Friday, March 24, 2017

Episode 195 - 3/24/67

Liz comes downstairs and finds Vicki in the drawing room. She asks Vicki to remember her promise from last night, as she doesn't want anyone to know what she was doing in the basement. Vicki says that even she doesn't know what Liz was doing in the basement, and doesn't understand why Liz looked frightened when she saw her. She says she was startled, not frightened, and doesn't want it discussed any further. Carolyn comes home, having dropped David off with Burke so they could go on a fishing trip. Carolyn says she's going to take a nap, as her mother kept her up last night, getting up and down several times during the night. Liz says she must have heard Vicki, who came into her room several times to check in on her. Vicki reluctantly supports her lies.

Maggie is in the diner when Jason McGuire walks in. He orders a cup of coffee with a bit of lemon peel. She asks if he's passing through, or looking for work. He asks if he looks like an ordinary seaman. He tells her he's a first officer. She asks what he's looking for, and he says maybe a safe harbor in a storm. She says he looks too intelligent not to be doing something important. He impresses Maggie with his knowledge of coffee.

Vicki walks in, and tells Maggie that Mrs. Stoddard is back. Jason interrupts and asks if Vicki mentioned Mrs. Stoddard. He asks if she's okay, and Vicki says the danger is passed. He asks what Vicki does for Liz. He quizzes her on who all is up at Collinwood. Vicki asks if he knows Liz. and he says he did years ago. He asks about Mr. Stoddard, and Vicki is surprised to hear someone mention Paul Stoddard. She says he went away 18 years ago. She asks if he knows him, and he indicates that he did. She asks if he's seen Paul, and he says he has not, and that it's possible, if no one has seen him, that Paul Stoddard is dead. Jason leaves, and Vicki asks Maggie about him. She says it was strange he was asking so many questions.

There's a knock at the door at Collinwood, and Carolyn answers. It's Jason to see Mrs. Stoddard. He weasels his way into the house, telling Carolyn he remembers her from when she was very young. He says he'll wait inside, without answering Carolyn's questions about who he is. He says she's trying to spoil the surprise of her mother seeing him.

Liz calls from upstairs, and Carolyn tells her there's a surprise visitor to see her.

In the drawing room, Jason fixes himself a drink. Liz walks in, and is shocked to see Jason McGuire.

Our thoughts

John: Wow, Liz not only lies and asks Vicki to cover for her—now she starts using Vicki as an alibi, lest anyone know she was walking around the house in the middle of the night.

Christine: These are the actions of a desperate woman.

John: I think we should all follow Jason McGuire's lead, and start calling The Blue Whale "The Dead Whale."

Christine: Was that a Freudian slip on his part? It has a certain ring...

John: Wow, Jason is a master at social engineering. He manages to get all the information he needs about Collinwood from Vicki, and then he immediately uses that to work his way past Carolyn, We don't yet know what his plans are, but I think we can assume he's not there for the good of Collinwood.

Christine: He's quite the charmer. I think Carolyn just found a new crush.


  1. I'm glad Dennis Patrick has finally ended up in these reviews. Without giving anything away, Jason becomes one of the more entertaining parts of the show for a long while.

  2. I'm with you, Grant. I've been anxiously awaiting Jason's arrival at Collinwood! I knew he was around by the time Barnabas arrived, but wasn't previously aware under what circumstances he appeared on the scene.