz) "She's a bit of a busybody, you know."
Walter: "So I've gathered. She seems to have opinions about everything."
Lenore: "Oh, she certainly does."
Flo: (Having a nightmare) "Danny, don't come any closer, I... Danny, please stay away from, Danny don't make me... [A CONVULSIVE HEAVING SOB]... Oh Danny what have I done?"
Russ: (To John about Alice) "My sister has a big mouth."
AUGUST 17, 1967 (EP. #813)
Lenore was pleased when she received roses from Walter, but was a little troubled as she didn't reciprocate his feelings. Lenore thought it was nonsense when Lee suggested Walter wants to marry her. Lee was determined to tell her father the truth despite Lenore's concern that she misinterpreted what she saw between Pat and Michael. Mary accompanied Pat on her visit to John, who was in high spirits except for his concern over Lee. Alice told Mary she doesn't think Rachel is the right girl for Russ. Alice was put out when Rachel implied that no Matthews wife worked. Sam berated Rachel for running to Ada about their argument. While Ada manicured her nails, Liz tried her best to get her to dissuade Sam from doing anything foolish.
AUGUST 18, 1967 (EP. #814)
Dru told a disappointed Bill that their evidence against Madge wasn't solid enough to take to Walter. Sam was ill at ease, and John was perplexed, when Sam came in to his room and introduced himself. Liz burst into the room just as Sam had mustered up enough courage to talk about the Fargo case. Madge broke down when she went to see Dru and Bill. Liz dragged Sam out of John's room on a phony pretense. Bill was stunned when Madge showed him Flo's ticket stub to Bay City. Sam didn't believe Liz when she confessed everything that went down between her and Danny.
AUGUST 21, 1967 (EP. #815)
Madge felt like a traitor when she told Dru and Bill the full story of Flo and the money, the ticket, the dreams, and hysterical amnesia. Liz bribed, begged, and flattered Sam into not revealing Danny had been blackmailing her. But he found it easy to believe she could have killed Danny. Rachel was elated when Russ told her she was almost well enough to leave since it meant he'd never have to see her in the ward with everyone else. Sam wasn't helpful when Liz made excuses when Pat saw them together. Rachel's enthusiasm overflowed when Pat introduced her to Liz, but Liz later told Pat she thought Rachel's was a dreadful family. Liz advised Pat not to let Sam near John.
Madge: "God help me, I had to turn in my own sister!"
Pat: "Rachel, do you know my aunt, Mrs. Matthews?"
Rachel: "Mrs. William Matthews?"
Liz: "[SOME DISTASTE SHOWING ON HER FACE ALREADY] Yes."
Rachel: "Oh, I am so glad to meet you, Mrs. Matthews!"
Liz: "Well... thank you. [RACHEL SEIZES HER HAND AND PUMPS IT.]"
Liz: (To Pat) "Oh, Russ. A young boy with his head turned by a pretty face. If you could really call it pretty."
AUGUST 22, 1967 (EP. #816)
During her visit to the prison, Alice told Missy that her disapproval of Russ and Rachel was not the same as the way Liz felt about Bill and Missy. Bill forced Madge into confronting Flo with him and Dru. Flo was upset because she thought the men were there to bully a confession out of Madge. Ada told Sam she no longer believes Liz killed Danny because it was obvious Liz was only afraid Bill would discover what she'd done to Missy. Ada said with the money Liz was offering him, Sam could stop being a grease monkey and become a lawyer. Flo was furious when she realized she had become a suspect in Danny's murder.
AUGUST 23, 1967 (EP. #817)
Alice accused Jim of knowing what the cause of the friction was between Pat and Lee. Flo told Bill about the last time she saw Danny in Chicago. After a run-in in their club's locker room, Walter was defensive when Fred implied that Lenore, an old family friend, was too young for him. Walter insulted Bill when Fred tried to defend his treatment of Lenore. Madge gagged on her words when she had to tell Flo about Flo's dreams of a violent confrontation with Danny. Flo's memory was nudged when Bill repeated the words a hotel waiter testified he'd heard in Danny's room the night of his murder. Flo screamed when Dru showed her police photos of the crime scene.
Script Note: "Production note for following script: Flo's memory is still shaky. However, she can't decide if it happened or is the granddaddy of all nightmares."
AUGUST 24, 1967 (EP. #818)
John revealed to Lee he was able to move his legs a little when he was in the swirl bath. Lee cringed when John said Sam reminded him of Michael Bauer. Flo begged Madge for a drink when she began coming apart at the seams. Bill rushed to save her when Flo tried to throw herself out of the window. Flo's memory started to return when Dru let her drink some whiskey neat. Sam actually wiped his hand before shaking Lee's hand when John introduced them in his hospital room. He thought Lee was the loveliest creature he'd ever seen. Sam revealed to John that he'd spent time in jail because Danny had run out on him during a gas station hold-up in Evansville, and Sam had taken the whole rap. Flo revealed what happened when she flew to Bay City to confront Danny about marrying Missy and not getting in touch with her.
Lee: "How do you do?"
Sam: "Well, hello..."
AUGUST 25, 1967 (EP. #819)
Flo flashbacked to shooting Danny:
Flo showed up at Danny's suite and confronted him. She naively said she'd confront Missy about tricking Danny into marrying her, and was laid low when Danny said he was the one who'd tricked and lied to both women. Danny turned cold and mean when Flo threatened to tell Missy everything. He gave her a shove, knocking his gun out of the desk drawer. Flo grabbed the gun when Danny threatened to beat the living daylights out of her. As Danny approached her, she shot him three times in blind terror.
Sam told John that Danny had jumped out of the getaway car with all the money. Sam had tracked Danny down in Bay City and confronted him about paying him back the money he felt was owed him. Sam insisted that he only threatened to have Danny sent to jail, but John didn't believe him. Then Walter walked in, startling both men, especially Sam. Rachel was stunned when Lahoma popped in for a visit after returning to Bay City when the acting gig was a bust in California. Rachel and Lahoma had a laugh riot over the Miss Cranberry of 1966 beauty contest, and that Lahoma was Miss Citrus Fruit of 1967. Rachel gave Lahoma some cigarettes and revealed she secretly smokes at night. Bill and Dru speculated that Flo might be able to plead self-defense. Sam was relieved that John didn't tell Walter what he'd just learned.
Danny: (To Flo in flashback) "I got news for you, baby. I don't love either of you. But most of all I don't love you. And I never did."
Danny: (Exit Line) (To Flo in flashback) "Gimme that gun, you crazy broad."
AUGUST 28, 1967 (EP. #820)
Liz was happy to hear from Fred that Bill suspects Madge of Danny's murder. John was dumbfounded when Sam told him he'd seen Liz in Danny's room the night of the murder. Walter continued in his campaign to undermine Lenore's feelings for Bill. Fred was amazed that Liz admitted Missy must be innocent by agreeing Madge must be the killer. Sam admitted Liz began paying Ada hush money when Ada hinted to her that she knew about Liz's visit to Danny. John was further shocked when Sam revealed Liz's complicity in Missy's leaving town last summer.
AUGUST 29, 1967 (EP. #821)
Nearly overwhelmed with glee, Liz told Ada she and Sam were both off the hook, but Ada didn't believe Madge killed Danny. Sam told John that last summer Liz had revealed to Missy that she was Katherine's illegitimate daughter. Rachel howled with laughter when Lahoma mimicked Arlene Stanley with an Eleanora Slaughter voice, since she'd fired Lahoma for not wearing a girdle. Russ assured Lahoma he wouldn't make fun of her name, which was the name of her great-grandmother, a Cherokee Indian. Lahoma didn't know what her name meant but joked that it sounded like a certain state with a syllable missing. Russ got uneasy when Lahoma "turned her invisible man-killing sex ray on him." Liz was ashen when Ada said Sam was probably telling all to John that minute. John warned Sam he may be held culpable for knowingly withholding material evidence, but agreed to represent Sam in that eventuality.
Lahoma: (About Russ) "Hey, he's yummy!"
Rachel: "He's taken, is what he is. [SMILES EVER SO SWEETLY] You read me, Lahoma?"
John: "I knew Liz was capable of some low things, but I never thought she'd go this far."
AUGUST 30, 1967 (EP. #822)
Missy "materialize(d) in limbo" to remind Liz that she kept her secret for Bill's sake, not for Liz's. John and Sam arranged to contact Walter the next morning. John and Pat discussed Liz's snobbery. Dr. Burrows admonished Missy for not eating enough, but she thought it would have been better for Bill if she had died. Sam was puzzled by Lee's remark about Pat when they shared a drink at the hospital coffee shop. John toyed with Liz when she dropped by his hospital room before delivering the coup de grace that he knew about her and Danny. Liz admitted everything she said to Missy and to Danny, insisting she believed Missy had known all along that Katherine was her mother. John was relentless in his condemnation of Liz.
John: (To Pat about Liz) "You must know by now, darling, that your aunt is a considerable snob."
AUGUST 31, 1967 (EP. #823)
Sam took a long lingering look around "Ernie's Super Service" and sadly told Ernie that this might be his last night on the job. At a secret overlook while they listened to an orchestra that played in a park half-a-mile away, Lenore passively returned Walter's kisses. Ernie was quick to realize Lee was a looker when Sam talked about meeting her. Liz returned to John's room the following morning to plead her case again. John told her he pitied Bill because he was about to get a rude awakening, and Liz almost fell through the floor when Bill walked in through the door. Bill interrupted John's news with his own news that Danny's real murderer had been found.
Sam: (To Ernie) "Yeah. Guy named Fargo was shot, and his wife was on trial."
SEPTEMBER 1, 1967 (EP. #824)
Alice took Walter to task for his treatment of Missy when he arrived at the hospital to see John. John and Bill had to beat it into Walter's head that Missy was innocent and Flo the guilty party. Walter scoffed at their every attempt and remained steadfastly skeptical throughout. It was a severe blow to him when Bill showed him Flo's notarized confession. Bill was smug when Walter reproached himself for wrongly judging Missy's character. John refused to apologize to Liz for wrongly accusing her of murder, and swore he'd do everything he could to convince Missy to break her promise of silence. Missy and Bill laughed and cried and kissed when he came to tell her she would be free.
Walter: "Melissa Palmer... is a cold-blooded murderer."
Bill: (When Missy was brought into the visiting room) "Oh Missy, my darling.... [HE GOES TO HER AND TAKES HER IN HIS ARMS.]"
SEPTEMBER 4, 1967: Pre-empted
SEPTEMBER 5, 1967 (EP. #825)
Ada smoked up a storm waiting for Sam to return home. Lenore told Lee she's enjoying her work as a nurse's aid. Lee made excuses when Lenore suggested a similar job for her. Ada was bitter and totally unsympathetic when Sam said John's daughter Lee looked like she was going through a rough time. Ada was distraught to hear that Sam told John everything, but relished hearing that Liz must be very upset. Lenore came in to offer Rachel a selection from her book cart, and Rachel recognized her from her picture in the paper from the time she got engaged to Bill. In the hospital sun parlor, Lenore was infinitely compassionate when Walter was full of self-loathing and dismay about Missy's trial. He apologized to Lenore for tricking her into testifying.
Ada: (To Rachel about Lenore) "Listen, honey, that girl isn't half as beautiful as you are!"
SEPTEMBER 6, 1967 (EP. #826)
Alice and Pat wondered why Walter came to see John. Lefty showed up on Sam's door after returning to town. Sam was tempted when Lefty offered to bring him back into the "business" since it would get him out of Bay City. Pat and Alice were speechless with joy when John told them that Missy was free. John's phone call came just in time for Sam to turn down Lefty, who vowed Sam would be sorry. Lenore told Pat she doesn't share Lee's suspicions of Pat and Michael.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1967 (EP. #827)
Lahoma wondered what Ada had been smoking when Rachel told her about Ada's Hollywood dreams for Rachel. John told Sam he believed Sam had it in him to turn over a new leaf. Lee and Loma made each other's acquaintance in the hospital cafeteria. Lahoma snatched the sandwich off Lee's plate and put it in her bag when Lee said she wasn't hungry. Mary was relieved when Russ told him Rachel was leaving the hospital today. Lefty spied on Sam and Lee at the cafeteria, then with a "Mephistophelean smile" inquired about Sam's interest in John.
Lahoma: "I've been smoking so much, I'm spittin' cotton."
SEPTEMBER 8, 1967 (EP. #828)
Smoking furiously, Liz recalled how John threatened to advise Missy to tell Bill everything. Walter agonized over grilling Missy on the stand. Charlie was upset with Madge for berating herself over Flo's downfall. Liz visited Walter's office to plant the suggestion that Flo was innocent and Missy was guilty, in hopes that Missy would stay in prison and her secret would remain safe. Walter raked Liz over the coals for running Bill's life and ruining Missy's life. Flo tried to be brave and gracious when Dru arrived to take her to Bay City to face the authorities. Bill and Missy anticipated her release from prison.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1967 (EP. #829)
Missy was released from prison.
(THE WOMENS' CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR..EARLY AFTERNOON. WE THINK THIS SCENE COULD PLAY ENTIRELY WITHOUT WORDS, AND WILL REQUIRE THE USE OF A CRANE CAMERA, TO GET US ABOVE THE ACTION, TO A PERSPECTIVE OTHER THAN THE EYE-LEVEL ONE WHICH WE NORMALLY USE. FADE UP ON AN ESTABLISHING SHOT OF THE INSTITUTION ITSELF, THEN GO TO A DOOR LABELED "VISITORS ENTRANCE." BILL APPEARS IN FRAME, PUSHES A BUTTON WHICH PRESUMABLY SOUNDS A BUZZER INSIDE -- WE DO NOT HEAR IT, OF COURSE - AND AFTER A MOMENT A UNIFORMED MATRON APPEARS. HE PRESENTS HER WITH A DOCUMENT, PERHAPS SEALED WITH WAX, OR BEARING SOME OFFICIAL IMPRIMATURE, SHE LOOKS BRIEFLY AT IT, NODS -- THE PRESUMPTION HERE IS THAT THE JUDGE HAS CALLED AHEAD, AND THEY HAVE SIMPLY BEEN WAITING FOR BILL TO ARRIVE WITH THE PAPER -- AND OPENS THE DOOR FULLY, BECKONING HIM IN. THERE SHOULD NATURALLY BE A SHORT PANTOMIME CONVERSATION BETWEEN THEM, WHICH WE DO NOT HEAR DURING THIS. BILL WAITS, WHILE THE MATRON GOES DOWN A LONG HALL OR CORRIDOR - HOWEVER IT CAN BE SET UP, BUT THE LONGER AND MORE SPACIOUS, THE BETTER - TO ANOTHER LOCKED DOOR. SHE LETS HERSELF IN, DISAPPEARS FOR A FEW MOMENTS, THEN THE DOOR SWINGS OPEN AGAIN, THE MATRON STANDS ASIDE AND MISSY APPEARS, CARRYING A SMALL OVERNIGHT CASE, DRESSED FOR THE STREET. AND FROM A HIGH POV, WE SEE HER AS SHE RUNS INTO BILL'S ARMS, AND THEY EMBRACE, CLINGING TO EACH OTHER FOR A MOMENT, THEN STANDING OFF, LOOKING AT EACH OTHER, DRINKING IN THE SIGHT OF ONE ANOTHER. THEN HE TAKES THE OVERNIGHT CASE, GENTLY PUTS HIS ARM AROUND HER AND LEADS HER OUTSIDE, THE MATRON PERHAPS OPENING THE EXTERIOR DOOR FOR THEM. MISSY STOPS, SQUINTING IN THE SUNLIGHT, DRAWING IN A DEEP BREATH OF FREE AIR, THEY WALK ARM IN ARM THROUGH A SMALL COURT YARD TOWARD THE FINAL BARRED GATE THAT LEADS TO FREEDOM. AS THEY REACH IT, CUT TO A POV OUTSIDE THE GATE SHOOTING THROUGH. AN OFFSCREEN GUARD SWINGS THE GATE OPEN. BILL AND MISSY, ARM IN ARM, ENTER THE OUTSIDE WORLD, COMING TOWARDS THE CAMERA AND PERHAPS SPLITTING ON EITHER SIDE AS WE FADE OUT).
Production Notes: If any ad libbed "Bill's" and "Missy's" are felt to be needed, some vocal recognition, fine, but let's keep the feeling described.
Notes: A special thanks to AW fan Dan Ahearn, who vividly recalls this scene. It was indeed filmed without sound except for music at it's conclusion.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1967 (EP. #832)
Missy tried to take Liz's unexpected visit at face value, but praised the Matthews' for taking her in to forestall Liz from giving the true reason she came over. Liz badgered Missy over keeping her promise not to tell Bill that she caused Missy to flee to Chicago. Missy tried to escape from a desperate Liz, who grabbed her by the arm and begged for assurances on her silence. Missy tried to free herself from Liz's grip only to lose her balance and fall down the stairs.
Liz: (LEVEL) "You know what I'm talking about. You made a promise to me - during your trial, one day outside the courtroom."
Missy: "Oh. Yes, what about it?"
Liz: "Don't play the innocent with me, Melissa. You know very well that you have the power to take my son away from me. I'm sure if you didn't realize it before, John Randolph made it very clear to you."
Missy: "Yes, he -- he talked to me about it."
Production Notes: "SAVE REST OF SHOW ON TAPE."
Liz: "Melissa, when I came to you that night last summer, when I confronted you with the information I had learned about your parents, that Katherine Corning had borne you illegitimately and abandoned you --"
Missy: "Mrs. Matthews, there is no need to go over it all again --"
Liz: "But there is, because I must make you understand that I did not know what a bombshell that information was going to be to you. I thought you already knew, and that you were simply concealing facts from Bill."
Missy: "I know, you told me that."
Liz: "And you promised me that you'd never tell Bill about our talk, that you would not want to be responsible for any rift between Bill and myself."
Missy: "I know I said that, but John says a marriage can't begin with deception, with people concealing things from each other."
Liz: "Melissa, what earthly good could it do for Bill to know about this...about a mistake his mother made, a little indiscretion she committed?"
Missy: "Is that all it was to you, Mrs. Matthews, a little indiscretion?"
Bill: (VOICE ONLY, FROM DOWNSTAIRS) "Missy?"
Liz: "Oh, don't misunderstand me, Melissa, I realize why it upset you so and I can't tell you how sorry I am -- but--"
Bill: (Voice Only) "Missy? I miss you. When are you and mother coming down?"
Missy: (GOES TO THE DOOR, OPENS IT) "Be right there, darling!"
Liz: (INTERCEPTING HER) "Melissa, wait--you haven't told me what you plan to do."
Missy: "I don't know what I plan to do, Mrs. Matthews, but I did promise John that I would give the question serious consideration." (AGAIN SHE STARTS OUT INTO THE HALL AND AGAIN LIZ STOP HER)
Liz: (DESPERATE) "At least promise me you won't tell him tonight -- that you'll think it over some more--"
Missy: "I--I'd rather not promise anything just now, Mrs. Matthews." (SHE STARTS DOWN THE HALL TOWARD THE HEAD OF THE STAIRS; LIZ FOLLOWS, IN A PANIC)
Liz: "Wait -- you have to give me some kind of assurance -- you can't go down there without promising me -- (MISSY IS AT THE HEAD OF THE STAIRS, NOW, STANDING ON A LITTLE THROW RUG THERE -- AND LIZ TAKES HER ARM TO DETAIN HER) "Melissa, please--"
Missy: "Mrs. Matthews, let me go."
Liz: "But you mustn't, you mustn't --"
Missy: "Please -- " (PULLS HER ARM AWAY FROM LIZ AND IN SO DOING LOSES HER BALANCE, HER FEET GO OUT FROM UNDER HER, ON THE THROW RUG, AND SUDDENLY SHE FALLS, OUT OF THE FRAME PAST US DOWN THE STAIRS)
Liz: (DESPERATELY REACHING FOR HER, IN VAIN) "Melissa -- !" (MISSY SCREAMS -- AND WE HEAR THE SOUNDS OF HER FALL, AS LIZ LOOKS ON IN HORROR).
SEPTEMBER 19, 1967 (EP. #835)
Liz almost absently smoked and poured herself a drink to ease her nerves as Flo expressed feeling guilt-ridden over Missy's accident. Flo tearfully admitted that she had wished harm on Missy based on her belief that Missy had killed Danny.
Flo: (about Missy) "....It's awful to wish bad luck to other people, and then when they have bad luck...oh, Mrs. Matthews, to think of her slipping and falling down the stairs, after all the terrible things I'd been hoping would happen to her..." (WE HAVE BEEN ON LIZ, AND FLO'S VOICE HAS GRADUALLY FADED, BLURRED, AS IT IS BLURRING IN LIZ'S EARS. AND IT FADES OUT COMPLETELY AS WE DISSOLVE INTO TAPED SECTION FROM #832).
Liz had a flashback of Missy falling down the stairs.
SEPTEMBER 20, 1967 (EP. #836)
Last appearance of Marcella Martin as Flo Murray. She was pardoned for Danny Fargo's murder [off-camera].
Charlie and Madge were pleased that Flo has taken full responsibility for Danny's murder and heeded Dru's sage advice to never lose her self respect or dignity again. Madge cried while sharing concern for Missy and her baby's condition as everyone waited for news from the hospital. Sam mentioned to Lee that he kept current on Danny's murder case by reading newspaper articles. Sam was profoundly affected by everything Missy had endured and concerned over Missy and her unborn child's condition. Flo helped Mary prepare dinner rather than wallow in self-loathing and worry. Charlie consoled Madge, who chastised herself for causing so much turmoil in Bill and Missy's lives while trying to protect Flo in the process. Sam was startled as Lee cryptically talked about enduring something worse than death. Madge told Charlie that her premonition of more awful things to come for Flo was actually about Missy.
Flo: (The Matthews' house, Exit Line) "I have to do something. I don't want just to sit here and think and wonder...."
Madge: "A year ago or so, Bill Matthews sat there in the Alley and talked to us, talked to us about how he couldn't find Missy, wondering where she was. I knew she was right across the street, stashed away in Danny Fargo's apartment. And I didn't tell him."
Charlie: "I know, but you had a problem, there, Madge. You had to protect Flo..."
Madge: (OVER) "I didn't tell him. That's all that matters. If I had told him, not one of these things would have happened. My sister would never have..." (HER VOICE BREAKS AS SHE SAYS THIS:) "never have committed a murder...and Missy wouldn't be in a hospital now..."
Charlie: "Please don't blame yourself, Madge."
Madge: "Blame or not blame, I know one thing, Charlie: I could have stopped all this. There's a girl, a wonderful beautiful girl, lying unconscious in a bed in a hospital, and a whole year ago I could have prevented it all. I could have said, "Bill, your girl is across the street."
Charlie: "Madge, look, I think things are going to be all right."
Madge: "Yes, things are going to be all right. Good old Charlie. That's what you always tell me when I get worried...."
SEPTEMBER 25, 1967 (EP. #839)
Dr. Jarnowsky was unable to diagnose Missy, who had been hospitalized.
SEPTEMBER 26, 1967 (EP. #840)
Missy suffered an oedema, fluid pressing on the brain.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1967 (EP. #841)
Lee hinted to Sam about making plans to resolve her unhappiness at home but refused to reveal any details. Sam sheepishly left Lee, who sat down and broke into tears.
Lee: "...my father doesn't know what this is all about, either. Not yet, he doesn't."
Sam: "You said he was wonderful...you agreed with me."
Lee: "He is. Too good. Too easily fooled. But I'm not. And I don't care to discuss my affairs with you any longer, Mr. Lucas."
Sam: "I guess I'd better leave."
Lee: "You took the words right out of my mouth."
SEPTEMBER 28, 1967 (EP. #842)
Madge advised Ada she demanded that Flo [off-camera] remained in Bay City until Missy is discharged from the hospital.
SEPTEMBER 29, 1967 (EP. #843)
Pat asked Lee the reason she changed the subject when John asked her about school. Lee accused Pat of prying into her life before admitting she didn't register for classes, then informed Pat to leave her alone about school and everything else.
OCTOBER 2, 1967 (EP. #844)
Ada proudly told Madge that nothing is too expensive for Rachel and she'd be successful in Hollywood if given the chance. Rachel blew up at Ada for keeping Sam's prison record a secret, then cooled off and was introduced to Madge. Madge was appalled by Ada and Rachel's contretemps, but didn't have the heart to leave Ada alone. Madge adamantly disapproved of Rachel's errant behavior, but couldn't place judgement too harshly because of her fondness for Ada. Madge was sympathetic when Ada sunk in a chair and fought bursting into tears. Sam felt sheepish to learn that Madge is Flo's sister and they had spoken at the Alley. Sam packed his belongings to move in with Ernie. Ada reached her limit in tolerating Rachel's barbs at Sam and slapped her.
Rachel: "Oh. The jailbird."
Sam: "Yeah, Ada, she feels awful. But you didn't say about what she feels awful about."
Ada: "Rachel didn't mean that. Rachel, honey, listen...I know you and Sam must have had some words. Now, tell Sam you're sorry for the things you said."
Rachel: "Why should I?"
Ada: "Because...Rachel, Sam's your uncle! Sam's my brother!"
Rachel: "Some uncle! Some brother!"
Sam: "Yeah, she doesn't think much of me, Ada. I'm probably lousing her up with that Russ Matthews."
Rachel: "I'm not going to let you louse me up with him!"
Sam: "Well, don't worry, I won't be around here. You won't have to be embarrassed by me."
Ada: "Stop it, both of you! Now, listen, we're a family!"
Sam: "Are we, Ada? Are we a family?"
Ada: "Yes, we are! And I want us to stay together!"
Rachel: "If he doesn't go, I go."
Sam: "Hear that, Ada."
Ada: "Rachel, you can't mean that! Haven't you thought what Sam means to me? Sam's my brother."
Rachel: "Well, he's nothing to me but just a jailbird!"
Ada: "Rachel, you shouldn't talk like that."
Rachel: "I'll talk any way I want."
Ada: "No, you won't. Why, even Madge Murray was shocked the way you -- (talked to me!)"
Rachel: (OVER) "I don't care what you and your crummy friends think about me! Or you or Sam either!"
(SUDDENLY, LIKE A REFLEX, SHE SLAPS RACHEL'S FACE. THIS SHOCKS ADA AS MUCH AS RACHEL. RACHEL DRAWS BACK, ASTONISHED, AND ADA PUTS HER HAND OVER HER MOUTH AS IF TO TAKE IT ALL BACK. MEANWHILE SAM)
Sam: "Well, Hallelujah!"
Ada: " ....well, my Rachel's everything in the world to me, Madge. She's everything I've got...she's every hope and every dream I've ever had. All the things I wanted and never got. I don't care just as long as Rachel has it good. That's why I want her to go to Hollywood and be somebody. That's why I sent her to Charm School. Because Rachel's got to be somebody. She's just got to." (SHE LOOKS AT MADGE) "I guess you think I'm a fool like Sam does?"
Madge: "I guess you are. But I guess that's why I like you too."
NOTE: Ada mentions that Rachel won a beauty contest at the age of 15, attended Charm School, and took drama and diction lessons.
OCTOBER 3, 1967 (EP. #845)
Lee faced a dilemma when Pat asked how she'll explain to John the reason she's not attending classes. Lee hated Pat for broaching the subject but felt conflicted over lying to her father. Charlie visited Madge before returning to Chicago.
Note: Last appearance of Ralph Oliver as Charlie Rushinberger
Exit Scene: To Madge Murray, "Yeah, okay. You take care of yourself, Madge. You hear me?"
OCTOBER 4, 1967 (EP. #846)
Birth of Ricky Matthews. Delivered by Dr. Montgomery, assisted by Alice and Russ. Lenore and Lee discussed Missy's condition on the phone.
(... AND NOW FROM THE EYES OF ALL STARING OVER THEIR SURGICAL MASKS, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE DRAMA OF BIRTH THAT IS TAKING PLACE AT THIS MOMENT. THEN IF IT PLAYS RIGHT, WE SEE DR. MONTGOMERY’S HAND RAISED AND AS IT COMES DOWN, WE HEAR THE SOUND OF A STRONG HAND MEETING A TINY BARE BOTTOM.)
(THE SPANK IS TOPPED BY A NEW BORN INFANT’S INDIGNANT WAIL.)
(THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A WAVE OF RELIEF SWEEPING THROUGH THE GROUP IN THE ROOM... AND THEN WE GO TO ALICE WHO LOOKS QUICKLY AT RUSS, BECAUSE SHE CAN SEE WHAT HE CANNOT SEE YET:) Alice: “It’s a boy.”
(TAKE RUSS, LET’S GO BACK TO MISSY, AND FADE OUT.)
OCTOBER 5, 6, and 9, 1967: Pre-empted.
OCTOBER 10, 1967 (EP. #847)
Lee promised to keep Lenore updated on Missy's recovery and Ricky's condition. John was disappointed that no one has heard from the hospital about Missy.
OCTOBER 11-12, 1967: Pre-empted.
OCTOBER 13, 1967 (EP. #848)
First appearance of Matthew Paul Lucas as Ricky Matthews.
Flo was pardoned for Danny's death and she went back to Chicago. Madge remained behind in Bay City, staying first with the Matthews then at a boarding house. She found work at Pierre's beauty salon, where she became good friends with Ada.
For Bill's sake, Missy made John promise not to tell Bill what he knew about Liz. Missy gave birth to a son, named Ricky, whom Bill adopted. Pat and John were his godparents. Missy had a brief episode where she refused to marry Bill. Liz was hospitalized after a heart attack, but Russ and Alice kept the seriousness of her condition from Bill so he wouldn't postpone his and Missy's long-awaited wedding, and he in turn softened things even further for Missy. They decided to marry without Liz's knowledge so she wouldn't be placed under too much emotional strain.
John forgave everything real or imagined when Pat finally told him about her feelings for Michael. Sam decided to return to school and study to become an attorney. Ada became close friends with Madge.
Disillusioned with the hypocrisy of Bay City residents, Lee moved to shabby, seedy Bedfordtown, staying first with Lahoma, who'd gotten work as a waitress in The Trip, before taking the place across the hall. John worried about his daughter, especially as a young girl from a middle-class family had been recently found murdered in the area, but Lee threatened to leave town if he came to visit her.
She allowed Sam to visit her, even getting him to agree to pose now that she'd taken up painting. John and Pat were happy that Sam agreed to keep them informed of Lee's activities.
Sensing an easy shake-down of her rich family, lowlife Lefty made it his business to appeal to Lee's desperate yearning for independence. Sam threatened to kill Lefty if he hurt Lee.
Higher-ups Jimmy Carlisle, Sean McGuire, and Lou Fenniman asked Walter to run for Attorney General on their ticket.
NOVEMBER 23, 1967: Pre-empted.
NOVEMBER 30, 1967 (EP. #881)
Sam took a swipe at Lefty for accusing him of wanting to cut himself in for a slice of the Randolph money.
DECEMBER 15, 1967 (EP. #892)
Alice informed Dru, back from the university, that the latest slang was "twenty-three skiddoo," "shieks" (men), and "vamps" (women), while he recalled how everybody was saying "So's your old man" when he had left home early in the summer. Dru realized Alice was unhappy over Russ and Rachel. A sick Ada made ineffectual sick gestures, downed some aspirin, and admitted to Madge that Rachel chased her out of the apartment because she wanted to give Russ a private dinner. Alice tearfully admitted that Russ was angry she had implied Rachel thought their family had oodles of bread and will have a cushy life with Russ. While they were doing the dishes, Rachel melted into Russ's arms. Russ admitted to Rachel that his family didn't enthuse over their marriage plans. He was unsure when she proposed eloping. Russ diagnosed Ada with a virus when Madge brought her home. Rachel fumed to Madge that her mother being sick ruined her date with Russ. Madge blasted her for her selfishness, but Rachel insisted she was a perfectly good daughter as she makes her bed. Russ begged Dru to help him change his parents' minds about Rachel.
Dru: "Alice, may an elderly admirer of... well, over twenty-five, if you can believe that... may I tell you that you are boss?"
Notes: Lefty's name was crossed out and replaced with "Jerry" at one point.
DECEMBER 18, 1967 (EP. #893)
Walter was relieved when Lenore said the wedding will go on despite Liz's illness. Madge suggested he warn John about what kind of character his daughter's getting mixed up with, but Sam felt he could handle Lefty. Lenore couldn't decide whether it was fair to let Walter tell her he loved her. Her "uncle" Fred came by, but Walter didn't feel comfortable talking to him in front of Lenore. Fred advised Lenore to play for keeps or let him go as Walter was head over heels in love with her and wanted to marry her. Lenore felt Lee should have more care for her future, and wouldn't accept Lee's offer to move in and live for the moment. Fred encouraged Walter to accept the candidacy, and Walter felt he would have a better chance of winning if he had Lenore as a wife. Lee felt Lenore hypocritical for going out with Walter when she didn't love him. Lee had Sam pose holding a book as if it were his first time. She was fascinated by some of the experiences he's had that she was deprived of. She threw him out when he began ranting that Lefty was poison.
'WE ARE SPEAKING IN THE SCRIPTS ALONG THROUGH HERE OF A WEDDING ON THURSDAY, WE PROPOSE TO HAVE THE WEDDING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, BUT IF PRE-EMPTIONS OCCUR BEFORE THEN, WOULD YOU PLEASE CHANGE ALL REFERENCES TO WHATEVER DAY IT THEN BECOMES?'
DECEMBER 19, 1967 (EP. #894)
Pat and Missy came home laughing from a day of shopping. Pat tried to discourage Missy from letting Liz's illness limit her to a weekend honeymoon. Pat realized happily that she can use the wedding as an excuse to visit Lee. Lahoma remarked on the skylight as she inspected Lee's place. Lee denied she was using Sam as a way to stay in contact with home. Missy understood when Bill explained he'd had an irrational emotional reaction when he'd blamed the baby for her episode. Pat met Lahoma, and they discussed the wedding since Lee wasn't interested. Lee felt John had chosen Pat over her since it made it easier for him to hold up his head in that superficial society they all lived in once. Resolved to parade somebody Pat wouldn't approve of, Lee left Lefty in and he ogled Pat in a way that made her flesh crawl. Not really wanting to, Lee accepted Lefty's offer of a ride to shock Pat, but Lefty figured if he can get the Randolph's exercised about the company Lee was keeping, a payoff might come all the sooner.
'NOTE TO PRODUCTION: THIS SHOULD NOT BE A VEIL, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT MISSY'S FIRST MARRIAGE. A LITTLE BAND OF FLOWERS OR TULLE OR SOMETHING OF THAT SORT WILL DO, BUT IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WILL GO WELL WITH THE OLD-FASHIONED WEDDING DRESS WE'RE USING.'
Lahoma: "I'm not company, I'm Lahoma."
DECEMBER 20, 1967 (EP. #895)
Pat debated what to tell John about seeing Lee. Missy filled Alice in on the wedding presents laid out on a couple of folding tables in the living room. Missy was glad to hear Alice and Russ were back on good terms, but lost her aplomb when Lenore arrived with a gift. John, though with the pitiful longing of a father, was pleased to hear Pat describe Lahoma as being protective of Lee. Lee hid her fright as Lefty drove his sports car with an almost sensual pleasure exhibiting his sexual prowess. Lenore assured Missy she did the right thing in changing her mind about not marrying Bill. Lenore declined an invite to the wedding, but (almost furtively, because she is normally not a demonstrative girl) quickly kissed Missy on the cheek before leaving. In a shabby ginmill, Lefty told Lee a long story about drag racing, but she was uncomfortable remembering the night of John's accident. Adroitly playing to Lee's sense of rebellion, Lefty assured her they would get rid of all her hang-ups. Desperate to prove her independence, Lee asked Lefty to take her for the dangerous ride down Camel Back Mountain.
DECEMBER 21, 1967 (EP. #896)
Missy awoke and danced to the tune in her music box. Mary, working herself up to be a nervous wreck, directed beasts of burden Jim and Dru. Alice and Russ tried to keep Bill from worrying about Liz, who took a turn for the worse and needs an oxygen tent. Fred brought a tape recorder to save the occasion for posterity. Bill told the men he would drop in on Liz on the way to the airport. Clarke Morgan, the organist, played background music. Rachel arrived dressed in a little too high a style for this group and was introduced to Fred. Madge brought flowers sent from Flo and Charlie. Dr. Ramsey, the minister, married Bill and Missy.
'NOTE: THE JEWELRY BOX IS ALSO A MUSIC BOX WHICH PLAYS 'HI LILY, HI LO," IF YOU CANNOT FIND ONE OF THESE A NIXON GIRL HAS ONE BUT IT'S IN RATHER A DILAPIDATED STATE.'
'... AND NOW PAT COMES DOWN THE STAIRS [...] AND SINCE IT'S WINTER, LET'S NOT HAVE ANY PEACHY-POO COLORS [...] AND AFTER WE HAVE GIVEN FULL COVERAGE TO PAT'S DESCENT, THE MOMENT MILLIONS OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN WAITING NINETEEN MONTHS ARRIVES WITH MISSY'S APPEARANCE, ON DRU'S ARM.'
Dr. Ramsey: "William Matthews, wilt thou have Melissa to be thy wedded wife, to live together
after God's ordinance in the Holy State of Matrimony? [...]"
Bill: "I will."
Melissa: "I, Melissa, take thee, William for my lawful husband."
'... AND AS THE MUSIC SWELLS AND BILL TAKES MISSY IN HIS ARMS TO KISS HER, WE SIGHFULLY FADE OUT.'
Notes: AW's real-life organist, Clarke Morgan, played himself.
DECEMBER 22, 1967 (EP. #897)
Bill and Missy were immediately engulfed by congratulations, hand-shakes, tearful kisses, and the like. Lahoma brought her percolator to plug into Lee's outlet, then squinted at Lee's latest impressionistic painting. Her mind full of lonely wistful thoughts, Lee found warmth and nourishment only in the cup of coffee Lahoma left behind. Pat tried yet again to convince Melissa to let her take Ricky if he was ready to come home from the hospital. Jim popped the cork on the champagne, then Dru toasted the newest Mrs. Bill Matthews. Lahoma broke it to Sam that Lee would never have anything to do with somebody that's connected to her father. Without any enthusiasm, Lee agreed to let Sam resume posing for her, then, without conviction, maintained the wedding was the last place she wanted to be. Rachel, without making it too obvious, adroitly worked herself into position and intercepted the bouquet Missy tossed at Alice. In a pre-shot film sequence from an exterior POV, the front door opened and Bill and Missy fled joyously down the front walk and into the waiting car followed by showers of rice as guests spilled out onto the porch.
'I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE RARE OCCASIONS WHEN WE SHOULD NOT LEAD IN TO A SCENE WITH MUSIC BUT RATHER, COMING OUT OF THE OPENING TITLES, SIMPLY SIT IN BLACK FOR A SECOND OR TWO, THEN FADE UP ON THE LAST MOMENTS OF THE WEDDING CEREMONY, IN PROGRESS.'
Bill: "[LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM] To all of you who have made this moment possible for Missy and me -- to you whose faith and trust in us lasted through all these months, who never let us -- [A GLANCE AT MISSY] -- lose faith in each other, or the hope that this day would finally arrive -- [LOOKS DOWN AT HIS GLASS, SWALLOWS HARD, THEN RAISES IT, TAKE HIM IN C.U. LOOKING INTO CAMERA] To all of you, our very dear friends."
'... AND SO THAT OUR LAST SHOT OF THEM IS THROUGH THE BACK WINDOW OF THE CAR AS THEY TURN TO EACH OTHER AND EMBRACE. THEN THE CAR PULLS AWAY. THE MUSIC SWELLS JOYFULLY, AND OUR LAST GLIMPSE IS OF THE HAPPY COUPLE WAVING FROM THE WINDOW, AS THE CAR RECEDES INTO THE DISTANCE. FADE OUT.'
DECEMBER 25, 1967 (EP. #898)
In front of the hospital, Missy decided to visit Ricky while Bill and Fred visited Liz. Madge described the wedding to Ada, then with honesty and compassion told her that Rachel was a taker. Fred smoothly placated Liz, still a very sick woman, who was upset Bill was going out of town on business. Liz pounced on Fred soon after he hustled Bill out the door. Liz suspected Missy had another breakdown. A heavy-lidded Missy requested Bill kiss her during their flight. Rachel closed her eyes as Russ slipped an unostentatious solitaire diamond ring on her finger. As he kissed her, her eyes opened and her left hand went up above his shoulder far enough that she could look at the ring and her eyes narrowed in cold triumph. She smiled that slow feline smile of hers, sauntered insouciantly to the bedroom, and told Ada she's taken the first step toward the real ring she wants, the ringing of wedding bells.
'THEY KISS -- NOT PASSIONATELY IN THE CONVENTIONAL SENSE, BUT FLEETINGLY, TANTALIZINGLY, THEIR LIPS BARELY BRUSHING. THEN, FINALLY FUSED AS THE MUSIC BEGINS TO SWELL, AND AS WE DISSOLVE SOFTLY THROUGH TO A STOCK SHOT OF THE JETLINER FLYING AWAY FROM OUR POV, INTO THE SUNSET. ALL RIGHT, I KNOW YOU CAN'T FLY FROM BAY CITY TO THE CARRIBEAN INTO THE SUNSET, BUT LET'S TAKE DRAMATIC LICENCE. FADE OUT.'
DECEMBER 26, 1967 (EP. #899)
With calculated casualness, Lenore asked Alice about the wedding. Lee refused to accept the gift Sam brought from John. Sam disparaged her "true" friends in Sherman Square who introduce young kids to pot, acid, and speed. Lenore was appalled when Liz asked her to verify that Missy has gone off the deep end again. Walter admired the photos Fred took at the wedding. Fred realized Walter hoped running for high public office would make him more attractive in Lenore's eyes. Lenore fled in tears after Liz told her not to commit herself to Walter until they see which way the wind is blowing with Bill and Missy. Though they yearned for each other, Lee and Sam both agreed he shouldn't see her any longer.
Notes: Douglas & Hume was the name of Fred's law firm.
DECEMBER 27, 1967 (EP. #900)
A slovenly Lee is slowly going to seed in her new digs. John advised Pat not to feel sympathy that Liz is missing out on an extended family. John reproached himself to Dru for failing Lee. Lee refused Lenore's gift but grudgingly accepted her offer of friendship. She relished introducing Lenore to Lefty. John was grateful that Dru, who revealed he knows about the business with Michael, offered to visit Lee. Lenore was too depressed about Lee to enthuse over Walter's political news. Walter felt the real tragedy was that there were thousands of Lee Randolphs all over this country of theirs, in fact, 10,000 young people who have run away from home. Dru marveled at Lee's sketch of her mother. Lee didn't believe John was suffering.
Dru: "Lee... After all the years I've know you -- from the time I used to crawl around the floor and be your horsie while you whipped me with the tassel of your bathrobe."
DECEMBER 28, 1967 (EP. #901)
Abandoned in the hallway after Lee ran off, Dru met Lahoma and quickly appreciated her sound sense. Alice showed Mary the wedding photos and related that the new couple were ecstatically happy. It was a blow to Mary when Russ revealed he gave Rachel a ring. Lahoma wouldn't break Lee's confidences by telling Dru about her invented emotional injuries, but filled him in on Sam and Lefty. When Ada worried about Sam, Rachel was glad she would soon be married and out of this whole business. When Mary worried he was still just an intern, Russ, who said he paid for the ring from the money his grandfather left him, felt Rachel would be reconciled to waiting for a more suitable time to marry now that she had a ring. Alice let Mary know that Rachel wouldn't be content with a marriage similar to hers and Jim's. Ada managed to formally congratulate Russ. Rachel offered to give a miserable Russ his ring back when he wouldn't agree to marry right away. When she tearily begged him to marry her, he agreed.
DECEMBER 29, 1967 (EP. #902)
Dru met Sam, who'd brought hamburgers for Lee. At the opera, Lenore fretted that Lee accused her of slumming when she visited, but Walter felt she was worth a battalion of Lee Randolphs. Sam and Dru impressed each other with their insights into Lee's character. At The Trip, Lefty apologized to Lee for arriving late, saying he was busy earning a little scratch. The camera panned past them and through as bizarre a collection of characters as the budget allowed to Sam and Dru entering the door. Sam and Dru peered at the bulletin board on which parents put photos of their missing children. A man got upset when a girl recognized his daughter's picture but refused to squeal on her. Lefty felt it was a big honor to meet one of the biggest lawyers in town, although Dru joked this was only true when he was standing sideways. Dru made Lefty self-conscious when he tried to impress everyone with what a big shot he was. In a dream sequence: Lenore wore a bridal veil and walked slowly down a surrealistic aisle; Fred officiated; Liz objected to the ceremony; Bill arrived, with a flower in his buttonhole like Walter at the altar, and said he didn't love Missy; Lee railed at her for her hypocrisy; Lenore's eyes shone as Bill told her he loved her; she happily married Bill only to find it was Walter she'd married. Lenore awoke in tears after everyone shouted she was a hypocrite and a liar.