Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 499 - 5/23/68

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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.



Our thoughts

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.




Dark Shadows Before I Die Round Robin Nightmare tracker:
  1. Wide-eyed skull
  2. Guillotine
  3. Lang's Headless creation
  4. Skeletal bride 
  5. Educational Bat-footage
  6. Giant spider-web

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 498 - 5/22/68

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Barnabas returns home to find Willie sitting on the stairs, looking morose. Willie tells Barnabas he's afraid. He's going to have the dream. He says David came by this morning and told him about it. Barnabas realizes that Willie will have the dream tonight, bringing it one step closer to him. Willie tells him he's afraid to have the dream. Barnabas reminds him that none of the dreamers have been the target of the curse; it's him that she's after. He says that his multiple attempts to kill her have all failed. Even after he thought he had killed her, she traveled through time and space to find him. He brings up the portrait Vicki bought, since that seemed to foretell her arrival. He says that either Cassandra controls the portrait, or the portrait controls her. Barnabas tells Willie he can avoid the dream. He tells him to go to Collinwood to steal the portrait. He will unlatch the drawing room window. He says that after Willie brings the portrait to the old house, he'll have Willie deliver a message to Cassandra to have her come to the old house tonight. He has a plan for sending her back to the 18th century.


Adam listens to the recording of Dr. Lang on the tape deck. After the music resumes, Barnabas brings him his supper. Adam then says, "if both live."



Barnabas is shocked to hear Adam speaking a sentence. He asks where he learned those words. Willie comes downstairs with the portrait, and Barnabas leaves Adam with his food. Willie shows Adam the painting of Angelique and he recoils in terror.



Barnabas says he knows evil when he sees it. He gives Willie the letter to bring to Cassandra, and tells him he will be back in two hours. Willie goes into Adam's cell and cleans up the mess he made. Willie taunts him. When Adam trips and falls, Willie worms his way out of the cell and locks it, laughing at Adam.


Barnabas stops in to see Sam Evans. He says he as a request for work that must be completed tonight, with no questions asked. He offers him $500 in cash to do the job. Barnabas hands over the first half of the payment, and then shows him the portrait. Sam asks some questions about the person in the painting, and Barnabas reminds him of their arrangement. Barnabas says Sam is to age the woman in the painting—slowly and over the evening. He also asks that he use a brush with hard, sharp bristles. He tells Sam that he cannot start until 10:15pm. Sam asks how far he should go in the aging process, and Barnabas tells him he can stop when she looks about 200 years old.


Cassandra comes to see Barnabas. He says that she's late, and Cassandra says she was helping Vicki look for her portrait which had gone missing. Barnabas asks if she thinks someone stole it. He suggests that only she knows its true value. He says she made a mistake letting it go so long. She asks what he's talking about, and he says she let the curse linger when it could have ended at any time she chose.


Sam approaches the painting and begins working on it.

Cassandra grabs her face, describing a sharp pain in her eyes. He explains that there will be another, and another, and another.



He calls her Angelique, and she denies that it's her name. He says he finally found a way to get rid of her forever. He says she will get older and older until she shrivels up and dies. He tells her to look at her hands and she screams when she sees they're the wrinkled hands of an old woman.



Our thoughts

John: Do you think they skipped showing David tell Willie about the dream just to save having to pay the kid for one more appearance?

Christine: Yes. But at least we know that Willie is set to have the dream any day now. Too bad Barnabas didn't connect Adam's sudden language acquisition to the tape he listens to repeatedly, and investigate to find out if he's hearing more than Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

John: I love how Barnabas waits at the top of the stairs until Lang's voice on the recording is replaced with music. And Willie has definitely returned to his old ways. And here I thought he was going to be a nice, obedient, servant, and that everyone was going to get along.



Christine: How delightful to see that Willie and Adam are experiencing sibling rivalry. Adam becomes upset when Barnabas praises Willie and pats him on the shoulder for the first time ever, and then Willie messes with Adam like an obnoxious big brother. It should be interesting to watch the monster family dynamic develop between Willie, Adam, Julia and Barnabas.


John: Interesting way in which Barnabas works Dorian Gray into the storyline! I wonder if we will be seeing more of Dick Smith's handiwork tomorrow.

Christine: What a wonderful turn of events! Barnabas hits back at Angelique and does some damage. Surely we can expect her to rally since she's died and come back twice already. It's been quite some time since we've seen David Ford. He last appeared as André duPrés in Episode 394, and Sam Evans hasn't been seen since Episode 342. The last time Sam messed around with a supernatural portrait, he suffered severe burns. He may regret his agreement not to ask Barnabas any questions about the work he's been commissioned to do. I can't wait to see the result of his work on the portrait.



Dark Shadows Before I Die Round Robin Nightmare tracker:
  1. Wide-eyed skull
  2. Guillotine
  3. Lang's Headless creation
  4. Skeletal bride 
  5. Educational Bat-footage
  6. Giant spider-web

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dark Shadows Episode 497 - 5/21/68

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Julia paces in the old house when Mrs. Johnson comes to see her. She explains she's back from Boston, because she has had the dream every night and it continues to terrify her. She asks Julia why she told it to her, and Julia said she has no choice. Mrs. Johnson says that even though she doesn't want to, she has to tell David, and Julia tries to stop her. They struggle at the door, and Julia eventually slaps her across the face.


She sits her down and says she's been in touch with Professor Stokes. Mrs. Johnson asks if she can see him, and Julia says he thinks it will be several days before he'll have a solution. She asks Julia what she's supposed to do until he's ready.


There's a knock at the door and Julia answers, surprised to see David. He says his father wants to see her at Collinwood. Mrs. Johnson tells him hello, and he asks when she got back from Boston. Julia sends Mrs. Johnson home, and David offers to walk her home. Julia tells him she has something to show him. After she gets rid of Mrs. Johnson, he asks what she wants to show him. She tells him she has a tape recorder. Willie then shows up and tells her he needs to see her downstairs. She asks David to wait, and says she'll bring him the tape recorder. David decides to play outside while she gets the recorder.


Outside, Mrs. Johnson is waiting. She says she couldn't leave without seeing him. She says she has something very important to tell him and they leave together.


Maggie is looking for her earrings when Joe arrives. He tells her that he has them, and pulls them out of his pocket. He said he wanted to have them appraised, to see if they were valuable enough to be stolen property. She's upset, and then he tells her they're worth $15,000. He tells her they're very old, but the police have no record of any valuable jewelry being stolen. Joe says there has to be a catch somewhere. Maggie says if someone comes looking for them, she'll give them back. She puts them on, and Joe says he's tired of talking about them. Maggie looks into the mirror while wearing them, and is captivated.


Joe asks her to take them off, as she's not herself when she wears them. She says he thinks there's another man in her life, and he's jealous. She refuses to take them off, and Joe says they should cancel dinner. Maggie says they can do that, or find a place that serves baby food. Joe storms out, and she returns to the mirror to admire the earrings. She thinks she remembers something about them, perhaps related to the old house. She realizes that she has to go there to find out.


Willie is in the old house when Maggie knocks at the door. He invites her in. She appears to be in a daze, and he asks if she came to see Barnabas. She says she's not sure why she came, but she had to. She says she started to remember things from a long time ago. She looks at Willie and smiles. She says it wasn't him. She says he didn't come to her house to hurt her, he came to warn her that she was in danger. She doesn't know why she knows that, but she believes it to be true. Willie is happy to be friends with her now.


She says there's something else she needs to remember. She asks him who was going to hurt her. He says he doesn't know, he just thought she needed protection. He asks her out on a date, and she says she doesn't think Joe would like it. She explains they're engaged. Willie says he's just looking for a friend. She asks about Barnabas, and Willie says he works for him, so it's not the same. Willie says he's awfully lonely, and he needs someone to talk to and smile at him. She says she'll think about it. He shows her out, and after she's gone, he gets his gun and says it will just be she and him after Joe's gone.


Mrs. Johnson sits over David's bed as he sleeps. She says she apologizes for telling him about the dream. She vows to stay with him until it's over.


David dreams, hearing a knock at his bedroom door. It's Willie. He beckons David to follow him. He leads him to a door and closes it behind him. He hears Willie's voice recite the curse. He finds himself in a room full of doors. Hearing a music box, he opens a door revealing the wide-eyed skull. He moves to another door and opens it to see a skeletal bride, laughing. Behind the next door he opens is the footage of bats Mrs. Johnson first saw. He slams the door shut and approaches the final door. He walks in and steps into a giant spider-web. He wakes up screaming and Mrs. Johnson is there to comfort him.



Our thoughts

John: I'm glad we're finally back to the dream curse! I was a bit surprised that it skipped right to Willie. I thought for sure it would pass through Carolyn, Roger and Liz on its way to Barnabas. Right now, I'm betting that Willie is the last step in the chain before Angelique's curse lands on Barnabas' doorstep. And while I like the idea of a giant spider-web, it would have been preferable had they not shown the dime store spider (I had enough of those in my youth to know it says Made in Hong Kong on the bottom).

Christine: What do you mean, in your youth? So, the dream doors continue to be condensed. Nice to see the skull in extreme close up, and glad we still have the skeleton bride, though I'd much rather have the headless creation than the film strip of bats. David must be dreaming of a spider web because he feels trapped, but does the spider represent Cassandralique or Barnabas? Once Barnabas is a vampire again, will he remember that he wanted to kill David?

John: So Julia says she didn't have a choice but to tell Mrs. Johnson about the dream, but she has no problem telling her that she can't tell David about it. Hypocrite.

Christine: I think Grayson Hall really slapped Clarice Blackburn. Those look like real tears she was crying afterward.


John: Maggie is awfully dismissive of Joe, which conveniently opens the door for Willie to be creepy Willie (even if Maggie doesn't see it). And now we know he keeps his rifle behind the chair in the front room of the old house!


Christine: I don't understand the earring effect on Maggie. Barnabas no longer has vampire powers to assert over her, so why is she acting drugged out and forgetting that Willie creeps her out? KLS covered nicely when the earring dropped, and smoothly recovered it after Joe huffed out.


Easy come, easy go.

I'm not taking off these earrings...whoops!

Dark Shadows Before I Die Round Robin Nightmare tracker:
  1. Wide-eyed skull
  2. Guillotine
  3. Lang's Headless creation
  4. Skeletal bride 
  5. Educational Bat-footage
  6. Giant spider-web 






Willie's Recitation of the Dream Curse
Through sight and sound, faceless terror,
through endless corridors by trial and error,
ahead a blazin' light does burn, 
and one door leads to the point of return.

 David's Recitation of the Dream Curse
 Through sight and sound and faceless terror,
through endless corridors by trial and error,
ahead a blazing light does burn,
and one door leads to the point of return.

Mrs. Johnson's Recitation of the Dream Curse
Through sight and sound and headless terror,
through endless corridors by trial and error,
a blazing head of light will burn,
and one door leads to the point of return.

Julia's Recitation of the Dream Curse
Through sight and sound and faceless terror,
through endless corridors by trial and error,
ahead a blazing light does burn, 
and one door leads to the point of return. 

Dr. Lang's Recitation of the Dream Curse
Through night and sound and faceless terror,
through endless corridors by trial and error,
a head of blazing light does burn, 
and one door leads to the point of return.

Maggie's Recitation of the Dream Curse
Through sight and sound and faceless terror,
through endless corridors of trial and error,
a blazing head of light shall burn, 
and one door leads to the point of return.