*Strange Paradise: Episode 61*
* Episode 61: Slideshow**: http://tinyurl.com/yxdz6a*
Alison: "Night on the doomed Island of Maljardin. The winds that howl around
the Great House seems to mock Jean Paul, Master of the Island. For he
struggles against the evil which yearns to possess him has failed. And now
as that evil departs him he finds himself face to face with the woman who
has betrayed him. Erica the wife he has summoned back from the dead."
"You have brought back what you wanted. You have brought back your wife."
Erica tells him. "To murder, to destroy. That's not my Erica. She would
never do a thing like that!" "None of this is what we wanted. But you
defied all life when you tried to recall me. And I defied all death to come
back to you." "I wanted her as she was, not a killer!" Jean Paul says
angrily. "Then help me Jean Paul." Erica says clutching the front of Jean
Paul's jacket. "Maybe we can free ourselves, if we just have a little time."
"And Tim's body?" asks Jean Paul. "The others think he has left the Island.
Perhaps if we hide the body." Erica says to him. Jean Paul pulls away from
Erica turning his back to her. "Jean Paul don't turn away from me. I didn't
want it this way. But the demon in the portrait that is the one you should
hate." Jean Paul turns towards Erica. "He is also the one I should fight."
He hold up the conjure doll. "Before the others find out and our secret is
known to the world. Give me the pin Erica!"
Alison is working in the lab. After lighting the bunson burner she picks up
Doctor Menkin's notes. She hold them over the flame when there is a knock on
the door. She puts them back in the folder. "Come in." Holly enters the
lab. "Holly what are you doing up at this hour?" "I couldn't sleep and
there was something ..." Holly sees the flame as she walks towards Alison.
"I thought Erica forbade fire in this house?" "Oh I think she would approve
of this one. I've just been going over some of Doctor Menkin's notes about
the returning dead. And if I understand what I'm reading, I think Erica
would prefer to have these destroyed." "You don't like her very much do
you? Did you ever?" Holly asks. "I've always loved her. We were very close
as sisters." Alison tells Holly. "You talk as if she were still dead." Alison
shakes her head. "I don't know what she is. Holly perhaps you better go back
to bed." "Not yet. Doctor Carr do you recognize this?" Holly asks holding
Tim's palette knife. "No. Yes I do. That's Tim's palette knife isn't it?"
Alison says taking it from Holly's hand. "How did you get it?" she asks
handing it back to Holly. "My mother gave it to me just a few minutes ago.
She said she found it in Erica's room. And that Erica was behaving strangely
about it." "But why. That's where he was painting her portrait. Why
shouldn't it be there?" Alison asks. "Well Tim was supposed to have left
the Island. He was supposed to go right after dinner. But he never came to
say goodbye to anyone, not even me. Well I was wondering if you knew where
he was?" Holly asks. "No. I came to the lab right after dinner. Perhaps he
just forgot it." Alison says to her. "No he wouldn't, it's his good luck
charm." "Holly if you are worried about Tim why don't you speak to Jean
Paul. Either he or Quito must have taken him over to the Mainland." "If he
went. I'm afraid to ask Jean Paul. Something in him has changed."
Jean Paul holds Erica's hand as they walk down the staircase to the Great
Hall. In his other hand he carries the conjure doll. Jean Paul leads her
towards Jacques portrait. Erica stops. "Well come Erica we mustn't hesitate
now." "The fire." Erica says looking at the fireplace. "It can't harm you
now." "There are to be no more fires at Maljardin. Who has lit it?" Erica
asks. "Raxl probably. There's nothing to be afraid of." "She hates me. She
would destroy me!" Erica cries out in fear. Jean Paul puts his arm around
Erica. "Darling nothing will harm you now. We will get rid of this evil
influence once and for all. Then for the rest of our lives nothing will stop
us from loving one another." Jean Paul says kissing Erica on the side of her
forehead. Jacques laughs. Erica and Jean Paul walk up to Jacques portrait.
"Jacques Eloi Des Mondes." Jean Paul call out. "I hear you my descendant."
"You are the source of evil in this house. From the very beginning you have
brought disaster to your Island and to your family." Jean Paul says to him.
"Well you asked for the impossible and it was granted to you. You did not
ask by which means it would be achieved." "I wanted my wife back. My wife!
Not a helpless puppet for the purpose of murder!" "Ah but Erica is not
helpless. Are you my dear?" "This is useless Jean Paul." Erica says looking
at Jean Paul. "No we are not beaten yet." Jean Paul says. "Do you really
think you can resist? We made a pact and it will be kept." Jacques says to
Jean Paul. "I asked for my wife back. You asked for a chance to come back
to earth through me. I have obeyed! You have brought murder into this
house." "Have I not returned Erica?" "Doomed to be your accomplice
forever. No that is not my Erica!" "You were warned when you called forth
my soul from the depth of darkness." "And I shall return it there forever."
Jean Paul looks at Erica. "Erica give me the pin." Jacques laughs at Jean
Paul. "You don't dare." "I will dare anything. You should know me by now. "
He looks at Erica. "Erica we shall do this together. Give me the pin of
death." he says holding out his hand. Erica grabs Jean Paul's hand and puts
her other hand on his shoulder, she pushes him back. "Jean Paul please I'm
afraid. Just a little more time. Another few days it will be all right, I
can feel it." "The pin Erica." "I'm afraid to betray him." she says
looking up at Jean Paul. "Darling it is our only salvation. I want the pin.
If I have to take by force I will if I have to." Jean Paul says angrily. She
hands him the pin. "Jean Paul you swore you loved me." "I do! I have sworn
with my soul. Now we must destroy this force of evil that is attempting to
destroy you. It must be done!" Erica steps away from Jean Paul. "Perhaps.
Perhaps it's already done." Erica says touching Jacques portrait. "The
portrait is just as it's always been.. Perhaps our wish was enough." Erica
says looking at Jean Paul. Jacques starts to laugh. "Oh no my Erica,
nothing is quite that simple in our world. I merely chose to listen to see
where your loyalties lay." "With me! Say it Erica." Jean Paul says. "I
obey my husband. It is not my responsibility to protect the other
laughs. "I hear and I understand." "Then prepare to go back to your
eternity of darkness! Return forever Jacques Eloi Des Mondes!" Jean Paul
tells him. Jacques laughs at him. "Go back! You Satan of darkness return
forever away from Maljardin!" Jean Paul shouts as he shoves the pin through
the doll's temple. Jacques again laughs at Jean Paul. "You do not
understand Jean Paul. You are not the Master here, not any longer. I am
protected by the one you dare not name." On his portrait the Mark of Death
appears. "No!" Jean Paul shouts fighting Jacques influence. "You will not
possess me!" Jean Paul shouts as he throws the doll into the flames of the
fireplace. Erica screams. "Jean Paul take it away! Quickly!" Erica cries
out to him. "Take it Jean Paul! Take it quickly!" "Erica!" Jean Paul says
rushing to her. "It's burning. Quickly it's burning me you fool!" Jean
Paul grabs a fireplace poker and pulls the doll from the fireplace. He puts
out the fire that is burning the doll and turns and holds Erica. "It's over,
you're safe." Erica covers her face with her hands. "Fire." she says
weakly. "You want the fire out?" Jean Paul asks. "Put it out, quickly!"
she shouts. Jean Paul grabs a pitcher of water and pours it over the fire
in the fireplace. Placing the empty pitcher on the fireplace mantel he
quickly walks back to Erica putting his arms around her. "There darling it's
all right. It's over." Erica is leaning on a table next to the fireplace.
"You won't let anybody light that fire again will you?" she asks weakly. "Of
course not." "Fire destroys. I don't want to be destroyed." Jean Paul
brushes Erica's hair back to comfort her. "Erica it's just a voodoo doll. I
thought that since it has no power over Jacques." "It has powers." Erica
says standing up and walking a few steps away from Jean Paul. "Jean Paul you
must be careful. There are things you don't know. Terrible things, secrets
that must never be revealed. That I learned when..." "Learned?" Jean Paul
asks walking behind Erica. "You learned when you were in the beyond? I
thought I heard you say you remembered nothing of that time!" "No. No I
swear nothing. But sometimes dreams come back." "Of course. Now I want you
to tell me the truth. All of it! Do you understand Erica?" Erica looks up
at Jean Paul, then lowers her head.
Holly is in the lab talking to Alison. "All if a sudden it's so quiet. Do
you feel it? Dark silence." "It's almost dawn. It will be light soon."
Alison says to Holly. "Maybe they are all dead. Maybe we are the only two
left on the Island." Holly says staring straight ahead. Alison stands and
walks over to Holly. "Holly stop it." She grabs Holly and shakes her. Holly
looks at her. "I'm all right now. It was only for a ..." Holly smiles.
"We're safe now. Someone�s coming. Quito." They hear a sound and turn
towards the door. Quito enters. Holly walks over to him. "Quito? Have you
come to help us? You would help me?" Holly asks. Quito nods. "Tim the young
artist, did you take him to the Mainland tonight?" Quito shakes his head no.
"Did the Master? Did Jean Paul take him?" Again Quito shakes his head no.
"Then where is he?" Quito doesn't answer. "I'm afraid for him. Quito do you
know?" Quito shakes his head. Holly rushes over to the lab table and grabs
Tim's palette knife. :Here, Tim's knife. Take it." Quito holds it in his
hand. "Do you feel anything from it?" Quito runs his hand over the top. "Do
you? Will it take you to Tim?" Quito rubs harder on the knife and leaves the
lab with it. Holly stumbles back to Alison, she puts her hand to her
did you know it would work?" Alison asks. Lowering her hand Holly smiles.
"It hasn't yet." "But how did you know Quito would do as you asked him?"
Alison asks walking behind Holly. "How did you know he was even coming to
this room?" "I can't tell you Doctor Carr. It's like when you see something
out of the corner of your eye. You knew you couldn't have seen it and yet
you know it's there. I know something else. I know that this is the darkest
hour in Jean Paul�s life."
Jean Paul stares at Erica. "You. You killed them all!" "It had to be."
Erica says to him. "Dan, Matt and now Tim." "Tim? Oh no my darling that
was you." "Through his influence!" Jean Paul shout pointing at Jacques
portrait. Erica smiles as Jean Paul turns back towards her. "And
It was necessary." Erica says walking in front of Jean Paul. "But why?"
Jean Paul asks. Erica turns to him. "It was necessary to sustain me until I
can capture the perfect one." "Hasn't enough been done?" "No, not until I
possess Holly. Body and soul." Erica tells him. "I will not let you kill
that girl!" "Oh but you must. The others were only to help me survive until
I could possess her forever." "Holly made no pact with the dark powers. I
did. I deserve my punishment." "And you shall have it. But there's no
strength in possessing by force." Erica says putting her arms around Jean
Paul's neck. "I must take her willingly. And you must help me." "No." Jean
Paul says trying to turn away from Erica. "Oh yes, as you've helped me all
these weeks by keeping the others here for me." she says running her hand
through Jean Paul's hair. "To influence, to drain until little by little
Holly comes to accept me." "But why this girl?" "Because she's the
youngest. Through her I can have the longest life. And if you love me you
will help me." Jean Paul tries fighting against Erica looking away from
her. "No." "You must." Erica says releasing Jean Paul and turning away from
him. "My time of waiting has dwindled. I must have her. The girl she must
die. Oh don't worry Jean Paul nothing will harm you. I have destroyed
Vangie�s influence and Raxl�s. There are no powers left to stop me."
Quito carries Tim's knife into Jean Paul and Erica's bedroom. He walks to
the bookcase and opens the secret opening. He walks in and looks down at
Tim's body. He covers his mouth with his fingers as he bends down to look
closer at Tim. He reaches to hold Tim's head then lowers it.
Jean Paul sits in a chair with his head bowed in misery. Erica stands next
to him with her hand on his shoulder. Jean Paul raises his head. "There will
be no more deaths on Maljardin." "There must be or they will take me back
with them. Back to the land of the dead." Erica says kneeling on the floor
next to Jean Paul. "Darling you must help me. You love me." Erica says to
him. "No!" Jean Paul says angrily getting up from the chair. "Don't hate
me Jean Paul. We paid too dearly for our love to let go now." Jean Paul
turns and looks at her. "I must have time to think. I must be alone." Jean
Paul says as he walks out the door to the outside. "It's almost dawn." He
laughs. "Who would allow another day on this cursed Island." He walks away.
Erica looks at the empty doorway. "You coward! Well while you think I will
act. Perhaps I can do it alone."
Quito places Tim's body in Jean Paul and Erica�s bed, he pulls the blanket
over Tim's body. Holly walks in. "Quito, what are you doing here? Did you
find Tim?" she asks walking up to Quito. Quito nods and turns to the
rushes over to the bed and pulls the blanket back. "He's dead. Quito I
didn't want you to kill him. I thought you understood I wanted you to
protect him!" Holly cries out to him. Quito shakes his head. "Holly what's
wrong?" Erica asks walking through the doorway. "Quito, he's brought Tim
here. Tim's dead." Holly says rushing to Erica. "Quito! I thought he was
supposed to take him off the Island." Erica says to Holly. "I don't know! I
don't understand anything anymore! I thought Quito would protect him! I
thought he was without harm!" "There, there darling. I'll protect you. I'm
not afraid of Quito." Erica says putting her arms around Holly's shoulders.
"I'll protect you." "Why would he do it? Why would Quito kill Tim? Why
would anyone kill him? Tim wouldn't hurt anybody." "These people have
strange reasons. Now you come with me . I'll take you to Jean Paul. He's out
on the cliffs, we can watch the dawn there. Magic happens when the dawn
comes and takes the darkness of this night. And you will come with me. And
you will make me safe, you'll do that won't you Holly?" Erica asks touching
Holly's face. "And I'll protect you from Quito." She starts leading Holly
from the bedroom. Quito steps around them and blocks the doorway. He turns
the knife towards Erica. "Stand back you monster, you have no power here."
Erica says to Quito. Quito tries to hand the knife to Holly. "You cannot
kill her, I forbid it." says Erica. "No, he's not threatening me." Holly
says to Erica. Quito walks to Tim's body and uncovers it. "He's trying to
tell us something." Holly says looking at Tim. Holly climbs onto the bed to
take a good look at Tim. "You are a servant of Maljardin. Leave us alone."
Erica says to Quito. "Tim has not been stabbed. He's been strangled." "Well
we must tell Jean Paul immediately. Come here." Erica says holding out her
"No you tell Jean Paul. I think I should stay here." Quito reaches down and
covers Tim's body as Erica leaves the room. "Who would do such a thing
Jean Paul stands in the Great Hall next to Jacques portrait with his head
bowed as Erica walks into the room. He jerks his head up and walks towards
the staircase. "Where have you been? With Holly!" "Don't worry, Quito chose
to interfere. Only you can stop him and you must as his Master." Jean Paul
turns away in relief. "You are under the Mark of Death and even without
your will they can take you over and make you murder. There is no way out my
husband." Jean Paul turns and looks up at her. "We are in this forever."
Erica and Jacques laugh at Jean Paul.
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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