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March 15, 1967
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- My name is Victoria Winters. There is a guest at Collinwood, a guest whose smile masks the suggestion of evils past, present and future. But one need only look into his eyes to discover the danger that his smile cannot conceal.
Morning; Jason comes downstairs acting as if he owns the place. He had a great night's sleep; Elizabeth considers him an intruder, not a guest. She pressures him for a decision concerning his length of stay; he stalls and says if she gets difficult, he will retaliate.
Elizabeth asks if Jason will continue threatening her; why did he return when he promised never to? Jason thinks Elizabeth's life has been pretty good, but her conscience has been bothering her. Jason is glad he doesn't have one, or he would have turned her in already. He points out her hypocrisy. He laments his sad, moneyless life and she reminds him of the generous amount of money she gave him. It's 'gone with the wind'; he wants her to allow him to charge some clothing at the local clothiers. Outside in the Foyer, Roger receives a call from an angry Sam, who reiterates his threat of 193 after Roger reports the 'miserable' paintings weren't where he last placed them.
Roger prowls in the basement, hoping to find his missing paintings. He is unable to enter the locked room; while down there, he hears a noise and hides. He observes Jason prowling by the locked room as well. McGuire, using a lighter to spy, is surprised when Roger shines a flashlight on him. Jason claims to be lost and to having collected old padlocks like the one on the basement door. They spar; Roger asks if McGuire left with Paul Stoddard. McGuire states he and Paul left at the same time, and that the last place he saw him was here (in Collinwood's basement).
McGuire elaborates that Paul was collecting things as he left; McGuire asks if Roger wants Paul to come back. Roger doesn't, but feels that Paul is one of Collinwood's loose ends. They speak of Elizabeth's being a recluse; Roger refuses to explain why he was in the basement. Roger goes to Elizabeth, desperate to find the unimportant, non-family, partially framed paintings. He's looked everywhere but the locked room, where Elizabeth assures they're not, and bars his access. Roger blabs that McGuire was poking around the basement room as well. Roger vows to find out what it's all about.
At the Blue Whale, Sam drinks. Roger enters sans paintings; Roger reports he was unable to find them and speculates that someone must have thrown them out. Sam is appalled that someone would throw out paintings; they trade barbs. Sam again threatens that if he doesn't get the paintings and his chance for recognition, he will start blabbing and stop only when Roger's behind bars. Roger thinks of one place they may be. At Collinwood, Jason is preparing to go out to pick up his new clothes; Elizabeth has called and the Haberdashery is expecting him. She confronts him about his activities in the basement. Jason calls the basement room "his stake" and Elizabeth scolds him for drawing attention to it. Elizabeth defends Roger; both McGuire and Elizabeth want the locked door never to be opened. Back in the basement, Roger hacks at the locked door with an axe.
- Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
- Dennis Patrick as Jason McGuire
- Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
- David Ford as Sam Evans
- George McCoy as Blue Whale Customer (uncredited)
Background information and notes
- Jason claims that most of his possessions were stolen in Panama.
- According to Elizabeth, most of the Collins family portraits are hanging in the house.
- It's been 18 years since Jason last saw Elizabeth.
- TIMELINE: Day 52 begins, and will end in 201.