produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #47 (Tuesday 6/26/01) click here for a printable version of this episode
same day - October 1935


Callison Printing PlantDane ManchesterDane Manchester heaved a weary sigh of relief as the whistle blew to announce the end of his shift.  He hurriedly rushed to gather together his things and head home.  He was so tired that all he wanted to do was go to bed, but he was quick to realize that bedtime wouldn't be for quite a while.  Dane still had two papers to finish writing for class that were due in two days.  It seemed like the more he worked, the further he was beginning to fall behind in his studies.

"Hey, Manchester!" the foreman called out.  "You got a phone call.  Make it quick.  You know the rules about gettin' calls."

"Yeah, okay," Dane grumbled as he walked across the floor and took the phone out of the foreman's hand.  "Hello?  Hey, what's up?  It sounds serious.  Sure, I understand.  Okay.  I'll meet you at the Riverview in about 20 minutes.  See you there."

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Riverview Nightclub"Hey, Paddy, what's wrong?" Dane asked as he walked up to him and slapped him on the back.  He quickly took a seat next to his best friend at the bar and ordered a gin and tonic from the bartender.  "You sounded upset on the phone."

"That's an understatement."  Patterson looked down at his drink and sighed.  He'd been sitting there nearly an hour staring at the same drink.  Throwing back a few cocktails had seemed like a good idea at the time.  Now, the point of it all was eluding him.

"Well, I knew it was important when you called me at work."  Dane took a sip of his drink.  "You know I'm not allowed personal phone calls at the plant.  For you to call me there, I knew it had to be serious.  So, what's wrong?  What's got you down?"

"Oh, a lot of everything, I guess."  Patterson sighed again and swirled his drink.  He took another sip, only his second in the past 15 minutes, and let out another sigh.

"Okay, Paddy, you've got to tell me what's wrong if I'm gonna help you."  Dane grabbed Patterson's arm and turned to face him.  "I'm your friend.  You know you can talk to me."

Patterson Monroe"It's Lorraine," Patterson finally spoke.  "She left me."

"She what?  How?  Why?"  Dane rubbed his chin as Patterson's announcement began to sink in.  "Oh, Paddy, I'm really sorry.  I-I thought things were going so well between you two.  What happened?"

"Honestly?  I'm not sure myself."  Patterson leaned back into his chair and folded his arms across his chest.  "I thought things were going pretty good, too.  I know she's been really moody and snippy lately, but I never expected this to happen.  She hasn't been feeling well, I know that."

"Yeah, you told me about how she passed out after the wedding."  Dane shuddered slightly as he thought of his marriage to Sara.  He smirked slighted as he mused to himself that the only thing that had been missing was a shotgun.

"She says that was nothing.  Supposedly the doctor told her it was only from exhaustion and stress."  Patterson swallowed hard and took a deep breath.  "Dane, Lorraine's getting married."

"She's what?"  Dane's jaw dropped in response to the surprising revelation.  "To who?  I can't believe this!"

"You can't believe it?  How do you think I feel?"  Patterson quickly looked down at his hands that lay on the bar.  He was trying not to let it all get to him, but he really wasn't doing a very good job.  "She's marrying Douglas Davis."

Dane Manchester"Okay, now I'm really confused."  Dane reached up and scratched his head and tried to piece together any and all possible reasons why Lorraine would want to marry someone she'd never even been romantically involved with.  "Why Douglas?"

"Don't know."

"So, now you're here trying to drown your sorrows, huh?"

"Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time."  Patterson looked at his nearly full drink and frowned.  "Now I'm not really seeing the point.  What good will that do?  Is it going to bring Lorraine back?  Is it going to change her mind?"

"Paddy, it's going to be alright."  Dane reached over and patted him on the shoulder.  "I'm sure she's going to come to her senses and realize she's making a mistake.  You know as well as I do that she can be a little impetuous sometimes.  She's a woman of extremes.  Either she grabs hold of an idea on impulse without really thinking about it, or she over thinks things to the point of obsession."

"True," Patterson nodded his agreement.  "And...well...actually, there's something else that's been bothering me, too."

"Besides Lorraine?"

"Yep."  Patterson quickly glanced at Dane as he contemplated confiding in him.  Finally, he took a deep breath and spoke again.  "Well...I sort of did something a little impetuous, myself.  It really surprised me.  Now, I'm having all of these conflicting feelings.  I just don't know what to make of them."

"Okay, well tell me what you did."  Dane looked at him curiously and prepared for the worst.

"I kissed Stephanie Lake."

Dane's jaw dropped again as he ran his hands through his hair.  Had Patterson lost his mind?


Sunset Hotel, Suite #2, Albanyville, IL"What are you doing?" Jillian asked as she stood in the doorway and watched Judith packing the last of her things.  "I thought the doctor told you that you needed to rest?"

"He did." Judith replied as two bell boys stepped out of the bedroom carrying an overabundance of luggage.  "You actually think I'm going to carry my own bags?"

"That's not what I mean and you know it!"  Jillian scowled at her sister and rushed up to pull the much smaller bag out of her hand.  "The doctor warned you not to travel.  He said that you needed to stay in Albanyville for a while for the sake of your baby.  That spell you had could be a sign of something more serious than just fatigue."

Judith Linford"Would you please just stop with the 'mother hen' routine?"  Judith stood with her hands on her hips and glared at her.  Why did Jillian think she had to be the caretaker of everyone?  Heck, she was the baby of the family!  She was doing good to just take care of herself.  "I am not going anywhere!  I am following the doctor's orders and I'm staying here in Albanyville.  I'm just not staying here with you."

"What?  Why not?"

"Do you really expect me to stay here in this...this little hotel room with both you and Janet?"  Judith rolled her eyes and sighed at the foolishness of that idea.  "Please!  It's like a can of sardines in here, as it is!  The only way I could stay here would be to kill one or both of you off!"

"Then where are you going?"  Jillian kept her eyes firmly locked on her.  Why did Judith always have to be so overly dramatic?

"I've rented one of the penthouses upstairs.  Of course, it's not the Waldorf, but it'll have to do.  They're rather quaint, actually."  Judith waved towards the bell boys who again picked up her bags and carried them out the door.  "These nice young men were just helping me move."

Jillian Stokes"Well..."  Jillian rested her hand on her chin as she thought.  "I guess it's okay.  I'd rather you'd stay here so I can keep an eye on you and your baby, but I guess since you'll only be right upstairs, it's okay."

"Thank you, Mummy."  Judith rolled her eyes again and did a mock curtsey.  "Now, if you're finished interrogating me, I need to go up to my room and fix that atrocious decorating that this hotel seems to think passes for style."

"Hello," Janet spoke up as she walked in through the open front door.  She looked curiously at the bell boys as they carried more of Judith's luggage out of the suite.  "Um...what's going on?  Who's leaving?"

"I'm moving upstairs, dear.  There's only so much of you two a civilized person can take."

Jillian shot Judith a stern glare before turning her attention towards her other sister.  "So, Janet, where have you been?"

"Out," Janet replied without further explanation.

"You've been out with your mysterious fellow again, haven't you?"  Jillian eyed her closely.  She clearly remembered seeing them together at the cafe, but Judith's sudden collapse had prevented her from getting a good look at him, let alone actually meeting him.

Janet Stokes"Yes, I was with him."  Janet's eyes darted back and forth between Jillian and Judith before she breezed past them in hopes of ignoring their questions.

"You know, Janet," Jillian began tentatively as she turned to follow her.  "Judith and I saw you two together at Joe's the other day.  We were on our way over to say 'hi' and meet your mystery man when Judith had her attack."

"I know," Judith sighed.  "How unfortunate.  I so wanted to meet this man whom you've clearly decided to ruin your life with.  Haven't you learned your lesson, Janet?  You do remember what happened the last time, don't you?"

Jillian threw her hand up to silence Judith.  There was no need dredging up such a traumatic past.  Meanwhile, Janet kept her back to them as she tried to hide the look of terror that had covered her face.  Had they seen Burt?  Did they know who he was?  Would they run and tell Burt the truth about her?