PAUL BRYAN'S JOURNAL
From the diary about this episode:
Friday - Sunday, January 14 - 16
The train journey was interrupted when the passenger next to me collapsed, and I saw her to a hospital. It turned out that the 18-year-old is pregnant, and was suffering some kind of cyst problem, so I rented a car to finish the drive to San Francisco.
The poor thing apparently married in Tijuana last summer, but her husband has gone back to school, the last time she saw him being at homecoming weekend.
It doesn't sound like any proper marriage, and I dropped her off at his fraternity house, hoping that things will work out for them.
Told Katie about the incident when advising that I wouldn't be arriving on the train, and she sounded very disturbed about the girl, wondering if I should check back and see if she's all right.
Looked up the number of the frat house, and someone there said that Carol had gone over to the hotel where her husband was working, so that seemed a good sign.
Monday, January 17
Can it be only a day ago when I was celebrating the new Mastin team with friends cheering my top-ten finish? High and happy? The last 24 hours have certainly been a miserable contrast.
To my shock, when I took off from Santa Cruz in the morning, Carol was hitch hiking, and told me that her “husband” had disowned their marriage (paid a clerk not to register it), and last night, gave her some money for an abortion.
I did everything to try and ease her mind, saying that was the worst option open to her, and hoped, when explaining that it could be fatal, she'd get some counselling and think carefully before taking any steps.
Told her that Kate and I would support her in any way we could, and wrote down both the gallery and apartment numbers.
After leaving her off near the Marina District, drove to Katie's, and then to Dr. Mason's for the usual round of torture and endless waiting, during which I studied possible rebuttals to Coleman's expert witnesses as well as my summation.
Talked with Gene about Bill Dagen, and that put me into an even more depressed mood. When I went over to the gallery to take Katie to a late lunch, she said that I should really try and follow up on Carol, particularly because I'd left her off near a hospital.
The pleading look in Kate's eyes made me start back there without ordering dessert, and sure enough, a staff doctor there said Carol had seen him, trying to get a termination. Concerned as he was, having done everything to dissuade her, he believed that she was determined, and kindly allowed me a glance at the address she gave on her registration card.
It turned out to be her mother's place. The woman was a lost soul, and estranged from her daughter, but did tell me where Carol was now living. When I got to the apartment, my first reaction was relief - seeing her suitcase, and feeling sure it wasn't too late.
But it was. Her roommate took me to the shabby building where she'd left her friend to have the abortion, and I found Carol alone and in distress, as it turned out, near death. Back at the hospital where I left her in the morning, Carol died an hour later.
I staggered over to the Fairmont like a zombie, and though I'd been planning to spend tonight cramming for tomorrow's Court case, my eyes just glazed over as I tried to read.
When Kate walked in the door, having felt numb up to then, I broke down in her arms, Kate's own tears streaming for this girl she never met.
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Notes & Comments:
The kind of vignette episode that Run For Your Life could have had more of. instead of the sort which feature Paul getting beat up, ones like Carol, giving some insight into his character would have added much more to the series' legacy.
Carol collapses on the train
They stop for a meal after leaving the hospital
Tom tells Varol that their marriage was a fake
The doctor explains that an abortion is illegal
Paul asks Mary to take him to Carol
Paul finds Carol near death
Paul is chatting with a fellow passenger on a train in California when she suddenly faints in obvious pain. An ambulance is ordered to arrive at the next stop, and Paul accompanies the girl to a hospital, still not even knowing her name.
The doctor states that the pain was caused by a complication of pregnancy, and is nothing serious. 18-year-old Carol Sherman emerges from the emergency department to find Paul waiting for her. He's rented a car , and offers Carol a ride.
He takes her to a restaurant, and Carol explains that she's going to her husband, who is a student in Santa Cruz. They have recently married in Tijuana after she'd been visiting him on weekends in San Diego where he had a summer job, the wedding being a solution to Tom's wish to sleep with her, and Carol not wanting to do so before marriage.
Paul drops Carol off at the house Tom is sharing with other students, and eyebrows are raised when she announces herself there as his wife. Tom arrives later, and is disturbed when he learns her news.
Tom tells Carol that their marriage was a fake, and that he paid the clerk not to register their papers.
His solution to her situation is an abortion, and although he offers to arrange it, she wants to leave immediately, so he gives her $150, and she disappears into the night.
The next morning Carol is hitch hiking when Paul drives by and picks her up.
She shares her predicament, and he drives her to San Francisco. He tries to be helpful, but Carol says that everything will be fine.
Though she tells him it's near her home where she's asked to be dropped off, Paul notes that she walks in the direction of a hospital.
There she tries to obtain an abortion, but a kindly doctor explains that it is illegal. She goes back to the place she was living, and a house mate finds a friend who is able to arrange the abortion.
Concerned, Paul checks back at the hospital where he saw Carol go, and questions the doctor whom Carol spoke with.
He gives Paul the address that Carol filled in on her forms.
It is the home of her mother, but Mrs. Sherman hasn't had any contact wither daughter for a long time.
Though suspicious of Paul, when she learns that her daughter is pregnant, she gives Paul the address of the friend Carol was living with.
Housemate Mary Kendall arrives home after leaving Carol with the abortionist, and finds Paul waiting for her.
He is angry, and threatens to report Mary to the police if she doesn't take him to the place she left Carol. Eventually her independent attitude turns to fear, and she takes him to the location.
When they arrive, Carol is alone and weak, and says that she's glad he found her.
Paul helps her down the stairs to his car , but she collapses outside.
Though immediately rushed to the hospital, the doctors are not able to stop her haemorrhaging, and she dies.
Jo Swerling Jr.
Director of Photography
William Margulies A.S.C.
John McCartey &
Robert C. Bradfield
Earl Crain Jr.
Color by Technicolor
Editorial Dept. Head
Costume by Burton Miller