Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)


Ron Sproat


Lela Swift


June 7, 1967


May 25, 1967


Complete: Disc 28
Collection 1: Disc 4

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A furious Barnabas recaptures Maggie and imprisons her in a coffin in the mausoleum's secret room in punishment for her disobedience.

Synopsis Edit


My name is Victoria Winters. A stillness hovers over Collinwood tonight, but there is no peace in the silence. For it is the silence that precedes a great storm. Peace that holds a promise of terror. Far away from Collinwood, one man knew a moment of hope on this night only to have that hope withdrawn, and despair and further confusion follow in its wake.

At the Evans cottage, Sam insists to Burke that he saw Maggie outside the window. They are waiting for Sheriff Patterson to arrive and help them search. But Maggie has wandered into Eagle Hill Cemetery and is caught by a furious Barnabas.

Act I

Sheriff Patterson finally arrives at the cottage, and Sam explains what happened. Maggie appeared to be deathly pale and wearing a long white flowing gown, like something from "another century." Patterson believes Sam might have been drunk when he caught a glimpse of Maggie, but promises that he and his men will search all the same. Elsewhere, Barnabas leads Maggie into the Collins family mausoleum.

Act II

Barnabas opens the secret room behind Naomi Collins' tomb and bids Maggie to follow him inside. Maggie tries to run, but Barnabas--intent on punishing "Josette" for leaving him--catches her. All he wants is for "Josette" is to stay with him and be his forever. It seems as if Josette's persona imprints itself on Maggie's mind once more, and Barnabas is too overcome to hurt her. However, he finds Sam's pipe on her person and Maggie cries out for her father. She faints, and an enraged Barnabas carries her into the secret room. Inside, he places Maggie in a coffin and seals her in it.


Morning; Willie goes to the mausoleum to free Maggie from the coffin. She can barely breathe and is absolutely terrified out of her mind. Willie, who obviously cares a great deal for Maggie, is gentle with her as he returns her to the Old House. Maggie is hysterical as she remembers what Barnabas did to her. Willie tries to calm her, but Barnabas' brainwashing has worn off and Maggie no longer believes herself to be Josette Collins. Willie plays the music box for her, and Maggie falls under the spell again.

Act IV

Sheriff Patterson returns to the Evans cottage with bad news: there's no trace of Maggie. All that was glimpsed was a big, ugly beast of a dog wandering Eagle Hill Cemetery. Sam concludes that his sighting of Maggie was all in his imagination. Meantime, Maggie wakes and plays the music box; entranced, she repeats to herself that she is Josette Collins. However, when she sits at the dressing table and sees her reflection in the mirror, her true identity returns and Maggie tries to escape from Josette's room only to find the doors are tightly locked. She collapses in tears, telling herself she is Maggie Evans.

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Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • Final appearance of actor Mitchell Ryan. Ryan was fired from the show in 1967 because of his alcoholism. He will be replaced in the role of Burke Devlin by Anthony George in 262.
  • During rehearsal of this episode, photographs were taken which were used in the first series of Dark Shadows trading cards, known as 'The Red Set'.

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • Where did the second coffin inside the Collins mausoleum secret room come from? In the previous episode, Barnabas' coffin which occupied the room had been moved to the Old House cellar.
  • The scene when Sheriff Patterson is standing behind Sam Evans questioning him at the Evans cottage and both are facing the camera, the set lighting dims although the scene is not finished yet.
  • When Sam is telling Sheriff Patterson what happened when he saw Maggie, he says Burke was in the kitchen, though he points to Maggie's room.
  • When Sam asks Sheriff Patterson if they searched the graveyard, the Sheriff asks, "The graveyard?" as if he couldn't imagine why Sam would ask that. Then he almost immediately says that yes, they did search the graveyard.

External links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 248 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 248 - Damsel in This Dress

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