Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dark Shadows Episode 916 12/30/69

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Julia tells Elizabeth about the third child to have stayed with Megan and Philip at the antique shop. Elizabeth suggests that they have a lot of relatives, and Julia says she doesn't think the children are from relatives. Elizabeth asks what she's saying. Julia says it's a bizarre situation. She points out that they have all shared a birthmark right above their right wrist. She says that it defies logic, but it appears all three children are one and the same. She says she wants to talk to Paul, as he was the first to express fears about the antique shop. Elizabeth says he's under sedation and unavailable. She tells Julia that her suspicions are just that, and she has no proof of a conspiracy. Julia says she's going to investigate it, and find out if there is. Elizabeth, in a warning tone, tells her to be very careful.

She goes upstairs and Chris arrives to ask her about Harrison Monroe. She says he doesn't live at the address he found, but Charles Delaware Tate does, and he's very much alive. Chris asks Tate he can help him. Julia says he seems slightly mad. Chris says he doesn't care if he's mad—he reminds her there's a full moon tonight. He complains that there's no way out for him. She says Tate told her the portrait of Quentin was destroyed. She says that if that's true, and if Grant is truly Quentin, then he'll also change tonight. If he does not, then the portrait must still exist. She says she's going to make arrangements to be with Grant at dusk.

Barnabas tells Elizabeth that it was wise of her to tell him about Julia's plans to investigate. He says the only course of action is to make Julia one of them. He says he'll meet her in Collinwood to give her the necessary instructions. Elizabeth asks him if he can tell her what their ultimate goal is, and what Paul has to do with it. He says that she will know when the time comes—but it will include bestowing a great honor on a very particular person.

Barnabas finds Julia in the drawing room. He asks what arrangements she has made for Chris Jennings, since there will be a full moon tonight. She asks why he cares, since he said he couldn't help Chris. He says he can have compassion even if he can't help him. She says Chris will spend the night at Windcliff. She says she will not give up on him as he has. He sees she's reading a book on lycanthropy. He gives her a strange stare. He tells her she has been working very hard and it's starting to show. He asks if she has been resting enough, and she slurs yes. She says she doesn't believe he's concerned. He says he hopes she finds what she's looking for, and places his hand on her cheek before leaving her. She gets up in a bit of a daze and heads up to her room.

Grant pours himself a drink in Olivia's suite. Olivia comes in and asks what he's doing. It's obvious he's drunk. She asks why he's behaving this way. He says that at least his behavior is open and honest. She says he's in no condition to make any sense. She says he has been so calm about his problem before now, and asks him why today is so different. He says he doesn't know why today is different. She suggests that he should go to sleep. He yells at her that at least he has hope of finding out who he was, suggesting that she'll never know who she was.

Julia sleeps and has a dream. She hears Barnabas tell her that soon she will believe, and they will be close as they had been once before. He beckons her to come to them. She comes down the stairs at Collinwood, and sees Barnabas enter the foyer with the Leviathan box in his hands. He brings it into the drawing room; the doors opening and closing on their own around him. She approaches the doors and they do the same. Barnabas tells her not to be frightened. She asks what he wants. He tells her that she was fascinated with the box when she first saw it, and now he wants her to have it.

Hearing breathing, she asks what's inside it. He tells her to open it and look inside. She reaches for it, but says she doesn't want to. He says she wants to know. She turns and runs from it. He says she will be compelled to open it when she next sees the box. She awakens from the dream, frightened.

Elizabeth is in the drawing room with Barnabas and the Leviathan box. He says Julia has had the dream. He tells her that Elizabeth must show her the box and stay with her until she opens it. He leaves, and Julia comes downstairs.

She makes her way into the drawing room. Elizabeth tells her that someone left something for her, and shows her the box. Julia asks who left it, and Elizabeth says she has no idea. She adds that it's interesting looking, and she wonders what's inside. She encourages Julia to open it. She reaches for it when she's distracted by a knock at the door.

She goes to the door and it's Chris. He asks her what's wrong. She calls to Elizabeth saying she has to do something and will be back later. After she leaves, Barnabas comes out and says the interruption should not have been strong enough to stop her from opening the box. He blames her genetic structure. He tells Elizabeth that she will have to find another way.

Julia arrives at Olivia's with the painting. She says she'd like to see Grant first. Olivia asks to see the painting first. Julia says she won't be interested in it any more as she's done to it what she was going to do. She shows her the portrait and says she knew the portrait was under the landscape.

Olivia says that it has no value to her, and Julia says it has no value to her because it's not Quentin's portrait. Julia says she wants to show it to Grant. Olivia says he was upset and had been drinking, and Julia tells her that's exactly the right time to see him. They go to his room only to find it ransacked.

Our thoughts

John: The only flaw in Julia's plan is that if Grant actually isn't Quentin, his not becoming a werewolf doesn't do anything to prove that Quentin's portrait still exists. But I guess the bigger issue is who cares if Quentin's portrait still exists? How is that fact alone going to help Chris? Shouldn't they be trying to commission Tate to make a similar portrait for him regardless?

Christine: Maybe she was thinking that having two werewolves running around town might inspire Tate to help them both.

John: If it's so darn easy, why hasn't the Leviathan's goal been more of an Invasion of the Body Snatchers style plan? Are they really trying to be selective about their recruits?

Christine: I think they've only just hit on the idea of absorbing more humans to reduce their interference, since just yesterday the Leviathan plan was to kill Julia to get her out of the way.

John: Those newly discovered stock shots of lightning are now in heavy rotation. Julia impresses us again, fighting off the mind control of the Leviathans thanks to her strong genetic structure!

Christine: Funny how Barnabas, who was directed to kill Julia, has now passed the buck to Elizabeth in dealing with her. Perhaps this is the reason the Leviathans haven't taken over more humans. They seem to be extremely unreliable under Leviathan control.

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