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Nancy Barrett


Gordon Russell


Dan Curtis


February 3, 1969


January 27, 1969


Complete: Disc 71
Collection 12: Disc 3

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Maggie tells Elizabeth about seeing the strange man in the deserted west wing of Collinwood.


There was never a greater fear than that which one young woman will experience tonight in the great house at Collinwood. Maggie Evans knows that the two children in the house have changed mysteriously. Where once they were care free and innocent, now they seem constantly uncertain and terrified. Tonight, Maggie Evans will attempt for the first time to find out why.

Maggie tells Elizabeth about seeing the strange man in the West wing. Carolyn and Chris search the West wing and do not find anything. David takes Elizabeth and Maggie to the West wing and where they find a dummy which “must” have been what Maggie saw.

Memorable quotes[]

David: (singing, to the tune of Yankee Doodle) Mr. Juggins met Miss Evans on a darkened night. The poor girl fainted dead away, he gave her such a fright. Mr. Juggins, keep it up. Mr. Juggins, keep it up. Mr. Juggins, keep it up, until Aunt Liz believes me.

Chris: Someone could hide up here very easily.

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Background information and notes[]



  • David quotes the poem I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell written by Tom Brown. It was previously referenced in 335, it is reprised here from the previous episode.
  • If the west wing is locked, how is everyone getting in without using the key? Of course, David and Amy are using the secret panel entrance in the drawing room, but what about everyone else? [Addendum: David himself has been going through the unlocked door to the west wing as well. He did a couple of episodes ago.]
  • Why is Elizabeth so against Maggie and so pro-David in this episode? This, despite her reminding them all that David has gone to the west wing before; that this is not the first time; that he disobeyed before; and that she's already given Maggie full discipline rights in 679.
  • GHOSTWATCH: Quentin's ghost appears to Maggie (reprised from previous episode). Later, he waits in the west wing alone. Later, he appears to David.
  • TIMELINE: It was early last week when Mrs. Johnson saw Quentin in the cottage, (occurred in 669). It was fifteen minutes ago when Maggie found David's room empty. It was the "other morning" when David was at Chris' cottage. It was twelve hours later when Chris was poisoned (occurred in 677).

Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • In the reprise, Maggie opens the door, and we see Quentin standing there long before Maggie does. This did not happen in the cliffhanger from the previous episode.
  • When Elizabeth takes Maggie to the drawing room, the camera pans back to the right a bit as they sit down.
  • Joan Bennett flubs, "I doubt.. .I don't doubt..."

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 681 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 681 - Could He Talk?

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