Episode 10: Small Change
In the season’s finale, Tiffany Ann dies under suspicious circumstances. The authorities rule her death accidental. The singer of the song suspects that he knows the truth, but he also knows that the “truth” doesn’t always count for much in Vaselina Springs. The status quo is maintained.
Episode 9: Enough Ain’t Never Enough
David Harley reveals his darker, sadistic side. He continues to allow Tiffany Ann the same degree of consideration that he gives the handkerchief he uses to blow his nose. The only thing David wants is more. Tiffany copes by focusing on the bottom line.
Episode 8: Time Is Money
Episode 8 explodes with a blast of festive quasi-Tejano music. Cheerfully exuberant horns provide a sharp contrast to darkly comic lyrics telling of Tiffany Ann’s spiraling decline into prostitution. More than a bit the worse for wear, Tiffany has become a hardened, but not unkind, streetwalker who plies her trade with the matter-of-factness of a piece worker trying to make her night’s quota.
Episode 7: Matches and Dynamite
After being fired at the country club, Tiffany Ann begins her career as a dancer in area strip bars. Her young daughter, Susannah, the protagonist of Vaselina Springs: Season II, is introduced in this episode. The club’s owner allows Tiffany Ann to bring Susannah to work. Tiffany Ann leaves the toddler in the dressing room while she performs.
Amanda has no intention of relinquishing her coveted status as Mrs. David Harley. She defends her position with chilling ruthlessness. Disembarking from the gravy train is not part of Amanda’s agenda.
Episode 6: Tiffany Ann Loved Cocaine
Tiffany Ann drops out of high school after her junior year. Using a fake I.D.,she gets a job as a bartender at the Vaselina Springs Country Club.
Tiffany Ann begins a surreptitious sexual relationship with David Harley. David is the 40ish, married scion of the area’s most prominent and powerful family. David provides Tiffany Ann with a steady supply of pharmaceutical-grade cocaine. She shows a real flair for self-medication.
This episode also introduces Amanda Harley, David’s wife. While David is merely cruel and self-absorbed, Amanda is truly Machiavellian.
“Why Did Tiffany Ann Cross The Road?” is featured as the cover image for the October issue of Artborne Magazine.
Episode 5 of Vaselina Springs, I-X, a multimedia production, conceived by Gary Bolding, with artwork and songs by Bolding; music produced by Gary Bolding and Ed Nicholson.
“My Name Is David Harley”
David Harley speaks directly to the audience from a position of unquestioning entitlement. David is Vaselina Springs’ Prince Charles– waiting irritably and impatiently for his turn on the throne. The idea that “all men are created equal” is laughable to David. He has never once attributed his elevated station to anything other than his obvious genetic superiority. Still, David is desperate to get out of his father’s shadow. He is sick to death of being “Mr. Lester’s boy.”
After an instrumental interlude, David returns to address the people of Vaselina Springs. He outlines what the new regime will expect from them in exchange for their continued ease and comfort.