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January 25, 1967
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- My name is Victoria Winters. In one of the bedrooms at Collinwood, there is a woman who has recently become an invalid. Her illness is a cause of concern to all those whose lives she touches.
There's nothing physically wrong with Elizabeth. Dr. Reeves needs to move her to Boston to do further testing. Roger points out that although he approves, Elizabeth will require a stick of dynamite to be dislodged from Collinwood. Dr. Reeves advises the utmost urgency. Roger tries to lure Carolyn and Victoria into helping Elizabeth; they agree. It occurs to Carolyn that Elizabeth's absence will greatly ease Roger's divorce and David's custody.
Elizabeth awakens with a start. Roger comes in and tells her Dr. Reeves wants her moved to Boston. Elizabeth freaks out and demands to speak with Carolyn, who backs up the doctor's and Roger's advice. Elizabeth implores Carolyn, as her heir and protector, not to allow them to take her away. Carolyn says that she can't rest easy until she knows what's making Elizabeth ill, and Liz finally agrees to go -- as long as Carolyn is in charge at home. She wants no decisions to be made until her return. Elizabeth worries that Carolyn will be prevented (with a glance askance to Roger) from contacting her in the event of a too-important decision. Elizabeth becomes hysterical and throws a fit, demanding her lawyer.
Elizabeth tells a placating Roger she's going to prevent him from sending her to the hospital. Finally, she calls for Victoria, whom she implores to protect David from Laura. She is to be doubly responsible for David while Elizabeth is gone. Elizabeth also wants Victoria to prevent David from seeing Laura, and gets upset when Victoria asks how to handle Roger. After Victoria leaves, Laura appears to Elizabeth, demanding she be allowed to see her son. Elizabeth's attempts to remember what possessed her anger Laura. Laura places her into limbo, where time stops for Elizabeth.
Carolyn tells Roger it's not right to go against Elizabeth's wishes. Roger points out that she needs the rest and attention only the hospital can provide. Laura startles everybody with her appearance. Laura 'learns' of Elizabeth's plight and offers condolences, which are rebuffed by Carolyn. Carolyn believes Laura's plans are expedited. Roger tells Laura that Elizabeth is adamant about her not getting David. Laura hints that if Roger wants her to have David…, but Roger stops her by stating that he doesn't want to upset Elizabeth in her condition. He also thinks Carolyn might keep Elizabeth around to spite Laura. Laura doesn't know why Carolyn would do that, so Roger sheds light on Burke and Carolyn’s flirtatious adventures prior to Laura's arrival. Laura says she wants only David, not Burke, and won't be stopped by Elizabeth. Roger says as long as Elizabeth can speak, she can give orders, wherever she is. Laura says Elizabeth speaking might not be a problem. Carolyn screams, and Victoria and Roger rush upstairs, where they find Elizabeth has gone catatonic. Alone, Laura gloats.
- Roger: Vicki, you've always had a flair for understatement.
- Roger (regarding Elizabeth): I sometimes think it would take a stick of dynamite to get her out of this house.
- Elizabeth: There's no help for me...away from Collinwood.
- ← Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard →
- ← Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins →
- ← Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard →
- ← Diana Millay as Laura Collins →
- ← Fred Stewart as Dr. Reeves
- ← Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters →
Background information and notes
- The space on the wall in the Collinwood foyer, which will later prominently hold a portrait of a Collins family member from long ago, is seen here to hold a mirror in this episode.
- The Petofi box appears in Elizabeth's bedroom.
- TIMELINE: Day 33 takes place.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- The opening film footage of Seaview Terrace is backward. This happened more often in later episodes, when still slides were used.
End credits announcement
- When Jerry Lewis gets mistaken for a tough private eye, the action and the laughs come in rapid-fire succession. Don’t miss "It’s Only Money" on the ABC Wednesday Night Movie tonight right after "The Monroes" here on ABC.
- Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis Production.