Sun, 15 March 2015
Season 2 premier: Main Course
After a traumatic night of lies, blackmail and murder, life goes on for the residents of Williamsburg. Well, at least for some of them. Josh, Lauren and Zeph try to forget their worries, even if it’s just for one lunch. At the HWC Library, Valerie makes a decision that will change everyone’s lives by opening a window on the past, where Thomas Jefferson and his college chums let loose after weeks of studying. Meanwhile, poor overworked, underappreciated Hexabeth toils away in the kitchen of the King’s Crown Tavern, cooking up a strange brew.
This podcast contains swearing.
Patrick Teague as the Waiter
Jacob Wilson as Josh Ryder
Kat Turk as Lauren Tasky
Daniel Turner as Zeph Metcalf
Linda Hertzler as Valerie Dunhill
Will Hausman as Dale Souter
Cassandra Glaspie as Cecelia
John Shuey as Richard Holcombe
Jakob Stalnaker as John Page
Mark Hutchens as Thomas Jefferson
Joseph R. Joyner the III as Dobbin
Thomas Heacox as Artemis
Paul Spivey as Finney
Binola Mehtaji as Sophia
Pete Lutz as Gideon
and Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard
©Phillip Merritt, 2015
Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.
If you want to skip the first season and jump right in, just peruse the spoiler-filled synopsis below and you’ll be good to go.
Dale and Margaret Souter, the last descendants of a once prominent Williamsburg family, are a mother and son who run a colonial B&B close to the Williamsburg historic district. Margaret is obsessed with all the strange goings on in Williamsburg’s past. When she’s not posting news clippings in her scrapbook and waiting for her broken hip to heal, she worries about Dale. She thinks Dale would be a good match for Valerie Dunhill. She also worries about her great nephew Caleb Souter, a student at the College of William & Mary who hosts a show on the college radio station. Poor Caleb’s parents are dead.
John and Jessie Dunhill are both professors at the College of William & Mary. They have deep tidewater roots and a troubled marriage. They also have two daughters: Valerie and Julie. Both women live with their parents. Valerie works at the Historic Williamsburg Corporation Library, and Julie, who has been in a coma for decades, resides in the upstairs bedroom. One day at the library, Valerie gets a call. Ed, an agent of something only referred to as ‘headquarters’, requests Valerie’s help. They need to dispose of two recently deceased bodies. For an undisclosed reason, they want to make it appear as if the victims were killed by the old country road killer (who happens to be Valerie). Valerie doesn’t want her horrible past revealed, so she must go through with the assignment.
Cats With Benefits
CWB is a college rock band consisting of Aaron Seager, Lauren Tasky, Zeph Metcalf and Josh Ryder. One October afternoon, the band performs live in the studio of the college radio station. They discuss creepy local legends with the show’s host, Caleb Souter. After the performance, Aaron, the lead singer, goes missing! He (and one of his professors) has been attacked in a creepy old house in the Williamsburg historic district by the reawakened spirit of Hexabeth Blackhard. Almost dead, but not quite, the disembodied essence of Aaron Seager leaves his body behind and wanders the city helplessly until he meets the disembodied essence of Julie Dunhill, who tries to explain the situation.
In shock, Aaron stumbles over to his old dorm where he discovers a vigil being held in his honor. His fellow Cats With Benefits perform an amazing, touching song in his honor. Aaron tries to communicate with his old friends, but can’t get through. The college psychic Meghan does pick up on a few weird vibes though. After the vigil, he follows his roommate Josh back to their dorm room. Caleb stops by, and unaware that they are accompanied by the disembodied essence of Aaron, seek comfort in each others arms.
Later in the day,after a failed attempt by the ghost of Matthew Whaley to take over Aaron’s comatose body, Julie invites Aaron back to her house to sort things out. However, once Aaron’s barely breathing physical body is stabbed by Valerie Souter on the old country road, Aaron disembodied essence fades away. But to where?
The 18th Century Crew
Way back in Williamsburg in 1761, Thomas Jefferson and Professor Jobriath, an instructor at the College of William & Mary, plan a surprise exorcism of Hexabeth Blackhard, an alleged witch and owner of the King’s Crown Kitchen. Thomas is surprised however, when Professor Jobriath reveals that his real mission is to kill Hexabeth for that is the only way to truly end her reign of terror. In the ensuing fire, the professor, Hexabeth, and her indentured servant Sophia are killed. But not before Hexabeth vows revenge. Hexabeth’s daughter Cecelia survives, but she is devastated by her mother’s death and Thomas’ betrayal. What will she do?