produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #94 (Thursday, 2/28/02) click here for a printable version of this episode
Same Day
February, 1936 - Afternoon


ALBANYVILLE UNIVERSITY - STUDENT CENTER

Stephanie LakeAlbanyville University"W-what are you talking about?" Helen Van Dyne asked with confusion and concern.

"I'm talking about Clark Saxon!" Stephanie Lake snapped.  "I know all about how you two plotted together to ruin me and my name!"

"Well, honestly, you did a fine enough job ruining your name all on your own, in case you've forgotten."

"Then, if that's the case, what was the point in you having Clark try to woo and seduce me so that you two could tell everyone what a loose and wanton girl I am when you both know that's not the case at all?"  Stephanie glared at Helen as she waited for her to answer.

"I know no such thing about you, Steffi," Helen replied coolly.  "Remember, you're the one who threw yourself at Reginald!  He loves Jillian and they're going to be married!  I was just trying to make sure that you'd never do anything again that might hurt them.  What kind of girl tries to come between a devoted couple like that anyway?"

"You are such a hypocrite!" Stephanie snapped.  "You want to chastise me for something when you're involved in something much worse!"

"W-what are you...talking about?" Helen asked as her eyes filled with worry.

"You can stand there and play the role of devoted friend and judge until the cows come home, for all I care," Stephanie growled, "but I know the truth about you!"

"T-the truth?"

"Yes," Stephanie smiled slyly as a look of triumph filled her eyes.  "And if you think that I'm going to forget everything that you've done to me, you're sadly mistaken!"


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THE SUNSET HOTEL - MARY'S PENTHOUSE - LIVING ROOM

Sunset Hotel, Penthouse A"So, that's it?" Reginald Callison asked as he glanced at his fiancée Jillian Stokes with slight uncertainty.  "Nothing left to do?  Everything's finally set in stone?"

"That's it!" Jillian smiled and then threw her arms around him.  "There's nothing left for us to do for our wedding but show up."

"And, Reginald, you better show up!" Jillian's mother Leticia Stokes said sternly as she shook her finger at him.  "If you stand my baby up at the alter, I will hunt you down!"

"Yes, ma'am," he muttered sheepishly and hung his head with mock dramatic exaggeration.  "But I can assure everyone that this is one wedding that I have no intention of missing," he smiled and pulled Jillian closer to kiss her lovingly on the cheek.  "I've waited too long to make this beautiful girl my wife to give up now."

Francis Callison"Oh, Jillian, it's going to be so wonderful to finally have you as an official part of the family," Francis Callison exclaimed as she came up behind her and put and gentle hand on her shoulder.  "After everything that's happened to us, this family needs this wedding.  It's going to be a bright spot in a dreadfully dark period...."

"Mother, can we not go into that now," Reginald grumbled and shot her a look of annoyance.  "We're having a lovely afternoon.  Let's not ruin it by thinking about...well, about that!"

Mary Albany"Francis, dear, Reginald's right," Mary Albany spoke up as she sat down beside her grandson on the sofa.  "This is a happy time for all of us.  There's no need to focus on the bad things when there are so many good things to celebrate."

Leticia Stokes"Mary, I agree 100%," Leticia nodded and then turned to address her maid who was sitting quietly in a chair off to the side.  "Ruby, would you bring me a cup of tea?"

"Yes, ma'am," Ruby Thomas nodded and then looked at her with a touch of curiosity.  "But...well...Mrs. Stokes, I don't know where anything is in the kitchen."

Dorothea Jackson"Well, then, I'll have to come with you and show you," Mary laughed as she rose from her seat and motioned for Ruby to follow her.  "I do wish that my housekeeper Dorothea were here, but she went out to lunch with her son.  I think you two would get along wonderfully."

"So, do you think Father will come to the wedding?" Jillian asked as she turned to her mother.

"I wouldn't hold your breath," Leticia sighed.  "He's only in town to try to make a last minute attempt to keep you two from marrying.  This mess with...well...the current state of things..."  She looked around uncomfortably.  "He's only more convinced than ever that this entire wedding is a mistake."

Reginald Callison"I just wish that there was some way I could convince him of how much Jillian and I love each other."  Reginald carefully rubbed his chin as he thought about what it would take to prove his worth to his future father-in-law.

Jillian Stokes"Unfortunately, I don't think that there's anything that you can do," Leticia shook her head.  "Nelson is just so stubborn and pig headed!  That's one of the reasons I...well, that our marriage is in the state that it's in."

"Darling, I'm sure that he'll come around in time," Francis smiled warmly.  "After all, Jillian will always be his little girl.  Your father will probably have the same reaction when the time comes for Maggie to get married."

"Oh, I'm sorry!" Dorothea Jackson spoke up awkwardly as she came through the front door and stepped into the living room.  "I forgot that everyone was meeting here to do the last minute details for the wedding."

"Momma, I'm sorry I kept you out so long," Dr. Calvin Jackson said as he came through the door behind her.

Dr. Calvin JacksonRuby Thomas"Calvin, there's nothing to be sorry for," Francis laughed.  "We've had a wonderful time this afternoon and Leticia brought her maid along, so we haven't had to worry about a thing."

At that moment, as if on cue, Mary strolled back into the living room from the kitchen with Ruby following close behind while carrying the antique sterling silver tea service.  As Calvin and Ruby's eyes locked, they both let out a sharp gasp that was punctuated by the tea service crashing to the floor.


THE CAMPBELL HOME - LIVING ROOM

276 Spruce Lane"Judith, are you sure you're all right?" Dr. Talbot Campbell asked as he handed her a cup of coffee.  "You look like there's something troubling you."

"I...well..."  Judith Linford winced slightly and looked away.  "I've never been able to hide anything from you, have I, Dr. Campbell.  What gave me away?"

"Well, let's see," he said softly as he sat down next to her on the sofa, "you showing up on my doorstep, for one.  In the entire time that you've been my patient, you've never been to my home.  What's so urgent that you couldn't come to my office?"

"Well, Dr. Campbell..."

Dr. Talbot Campbell"Judith, we're not in the office.  This isn't a professional visit, is it?"

"N-no, it's not."

"Then, please, call me Talbot."  He reached over and took her trembling hand into his.  "These past few months, I've grown to see you not just as a patient.  Judith, I've grown to care about you as a friend."  Talbot paused for a moment and his tone grew more concerned.  "Now, why don't you tell me what's troubling you?"

"I...well..."  Her voice trailed off and she quickly looked away.  She just couldn't bear to tell him the complete truth about her past with Burt Lamont and the true paternity of the child she had carried.  "I guess I'm still upset about the baby.  I know I'm being foolish, but..."

"No, you're not being foolish at all," Talbot smiled.  "It's natural for a woman in your situation to still be plagued by fears and concerns.  Does this have anything to do with wanting to try to have another child?  You do know that trying to have another baby won't mean that you loved the child you lost any less.  It might, however, help to lessen the emotional pain you've been suffering."

"I know, that, Talbot, but..."

"Well!" Corinne Campbell spoke up sternly as she came through the front door.  "I see you've started bringing you work home with you now, Talbot."

"Corinne, darling, it's not exactly like that."  He quickly rose from the sofa and went to greet his wife.  "Mrs. Linford was a little upset and needed to talk.  She's been under a great deal of emotional strain lately and..."

"Last time I checked, when a doctor made house calls, you went to their house, not the other way around."  Corinne stood with her hands on her hips and inspected Judith closely.  She was quick to note the other woman's sophisticated style and cool beauty that showed despite her shaken and emotional demeanor.

Judith Stokes Linford"Y-you're wife is right, Tal...Dr. Campbell," Judith muttered awkwardly.  "I really shouldn't have bothered you at home."

"It was really no bother," Talbot sighed with a slight shake of his head before turning to shoot Corinne an angry glance.  "If something's troubling you and you need to talk, you know that you can call me anytime.  I'm your doctor!  I'm supposed to care about what happens to you."

"I know that," Judith sighed and then quickly glanced up at Corinne who was glaring at her angrily, "but I...well...I shouldn't have bothered you at home.  I really...should be going."  She quickly rose to leave and headed for the door.

"I'm sure that my husband will be available to see you tomorrow at his office," Corinne said bluntly.  "Call and make an appointment."

As the door closed behind Judith, Talbot snapped his head around and shot his wife an angry look

"How could you act that way towards her?  Couldn't you see that she was very upset about something?"

"The only thing I saw was another woman in my own home with my husband!"

"Oh, Corinne," Talbot sighed and shook his head in disbelief, "Mrs. Stokes is a patient.  Why in the world are you acting like this?"

"Do you think I don't have ears?  Don't you think I know who that woman is?"  She pulled off her winter coat and hung it in the closet by the front door before walking over to the cocktail bar to pour herself a glass of sherry.  "One of the ladies from the auxiliary has a sister who lives in New York.  She's very familiar with Judith Linford!  Oh, the stories that she's told me!  You just wouldn't believe..."

"You bet I won't believe them," Talbot snapped.  "I don't know why you insist on attending those ladies auxiliary meetings, anyway.  All that group is is an excuse for a bunch of vipers to get together and see who can out lie each other."

Corinne Campbell"I beg your pardon?"  Corinne's eyes grew wide with shock.  "I would think that you, of all people, would support the auxiliary!  After all, you are the hospital's chief of staff.  The ladies auxiliary does a lot of wonderful things.  Why, just last month we held that big benefit for the children's ward and..."

"All right, all right," he sighed before taking a deep breath.  "I admit that the auxiliary does some good work for the hospital, but even you have to admit that those good deeds are nothing more than an excuse for a bunch of women with nothing better to do to sit around and gossip."

"I know no such thing!"

Talbot sighed again and closed his eyes as he tried to fight off a strong headache that was starting to appear.  There would be no winning this difference of opinion with his wife.  That fact was certain.

"Okay, okay," he relented as he threw up his hands in hopes of calming her down.  "Let's not do this.  Let's not argue anymore."  He paused for a moment and took a deep breath.  "In fact, I've got quite a bit of paperwork to do in my study," he muttered before starting to walk out of the room.  "Just call me when dinner's ready."

Left alone, Corinne took another sip of her drink and began to quietly seethe.  Judith Linford better be nothing more than a patient.  From all of the gossip that she'd heard from her friend in the auxiliary, she knew what a man-stealing viper that Judith could be.  As Corinne's jaw tightened, she silently vowed that she wouldn't be like Francis Callison.  There was no way that she was going to let some harpy ruin her marriage and steal her husband.  No way in hell.