Friday, August 23, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 825 - 8/22/69

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Magda comes into the drawing room and finds Beth on the floor. She looks around, sees the glasses of brandy and smells one.

Quentin tells Petofi that he has two minutes. He asks if Petofi has had prior dealings with Angelique, reminding him that if he doesn't free Barnabas, she'll tell King Johnny where to find him. Petofi nonchalantly continues smoking. He gets up and pours himself a drink. Quentin tells him he has sixty seconds left. Petofi asks why he needs Barnabas; if he also wants to travel to the future. Quentin says he needs Barnabas to help with his curse. Petofi says he's already dealt with that. Quentin asks why he's afraid of the gypsies. Petofi recalls their taking his hand, and says he hates each generation of them. Quenting counts the final seconds. When the clock chimes he shouts that Quentin can have Barnabas. He gives him the key.

Magda asks if Beth feels better. She says she'd be dead if Magda hadn't come in. She asks what time it is, and sees the clock has stopped. She says that Quentin is depending on her, and may be dead. Magda tells her that she'll find the time. Beth says that if anything has happened to Quentin, she'll kill herself.

Quentin removes the chains from Barnabas' coffin. Petofi leaves, saying he doesn't want Barnabas to witness his humiliation. Quentin opens the coffin and removes the cross.

Magda tells Beth it's five after one. Beth says Quentin is dead, and she must go to King Johnny.

Quentin and Barnabas leave. As they pass Petofi, he says they will meet again soon, and discuss the trip to the future he is so anxious to take. Petofi asks for confirmation that they won't mention him to King Johnny. Quentin gives him his word.

Tate arrives at Petofi's lair. Petofi tells him to come back tomorrow. Tate says it's Petofi's fault that he knows about the woman. Petofi shows him one of his sketches of Amanda that he took from him. Tate tells him to give it to him. Tate threatens him if he ever touches one of his sketches. Tate says the woman did not exist when he created her in a dream. Petofi tells him that she's in the Collinsport Inn. He adds that Aristede saw her first. Tate asks what he knows about her. Petofi says she travels with Tim Shaw, who had his hand for a while, and used it to make a great deal of money. He says the woman is from New York, and Tate surely met her there. Tate says he would have followed her if he had seen her. Petofi says she will do anything Tim asks her to. Tate doesn't believe him.

Beth tells Magda that Charity drugged her, though she wasn't acting like herself. She says she's in love with Quentin, and jealous of her. Magda says she'll find Charity, read her cards, and tell her that she's going to marry Quentin. She'll also tell her that if she hurts Beth, something terrible will happen. She tells Beth to stay, and not take the note to King Johnny. She assures her that Quentin is alright. She leaves Beth's room and is grabbed by Johnny's gypsy.

As Quentin and Barnabas make their way back to Collinwood, he says he hopes Beth didn't go to King Johnny. Barnabas reminds him that he cannot appear and disappear as long as he bears the mark of Count Petofi.

Beth is in the foyer when Quentin returns. She's happy to see him. He says he has Barnabas, and needs to get him to her room without anyone seeing them. He brings Barnabas in. Barnabas stands in the foyer wondering if he'll ever be accepted in the house again.

Beth tells Quentin that Jamison still thinks that he's David. Quentin leaves Barnabas with her and goes to find Magda. Beth apologizes for failing her. He tells her that he blames Petofi, not her. He apologizes for misusing her, and says it won't happen again.

Quentin searches for Magda.

In the woods, the gypsy ties up Magda. She says that if he unties her, she has friends that will take him anywhere. He places a gag over her mouth. They hear someone approaching, and a figure holding a lantern comes out into the open.

Our thoughts

John: I love how Quentin counts down the seconds, as if he could pick up his cell phone to call off Beth (Angelique, as far as Petofi knows). And even after the time has passed (despite his claiming that Angelique would be off one second after the time ran out), he does nothing. You'd think he would pretend to contact Angelique to tell her not to deliver his message. And why wouldn't he think Beth had already done so, when he had given her such explicit instructions...

Christine: That certainly was bothersome. And how is it that Beth did not die from the poisoning?

John: Petofi lost a lot of credibility today. If he really was concerned, he wouldn't have waited until it was too late to call Quentin's bluff. The last minute freak-out was completely out of character.

Christine: Don't blame Petofi. It's Sam Hall's fault. Despite the absolutely ludicrous, nonsensical situations he created today, he still managed to create a lot of suspense with the time ticking down, and pathos, with Barnabas assuring Beth he won't ever nibble her neck, and wondering if he'll ever be accepted at Collinwood with his alternative lifestyle.

John: Well, Charles Tate doesn't disappoint... he's a loser and a would-be stalker. I already feel for Amanda, as I imagine she's got a lot of Tate-torment lined up in her future...

Christine: It's Roger Davis' speciality! What do you suppose is worse, a Trask groping or Tate stalking? I don't think she can hold out much hope that wimpy Tim will be able to protect her from either one.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 823/824 - 8/21/69

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Magda arrives at Collinwood and pounds on the door, begging to be let in. Quentin comes up from behind her. He brings her into the house and sits her by the fireplace. She explains that she escaped from King Johnny. Quentin asks if she sent him after Petofi. She tells him Johnny found 'A' hand at the old house. She says they think she tricked them. He tells her she must tell them Petofi has it, and she says she can't. He asks if a spell has been placed on her and she confirms it. She says he can tell them. He asks where King Johnny is, and she tells him where he can find them. Quentin says he may have a way to free Barnabas. He leaves her in the drawing room. Charity, possessed by Pansy, calls down to Quentin, but he heads into the kitchen.

Magda paces in the drawing room.

Quentin comes to see Beth in her room. He's rather happy go lucky, telling her things may be going their way. He says the stubborn Count Petofi may have to free Barnabas. She says when Barnabas is free, he'll be angry with her. Quentin says that Barnabas knows what Petofi is capable of. Charity eavesdrops from outside Beth's room as Quentin says she must help him free Barnabas. Charity peeks in to see them kissing, and is very jealous.

Quentin writes a note and gives it to Beth. He confirms she knows what to do in the event he doesn't return by 1pm. He tells her to protect Magda, and not to let her out of the house. He leaves, and Beth places the letter on her dresser.

Magda sits by the fire, drinking, when she hears a noise outside. She looks out into the garden, and then hears the door behind her open. Beth comes in and takes her to the kitchen. Magda asks where Quentin is, and Beth says he's gone to see Count Petofi. She checks the clock in the foyer.

Petofi is in his lair, conducting music in his head, when Quentin arrives. Petfoi tells him he's thinking about returning to Italy. Quentin tells him he might want to go now, since he won't be going to the future. Quentin says he's there to get Barnabas. He tells Petofi he has an hour to decide before the gypsies find where he is and what he has.

Quentin tells him that if he doesn't return to Collinwood, a note will be delivered to King Johnny telling them. Petofi says all he has to do is find out who has the note and intercept it, and adds that he can make Quentin tell him. Quentin says there's no need for him to force him, and says that he chose Angelique as his accomplice. He says there's nothing Petofi can do to control her mind. He tells Petofi to free Barnabas. Petofi tells him to leave, and threatens his life if he doesn't. Petofi then invites Quentin to sit down and enjoy some brandy and a cigar. He adds that it might be the last thing he ever does.

Charity comes down stairs, thinking that she's not going to lose Quentin the way she lost Carl. Charity goes into the drawing room and takes out a vial of poison. She thinks Quentin will be surprised to find Beth dead.

Petofi offers Quentin another drink. He passes. Petofi tells him he could kill him in a number of ways other than poisoning. Quentin says he could, and the gypsies would still find him.

Beth is in her room with Quentin's note when Charity comes to her door. She tells Beth she needs company. She invites Beth to sneak down to the parlor for a brandy. Beth says she'll get Charity's father. Charity tells her to come downstairs, and she grabs the note and follows her.

Quentin waits with Petofi as more time passes.

Beth follows Charity into the drawing room. Charity pours them drinks, and pours the poison into Beth's. She mentions that she knows she's supposed to meet Quentin. Beth says that she's not meeting him, but she does have to do something for him. Charity hands her the drink, and she starts to take a sip when the clock chimes.

Quentin tells Petofi he has five minutes to decide before Angelique goes to King Johnny. Petofi says he will have moved on by then. Quentin says that he can move, but they'll know the truth.

Charity tells Beth to finish her drink, and suggests a toast to Quentin. Beth toasts and finishes her drink. She says she has to go, but collapses before taking any steps. Charity stands over her and says that Quentin loves her, not Beth, and she had to do it.

Our thoughts

John: The front door to Collinwood is always unlocked, as evidenced by Quentin opening it. So did Magda just bang on the front door for dramatic effect?

Christine: Despite all the gypsy aspersions, I believe Magda was just being polite by not barging in to a place where she does not live and is not altogether very welcome.

John: As Quentin laid out his plan, I was disappointed thinking that Petofi would do the same thing to him that he had done to Magda. And then Quentin proved he was smarter than I gave him credit for by claiming to have told Angelique. A brilliant idea, although it didn't appear to impress Petofi, who it looks like has called his bluff (thanks to Charity's intervention with Beth).

Christine: Too bad Angelique is not really on board to back him up.

John: While I might have believed that Pansy Faye traveled with poison, I highly doubt that Charity would have a vial at her disposal. I guess she sought out the Collinwood family poison closet, the source of all poisons used in the house in the past several years...

Christine: I feel the opposite way. I don't think Pansy Faye was the kind of character to go around poisoning people, and certainly had not developed enough of a relationship with Quentin to want to kill off the competition for him. Charity, however, did have a thing for him, and clearly comes from bad stock, so while she may not have had poison on hand, perhaps she went rooting around her dad's things and came across some.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 822 - 8/20/69

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Petofi thanks Tate for his work crafting the fake hand. Tate tells him that the gypsies will know that it's fake. Petofi sees him working on a painting of jewelry. He then looks at Tate's ideal woman portrait, and asks him who modeled for it. Tate tells him if he knew such a woman, he wouldn't let her go. Petofi asks him about the brooch he's painting, and he says he dreamed it. Petofi tells Tate that he's met a girl that Tate must see. Tate says that the only reason Petofi would introduce him to someone is out of some sort of favor for him. Tate ultimately agrees to meet Petofi at 6pm in order to see the woman.

Amanda tells Trask that she thought she saw a man on the street who was the man she ran away from. Trask massages her arm, and says that her newfound faith might not be strong enough.

He says she needs more personal attention, and tells her that she needs to move into Collinwood at once. She asks if that would seem proper. She asks if it would be misinterpreted. She asks if he's truly offering her help, or if she's offering her new temptations. She tells him she can't move into Collinwood. He offers to take her to a room where she can meditate about it. She tells him that he can't force her into it, and runs out.

Charity is in the foyer, but she tells him her name is Pansy Faye as she sings and dances for him. He tells her to come into the drawing room, and she implies that he can't get her into the room, as she knows his kind. He tells her to break through this possession. She continues to speak with an accent. She says that she can see the future, and asks if he wants to know how he'll die. Trask attempts to tell her that she is his daughter, but realizes the devil has attacked her just as he has the rest of the Collins family. She tells him he will die alone in a room, screaming for help, and no one will hear him. He dismisses her as blasphemous. He drags her to her room, telling her she'll stay until she recovers herself.

Amanda tells Tim that Trasks wants her to move into Collinwood. He says it's not a bad idea, and she might enjoy living there. She tells him not to try to get her to do that. Tim says they will get everything they want, after she becomes Trask's bride, and then widow. Tim assures her that her marriage wouldn't last long. She tells Tim he needs to go to the police. He says he can't, and they'll know he poisoned Mrs. Trask's tea. Amanda tells him that nothing has been as easy as he predicted. He reminds her that he offered her diamonds. She tells him jewelry can do a lot for a girl like her. She says she'll stay as long as she never has to live at Collinwood. He asks how many diamonds she wanted, and she tells him more than he'll ever be able to find.

Tim returns from Braithwaite's. Amanda asks what present he brought her. He gives her a brooch. She says it's beautiful, and kisses him.

Petofi and Tate arrive at the Collnwood Inn. Tate asks him what's going on. Petofi tells him to sit. Once he does, Petofi gets up to leave. Petofi tells Tate that the woman is coming downstairs, and tells Tate to come see him after he sees her.

While Tate watches, Amanda and Tim come downstairs. He sees that she's wearing a brooch like the one he painted.

Back in his cottage, Tate confirms that the brooch he painted looks just like the one Amanda was wearing. He stands in front of his portrait, which also appears to be of Amanda.

Our thoughts

John: What's with the awkward hand off of Tate's brooch painting to Petofi? And if Tate is in love with all of his paintings, does that mean he loves Quentin?

Christine: It was just another awkward Roger Davis moment, as he was in the process of forgetting his lines. I also wondered if Tate's assertion that he loves all his paintings meant he loved Quentin, and have come to the conclusion that he does. I will be looking for evidence of it in all future interactions between the two characters. Also, he loves brooch.

John: The cameramen were getting crazy with the zooms during Trask's latest Me-Too moment with Amanda. His best line, "I must do my duty, and you are my duty."

Christine: It was certainly none too subtle, which made it all the more enjoyable, and gave the distinct impression of Trask as a wolf drooling over his prey. Amanda should realize that Tim is a bad boyfriend to expect her to marry Trask as part of his revenge plan, since she takes all the risk and he gets all the benefit. He is as sleazy as Trask to use her like that.

John: So we finally see the portrait of Amanda that Tate's been working on without any reference. Sadly, it really should have been a portrait of Alexandre Moltke...

Christine: Seems like Tate has a bit of a Pygmalion complex going on. Also, a thing for green velour suits. Wowza! I love the look on Trask's face when Pans-ity was giving him the ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay. Are these actors having fun or what?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 821 - 8/19/69

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King Johnny comes back downstairs, demanding to know who has the Hand. She says she cannot say, and is physically unable. He slaps her across the face, and asks her if she needs more help remembering, and pulls out a knife. She sees the box the Hand was in, which appeared in the room. She tells him it's empty. He open the box, looks inside, and closes it. He tells her to look for herself. She does, and is shocked to see the Hand inside.

Johnny holds Petofi's hand, and then puts it back in the box. He calls Magda a liar and murderer of her own people. She says that she didn't kill Julianka. She asks what's going to happen to her. He tells her he's taking her back to Boston to the tribe, after giving thanks for finding the Hand. He starts to honor the Hand, and Magda goes to sneak out the front door, only to find another gypsy waiting.

He says she's gong to go on trial, as no gypsy had ever used the Hand on another gypsy before. She asks if she can say goodbye to her dead ones, and Johnny refuses, saying she may be saying hello to them quicker than she thinks. They lead her outside. Aristede comes out of the bushes to see them leading her away.

Aristede tells Petofi that all went just as he expected. Petofi says the one thing he fears is that the gypsies will try to use the hand. He praises Tate's work in recreating the hand with the dead one they had exhumed. He tells Aristede to bring him the Collins family history book. He then asks if the gypsies hurt Magda. Aristede says they weren't exactly kind to her.

Aristede hears a sound while in the lair, and calls out asking who's there. A wind blows through, knocking things down and blowing out the candles. Aristede says he's not afraid. Petofi comes in, and he says he thinks he knows what it is. He calls for the alien spirit to depart in peace. The wind dies down, and Petofi says it will trouble them no more. He tells Aristede it's the spirit of the dead man whose hand they borrowed.

Petofi opens Barnabas' coffin, and removes the cross from his chest. He tells him he can move, but not very far. Barnabas asks what has happened. Petofi says Jamison is still ill and possessed by David Collins. Petofi says he is far more interested in getting to the future than he was. Barnabas says he can't help, and Petofi accuses him of lying. Petofi says he is sure the people Barnabas is trying to save are those described in the book. He calls to Aristede, who comes in with lit torches. Petofi says he could burn Collinwood to the ground. He says if Jamison dies tonight, there will be no Roger, Elizabeth or David in 1969. Barnabas tells him that he expected better from him. He calls him incompetent. Aristede asks if he should go to Collinwood. Petofi tells Barnabas to think about it.

Johnny and Magda sit by a fire. He describes the plan for their trip to Boston. They hear the other gypsy, and see their bags have been ransacked.

Barnabas tells Petofi that if he destroys the future of Collinwood, there will be no future for him, and therefore no future for Petofi. Barnabas says he will find a way to be free, and Petofi says not before he finds a way to the future.

Johnny says that nothing was taken. He says he's going to bless the Hand now. He says that too many non-gypsises have been near the Hand. A hand-less ghost appears by the fire. The severed hand appears in his good hand, and he re-attaches it and disappears. Johnny says that the Hand is gone. He asks Magda who that was, suggesting that she swapped the Hand. She denies having done it. He says they're taking her back to Boston, but she runs away. Johnny sends Istvan to find her. He begins searching as she hides in the woods.

Our thoughts

John: Did you notice in the first shot today that Magda's hands looked a little bit like the Hand of Petofi?

Christine: I had not noticed that, but I did notice an undue amount of attention on hands in general.

John: Gotta love a ghost who takes matters into his own hands—literally! While I was amused that Tate was made to use his artistic skills to 'dress' the hand, what exactly is a painter going to do with a real corpse's severed hand to make it look like a gypsy talisman? Paint? Make-up? Mortician's wax? Seems like he might not have been the best choice. It obviously was good enough to fool King Johnny, and even the original owner seemed fine re-connecting it in the new condition it was in...

Christine: Perhaps Tate applied the same nail polish that Magda is wearing that had you seeing a resemblance between the two. Good ol' Abe got a new ring to make up for his inconvenience. We haven't seen the crew take a chance with real fire in quite some time, and thankfully everyone came out unscathed.

John: Sooner or later they're going to have to have Barnabas attempt to go Back to the Future with Petofi, and with nary a DeLorean in sight, he'll have his work cut out for him.

Christine: Henry Baker, who plays King Johnny Romano's mute henchman, Istvan, will meet up with Jonathan Frid again in Oliver Stone's first feature film, Seizure. I enjoyed his laugh when King Johnny told Magda she may be joining her dead relatives soon.

Henry Baker tosses Jonathan Frid in Seizure (1974).