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Number

557

Timeline

1968

Narrator

John Karlen

Writer

Sam Hall

Director

Sean Dhu Sullivan

Broadcast

August 22, 1968
(Thursday)

Recorded

August 15, 1968
(Thursday)

Video

Complete: Disc 60
Collection 9: Disc 4

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Tom dies and his body goes missing.

Synopsis Edit

In a house on a remote section of the great estate Collinwood, a vampire's coffin holds a secret that only two people know. One is her master, the other her slave, who knows not what he does, or why. And on this day he sits in a hospital waiting room stunned at the strange turn his life has taken.

Joe tells Julia that Tom regained consciousness, but died. Julia tries to medicate Joe, who feels guilty and can't tell Julia why. Maggie and Tom "went with" each other, nothing serious, prior to her dating Joe. Joe tells Julia that Tom’s funeral is to be immediate as per his wishes; since Joe is his only relative, he does it. Joe blows up at Julia for her "interference" in the matter.

Willie is freaked out by the corpse on the table; he is weak and laments his position. Barnabas reminds Willie that the whole family is now in danger; Willie wonders what would be if David would come playing around the basement again and who the life force will be. Willie vows to kill Adam if he ever sees him again.

Julia tells Barnabas that Tom is dead and that they should go to the Police. Barnabas refuses, and says they must stake Tom. At Tom's grave, Joe wonders if he should go to the Police and is resolute not to go to Angélique.

Barnabas, Julia, and Willie are befuddled by Joe's presence at the grave; Julia resolves to get rid of him. The howling dogs are going really wild.

En-route to Collinwood, Joe gets the urge. Tom's coffin is empty.

Memorable quotes Edit

Joe: I'm upset. That's all

Julia: There's medication for that, too, you know.

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Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

Story Edit

  • Tom's gravestone reads: Born 1944, Died 1968.
  • Joe mentions that Maggie once dated Tom.
  • Joe states that he is Tom's only living relative. Although this seems like a continuity error, it could just be that he was excluding Chris as he has been out of the loop for years, wandering because of his lycanthropy, and because Amy is a child, Joe might not even have known of her.
  • INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Joe: Should I go to the police.
  • SEDATIVE: Barnabas tells Willie that Julia will give him a sedative next time he digs up a body.
  • TIMELINE: Tom died last night, (i.e. early hours of this day).

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • We see Willie start digging a hole in front of Tom's gravestone. And in the next scene, the coffin rests on the ground, but there is no hole in front of the gravestone, the earth is undisturbed.

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