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  • Showdown in Durango, the latest adventures of Saturday serial character the Masked Rider, is showing at the local theater. Buck Howard aka the Masked Rider, is in New Bedford promoting the latest installment, his promotional activities including a radio interview with Jim, and a public appearance in character at the theater. Jim is excited as he, along with many of the kids of New Bedford, is a big fan of the serial. He quickly loses his idolatry of Buck Howard as Buck is a boorish drunk. When Buck is found drunk just before his scheduled interview, Callie talks Jim, who has a talent for mimicry of the Masked Rider, into interviewing himself as both interviewer and the Masked Rider. The ruse works. When the scheduled public appearance at the theater is supposed to happen, Buck once again is found drunk. It's going to be a little more difficult for Jim to appear as the Masked Rider in person, but he manages to pull it off hidden behind the costume and mask. But Jim's second ruse may be compromised when Buck awakens from his drunken stupor and stumbles out to the theater. Rebecca, usually a fan of any movie, has other things on her mind. She increasingly needs to take care of her mother, who suffers from agoraphobia and as such is housebound. Rebecca is ashamed of her mother, but when Honey and Toppy find out about Mrs. Graham's situation, they offer Rebecca and her mother their support. And Grace and Van are passing through the area. Van is checking out investment opportunities at the Alawanda Lumber Mill, while Grace visits in New Bedford with family and friends. While Van is away, Grace receives a reply from Mr. and Mrs. Mainwairing to May's invitation, the response being that there must be an error since their son, Vanaver, died five years earlier. Confused, Grace thinks that Paloma can clear up the misunderstanding. As Grace telephones Lakeview, Xavier, not knowing that he is speaking to Grace, answers the phone stating that Lakeview is the Porter household. Further confused, Grace feels that she needs to go to Lakeview. There, she finds "Paloma" out of character. Paloma, as Mildred Quintero, confesses to Grace the entire truth: that Harry Turnbull does not exist, that the people she met at Lakeview, including Van, are a group of grifters, and that they really did swindle the Easterbrooks of all the money. But Mildred also tells Grace that Van, or whatever his real name is, wants to leave grifting as he really does love Grace and he wants to live a straight life with her. When Grace next sees Van, she hasn't decided yet what to do.



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