Sam ages the portrait of Angelique. Her face is wrinkled; her hair long and gray.
In a hooded cloak in the garden at Collinwood, Cassandra pleads that she must find the portrait. She begs for it to speak to her.
Tony arrives and finds Cassandra in the garden, standing in the shadows in the black cloak. She screams in pain and says she needs his help. He asks to see her and she tells him to use his cigarette lighter. She pulls back her hood, and her face and hair match the revised portrait.
She tells Tony to look into the flame and pledge to help her. He says he'll do as she asks. She says she must find and get the portrait back tonight. She says someone is aging the portrait, and in turn, causing her to age. She says she needs him to find the artist who would be doing the painting for the Collins family.
He says there are two possibilities. Amos Parkes, an old friend of the family, and Sam Evans, father of Maggie. She recalls that Maggie looks like Josette. Tony says Sam did a portrait of Barnabas, and Cassandra realizes that he must be the one. Carolyn interrupts them.
Cassandra is hidden in her cloak and hood, and Tony explains it's not what Carolyn thinks. She says she saw his car pull up, and thought he was coming to see her. When he got out and moved towards the garden, she came to investigate. Tony asks Cassandra to vouch for him. Cassandra says she's already judged them. She says she'll let her uncle judge her. She asks if everything is so innocent, why is she hiding in a cloak in the shadows.
Sam continues to age the painting.
Cassandra screams in pain. Carolyn asks her what's wrong. Cassandra tells her to leave her alone, and runs off. Carolyn tells her not to go after her, and he says she needs help. She suggests that Roger can take care of her, and if he walks out on her now, he'll never see her again. He pauses, and then agrees to stay with her. She asks why he met Cassandra in the garden, and he says she asked him to. She asks if it's the first time they met, and he tells her it's been going on for about a month. She asks if he's in love with Cassandra, and he says no. She asks if he's doing it out of hatred for Roger. He says he can't explain, and she'll need to take his word for that. He tells Carolyn he cares about her.
Tony warns Carolyn to stay away from Cassandra, as she has strange power over him. Carolyn tells him that he's either crazy, or has lost all sense of self respect, and storms off.
Sam continues working on the portrait, aging it further as lightning strikes outside the window. In the darkness, Cassandra peers into the window and sees the portrait.
There's a knock at the door, and Sam opens the door to woman hidden in a black cloak with a hood over her face. She steps in and he tells her that he's very busy. She removes the hood and asks if she recognizes her face. He does, and doesn't understand.
She tells him that she's come for her portrait. He says it has another owner, and she says it's Barnabas Collins. He tells her to settle the issue with him, and asks her to leave. She says that she has nothing against him personally, and will give him one more chance to give him the picture. Before leaving, she tells him to try and return to his work, and just try to finish the picture.
When he returns to the painting, his eyesight worsens, with everything around him becoming blurry, and ultimately fading to black. He screams out that he can't see anything. He hears the door open, and while asking who it is, Cassandra sneaks in and takes the painting. As she leaves with the portrait, Sam trips over the entry step and screams out that he's blind.
John: Some nice new portraits for your paintings of Collinwood pages! Didn't see Dick Smith's name in the credits for make-up, and as this isn't quite as impressive as the aged Barnabas look, I think it's probably not the maestro's handiwork.
Christine: Angelique's portrait first materialized at the Old House, so the original painting is found in the gallery of Old House Portraits, though now that Sam Evans has transformed it, the revised portrait will be added to the Works of Sam Evans. It really turned out to be a stunning piece of work in the end. I sure would love to find out who painted the portraits for the show and what happened to them. Ancient Angelique and Zombie Josette are my two favorite portraits on the show so far.
John: Why didn't Cassangelique just take the painting from Sam when she first walked in? Seems like she thrives on the added drama of having to threaten and ultimately curse folks to get what she wants.
Christine: Yes, she does like to punish people for not doing as she demands, though I think she was unable to take the portrait when she first walked in because she was too decrepit to wrest it away from Sam.
John: Sam looks different without his beard. It certainly makes him look younger. Of course it's a good thing he shaved, as with the sudden onset blindness curse, he may not be able to shave for a while. Poor guy can't seem to catch a break. First time we've seen him in ages (since we learned the cause of Dr. Woodard's death!), and after signing up to do some shady work for a quick buck, he finds himself blind.
Christine: He may have some trouble affixing his Rip Taylor mustache. It was an odd choice for Angelique to don such a short cloak, especially since her legs have not aged as rapidly as the rest of her.
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