Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)


Ron Sproat


John Sedwick


March 23, 1967


March 12, 1967


Complete: Disc 22
Beginning 6: Disc 2

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Elizabeth worries about her return to Collinwood, while Carolyn wonders why her mother was so desperate to return.

Synopsis Edit


My name is Victoria Winters. The afternoon sun is bright over Collinwood, a cold, fresh wind blows in from the sea. The great house is quiet and peaceful at last, and many fears that once existed have been laid to rest. But traces of fear do remain, especially in the mind of a small boy.

David, wearing his Sunday best, is trembling with anticipation to see Elizabeth, whom Roger left with from Boston very early this morning. David admits that he's a little afraid because he remembers how Elizabeth looked and that is what gives him his fear.

Act I

Victoria reassures David; the car pulls up. Elizabeth and Carolyn come up to the house, and Elizabeth hugs both Victoria and David, who are relieved to see her. Roger wants to put Elizabeth to bed, and Carolyn reminds her that those were the doctor's orders. Tomorrow Elizabeth can give the orders. Victoria takes Elizabeth upstairs; Carolyn asks Roger how the business is doing, concerned about Elizabeth's sudden panic. Roger assures her that Collins Enterprises is thriving, and speculates that David was the reason Elizabeth wanted to return. Carolyn negates this with evidence, and recalls the fervor with which Elizabeth wished to be kept at Collinwood prior to and during her attacks. Roger admits that though they are siblings, he lacks much in the understanding of Elizabeth's inner workings. Carolyn wonders why Elizabeth never left the house in 18 years.

Act II

Upstairs, David tells Elizabeth about how much he learned while Elizabeth was gone. Laura taught him a lot about ships; she learned it from her father, who captained a fishing ship. Laura was smarter than David thought she'd be. He admits to missing Laura; David is glad to be at Collinwood. Victoria knocks and tells David that dinner's ready; he wants to take it à la carte here at Elizabeth's room. Elizabeth bids him leave; she and Victoria speak privately. Elizabeth is glad David has only fond memories of his mother; Victoria recaps the scenario and they are both grateful. Victoria speaks of Dr. Guthrie's death; Elizabeth inquires about the investigation Guthrie conducted. She is upset that it happened at Collinwood, and learns that Guthrie's fingering Laura was the result of a deductive process. Elizabeth queries about Guthrie's time spent in the closed-off wing, the attic, and the basement, in each of which he spent considerable time per Victoria. Elizabeth looks pale to Victoria; Elizabeth claims she's tired and needs rest.


Later, Roger catches Elizabeth en route out of her room and scolds her. Elizabeth doesn't like being fussed over, preferring to be the fusser. Roger likes that Elizabeth is back and admits admiration for Carolyn's running of the house. Elizabeth asks how Roger feels about Laura. Roger finds it hard to believe that the woman who perished was Laura—he doesn't know what kind of a creature it was. Roger believes everything is fine now. Elizabeth asks about the things she was wearing before being taken to the hospital in Boston. A certain necklace with a key at the end of it was removed from around Elizabeth's neck and placed in her dresser drawer. Roger admits curiosity about the key and gets a cold icy stare. Roger laughs it off, but Elizabeth coolly states "I don't question you. I think it's a wise policy for both of us." Downstairs, Carolyn and Victoria discuss Elizabeth's reluctance to leave Collinwood; Victoria reminds Carolyn of what she told her in 5 about her waiting for her missing husband. Carolyn no longer believes this because of the look on Elizabeth's face when she woke up. Victoria points out that Elizabeth was out for five weeks (since Elizabeth was hospitalized in 161). Carolyn admits some validity in Victoria's statements but thinks Elizabeth carries a hidden burden that forced her back to Collinwood; she wants to know what it is so she can help her.

Act IV

The clock strikes 2:30AM. Elizabeth goes to the basement and spends about 10 minutes in a locked room down there. She is startled by Victoria, who came down to investigate noises which turned out to be Elizabeth. Elizabeth receives a scolding from Victoria for disobeying doctor's orders. Elizabeth claims to have been checking on the house. Victoria assures Elizabeth that no one was in the locked room; Elizabeth unintentionally snaps at her then immediately apologizes. Victoria has Elizabeth's confidence, enough to be trusted that she won't tell anyone about seeing Elizabeth in the basement this night. Elizabeth asserts that her reasons for keeping the basement visit a secret have nothing to do with Victoria. Victoria agrees; Elizabeth worries.

Memorable quotes Edit

Elizabeth: Vicki, you know that I am fond of you, don't you? More than fond. And I think I can trust you. I can trust you, can't I?

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • The original videotaped master of this episode has been lost, however a filmed Kinescope copy does exist.

Story Edit

  • Laura's father was a captain of a fishing ship.
  • TIMELINE: Day 50 takes place. It's been a "few weeks" since Elizabeth was last at Collinwood (as seen in 160). Elizabeth was unconscious for 5 weeks. Day 51 begins, and will end in 196. 2:30am: Elizabeth goes down to the basement. 2:40am: Elizabeth leaves the room in the basement as Victoria finds her.

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • Ohrbach's is misspelled as Orhbach's in the credits.
  • During the scene in the basement with Liz and Vicky, Joan Bennett says the line "I want you to promise that you won't tell anyone that you saw me down here last night" when it should have been "tonight".
  • Oddly, no reference is made to Vicky already having upset both Matthew and Liz by investigating that door in the basement on more than one occasion (going back to episode 6), and Vicky makes no mention of the sobbing sounds she had previously heard coming from there.

External Links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 194 on the IMDb

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