Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1004 4/30/70

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Hannah says Fred is dead. Angelique says that this is how she lives now, and this is how Quentin will live with her, for eternity. She asks Hannah if she's frightened of her. She says anyone would be. She tells Hannah to refer to her as Alexis, and then demands that she dispose of Fred's body.

Hannah asks what they should do if anyone saw her leading Fred to her, and Angelique explains that he's a loaner and drifter, and won't be missed by anyone. She tells Hannah she's a coward. Hannah reminds her that she'll need warmth again, and she wants no part of it. Angelique says that her curiosity has turned to terror now that she knows someone who has returned from the dead. Hannah says that Dameon's spirit will not let her do what she plans. Angelique says that nothing will keep her from having Quentin forever.

Trask tells Bruno that he was wrong—Angelique's body was in the tomb. It has since been burned. He tells Bruno that they're in trouble. Dameon's ghost is in the house because of them, not Angelique. Bruno tells him to stop simpering about the ghost until they have a reason. He accepts that the woman in Collinwood truly is Alexis, and adds that he didn't think he could be fooled so easily.

Angelexis returns to Collinwood and finds a telegram for Quentin. She opens it and reads it. It's from Maggie's sister, suggesting that if he calls her, he could talk her into returning as the time is right for her to return to Collinwood. Quentin calls to Alexis from the top of the stairs. She hides the telegram and tells him she was just thinking of him. He offers her a drink, and with one hand behind her back, she accepts his offer. When he steps into the drawing room, she crumples the telegram and tosses it into the fireplace.

Quentin hands her a drink. She says that Angelique loved the house, which upsets Quentin. She asks if he'd prefer to speak of Maggie, and that appears to get under his skin as well. She asks if he loves her, and he asks why she's bringing it up. Quentin explains that Maggie is an innocent child. Angelexis says that even as a child, Angelique was quite sophisticated. She picks up a statue and as she places it on the mantle, she asks what he plans to do. He says he'll wait for Maggie to contact him. He asks why she put the statue where she did, adding that it's exactly where Angelique placed it.

She asks if he still doubts who she is, and he assures her that he does not. They then hear a voice saying, "You know who I am." The lights go out, and Angelexis clutches Quentin. The voice then laughs. Quentin turns on a light and asks Dameon what he wants. The voice says, "She knows," but Angelexis denies it.

She says the ghost has her confused with Angelique. Quentin says she's implying that Edwards hates Angelique, but then dismisses that, believing that she's Alexis. He tells her that she could leave, and she says that she's going to stay. Trask enters, and Quentin tells him that Dameon Edwards is back. He asks Trask to explain why he can't rest. Trask tells him it's as much of a mystery to him. Quentin says he should think about it, and that he'll be around if Trask decides to say something more.

Trask goes into the drawing room, and speaks to Dameon. He asks for a sign that he's being heard. He doesn't get one, but he swears he didn't kill him. He says he should be after Bruno.

Bruno sneaks into Alexis' room. She asks him what he wants. He compliments her looks, and says it's proof how much he misses her sister. He says that she put passion in his music, and he critics don't realize it's gone yet. He tells her that he came to apologize. He truly believed that Angelique had returned, but he was wrong. He asks if they can be friends, and she asks if he can be anyone's friend. He kisses her hand and tells her that Angelique found him charming. She says that in time, she might.

Trask begs Quentin to stop asking him about Dameon. He says if he knew anything he'd tell him.

Angelique stares up at her portrait. She then picks up a phone.

Hannah returns home as her phone rings. She answers it, and it's Angelique, checking to see if she finished her job. She tells her to come to Collinwood to deal with Dameon Edwareds. She says that she will exorcise the ghost through Hannah, and everyone will think that Hannah was responsible.

Quentin is asleep on the couch in the drawing room. In a dream, he hears someone calling to him. He asks where he wants him to go. The voice says he's at the last door he will ever enter, and tells him to follow his spirit. Quentin walks upstairs. The voice tells him that he is waiting. He beckons Quentin to come to the door. Quentin finds himself before Dameon Edwards who says he wants him to know how it will end. He leads him to a door and opens the door. Inside, Quentin's body is hanging from the rafters. Quentin picks up a note saying, "I had to do this to be with the one I love." Dameon laughs at him.

Our thoughts

John: If Fred was a loner and a drifter, what the heck was he doing in Collinwood, how is it that Quentin knew him, and what was with his being so cozy with Angelexis? I feel bad for Hannah that she was left to clean up Angelique's mess. Fred wasn't a small guy. Thankfully, she seems to have the same high-speed grave-digging skills as all other residents of Collinsport.

Christine: I really wish we could have seen Aunt Hannah at work, dragging Fred's corpse out to be buried, digging a hole, dropping him in and covering him up without getting a speck of dirt on her dress or putting a single hair out of place. The woman is truly amazing! Portrait watchers should note that the Mustache Man hangs in parallel time at Hannah's hip 70s pad.

John: Wasn't Bruno just crying about the ghost of Dameon haunting him? Funny to see him berating Trask for basically doing the same!

Christine: I'm wondering if Angelique has OCD, being so particular about placing a statue in an exact spot on the mantel that she couldn't resist doing it, knowing that it could expose her for who she truly is.

John: So we still have no real understanding of who Dameon is, exactly how he died, or why he's doing what he's doing, but at least he showed us how things are going to end for parallel-Quentin—swinging at the end of a rope!

Christine: We also don't know why he's so happy about Quentin hanging himself. Is this how Angelique intends to keep Quentin through eternity? That's a plan that seems like it could backfire. 

Second Down for the Count:
Barnabas was chained in his coffin 22 episodes ago.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1003 4/29/70

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Quentin hears voices in Angelique's room. He opens the door, and when he sees who he thinks is Daniel and Amy, he yells at them, but they don't respond. David and Amy are talking about Dr. Hoffman, and Barnabas' having been caught there.

Quentin asks Amy if she can hear him, and from behind him, she says she can. He turns to see Daniel and Amy standing behind him. Daniel asks him if something is wrong. He tells them nothing is wrong. He sends them away to play. As they're leaving, Quentin asks Amy if Will spoke to her about Barnabas. She says that he didn't; she just found the papers he wrote about him.

Quentin goes back to the door and opens it, this time into Alexis' bedroom. He explains to her that the room was empty a moment ago, with Daniel and Amy standing inside. He tells her that he then saw them in the hall behind him. Angelexis tells him that she's been there the entire time. He says he thought that when Angelique was in her final resting place, the strange behavior in the house would stop. He tells her that at least they're rid of the ghost of Dameon Edwards. She sounds surprised to hear his name. He says Bruno might be right in thinking that Angelique's spirit was responsible for Dameon appearing. Angelexis asks if he's done anything to find her sister's murderer. He says he doesn't think she was murdered. Angelexis asks him to leave her alone. He tells her that if Angelique had been murdered, he would be equally interested in finding her murderer. He leaves and Angelique wonders why she's so cold.

Amy and Daniel are going through trunks in a the old house, which Daniels suggests is something girls would do. He asks if she ever plays in the basement, and she says it was always locked. He tells her it never used to be. He tells her that his Uncle Will is crazy. He says there's a passage to the basement from the beach. Amy refuses to join him. Daniel starts to leave, and she tells him there's a sword in the room. He goes looking for it, and begins to hear a heartbeat. Amy says he's just trying to scare her. He says it's coming from a picture, and shows her the portrait of Barnabas Collins.

Amy screams and faints. Daniel manages to wake her, and she repeats chains and trap. A man comes in who Daniel refers to as Fred. He explains that something happened to Amy. He asks what he did, and Daniel says she saw the painting and fainted.

Quentin asks Daniel if he was trying to frighten Amy. He said he isn't. Fred reiterates that Amy kept saying trapped and chained. Quentin thanks Fred for bringing Amy back to Collinwood. He leaves, and Daniel asks Quentin why she fainted.

As Fred is leaving, Angelexis is coming downstairs, feeling cold. Fred says he knows what to do about that, and embraces her. He says he's been waiting to hold her like this ever since he saw her. He tells her to meet him later. She tells him to kiss her. He starts to, but Quentin comes out of the drawing room. Fred leaves.

Hannah is dealing tarot cards when Angelexis comes to see her. She says that her sister came there to do things she couldn't do at Collinwood. Angelexis asks her to read her fortune. Hannah says she sounds just like her, referring to Angelique. She says she didn't think Alexis believed in such things, and adds that she only tells what she sees in the cards.

She deals the first card—the tower of destruction. Followed by the moon inverted. Hannah stands up and tells her to leave. Angelexis asks her to tell her what it means, and Hannah says she has no future. Angelexis then asks her to read her palm. Hannah does, and says that she's not Alexis—she's Angelique! Angelique says she knew that she'd come back, and asks if she wants to know how she did. Hannah says she doesn't. Angelique reminds her that she introduced her to the occult. She asks Hannah where Julia is, and she tells her that Quentin sent her on vacation.

She then asks why Dameon Edward's ghost is there. Hannah says he cannot rest. He has threatened the children, Quentin and Bruno. Angelique asks about Trask. Hannah tells her that she knows why, and Angelique says she feels the cold of a tomb. Hannah asks her why she came back. Angelique tells her she came back to have Quentin's love. Hannah realizes that she wants to kill him. Angelique says he'll want to die when he finds out who murdered her. Hannah didn't realize she was murdered. Angelique starts to tell her, but feels the cold again, drawing her back into the tomb. She tells Hannah to go to the Loomis house and bring a man who works there back to her. She threatens to haunt her if she doesn't help, so Hannah leaves.

Quentin asks Amy if she's feeling better. She says she is. He asks her what happened tonight when she saw the painting. She says she saw his eyes, and he needs help. Quentin tells her that Barnabas died 200 years ago, and she says she knows.

Hannah brings Fred to Angelique. They embrace, and she says she feels warmer in his arms. He suddenly feels cold. She tells him to look at her. She says he will feel cold, but must not look away from her. She forces him to kiss her. His eyes go wide as he tries to break away. She finally lets go of him and he falls to the ground. She calls Hannah, and when she arrives, she says she's alright now. Hannah sees Fred on the floor, and says he's dead. Angelique says that this is how she lives now, and this is how Quentin will live with her, for eternity.

Our thoughts

John: So much for my excitement about getting some more non-parallel 1970 Collinwood time with Amy and David... though it does seem promising that Amy and Daniel may soon bring about the parallel-time return of our old pal Barnabas!

Christine: It would be nice to see some crossover between the time bands, though I suppose it could get pretty confusing. Hannah Stokes has a cool 70s pad with beaded curtain, a gargoyle, a crystal ball, and hip clothes to boot. No surprise to see The Tower card show up in a reading again.

John: Kudos to Wilfred (Fred) Block, who despite being a one-episode red-shirt, got to spend the bulk of his few minutes of screen time locking lips with Lara Parker! I don't even know if Barnabas has that much time on the smooch-clock with Angelique!

Christine: Lucky Fred, living out every young school boy's dream, up until he got the life sucked out of him.

John: Does Angelique exist in parallel time as some sort of soul-sucking vampire? Since she attributes her return to her interest in the occult, it would seem like she hasn't been around for hundreds of years... though that factoid may well be re-written when we get around to flashback-parallel time.

Christine: It makes sense now why she surrounded herself with virile young men. She must have been feeding off all of them. Apparently, Quentin was not enough for her. Of course, I was hoping we would get to see more portraits in the attic at the Old House, but why did Barnabas' portrait cause Amy to faint, why is it even at the Old House when it's always been displayed at Collinwood, and why is it showing up now? 

Second Down for the Count:
Barnabas was chained in his coffin 21 episodes ago.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1002 4/28/70

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Cyrus waits in the drawing room, when he doubles over in agony. He sees hair on his hand, and turns into John Yaeger. He hears Quentin coming downstairs and closes the drawing room doors.

Quentin is surprised to find the drawing room doors locked. He calls to Cyrus, asking if he's alright. Yaeger doesn't know what to do. Quentin calls for Trask to bring him the keys. Yaeger starts to sneak out the window, but decides it must look like Cyrus left under ordinary circumstances. He writes a quick note apologizing for leaving without explaining, and then he throws it aside, realizing he did it in Yaeger's handwriting. He does it again and leaves it on the desk. He grabs Cyrus' glasses from the floor and sneaks out through the window.

Quentin gets in with the keys and finds the note left for him. Quentin hears the front door, and Amy enters. She asks what she did wrong, that no one wants to be with her. She says Will and Carolyn didn't want her. Quentin tells her that he's happy to see her, and lets her know that Roger will be returning with Daniel soon. Amy finds the crumpled note and gives it to Quentin. He goes to toss it in the fire, but reads it first. He then compares it to the one on the desk, noting that the handwriting is similar but different.

Yaeger returns to Cyrus' lab and opens the safe. He takes out the potion, and then decides that he's not a coward. He puts the potion back without drinking it. He's not concerned about having changed without drinking the potion. He extends the knife in his cane, and says he's not afraid of anything.

Amy explains to David how she saw Dameon Edwards. Daniel doesn't believe her. Quentin finds them and reminds Amy that they checked the cellar and didn't see anyone.  He leaves them and Daniel tells her that she imagined it. She stomps off, and he tells her to tell her the story again, and he'll believe her this time.

Yaeger grabs a painting off the wall to furnish his room. He hears Sabrina calling for Cyrus, and he sneaks back out. Sabrina comes downstairs looking for Cyrus.

Yaeger returns to his room and leans the painting on the mantle. There's a knock at the door, and he invites Buffie in. She notices the painting, and says it's pretty. He tells her that it's exquisite. He asks if she's pleased to see him. She says she wondered where he had gone. He says he'd like some explanations from her. He closes the door to his room, and he asks if he frightens her. She tells him that he doesn't. He asks if she's done anything to be afraid of.

Quentin tells Sabrina to let Cyrus know that she called. She notices the painting missing from the wall, and gets off the phone with Quentin.

Yaeger confirms that Buffie went to see Cyrus, because she didn't believe or trust him. He's upset that she doesn't like him, and she tells him that she does, and she thought she proved that. He asks her if she told Cyrus that she likes a quiet man. She realizes that Cyrus told him. Yaeger says he won't make a single sound before punching her right in the face.

Buffie is bruised and her clothes are torn. She tells Yaeger that he didn't have to do that. He says he had to prove that he could be a quiet man. He rubs her shoulders, and she asks to go back to her room. She stumbles away, and he offers her the painting, suggesting that he meant no malice today. She accepts it, and thanks him. He tells her that to further prove his point, he'd like to take her out to a late-night supper. She's excited by the offer, and accepts it. He starts to laugh hysterically. He asks if she really thought he'd take her out looking like that, bruised and cut up. He says she needs to take better care of herself. He says maybe he'll take her out when she pays more attention to how she looks. He bids her goodnight, and opens the door. She leaves, bewildered.

Amy shows Quentin the papers she found where Will referred to a room in the East Wing. She asks if it's Alexis' room, but he wrote about it being empty. Quentin assures her it's just a story, and tells her to run upstairs and play with Daniel.

Yaeger takes the potion from the safe, but puts it back when he hears Sabrina coming downstairs. He sits at Cyrus' desk. She asks who he is, and who let him in. Yaeger introduces himself. She asks how he got in, and he says he used the key Cyrus gave him. He tells her he senses an emotional release in her that's trying to get out. She tells him to go, and he says he's going to wait, like Cyrus asked. She excuses herself and starts upstairs. He tries to convince her to stay, but she ignores him and leaves. He gets the potion back out and drinks it.

Quentin hears voices in Angelique's room. He opens the door, and when he sees who he thinks is Daniel and Amy, he yells at them, but they don't respond. David and Amy are talking about Dr. Hoffman, and Barnabas' having been caught there. Quentin asks Amy if she can hear him, and from behind him, she says she can. He turns to see Daniel and Amy standing behind him. Daniel asks him if something is wrong.

Our thoughts

John: I'm sorry, Cyrus and Yaeger have designed two unique handwriting styles? So let's say they really came up with that plan, and then he realizes that he's using the wrong one. Is he also going to toss the incorrect version to the floor where it will surely be discovered?

Christine: That didn't play well. I'd expect Yaeger to have his own writing style, and assume he'd be able to forge Cyrus' writing, but it exceeds believability that he'd throw the note on the floor and leave it there. Though, this is the guy who likes to look at his reflection in a tray, so perhaps it's not beyond the realm of what we could expect. I think there may be some Freudian symbolism going on with Yaeger's cane sword.

John: What's with the hairy hands on Yaeger. I don't recall the werewolf having such hairy paws! I don't even want to imagine the horrible things he did to Buffie in the commercial break, but what the hell was she thinking when she immediately agreed to go out for a night on the town with her abuser?

Christine: I think we can assume the worst. Buffie agrees to go out on the town with her controlling abuser because of traumatic bonding. She'll be back for more abuse. John Yaeger is the most evil thing we have seen on this show. Here I was thinking that loud suit he was wearing was enough of an assault before he doubled down.

John: I wasn't expecting to encounter a reverse-parallel time window! I think it would be very cool to bounce back and forth between 1970-prime and 1970-parallel time. Of course, even if they did that, you-know-who would still be chained-you-know-where for the duration!

Christine: I wonder about that. Did you notice that Barnabas' portrait was set up next to the drawing room fireplace in the end credits? What do you suppose that is all about? It's possible we caught another glimpse of the fellow who likes to lunch in Angelique's room when Quentin burst in on Amy and David.

Second Down for the Count:
Barnabas was chained in his coffin 20 episodes ago.