Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Episode 87 - 10/25/66

Vicki remains trapped upstairs.

In the foyer, Roger looks at the time on the grandfather clock. It's 1am. Carolyn arrives home. Roger asks if she thinks Vicki might be visiting her artist friend. Carolyn barks that she's sure that's not where she is, since Maggie is entertaining Joe Haskell. She runs upstairs, angry.

Joe tells Maggie stories of his seafaring adventures. She's clearly enamored with him. Maggie says they have one thing in common—boats. Joe quizzes her to confirm this. He's pretty impressed by how much she knows. Maggie talks about her father blowing $15,000 he earned selling paintings 10 years ago, saying she could have used that to partner with him. Joe starts signing Bill's favorite shanty.

Roger fixes himself a drink. She tells him that she was with Burke earlier. Carolyn explains that she ran into Burke and Sam at the Blue Whale. Roger isn't thrilled to hear they were together. Vicki comes back up in conversation, and when the comparison to Bill's disappearance to Vicki's, Carolyn is worried. Roger sends her to bed and says he's waiting up for her.

At 2:15am, Joe decides it's time to leave. He gives her a kiss on the cheek on his way out.

Roger shuts off the light in the drawing room, grabs a flashlight, and opens a secret panel. He goes in and closes it behind him. Carolyn comes downstairs and can't find her uncle.

Roger explores the closed off portion of the house with the flashlight.

Vicki tries to sleep, wrapped in a blanket.

Roger ascends a spiral staircase.

Vicki hears a door open and calls out to David.

Roger hears Vicki. He sees the key outside her door and picks it up. Vicki asks who's out there. Roger topples something to make a noise, and then raps on the door with an old cane. He then masks his voice and calls out for Victoria to leave Collinwood.

He opens the door and expresses thanks that he found her. Vicki says that David locked her in the room. Vicki said she saw a ghost. She said it was Bill Malloy, and he warned her to leave Collinwood.

Our thoughts

John: Is it really 1am when Carolyn arrives home? And when Maggie and Joe are having coffee after dinner? Are we not supposed to be able to tell the time on that clock?

Christine: It looks like you got the times right. Everyone is staying out late on a stormy night.

John: Man, how long was that uncomfortable pause before Joe finally leaned in and kissed Maggie on the cheek?

Christine: Well, first he had to think about whether he should kiss her or not, and then had to decide on the cheek or lips, but being the good guy that he is, and being unsure if he's officially broken with Carolyn yet, he went for the cheek, which says he's interested, but he's not a dog. 

John: Am I the only one who was waiting for Roger to turn into Don Knotts in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken when exploring the closed off portion of the house? And then he turns out to be an evil jerk, trying to scare Vicki into leaving Collinwood before rescuing her.

Christine: Here it is only Tuesday and she's already been rescued. I'm surprised Roger didn't leave her in there to stew another day just to be sure she wouldn't want to stay at Collinwood any longer, though he is a very bad man to have done what he did to scare her. How interesting to learn there is a hidden panel that leads to the closed off portion of the house. That could come in handy. I wonder if Roger is the only one to know about it.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Episode 86 - 10/24/66

In the foyer, Liz asks David if he knows where Vicki is. Roger walks in and asks what's going on. Liz explains that she's missing.

Vicki pounds on the door calling for David.

David suggested maybe Vicki left, and Liz notes that Vicki's purse is still in her room. Roger asks if David has seen her since they were all last together. David says maybe a ghost took her. Liz sends him to bed, and as he goes upstairs, he says they'll never find Vicki. Roger asks about Carolyn, and Liz says she left upset about Joe.

Burke and Carolyn arrive at his room in the hotel. He offers her a drink, and when he asks for her ID, she says there are other ways to prove her age. They toast, 'to us.' Burke turns on the radio to find some music for them to listen to.

Roger finds David with his crystal ball. David says he wants to find out who killed Bill Malloy. Roger suggests he ask his crystal ball where Vicki is. He speaks to it and says he can't see. Roger then suggests that David ask himself where Vicki is.

Vicki hears a creaking sound and calls for David.

Burke tells Carolyn of carnivale in Rio. He then kisses her hand. Burke takes his shoes off and puts his feet up on the coffee table. Carolyn asks if he's ever been in love, and he says, "Once."

Roger says he wishes he knew what David knew and wasn't telling him. Liz comes downstairs with a key in her hand. She asks where he got it, as she found it on his desk. She says it opens the door to the locked area of the house. Roger was surprised to hear this. David apologizes to his aunt, and she says if he says he didn't use it, she believes him. When she goes upstairs, Roger asks him to look inside his crystal ball again, and see if he believes David.

Burke tells Carolyn a tale of a beautiful maiden who swam away from him. Carolyn gets up to leave and says it's the best night of her life. Burke offers to drive her home, and she declines, saying she's a very good swimmer. Burke gives her a kiss, and with that she leaves. After she's gone, Burke says she had better be a good swimmer, as she's soon to be caught in a whirlpool with the only way out being down.

Roger fixes himself a drink, and toasts Vicki, wherever she is.

Vicki throws something at the window and breaks it. She then slides a piece of paper under the door, pokes the key out of the lock with a hairpin, and attempts to pull the key under the door. Her attempt to get the key fails.

Our thoughts

John: Welcome to 'No ghost Mondays' on Dark Shadows. Is it just me, or has Vicki gotten over Friday's Bill Malloy sighting a little too quickly. And where's the seaweed?

Christine: You didn't really expect Bill Malloy to still be hanging out with Vicki in the locked room, did you? I also felt like she got over the ghost, but she's alone, so who is she going to talk to about it? She probably thought she dreamed it. Although I am also impatient for more ghostly appearances, I thought today's episode offered some interesting tidbits. I was wondering if David really intended to leave Vicki in the room to die and that was confirmed. Carolyn gets her first kiss from debonair Burke Devlin and we find out he is using her in his plot for revenge against the Collins family. Roger knows David had something to do with Vicki's disappearance and seems pleased about it, as it removes the possibility she could tell anyone about the pen she found at Lookout Point.

John: That voice on the radio in Burke's room sure sounded familiar. I was waiting for him to call out the airdates of the episode again.

Christine: Or that "Dark Shadows is a Dan Curtis Production." It seemed that the station was being changed before Burke started turning the knob. Fortunately he found the sappy romantic music he needed to get Carolyn all warmed up. I wonder why he would risk contributing to her underage drinking since she obviously doesn't need any alcoholic inducement to be putty in his hands. Better hope Liz doesn't sniff her breath when she gets home.

John: Since when was the key still in the lock to the room Vicki was trapped in? She sure came up with that plan quickly, of course failing at the last minute. I guess we'll have to wait a few more days for her to get rescued...

Christine: Maybe the ghost of Bill Malloy put the key there. There's a lot of junk in that room and the door is over 50 years old. She could probably find something to break through that door pretty easily, but it would not be very interesting if she escaped so soon. We'll have to wait until Friday. If we wait long enough, maybe Bill Malloy will turn up again and ask why she didn't listen to him when he told her to get out.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Episode 85 - 10/21/66

Vicki is locked in a room in the abandoned part of Collinwood. She calls for help, but no one can hear her.

Liz broods in the drawing room as she worries about Vicki. Carolyn comes in looking for her raincoat, and Liz asks if Joe is coming back for her. Carolyn says she's going out on her own. She said she apologized to Joe, and then he told her he had a date with someone else. Liz lectures Carolyn. She says that it was she who ran off to Bangor to meet another man. Carolyn refuses to hear it and runs off.

Sam drops in to the Blue Whale, and ignores a request from Burke to join him. Sam calls home to tell Maggie he'll be home shortly. He finds out she's hosting Joe for dinner, and suggests she might want to avoid a hornets nest. Burke convinces Sam to join him for a drink, promising not to bring up Bill Malloy.

Carolyn heads out into the rain. Liz pleads with Carolyn to help her stay and look for Vicki, but she refuses.

Vicki explores possible exits from the room, but the window is barred.

Sam and Burke continue to throw down drinks, just like old times. They discuss ghosts up at Collinwood. Burke says there's one person he wouldn't want to scare in Collinwood—Vicki Winters. Bill comes up in discussion, in particular his ghost. They begin singing Bill's favorite sea shanty, "What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor," when Carolyn arrives. Burke invites her to join them. Burke says she should have brought Vicki, and Carolyn starts to leave. Burke asks if Carolyn is hungry and Sam realizes he has to get home for dinner with Maggie and her guest. Carolyn realizes it's Joe. Sam leaves, and Burke asks Carolyn what they're going to do. Carolyn says that's entirely up to him.

The ghost of Bill Malloy appears in the room with Vicki, singing his shanty. He calls for her to wake up. He warns her to get away before she's killed. He walks through the door and Vicki is sure she's dreaming. She runs to the door to see water and seaweed on the floor.

Our thoughts

John: Yes! We welcome the Ghost of Bill Malloy to Collinwood, in what I truly hope will be the first of many such appearances! This is even more exciting than Josette's stepping out of the portrait a few weeks back. Of course, it would have been nice of him to open the door for Vicki, as opposed to just warning her...

Christine: Dan Curtis is continuing his experimentation with ghosts and watching the ratings go through the roof, so the supernatural element is around the corner. What's more exciting about this ghost is that it's a former character and he speaks! Unfortunately the loop above shows that the water and seaweed were on the floor before he appeared, though maybe he showed up earlier when we weren't looking.

John: Liz finally sets Carolyn straight. It's about time someone called her out on how she's jealous of Joe despite having spent the past few weeks pining over Burke Devlin in front of him.

Christine: It was super sweet when Liz told Carolyn, "You think your world's coming to an end because for once Joe didn't jump the minute you snapped your fingers, and if you want to know, I'm delighted." Too bad she was covering her ears at the time, though she wouldn't have heard it anyway.

John: I began to wonder how many times they'd loop Cobert's creepy music cue while Vicki was trapped in the locked room. But I will forgive them for that for giving us another Friday send-off, ghost-style!

Christine: That would be Cue 81: Theremin Whee and it played 7 times, which is probably significant, though I think perhaps the record was skipping. Speaking of Cobert's music cues, I'm glad to hear his selections are being played once again on the Blue Whale jukebox in today's episode.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Episode 84 - 10/20/66

David leads Vicki through the closed portion of the house. She gets upset when he doesn't lead her to her missing pen as promised. He explains how he spends time here with his friends that live in this part of the house.

Carolyn returns home and her mother asks where she's been, and if she's seen David. She once again apologizes for her behavior. She tells her mother that she thinks she loves Joe.

Carolyn calls Joe to apologize and invites him over. Liz comes downstairs, unable to find Vicki.

David starts screaming for help, demonstrating to Vicki that if she screamed, no one would hear her. He says that sometimes dead people come to visit him.

Joe arrives, dressed to the nines. Carolyn assumes of course that it's all for her.

David says he can't find Vicki's pen, but maybe his friends can. Vicki tries to leave but the door is locked. Vicki tells David to stop trying to frighten her. Vicki realizes that David lied about the pen to get her into this part of the house and scare her. He unlocks the door, and asks her to blow out the candle. When she does, he closes the door and locks her in. David sneaks back into the main part of the house.

Carolyn apologizes to Joe, again. He interrupts her and says he came because she told him to come over immediately. He says when she wasn't around, he made other plans for the evening. She says it must be special if he's so dressed up. He explains that he was invited to dinner by a friend. When it slips that his friend is a 'she', Carolyn flies into a jealous rage. She sends him out telling him she never wants to see him again. This time, for real.

David appears on the stairway, and his aunt asks him if he's seen Vicki. He says she must have gone for a walk.

Vicki calls out to David to let her out as she hugs the door as thunder and lightning cracks outside.

Our thoughts

John: Does the thunder soundtrack only play in the closed portion of the house? I don't think we've had inclement weather in Collinwood in weeks.

Christine: It's a gothic storm heralding the ghosts of Collinwood. It could be that Vicki is about to join them.

John: Carolyn sure was nice to Joe. Demanding that he come see her, and independently deciding that he's going to take her to the most expensive restaurant in town. Of course by the end of the episode, she's back to hating him.

Christine: She had big plans for the both of them. She even thought she might...lead him on some more.

John: David's evil streak reaches new heights. Vicki, trapped alone in a room where no one can hear her pleas for help... and this is not even a Friday afternoon cliffhanger!

Christine: Do remember that this is the same child who got away with attempted murder of his own father. At least he left her some provisions and a candle.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Episode 83 - 10/19/66

Vicki can't find her pen on David's desk. They search his room for it.

Roger digs a hole, buries the pen in it, and moves a rock on top of the pen's grave.

Vicki and David continue searching his room for it, unsuccessfully. Vicki suggests that David may have borrowed it and he denies it.

Roger returns home and hears Vicki and David arguing about something. Roger tells them to stop arguing, and offers to buy a replacement pen. Roger asks Vicki to join him in the drawing room and goes downstairs. David is surprised that his father stood up for him.

Joe stops in the diner and lets Maggie know that he was offered a promotion he turned down, and that Carolyn told him she didn't want to see him again. Maggie has Joe pegged. Joe says he and Carolyn may never understand one another. He asks Maggie for advice. She suggests one option is finding a new girl.

Vicki and Roger discuss David. He implores her to forget about the pen. Again, he offers to replace it. She says she's not concerned about the pen, but accepting David's behavior. He convinces her to forget about it for the good of all, and to never bring it up again.

Maggie continues to flirt with Joe. They talk about the ghosts up at Collinwood. Maggie says she'd rather have the little cottage she shares with her Dad than the big house on the hill. Maggie invites Joe to dinner.

David stares into his crystal ball when his father enters. Roger gives him a pen, and asks him to forget all about Vicki's pen, and never mention it to anyone.

David finds Vicki in the drawing room. When he confirms that no one else is home, he runs upstairs. Joe stops by to see Carolyn. He asks Vicki if she thinks he's an idiot for constantly letting Carolyn treat him poorly, and she jokingly says yes. Joe says he's resigning from the idiot's union, and going home to prepare for a date.

Back upstairs, David tells Vicki she can have her pen, and points her to the closed off section of the house. She says they can't get in, and David produces a key. David opens the door and leads her inside.

Our thoughts

John: This episode only survives in a Kinescope, a filmed recording of the television broadcast.

Christine: It's not ideal, but watchable. Roger is instigating trouble with his demonic son in order to solve the problem of Miss Winters. He is a very bad man.

John: Not sure if Joe gets Maggie's hint, but by the end of the episode, they've got a dinner date, so we'll see what this does to his relationship with Carolyn.

Christine: Carolyn continues to cycle through treating him badly and then apologizing for it. Maggie will probably be more consistent with her affection, so it's likely the beginning of the end of Carolyn and Joe's relationship.

John: When Vicki tells David that only the two of them are in the house, where's Liz? Did she suddenly decide to take off after 18 years?

Christine: Perhaps she took Mrs. Johnson over to visit Matthew at his cottage so they could get chummy. She hasn't been off the grounds in 18 years, but that doesn't mean she hasn't left the house. She could be tooling around the old house or out exploring Widow's Hill. Though I do get the point that the writers may not have been thinking too carefully about explaining that very well.