Episode 294, Scene 2.

     Judge Chester's courtroom.  Hannah is testifying.  Peyton, Rossi, 
     Leslie, Elliot, Norman, Betty, Rodney, Sandy and others are there. 

JC:  Mr. Cord, you may proceed with your interrogation.

SC:  You saw Ann on the bluff?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  Did you speak with her?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  What was your purpose in coming to the bluff that afternoon, Mrs. 
     Cord?
HC:  I had to see Ann again.  I had to talk to her.
SC:  Why?
HC:  Because when she left the house she was so upset.  I was afraid she 
     might do something foolish.
SC:  So the compassionate mother went after her to be by her side.  
     Weren't you a little late?

     [Fowler stands.]

JF:  Objection, your honor.

JC:  Sustained.  
JC:  Mr. Cord.
SC:  Where did you find Ann when you went to the bluff?
HC:  She was standing out near the edge, looking down at the sea.  She 
     seemed to be in sort of a trance.  She kept moving closer and 
     closer to the edge.  Then some ground gave way under her feet.  And 
     I was afraid she was going to fall. 
SC:  Or jump?
HC:  Yes.

     [Fowler stands.]

JF:  Objection.  Counselor is leading the witness.
JC:  Sustained.
SC:  What happened after you thought she was going to fall?
HC:  Well, I called out to her.  It seemed to startle her.  Steven, I 
     know what you are thinking, but she didn't fall then. 
SC:  She didn't fall then?  When did she fall?
HC:  She didn't fall, at all, Steven.  She was pushed.  

     [Hannah stands.]

HC:  He pushed her.

     [Hannah points accusingly at Lee Webber.]

LW:  That's a lie.  I didn't push anybody.
JC:  Sit down, Mr. Webber.

     [Gavel 2 times.]

HC:  Lee Webber pushed Ann off the bluff.  I saw him do it.

JC:  Mr. Cord.  Mr. Cord, do you care to continue?

SC:  In view of this provocative testimony, Your Honor, I'd like to ask
     permission for greater latitude in the phrasing of my questions. 

     [Fowler stands and approaches the bench.]

JF:  Your honor, I'd like to point out that the court has bent over 
     backwards to be lenient already. 

SC:  I appreciate the understanding the court has shown so far,
     but I feel, that this witness has conveniently invented this 
     last bit of testimony in an effort to conceal the truth about her 
     daughter's death. 
JC:  Mr. Cord, I am going to grant your plea.  But I have not forgotten 
     it was necessary to find you in contempt once during these 
     proceedings. 
SC:  Yes, sir.
JC:  Proceed gentlemen.
SC:  Thank you.

     [Fowler returns to the prosecution table.]

SC:  You said you saw Lee Webber push Ann Howard off the bluff?
HC:  I did Steven, I swear.
SC:  Those [swearings] aren't necessary, you've already taken one.
     When did you see Lee push Ann? 
HC:  After I had finished talking with her, I started to leave and then 
     I heard the sound of his motorcycle coming. 
SC:  How did you know it was Lee Webber's?
HC:  Well, I didn't until I saw him on it.
SC:  Where were you when you saw him approaching?
HC:  I was on the road a little way past the house.
SC:  Where was Ann?
HC:  She was still on the bluff.
SC:  And what did you do when you saw Mr. Webber approaching?
HC:  I stepped off the road and hid behind some trees.
SC:  To your knowledge, did the defendant see you?
HC:  I don't think so.  At least he came right on coming.
SC:  What did you do?
HC:  I didn't know what to do, I was frightened.
SC:  Frightened of what?
HC:  The sound of that motorcycle bearing down on me on that lonely 
     road.  And that look on his face . . .  I just waited until I heard 
     the motor stop.  And then I started back toward the house.  I 
     started running and then I saw them.  They were out near the bluff.
     He was moving toward her making wild threatening gestures and she 
     was moving away from him pleading with him.  But he kept coming and 
     he forced her nearer and nearer the edge and he pushed her.  There
     was a scream and she was gone. 

SC:  That's all very interesting, Mrs. Cord.  You say Lee Webber stalked 
     Ann Howard.  That he was making wild and threatening gestures.  And 
     she was backing up and pleading? 

SC:  What were you doing all this time, Mrs. Cord?
HC:  Steven, I was paralized.  I wanted to move but I couldn't.  I just 
     stood and watched.
SC:  You just watched?  Well, that's very odd.  You testified that you 
     came back to see Ann a second time because you were afraid for her 
     safety.  And now you tell me you just watched as your own daughter 
     was pushed off the cliff? 
HC:  It's true.
SC:  Well, that's very interesting and very reminicent.  The defendant's 
     brother, Christopher Webber, testified that he was in the vicinity 
     of the bluff also.  And he said that he just stood by and listened. 
     Very interesting.  Especially since his testimony was run on the 
     front page of the Clarion.  Now it doesn't take much to change the 
     verb from I heard to I saw, does it?  Did you read Christopher 
     Webber's testimony on the front page of the Clarion? 
HC:  Yes.
SC:  Thank you.

SC:  Now there are some other things I'd like to know.  Like what the 
     concerned mother did after her daughter fell over a hundred feet to 
     her death.  Did you run to the base of the cliff and see if there 
     was still some life left in her?  Did you take your daughter in 
     your arms and weep over her?  Did you inform anyone what you had 
     witnessed?  Did you make any immediate effort to see that this man 
     that you now accuse of murder was brought to justice for what you
     say you saw him do?  
HC:  No.
SC:  Why didn't you come forward then?  Why now? 
HC:  I don't know.  I don't know. 
SC:  You're lying, aren't you?  Your whole life has been a lie. 
HC:  No.  No.

     [Peyton stands, shouts, and begins to walk toward the bench.] 

MP:  That will be all.  I can not allow this to continue.
     
     [Gavel 18 times.]

     The attorney for the defense has just demeaned not only the 
     witness, but the very existence of the Peyton family.
SC:  Hold up.
JC:  Mr. Peyton.  You will take your seat.
MP:  There is no law.  No due process of law that allows character 
     assassination in the guise of interrogation.

     The name of this county is Peyton.  The name of this town is 
     Peyton.  The name of the mill that supports this town is Peyton.  
     This is a Peyton world. 

JC:  Mr. Peyton.
MP:  I have been patient, remarkably patient.  But I could not hold my 
     tongue. 
JC:  Bailiff, will you escort Mr. Peyton out of the courtroom, please.

     [Peyton puts his right hand cane on the Bailiff's left shoulder.]
     [The Bailiff takes hold of the cane.]

B:   Mr. Peyton.

MP:  I realize that I am out of order, Your Honor.  But Mrs. Cord and I 
     have been together many, many years.  She is an old and trusted 
     employee.  She is an old and trusted friend.

     [Martin Peyton returns to his seat using both canes.]

JC:  Bailiff.  You may step aside.

JC:  Mr. Cord, you may continue.

     [Steven gets up from the table and walks to the witness chair.]

SC:  I asked you why you didn't bring this story forward.  Lee Webber 
     didn't push Ann off, did he? 
HC:  Oh, Steven. 
SC:  She threw herself off the bluff.  And you drove her to it.
HC:  Ann didn't kill herself.  I didn't drive her to do anything like 
     that.
SC:  Really, when you went to that bluff and saw Ann standing at the 
     edge . . .
HC:  Steven, I told you.
SC:  Did she jump?
HC:  No.
SC:  Did you push her?
HC:  No.
SC:  Why did you go after her?
HC:  Because I couldn't stand it any longer.  I had to tell her.  
     I had to tell her, because I thought then she would understand.  
     And she would help me so I wouldn't have to lose you.  I had to 
     tell her, [that] I wasn't her mother.

     [Dramatic music.]

HC:  I never had any children. 

     [Dramatic music.]

SC:  You never?
HC:  I'm not your mother.

SC:  Who is Ann's mother?  Who is my mother?
HC:  Catherine Peyton.

     [More dramatic music.]
     [Gavel 5 times.]
     [Audience reaction.]
     [Gavel 11 more times.]
     [Break for commercial.]

SC:  Catherine Peyton . . .
HC:  Yes.
SC:  . . . was Ann's mother and mine?
HC:  Yes, Steven.

SC:  How could you tell her this?  How could you justify this fantastic 
     masquerade? 
HC:  I couldn't.  But she asked me why I had left her father.  I told 
     her it was over an affair.  Affair, she said.  You left your 
     husband over a simple affair?  As if it were my fault.  Not 
     Brian's, but mine. 
SC:  And then you told her?
HC:  Not all of it.  Just enough to try to make her understand what it 
     was like to watch your husband destroy a marriage over an 
     infatuation with a spoiled, willful school girl with a pretty 
     face. 
SC:  Were they in love? 
HC:  In love?  [sarcastically]  Catherine Peyton in love?  I don't think 
     she was ever in love in her life.  She never loved anyone but 
     herself.  
SC:  Well then, what was the nature of their relationship?
HC:  The nature of their relationship was that Catherine Peyton 
     always took what she wanted.  She wanted my husband.  But when the 
     time came for her to pay for it, there was her father, with his 
     checkbook. 

HC:  Steven, what do you think Brian Cord lived on all those years?
SC:  Are you telling me that he received financial help from Martin 
     Peyton? 
HC:  Call it what it was.  Blackmail.
SC:  Did you tell Ann that her father had been a blackmailer?
HC:  She insisted on knowing the truth.  I couldn't hide it.
     Brian Cord got his price for keeping silent.  A regular check, and 
     a good one.

HC:  And Catherine married Leslie Harrington and spent the rest of her 
     life queening it over Peyton Place as though none of this had 
     ever happened. 
SC:  So her father was a blackmailer who had been involved with 
     Catherine Peyton.  But you let her leave the house still 
     believing you were her mother?
HC:  Yes. 
SC:  Why?
HC:  Because I realized I had already gone too far.
SC:  You had gone just as far as you had wanted to.
HC:  I was afraid that Mr. Peyton might hear me.
SC:  He might have overheard you at any time, from the beginning.

SC:  You did this as coldly and deliberately as anything you have done 
     in your entire life. 
JF:  Objection, Your Honor.  Counsel is not here to pass judgment on the
     witness, but to defend his own client against a charge of murder. 
JC:  Mr. Cord.
SC:  Your Honor, this witness claims to have seen the alleged attack on 
     the bluff.  I believe this is an alibi, for her own actions. 
     By her own admission Mrs. Cord's first conversation with the 
     deceased, left this already unstable girl in a state of great 
     emotional turmoil. 
     Now it is my purpose to show that Mrs. Cord went after her not as 
     she testified, because she couldn't bear to watch Ann suffer 
     anymore, but to finish what she had begun.  To revenge herself on 
     Brian Cord and Catherine Peyton by destroying their daughter. 

JC:  You may proceed, Mr. Cord.
SC:  When you saw Ann again, for the last time, did you tell her you 
     were not her mother? 
HC:  Yes.
SC:  Did you give her a full history of her illustrious beginning?
HC:  I told her that Catherine Peyton was her mother.

SC:  Under what circumstances did Catherine Peyton meet your husband?
HC:  My husband was a painter, but not a very successful one.
     He got a job teaching painting in a girls' finishing school where 
     Catherine went.  And I was the one who told him to take the job.  
     You see, I realized that there he could meet the kind of people who 
     would be able to afford to have him paint their portrait. 

SC:  And one of those girls was Catherine Peyton?
HC:  She was just 17, and so beautiful.  You see, Catherine Peyton 
     always took whatever she wanted.  And when she saw Brian she wanted 
     him, too.  Oh, she was very clever.  She knew how to go about it.
     She commissioned him to paint her portrait as a Christmas present 
     for her father.  The week after Martin Peyton hung the portrait 
     proudly over his mantle, Catherine convinced him that she was 
     carrying Brian's child. 

SC:  Did you know Mr. Peyton at the time?
HC:  That was the occasion of our meeting.  Martin Peyton called me to 
     come to his home, and he asked me questions.  He wanted to know how 
     I had allowed this to happen.  What sort of man was my 
     husband?  Would he make any sort of suitable husband for his 
     Catherine?  He actually asked me that, about the man I was married 
     to. 

SC:  And what did you tell him?
HC:  I said, under the circumstances, it seemed to me, it wasn't a 
     question of suitability but of necessity.  And that if Brian 
     wanted Catherine, then he could have her.  I wouldn't stand in the 
     way. 
SC:  Did Mr. Peyton decide against the marriage? 
HC:  Mr. Peyton was willing.  Brian was not.  He had already had his 
     fill of miss Catherine and her tantrums.  He wasn't about to marry 
     her. 
SC:  Who thought of the other solution?
HC:  Mr. Peyton.  He told me, that if I was going to divorce Brian then 
     I would have to think about my future.  I did't have any money or 
     any training.  I didn't know how to support myself.  So Mr. Peyton 
     told me that if I would allow my name to be put on the birth 
     records as the mother instead of Catherine he would provide a good 
     home for me and a job taking care of the child.  Then there were 
     two of you and Brian decided he wanted the son.  But I 
     wouldn't let him have you.  I made him take the girl. 
SC:  Let it be shown in the record that the son refers to me, 
     Steven Cord. 

SC:  So you raised the boy, purely to spite your former husband?
HC:  In the beginning, maybe.  But, Steven I learned to love you.

SC:  Let's say you remained faithful to your end of the bargain.  You 
     kept Catherine's secret.  You took care of her child's physical 
     needs.  You supervised his schooling.
HC:  I loved you.  Brian did it for the money.  But you became mine.  My 
     son. 
SC:  Did you tell Ann?
HC:  Yes, I begged her to make you understand.
SC:  Did you tell Ann that her father raised her purely as the price of 
     his regular check?  Did you say that to her? 
HC:  He balked in the beginning.  But later . . .
SC:  Later you told her more?  Perhaps you even reminded her that her 
     mother was playing golf the day she was accused of blinding 
     Christopher Webber? 
HC:  Don't tell me about Catherine Peyton.  Didn't I have to listen to 
     her whispering, laughing on the back stairs with my husband locked 
     into the studio with him.  I wasn't allowed to enter.  And then the 
     next year watching her sweep down the grand staircase all dressed 
     in white all dewy innocent radiance smiling at you.  A child lying 
     asleep in my bedroom. 

SC:  Mrs. Cord, please confine yourself to what is relevant.
HC:  Relevant?  Is it relevant that I would have been Mrs. Martin Peyton 
     except for Catherine.  She decided I wasn't fit to marry into her 
     family. 
SC:  I only want to know what you actually said to the deceased girl. 
HC:  I said to Ann.  I said forgive me.  Please forgive me.
SC:  And having said it, you walked away and left her to die.
HC:  Oh, God, forgive me.  Forgive me.  Forgive me.

     [Martin Peyton gets up and leaves the courtroom.]
     [Steven approaches the witness chair.]

SC:  Mrs. Cord.  No -- further -- questions.


D. A. John Fowler, prosecutor-John Kerr.
Judge Irvin A. Chester-Jon Lormer.
Ralph, the Bailiff-Gino de Augustino.

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