SoapNet is missing a few of the beginning episodes of Ryan's Hope. Episode 6 is one these "missing" episodes. Here is the original outline for the breakdown writers which previously was on SoapNet's website.
Original Air Date: July 14, 1975
ORIGINAL OUTLINE FOR THE BREAKDOWN WRITERS -- UNEDITED
CAST: MARY, JACK, MAEVE, JOHNNY, PAT, DELIA, FRANK, BOB, ED, FAITH, BUCKY, 2 NURSES, ORDERLY
SETS: NEUROLOGY, FRANK'S HOSPITAL ROOM, MAEVE AND JOHNNY'S BEDROOM, STAIRCASE (pre-taped)
ACT ONE - NEUROLOGY- AROUND 6 PM
CAST: MARY, JACK, MAEVE, JOHNNY, FRANK, PAT, DELIA, BOB, NURSE
Frank is wheeled off the elevator by a nurse and orderly. Mary is at Frank's side, her hand on his arm. Maeve and Johnny follow with Fenelli, Pat, and a distraught Delia. Nurse stops the cart, moves with chart and papers to nurses' station to consult with nurse in background as Maeve and Johnny join Mary. Mary puts her arms around her mother and whispers fiercely that Frank is going to be alright. Delia recoils from the cart and clings to Pat. Frank is so still. How do they know he isn't dead or dying right in front of their eyes? Pat tries to calm her. Nurse rejoins Maeve, Johnny and Mary to say Mr. Ryan is going directly into surgery now. His room will be 419 and Dr. Coleridge will meet them there momentarily. Maeve reaches out to touch Frank's shoulder before the cart moves away. Johnny puts his arm around Maeve and Mary. The elevator door opens and Bob bolts into the hall. He sees the Ryans - and Frank's stretcher moving away from him down the corridor. Bob's face is anguished, his voice hoarse as he says Frank's name. The Ryans turn; Maeve moves to Bob and puts her arm around him.
ACT TWO - NEUROLOGY/FRANK'S HOSPITAL ROOM -IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
CAST: MARY, JACK, MAEVE, JOHNNY, PAT, DELIA, BOB, ED, FAITH, BUCKY
Delia has left Pat an is now clinging to Bob as he tries to ask coherent questions. Johnny suggests Pat tell Bob and Mary and Delia what happened. Johnny wants to take Maeve into Frank's room so she can sit down. They go; Pat tells Mary, Jack, Bob and a shaking Delia what he knows. Roger Coleridge found Frank at the foot of the staircase at the end of his corridor. They got him down to ER immediately; Roger handled the situation skillfully. Frank has not regained consciousness and is paralyzed. X-rays made; surgery to be done immediately, Pat suspects to find out what's causing paralysis. Ed will explain fully any minute. Bob, appalled, disbelieving. Did anybody see it happen? Not that they've heard. Pat adds one strange aspect is that Frank had $6,500 in his coat pocket. They're all taken aback by that; Bob asks Dee if she knows anything about it. She doesn't. Jack is listening attentively to entire account. Elevator opens and a grave Ed and Faith emerge. Ed is sympathetic but businesslike, heads into Frank's room to Maeve and Johnny. Mary, Jack, Delia and Pat follow to hear what Ed has to say. Faith has quick moment of love and support for Mary. In Frank's room, Ed gives them diagnosis; hairline fracture of the skull, but without depression or bone chips, and with no resulting brain damage. There is, however, a displaced fracture of the third cervical vertebra, with hemorrhaging. They can't tell yet whether the absence of reflexes in the extremities is due to pressure of blood clot on the spinal cord or to actual damage of the cord. They will go immediately into surgery, aspirate the clot, try to see what's happened. Ed will perform the surgery himself and Roger has volunteered to assist. It should take about two hours, with another hour or two in the recovery room. He suggests they wait right here. He promises not to leave Frank. Johnny and Maeve thank him, Mary gives him a quick hug and he goes. Johnny sits next to Maeve, beckons Mary and Pat to join him; Bob and Delia stand nearby. Johnny does steady, loving reinforcement of his family. Play strong sense of family unity. Fenelli watches from the door. Faith, upset about Frank, feeling on the periphery of the family, goes out into hall; is startled as anxious Bucky, in street clothes, appears by her shoulder. What's going on?
ACT THREE-NEUROLOGY/STAIRCASE - FEW MOMENTS LATER
CAST: BUCKY, FAITH, BOB
Faith has explained to Bucky what's happened to Pat's brother, and Chucky is extremely upset
for his friend, Pat. Recaps bar that afternoon, with festivity and expectation of Frank's party. Is there anything Faith thinks he might do? Not yet; Ryans have closed ranks in there at the moment. Faith, who's known them all her life and is close to them as anyone who isn't a Ryan, felt as if she were intruding. Bob, looking very grim, comes purposefully out of the room and moves past them down the hall. Bucky asks who Bob is and Faith explains: Frank's best friend and alter ego, Delia's brother, detective on police force with Frank. Faith's heightened emotional condition and sense of isolation has broken down some of her natural reserve. Bucky is friendly and concerned, and she finds herself able to talk to him. She explains that she understands Bob's feelings about the Ryan family because they mirror her own. Each of them saw the Ryans from the perspective of a very different family background; at one time or another, she and Bob each desperately wanted to be a Ryan. Bucky is puzzled, having some sense of Faith's admiration of her father. She does brief, pungent analysis of her family's relationships: herself to Roger, Roger to Jill, herself to Jill, and all of them vying in different ways for Ed's attention. She sounds cynical, miserable, and depressed. Bucky asks if she's had anything to eat; she hasn't. Will she go to dinner with him? She refuses, but then is touched by his disappointment and concern. She would like to go have a cup of coffee. Bucky, considerably cheered, takes her off down the hall. Dissolve to Bob, standing at the top of the staircase, looking thoughtful and very troubled.
ACT FOUR - NEUROLOGY/MAEVE & JOHNNY'S BEDROOM - LATER
CAST: MARY, JACK/FRANK
Mary and Jack emerge from Frank's room; Mary takes a deep breath, leans against wall, relishing the quiet and a moment away from Delia's emotional outpourings. Jack expresses admiration for Mary's self-control and that of her parents. Mary straightens, finds herself saying that things could be worse, and then is half-amused, half-tearful at sound of that familiar phrase. It is one of her mother's standbys, and something of a family joke. Jack questions it; Mary explains. Seriously, in the current situation, things could be worse: Frank is alive, he survived the fall, Roger found him quickly, treated him competently, Ed himself was on hand to supervise his care: things could be worse if not one of those circumstances were the case. "Things could be worse" is actually a very comforting philosophy. Fenelli, trying to divert her, tries it out. Things could be worse: he fell in the river this afternoon - he could have been ploughed under by a tug, etc. Mary is able to smile; she's got the idea. She remembers an instance when Frank's application of "things could be worse" rescued her and averted family schism; graceful lead-in to flashback, Maeve and Johnny's bedroom, and a fifteen-year-old Mary Ryan in tears of rage and despair in the middle of her parents' bed. Frank comes into the room, learns the cause of the Maeve-Mary Donneybrook which has just rocked the apartment. Maeve has forbidden Mary to wear makeup to the school dance that evening, and further, she has made her swear she will not put makeup on once she's out of the house and Maeve's line of vision. Mary is strangling with fury and mortification; she cannot believe her mother is so incredibly out of it. Frank says it could be worse; Maeve could have her in black to her ankles with black lyle stockings and laced up shoes and buttons up to her chin. He leads her through an increasingly absurd series of alternatives to her present situation and finally addresses himself to the problem at hand. He agrees with Maeve. Mary fairly howls in agony at the prospect of her freckles exposed. Frank protests. Mary Ryan doesn't need makeup. She can walk into the gym with her face scrubbed clean, the most beautiful girl in Riverside. Frank is, within the context of their relationship, making love to Mary, and in the process he relieves her anxiety, restores her self-confidence, and leaves her looking forward to the dance. In the Neurology waiting area, Fenelli hears the end of the story, how Mary went to the dance and had a wonderful time and no one noticed that she was the only girl there without makeup, and how she did indeed feel as if she were not only the most beautiful girl in Riverside, but also the bravest. At this point, the orderly and nurse emerge from Frank's room, pushing his empty bed. Mary and Fenelli exchange a look and rise..
ACT FIVE - FRANK'S HOSPITAL ROOM/NEUROLOGY - LATER (AROUND 10PM)
CAST: FRANK, ED, MARY, JACK, DELIA, PAT, MAEVE, JOHNNY, BOB, NURSE, ORDERLY
Frank's bed (with him in it) is wheeled into position in the room. Maeve and Johnny move to the foot of the bed, Mary to the side; Delia stays on the other side of the room. Has he woken up? Has he said anything? Pat is reassuring her as Ed enters; it went smoothly, but there still isn't much definitive he can tell them. They removed the hematoma from the area surrounding the fractured vertebra and got a good look at what happened. There is an area of marked softening in the spinal cord, and this means that damage has been done. However, how critical the damage is, they won't really know for another few days. Once the swelling has gone down and pressure is relieved, and once Frank regains consciousness, they'll have a much clearer picture. Delia begins to cry again. She wants to go home. Ed thinks that's a good idea. It's highly unlikely that Frank will come around tonight; much better that Delia get some rest. Delia wants her baby. Maeve reinforces; Pat take Delia out. Ed, Maeve and Johnny accompany them to the elevator, leaving Mary to have moment alone while she struggles with grief and fear. Fenelli comes quietly up behind her and puts a hand on her shoulder. Bob approaches and he gets a brief recap from Ed in the hall. Before Maeve and Johnny return, he tells Mary that something is very wrong. He went to the staircase, looked around carefully. It's broad and well lit; there was no trace of grease or water; nothing to cause an accident. He then went down to the ER and checked Frank's shoes; nothing there. He did, however, cause some commotion in the Emergency Room: when he asked to see Frank's things, the $6,500., supposedly found in his coat pocket, was missing.
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