My name is Victoria Winters. Evening has descended at Collinwood, and for one man it is an evening filled with the promise of hope. But tonight, betrayal awaits. The treachery of a confidant will shatter that hope, and his own true evil will be revealed.
Barnabas and Victoria are dining by candlelight at the Old House while Willie waits on them. She compliments him on the meal, and he says Mrs. Johnson made it special for them. Barnabas says he won't be needed any longer. After he leaves, she comments on his dramatic transformation and credits Barnabas with inspiring the positive change. He says he wants to do something for her and hands her a gift from the mantel. She opens it and sees that he's given her Josette's music box.
She says she can't accept it since she knows how much it means to him, and he tells her that's precisely why he wants her to have it. She says the melody has been haunting her ever since she heard it. She asks if it's a minuet and he asks if she's ever danced the minuet. She tells him she hasn't since she was a little girl in dancing school. He offers his hand and asks her to dance. When she asks if he really knows how to dance the minuet, he says he was born dancing the minuet. He bows, she curtsies, and they begin to dance as they gaze into each others' eyes.
Victoria is in bed listening to Josette's music box. She gets up and begins brushing her hair.
Julia writes in her journal that she has come to understand the relationship between the subject and a certain young woman, which is harmful to the successful completion of the experiment, and as a result, she is going to put the treatment on hold and maintain the subject as his current level until the relationship comes to an end.
Carolyn shows up at the dock where Joe is working on his fishing boat, "The Daphne." She convinces him to take her out on a cruise and then jumps on top of him and tries to make out with him. He asks her to cut it out, but she doesn't. He says he can't do this and then pushes her aside and says the cruise is over and starts up the boat to bring it in.
Barnabas and Vicki get caught in a rainstorm and dash inside the Old House. He pours them each a brandy and she says it's warm and comfortable in the house, marveling how one could exist in modern times without electricity. She asks if he's going to Elizabeth's costume party. He says he and Willie found trunks in the attic with clothing and she asks if he has something she could wear.
She comes out of Josette's room with her hair undone in Josette's nightgown and a come hither look as she does a seductive twirl in front of Barnabas.
Barnabas sits by the fire as Vicki sleeps soundly in Josette's bed. He has visions of her making sexy eyes at him in Josette's nightgown. He goes to the window, watching the storm outside. He seems to struggle with himself and then goes up to Josette's room. He watches Vicki in bed, and is about to take a bite, but stops himself and leaves the room.
She gets her bag and goes to remove one of two syringes. She hesitates and he yells at her. She takes out the other syringe and gives him the shot.
The next morning, Vicki greets Barnabas. He asks how she slept and she says, "Like the dead." They sit down to breakfast as Willie pours coffee and asks how she likes her eggs. She says she'll just have coffee. Barnabas looks down and sees that his hand is old and wrinkly.
Vicki returns and thanks him, but he keeps his back to her as he says goodbye.
Vicki tiptoes into Collinwood and he waits for her to go upstairs before sneaking up to Julia's room. Mrs. Johnson asks what he's doing there's so early and he says he was coming to see her. He invents a story about coming to see her about the roses. He says he's thinking about planting a rose garden and she says Barnabas will like that. She says she'll be happy to help him with his garden. She offers to make him his favorite breakfast in the kitchen, but he says he has to go.
Carolyn shows up at the Old House calling for Barnabas and Willie.
He grabs her as she struggles and bites her on the neck.
Willie arrives to hear her screams and finds Barnabas slurping on her neck. He screams, "No!" Barnabas wails and drops Carolyn.
He tells Willie to pull the drapes and Willie watches as he transforms back to his youthful appearance.
Willie goes to Carolyn and asks why he did this to her. He says he had no choice.
Christine: I'm wondering how an orphan like Vicki was able to go to a dancing school to learn such classic dances as the minuet. It was a romantic scene, nevertheless.
John: I have to say, after watching five episodes of the revival, I have to give Joanna Going credit. Of all the things in the show that have a 90s-dated feel, she's certainly got a timeless beauty. No wonder Barnabas can't keep his claws off of her. And is it me, or did they change the portrait to look exactly like Vicki?
Christine: It seemed unnecessary and dangerous for Julia to document in her journal that she was putting Barnabas' treatment on hold until he dumped Vicki.
John: Are you referring to Doctor Jealousy Hoffman? It sure seems like her decision is going to come back and bite her... and not necessarily on the neck!
Christine: I wonder if Barnabas will raise Woodard's ghost to torment Julia as he did in the series, or if he'll come up with some other kind of punishment for her betrayal. It should be an interesting costume party.
John: After praising the visual effects in the last episode, I have to take away points for the poorly rendered morphing of Barnabas this time out. To say nothing of the ridiculous hair and make-up on old Barnabas (or was that vampire Larry from the Three Stooges?). While it was nice to see a third variation on ol' man Barnabas (following the original series and House of Dark Shadows), I couldn't quite understand why they had him revert to normal by having Willie close the drapes. They certainly didn't establish the sunlight for his changing into a pale, wrinkly Floridian...
And the latest mystery — Josette's music box... gold or silver?