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May 21, 1970
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- Collinwood in Parallel Time, and Maggie Collins is struggling desperately to preserve her marriage to Quentin. But she does not know that his first wife, Angelique, is returned from the dead, assumed the identity of Alexis, the sister she murdered, and is determined to have Quentin as her own. This night, to further her plans, Alexis has caused Maggie to have a dream about a hidden drawer in which Quentin's secret is concealed. And now Maggie sets out to discover if the dream is true.
Maggie has a dream in which she is led to Angelique's room, where she finds love letters from Quentin hidden in a secret compartment. She wakes up and finds them.
Maggie shuffles through the love letters which Quentin had written to Angelique before they were married. She opens one up and begins to read it.
Meanwhile, Angelique still beckons to Maggie through the flames in the drawing room, when she is interrupted by Barnabas, who immediately becomes suspicious. Angelique dodges his questions by changing the subject to Maggie and Quentin's fight.
Quentin finds Maggie in the East Wing reading the letters.
Quentin, furious with Maggie, refuses to believe her explanation that she came to the East Wing in an attempt to "understand Quentin," but he only becomes more confused and angry, ejecting her from the wing.
Downstairs, Barnabas questions Angelique about her "sister" during a game of chess. Elizabeth interrupts and asks for help with the costume ball.
In the master bedroom, Maggie again apologizes to Quentin, but further compounds her mistake by mentioning the fact that it's his wedding anniversary with Angelique. He again gets very upset.
Quentin runs downstairs and demands that the costume party be canceled, and he storms out of the house despite Barnabas chasing after him. Maggie comes downstairs in a very distraught state. Barnabas offers to help her, but Maggie is inconsolable.
The next day, Maggie asks Hoffman why there is a costume party every year. Hoffman says it's something that Quentin always enjoyed having. Quentin returns and tells Maggie he wants to forget everything that has happened and have a relaxing evening at the costume party.
Upstairs, Hoffman, Maggie, and Angelique are discussing what to wear at the party. Angelique shows Maggie a dress and convinces her to wear it.
That night, Maggie comes down the stairs and Quentin sees the dress she is wearing. He gets incredibly upset and leaves the house.
- Barnabas (to Maggie): Let me help you.
- Angelique: Chance and Mrs. Stoddard are identical twins.
- Angelique: You think Maggie's going to come?
- Hoffman: I'm positive.
- Angelique: I hate leaving things to chance.
- Hoffman: Mrs. Stoddard told her to.
- Angelique: But chance and Mrs. Stoddard are identical twins.
- Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Stoddard (PT)
- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
- Grayson Hall as Julia Hoffman (PT)
- Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Collins
- David Selby as Quentin Collins (1970 PT)
- Lara Parker as Angelique Stokes Collins
Background information and notes
- The scene of Maggie and Hoffman at the window is an exact duplicate of a shot of Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson in Alfred Hitchcock's film Rebecca. The 'Parallel Time' storyline borrows much of its plot from Daphne DuMaurier's novel of the same name.
- Closing credits scene: Collinwood foyer.
- This episode brings together for the seventh time Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker and David Selby, the same four cast members who would reunite 42 years later in the 2012 Dark Shadows film directed by Tim Burton. This will occur another ten times during the original series in 711, 732, 867, 955, 1016, 1021, 1027, 1029, 1041, 1056.
- The Smith Brothers portrait hangs over the mantel in Alexis' room.
- A costume ball at Collinwood is held annually, a tradition of Angelique's.
- INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Maggie: (reads Quentin's letter to Angelique, hears his voice).
- TIMELINE: The costume party is tomorrow in the first part of the episode; today in the latter.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- A boom microphone can be seen in the foyer as Quentin enters Collinwood in Act III.
- In the closing credits, the "Fashions courtesy of" name is misspelled as "Orhbachs" instead of "Ohrbachs".
- David Selby appears to have some trouble remembering his lines when confronting Maggie. He says her name, glances at the teleprompter, turns his eyes back to her, then glances at the teleprompter again before continuing.
- Earlier in the episode, when talking to Angelique and Barnabas, Selby, as Quentin, says, "I wonder where I got the illusion that an hour or two alone would solve one's all of problems." Lara Parker gives a small questioning frown just before the camera cuts.
- When Quentin speaks to Maggie about his perception of her innocence, David Selby says, "Obviously that innocent was something that my deranged mind invented."
- In the drawing room, Hoffman says to Maggie, "Miss Stokes has gotten an at -- a trunk from the attic."
- In the drawing room with Quentin, Maggie says, "I was asleep last night when you come -- came home, I guess."