Pressured by Rossi's relentless effort to clear himself, Bradford confesses he faked Catherine's autopsy report to Morton, who informs Leslie of the truth.

Lola Albright was hired to take over the role and continued in the series until Malone returned. On the urging of her then-husband, Frank Sinatra, the producers decided to write her off the show in the summer of 1966.

and, because of the constant change in characters, confusing as well.

Betty shows an interest in nursing and Rossi helps her find a job as a nurse's aide at the hospital to begin.

Betty's disturbed father, George Anderson (Henry Beckman), whose frustrations and drinking have driven him to spousal abuse and finally a nervous breakdown, is hospitalised in a sanitarium.

The series opens with a shot of a church's steeple, and the words "Peyton Place" superimposed, with a tolling of church bells.

Announcer Dick Tufeld announces "This is the continuing story of Peyton Place." The scene changes to scenes of the town square, a rolling brook, and a panoramic view of Peyton Place.

Midway through the first season, another principal character arrives in Peyton Place.

Elliot Carson (Tim O'Connor), Allison's birth father, who had been imprisoned for 18 years after being convicted of murdering his wife, Elizabeth, though the actual culprit was Catherine Harrington.

Newspaper editor Matthew Swain (Warner Anderson) tells him people usually try to get away from towns like Peyton Place, not move to them.