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400
400
Number

394

Timeline

1795

Narrator

Alexandra Moltke

Writer

Ron Sproat

Director

Lela Swift

Broadcast

January 5, 1968
(Friday)

Recorded

January 1, 1968
(Monday)

Video

Complete: Disc 43
Collection 5: Disc 3

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Reverend Trask performs the rite of exorcism at the threshold of the Old House, at the same time Angelique casts a spell which causes Victoria's room to catch fire.

Synopsis Edit

Teaser

A seance has been held in the great house at Collinwood, a seance which has suspended time and space and sent one girl on an uncertain and frightening journey into the past, back to the year 1795. There, each of the Collins ancestors resembles a present day member of the Collins family, but the names and relationships have changed, and Victoria Winters finds herself a stranger in a sea of familiar faces. Within this nightmare, forces not of this earth, evil, malevolent, slowly plot her impending destruction.

In her old room, Angelique is building a house of Tarot cards. She does this to make sure "the so-called reverend" Trask finds his witch, even though he is a fraud. His worthless chants will turn out to have an effect after all!

Act I

Meanwhile, in Victoria Winters' room, Barnabas Collins is telling Victoria she has nothing to be afraid of. Once Trask has completed his ritual, they'll be finished with this ridiculous business once and for all, since Trask won't find any witches in the house. Victoria tells Barnabas about his future "descendant", then feels a cold chill in the room. In her old room, Angelique calls upon the power of the chilling cold, and then the fire, using her house of Tarot cards to symbolize, and give her power over Victoria's room.

Act II

In the drawing room, Reverend Trask gives Barnabas one last chance to turn the witch over to him, but Barnabas maintains his stance that there is no witch in the house. This leaves Trask with no choice but to go through with the exorcism. Trask starts the ritual, while an anxious Victoria hears it all in her room. Trask performs his ritual, calling upon the powers of goodness and light, while drawing Victoria's intials with chalk on the ground. Meanwhile, Angelique sets fire to the house of cards, calling upon "the heart of fire, fire in the heart of ice". Soon after Victoria discovers a mysterious fire in her room!

Act III

The reverend continues the ritual while Angelique's house of cards is burning, with her calling upon the power of fire. Victoria puts out the fire, but it returns in another part of the room. She tries to put out this fire too, but finds she can't! Strangely, her hands aren't burned when they touch the fire. Outside in the hallway, Barnabas is passing by Angelique's old room, and hears her calling upon the power of fire and ice. At the same moment, Victoria shouts "Fire!" and screams in panic. Barnabas rushes to her rescue, but finds her room to be empty upon his arrival. Outside, Victoria runs in panic straight into Trask's arms, who triumphantly calls out that he's caught the witch.

Act IV

Later, Barnabas and Angelique try to figure out what happened. Angelique acts as if she has no idea. Barnabas is puzzled by the fact that there was no sign of fire in Victoria's room. Back inside the house, Angelique continues playing innocent, saying that there is no such thing as a witch. They discuss the strange things that have happened, but even though it would explain everything so easily, they can't believe that witches might exist. Barnabas then tells her of the voice he heard from her old room, her voice, but Angelique says she was in the sewing room, on the other side of the house. This startles Barnabas, but he says he must have been mistaken, pretending to accept the explanation. After Angelique has gone upstairs, Barnabas thinks to himself that she is lying, because he looked in the sewing room while searching for Victoria, and there was no one there. Still he finds it easier to believe that a girl who says she's from the future is a witch than his own wife. Barnabas decides to question Ben Stokes about the witch, while Angelique is happily thinking about the fate of one convicted of witchcraft, a fate in ashes.

Memorable quotes Edit

Angelique: I call upon the heart of fire that burns within the heart of ice, the fire that freezes and does not consume itself. I call it into this room of my own construction. Heart of fire, heart of ice, freezing in eye of coldest evil, burn! Come to me and burn! (she sets the house of cards on fire) Burn! Burn! Burn!

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Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • At the end of the episode, when Angelique is talking over the ashes of the Tarot cards, the script is clearly visible on the bed behind her.

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