- My name is Victoria Winters. A new hope has come to Collinwood, a man skilled in the mysteries that sometimes intrude on this world. He knows these forces are sometimes dark and often elusive. Their disguises are many and their skills often exceed those of mortal men.
Dr. Guthrie asks Vicki if David ever was told about the painting being finished since 150. Guthrie points out that the force that's making Liz catatonic also wants her memory gone. Vicki posits that a stranger might have met Liz and caused the whole thing. Guthrie wonders why it has to be a stranger, and Vicki says that nobody at Collinwood did it, and Laura said she hadn't seen Liz all day.
Guthrie refuses to be befuddled by what he doesn't know; he wants to get to the bottom of the painting. Guthrie asks about Sam and learns that Sam painted several portraits, although he felt compelled to do them against his will. Guthrie asks about Sam's feelings for/against Laura. Vicki admits they weren't very friendly but that Sam isn't a vicious man. Guthrie wants to see Sam, but Vicki's reluctant because of Sam's recent accident. She also wants to keep him from being embarrassed because Sam drinks when his work's not going well. Guthrie insists they try because he believes Sam has something very important to tell him. At the Evans Cottage, Sam complains because Maggie's been keeping the booze from him. He can't go for a walk because it would require him to envision unpaintable pictures or go past the Blue Whale. Sam's hands have been burned for over a week. Sam wants to paint--even if it means he'll paint--nope, he'll never paint again. Maggie scolds Sam for believing his hands were burnt by Laura.
Vicki and Maggie talk at the Diner with Guthrie, and she encourages them to visit her pop, who's going stir-crazy. Burke comes in and wants to talk to Vicki alone. Guthrie meets Devlin; Guthrie offers to go to Sam's alone. Vicki is reluctant, but agrees to meet with Burke. Maggie tries to prep Guthrie for any unexplainable outbursts of her father's. Burke asks who Guthrie is--Maggie says, 'a very rare human being... one who's interested in my father's paintings.' At home, Sam doesn't want to be bothered. Guthrie comes in anyway. Sam claims he hasn't been called Samuel since he was seven. Guthrie purports to have an interest in paintings. Sam insists he did not hurt his hands, but stops short of saying what happened. He claims not to be himself today. Guthrie claims to admire Sam, or his paintings rather, and wants to browse. Guthrie appears to be looking for something specific and begins pawing through the reject pile, which includes one of the burnt-up paintings. Guthrie asks if that was a painting of Laura Collins, and wants to know if Sam really painted a lot of Laura's pictures. Sam throws him out of the house after claiming not to have painted any pictures of Laura. Sam is shocked when Guthrie admits he believes another force painted the paintings of Laura.
Sam and Guthrie drop the charade and Guthrie tells him he's investigating the goings-on at Collinwood. Sam never knew Laura that well; he's not sure if the woman on the canvas is really Laura, because the woman on the canvas is evil incarnate. Burke thinks Laura is wonderful and Vicki is afraid they'll repeat their conversation in 148. Vicki and Burke accuse each other of being irrational concerning Laura. Burke accuses Vicki of being a puppet for Liz. They again begin to argue. Burke sings Laura's praises. Sam describes Laura as being inhuman and separated from everything else, destructive like fire.
Burke offers Vicki a ride back to Collinwood; he wants Liz to get better so he can beat her fairly. Vicki learns that Burke saw Liz the night she got sick, at Laura's, with Laura, but was kicked out before the fight started (155). Guthrie shows up at the Inn and offers Vicki a ride; Vicki and Burke talk about who will take her to Collinwood, and Burke acquiesces. Vicki and Burke are still friends. Guthrie asks if Vicki's upset, and Vicki tells him that Burke saw Laura and Liz together the night that Liz became ill. Laura was lying!
Memorable quotes Edit
- Maggie: Well, my father's been a little tense lately and sometimes he gets a little too excited. If he does, you will excuse him, won't you?
- Dr. Guthrie: In an artist, anything is permissible.
- Maggie: (laughs) Don't tell him that. He'll believe it.
- Sam Evans: Well, I have to warn you, I'm, uh, I'm very expensive.
- Dr. Guthrie: Well, uh, do you mind if I browse?
- Sam Evans: Go right ahead. But no more than six to a customer.
Dramatis personae Edit
- ← Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin →
- ← David Ford as Sam Evans →
- ← John Lasell as Dr. Peter Guthrie →
- ← Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans →
- ← Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters →