Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 863 - 10/15/69

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(For the duration of the Petofi/Quentin mind-swap, Count Petofi occupying Quentin as played by David Selby will be referred to as Petofi-Q, and Quentin in Petofi's body as played by Thayer David will be referred to as Count Quentin).

Evan asks Count Quentin if he knows what to do. He says that he does. He steps out of the room, and there's a knock at the door. Petofi-Q arrives and Evan says it's a pleasant surprise that Quentin is right on time for a change. Petofi-Q asks how many others are coming. Evan says half a dozen are coming, but he has a surprise—they have requested that he conduct the ceremony tonight. Evan invites him to sit in a chair, and Petofi-Q does. He says he hopes he doesn't disappoint anyone, as he's not as well-versed in the Black Arts. Count Quentin sneaks in behind him with chloroform, and uses it to knock Petofi-Q out. Evan says they must begin immediately, as he doesn't know how long the chloroform will last.

Evan conducts the ceremony, placing Count Quentin's hand on Petofi-Q's. He asks Lucifer for the power they need. He drinks from a chalice. He then puts his hands on Petofi-Q's forehead. He says the robber of the soul must not be spared. He then moves to Count Quentin and says the robbed must be avenged. He returns to Petofi-Q, but Count Petofi says it's not working. Evan tells him to be quiet, and resumes the ceremony. Count Quentin says he can't see, and then passes out.

Quentin places his hand on Evan's shoulder, and he screams that he did it! Petofi-Q tells him he just made the greatest mistake of his life. Evan realizes that it didn't work. Petofi-Q says that Evan overestimated his power. Evan begs him not to kill him.

Petofi-Q forces Evan to look at him, and raises his hand to Evan's face. He tells Evan to take off his robe, and says that he knows where to go and what to do. Evan confirms that he does, and walks out.

Count Quentin comes to, and Petofi-Q tells him that they meet again. He says he shall never see Evan Hanley again. Petofi-Q tells him that he'll find him in the graveyard.

Edward points out that it's the first time in a while that he, Judith and Quentin have all been together. He adds that he was surprised Trask hasn't been home since she was released. He brings up how Trask said he went to see her each week. Edward tells Judith that Trask brought a woman to the house; he was going to save her soul. He says she was very beautiful, and he thinks she left because of his intentions. She gets up and goes upstairs to wait for Trask. Edward chides Petofi-Q for not helping. He points out that he hates Trask as much as anyone. Petofi-Q says he has an appointment, and leaves.

In the cemetery, Evan begins to dig a grave.

Trask returns to Collinwood. Edward offers him a drink, but he declines, saying he doesn't approve of imbibing in spirits. He says he had a most distressing journey. Edward asks if anything happened to Judith, and Trask tells him that she didn't even recognize him. Edward plays along as Trask says that he pleaded with Judith to recognize him. Edward says she recognized him when he visited her. Trask suggests that it is the will of an angry God. Edward suggests that he can go to her, and Trask says the doctors have discouraged any more visitors, aside from his weekly visits. He excuses himself, and goes upstairs. Edward smiles.

Judith comes downstairs and says good evening to Trask. She asks if hes's surprised to see him. Edward says he must be, since he just described how she didn't recognize him. Judith asks Trask into the study.

Trask tells Judith he's happy to see her well. She asks where he was, and he says he was in Boston on business. She says he told Edward he visited her. He explains that he planned to stop by the sanitarium, but his carriage broke down.

She accuses him of never coming to visit her. He says the doctors said it might have interfered with the treatment. He adds that the doctors warned Edward that it might be dangerous to visit her, but he did not care. She asks why he lied to Edward. Trask admits that he is guilty of treating her brothers as they treat him.

He offers to hold her, but she doesn't come to him. She tells him to come to her. She tells him that she got her power of attorney back, and she has many surprises. She says she brought Charity back to the house, and they will help her. She excuses herself, and Edward enters. He suggests that Trask won again. He says he's going to find out what Trask has been up to, and Judith will be the first to know about it.

Evan finishes digging the grave when Count Quentin arrives. Evan grabs him by the throat when Petofi-Q arrives and tells him to let him go. Petofi-Q sends Count Quentin away. He assures him that they shall meet again. Petofi-Q compliments Evan on the grave. Evan asks who it's for, and Petofi-Q says it's for him. He says that he is going to bury him alive.

Our thoughts

John: I loved it when Evan did the Richard Nixon pose during the ceremony. Which of course proved to be a premature celebration of his success...

Christine: Um...I think the pose you're thinking of involves the use of the 'V' sign on the fingers, though he was displaying his upraised arms in a similar fashion. I loved it when he whimpered and begged Petofi-Q not to raise the Hand. I wonder if he was expecting facial disfigurement again.

John: Trask is fast on his feet, which is very frustrating to those of us who want to see him get his just desserts. I don't think Judith necessarily believes him, I think she may be playing a cat and mouse game with him; stringing him along until she decides to strike a final blow. At least I hope that's what she's up to.

Christine: The exchange between Judith and Trask was delightful, especially when she demands that he come to her for a hug, and I can't wait to see what surprises she has in store. It is clear she has the upper hand. I think just desserts will be served soon.

John: Sad that Evan was the only one not to realize that he was digging his own grave. I have a hunch that even if he is buried alive tomorrow, Count Quentin may come to his rescue, as he feels responsible for Evan's predicament. Not that he's necessarily deserving of anyone's mercy.

Christine: Such a dark turn of events! I expect Petofi-Q to prevent Count Quentin, the Prince of Darkness, or anyone else from coming to his rescue, and Evan Hanley is bound to be munching dirt tomorrow.

Down for the Count:
Barnabas was staked in his coffin 17 episodes ago.

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