Episode 10 - The Carousel
(12 February 1981)
Writer: Robert Pirosh.
Director: Herbert Hirschman.
(no music credit)
"When we were growing up we always knew we would be safe and warm and dry, here where we were raised by loving parents and grandparents. We knew who we were and where we came from. So it was hard to believe that someone close to us could suddenly discover that her past was obscure and shrouded in mystery".
Rose, Cindy, and Elizabeth dry clothes in the kitchen during a rainstorm. Cindy nervously waits for her father to arrive for a visit. The telephone finally rings with Cindy thinking it is her father, but Ben learns from the state police that her father was killed in an automobile accident.
Elizabeth and Drew announce that his
grandmother is sick and his parents have left for
Back home Ben and Cindy search through her fatherís effects when Cindy finds an adoption decree. Cindy is shocked to learn she was adopted.
Elizabeth and Drew meet in the hallway with
their pajamas on, hoping to snack on a piece of chocolate cake, but are more
interested in kissing.
At the law office of Blaine and Nichols in
Elizabeth and Drew swing on the front porch
but are interrupted again, this time from Rose who needs firewood to prepare
supper. Later, Elizabeth and Drew argue about never having time alone together
since he moved in with the family.
After another dream, Cindy is able to see the face of the woman named ĎBernadineí who would play with her at the park. It is the same woman she saw at the funeral. Cindy feels it is her mother. After unsuccessfully finding any telephone record of her from all the major cities along the east coast, Rose suggests she place a classified newspaper advertisement, such as ďCindy Brunson looking for her mother.Ē
Corabeth advises Cindy not to look for her
real mother.† Cindy disagrees with her
and Rose tries to disarm the discussion. After Rose and Cindy leave, Ike
suggests to Corabeth that her suggestions arenít always welcomed. Corabeth
promises never to meddle in otherís problems. But, when a letter arrives for
Cindy, Corabeth runs it over to the house, thinking it is in response to her
inquiry. Cindy and Ben drive to
Drew is churning butter when he finds that
Cindy and Ben observe a car approach the house. Cindyís mother has reconsidered her decision after finding her husband was the one who sent her the letter. She asks Cindy if she could learn to be her mother. Cindy and Bernadine hug, and then Cindy introduces her mother to her granddaughter and her son-in-law.
"Cindy's longing to find out all she could about her past was finally fulfilled, and a loving, lasting relationship with her mother was just beginning".
Erin: Pleasant dreams
Cindy Ann Brunsonís adopted parents were Florence A. Brunson and Henry R. Brunson. Her biological mother is Bernadine, while her fatherís name is Derrick Shepard. He died seven months before she was born. She was born on April 26, 1925.
Drew is an only child.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), John Curtis (Michael Reed), Virginia (Clare and Elizabeth Schoene), Bernadine (Penelope Windust), Drew Cutler (Tony Becker), Steve Prince (Philip Linton), Mrs. Foley (Anita Dangler), Dr. Frederick Grover (Bill Erwin), Mr. Nichols (Edward Bell).