*HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!*
*Strange Paradise: Episode 40*
*Episode 40: Slideshow: http://tinyurl.com/kn3wy*
Vangie is walking with Matt. "Raxl thought she remembered the ancient
symbols written in the sacred sand. It would have led us to the conjure doll
and silver pin, which would have returned the devil from whence he came."
Vangie tells Matt. "Perhaps she just wished it was the right symbol." "Or
perhaps it was your disbelief in our beliefs that obliterated it." "A
symbol wiped from the sand and Raxl's mind. I�m a minister Vangie not a
magician. I don't know anything about conjure dolls, symbols or what ever
ancient symbols your talking about." "But you do Reverend Dawson. Except
that you do not accept them. Those very spirits selected you to be at the
s�ance, the spirit of the Great Spirit. Probably you are a lesser evil than
the others, but never the less a disruptive force." Vangie says then looks
away. "There is nothing ahead of us now but terror." Vangie walks away. Tim
walks down the staircase, Matt is standing at the bottom. "Hi, have you seen
Holly?" Tim asks. "Holly, she was here about five minutes ago." Matt says.
"You seem worried. Where do you think she's gone?" "She was talking about a
way to escape from this place by a secret tunnel from the crypt." "Oh that
was just Holly in one of her crazy guessing games." Tim tells Matt. "I may
have led her to believe it was more than that." Matt says turning and
walking towards the entrance to the crypt. He stops and turns to Tim. "If
Jean Paul Desmond in his present state finds her down there where his wife
Jean Paul is in his secret room watching the crypt on the monitor. He turns
on the recorder. "Erica my sweet wife, until the day comes when science
restores you to me, can release you from the cryonics suspension colder than
ice, as cold as my empty life, I will continue trying to contact you through
a s�ance. You must know the great effort I am making to protect you but was
the evil of Jacques Eloi Des Mondes enough to prevent us from making contact
at the s�ance that failed Erica? Believe me I fought him with all my
strength, I held him at bay but he could not have got through unaided. These
people in this house Erica, I�ve been thinking about them. Are they in
consort with the devil? Which one prevented me from hearing your sweet voice
again my Erica?" Jean Paul turns towards the monitor. "Which one? If I knew
..." Jean Paul sees Holly in the crypt. Angrily he turns the monitor off
then the recorder.
In the crypt Holly is arguing with Quito. "No Quito, I'm to afraid of other
things to be afraid of you. Quito I want to be your friend. Look, when
someone pushed me down those stairs it wasn't you was it?" Quito shakes his
head no. He tries to push Holly to get her to leave the crypt. "No, I
won�t go. Quito I need a friend. I need help. Help me please."
Tim and Matt are discussing Holly whereabouts. "She must have gone down to
the crypt. If Jean Paul finds her there or Raxl..." Matt says. "Holly will
be in a real mess." Tim says. They turn and start walking towards the crypt.
"Hold it right there gentlemen." Jean Paul says from the staircase. Matt
and Tim walk back towards Jean Paul. "Didn't you know the crypt is off
limits?" "We thought Holly Marshal might be down there." Matt says. "It's
off limits to her as well." Jean Paul angrily walks to the crypts entrance.
He stops and turns towards Matt and Tim. "Reverend Dawson, Mr. Stanton I'm
beginning to realize that you have not fully grasped my ruling. Now to each
and every one of you this is most important. And how important you will all
find out." Matt looks away. Tim is looking at Jean Paul.
In the crypt Holly is pleading with Quito. "Quito listen to me, somebody did
try to kill me. Do you believe that? " Quito nods his head. "Who? Do you
know who?" Holly asks. First Quito nods then he shakes his head no. "Look
the picture of Erica Desmond, you said it looked like me, when someone
slashed it with a knife do you think they meant me?" Quito shakes his head
no. "Well they did. Then there was the accident at the s�ance. Well I wasn't
there, maybe next time I will be there." Quito looks around nervously. "Oh
Quit, if you like me help me I won't tell about Erica Desmond and the
cryonics capsule. I know that would bring in the police and I wouldn't do
anything to hurt Mr. Desmond. Take me across to the Main Island. Hide me in
the supply boat. Nobody will find out, I promise you that." Quito shakes
his head no. "Well then show me where the secret door is down here. I know
there is one because Reverend Dawson told me there was." Quito signals for
Holly to leave. "No I won�t go if you don't show me the door I'll stay here
until you do!"
"Everybody!" Jean Paul shouts.
Quito puts his hand over Holly's mouth.
"Everyone within the sound of my voice. Everyone come to the Great Hall, do
you hear me!" Jean Paul shouts. Matt and Tim look at Jean Paul with a
questioning _expression on their faces. "Everyone in this house, this is
Jean Paul Desmond calling. Come to the Great hall!" Jean Paul walks to the
crypt entrance. "You too Holly Marshal!" Vangie and Elizabeth walk down the
staircase to join Tim and Matt. "Now once and for all you will all get the
message!" Jean Paul says angrily.
Holly looks at Quito. "I can't go up there now. Mr. Desmond sounds like he's
in a real fury. If you won't help me find the secret way I'll have to try to
find it." Holly says walking up to Quito . As she tries to go around him,
Quito grabs Holly and lifts her off her feet.
In the Great Hall Jean Paul stands in anger. Alison is sitting in a chair.
Vangie and Elizabeth sit on the couch. Matt and Tim stand between them. They
are all facing Jean Paul. "You appear to have something very important to
say Reverend." Jean Paul says to him. Matt walks towards Jean Paul then
stops. "Yes." "Important for all of us to here? Well we are listening." "I
have work to do in the lab Jean Paul. Your work. It's you who called us not
Reverend Dawson." Alison says to Jean Paul. "Alison you will soon hear what
I have to say." "It seems to be your opportunity to entertain Reverend. May
I suggest the Song of Sullivan." Elizabeth says with a smile. "This is a
serious matter Mrs. Marshal!" Jean Paul tells her. Elizabeth stops smiling.
"Isn't it Reverend?" "Very serious because you have gathered us all here to
make accusations." "Us Reverend?" "Or threats." "Or perhaps even more on
such an important occasion, no generalizations. Now you said us Reverend
Dawson. Who am I to accuse? Surely at least one." "I would accuse you! You
are the Master of this house, self appointed law on this Island." "That is
correct Maljardin is my domain." "And your responsibility, you have
abandoned that. Now I appeal to you to recover it, so that we retain some
order and sanity around here!" "I abandoned responsibilities, that requires
an explanation!" Jean Paul says angrily. "We all appreciate the terrible
shock you had when your wife died. We understand why you want to preserve
her in cryonic suspension, your wish that she might live again." "Live, she
will live again." "Very well we hope so." "It is much more than hope, it's
science!" "All right than we understand! We may not agree but we understand
why you keep us here as prisoners. But what can you allow to happen where
you are the law. Doctor Menkin who was serving your wife died almost
immediately after she did. Who can say how he died. There your control on
this Island begins to disintegrate." "I don't think so." says Jean
I don't think you should pursue this any farther. Jean Paul is obviously
very distressed.' Alison says. "Oh no let him speak." "I don't imagine my
comment would carry any influence but." Elizabeth starts to say. "No it
would not Mrs. Marshal." says Jean Paul. "Well go on Reverend." "A great
many strange things have happened on this Island that you do not control or
do you? The terrible happenings at the s�ance, the chandelier falls and it's
blamed on the devil. And you accept these superstitious reactions! All your
views which is driving us beyond reason. Were you in control when someone
could take that unsuspecting girl Holly Marshal and throw her down the
stairs?" "Oh now we are talking about Holly." Vangie and Elizabeth glance
at each other. "Holly and all of us!" says Matt angrily. "Yes all of you
and I hope all of you were given to understand that no one, no one must do
anything to interfere with the care and protection of the cryo capsule!" "Were
so terrified and desperate that we will try anything!" Alison tells Jean
Paul. "No one must interfere with Erica!" "You talk as though you are
driven beyond the bounds of sanity!" Matt says. "No one, not you, not
anyone! Jean Paul shouts at Matt. "Driven to try anything, to do anything!"
Matt says angrily. "Don't you understand me!" says Jean Paul. "Don't you
understand? As you are driven you are driving us! Perhaps to violence!" "Are
you threatening me Reverend?" "I don't threaten anyone but you threaten
all, even Holly Marshal who is certainly no threat to you!" "She could be
to Erica, oh I know that she is down there in the crypt right this very
moment. She could be a threat to the protection of the cryonics capsule and
thereby destroy my Erica!" "Holly would never intend that!" "I don't care
what she intended, what she does is what matters. None of you seem to
understand that. That is why I intend to make perfectly and absolutely clear
to each and every one of you that you all do understand!"
Holly is sitting on the steps of the crypt listening to Jean Paul. Quito is
pacing across the floor. "Quito did you hear that?" Quito nods. "I don't
know what's going on here any more. Jean Paul Desmond is like two different
men. I'm even afraid...that he will kill somebody." Quito shakes his head
no. "If he hasn't already. Oh Quito would you help me if you could?" Quito
doesn't give an answer. "Would you?"
Alison stands and walks over to Jean Paul. "I'm very sorry Jean Paul but I
don't really have any more time to listen to this." "Find the time Alison."
"To listen to what? Your opinion of Holly Marshal. Matt�s opinion of you.
Every bodies� opinion of each other. I've heard all this before." "But not
what I'm about to tell you Alison." "Well save it, I've got work to do in
the laboratory on Doctor Menkin�s experiments. I'm not in the mood to cater
to your whims." Alison says then starts walking away. "I said stay Alison."
Jean Paul demands starting to get angry again. "I'm sorry. You're a fool
Jean Paul." Alison says then leaves the room. "Alison will regret that as
will anyone else who prefers not to hear what you all must know!" The
others in the room glance at each other. "Including Dan Forrest, my absent
loyal friend and trusted attorney who didn't even bother to answer my call.
Now he above all should be here because he was the last one to be seen at
the cryonics capsule before it almost failed. And that is not going to
happen again!" "It was an accident. He was looking for the missing
cyanide." Matt tells him. "When a devil works through a man what he does is
not an accident." Vangie tells them. Matt looks at Vangie. "Now you say the
devil possesses Dan. A few moments ago it was suggested that I was the evil
one." Matt turns to Jean Paul. "Is that how you intend to keep control of
events on Maljardin?" "Accident or evil, the results could still be the
same. If the cryo capsule is damaged Erica could be disturbed." "And it
could happen as long as evil if free to roam." Vangie says. "Are you evil
Reverend?" asks Jean Paul. "On the contrary. I'm only seeking to restore a
little logic around here." "I see. Using no more homilies from the Holy
Writ. Have all your sacred words fled you Revered?" "I wasn't thinking
about religion." "Vangie is, are words spirits Vangie? Can sacred words
flee when the devil enters? I had to fight an alien influence that destroyed
my chances of contact with Erica. Vangie certainly resisted. Now who was the
link to evil? Alison Carr who if I'm to believe her, loved her sister. Quito
whose only thought is devotion to his Mistress. That leaves you who
completed the chain Reverend Dawson. What do you say. Is the devil of
Maljardin in his Holy Reverence?" "This is insane?" Matt says angrily as he
turns away. "What do you say Vangie? Could the devil enter and destroy the
s�ance through Matt Dawson? If he has used him once could he be used again?"
"I can't say that." Vangie tells him. "What can you say?" "Because he is a
man of the cloth, a religious man he made the contact, because of his
disbelief in the spirits the chain was weakened and the contact breaks. I
would say that whenever the devil is loose anything or anyone can be his
tool." "And I say that whatever prevented me from making contact with my
Erica will not happen again at the next s�ance." "Now you build another
opportunity to shake all reason. And when will that be?" Matt asks. "When
Vangie feels she has recovered her strength. Now about this someone in the
crypt, I intend to impress on all of you what you fail to understand. That
no one is permitted down there! Now I must impress that on Miss Marshal!" Matt
and Tim glance at each other then they look back at Jean Paul.
Holly stands up. "I think he's coming down." Holly steps down and walks over
"Now you will see what will happen to those that intrude on Erica's resting
place!" Jean Paul walks angrily towards the crypt. Matt grabs Jean Paul's
arm. Tim walks over to help Matt. "Leave her alone." Matt says. Jean Paul
jerks his arms free. "Leave me alone!" he yells turning towards them. "But
Holly was driven to desperation as we all are!" Matt yells back. "What do
you say Mrs. Marshal? Do you have anything to plea in defense of your
child?" Jean Paul asks. Elizabeth stands and walks over to the three men.
"You're right to be angry, Holly always has been impossible. I can't forgive
her but I hope that you can." With an angry look Jean Paul walks to the
crypt entrance. He turns and gives everyone an angry stare then heads down
Holly stands next to Quit as Jean Paul walks down the steps. "All right
Holly, you wanted to come all the way down go ahead." Jean Paul points into
the center of the crypt. Holly steps off the bottom step of the
her Quito." Jean Paul says as he walks over to Erica's capsule. Holly and
Quito follow. Jean Paul checks the capsule then the gauges. "She came no
where near the cryo capsule? She touched nothing?" Quito shakes his head no.
"No instruments?" Again Quito shakes his head no. "Then what were you doing
down here? There are some people who would like to destroy Erica's capsule
thereby destroying Erica's hope for life, thinking then I would have no more
reason for keeping them here. Or to keep the secret from the meddling
authorities. Now what were you looking for Miss Marshal!" "I didn't touch
that, I want you to bring your wife back to life." "Then what were you here
for?" "Looking for a way out! Trying to get away from this. I can't stand
it anymore!" Holly turns away as she cries out. Jean Paul stalks forward
towards Holly. "I'm going to have to make an example of you." he says with a
murderous look upon his face. Holly glances up at him. "I was only looking
for a secret door." "I found you here once before, I warned you then and
now I find you here again. I have no choice in what I must do so that Erica
will be safe from all the others." Holly shakes her head. "Mr. Desmond, I
don't understand you. You brought me down here the last time. You asked me
to help you find the secret door, you did. Don't you remember?" Jean Paul
stares ahead in thought.
Alison stands in the Great Hall holding Doctor Menkin's notes. Elizabeth,
Tim, Matt and Vangie stand around her. "But who was in the laboratory, did
any of you go in there today? I must know." Alison asks. "I assure you I�m
not interested in your experiments." Elizabeth says stepping away. "Where
is Jean Paul?" "Down in the crypt, where none of us are permitted." Matt
tells her. Alison rushes to the crypt.
Jean Paul stands looking at Erica's capsule. "Don't you remember Mr.
Desmond? You did bring me down here, it's the truth. Tell him Quito, you
were here." Quito nods his head. Jean Paul is staring straight ahead. "Jean
Paul!" Alison says rushing up to him. She shows him the notes. "I've just
fully realized that these are part of Doctor Menkin�s missing notes. Jean
Paul grabs them from her. "The experiments are cellular reconstruction.
According to these dates it covers one of the missing six weeks." Alison
says. "One week nearer to life for my Erica. You found these in the
laboratory?" "Yes, it's so confusing. You know I turned that place upside
down and couldn't find them anywhere and there they were on the lab table!"
"I wonder who put them there?" Jean Paul asks. "That's what I was
wondering. Nobody has been down there except for you. Where did you find
them Jean Paul?" "I'm the wrong one to ask. But I know who will answer.
Guard these with your life.' Jean Paul says handing the folder back to
Alison. He leaves the crypt. Alison puts her arm around Holly and leads her
out of the crypt.
Summary by Debby Graham & Slideshow by Ron Janick
Ron and The Boston Babes:
Bella & Daisy
"God is great, beer is good,
and people are crazy."
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