My name is Victoria Winters. A séance in the Great House at Collinwood has torn a hole in the fabric of time, merging past and present, drawing one woman down through the centuries, offering up another in her place. Now those left behind strive desperately to unlock the mystery of those cross destinies, and the terrible threat they contain.
Julia asks Barnabas if he knew Phyllis Wicke and he says yes. He says she was hired as a tutor to the children, and she had an accident on the road, arriving at Collinwood in the same state they saw her in when she appeared after the séance. Julia asks if she recovered, and he says she recovered from the accident, but not long after she became ill with fever and died. Willie worries that the same thing might happen again and wonders how they'll get Miss Winters back.
Joshua asks what she knows of grammar, penmanship and math. He asks her to open her mouth and makes note of her dental health. He tells her she'll receive room and board and 30 dollars a year. Barnabas says she's not a slave, but she says the amount is fine. Joshua warns her that she'll be watched, and she turns to see Abigail staring at her.
Barnabas finds her organizing in the classroom and she thanks him. He warns her that his aunt can be very dangerous and that she should be careful. He says she knew his name as well as the name of his fiancé even though they've never met, and asks if there's anything she wants to tell him. He says there's something about her that makes him feel that they have met before. She credits the feeling with her resemblance to his fiancé. He bows to her and exits the room.
Millicent awkwardly steps out of the carriage and Jeremiah introduces her to Barnabas. He tells Jeremiah to give her the flowers, which he does. She slaps him with them and informs him that in future he should know that her favorite flower is the red rose. He tries to kiss her hand, but she pulls it away, saying she needs rest, since her coachman, who is a Willie lookalike with an eye patch, searched out every pothole between there and Collinsport just to give her grief. He says he never called himself a coachman. She suggests he be roundly beaten.
Abigail enters Victoria's room and removes her modern day dress from her dresser drawer and takes it from the room.
A naked girl screams and says she sees him sitting on the ceiling beating his wings and laughing, touching her with his claws, as Reverend Trask tries to banish Satan. She asks him to make it stop as he repeats, "Satan begone" over and over. Abigail enters with another woman as he begins pouring hot liquid from a ladle onto the girl's body. The woman asks if she's safe from Satan, and he says time will tell. He instructs the woman to bring her to her mother and keep her in bed, tie her down if necessary, feed her white foods and bring her back in 4 days. He says the girl is a sign of broader infestation, and the woman leads her out.
She tells him he works for her. He says he doesn't have time for it and tells her to go back to the house. When she punches and stomps on the figure, he falls to the ground writhing in pain.
I, Victoria Winters, begin this journal in the hope that no matter what happens to me, there will at least be a written record of these extraordinary events. Somehow, I have been thrust backward in time...
Vicki writes in her journal when she hears a coach outside and sees that Josette has arrived.
Christine: I was kind of hoping we would not experience another repeat of Vicki calling everyone by the name she knew them by in 1991, but here we are. It does bring back fond memories from the series, so it's not all bad.
John: She does have a classic Wizard of Oz moment... And you were there, and you... of course they don't explain why she couldn't figure out that she was in Collinwood. Despite going to such great lengths to establish Vicki as the spitting image of Josette, why didn't Barnabas immediately assume she was the love of his life? And Millicent looks to be quite the high-maintenance bitch! She'd be enough to drive anyone to run to their brother's bride to be. Of course, since both Vicki and Josette exist in this timeline, each brother can have one, so there shouldn't be any need for a duel!
Christine: The furry eyebrows and crazy wig on Roy Thinnes really make him a frightening version of Reverend Trask. I look forward to the malcontent he will bring to the show. Willie as Ben Loomis with an eye patch to do Angelique's bidding should also be interesting to see.
John: When I saw Trask, my first thought was that he looked like an 80s rock star circa 2020! And I can't believe we we're left to wonder if Ben ever got roundly beaten!
Christine: I like that we touched base, if only for a moment, with present day characters. Hopefully this will continue as we are immersed in the events of 1790.
John: Yeah. It will be interesting to see how much 1990 we'll get in each episode. I do have one lingering question. Vicki's dress, and specifically the tag, really befuddled Abigail and the rest, but somehow her modern-day underwear did not? Unless we are to assume Vicki was going commando at the seance...