My name is Victoria Winters. The dark night presses in on the crest of Widows' Hill as though it were alive. I can almost feel it crushing against the windows, whispering to me, telling me to run while I can. But I've come too far and waited too long, and the fear of darkness is only for children.

Episode 4
Series Dark Shadows
Season 1966, Episode 4
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Air date June 30th, 1966
Writers Art Wallace
Director Lela Swift
Producers Robert Costello
Starring Joan Bennett; Louis Edmonds; Nancy Barrett; David Henesy; Alexandra Moltke
Episode guide
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Episode 4 of Dark Shadows was directed by Lela Swift and written by Art Wallace. It first aired on ABC on June 30th, 1966. In this episode, Carolyn Stoddard overhears Elizabeth and Roger arguing in the drawing room about the unexpected return of a man named Burke Devlin. Roger really wants to talk to Victoria about her experiences at the train station with him, and Vicki grows agitated as Roger continues to brow-beat her about Burke Devlin.

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Liz berates Roger.

Victoria Winters is sitting in bed reading a book. She seems agitated and the rain pounding against the window startles her. She checks the window, but is still nervous. She then begins to hear footsteps outside her room. It is Roger Collins sneaking about. Roger grips the knob on her bedroom door, Liz stops him. In hushed whispers she tells him to go back to bed. Vicki locks the door after they leave.

Liz and Roger go down to the drawing room. Liz berates him for his behavior, but Roger quickly changes the subject. He drops the name Burke Devlin and tells Liz that he has come back to Collinsport. Liz asks what he wants, but Roger has no idea. He regards the news with great trepidation, but neither of them are willing to talk about their shared past with Burke Devlin. The discussion grows even more heated, and Elizabeth tells Roger's anger begins to rise.

Suddenly, Carolyn Stoddard bursts into the room. It is clear that she has overheard at least part of the conversation. She wants to know who is trying to hurt Roger. Perhaps it's Burke Devlin? When Carolyn mentions the name, Roger asks where she heard it. She tells him that Vicki mentioned him and asks again about who Burke Devlin is. Both Elizabeth and Roger avoid the question, but Roger asks if he could speak with Victoria. Afterward, Elizabeth sends Carolyn up to her room. Alone again, Elizabeth tells Roger that he needs to stop ducking this issue, if there even is one, and act like a man.

Carolyn goes up to Vicki's room and tells her that Roger wishes to speak with her. Vicki is already nervous about Roger sneaking about the hallway. Carolyn plays up Roger's good qualities, insisting that he only wishes to ask her a few questions and that he is really a very nice man.

Vicki goes down to the drawing room where Roger and Elizabeth are waiting. Elizabeth decides to question Vicki directly. She asks her a few basic questions about Burke. Satisfied with her answers, she excuses her. Roger however, is not so willing to let it go. He ushers Elizabeth out of the room and closes the door. He then pours himself a brandy and begins asking Vicki more questions. Vicki repeats the same answers that she had intoned earlier, but Roger is unsatisfied. He keeps pressing, asking if Burke Devlin said anything at all about the Collins family on their train ride together from New York. His tone becomes more abrasive with each question, and Vicki begins to grow upset. Finally, she can bear no more and leaves the room.

Later that evening, Vicki hears the sounds of a woman sobbing coming from somewhere in the house. She leaves her room and goes downstairs, but the sounds just keep getting louder. They seem to be coming from the drawing room. As she is about to enter, she hears an altogether different sound. She spins around and sees young David Collins standing at the top of the staircase. Vicki breathes a sigh of relief. David creeps down the steps and says, "I hate you".

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • First appearance of David Collins in the series. He becomes a regularly featured character throughout the remainder of the show. He was first referenced in episode 1.
  • This is the first episode of the series that includes an element of the supernatural.
  • Actress Florence Stanley, who provides the voice of the sobbing woman, is uncredited in this episode.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • Elizabeth Collins Stoddard points out the three paintings that are frequently visible in the Collinwood drawing room. The portrait of Jeremiah Collins hangs above the mantle. To the left of it, on the window-side wall is the portrait of Isaac Collins. On the right side wall between the drawing room and foyer is the portrait of Theodore Collins.
  • The disembodied sobbing voice is later revealed to be the ghost of Josette Collins, a character who plays a pivotal role in many plot threads in future episodes. This is the first evidence of the supernatural featured in the series.
  • The portrait of Jeremiah Collins, hanging above the fireplace in the drawing room, was first referenced by Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, and later by Carolyn Stoddard in episode 2. It is stated that Jeremiah is the founder of the New England branch of the Collins family, but future episodes will reveal that this is not actually the case.
  • Carolyn Stoddard jokingly says that Roger Collins turns into Dracula at the stroke of midnight. Dracula is a fictional vampire loosely based on the historical figure Vlad Tepes, who was the rule of the nation of Wallacia during the 15th century. Irish author Bram Stoker wrote a novel in 1891 wherein he presented Dracula as a Transylvanian vampire who moves from his homeland to England. Coincidentally, Dark Shadows features it's own vampire, Barnabas Collins, who is introduced at the end of episode 210 and becomes a major character on the series.

Bloopers[edit | edit source]

  • The music queue stars early during Roger's speech about fighting this conflict his own way. It stops short, but resumes after he says "I'm going to fight my way".
  • A shadow from a production crew member or equipment can be seen on the floor of the foyer in the closing scene where David Collins descends the staircase.

Quotes[edit | edit source]


  • Roger Collins: I warned you, didn't I Elizabeth? I warned you not to bring anybody into this house.


  • Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: You say you are a Collins, well then act like one. If there's a problem to face, examine it, look into it, but don't... don't reject it.
  • Roger Collins: Shall I do as you do? Shall I hide my head and wait for it to disappear?


  • Roger Collins: Elizabeth, I'm going to fight every way I can, but please understand this. It may be an unpleasant fact, but it's true. I'm not Isaac. I'm not Jeremiah. I'm not any of them. I'm me, Roger Collins. I'm going to fight my way.


  • Roger Collins: Pain sometimes precedes pleasure, Miss Winters, or are you too young to have discovered that yet?


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