Alexandra Moltke


Ron Sproat


Lela Swift


August 17, 1967


August 4, 1967


Complete: Disc 33
Collection 3: Disc 1

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Julia warns Barnabas to stay away from Victoria.

Synopsis Edit


It is nighttime at Collinwood, and a balmy breeze blows in from the sea. All seems peaceful and serene, as if a once turbulent world had reached some final peace. As if there is no terror in this night. But the seemingly serene darkness only serves to hide forces of terror and destruction.

Victoria Winters stands in the courtyard at Collinwood gazing up at the moon. She is unaware of Barnabas Collins' presence. He slowly moves up behind her and, when he reaches out to caress her neck, Victoria turns around in fright.

Act I

Barnabas apologizes for startling her. They both admire the peacefulness of the nocturnal darkness. Barnabas waxes lyrical, wondering if a lifetime of night would appeal to Victoria. He is pleased to hear that it would. Victoria admits their romanticized viewpoint is something they both share. Barnabas invites her to the Old House to look at some family history books he discovered in a trunk. She has to decline due to her date with Burke Devlin. At that moment, Julia Hoffman interrupts, claiming she needed a breath of fresh air. Victoria excuses herself, but not before thanking Barnabas for his invitation. Hearing this angers Julia, and she threatens not to proceed with the experiments if Barnabas persists in seeing Victoria. She points out that he and Victoria can never be anything more than friends - never. Barnabas becomes upset, denying Julia's insistence that Victoria is in love with Burke. Again, she warns him to keep his distance from the governess.

Act II

Upstairs in her bedroom, Victoria tries to decide on a dress to wear on her date. Julia pays her a visit, helping her pick one out. Speaking frankly, Julia tries to dissuade Victoria from spending time with Barnabas. Victoria - having only thought of Barnabas as a dear friend - learns he has romantic feelings for her. Julia reiterates her belief it would be best if the two of them remained apart.


Later that night, Burke and Victoria stroll out into the courtyard as the church bell tolls in the distance. They admire the stars (of which Burke knows all the names) and talk about his father, who walked out on the family when Burke was nine. Victoria speaks of her favorite nurse at the Hammond Foundling Home. The pair then talk of their feelings for one another, and kiss passionately. Burke notes how radically his plans have changed since he returned to Collinsport "just about a year ago." They both admit to falling for each other right from the start, although each one tried to ignore the attraction. Burke promises to never let Victoria go and kisses her again. Unbeknownst to the lovers, Barnabas watches from the shadows, clearly devastated.

Act IV

Victoria and Burke continue to kiss in the foyer and make plans to see each other tomorrow night. Julia, on her way to return some books to the library, interrupts. Victoria bids them both goodnight and heads up to her room. Burke speaks with Julia alone in the drawing room, angrily railing at her for involving Victoria in her research. He feels that it is causing Victoria's overstimulated imagination to run wild. Burke is surprised to find Julia in complete agreement with him. She promises to try her best to keep the governess away from the legends and stories of Collinwood, as well as from visiting the Old House. Later that night, Barnabas sneaks into Victoria's room while she is sleeping. He moves to bite her as he had tried before in his house, only to find himself unable to harm her. Instead, he plays Josette's music box and gazes longingly at Victoria before leaving the room.

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Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • There are no cast or crew credits for this episode.

Story Edit

  • Burke's father taught him the names of all the constellations when Burke was seven years old.
  • Victoria was given a doll, which she still owns and which is apparently still in storage, by an Irish nurse back at the foundling home.
  • If this is before midnight in August 1967, the Pleiades star cluster, which Burke points out to Victoria, to show how smarts and romance go together, would not have been visible. The Seven Sisters are in Taurus, which would dominate the early evening in March and April before disappearing behind the Sun for several months and then reappearing in pre-dawn skies.
  • Barnabas is lucky the floor boards don't creak in the great house, the Old House, or the Evans cottage, and that Victoria and Maggie are deep sleepers.
  • When Barnabas opens the music box in Victoria's room, his ring is on his left hand again. Apparently he can't decide which hand to wear it on.
  • TIMELINE: Day 110 takes place. Day 111 begins, and will end in 301. 1am: Burke leaves Victoria. 3am: Barnabas enters Victoria’s room.

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • It is stated that it has been about a year since Burke returned to Collinsport (occurred in 1). However, the onscreen passage of time would suggest it's actually been closer to four months, five months at the most. This reference to a year having passed refers to how long the series has been broadcasting by this point.

External links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 299 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 299 - A Human Life

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