My name is Victoria Winters. Tonight, death will again come calling to the Great House of Collinwood, and a young woman will embark upon a terrifying journey through the mists of time. A journey to unlock secrets buried for centuries deep within the high stone walls of the Great House. Secrets which unveil the truth behind the evil, the treachery, and the curse which haunts the Collins family.
Willie walks Carolyn back to Collinwood. He tells her to take a nice nap. He repeats that everything's going to be fine over and over, but he looks ready to cry.
At the Old House, Barnabas is sitting in his chair, dressed like a dandy. Willie comes in to say he's going to Collinwood and helps him put on his freshly ironed cape. He tells him it's too bad he can't see himself in the mirror anymore, because he looks terrific. Willie appears reluctant to leave and Barnabas asks what's bothering him. He says he's scared for Miss Winters, now that he's back to the way he was before. Barnabas says he will do everything in his power to make sure she's not hurt. Willie asks how he will do that when he knows how he gets when he sees her. Barnabas says he will find a way not to see her anymore. Willie agrees that will work and asks if he means it. Barnabas tells him he knows how he feels about her and he won't let anything happen to her. Willie says his aunt will have a lot for him to do and tells him he'll see him at the party.
Collinwood is hopping with costumed guests dancing to a string orchestra, a pig roasting over a fire, and freely distributed glasses of champagne. Roger tells a bewigged Sheriff Patterson that nothing keeps the people of Collinsport away from free food and drink.
Vicki finds Barnabas in the garden. She says he belongs in these clothes. He suggests he's old fashioned and she says there's nothing wrong with being old fashioned, or a gentleman. She asks if something's wrong, and he says he has to tell her something, but he's finding it difficult to do so. She says he's been avoiding her and asks why. He begins by saying, "This will make no sense to you. Victoria, I..." but he is interrupted by Elizabeth's arrival. She tells Vicki that David is going wild and asks if she can get him to bed. Vicki leaves and she asks Barnabas if everything is alright. He says it is. She says he should come inside from the cold and he tells her she reminds him of his mother. He says the entire evening has brought back so many memories.
Carolyn pulls him roughly by the arm upstairs and he tells her to let go of him. He tells her he can go to his room without her help. He says she's been acting spooky lately and goes into his room where Sarah is sitting by the window. He tells her he hopes she's right because he's in big trouble now.
Julia asks about the little girl's warning and what she meant when she said they were all doomed. Willie asks how when Sarah doesn't come around often. Barnabas says she's frightened of him because of something that happened a long time ago. Julia says there are ways to contact the spirit world and she may know someone who can help them.
When Roger turns on the lights, they are surprised to see a disheveled woman in period clothing sitting in Vicki's place. Elizabeth asks what they've done and where Victoria is.
Roger holds a letter, saying it may answer questions and reads it to them. The letter is a recommendation for Mistress Phyllis Wicke to serve in a tutorial position with young children, and was written in 1790. He tells them the envelope is addressed to Joshua Collins. Elizabeth realizes that's where Vicki is, and David enters the room and agrees that's where she is, because Sarah told him.
Christine: I am really enjoying this series! It maintains the essential Collins family lore, but moves at a quicker pace and has just enough surprises to keep it interesting. It will be especially exciting to see how Vicki's trip to the 1700s will turn out, and if we'll be fully immersed in that time period as happened in series.
John: I'm coming to grips with the pace of the show, and realize that even if the revival had been on five years, there's a huge difference between a daily and weekly soap opera. It's worth noting that it only took us half of the first season to take a
trip back in time; an event which came almost six-months after the introduction
of Barnabas in the original series. I do think it was interesting to use this episode with its 'annual costume ball' to prepare viewers to travel back in time.
Christine: Is Julia playing dumb, or did she grab the wrong syringe by mistake when Barnabas demanded she finish the treatment? It looked intentional at the time, but she seemed utterly surprised by the disastrous results he experienced.
John: It was definitely intentional — clearly the work of an insanely jealous woman. While she may have come to regret it, I don't for a second believe that it was accidental. Iwill give her the benefit of the doubt that she may not have knows exactly what had happened to him. And frankly, it's disappointing that she didn't experience it firsthand. Of course, if she saw what he looked like with that crazy hair, she might have come away with different feelings for him.
Christine: Victoria's time travel spared Barnabas from having to break up with her, but I wonder if it's also spared Julia from Barnabas' revenge, or if she's only been granted a temporary reprieve.
John: Without giving too much away, one of the benefits of an hour-long modern-day show is that we can spend a little time in each of two separate time periods (and we're also not limited to 5-6 actors making an appearance in a single episode!). I would have been very disappointed if the back-half of the season was solely spent in the past, and we were left hanging as to what happens with our present-day characters. Of course, even that would have been better than parallel time...