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Number

345

Timeline

1968

Narrator

Alexandra Moltke

Writer

Ron Sproat

Director

Lela Swift

Broadcast

October 26, 1967
(Thursday)

Recorded

October 20, 1967
(Friday)

Video

Complete: Disc 38
Collection 4: Disc 2

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Barnabas ages rapidly to his true age as a result of Julia's experiments.

Synopsis Edit

Teaser

A single star is visible over Collinwood, seeming like a cold, lonely light that exists in a void unto itself. Few men can know such isolation. But there is one who has. One who has hoped his isolation might be ended, only to have that hope destroyed. And desperation and terror will follow in its wake.

Julia Hoffman faces Barnabas Collins, who has aged to his true 172 years. Distraught, she informs him the treatment dosage he insisted on was too powerful. He touches his face, and, anguished, realizes what has happened.

Act I

Barnabas blames Julia for his grotesque condition. He believes this was an act of revenge on her part due to the fact he rejected her feelings for him. She denies the accusation and asks Barnabas for time to counteract the disastrous treatment. Barnabas refuses her help. He decides to fully revert back to a vampire as it is the only way in which he can save himself. Julia begs him not to. If he goes on destroying, she will be partially to blame. Barnabas instructs her to go to Collinwood and tell Victoria Winters he cannot see her tonight. As Julia opens the door, she is startled to find Victoria outside. While Julia distracts the governess, Barnabas turns one of the high-backed armchairs in the Old House parlor around and sits in it. Victoria steps inside, and Julia prevents her from going any further, telling her that Barnabas is ill. Victoria, who cannot see Barnabas, insists on helping him. But Julia persuades her to return to Collinwood. As Victoria reluctantly departs, Barnabas bows his head in despair.

Act II

After Victoria has left, Barnabas is sickened by the thought of her seeing him as a loathsome old man. He determines to take action in order to change back. Julia calculatingly suggests Barnabas use Victoria as the instrument with which to revert. Barnabas refuses to harm her. But Julia, not wanting Victoria to come to Barnabas willingly, pressures and tempts him into considering biting the governess. Meanwhile, Carolyn Stoddard visits Victoria's room and tells her she's heading to the Blue Whale to meet Joe Haskell. The girls discuss Burke Devlin, and Victoria continues to believe her missing fiance is alive. When Carolyn asks about Barnabas, her suspicions about her cousin are raised when Victoria comments on his sudden illness. Back at the Old House, Julia continues to tempt Barnabas with the idea of drinking Victoria's blood. If Victoria will not come to him willingly, then Julia believes Barnabas will be a fool not to have her in any way possible. Barnabas angrily orders Julia to leave, but it is clear her suggestion is playing on his mind.

Act III

At the Blue Whale, Carolyn tells Joe that she has seen Sarah Collins. She believes David Collins' wild stories might very well be true. But Joe thinks they're too far fetched. Carolyn asks Joe to take her to Eagle Hill Cemetery and double-check if there really is a secret room in the Collins Mausoleum. Joe refuses and tries to convince Carolyn that, although Sarah might be real, David's other stories are nothing more than wild imagination.

Act IV

Later, Carolyn returns to Collinwood and talks to Victoria, who has changed for bed, about her doubts toward Barnabas. Victoria refuses to believe Barnabas would want to harm David and, like Joe before her, tries to convince Carolyn that David's stories are a figment of his imagination. Carolyn bids her goodnight. At the Old House, Barnabas paces restlessly as he mulls over Julia's suggestion. Back at Collinwood, a slumbering Victoria is unaware of a bat that has appeared outside her window. The aged Barnabas appears in her room and moves toward the bed. He watches Victoria sleeping, and his deep love for her prevents him from harming her. He disappears moments before Carolyn, having heard a noise, knocks on the door. She apologizes for waking Victoria, and starts to leave... but the girls are shocked by the sight of a bat outside the window.

Memorable quotes Edit

Julia: (to Barnabas) You'll have to forgo an appointment with Vicki? That must be a bitter pill to swallow.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • Joel Crothers returns to the cast after an absence of 25 episodes.
  • There were no writer and director credits for this episode.
  • Closing credits include special make-up Dick Smith, S.M.A. (Smith's old age makeup bears a remarkable resemblance to Frid in his own later years.)
  • The Dan Curtis Productions copyright date reverts to the erroneous "1966".

Story Edit

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • During Act I, a boom microphone shadow can be seen on the wall. The actual boom microphone can be seen on the upper left side of the screen when Barnabas is moving the chair. Later, one of the massive television cameras swings into view behind Alexandra Moltke and Grayson Hall three times.

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