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Violet Welles


Lela Swift


December 4, 1969


November 14, 1969


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A seance is held to contact Quentin Collins. Chris Jennings learns an important truth. Paul Stoddard is desperate to contact his daughter, Carolyn, as a deadline looms.



Collinwood and the town of Collinsport itself are slowly falling into the grip of a new, nameless terror. Its nature is not yet known, even to those who have become its victims. Their lives have changed, they're inwardly frightened, and they don't know why.

Megan Todd, while alone at the antique shop, is tormented by unseen forces. Someone is trying to open the locked front door, which is locked. It is her husband, Philip Todd, who asks Megan to let him inside. When she does, he immediately attacks her in a frenzy.

Act I

Megan tries to flee her attacker. Philip quickly pursues, preventing her escape. As she pleads "why are you doing this?" he begins to strangle her, shouting "There is no margin for error, punishment is necessary!"

The altercation is interrupted by David Collins; he is standing at the top of the stairs, holding their baby, Joseph. He gives the infant to Megan as well as medicine to help the child's fever.

Philip realizes David was the one who stole the Leviathan Book. He demands it back, but David informs him that he is now the keeper of the book and the protector of the baby. Philip is dubious at first but his wife Megan submits to David without question.

Paul Stoddard enters the antique shop, in search of Carolyn Stoddard. The Todds appear startled by the interruption. However, David offers to take her a message, and Paul soon goes on his way.

Later that night, Paul approaches the Leviathan Altar, and begins to wonder why he continues to see the altar in the woods. He decides that he must figure out why he does.

Act II

In the drawing room at Collinwood, Chris Jennings and Julia Hoffman are looking through old family albums. Chris recognizes Jenny Collins in a photograph as the woman who appeared to him. Julia tells Chris that Jenny is his great-grandmother. She explains to Chris how the werewolf curse started with Quentin Collins, and has been passed down through his male descendants. David walks in, looking for Carolyn. Julia tells him that they are going to have a seance to contact Quentin. David appears skeptical at first, but agrees to participate.

Paul is pacing in his hotel room, wondering why Carolyn hasn't called him back. While sitting at the desk, he inexplicably picks up a marker and circles December 4th, 1969 on the calendar. He wonders to himself why he did that, and what it might mean. He grabs his coat and leaves.

At the antique shop, Megan tells Philip that Joseph is finally feeling better. She then tells him she understands why he tried to punish her yesterday. He says not to worry about it, but they can't afford to make any more mistakes. Before they can close the shop, Paul rushes in, again looking for Carolyn. Megan then remembers they have a letter for Paul. They give it to him, and it reads "Payment Due: 4 December 1969."


Paul demands to know who gave them the letter. Philip says it was a man he had never seen before, and didn't get a good look at him. Paul gets angry with Philip and leaves.

Back at Collinwood, the seance to contact Quentin has begun. David goes into a trance and becomes possessed by Jamison Collins. Jamison explains that Quentin's spirit is gone, and it cannot hear them. When Julia asks why, David faints and the seance abruptly ends. David regains his senses and asks what happened, but Julia tells him to go to his room and she will tell him later. After he leaves, Julia tells Chris they couldn't contact Quentin because she believes he is still alive.

Paul is back in his hotel room, wondering what his letter could possibly mean. He has a premonition that someone is standing outside his room. As he goes to open the door, he notices there is now a Naga symbol on his wrist.

Memorable quotes[]

David: Punishment is no longer necessary! The baby is sick. I have come to make it better.

Philip: I'm sorry, Megan.
Megan: Oh, you mustn’t be! It was my fault about the book being missing! I’m so happy that it’s safe now, with David.
Philip: So am I. But we’ve got to be careful now, Megan. We can’t make any more mistakes.

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]


  • The episode opens with an unusually long reprise of the previous episode.
  • This episode aired on December 4, 1969, which is the due date in the note that Paul receives. It was originally scheduled to air on December 3, which would have given Paul a one day warning about payment being due, but because of being preempted by the Apollo 12 splashdown the week before, it was shown on the 4th.
  • No cast or crew members are credited.


Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • How does David get into the antiques shop in the first place? Either there's a back entryway that we've never seen or he's got the one-time ability to transport himself to where the baby is.
  • Everyone who writes a note in Collinsport appears to use the same stationery. Julia, Chris and Paul all send notes on bright yellow stationery. Gregory Trask's confession in 1897 was also on bright yellow paper.
  • When Paul comes to the Leviathan altar, the long slab is a significant distance from the tall Naga symbol behind it. Previously it abutted it.
  • At the beginning of the seance, a boom mic dips into the scene.

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 898 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 898 - Executive Child