Love Takes Wing (2009) Script

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[serene acoustic guitar music]

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[female vocalist oohs]

[horse whinnies]

>> YAH! YAH!


>> "DEAREST BELINDA, "YOUR FATHER AND I WERE GLAD TO HEAR

"YOU'RE OFF ON YOUR JOURNEY WEST.

"THOUGH I MUST CONFESS, WE CAN'T HELP BUT WORRY ABOUT YOU.

"I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN

"SINCE DREW'S DEATH LAST YEAR.

"AND I WISH THERE WAS MORE WE COULD DO TO HELP.

"I HOPE THE NEW START IN MISSOURI

"WILL BE JUST THE CHANGE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.

"JUST REMEMBER THAT NO MATTER HOW FAR AWAY YOU GO, "YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOME BACK IN ANDERSON CORNER.

"YOUR JOURNEYS CAN ALWAYS BRING YOU BACK HOME.

"AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

"PLEASE WRITE TO LET US KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE SAFELY ARRIVED.

"AND GIVE OUR REGARDS TO ANNIE.

"THANK HER FOR BEING ABLE TO STAY WITH YOU FOR A FEW WEEKS

"BEFORE SHE GOES TO HER OWN PRACTICE.

LOVE, MAMA."

>> CAN'T SLEEP AGAIN?

THINKING ABOUT DREW?

>> YEAH.

I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE CHILDREN IN SIKESTON.

>> YOU'RE AN AMAZING DOCTOR.

YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF ANYONE.

>> YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THAT'S NOT TRUE.

I COULDN'T SAVE DREW.


>> MORNING, FOLKS.

WELCOME TO SIKESTON.

MA'AM.

HERE. >> THANK YOU.

[violin music]

>> WHY, IT'S LOVELY.

>> WHAT IS?

>> SIKESTON.

>> THERE'S NOTHING HERE.

>> ANNIE, WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING, AN OPERA HOUSE?

>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT I PICTURED, EXACTLY.

I CERTAINLY DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD BE THIS...

PRIMITIVE.

>> [laughs]

I DON'T KNOW WHO WE'RE SUPPOSED TO SPEAK TO, BUT...

>> MAYOR EVANS, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'D PUT THE INTEREST OF THOSE NO-ACCOUNT ORPHANS OVER THE GOOD OF THIS TOWN.

>> I AM DOING NO SUCH THING, RAY.

THANK YOU, CYRUS.

I AM TRYING TO BE FAIR TO EVERYONE.

THERE'S NO REASON TO BELIEVE THOSE CHILDREN ARE A DANGER TO ANYBODY.

>> YOU TELL THAT TO MY BROTHER.

>> THE ENTIRE TOWN IS SORRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO CARL.

BUT YOU CAN'T BLAME HIS DEATH ON THE ORPHANS.

IT COULD ALL BE SOME TERRIBLE COINCIDENCE.

>> UH, YOU MIGHT BE, UH, LOOKING FOR ME.

PLEASE, COME ON IN.

I AM MAXWELL EVANS, TOWN MAYOR.

>> BELINDA SIMPSON, THE NEW DOCTOR.

>> WELCOME.

WELL, THANK YOU, CYRUS.

UH, YOU CAN GO, PLEASE. THANK YOU.

>> I TRUST YOU WERE TOLD I WAS A WOMAN.

>> OH, ABSOLUTELY, YES.

UH, BUT I WAS EXPECTING ONE WOMAN AND NOT TWO.

OH, THIS IS MY FRIEND DR. ANNIE NELSON.

SHE'LL BE TAKING OVER AS THE CIRCUIT DOCTOR FOR THE KANSAS TERRITORY.

BUT THE POSITION DOESN'T OPEN UNTIL NEXT MONTH.

SHE'LL BE STAYING WITH ME UNTIL THEN.

>> IT'S A PLEASURE MEETING YOU, MAYOR.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL HOTEL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WELCOME TO SIKESTON.

IF YOU'LL PERMIT ME, I'LL ESCORT YOU OVER TO THE CLINIC, AND WE CAN, UH, GET YOU ALL SETTLED INTO YOUR NEW HOME.

>> THANK YOU.

AND THEN I'D LIKE TO SEE THE SICK CHILDREN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

>> UH, YES. OF COURSE.

[fiddle music]

RIGHT UP HERE.

WELL, HERE WE ARE.

>> THIS IS MY CLINIC?

>> UH, YES.

WE HAVE MADE PLANS TO EXPAND IT, BUT SOMETHING ALWAYS SEEMS TO COME UP THAT NEEDS TENDING TO.

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT.

UH, YOU'RE GONNA WANNA TAKE THOSE INSIDE.

THE LIVING QUARTERS ARE THROUGH THE CLINIC AND UP THE STAIRS.

COME RIGHT OVER HERE.

>> WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A FULL-TIME DOCTOR HERE?

>> WELL, DOC ROSS DIED SIX MONTHS AGO.

WE'VE BEEN PRETTY MUCH ON OUR OWN SINCE THEN.

>> UNDER THESE CONDITIONS?

>> YES.

FOR 30 YEARS.

AND I DON'T EVER RECALL HIM COMPLAINING, AS A MATTER OF FACT.

>> WE'LL FIX THIS PLACE UP IN NO TIME.

>> WELL, GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE ILLNESS AT THE ORPHANAGE, I WOULD GUESS THAT HOUSE CALLS MIGHT BE A NECESSITY.

THE CHILDREN--THE SICK ONES HAVE ALL TAKEN TO THEIR BED.

BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE ORPHANS ANYMORE.

IN TOWN, CARL RUSSELL DIED TWO DAYS AGO.

AND JOHN AND MEREDITH PINE HAVE COME DOWN WITH IT AS WELL.

THE SICKNESS IS SPREADING, DOCTOR.

AND THE TOWN IS GETTING A LITTLE EDGY, AND QUITE FRANKLY, SO AM I.

YOUR QUARTERS ARE AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS.


>> WELL, IT ISN'T THAT BAD.

AT LEAST THERE'S A BALCONY.

[sighs]

DO YOU THINK ALL FRONTIER TOWNS ARE LIKE THIS?

>> A LOT OF THEM, YES.

>> I KNEW IT WOULD BE A CHANGE LEAVING BOSTON.

>> THE TWO OF US WENT THROUGH THREE YEARS OF MEDICAL TRAINING AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A LICK OF HELP FROM THE MEN--

AND WITHOUT A WOMAN IN SIGHT.

YOU'RE GONNA BE FINE. AND SO AM I.

>> [breathes deeply]

>> HELLO, LEE. >> MAYOR.

>> THAT'S, UH, LEE OWENS.

HE'S BEEN A SMITHY HERE FOR YEARS.

HERE, STEP OVER HERE.

WELL, HERE WE ARE.

>> [scoffs]

YOU AREN'T COMING INSIDE?

>> NO, I, UH--

I HAVE SOME APPOINTMENTS THIS AFTERNOON.

UM, BUT I'M SURE WE'LL BE SEEING EACH OTHER SOON, SO IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT I COULD DO TO MAKE YOUR STAY HERE IN SIKESTON MORE COMFORTABLE, YOU, UH--YOU JUST LET ME KNOW.

ALL RIGHT?

TILL THEN, GOOD DAY.

>> [sighs]

>> I'M SORRY.

WE'RE NOT ACCEPTING ANY VISITORS AT THIS TIME.

>> I'M NOT HERE TO VISIT, MISS CLARENCE.

MY NAME IS BELINDA SIMPSON.

I WAS SENT HERE TO TEND TO THE CHILDREN.

>> I WAS TOLD WE'D HAVE A DOCTOR.

BUT--BUT I'LL TAKE A NURSE.

>> I AM A DOCTOR.

>> SORRY?

>> I'M NOT A NURSE.

I'M THE NEW DOCTOR IN SIKESTON.

>> PLEASE COME IN.

FOLLOW ME.

>> PARDON ME. WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?

>> OH, I TRY TO KEEP THE HEALTHY CHILDREN OUTSIDE IN THE--THE FRESH AIR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

>> MA'AM.

>> ALL I'M SAYING IS SOMETHING'S GOTTA BE DONE.

EVANS THINKS WE'RE JUST GONNA STAND BY AND LET OUR FAMILIES SUFFER FOR THE DEEDS OF THESE ORPHANS, WELL, WE NEED TO SHOW HIM.

WE NEED TO SHOW HIM WHO'S REALLY IN CHARGE HERE.

>> RAY.

YOU'RE DRIVING AWAY ALL MY CUSTOMERS.

>> NOT MY FAULT THAT THESE PEOPLE DON'T WANNA LISTEN TO REASON.

>> APOLOGIES, MA'AM.

>> WE LOST ONE JUST THIS WEEK.

>> LOST?

>> [sighs]

I'M NOT SURE WHAT THIS ILLNESS IS CALLED, DR. SIMPSON.

BUT, UH...

IT'S UNLIKE ANY KIND OF INFLUENZA I'VE EVER SEEN.

[sighs]

ON ANY DAY, THIS ORPHANAGE IS HOME TO ABOUT 30 KIDS.

WHEN THE SICKNESS STARTED, IT HIT FIVE OF MY CHARGES IN THE FIRST WEEK.

[child moaning] AND THE END OF THE MONTH...

THREE DIED. I GOT TEN SICK.

HELLO, SWEETIE.

DROPPED YOUR DOLL. HERE YOU GO.

>> THANK YOU, MISS CLARENCE.

>> I'VE ENLISTED THE HEALTHY CHILDREN TO RUN THE PLACE, BUT I'M WORRIED THAT I'M--I'M--

ENDANGERING THEM TOO.

LILLIAN'S THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL WORK IN THE WARD.

>> MAY I?

>> OH, PLEASE.

>> IT'S VERY NICE OF YOU TO HELP THE OTHER CHILDREN.

>> I DON'T NEED HELP. IT'S AN IMPORTANT JOB.

AND NOBODY DOES IT AS GOOD AS ME.

>> I HAD NO INTENTION OF TAKING YOUR JOB AWAY FROM YOU, LILLIAN.

>> GOOD.

'CAUSE WE DON'T TRUST STRANGERS AROUND HERE.

KIDS NEED SOMEONE THEY KNOW LOOKING AFTER THEM.

>> QUITE THE HANDFUL.

>> [laughs]

OH, SHE'S SOMETHING.

SHE'S TENACIOUS...

BUT AN IMMENSE HELP TO ME.

>> STICK YOUR TONGUE OUT FOR ME.

AND WHAT'D YOU SAY THE AVERAGE RECOVERY TIME WAS?

>> WELL, THERE ISN'T ONE.

NOBODY'S...

GOTTEN ANY BETTER.

>> YOU SHOULDN'T BE HELPING THEM ORPHANS.

>> SORRY?

>> I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

YOU'RE HERE TO HELP US, NOT THOSE NO-ACCOUNTS SPREADING PLAGUE TO HALF THIS TOWN.

>> I TAKE IT YOU'RE RAY RUSSELL.

MISS CLARENCE WARNED ME ABOUT YOU.

>> IT'S ME WHO SHOULD BE WARNING YOU, MISS SIMPSON.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INVOLVED IN.

>> IT'S DR. SIMPSON.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN, BUT I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF, AND JUST SO YOU KNOW, I'M HERE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE IN THIS TOWN.

>> WE'RE THE ONES WHO PAY YOUR SALARY.

THE GOOD GOD-FEARIN' FOLKS WHO DON'T DESERVE THIS PLIGHT VISITED UPON US.

>> NO ONE DESERVES TO SUFFER, MR. RUSSELL, NOT YOU, AND CERTAINLY NOT A BUNCH OF INNOCENT CHILDREN.

>> THOSE CHILDREN AIN'T INNOCENTS.

THEY COME FROM BEGGARS, LIARS, AND THIEVES.

>> YOU CANNOT BLAME CHILDREN FOR THE MISDEEDS OF THEIR PARENTS OR YOUR OWN.

>> WHAT'RE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I AIN'T DONE NOTHIN' WRONG.

>> YOU WANNA SEND CHILDREN OUT ON THE PRAIRIE TO DIE.

IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT'S WRONG...

>> HE CAUSIN' YOU A PROBLEM, MA'AM?

>> I'LL ASK YOU TO STAY OUTTA THIS MATTER, LEE, THIS AIN'T NONE OF YOUR CONCERN.

>> RAY, YOU GOT NO BUSINESS BOTHERIN' THE DOCTOR.

SHE'S JUST TRYING TO DO HER JOB, JUST LIKE OTHER FOLKS.

>> LET GOD HELP THE UNFORTUNATES.

YOU'RE HERE TO HELP US.

>> THAT'S NOT VERY CHRISTIAN OF YOU, IS IT, RAY?

>> YOU HAVE QUITE THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE IN SIKESTON.

>> PLEASE, DON'T JUDGE THE REST OF US ON RAY RUSSELL.

OH, WHERE'S MY MANNERS?

LEE OWENS, BLACKSMITH.

>> BELINDA SIMPSON.

BUT I HAVE A FEELING YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT.

>> WELL, IT'S A SMALL TOWN. NEWS TRAVELS FAST...

ESPECIALLY WHEN THE MAYOR HIRES A WOMAN DOCTOR.

YOU GOT QUITE THE TEMPER, MA'AM.

>> I THINK IT'S UNFAIR TO ATTACK CHILDREN.

>> YOU DON'T NEED TO CONVINCE ME.

I DON'T KNOW OF MUCH WITH THE WITCH HUNT MYSELF.

>> DO YOU THINK YOU COULD POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO THE PINES' RESIDENCE, PLEASE?

>> WELL, IT'S A LITTLE LATE IN THE DAY.

AND I GET THE FEELING YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO SETTLE IN YET.

WHY DON'T YOU TURN IN?

I'LL TAKE YOU THERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.

>> VERY WELL, THEN. FIRST THING TOMORROW.

I'LL BE OVER AT THE CLINIC.

>> I KNOW THE WAY.

EVENIN', DOC.

>> THANK YOU, MR. OWENS. YOU AS WELL.

>> HARD FIRST DAY?

>> I'M SORRY, I HOPE YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WAITING FOR ME THIS WHOLE TIME.

>> I WENT DOWN TO THE GENERAL STORE TO GET SUPPLIES.

FROM WHAT I HEARD PEOPLE SAYING, I FIGURED IT'D BE A WHILE.

AND I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE HUNGRY, SO I SAVED YOU A PLATE FROM SUPPER.

>> THANK YOU.

SO WHAT'D YOU HEAR?

>> PLAGUE OF GOD...

SOME SORT OF INFLUENZA.

>> ANNIE, I THINK I KNOW WHAT IT IS.

WHEN I WAS LITTLE IN THE TENEMENTS OF NEW YORK, IT WOULD BURN THROUGH THE HOUSES EVERY SUMMER, AND BY JULY, SOMEONE IN EACH FAMILY WAS SICK.

MORE DIED THAN SURVIVED.

I THINK IT MIGHT BE CHOLERA.

>> WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

YOU KNOW, THE OLD BELINDA WOULD'VE SAID THAT IT WAS DIVINE PROVIDENCE THAT I WAS HERE TO HELP HER.

>> THAT WAS BEFORE I KNEW THE TRUTH.

WE CAN PRAY ALL WE WANT, BUT NO ONE'S LISTENING.

NO GOD SAVED DREW AS HE LAY DYING IN BED.

ALL WE HAVE IN THIS WORLD ARE OURSELVES.

[bell ringing distantly]

START TALKING TO THE TOWNSPEOPLE.

WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THIS THING STARTED AND HOW IT GOT SPREAD.

>> WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?

>> I'M GONNA GO AND GIVE THE MAYOR MY DIAGNOSIS, AND THEN I'VE GOTTA GO SEE JOHN AND MEREDITH PINE.

>> GOOD LUCK.

>> YOU TOO. WE'LL BOTH NEED IT.

I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT, MAYOR.

I WAS TOLD I COULD FIND YOU HERE.

>> I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BREAKFAST.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MEET ME IN MY OFFICE IN A WHILE, WE CAN HAVE A CHAT.

>> I HAVE A VERY BUSY DAY AHEAD OF ME, SIR, AND I WAS HOPING I COULD SPEAK TO YOU NOW.

>> ALL RIGHT, DOCTOR. WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?

>> IT'S ABOUT THE SICKNESS AT THE ORPHANAGE.

I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S INFLUENZA, SIR.

I THINK IT'S CHOLERA.

>> KEEP YOUR VOICE DOWN.

BESIDES, THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE.

I HAVE READ ABOUT THIS.

AND THIS DISEASE IS A DISEASE OF POVERTY AND THE UNCLEAN.

AND HERE IN TOWN, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR CIVIC IMPROVEMENTS.

>> NO ONE IS EXACTLY SURE HOW THE DISEASE IS SPREAD.

THAT'S ONE OF THE DIFFICULTIES IN FIGHTING IT.

>> WELL, WHAT ABOUT A VACCINE?

I'VE ALSO READ THAT THEY'RE MAKING STRIDES AGAINST SMALLPOX USING VACCINES.

>> UNLESS WE KNOW WHAT CAUSES THE DISEASE, WE CAN'T INVENT A VACCINE.

>> THEN HOW DO YOU CURE IT?

>> THERE ISN'T A CURE.

>> THEN I SUGGEST YOU FIND ONE, DOCTOR.

>> CHOLERA IS A DISEASE OF THE UNCLEAN.

I WASN'T AWARE YOU ATTENDED MEDICAL SCHOOL, MAYOR EVANS.

>> SEEMS LIKE I WAS RIGHT ABOUT YOUR TEMPER, DOC.

>> I'M JUST SO FRUSTRATED, AND THESE PEOPLE...

>> WATCH YOURSELF, NOW. THESE PEOPLE ARE ALSO MY PEOPLE.

>> EXCEPT YOU DON'T SUPPORT MAKING POOR, DEFENSELESS ORPHANS HOMELESS AS WELL.

>> TRUE.

BUT IT WOULDN'T HURT TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY MIGHT WANNA DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

>> I DON'T CARE HOW FRIGHTENED I WAS.

I WOULD NEVER ENDANGER THE LIVES OF CHILDREN.

>> MAYBE SO.

BUT IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THEY'RE AFRAID, WELL, IT MIGHT HELP YOU GET YOUR POINT ACROSS.

>> YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT.

ARE YOU HERE TO TAKE ME TO SEE THE PINES, MR. OWENS?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS, MR. OWENS.

I'M FINDING IT'S A RARITY IN THIS TOWN.

>> AW, GIVE US A CHANCE, DOC.

YOU MIGHT FIND THAT SIKESTON CAN BE A VERY WELCOMING TOWN.

>> MRS. PINE, THIS IS DR. BELINDA SIMPSON. SHE'S HERE TO HELP.

>> THANK YOU FOR COMING.

>> GIVE MY BEST TO JOHN, WILL YOU?

>> WILL DO. THANK YOU, MR. OWENS.

>> HAVE A GOOD DAY, LADIES.

>> YOU FEELING BETTER?

>> I'M SORRY?

>> I WAS TOLD THAT YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND CAME DOWN WITH THE SAME SICKNESS AS THE CHILDREN.

I'M ACTUALLY QUITE RELIEVED SOMEONE'S RECOVERING.

>> I'M NOT SICK AT ALL, MA'AM.

IT'S MY HUSBAND AND DAUGHTER.

THEY FELL ILL ALMOST A WEEK AGO.

>> ELLA, YOU SAID THE DOCTOR WAS COMING.

WHO'S THIS?

>> I AM THE DOCTOR, MR. PINE. I'M HERE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU.

>> I ALREADY GOT A WOMAN TO TAKE CARE OF ME.

I NEED A-- I NEED A REAL DOCTOR.

>> PLEASE, JOHN, JUST LET DR. SIMPSON TAKE A LOOK AT YOU.

HE'S BEEN LIKE THIS FOR DAYS.

HE CAN'T EVEN STAND FOR A FEW MINUTES AT A TIME.

NEITHER ONE OF THEM CAN KEEP ANYTHING DOWN.

IS IT THE SAME SICKNESS AS THOSE ORPHANS?

>> I THINK SO.

I BELIEVE IT'S CHOLERA. >> CHOLERA?

>> PLEASE KEEP IT DOWN.

I DON'T WANNA UPSET YOUR HUSBAND OR MEREDITH.

>> JOHN AND MEREDITH ARE ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD.

ARE THEY GONNA DIE?

>> I'M GONNA DO EVERYTHING I CAN.

I NEED YOU TO KEEP COLD COMPRESSES ON THEIR FOREHEADS TO GET THE FEVER DOWN AND KEEP THEM RESTING.

AND GIVE THEM AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN.

I'LL BE BACK TO CHECK ON THEM TOMORROW.

>> THANK YOU, DOCTOR.

[sighs]

>> I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

ARE YOU THE DOCTOR, OR AREN'T YOU?

>> I'M A DOCTOR, BUT I'M HERE TO HELP DR. SIMPSON.

>> YOU AND YOUR FRIEND NEED TO STOP ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE HOTEL.

SIKESTON'S A TOWN ON THE GROW.

WE CAN'T AFFORD TALK LIKE THIS.

>> NO, WHAT YOU CAN'T AFFORD IS TO IGNORE THE PROBLEM.

>> THINGS LIKE THIS ORPHAN SICKNESS, I'VE SEEN 'EM TURN BOOM TOWNS INTO GHOST TOWNS IN A MATTER OF MONTHS.

WE KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

NOW, IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME, MISS.

>> STOP IT. WE'RE GONNA GET CAUGHT.

>> LOOKS LIKE YOU COULD USE SOME MORE HELP.

>> SEEMS LIKE YOU GOT A BIG ENOUGH JOB ON YOUR OWN.

DON'T BE NEEDING TO TAKE ON OTHER CHORES.

BESIDES, MAKING A STEW FOR 30 KIDS IS A LOT HARDER THAN BAKING A CAKE FOR YOUR HUSBAND.

>> I'VE DONE MY FAIR SHARE OF KITCHEN DUTY.

>> WATCHING YOUR SERVANTS DO THE WORK AIN'T THE SAME THING AS DOING IT YOURSELF.

I CAN TELL RICH FOLKS WHEN I SEE 'EM.

>> EDUCATED DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN RICH.

ACTUALLY, YOU AND I HAVE A LOT IN COMMON.

I GREW UP IN AN ORPHANAGE TOO.

>> RIGHT. >> IT'S TRUE.

TOO MANY KIDS, NOT NEARLY ENOUGH FOOD.

>> THEY PAY FOR YOUR FANCY SCHOOLIN'?

AIN'T NEVER HEARD OF AN ORPHAN BECOMING A DOCTOR BEFORE.

>> THAT'S BECAUSE I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ADOPTED BY A WONDERFUL FAMILY WHEN I WAS 14.

BUT I WOULDN'T BE WHO I WAS TODAY IF I HADN'T GROWN UP THE WAY I DID.

>> WE ALL HAVE OUR SORROWS.

IF YOU WANNA MAKE YOURSELF USEFUL, I COULD USE SOME MORE WATER FOR THE POT.

THE PUMP'S IN THE YARD.

>> LILLIAN'S GOT ME DOING MANUAL LABOR.

>> OH... [laughs]

>> SPIRITED GIRL.

>> [chuckles]

>> WHAT MADE HER SO WOUNDED?

>> HER FATHER WAS KILLED ON THE RAILROAD.

LILLIAN WAS FIVE YEARS OLD WHEN HER MOTHER COULDN'T TAKE CARE OF HER ANYMORE.

SHE TOLD LILLIAN THAT HER FATHER HAD GOTTEN THE JOB JUST TO SUPPORT HER, THAT SHE WAS THE REASON FOR THE MISERY IN THE FAMILY.

>> JUST WHAT A CHILD NEEDS TO HEAR.

>> SHE DOESN'T TALK MUCH ABOUT IT.

IF YOU PRESS HARD, SHE LASHES BACK.

SHE'S BEEN KNOWN TO HAVE A COUPLE OF PRETTY GOOD TANTRUMS NOW AND THEN.

>> AND YOU CONDONE THAT BEHAVIOR?

>> NO, CERTAINLY NOT.

BUT TRY AS YOU MIGHT TO CAGE THE LIONESS, SHE WILL FIND A WAY TO ROAR.

AND, UH, SPEAKING OF WHICH, I HEARD ABOUT YOUR LITTLE RUN-IN WITH RAY RUSSELL.

>> IT WAS OUT OF LINE.

I HAD NO RIGHT TO SPEAK TO HIM THAT WAY.

AND I'D DO IT AGAIN.

>> I KNOW THE TOWN IS AFRAID.

I'M JUST AS SCARED AS ANYBODY ELSE.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY CAN USE GOD TO JUSTIFY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.

>> I DO.

WHEN SCIENCE CAN'T EXPLAIN SOMETHING, PEOPLE TURN TO SUPERSTITION TO--

TO COMFORT THEM, GIVE ORDER TO THEIR LIVES.

>> SURELY YOU DON'T BELIEVE GOD IS A SUPERSTITION.

>> I BELIEVE WHAT I CAN SEE.

>> BUT YOU'RE IN A FIELD OF MEDICINE.

AND THEY'VE JUST NOW DISCOVERED GERMS.

WE KNOW THE CHILDREN ARE SICK, WE KNOW A GERM CAUSED IT, BUT WE ALL AGREE THAT WE CAN'T SEE IT.

BUT WE KNOW IT'S THERE...

JUST AS WE--WE CAN'T SEE GOD, BUT WE CAN SEE THE EFFECT OF HIM IN THE WORLD.

>> IT'S HARDLY THE SAME THING.

AND WITH MICROSCOPES, YOU CAN SEE BACTERIA.

>> PERHAPS YOU HAVEN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW GOD.

IF YOU READ THE BIBLE--

>> I'VE READ THE BIBLE, MISS CLARENCE.

AND MY FAMILY WAS VERY RELIGIOUS.

MY VIEWS WERE FORMED BY MY OWN EXPERIENCES, AND THEY ARE NOT UP FOR DISCUSSION.

>> YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR BELIEFS, DOCTOR, AS ARE THE REST OF US.

>> "DEAR MAMA, "I'VE BEEN IN SIKESTON FOR LITTLE MORE THAN A DAY, "AND I ALREADY WONDER IF I'VE DONE THE RIGHT THING

"IN COMING HERE.

"I KNEW THE TOWN NEEDED ME, "BUT THINGS ARE MUCH WORSE THAN I FEARED.

"I THINK THE DISEASE THEY BELIEVE TO BE INFLUENZA

"IS ACTUALLY CHOLERA.

"IT'S A TERRIBLE SITUATION FOR EVERYONE.

"THE DISEASE SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM THE LOCAL ORPHANAGE

"AND ALL THE TOWNSPEOPLE WANT TO DO IS SEND

"THESE POOR CHILDREN OUT ON THE STREET.

"THEY'RE SELFISH.

"THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THE KIDS.

"AND EVERYONE LOOKS TO ME AS IF

"I'M SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT ALL BETTER.

"THE ILLNESS IS BIGGER THAN ME, "AND I'M AFRAID THEY'VE PUT TOO MUCH FAITH IN ME.

"I'M AFRAID I'LL LET THEM DOWN--

"ESPECIALLY THIS ONE LITTLE GIRL, LILLIAN, "WHO REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF ME AT THAT AGE--

"THE PERSON I WAS BEFORE YOU TOOK ME IN.

"I WANT TO HELP LILLIAN FIND HER OWN WAY, "BUT I CAN'T EVEN FIND MY OWN PATH.

"I WISH I COULD TALK TO YOU AND GRANDMA.

I WISH I HAD YOUR STRENGTH."

MISS CLARENCE.

THIS IS MY GOOD FRIEND ANNIE. SHE'S A DOCTOR AS WELL.

>> GOOD. COME ON, COME IN.


>> THAT'S A GOOD TRICK, LILLIAN. WHERE'D YOU LEARN IT?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

PEOPLE GET SICK AROUND HERE A LOT, AND NOBODY WANTS TO HELP MISS CLARENCE.

JUST MAKES SENSE.

YOU NEED TO GET THEIR HEADS UP, ELSE THE WATER JUST RUNS RIGHT BACK OUT.

OR THEY CHOKE.

THERE YOU GO, KATIE.

>> VERY BRAVE, HELPING THE SICK.

>> WEREN'T BRAVE, MISS. I JUST LIKE HELPING PEOPLE.

>> WELL, SEE, WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON.

THAT'S WHY I BECAME A DOCTOR-- TO HELP PEOPLE.

LILLIAN, WAIT.

>> WHAT?

>> YOU'RE NOT USING THE SAME CUP WITH ALL THE CHILDREN, ARE YOU?

>> THERE'S JUST ME AND MISS CLARENCE IN THE INFIRMARY ROOMS.

AND THE REST OF THE KIDS IS BUSY COOKING AND CLEANING.

>> YOU CAN'T DO THAT, LILLIAN.

>> WE AIN'T GOT TIME TO WASH DISHES.

>> DO YOU KNOW WHAT A GERM IS?

>> NO.

>> IT'S WHAT MAKES PEOPLE SICK.

AND IF YOU LET EVERYONE DRINK OUT OF THE SAME CUP, IT SPREADS IT AROUND.

GIMME THAT.

I'VE GOTTA FIND MISS CLARENCE.

>> YOU AND BELINDA SEEM VERY CLOSE.

>> WELL, WE'VE BEEN BEST FRIENDS SINCE THE FIRST DAY OF MEDICAL SCHOOL.

>> OH.

>> WE KIND OF HAD TO BE.

IT WAS TWO MORE YEARS BEFORE WE SAW ANOTHER WOMAN.

[footsteps]

>> HI.

>> OH, HELLO.

>> LILLIAN SAID YOU'RE USING THE SAME FEW DISHES WITH ALL THE SICK CHILDREN.

>> YES.

WELL, THERE'RE SO FEW HEALTHY CHILDREN THEY--THEY CAN BARELY HANDLE THE DISHES WE DO USE.

>> THAT ISN'T ACCEPTABLE, MISS CLARENCE.

EVERY CHILD MUST BE FED WITH THEIR OWN DISH, AND THOSE DISHES NEED TO BE CLEANED EVERY SINGLE NIGHT AND CERTAINLY NOT HANDLED BY THE HEALTHY CHILDREN, IF YOU CAN HELP IT.

>> WELL, THE CHILDREN IN THE INFIRMARY ARE ALREADY SICK.

I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE.

>> BY LILLIAN USING THE SAME CUP, SHE'S SPREADING THE SAME GERMS TO ALL THOSE CHILDREN.

THEY CAN'T BE EXPECTED TO GET BETTER WHEN YOU CONTINUOUSLY FEED THEM THE DISEASE.

>> I-I'M DOING THE BEST I CAN, BELINDA.

I'M NOT A DOCTOR.

SO TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO, AND I'LL--I'M HAPPY TO DO IT.

>> WE NEED TO REWASH EVERY DISH WE CAN FIND IN THE HOTTEST WATER WE CAN STAND.

>> I'LL BOIL SOME WATER.

>> YOU NEEDN'T YELL AT HER, BELINDA.

AND MRS. CLARENCE DIDN'T GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL.

SHE DOESN'T KNOW THESE THINGS.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE.

>> I'LL APOLOGIZE TO HER LATER.

>> WELL, WE HAVE A RESTAURANT'S WORTH OF DISHES TO DO.

[carriage approaching]


>> NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT PAIL?

>> I'VE DONE MY FAIR SHARE OF CHORES.

I THINK I CAN MANAGE ON MY OWN.

>> I'M SURE YOU CAN.

BUT JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN MANAGE DOESN'T MEAN YOU OUGHT TO.

>> YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO RELY ON, MR. OWENS.

BEST NOT TO FORGET THAT.

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO MADE HOUSE CALLS.

>> MISS CLARENCE IS HAVING SOME TROUBLE WITH HER GUTTERS.

THOUGHT I'D STOP BY AND TAKE A LOOK.

YOU KNOW, I'LL JUST BE UP THERE FOR ANOTHER HALF HOUR.

AFTER THAT, I'D LOVE YOUR COMPANY FOR LUNCH, IF YOU'RE FREE.

>> [laughs]

UH, I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU.

>> WELL, LUNCH COULD GO A LONG WAY TO REMEDY THAT.

>> MR. OWENS...

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVITATION, BUT I'M AFRAID I'M MUCH TOO BUSY.

I'LL BE USING MY LUNCH BREAK TO DO RESEARCH AT THE CLINIC.

>> WELL, SEEMS LIKE THE CHILDREN ARE IN GOOD HANDS.

ANOTHER TIME, THEN?

[groans]

>> SORRY I MADE YOU SICK, KATIE.

I SWEAR I DIDN'T MEAN IT.

I PROMISE THAT BELINDA'S DOING EVERYTHING SHE CAN TO MAKE YOU BETTER.

I'LL BE RIGHT HERE TO HELP HER.

>> I'LL BE OKAY, LILLIAN.

>> HE'S GETTING WORSE, ISN'T HE?

>> HE'S FIGHTING, MRS. PINE.

>> [shallow breathing]

CC[sighs]

>> EVEN THE BUSY NEED TO EAT.

>> YOU ARE A VERY PERSISTENT MAN, MR. OWENS.

>> UH, I THOUGHT I'D...

HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESEARCH.

OH, I-I CAN READ, SO...

>> AS YOU WISH.

>> JUST, UH, TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.

OH...

>> THANK YOU.

WHY CAN'T IT BE THE FOOD?

>> BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

THE ORPHANS DOESN'T GROW THEIR OWN FOOD, IT COMES FROM THE FARMERS.

AND THE FARMERS SELL IT TO THE GENERAL STORE.

WHOLE TOWN BUYS FROM GUS.

>> THEY DON'T HAVE A GARDEN?

>> WELL, YOU'VE SEEN WHAT MISS CLARENCE HAS TO CONTEND WITH.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE TIME FOR A GARDEN.

I SHOULD GET BACK TO THE SHOP.

>> OH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP...

AND LUNCH.

>> OH, YOU'RE WELCOME.

YOU KNOW, THOSE CHILDREN ARE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU.

THEY COULD USE A FEW MORE DEFENDERS.

>> WELL, I GREW UP IN AN ORPHANAGE JUST LIKE THEM.

I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO FEEL LIKE YOU'RE NOBODY'S CHILD.

>> I'M SORRY.

NOT NOBODY DESERVES THAT.

>> NO ONE DOES.

>> WELL...


>> WHAT'S HATTIE CLARENCE DOIN' IN TOWN?

>> MAKE HER TELL US THE TRUTH, NOW!

>> HATTIE CLARENCE HAS THE SAME RIGHTS AS ANYONE ELSE IN THIS TOWN.

>> YOU HAVE TO JUST LOCK HER UP!

>> SHE CAME TO ME LIKE A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN.

>> YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTIN' THIS TOWN!

>> PLEASE, TRY TO UNDERSTAND. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING ON?

[indistinct yelling]

>> SEND FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AND HER CHILDREN BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM!

>> PEOPLE, QUIET DOWN. YELLING DOESN'T SOLVE ANYTHING.

>> I WILL ADDRESS YOUR CONCERNS ONE AT A TIME.

>> THE MALLOYS CAUGHT THE SICKNESS LAST NIGHT.

>> THE MALLOYS AND NOW BETSY DONOVAN.

AND THIS PLAGUE IS SPREADING, FOLKS.

>> PLEASE!

MY CHILDREN CAN'T BE RESPONSIBLE!

I HAVEN'T LET THEM COME NEAR TOWN SINCE THIS THING STARTED!

THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ANYWHERE NEAR YOU PEOPLE!

>> YOU PEOPLE?

OUR TAXES PAY FOR THAT PLACE, HATTIE, DON'T YOU FORGET IT.

>> THIS TOWN HASN'T PUT TEN CENTS INTO THAT ORPHANAGE.

YOU PEOPLE BUILT IT WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS AND THEN JUST LEFT IT THERE TO ROT!

>> ALL RIGHT, NOW, DON'T MAKE IT PERSONAL, HATTIE.

>> THIS IS AS PERSONAL AS IT GETS, MAYOR.

THAT WOMAN IS PLAYING WITH OUR LIVES.

>> RAY, YOU CAN'T BLAME MISS CLARENCE OR THOSE CHILDREN FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THIS DISEASE IS YET.

>> WE DO KNOW.

DOC SIMPSON SAYS IT'S CHOLERA.

[panicked chattering]

>> RAY.

>> YOU KNEW ABOUT THIS, AND YOU DIDN'T WARN US?

>> SHE'S DOING THE BEST SHE CAN.

>> WELL, HER BEST DOESN'T SEEM VERY GOOD, NOW, DOES IT?

WE NEED A REAL DOCTOR, NOT SOME UPPITY SPINSTER WHO WANTS TO PLAY PRETEND!

>> EVERYONE, CALM DOWN!

>> WE NEED TO GIVE DR. SIMPSON ENOUGH TIME TO DO HER JOB.

SHE NEEDS A CHANCE.

>> OUR FAMILIES ARE SICK, MAYOR.

HOW LONG ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WAIT?

>> THOSE ORPHANS NEED TO BE RUN OUTTA TOWN!

>> ALL RIGHT, NOW, THAT'S IT. THAT IS ENOUGH.

WE WILL HAVE A TOWN MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT, RIGHT HERE, 5:00.

AND WE WILL DECIDE THE FATE AND FUTURE OF THE ORPHANAGE.

>> YOU HEARD IT. MAYOR SAID IT.

ON YOUR WAY, THEN.

[frustrated chattering]

[soft acoustic guitar music]

>> OH, BELINDA.

I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU MISS DREW.

[bell tolls]

[rooster crows]

[dogs bark]

>> WHAT IS IT?

WHAT IS IT?

>> I KNOW WHY THE SICK AREN'T GETTING ANY BETTER.

CHOLERA DOESN'T DIRECTLY KILL THE BODY.

IT DRAINS IT OF ALL ITS FLUID, AND SO THE PATIENT DIES FROM DEHYDRATION, RIGHT?

>> THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN GIVING THEM SO MUCH WATER, EXCEPT THE FACT THAT MOST OF IT KEEPS COMING BACK UP.

>> EXACTLY.

SO WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO GIVE THE CHILDREN SO MUCH WATER THAT THEIR BODIES RETAIN SOME OF IT.

>> I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

>> THE HOSPITAL AT JOHNS HOPKINS IS DOING AN EXPERIMENT--

A METHOD CALLED INTRAVENOUS THERAPY.

WORKS JUST LIKE TAKING BLOOD, ONLY IN REVERSE.

YOU DRIP A FLUID, USUALLY A MEDICATION, INTO THE BODY THROUGH THE VEINS.

>> SO BY INJECTING IT DIRECTLY INTO THE BLOODSTREAM, IT'S HARDER FOR THE BODY TO REJECT.

WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO BUILD SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

>> I'LL GO TO THE POST OFFICE AND TELEGRAPH JOHNS HOPKINS.

>> WAIT, BELINDA, WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

THE POST OFFICE DOESN'T OPEN FOR TWO HOURS.

[children playing]

>> I TRULY THINK THIS COULD WORK.

DR. WILLIAM HALSTEAD OF JOHNS HOPKINS AGREES IT COULD BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO TREAT THE SICK.

>> WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN OUR INFIRMARY.

>> WELL, NO ONE DOES, NOT YET, AT LEAST.

UM, IT'S STILL FAIRLY EXPERIMENTAL.

WE'D HAVE TO BUILD EACH ONE OF THEM ON OUR OWN.

>> SOUNDS EXPENSIVE.

BELINDA, I--

WE HARDLY MAKE ENDS MEET HERE.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT.

>> I'LL PAY FOR IT.

>> WHAT?

I CAN'T ASK YOU TO DO THAT.

>> YOU'RE NOT ASKING ME.

AND MY FATHER LOVES HIS CAUSES.

HE'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GIVE US ANYTHING THAT WE NEEDED.

SO LET'S MAKE THE LIST, AND LET ME WORRY ABOUT PAYING FOR IT.

>> WELL, THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT IS THE RUBBER TUBING.

WE CAN START THERE.

>> IF YOU WANT MORE TUBING, I'LL HAVE TO ORDER IT FROM ST. LOUIS.

>> WOULD YOU?

OH, AND I NEED AS MANY BOTTLES AS I CAN FIND.

SODA BOTTLES WOULD BE BEST.

>> [sighs]

SODIE BOTTLES.

[upbeat fiddle music]

>> IS THIS ALL RIGHT?

>> PERFECT.

>> HEY, DOC.

I'D OFFER TO HELP, BUT I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA SAY.

>> YOU'RE A FAST LEARNER, MR. OWENS.

>> SHE'S SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME HERE.

>> WOULD YOU MIND IF I TOOK HER TO THE CLINIC WITH ME?

>> BUT IF THE DISEASE IS PASSING PERSON TO PERSON, SHOULD SHE REALLY BE OUT THERE WITH THE TOWNSPEOPLE?

>> SHE'S NOT SICK.

AND NEITHER ARE WE.


>> YOU SURE DO HAVE A LOT OF BOOKS.

>> BOOKS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.

>> THERE'S NOTHING USEFUL IN BOOKS.

>> THAT'S NOT TRUE AT ALL.

I FOUND THE IDEA FOR THE INTRAVENOUS THERAPY IN THIS VERY BOOK.

BESIDES, MY MAMA TAUGHT ME THAT THE REALLY GOOD ONES CAN TAKE YOU PLACES YOU MIGHT NEVER SEE OTHERWISE, LIKE CHINA OR AFRICA OR FRANCE.

>> I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WERE AN ORPHAN LIKE ME.

>> AND I TOLD YOU THAT I WAS VERY LUCKY TO BE ADOPTED BY MY MAMA.

>> SO SHE'S NOT REALLY YOUR MOTHER.

>> YES, SHE IS.

FAMILY'S JUST WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT.

MISS CLARENCE IS A PART OF YOUR FAMILY JUST LIKE ANNIE IS A PART OF MINE.

>> CAN I BE A PART OF YOUR FAMILY?

>> DO YOU LADIES HAVE THE SUPPLIES READY?

WE SHOULD START WORKING ON THE INTRAVENOUS DEVICES.

>> YES, WE SHOULD.

[clears throat]

[chattering]

>> OH, THANK YOU, CYRUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY.

NOW, I WANT YOU TO ALL UNDERSTAND THAT I HEAR YOUR CONCERNS.

>> I DON'T THINK YOU DO, MAYOR.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OUR LIVES HERE.

>> WELL, WHAT IF SENDING THE CHILDREN AWAY DOESN'T STOP THE DISEASE?

IT CAN VERY WELL SPREAD EVEN AFTER THE KIDS ARE GONE.

>> AND THEN THE DEATH OF INNOCENT CHILDREN WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS.

>> ALL RIGHT.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS:

DR. SIMPSON IS WORKING ON A NEW TREATMENT.

SHE JUST NEEDS A LITTLE TIME TO PUT IT INTO PLACE.

>> THERE'S PLENTY HERE WHO BELIEVE THE TIME TO PUT 'EM OUT IS LONG OVERDUE.

[murmurs of agreement]

>> ALL RIGHT, THEN, WE'LL PUT IT TO A VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF GIVING DOC SIMPSON ONE WEEK TO IMPLEMENT HER NEW PLAN, SAY "AYE."

AND THOSE WHO WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE ORPHANAGE PERMANENTLY WILL SAY "NAY."

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

>> crowd: AYE.

>> ALL THOSE OPPOSED. >> group: NAY!

>> ALL RIGHT, THE AYES HAVE IT.

DR. SIMPSON, YOU HAVE ONE WEEK TO SHOW SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THOSE CHILDREN.

AND WE WILL RECONVENE THEN AND TAKE ANOTHER VOTE.

UNTIL THEN, THIS MEETING IS DISMISSED.

GO ON. THANK YOU.

>> NO LOITERING HERE. MOVE ALONG, NOW.

>> HOW'S IT COMING?

>> TURNS OUT I'M NOT MUCH OF AN INVENTOR.

>> EH...

LEMME SEE WHAT YOU GOT THERE.

>> I NEED TO FILL THE BOTTLE WITH LIQUID AND THEN HAVE IT DRIP SLOWLY THROUGH THE TUBE, BUT I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE OPENING NARROW ENOUGH.

>> WELL, EVEN IF YOU MANAGE TO GET THE TUBE ATTACHED, HOW ARE YOU GONNA GET THE LIQUID IN ONCE IT'S SEALED?

>> I HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT OF THAT.

>> HMM.

I MAY HAVE AN IDEA.

THAT'LL DO IT.

STILL A LITTLE HOT. TAKE A MINUTE TO COOL DOWN.

[sizzling]

>> HOW DID YOU DO THAT?

>> WELL, IT'S MORE INVOLVED THAN I'M USED TO, I'LL GIVE YOU THAT, BUT NOT THAT HARD.

SEE, NOW YOU CAN JUST POP THE CAP ON THE BOTTLE, LIKE THIS...

AND THEN REFILL IT AS YOU NEED TO.

>> AND I THOUGHT I WAS SO CLEVER.

I NEVER WOULD'VE GOTTEN THAT TO WORK.

>> I THINK YOU'RE ALSO GONNA NEED A STAND TO HOLD THE BOTTLE UP LIKE THIS.

I'LL SEE IF I CAN WORK SOMETHING OUT THIS AFTERNOON.

>> THAT IS SO KIND OF YOU.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE THAT CALLS THEM CHILDREN INSTEAD OF ORPHANS.

I THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE IN THIS TOWN THAT'S ON THEIR SIDE.

>> NO, THAT'S NOT TRUE.

THEY'VE GOT YOU, DON'T THEY?

BESIDES...

EVERYONE NEEDS SOMEONE TO FIGHT FOR THEM.

>> NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO MANAGE ON THEIR OWN.

>> I DON'T THINK THIS TOWN REALIZED THAT TILL YOU GOT HERE.

>> I'M SORRY.

I NEED TO GO.

>> UM, JUST BRING THE REST OF YOUR SUPPLIES DOWN, AND, UH, I'LL HAVE THESE FINISHED UP BY TOMORROW.

>> IF YOU EVER NEED SOME HELP, I KNOW OF SOMEONE.

>> YOU? >> LILLIAN.

I THINK SHE COULD USE THE COMPANY JUST AS MUCH AS YOU COULD USE THE HELP.

>> SURE.

I'LL, UH, STOP BY THE ORPHANAGE AND PICK HER UP THIS AFTERNOON.

>> OH, SHE'LL LIKE THAT.

>> BELINDA'S PRETTY SMART, ISN'T SHE?

>> SHE SURE IS.

I COULDN'T HAVE COME UP WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

>> I WOULD'VE...

YOU KNOW, IF I HAD HER KIND OF BOOK SMARTS.

>> [chuckles]

>> DOC BELINDA SAYS I'M CLEVER.

>> WELL, I THINK SHE'S RIGHT.

[inhales deeply]

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S GET STARTED ON THE NEXT SET OF TOPS.

UH, LET'S GO GET SOME WATER.

>> I'M A GOOD WORKER.

DOC BELINDA SAYS I'M THE ONLY ONE SHE TRUSTS.

SO JUST POINT ME IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR BUCKET, AND I'LL TAKE IT FROM THERE.

>> YOU'LL TAKE IT FROM THERE.

ARE YOU SURE YOU CAN HANDLE THAT?

>> OF COURSE I'M SURE.

>> ALL RIGHT. BUCKET'S RIGHT THERE.

>> PEOPLE ARE SILLY.

THIS BUCKET IS SO SMALL.

TAKE THREE TRIPS TO GET ENOUGH WATER.

[water pumping]

I DON'T NEED ANY HELP.

I'M JUST FINE ON MY OWN, THANK YOU.

>> AIN'T YOU FROM THE ORPHANAGE?

>> YES.

MY NAME'S LILLIAN.

>> YEAH?

WHAT'RE YOU DOING OUTSIDE, CHILD?

>> I'M GETTING WATER FOR MR. OWENS.

WE'VE GOT LOTS OF WORK TO DO FOR DOC BELINDA.

>> IS THAT RIGHT?

DR. SIMPSON LET YOU COME OUT HERE?

>> YES. IT WAS HER IDEA. WHY?

>> HOWDY, RAY.

YOU ALL RIGHT, LIL?

>> YES, MR. OWENS.

>> I DIDN'T TOUCH A HAIR ON THAT CHILD'S HEAD, LEE.

SHE SHOULDN'T BE OUT HERE, AND YOU KNOW THAT.

>> YOU AREN'T GONNA GO NEAR ANY OF THESE CHILDREN OR DR. SIMPSON EVER AGAIN.

COME ON, LIL.

LET'S GET BACK TO WORK.

>> YOU SURE YOU WANNA BE TOUCHIN' THAT VERMIN, LEE?

SHE MIGHT INFECT YOU TOO.

>> FOR GOD'S SAKE...

RAY, THEY'RE CHILDREN.

[sighs] COME ON.

LET'S GET BACK TO WORK.

>> YOU KNOW, I JUST REMEMBERED WE'RE OUT OF EGGS.

AND WE CERTAINLY CAN'T MAKE BREAKFAST TOMORROW WITHOUT THEM.

>> WELL, LET'S GO TO THE GENERAL STORE BEFORE IT CLOSES.

>> I CAN TAKE CARE OF THAT.

WHY DON'T YOU GO CHECK ON LEE'S PROGRESS WITH THE INTRAVENOUS DEVICES?

I'LL MEET YOU BACK HERE IN A FEW MINUTES.

>> HOWDY, DOC.

>> LILLIAN HAD A LOT OF FUN WITH YOU THIS AFTERNOON.

>> WELL, I ENJOYED HER COMPANY TOO.

>> SHE COULDN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

>> SHE SPEAKS VERY HIGHLY OF YOU TOO.

>> I'M SORRY I LEFT SO ABRUPTLY.

>> WELL, I KNOW YOU WERE MARRIED, IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANNA TELL ME.

I'M SORRY ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND.

>> I'M BEGINNING TO THINK ANNIE SHOULD'VE JUST TAKEN OUT AN AD IN THE NEWSPAPER.

IT WOULD'VE BEEN FASTER THAN TELLING EVERYONE.

>> WELL, SHE ONLY TOLD ME BECAUSE SHE KNEW YOU WOULDN'T.

>> I LIKE YOU A LOT, LEE.

I JUST...

DON'T KNOW IF I'M READY.

>> IT'S ALL RIGHT.

I'M A VERY PATIENT MAN.

AND YOU'RE WELL WORTH WAITING FOR.

BUT, UM...

I DON'T WANT YOU TO WALK AWAY FROM THIS JUST 'CAUSE YOU'RE SCARED.

>> I CAN'T LOSE ANYONE.

>> I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. >> YOU DON'T KNOW THAT.

LOOK WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS TOWN.

YOU THINK CARL RUSSELL EVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT CHOLERA?

>> YOU CAN'T GO THROUGH LIFE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT'S AROUND EVERY CORNER.

YOU HAVE TO LET YOURSELF HAVE SOME JOY.

OTHERWISE, WHAT'S THE POINT?

RIGHT?

[sighs]

WELL, WHENEVER YOU'RE READY...

YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME.

>> GOOD DAY, MR. OWENS.

>> HAVE A GOOD DAY, DOC.

>> A LETTER CAME FOR YOU.

YOU READY TO WALK HOME?

>> I REALLY AM GONNA MISS YOU.

>> "MY DEAREST BELINDA, "I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR STRUGGLES IN MISSOURI.

"I TRY NOT TO, BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT WORRY FOR YOUR SAFETY.

"BUT I TRUST IN GOD AND TRULY BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SENT

"TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF SIKESTON.

"WE ALL HAVE TIMES OF FEAR AND DOUBT.

"WE ALL WONDER WHY WE WERE GIVEN SUCH A HEAVY BURDEN TO CARRY.

"BUT KNOW IN YOUR HEART

"THAT GOD NEVER GIVES US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE, "EVEN WHEN IT MIGHT SEEM THAT WAY.

"WHEN I AM AFRAID, "IT IS PRAYER THAT CARRIES ME THROUGH TO HAPPIER TIMES

"AND REASSURES ME THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

"YOU'RE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS, BELINDA.

"STAY SAFE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU SOON.

LOVE, MAMA."

>> WILL THAT HURT? >> NOT MUCH AT ALL.

>> [labored breathing]

>> WILL THIS MAKE THEM BETTER?

>> I THINK SO.

>> YOU SHOULD'VE SEEN IT, KATIE.

BILL DOBBS GOT CHEWING GUM STUCK IN HIS HAIR.

AND HE TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET IT OUT.

MISS CLARENCE PUT SO MUCH MAYONNAISE ON HIS HEAD, IT SMELLED LIKE ROTTEN SALAD.

KATIE.

KATIE, CAN YOU HEAR ME?


>> KATIE SEEMS WORSE TODAY.

>> SHE WAS NEVER A HEALTHY CHILD TO BEGIN WITH.

I THINK THAT'S WHY SHE AND LILLIAN GET ALONG SO WELL.

THEY'RE MY TWO LITTLE OUTCASTS.

>> I KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE.

>> I CAN TELL.

I THINK THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SUCH A...

A STRONG, FINE EXAMPLE FOR HER.

>> NOT A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE, LEAST OF ALL TO A TEN-YEAR-OLD.

>> YOU'RE A STRONG WOMAN DOCTOR WITH A GOOD HEART.

THE VERY DEFINITION OF A-- A FINE EXAMPLE.

GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BAD PERSON.

THOSE THINGS DEFINE WHO WE BECOME.

IN THE BEST OF TIMES, EVERYONE GROWS AND PROSPERS, BUT WHEN TIMES ARE AT THEIR WORST, WE FIND OUT WHAT WE HAVE IN US.

>> YOU'RE ONLY SAYING THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT ANNIE TOLD YOU.

>> BELINDA, NO.

I SEE THE LOSS AND THE GRIEF IN EVERYTHING YOU DO AND SAY.

I'VE WORKED HERE IN THE ORPHANAGE FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS.

I KNOW THE SIGNS.

[sighs]


>> I KNOW ANNIE TOLD YOU ABOUT MY HUSBAND.

DREW HAD TUBERCULOSIS.

[crying] IT WAS LONG AND PAINFUL.

AND I COULDN'T HELP HIM.

AND WHEN HE DIED, THE HEAD NURSE AT THE SANATORIUM TOOK ME TO SEE HIS BODY AND TOLD ME THAT IT WAS GOD'S WILL.

AND I THOUGHT, HOW COULD ANY GOD MAKE ME A DOCTOR, IF, WITH ALL MY MEDICAL TRAINING...

[sniffles]

I STILL COULDN'T SAVE MY HUSBAND?

MY OWN HUSBAND!

>> I GAVE UP TRYING TO UNDERSTAND GOD'S WILL, OH, LONG, LONG AGO.

MAYBE WE'RE JUST NOT MEANT TO.

>> SO I'M JUST SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT LIKE IT SHOULD.

>> I-I THINK MAYBE THAT'S RIGHT.

OTHERWISE, YOU SPEND SO MUCH TIME WORRYING THAT YOU MISS ALL THE HAPPY TIMES AND THE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT'VE BEEN IMPORTANT TO YOU.

>> [crying]

>> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU, MA'AM.

>> THANKS.

YOU SURE YOU'RE GONNA BE OKAY WITHOUT ME?

>> I'LL HAVE TO BE, WON'T I?

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, ANNIE.

I COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU.

>> I FEEL THE SAME WAY.

I WISH I WASN'T SAYING GOOD-BYE TO YOU.

>> THIS ISN'T GOOD-BYE.

I'LL BE IN KANSAS BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN MISS ME.

>> I'M GONNA HOLD YOU TO THAT.

>> YOU'D BETTER. >> [laughs]

>> READY, MA'AM?

>> BYE. >> BYE.

>> SORRY TO SEE ANNIE LEAVE.

>> ME TOO.

BUT IT WAS TIME FOR HER TO MOVE ON.

>> BE ALL RIGHT IF I ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE TOWN MEETING TONIGHT?

>> [laughs]

HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU YOU'RE A VERY PERSISTENT MAN?

>> MANY TIMES, MA'AM.

>> THEN I SUPPOSE YOUR PERSISTENCE HAS PAID OFF.

I'D BE HONORED.

>> [chuckles]

>> "I'LL MISS ANNIE NOW THAT SHE'S GONE, "BUT I KNEW SHE COULDN'T STAY FOREVER.

"LIFE CHANGES WHEN IT WANTS TO

"AND OFTEN IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED WAYS.

"I'VE MET A WONDERFUL MAN NAMED LEE.

"I JUST DON'T KNOW YET IF I CAN LET GO

"OF DREW OR HOW I'M EVEN SUPPOSED TO.

"BUT MY HEART IS LIGHT IN WAYS IT HASN'T BEEN FOR A LONG WHILE.

"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT, "AND KNOW THAT I MISS YOU, PA, MADDY, AND JACOB EACH DAY.

LOVE, BELINDA."

[dog howls, barks distantly]

[bell tolling]

>> DOC SIMPSON!

PLEASE! YOU HAVE TO COME QUICK.

IT'S JOHN.

HE WOULDN'T WAKE UP WHEN I CAME TO CHECK ON HIM THIS MORNING.

NO...

[crying] NO...

OH...

>> NO! NO, PLEASE! >> LILLIAN...

>> PLEASE! >> LILLIAN, IT'S ALL RIGHT.

>> KATIE CAN'T BE DEAD.

I TOOK CARE OF HER MYSELF.

PLEASE... [crying]

>> LILLIAN, DEAR, IT'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

YOU TOOK CARE OF HER.

>> PLEASE, MISS CLARENCE. PLEASE, MAKE HER BETTER.

>> YOU'LL BE ALL RIGHT, SWEETHEART.

>> WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?

>> SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT.

>> IT'S NOT TRUE!

>> LILLIAN... >> IT'S NOT TRUE!

>> YOU'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

>> LILLIAN, HONEY, I AM SO SORRY.

>> SORRY DOESN'T MAKE IT BETTER!

>> MISS CLARENCE?

ARE YOU OKAY?

OKAY, LAY DOWN. ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

COME HERE.

IT'S OKAY.

>> I CAME AS SOON AS I HEARD.

>> I'M FAILING, LEE.

THESE PEOPLE ARE DYING, AND I--

I CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT, AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

>> YOU'RE NOT FAILING.

YOU'RE DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN.

YOU CAME UP WITH THAT CONTRAPTION TO HELP PEOPLE GET BACK THE FLUID THEY LOST.

GIVING THEM ALL THE WATER THEY CAN TAKE.

>> THEY HAVEN'T EATEN IN DAYS, SO IT'S NOT JUST WATER THEY'RE LACKING.

THAT'S IT.

I'VE BEEN REPLACING THE WATER BUT NOT THE NUTRIENTS.

YOU KNOW, THEY USED TO GIVE PUPPIES COW'S MILK IF THE MOTHER DIED.

>> BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME, RIGHT?

>> NO, BECAUSE COW'S MILK DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME NUTRIENTS.

SO THEY CAME UP WITH A SOLUTION OF WATER, SUGAR, AND SALT.

>> AND IT WORKED?

>> MORTALITY RATE DROPPED BY MORE THAN HALF.

THAT'S WHAT I SHOULD'VE BEEN DOING ALL ALONG.

I'M GONNA GO TO THE GENERAL STORE AND PICK UP SOME SALT AND SUGAR, AND THEN I'LL MAKE IT AT THE ORPHANAGE, RIGHT AT THE KITCHEN.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> I THINK THAT ABOUT DOES IT.

>> DOCTOR?

>> MAYOR, I NEED YOU TO POSTPONE THE TOWN MEETING, JUST ONE OR TWO DAYS-- I THINK I CAN HELP THESE PEOPLE.

I JUST NEED SOME MORE TIME.

>> THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE A MEETING, DR. SIMPSON.

>> WHAT?

>> FOUR MORE TOWNSPEOPLE HAVE FALLEN ILL.

JOHN PINE AND THE ORPHAN...

TOWN COUNCIL FELT IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS TO TRY AND BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER UNDER CLOSE QUARTERS.

>> THAT'S A VERY GOOD IDEA, MAYOR.

NOW, JUST GIVE ME THE NAMES OF THE NEW PATIENTS, AND I SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET TO EVERYBODY TONIGHT.

I JUST NEED TO START WITH THE ORPHANAGE.

>> YOU WILL DO NO SUCH THING.

AS OF TOMORROW MORNING, SIKESTON WILL NO LONGER HAVE AN ORPHANAGE.

>> WHAT?

UH, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

>> I MOST CERTAINLY AM.

I CAME HERE TO POST AN EVICTION NOTICE.

>> YOU'RE GONNA PUT THOSE SICK CHILDREN OUT ON THE STREET?

DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND NOBODY'S GONNA TAKE THEM IN.

THEY'RE GONNA DIE.

>> LEE, I DID MY BEST.

I CAN'T PROTECT THEM ANYMORE.

>> JUST GIMME TWO MORE DAYS, MAYOR.

PLEASE. TWO MORE DAYS.

NO ONE BUT LEE OR MYSELF WILL BE ABLE TO GO IN OR OUT OF THE ORPHANAGE, AND IT'S PRACTICALLY QUARANTINED ANYWAY.

>> I'LL TRY.

I'LL TRY AGAIN.

BUT I'M AFRAID THIS SITUATION MIGHT ALREADY BE OUT OF MY CONTROL.

>> [sighs]

[boiling]

YOU SURE ABOUT THE RATIOS?

>> I THINK SO.

JUST REMEMBER TO PUT MORE SUGAR THAN SALT INTO THE MIXTURE.

AND MAKE SURE IT BOILS COMPLETELY SO THE CRYSTALS DON'T CLOG UP THE INTRAVENOUS CONTRAPTIONS.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> ALL RIGHT, I'M GONNA GO TALK TO LILLIAN.

I HATE TO INVOLVE SUCH A LITTLE GIRL IN ALL OF THIS, BUT I DON'T THINK WE CAN DO WITHOUT HER.

THANKS.

>> ARE YOU FEELING OKAY, LILLIAN?

DO YOU FEEL SICK?

>> NO.

AIN'T BEEN SICK A DAY IN MY LIFE.

KATIE WAS MY ONLY FRIEND.

NOW I GOT NOBODY.

I DIDN'T KNOW, DOC BELINDA, I SWEAR.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO HURT THEM.

>> WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

>> YOU SAID I WAS MAKING THEM SICK, FEEDING EVERYBODY WITH THE SAME CUP.

IT'S MY FAULT.

I DIDN'T KNOW.

>> YOU DIDN'T HURT ANYONE.

>> I DID.

YOU SAID SO.

>> I SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID THAT.

I WAS UPSET, AND I WASN'T THINKING.

BUT I DIDN'T MEAN THAT YOU MADE ANYONE SICK, 'CAUSE THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE.

>> [sniffles]

>> IF IT'S ANYONE'S FAULT, IT'S MINE.

>> [sighs]

BUT YOU WORK SO HARD, MISS.

BEFORE YOU GOT HERE, NOBODY CAME TO HELP US.

YOU TRIED.

MISS CLARENCE SAYS, "SOMETIMES THAT'S ALL WE CAN DO."

>> SHE'S RIGHT.

AND MISS CLARENCE NEEDS US RIGHT NOW.

SHE NEEDS US TO BE STRONG, EVEN IF WE DON'T FEEL SO TOUGH.

CAN YOU DO THAT?

>> I CAN IF YOU CAN.

>> IT'S A DEAL.

COME ON.

[melodic piano and female vocalist]

>> ♪ I KNOW THAT HOPE CAN HEAL ♪

♪ AND LIFE MUST CARRY ON

♪ IN YOUR FACE

♪ IS MY RETURN TO GRACE

♪ AND YOUR SMILE

♪ IS A LIGHT THAT MAKES ME STRONG ♪

♪ LIKE A CHILD

♪ IF I TOUCH

♪ THEN CAN I FEEL AGAIN?

♪ THIS HEART WILL FIND RELIEF

♪ IF I LOVE

♪ THEN CAN I HEAL AGAIN?

♪ AND RESTORE

♪ AN INNOCENT BELIEF

♪ LIKE A CHILD

♪ OOH...

[quiet slurping]

[sizzling and cracking]

>> FIRE!

[rings bell] FIRE!

>> [grunting]

>> GET SOME WATER!

[grunting]

I'M GONNA GO GET ANOTHER BUCKET.

>> FIRE!

>> WE NEED SOME HELP!

[woman yelling]

[sizzling]

>> YOU OUGHT NOT LET THEM ORPHANS PLAY WITH FIRE, MISS SIMPSON.

SOMEBODY MIGHT GET HURT.

>> STOP, LEE. I'LL HANDLE THIS.

>> ALL RIGHT!

WHAT WERE YOU THINKIN', RAY?

PEOPLE COULD'VE DIED.

>> YEAH?

A FEW MAY HAVE DIED.

BUT IT'S FOR THE GOOD OF MANY.

>> DOES ANYONE HOLD WITH WHAT THIS MAN DID TONIGHT?

>> WE CAN'T ABIDE BY THIS, RAY!

>> WELL, THAT'S JUST FINE.

YOU GO AHEAD AND LET THOSE NO-ACCOUNTS BE THE UNDOING OF THIS TOWN.

I'M PROUD OF WHAT I DONE.

>> YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF.

EUSTACE, LOCK THIS PIECE OF TRASH UP.

GET HIM OUTTA HERE.

>> YOU COME ALONG NOW.

DON'T TEST ME, RAY.

>> JUST YOU WAIT.

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW, PEOPLE.

YOU HEAR ME?

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

>> HOW COULD ANYONE BELIEVE THAT THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTED THEM TO DO?

>> IF YOU WANT TO BELIEVE SOMETHING ENOUGH, I SUPPOSE YOU SEARCH FOR JUSTIFICATION.

WHAT RAY RUSSELL DID HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD.

>> I KNOW...

OR AT LEAST I USED TO KNOW.

I WORKED WITH THIS WOMAN ONCE WHOSE TWO CHILDREN DIED, AND SHE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD.

AND I REMEMBER WONDERING, "HOW COULD YOU NOT KNOW THAT YOUR FAITH WOULD CARRY YOU THROUGH YOUR HARDSHIPS?"

AND THEN...

WHEN DREW DIED, I WAITED TO BE CARRIED FOR WEEKS.

ALL NIGHT AND DAY, I WAITED FOR A SIGN THAT GOD WAS THERE.

AND I HEARD NOTHING.

AND THEN ONE DAY I JUST STOPPED LISTENING.

>> JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T HEAR WHAT WE WANT TO DOESN'T MEAN GOD ISN'T SPEAKING.

>> I'M TRYING TO LISTEN.

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO LISTEN FOR.

>> TALK TO GOD.

AND THEN BE SILENT.

HE WILL ANSWER YOU.

>> SLEEP WELL, MISS CLARENCE.

>> [coughs]


>> GOD, I KNOW IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE'VE SPOKEN.

AND I'VE TRIED TO DO RIGHT BY THIS TOWN...

BY THESE CHILDREN...

AND I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANY MORE I CAN DO.

THESE CHILDREN DESERVE TO BE HAPPY...

HEALTHY, AND LOVED.

PLEASE, LET THIS BE ENOUGH TO SAVE THEM.

PLEASE, I NEED YOU.


THANK YOU.

>> HER FEVER BROKE JUST AFTER DAWN.

>> I'M GLAD, MRS. PINE.

SHE'S NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET.

SHE'LL NEED TO CONTINUE TREATMENT FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS.

>> ANYTHING YOU SAY.

>> AND I WANT YOU EATING SOLID FOOD AS SOON AS YOU FEEL UP TO IT.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, DR. SIMPSON.

>> I'VE GOTTEN TO ALL THE TOWNSPEOPLE.

NOT EVERYONE HAS RESPONDED, BUT THE WORST OFF WILL PROBABLY COME AROUND IN A FEW DAYS.

>> GOOD.

I-I'LL TAKE THAT BATCH UP TO THE KIDS AND BOTTLE THE REST FOR THE TOWN.

BELINDA.

>> [laughs]

[chicken clucking]

>> LOOKS LIKE IT GOT AWAY FROM YOU.

>> UH, I KNOW.

I SHOULD BE HELPING INSIDE.

BUT IT GETS SO STUFFY IN THERE.

>> WELL, NO GIRL SHOULD BE COOPED UP INSIDE ALL DAY.

>> MISS CLARENCE SAYS THAT THING AIN'T RUN WELL SINCE BUCHANAN WAS IN OFFICE.

AND IF IT'S RUSTED THROUGH AGAIN, MIGHT NEED MR. OWENS TO FIX IT.

>> LILLIAN, A WOMAN IS JUST AS CAPABLE OF FIXING A WATER PUMP AS A MAN.

>> SURE, IF SHE HAD A WRENCH.

DO YOU GOT A WRENCH?

>> NO.

>> I BETTER GO IN AND TELL MR. OWENS ABOUT THE PUMP.

BUT IF YOU NEED WATER NOW, THE WELL IS RIGHT THROUGH THOSE TREES.

COME ON, I'LL SHOW YOU.

IT'S JUST RIGHT BACK THERE.

>> THANK YOU.


>> LILLIAN TOLD ME ABOUT THE WATER PUMP.

I'LL GET IT FIXED RIGHT AWAY, BUT YOU WANNA STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER IN THIS WELL.

>> YOU KNEW IT LOOKED LIKE THIS?

>> WELL, TOWN HASN'T USED IT IN A FEW YEARS, EVER SINCE WE GOT THE WATER PUMPS UP AND RUNNING.

>> HOW LONG HAVE PEOPLE BEEN DUMPING INTO THE WELL?

>> I'M NOT SURE.

THE MAYOR TRIED TO BOARD IT UP A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT PEOPLE WOULD JUST RIP THE PLANKS OFF AND USE IT ANYWAY.

I'VE KNOWN ABOUT IT FOR A WHILE, BUT I'M NOT SURE WHEN IT STARTED.

>> THANK YOU.

>> WHERE YOU HEADED?

>> I NEED TO TELL THE MAYOR TO STOP THE TOWN FROM USING THE WATER PUMPS.

>> WHY?

>> YOU WANT ME TO TELL THE PEOPLE IN TOWN TO STOP USING WATER?

>> YES.

OR AT LEAST BOIL THE WATER FOR TWO MINUTES, 'CAUSE THE WELL IS JUST NOT SAFE.

>> I KNOW THE WELL ISN'T SAFE.

>> THAT'S WHY WE USE THE PUMPS.

>> EXCEPT ALL OF THE WATER COMES FROM THE SAME PLACE.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DUMPING ROTTED WOOD AND RUSTED METAL IN IT FOR MONTHS NOW, BOTH OF WHICH ARE A BREEDING GROUND FOR BACTERIA.

THE GERMS SPREAD THROUGH THE WATER, AND YOU ACCIDENTALLY CONTAMINATED THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.

>> WHICH IS WHY NONE OF THE FARMERS GOT SICK.

YOU SEE, THEY'RE TOO FAR AWAY FROM THE WELL TO BE AFFECTED.

IT STARTED AT THE ORPHANAGE, THEN MOVED TOWARD THE TOWN.

>> YEAH, BUT THE WELL IS SEPARATE FROM THE PUMPS.

>> NOT REALLY.

ALL OF THE TOWN'S WATER RUNS TOGETHER UNDERGROUND.

IT'S JUST LIKE A POND.

>> YOU ONLY HAVE THREE PUMPS IN TOWN, MAYOR, ALL OF WHICH ARE ONLY 1/4 OF MILE AWAY.

ONCE THE WELL WAS CONTAMINATED, IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT SPREAD TO THE GROUNDWATER.

MAYOR, IF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO DRINK THIS WATER, PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO GET SICK.

>> BUT THE SICKNESS CAME FROM THE ORPHANS.

>> NO.

IT CAME FROM THE WATER UNDER THE ORPHANAGE.

IT'S JUST LIKE MISS CLARENCE SAID...

WE LEFT THAT PLACE TO ROT, AND NOW WE'RE PAYING FOR IT.

>> I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS GOING ON.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT.

>> THERE'S NO NEED TO PLACE BLAME.

DOESN'T MATTER HOW IT HAPPENED, JUST AS LONG AS WE FIX IT AND IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

I WILL BE HERE FOR AS LONG AS YOU NEED ME, SO THERE'S NO EXCUSES GETTING OUT OF BED.

>> [whispering] I'M NOT SURE HOW LILLIAN--

WHAT SHE'LL DO WITH HERSELF WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND HERE SO MUCH.

SHE'S BECOME SO ATTACHED TO YOU.

>> WE'LL SEE EACH OTHER.

IT'S AN ORPHANAGE.

THE SPLINTERS AND HAY FEVER ALONE WILL KEEP ME BUSY FOR YEARS.

YOU GET SOME REST.

>> UGH.

OH, THANK YOU, DEAR.

[sighs]

>> I'M GONNA CATCH YOU!

>> ♪ YOU CAN'T CATCH ME! NA NA-NA NA NA NA ♪

>> YOU KNOW I WAS NEVER VERY GOOD AT THOSE.

THEY ALWAYS FELL APART.

>> I CAN TEACH YOU. >> I'D LIKE THAT.

>> [laughs]

I GUESS YOU GOTTA GET BACK TO HELPING THE REST OF THE TOWN.

>> YOU MAKE IT SOUND LIKE I'M GOING SOMEWHERE.

MY OFFICE IS RIGHT DOWN THE STREET.

>> I KNOW.

BUT WE'RE ONLY ALLOWED OUT OF THE YARD WHEN MISS CLARENCE TAKES US TO THE GENERAL STORE TO GET A PENNY CANDY FOR SOMEBODY'S BIRTHDAY.

>> THEN I'LL JUST HAVE TO COME VISIT YOU.

>> YEAH.

>> AND I'LL GET PERMISSION FOR YOU TO COME WORK WITH ME AT THE CLINIC.

I NEED MY BEST ASSISTANT, AFTER ALL.

>> YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THAT TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER, DOC BELINDA.

I KNOW YOU DON'T NEED A KID GETTING IN YOUR WAY.

>> LILLIAN, YOU'RE NEVER IN MY WAY.

>> THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY SAYS.

THEY DON'T MEAN IT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL BAD ABOUT IT, REALLY.

I'M JUST FINE HERE ON MY OWN.

>> WELL, THERE'S ANOTHER OPTION.

>> WHAT'S THAT?

>> YOU COULD COME LIVE WITH ME.

>> YOU MEAN IT?

>> I DON'T SAY THINGS I DON'T MEAN.

BUT YOU WOULD HAVE TO FOCUS ON YOUR SCHOOLWORK.

EDUCATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.

>> I COULD DO IT IF YOU HELP ME.

>> AND THIS WOULDN'T BE A TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT.

I WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF MY FAMILY IF YOU WANT ME TO BE A PART OF YOURS.

>> I LOVE YOU, DOC BELINDA.

I'LL BE THE BEST DAUGHTER YOU COULD EVER HOPE FOR.

>> I LOVE YOU TOO, LILLIAN.

>> IT'S SO FUNNY. WHEN I WAS ADOPTED BY MY MAMA, SHE HAD MY ROOM SET UP ALMOST THE EXACT SAME WAY.

>> IT'S NICE OF YOU TO GIVE LILLIAN HER PRIVACY.

>> WELL, EVERY GIRL NEEDS PRIVACY, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE'S NEVER HAD ANY BEFORE.

BESIDES, THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LARGER HOME.

>> ABOUT THAT...

I LOVE YOU, BELINDA SIMPSON.

THAT'S NOT GOING AWAY.

I DON'T CARE HOW LONG I HAVE TO WAIT.

>> LEE--

>> I KNOW ALL THE REASONS YOU HAVE FOR SAYING NO.

BUT I WANT TO MARRY YOU.

>> I WOULD--

>> NOW, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME.

BUT I SWEAR I'M GONNA BE A GOOD FATHER TO LILLIAN AND A HUSBAND TO YOU.

>> LEE...

I WOULD LOVE TO MARRY YOU.

>> [exhales sharply]

>> AND I LOVE YOU TOO.

[woman vocalizing]

>> DO YOU, LEE OWENS, TAKE BELINDA SIMPSON TO BE YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED WIFE, TO LOVE, HONOR, AND OBEY ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE?

>> I DO.

>> AND DO YOU, BELINDA SIMPSON, TAKE LEE OWENS TO BE YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED HUSBAND, TO LOVE, HONOR, AND OBEY ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE?

>> I DO.

>> THEN BY THE POWERS VESTED IN ME BY THE GREAT STATE OF MISSOURI, I PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE.

>> OH, MY. [giggles]

>> YOU MAY KISS HER NOW.

>> OH.

[cheers and applause]

[louder cheers and applause]

>> WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!

>> GOD BLESS YOU BOTH.

>> EVERY BLESSING TO YOU.

>> CAN I KISS THE BRIDE?

[melodic piano and female vocalist]

>> ♪ THIS HEART WILL FIND RELIEF ♪

♪ IF I LOVE

♪ THEN CAN I HEAL AGAIN

♪ AND RESTORE

♪ AN INNOCENT BELIEF

♪ LIKE A CHILD?

>> WE GOT A LETTER TODAY.

>> WHO'S IT FROM?

>> MY MAMA, YOUR GRANDMA.

>> I REALLY HAVE GRANDMAS NOW?

>> YOU SURE DO.

YOU GOT A BARGAIN IN THE FAMILY DEPARTMENT.

YOU GOT UNCLES AND COUSINS AND TWO GRANDMAS AND TWO GRANDMAS WHO ARE CRAZY ABOUT YOU.

>> HOW CAN GRANDMA TYLER BE CRAZY ABOUT ME?

>> 'CAUSE I'M CRAZY ABOUT YOU.

>> [laughs]

>> WHAT'S IT SAY?

>> "DEAREST BELINDA, "I WISH WE COULD'VE BEEN THERE FOR YOUR WEDDING TO LEE.

"AND THE FAMILY CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR NEXT VISIT SO THAT WE CAN WELCOME OUR NEW SON AND GRANDDAUGHTER."

>> [clicks tongue]

>> I KNOW THERE WILL BE MANY MORE STRUGGLES AHEAD, MANY MORE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES AS WELL.

AS THE BIBLE SAYS, "TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, AND A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN."