EDGE OF NIGHT, 18 Mar 1969
Law Offices of Karr & Drake
Adam Drake, Mike’s law partner, badgers Mike about giving up on the investigation into Eric Barrington's loan shark activity. Wearily, Mike insists that Barrington is legit... at least the ledger suggests he is. Adam is stunned and cannot be swayed, reminding Mike that Ron Christopher overheard someone calling Barrington "doctor". Mike counters that Barrington is indeed a doctor; he has a PHD in philosophy. Nothing more. Despite Mike's unwavering position, Adam still isn't convinced.
Liz Hillyer-Prentiss arrives for a private consultation with Mike. Behind closed doors Liz tells Mike that she spoke with Ruth Tuttle, Steve’s sister, now living in Los Angeles after the trial. Liz says that Ruth received a postcard from Steve, postmarked Mexico. Since Steve obviously doesn't intend to ever return to Monticello, Liz wants a divorce.
Mike informs Liz that Steve must be gone for three years before she can divorce on grounds of desertion, and he suggests she file separation papers instead. Liz steadfastly refuses, and asks Mike about a "quickie divorce"-- the kind of divorce people obtain in places like Reno, Nevada. Mike points out that in order to get those, a person has to establish residency first. Liz continues to pester Mike about a fast divorce. Mike, frustrated and distracted by the situation with Laurie, snaps at Liz, suggesting that she hire Adam or another attorney, because he simply doesn't have time to pamper her.
In tears, Liz runs out of the office and bumps into Vic Lamont, Assistant District Attorney who recently prosecuted Liz's step-mother Julie Jamison-Hillyer for murder. Highly attracted to gorgeous long hair blonde Liz, a blushing Vic lends a sympathetic ear, offering to track down Steve for Liz so that they can work out a consensual divorce. After a pause Vic nervously asks Liz out to dinner, admitting that he wanted to see her for a long time. When Liz wonders if she should accept advice from another attorney; after all, Mike Karr is her legal counsel. Vic reveals that he's thinking about asking Mike Karr for a job in private practice, which should make it all right and perfectly legit. Content by Vic's decision to assist her, Liz smiles and accepts Vic's dinner invitation..
In Mike’s office, Adam comments about Mike's weary appearance, noting Mike looks like the world has come to an end. Mike should be grateful, considering his wonderful wife Nancy and daughter Laurie Ann. Sadly Mike gazes at a framed photograph of Nancy and Laurie on his desk when Jeanne Culpepper, Mike’s confidential secretary, enters and tells Mike that a friend of Laurie called while Mike was meeting with Liz. Mike, white with rage, berates Jeanne for being stupid to hold a call for him concerning Laurie. Before Adam can interrupt Mike pushes his way pass Jeanne at the door and storms out...
Chicago born DONALD MAY portrayed dashing Adam Drake, Mike Karr's law partner, and probably the most popular character in the show's long history. At this time in the story, a confirmed bachelor Adam has had a mad crush on Nancy Karr, dated Cookie Thomas, is dating a woman now named Roxanne...before dating Susan Forbes; then eventually falling madly in love with Susan's co-worker at McGraths Boutique--beautiful Nicole Travis who at first rejected Adam.
ORIGINAL PAUL TAUBMAN