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838
838
Number

827

Timeline

1897

Narrator

Lara Parker

Writer

Gordon Russell

Director

Lela Swift

Broadcast

September 10, 1969
(Wednesday)

Recorded

September 2, 1969
(Tuesday)

Video

Complete: Disc 87
Collection 16: Disc 3

838 B
We have 32 images of Dark Shadows 838

Knowing that he is supposed to die this night, Quentin locks himself in his room.

Synopsis Edit

Collinwood, September 10, 1897. Quentin Collins has learned that this is destined to be the date of his death, an event to follow the rejection from someone he loves, Jamison Collins. Throughout the day Quentin has avoided all contact with other human beings. Now darkness has fallen once again, and only six more hours of this day remain. A terrified Quentin Collins has locked himself in his room, prepared to wait for either salvation or death.

Count Petofi attempts to speak with Quentin about Charity's vision.

Having locked himself in his room, Quentin is cheered by a visit from Jamison, so much so that Quentin agrees to accompany him downstairs.

Soon after, Beth asks Quentin why he has been avoiding her. He denies it, but then quickly leaves to attend other things. Angelique invites Beth into the Drawing Room for a frank conversation. Beth tells Angelique that she and Quentin had planned to marry, but Angelique delights in contradicting her: it is Angelique and Quentin who are now engaged. Beth leaves, heartbroken, and it appears that all is progressing as Beth's ghost predicted.

Jamison finds Beth about to poison herself, and then confronts Quentin and rejects him. Beth enters the Drawing Room, ready to shoot Quentin, but Count Petofi intervenes as the clock strikes midnight.

Petofi advises Beth to leave Collinwood, explaining that he has changed Quentin's fate in exchange for Quentin ascertaining how Barnabas came to be in the past. Quentin looks at the portrait to find it no longer bearing the image of the werewolf; he laments that he would give anything to have it remain human.

Memorable quotes Edit

Angelique: (to Beth) You'll get over it in time, my dear. Everyone does.

Count Petofi : The portrait changed, you did not... What would you give if you could always look like that portrait looks now?
Quentin: I think I'd give anything.

Dramatis personae Edit

Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

Story Edit

  • The exchange between Count Petofi and Quentin about the portrait is directly influenced by Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • The third of the three events, as stated in 767, that herald Quentin's death occurs: The one person Quentin loves more than anyone rejects him, (Jamison rejects Quentin after Beth planned to commit suicide because of Quentin).
  • Quentin would take Jamison on long hikes.
  • INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Quentin: It can't happen.
  • TIMELINE: 6pm at start of the episode. It was several hours ago when Charity told Count Petofi about her vision of Quentin's death. 8pm: Quentin argues with Beth. 8:10pm: Beth learns of Quentin's marriage to Angelique. 10:05pm: Beth prepares to take poison. 11:45pm: Jamison rejects Quentin. Day 321 begins, and will end in 842. 12am: Beth pulls a gun on Quentin. It was a full moon last night, it was the first time Quentin didn't transform into the werewolf. No full moon tonight.

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

  • The calendar says September 1897, but September 10th was a Friday in 1897. The days and dates correspond to a September 1969 calendar.
  • September 10, 1897 was also the date on which the moon was full, conflicting with Quentin's discovery during the full moon of 832 (the previous day) that he was no longer a werewolf.
  • When Count Petofi leaves Quentin's room, as Jamison comes out from behind the curtain, someone can be heard clearing his or her throat.
  • A boom microphone is visibile in the upper left corner when Count Petofi stops Beth from shooting Quentin and the camera zooms back.
  • Thayer David is erroneously credited as Professor Stokes, but only appears as Count Petofi.

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