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August 22, 1966
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- My name is Victoria Winters. Collinwood mansion situated on top of Widows' Hill has a long history of sudden and violent death. And once again it strikes. This time under my very eyes.
Roger is skeptical that Bill Malloy is in any danger and Elizabeth is trying to convince him how out of character it is for Malloy to be gone when Carolyn and Victoria run in and reveal their discovery of the dead body at the foot of the Hill. Roger refuses to check and insists Matthew be sent; Elizabeth phones him directly. Elizabeth thinks they saw rocks while Roger suggests it was seaweed. Carolyn insists it wasn't seaweed because she knows how that looks. Victoria thinks it may have been a trick of David's.
Matthew goes out to Widows' Hill and looks. Whatever Matthew sees, he feels it necessary to climb down Widows' Hill. They again speak of the legend and Roger is glad that they now refer to the sight as 'the thing'. Privately Carolyn and Victoria speak of what they really saw and hope it was a stranger. Roger tries to continue the morbid discussion in favor of returning to the discussion of business. Elizabeth informs him that she offered Ned Calder his job back and insults Roger's business acumen. Roger believes that Ned's refusal and Elizabeth's triumph will lead to his gaining more power. Elizabeth insists it must also please Malloy; Matthew claims that he found nothing and even went down to the beach to check.
Elizabeth puts the matter to bed but Victoria and Carolyn decide to bunk together for strength anyway. Victoria asks Carolyn if Matthew would have any reason to lie; Elizabeth thinks Matthew was acting strangely and questions his veracity. Roger calls Sam and asks if he's heard from Malloy. Matthew gets a visitor, Elizabeth, who asks him if anything’s wrong. Matthew tells Elizabeth that he expected to find Bill Malloy, a man of habits. Matthew is worried that whatever 'kept' Bill Malloy away will ruin the grounds of Collinwood. Elizabeth asks Matthew to show her what he saw. Victoria and Carolyn want to look again, can't get Roger to come with them. Elizabeth sees a shocking sight; clumps of seaweed that look like a dead body. Matthew wants them silenced. Victoria tells about David's prediction.
Memorable quotes Edit
- Victoria: At the bottom of the cliff, there's a dead man!
- Carolyn: I know what seaweed looks like!
- Carolyn: How could anyone sleep when there's a body floating around down there?
Dramatis personae Edit
- ← Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard →
- ← Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins →
- ← Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard →
- ← Thayer David as Matthew Morgan →
- ← Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters →
Background information and notes Edit
- A bride was the first to fall from Widows' Hill, the second was a governess. A third death has been prophesied. The legend was also mentioned in episodes 9 and 50.
- TIMELINE: It was a few minutes later when Matthew went to check Widows' Hill.
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
End credits announcement Edit
- It's like nothing else except funny and it's Love on a rooftop. Advance premiere tomorrow night in color on ABC.
- Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis production.