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November 15, 1967
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- Time stands still at Collinwood, for one girl has mysteriously disappeared. She has embarked on a strange and dangerous journey, a journey that transcends time and space. And inexplicably, she has found herself trapped in the past.
Having fainted from the shock of finding herself in the year 1795, Victoria Winters wakes in the servant's quarters to find that her clothing has been changed into an eighteenth-century dress and that a fussy, puritanical woman identical to Mrs. Johnson is watching over her. The woman clears up Victoria's confusion toward her identity; she is Abigail Collins.
Victoria's confusion only fuels Abigail's suspicion of the younger woman. Abigail hurls questions at her, but Victoria's answers do not satisfy her. Victoria truthfully explains that she has no idea how she got here. Abigail accuses her of being possessed by the Devil. Victoria vehemently denies this. Abigail claims to be attune to good and evil vibrations, and she fears the Devil is always near. More accusations rail at Victoria, and Abigail refuses to believe anything the governess has to say. The older woman seizes Victoria's twentieth-century clothing with the intention of burning them. Leaving, Abigail locks Victoria in the room. But Victoria escapes through a window.
Running to Collinwood, Victoria finds that the Great House is still under construction. Having heard someone inside, a man who resembles Burke Devlin enters. Victoria, overjoyed, rushes into his arms. She soon realizes the man is not her lost fiance, but is, in fact, Jeremiah Collins. Jeremiah attempts to comfort her as she dissolves into tears. He tells Victoria that, although she has mystified the family, Naomi Collins and Sarah Collins are already fond of her. Victoria relates her encounter with Abigail, and how the spinster accused her of being a witch. Jeremiah, however, laughs it off as no one ever listens to Abigail's obsession with witches. Victoria, having no place to go, refuses to return to the Old House. But Jeremiah promises to protect her. Victoria reluctantly agrees to go back with him.
Back in her room, Victoria waits for word from Jeremiah. He enters, having rescued her clothing. Advising her to keep them hidden, Jeremiah tries to learn where Victoria really came from. Her explanation will not satisfy Joshua Collins, and Jeremiah agrees to help her by devising a suitable story for who she is and why she is here and not Phyllis Wick.
Downstairs in the parlor, Abigail suggests to Joshua and Naomi that they should turn Victoria over to the authorities. Naomi protests, proclaiming Abigail's accusations as twisted and cruel. She refuses to watch as the malicious Abigail harms Victoria as she has harmed others in the past. The two women engage in a frosty spat, which forces Joshua to put an end to it. Jeremiah enters and lends his voice in support of Naomi's: both they and Sarah want Victoria to stay. Jeremiah explains that Victoria lost her memory in the carriage accident, and that her odd behavior was caused because she was understandably confused and frightened. Abigail accuses Jeremiah of being bewitched by Victoria's beauty. He fires back and tells her that said beauty has made her envious. Joshua silences Abigail, much to her surprise. He tells them all that he alone will decide whether or not Victoria will remain.
Shortly afterward, Victoria meets Joshua and is taken aback by his resemblance to Roger Collins. He questions her credentials and skills, and her answers impress him. Joshua decides to hire Victoria as Sarah's governess on a trial basis, with her wages being $4 per month. He dismisses her, and Victoria returns to her room as Naomi returns to speak with her husband. Abigail also appears, and Joshua angrily accuses them both of eavesdropping. Abigail continues to believe that Victoria is evil, proclaiming that evil must be crushed.
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Dramatis personae Edit
- Joan Bennett as Naomi Collins
- Anthony George as Jeremiah Collins
- Louis Edmonds as Joshua Collins
- Clarice Blackburn as Abigail Collins
- Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Background information and notes Edit
- First appearance of character Joshua Collins. This was the second character played by actor Louis Edmonds in the original series. Joshua's plaque in the Collins mausoleum was first seen in 210.
- First appearance of character Jeremiah Collins. This was the second and final character played by actor Anthony George in the original series. The character was first mentioned in 2.
- First appearance of character Abigail Collins. This was the second character played by actress Clarice Blackburn in the original series.
- The Collinsport Afghan appears in Victoria's room at the Old House.