produced/written by G. Matthew Smith



EPISODE #130 (Friday, 11/8/02) click here for a printable version of this episode
Same Day
June, 1936 - Early Evening


THE CALLISON HOME - MAIN FOYER

Charles Callison63 Mapleton Way"Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please?" Charles Callison spoke up as he stood on the second floor landing, overlooking the crowd of guests, and tapped his champagne glass.  "Your attention, please!"

Slowly, the assorted chatter that had filled the home began to die down and all eyes looked upward towards where Charles was standing.  With a broad smile, he looked down to survey the crowd of family and friends.

"First of all, on behalf of me and my wife," he paused to take Francis Callison's hand and lead her to his side, "I'd like to welcome each and every one of you into our new home.  More importantly, however, is the reason that we've gathered here tonight -- to celebrate and honor the marriages of two very special couples."

A warm round of applause immediately broke out, causing him to nod in appreciation and pride before raising his hands to, again, silence the crowd.

"Today has been a day about new beginnings, not only for the newlyweds, but for this family, as well."  He lifted his champagne glass into the air.  "And for those reasons, I'd like to propose a toast!" 


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THE CALLISON HOME - MAIN FOYER

Charles Callison63 Mapleton Way"To my oldest son, Reginald, and his new bride, Jillian," Charles began his toast as he looked down at the couple who stood directly below him, "I wish you a long life and a marriage full of as much love and devotion as your mother and I have shared.  Jillian, from the moment Reginald brought you into our lives, I knew that you were the one he'd marry.  I've always thought of you as a second daughter and I know that if your father were able to be with us today, he couldn't be any prouder of you than I am."

His words brought tears to Jillian's eyes as she thought about her late father and the opposition he'd voiced about her marriage to Reginald and his eventual acceptance before his death.

Jillian Stokes CallisonReginald Callison"I would also like to toast the other happy couple in the room."  He held his glass high and turned to find Patterson and Stephanie in the crowd.  "Patterson, your father was one of my closest friends and I've always considered your family a part of my family.  I wish that your mother and father could be alive to see what a fine young man you've become.  And, Stephanie, you've come to mean a great deal to this family over the past few months.  I confess that, in the past, we didn't always see you in the best light, but that didn't stop you from doing what you thought was right.  We owe you a great deal of thanks for making today the day of celebration that it is."=

Stephanie bowed her head humbly, but felt her chest swell with a sense of pride and vindication.

Patterson MonroeStephanie Lake Monroe"And I should also add that your...."  He hesitated for a moment and quickly glanced in Francis's direction before giving her hand a gentle squeeze.  "Your mother would be prouder of you today than you can ever know.  The one thing she always wanted for you was the best and you've found that in Patterson."

Stephanie looked over at her new husband who stood, beaming, by her side and gave him a quick and loving kiss.

"I'd also like to toast my wonderful wife."  He turned in Francis's direction and smiled.  "She's the love of my life and the most wonderful wife and mother a man could ever hope for.  I only hope that one day I can be worthy of her love and devotion."

Francis Callison"You already are, dear."  She raised her hand to gently stroke his cheek as she fought back tears of joy.

"Today is truly a day of new beginnings for all of us," he continued, his glass still raised high.  "My wish, not only for the newlyweds, but also for each and every one of you here today, is that you use this day to begin anew.  Tell that special someone how much they mean to you.  Tell your wives, your children, your friends and neighbors.  Make today the start of your own personal legacy of love and honor that will last forever."

"Here!  Here!" came the jubilant cry from the crowd as they all lifted their glasses in toast.  "Here!  Here!"


THE CAMPBELL HOME - LIVING ROOM

276 Spruce LaneCorinne Campbell sat at her desk, staring blankly at the pages of notes and plans that she'd been working on concerning the upcoming 4th of July hospital fundraiser.  However, despite the work that still needed to be done, she couldn't think of anything else other than her husband, Talbot.

As she strummed her fingers on the top of the desk, she felt her face flush with anger.  How could he run around with that horrible Linford woman?  How could he do this to her and their family?

Of course, Talbot had repeatedly denied that there'd been anything inappropriate going on between him and Judith Linford.  He'd continued to insist that they'd only had a "professional" relationship that had developed into a "friendship."  However, Corinne didn't buy any of it for a minute.  No matter what he'd said or how strongly he'd tried to deny it, she was certain that he was having an affair with Judith.  After all, what other reason could there possibly be for his increasingly late hours at the hospital and his seeming indifference towards her?

After glancing at her watch to check the time, she realized that her husband had more than enough time to make it to the hospital -- if that's where he was going.  A determined look covering her face, Corinne reached for the telephone and dialed the number to the hospital.  After several long and annoying rings, the call connected.

"Albanyville General switchboard," the hospital operator said in a nasally voice that always grated on Corinne's nerves.  "Your extension please?"

Corrine Campbell"Third floor nurses' station, please," Corinne replied ever so politely.

"Just a moment, please."

As she waited for the transfer, Corinne tapped her foot anxiously on the floor.  If Talbot knew what was good for him, he'd better be at the hospital.

"Third floor," came the familiar voice on the other end of the line when the transfer finally went through.  "Can I help you?"

"Fay!  Just who I wanted to talk to."

"Corinne?  What is it?  What's wrong?" Nurse Fay Rutledge asked, immediately worried by her friend's tone.

"Is my husband there?"

"Well, yes," Fay replied.  "He just came in a few minutes ago.  He's not in a very good mood though, so I wouldn't disturb him if I were you.  He just stormed right passed us without saying a word and went into his office and slammed the door."

"Good," Corinne muttered absently.

Fay Rutledge"Good?  Good that he's upset about something?"

"No.  Good that he's there."  Corinne paused as a thought struck her.  "Fay, by any chance is Judith Linford there?  Have you seen her at the hospital today?"

"Of course not!" Fay laughed.  "Don't you remember?  It's been all over the society pages this week.  Her sister's wedding was today.  I'm sure she's too tied up with family things to even think about your husband."

"I find that highly unlikely," Corinne replied dryly.  "If I know that woman like I think I do, she'll find some way to slither her way over for a clandestine meeting with Talbot."

"So, do you want me to keep an eye out for her?"

"Of course.  And when you see her, I want you to phone me right away."  Corinne leaned back in her chair as her eyes narrowed.  "I'll be right there as fast as I can.  If that high society tramp thinks she can get her hooks into my husband, she's sadly mistaken."