EDGE OF NIGHT, 20 Mar 1969
The Copper Kettle, Monticello
During lunch at the Copper Kettle, Martha Marceau tells Cookie Thomas about Nancy's crying jag at dinner, which troubles both women. They speculate about the cause with Cookie attributing her sister Nancy’s bout to Laurie's absence. Nancy loves Mike’s daughter as if she was Laurie’s own biological mother. Nancy has become and is Laurie’s mother, Martha exclaims. Laurie couldn’t have a more loving and caring mother than Nancy Karr. Cookie wonders did Martha know Sarah Karr, Mike’s first wife and Laurie Ann’s natural mother, before Mike married Nancy. Martha tells Cookie she didn't know Sarah. But from what she’s heard from husband Bill and Winston and Mattie Grimsley who was Sarah’s mother, Sarah was a good woman and friend to all. Everyone adored Sarah, and the couple were very happy together. Sarah’s tragic death after being struck by a speeding car that would have struck toddler Laurie Ann had not Sarah reacted in time to push Laurie out of the way was a difficult period for Mike. Both agree it was good that Mike met Nancy and Nancy eventually became Mike’s wife and Laurie’s mother. Cookie beams, wishing to be that happy in love as Mike and Nancy and have a wonderful daughter (or son) like Laurie Ann. It is the kind of future and family Cookie imagines with fiance Ron Christopher. Martha inquires if Cookie and Ron have set a date. Cookie announces they're both anxious about a possible spring wedding, which is exactly what Monticello needs.
At the cabin that is just above being a dilapidated shack in the woods, Laurie Karr refuses to eat. Mona West warns Laurie that Barney will get very mad, and she won't be able to protect Laurie from his wrath any longer. Laurie laments she’d rather starve to death than eat another meal prepared by filthy criminal hands of her low life captors. A timid Mona re-ties Laurie's hands nervously and backs away. She feels pity for Laurie but is helpless to save Laurie from her plight. She leaves the girl alone and wanders over to a vanity pushed up against the opposite wall. She sits down and brushes her hair, keeping a casual eye on Laurie in the mirror.
Scrutinizing her hair in the mirror Mona wonders if she'd ever see a hairdresser again. Her unsightly dark roots were horrifying. She puts down the brush, barely able to look at herself in the mirror and her hair in that condition without tearing up. She feels she's in desperate need of a touch-up and has to get to town no matter what. Barney will just have to understand she was woman after all. Every woman wants to look beautiful no matter a woman's circumstance. Laurie takes careful note of Mona's preoccupation with her hair, observing Mona is no longer watching her closely as Laurie calmly loosens the ropes from her wrist Mona sloppily tied.
A short distance from the cabin on a secluded dirt road, Barney West meets with Eric Barrington. Inside Barrington’s expensive sedan, Barrington opens the glove compartment and gives Barney a handgun, encouraging Barney to use it on trespassers-- or Laurie Karr if Laurie tries to escape again.
Downtown Office Building, Monticello
Back in Monticello, Barrington confers with Ron Christopher, confessing that Mike Karr has a list of loan shark doctors. Ron paces, feeling a sudden strain in one leg; he pauses and nervously inquires if Barrington knows how Mike obtained that list. Staring hard at Ron without batting an eyelid, Barrington bites the tip of his cigar and remarks that obviously there's an informer working against the operation. It could be anyone, Barrington infers, and draws a match light to his cigar.
Ron feels like a cornered rat with no where out. He starts to sweat profusely, fearing Barrington may be on to him. Then Barrington states that they’ve already ruled out Ron as the leak, since Ron doesn't have access to the ledger or the fiber for such work. Barrington blows a billow of smoke into the air and instructs Ron to visit the Karrs more often and take notes about Mike and Nancy's every behavior. Ron will report his observation of the Karrs back to Barrington. Leaning against a table Ron loosens his tie and breathes a sigh of relief while Barrington makes a phone call.
Barney returns to the cabin with more groceries. Mona is nodding off in an easy chair by the window. Mona notices Barney but doesn’t move. Barney puts away the groceries in the kitchen. Then checks on Laurie. Seeing that Laurie still hasn't eaten, Barney is furious. Another plate of food wasted. He pulls out the handgun and aims it at a startled Laurie, threatening that Laurie will eat the food he brings her...or else.
CAST OF EDGE OF NIGHT