Angelique finds Ben cleaning the fireplace in Josette's room. She puts on Josette's perfume and he says she shouldn't do that. She says she takes her clothes, her suitors... whatever she wants. She tells Ben there are many surprises in store for Josette today as she puts something into her bottle of rosewater cologne, saying it will make her love someone who doesn't want her.
As Jeremiah and Barnabas go downstairs, he tells his nephew that he should rest as the doctor requested. Josette says Jeremiah makes her feel selfish for asking him to come down. Barnabas explains that Jeremiah has always been his closest friend, and he has his best interests in mind. She asks Barnabas to join her in opening a present. He explains that all he wants is to be with her, and when she agrees, they kiss. She pulls back and says they shouldn't be alone together. She says that at times, he is almost too modern. He agrees, and they go to open the present.
Josette opens the box and drops it, screaming. A skull wearing a wig drops to the floor. Ben enters, and Barnabas asks if he saw who delivered the package this morning. Josette says Angelique may have brought it in. Barnabas says he'll investigate it, and asks Ben to accompany Josette whenever she goes into town. Ben says that Joshua may not allow it. Barnabas says that once they are married, he plans to have Ben stay with them, instead of his father. Ben says he doesn't deserve that, and Barnabas says he can thank him by ensuring nothing happen to Josette. He starts to tell Barnabas that there are other things, when he suddenly loses his voice.
Ben bursts into Angelique's room, clutching his throat and unable to speak. She tells him she warned him what would happen if he tried to tell Josette and Barnabas. He approaches her with his hands outstretched, and she tells him that he'll never be able to harm her. She asks if he'd like to move or speak again, and he nods. She asks him to promise not to hurt her, and he does.
Jeremiah holds the hairy skull, and asks Barnabas to let him handle it. Barnabas says he doesn't think it's anyone in town. He thinks it may be someone in the house. Angelique enters, and as Jeremiah leaves, she tells Barnabas that Josette is not up to going to the old house.
Barnabas asks her what she knows about the hairy skull—a present from someone who doesn't approve of their marriage. He claims that she's responsible, and she tells him he knows nothing about her. She says she would never do anything to make him hate her.
Barnabas asks how Ben lost his voice. Ben says he's fine now. Barnabas asks him if he knows anyone out to get him or Josette, he needs to know. Ben says a lot of people hate the Collins family. He also points out that Barnabas is different than the rest. Barnabas reiterates that Ben will come to stay with them once he and Josette are married.
Angelique looks in on Josette, who has a headache. She rubs the doctored rosewater cologne on her head. Josette asks if she ever loved anyone, and Angelique says she does, but that he does not love her...yet. Josette says she feels different.
Jeremiah drinks as he sits and reads a book in bed. There's a knock at his door, but there is no response to his inquiry. He gets up and opens the door, and Josette comes in. She says she had to see him, and closes the door behind her. She tells him that ever since she's been in the house, she has wanted to be with him. She grabs him and tells him she loves him.
Jeremiah says she does not—that she loves Barnabas. She gasps and runs out of the room.
Angelique is waiting when Josette runs back into her room, crying. She asks to be left alone, and Angelique exits, smiling.
John: Angelique's control over her servants is certainly more effective than that of the vampire Barnabas. He probably wishes he had it so easy.
Christine: It leads one to wonder who would win in a face-off between witch and vampire. How come Angelique didn't also fall under the spell of the love potion after putting it on her hands to massage into Josette's forehead?
John: It would appear that Josette has officially lost all traces of her French accent.
Christine: What was Ben doing skulking around the corner when Josette was freaking out about whoever may have sent the skull?
Christine: He said he didn't know anything about the package, but it appears to be the same box Angelique was pulling Josette's hat from in yesterday's episode. Surely he saw it in her room.
John: Jeremiah did a good job at initially fending off Josette's advances, but something tells me it's only a matter of time before he begins to reciprocate...
Christine: You're thinking of Burke Devlin. Dull, straight-laced Jeremiah wouldn't even consider it. There will have to be more poppet making and/or potion laced beverages for that to happen. Is it just me, or does Jeremiah's canopy bed seem overly feminine?
John: Perhaps he thinks Victoria Winters will find it welcoming...
Christine: And what the heck does he have on around his neck to relax and read books in bed with?
Christine: I'm surprised you failed to recognize the hairy skull from Maggie's death dream in Episode 224. It may also be the same skull that appeared on Dr. Reeves' desk in Episode 17.
John: So they needed to disguise it with a wig so we wouldn't recognize it? That's perhaps the most ridiculous thing we've seen, and that's including the world's least convincing bat...
|Maggie's dream skull.|
|A doctor's best friend in the office.|
|Who wouldn't want this for a wedding gift? What's Josette's problem?|