- My name is Victoria Winters. Night has come to Collinwood and the country around; and with it comes a terror, which has no name, and no known source. It is greater than the fear that stalks the Earth, because it is a fear that haunts the mind, without shape, without form. Until in dreams a form is found, and one is led to it down windless corridors, and forced finally to look upon its face.
Joe, having rushed over, picks Maggie up to take her to the Blue Whale. He buys her a drink to calm her nerves. Maggie describes her nightmare to Joe, which continues to terrify her. Joe wonders if something or someone frightened Maggie, causing her to have the dream. He deduces that the recent attacks in town are to blame. Before long, Sam walks in with Barnabas. They have been working together at the Old House on Barnabas' new portrait and decided to quit early. Maggie begs Joe not to tell her father about her dream. Sam and Barnabas join Joe and Maggie, but Maggie seems uncomfortable.
Sam, who is enjoying painting Barnabas' portrait, wonders if he should do all of his work at night. Barnabas asks Maggie if the night affects her in a strange way; she admits it does, sometimes, but then nervously asks Joe to dance. Sam and Barnabas continue to talk and Barnabas begins to openly express his interest in Maggie. Sam seems to feel as if the older man's infatuation with his daughter is harmless, and even partially encourages him. Maggie and Joe finish their dance, and a still-frightened Maggie asks if he would mind if they had their drinks at the bar. Joe seems to think Sam and Barnabas might think it insulting, but Maggie is very insistent that she doesn't want to rejoin them. Neither she or Joe can understand the way she feels, but it seems as if something more than the dream has scared her.
Burke walks into the Blue Whale and Maggie confuses Joe when she invites Burke to join them after insisting that she wanted to be alone with Joe. Burke learns that Barnabas is with Sam and leaves to introduce himself. The two engage in a conversation concerning Willie Loomis, whom Barnabas promises to dismiss if any trouble arises. Maggie, who appears to be feeling better, asks Joe to take her home. But she's hesitant to say goodnight to those at her father's table. Maggie only does so with Joe at her side; Barnabas wishes her sweet dreams.
Later that night, Maggie has returned home, but is too agitated to go sleep despite being exhausted. Sam comes in to tell her goodnight and he jokingly offers to tuck her in. He can tell something is wrong, but Maggie claims she's all right. As she gets into bed, a dog begins to howl outside. Back at the Blue Whale, Burke admires Barnabas' cane. After a few minutes, Barnabas appears to grow agitated and hastily leaves. In the middle of the night, Barnabas enters Maggie's bedroom through the French doors. He stalks over to her bed and bares his fangs.
Memorable quotes Edit
- Sam Evans: "Oh, Maggie! I thought I brought you up better than to go around spilling good drink!"
- Sam Evans: "No woman is worthwhile without a little fire in her veins."
- Maggie Evans: "Do I have to make sense all of the time?"
- Barnabas Collins: "I am a man who can't stand even the thought of violence, and the last man in the world who would have anyone near me who even contemplated the thought of it. Serenity is my favorite emotion."
- Burke: (to Barnabas) "I've been looking forward to meeting you for a long time."
- Barnabas: (to Maggie) "Sweet dreams..."
Dramatis personae Edit
- ← Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins →
- ← Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin →
- ← Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans →
- ← Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell →
- ← David Ford as Sam Evans →
- ← Bob O'Connell as Bob Rooney → (uncredited)
Background information and notes Edit
- Jonathan Frid inserted his fangs upside down, with the serendipitous side effect of appearing more frightening than originally intended.
- Maggie is wearing a ring on the ring-finger of her left hand (usually reserved for engagement and wedding rings) when she is seen in bed at the end of the episode.
Continuity and mistakes Edit
- When Maggie calls Joe, she dials a 4-digit number. By 1965, most of the U.S. had 7-digit phone numbers; however, many small towns and rural areas still used shorter numbers.
- Jonathan Frid accidentally refers to Joe Haskell as "Willie".
- Jonathan Frid and Mitchell Ryan begin to speak over one another during their conversation at the Blue Whale.
- As the final scene begins, the other camera can be seen briefly on the left side of the screen.
- First time we see Barnabas in the Blue Whale.
- Joe is an early bird who likes to rise early. Sam admits he may want to paint all night all the time.
- The Blue Whale music seems...like a Mid Eastern belly dance...
- Why does Burke, who meets Barnabas for the first time here, say he is not sure of Willie's transformation, when he was witness to it?
- At one point, Burke and Barnabas talk at the same time.