Alexandra Moltke


Sam Hall


Lela Swift


September 9, 1968


September 5, 1968


Complete: Disc 61
Collection 10: Disc 1

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In order to help complete the experiment, Jeff turns down a rare act of compassion from Roger, infuriating Victoria; meanwhile, Elizabeth's fear of death increases.

Synopsis Edit

Night lies over the great estate of Collinwood, and in the Old House on the wood of the grounds, a young man is forced to work on a project he loathes, forced because his fiance's life is at stake. And while he grapples with the problem of creating human life, he stands unknowingly on the brink of terror.

Jeff questions Angelique and doesn't believe her stories. She attempts to pressure him to get the experiment going. To keep Jeff in line, Angelique bites him a second time.

Roger congratulates Victoria on her engagement and asks what Jeff plans to do. He tells he's planning to offer Jeff a slot in a sales training programme that could lead to a job with the Family. Victoria is happy; this shall expedite their wedding plans.

Angélique has placed Jeff under her power in the hopes of being the life-force in the experiment. Jeff goes to Collinwood, where Victoria greets him happily as he rubs his neck. Roger wants to deliver his happy news himself. He offers him the annual training course, which starts day after tomorrow. Jeff can’t leave for at least a week, so he has to decline the job. Roger attempts to get him to reconsider, which he can’t. Roger is miffed; Victoria is shocked. She wants him to go to Roger and apologize, accepting the offer. Jeff can't explain why he needs her to trust him implicitly. She thinks it’s his pride; he fails to provide an explanation and bolts.

Elizabeth cleans out her closet; Carolyn comes in and they talk about when she selected a few of the dresses. Carolyn is happy to see Elizabeth doing things again. After Carolyn says how important Elizabeth is to everybody, Elizabeth morosely says that the family must get used to doing things without her. Elizabeth refuses all Carolyn’s offers of trips; Elizabeth begs her to give her an unqualified promise that when the family thinks she is dead she should be buried in a certain black dress. Carolyn gets very upset, she doesn't want Elizabeth thinking that way again. She sobs.

Later that same night, Elizabeth experiences a dream. Angelique taunts her, saying everyone will think she's dead. She sees her coffin and Roger and Carolyn in mourning. Inside her open coffin, Elizabeth thinks she must open her eyes to demonstrate her not being dead. She hears Roger, declaring himself head of the family, closing the coffin. Angelique laughs; Elizabeth, in her coffin, attempts to muster up the will to scream. She cannot. She wakes up screaming, claiming she saw 'it.'

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Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • Nancy Barrett returns to the cast after an absence of 20 episodes.
  • There are no cast or crew members credited.

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • Angelique's reflection can be seen in the mirror, however it is established that vampires don't cast reflections, as demonstrated in 288, 704, 718, 915 and 1035.
  • There are some loud bangs and glitches with the sound as Roger congratulates Victoria upon her engagement.
  • The camera also moves up, down and sideways, cutting off Roger. Later, the camera zooms around as Elizabeth empties her wardrobe closet.
  • There are no bite marks on Jeff's neck where Angelique has bitten him. Since Angelique didn't pull Jeff's collar down when she bit him, it is doubtful that the collar on Jeff's shirt covers the bite marks, in addition Jeff rubs his neck several times above his collar as if that is where he was bitten.
  • During Elizabeth's dream, as Carolyn and Roger look down on Elizabeth in her coffin, Elizabeth blinks a few times.
  • If Angelique is no longer a witch, why does her spell still hold over Elizabeth?
  • Elizabeth is clearly not lying in the coffin during the dream sequence.

External Links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 576 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Every Day - Episode 576 - When They Think I'm Dead

The Dark Shadows Daybook - Episode 576

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