"Classic AW CD 73:33"
The scenes on this CD from July, 1968 are a collection taped very
erratically. These are among the first scenes I ever taped and my
inexperience is quite evident, as is the fact that I was taping solely for
music and not even doing that very well. These are the most disjointed and
fragmented, with the recorder going on and off, on and off, even in the middle
of sentences and before the fade-out music ends. Once this segment is over,
things return to normal.
October 28, 1968
- Poor sound quality; very poor quality for first scene.
- Lee, while fawning over Baby Ricky, flashbacks to a scene with Peggy
who is advising her to rethink her decision not to marry Sam.
- Walter and Steve arrive at the hospital to check on Bill, recovering
from his auto accident and meet Alice, on duty there. When she tells them
he is no longer in ICU but on the 4th floor (the floor Lenore volunteers
on), Walter's personal green-eyed monster once again rears its ugly head.
- Ada is arranging a party platter,which Ernie tries to sample.
- Peggy arrives at Lee's for a supper of lamb stew.
- Peggy guesses Lee's secret ingredient and they commit to spending a lot
of time together in the future.
- Lahoma is thunderstruck when Sam proposes, in a scene of incredible
dramatic irony, as she knows why Lee broke her engagement to him.
Had the sound quality been normal, this would have been one of Clarke's
most intensely dramatic chords.
October 24, 1968
- Sound quality returns to normal.
- Russ returns home very early following a night at the hospital while
his cousin Bill was in surgery. Mary is aghast that Russ opts to sleep on
the couch rather than disturb "Her Highness, Rachel."
- As Clarke Morgan plays Mary's beautifully domestic melody, Dru wanders through the livingroom (he lives with the Matthews in a downstairs small suite), & asks Mary in almost kittenish tones if she is aware there is a man sleeping on her couch. Then Russ awakes and brings Rachael some coffee before climbing, bone-weary, into bed
- Rachel wants to talk to Russ about changing his mind and accepting the
residency in Boston, but he is too tired to listen.
- Rachel goes down to join the family in the kitchen and assures an
unconcerned Alice that all is well with Steve concerning the date (thanks
to her) that she was unable to keep with him because of Bill's accident.
Later in the scene, Mary is clearly displeased with the way Rachel talks
about Steve and Alice and their relationship.
- Alice and Steve at the hospital.
- In their bedroom, an exasperated Russ tells Rachel it is too late for
him to accept the Boston appointment now.
October 25, 1968
- Rachel senses Russ is annoyed with her but stills insists it is not too
late to reverse his decision.
- Russ and Alice are on duty at the hospital when Liz suddenly panics
upon seeing a distraught Missy.
- Rachel tells Ada she is urging Russ to call Boston and accept the
- Liz asks Missy about her visits with the unconscious Bill, before she
goes in to see him again. When she does he is delirious and reliving the
time Missy left town on the eve of their wedding (thanks to Liz) as Missy
desperately tries to reach him.
September 30, 1968
- This is the scene that precipitated Bill's car accident and the
reason Bill went to his mother's house in a rage. Walter throws Liz out
because she has gone there to try to enlist Lenore's aid in helping her
gain Bill's forgiveness. The fade-out music Clarke Morgan uses in this
scene wrings out every ounce of emotional tension, stress, and fury that
each of the three characters is imparting into it. One of my absolute
A duplication of Track 1 from CD 52:49.
July 16, 1968
- Ada and Sam are doing dishes when Sam expresses his concern that
something is very wrong with Lee's behavior toward him.
- Mary and Jim talk to/about Alice who has fallen asleep, exhausted after
a hard day's work at the hospital. They express concern for Rachel, still
in the hospital after losing her baby.
- Sam frantically calls Lee, who is not answering her phone, fearful it
may be Sam, who is doubly worried as she also has not responded to the note
he slipped under her apartment door. He asks her neighbor, Lahoma, to check
- Lahoma rebukes Lee for causing everyone to be concerned about her by
not answering her phone. When she asks Lee if she got Sam's note, she
displays it, torn to pieces, to an astonished Lahoma.
- Lee tells Lahoma there is another way to emancipate Sam instead of
telling him the truth that she cannot safely bear children, and that is to
tell him she does not love him nor want to marry him.
July 22, 1968
- Alice is in total disbelief when Lee tells her she will not marry
- Lahoma mystifies Ada with her evasiveness when asked about Lee and Sam.
- Pat and John relax on their patio amidst the sound of birds chirping in
- Dru wistfully greets Alice on her return home from work.
- Fragments of Lee's horrible nightmare about the consequences of taking
LSD. A carousel is heard in the park as Lee repeats to herself the line she
has read about malformed children. Then Lahoma, with Dru and perhaps
other characters sitting in the audience laughing, conducts a puppet show
and supplys the voices that mimic a conversation she and Lee had had
earlier. One of the puppets then recites the malformed children line from
Lee's medical literature. Sam appears next asking Lee when their wedding
day will be, causing Lee to shriek. Trumpets sound and then a chorus of
children repeat the malformed children line again. Lee wakes up screaming.
July 24, 1968
- Sam cannot believe his ears when Lee tells him she can't marry him.
- Lahoma visits Rachel in the hospital and speaks with Russ about her and
then uncomfortably tries to dodge Ernie's questions about just when
Lee and Sam plan to marry.
- Lee reluctantly accepts Walter and Lenore's invitation to take her
and Sam to a restaurant for dinner.
- Lahoma is taken aback by Ernie's probing.
- At the restaurant, Lenore tries to pin down Lee as to her wedding date.
- Back at her apartment, she tells Sam they are through.
July 29, 1968
- Bill in his law office dictating letters to Peggy.
- Liz offers to sit with Ricky and is dismayed that Missy will not tell
her what John has asked her to do, which is check on Lee.
- Music from an episode of Dark Shadows.
October 14, 1968
- Pat tries to comfort Missy as she prepares to go to the hospital
just after Mary has called with the news of the accident.
- Walter proclaims his hatred for Liz as he dines out with Lenore.
- John arrives at Bill and Missy's apartment, where Pat is looking after
Ricky, fussing in the background, and confirms for Pat that Bill's
injuries are serious.
- Rachel is ecstatic when Russ arrives home early and though he wants to
stay home alone with her, he yields to her pressure to go out. When
Russ gets the call about Bill and has to rush back to the hospital, she is
initially less than understanding.
- At the hospital, a frantic Liz, impatiently awaiting word on Bill's
condition, tries to burst through the doors of the emergency room but is
restrained by Mary and Alice. Missy arrives at the hospital, desperate for
information on Bill's condition and an account of what happened, but must
first listen to Liz, ("It's all about me") ramble on about how she is
impacted. Note how Liz sugarcoats what led up to the accident.
- This piece of classical music used for this closing was music that
was used during the November, 1968 musician's strike. No music played at
all during the show.
- A Boston-area talk show interview hosted by a young Doris Kearns
Goodwin with Harding Lemay, Paul Rauch, Susan Sullivan, and George Reinholt.
It contains some interesting backstage, behind-the-scenes commentary.