Strange Paradise: Episode 104
- *Strange Paradise: Episode 104*
*Episode 104: Slideshow: http://tinyurl.com/y98ztj*
Laslo: "Desmond Hall shrouded by night. While within, the occupants of the
ancient mansion struggle against one another and against the evil which
permeates its rooms and hallways. And standing alone in a secret room known
only to a few a young woman makes her vows to a dark force. For Emily Blair
has become a victim and servant of the demon of darkness which appears to
man in a form of a serpent."
Emily kneels "I'm ready to serve. But you will protect me won't you?" The
shadow of the serpent appears in front of Emily. "Yes Serpent Servant come.
Cort grabs his neck and cries out. "It's smothering me." Ada watches her
son in fear. "Cort!" "Help me Mother!" He falls to the floor. "Cort, Cort!
What is it! Cort!"
Cort clutches his neck fighting to breath.
Laslo and Helena hear Ada cry out. "Cort! Help him someone!" Laslo opens
the door and walks over to them. "Oh Laslo help! He's taking a fit!" Ada
"Cort stop this. Stop this at once." Laslo says to him. "It's choking me!"
Cort cries out. Laslo bends down and shakes him. "Stop this!" Ada grabs
his hand. "Laslo don't." Helena walks out of the Drawing Room and kneels
next to Cort. Laslo steps back. "Cort give me your hand. Your hand, I won't
hurt you. Put your hand in mine." Cort does as Helena tells him to do. "I'm
here and I'm holding you. And nothing will harm you nothing. Trust me." Jean
Paul stands on the staircase watching Helena and Cort. He starts walking
down slowly. "Think about me. Look at my face. Think only about me. Think
about my eyes looking at you. My hands holding your's. Only me nothing can
harm you. Nothing, now stand." She helps Cort to his feet. "With your hand
in mine I will take you to where no enemy can reach us." She leads Cort
across the room. "We will talk about the good things. We will forget the
bad." They walk into the Drawing Room. Jean Paul walks behind them then
turns to Ada and Laslo. "Ada bring him something warm to drink and a
blanket." Ada rushes up to Jean Paul. "But what is it? What could it
nonsense, the boy is pretending for pity." Laslo tells them. Ada looks at
Laslo. "No!" "Ada do as I ask." Jean Paul tells her then follows Cort and
Helena into the Drawing Room. Ada walks past Laslo. "Ada you are not his
servant." "Nor yours." Ada says then walks away.
Cort is lying on the couch. Helena sits on the floor next to him brushing
his hair back with her hand. "Helena?" Jean Paul whispers. Helena shushes
"Helena is he all right?" Helena stands "He's sleeping." she whisper then
walks to the fireplace. Jean Paul follows her. "Helena?" "Yes." "I saw
what you did for Cort just now." She glances at Cort. "Yes it worked rather
well didn't it?" "Very well. You know about what happened to him. What do
you know about the Spirit of the Serpent?" "Nothing except what I've heard
people say around here."
"No it's more than that. You know how to defeat this power. You know more
than you care to admit." "Jean Paul." She says with a smile." "Tell me!" "No
Jean Paul." Helena walks away from him. "It was from a play. I was merely
playing a role, reciting my lines. It was a play in which my lover was
committing suicide. He was trying to take poison and I hold his hand and I
talked to him just as I talked to Cort. I had to make him listen. I had to
make him believe in me. That's all. Call it acting, call it what you will.
Call it mind over matter but that's all I did." "Are you telling me the
truth?" "What else? Oh Jean Paul you have been surrounded by dreadful
people. People who are so against you, you have forgotten what a friend is
like" Laslo walks into the Drawing Room and stands behind Helena. "Believe
me it was only from a play, no secrets, no magic. Trust me." Ada enters the
room carrying a blanket and a cup. She walks over to Cort. "Here I'll help
you my dear." Helena says as she walks over to Cort. "I say its nonsense."
Laslo says as he walks closer to Cort. Ada and Helena throw the blanket
over Cort. Helena sits next to Cort holding the cup. "Cort wake up. Now
drink this. Drink." Cort raises his head and takes a sip... "It will make
you well." Helena says to him. "It happened again." Cort tells her. "Forget
about it. It's over." She says brushing her hand across his face. Cort
smiles. "You're kind." "I'm pleased someone recognizes it." Helena says. "Is
he going to be all right?" Ada asks. "He was always alright. He was only
asking for sympathy." Laslo says. "Laslo!" Jean Paul says. "A very
convincing performance my dear." Laslo says to Helena. Helena glances at
him. "Thank you." Laslo walks to the doorway. "Ada are you coming with me?"
"No Laslo I'm not." Laslo turns and walks out of the Drawing Room.
Ada turns to Jean Paul. "Oh Jean Paul what is it? What's happened to Cort?"
Cort tries to sit up. "You mustn't worry about me Mother It's over." "I
don't understand." "Ada please don't ask." Jean Paul says as he puts his
arm around her shoulders. "You never done anything but help those who needed
you and you don't deserve any of this." "Any of what?" Ada asks as she
looks up at Jean Paul. "What's happening to Cort and to you Jean Paul? I
don't know, I want to find out." Cort looks up at his mother. "Mother do
you love me?" "Oh yes, yes you know I do." "Then don't ask for any
explanations. No one will harm me." Cort takes Helena's hand and looks at
her. "No one." Helena glances at Ada then back at Cort.
Emily has her eyes closed as the Serpent's shadow is near her. She opens her
eyes and walks towards the Serpent. "Yes, yes I hear you. I worship you. I
adore you and I will do as you command. I have no other love but yours. And
if you command me, if you saw so then Jean Paul Desmond will be yours. He
Emily stands at the top of the staircase with a smile on her face as she
walks down to the foyer. Jean Paul walks from the Drawing Room.
Paul how nice. I wanted to see you." "Where have you been?" "Sleeping like
a child, like an angel. They told me you were asleep." Jean Paul takes
Emily's hand. "Emily I want to talk to you." "And I want to talk to
Paul leads her to the Drawing Room. Helena stands. "Emily?" "But not him.
I won't talk to him." Emily points at Cort. "I wouldn't think of disturbing
a young lady. You don't have to address me at all." Cort says. "I mean it
Jean Paul. He's cruel, I won't see him." Jean Paul stares at Emily. "Emily
what ever can be the matter?" Helena asks as she walks up to Emily and Jean
Paul. "Well you look dreadful, doesn't she Jean Paul." "Helena I would like
to talk to Emily alone." "And spoil our little party? Very well. Ada
darling why don't you and I put the naughty boy to bed." Helena says setting
her glass on the mantel of the fireplace. "I'm not a naughty little boy
despite what Emily says." Cort says glancing at Emily. "But you would like
to be. Now don't tell me, I know young men." Helena says grabbing Cort's
hand and pulling up from the couch. "Come along Ada." Helena stops in front
of Jean Paul. "And I know older young men too. Well you to go ahead and have
your little talk. Ada and I are going to put the baby to bed." The three of
them leave the Drawing Room as Cort laughs. Jean Paul closes the door.
"She's a very strange woman. I don't know what she meant." "About what?"
Emily asks as she turns away from Jean Paul. "All this about older young
men and little talks." Emily sits on the couch. "Don't you? You are a very
changeable man Jean Paul." "Am I?" Jean Paul asks as he stands next to
"Yes. One moment professing your love or afraid to profess it. Then the next
denying it." "Emily?" "Oh no protest? I forgive you. I quite don't
understand but I do forgive. May I have some brandy please.�?�Oh of course."
He walks to the decanter and pours her a drink. "More than that." "What
ever you say." He fills the glass halfway. Emily takes the glass from him.
"Now come and sit by me." She pats the cushion next to her. Jean Paul walks
around the couch and sits down. "Really Jean Paul you make me feel like the
Parson�s daughter. Such respect, such propriety." "Emily I don't understand
you." "I think my message should be fairly obvious." "Well that's what I
mean. You're not like that. You're never obvious." "No, always shy, always
timid, and always submissive." Emily says to him. "Yes." Emily laughs.
"Yes what?" "I mean never devious or foolhardy or foolish." "Emily looks
away.�Is that what I am?" Emily stands and walks away carrying her glass of
brandy. "Well look at yourself Jean Paul. Our relationship was deep I think.
It had a certain promise and then I felt completely forgotten." Jean Paul
lowers his head. "Oh I know why, Erica came." Emily looks at him. "Or not
Erica but a reasonable substitute. Now Jean Paul I know you loved her."
Emily kneels on the floor next to Jean Paul. "I know how much you cared for
her but this Helena, this actress. This witch!" "Emily you don't know what
you're saying." "Oh I know. I always heard about such women though I've
never met them." Emily glances down. "Forgive me Jean Paul. I didn't mean to
say that." Emily sits next to Jean Paul. "I only know that I care a great
deal for you. I make no demands. I only care. Jean Paul will you, could you
"Of course I must help you. That�s what we've came to talk about. Emily
"No wait. I know what you're going to say but let me say it. I'm in the
thrall of the Serpent God. And I am, I am Jean Paul and that's why I need
your help. I want to be free. I came to Desmond Hall to work alone. I made
no demands on anyone. I didn't mean any harm. Certainly not to you. I never
even knew you existed. But look at me now. I'm a victim. I'm helplessly in
love with you and I'm under the control of evil powers that I don't know
anything about. Pity me Jean Paul. Help me." "How?" "Go with me to
Philip's secret room. Confront the Serpent and tell him that I am yours." Jean
Paul stares at Emily then glances away...
Cort takes Helena to Philip's secret room. Helena looks at him. "Is this
where it appears?" "Yes, here.": "You're not afraid are you?" Helena asks.
"I'm not afraid as long as I'm holding your hand." "Then we shall challenge
it together. You and I Cort. And if we die, we die." Helena looks into
Cort's eyes with a smile. Cort smiles back.
Ada is in the Drawing Room collecting the dirty glasses and straightening up
the table when Laslo walks in. "Where have they gone?" "Where has who
gone?" Ada asks. "Don't be clever with me. I mean Jean Paul, Cort and the
"Especially the ladies." Ada says glancing at Laslo. "Ada I warn you." Ada
angrily turns around. "About what Laslo?" "You are a very unbalanced
woman." Laslo says as he walks up to her. "Some moments you show a great
deal of devotion to your husband, to me. Then other you defend the other
people who lie to you." "Perhaps you are the one who lies." "When we first
stood together and exchanged vows I believed them, I always thought we would
have devotion, obviously you didn't." Ada turns and looks at Laslo. "I'm
not the finest man ever born nor the strongest. But I am yours. Sworn to
you, married to you, devoted to you Ada." He holds his arms out. "Oh
Laslo." Ada rushes into Laslo's arms. "I want to believe you. I want to."
In the secret room Helena calls upon the Serpent. "You have been challenged.
Are you challenged? You don't answer. You don't appear." Helena smiles "It's
a game, just a game." "I saw the Serpent. I saw him in here. He writhed and
slithered through this room. He came towards me and wrapped his filthy coils
about me." "Cort you mustn't think about it. Remember it as a dream brought
on by superstitions and secrets in this long forgotten room. And you
must..." The door begins to open. Cort and Helena watch the door. "Who is
it?" Helena asks.
Jean Paul enters. "Why did you bring her here?" Jean Paul asks angrily.
"Helena you must leave." "What ever you wish. Cort the Master of Desmond
Hall is speaking." Helena walks around Jean Paul. "Jean Paul I don't know if
you're a victim or an instigator of this silly nonsense." She looks away
from Jean Paul. "You can come in now Emily." Emily walks into the room. "You
mustn't hesitate with me. I told you I wouldn't interfere in your plans."
Helena looks at Jean Paul. "But perhaps someone should. Goodnight Jean Paul,
Emily." Helena says then walks to the doorway. "Cort." She calls him.
Cort says then follows Helena from the room. Emily walks to the door as it
closes, then walks across the room. "Why was she in here? What did she do?"
Jean Paul grabs her arms. "Emily you have got to stop this. You are getting
too excited." Emily shakes her head." "I'm frightened. Oh Jean Paul I am so
frightened." She throws herself into his arms. "I need you. You are the only
one who can help. I need you."
Helena and Cort walk down the staircase. They are holding hands. Cort stops
on the steps. "Why did she take him in there? Why?" "Why did you take me?"
Helena asks. "Well it's dangerous for Jean Paul." "As dangerous as it was
for us?" "Well it's not the same. Emily is underneath the Serpent's
powers." Emily releases his hand and crosses her arms. "You don't believe
that?" Cort looks away. "I know it." "Does Jean Paul know the same thing?"
"Yes. He's risking everything." Cort says walking to the bottom of the
staircase. "Why?" Helena asks. "Why should he risk everything?" "Because
he's in love with her." "Oh is he? Oh perhaps he should take the risk." Cort
looks up at her. "Helena you don't understand." "I don't understand? You
care for no one that's what you claim. You're waiting for only one thing.
The Desmond fortune. And yet you�re concerned about Jean Paul. Why?" "We're
victims all of us here. All of us for greed, for ancestors, for love." Cort
says to her. "Desmond Hall doesn't do that to people Cort. The world does.
Do I look greedy? No. Do I look loving? Perhaps. Let Jean Paul take care of
himself. And you and I will take care of each other. Agreed." Helena holds
out her hand. "Agreed." Cort says shaking Helena's hand.
Emily steps forward. "Nothing I say will be true." She tells Jean Paul. "We
are here. I have brought Jean Paul Desmond to you as you have commanded. I
come before you obediently. I beg of you hear me. I beg of set me free.
Haven't I served you? Haven't I done as you commanded me? I tell you now I
do not love Jean Paul Desmond. I will sacrifice him for my freedom. I want
above all to be free. I don't want to suffer any longer." Jean Paul glances
up in horror as he hears the heartbeat. "I'm weary of fear. Weary of
slavery. I know there is no way to combat your powers. No way to vanquish
the Dark Spirit of the Serpent God. But can there be pity?" Jean Paul
stands behind Emily and raises his hand. He looks at it. The Mark of Death
has appeared. "Serpent come to me. Speak."
Jean Paul looks at Emily as the Serpent starts hissing. Emily smiles. Yes.
Yes I have obeyed you." Jean Paul steps closer to Emily. "Emily� he calls
"Serpent I hear you and I answer you. Yes, yes." "Emily." Jean Paul speaks
louder. "I can help you. I can relieve you of your suffering." Jean Paul
puts his hands on Emily's neck. "Silence! I only want to hear his
Jean Paul tightens his hands on Emily's neck. "Jean Paul!" Emily cries out
twisting towards him. He tightens his grip and Emily screams.
Summary by Debby Graham & Slideshow by Ron Janick
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Bella & Daisy
"God is great, beer is good,
and people are crazy."
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