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Number

285

Timeline

1967

Narrator

Alexandra Moltke

Writer

Malcolm Marmorstein

Director

John Sedwick

Broadcast

August 3, 1967
(Thursday)

Recorded

July 16, 1967
(Sunday)

Video

Complete: Disc 32
Collection 2: Disc 4

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Julia sneaks into the Old House during the day and finds Barnabas in his coffin.

Synopsis Edit

Teaser

There are those who watch in the night. They move about unseen, covered by the mantle of darkness. Some who are watched never become aware of it. But others, who are more sensitive, can feel the burning eyes upon them.

Night at Collinwood, and Victoria Winters gazes out of her bedroom window as a storm threatens to break over the Great House. Believing she saw someone watching her amongst the trees, Victoria quickly shuts the window and returns to bed. She picks up Josette's music box and plays it in an attempt to calm her nerves. Carolyn Stoddard knocks on her door, and comes in. Like Victoria, she can't fall asleep with the constant thunder rumbling and lightning crashing around the house. Victoria returns to the window, and confides in Carolyn her fear of someone watching her. Suddenly, she sees a figure standing behind a tree. But the shadows make it seem to Carolyn that there are many someones behind every tree. Unbeknown to the girls, someone is indeed watching Victoria: Barnabas Collins.

Act I

Victoria offers to sit up with Carolyn, but "Miss Jitters of 1967" decides to try and go back to sleep. Victoria returns to bed, playing the music box and winding her alarm clock. Although the storm threatens to keep her awake, she closes the music bax and finally drifts off to sleep. Sometime later, Barnabas appears in her bedroom and approaches the slumbering governess. He bares his fangs and prepares to bite her, only to find he cannot bring himself to harm Victoria. Instead, he plays Josette's music box for her before vanishing from the room. The sound of the music wakes Victoria; she tries to turn on her bedside table lamp, but the electricity has gone out. Carolyn returns, lit candle in hand, and Victoria tells her she has a feeling something or someone was in the room and that she was in danger.

Act II

The girls move downstairs, intent on shaking off both the chill and their nerves with some coffee. They find Julia Hoffman in the Drawing room researching through a stack of books. Mrs. Johnson has already made coffee, and Carolyn goes to the Kitchen to bring it in. Meantime, Julia questions Victoria about Josette Collins and her impressions of her. Victoria believes Josette was a warm person who liked people and parties and fine clothing. They go on to discuss Barnabas' own interest in Josette, and Victoria shows Julia the music box. The "tinkling" melody raises red flags for Julia, who secretly remembers her session with Maggie Evans in which her patient attempted to describe such music.

Act III

Julia is further alarmed to learn that Josette's special scent was jasmine, and that there is a bottle of it in her room at the Old House. Victoria becomes offended when Julia suggests that Barnabas is trying to recreate Josette through her. She doesn't care for Julia's insinuations or her constant questions, and storms out of the room. Carolyn returns with the coffee, and Victoria's agitated state prompts her into confiding in Julia the governess' suspicion someone was watching her and that someone was even inside her bedroom. Julia wonders if Victoria has an inclination for the supernatural, and Carolyn admits that strange things do tend to happen around her. Before Julia can question Carolyn about Barnabas, the power returns and Carolyn excuses herself. Julia recovers her coat from the foyer, and takes a moment to gaze at the Portrait of Barnabas before going out into the storm.

Act IV

At the Old House, Barnabas, wishing he could hold back the dawn and make the night eternal, gives instructions to Willie Loomis to travel to Portland and purchase a list of items he needs. He also orders Willie to take greater care in watching the house, especially with "that Hoffman woman" snooping around. Barnabas retires to his coffin, and Willie departs for his trip. Meanwhile Julia, who has been listening outside, sneaks inside the house once the coast is clear. She makes her way down to the basement where she discovers Barnabas' coffin. She lifts the lid, and finds Barnabas sleeping inside.

Memorable quotes Edit

Carolyn: You can call me Miss Jitters of 1967.

Willie: It's getting close to dawn.
Barnabas: I know. It's something I always know; something I can't control. I wish I could control it, though, I wish I could hold back the dawn and make the night eternal. But that's a power that will never come to me.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • This episode survives on videotape only from a Spanish language dub, the English audio heard is taken from a kinescope copy. A version with the Spanish audio track appears on Special Edition and Disc 130 of The Complete Original Series, however the English videotape master is featured on the Dark Shadows Volume 12 VHS tape.

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • How is the coffee perking if the power is out? On a gas stove, maybe?
  • After Victoria closes the lid on the music box, the music continues to play.

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