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Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)


Francis Swann


Lela Swift


October 24, 1966


October 14, 1966


Complete: Disc 10
Beginning 3: Disc 2

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Roger begins to suspect that David knows where Victoria is, and Elizabeth finds a key to the locked-off section of the house in David's room.


My name is Victoria Winters. I live in Collinwood but the part of the mansion that I'm in at the moment is a strange one. One that has been closed off for many years; it's never used, never visited.

David offers possible explanations for Victoria's absence. Roger and David and Elizabeth talk. Burke and Carolyn talk about age differences and flirt. David uses his Crystal ball to solve Malloy's murder; Roger tells him to use it to find his governess. David gets accused of hiding Victoria, who futilely attempts calling to David. Burke tells Carolyn he was in love once.

When David talks about getting warmed up, Roger warns him that if he's lied, Elizabeth will warm him up in other ways. Roger is suspicious of his son, whose bedtime has come. Elizabeth confronts David with the key to the West Wing. The Collinwood keys have special markings, so Elizabeth immediately recognized it. David confesses to knowing about the key and claims to have found it. It stops her from going to the West Wing. Roger tells David to look in his crystal ball again to find out if he believes him. Roger seems to know David's done something to Victoria and is ...happy about it. Later, he even toasts to her wherever she is and is happy she is gone.

Burke fakes drunkeness but does talk to himself when Carolyn leaves. Even though playing her, he seems to feel sorry for her being engulfed in this. Burke tells Carolyn about his time in Rio, takes his shoes off and puts his feet on a table. Burke tells Carolyn about a Portuguese woman who was his friend. There were a few other women. He tells her a story: he was stranded for 3 days and 3 nights on an island with a girl who knew if the chiefs of her tribe found out, they would both be destroyed so the girl swam back home. It seems to be a message to Carolyn rather than a real story. Burke's drunk and tells Carolyn a parable about their situation. Carolyn thanks Burke for 'the most wonderful evening [she's] ever had in [her] life.' Victoria attempts to free herself with a bobby pin.

Memorable quotes[]

Burke: (to himself) Miss Carolyn Collins'd better be a good swimmer, because soon you're gonna find yourself in a whirlpool with no way to go but down.

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]


  • This episode features a rare establishing shot of Collinwood in the pouring rain.
  • ABC staff announcer Bob Lloyd pulls double duty in this episode: in addition to his usual tasks of reading the slate and closing voice-over announcement, Lloyd's distinctive voice is briefly heard delivering a Collinsport-area weather bulletin when Burke turns on his radio.


  • A news report and music from a radio is heard, including the songs "I'm in the Mood for Love", "The Shadow of Your Smile", and "Somewhere, My Love".

Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • In the drawing room as he cons Elizabeth and Roger, David Henesy turns to the curtains as if he's forgotten his lines, laughs, and then talks about ghosts. David appears to be distracted by the malfunctioning lightning bar just outside the drawing room window and seems to find it amusing.
  • In Burke's hotel room, as Burke hands Carolyn a drink, another camera edges momentarily into frame on the right side of the screen.
  • Burke wants to change the radio station to music while the weather report is on, but the sound effect for changing the station begins before he actually moves his hand to turn the dial.
  • When Carolyn and Burke are sitting on the couch in his hotel room, he flubs a line: he says "parking splace" (seeming to want to say "place" and "space" at the same time).
  • Elizabeth says that there is not another key like the one she has but then, not long after, she says there are duplicates. [She explains that the main one has a unique top, different from the duplicates]
  • DS fans commenting at have debated over which episode contains the famous blooper where Louis Edmonds had to be shot from the waist up because he had removed his pants, having forgotten that he was to appear in one more scene and having no time to redress. This episode seems to be the most likely candidate of those discussed; Edmonds has only one line to deliver in Act IV ("To Miss Victoria Winters, no matter where you are"), which could conceivably have made it an easy task to forget, and the camera operator is clearly taking great pains not to shoot him below the waist. (The other episodes mentioned are 54 and 193, both of which can easily be eliminated. In 54, Edmonds is wearing a suit, visibly including pants, throughout Act IV; in 193, he is wearing a long smoking jacket. In addition, both of these episodes feature lengthy, dialogue-heavy closing acts -- making it far less likely that the thoroughly professional Edmonds would have forgotten that he was to appear in them.)

End credits announcements[]

  • Henry Fonda narrates the story of the gallant helicopter pilots, doctors, and nurses who risk their lives to rescue the wounded in Vietnam. Watch To Save a Soldier tonight at 10, 9 o'clock Central Time in color on ABC.
  • Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis Production.

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 86 on the IMDb

The Collinsport Historical Society - Dark Shadows Diary - Episode 86

Dark Shadows Commentary- Episode 86: No way to go but down

Dark Shadows Before I Die- Episode 86: 10/24/66