produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #41 (Monday 6/18/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
same day, October 1935


Joe's CafeJudith LinfordAfter a long day of shopping, Jillian and Judith decided to stop in for a bite to eat.  Judith was less than thrilled with the cafe's lower class patronage and tacky atmosphere.  However, Jillian insisted and slowly began to lead her to a table when she caught sight of Janet sitting with a gentlemen in the back of the cafe.  "Look!  There's Janet and she's with someone.  I bet that's that man she's been seeing."

Judith suddenly stopped dead in her tracks as the color began to drain from her face.  She began to gasp slightly and reached out to grab Jillian's arm for support.

"Oh, stop being so stubborn," Jillian responded as she tugged on her sister to drag her forward.  "I've wanted to meet this man for quite a while now.  I want to know exactly who our sister is involved with."

"N-no," Judith muttered weakly.  Her breathing grew shallow and her head began to spin.  "J-Jillian."

"Judith?"  Jillian turned to look at her sister and was horrified to find her face as white as a sheet.  "Judith, what's wrong?  Are you alright?"

Suddenly, a sharp pain ripped through Judith's abdomen as she doubled over in agony and crumpled to the floor.

"Oh, my god, Judith!" Jillian cried out as she dropped to her knees beside her now unconscious sister.  "Oh, my god!  Help!  Someone help!  Someone call a doctor!"

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23 Green St., Albanyville, ILTrevor Callison"Grace, are you ready?" Trevor asked as he stepped into the living room.  "Are you ready to go visit your mother?"

Grace sat on the couch and looked at him with eyes filled with trepidation and fear.  No, she wasn't really ready, but would she ever truly be?  How could a person ever be ready to see their mother in the state her mother was in?  How could a person ever be ready to be reminded of a history of pain and tragedy?

"Yes, I'm ready," she muttered softly.  "I'm as ready as I'm going to be."

"Honey, are you sure you want to go without me?" Douglas asked as he looked up from his newspaper.  "I don't like the idea of you going by yourself.  If you're going to go visit our mother, you should be going with me."

"No, Douglas!  I don't want to go with you."  She looked down and at her hands that had begun to shake from nervousness.  She couldn't go with Douglas.  What if she couldn't go through with it?  What if the sight of her mother upset her too much?  What if the only thing she could feel for their mother was anger and hatred for everything that had happened?  No, Grace couldn't go with Douglas because she was too afraid of the "what ifs".  If this reunion didn't go well, she knew her brother would be terribly upset.  She couldn't have him there for that.  "I want Trevor to take me and he is going to take me!"

Douglas looked at his little sister curiously.  He let out a heavy sigh when he realized that, although he wanted to be the one to accompany her, the fact that she was going to visit their mother was monumental enough.  He was happy just to see her make the matter who was taking her.

Douglas Davis"Just try to forget everything that happened before."  Douglas got up from his chair, walked over to her, and gently took her hand.  "Try to love her for who she is and not what she's done.  She's not well.  You know that.  She couldn't help some of the things that she did."

"I know that, Douglas."  She turned her head away in hopes of hiding the fear and apprehension that still plagued her.  She fully realized that their mother's illness didn't make her completely responsible for some of her actions when Grace was younger, but she still had great difficulty separating feelings about the past from feelings for her mother.

"Douglas, I'll do the best I can.  That's all I can promise."

"I understand."

"Grace, we have to go."  Trevor hated to interrupt this important family moment, but he realized that they did have a drive ahead of them.  He also realized that the longer this visit was put off, the more opportunity she had to change her mind.  Trevor was sure that this reunion was something that Grace needed to do whether she was sure of it or not.

Grace DavisGrace looked up and into Douglas' eyes and inhaled deeply for strength.  Quietly, she got up and walked toward the door and silently prayed that she wasn't making a mistake.

As the door closed behind Trevor and Grace, the telephone rang.  "Hello?" Douglas said as he cradled the receiver between his ear and shoulder.

"D-Douglas, it's Lorraine."


Joe's CafeBurt Lamont"I wonder what's going on?" Burt asked as his attention was drawn to the large crowd that had begun to gather by the front door of the restaurant.

"I-I don't know."  Janet watched as several more cafe patrons got up and went to join the crowd.  As a few people stepped aside, her eyes grew wide in horror...Jillian was part of the crowd!  Jillian was in the cafe with her in Burt!

"Maybe I should go over and see what's wrong."  He slowly began to rise from his seat.  "Maybe I can be of some help."

"No!" she blurted out as she grabbed his arm to hold him back.  "T-there's too many people over there already.  I'm sure that whatever's going on, there's enough people to handle it."

"But they might need help."

Janet Stokes"Please?"  Janet looked up at him as she tried to hide her fear and nervousness.  Jillian couldn't see her and Burt together!  Janet knew that if Jillian saw them, she'd surely expose all of her lies.  Burt would know the truth and she'd lose him forever!  "Let's just leave.  There's too much going on here.  I just want to be alone with you."

"Janet, honey, we can't leave."  He reached down to lovingly touch her cheek.  "The crowd's blocking the door.  We're stuck here until whatever's going on is over."

"No, Burt, we can go out the side door."  She motioned towards the door just a few feet away.  "This cafe is connected to the bookstore next door.  We can leave through there."

"Okay," he sighed in agreement.  "If you're determined to go, we'll go."

"Oh, I knew you'd understand!"  Janet hugged him tightly before they got up and quickly walked towards the door.  As they exited the cafe, she never realized that the cause of all the commotion was her own sister Judith lying unconscious on the floor.