My name is Victoria Winters. Storm winds lash the Great House of Collinwood and all within it. For a secret has been uncovered. A secret as ancient as the house itself. A secret that on this night will turn friend against friend, and death will claim one of them.
Julia speaks to the sheriff on the phone, saying that Michael was there earlier but she didn't see him. She asks to go along with him to see that he's alright and says she'll meet him downstairs in twenty minutes.
He says Victoria said she found the diary in the West Wing, but he believes that Sarah led her to it, because there's something she's trying to tell him. He finds a slip of folded paper stuck in the journal and Willie watches over his shoulder as he opens it to reveal a picture of a woman.
He leads her up the stairs and unlocks a door, as she remarks she probably shouldn't tell his father about the keys he has too. They enter a room strewn with paints and artist's tools. She asks whose room it is, but he doesn't answer. She looks through a series of paintings stacked against the wall. David says they shouldn't be there. She asks who painted them. She finds a painting of a nude woman from behind and asks David if he knows who it is. Roger enters and asks what they're doing there and how they got in. Vicki lies and says it wasn't locked and it was her idea. He says she has no reason to be in there and David runs out. She apologizes and starts to say she was admiring the paintings, but he interrupts and reminds her she was hired to teach his son and not to break into areas of the house that don't concern her. He tells her to go downstairs. Before she leaves, he tells her the room and everything in it doesn't exist anymore.
Maggie is working on a sculpture in her studio when Roger comes in and starts kissing her.
Willie closes the window and calls Barnabas over to look at the journal as writing begins to appear as though written by an unseen hand. It says, " Oh, my brother, you must stop your plans for the young girl with dark hair or else she and you are in terrible danger."
Willie puts the diary on the desk and after he leaves it flips open to show a picture of Angelique.
Christine: This was certainly an eventful episode! It was somewhat difficult to believe that Woodard would choose eternal life over death, but it made for a great opening scene!
John: I'm frankly amazed that Julia and the Sheriff survived the encounter! Not because Woodard was a vampire, but because of how they nearly killed each other attempting to vanquish him! First, the Sheriff unloads his revolver at Woodard, with Julia standing right behind him! Julia somehow avoids getting shot, but gets payback when she attempts to run Woodard through while he's basically lying atop the Sheriff! Of course, their combined hijinks allow us to forget the small detail of Barnabas breaking his months-long blood fast...
Christine: I'm not entirely sure what message Sarah is trying to send to Vicki, or how Angelique inserted herself into her diary, but I look forward to seeing what happens when she finally shows up.
John: Yeah, I didn't really understand where the color illustration of Angelique was supposed to have come from. The first time we see it, it's folded up and tucked under the cover, but after Barnabas throws it in the fire, it's back in the diary unfolded and apparently on its own page. But I'm willing to forgive them thanks to what it ultimately spawned. Angelique's spirit coming out of the fireplace was a pretty amazing — we've certainly come a long way from the chroma-key effects of the original series. That particular visual effect holds up 30-years on, which is a pretty impressive feat!
Christine: In case one witch weren't enough, David's mom, Laura, is also a witch and is able to work spells through him. That should make for some interesting episodes to come.
John: I was actually disappointed when Laura was described as a witch, particularly in the episode in which Angelique, the true witch-queen of Collinwood, makes her debut. I thought they were setting Laura up as a Phoenix once again by having David burning the Roger voodoo doll (not to mention almost burning down the school!). Had the show continued past the first season, we can only assume Laura's return would eventually take center stage...