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Episode 136
(Partial Kinescope)
(TB 4/DISK 4 #1)

Tape Date: December 29, 1966
Air Date:
January 2, 1967 Monday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Hugh Franklin as Richard Garner
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. For me it is a peaceful night at Collinwood. The Great House is quiet and no unseen threats exist in the shadows. But for one member of the Collins family it is a night of fear and unanswered questions.

Roger is pacing around in the drawing room. There's a knock at the front door. Roger quickly goes and answers it. It's the Garners, father and son. Roger is surprised to see the younger Garner there and remarks, "I didn't know Frank was coming." Richard Garner tells him, "Frank thought he could help. We got here as quickly as we could." Roger tells them, "I want to start divorce proceedings as soon as possible." Richard Garner asks, "You said on the phone that there were complications. What are they?" Roger replies, "I'm in trouble, Garner, the worst trouble of my life!" Richard Garner asks, "What?" Roger replies, "Let's talk about that later. Let's talk about the divorce first." They go into the drawing room and talk about the divorce. Richard Garner asks, "What kind of financial settlement does she want?" Roger replies, "None. She just wants David" He abruptly says, "Oh, yes, Frank. It's good that you're here. Vicki would like to see you." He goes out into the foyer and shouts, "Vicki!" Vicki comes downstairs. Roger tells her, "Frank Garner is here. Perhaps you two would like to go into the other room and talk." Frank and Vicki go into the room under the stairs. When Roger goes back into the drawing room, Richard Garner remarks, "I get the distinct impression you were trying to get rid of Frank." Roger replies, "I was. I have something I'd like to discuss with you in private. It's the manslaughter charge. Burke's trying to prove his innocence. He might try to use Laura. I want to get her out of town as soon as possible. I want to give her the two things she wants - a divorce and David - and get her out of here."

Frank tells Vicki, "We're thinking of opening a branch office in Collinsport. I'll be living and working there. Too bad you might not have a job here anymore." Vicki, puzzled, asks, "What do you mean?" Frank tells her, "Mrs. Collins wants to take David with her." Vicki is surprised. She tells Frank, "I hadn't been told." Though the expression on her face is sad, she says, "I'm happy for David if she can give him the kind of love he needs."

At the Evan's cottage, Sam is painting. He hears a car come up the drive and quickly covers the painting up. Maggie comes in. She asks, "How's the masterpiece?" and is about to lift the cover when Sam snaps at her, "DON'T!" Maggie tries to ask him what's wrong but can't get a straight answer from him.

Richard Garner remarks to Roger, "I get the feeling you're hiding something about that old manslaughter charge from me." Roger denies that he is. Richard Garner asks, "You have been telling me the truth, haven't you? You are innocent?" Roger replies, "Of course I am! I'm innocent and have nothing to fear!" Richard Garner asks, "Then why the hurry to get Laura out of town?" Roger replies, "I just want it settled as quickly as possible. I have reasons of my own." Garner remarks, "Well, if that's all, I'd best be going back now. It's a long drive back to Bangor." He goes out to the foyer and calls, "Frank!" Frank Garner comes out of the doorway under the stairs. The Garners leave.

Vicki goes into the drawing room and tells Roger, "Frank tells me I may not have a job here much longer. He says Mrs. Collins is going to take David, and with David gone, you're not going to need a governess." Roger replies, "I suppose we won't. I'm sorry about that." Vicki replies, "As long as David is happy. I'm worried about David, though. He's been having some very strange, frightening dreams." She tells him about David's dreams, about how she once found him in the middle of one saying, "Fire! Fire!" over and over again.

At the Evan's cottage, Sam mutters the word, "Fire." Maggie asks, "Fire? What are you talking about?" Sam replies, "Oh, nothing. It's just that there are some wonderful colors in fire." Maggie tells him, "Goodnight. I've got to get up early tomorrow." and goes into her bedroom. Sam goes to the painting, lifts the cover and looks at it briefly. He then goes and pours himself a drink and drinks it. He then puts out the light and leaves. Maggie, dressed in a nightgown, comes back out into the living room and asks, "Pop? Pop?" Not finding him anywhere, she goes to the picture, lifts the cover and takes a look.

Roger dismisses David's strange dreams and behavior as just nervousness about his mother coming back. He tells Vicki that his refusal to see Laura is probably because he doesn't know what to say to her. He tells her, "Talk to him, Vicki. You have a lot of influence over him. Try to get him to see his mother." He adds, "I'm sure we can keep you on after David's gone. We'll find something else for you to do." The clock strikes midnight. Vicki remarks, "I'd better get to bed."

Maggie is sitting in the living room, a strange expression on her face. Sam returns. He turns on the lights and notices Maggie sitting there. He remarks, "I thought you went to bed." She replies, "I did, but I heard the front door and wondered where you went. Pop, I saw it. I saw the painting." Sam replies, "I thought I told you not to!" Maggie replies, "But I did. Why did you paint, it, Pop? Why did you paint something like that? It's horrible!" Sam replies, "I don't know, I really don't know. It's as if I had no control of myself, as if some outside force is forcing me to paint it." Maggie tells him, "That doesn't make any sense. This is starting to scare me, Pop." Sam replies, "It more than scares me. I'm terrified..."

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Episode 137
(TB 4/DISK 4/#2)

Tape Date: December 23, 1966
Air Date:
January 3, 1967 Tuesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
David Ford as Sam Evans
Dana Elcar as Sheriff Patterson
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard

My name is Victoria Winters. There is a strange, new presence at Collinwood. A presence that should be familiar but isn't. A presence that causes many to search their consciousness.

Sam is sitting at the bar at the Blue Whale, drinking. The sheriff comes in and asks Sam is he knows where Roger is. Sam replies that he doesn't. The sheriff leaves. Sam places a telephone call. At Collinwood, Roger answers the phone in the foyer. Sam asks, "What's going on, Roger? The sheriff was just here looking for you." Roger replies that he doesn't know. Sam tells him, "Come down here, Roger, there's something I'd like to show you something strange." Roger asks, "What?" Sam replies, "I can't tell you over the phone. I have to show you." Carolyn comes down the stairs into the foyer. Roger suddenly says, "Yes. I'll do that. Thank you for calling me." and hangs up. Noticing that Carolyn is dressed to go out, Roger asks her where she's going. Carolyn replies, "Laura has decided to start staying in the cottage tonight. I'm going into town to get her things for her." Carolyn looks at herself in a mirror on the wall to the right of the front doors* and asks, "What's the story? Are you and Laura getting back together?" Roger replies, "No, she's just going to be staying here temporarily." Roger puts on his coat. Carolyn asks, "You going out too? Maybe we can go in the same car." Roger declines, saying he's going elsewhere. They both leave. The sheriff calls Collinwood, but no one answers the phone.

Burke goes into the Blue Whale. He sees Sam sitting at a table and sits down at Sam's table. He tells him, "This is your last chance, Sam. The roof is going to fall in on you soon. For Maggie's sake, I don't want to see you go to jail." He explains, "This is your last chance to come forward with what you know. I don't really need your testimony anymore. Laura's back." Roger arrives. Burke remarks sarcastically, "Good luck on your reconciliation with your wife!" Roger warns him to stay away from Laura, saying, "She may look like she's well, but she's her condition's still very delicate. Any little thing could cause her to break down again." Burke refuses to believe him. Roger tells Burke that Laura is moving back to Collinwood. Burke is dumbfounded. He doesn't believe it. Carolyn comes in. Roger tells her, "Carolyn, tell Mr. Devlin why you've come to town." Carolyn replies, "To bring Laura's luggage to Collinwood." Roger tells Burke, "See, Burke? How does it feel to lose?" Burke is speechless, thinking his plans to use Laura are kaput because Laura and Roger are getting back together. Roger remarks, "I'd better be going now. I have some things to do." He asks Carolyn, "Coming, Carolyn?" Carolyn replies, "No, I think I'll stay here for awhile." Roger remarks, "It looks like Mr. Devlin needs some cheering up!" and leaves. Sam remarks, "I think I'd better be leaving too" and leaves. Carolyn sits down with Burke and tries to talk to him, but finds him uncommunicative.

The sheriff calls his office from a telephone booth somewhere and asks, "Mike? Get confirmation on that teletype from Phoenix yet? You did? I'm going to continue to look for Roger Collins. Goodnight."

Roger and Sam enter the Evan's cottage. Sam is explaining to Roger why Burke was sitting with him at the Blue Whale, "But I didn't invite him to sit down. He just did." Roger asks, "What did you bring me here for?" Sam replies, "Let's discuss Laura first. Is she going to help Burke?" Roger replies, "She has no intention of helping Burke. She's just back to get David. Now what do you want?" Sam replies, "I want you to look at a picture." Roger angrily tells him, "That's it? You dragged me all the way down here just to look at one of your pictures?! I have no desire to look at any of your pictures!" Sam replies, "You'll want to see this one. Something strange is happening. It's like I have no control over what I'm painting, as if something is using me, forcing me to paint it." He uncovers the painting. Like his "first draft", it is of a blond woman surrounded by fire, but unlike the first painting, which had a generic, nondescript blond woman, the identity of the woman in this painting is clear. It is Laura. Roger exclaims, "That's my wife!" Sam asks, "What's happening, Roger? Can you tell me?" Roger angrily replies, "You're nothing but a drunken fool" and leaves. Sam picks up a knife and raises it, preparing to destroy the painting, but finds he cannot and drops it.

Burke remarks, "I just can't believe Laura is going to share a room with Roger again..." Carolyn tell him, "But she isn't! She's staying at the cottage, not the main house." Burke cheers up.

There is a knock at the front doors of Collinwood. Roger answers. It's the sheriff. He remarks, "I've been looking for you, Mr. Collins." Roger replies, "Well, you've found me. What do you want?" The sheriff replies, "I've just received a teletype from the Phoenix police department. The report says that a body identified as Laura Collins was found burned to death in a fire..."

*The mirror is where the famous picture of Barnabas would later be.

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Episode 138
(TB 4/DISK 4/#3)

Tape Date: December 28, 1966
Air Date:
January 4, 1967 Wednesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Dana Elcar as Sheriff Patterson
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard

My name is Victoria Winters. The quiet of the night at Collinwood has been shattered by some news. News so startling and strange that it is beyond belief.

The sheriff tells Roger, "Sorry to break the news to you like this, but I've heard that Laura was back in town and staying at the Inn. I looked her up there, but found that she had moved here. She had registered at the hotel 3 days ago, the time the fire in Phoenix was." Roger replies, "This is preposterous. There must be an error. Anyone can see that!" The sheriff tells him, "That's what I thought at first, so I called Phoenix to confirm it. They say their ID is positive." Roger asks, "How? Who identified the body?" The sheriff replies, "No one. The body was burned beyond recognition. The fire destroyed the whole apartment building, but enough remained so they could clearly see that it was in her apartment. The body was of a woman of the right age, and she was the only resident of the building not accounted for." Roger, not satisfied with this, tells the sheriff, "It must be some sort of mistake." The sheriff agrees, saying, "Yes, it might be. She might have been letting someone stay in her apartment. I'd like to speak to your wife." Roger tells him Laura is staying in the cottage.

Roger and the sheriff go to the cottage. The sheriff tells Laura he'd like to ask her a few questions and asks "Where do you live?" Laura replies, "443 Mesa St, Arizona." The sheriff asks, "When were you last there?" Laura replies, "about 8 or 9 days ago." The sheriff asks, "But you arrived here only 3 days ago. What were you doing all that time?" Laura explains, "I took the train to St. Louis and spent a couple of days there. Then I took the train to Boston. From there, I took the bus here." The sheriff tells her, "There was a fire in you apartment building 3 days ago. The whole building was destroyed. Everyone got out safely except for one person. The body of a woman burned to death was found in your apartment. Was there anyone staying in your apartment?" Laura replies, "No." The sheriff asks, "Do you have any idea who it might be?" Laura replies, "No, no idea at all." Burke Devlin and Carolyn arrive outside the front doors of Collinwood. Burke remarks, "I guess it would be best not for me to go in there." Carolyn jokes, "You'd better not. They've got the whole place booby trapped against you." He kisses her goodnight. She opens the door and asks him to come in for a few minutes. He jokes, "What about the booby traps?" They go in. No one is around. They go and sit by the fire. Carolyn remarks, "How nice and warm! Too bad I've got to go back out in the cold later to take Laura's bags to her." Burke tells her, "No need to bother. I'll save you the trouble and take them to her for you."

Roger returns to Collinwood. He sees Laura's bags and Burke's coat in the foyer. He goes into the drawing room and find Burke and Carolyn there. Furious, he shouts, "Carolyn! This man is not welcome in this house! He represents the destruction of this family and you with it!" Burke retorts, "I represent honesty and truth!" Roger orders him to leaves. Burke nonchalantly remarks, "I was just leaving anyway."

Laura stares into the fire at the cottage. There's a knock at the door.

Roger tells Carolyn, "Don't forget to take Laura's bags to her." Carolyn replies, "I don't need to. Burke volunteered to do it." Roger shouts, "WHAT?!" As soon as Carolyn goes upstairs, Roger goes to a gun rack.

Burke asks Laura about what she plans to do about the manslaughter charge. Laura tells him, "I already told you. I can't do anything about that until I've got David." Suddenly, the door bursts open and Roger comes in holding a shotgun.

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Episode 139
(TB 4/DISK 4/#4)

Tape Date: December 29, 1966
Air Date: January 5, 1967 Thursday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. There are very few lights burning at Collinwood for it is late at night. But lights in the Caretaker's Cottage are still burning.

Roger shouts, "Stay away from my wife!" Burke replies, "And if I refuse?" Roger replies, "I'll kill you. Nothing would give me more pleasure." Burke replies, "Then shoot me!" He starts to walk toward Roger. Roger warns him, "One more step and I'll shoot!", but Burke keeps approaching, saying, "Go ahead! Shoot!" Burke grabs the gun from Roger. Laura begs Burke, "Please go. For my sake." Burke replies, "OK. I'll go. For you." Roger asks Laura, "What did he want here?" Laura replies, "Nothing. He was just bringing my bags here." Roger asks, "What were you talking about? His manslaughter charge?" Laura tells him, "We were talking about David. All I want is David. I have no interest in the past. It'll be the happiest day of my life when I get David and leave." After Roger leaves, Laura stares into the fire again. In David's room, a voice calls, "David... David..." David tosses and turns in bed.

The next morning, Vicki awakens David. She tells him, "It's time you got up! It's 10:30 in the morning!" David groggily explains, "I kept waking up last night! I kept having that dream again. My mother was in the middle of a room, surrounded by fire, calling, "David... David..." Vicki tells him, "I think I know why you keep having those dreams. It's because your mind is on your mother. In the back of your mind, you really want to see her." Roger comes into David's room and tells David, "Your mother is staying in Matthew's cottage. You and I are going to see her." David refuses, saying, "There's something scary about her!" Roger replies, "That's ridiculous! Now come with me or I'll give you a sound spanking!" David goes and grabs Vicki. Vicki tells him, "It's all right. Go get washed up, David." David shouts to Roger "I'm not going to see her and you can't make me!" and runs off. Roger asks Vicki, "What am I going to do?" Vicki replies, "I don't think spanking is the answer. I think I know why he's afraid of his mother. What he's really afraid of is that she'll reject him. I saw a lot of this a the foundling home. I think the best thing to do would be to arrange to have them meet 'accidentally'." She volunteers to engineer such a meeting, then asks, "The sheriff was here last night, wasn't he?" Roger replies, "Yes. How did you know?" Vicki replies, "I saw his car parked outside from my window. What did he want? Is there a problem" Roger replies, "No, it was just another example of his incompetence. It would appear that a body was found in a fire in Laura's apartment and the Phoenix police department thought it was her. It would seem that the Phoenix Police department is as incompetent as ours..."

Vicki takes a tray holding breakfast and coffee to the cabin. Noticing the fire, she remarks, "I see you've built a fire." Laura replies, "Yes. I always like a nice fire." She asks, "Does David want to see me yet?" Vicki replies, "No, not yet, but I'm sure he will after he gets over his stage fright." Laura asks, "Does he ever talk about me?" Vicki replies, "All the time. He was always talking about how much he loved you and wanted you to come back." Laura asks, "Could you do me a favor? Could you get me a lock of his hair?" Vicki, puzzled, asks, "A lock of his hair?" Laura shows her the locket she's wearing and explains, "I have a lock of his baby hair in this locket. It's an heirloom. Roger gave it to me on our wedding night. I want a lock of his hair now to go with it." Vicki tells Laura her idea of having her and David run into each other "accidentally". She tells her, "I take David out for a walk every day after his lessons are done from 4:30 to 5:00. I think the greenhouse would be a good place." Laura suggests Widow's Hill instead. Vicki asks, "Widows Hill?" Laura explains, "When he was a little boy, I used to take him there to look out at the ships. I think it he might accept me more easily if we went to a place he had fond memories of." Vicki agrees and tells her, "He needs you." Laura replies, "And I need him. You have no idea how much. Nobody does..."

Vicki takes David on his usual afternoon walk. They go to Widow's Hill. After walking around for awhile, David starts to get bored and tells Vicki, "Let's go somewhere else." Vicki tries to keep him there until Laura comes by pointing out into the distance and asking, "Hey! Isn't that a ship?" David looks and replies, "I think so!" Vicki asks, "Where do you think it's going?" David replies, "Maybe it's an ocean liner going around the world to all sorts of places!" Laura pops out and asks, "Like Madagascar? You remember how we used to talk about far off places, how you asked me about Madagascar because you liked the sound of the name, don't you? I know all about far away places now. Please come to me, David!" She stretches out her arms and starts to walk toward him. David shrinks back in fear. Vicki, seeing how close David is to the edge of the cliff, shouts, "David! Watch out!" David falls off the cliff, just managing to grab the edge as he goes over. Hanging on for his life, he screams, "Help me!"

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Episode 140
(TB 4/DISK 4/#5)

Tape Date: December 30, 1966
Air Date:
January 6, 1967 Friday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. A strange, unexplainable terror has crept into the heart of someone at Collinwood. A feeling of love that should draw people together has driven one away to the edge of the precipice.

Vicki screams, "DAVID!", grabs his arms and pulls him up. She asks, "David! Why did you do that?" David replies, "I don't know. Something about her eyes scare me." Vicki tells him, "David, look how much you've hurt her. She came so far to see you and you won't see her. Look. She's crying." David looks at Laura. Laura is indeed crying. Vicki tells David, "She needs you, David. Go to her and give her the love you both need." David pauses then goes to Laura.

In the drawing room at Collinwood, Roger puts a tray bearing a pitcher of martinis he has just made on the coffee table and sits down on the sofa beside Elizabeth. He pours one for himself and one for her. Taking a sip from his, he remarks, "I wonder what the Phoenix Tom-Tom or whatever they call the paper out there is saying today." Elizabeth asks, "Phoenix? Why?" Roger tells her about the body found in Laura's apartment. Elizabeth starts to talk about David and Laura, but Roger interrupts, "It's your daughter you should be worrying about right now." He tells her about Carolyn bringing Burke into the house again and Burke going to Laura's cottage. He concludes, "I'm sure he used Carolyn to get close to Laura." David, Laura and Vicki come in. David excitedly tells Laura, "Come up and see my room!" They go upstairs. Vicki goes into the drawing room. Roger asks, "How did you do it?" Vicki tells them about what happened, about how Laura broke down and cried and David went to her. She concludes by saying, "I was afraid he was going to say what he said after the first time he saw her but he didn't." Elizabeth asks, "And what was that?" Vicki replies, "That she wasn't his mother." Elizabeth remarks, "Why on Earth would he say a thing like that?"

Everyone is sitting at the kitchen table having dinner. David has just finished his desert, some kind of ice cream or pudding in a long goblet. Elizabeth remarks to Laura, "Is something wrong? You haven't touched your dinner." Laura replies, "No, I'm just not very hungry tonight." Roger jokes, "Maybe I should get Mrs. Johnson a more up-to-date cookbook." David exclaims, "Yeah! Maybe we could have hamburgers for dinner every night!" David and Roger, both having finished, excuse themselves and leave. Elizabeth tells Laura of David's strange statement that she wasn't his mother. She then warns her against seeing Burke Devlin, saying, "He's out to destroy the family. Seeing him could endanger your chances of getting David." Laura assure her, "He was a good friend of mine at one time, but I have no intention of becoming an ally of his now."

In the drawing room, Roger tells Vicki, "I thought I told you not to mention what David said to Elizabeth." Vicki replies, "David was so insistent that that wasn't his mother that I thought it would be best to bring it out into the opens to clear it up." Roger remarks, "I've got a way to do that ." He calls to David, who's busy poking into the fire with a poker, and tells him to come to the sofa. He asks him, "Why did you that wasn't your mother?" David replies, "I don't know." Roger opens a photo album and shows David a picture and asks, "Is that your mother?" David replies, "Yes." He shows David a few more picture, asking each time, "Is that your mother?" Each time David replies, "Yes." Roger concludes, "Granted, those picture are 10 years old, but surely you've got to see that the woman staying here is the same woman, that she is your mother". David replies, "Yes." Laura, who's standing outside in the foyer, hears this. She walks into the drawing room and says, "Oh! Family pictures!" She sits down to look at them with David. Roger tells Vicki, "I think we should leave them alone." They exit the drawing room.

David asks Laura, "What it like where you come from?" Laura replies, "Some people call it paradise. It's very warm there, not cold like it is here. There are flowers everywhere, and the smell is wonderful. You can even smell cinnamon in the air." David remarks, "MMMM! I like cinnamon toast!" Laura continues, "And there are lots of tall pine trees everywhere, perfect nesting places for the phoenix." David asks, "The phoenix? What's that?" Laura starts to recount the legend of the Phoenix to him. When he hears the part about how old the phoenix gets, living to 100 years*, he exclaims, "Wow! That's old!", Laura tells him, "But it never looks old. It looks beautiful to the end, then after a hundred years..." Vicki, who's outside in the drawing room, possibly eavesdropping, hears this, the drawing room doors being ajar a few inches. Laura explains to David how the phoenix builds a fire and burns itself up when it feels itself getting old and is reborn from the ashes. Suddenly, a mysterious wind blows the front doors open, then the drawing room doors. Laura looks and sees Vicki standing there. *This is inconsistent with the story she told Maggie where it was 500 years.

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Episode 141
(TB 4/DISK 4/#6)

Tape Date: January 2, 1967
Air Date:
January 9, 1967 Monday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
David Ford as Sam Evans
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. The stranger that has come to Collinwood has created fear and indecision for every member of the Collins family. But the greatest indecision rests in the mind of a small boy.

It is the next morning. Vicki goes into the drawing room and finds David in there drawing on a piece of paper, using the top of the piano as a tabletop. Vicki takes a look at the drawing and asks, "What's that?" David replies, "It's a bird, a phoenix bird. My mother told me a story about it." Vicki asks, "What that all around it?" David replies, "Fire. That's the best part of the story. Every 100 years the phoenix burns itself to death and then comes back to life from the ashes!" David asks, "Do you think my mother really loves me?" Vicki replies, "Of course she does." David remarks, "Well, I have a way to prove it." Vicki tells him, "Come on, it's time for your lessons." As they leave the drawing room, they run into Laura, who is just coming in through the front door, in the foyer. Laura remarks, "Up early, huh, David?" David dejectedly tells her, "Miss Winters is taking me up to give me my lessons." Laura asks Vicki, "Could you do me a favor? Could you give David a day off and let him spend the day with me?" Vicki, certain that Roger and Elizabeth would approve, replies, "Sure. I could use a day off. I have a friend in town I haven't seen in awhile." Vicki leaves. Laura and David start to discuss what to do. David tells Laura, "There's a place I'd like to show you."

Maggie walks into the living room of the Evan's cottage, probably from the kitchen, as she is carrying a cup of coffee. She is dressed in a housedress. There's a knock at the door. Maggie answers. It's Vicki. Vicki tells her, "I have a day off today and thought I'd drop by." Maggie replies, "Perfect timing! Today's my day off too!" Vicki asks, "Where's your father?" Maggie replies, "Out taking a walk. I'm a firm fan of morning constitutionals." She explains, "That's because the Blue Whale doesn't open until 12:01. I don't like it much when he takes an afternoon walk. How are you?" Vicki replies, "Good, but I might not have a job at Collinwood soon." She explains that Laura might be taking David away soon, leaving no need for a governess there. Maggie asks, "And how's Roger getting along with Mrs. Collins?" Vicki tells her, "Fine." Maggie asks, "He doesn't act like he's under a lot of pressure?" Vicki replies, "No. Why are you so interested in Roger?" Maggie explains, "It isn't really Roger I'm interested in, it's my pop. Ever since Mrs. Collins came back to town, he's been acting strangely. I wondered if Roger was too. And strange things have been happening."

David takes Laura to the old house. He asks, "Ever been in here before?" Laura replies, "No, but I've heard of it." David tells her, "I took you here to meet my friends." Laura, puzzled asks, "Friends? But no one could possibly live here." David explains, "My friends are ghosts." Laura, not seeming to like the place much, tells him, "Come on, let's go. I don't like this game.", but David insists, "Come meet my friends." He points the flashlight at the portrait of Josette. Recognizing it, Laura remarks, "Why, that's Josette Collins." David replies, "Uh-huh. She's one of my friends." He calls to the portrait and asks Josette to appear, but nothing happens. Laura tells him, "Come on, let's go." David, disappointed, turns to leave, but suddenly gets an idea and tells Laura, "I know what's wrong! I know why she didn't appear. There's two of us here. She's never appeared when there was more than one person here! I'll leave you alone here and she'll come!" David runs off. Suddenly, the portrait of Josette starts to glow. Laura stares at it. We hear the sound of the front door as David comes back in. The portrait suddenly stops glowing. David comes back into the room and asks Laura, "Did she appear?" Laura replies, "No." David asks, "Did you see ANYTHING?" Laura lies, "No. Not a thing." David is very disappointed. They leave. As soon as they do, the portrait starts to glow again.

Vicki asks Maggie, "What strange things?" Maggie tells her, "He's been painting a picture. A strange, disturbing picture. He claims he isn't painting it of his own free will. He says he feels like something's forcing him to do it." Maggie uncovers the painting on its easel and shows it to her. It is the painting of Laura standing surrounded by fire. You can now clearly see another aspect of it. In front of Laura, a little to the right of center*, is an unpainted spot about chest high in what looks like the shape of a child's head, as if something is to be painted in there later. Sam returns from his walk. He sees that the painting is uncovered, becomes furious, and yells at Maggie, "You showed this to Vicki, didn't you? Didn't I tell you not to show this to anyone?" Vicki tries to defend Maggie, saying, "It's my fault. I was curious." Sam asks, "Promise me, Vicki, don't tell anyone about this." Vicki promises not to. She asks, "Is it true what Maggie says, that you feel as though some force were forcing you to paint this?" Sam repines, "Yes." Maggie tells Sam, "Tell her when it started." Sam replies, "It started the first time I saw Laura Collins."

Back in the drawing room at Collinwood, David is showing Laura his drawing of the phoenix. He asks, "Do you know any other stories?" Laura replies, "Yes, and I might tell them to you if you ever visit me after I leave." David asks, "You mean you're not staying here?" Laura replies, "No, I'm going back to that place I told you about." David asks, "Is it a long way there?" Laura replies, "Yes, hundreds and hundreds of miles away." David asks, "Is it hard to get there?" Laura replies, "No, all you have to do is really want to be there."

Back at the Evan's Cottage, Sam stares at the painting.

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Episode 142
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Tape Date: January 3, 1967
Air Date:
January 10, 1967 Tuesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. A strange power has taken hold of a man's hand and mind and caused him to use his talents in a way he finds impossible to explain.

Sam asks, "What is it? What's making me do this?" Maggie assures him there's a logical reason, that he's been painting Laura because he's had her on his mind. Sam exclaims, "I'm going to destroy that painting! I'm going to throw it into the sea!" He takes it from the easel and moves to go outside and do just that, but Vicki stops him and says, "Wait! I want that painting!" Sam asks, "Why?" Vicki replies, "I don't know. There's something about it." Sam tells her, "Your right. There's something about it. That's why I want to destroy it." Vicki begs, "Don't destroy it. Let me buy it!" Sam gives it to her, saying, "You want it that badly? Here it is!" Vicki asks what's supposed to go in the unpainted spot. Sam replies, "I don't know" and leaves. Vicki tells Maggie, "I think this painting is important for some reason, I think there's some meaning behind it." Maggie replies, "I wonder what Laura Collins will say when she sees it."

David and Laura are sitting in front of the fireplace in the drawing room. David remarks, "You're pretty beautiful for a mother. You're more like a movie star!" He remarks that he really likes Burke Devlin and asks her why she didn't marry him. She tells him, "Things didn't work out." She asks him, "How do you feel about your father?" David replies, "I don't like him so much." Laura asks why. David replies, "Because I don't think he likes me." Laura tells him, "David, soon you'll have to make an important choice..." They are interrupted by Vicki coming in through the front door. David runs into the foyer to greet her. Laura follows him. David sees that Vicki is holding a package. He asks her what it is. Vicki replies, "Something for my room." David remarks, "It looks like a painting!" Vicki replies that it is. David asks, "Let's see it!. Laura echoes, "Yes, lets see it." Vicki unwraps it. Laura is shocked. David exclaims, "It's my dream!" Laura asks, "Where did you get it from?" Vicki answers, "From Sam Evans. He gave it to me." David asks, "How did he know about my dream?" Laura asks, "You had a dream like this?" Vicki tells her, "Yes. He first had it the first night you came here." Laura asks Vicki, "Why did he give it to you?" Vicki explains, "He was going to throw it away so I took it. It seemed like a waste to throw it away." Laura asks, "What are you going to do with it?" Vicki replies, "I don't know." David asks, "Can I have it for my room?" Laura objects that it's a horrible painting and not something for his room. They argue. Finally, Laura gives in and David happily runs up to his room with the painting. Laura tells Vicki, "I'm very upset about that painting." Vicki replies, "I don't know why I brought it here. It's almost as if I were compelled to..." Laura asks, "I want you to do me a favor. When the opportunity presents itself, I want you to take it away from David!"

Vicki goes upstairs and tries to convince David not to hang the painting up in his room, saying it would upset Laura. David protests, "But she said it was OK." Vicki explains, "She only said OK because you wanted it, but she's really not happy about it." David, not listening, hangs it up over his dresser anyway. He remarks, "It almost looks like it belongs here..." Laura comes in. She tells David, "I've given it a second thought and I've decided it's not a good idea for you to hang this in your room" and starts to take the painting off the wall, but David stops her, shouting, "Don't take it! If you take it, I'll never speak to you again!" Laura replies, "Very well, David. I guess you'll just have to learn for yourself..." and leaves.

Sam comes back to the Evan's cottage from a walk. He excitedly tells Maggie, "I've just got this great new idea for a seascape! I saw a battered old hulk, half in and half out of the sea! I'm going to get started right now!" Maggie protests, "Isn't it a little late for that?" Sam replies, "No, I want to get just a few lines down before I go to bed." Maggie tells him, "Goodnight, Pop" and goes to bed. Sam goes to his easel and starts to make a preliminary sketch. Suddenly, a look of horror crosses his face. He drops his brush. The sketch he has made is not of an old hulk, but of a woman surrounded by fire...

David is sleeping in bed. The painting of Laura suddenly starts to glow. A ghostly head of Laura materializes from it. It starts to get bigger and bigger and starts to float toward David. He wakes up, sees it and screams, "STOP IT! NO! STAY AWAY! STAY AWAY!"

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Episode 143
(TB 4/DISK 4/#8)

Tape Date: January 4, 1967
Air Date:
January 11, 1967 Wednesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
David Ford as Sam Evans
John Connell as Dan Riley
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. It is night at Collinwood after a day of strange and unexplained events. But the strangest event of all has just happened to a small boy and it defies explanation.

David screams, "Aunt Elizabeth! Come here!" Elizabeth comes running into the room. The head is no longer there. Elizabeth asks, "What's wrong?" David tells her, "It's that painting!" Vicki comes in and asks what happened. Elizabeth explains, "Something in that painting scared him." David explains what happened. Elizabeth remarks," It must have been a dream." David insists, "No it wasn't. I was wide awake when it happened", but Elizabeth concludes it must have been a dream. Elizabeth asks where the painting came from. Vicki replies, "Sam Evans" Elizabeth asks why he would paint something like that. Vicki replies, "He says he doesn't know." Elizabeth tells David she doesn't think he should have such a painting and starts to take it, but David refuses to let her, saying, "I have a feeling I need it!"

Vicki and Elizabeth go down into the drawing room. Elizabeth tells Vicki that she's worried about the effect the painting is having on David and asks why she gave it to him. Vicki replies, "I don't know. It was almost as if some impulse compelled me to." She asks, "By the way, Miss Stoddard, I understand that David will be leaving with Mrs. Collins soon. That means you'll no longer be in need of a governess here..." Elizabeth replies, "He might not be leaving with her. I agreed to let her take him under two conditions, that he wanted to, and that she could show that it would be better for him. I'm not so sure now. These dreams..."

In his room, David is staring at the portrait.

Sam is home alone, Maggie having gone to work. There's a knock at the door. Sam opens it. Vicki tells him, "I've brought you a visitor. David wanted to say thank you for the picture." David thanks him and asks, "Why did you paint my mother standing in fire?" Sam replies, "Never asks a painter why he painted something. We never know." David asks, "But why did you paint my dream? It's exactly like it. Even my mother's expression's like in the dream!" Sam asks, "Tell me more about your dream." David tells him, "In my dream, my mother is standing in the middle of a room, surrounded by fire, calling me. The fires are everywhere, and they keep getting worse. Finally, the fire and smoke get so bad I can't see her anymore and the dreams end." Sam jokes, "David, I know how I painted your dream. We must be on the same psychic wavelength. In fact, I know what you want right now. Apple cider and cookies. You like apple cider and cookies, don't you?" David replies that he does. Sam tells him there's some in the kitchen and sends him in there. After David leaves the room, Sam tells Vicki, "I didn't want to say this while the boy was here, but his dream matches the visions I've been having EXACTLY!" He tells her, "I painted another painting yesterday. Another horrible painting. It was supposed to be a landscape, but didn't end up as one." He shows it to her. It is of another woman standing in fire, this one dressed in a toga like dress, wings sprouting from her back, an unpainted spot in front of her. This time, it doesn't look like Laura. Vicki asks, "Is this one going to end up looking like Laura Collins too?" Sam replies, "The first one didn't start off as Laura Collins. It just ended up that way..." Vicki points at the unpainted spot and asks, "What's going to go here?" Sam replies, "I don't know." Vicki remarks, "It looks like she's holding something. I wonder what it is?" She tells Sam that she doesn't know why she showed and gave the first one to David, that she feels as though something compelled her to do it. Sam replies, "That's just the feeling I've been having". He tells her he's determined to stop and will destroy the painting.

After Vicki and David leave, Sam pours himself a drink. He then looks at the painting on the easel and goes to it, as if compelled. He picks up a brush and starts painting...

Vicki and David return to Collinwood. Elizabeth tells David, "Mrs. Johnson has been looking all over for you! It's time for lunch!" She sends David to the kitchen to eat lunch. Elizabeth asks Vicki, "Where have you two been?" Vicki replies, "I took David to see Sam Evans." Elizabeth tells her, "I don't think that was such a good idea...", but before she can finish, there's a knock at the front door. Elizabeth answers. A man introduces himself as, "Lt. Dan Reilly. State Police" and asks "Is there a Laura Collins staying here?" Elizabeth replies, "Yes she is. What is this all about?" Reilly replies, "I have a few questions to ask her. There was a fire at her residence in Phoenix." Elizabeth replies, "Yes. I heard about it. She's staying in the cottage. I'm her sister-in-law." Reilly remarks, "Sister in law? Then perhaps you could help too. I have some personal effects from Mrs. Collins' apartment. Maybe you could identify them. They go into the drawing room. Reilly remarks, "This'll only take a few minutes. There's not much that survived the fire. Only a few pieces of jewelry." He empties them out of an envelope onto the desk. Elizabeth starts to go through them. The first four, she doesn't recognize, "No... No... No... No...", but on the fifth one, she tells Reilly, "Yes. This one I recognize. It's a family heirloom. I'd recognize it anywhere. Roger gave it to Laura on their wedding night." Vicki, recognizing something, asks, "Mrs. Stoddard, could I have a look at that?" Elizabeth hands it to her. Vicki looks at it for a second then says, "There must be two of these. I saw Mrs. Collins wearing on just like it." Elizabeth remarks, "That's impossible. There's only one of these in existence. You must be mistaken." Vicki replies, "No, I remember it clearly. I remember because Mrs. Collins and I talked about it. She said there was a lock of David's hair in it." Elizabeth remarks, "Yes, that's true. Laura clipped a lock of David's hair just after he was born and put it in the locket. I remember." Reilly says, "Let's see if there's a lock of hair in this one", and tries open the locket. At first, he has trouble opening and remarks, "The fire fused the catch pretty good." Finally, he manages to open it. Inside is a lock of hair....

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Episode 144
(TB 5/DISK 1/#1)

Tape Date: January 5, 1967
Air Date:
January 12, 1967 Thursday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
John Connell as Lt. Dan Riley
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. For one member of the Collins family the past is shrouded in mystery, and I am just beginning to suspect that the mystery surrounding her is deeper and stranger than I ever imagined.

Purchase Dark Shadows "The Beginning volume 5" from AmazonInside the locket is a lock of hair and a picture of David when he was much younger. Elizabeth tells Vicki that this is the locket and that she must have been mistaken when she thought she saw Laura wearing it. As Elizabeth and Reilly prepare to go to the cottage, Vicki asks to go too, saying, "I want to see the look on Mrs. Collins' face when she sees this locket!"

They go to the cottage. Lt. Reilly tells Laura, "I have a few questions to ask you about the fire in Phoenix." He tells her there's some jewelry that survived the fire which he'd like her to look at. She looks at and identifies all the pieces and signs a statement to that effect. Reilly asks, "Did anyone else have keys to your apartment?" At first Laura says, "No,", but then thinks awhile and says, "Oh yes, I had a cleaning woman. Her name was Margaret. I don't know her last name. I let her go 2 months ago. She had a key. I don't remember if she ever gave it back." Lt. Reilly asks Laura to describe her. Laura tells him, "She was of medium height, blond hair, slender, of Scandinavian background, I think." Lt. Reilly remarks, "You mean pretty much like you." Laura answers, "Why yes, except she was about 10 years older." Lt. Reilly asks for the housekeeper's full name, but Laura replies, "I don't know it. I don't think I ever did." Reilly, satisfied with this, leaves, and Elizabeth goes with him, but Vicki stays, saying, "I want to talk to Mrs. Collins about something."

Vicki asks Laura, "Weren't you wearing that locket like this one the other day?" Laura denies that she was, saying, "How could I when it was in Phoenix?" Vicki remarks, "But I'm sure you were wearing it. I remember you telling me a lock of David's hair was inside." Laura replies, "Yes, I do remember talking to you about that, but I wasn't wearing the locket. Perhaps you remember the conversation and imagined the locket." Vicki says, "Yes, that must be it" and leaves, but she doesn't really look satisfied with the explanation.

Vicki, on her way back to Collinwood, runs into Lt. Reilly, who's just leaving, outside the front doors of Collinwood. She asks him about the body. He tells her it was burned beyond recognition. Vicki asks him what he's going to do next. He tells her, "Try looking for the cleaning woman. That's about all we can do."

Vicki goes inside and is surprised to find Frank Garner in the drawing room with Elizabeth. Frank jokes to Vicki, "I brought some advertising contracts for the cannery for Mrs. Stoddard to sign - actually an excuse to see Miss Vicki Winters!" As Elizabeth signs the contracts, Vicki and Frank talk. Vicki tells Frank, "Strange things have been happening since Mrs. Collins came back." She tells him about the locket and tells him, "I think Mrs. Collins lied to me." Elizabeth gives the signed contracts to Frank and tells Vicki, "Excuse me, but I couldn't help hearing what you were saying. You must be mistaken about seeing her wear it. There's only one locket like that and I'd recognize it anywhere." She offers to prove this to Vicki by showing her a photo album and showing her all the Collins women wearing it down through the centuries, but Vicki declines, admitting, "I must have been mistaken if you're so sure." Elizabeth leaves to see David. Vicki tells Frank, "It's not just the locket. Other strange things have been happening too." She tells him about David's dreams, and about how she showed and gave him the painting, having seemingly been compelled to do so. Frank invites her to have dinner with him at 7:00, saying she needs to get out of the house. She sees him to the door and he leaves. While they are out of the room, the photo album mysteriously opens by itself.

Elizabeth comes back downstairs, having finished talking with David. Vicki, on her way up, tells Elizabeth that she has a dinner date with Frank, who's left. Vicki goes about three fourths of the way up the stairs, then for some reason comes back down and walks into the drawing room, joining Elizabeth in there. Elizabeth remarks, "I thought you had gone up to your room." Vicki seems to snap out of a trance and says, puzzled, "I don't know why I came back down here. It's as if I were compelled to..." Elizabeth remarks, "Maybe you had that locket on your mind. I see you did look at that book. It's open to a picture of Josette Collins", gesturing at the open album. Vicki swears, "But I didn't! No one touched that book! I can swear that it was closed when Frank and I left this room! Josette Collins?" Elizabeth replies, "Yes, Josette Collins what the first to own that locket. It was given to her at her wedding." Vicki wonders, "Could this be a sign from Josette Collins? When I was being held prisoner at the old house, I felt she was looking over me..." Befuddled, she tells Elizabeth, "I think I need to take a walk and get some fresh air."

Vicki goes and takes a walk on the beach. Unknown to her, Laura is spying on her from behind some trees...

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Episode 145
(Very Poor Quality Kinescope)
(TB 5/DISK 1/#2)

Tape Date: January 6, 1967
Air Date:
January 13, 1967 Friday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell

My name is Victoria Winters. A strange force has caused me against my will to bring a painting to Collinwood. A painting so weird and mysterious that no one, not even the man who painted it can explain it. For one it holds an unusual fascination.

Laura goes into David's room and finds him staring at the picture. She tries to get him away from it by asking him if he'd like to join her for lunch, but he refuses and continues to stare at the painting. He tells her, "It's strange, but I think this picture is trying to tell me something. Some kind of warning." Laura replies, "Nonsense. It must be your imagination." David tells her about seeing the ghostly head. Laura snaps, "Let's not talk about this anymore. Let's go for a walk.", but David replies, "I don't feel like going for a walk. I feel like being alone." Laura, in a disappointed voice, replies, "Perhaps later", and leaves.

At the Evan's cottage, Maggie offers the newspaper to Sam, asking, "Read the paper yet?" but Sam replies, "No. In fact, I haven't read the paper for a week. I have other things on my mind." Maggie asks, "What? Another painting?" Sam replies, "No. Every painting I've tried to do lately turns out the same, no matter what I try to paint. Imagine me putting on an exhibition of my work. Fifty paintings, all of Laura Collins standing in fire. I think I'll go take a walk", and leaves.

Maggie dresses for a date and prepares to leave. There's a knock at the door. Maggie answers. It's Laura. She asks for Sam. Maggie tells her, "He's not home and I don't know when he will be." Laura looks around and remarks, "This place hasn't changed in 10 years." Maggie laughs and tells her, "And it didn't change much in the 10 years before that. Pop believes in keeping furniture forever." Maggie tells Laura, "You know, ever since you came back, strange things have been happening." Laura replies, "I have no idea why." Sam returns and is surprised to see Laura there. Maggie tells them she has to get going and leaves. Laura asks Sam, "Why did you do that atrocious portrait of me?" Sam replies, "I don't know. I'd like YOU to tell ME why. What's going on?" He shows her the painting on the easel, the one of the woman with wings. He tells her, "I seem to have lost control. Every time I do a painting, it ends up YOU. I thought maybe you would know what's compelling me to do this." Laura replies, "I have no idea, but the fact remains that YOU are doing these paintings. I want you to stop." Sam replies, "I can't. Every time I paint, it ends up YOU." Laura tells him, "Stop painting, then." Sam tells her, "I can't" Laura tells him, "Then perhaps I'll have to see to it that you stop." Sam asks, "Is that some kind of threat?", but Laura just replies, "You WILL stop!" and leaves.

Maggie and Joe return from a date. Maggie notices Sam isn't home and moans, "He must be at the Blue Whale..." They go to get him.

Maggie and Joe return with Sam. Joe says goodnight and leaves. Sam is very, very drunk. He lights a cigarette. Maggie helps him to take his coat off, as he is too drunk to do so himself. Sam staggers to the sofa, grabs the newspapers lying about on it, pushes them to the floor, then lies down. Maggie tells him, "I'll go make some strong coffee" and goes into the kitchen.

At the Collinwood , Laura goes and sits in front of the fireplace.

At the Evan's cottage, Sam is lying on the couch, smoking his cigarette.

At the Collinwood , Laura stares strangely into the fire.

At the Evan's cottage, Sam falls asleep. The cigarette drops from his fingers onto the newspaper lying on the floor. Smoke starts to come up as they start to smolder.

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Episode 146
(TB 5/DISK 1/#3)

Tape Date: January 9, 1967
Air Date:
January 16, 1967 Monday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. A painting has caused great concern for those at Collinwood, particularly for one who is the subject of the painting, and for another--the man who painted it.

At the Evan's Cottage, the newspaper starts to burn.

At Collinwood, Elizabeth goes into the drawing room, sees Laura sitting by the fire and calls, "Laura? Laura?", but Laura, who seems to be in some sort of trance, doesn't respond.

At the Evan's Cottage, the newspaper catches and really starts to burn.

At Collinwood, Elizabeth goes up to Laura and taps her on the shoulder. Laura snaps out of it.

At the Evan's cottage Sam wakes up and screams, "FIRE! MAGGIE! FIRE!" Not thinking clearly, he grabs at the fire with his hands, perhaps trying to put it out, and burns himself. Maggie comes into the room and smothers the fire with the blanket Sam was covered with. Sam screams, "My hands! She burned my hands!"

At Collinwood, Elizabeth asks, "Laura, what is it?" Laura replies, "Nothing, you just startled me, that's all." Elizabeth asks, "What were you doing?" Laura replies, "Nothing. Just thinking, that's all. My mind was a thousand miles away." Elizabeth remarks, "That expression on your face..." Laura replies, "I hope it wasn't too unflattering. As I said, I was thinking." Elizabeth tells her, "It was more than unflattering. It was frightening." Sam's hands are now wrapped in cloth. Maggie has called the doctor. Sam tells her, "She said she'd get me. She kept her word!" Maggie asks, "Who?" Sam replies, "Laura Collins. She kept her word. She did this to me!" Maggie replies, "That's ridiculous. She had nothing to do with it. It was your own fault. I told you to be careful with that cigarette", but Sam continues to insist that Laura was responsible. Maggie gets upset with Sam's irrational claim.

Elizabeth tells Laura, "I had something I wanted to talk to you about. I'm not pleased with the way you're progressing with David. He's been avoiding you. He seems apprehensive, afraid of you." Laura replies, "That's just a phase", but Elizabeth continues, "He's been having nightmares." Laura counters, "Those are just dreams", but Elizabeth replies, "Recurring dreams are evidence of disturbance." Laura blames it on the portrait and insists that it be removed. Roger comes into the room and asks what they're talking about. Elizabeth tells him. Roger remarks, "He's always had dreams. This isn't anything new." Laura insists, "It's the painting." Elizabeth continues, "David's relationship with Laura isn't progressing. I'm having second thoughts about letting her have him." Laura again insists that it's the painting that's affecting David. Roger tells her, "I'll take care of it." Laura tells him, "Sam Evans has painted another one." Roger tells her, "I'll go to him and make him stop." There's a knock at the door. Roger answers. It's Maggie. She asks to speak to Laura. Roger takes her into the drawing room. Roger remarks, "I was just about to go to your house to speak to your father." Maggie tells him, "That wouldn't be such a good idea right now." She tells them about the accident and says, "That's what I came here to talk to Mrs. Collins about." Roger asks, "Why?" Maggie explains, "My father is convinced that Mrs. Collins is somehow responsible for the fire." Laura exclaims, "That's absurd!" Maggie replies, "Yes it is, but I didn't know who else to go to. He's obsessed with you for some reason." Roger leaves, saying, "I'll talk to him." Maggie tells Laura, "My father claims you threatened him, he claims that you told him you'd make him stop painting those paintings of you." Laura replies, "Yes I did." Elizabeth asks, "And did you do anything to make him stop?" Laura replies, "Yes. I told Roger about it."

Roger goes to the Evan's cottage and confronts Sam. He asks, "Now what's all this nonsense you're saying about my wife?" Sam replies, "She's somehow responsible for this fire. I know it." Roger asks, "What do you mean? Are you saying she snuck in here and lit that newspaper on fire?" Sam replies, "No, but I think she did it. I don't know how, but she did it." Roger dismisses his claims, calling them, "The ravings of an alcohol filled mind of a fool." He asks, "I understand you've made another painting of my wife. Where is it?" Sam points at the covered painting on the easel and replies, "There." Roger remarks, "Good. I'll destroy it." He goes to it, uncovers it and says, "Oh, I see that won't be necessary. It's already been destroyed." Sam, surprised, says, "What?" and goes and looks at the painting and sees that the middle of the picture has been burned. He gasps, "How can that be? Roger, the fire! It wasn't anywhere near the painting!"

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Episode 147
(TB 5/DISK 1/#4)

Tape Date: January 10, 1967
Air Date:
January 17, 1967 Tuesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. Mystery surrounds many of the residents at Collinwood. Many questions are left unanswered. No one can explain the existence of a terrifying and fascinating painting. But one man is bent on destroying it.

Roger goes to David's room and finds that David isn't there. He goes and starts to take the painting off the wall. David comes in and asks, "What are you doing?" Roger replies, "Taking this down and putting it in the rubbish where it belongs." David shouts, "NO! IT'S MINE" and refuses to let him take it down. He tells him, "I have the feeling that I'm supposed to have it, that it's somehow important, that it means something!" Roger asks what he means but David can't give a coherent explanation of what he means. Roger tells him, "This is grotesque. I don't want you thinking of your mother this way, I want you to think of her as the kind, loving woman she is." David shouts, "You want her to take me away, don't you? You just want to get rid of me!" and plops down in bed, crying. Roger tries to convince him that this isn't true, that he just wants what's best for him. David tells him, "I don't want to go with her. Something about her scares me!" Roger replies, "It's just the picture frightening you. I'll get rid of it." David shouts, "No! If you do, I'll never speak to my mother again!" Vicki comes in and asks, "What's going on?" David shouts, "He wants to take my picture away, and if he does, I'll never speak to my mother again!" Roger gives up and tells him, "All right. I'll let you keep it." Vicki tells David, "Your lunch is ready. Go and eat." David leaves. Roger asks Vicki, "What do you make of all this?" Vicki replies, "I think David is a very disturbed boy." She tells him she thinks the painting is having a bad effect on him and asks, "What could have made Sam Evans paint such a thing?" Roger remarks, "Sam Evans won't be painting anything for awhile" and tells her about the fire at the Evan's cottage. Vicki remarks, "What is it about fire? Something strange is going on. Everything seems to be happening with fire lately. The fire in Phoenix. David's dreams. Sam's paintings. And now this. And it all started when Mrs. Collins returned." Roger dismisses it as coincidence. Laura comes in and asks, "Where's David?" Roger tells Vicki to take Laura down to David. After they leave, Roger reaches up to take down the picture but suddenly stops, a strange expression crossing his face. He leaves without taking the picture.

Vicki and Laura walk down into the foyer. David, having finished lunch, comes out of the door under the stairs. Laura asks, "Would you like to come and spend the day with me ?" David replies, "No, I have a lot of schoolwork to do." Laura tells him, "I'm sure Miss Winters will give you a day off." Vicki replies, "Sure", but David shouts, "I can't!" and runs upstairs to his room.

In his room at the Collinsport Inn, Burke Devlin is looking at a photograph of Laura. There's a knock at the door. It's Vicki. Burke lets her in and asks what she wants. Vicki replies, "I need to talk to you." Sitting down on the couch, she sees the photo Burke was looking at on the coffee table. She looks at it and asks "Isn't that Mrs. Collins?" Burke replies, "Yes. It was taken a long time ago." Vicki asks, "You knew her very well, didn't you?" Burke replies, "I was in love with her." Vicki asks, "What happened?" Burke replies, "She married Roger." Vicki tells Burke, "I don't trust Mrs. Collins. She lied to me." She tells him about the locket. Burke, who's interested in something other than the locket, asks, "How's Roger been getting along with her? Has he been acting nervous?" Vicki replies, "No, not at all. They've been getting along very well, in fact." Burke remarks, "Now, THAT'S interesting." The phone rings. Burke answers. It's Laura. She tells him, "I want to talk to you. Are you alone?" Burke replies that he isn't. Laura asks, "Let's meet somewhere else, then. Remember where we used to meet at the pier? Yes? See you there in an hour." After Burke hangs up, Vicki continues, "I don't know why I have these doubts about Mrs. Collins." Burke replies, "I have some doubts about her myself - ones I intend to clear up. Soon."

Burke is waiting at the pier. Laura finally shows up. Burke asks, "What do you want?" She tells him, "I need your help with David." He asks, "How could I help you with David?" She tells him, "For some reason, he seems frightened of me. Now, he admires you a lot. He talks about you constantly." Burke remarks, "Yes, he does get along well with me. Better than with his own father." Laura replies, "There might be a reason for that." Burke asks, "What do you mean by that?", but Laura refuses to elaborate. She continues, "You have a lot of influence on him. I want you to talk to him." Burke asks, "And what will I get in return? Would you testify at a re-trial?" Laura replies that she would. Laura starts reminiscing about the old times when they used to meet at the pier. Burke remarks, "I should hate you, but I don't. Every time we meet, something happens to me." He kisses her.

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Episode 148
(TB 5/DISK 1/#5)

Tape Date: January 11, 1967
Air Date:
January 18, 1967 Wednesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
Vince O’Brien as Lt. Dan Riley
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. A mystery hovers over Collinwood, hovers like some dark bird of night. And the more light that is brought to the mystery, the darker it becomes. Several people will follow that light today, only to find it leading deeper into darkness.

In Frank Garners' office, Lt. Reilly is talking with Frank Garner. He tells him, "It's an outside possibility, but the Arizona Police think that it's possible the woman found in Laura Collin's room was murdered. They think she might have been incapacitated BEFORE the fire." Frank protests that it seems far-fetched, but Reilly replies, "No, not really. We have several facts. First, Mrs. Collins has a history of mental illness and is capable of violence. Second, they've found that the fire started in Mrs. Collins' apartment. Third, no one saw Mrs. Collins leave when she said she did." Frank protests, "Thousands of people travel every day. Just because no one remembers seeing her at the train station doesn't mean she wasn't there." Lt. Reilly replies, "Yes, but there was a witness who saw her in the apartment building on the day of the fire."

Vicki goes to Burke's room, having received a call from him. Burke tells her, "I was worried about your doubts about Mrs. Collins. I was wrong about her. She's a wonderful woman. I think the best thing for David would be to go with her. I want you to help bring them together." Vicki is shocked at Burke's sudden change in attitude.

Frank Garner and Lt. Reilly continue to discuss Phoenix. Frank is still doubtful about what Reilly is saying. The phone rings. Frank answers and tells his secretary, "Tell her to wait a minute." Lt. Reilly finishes talking to Frank and leaves. Vicki is sent in. She tells Frank, "I came her to ask your advice about something." She remarks, "Was that Lt. Reilly I just saw leaving?" Frank replies, "Yes. As the Collins family lawyer, I feel it's my responsibility to keep abreast of the investigation in Phoenix. I've learned a few new facts, and I don't like them."

In his hotel room, Burke is talking to someone on the phone, probably Blair, telling him, "No, I won't be in Logansport tomorrow, or the next day, and probably not the day after that either. YOU take care of it. That's what you're paid for!" Carolyn comes in. Burke finishes his phone call and hangs up. Carolyn complains to him about how he hasn't seen her for awhile.

Frank tells Vicki, "They think it might have been murder. They even have a suspect. However, the witness, a Mrs. Hensworthy, is elderly and her eyesight isn't very good." Vicki asks, "Is it someone Mrs. Collins knows?" Frank replies, "Yes. It's Mrs. Collins." Vicki exclaims, "That's impossible! She said she left Phoenix five days before the fire!" Frank replies, "That's what she says, but is she telling the truth?"

Burke tells Carolyn, "I think it would be best if we didn't see each other anymore." Carolyn asks, "Best for who? Laura Collins? Maybe my mother and Uncle Roger were right. Maybe you WERE just using me and now you've just found someone else!" They get into an argument. Burke tells Carolyn, "Sorry. I don't anything more to say to you. Just goodbye..."

Frank asks Vicki, "Oh yes, you said you wanted my advice on something. What was it?" Vicki tells her about what Burke Devlin asked her to do. She tells him, "But I've made my decision now that I've heard what you have to tell me. I may be wrong, but I'm going to de everything I can to keep her AWAY from David!"

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Episode 149
(Kinescope)
(TB 5/DISK 1/#6)

Tape Date: January 12, 1967
Air Date:
January 19, 1967 Thursday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
David Ford as Sam Evans
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Ghost of Josette Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. It is night at Collinwood, a night that will prove to be disquieting. One man feels an unexplainable respite, and a young girl feels a bitter rejection.

It is now night. At the Evan's cottage, Sam Evans is pacing around nervously.

Carolyn returns to Collinwood, slamming the front doors in anger as she comes in. Vicki, who's in the foyer, asks, "What's the matter?" Carolyn tells her about her breakup with Burke.

Sam is still pacing around nervously. Maggie comes home from work. She tells him, "Had to work late. We had a late rush. Three people!" She asks him if he wants something to eat. He declines, saying, "I'm not hungry." in a very depressed tone of voice. Maggie tries to cheer him up by telling him, "Cheer up. You'll be painting again soon", but Sam sarcastically replies, "Painting what? Seascapes? Landscapes? Or a thousand more interpretations of Laura Collins standing in fire?" He tells her that strange things are still happening. He show her the burned painting and asks, "How could this have happened? The fire was all the way across the room and nowhere near the painting!" Maggie suggests, "Well, a spark could have floated across the room", but Sam asks, "Yeah? Then why wasn't the cover burned? The painting was covered by this cloth, but the cloth wasn't burned, only the painting under it." He tells her, "I've been getting a strange feeling. I have a feeling the other painting is going to be destroyed by fire soon too. I feel the urge to go up to Collinwood to see it. I get this strange feeling that it's going to be finished soon, that that blank spot on it won't be blank much longer."

Vicki and Carolyn are still in the drawing room talking. Roger comes in. Vicki excuses herself, saying she has to go see what David is doing. Carolyn tells Roger about her breakup with Burke. She tells him, "I lost the Burke Devlin derby, and you won't guess who I lost it to." Roger replies, "Laura" right away. Carolyn asks him how he knew. Roger replies, "Laura's up to her old predictable self."

In David's room, the ghost of Josette Collins appear. She goes up to the picture of Laura and lifts her right arm up, as if to touch it.

Vicki returns to the drawing room and tells Roger that she's managed to convince David to go shopping with Mrs. Johnson. Roger asks, "How did you manage that?" Vicki replies, "It's going to cost you a set of toy soldiers." Roger tells her he's glad she's managed to get David away from that "horrible painting." There's a knock at the front door. Vicki answers. She's surprised to see it's Sam Evans. Sam comes in and asks to speak to Roger. Vicki takes him into the drawing room. Sam tells Roger, "I'd like to see that painting." Roger asks, "What for?" Sam replies, "I don't know. I just get this strange feeling that I have to see it. Can I?" Roger replies, "I suppose so. David's not home so I supposed we could borrow it. Vicki, could you go and bring it down please?" Vicki goes up to David's room. There, she seems to smell something strange and sniffs the air. She then looks at the picture and is shocked to see that the blank space has been filled in - with David's image. She screams.

Downstairs, everyone hears Vicki scream. Carolyn asks, "Wasn't that Vicki?" They start out of the drawing room to go upstairs to see what's wrong, but see Vicki running down the stairs with the picture. She shows it to them. Sam exclaims, "I knew it!" Roger asks, "What does this mean, Evans?" Sam replies, "I don't know." Roger remarks, "But this space was blank just this morning." Sam touches David's picture and remarks, "Dry. It couldn't have been blank this morning. Oil paint takes days to dry." Vicki tells him, "I saw it too this morning. It WAS blank." Roger asks, "Who could've done this?" Sam replies, "The same power that forced me to paint it in the first place..." Vicki tells them, "I think I know who did it. Up in David's room, I smelled something. Jasmine perfume. No one in this house wears jasmine perfume, but I've smelled it once before. When I saw Josette Collins at the old house." Roger dismisses this as her imagination. Vicki asks, "I wonder what David's reaction will be when he sees what's happened to the portrait." Roger replies, "I don't intend for him to ever see it." Sam asks, "What are you going to do?" Roger replies, "This!" and throws it into the fireplace. As the painting burns, the room suddenly fills with the bloodcurdling sound of a woman screaming.

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Episode 150
(TB 5/DISK 1/#7)

Tape Date: January 13, 1967
Air Date:
January 20, 1967 Friday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. The flames in the fireplace at Collinwood blazed fiercely as a painting was consumed by fire. But no one at Collinwood can explain the unearthly scream that filled the Great House.

Sam has left and Carolyn has gone upstairs. Vicki asks, "Where could that scream have come from? It sounded like it was coming from the fireplace!" Roger replies, "Oh, it was probably just the wind in the chimney. There's got to be a logical reason, Vicki!" Vicki asks, "Then what logical answer is there for David's face being painted in the picture?" Roger replies, "I'm sick of hearing about that painting! Let's just forget it!" Vicki replies, "It won't be that easy to just forget about it. What's David's reaction going to be when he finds out you've destroyed it? How are you going to tell him?" Elizabeth, who's just come into the room, asks, "Tell David what?" Roger tells her he's destroyed the painting. Vicki suggests, "Maybe you should tell her the whole story", excuses herself and leaves. Elizabeth asks, "Whole story?" Roger tells her about David's face being in the picture. Elizabeth asks, "How did that happen?" Roger replies, "I don't know."

David returns from shopping and goes to his room carrying a large gift-wrapped box. He notices that the painting is missing and shouts, "My painting! My painting!"

David runs down into the drawing room and asks Roger, "Where's my painting? You took it, didn't you?" He demands, "It's mine! Give it back to me!" Roger refuses, saying, "That picture is bad for you. Look at the nightmares it's been giving you." David insists, saying, "It's important! It's trying to say something to me! I know it! Give it back to me!" Roger tells him, "I can't. I destroyed it." David moans, "No... No... You burned it, didn't you?" Roger asks, "How did you know that?" David runs to the fire and moans, "You burned my painting! I'll never see it again." He shouts, "You hate me! You all hate me!" and runs off. Vicki, who's just walked into the foyer from the door under the stairs, asks, "What happened?" Elizabeth tells her.

Elizabeth tells Roger, "I don't like the effect Laura is having on David. I think I'm going to tell her she can't see David anymore."

Vicki goes up to David's room and tries to calm David down.

Elizabeth goes to the cottage and tells Laura she doesn't think she should see David anymore because of the effect she's having on him. They get into an argument. Laura insists that David's behavior is just a phase and asks to talk to him. Elizabeth tells her, "That wouldn't be a good idea right now. Roger's just destroyed his painting and David is quite distraught."

David asks Vicki to tell him the story of the phoenix his mother had told him. She tells it. David starts to fall asleep. Elizabeth returns to Collinwood and tells Roger what happened at the cottage. Vicki comes down and tells them she's managed to put David to sleep.

David is sleeping. Suddenly, Laura appears in the room and says, "David! I'm here, David! I've come to you!" David awakens and is surprised to see her there. She asks, "Why are you crying?" He tells her it's because his painting has been destroyed. She gives him her handkerchief to wipe his tears. She tells him, "We're going to spend more time together! I'm never going to leave you. I'm going to take you with me!" David asks, "Are you leaving?" Laura replies, "I might have to, but don't worry. I'll never leave without you!" David turns to get the handkerchief, which he's put on the pillow, and wipes his nose. When he turns back, Laura is gone...

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Episode 151
(Kinescope on last scene)
(TB 5/DISK 1/#8)

Tape Date: January 16, 1967
Air Date: January 23, 1967 Monday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
David Henesy as David Collins
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. After a night of mysterious events and unexplainable visitations, morning comes to Collinwood with a guise of innocence that will soon be shattered by disturbing news.

It is the next morning. Elizabeth goes to David's room and tells him, "Time to wake up!" David wakes up and explains why he's slept so late, "I didn't get to sleep for a long time last night. I was pretty upset until my mother came and visited me." Elizabeth tells him, "She couldn't have. It must've been a dream." David insists it wasn't and tells her, "I'll prove it!" He hands Elizabeth Laura's handkerchief and tells her, "This is her handkerchief." Elizabeth looks at it and remarks, "Yes it is."

Elizabeth and Roger are having breakfast in the kitchen. Elizabeth exclaims, "I won't have it! I won't have her seeing David!" Roger replies, "It's not your decision. David is my son and hers. And I think it would be good for David to go with his mother." Elizabeth angrily warns him, "While your living here, you're going to abide by my wishes. Don't force me to make you leave." They get into an argument. Carolyn comes in for breakfast. Roger leaves. Carolyn asks Elizabeth, "How's David?" Elizabeth replies, "Fine. He's in an excellent mood." Carolyn is surprised and says, "I thought he'd be quite distraught because of the painting. He had a strange attachment to that painting." Elizabeth replies, "I don't think it was so strange. It WAS a painting of his mother." Carolyn remarks, "She's not much of a mother." Elizabeth tells her, "Don't talk that way about your elders!" Carolyn replies, "She's not that much older than me. We enjoy the same playmates." Elizabeth asks her what she means. Carolyn tells her about Burke and Laura. She remarks, "They both have grievances against this family. Now what do you think would be the best way for them to get at us?" Elizabeth exclaims, "David! The last of the Collins's. Laura must leave! She must go immediately!"

Roger goes to David's room and talks to him about things "only a mother can give him." He is clearly preparing him for the idea of his leaving with Laura.

Roger is in the drawing room doing a crossword puzzle. Carolyn comes in. She asks, "What are you going to do about Burke and Laura? It's clear they're plotting against us." Roger replies, "I'll put a stop to that. You just watch!"

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Episode 152
(TB 5/DISK 1/#9)

Tape Date: January 17, 1967
Air Date:
January 24, 1967 Tuesday
Writer:
Malcolm Marmorstein
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. A little boy has had a change of heart at Collinwood. It is a change that affects many other people. In particular one woman, who feels her own security--indeed her whole way of living--is threatened by this change.

Frank Garner goes to the cottage to talk to Laura about the divorce.

After Frank leaves, Vicki shows up at the cottage. She tells Laura that Elizabeth is very angry that she visited David after she told her not to see him. She tells her, "Mrs. Stoddard has told me to keep David away from you." Laura remarks, "Vicki, I know you don't like me..." Vicki interrupts, "That's not true. It's just that ever since you came back, so many strange things have happened." She enumerates them. Laura protests, "But I have nothing to do with them!" She reaches out to tend the fire. With her bare hands. Vicki screams, "Watch out! You'll burn yourself!" Laura pulls her hand back and replies, "Yes. I'll have to be more careful. I wasn't thinking." She tells Vicki, "I thought you of all people would realize how important it is for David to see his mother, what with you coming from a foundling home. Maybe you could arrange some more 'accidental' meetings. Mrs. Stoddard would never have to know." Vicki replies, "I'll have to think about it!" and leaves. She seems somewhat distraught. Laura's words have hit home.

Vicki returns to Collinwood and tells Elizabeth, "Mrs. Stoddard, I can't do what you told me to do. I just can't keep David from his mother. It's wrong." Elizabeth tells Vicki she thinks she (Vicki) is wrong and sternly tells her to do as told. Vicki nods. Roger comes into the room and asks, "Well, what's going on here?" Elizabeth replies, "Nothing. Just clearing the air." Vicki leaves. There's a knock at the door. Roger answers. It's Frank Garner. Frank tells them that he's talked to Laura about the divorce. He tells them that Laura doesn't want any financial settlement, that all she wants is David. He tells them that Laura wants it done right away because she fears there might be an investigation in Phoenix and she might have to leave and she wants to have it done before that. Roger tells him to do so and get the papers drawn up, but Elizabeth tells Frank, "No. Wait. I don't want to give David to her until we find out the truth about what happened in Phoenix." Roger protests, "But this is MY divorce". But Elizabeth is insistent that nothing be done until the matter in Phoenix is cleared up. They argue. Roger appears to give up and says, "Very well. Come on, Frank. I'll show you to the door." At the door, Roger whispers to Frank, "Frank, you just draw up those papers." Frank protests, "But Mrs. Stoddard..." Roger tells him, "I'll take care of her. You just draw up those papers." Frank leaves. As Roger is walking back to the drawing room, the phone rings. He answers. He exclaims, "That's impossible! I don't believe it! OK, we'll be waiting for you." After he hangs up, Elizabeth asks, "What was that?" Roger tells her, "The Phoenix police have positively identified that woman who died in the fire. They say it's Laura Collins." Elizabeth gasps, "Then who's that woman staying in the cottage?!"

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Episode 153
(TB 5/DISK 2/#1)

Tape Date: January 18, 1967
Air Date:
January 25, 1967 Wednesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Vince O'Brien as Lt. Dan Riley
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. The wind howls around the walls of Collinwood for it is a very cold night. A chill is felt within the Great House too, for two members of the Collins family have just received a strange and terrifying piece of information.

Roger tells Elizabeth, "That IS Laura staying at the cottage. It's obvious that the Phoenix police have made a mistake."

There's a knock at the door. Roger remarks, "That must be Reilly right now. Let's get this all sorted out." He lets Reilly in. Reilly shows them a report from the Phoenix police department showing that the woman's blood type and, more importantly, dental charts match those of Laura Murdoch Collins. Roger remarks, "That's absurd!" Reilly tells them, "I'm going to have to ask Mrs. Collins a few questions."

Vicki and Frank Garner are having dinner at the Blue Whale. Frank sips at his glass of wine and remarks, "I developed quite a taste for this stuff when I was in Paris." Vicki asks, "You've been to Paris?" Frank replies, "Yes. I went to school there." Vicki remarks, "When I was little, I used to dream about going to far away places like Paris." Frank tells Vicki he has a lot of reservations about Laura.

Roger, Elizabeth and Reilly go to the cottage to talk to Laura. Roger sarcastically tells her, "Laura, how does it feel to be a dead woman?" Laura asks, "What?" Roger explains, "According to the Phoenix police department, you died in that fire in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago." Reilly tells her about the physical evidence. Roger tells Reilly, "This is all nonsense and I'll prove it. " He asks Laura, "Laura, before David was born, what were we planning to name him?" Laura replies, "Charles Andrew." Roger turns to Elizabeth and asks, "That's right. Remember, Liz?" Elizabeth replies, "Yes." He then asks Laura, "What was our address when we lived in Augusta? Laura replies, "427 Hillsdale Ave." Roger says, "Right" and asks, "We used to have a dog. A cocker spaniel. What was its name?" Laura replies, "We just called it 'dog' because that's what David called it." Roger turns to Reilly and tells him, "This proves that this is Laura. An imposter couldn't possibly have known the answers to these questions. The Phoenix police must be mistaken." Reilly replies, "Yes, they probably are, but I'll still have to asks Mrs. Collins to submit to a physical examination." Laura replies, "Yes, of course." Reilly tells her, "All right. I'll pick you up tomorrow at your convenience. I'll call you first to arrange a time." Roger tells Elizabeth to take Lt. Reilly back to the house, saying he'd like to talk to Laura in private. After Elizabeth and Reilly leave, Roger tells Laura, "I have the feeling you know something you're not telling." Laura denies this.

Frank is driving Vicki back to Collinwood. Vicki asks, "Tell me more about Paris." Frank starts to tell her about his student days, "Well, first of all, I lived on the right bank, not the left, where students are traditionally supposed to live..." He notices she doesn't seem to be listening, stops and asks, "Vicki. You're not listening. What's the matter?" Vicki replies, "Jasmine! The smell of jasmine! It's all over!" Frank sniffs and remarks, "I don't smell anything." Vicki suddenly tells him, "Take a right at the next road." Frank, puzzled, asks, "But why? That's not the way back to Collinwood." Vicki replies, "That's where we're supposed to go." Frank takes the right. Vicki tells him, "All right. Stay on this road and take a left when I tell you." Frank asks, "Where are we going?" Vicki replies, "I don't know. I just know this is where supposed to be on this road. We're going where we're supposed to go."

Vicki tells Frank, "Stop! Right here. This is where we're supposed to go!" She points to a small building in the distance and says, "There. That house." Frank looks and says, "Vicki. I don't think that's a house. Look at those things behind it. Those are gravestones. We're at the edge of a graveyard.

At Collinwood, Elizabeth and Roger argue about Laura, Elizabeth wanting to evict her immediately.

Vicki runs up to the door of the building and starts to bang on the door. Frank comes running up behind her. He asks, "Vicki! What's the matter? Why did you burst out of the car like that?" Vicki replies, "I don't know. I just know I have to be here." She continues to knock on the door. Frank tells her, "Come on, Vicki. Let's go. This isn't a house. It's a chapel or something. There's not going to be anyone here at this time of night." Vicki replies, "No. Wait. I hear footsteps." The door opens...

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Episode 154
(TB 5/DISK 2/#2)

Tape Date: January 19, 1967
Air Date: January 26, 1967 Thursday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
Daniel Keyes as Caretaker
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters

My name is Victoria Winters. I have come to a dark and desolate place. I do not know where I am or why I am here, but I only know that I am drawn by an unknown force.

A very old man opens the door and invites them in. Frank asks, "Where are we?" The old man asks, "Didn't you see all the names?" Frank asks, "Names?" The old man replies, "Yes. On the headstones. The name 'Stockbridge' is on almost all of them. This is the Stockbridge family graveyard." They go in and look around. It is dark and dusty inside. Vicki sees a book lying on a table and asks, "Is that a record of everyone buried here?" The old man replies, "Yes. Date of birth, date of death and where they're buried. But that's not all. The rest is up here.", pointing to his head. He opens a page at random and reads, "P. Agthorn Stockbridge, Born 1713, died 1731." He adds, "Trampled by a horse." Frank remarks to Vicki, "It's musty in here", but is surprised when Vicki replies, "No it isn't. It smells like jasmine." Vicki points to a door and asks, "What's in there?" The old man replies, "Oh, no. You mustn't go in there. I've never let anyone in there." He explains that it is a special tomb for those who have died a violent death, like the young man he referred to earlier. Vicki begs to be let in there. Finally, the old man relents and takes them in there. Frank coughs and tells Vicki, "It's so musty in here I can hardly breath!" But once again Vicki tells him it smells like jasmine to her. The old man points out the grave of P. Agthorn Stockbridge on a wall. Frank asks, "What did the P. stand for?" The old man replies, "I don't know. The Stockbridge's were never very interested in first names, just their own family name and the names of the families that married into them." The old man reads out a few other graves to them. "V. Spencer Stockbridge. 1687-1780. Died by murder.... L. Murdoch Stockbridge. 1735-1767." Frank interrupts and asks, "Who was he?" The old man corrects him, "Not he. She. L. Murdoch Stockbridge. Died by fire." Suddenly, Vicki starts to cough and complains, "The air! It's so musty! But how can that be? Just a moment ago, it smelled like jasmine!" But Frank is not listening. He exclaims, "The name! I knew there was something familiar about it! I've seen it hundreds of times! Laura Murdoch! Laura Murdoch Collins!"

In the drawing room at Collinwood, Mrs. Johnson is asking Roger if he'd like a cup of coffee. Roger tells her he doesn't. Laura comes into the room. Roger, obviously to get Mrs. Johnson out of the room, tells Mrs. Johnson that he's changed his mind and would like some coffee for his brandy. Mrs. Johnson leaves. Roger asks Laura, "Have you decided to give ma a full explanation?" Laura insists, "I have nothing to tell you. I don't know anything about what happened in Phoenix." Roger tells her, "You can lie to the police, Laura, but don't lie to me. I'm waiting Laura, and I'm waiting for the truth!" Laura continues to insist she knows nothing. Roger tells Laura that Elizabeth is having second thoughts about letting her have David because of what happened in Phoenix and tells her she'd better start explaining. Roger adds, "And that's not all. There's another thing. You and Burke Devlin." Outside, Mrs. Johnson, returning with a tray of coffee, pauses in the foyer and eavesdrops. Roger asks Laura, "What are you two plotting?" Laura replies, "Nothing. I'm not planning to help him in the least. I'm just pretending to go along with him to keep him pacified. Don't worry about Burke. I can handle him." Mrs. Johnson accidentally makes a noise with the coffee tray. Roger and Laura hear. Mrs. Johnson quickly comes into the drawing room, announces, "Coffee's ready", puts down the coffee, excuses herself and leaves. Laura asks Roger, "How much do you think she heard?" Roger replies, "I don't know." Laura remarks, "Maybe nothing." Roger replies, "Maybe everything."

Frank and Vicki return to Collinwood. Outside the doors, Vicki asks Frank, "Are you sure you didn't smell jasmine at all while we were there?" Frank replies that he didn't. Vicki tell him, "I know what it was. I'm sure Josette Collins was trying to tells us about Laura Murdoch Collins" Frank asks, "Now why would Josette Collins want us to know that Laura Collins was the descendant of a Laura Murdoch Stockbridge?" Vicki replies, "I don't know." She invites him in for a drink. He accepts, saying, "As long as it's a stiff one. I need one after all this!" They go in.

Roger, seeing Frank, jokes, "Ah, our legal light." As Frank pours himself a drink, Vicki goes and sits beside Laura on the couch and asks her about her family. Laura asks why she is asking. Vicki lies, "David often asks me about his ancestors. I can tell him all about his father's side, but nothing to tell him about his mother's family." Laura tells her, "I come from one of the oldest and finest families in town..." Across the room, Roger tells Frank, "Oh, Frank. Reilly was here earlier. Let me tell you what he told me." Laura hears this and tells Roger, "Oh, let's not talk about that now", but Roger insists on telling Frank about it. Roger announces, in a very sarcastic voice, "The Phoenix Police Department have positively, conclusively identified the woman who burned to death in that fire in Phoenix." Vicki asks, "They have?" Roger replies, "Yes. The lady who was burned to death in that fire has been proven conclusively to be Laura Murdoch Collins." Vicki mutters, "Laura Murdoch Collins. Died by fire..." Roger laughs and asks, "I think that's absurd, don't you?"

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Episode 155
(TB 5/DISK 2/#4)

Tape Date: January 20, 1967
Air Date:
January 27, 1967 Friday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
John Sedwick
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Diana Millay as Laura Collins
David Henesy as David Collins

My name is Victoria Winters. A strange woman has come to Collinwood, a mysterious woman capable of lies and deceptions. She believes no one suspects her, but unknown to her in a room far away from Collinwood there is one who could unmask her.

Mrs. Johnson goes to Burke's room at the Collinsport Inn and asks Burke, "You think Mrs. Collins is going to help you bring down the Collins Family, don't you?" Burke replies, "Yes." Mrs. Johnson asks, "How?" Burke replies, "By testifying at a re-trial that it was Roger at the wheel." Mrs. Johnson asks, "How can you be so sure she'll do this?" Burke replies, "She told me she would." Mrs. Johnson announces, "Mrs. Collins is a liar." Burke tells her, "Those are strong words, Mrs. Johnson. You'd better have proof." Mrs. Johnson replies, "I have evidence from her own lips." She tells him about the conversation she overheard between Laura and Roger. After hearing her account, Burke angrily shouts, "Pacify me?! Handle me?!"

David is visiting Laura at the cottage. Laura tells David, "You'd better be going back. It's almost dinner time. Now you're sure nobody knows you came here?" David assures her that nobody does. Laura tells him, "Good. Now you mustn't ever tells anyone about you visits to me. Especially your Aunt Elizabeth." David remarks, "I don't know why Aunt Elizabeth doesn't want me to see you anymore." Laura replies, "She just doesn't understand how much we need each other." David sees a box on a table and asks, "What's this?" Laura explains, "A music box. Would you like to hear it play?" She opens the top and the music box plays. She tells him, "Like it? It's yours." She pauses, then adds, "But I think you'd better keep it here." David begs her to let him bring it back to Collinwood, promising, "I'll keep it hidden!" She finally gives in.

David returns to Collinwood and runs into Elizabeth in the foyer. Elizabeth asks, "Where have you been?" David lies, "At the beach." Elizabeth notices that he seems to be hiding something behind his back and asks, "What do you have there?" David shows her. Elizabeth asks, "Where did you get that?" David lies, "I found it on the beach." Elizabeth tells him, "No, I've seen this before. I recognize it. It belongs to your mother. I've seen it on a table at the cottage. She gave it to you, didn't she?" David lamely replies, "No. I found it on the beach. Maybe SHE lost it there!" Elizabeth tells him, "You're lying David. Why?" David shouts, "BECAUSE YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND!" Elizabeth takes him into the drawing room and explains to him why she doesn't want him seeing his mother and explains she's forbidding him from seeing his mother because she (Elizabeth) loves him. David shouts, "Well, I don't love you! You're mean and I hate you!" and runs off.

Burke goes to the cottage and confronts Laura. Laura starts to cry. Burke is affected by this and calms down.

At Collinwood, Elizabeth puts on her coat and goes out the front door.

Laura tells Burke that she lied to Roger, that she said what she did to him so he would give her custody of David. Burke tells her he believes her and kisses her. Suddenly, they hear a voice shout, "LAURA!" They look and see that Elizabeth has come in. Burke says, "Let me explain..", but Laura tells him to leave, saying she'll talk to Elizabeth. Burke leaves. Laura starts to talk to Elizabeth about Burke, but Elizabeth tells her, "It's not you and Burke I'm interested in, it's you and David. I know all about your secret meeting with him, about how you encouraged him to lie about it." She orders her to leave Collinwood. Laura replies, "Tonight? I need more time." Elizabeth tells her, "You have plenty of time. I want you to leave by tomorrow at the latest! You're never going to get David!" Laura retorts, "I'm going to get David and you're not going to be able to stop me!" Elizabeth asks, "What do you mean?" Laura replies, "You'll find out!" Elizabeth shouts, "Leave! Now! Do you hear me?" Laura replies, "Yes. I hear you." Elizabeth replies, "Good!" and leaves. Laura goes and sits down by the fire.

Elizabeth returns to Collinwood and looks for Roger.

At the cottage, Laura stares into the fire strangely.

Elizabeth, having not found Roger in the drawing room, goes into the foyer. Suddenly, she starts to walk unsteadily, as if she were dizzy. She starts up the stairs. She seems to get more unsteady with each step. Halfway up, she stops, shouts, "Roger! Vicki! Somebody, help me!" and falls all the way down the stairs.

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Episode 156
(TB 5/DISK 2/#5)

Tape Date: January 23, 1967
Air Date:
January 30, 1967 Monday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Susan Sullivan as Ghost
Bob O'Connell as Bartender

My name is Victoria Winters. A storm in all its raging cruelty threatens Collinwood for there is a force threatening Collinwood far more sinister and far more cruel than the raging storm... and it has unleashed itself upon one woman in particular.

Roger, hearing Elizabeth's screams, comes running out of the bedroom hallway. He sees Elizabeth at the foot of the stairs and runs down to her. He is soon joined by Vicki, who has also heard Elizabeth's screams. Elizabeth regains consciousness. Roger tells Vicki to get a doctor, but Elizabeth insists, "No, that won't be necessary. I'm fine. I've got a lot of things to do. I'm expecting a call from Metcalf and I've got to give Mrs. Johnson the menu for tomorrow." Vicki and Roger are shocked. They tell her, "It's 10 at night. You've already given Mrs. Johnson the menu for tomorrow, and the call from Metcalf came at 3:30 in the afternoon." They find that Elizabeth can't remember anything that happened after mid morning.

Joe is at the Blue Whale. Carolyn walks in. She goes to the bar and asks if Burke has been in and is told he hasn't. Joe goes up to her and asks, "Aren't you even going to say hello?" Carolyn replies, "I didn't think you wanted me to." They strike up a conversation. Carolyn asks if they could remain friends. Joe replies, "No. I think it would be better if we stayed away from one another." The phone rings. The bartender answers. He tells Carolyn it's for her and gives it to her. Over the phone, Roger tells Carolyn that something's happened to Elizabeth. Carolyn asks, "What?" Roger replies, "We don't know. The doctor is here with her right now."

Carolyn rushes home. In the foyer, Roger tells her, "The doctor left half an hour ago. He doesn't know what happened to her. All he knows is that it wasn't a heart attack or stroke." Carolyn tells him, "I've got to see her!"

Carolyn goes to see her mother. She finds her in a very confused state. Elizabeth tells Carolyn that she isn't sick, that something's happened to her. She begs, "Please help me! Why doesn't someone help me?"

Carolyn goes downstairs and tells Vicki that Elizabeth keeps saying that she thinks something's going to happen to her.

It is 2:00 at night. Elizabeth starts muttering, "The storm... the cottage... I remember going out into the storm..." Suddenly, she awakens and exclaims, "I remember! I remember what happened now! I remember going to the cottage and telling Laura to leave.." She shouts, "Roger! Vicki! Come quickly! I remember now!" She gets out of bed, looking very excited, but suddenly stops when she sees a figure standing in front of the window, silhouetted by the lightning. Elizabeth demands, "Who is it?", but the figure doesn't answer. Elizabeth screams. The figure disappears. Roger and Vicki come running into the room and ask Elizabeth what's wrong. She mumbles, "The bird. High up against the sky. The fire, the waves against the rocks. The bird, the fire, the stones.... The bird, the fire, the stones..." and collapses into unconsciousness.

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Episode 157
(TB 5/DISK 2/#6)

Tape Date: January 24, 1967
Air Date:
January 31, 1967 Tuesday
Writer:
Ron Sproat
Director:
Lela Swift
Conard Fowkes as Frank Garner
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Daniel Keyes as Caretaker
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters
Vince O'Brien as Lt. Dan Riley

My name is Victoria Winters. Dawn has come to Collinwood, gray and cold; the night's storm is over, but there is no sun to be seen. The night's vigil is almost over, but the deeds of the night remain to haunt the day.

It is early the next morning. Vicki awakens in the drawing room, apparently having fallen asleep in a chair there. She mutters to herself, still half asleep, "The stones... The stones..." She awakens fully and smells jasmine in the air. She exclaims, "Josette! I know you're here! Please help me understand those words Mrs. Stoddard said!... Yes! The stones, those are the headstones in the graveyard, aren't they. No, Josette, don't leave now!!" But the smell of jasmine disappears.

Vicki comes back down the stairs into the foyer and into the drawing room. She is now dressed in a coat to go out. There's a knock at the door. Vicki quickly goes and answers it. It's Frank Garner. He asks, "Why did you call to come down here?" Vicki tells him, "I'll tell you later." Frank protests, "When you called me at 5 in the morning, you'd told me you'd tell me when I got here..." Roger comes down the stairs and asks, "What's going on down here?" Vicki tells him, "I just called Frank to ask him to take me out for a drive after all that's happened." Frank asks, "What's happened?" Roger tells him about Elizabeth. Frank asks, "Is there anything I can do?" Roger replies, "No, just take Vicki out for her drive. It'll do her some good."

After leaving Roger, Frank asks Vicki, "Where are we going? And don't tell me we're just going out for a drive." Vicki replies, "We're going back to the cemetery. Back to the crypt!"

Frank and Vicki go back to the cemetery and knock at the door of the crypt for a long time. There is no answer. Vicki keeps knocking and shouts, "Do you hear me?" A voice from behind replies, "I hear you." Frank and Vicki turn and see the old man coming up the walk. He tells them, "The storm knocked over some of the gravestones and I've got to check the records to see where they go." He opens the door and lets them in. The old man mutters, "I've got to check my records to see where the stones go." Vicki asks, "You must have pretty complete records of this cemetery." The old man replies, "Not just this one, but also the other one seven miles up the road, the one they had to move when the town became too big for both the living and the dead." Vicki asks if he has records of any other Laura Murdoch's. The old man asks, "What's the surname? I can't do anything for you without the last name." Vicki tells her she doesn't know, just Laura Murdoch with any last name. The old man recalls, "Yes, I do seem to remember another Laura Murdoch something, but I can't remember the last name." Suddenly, Vicki remarks that she smells jasmine in the room. No one else smells it. A book mysteriously pulls out of a bookshelf and falls to the ground. No one sees it doing so, but Vicki, Frank and the old man quickly turn when they hear it hit the ground. Frank goes and picks it up. He remarks, "Laura Murdoch Radcliffe." The old man exclaims, "Yes! That's the one I was thinking of. Laura Murdoch Radcliffe!" Vicki asks, "Frank, how did you know?" He shows her the book and tells her, "Look at the page this book opened to." She looks at it and reads, "Laura Murdoch Radcliffe." The old man leaves, saying, "I think I have some more complete records of her." Vicki reads the book and exclaims, "Frank! Look at the dates! Laura Murdoch Radcliffe, 1846-1867! Don't you see? Laura Murdoch Stockbridge died in 1767, exactly 100 years before. And..." Frank finishes for her, "And it's now 1967, exactly 100 years after." The old man returns with another book, saying "Found her! Here she is!." He reads from it, "Laura Murdoch Radcliffe, married Robert Radcliffe..." He pauses and exclaims, "Now that's strange. It doesn't list who her parents were. Now that's NEVER done!" Vicki asks, "Does it say anything else about her?" The old man replies, "Just the way she died." Frank asks, "How?" The old man hands the book to Frank. Frank reads, "Laura Murdoch Radcliffe. 1840-1867 Died by fire..."

Lt. Reilly drops by Collinwood and tells Roger that the lab reports have come back. Roger, who has other things on his mind, is very irritated that Reilly is bothering him and is trying to get rid of him. Reilly tells him that the woman in the cottage has been positively identified as Laura Collins. Roger angrily tells him, "Of course she is. I told you she was." Frank and Vicki return. Roger sarcastically tells them, "Lt. Reilly has come here to tell us something fantastic. Laura IS Laura!" and leaves. Reilly tells Frank and Vicki about the reports. Frank asks, "And the body in Phoenix?" Reilly replies, "Frankly, we're stumped on that. Both the woman in the cottage AND the woman who died in the fire identify 100% positive as Laura Collins. We're just going to close the case with the woman in the fire as unidentified." He remarks, "If I weren't a sane man, I'd think there were TWO Laura Collins's." and leaves. Vicki remarks, "Or maybe four..."
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