Friday, July 31, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1070 7/31/70

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Barnabas opens his coffin, and is met by the sheriff with a cross. He screams as the sheriff tells him that he knows all about him! Barnabas asks him how he knows, and the sheriff says it doesn't matter, as he pulls his gun on Barnabas.

Barnabas calls to Julia, and the sheriff steps back in fear when he sees the ghost of the young girl who we previously saw with David. He says that she's the one they saw, and tells her to stay away from him.

He turns, and Barnabas puts him in a choke hold.

Gerard and Julia are in the old house. She cries, and asks if she's done enough for him now. She asks him to go away. She asks if he's determined for her to hear the shots—the silver bullets. Barnabas comes upstairs and she's shocked to see him. She turns and Gerard is gone.

Barnabas tells her that he killed the sheriff. He says if not for Carrie, he would be dead. He says they have to get back to their own time before more police come. He says that the sheriff was armed with silver bullets, and he doesn't know how they found out about him. Julia asks him if he does, and he realizes that she betrayed him. She admits it, and says she'll do so again and again. She cries and says he's not safe. 

She tells him to go without her. He asks who has done this to her. She begs him to go to Angelique's room. Barnabas asks what Gerard did to her, and she tells him not to speak of him. He asks her to mention Gerard's name, but she cannot. She tells Barnabas that he's watching them. Barnabas commands her to look at him. She tells him that he can escape, but he tells her he won't leave without her. He says once they are back in their own time, he won't be able to get to her.

She hugs Barnabas, and asks how he can forgive her. She says she's afraid. Barnabas says that he won't leave her alone, and they must get back to their own time before dawn. He compels her to use every ounce of her will power, and she says she'll try. He says they must call Stokes and get the answers they need.

They leave together, not noticing Gerard standing outside the house.

Stokes asks Barnabas if he killed the sheriff, and he confirms that he did. Stokes says he saw Gerard once himself. Stokes tells Barnabas that he cannot help him. He says he's too old and too frightened. Barnabas says they need the clues Carolyn told them about before they leave. Barnabas says they will have a seance tonight. Stokes says he'll have no part in it. He tells Barnabas that Gerard won't allow it. Barnabas tells Julia to arrange the table. Barnabas says they will be able to go back and stop things from happening. Stokes agrees to participate. The three sit at the table. Barnabas presides over the ceremony. He asks Julia if Gerard is watching her. He tells her to concentrate, saying that Carolyn will speak through her.

Barnabas calls to the spirits of the dead, asking them to release Carolyn to speak to them. Carolyn speaks through Julia. Barnabas asks her to explain what the clues mean. She mentions "The picnic," "The night of the sun and moon," "The murder," "The unfinished horoscope," "The night I sang my song," and "Rose Cottage." Barnabas asks what it means. Julia comes to and says he's coming, and will kill him. Stokes stays he can feel something. He gets up and walks from the table. Julia breaks down crying. Stokes sees Gerard out the window. Gerard points at him. Barnabas says he saw Gerard at the window. Stokes sits down and. Julia screams. Barnabas looks for her, but cannot find her.

Gerard fondles a knife. Julia comes into the room and he holds it up before handing it to her. She asks if she must, and he nods. She agrees, and takes the knife. She holds it as if she's going to stab herself when Barnabas enters and tells her to drop it. She does.

He tells Gerard there's nothing he can do to stop them. Gerard touches Julia's forehead, and she drops to the ground. Barnabas helps her up and says he'll take her to Angelique's room, but Gerard steps out of the room and locks the door.

Barnabas sees Carrie, and asks her to help him again. She steps through a wall and a door appears. Barnabas opens it, and tells Julia that they can escape.

They step through the door, and go up a flight of stairs. He helps her along as she gasps. He sees a door, and they step through. A girl asks them who they are. It's Carrie.

Our thoughts

John: Fire up the seance tracker! Our first (and last?) of 1995! To be fair, it wasn't really much of a seance, though it did give Julia a chance to deliver dialogue in a high-pitched voice. Of course it was all for nothing, as we walked away with nothing learned about the clues she left behind.

Christine: They may not have learned anything about the clues, but I don't believe it was all for nothing. Now that they appear to have returned to 1970, they will no doubt be looking for Rose Cottage, avoiding picnics, and encouraging Carolyn not to sing any songs or consult her horoscope, and will probably fail miserably at recognizing any of those clues when they arise.

John: Barnabas and Gerard are placed in the same room at the same time, but don't have much of a confrontation. What a wasted opportunity after having him lurking in the shadows for so long!

Christine: I'm not sure what Barnabas could have done to him other than have a menacing stare down. While Gerard was able to kill Stokes instantly by showing him the sign of the horns through the window, it's interesting that he decided to spare Julia that same fate, allowing her to linger long enough to make it back through the time portal, though it remains to be seen if time heals all wounds.

John: Why exactly was Barnabas so excited to see the unfamiliar door? At first I thought it was supposed to be the door to Angelique's room, but they ended up in a nondescript hallway. The fact that Carrie seems to be alive on the other side suggests that we may have gone back in time to 1970 (albeit which 1970 remains to be seen...).

Christine: It is unclear how he knew they were back in 1970 since we didn't get to see any of the familiar landmarks, which made his ecstatic reaction somewhat jarring. If I overextend myself to try and figure it out, I'd have to say the door must have lacked the same deterioration as the rest of the house, leading him to believe they had discovered a way back, or it could be that it was the door to Angelique's room on their side, but that the house in the time they have entered has been altered.

Dark Shadows Before I Die Séance Tracker

Episode 170/171: Dr. Peter Guthrie conducts; Carolyn, Vicki, Roger, Laura Collins participate; Josette speaks through Vicki in French; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 186: Vicki conducts; Sam and David participate; David Radcliffe speaks through David; held in the drawing room at the Old House

Episode 280/281: Roger conducts; Liz, Vicki, Burke, Barnabas, Carolyn participate; Josette speaks through Vicki; held in the drawing room at the Old House

Episode 365: Roger conducts; Liz, Julia, Vicki, Carolyn, Barnabas participate; Sarah Collins speaks through Vicki after Carolyn pretends Sarah is speaking through her; Vicki is transferred to 1795; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 449: Countess duPrés conducts; Joshua Collins participates; Bathia Mapes shows up, claiming she was called; held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1795

Episode 510/511: Professor Stokes conducts; Julia and Tony Peterson participate; Reverend Trask speaks through Tony Peterson; the basement wall breaks open to reveal his skeleton; held in the basement at the Old House

Episode 600: Professor Stokes conducts; Barnabas and Julia participate; Phillipe Cordier speaks through Barnabas; held in the drawing room at the Old House

Episode 640: David conducts; Amy participates; unsuccessful attempt to contact Quentin Collins; held in Amy's bedroom

Episode 642: Professor Stokes conducts; Liz, Vicki, Carolyn, Chris participate; Magda speaks through Carolyn; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 682: Professor Stokes conducts; Barnabas, Maggie, Mrs. Johnson participate; Janet Findley speaks through Mrs. Johnson; held in the drawing room at Collinwood

Episode 698: Professor Stokes conducts (assumed); Roger participates; unsuccessful attempt to contact Quentin Collins, whose laughter is heard; held at Collinwood offscreen

Episode 797: Barnabas conducts; Quentin and Magda participate; Julianka's ghost appears and curses Magda; held in the drawing room at the Old House in 1897

Episode 860/861: Charity, possessed by Pansy Faye, conducts; Edward Collins and Kitty Soames participate; a hooded figure appears (revealed as Judith in the following episode); held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1897

Episode 898: Julia conducts; David and Chris Jennings participate; Jamison speaks through David and tells them that Quentin's spirit is gone and won't come to them; held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1969

Episode 948: Barnabas conducts; Maggie and Julia participate; Josette speaks through Maggie, informing Barnabas that the Leviathans aren't holding her and that she died by her own hand with poison; held in the drawing room at Collinwood in 1969

Episode 990: Cyrus conducts; Roger, Elizabeth, Bruno, Sabrina and Alexis participate; an unknown entity speaks through Sabrina, claiming that Alexis is dying, who then passes out; held in the parallel drawing room in 1970

Episode 1008/1009: Quentin conducts; Hoffman and Angelique as Alexis participate; after hearing spacey sounds, Hoffman freaks out and runs off, breaking the circle, and an entity appears in the room that turns out to be Joshua Collins, warning of an evil that is coming to the house; held in the parallel drawing room in 1970

Episode 1021: Unknown conductor; Quentin, Angelique, possibly Cyrus and other unseen people participate; Quentin rises up and strangles Angelique as colorful psychedelic lights flash; held in Maggie Collins' dream in 1970 parallel time

Episode 1070: Barnabas conducts; Julia and Professor Stokes participate; Carolyn speaks through Julia, providing the same six clues she wrote down before she died that portend the destruction of Collinwood, but is interrupted by the presence of Gerard before she can explain what they mean; held in the drawing room at the Old House in 1995

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1069 7/30/70

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Julia says that nothing but terrible things have happened in Collinwood. Barnabas accuses her of being against their hearing from Carolyn. She says that she is too frightened to go in to the drawing room. Barnabas goes in alone and finds Carolyn sitting at the desk. He says that her talking to him means so much to him. He touches her shoulder and she falls to the floor, dead.

He calls to Julia, who stands in the foyer, transfixed by Gerard at the top of the stairs. He asks what she's staring at, and she says nothing. He tells her to come examine the body. They return to the drawing room and there's no sign of Carolyn's body. He finds a note on the desk. He reads from it: "The night of the sun and the moon, the night Rose Cottage was destroyed, the unfinished horoscope, the night I sang my song, the picnic, the murder..." He tells Julia they're all clues. She says the note is incoherent. He says they are all significant things she wanted to tell them.

He tells her to call the sheriff, and she says they aren't supposed to be in the house. Barnabas says he's sure Carolyn is in the house. Julia says the sheriff will ask too many questions. He asks her what's wrong with her. She's disagreeing with everything he says. He demands that she go find a telephone and call the sheriff. He says he will look for Carolyn alone. She sees Gerard upstairs, and when Barnabas turns to look, she pulls him back and tells him to be careful.

Barnabas searches Collinwood looking for Carolyn's body. He wonders why the evil spirit would take it. He says if he can get back to his time, he might be able to save her from this death. He goes to the secret panel in the drawing room and opens it. He is confronted by the mysterious man. Barnabas demands that he give him Carolyn's body. He hears Julia, and before she enters, the man disappears. Julia comes in and Barnabas says he intends to keep Carolyn's body. Barnabas says that the man can't harm him. He says he's going upstairs, and asks her to bring the sheriff when he arrives. He asks her again what is wrong, and she laments being out of their own time. He assures her that they can stop the cause of everything that has happened, and heads upstairs. Julia silently calls to Gerard, and asks if he had to kill Carolyn.

Barnabas tries to enter the playroom, but the door is locked. Julia comes upstairs with the sheriff. The Sheriff says he has some questions. Barnabas says they'll have to wait. The sheriff says if they were in the foyer, no one could get a body out of the drawing room. Barnabas tells the sheriff to try the playroom door, and when he does, it opens right up. They go inside, and are shocked to see Carolyn's body lying on a table.

Barnabas asks who put the flowers in her hand. The sheriff says she's lovely. Barnabas asks him what caused the change in her 25 years ago, and the sheriff says he doesn't know. Barnabas asks for his help. He asks if he's ever heard of a Gerard. He doesn't recall. Barnabas says he saw a spirit in the house earlier tonight. He shouts that Gerard will not go unpunished. The sheriff says he needs to be more logical than that when he finds out how she died. Barnabas says he's going to have the house exorcised tomorrow. The sheriff has no objections. He leaves, and tells them that no one is to touch the body. Barnabas tells Julia to join him at Stokes', and she says she's going to stay with Carolyn's body.

After Barnabas and the sheriff leave, Gerard appears. She tells him to leave the house before there is an exorcism. He looks at her, and she asks him what she must do. He smiles.

The sheriff questtons Quentin at the old house. He says Carolyn died of heart failure. Quentin says Barnabas made the man kill her. The sheriff asks Quentin what he's talking about. Quentin says that he'll kill him, too. The sheriff asks if he's referring to Gerard. Quentin says not to mention his name. The sheriff asks why they didn't tell him Carolyn had died, and where Barnabas and Julia are. Quentin says he doesn't remember, and then says he remembers being found in the woods. He starts to call for Elizabeth. Quentin says they made him go to Collinwood, and he saw him. Quentin says he's got to find Carolyn.

Julia walks in and Quentin tells her not to come near him. She asks the sheriff to hold him so she can give hi a sedative. He does, and Julia tells him that it's for the best. She gives him a shot and tells him to sit down. Quentin says it doesn't matter, because he always wins. He says he wants to go far away, and Julia says that might be a good idea. She tells the sheriff that Quentin has been in the sanitarium, and Quentin asks him if he'll take him back there. The sheriff agrees. Quentin goes upstairs to pack. The sheriff asks Julia if Quentin believes that Gerard exists. He asks Julia why she didn't tell Quentin about Carolyn. She says that she didn't come home last night. He asks about Barnabas, and where he is. She looks outside and sees Gerard in the window. Julia tells the sheriff to return just before dusk, after he returns Quentin to the sanitarium, and she will help him.

Barnabas opens his coffin, and is met by the sheriff with a cross. He screams as the sheriff tells him that he knows all about him!

Our thoughts

John: I wonder how much time was spent coming up with the random fragments of 'clues' explaining what happened at Collinwood, and whether those will truly amount to anything as time goes by. I can only imagine someone in Carolyn's mental state would have had a harder time creating those fragments than just writing down whatever it was truly happened 25 years ago...

Christine: I think it's likely she was thinking in fragments, but even if she weren't, she couldn't write down what happened in a straightforward manner or this storyline would have wrapped up sooner rather than later.

John: The sheriff is so close to being right. No one could get a body out of the drawing room through the foyer without someone in the foyer noticing. But he overlooks the opportunity for the body to be removed through any one of the opening windows (let alone the secret passage).

Christine: With Quentin's departure to the sanitarium, the last of the Collins family members have been removed, leaving only Barnabas and his possessed sidekick to carry the show with a cast of ghosts. We'll see if Stokes can survive the exorcism attempt or if he becomes another casualty.

John: Ah, if only the sheriff had come armed with a stake! All would finally be over for Barnabas, and they could finally etch an end-date of 1995 on his tombstone. But alas, he'll surely worm his way out of trouble once more, likely to turn the tables on the sheriff himself!

Christine: Clearly he must realize by now that Julia is possessed by Gerard. What will Barnabas do without his trusty gal pal at his side and how will he rescue her? Anything could happen in tomorrow's episode. Let's hope it does not disappoint!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1068 7/29/70

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Barnabas smells lilacs. He asks for the spirit who is present to appear to him. A woman materializes and he asks her to speak to him. She disappears, and he begs her to come back. He finds a note that says, "She will die!" He calls to Julia. She runs downstairs and he shows her the note. He says a woman in 19th century clothes appeared and left it for him. He says the reference could be to Carolyn. Julia agrees that must be true. Barnabas says that she and the evil spirit appeared in 19th century clothes, but the childrens' were from 1970.

Quentin runs downstairs and asks where she went. Barnabas asks if he saw her, and he references the scent of lilacs. Barnabas asks who she is, and he tells her she's Daphne. Barnabas asks who Daphne is, and Quentin returns the question. He says that maybe Carolyn knows. He tells Barnabas that he wants to see her again, and calls out to Daphne. Julia explains that she's gone, and he says everyone is gone.

Gerard walks into a room where Daphne is and stands behind a tree branch. She approaches him.

Barnabas and Julia return to Collinwood. She tells him there's no one in the family history named Daphne. She tells him to go ahead while she waits in the foyer. Gerard stands at the top of the stairs, smiling.

Barnabas lights a candle and searches for the Collins family history book, which happens to be sitting on the floor in the middle of the room, facing the camera. He picks it up and flips through it. He looks around as if he's hearing sounds, and then as we hear banging at a shutter, the family history is pulled from his hands. He looks around the room at banging doors.

Julia calls to Barnabas and says that she saw him. He asks if it was the evil spirit, and she says it was David, and tells him he was upstairs. Barnabas goes to investigate and sees no one. He tells her to join him in the drawing room. They hear a sound. Barnabas tells her he's convinced that the family history is important, and he searches the room for it. Julia smiles, and asks if someone could have taken it. He smells lilacs and calls to Daphne. Julia says she's gone. Barnabas finds the book and says she could have left it. He flips it open and says it doesn't matter now, as the relevant pages have been torn out. He says that Daphne tore the pages out so they would never know. Julia smiles, and says it's a terrible pity. As they leave, she suggests it's time to give up. He sends Julia to the old house so he can go see Carolyn alone. Before she leaves, Julia looks up and sees Gerard standing at the top of the stairs.

Carolyn looks at photo albums, trying to remember her family. She identifies her mother, and her uncle Roger, and someone she thinks is her cousin Quentin. Barnabas interrupts her, and she asks how he got in. He says he needs her help. He asks her who Daphne is. She says she doesn't know. He says he saw her ghost, and David and a young girl, and an evil man. She says she doesn't know. He asks her to identify someone in a picture. He says it's a woman with courage and spirit. She can't remember who it is. He tells her that the photo is of her. He then asks her to identify the others, and she is able. He tells her that she can help them. 

He says that Quentin told him that she could tell him who Daphne is. He begs her to help him. She shows him the portrait of Barnabas, and asks where he is now. Barnabas assures her that he is there, and he does want to help her. She says they've all gone—he mother, uncle Roger and David are all gone. She asks about the girl in the photo again, and he tells her that it's her. She laughs. He backs out of the house. After he's gone, she remembers that it is her in the photo.

Julia says he should have known Carolyn wouldn't tell him the truth. He asks her to say that again. She does. He says she almost sounds pleased. She says he's being ridiculous. She writes it off as a natural exasperation. She tells him they're both tired. Barnabas asks her where Daphne's note is, and she asks why he wants it. He says he may want to give it to Stokes for an exorcism. She says she doesn't know where it is, and offers to look for it.

Daphne holds the note, and Gerard extends his hand to her. She gives it to him and he tears it up.

Carolyn arrives at the old house looking for Barnabas. Quentin tells her he went to visit Professor Stokes. Carolyn asks if she remembers him, and he does. They hug, and she says he's home. He asks what has happened to her. He says they've changed her. She says she came to tell Barnabas that she hasn't changed. Quentin says something terrible has happened to them, and asks why he can't remember. He asks her to help him. He says she loved him; that she loved all of them. She says everything will be all right. She says he must take a note to Barnabas for her. He says he'll do it for her. She tells him that they're going to be alright. He laughs. She leaves, and he realizes that he just saw Carolyn. 

He opens the letter she gave him and reads it. It says she'll wait for him at Collinwood, and when he arrives she'll tell him all that she remembers. He goes to throw it in the fire, and Barnabas stops him. He asks if it's a note from Daphne, and he says it's from Carolyn. Barnabas takes it from him and reads it. He asks why Quentin was going to destroy it, and he says that no one must know. Julia comes in and says she can't find Daphne's note. He says it doesn't matter, and tells her to come with him to Collinwood. Alone in the old house, Quentin asks that no one tell anyone.

Julia is too frightened to go in to the drawing room. Barnabas finds Carolyn and says it means so much to him that she's going to tell him everything she knows. He touches her shoulder and she falls to the floor, dead.

Our thoughts

John: So Barnabas has yet to professes his unique and undying love for the new ghost in town, Daphne. Will today be the day? Tomorrow? Can it possibly wait until he inevitably runs into her in the past?

Christine: I think it will have to wait until she's got a corporeal body for him to kidnap and hold. I love how he goes up the stairs and says he can't see anyone when Gerard is so clearly standing in his favorite place at the top of the landing.

John: So is it just me, or did someone have the family history re-bound since 1970? And do you think they crossed out the volume number on the cover once someone realized that the Collins clan was all but dead and gone by 1995?

Christine: I believe the Volume One was crossed out so Barnabas would not see that the destroyed copy he picked up was actually Volume Two. Perhaps this means there's a chance he'll find Volume One and discover what he was looking for in the family history book.

John: Well, I have to give the writers credit. Today's was one of the better 'kill the character right before they give up the goods' scenes... Do you think Carolyn was able to write anything down before she died?

Christine: No doubt she has written some poetic clue for Barnabas to try and piece together or he wouldn't have found her in such a ludicrous position for a dead person to maintain. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dark Shadows Episode 1067 7/28/70

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In the ruins of Collinwood, Julia goes into the playroom in the dark. The door slams shut behind her, and she can't get it open. She turns to see the mysterious man watching her. She asks him what he wants. He says nothing. She tells him to stay away from her, and he approaches her. She begs him to stop looking at her.

Barnabas rises from his coffin and goes upstairs in the old house. He finds Stokes sitting in the dark, waiting for him. Barnabas asks what he's doing. Barnabas asks where Julia is. Stokes says he's surprised that Barnabas didn't hear him calling when he arrived. Barnabas makes up an excuse for being in the basement. Stokes says he was unsuccessful in getting Carolyn to remember what happened. Barnabas tells Stokes he wants to ask him about two other ghosts in Collinwood.

Julia comes downstairs in Collinwood. The mysterious man remains at the top of the stairs. She leaves.

Barnabas tells Stokes that he doesn't think he's being honest with him. He asks about two children being on the estate—David Collins and a young girl. Ghosts. Stokes says he knows nothing about them. Barnabas asks him about Tad and Carrie, and Stokes denies knowledge of them. Stokes says there have never been children with those names in Collinwood. Barnabas says Quentin insisted that David was Tad, and also mentioned a woman named Daphne. Stokes is shocked to hear that Barnabas spoke to Quentin.

At that point, Quentin comes downstairs and attacks Stokes. Barnabas pulls him away, and asks why he's attacking him. Quentin says that Stokes' exorcism failed. He says he raised the ghost's wrath. Stokes runs out, and Barnabas holds Quentin back. Julia returns to the old house and says she saw Stokes rushing through the woods. Barnabas tells her that Quentin says Stokes attempted an exorcism that brought down the wrath of the ghost on Collinwood. Julia goes upstairs.

Julia comes downstairs and tells Barnabas that Quentin is asleep. Barnabas says he's convinced that the evil spirit is responsible for all that has happened in Collinwood. He says he'll arrange for another exorcism. Julia says that he can't, that it's too dangerous. Barnabas asks how she knows, and she fumbles about, saying it's how he made her feel. She says it didn't work when Stokes tried it. She says she has something to tell him. She then sees the man outside the window, staring at her. She starts, and then says it's nothing important. He tells her to be careful when he's not with her during the day. He asks where she was at sundown. She tells him she went for a walk. He asks if she went to Collinwood, and she says she's not that foolish. They hear a noise upstairs, and Barnabas goes to check on Quentin. Once he's gone, Julia writes a note and then leaves the old house.

Barnabas brings Quentin downstairs. He doesn't see Julia, but he finds her note. It says she's gone out. Barnabas wonders where she could have gone.

Julia returns to the children's playroom in Collinwood. She asks who's there, and a figure steps out of the shadows. Julia asks who it is, and music starts to play. The person disappears, and the mysterious man is standing in the doorway. She asks him who it was. He says nothing. She asks him why he sent for her, and realizes he thinks she'll tell Barnabas. She swears that she won't tell.

Stokes asks Barnabas if he's sure Quentin won't come back down, and he assures him that he won't. Stokes says Quentin's current state is the result of all that has happened at Collinwood. Barnabas suggests the solution is another exorcism.

Julia asks what he wants of her, and then says she understands.

Stokes begs Barnabas not to attempt another exorcism, but offers his help in the event that Barnabas does.

In the woods, Stokes sees Julia and a man. He asks who it was, and she says he must have seen leaves and shadows. He offers to walk her back to the old house, and she respectfully declines his offer. He's sure there was someone with her. The mysterious man watches from a distance.

Julia goes upstairs to check on Quentin. Barnabas tells her that Quentin and Carolyn are suffering, and he needs her help with them. She points out that he cares about his relatives very much. She suggests that they get away, and try to return to their own time. He asks her if something happened to make her feel this way, and she says she'll say with him. She goes upstairs, and Barnabas smells lilacs. He asks for the spirit to appear to him. A woman materializes and he asks her to speak to him. She disappears, and he begs her to come back. He finds a note that says, "She will die!"

Our thoughts

John: The Angel appears (well, a few years ahead of her attaining that status)! Welcome to Collinwood, Kate Jackson! I've long known that she was on the show, but didn't know what role she'd play. It looks like she's our mysterious Daphne (to start). She appears to be wearing period clothing, so I'm not expecting we'll see her in 1970... but expect there's another flashback in our future (because surely there's more opportunities to re-write the Collins Family History.

Christine: How long before Barnabas falls in love with her?

John: As much as I loved the creepy, silent ghost of Quentin, I'm getting rather frustrated with the silent scowling ghost of Gerard. Say something already! Or do something.

Christine: Your frustration is understandable since we've already been through the silent ghost treatment before. Did they think we forgot all about the Quentin and Beth storyline or did they assume we enjoyed it so much the first time we would like it even better the second time around? I wonder if David got out the antique phone and dialed-a-ghost again.

John: Clueless Barnabas can't seem to recognize when Julia is under someone's spell. And Julia certainly seems to be warming up to the scowling ghost of Gerard. Maybe she's finally considering giving up on Barny and finding a more willing partner to share her life with...

Christine: I mean...who can blame her? At first I thought she was possessed, but maybe she's just under the spell of that sexy pout.