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February 17, 1967
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- My name is Victoria Winters. Collinwood becomes more and more tangled in a web of mysteries, and woven into the web are not only confusion and doubt but terror and fear. And the struggle to understand only seems to make the web more tangled, the confusion greater, the fear more terrifying and the mystery deeper.
Victoria doesn't understand why the vanishing dead woman should frighten her; she's also not sure what an unidentified woman has to do with the Collins family. Victoria points out the fire connection after Guthrie states the Laura links. Guthrie pushes for another séance; Victoria is frightened and he backs off, promising to try everything else he can to get answers. Guthrie is eager to deliver the news to Laura and see her reaction. Burke, at Laura's Cottage, has learned that Guthrie's a parapsychologist and demands answers from Laura. Laura is unable to discuss the subject or Guthrie seriously. Laura works Burke again because they supposedly have mutual interests.
Guthrie and Victoria continue to talk; Victoria doubts Laura will have an explanation as she always acts with annoyance and indifference whenever the fire or the unidentified woman are mentioned. Guthrie gets her to promise she won't mention the body disappearing from the morgue to Laura. Burke wants to see Victoria and gives Guthrie his reluctant apologies for suspecting he was a cop. Burke asks Victoria about Guthrie because of Guthrie's special interest in Laura. Victoria feigns ignorance. Burke tells Victoria he's defending Laura because he HAS to trust her, and asks if she trusts Laura. Victoria's silence speaks volumes, so he asks why Victoria suspects Laura of hurting Elizabeth. Victoria tells Burke about the two other women named Laura Murdoch who died by fire and of Josette's leading her to clues. Burke continues to be pig-headed. Victoria admits she is afraid of Laura and relays the news of the body missing from the morgue in Phoenix.
Guthrie disturbs Laura, and says he has important news from Phoenix. Laura insists that that means it has nothing to do with her; Guthrie forces her to listen. Laura is shocked and upset for a moment after learning of the disappearance, but she transforms it quickly into a cool contempt for the incompetence of the Phoenix police. Laura refuses to admit that the body's vanishing is strange nor that it means anything to her. Laura and Guthrie drop the polite act; she wants him to leave and he wants her to 'fess up'. Laura warns him twice that he should drop his accusations and leave her alone, or else. Guthrie calls her out and asks what she's going to do to him. He accepts her warnings and asks her, "Now what?"
Laura suggests Guthrie return to Collinwood. Burke pops in and forces Guthrie out. Laura tries to get Burke to defend her and Guthrie admits he won't stay away from her. This plays into Laura's victimization plot to garner Burke's sympathies. Burke questions her about being the last to see Elizabeth. She evades; he departs. Alone, Laura stares into her fire. At Collinwood, Guthrie is alone and begins to feel faint. He calls out to Victoria before collapsing.
Memorable quotes Edit
Dramatis personae Edit
- ← Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin →
- ← John Lasell as Peter Guthrie →
- ← Diana Millay as Laura Collins →
- ← Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters →
Background information and notes Edit
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
- In Act 1, while talking to Vicki, Dr. Guthrie pronounces "Collinwood" as "Collingwood." This is the third or fourth time he's done so.
End credits announcement Edit
- Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis production.