Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 624 - 11/14/68

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Blair wonders where Eve must be when Adam comes in and says she's gone. Blair explains she was having trouble sleeping and went for a walk on the beach. Adam starts to go for her and Blair explains that he needs to realize she needs her space. He assures him that Eve will care for him, and tells him to go to his room. He does, and Blair declares that if she has run away he will destroy her.

He turns to see she has appeared in a chair behind him. He is surprised to see her. He asks where she has been, and she just says 'out.' He accuses her of having been with Jeff, and she denies it. He asks her about the book in her hands and she gives it to him, while retaining the letter. She hides it behind a clock while he reviews the history of the Collins family.

He asks her where she got it, and she says she found it when Adam took her to Collinwood. He asks her what she wants with it, and she says she's interested in the family. He accuses her of hiding something from him. He tells her Adam had better believe she loves him, whether she does or not. She agrees, and he asks why she's suddenly so cooperative. She explains she has no other choice.

Liz comes to check on Vicki, who is wearing her wedding dress. She tells her she looks radiant, and says she and Jeff will be very happy together.

Eve considers how Vicki's marriage will never take place. She looks at a package she has addressed to Vicki.

Adam is waiting for Eve when she returns home. He asks her where she goes when she goes for a walk. He says she always says she goes for walks, but never asks him to go with her. She explains that he can't be seen, since the police are looking for him.

He asks her if she's seeing someone else. She asks if he knows how she feels about him, and he says she hates him. She acts surprised, and says her outbursts have nothing to do with him.

She says she wants them to be together. They kiss, and Adam believes her.

Vicki asks Liz if she can borrow her car to go to town. She refers to Jeff as Peter, and freaks out about it. Liz tells her not to worry about it.

Eve apologizes to Adam for leaving him alone while she goes on her walks. He says he would leave too, if he could, and he wants her to do whatever pleases her. She wonders if Adam only knew how she really felt about him.

Adam tells Blair that Eve really loves him. He asks if Blair is responsible, and he denies it. He says if Eve has come to love him, she has done so on her own, as he told him she would. Adam tells him he's never been so happy, and goes upstairs. Eve comes in and asks Blair if he's satisfied. She says she's cooperating, and he tells her that she will continue to do that.

Vicki returns home, and Liz tells her that presents have arrived for her. She opens one and it contains a necklace that she recognizes from a nurse in the foundling home. She opens the next gift, and recognizes it as the Collins' family history that she brought back to the past with her. She shows Liz the card with it, which just says "Peter."

Our thoughts

John: Poor Adam, fished in by a lying woman. Where's Carolyn when he really needs her?

Christine: Adam is a dolt! If Eve really loved him, she'd buy him a new sweater.

John: Since when does Liz have a car? More importantly, even if she does have a car, why would she always carry the keys with her? The only time she seems to leave Collinwood is via ambulance!

Christine: She has probably always had the car, though Carolyn may be the only one to drive it. Since she wasn't around, Vicki had to ask Liz to borrow it. I wonder if Carolyn will be back in time for the wedding, and if David will be around to be the ringbearer, as promised by Jeff Clark.

John: The Collins' family history book has returned to its rightful home. The only problem is, sending it saying it came from Peter all but assures that Vicki will know it's some kind of trick!

Christine: How is it that Liz didn't recognize the Collins family history book? And what's up with Vicki opening presents before the wedding anyway? I didn't think she was going to be able to open the present from the foundling home. It looked like the poor girl has never opened a present before.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 623 - 11/13/68

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Collinsport, 1795. Danielle Roget appears in the gaol to see Peter Bradford. The jailers are freaked out by her sudden appearance. They explain they were just reading Peter Bradford's death warrant. She explains that she's been gone for six months, but she's there to see Peter. The jailer says Peter had a way with pretty women. He tells her that he was about to marry Gloria Winters, who was recently hanged for practicing witchcraft. He adds that after she was hanged, she changed into someone else.

Peter doesn't seem happy to see her. He points out that she's guilty of killing and free, while he's innocent and about to be hanged. She says they think they're going to hang him, but they're wrong. She says they can leave together and change the course of history. She asks if he wants to live, and offers to help him escape. She offers freedom in exchange for his going away with him. He agrees, and she says she has to go to Collinwood to see Ben Stokes.

Joshua Collins calls Ben Stokes into the drawing room. He says that the governor has refused to grant clemency to Peter Bradford, and there's nothing they can do to help him. Stokes says that Vicki explained that she killed the man. Joshua says they can offer Peter nothing but their prayers. He then asks Ben to destroy the book of the Collins family history that Vicki claimed to have brought back with her from the future. Ben asks why, and he says it frightens him. He says he doesn't want future generations to know what really happened to Barnabas, or Naomi, or Millicent. He tells Ben that the book is cursed; the product of black magic. He adds that he thinks their suffering will end once it has been destroyed. He gives it to Ben with the express request that he take it to the woods and burn it.

Jeff asks his jailer for a pen and paper to write someone a note.

Danielle finds Ben. He says she wasn't to come back, and she explains that she had to because Peter was in trouble. She says she needs his help to rescue Peter. He says he'll prepare horses for Peter's sake. She asks him to do it now, and he says he has to burn a book for Joshua. She tries to take it from him, and he reluctantly agrees.

In the gaol, Danielle has apparently read the entire Collins' family history, somehow including that Vicki came back in time. Ben comes in and tells her he has the horses. He goes to take the book and she tells him she'll give it to him when she and Peter come out. She sends him outside as the jailer returns. She starts to make a move on the jailer, until he mentions that Peter is writing a note, likely for her.

She goes in to see him and he says he's not leaving with her. He says he explains it all in a note, and while it will be hard for her to accept, she needs to read it. She says she wants to be with him, and he says he's keeping a promise to a dead woman. A woman he promised to be with again in death or another life.

The jailers come in to take him to the gallows. The leave Danielle who reads Peter's note, and is quite excited by it. She says it's just what she needed, and slips it into her book. She says his note has given her another chance. The jailer watches as she disappears.

Our thoughts

John: Gloria Winters? Considering it has only been a few days since her hanging, you'd think they'd remember the name of the witch!

Christine: Gloria, didn't really matter what her name was when they were just jazzed to hang a pretty, young girl. Mr. Talky Prescott sure felt free to provide a lot of unsolicited information to Danielle, while his mute partner grasped his throat, apparently wondering why the old man got all the dialogue today.

John: So Peter has no trouble recognizing Danielle (who was credited as Eve, oddly enough). I guess they decided the thought of her looking different would have been too confusing.

Christine: None of us would have wanted to sit through a whole episode having them explain it and she only had 6 hours in 1795 anyway, so there was no time for Bradford to be confused by her changed appearance. I have to wonder about Ben's relationship with Danielle that enabled him to feel comfortable shirking his duty to burn the Collins family history book as ordered. That doesn't seem like him.

John: Well, lest there be any doubt, Peter Bradford is definitely the same limp fish that Jeff is in the future. He even does the patented Jeff Clark head grab.

Christine: I don't know. I think Jeff Clark went back in time and assumed Peter Bradford's identity. It was nice to revisit 1795 for a brief amount of time. I can't imagine how Eve might think Bradford's note could be good for her.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 622 - 11/12/68

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Blair approaches Angelique's coffin in the basement with a mallet and stake. He thinks that she won't suffer; that she will just cease to exist. He opens the coffin and finds it empty.

Blair vows to find Angelique and destroy her forever.

Angelique rises from a borrowed coffin. She calls to Barnabas, telling him it's time for them go go away forever. She calls him to come to her.

Eve notices that Blair looks concerned about something. He asks her if she knows about Angelique's disappearance. He says he has a score to settle with her, and he wants Eve to help him. She says she wouldn't lift a finger to help him.

Angelique wonders why Barnabas hasn't come to her. She thinks it might be Blair. She goes to the magic mirror and uses it to see Blair talking to Eve.

Eve tells him that Angelique has Barnabas under her spell. He tells her that Barnabas is gone. He has been sent to a hospital miles away. Blair realizes that with Barnabas out of the way, Angelique would be interested in Joe Haskell or Jeff Clark. Eve says she'll kill her if she tries to get to Jeff. She tells Blair that she wants him to help prove to Jeff that he's Peter Bradford. He asks how, and she tells him she wants him to send her back in time. He refuses, and tells her that he will destroy her if she drives him to do it. He sends her to watch Jeff. She asks if she's to stand by and watch while Angelique victimizes Jeff, and he says he doesn't care about Jeff.

In the garden, Vicki tells Jeff she's concerned about Barnabas, since Julia took him to Windcliff. She says when she was with him, he said no doctor could help him. Jeff tells her to let Julia worry about Barnabas. Jeff tells her he wants to get married on Friday. She asks him why so soon, and he says why not. She doesn't understand his sudden rush. He asks her not to ask him to explain why. She agrees and they kiss, as Eve watches. Jeff sees her and sends Vicki back inside.

He then asks Eve how long she has been watching him. She asks if he changed his wedding date because of her. Jeff tells her to stay away from him, and pushes her away.

He goes inside, and Angelique tells her not to follow Jeff. She says she came to see her so they can get better acquainted. She says they can help one another. Angelique says it's a shame Blair won't use his power to help him. She says that she can send her back in time. Eve doesn't believe her. Angelique says she needs her help to prove that Jeff is Peter Bradford. She says she can find proof in 1795, and upon her return it would allow her be with Jeff. Eve asks why she would help her, and Angelique explains that she hates Blair, and she needs protection during the day. Eve asks how soon she can send her back, and Angelique says she can do it tonight at midnight, but she needs to get Blair out of the house.

Eve returns, and Blair asks why she's not watching Jeff. She explains that Angelique won't find Jeff. She says she saw her in the woods, heading towards the hospital. Blair assumes she's going to see Joe, and tells her to go there. She suggests that he go instead. He says he'll deal with her when he returns, and leaves.

Angelique appears, and says Eve did well. She says she needs to find a medallion, and in no time finds it in his desk. Angelique turns down the lights, and tells Eve to sit in a chair. She says she will only have six hours in the past before she must return. Angelique uses a spell to send Eve back in time.

Our thoughts

John: Blair is having nothing but trouble with the ladies. I think perhaps he should have just gone with a race of manufactured super-men.

Christine: It's a lot of fun to see Angelique and Eve team up against him, and will be even more fun if he should find out about it. So, where is Angelique hiding away during the day? It almost looks like the Old House basement, but I don't think Barnabas keeps a coffin in there anymore.

John: Poor Vicki, catering to Jeff's every whim, and letting him get away with his silly antics without having to explain himself. Do they really expect to live happily ever after? I guess we'll see if the wedding happens this Friday.

Christine: I still think her trip to the past affected her brain and ability to use good judgement. I think she's only interested in Jeff Clark because he looks like Peter Bradford.

John: We've been introduced to a new means of temporary time travel. I wonder why Angelique even needed the medallion. Now that Eve has physically left the building, the question is, will Peter Bradford even recognize her?

Christine: The medallion is for dramatic effect since she's not supposed to have witchcraft powers still available to her, despite her ability to use the magic mirror. Peter may not recognize Eve by her appearance, but will probably know who she is by her overbearing personality.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 621 - 11/12/68

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In the old house, Julia calls Willie, who comes downstairs. She tells him they must find Barnabas. She explains that he is dying. Willie asks if Barnabas dies, if he'll be like he was before. She says he will, and explains that Angelique is responsible. Willie doesn't know who she's talking about, so Julia provides Angelique 101.

Blair returns home to find Adam passed out on the floor. He asks him if Angelique had touched him. He says no, and Blair realizes that she must have done something to Barnabas. He curses himself for trusting her. He gives Adam a drink and helps him into a chair. He asks if he saw Angelique, and Adam says he did.

In the woods, Julia calls to Barnabas. Willie does the same.

Blair asks when Angelique returned, and then suggests that she left again, after which Adam felt ill. Adam says he felt weak, and doesn't remember any more. Blair wonders if Angelique has succeeded in killing Barnabas.

Willie and Julia search the woods unsuccessfully.

Blair checks Adam's pulse. He wonders if Lang's message about Barnabas and Adam is true. He wonders if Adam can live if Barnabas dies. He realizes that he must find Barnabas, and turns to his magic mirror, only to find that it's missing. He realizes that Angelique took it, and declares that she won't get away with it.

Back at the old house, Willie reminds Julia that Barnabas saved her by staking Tom Jennings. Julia says that Angelique's coffin must be at Blair's. She tells Willie to fetch her a stake and mallet.

Julia comes to see Blair. She says she has come to save Adam, and tells him that he had better let her in. Blair invites her in and tells her Adam isn't well. He asks how she knew that, and she says they will have to be very honest with one another. Julia checks Adam, and Blair tells her that he doesn't have healing powers. She asks where Angelique's coffin is, and he denies knowledge of any coffin or Angelique. Julia says she has the means of saving Adam, removing the stake and mallet from her purse. Blair continues to deny what she's referring to. She also pulls out some blood to inject into Adam. She reiterates that there's only one known cure.

As Julia administers the blood to Adam, Barnabas awakens in the forest. He gets up and calls for help. Willie hears his call and runs toward him.

Julia tells Blair that she only provided temporary relief. Blair tries to convince her that she has got him wrong. She leaves Blair with the stake, and tells him that if he's as wise as she thinks he is, he will use it.

Willie brings Barnabas back to the old house. Barnabas tells him to pull the drapes shut. Willie does, and says Julia may be in trouble at Blair's house. He then asks why Barnabas didn't tell him about Angelique. Barnabas asks if Julia knows about Angelique, and she enters to say that she does. Julia sends Willie to Collinwood to call Windcliff to send an ambulance. She tells him that he'll be safe from Angelique there. Otherwise, she will kill him tonight.

Blair realizes that Julia was right about Angelique. He knows she will kill Adam, bringing down his master's wrath.

Blair approaches her coffin in the basement with the mallet and stake. He thinks that she won't suffer; that she will just cease to exist. He opens the coffin...

Our thoughts

John: Since the writers seem to be playing fast and loose with the rules, I'm curious if Barnabas dies and returns as a vampire, if the same would happen to Adam?

Christine: I think they may be rewriting the rules entirely. I still wonder if Adam will continue to house the vampire affliction for Barnabas, or if it was a one time deal.

John: So Barnabas keeps a supply of stakes and mallets at the old house? Pretty odd for a former vampire.

Christine: It's not so odd for him to have a backup supply for when he had to rescue his one true love from vampire Tom Jennings.

John: Curious how Blair continues to play coy with Julia. Amazing he doesn't just own up to what she already knows. Of course, setting him up to be the one to stake Angelique is rather poetic. But since it didn't happen today, I'm not holding my breath that it's going to happen tomorrow.

Christine: It will be interesting to find out if Blair cares more for his plan for Adam or his relationship with Angelique. He should not be surprised by her continued defiance when he does not follow through on the threats he makes. The magic mirror theft was a pretty brazen challenge to his authority.

Another chroma-key view from the front door of the House by the Sea today.