EDGE OF NIGHT, 17 Mar 1969
Laurie's constant crying irritates Barney profusely. He demands Mona to shut that girl up, or else he will. Mona's tender effort to reason with Laurie does no good. Laurie screams that both Barney and Mona are no better than the kidnapers. Her father, Mike Karr, will see that they all rot in prison to never see the light of day. With raging eyes Barney looms over Laurie with raised fists ready to strike the disrespecting girl once and for all. To hell with Mike Karr and Mike Karr's daughter, too. Laurie has more to say, refusing to adhere to Mona or Barney no matter the risk of being knocked down. Barney moves in to nail her in the face. Mona rushes between the two, barely able to stop Barney from striking Laurie into unconsciousness..
After an expected call from Bill, Mike and Nancy realize they had invited the Marceaus for dinner. Nancy admits that she won't be able to get through dinner without breaking down. Mike convinces her that she has no choice. Nancy wonders who told Barrington that Mike had the "doctor list" in the first place. She figures Mike should warn Ron about Barrington's criminal activity. Then, she arrives at the unthinkable conclusion that Ron might be in cahoots with Barrington, which would devastate Nancy's sister Cookie who is over heels in love with Ron Christopher. With all Nancy's worries and speculations that won't cease Mike is forced to confess that Ron stole the list from Barrington and is working in cooperation with Mike and the crime commission. They're all in this together. All in mortal danger if Barrington discovers Ron's double-cross, Nancy reminds Mike.
When Martha and Bill arrive, Martha immediately notices Nancy's uneasiness. Mike lies that it's because of Laurie who took an emergency trip to California to take a college entrance exam in Los Angeles. She's out there all alone and they're here in Monticello and, of course, that bothers Nancy who worries much about their daughter like any concerned parent. With talk of Laurie, Nancy bursts into tears and excuses herself from the room.
Back at the cabin, Laurie changes her tone by being kind to Barney, reminding him that he and Mona haven't really committed a crime. If they leave her tied up, though, they'll be kidnapers, too... and some kidnapers get the death penalty. Barney believes Laurie, and after extracting a promise that she won't try to escape, Barney carefully removes the ropes from her hands.
ANN FLOOD portrayed Nancy Pollock Karr from 1962 to 1984 and is the actor/actress with the longest years on THE EDGE OF NIGHT, which lasted 28 years on Broadcast TV. Temporary actresses to portray Nancy Karr during FLOOD's maternity leaves were Frances Helm and Susan Brown. It is often said that the tone of a soap opera is set by it's leading lady and FLOOD was admired by one and all for being a lovely lady willing to mentor new cast members. One of FLOOD's longtime co-stars; the award-winning actor Lester Rawlins ("Orin Hillyer"/1966-73) once said that "Ann Flood is an absolute angel who arrives at the studio in the morning looking just as beautiful as the lady you later see appearing on-camera."