In Collinsport, Mrs. Johnson stops by to see Burke Devlin. She tells him about the seance in Collinwood to find out what's wrong with Mrs. Stoddard. She explains that she was upstairs with David while Guthrie, Roger, Carolyn, Vicki, and later Laura Collins had the seance. She said Vicki began speaking in French, felt a sense of fire, and then screamed out before collapsing. Burke says he's going to take care of Guthrie. He tells Mrs. Johnson to keep an eye on Vicki, and not to let anyone harm her. She leaves, and Burke calls his lawyer and asks him to research Peter Guthrie.
Dr. Guthrie arrives at Collinwood and starts upstairs. Mrs. Johnson interrupts him and says Vicki is to have no visitors. She says the only way he'll see her is if her goes through her. Rather than press the issue, Guthrie retires to the drawing room.
Laura stops by to see Vicki, and Mrs. Johnson stops her. Then she says she'll go upstairs to see David. Mrs. Johnson stops her again. She says David is off with Carolyn. Laura attempts to go upstairs anyway, and Mrs. Johnson stops her again. From the drawing room, they hear Vicki's moans. Laura walks in and finds Guthrie listening to the recording of the seance. She says she thought it was a failure, and Guthrie says it was actually quite successful.
Burke bursts into the cottage where Laura is reading a book in front of the fireplace. He asks what's going on. She says she doesn't like his tone. She says they need to remain allies if they're going to get what they want. He asks about the seance, and what happened to Vicki. Laura says she assumed the voice of a spirit, and then collapsed. She says she went to see Vicki and Mrs. Johnson prevented it. Burke says, "good," and she asks if he had anything to do with Mrs. Johnson's attitude. He denies it. She asks about who Guthrie is and why he's here, and Burke tells her they'll know soon enough, as he put his lawyer on it. She says she thinks Guthrie is there to block them, and he needs to be removed by any means necessary.
Dr. Guthrie comes into the foyer and calls for Mrs. Johnson. He asks if she touched his tape recorder while dusting it. She says no, and he plays the tape. It's the sound of fire.
John: Other than the one scene when Burke visits Laura in her cottage, Mrs. Johnson was in every scene this episode. That had her in the cottage, the main house, AND the hotel in town. That Mrs. Johnson sure gets around!
Christine: She had to be in every scene because everyone in the Collins family plus Vicki are off somewhere today. Perhaps they're off celebrating with their sweethearts since this episode was recorded on Valentine's Day.
John: Mrs. Johnson is one tough cookie. I wasn't too surprised that Guthrie didn't try and push past her, but I was impressed that she was able to keep the Phoenix at bay.
Christine: Laura may have put up more of a fight if the seance recording had not drawn her away. Or she may have realized it's much easier to pop into people's rooms and stand at the foot of their bed in the middle of the night.
John: So when did Laura have the opportunity to record fire, and did she record over the seance?
Christine: I think it was her nearness to the recorder that caused the fiery recording, similar to how a magnet might act to erase a recording.
Here was another enjoyable bit of dialogue today:
Laura: Certainly, everybody's not changing. You're not, Mrs. Johnson. You remain the same.
Mrs. Johnson: Well, that's because I'm a person that believes in minding her own business.
Laura: So I've noticed.
Mrs. Johnson: I don't mess with what shouldn't be messed with. Leave well enough alone, that's my motto.
Laura: And a very admirable one it is.
Mrs. Johnson: Well, I tell you, if everyone were like me, there wouldn't be any problems.
Laura: I couldn't agree with you more.