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Vicki's dream
535
Number

528

Timeline

1968

Narrator

Lara Parker

Writer

Gordon Russell

Director

Lela Swift

Broadcast

July 12, 1968
(Friday)

Recorded

June 28, 1968
(Friday)

Video

Complete: Disc 57
Collection 9: Disc 1

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The dream curse reaches its terrifying climax.

Synopsis Edit

Another day will soon come to an end at Collinwood, and when night comes a frightening moment from the past will come with it to be relived in all its horror. Inside the great house of Collinwood, Victoria Winters continues to suffer from the effects of a strange and terrible dream. She knows now that the fate of one man, Barnabas Collins, is in her hands. For this reason she lives in mortal fear that the next person who enters Collinwood may be Barnabas, and she knows if it is and she sees him, he may be doomed forever.

Julia tries to get Victoria away from Collinwood, but Barnabas arrives. Despite Julia's objections, he is resigned to accepting his curse. Victoria says she doesn’t want to see Barnabas die... and they can't let Cassandra win. Victoria remembers that Barnabas died in 1795, but doesn't seem to notice that that means Barnabas can't be his descendant. Barnabas tells Victoria he loves her, and would go to his grave before seeing her life destroyed. Victoria tells Barnabas the dream. Julia's lamentations cause Victoria to realize her fondness for Barnabas; strangely, they use the past tense. Cassandra comes in; Julia slaps her without a word. Cassandra vows revenge; Victoria says she deserves "a great deal more than just a slap on the face". Cassandra gloats.

Barnabas refuses Julia's offer of a stimulant, saying he’s already digested a sleeping pill. Barnabas tells Julia that he's ordered Willie to stake him after the end of the dream. Julia reluctantly agrees as Barnabas falls asleep. Barnabas has the dream, with Cassandra as his beckoner. He hears the tune and sees the Skull; hears the laugh and sees the Bride; sees the guillotine; then hears the "head of blazing light" while seeing a blazing light... he is taken, much like Victoria, to the Old House. He walks around, waiting for her... but only wakes up shouting "Cassandra!" to Julia. He feels he’s won, and sends Julia down to get Willie. He hears a knock on the door, opens it, and is attacked by a bat.

Memorable quotes Edit

Barnabas: My fate was sealed the moment Angelique came back.

Barnabas: I have loved very few things in my lifetime, but, Vicki, I love you. I will go to my grave before I see your life destroyed!

Cassandra: (after Julia slaps her) You'll be sorry that you did that.
Victoria: You deserve a great deal more than just a slap in the face!

Cassandra: Through sight and sound and faceless terror; Through endless corridors by trial and error; Ahead a blazing light does burn; And one door leads to the point of return.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

  • This episode was recorded out of broadcast sequence. The previous episode to be recorded was 532.
  • There are no cast and crew credits.

Story Edit

  • SEDATIVE: Barnabas takes a pill that will "put [him] to sleep and out of [his] misery".
  • DREAM SEQUENCE: Barnabas experiences the dream curse. He is the twelfth and final victim. He opens four doors revealing a skull, a skeleton bride, a guillotine, and a blazing light. When he awakes there is three knocks on the door and a bat attacks him so he revert to a vampire. The beckoner is Cassandra.
  • TIMELINE: It was this morning wen Barnabas saw Victoria.

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • A boom microphone can be seen above Barnabas and Julia in the foyer as Victoria tries to avoid telling her dream.
  • Just before Barnabas awakes, Grayson Hall is seen moving in the background as she returns to her seat.

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