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February 18, 1971
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- At the great house of Collinwood the Collins family, for many generations, has lived under a mysterious curse that has brought them nothing but tragedy. And now a romantic conflict has developed, one which threatens to split the family apart. Daphne Harridge has announced she will be married to Bramwell Collins. But on this night Daphne has suddenly begun to have some doubts. And so is trying, through a young woman who is clarvoyant, to determine what the future holds.
Carrie is deeply upset by her vision and tells Daphne that she couldn't make out whose name was on the gravestone. Daphne can tell Carrie is lying, and Carrie reluctantly admits that she saw Daphne's own name. Carrie tries to comfort Daphne by saying that she could be mistaken, and wonders if she should marry Bramwell immediately. Daphne tells Carrie not to worry, that her vision must be wrong.
Back at Collinwood, Morgan tells Catherine that Kendrick Young has gone to the police with the news of his sister's murder. He is convinced that Gabriel murdered Stella, and the police are searching the grounds for Gabriel's whereabouts. Morgan realizes that Catherine is hardly listening, and she informs him that Bramwell and Daphne are engaged to be married.
Morgan is shocked by the news and Catherine is convinced that Bramwell is only marrying Daphne out of spite. Although she has tried to reason with both of them, they are still determined to marry. Catherine tells Morgan that there must be some way they can stop this marriage. Morgan reminds her that Daphne is a grown woman and can do as she pleases. He is not particularly concerned, as his main focus is on the lottery and who James Forsythe was. The two argue, and Morgan brings up her own past relationship with Bramwell. Catherine tells Morgan she would have expected Bramwell to be jealous, but not him. Catherine leaves the room, furious.
Soon afterwards Carrie arrives, looking for Quentin. She tells Morgan that she has found a letter addressed to James Forsythe. Morgan reads the letter, and discovers that it was a love letter written to James, signed with the letter "A." Morgan asks Carrie to use her psychic abilities to tell him more about James and the woman who wrote the letter. However when he reaches for it, a wind takes over the room, causing the candles to go out. The letter bursts into flames before their eyes. Carrie determines that an evil spirit is in the room and runs away out in fear.
Back at the old house Bramwell asks Daphne if she has reached a decision. Daphne tells Bramwell of Carrie's vision, and admits that although it has disturbed her, she has not changed her mind about their marriage. She is sure that no matter what may happen, Bramwell would never hurt her.
The next day Bramwell and Daphne go to the great house, where they announce that they have just been married. Catherine collapses in the foyer. A doctor is summoned, but Catherine insists that he only reveal to Morgan what she wishes. The doctor reluctantly agrees, and tells Morgan that there is nothing physically wrong with his wife. Catherine tells Morgan she merely had a dizzy spell, from her concern over Daphne and the lottery. Morgan accepts her explanation.
Later Catherine goes to the Old House where she speaks privately with Bramwell. She tells him that the real reason she fainted is because she is pregnant, with his child.
Memorable quotes Edit
- Morgan: (to Catherine) Is it Daphne's future you're so concerned about, or are you having second thoughts about what might have been with Bramwell?
Dramatis personae Edit
- Lara Parker as Catherine Harridge Collins
- Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
- Kate Jackson as Daphne Harridge Collins (PT)
- Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes (PT)
- Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins
- Colin Hamilton as Doctor
Background information and notes Edit
- Out of 1225 episodes of Dark Shadows, this is the only episode where there is no surviving video. However it has been reconstructed using a fan-recorded audio track and still images. Lara Parker provides narration to preface and summarize each scene. Since the surviving audio from the episode was incomplete, the partial narration by Keith Prentice that originally opened the episode was dropped for the home video release, and was re-recorded by Lara Parker.
- This is the seventy-third episode, and the second of two consecutive episodes, with no pre-Barnabas cast members.
- Closing credits scene: Grandfather clock in the Collinwood foyer.
- GHOSTWATCH: Carrie senses an evil spirit. Later, Carrie and Morgan witness a letter written by James Forsythe burst into flame.
- TIMELINE: Narration says it to be next day. It's an hour later after Catherine's collapse when the doctor sees her. It was last night when Morgan and Catherine argued about Daphne's and Bramwell's marriage.