EDGE OF NIGHT, 19 Mar 1969
The Grimsley/Capice Estate: Orchard Hill
As Nurse Lydia Holliday rearranges furniture in Philip Capice’s bedroom, she tells Calvin Brenner as steady and cool as a black cat she'll see to it that Louise Capice becomes completely dependent on her. Believing Phil is unaware of their presence, Calvin reminds Lydia she could make Louise even happier by admitting that Phil briefly opened his eyes the other day and may be coming out of his coma. With blazing eyes, Lydia warns Calvin that he must never tell anyone what he saw, that Louise might fire them and move Phil to a medical facility. Unnoticed by both Calvin and Lydia, Philip Capice attempts to move his fingers; then abruptly opens his eyes.
After Calvin leaves, Louise comes into the room, sees the rearranged furniture, and Louise immediately hates it. They enjoy a status quo at Orchard Hill, she tells Lydia sternly. Lydia responds that she was only thinking of Louise’s welfare and trying to make Phil's room cheerier. Lydia's subtle guilt-trip manipulates Louise into agreeing she'll get used to it. Lydia easily switches tempo...playing now the concerned confidante and inquires if Louise has seen Mike Karr or Nicole Travis. Louise, eager to gossip, admits that she had lunch with Nicole, and confides that Nicole talked incessantly about her admiration for Mike, her restless step-brother who easily lures his best friend and family into mortal danger. Lydia agrees, then casually remarks that Nancy Karr must know by now that Mike didn't buy the fur coat Nicole modeled for Mike in McGraths as a wedding anniversary gift for Nancy but instead bought it to impress Nicole. Furthermore, Nancy had the audacity to call Louise...a vicious liar! Lydia's cleverly subtle-yet-loaded remarks goad Louise into confirming Lydia is absolutely correct. Louise decides she has to pay Nancy Karr a private call and clear up that horrendous misunderstanding.
Meanwhile at the opposite end of Orchard Hill's upstairs hall, Winston Grimsley, Louise’s father, walks into the bedroom Winston shares with his wife, Mattie, and catches Calvin Brenner going through Winston's dresser drawers. Winston accuses Calvin of being a common thief and threatens to call the police. Calvin claims innocence, begging Winston to please not involve the police. It would ruin everything. Winston argues if Calvin promises to leave Orchard Hill immediately he will forget about reporting Calvin to the police. Calvin, the bold scoundrel that he is, is no longer fearful of old patriarch Winston; Calvin changes his mind and provokes Winston by refusing to leave. An incensed Winston stomps out, going to Louise and Lydia in Phil’s bedroom with accusations against Calvin and soberly threatening to call the police.
When unfazed Calvin walks quietly into the room, Lydia rushes over to Calvin and slaps Calvin hard across the face, telling him that she won't work with a thief and agrees Calvin should be dismissed, even if he is indispensable to Phil's full recovery. Brimming with emotion, Louise declares Phil should have the best care and can't believe Calvin is a thief, so she'll give Calvin another chance. Reminded of the letter Mike received from California confirming Lydia is only a practical nurse and not a registered nurse which Mike presented to both Winston and Louise, an infuriated Winston stares at Lydia with utter contempt. The unqualified scheming Lydia Holliday has skillfully managed to manipulate his obstinate daughter once again.
THE EDGE OF NIGHT
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Michael "Mike" Karr
William "Bill" Marceau
Elaine "Cookie" Pollock-Thomas
Laurie Ann Karr
Benjamin "Ben" Travis
Dr. Hugh Lacey
MARY K. WELLS