Collinwood at the turn of the century. Tonight a gypsy girl gathers herbs in the woods outside the Old House, preparing to end the werewolf curse. And two people anxiously scan the night sky, fearful she may not return until it is too late to perform the ceremony. Soon they will learn, to their horror, that it is far later than they think.
Quentin and Magda wait impatiently for Julianka to return. Quentin regrets letting Angelique leave and worries that someone may have spotted Barnabas. Magda is confident that both will soon return. A moment later Barnabas arrives and informs them that Julianka is dead.
Barnabas locates the History of the Collins family, which Vicky had left in the past, and looks up Quentin Collins. He is disappointed to find no date for Quentin's death, only a note that he left Collinsport in 1897 and sailed around the world. Barnabas tells Magda that means that something terrible happened - so terrible that the family didn't want it published. A few weeks ago Jamison had a dream, Barnabas recounts to Magda. First, a silver bullet was found, then the one person who could save him died and finally Quentin will be rejected by the one person he loves, and then he will die. Barnabas thinks it might be Jamison that might reject Quentin.
When Beth comes to Quentin in the drawing room, she’s wearing the pentagram necklace which will protect her, she says. He claims to see the mark on her, which means that she will die at the werewolf’s hands. Quentin is drinking. Beth, blindly out of it, remains loyal to Quentin while he claims they will put on her tombstone, “Loyal to the end.”
Magda gets the book from the closed up courthouse. Before 1875 ended, she says, Quentin left on a voyage around the world. Julianka’s great grandmother used to scare them with stories of séance. Magda does not want to go through with it. The séance does happen at the Old House, and the ghost of Julianka appears. Quentin runs out when she will not help them, and the ghost puts a curse on Magda now. Magda will know loneliness and says something about the 9 slaughtered young gypsies. When she hears three knocks, it will be the beginning but not the end. The first but not the last. All love will die for Magda. She tells Barnabas she does not care about the two young gypsy children, they are not her kin but Magda’s. After the ghost leaves, there are three knocks at the door.
Barnabas: Do not concern yourself with them, Magda. They are shadows. Shadows of my past and your future.
Quentin: All your gonna get at Collinwood are dreams...and one last nightmare.
Barnabas (to Magda): You are a fool and a coward.
- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
- Grayson Hall as Magda Rakosi
- David Selby as Quentin Collins
- Terry Crawford as Beth Chavez
- Diana Davila as Julianka
Background information and notesEdit
- The original color version of this episode is lost, but a black and white kinescope copy still exists.
Continuity and mistakesEdit
- This episode features an interesting look at how the mechanics of time travel work within the Dark Shadows universe. Vicki took the Collins family history book with her when she was sent back in time to 1795. The book was then retrieved by Eve when she travelled back to 1796 from 1968. Barnabas theorizes
to Magda that Eve has yet travel in time and take the book as the future date she travelled from '1968' hasn't happened yet. This would suggest that Eve's travelling in time changed the timeline in a small way and that the version of 1897 that Barnabas is living through is one unaffected, or at least yet to be unaffected, by Eve's meddling.