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Episode 1221
1841 PT
(COL 25/DISK 4 #5)

Tape Date: February 16, 1971
Air Date: March 1, 1971 Monday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

For over a century and a half, the Collins family has been haunted by a mysterious curse. To appease the evil spirit, one member of each generation has been chosen by lottery to spend a night in a mysterious locked room. All who have remained there have either died or gone insane. When Gabriel Collins drew the marked lottery slip he hired a villager to take his place, but the villager was discovered dead, and Gabriel roams the wood insane. Today the lottery has been held again, this time it is Catherine Collins who has been chosen.

Everyone leaves to to let Morgan and Catharine talk. Morgan tells Catharine, "I will not let it happen! I will not let you go into that room!" Catharine replies that she must, that they must follow the agreed rules of the lottery. Morgan tells her they must flee. Catharine reminds him that according to the legends, they cannot flee the curse. Morgan tells her, "You must not go into that room. Look what happened to Gabriel! And he only spent half and hour in there!" Catharine assures him that that won't happen to her because she doesn't believe in the curse, that she's sure what happened to those who had stayed in the room happened because of their belief in the curse, that they were the victims of their own fear. Morgan asks, "What about Tim Braithwaite? He had no knowledge of the curse". But Catharine has an answer for that. She replies, "Maybe Gabriel killed him in his crazed state when he came".

At the old house, Bramwell is agonizing over what Catharine has told him. Daphne comes in. Seeing the worried look on his face, she asks, "What's wrong?" He lies that nothing is. There's a knock at the door. Bramwell answers. It's Julia. She comes in and tells them she and Flora have heard about their marriage and have given them a wedding gift. She gives Bramwell a painting wrapped in blue paper. Bramwell unwraps it and finds that it's the old portrait of his father Barnabas. Daphne, who's never seen it before, remarks on how much he resembles his father. Bramwell leaves to get some brandy. Julia tells Daphne that Catharine has been chosen for the lottery. Bramwell, who has come back with the brandy, hears this and angrily asks Julia, "And you were going to keep this secret to me?!" They argue but then notice that Daphne is gone.

Daphne goes to Collinwood and begs Catharine, "Please, Catharine, please, you must not go into that room tonight!" Catharine refuses to listen, saying, "There's nothing to discuss." Morgan walks into the room. Daphne asks him, "Are you just going to let her go into that room?" Morgan replies that he's done everything he can to try to stop her, but she won't listen.

Catharine, having received a note from Bramwell asking her to meet him at the gazebo, goes and meets him there. He tells her that he has heard about her being selected in the lottery and begs her not to go through with it for the sake of the child. She tells him that it's for the sake of the child that she MUST go through with it, that she doesn't want it to have to experience a lottery the next generation. She tells him she intends to break the curse.

At Collinwood, Morgan asks Julia to escort Catharine to the room when the time comes, saying he can't bear to do it himself.

The clock in the foyer shows 5:10. Night is falling. Julia goes into the drawing room and tells Catharine it is time. She takes her to the room, but when she puts the key in the lock and tries to open the door, she finds that it won't open. She remarks, "I don't understand what's wrong. I'm sure this is the right key!" They are startled to hear Morgan's voice answer from inside the room, "It is the right key. The lock has been changed. Quentin has the only key. We decided that it would be best this way. I'm taking your place, Catharine. I will spend the night in the room!"


Episode 1222
1841 PT
(COL 25/DISK 4 #6)

Tape Date: February 19, 1971
Air Date: March 2, 1971 Tuesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
David Selby as Quentin Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the frightening world of parallel time; a time when the Collins's live under a curse that has haunted them for over a century and a half. To appease this curse, a member of the family, chosen by lottery, must enter a mysterious locked room and spend an entire night there. All those who have done so have either died or emerged mad. On this day the lottery was held again and Catherine Collins drew the losing slip. Now night has fallen and Catherine is prepared to meet her fate.

Catharine bangs on the door, begging Morgan to reconsider. She tells him, "I must be the one who spends the night in the room. I was chosen in the lottery. Those are the rules!" Morgan replies, "Our rules. The curse only says that it must be a Collins who spends the night in the room." Catharine asks Julia, "Do something!", but she replies that there's nothing she can do. Catharine runs off.

Catharine goes to Quentin and demands that he give her the key. He refuses. He admits to her that he and Morgan had decided that it would be one of them who would go into the room, that they never had any intention of letting a woman do it, no matter who won the lottery.

Morgan explores the room. He looks behind a curtain and finds not a window, but a door. He tries to open it, but finds that it is locked.

The clock in the foyer now shows 9:00. Catharine, Julia and Quentin are in the drawing room, waiting for morning. There's a knock at the door. Julia answers. It's Kendrick Young. She tells him they're busy, but he barges in, saying it's important. He tells Julia that he suspects that Gabriel is hiding in the house, that the fact that the police have found no trace of him anywhere leave no other alternative. Julia insists that Gabriel isn't at Collinwood.

In the room, Morgan, using a heavy metal vase, breaks the lock to the door he had found. He goes in.

Julia tells Kendrick they're very busy and orders him to leave, but just as he is about to do so, Melanie comes down and exclaims "Kendrick!" She tells Julia she'd like to speak to Kendrick. Julia reluctantly agrees. Melanie and Kendrick go into the drawing room. Julia and Quentin notice that Catharine is gone.

In the drawing room, Melanie and Kendrick talk. Kendrick asks Melanie about her past. Melanie tells him she was adopted, but doesn't know anything about her real parents.

Catharine goes to the room and calls to Morgan, but gets no answer. Quentin comes. Catharine tells her she called to Morgan but got no answer. He tells her there's nothing he can do about that and takes her away.

Melanie and Kendrick finish talking. They kiss. He leaves.

Quentin goes to Julia and tells her he found Catharine and took her to Melanie to look after her. It's now 11:00. Quentin remarks, "Why does time seem to go so slowly when you want it to go quickly?"

Quentin, Julia, Catharine and Melanie wait in the drawing room for dawn. Six O'clock comes, and the sun rises. Catharine starts to run out of the room to get Morgan, but Quentin stops her and tells her it would be better if he and Julia go get him.

Julia and Quentin go to the room. Quentin unlocks the door and they go in. They find Morgan sitting in a chair. Quentin asks, "Are you all right?" Morgan replies, "Yes".

Julia and Quentin take Morgan downstairs. Catharine sees them coming down the stairs and, overjoyed to see Morgan all right, runs to him and embraces him. She asks to be alone with her husband. Catharine takes Morgan into the drawing room while everyone else leaves. Morgan looks around the drawing room, a strange look on is face. Catharine asks, "Is there anything wrong, Morgan?" Morgan replies, "Stop calling me Morgan. That's not my name."


Episode 1223
1841 PT
(COL 25/DISK 4 #7)

Tape Date: February 22, 1971
Air Date: March 3, 1971 Wednesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes

For over a century and a half the family in the Great House at Collinwood has been plagued by a terrifying curse. Once during each generation a Collins is chosen by lottery to spend a night in a mysterious locked room in the abandoned west wing - the room in which all who remain are found dead or totally mad. Last night the lottery was held again, and Catherine Collins was chosen. But when she was taken to the room she discovered that her husband Morgan had taken her place. Now it is dawn, and Morgan has been removed from the room. He has survived the night alive and Catherine is overjoyed. But her happiness is short-lived.

Catharine, alarmed, calls for Julia. Julia and Melanie come. Morgan asks Julia, "Are you the present mistress of Collinwood?" Julia, puzzled, asks, "What?" Morgan remarks, "Oh. I see you're confused." She asks him what he means, but he refuses to tell her, saying, "The less you know, the better." Melanie tries to talk to him, but he does not seem to know her. When she tells him her name is "Melanie" he remarks, "Melanie", pretty name - for a Collins". He speaks of the Collins as if he doesn't like them. He tells her he wants nothing to do with them and asks to be left alone, saying he has things to do. Julia asks him, "If you're not Morgan, who are you?" He refuses to answer and tells them he is tired. Catharine takes him up to their room. She tells him "You can trust me. I'm your wife", but he replies, "I have no wife!"

Julia returns to the drawing room and tells Melanie that she's told Flora and Quentin about Morgan's condition. Melanie remarks, "The room's made him mad, like all the others!", but Julia tells her, "No. I don't think so. He didn't seem mad, he was totally coherent. I think maybe he's possessed!" Catharine comes back down. She tells them, "I didn't learn anything more except that whoever he thinks he is isn't married."

Later, Julia is sitting in the drawing room alone reading the ledger Morgan and Quentin had found, seeing if she can find anything. Melanie comes in and asks Julia what she knows about her real parents. Julia replies, "I told you before. I don't know anything about them." But when Melanie continues to press her for information, Julia tells her, "Justin was on the Board of Directors of the Concord Orphanage where you were. That's where he adopted you." Melanie asks why her out of all the children there. Julia replies, "He knew your parents before they died." Melanie asks what her real parents names were, but Julia tells her she doesn't know.

Catharine goes to her and Morgan's bedroom and finds Morgan lying there sleeping. She goes to the window and looks out. Morgan wakes up and joins her. He remarks, "Beautiful. It hasn't changed a bit." She asks, "Are you familiar with the grounds?" He replies that he is. He points to the cottage and asks, "That cottage. Who lives there right now?" Catharine replies, "Ben Stokes and his granddaughter Carrie". She asks why he wants to know. He replies, "Oh, no reason. Just curious." She asks, "You said you knew the grounds from before. How long ago?" He replies, "You're all just choking on your curiosity, aren't you?" He yells, "I don't want you spying on me!", and runs out of the room, locking her in there.

Melanie goes to Justin's desk and snoops around. She finds a secret drawer. Inside is a page from a very old letter. She reads it. It appears to be from Justin telling someone that he has adopted Melanie and doesn't care what she thinks. Julia comes in and asks what she's doing. Melanie shows her the letter and asks why she lied that her parents were dead when she was adopted, that this letter indicates otherwise. Julia asks what she means. She replies that it's to her mother. Julia points out that the first page is missing and asks her how she would know who it was to. Melanie replies that from the contents, she gets the idea that it's to her mother. Julia tells her she's wrong, that it's to Flora, that Flora was very opposed to adopting her, though she eventually came to love her very much. After Melanie leaves the room, Julia takes the letter and burns it in the candle flame.

Morgan sneaks into the foyer and out the front doors. He goes to the cottage and finds Carrie there. He asks, "Carrie, is your grandfather here?" Carrie replies, "No. I'm here all alone". Morgan tells her there's something in the cellar he needs and asks her for the key. Sensing that something is wrong with him with her psychic powers, she refuses. Suddenly, she seems to fall into a trance. Puzzled, Morgan waves his hand in front of her face, but gets no reaction. He takes a shovel and breaks the lock to the cellar door.

Catharine bangs on the bedroom door and screams for someone to let her out. Julia hears her, comes and lets her out. She tells her that Morgan escaped. Julia says, "We must search the house for him!", but Catharine tells her she doesn't think he's in the house, that he seemed to be interested in the cottage and she thinks he might have gone there.

Morgan comes back up from the cellar holding a book. He leafs through the pages. He looks at Carrie. She is still sitting still in the chair in the trance. Julia and Catharine come in. Julia asks, "What are you doing here? Morgan replies "I don't have to tell you. I come and go as I please." They see Carrie and Julia demands to know what he did to her. Morgan replies, "I didn't do anything to her. I don't know why she's in that state." Suddenly, Carrie comes out of the trance, looks at Morgan and exclaims, "I know who you are! I know who you are! You're James Forsyth!"


Episode 1224
1841 PT
(COL 25/DISK 4 #8)

Tape Date: February 23, 1971
Air Date: March 4, 1971 Thursday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the world of parallel time. On the terrifying night that has just passed, Catherine Collins was chosen by lottery to go into the locked room in the abandoned west wing. But at the last moment her place was taken by her husband, Morgan. Morgan survived the night in the room, but he was changed – possessed by some alien spirit. Now in the caretaker’s cottage on the grounds, Catherine and Julia are soon to learn his new identity.

Catharine asks, "Who's James Forsyth?" Julia replies, "He's the one who put the curse on the family." Morgan laughs and says, "Is that what the family thinks? It's not true. I have absolutely nothing to do with the curse!" Julia asks "What do you want here?" Carrie remarks, "He went downstairs". Julia tells him, "If you were looking for your ledger, it's too late. It's note there any more." Morgan replies, "No. I was looking for this" and holds up the book he found. Julia asks, "What is that?", but he refuses to tell her and leaves.

Bramwell returns to the old house and tells Daphne that he went to Collinwood and learned that Morgan had stayed in the room instead of Catharine, but he learned little beyond this fact. Catharine notices that Bramwell has a worried look on his face and asks what's wrong. Bramwell lies that nothing is, but Daphne asks, "It's Catharine, isn't it?" When Bramwell doesn't answer, Daphne screams, "It's always Catharine!" and runs off.

Morgan reads a passage from the book he had found: "As for Sarah, ...She went to the cottage expecting to find the lovers trysting. Instead, she found me, and now is buried in a grave where no one will ever find her!" Morgan says, "Now I know what I must do, and I will attend to it tonight!"

In the drawing room at Collinwood, Julia and Catharine wonder where Morgan is. Suddenly, Catharine starts to feel faint again. Julia asks what's wrong. Catharine replies, "Nothing. It's just everything's that's happened in the last couple of days." Julia leaves to get some smelling salts. Bramwell comes. He asks, "What happened to Morgan? I came here earlier but could only find out that he spent the night in the room instead of you." Catharine tells him what happened. Bramwell tries to convince Catharine that she cannot stay and have the baby at Collinwood with so many strange things happening, that she cannot "stay in this house I hate so much!" They hear Julia's voice asks, "If you hate it so much, why have you come here?" Bramwell tells he just came to see how Morgan was and leaves. Julia tells Catharine that she suspects that there's still something going on between her and Bramwell, that there's some kind of secret, that she can sense this it in the atmosphere when they're together. Catharine denies it.

Morgan sneaks into the cottage. In the dark, he accidentally knocks something over. Hearing this, Carrie comes into the room and finds Morgan in there. She asks him what he wants. He asks her if, with the powers she has, she has ever sensed a spirit in the house, the spirit of a woman who was brutally murdered. Carrie replies that she hasn't and, frightened, tries to run, but Morgan grabs her, throws her into an adjoining and locks the door.

Bramwell returns to the old house. When Daphne learns that he has gone to Collinwood and spoken to Catharine, she accuses him of still loving Catharine and tells him that if he wants to prove he doesn't, he must leave Collinsport with her. He refuses, saying, "If you want to leave Collinsport, you can go yourself!" Daphne, upset, runs upstairs.

Morgan goes to the cellar of the cottage and digs. He finds a skeleton buried there and remarks, "He said no one would ever find you, but I have!" Suddenly, a wind starts to blow things around, even though it's INSIDE. Morgan exclaims, "Yes, Brutus, I have found her! I know it is you! So we meet again after all these years! Show yourself so that we may fight again!" The ghost of Brutus Collins shows itself...


Episode 1225
1841 PT
(COL 25/DISK 4 #9)

Tape Date: February 24, 1971
Air Date: March 5, 1971 Friday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Louis Edmonds as Brutus Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes 
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the world of parallel time. For over a century and a half this has been a house of dark and terrifying secrets. But during the past forty-eight hours the wall of secrecy has begun to crack. Not enough is known yet about the strange curse that has haunted the family all these years. But certain facts are coming to light. Facts which may either end the curse or the family itself.

The ghost of Brutus Collins (Louis Edmonds) shows itself. Morgan tells it he intends to right some wrongs. The ghost attacks him.

Melanie and Julia are in the drawing room at Collinwood. There's a knock at the door. Julia answers. It's Carrie. She tells Julia that Morgan came to the cottage again, that he seemed crazy, that he locked her in a room, but she managed to escape through a window. Julia takes Carrie to go to the cottage, but when she opens the door to go out, she finds Kendrick Young standing there. He tells Julia he wants to talk to Melanie. Julia tells him, "Stay here. I want to talk to you later" and leaves with Carrie. Melanie invites Kendrick into the drawing room, but he tells her he'd rather go outside to talk, that he doesn't want to be overheard.

Julia and Carrie go to the cottage. Carrie tells Julia that she thought she heard Morgan go downstairs when she was locked in. They go downstairs and find Morgan lying on the ground. Julia bends down, examines him and tells Carrie, "He's still breathing. We've got to get him back to Collinwood." Suddenly, Carrie exclaims, "I sense something! It's the same angry spirit I felt a Collinwood a few days ago!" A wind comes up. Carrie exclaims, "It's him! It's the spirit! It doesn't want you touching Morgan!" They see the skeleton of Sarah. Julia tells Carrie to go to Collinwood and tell Quentin.

Kendrick and Melanie have gone to the gazebo. Kendrick tells Melanie that he's gone and done some research and found that the story she's been told about her adoption is a lie, that while it is true that Justin Collins had been on the board of directors of Concord Orphanage, he did not adopt her from there, that there is no record of her ever having been there. Melanie thanks him for finding out for her and asks why he did it. He replies, "Because I can tell it's important to you".

Morgan awakens and finds himself lying on a sofa in the drawing room at Collinwood with Julia sitting near him. He asks her how he got there. Julia replies, "Quentin and two servants brought you here." She asks him to tell her what he's doing, saying, "It would be to your advantage to tell". Morgan laughs and replies, "It's never to my advantage to talk to a Collins!" Julia tells him that his grudge is with the Collins of 160 years ago, not with the present Collins family. She tells him they can help him, but he replies, "You're the ones who need help!" and refuses to tell her anything. She asks him not to go back to the cottage again, saying it's too dangerous. He agrees to do this on one condition, that the skeleton found in the cellar be given a proper burial. Julia asks who the skeleton is. Morgan replies, "Sarah Forsyth, my sister!" Julia asks how she came to be buried in the cellar. Morgan refuses to tell her, saying, "If you want to know, ask your ancestor Brutus Collins. He's still there..."

It is 9:45. Julia is now sitting alone in the drawing room, drinking a cup of coffee or tea. She hears the front door open, and Kendrick and Melanie coming inside. Kendrick and Melanie talk for a few moments then say goodnight. Melanie goes upstairs and Kendrick turns to leave, but Julia comes out into the foyer and reminds him that she had asked to talk to him. They go into the drawing room. Julia closes the doors. She accuses him of interfering, of putting questions into Melanie's head about her adoption. Kendrick tells her that he's done some investigation and found that the story Melanie has been told about her adoption is a lie and asks, "What is the truth? What is it that everyone is trying to keep from Melanie?" Julia angrily demands that he get out and goes and opens the door, but when she does, she sees Melanie coming down the stairs, saying, "Death! Death is the answer! Soon, everyone in this house will die and the curse will be appeased!" Julia quickly closes the doors and says to Kendrick, "Maybe we CAN discuss the matter a little longer, Mr. Young...", but Kendrick replies, "What is it you don't want me to see in the foyer?" and pushes by her and goes into the foyer to see. He goes out and finds Melanie standing there. He goes up to her and asks her what wrong, but she shocks him by saying, "Who are you? You're not a Collins? Get out of this house! Everyone in this house is destined to die!" Kendrick turns to Julia and says, "What's wrong with her? I demand to know what's wrong with her!"


Episode 1226
1841 PT
(COL 25/DISK 4 #10)

Tape Date: March 1, 1971
Air Date: March 8, 1971 Monday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Joan Bennett as Flora Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Christopher Pennock as Gabriel Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the world of Parallel Time. On this night, Melanie Collins, an adopted member of the family, has been given some news of a disturbing and startling nature, concerning her own origins. She has heard it from the man she has fallen in love with, Kendrick Young. Kendrick intends to keep investigating until he learns the whole truth of Melanie’s past. He is unaware that shortly he will discover Melanie’s most frightening secret.

Julia tells Kendrick, "Stop shouting. I'll tell you in due time." She turns to Melanie, tells her, "You know where you must go" and takes her away.

It is 10:30. Julia comes back down and tells Kendrick, "Now you know why she can never leave Collinwood. She tells him about Melanie's attacks. He asks how long they've been happening. She replies, "About 10 years" . Kendrick asks, "Could it be she's under a spell or curse? I've heard rumors of this in the village." Julia flatly denies this, saying he shouldn't believe the wild rumors he hears in the village. Melanie comes back into the room and asks, in a surprised voice, "Why Kendrick! What are you still doing here?" Kendrick, shocked, says "Goodnight, Melanie!" and abruptly leaves. Melanie asks Julia, "Why did you leave so suddenly? Did you say something to him? What did you do?" Julia replies, "I didn't do anything. You had one of your attacks . He saw you change." Melanie runs off, saying she's got to find him and try to explain.

Flora comes down and Julia tells her what happened. Flora tells Julia they've got to get Quentin to go after Melanie.

Melanie, walking through the woods on her way to the village, runs into Gabriel. He tells her, "Glad to see you! I need your help!" She offers to take him back to Collinwood, but he refuses, saying the police will find him if he goes back there. He gives her a letter to give to Flora.

Melanie returns to Collinwood. Julia asks, "You couldn't have been to the village and back so quickly!" Melanie replies that she never got to the village, that she ran into Gabriel in the woods, that he gave her a letter to give to Flora. She gives Flora the letter. Flora opens it and reads it . It in, Gabriel tells her he needs her help and asks her to meet him at 12:00 midnight at the gazebo. Julia asks, "Surely you're not going to go, are you?" Flora replies that she will, that Gabriel is her son and she must try to help him. Julia tries to argue her out of this but is unsuccessful.

It is midnight. Flora is in the gazebo, waiting for Gabriel. Gabriel comes. Flora tells him, "The worst is over. I'm here, Gabriel." Gabriel replies, "Yes you are!". Behind his back, he is holding a knife...


Episode 1227
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #1)

Tape Date: March 2, 1971
Air Date: March 9, 1971 Tuesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Joan Bennett as Flora Collins
David Selby as Quentin Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Christopher Pennock as Gabriel Collins

The Great House at Collinwood. From out of the past, the spirit of James Forsythe has come to claim what is due him. When Morgan Collins spent the night in the locked room James Forsythe took possession of his body; and now, through Morgan, is able to take revenge on the entire Collins family. Meanwhile, Melanie has brought word that Gabriel has returned and wants Flora to meet him at midnight in the deserted gazebo.

Flora tells Gabriel that she'll take him back to Collinwood, that they'll take care of him and get him help, but Gabriel refuses, saying he's sure the police will find him if he goes back. He tells her he needs money to run away, and tells her he needs her jewels. He raises the knife and demands her jewels. He starts to approach her menacingly, a crazed expression on his face. Suddenly, he is tackled by Kendrick, who comes out of nowhere. They fight. In the fight, Gabriel ends up stabbed with the knife.

At Collinwood, Quentin it outside the door to Melanie's room. He is talking through the door, trying to get her to come out. She refuses, saying she's staying in the room where she can't hurt anyone, that she'll never again kill anyone the way she killed Kendrick's sister. Melanie mentions that Flora is going to meet Gabriel at the Gazebo.

At the Gazebo, Gabriel, lying on the ground, gives out a wounded moan. Flora exclaims, "He's still alive!" Kendrick says, "Yes. Alive to stand trial for the murder of my sister!" Flora blurts out. "It wasn't Gabriel who killed your sister!" Kendrick asks, "Who was it, then? It sounds like you know!" Flora tells him she doesn't, but he tells her he doesn't believe her and tries to force her to tell him, but Quentin suddenly shows up and forces him to leave. Quentin and Flora prepare to take Gabriel back to Collinwood.

At Collinwood, Kendrick goes to Melanie and tells her, "I've sorted a lot of things out in my mind. I want to be with you, I want us to fight these attacks together." Melanie replies that they can't be together, that it's not just the attacks, but something else. Kendrick asks her to tell her what it is, saying there's nothing she can tell him that'll make him feel differently about her. Melanie starts to say something, but stops, unable to tell him.

Gabriel is in the tower room at Collinwood. His wound, a superficial flesh wound, has been treated and he is up an walking. Quentin is in the room with him. Quentin asks him what he saw in the room, saying it might help them end the curse if they knew. Gabriel remarks, "It was hideous!" Quentin asks, "What was?" Gabriel replies, "I can't remember! I just know it was hideous! Ever since that night, I've tried to remember, but I can't!" Quentin tells him to try to. Gabriel thinks and says, "I I'm standing in the room, and I feel terrified, and then.. Quentin! I remember what happened in the room now!" Quentin asks, "What?", but suddenly Gabriel goes crazy and attacks him. Quentin manages to overcome Gabriel and leaves, locking him in the Tower room.

Quentin goes downstairs and tells Flora what happened with Gabriel. Flora tells Quentin something's got to be done about Kendrick's snooping. Quentin replies, "I'll go talk to him in his hotel room. I'll tell him something that'll stop all his suspicions."

It is 7:30. Kendrick comes to Collinwood. Quentin has apparently missed him. Kendrick tells Flora that he wants to try to help Melanie. He tells Flora, "We may have started out as enemies, but we can be allies." He tells her they can start by her telling him who killed his sister. Flora again maintains that she doesn't know. Suddenly, Melanie comes into the room and says, "Mother, you've got to tell him! I tried, but couldn't. Tell him, mother!"


Episode 1228
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #2)

Tape Date: February 25, 1971
Air Date: March 10, 1971 Wednesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Joan Bennett as Flora Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young

For those who dwell in the Great House no secret is buried beyond recall. More than a century ago Brutus Collins killed a young girl and buried her in the cellar of a cottage on the estate. Now the spirit of her brother, James Forsythe, possessing the body of Morgan Collins, has found her bones and vows revenge on the family. A short time ago another girl died, and now her brother Kendrick seeks to find the killer.

Kendrick asks, "Tell me what?" Flora doesn't say anything. Melanie blurts out, "That I killed Stella!" Kendrick, shocked, asks, "What do you mean? How did it happen? It was an accident, wasn't it?" Flora tells Melanie to leave. Melanie runs from the room in tears. Flora tells Kendrick not to take what Melanie just said seriously, that she imagined that she killed Stella, that these are the ramblings of a troubled mind.

After Kendrick leaves, Flora tells Melanie that if Kendrick has gone to the police and they come here, she is to deny that she ever said she killed Stella, that the police will believe the word of a Collins over that of a stranger.

Daphne tells Bramwell that she has decided to stay with him.

Kendrick, walking around, runs into Melanie, who's sitting in the gazebo thinking. She asks, "Have you told the police?" Kendrick replies that he hasn't, that he's thought about it and doesn't believe that she killed Stella. Melanie replies that she could have when she was possessed, but Kendrick replies that he doesn't think so, that he's seen her when she's in that state, that the "person she is when in that state" seems to be in great pain, but does not seem to be a killer. He asks her to marry him. Melanie replies that she isn't sure she wants to..

Catharine comes downstairs into the foyer. Flora asks her how Morgan is. Catharine, who seems quite dejected, asks, "How can you still call him Morgan? He's James Forsyth now." Catharine tells her she thinks Morgan is gone forever. Flora tells her she's got to have hope and stand by him, that he risked himself for her.

At the old house, Daphne finds Bramwell putting on his coat in the entry hall and asks him where he's going. Bramwell replies that he's going to town on business. She asks, "Business? At this time of night?" Bramwell explains that he's going to a bar on the waterfront to talk to a sailor who might know something about his ship. She asks if she can go with him. He replies, "NO! You can't cling to me 24 hours a day! That's not what a marriage is all about!" and leaves.

Bramwell goes to Collinwood. Flora answers the door and lets him in. Bramwell tells her he came to see how Morgan is. She tells him she doesn't believe, that his claim doesn't "ring true". She tells him she knows he came to see Catharine. She tells him she won't let him, that he is married to Daphne and Catharine to Morgan, that he has to leave her alone now.

Bramwell leaves and wanders around the grounds. He finds Catharine sitting at the Gazebo. They talk for awhile. Bramwell tells Catharine "It is you that I love. I will always love you. They end up kissing. From behind some bushes, Daphne, who has apparently followed Bramwell, sees them....


Episode 1229
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #3)

Tape Date: February 26, 1971
Air Date: March 11, 1971 Thursday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes

The family at Collinwood goes on living under the effects of a curse that has lasted for one hundred and sixty years. A curse that has left death and madness in its wake. It's latest victim is Morgan Collins, who spent a night in the legendary locked room and came out possessed by the spirit of James Forsythe...and man who died in sixteen hundred and eighty. Meanwhile, the marriage between Bramwell and Daphne continues to deteriorate as a result of what is happening at Collinwood.

Catharine tells Bramwell, "I love you too and always will, but it doesn't make any difference. You are married to Daphne and I am married to Morgan. Nothing can change that. Our whole situation is hopeless!"

In the drawing room at Collinwood, Morgan is holding the blue vase used in the lottery and is looking at it. Julia comes into the room, sees this and asks, "Is there any reason why you're looking at that particular vase?" Morgan replies, "I remember giving this to Brutus Collins as a gift." Julia asks, "And how did you come to know Brutus Collins?" Morgan replies, "Why do you asks that? You know very well it was you who introduced me to your brother Brutus, Constance!" Realizing that Morgan has become even more confused and thinks it's 1680, asks, "Why do you hate us so?" Morgan angrily replies, "You know very well why!" and storms out of the room.

It is 8:15. Daphne comes to Collinwood and goes into the drawing room. She sees the box containing the pistols used in the duel lying on a table. She opens the box, takes out one of the pistols and points it at her head, intending to commit suicide, but quickly puts it back into the box when she hears the front door. Bramwell comes in. He goes into the drawing room and finds Daphne in there. He asks her what she doing here. She replies, "I was about to ask you the same thing." He tells her he came to see Flora, that he had an argument with her a few days ago and wants to talk to her about it. Daphne tells him she came here to see her sister Catharine.

Julia and Catharine come down the stairs. Catharine asks, "and you have no idea where he went?" Julia replies that doesn't know where he (Morgan) went. They go into the drawing room and find Daphne and Bramwell in there. Julia tells them what happen. Bramwell leaves, saying "I'll go and try to find him." Julia leaves too. Catharine tries to talk to Daphne, but Daphne tells her she'd like to be alone and Catharine leaves. Daphne takes the pistol out of the box again and points it to her head, but then puts it down, saying, "I can't! I can't do it!"

Morgan goes to the cottage and shouts, "Amanda! Amanda! I'm here! Please come to me!". Receiving no reply, he sits down in a chair and waits.

Julia goes into the drawing room and finds Daphne sitting in there. Noticing the expression on her face, she asks, "What's wrong?" Daphne lies, "Nothing", but Julia asks, "It's Catharine and Bramwell, isn't it?" She tells Daphne that she knows that Catharine and Bramwell have been seeing each other secretly. Daphne tells Julia, "I've got to find a way to make Bramwell love ME. I love him so much!" Julia tells her she's sure she'll succeed.

At the cottage, Carrie comes in through the front door. Morgan, seeing her, calls out, "Amanda!", but when she turns on the light and he sees her face, he says, "Sarah! What are you doing here? Do you have a message from Amanda? Did Constance keep her from coming here? I will put a stop to her treachery!"

At Collinwood, Daphne tells Julia she's been very understanding. Bramwell comes in, saying he was unable to find Morgan. Daphne excuses herself, saying she's going upstairs to see her sister. Julia reprimands Bramwell for not being a better husband. He asks her what she means, but before she can tell him, Daphne comes back downstairs.

Bramwell and Daphne have left Collinwood and walking back to the old house. Bramwell asks Daphne what she and Julia were talking about, but Daphne just tells him, "We talked about a great many things." After they pass a clump of trees near Collinwood, Morgan comes out from behind the trees. In his hands is a piece of cord, knotted in the middle.

At Collinwood, Julia tells Catharine, "Your sister seems quite unhappy." Catharine replies, "There's nothing I can do about that." Julia replies, "Yes there is. You can stop seeing Bramwell secretly". Catharine angrily tells her that she and Bramwell are just old friends. She tells her to mind her own business, that she'll see whomever she wants to see and leaves.

Julia is sitting in the drawing room sitting in a chair reading a book. Morgan sneaks in through the front doors, comes quietly into the drawing room, sneaks up behind Julia, wraps the cord around her throat and starts to strangle her, shouting, "You're not going to ever stop me from seeing Amanda again!"


Episode 1230
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #4)

Tape Date: March 3, 1971
Air Date: March 12, 1971 Friday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
David Selby as Quentin Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Thayer David as Ben Stokes
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes

For over a century and a half a curse has stalked the Collins family. Since 1880, all who have entered the legendary locked room have met with either death or madness. Most recently it was Morgan Collins who entered the room. When he emerged, the family soon learned that Morgan had been possessed by the spirit of James Forsythe, who died in 1680. In his possessed state, Morgan has shown no signs of violence, but this night will see him change.

Hearing the noise, Quentin comes running into the drawing room, sees Morgan strangling Julia, pulls him off and shoves him across the room. Morgan starts toward Quentin, rope raised, but Quentin pulls one of the pistols from the box, aims it at him and orders him to stop. Morgan stops. Quentin, keeping the pistol aimed at Morgan, kneels down and examines Julia. He finds that she's alive. Catharine comes in and asks what happened. Quentin replies, "Your husband tried to kill Julia!" He tells her Morgan is dangerous now and he's going to take him upstairs and lock him up. As he is being taken away, Morgan shouts, "Tell Constance when she comes to that I'll try it again!"

At the cottage, Ben Stokes comes in. Carrie tells him that Morgan has been coming to the cottage, acting strangely and frightening her.

Quentin takes Morgan upstairs and locks him in a room.

Quentin goes back down to the drawing room and tells Catharine and Julia, who's now regained consciousness and is all right, that they're going to have to do something about Morgan, that they're going to have to try to hold an exorcism and evict the spirit of James Forsythe from his body, that he's afraid he'll die if they don't do something. He tells them they'll need Carrie's powers to hold the exorcism. He leaves, saying he's going to the cottage to get her, but when he gets to the door, he runs into Ben Stokes coming in. Quentin greets Stokes, saying "I didn't know you were back from Boston." Ben asks, "Where's Morgan?" Quentin asks why he wants to see Morgan. Ben replies, "Because I'd like to kill him!" He tells Quentin that Morgan has been going to the cottage, acting strangely and frightening Carrie. Quentin explains to Ben that Morgan hasn't been himself lately, that he's been possessed and that they're going to need Carrie's help to exorcise him. Ben is reluctant to allow this, but Quentin assures him that she's in no danger.

It is 11:15. Quentin goes into the drawing room and tells Catharine and Julia that Carrie is coming and they'll have to bring Morgan down, that he'll have to be at the exorcism. Julia asks how they'll be able to control him. Quentin tells them he has a plan.

Catharine goes into the room where Morgan is locked. She tells him she's come to help him. He asks why. She replies, "Because we have a common goal. We both hate Constance and want to see her dead!" He is dubious, but she manages to convince him this is the truth. Saying, "Now we are allies, let's have a drink to celebrate our alliance!". She goes to a table on which are a decanter and some glasses, pours a drink, pours some kind of drug in it, and gives it to him. She then pours another for herself. They both drink. Morgan starts to feel dizzy, then collapses onto the floor, unconscious. Catharine goes to the door, opens it and tells Quentin, who's standing outside, that it's worked.

Everyone, Quentin, Catharine, Julia, Carrie, Ben and and unconscious Morgan, are sitting at a large round table in the drawing room. The séance starts, and Carrie calls for the spirit of James Forsythe to speak. Suddenly, Morgan, who has been slumped down on the table unconscious, sits up and starts to talk. Carrie asks him why he's possessing the body of Morgan Collins. Morgan replies, "in order to right a wrong." Suddenly, he exclaims, "Brutus! Brutus Collins is here to send me back to the grave!" He gets up and runs out the doors and closes them. Quentin goes to give chase, but finds the doors locked. Julia tells him, "I have another key!" and opens the doors. They both go out to find Morgan.

Julia is walking through what looks like the bedroom hallway. She hears Morgan shouting "Stay away from me!" in one of the rooms. She goes inside and finds Morgan in there. Morgan tells her, "Brutus Collins has come to send me back to the tomb! There's not much time! I must tell you the truth about what happened in 1680!" Suddenly, he looks up and exclaims, "Brutus! You're here! But you can't stop me, Brutus! Your family will finally know the truth about the curse!"


Episode 1231
1841 PT/1680 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #5)

Tape Date: March 4, 1971
Air Date: March 15, 1971 Monday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Louis Edmonds as Brutus Collins
Nancy Barrett as Amanda Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins / Constance Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins / James Forsythe

Collinwood: The mysterious locked room in the abandoned west wing has brought death or madness to all who have entered it. Morgan Collins has survived the night in the room, but has been possessed by the spirit of a man who died in 1680 — the year the curse began. On this night, an attempt was made to exorcise the spirit of James Forsythe from the body of Morgan Collins. The attempt failed, but the family is soon to be faced with a revelation they never expected.

Morgan/James Forsythe tells Julia that he had met Brutus Collins in 1677, that he was introduced to him by Brutus' sister Constance, that they became fast friends and then business partners, but that after three years, he started to learn things about Brutus Collins...

The story is told with a flashback:

Flashback

It is 1680 at Collinwood. Brutus Collins (Louis Edmonds) is sitting in the drawing room writing in a ledger. James Forsythe (Keith Prentice), comes in through the front doors and into the drawing room. Forsythe tells Brutus, "I came to talk about our partnership." Brutus complains that it's late, that he was about to go to bed. Forsythe remarks, "I thought you wouldn't need to sleep, with your interest in the occult. I would've thought you'd have whipped up some spell or potion that would allow you to not sleep." He then continues, "I came to talk about our partnership. Isn't it strange how you keep getting richer while I keep getting poorer?" Brutus replies, "James, it isn't my fault that you squander your money. Forsythe tells him he isn't spending it, he isn't getting it in the first place. He accuses Brutus Collins of embezzling. Brutus denies this and tells him, "You can have the books audited, if you like." Forsythe replies, "I know those books won't show anything. I want to see the REAL figures, I want to see the books you keep in secret!" Brutus replies that no such books exist. He acts offended and tells Forsythe, "I want this partnership dissolved!" Forsythe replies, "Fine! But I want what's coming to me!" Brutus tells him, "Don't worry. You'll get what's coming to you!" Forsythe leaves in anger. On his way out, he passes a woman (Nancy Barrett), says, "Good night, Mrs. Collins". Amanda Collins, wife of Brutus, asks him what happened. Brutus tells him that he and Forsythe have decided to dissolve their partnership. He remarks, "I think you'll be very sorry to see Mr. Forsythe leave the Collins-Forsythe Trading Company." Amanda asks, "Why do you say that?" Brutus replies, "I think you know very well what I mean!" Amanda tells him she doesn't know what he means. She goes to front door, takes a coat from the coat rack, and puts it on. Brutus asks, "Where are you going?" She replies, "Out!" and leaves. Brutus tells Constance, who's just come into the room, "Follow her and see what she does!"

Amanda goes to James Forsythe's. They kiss. She asks him what happened. Forsythe tells her he suspects Brutus of cheating him and confronted him, but that he can't prove it. He tells her he suspects Brutus is keeping some books with the real figures in them somewhere and says, "If only I could find them..." Amanda tells him, "I think I know where they are! I found out just yesterday that Brutus has a secret work room at Collinwood. The door to it is hidden behind some drapes in his bedroom." Forsythe thanks her and tells her he'll go get the books. She warns him to be careful. He tells her he will. He tells her to meet him at 9:00 tomorrow morning, that after he gets the books, they'll go to town together. unbeknownst to them, Constance is eavesdropping on them from outside...

Constance returns to Collinwood and tells Brutus what she heard.

The clock in the foyer at Collinwood shows 2:20. James Forsythe sneaks into Collinwood and goes up the stairs. Unknown to him, Brutus is hiding in a dark corner of the foyer and sees him go up. Forsythe goes into Brutus' bedroom( what would later become the curse room)*, finds the door behind the drapes, opens in and goes inside. He goes down a flight of stairs and finds a room with a desk piled with ledgers. He opens one of them, looks through it and exclaims, "Good Lord! It's worse than I thought! He's embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars**! He's stealing me blind!" He is shocked to hear Brutus' voice behind him say, "I couldn't have put it better myself!" He turns and finds Brutus standing there. Forsythe tells him that with this evidence, it'll be easy to have him convicted. He tells him he'll have no problem finding witnesses against him, that almost everyone dislikes him, even his own sons. Forsythe stacks several of the ledgers in a pile, preparing to take them, but Brutus picks up a heavy metal candlestick and hits him on the back of the head, knocking him out.

Forsythe is lying on a table on which Brutus has put him. Brutus is standing next to him. He is holding a mortar and pestle in which he is mixing something. Brutus says, "Oh no, James, I'm not going to let you die just like that and rest peacefully. You were right. I do dabble in the occult. I'm going to make sure you spend all eternity troubled and without rest!"

Having waited long past 9:00 for Forsythe, Amanda returns to Collinwood. She runs into Constance in the foyer. Constance asks her where she's been. Amanda lies that she went out for a walk. Worried about Forsythe and wanting to ask if she knows anything about him but not able to, she slyly asks, "Has there been any news about the dissolution of the partnership?" Constance tells her that Brutus has told her that Forsythe had changed his mind and suddenly left town.

Amanda goes to the secret room and finds Forsythe lying dead on a table. She holds his head and cries. Brutus comes in and sarcastically remarks, "How touching!" Amanda cries, "You killed him!" Brutus replies that he did, and that now she's going to get what she's always wanted, to be with James Forsythe. He grabs her and strangles her. He then puts her on a table next to Forsythe.

Brutus comes up the stairs and out into his bedroom. He is surprised to find Constance there. She tells him she came to talk to him. He tells her, "Get out! Forget you ever saw that door. It doesn't exist!" Constance replies, "All right. I'll go and talk to Amanda instead." Brutus tells her, "Constance isn't here anymore. She left town with Forsythe." Constance, surprised, "That's can't be true. I just spoke to her half an hour ago. Did something happen in that room?" She goes downstairs to look before Brutus can stop her. She finds the bodies of Forsythe and Amanda. She comes back up and exclaims, "You killed them! I think I see you as you are for the first time, Brutus! You're a monster!" She picks up a letter opener and attacks him, but he manages to disarm and stabs her instead. Angry that the only person who liked him had turned against him, he puts the curse the Collins Family...

End of Flashback

Morgan/Forsythe finishes telling his story and tells Julia, "I don't know how he did it, but he did as he said he would. I've had no rest for the past 160 years. Suddenly, Brutus Collins' ghost appears, points to him and orders, "Go back! Go back!" Morgan/Forsythe makes some choking noises and collapses unconscious. The ghost of Brutus Collins says, "The curse goes on! The curse goes on! And it will bring more tragedy than ever!"

FLAWS:

  1. Why Forsythe would sneak into Brutus Collins at NIGHT, the time when he would most be expected to be in there, is not explained.
  2. In 1680, there was no United States. These were still part of the English Colonies. Hence, currency should be "pounds", not "Dollars"

Episode 1232
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #6)

Tape Date: March 5, 1971
Air Date: March 16, 1971 Tuesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Mary Cooper as Josette Collins

For over a century and a half the Collins family has lived under the curse of the mysterious locked room in the abandoned west wing. Morgan Collins spent a night in the room and when he came out in the morning the family discovered he had been possessed by the spirit of a man who had died in 1680. On this night, the family tried to exorcise that spirit from Morgan's body. The attempt failed, but in it's wake the family learned what no Collins has ever known...how and why the curse began.

Morgan regains consciousness. Having no recollection of the past couple of weeks and thinking that this is the day after the night he went into the curse room, he sees Julia and exclaims, "I've done it! I'm all right! I've managed to spend the night in the room without anything happening! The curse is over!" Julia replies, "No. Brutus Collin's ghost just appeared and said the curse would continue, that it would bring even more tragedy than before." She tells him what has happened, that it was Brutus Collins himself who put the curse on the family.

Josette finds Daphne walking around near the old house. Josette remarks, "You look unhappy. What's wrong?" Daphne replies, "Nothing that won't work itself out in time." and leaves. Josette is holding a letter addressed to Barnabas.

At Collinwood, Morgan walks into the drawing room and asks Julia, "Do you know where Catharine is? I've looked through the whole house and can't find her." Julia replies that she doesn't know where she is. Finding her tone of voice suspicious, Morgan asks, "Do you know something I don't? How many times did Bramwell come here while I was possessed?"

Bramwell returns to the old house. Josette asks him where he's been. He replies that he's been out for a walk. Josette tells him a letter has come for him. Bramwell opens it and reads it. He is exultant. He tells Josette, "Finally! It's from James Cabot. He wants me to meet him at midnight. He says he has some important information about my ship! This may change everything!" Josette remarks, "It won't change how things are for Daphne. Your marriage to her was a mistake. You still love Catharine. It isn't fair to Daphne" Bramwell asks, "Did you talk to her? Did she say this to you?" Josette replies, "No. It's obvious."

Daphne goes to Collinwood. Outside the door, she thinks about the what she overheard Bramwell saying to Catharine, "It is you that I love and will always love..." She goes in. Morgan is inside. Daphne finds that he is normal again. She tells him she'd like to talk to her sister Catharine. Morgan tells her, "She's not here. She's probably sneaking around with Bramwell. You know, he took advantage of the situation and came to see her every day while I was possessed! If he comes here again, I'll kill him!" Julia, who's come into the room, tells him that he's wrong, that she's found out where Catharine has gone, that she's not with Bramwell, but at the Stokes Cottage taking care of Carrie, who fainted at the exorcism. Suddenly, Daphne complains of being dizzy and nearly collapses.

Julia brings Daphne back to the old house and tells Josette about her sudden dizzy spell. They put Daphne on the sofa. She collapses, unconscious. Josette goes and gets some smelling salts. When she returns, Julia tells her, "She's burning up with fever!" They revive Daphne with the smelling salts. She moans, "Why am I so hot?" Julia and Josette decide that Daphne is more seriously ill than they thought and decide to call Dr. Fletcher.

Later, Daphne comes down the stairs at the old house. Josette sees her and tells her "No! You've got to go back upstairs! The doctor said you must rest!" Daphne ask where Bramwell is. Josette tells her, "In the village on a business meeting" and takes her back upstairs.

Morgan is in the drawing room at Collinwood, toying with one of the dueling pistols. He puts it down when he hears the front door. Julia comes in and tells him they had to call a doctor for Daphne. Morgan angrily remarks, "I know what's wrong with her. It's the way Bramwell has been neglecting her. The man should be shot!"

At the old house, Daphne, lying in bed, asks Josette, "When is Bramwell coming back?" Josette replies, "Soon. Very soon." Daphne asks Josette, "Why are you looking so sad?" Josette tells her she isn't sad, that it must be her imagination. They hear the front door downstairs, then Bramwell shouting, "Daphne? Where are you? We're rich!" He comes upstairs, finds Josette and Daphne and exclaims, "My ship has finally come in! We're rich! We're rich! I know I haven't been a very good husband, Daphne, but I promise, that'll change! We'll travel the world, you and me!" He notices that she's sick and asks, "Daphne, what's wrong?" Daphne replies, "It's nothing. The doctor said I'll be better in a few days."

Downstairs, Bramwell asks Josette, "Mother, what happened?" Josette replies, "It all came on so suddenly!" Bramwell asks, "Mother, what are you talking about? What did the doctor say?" Josette replies, "Bramwell, Daphne's dying!"


Episode 1233
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #7)

Tape Date: March 8, 1971
Air Date: March 17, 1971 Wednesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins

In the great house at Collinwood, the Collins family has lived under the curse set upon them 160 years ago, a curse that brings death and madness. And in the midst of this they are met by further tragedy: last night Bramwell Collins learned that his ship has finally come in from the Indies, and he is now a rich man. But he has also found that his great success has been a hollow one, for it has been followed by the most tragic news possible.

Bramwell is sitting in the drawing room the old house, thinking. Catharine comes and tell him, "Morgan told me Daphne was sick. What's wrong with her?" Bramwell tells her, "I went and talked to Dr. Fletcher myself. She's dying." Catharine is shocked. She asks if Daphne knows. Bramwell tells her, "She has no idea." Catharine asks to go up and see her. Bramwell tells her, "Be careful not to reveal anything to her..."

Kendrick runs into Carrie at Collinwood. He tells her he has heard about her psychic powers and asks her if she would be willing to use them for him. She tell him, "I can't. My grandfather told me never to use them again after something that happened here. Sorry to disappoint you" Kendrick replies, "It'll be Melanie who'll be disappointed. I wanted you to use your powers to find out who her real parents are. It's so important to her."

At the old house, Daphne awakens and is surprised to find Catharine sitting by her bedside. Catharine apologizes to her for the way she's been to her since she married Bramwell. Daphne tells her, "Everything will be so different now. Bramwell's ship has come in. We're rich. We're going to travel and do so many things!" Catharine starts to cry. Daphne asks her why she's crying.

At Collinwood, Melanie comes in through the front door and sees Kendrick in the drawing room. He asks her if she's made any decision about marrying him yet. She tells him she's reluctant to say yes, that it would be risky for him to marry her without them knowing more about her background. Kendrick tells her that he may have found a solution to that, that Carrie has agreed to try use her psychic power to find out who her real parents are. He tells her that Carrie will be coming here this evening and that they'll need something that belonged to one of her parents. Melanie tells him she doesn't have anything that belonged to her parents. Kendrick tells her they need something. Melanie tells him "If there is anything, it'll be in Justin's office."

At the old house, Catharine comes back downstairs. Bramwell asks, "Have you been crying?' Catharine replies that she has, that she couldn't stand it when Daphne told her all her bright hopes for her future. Bramwell asks, "You didn't tell her why you were crying, did you?" Catharine replies that she didn't, that when Daphne asked her, she lied to her that she was crying because she was ashamed of the way she had come between her and Bramwell. He tells her, "We've got to do something! I going to call a specialist from Boston!", but Catharine dejectedly cries, "Oh, there's no hope!" and runs off crying.

Kendrick and Melanie search Justin's study but find nothing. Melanie remarks, "I should've known we wouldn't find anything. If there had been anything here, Julia would've destroyed it." While searching through a draw, Kendrick notices something, that the chest is deeper than the drawers. He takes all the drawers out and finds that there's a secret compartment in the back of the bureau. He opens it and finds a box in there. He opens the box and finds that it contains a blue handkerchief and some jewels. Inside is also a note saying, "Give these to Melanie when she grows up." Melanie exclaims, "These must be my mothers!" Kendrick asks, "Then why didn't Justin give them to you when you reached adulthood?" Melanie replies, "That was after his 'accident'. He never had a chance to."

At the old house, Barnabas goes up to see Daphne. She tells him that she's surprised to see him here, that she thought he'd be in the village busy with business now that his ship has come in. He replies, "No. Remember not so long ago you stayed with me and nursed me back to health? I intend to stay with you and nurse you back to health!" Daphne tells him, "Bramwell, you know that's not possible. I'm going to die. I know that." Bramwell tells her, "That's not true! Wherever did you get THAT idea?" Daphne tells him that she knows it is true, that she can tell by the look on everyone's face.

At Collinwood, Carrie and Melanie are in the drawing room. It is evening, and Carrie has come to help Melanie find out who her real parents are. Melanie shows her the box of things that were her mother's. Carrie selects the handkerchief. Holding it, she starts to have a vision. She tells Melanie she sees a room. Inside the room is woman standing over a man in a coffin. She tells Melanie that the man is her father and the woman her mother. Melanie says, "Then my father is dead, then" Carrie replies, "Yes, but your mother is still alive, and somewhere very close by!"


Episode 1234
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #8)

Tape Date: March 2, 1971
Air Date: March 18, 1971 Thursday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Joan Bennett as Flora Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes
Christopher Pennock as Gabriel Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The great house house at Collinwood in the year 1841, a time of terror and tragedy for the Collins family. For over a century and a half they have lived under a terrible curse put on them by their own ancestor, Brutus Collins. And they know that soon one of them will be chosen to enter the locked room in the West Wing - the room that has brought death and madness to all who have entered it. But on this night the adopted Melanie Collins, with the help of Carrie Stokes, is determined to learn who her real parents were. She is unaware of what a shock is in store for her.

Melanie asks where the room is. Carrie replies that she can't tell. Melanie asks if she knows who the woman is. Carrie replies that she can't, that she's too blurry. She concentrates and then says, "Wait! It's starting to become clear! It's...." Suddenly, they hear a voice shout "What are you doing?!" It is Julia. Carrie snaps out of it. Julia tells Carrie, "I thought your father told you never to do this again!" and threatens to tell him. Carrie leaves. Melanie accuses Julia of deliberately interrupting Carrie so she wouldn't find out who her real parents are. Julia denies this, saying she just didn't want to see Carrie faint again. Melanie says, "Carrie told me my mother was somewhere close by." Julia replies, "Carrie must have been mistaken. Your parents are both dead." Melanie cries, "I don't believe anything you say anymore, Julia!" and runs from the room.

Morgan goes into the tower room. He gives Gabriel a flask containing some liquor. Gabriel takes it and greedily drinks from it. Gabriel tell Morgan he'd like to talk to Flora. Morgan is at first reluctant, but Gabriel manages to convince him that he isn't dangerous and Morgan agrees to bring Flora. Gabriel does indeed seem to be sane and coherent. But after Morgan leaves, Gabriel takes off his tie and holds it in his hands in a manner suggesting he plans to strangle someone...

Flora comes in through the front doors and goes into the drawing room where she finds Julia. She tells her, "I've been at the old house visiting Daphne. I couldn't believe the news about her.." Morgan comes down and tells Flora that Gabriel wants to talk to her. Julia warns her to be careful. Flora leaves. Julia excuses herself, saying, "There's something I've got to attend to."

Julia goes to the Stokes Cottage. Carrie answers the door and lets her in. Julia asks, "Is you father in?" Carrie replies that he's not, that he's still at work. She asks, "You weren't going to tell him what I was doing at Collinwood, were you?" Julia assures her she's not planning to tell him, that she came here to ask her some questions. She tells her to tells her everything she saw when she was Collinwood helping Melanie. Carrie recounts the vision to her. Julia asks "You know who Melanie's mother is, don't you?" Carrie denies it, saying the vision was too blurry, but Julia says, "I know that's not true. I could tell from the expression on your face when I interrupted you that the vision must have become clear just for a moment and you saw who Melanie's mother was." Carrie admits that that is true. Julia tells her, "Now you know why Melanie must never find out who her real parents are." Carrie replies, "No, I don't see why." Julia tells her to promise never to tell Melanie or she'll tell her father about her using her psychic powers again.

In the tower room at Collinwood, Gabriel begs Flora to let out, saying he's all right now. Flora tell him she can't make that decision alone, that she'll have to talk to the rest of the family first. Gabriel is angry and, while her back is turned to him, pulls out the tie and prepares to strangle her, but quickly puts it back into his pocket when her hears Julia outside call "Flora? I'd like to talk to you?" Flora leaves to talk with Julia.

Melanie goes to the Stokes Cottage and asks Carrie what she saw when Julia interrupted her. Carrie lies, "Nothing. The vision was still too blurry." Melanie asks her to try again, but Carrie refuses, saying she's afraid her father will find out.

Melanie returns to Collinwood. Flora, in the drawing room, tells her "I'm glad you're back. I'm calling a family meeting." She tells everyone Gabriel claims to be sane and wants to be let out of the tower room and asks what they think. Morgan votes against it, saying that although he appears sane right now, Justin also had moments of sanity, but was nevertheless dangerous at other times. Julia and Melanie agree with Morgan. Flora decides that Gabriel will stay locked in the tower room and says, "I'll go tell him.", but Julia tells her, "No. I'll go tell him. I was just about to go and bring him his dinner anyway."

The clock in the foyer reads 10:00. Flora and Morgan are sitting in the drawing room. Flora says to Morgan, "Where's Julia? It's been an hour since Julia went to give Gabriel his dinner. I hope nothing's happened." Morgan tells her he'll go check.

Morgan goes to the tower room, knocks and yells, "Julia! Are you still in there? Gabriel, is Julia in there? Gabriel, are YOU in there?" Inside, Julia is lying on the floor next to a food tray. She is completely still...


Episode 1235
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #9)

Tape Date: March 9, 1971
Air Date: March 19, 1971 Friday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Kate Jackson as Daphne Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

1841. The Collins family lives in perpetual fear, fear of a curse inflicted upon them by one of their own ancestors; Brutus Collins, 160 years ago. Since then each generation has known the terror of the locked room in the abandoned west wing - for all who have entered the room have either died or gone mad. Some time ago, Gabriel Collins spent only part of a night in the room and came out violently insane. For their own protection the family has kept Gabriel a prisoner in the north tower. But on this night they will learn how impossible it is to keep a madman under lock and key.

Receiving no answer, Morgan opens the door and finds Julia inside lying on the floor. There is no sign of Gabriel. Morgan takes Julia down to the drawing room, where he revives her. She tells him what happened , "When I went in there, gave Gabriel his food and told him of the family's decision to keep him locked in there, he seemed to take it quite calmly. He asked me to keep him company while he ate. He seemed sane and harmless, so I agreed to do so, but as soon as my back was turned, he hit me with something and that's the last thing I remember. We've got to find him. He's dangerous!"

At the old house, Daphne tells Bramwell "You and Catharine belong together. That's the only way you can be happy..."

In the foyer of Collinwood, Morgan runs into Catharine. She asks him, "Has Gabriel been found?" Morgan replies that he has not. Seeing that she is dressed to go out, he asks her where she's going. She tells him she's going to the old house. He gets angry about this.

At the old house, Catharine asks Bramwell how Daphne is. He sadly replies, "She's getting weaker every moment." Catharine goes upstairs to see Daphne. Daphne starts to tell Catharine the same thing she told Bramwell, that they belong together, but suddenly stops and tells Catharine, "Bring Bramwell to me, please!" Catharine yells for Bramwell to come. He comes rushing in. Daphne tells her she'd like to talk to Bramwell alone. Catharine leaves. Daphne tells Bramwell, "Don't ever feel guilty about me. A life without love is a life without meaning, but my life has had meaning. I've loved you..." and lapses into unconsciousness. Bramwell shouts, "Catharine! Get Dr. Fletcher! Hurry!"

Bramwell comes downstairs and tells Catharine that Dr. Fletcher says Daphne is in a coma, that there's little sign of life and that there's no more he can do for her.

At Collinwood, Morgan tells Julia that there's no sign of Gabriel yet, but they're still looking for him. He tells her, "If Quentin finds him, he'll kill him." Julia is shocked, but Morgan tells her that Gabriel had asked Quentin before he went into the room to promise to kill him if he came out crazy like Justin, that Quentin has been unable to bring himself to do this until now, but now thinks it would be the best solution. Catharine comes in and tells them Daphne is in a coma.

Later, Melanie goes into the drawing room and finds Julia alone in there. She asks Julia, "I know Carrie must've seen something in her vision. I think she knows who my mother is. I think you must've gone and told her not to tell me." Julia denies this, saying again, "Carrie is wrong. Both you parents are dead". Melanie shows the jewelry box she found in Justin's room and asks her if she knows who it belongs to. Julia replies that she doesn't. Melanie tells her, "I don't believe you anymore. The only thing I can trust you to tell me is lies!" and leaves.

It is 9:10 the next morning. Morgan goes into the drawing room. Julia asks him to tell her more about what he saw in Brutus's room. Morgan replies, "Why don't we go there and I'll show you." Julia, surprised, asks, "Go there?" Morgan replies, "Sure. Why not? It's only dangerous at night." They go into Brutus's room and to the secret door. Morgan pauses and asks, "Are you sure you want to go down there? It's not very pleasant..." Julia replies that she does. Morgan opens the door and they go down to Brutus' secret room. Julia looks inside and screams, "Oh no! No! No!"


Episode 1236
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 1 #10)

Tape Date: March 10, 1971
Air Date: March 22, 1971 Monday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Louis Edmonds as Ghost of Brutus Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Lara Parker as Catherine Harridge Collins
Christopher Pennock as Gabriel Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

Collinwood stands shrouded in horror tonight. In the Old House, Daphne Collins has fallen into a heavy coma and been given almost no chance of coming out of it. And in Brutus Collins's bedroom, the frightening locked room, two people are about to encounter death and find grim evidence of a hatred that will not rest until every Collins is mercilessly destroyed.

Inside, lying on the tables where Brutus Collins put them 160 years ago, lie the bodies of James Forsythe and Amanda Collins. They are covered with cobwebs, but are totally fresh. Julia gasps, "What did he do to them?" Morgan warns her not to touch them, that the last thing he did before being possessed was to touch the body of James Forsythe, that he thinks that's what caused him to become possessed. Suddenly, the doors slams shut by itself. Morgan tries it but finds it locked. Julia points at the bodies and shouts, "Look! One of them's moving!"

Catharine tells Melanie, who's with her in her room, that she feels responsible for Daphne's condition...

Morgan looks at the bodies and sees no change. He tells Julia it must have been her imagination. Upstairs, the ghost of Brutus Collins appears and laughs.

Melanie tells Catharine, "You've got to stop punishing yourself. It won't help Daphne get any better." Catharine goes to sleep and Melanie leaves. Catharine hears a noise, awakens and finds Gabriel in her room. Startled, she asks, "What do you want?" Gabriel replies, "I want to leave!" and tells her he needs money to go away. She tells him she doesn't have any, only a few dollars. Gabriel gets angry, pulls out a knife and threatens to stab her, but she tells him she does have some jewelry, that she'll give it to him in exchange for the knife. He gives her the knife and she gives him the jewelry.

In Brutus' secret room, Morgan lights a lamp. Julia starts to go crazy with fear and screams, "We'll never get out! We'll never get out! We're going to die here!" Morgan slaps her.

Melanie is wandering through the wing of the house where Brutus' room is. Perhaps she is looking for some clue about her mother. She hears the sound of banging and someone shouting, "Help! Let us out!" She follows the sounds to Brutus' room, finds Morgan and Julia and lets them out.

Gabriel is in the foyer. No one else is around, and he walks toward the front door to leave, but suddenly hears Brutus Collins' voice call to him, saying, "Gabriel! It's not time to go yet! Come to me!" Following the voice, he starts up the stairs.

Gabriel follows the voice to Brutus' room. Outside the door, he fearfully says, "NO! NOT THERE!", but Brutus' voice orders him to go in and he does. Inside, the ghost of Brutus Collins appears. He points to a knife lying on a table and orders Gabriel to take it, saying, "You're going to kill them all!!!"

Catharine asks Morgan to take her away from Collinwood. He tells her, "You're right. We need to take a trip." She tells him that's not what she meant, that she's wants to leave Collinwood forever. He refuses.

It is 10:40. In the drawing room, Melanie tells Julia about her plans to marry Kendrick. Julia, shocked, tells her she can't do that in her condition. They argue, but Julia is unable to convince Melanie to change her mind and walks off in frustration. Gabriel comes into the drawing room through the secret door to the right of the fireplace and stabs Melanie.


Episode 1237
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #1)

Tape Date: March 11, 1971
Air Date: March 23, 1971 Tuesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Kathy Cody as Carrie Stokes
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Christopher Pennock as Gabriel Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

Kendrick Young, coming to Collinwood to see Melanie, goes into the drawing room and stumbles upon Gabriel menacing a fallen Melanie. Gabriel flees back through the secret passage. Hearing Kendrick's calls for help, Morgan and Julia come. Told that Gabriel fled into the secret passage, Morgan gives chase.

Kendrick and Julia take Melanie up the her room and bandage her arm. She has only suffered a flesh wound in the arm and is not badly injured. Kendrick asks to be allowed to speak to Melanie alone. Julia leaves. Kendrick asks Melanie what she learned from Carrie. Carrie recounts what happened, saying Julia interrupted just as Carrie was about to tell her who her mother is. She tells him she later went to the Stokes Cottage and asked Carrie what she saw, but Carrie claimed the vision never became clear and she couldn't tell who the woman was. She tells him she suspects that Julia had gone to the Cottage and told Carrie not to tell her. Kendrick tells her he'll go talk to Carrie and see what he can find out.

As Kendrick is in the foyer about to leave Collinwood, Julia asks what he and Melanie talked about. He refuses to tell her.

Gabriel, in the secret passages, hears footsteps. He hides. Morgan comes into view and Gabriel ambushes him. In the passage is a display of a knight in armor holding a sword out in front of him. Morgan and Gabriel fight. In the fight, Morgan accidentally pushes Gabriel into the sword.

Morgan tells Julia that Gabriel is dead.

Kendrick goes to the Stokes Cottage and asks Carrie about her vision. She lies to him that the vision never became clear enough for her to identify Melanie's mother. Kendrick tricks her. He tells her, "I know that that's not true. You're only saying that because Julia came here and told you not to tell anyone." Carrie replies, "No. Julia never came here to tell me that." Kendrick remarks, "That's not what your father said!" Carrie stupidly replies, "But my father wasn't here when Julia came!" Kendrick says, "SO! Julia did come here to tell you to keep quiet! This must mean you DID see who Melanie's mother is. Who is she? You've got to tell me!"

Having been told (during the commercial break) who Melanie's mother is, Kendrick gasps, "I can't believe it!" Carrie replies, "Now you know why Julia didn't want her to find out." Kendrick says "Goodbye" and turns to leave. Carrie asks him where he's going. He replies, "I have a few words to say to Melanie's mother!" and leaves.

At Collinwood, Julia tells Melanie about Gabriel. She then goes into drawing room. She asks Morgan, "So you've attended to everything?" Morgan replies that he has, except for one thing, and asks, "Who's going to tell Flora?" Kendrick comes in and tells Julia he's like to speak to her alone. Morgan leaves. Kendrick tells Julia, "I know the truth now, Miss Collins! I know who Melanie's mother is!"

Kendrick goes to Melanie's room and tell her he's learned who her mother is. Melanie asks, "And she's near here?" Kendrick replies, "Nearer than you could ever have believed!" Melanie asks who she is. Kendrick tells her, "Wouldn't it be better if you saw for yourself? She's coming!" There's a knock at the door. Melanie tells Kendrick, "Go answer it, please. I'm frozen. I can't move..." Kendrick goes and opens the door. Melanie sees who it is, and a look of shock crosses Melanie's face.


Episode 1238
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #2)

Tape Date: March 15, 1971
Air Date: March 24, 1971 Wednesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Kate Jackson as Daphne Harridge Collins
Mary Cooper as Josette DuPres Collins (PT)

Collinwood in 1841. At the Old House, Bramwell waits by Daphne's bedside, hoping his prayers are strong enough to pull her back from the brink of darkness. And at Collinwood, Melanie learns that Kendrick has tracked down the truth about her, and soon the secret that eluded her all of her life will be secret no more, and Melanie will know not only who she is, but what incredible ties link her to Collinwood.

Melanie's mother is Josette! She comes in and they embrace. Kendrick leaves to let them talk alone. Julia comes in and and begs Josette not to tell Melanie the truth, saying it would destroy the family, but Josette's demands that she leave, saying "I'd like to talk to Melanie alone!" Josette tells Melanie the truth, that she was her daughter by JUSTIN, that they had had a brief affair after her husband Barnabas had died, that she had tried to take her to Boston, but Justin had tracked her down and insisted that the child be raised at Collinwood.

At the old house, Bramwell is sitting by Daphne's bed. Daphne comes out of her coma. She tells him she feels very tired, like she's just run a very long distance. They talk. She seems to be getting well rapidly.

Julia goes and tells Josette and Melanie that they must not tell the story to anyone else, that in doing so they would hurt Flora.

Josette returns to the old house. Bramwell tells her about Daphne's miraculous recovery. He notices that there's a look of extreme sadness on her face which even this good news does not change. He asks what's wrong, but she just bursts into tears without telling him anything.

Melanie tells Kendrick what she learned about her background. She tells him, "I don't know what to do. I don't want to hurt Flora, but I can't continue living a lie either." Kendrick replies, "Now that we know the truth, there's one thing we can do. We can get married immediately!"

The clock in the foyer shows 11:00. Barnabas barges in, sees Julia and demands, "What happened to my mother while she was here? I've never seen her so upset in my life!" Suddenly, Josette comes running in and exclaims, "Bramwell! Something terrible's happening to Daphne!"

Bramwell rushes back to the old house and finds that Daphne taken a turn for the worse. She tells him, "Bramwell, I have something I want to say to you before I go. You and Catharine belong together. You have my blessings to be with her..." and expires.


Episode 1239
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #3)

Tape Date: March 16, 1971
Air Date: March 25, 1971 Thursday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Henry Kaplan
Louis Edmonds as Brutus Collins
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Lara Parker as Catherine Harridge Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the year 1841. A time when unrelenting terror held sway over the Collins family. Haunted by a curse placed on them one hundred fifty years ago, by one of their own ancestors, every generation of the family has undergone death and madness. On this night, as the family waits to learn what terror the curse will bring them next, tragedy of another kind has just occurred at the old house on the estate.

Catharine rushes to the old house and finds Bramwell in the living room. She tells him, "I heard Daphne had taken a turn for the worse. How is she?" Bramwell replies, "Daphne's dead. She died a few minutes ago." Catharine is devastated.

Kendrick and Melanie return to Collinwood and announce to Julia, "We're married!" Noticing the look of sadness on Julia's face, they ask her what's wrong. She tells them Daphne has taken a turn for the worse. She asks them if they plan to stay at Collinwood. They reply that they do, temporarily. She tells them she'll have a room prepared. Catharine returns. Julia asks, "How's Daphne?" Catharine tells her, "Daphne's dead."

Julia tells Catharine she's worried about how Morgan will react to this. Catharine, puzzled, asks, "Why? He hardly knew her." Julia tells her that Morgan has been acting very strangely lately since Daphne has become ill, blaming Bramwell for it.

Bramwell in in the living room of the old house, grieving. Julia comes to the old house and tells him she came to give the Collins family condolences. He thanks her and tells her to leave, saying he'd like to be alone. She tells him that's not all she came for. She tells him she came to ask him to leave Collinsport, saying she thinks it would be best if he and Morgan weren't so close together now. He refuses, saying "If Morgan wants to try anything, he won't be so lucky this time!"

Catharine thanks Julia for telling her about Morgan. She tells her he was furious when she told him about Daphne's death, that she could barely calm him down. Kendrick comes in and tells them he's just put Melanie to bed, that she was quite affected by Daphne's death. He tells them he's changed his plans, that he now plans to take her away from Collinwood as soon as possible.

Melanie is awakened in her room by the sound of the window opening. Brutus' ghost appears and tells her, "The curse goes on! You will make them all suffer as you have before! You will be the instrument of my vengeance!"

Julia tries to change Kendrick's mind about taking Melanie away, but is unsuccessful.

Kendrick goes upstairs to Melanie, but is surprised to find that she is not in bed where he left her. He calls for Julia. She comes. Suddenly, Melanie pops out of the shadows and attacks Kendrick, shouting, "You don't belong here! You're not a Collins!" They manage to disarm her and put her in the tower room.

Julia and Kendrick go down into the drawing room. The clock in the foyer shows 12 midnight. Julia tells Kendrick, "Now you know why she can't leave Collinwood." Suddenly, the lights go out and a strange, ghostly noise fills the room. Kendrick gasps, "What's that?!" Brutus' ghost appears and announces, "Hear me! She will not be sane again until another Collins enters the locked room!"


Episode 1240
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #4)

Tape Date: March 17, 1971
Air Date: March 26, 1971 Friday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Flora Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Lara Parker as Catherine Harridge Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the year 1841. A time when the Collins family lived in mortal fear of a curse set upon them by an enraged ancestor more than one hundred and sixty years ago. Since then the family has known only tragedy. On the night that has just passed, Melanie Collins was married to Kendrick Young, but their happiness was to be short-lived. First, they learned that Daphne Collins had just died after a brief illness. And then, Melanie once again became the victim of the ghost of Brutus Collins...the man who started the curse.

Morgan is in a room with Flora consoling her about Gabriel. Julia comes in and tells them what happened, about Melanie going mad and Brutus's ghost appearing and saying that they're going have to have another lottery or she'll stay that way forever. Flora sadly announces that they're going to have to hold another lottery late this afternoon. Morgan objects, saying Quentin is away and won't be back till Monday, but Flora tells him they're just going to have to hold it without him.

Downstairs in the drawing room, Kendrick gives his condolences to Catharine about Daphne. Catharine suddenly becomes dizzy and collapses onto the sofa. Morgan, who has just come into the room and seen this, asks, "Catharine! What's wrong?" and wants to call a doctor, but she manages to convince him, that it's nothing, that she's just upset Daphne. Morgan announces that there's going to be another lottery.

Flora tells Kendrick that she thinks it would be best if he would have his marriage to Melanie annulled. Kendrick vehemently refuses. He tells Flora that he considers himself now a Collins and will participate in the lottery, that he hopes he's chosen. He vows to end the curse.

Morgan tells Catharine that she's not going to participate in the lottery this time. Again, she refuses, but he tells her she needs to take of Daphne's funeral and gets her to agree.

Kendrick and Julia are in the drawing room talking about the lottery. Flora comes in and starts to prepare the slips.

Morgan tells Catharine to promise "If I'm chosen and die in the room, promise not to marry Bramwell after!" Before she answers yes or no, Julia comes and tells them the lottery is ready.

Flora prepares the slips and puts them into the vase. Everyone picks. (Only Flora, Morgan, Julia and Kendrick participate this time). Flora opens her and announces, "Blank". Morgan opens his. It's blank too. Kendrick remarks to Julia, "That leaves you and me." Julia fearfully asks, "Could you open yours first?" Kendrick does and announces, "I have chosen the X."


Episode 1241
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #5)

Tape Date: March 18, 1971
Air Date: March 29, 1971 Monday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
Nancy Barrett as Melanie Collins Young
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the year 1841. An era of interminable fear for every member of the Collins family. For over a hundred and sixty years they have been haunted by a curse put upon them by one of their own ancestors...Brutus Collins. Everyone who has spent a night in the legendary locked room in the west wing has either died or gone insane. On this night the family has held the lottery once again to decide who will risk his life in the room this time.

Bramwell comes to Collinwood and finds Kendrick alone in the drawing room. He asks him why he's so glum looking. Kendrick replies that there was another lottery held just this afternoon. Bramwell asks, "Who was chosen?" Kendrick replies, "I was." Bramwell tells him, "Don't go through with this madness! Take Melanie and leave!", but Kendrick tells him that he can't, that Melanie has gone mad and Brutus' ghost has told them she'll stay that way unless someone stays in the room. Catharine comes into the room and exclaims, "Bramwell?! What are you doing here?" Kendrick excuses himself and leaves, saying he's going upstairs to see Melanie. Catharine begs Bramwell to leave before Morgan sees him. Bramwell tells her he has something important talk to her about and asks her to meet him at 9:00 tonight in the gazebo. She agrees. Bramwell goes to the door to leave but just as he gets to the door of the drawing room he runs into Morgan coming in. Morgan turns to Catharine and tells her, "Catharine. Leave the room!" Catharine tries to calm him down but is unsuccessful. He just tells her again, "Leave the room!" and she does. Morgan tells Bramwell, "You should thank Catharine. She saved your life. When I learned Daphne was dead, I was going to go and shoot you!" Bramwell replies that he finds it strange that he seems to be showing so much concern for Daphne now and tells him, "I don't think it's really Daphne you're concerned about. I think it's really because I'm your rival for Catharine again!" Morgan vehemently denies this and angrily orders him to leave. Bramwell refuses, saying only the head of the household, Flora, has the right to do that. Morgan threatens to throw him out physically and they start to fight, but Julia comes in and stops them.

Kendrick goes to the tower room and tries to talk to Melanie, but finds that she is still mad. When he tells her they have had another lottery and he's been chosen, she tells him, "I'll rejoice when you die in there!"

Kendrick comes out of the tower room and runs into Julia, who's on the way to Melanie with a tray of food. Julia remarks, "You went to see her, didn't you? I told you it wouldn't be any use." He replies that he's tired of the defeatist attitude all the Collins seem to have, that he's sure he'll be able to defeat the curse. Julia replies, "You sound like Catharine when she first came here, but she learned differently..."

Morgan is in the drawing room drinking a cup of brandy. Kendrick comes in. Morgan asks Kendrick if he'd like a drink drink but Kendrick says no, saying, "I don't think it would help. He tells him, "I wish I could go into the room right now! Waiting is the worst part!" Morgan tells him he'll have to wait, that there isn't enough time for him to spend the entire night tonight, and it's necessary that he spend entire night. Kendrick says, "You know, I think I will have that drink!" and goes to the sideboard to pour himself one. Morgan tells him, "While you're at it, pour me another one." Morgan sees Catharine in the foyer, walking toward the front doors, dressed to go out. He goes into the foyer and asks her where she's going. She lies, "To the old house to see Daphne one last time alone before her funeral." Morgan appears to believe her and she leaves. Kendrick goes to Morgan to give him his drink, but Morgan waves him off, saying, "I've changed my mind!"

Catharine meets Bramwell at the gazebo and asks him, "All right. What is it that was so important you talk to me about?" Bramwell replies, "I heard you fainted again!" Catharine asks him how he knows. Bramwell tells her, "There are some servants who are friendly with me and tell me things. Catharine! You can't keep your pregnancy forever! It's goint to start to show soon. You've got to decide what to do! It's our child that you're carrying and soon we're going to have to make a decision about its future!" Unbeknownst to them, Morgan is spying on them from behind a nearby tree...


Episode 1242
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #6)

Tape Date: March 19, 1971
Air Date: March 30, 1971 Tuesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the year 1841. A time when terror held sway over the Collins family. Terror brought on by a one hundred and sixty year old curse. Once again a member of the family has been chosen to go into the legendary locked room that has brought death or madness to all who have spent a night in it. The time it is Kendrick Young, related through his sudden marriage to Melanie Collins. Tomorrow night he will enter its doors to survive or perish. Meanwhile, another drama is unfolding in the gazebo...a drama that will lead to attempted murder.

Morgan returns to Collinwood and tells Kendrick, "I think I'll take that drink now!" Seeing the look on his face, Kendrick asks him what's wrong, but Morgan refuses to tell him, saying only, "Did you ever have the overwhelming urge to commit murder?" Kendrick leaves, saying he's going to see Melanie. Catharine returns to Collinwood. Morgan asks her, "How were things at the old house?" Catharine replies, "Fine." Morgan asks, "Did you see Bramwell there?" Catharine lies, "Only for a few minutes. He had to leave to go somewhere."

The next day, a small funeral is held for Daphne. Everyone goes except Flora, who is under doctors orders not to go.

The Collins return to Collinwood from the funeral. Everyone goes upstairs except Morgan, who goes to the drawing room. There, he sits down and writes a note.

Morgan goes to the old house, slips the note under the door and leaves.

Bramwell finds the note. It reads, "I know the truth now, Bramwell. Are you man enough to face me? Meet me in the West Wing of Collinwood at 5:00!" and is signed Morgan.

At Collinwood, Kendrick comes back downstairs, looks at the clock, notes that it's 4:00 and notes that it's two more hours to go until he has to go into the room and once again vows, "I WILL break the curse!" Morgan returns. Kendrick notices that Morgan is in an oddly cheerful mood and asks him why. Morgan refuses to tell him and leaves. Julia comes in. Kendrick tells her about Morgan's strange change in mood.

At 4:10, Bramwell comes and sneaks upstairs. He goes into the West Wing and looks for Morgan. Morgan knocks him out with a candlestick and locks him in Brutus' room.

The clock in the foyer shows 5:30. Kendrick, Julia and Catharine are sitting in the drawing room. Kendrick says, "Only half an hour to go! I just want to get it over with!" Morgan comes in and says, "That won't be necessary! Someone else has taken your place. Bramwell is in there right now. He's decided to stay in the room in your place." Julia, not believing this, exclaims, "You must've tricked him!" and demands the key. Morgan refuses to tell her where he hid it. Catharine runs out of the room and goes to the West Wing. She goes to Brutus' room, bangs on the door and shouts, "Bramwell! Bramwell!" Bramwell wakes up, sees where he is and calls out, "What am I doing in here? Catharine, open the door!. Catharine replies, "I can't. Morgan has the key. He's determined that you're going to spend the night in there!"


Episode 1243
1841 PT
(COL 26/DISK 2 #7)

Tape Date: March 22, 1971
Air Date: March 31, 1971 Wednesday
Writer: Gordon Russell
Director: Lela Swift
Jonathan Frid as Bramwell Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Collins
John Karlen as Kendrick Young
Lara Parker as Catherine Collins
Keith Prentice as Morgan Collins

The Great House at Collinwood in the year 1841. For over a century and a half the Collins family has been haunted by a curse set upon them by one of their own ancestors. On the night that is approaching, Kendrick Young, who has just married into the family, is waiting to enter the legendary locked room. He will never enter, for another member of the family, motivated by insane jealousy, has committed an act of violence which could lead to the final downfall of the Collins family.

Catharine asks Bramwell how Morgan managed to lure him into the room. Bramwell tells her about the note. He takes it out and reads it to her. She asks, "What could he mean by he 'knows the secret'?" Could he know about the child?"

Downstairs, Julia argues with Morgan, trying to get him to give her the key. He refuses. She asks him, "You've always hated Bramwell. What has happened to cause you to do this now?" Morgan sees Catharine come down the stairs into the foyer, points to her and replies, "If you want to know, you can ask the little mother there!" Julia asks, "What do you mean by that? I demand an explanation!" Morgan doesn't say anything, so Catharine answers, "I'm going to have a baby." Julia, not getting it, congratulates her and Morgan but says, "I don't understand. What does this have to do with Bramwell?" Neither Morgan or Catharine answer. Morgan takes Catharine away, saying he'd like to speak to is wife in private. A funny, knowing look comes across Julia's face. Kendrick asks her what it is. She replies, "I know. I know why. But I'm not going to tell anyone as long as I live..."

Kendrick asks Julia what's happening to Bramwell in the room. Julia replies, "No one knows what actually goes on inside. We only know that all who have spent the night in there come out dead or insane." Kendrick asks, "Didn't Morgan take you into some secret room there once?' Julia replies, "Yes, but that was during the day when it's safe." A worried look crosses her face and she says, "Oh no! Morgan warned me about something that must not be touched! We must go warn Bramwell!"

In Brutus' room, Bramwell is waiting in a chair, waiting for something to happen. He hears a ghostly wind and defiantly shouts, "Brutus? Is that you? Show yourself!" He hears the sound move to the edge of the room and disappear. Going to where he heard the sound disappear, he finds the door behind the curtain. He opens it and goes down into the secret room. He sees the two bodies. He reaches out to touch one...

Suddenly, Bramwell hears the sound of banging on a door and someone shouting his name. He goes upstairs and asks, "What is it?" From outside, Julia warns him, "There are two bodies down in a secret room. DON'T TOUCH THEM. Morgan did and was possessed." Bramwell asks her, "Who are they?" Julia replies, "James Forsythe and Amanda Collins."

In their bedroom, Morgan tells Catharine that he knows she's carrying Bramwell's child, that he followed her to the gazebo and overheard them talking. He asks her, "Why?" She begs for forgiveness, saying she did it during a moment of weakness before their marriage. She gets on her knees and begs him to let Bramwell out of the room. Morgan replies, "All right. If you love him that much, I will. Let's go there together!" They leave.

Kendrick and Julia are back down in the drawing room. Kendrick notes that it's 8:00 and remarks, "10 more hours till sunrise!"

Morgan and Catharine go to the Brutus' room, but instead of letting Bramwell out, Morgan opens the door, throws Catharine in, locks the door and exclaims, "Well, you have what you wanted! You and Bramwell are together now, just as James and Amanda are ! And I hope you rot together like James and Amanda!"
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