Episode 28, scene 2.

     Rossi is talking with Constance in the Mackenzie home.

MR:  I had my doubts about the New England style of clam chowder.
CM:  You missed the tomatoes.
MR:  Not a bit.  Not a bit.  I liked the clam chowder, but, my heart 
     belongs to the cook. 
CM:  Oh, Allison should be getting home.
MR:  What is it, Connie?
CM:  It's nothing.
MR:  You seem like a different person, since we . . .
CM:  I don't mean to be.  Let's just say it was one of those days.
MR:  All right, let's say that last night followed one of those days.
     And we didn't seem to care about it, did we?   
CM:  No.
MR:  If I were to kiss you now, your eyes would be on the door and your 
     mind would be somewhere else. 
CM:  Mike, please.  Be patient with me.
MR:  Tell me about it.
CM:  Well, it wasn't just one of those days.  It was a very upsetting 
     day.  Eli Carson came to my shop. 

     [Mood music]

CM:  He talked about Elliot.  Mike, there's so much you don't know about 
     Peyton Place. 
MR:  I want to learn.

     [The telephone rings and Constance answers.]

CM:  Hello.  
CM:  Yes, he is.
CM:  [To Rossi]  It's your exchange.
MR:  Hello, yes.
MR:  Well, where?
MR:  Yes, I see.
MR:  Yes, I'll call them right away, thank you.

     [Rossi hangs up the phone.]

CM:  How did they know you were here?

     [Rossi dials the Anderson home.]

MR:  [To Constance]  They called Laura Brooks, and she . . .
MR:  [To the caller]   Hello, this is Dr. Rossi.
MR:  Yes.
MR:  Well, when did this happen?
MR:  Well, listen please . . .  Well just please and try and stay calm.  
     I'll come right over.  
     Yes, right away. 

     [Rossi hangs up the phone.]
MR:  It's some trouble at the Andersons.
CM:  Julie.  Did he hurt her?
MR:  It wasn't Julie, Connie.  George is hurt.
CM:  How?  What happened?
MR:  I couldn't tell from what she said over the phone.
CM:  Oh poor Julie.
MR:  I'll call you.

     [Rossi turns to leave.]
     [Allison arrives home.]

AM:  Oh, hello, Dr. Rossi.
CM:  Hello, Allison.  How was your movie?
AM:  Oh, it was fine.  It was the end that . . .

     [Rossi leaves.]

AM:  Did you have a fight with Dr. Rossi?
CM:  No, of course not.
AM:  Men don't just storm out over nothing.
CM:  He's a doctor, Allison.  He had an emergency call.
AM:  Oh.
CM:  Did you like the movie?
AM:  I don't know.  
CM:  That's a strange thing to say.
AM:  Well, I enjoyed it, but I'm just not sure I liked it.  It was one of 
     those endings where he's dying and she's reaching out for him.  And 
     just as they touch . . .  Well, I must admit, I cried. 

AM:  Funny thing in movies there's always an ending.  A happy one or a 
     tragic one.  But in real life people have to go on living.  Getting 
     older.  They become middle-aged and utterly uninteresting.  And 
     still they have to put up with one another. 
CM:  What you choose when you're young, you have to live with the rest of 
     your life, one way or another.  Life isn't romantic.
AM:  Isn't it sometimes?  Sometimes don't people fall in love and feel 
     romantic?  Does that always have to change? 
CM:  I don't know.

AM:  Mother . . . 
CM:  It's late Allison.
AM:  I knew you were going to say that.  Mother, would this have changed. 
     If he hadn't died, would you still be in love with him? 
CM:  I hope so.  But there's no use wondering.  It's past.
AM:  What is past, Mother?  Don't you live with a memory?  A very private 
     memory?  You never really told me very much about him. 
CM:  I've always answered your questions.
AM:  If I were to write down everything I knew about him, it wouldn't 
     even fill a page. 
CM:  What's gotten into you tonight, Allison?
AM:  Mother, are you in love with Dr. Rossi?  Are you thinking of 
     marrying him? 
CM:  Why do you ask?
AM:  It's a natural question.
CM:  Is it?  I haven't known him very long.
AM:  Oh, I'm not objecting.
CM:  To what?
AM:  Objecting to your getting married again.  To Dr. Rossi or anyone 
CM:  There's no one else.
AM:  Mother, stop treating me like a child.
CM:  This doesn't concern you, Allison.
AM:  My feelings concern you.  And your feelings concern me.  And that's 
     the way it should be.  

     [Mood music]

AM:  You see.  I'm . . .  Well, I'm changing and everything's changing 
     around me.  And I want to understand what's happening.  I have to.  
     I must.  And you have to let me understand what's.  Around me and to 
     me.  There's a wall around this house.  And I have to look over it.  
     Maybe I have to climb over it.  And maybe you do, too. 
CM:  [Softly, but emphatically]  There is no wall around this house.
AM:  [Softly, but with deep feeling]  Oh, yes there is, Mother.  You just 
     told me there is. 

     [Mood music becomes much louder.]

Episode 28, scene 2