Episode 201.
          Elliot receives a baptism of fire as editor of the Clarion.
WA:       This morning, Steven Cord fears that the blistering Clarion 
          editorial against John Fowler will be an obstacle in the way 
          of a new trial for Rodney.  And Elliot Carson knows that for 
          him, today will be a trial by fire." 

Intro:    Townfolk walking in the snow on the square.  Carrying his briefcase 
          and a newspaper, Steven walks from the Colonial Post Inn across 
          the snow covered square to the Clarion to talk with Elliot. 

Scene 1:  An irate Mrs. Patterson calls the Clarion office and complains 
          to Elliot Carson about his editorial criticizing John Fowler.  
          She reminds Elliot that she has been an advertizer for six years.  
          He offers to withdraw her ads and send her a refund.  Steven comes 
          in and tells Elliot that he has compromised Rodney's chances of a 
          new trial.  Steven would have wanted Elliot to wait 24 hours, 
          because Rodney's hearing is in just a few minutes.  Steven says 
          Elliot's inconsistencies ought to show him something.  Elliot says 
          that tradition is a good thing as long as you don't drown in it.  
          Eli comes in and piles on with his own displeasure at the editorial. 

Scene 2:  Steven leaves the Clarion office and walks over to the Peyton 
          County courthouse to see John Fowler.  John is pacing in the 
          hall as Steven comes in.  Steven apologizes to John Fowler for 
          the editorial in the Clarion.  He wants to protect Rodney's 
          chances for a hearing or for a new trial.  Steven and Fowler 
          are waiting to see Judge Irwin A. Jessup.  

Scene 3:  Allison is in the Mackenzie-Carson kitchen reading the paper and 
          baking ginger bread when Eli comes in the back door and tells her 
          that he hopes the editorial didn't upset her.  Allison responds 
          favorably saying that she likes the editorial because it 
          demonstrates her father's intense feelings about justice and 
          morality.  Allison removes a half-gallon jug of milk from the 
          refrigerator.  Constance has removed the 5 pans and added a 
          what-not shelf.  The door at the far end of the kitchen is open. 

Scene 4:  The courthouse hearing has ended and Rodney walks out a free man 
          accompanied by Steven and Leslie.  Leslie is happy and Rodney 
          announces he can now figure out what to do with the rest of 
          his life.  Rodney calls Steven "Buddy-boy."  Norman and Rita rush 
          up and Rita kisses Rodney.  They invite him to stay with them at 
          the apartment.  Steven says he has a lunch scheduled with Theodore 
          Dowell.  Rodney graciously declines to go out for a "father-son 
          lecture lunch" with Leslie.  Leslie asks Norman about lunch 
          tomorrow.  Norman pouts to Rita because he feels left out. 

Scene 5:  Steven telephones the mansion to tell Hannah that she can shove 
          the "fatted calf" in the oven.  Rodney has been freed.  The case 
          has been dismissed.  Hannah tells Steven that she is very proud 
          of him.  Hannah passes the good news on to Martin and to Betty, 
          who is now working as sort of a servant.  [That certainly wasn't 
          the job that Martin described to her in episode 160.]  Hannah 
          tells Steven that she is very proud of him.  Betty joins them.  
          Martin tells Hannah to have a room prepared for Rodney.  Betty 
          gives Peyton his pills.  Peyton tells Betty that Rodney has a 
          lot to learn.  Betty goes in the foyer to talk with Hannah.  
          Betty says that she doesn't want to see Steven get hurt. 

Scene 6:  In the office of the Clarion, Elliot fusses over his jammed typewriter.  
          [Elliot types with two fingers, like Paul Harvey (may he rest in
          peace) did at the time.]  Constance enters, unjams the typewriter, 
          and comments on the bright colors in the nursery.  Constance soothes 
          Elliot's blistering feelings, prior to her taking him out to lunch. 

Scene 7:  In Rodney's room 1 at the Inn, Leslie lectures Rodney about his future.  
          Rodney is tossing his football around.  He flatly refuses to return to 
          college.  Leslie tells his son that he has spent virtually all his 
          savings on his defense.  He is distraught about finding a job and says 
          his morality is now being questioned.  He allowed an innocent man 
          [Elliot Carson] to spend 18 years in prison to protect Catherine Marie 
          Peyton Harrington, his late wife.  Martin offers Leslie his old 
          managerial job at the mill back, but with strings attached.  Rodney 
          must move into the Peyton mansion in order for Leslie to be allowed 
          to run the mill.  Leslie tells Rodney that "It is his last chance."  
          Rodney relents and agrees to move back into the mansion primarily 
          because he owes his freedom to his father. 

Preview:  David Schuster talks to Leslie and Rodney.  Rodney talks with Betty.  
          Elliot talks with John Fowler.  

          DS:  When I started this job, it was with a great deal of enthusiasm.  
               But I was kidding myself all along.  Now it is your turn to kid 

          RH:  What do you want from me?  Some kind of a heroic gesture.
          BA:  Tell me, why you, of all people will take a step backwards. 

          EC:  The people of this town had a right to know the facts about you. 
          JF:  You're right.  The people have had a good look at me.  But they've 
               also had a good look at you. 

Mrs. Patterson, advertizer-uncredited.
Ginger bread.
Judge Jessup-Curt Conway.
Back in 1965 it was common to have milk delivered to residences in glass 
   bottles.  A deposit was required and the bottles would be redeemed 
   from the deliveryman or at a super-market.