Friday, December 6, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 899 - 12/5/69

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Back in his room, Paul wonders what the note meant. He realizes that someone knows he was meeting Carolyn at the antique shop. He senses someone outside the door. He thinks it's just his imagination. He reaches for the handle, and sees a tattoo of the snakes from the altar on his wrist.

Carolyn reads Paul's note, requesting that she call him.

Paul tries to wash away the mark on his wrist, but it won't come off. His phone rings, and it's Carolyn. He asks her to come see him. Her mother tells her they're late, and asks who's on the phone. Carolyn tells her she can't go. Carolyn leaves, and Elizabeth picks up the phone.

Carolyn arrives at Paul's room at the Inn. He apologizes for interrupting her plans. He tells her he felt lonely. He starts to light a cigarette, and when he remembers what's on his wrist, he shoves his hand back into his pocket. Carolyn asks him what's wrong. He tells her he has to get out of this room. He says how much he misses Collinwood. He tells her that someone is trying to do something to him. He says he doesn't know who, or what. Carolyn offers to help, including taking him to Collinwood. He tells her that he loves her. She says they'll make everything all right.

They hear someone at the door, and Elizabeth enters. She tells Carolyn to leave them. Paul says she should give them some time alone. Before leaving, Carolyn chastises her mother for following her, and not trusting her.

Elizabeth points out that while his charm may work on Carolyn, it won't work on her any more. He says he has come back for her. He asks if she thinks he's come back for her money. She says it wouldn't surprise her. He says his memory of her brought him back to Collinwood. She asks what he wants, and he says nothing. She says that's what he'll get.

He asks why she kept his name, and she says it was for Carolyn's sake. He says he never got love from any of them; until Carolyn. She says Carolyn made a mistake, and tells him to leave town. She threatens that if he does stay in Collinwood, it will be a visit he'll never forget. He accuses her of being responsible for what has been happening to him, and then realizes that she didn't know he was in town. He says he's in trouble and she says she doesn't believe him. She tells him to be on a train out of town that night, or she'll call her lawyers, and the manager of the Inn will find him an unwanted guest.

At The Blue Whale, Paul drinks by himself. He didn't take the train out of town, and tries to convince himself that nothing is going to happen to him. He notices another man in the bar, watching him. The guy offers to buy him a drink, and Paul tells him he buys his own drinks. He wonders if he's one of 'them.' The guy says that he's got it bad; he wants to talk but he won't.

Paul apologizes, and introduces himself. He shows off the mark on his wrist, and asks the man if he knows what it is. He says he's seen it in the East. Paul asks if he knows what it means, and the man says it's a creature without a soul, and it has to find one to be real. Paul asks if the man is one of them, and he says he's not. The man says he might be able to help, and Paul asks what he needs to do.

Elizabeth returns to Collinwood. Carolyn asks why she didn't bring her father back. She says she doesn't know him, and she does. Carolyn says that she knows him. Elizabeth says he's not to be trusted, and she forbids Carolyn from seeing him. She says that he is her father.

Paul draws a pentagram on the carpet. He hears a voice calling him saying a payment is due tonight. Paul says they won't get him. He lights candles and places them around the pentagram. He places a chair in the middle, and sits in it where he'll be safe. He hears a knock on the door, and then it opens. He screams.

Our thoughts

John: What happened to Paul's calendar? I guess they wanted to get away from the December 4th reference, and deal with relative days to the timeline in the show...

Christine: Carolyn is acting like a teenager again when sniping at her mom about her dad. I hope she'll take up with Buzz Hackett again to get back at her for forbidding her to see her deadbeat dad.

John: Paul begs Carolyn to come see him because he was lonely? Surely he could have come up with a better story than that (despite it seemingly working on her). And why is it that Elizabeth wasn't very surprised to find Paul, alive and in Collinsport?

Christine: She wasn't surprised because Jason let her know he was still alive in Episode 273, and last saw him in Hong Kong. She probably realized her ex would come dragging himself back, much like Jason McGuire did, when he was low on funds and needed support. Joan Bennett is in her element today while putting Paul Stoddard in his place.

John: The man in the bar (Ken McMillan making his TV debut) would later go on to play the Constable in Tobe Hooper's adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot.

Christine: So, I'm guessing the sailor, who appeared to take an unusual interest in Paul Stoddard, was the one who instructed him on how to draw a pentagram for protection. We'll see if it holds up to whatever has barged into his room unannounced.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 898 - 12/4/69

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Megan picks up some paperwork in the antique shop when one of the blinds flaps open. She goes to shut it and locks the door. She hears a picture fall and goes to put it back up. She hears something behind a door to another room, and after checking it slams it shut. She hears a door shut upstairs and picks up the phone to dial the apothecary down the street. She asks if her husband is still there, and they say he hasn't been there. She hangs up the phone and screams when she hears another sound. She watches as the front door handle turns. She asks who it is and what they want. Philip says it's him, and asks her to unlock the door. She does, and he rushes in and grabs her by the throat.

She gets away from him and he says she shouldn't have let the book get stolen, and punishment is necessary. He strangles her until he is interrupted by David, standing on the stairs holding the baby. He says punishment is no longer necessary. He adds that the baby is sick, and he has come to make it better. He comes downstairs with it, and hands it to Megan. He gives her some medicine the baby needs for his fever.

Philip starts to explain what he was doing, and David says he understands. Philip realizes he stole the book, and says he must bring it back. David says he is the keeper of the book, and the protector of the baby. Philip asks how he knows he's not lying, and Megan says she knows he's speaking the truth. She thanks David and takes the baby upstairs. David asks if Philip believes him, and he says he does.

Paul Stoddard arrives looking for Carolyn. David introduces himself to 'Mr. Prescott,' who recognizes him as David Collins. David offers to deliver a message to Carolyn. Paul gives him the message and asks him to promise not to give it to anyone else, and tell her he will be in his hotel room. He leaves, and David asks if Philip thought Mr. Prescott seemed frightened of something. Philip agrees. David tells him the baby will be better soon, and if they need his help, he'll come to them. He bids them goodnight and leaves.

Paul approaches the altar in the woods. He asks himself why he keeps coming back to it. He realizes that he has to find the answer.

Chris and Julia flip through the Collins family photo albums, searching for the woman who he saw. Julia points out Beth, but Chris says it wasn't her. He then picks out the woman, and Julia says it makes complete sense. It was Jenny Collins, who was married to Quentin. Julia says that Jenny is his great grandmother. Chris says that means he's a Collins. Julia explains how they had twins who were sent away. Julia asks why she would ask him to find Quentin, despite knowing that the curse started with Quentin. David comes in and Julia asks for his help. She says they're planning a seance, and she'd like him to participate. She says they're going to try and reach Quentin to help Chris. He agrees.

In his hotel room, Paul waits impatiently to hear from Carolyn. He suddenly seems possessed, and looks at the calendar on the wall. He picks up a pen and circles December 4th, 1969. He puts the pen down and asks what made him do that. He doesn't know what it means. He grabs his coat and leaves the room.

Megan comes downstairs and tells Philip the baby is better. She says she understands why he tried to punish her. He apologizes. She says it was her fault about the book being missing. They both say they're happy that it's safe with David. As he goes to close the shop, Paul comes in and says he hasn't heard from Carolyn. Philip says David left shortly after he did. Megan says that someone left an envelope for him. They hand it to him, and when he opens it, it's a note sating PAYMENT DUE - DECEMBER 4, 1969. He asks who left the message. Philip says it was a man, but he can't clearly describe him.

Julia begins a seance with David and Chris. She calls to Quentin. She asks for a sign. David leans back and says he is Jamison Collins. Julia asks why he has responded to her, when they sought Quentin's spirit. He says Quentin cannot hear her, because his spirit is gone. Julia asks why. He says Quentin's spirit will not come to her, but he can't tell her why. David collapses. Julia says he's alright, and gets up and turns on the light. She wakes David. He asks what happened, and she says nothing happened. She promises to tell him everything later. After he's gone, she tells Chris that it could mean that Quentin is still alive.

Back in his room, Paul wonders what the note meant. He senses someone outside the door. He gets up and before opening it, says it's just his imagination. He reaches for the handle, and sees a tattoo of the snakes from the altar on his wrist. He frantically tries to wipe it away.

Our thoughts

John: It's time to break out the seance tracker! I thought Philip's coming through the door and attacking Megan, while not exactly a surprise, was very well executed. He had a great possessed look on his face.

Christine: His entrance was delightfully shocking, though it was kind of funny that he set up the ruse about going to the drugstore, which allowed her time to be tormented by random noises. Who was responsible for the noises and pictures falling off the wall? The Leviathan baby?

John: Of course Megan thinks David is telling the truth, he just saved her from being throttled by her husband! Funny that she was basically cool with that later, and didn't ask who was behind her being punished.

Christine: I guess Megan isn't on board with the Women's Liberation Movement. Yesterday I was wondering why Jenny would save Chris. I forgot all about her being his great-grandma. I enjoyed the moment Chris realized he was a Collins family member. I wonder if that would have ended his relationship with Carolyn if he hadn't already ended it

John: Too bad that due to last week's preemption, the fact that the episode aired today makes Paul appear to find out that some form of payment is due today; when in fact he really learned about it in advance, and the payment was not yet due...

Christine: I think it still works, especially with the Naga symbol appearing on his wrist. Do you suppose this is the origin of Voldemort's Dark Mark?

Dark Shadows Before I Die Séance Tracker

Episode 170/171: Dr. Peter Guthrie conducts; Carolyn, Vicki, Roger, Laura Collins participate; Josette speaks through Vicki in French; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 186: Vicki conducts; Sam and David participate; David Radcliffe speaks through David; held in the drawing room at the Old House

Episode 280/281: Roger conducts; Liz, Vicki, Burke, Barnabas, Carolyn participate; Josette speaks through Vicki; held in the drawing room at the Old House

Episode 365: Roger conducts; Liz, Julia, Vicki, Carolyn, Barnabas participate; Sarah Collins speaks through Vicki after Carolyn pretends Sarah is speaking through her; Vicki is transferred to 1795; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 449: Countess duPrés conducts; Joshua Collins participates; Bathia Mapes shows up, claiming she was called; held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1795

Episode 510/511: Professor Stokes conducts; Julia and Tony Peterson participate; Reverend Trask speaks through Tony Peterson; the basement wall breaks open to reveal his skeleton; held in the basement at the Old House

Episode 600: Professor Stokes conducts; Barnabas and Julia participate; Phillipe Cordier speaks through Barnabas; held in the drawing room at the Old House

Episode 640: David conducts; Amy participates; unsuccessful attempt to contact Quentin Collins; held in Amy's bedroom

Episode 642: Professor Stokes conducts; Liz, Vicki, Carolyn, Chris participate; Magda speaks through Carolyn; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 682: Professor Stokes conducts; Barnabas, Maggie, Mrs. Johnson participate; Janet Findley speaks through Mrs. Johnson; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 698: Professor Stokes conducts (assumed); Roger participates; unsuccessful attempt to contact Quentin Collins, whose laughter is heard; held at Collinwood offscreen

Episode 797: Barnabas conducts; Quentin and Magda participate; Julianka's ghost appears and curses Magda; held in the drawing room at the Old House in 1897

Episode 860: Charity, possessed by Pansy Faye, conducts; Edward Collins and Kitty Soames participate; a hooded figure appears (revealed as Judith in the following episode); held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1897

Episode 898: Julia conducts; David and Chris Jennings participate; Jamison speaks through David and tells them that Quentin's spirit is gone and won't come to them; held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1969

Collins Family Pictures

Chris: "Her hair was quite different, but that's the one."

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 897 - 12/3/69

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David enters a subterranean room with a bubbling cauldron. He reaches in and takes out some leaves. He speaks an incantation. He hears his words echo around him before collapsing to the ground.

Carolyn comes to visit Chris at the cottage. She asks if Sabrina meant something to him at some time. He says she did, but not any more. Carolyn says that she's trying to protect him from something. She asks how Sabrina got sick, and he asks what she said. She says that Sabrina warned her that he would try to kill her. He says that she's right, and she never should have come back. He says he's a monster, with no choice but to kill. He says he doesn't have control of himself. He tells her to leave, and she does. Chris picks up a gun.

Carolyn comes to the old house looking for Barnabas. She hears his voice, saying that punishment is necessary. She calls to him, and hears his voice behind a bookcase. He then appears on the other side of the room. He says that he is conducting an electronics experiment. He asks why she's there, and why she's upset. She tells him that she's come from visiting Chris. She says it's over between them. She asks why he advised her against staying with Chris. He says his reasons were that Chris was not emotionally stable. She says that Chris agrees with him. He says that she's destined to find a better match than Chris. He walks her to the door and sends her home.

After she leaves, he opens the secret panel behind the bookcase and enters. He rewinds a tape player that has the recording Carolyn heard. He asks if Philip understands what must be done, and sends him away in a trance.

Chris writes a note to Carolyn and places it on the mantle. He picks up the revolver, and hears a woman crying. A crazy looking woman (Jenny Collins) says he must not do it. She says she can't help him, but Quentin can. She disappears.

David wakes up in the Leviathan's underground lair. He heads back out the way he came in.

Megan comes downstairs in the antique shop, seemingly distraught. She picks up the phone and calls the police, just as Philip returns. She says she's been worried. He says he saw a man about a house full of antiques. She says that's unlike him, and he asks if she thinks he's lying to her. She says she thinks someone is coming to kill her. He tells her that everything is going to be alright.

He asks about the baby and she says he still has a fever. He says it's a shame about the book, and she should have been more careful, blaming her for it being stolen. She says they're both responsible. He tells her to relax. He leaves to get cigarettes, and she begs him not to leave her. He says he'll only be gone a few minutes.

He leaves and she proceeds to close all the blinds. She sits down in a rocking chair and picks up her knitting. She's disturbed by all the sounds around her. She gets up and picks up some paperwork, when one of the blinds flaps open. She goes to shut it and locks the door. She hears a picture fall, and goes to put it back up. She hears something behind a door to another room, and after checking it, slams it shut. She hears a door shut upstairs and picks up the phone to dial the apothecary down the street.

She asks if her husband is still there, and they say he hasn't been there. She hangs up the phone and screams when she hears another sound. She watches as the front door handle turns.

Our thoughts

John: No sooner that I mention her, and Jenny Collins reappears! Casting convenience? Or part of some grand master plan? At least we seem to be closing in on the arrival of Quentin Collins in 1969!

Christine: Her hair in death is bigger than it ever was in life, which is especially odd, since the last time she appeared as a ghost, her hair was neatly done. It gives her a very frightening Medusa-like appearance. It does seem odd for her to show up from beyond the grave to save Chris. And what is going on with David plucking the Leviathan weed out of the cauldron? I'm not sure what was going on with that scene, though Haza also laid a branch like this by Barnabas' head before raising him as the Leviathan Master.

John: Ah, Barnabas doing an electronics experiment. Making someone listen to his recorded directions rather than providing them directly. A new breed of technological horror at play!

Christine: Leviathan Barnabas is so much more creative with his punishments than Vampire Barnabas ever was!

John: Interesting scene in the antique shop. In a very uncharacteristic fashion, they play up the haunted room elements without relying on a Robert Cobert underscore. It certainly gave the actress playing Megan a lot to do, and proved to be genuinely creepy..

Christine: I thought so, too, though I am surprised you did not recognize the obvious steal from Night of the Living Dead, with the animal heads on the wall, and the sting provided by Megan's scream.

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead