Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)


Malcolm Marmorstein


Lela Swift


January 19, 1967


January 12, 1967


Complete: Disc 17
Beginning 5: Disc 1

Josette and the painting
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Josette finishes the painting for the injured Sam; when done, it is destroyed by Roger.

Synopsis Edit


My name is Victoria Winters. It is night at Collinwood, a night that will prove to be disquieting. One man feels an unexplainable respite, and a young girl feels a bitter rejection.

Carolyn returns home and angrily slams the door; she tells Victoria of her trip to Burke's and that his speech sounded rehearsed.

Act I

Burke didn't sound or act like himself. Carolyn admits that she threw herself at him and demanded declarations of love, much to Victoria's disapproval. Carolyn's upset that Burke didn't hurt her with his rejection. She vows a vague revenge, then tells Victoria that Burke's in love with Laura. Maggie gets off work and tries to fix Sam dinner; he's still not feeling well. Sam and Maggie discuss the freak accident which resulted in the burning of a canvas from across the room without burning its cover. Sam says the other painting is about to go up in flames, too... he's been seeing it in his mind all day.

Act II

Maggie tells Sam he needs to take it easy because he's suffering from anxiety. Sam has the urge to go to Collinwood, where he feels the unfinished first painting will be completed... something's going into that empty space. At that precise moment in David's room, the painting begins to glow with an unearthly light. Victoria tells Carolyn not to be so vindictive; Roger jumps to her defense. She tells him the happy news about her relationship with Burke being terminated. Carolyn and Roger speak of Laura and Burke. Carolyn's shocked by Roger's blase attitude, but Roger just says that Burke's up to his old tricks. In David's room, the ghost of Josette Collins appears and touches the painting.


Victoria has sent David with Mrs. Johnson but it will cost Roger a set of toy soldiers. Roger's pleased that David's out of the house and not looking at the painting. Carolyn suggests Roger destroy it now; Victoria begs him not to because it would harm David. She admits her fear that she's responsible for the whole mess and relates the urge to take the portrait. Sam shows up at Collinwood, wanting to see Roger. He wants to know why Victoria didn't let him destroy the painting in the first place. He and Roger have a wry discussion about the portrait, which Sam insists on seeing. Roger blames Sam's ego; Sam can't explain why he wants to see the painting. Victoria enters David's room and is overcome with a strange sensation. She sees the painting and screams; where there was a blank spot in the painting, now ls David's face.

Act IV

Carolyn, Roger, and Sam rush to the scream. They meet Victoria running down the stairs; she shows them the finished painting. Standing next to Laura in flames is David, unmistakably David. Roger asks Sam what it means—he saw the painting just that morning and it wasn't finished. Sam doesn't know what it means. He points out that the painting is dry, so it couldn’t have been empty this morning. He describes the sensations that led him to Collinwood. Roger wants to know how a total representation of David's dream has come to fruition on canvas. Sam describes the power that led him to paint the portrait and come to Collinwood. He describes being used to communicate. Victoria admits she felt something strange in David's room, like someone had been in there. She describes the scent of jasmine, which she smelled "a few months ago" in the Old House after Josette appeared to her. Everyone wonders what David will do when he sees the painting. To prevent him from finding out, Roger throws the painting into the fire. As it begins to burn, screaming erupts from the canvas.

Memorable quotes Edit

Roger: (to Sam) You're sober now and you're even more difficult to understand.
Carolyn: When will I stop making a fool of myself?
Vicky: How did you make a fool of yourself this time?

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • The original videotape master of this episode has been lost. However, a filmed Kinescope copy does exist.
  • Diana Millay is erroneously listed in the credits, though she doesn't appear in this episode. It would also not be likely that the scream was Diana Millay's, and if it was, it would be rare in the sixties to credit it.
  • Although Kathryn Leigh Scott infamously replaced the dummy that was to be used as Josette's ghost in episode 70, here the role is played by uncredited extra Rosemary McNamara

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • In the previous episodeVictoria decided it was best to keep David away from his mother, but she has an inexplicable change of heart in this episode.
  • It is said to have been a "few months" ago when Josette appeared to Victoria in episode 126. This actually happened 9 days ago in continuity and was aired 3 weeks previously.
  • Right before the painting was thrown into the fire a voice could be heard. It sounded like Diana Millay saying: "David's Mother will be Furious"

End credits announcement Edit

  • The second season excitement continues with the return of The Avengers in color tomorrow at ten, nine o’clock central time, here on ABC.
  • Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis production.

External Links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 149 on the IMDb

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