- My name is Victoria Winters. The devils of a forgotten time have found their home on the crest of Widows' Hill and the great house echoes with their pain. It's a lonely and frightening world, but for me it's a place of hope. A place where the winds of the past can bring the answers for the future.
Elizabeth discovers the window in Victoria's room has come open and goes to close it. As she does, she sees some papers lying on the floor, among them the most recent letter from Vicki's friends in New York (5) which she begins to read when Carolyn comes in, noticing the letter. They discuss Vicki, Carolyn asking why Liz she hired Vicki rather than going to Lewiston or Bangor. Liz sticks with her lie, that Roger knew someone at the orphanage, but Carolyn seems to have doubts. She tells her mother that she suspects Vicki went to town to call the Foundling Home to find out if she told the truth. Carolyn leaves and Liz goes back to reading Vicki's mail.
Act IMiss Hopewell reveals to Vicki that she didn't know of Roger Collins until after Vicki got the job offer and that she’s just as curious as Vicki is, and no one on the staff has ever heard of Liz or Roger or any of the Collins family. Liz, in a fit of anxiety about the past, wonders if she made a mistake in hiring Vicki, who likes to look in shadows, and considers terminating her employment. Carolyn begs her not to, because she finally has a friend. Liz asks Carolyn if she needs Vicki since she has Joe Haskell, telling her she can be free of Collinwood now that Vicki is here. She tells Carolyn that if she does not fire Vicki it will only be because of Carolyn. Joe arrives with flowers for Liz and Carolyn and good news: he has earned a promotion off the boats and into the cannery office that means $25/week more and regular working hours. That places his boat purchase next year. He and Carolyn kiss passionately and she tells him she loves him, so he ruins the moment by asking her to marry him again, which instantly turns Carolyn sour. Liz comes in with the tea service and Carolyn tells her Joe has good news to give her as Joe berates himself silently over his ill-timed proposal.
Liz is very happy to hear the news, but Carolyn begins to suspect that Liz strong-armed the promotion. Joe mentions that when he saw Bill Malloy last night he said nothing, and Liz, looking guilty, says that maybe he didn't decide until this morning. Carolyn notes that Bill Malloy and her mother talked for a long time this morning on the telephone. Joe asks Liz if she had a hand in the promotion, and Liz flounders around, saying Joe's name came up and then asking the rhetorical question if it was wrong for a business owner to approve a promotion. She insists that Bill came up with Joe's name on his own and she enthusiastically agreed, but then blows it when she says that the fact it had nothing to do with the fact it would make it easier for the kids to get married. Carolyn tells her mother to quit trying to marry her off, and Joe tells her he is on Liz's side. Just then a knock on the interrupts them and Carolyn flees the Drawing room to answer the door, closing the doors behind her. It was Vicki, who forgot she had a key. She and Carolyn talk in the Foyer and Carolyn throws a hissy-fit, finally admiting she's scared at this chance to flee Collinwood.
Liz goes to see what is happening in the foyer, but it is empty. Joe tells her that Carolyn always reacts badly when he brings up marriage, and Liz says it is probably the famed ghosts of Collinwood that scare her away. She goes to get Carolyn, but Joe asks her to stay, telling Liz that he met Burke Devlin last night at The Blue Whale after he brought Carolyn home (3). He also relates that Burke offered to pay him for information. Liz is none too pleased when Joe says that Burke knows about him, Roger and Liz. Liz is visibly shaken when he says that Burke knew "everything" about Vicki, which amounts to who she was, what her job was, where she came from and "all the rest of it". Liz wants to know what he meant by the last statement, but is interrupted by Carolyn, but Liz continues the questioning, and Carolyn tells her Vicki is back and in her room. Liz is so unnerved that she leaves the kids alone to go see Vicki. Carolyn laments that whenever she likes someone she always seems to do her best to push them away. Upstairs, Vicki admits that she called the Foundling Home to speak with Miss Hopewell. Liz says she doesn't like being checked up on, but Vicki says she didn't like it, but the fact was no one there had ever spoken to her or Roger. Liz tells Vicki that she is very important to Carolyn and has been (past tense noted!) to her also, but Vicki is free to leave anytime she wants. Vicki says she doesn't want to leave, but it is difficult when she doesn't understand what is going on. Liz says Vicki being at Collinwood is 'very important,' but she cannot allow her to question and investigate everything she says, and that Miss Hopewell was wrong, that she was hired on a recommendation given to Roger. Vicki considers this and Liz tells her she will consider the matter closed and wants Vicki to be happy at Collinwood. She then leaves Vicki alone to consider this.
Back at the foundling home, Mrs. Hopewell dictates a letter to Victoria. She says that she received a visit from a man who claimed to be a magazine writer, but finally admitted to being a private investigator, hired to find out information about her almost identical to their earlier conversation. His name was Wilbur Strake and she asks Vicki if she knows him, or who hired him to find out these facts?
- Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: Is it suddenly a crime if the owner of a business approves a promotion?
- Carolyn Stoddard: Approves? or suggests?
- ← Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard →
- ← Elizabeth Wilson as Mrs. Hopewell
- ← Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard →
- ← Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell →
- ← Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters →
- Gwen Van Dam as secretary (uncredited)
Background information and notes
Bloopers and continuity errors
- It seems Joe's math is off quite a bit. He just got a $25/week raise (which seems like a lot, especially by 1960s standards) and claims he'll now be able to save an extra $500/year. Wouldn't that be an extra $1,300/year, as there are fifty-two weeks in a year? Unless he only works five months out of the year (of course, being a fisherman in Maine, that may be the case!).
- In episodes 7 and 8, Victoria calls her Miss. Hopewell, rather than Mrs. Hopewell. She remains "Mrs." in the credits, however.
- Some people may think Joan Bennett fumbled over her lines in the scene with Carolyn and Joe, but the character is obviously caught in a lie and trying desperately to get out of it, digging a deeper grave in the process.
- In this episode where the credits end Bob Lloyd doesn’t say "Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis production".