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Number

31

Timeline

1967

Narrator

Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)

Writer

Art Wallace

Director

John Sedwick

Broadcast

August 8, 1966
(Monday)

Recorded

July 25, 1966
(Monday)

Video

Complete: Disc 4
Beginning 1: Disc 4

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Burke Devlin lies to protect David Collins, but out of the room, he warns Victoria Winters to beware of David.

Synopsis[]

My name is Victoria Winters. Moment by moment, Collinwood has seen a tight coil of tension drawn closer to the breaking point. And now nothing remains but the explosion itself, an explosion centered on a small piece of metal resting in the palm of a man's hand.

Burke Devlin claims to have found the bleeder valve on the road and protects David. Burke later tells David that he knows the truth. David finally confesses and admits that he didn't know what else to do with the evidence. Burke smiles and admires the boy's cunning, but tells him he was very wrong to try and kill his father. Burke and David appear to become friends.

Carolyn calls and tells Roger that Burke and David were seen at the Collinsport Inn together well before the time Burke provided. Roger had never completely believed Burke's story and is now positive that the whole thing was a farce. Victoria has to agree.

Burke asks David to show a him a picture of his mother. He does and Burke admires how pretty she is. David laments his mother's hospitalization. Burke finally tells the truth to Roger about David's guilt. Roger scolds David and threatens him to be sent away where he can't do damage to anybody else.

Victoria is surprised that Burke seems amused or pleased by the trouble in the Collins family. He says he feels it is like "the judgement of the gods." Burke asks Vicki to dinner, but she is too upset to go anywhere. Burke again tells her to go back home.

Memorable quotes[]

Burke: (to David) If you ever need a friend, you've got one.

Burke: Kid's heard nothing but "Burke Devlin" around here. So he makes a trip to the zoo to look at the monster.

David (to Vicki): Well, I wish you were dead. I wish a thousand ghosts would come in here...and strangle [interrupted by Roger]

Vicki: Why are you so concerned about me?
Burke: Because I'm a man of impulse. Because I think I like you. And I don't want to see you sprawled out on the rocks at the foot of Widows' Hill. Take my advice, Miss Winters. Get on a train and go back to that foundling home.

David: I didn't do it. I didn't have anything to do with it.
Roger: Don't lie to me, David! It's no use! You're a little murderer, that's what you are! A rotten, lying little murderer, and you're going to get what you deserve. I'm going to have you sent away where you can't do damage to anybody else.

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]

Production[]

Story[]

  • Burke shows a definite interest in David's mother for the first time. He was aware of her hospitalization before David told him and confirms that he knew her "very well."
  • Carolyn saw Burke and Roger, and telephoned Collinwood.
  • Burke plays "Chopsticks" on the drawing room piano.
  • TIMELINE: David spent an hour with Burke in his hotel room.

Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • As David runs away from Roger, a conversation between crew members can be heard.
  • The statue usually on the foyer table is missing in this episode.
  • Victoria looks up and sees a shadow of a stagehand.

End credits announcements[]

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 31 on the IMDb

The Collinsport Historical Society - Dark Shadows Diary - Episode 31

https://darkshadowscommentary.com/2022/08/11/episode-31-the-judgment-of-the-gods/

Dark Shadows Before I Die- Episode 31: 8/8/66

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