- My name is Victoria Winters. In the short time I've been here, Collinwood has made me a part of its strangeness. A strangeness that seems to reach out and touch everyone and everything that lives within its walls, for the past can be a prison, not only for me but for others, for all those driven by fears of the future.
At the Collins Port Inn, Bill Malloy calls Burke and gets hung up on, so he goes to visit Liz. Liz is surprised because they had spoken that morning (8) and wants to put away her tea service, but Bill pulls out a folder and tells her it is urgent. Liz looks concerned and they adjourn to the Drawing room and close the doors.
Act I Edit
Inside the drawing room, Bill asks Liz if he can use her telephone while she looks over some contracts which need her signature. He calls his secretary and tells her he will be there for about a half hour while Liz looks at the contracts, setting them aside. Liz asks Bill why he really came over and he uses an excuse that they need to raise the price of sardines, but she doesn't believe that is the real reason. She tells him she thinks he is there because of Burke and asks what he is up to. Bill tells Liz that he saw Burke last night as Carolyn enters. Carolyn and Bill have a friendly (uncle-niece-like) chat and she learns she's already met the mysterious (and, according to Carolyn, handsome) Burke Devlin (3). Carolyn leaves and Bill tells Liz that Carolyn should marry Joe and get Carolyn out of Collinwood. His main premise appears to be that bad things are gonna happen at Collinwood which will cause Carolyn to see things she shouldn't have to see. Liz says Burke can't hurt Carolyn or her, but Bill wonders what kind of revenge he has planned after spending time in prison. Bill admires Liz and is full of fishing and sea-like analogies.
Act II Edit
Upstairs in Victoria's room, Carolyn tells Victoria that it's 100 feet from the top of Widows' Hill to the sea, and that three people (Josette and two governesses) leapt from it. In an overly-dramatic voice, Carolyn tells Vicki there's a legend that a third governess will join them. Carolyn's surprised, but thrilled that Vicki hasn't been fired. Carolyn admires Vicki her strength and admits she’s scared of people and hateful toward Collinwood. Carolyn tells Vicki about Joe's marriage proposal (8) - far from the first one, and her cold feet whenever he proposes. Carolyn envies Vicki her knowledge of Burke, whom Carolyn sees as the polar opposite of Joe. Bill tells Liz that Burke’s bitter and angry, but will consider himself poor until he's bought out the Collins Family. Liz hears knocks on the door, which frightens her for a moment, but she turns down Bill's offer to accompany her to the door.
Act III Edit
No one is at the door when Liz opens it, but in the foyer she finds a broken teacup. Liz blames the knocks and breaks on the 9-year-old Poltergeist, David. Liz is "delighted" at the broken teacup and the knock and when Bill asks why she admits that she's scared of Burke, but that the teacup incident has grounded her. Bill reads Liz the riot act and tells her Burke is too dangerous to ignore. Upstairs, Carolyn says that Burke sounds marvelous. Vicki says that Burke was always asking questions about Liz and Roger while telling stories of growing up in Collinsport. Carolyn recalls Burke threatening to paddle her and believes he would have, which only fascinates her more. Carolyn asks Vicki to finish her letter and offers to mail it in town. Downstairs, Bill is on the telephone making arrangements while Liz listens from the couch. He has cooked up a scheme to get Carolyn to go on a trip with his niece. Bill tells Liz it is her responsibility to get Carolyn out of the house and this is the best way, but Liz thinks he is wasting his time. Vicki finishes the letter and gives it to Carlyn who tells her not to put a stamp on it, she will pick one up at the hotel. Vicki questions Carolyn's intentions and when Carolyn says she is only going to the hotel to get a stamp, Vicki very slowly and purposefully puts on on it, tell her she now has no reason to go to the hotel. Downstairs, Bill tells Carolyn he wants her to go on a trip around the country with his niece and grand-niece, to keep the teenage daughter company. Carolyn wants to know why they want to send her away and tells then she will not go, correctly suspecting it's a ruse to keep her from Collinwood and Burke. Bill admits he cooked up the failed scheme. Carolyn asks Bill to give her a ride to town, where she goes to the Hotel, calls Burke, and invites herself up to his room.
Memorable quotes Edit
- Carolyn Stoddard: How are things at the fish factory?
- Bill Malloy: Swimmin' along Princess, just swimmin' along!
- Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: There are no ghosts here.
- Bill Malloy: You can say that? You who haven't stepped foot off this hill in 18 years?
- Bill Malloy: Liz, I like you. I think you're the greatest woman on the face of this Earth.
- Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: Why? Because I'm not afraid of Burke Devlin?
- Bill Malloy: Because you plant your feet firm on the deck when the gale blows. Because you hold your head up high and damn the Devil. Because you don't know how to run scared. Well Liz, we'll stop him. You and me, no matter what Burke tries to do.
Dramatis personae Edit
- ← Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard →
- ← Frank Schofield as Bill Malloy →
- ← Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard →
- ← and Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters →
Background information and notes Edit
- This is the only episode where a phone is seen on the clerk's desk at the Collinsport Inn.
- Bill Malloy's first name is first spoken in this episode.
- This is the first mention of the fact that Burke spent time in prison. Previously we have just been told he left 10 years ago and has returned, having made his fortune. Elizabeth says he committed a crime, but the nature of that crime is still undisclosed.
- Carolyn explains that Josette Collins was the first of three women to die at Widows' Hill. The other two were also governesses, although this was later altered. The other two women to die there were Samantha Collins and Harriet Collins. The legend tells of another, also a governess, who would also die at the cliff. It would eventually turn out to be Victoria Winters herself (967).
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
- After Bill leaves the hotel, the camera pulls back and hits a plant sitting on the counter.
- Elizabeth finds the broken teacup on the floor of the foyer, but she should have heard it break in a fall, even with the doors of the drawing room closed.
- Joan Bennett flubs her line, reading it: "I'm not going to worry, wonder and plan until I'm sure - absolutely sure he means us no harm".
End credits announcementsEdit
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- Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis production.