The great house at Collinwood stands deserted. The living have sought refuge elsewhere leaving an evil spirit to roam the cold, empty corridors alone. At the Old House, Barnabas Collins remains in a deep trance. He's employed the mysterious powers of the I-Ching, and gone through the door to the infinite. And he has been transported back in time to the year 1897, and this night he has been taken to see the dying matriarch, who lives only to tell a terrible secret to a grandson who has been away.

Episode 706 is an untitled episode of the daytime Gothic soap opera series Dark Shadows. It was directed by Henry Kaplan and written by Sam Hall. It first aired on ABC on Monday, March 10th, 1969. This episode is part of a storyline that this database refers to as the "1897 Flashback".

Synopsis Edit

Edward Collins finally returns home and gets to see his grandmother Edith. She is in poor health and Edward presses her to reveal the dark Collins family secret before she dies. Barnabas Collins, aware that he is the dark secret, listens intently from the other side of the door, but Edith is too incoherent to reveal the secret to Edward. However, she does imply that the secret involves the Collins family mausoleum.

Barnabas returns to the Old House and asks Magda about Sandor. Sandor is running about doing errands, but Barnabas needs him to return quickly so that he can move his coffin from the Collins family mausoleum before anyone from the family accidentally comes upon it.

Barnabas returns to Collinwood and sits in the drawing room. From the secret panel near the mantle, Carl Collins emerges. He is the younger brother of Edward Collins. Carl surprises Barnabas by pointing the barrel of a gun to his head, exclaiming that he knows exactly who and "what" he is. Barnabas is naturally alarmed and grows even more so when Carl pulls the trigger. Fortunately, this was all a prank as the gun produces a flag from the barrel with the word "Fib" written upon it. Barnabas is less than amused by Carl's joke.

Edward meanwhile, continues to press Edith for information about the secret. Her mind flashes back to her youth and she begins rambling on about various family members, not all of whom have maintained good favor with her over the years. She then speaks about how everyone is trying to get the secret from her. Edward's patience is wearing thin.

Carl goes to the Old House to consult with Magda. He cares less about the secret and more about who stands to inherit Edith's fortune. Magda performs a tarot card reading for him and Carl is delighted when one of the cards reveals the Joker, giving him the impression that as the family prankster, he will inherit the money. As she continues turning over cards, Magda states that whoever gets the money will not keep it for very long. A dark chill suddenly comes over her as she overturns the Death card. Magda receives a psychic impression and stands up an looks about the room. She mournfully reveals that Edith Collins has died.

Back at Collinwood, Edward closes his grandmother's eyes. She died without ever having revealed the secret. Determined, Edward vows to himself that he will find out what the family secret is, even if its the last thing he ever does.

Cast & CrewEdit

Cast Edit

Crew Edit

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode was recorded out of broadcast sequence. The previous episode to be recorded was episode 707.
  • Magda Rakosi is identified only as Magda in the closing credit sequence.
  • This is the final appearance of Edith Collins as a living person; dies in this episode. She appeared last in episode 705.

Allusions Edit

  • While talking to Barnabas, Carl Collins makes an indirect reference to George Washington, who was the first President of the United States.
  • Carl Collins makes reference to Judith Collins, who is in her bedroom during the events of this episode. Judith is the older sibling of Carl, and his only sister.

Bloopers Edit

  • In the scene where Carl Collins has the gun to Barnabas' head, Jonathan Frid stammers over his lines a bit. This could easily be played off as natural agitation for the character.

Quotes Edit

  • Edward Collins: Can you hear me, grandmother? The secret! What is the secret?


  • Magda Rakosi: Back so soon? I was going to arrange everything the way you ordered, your majesty.
  • Barnabas Collins: I have no time for your jokes. Where is your husband?
  • Magda Rakosi: Now why should you ask me? He is your slave, not mine.
  • Barnabas Collins: Don't be insolent! You must find him for me!


  • Carl Collins: I know who you are. And I know where you come from! I know everything about you!


  • Carl Collins: You know, things are pretty dead around this place. We have to do something to pass the time, right?


  • Edith Collins: Every time I close my eyes, I think I'm looking at this room for the last time.


  • Edith Collins: Passed on from generation to generation. You were never to be let out again! We have failed. We have failed!


  • Edward Collins: She's gone. But I am going to find that secret out somehow... if its the last thing I do!

See also Edit

The World of Dark Shadows

Gallery of Shadows


External Links Edit

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Keywords Edit

1897; 19th century; Barnabas' wolf's head cane; Coffin; Collins family; Collins Family Mausoleum; Collinsport; Collinwood; Collinwood drawing room; Daniel Collins; Edith Collins; Edward Collins; Gabriel Collins; Gypsies; Judith Collins; Magda Rakosi; Maine; Old House; Old House parlor; Sandor Rakosi; Tacoma; Tarot cards; Vampires; Washington

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