Clarice Blackburn


Gordon Russell


Henry Kaplan


December 31, 1969


December 11, 1969


Complete: Disc 94
Collection 18: Disc 2

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Professor Stokes finds Paul after he has collapsed and takes him to the police.

Synopsis Edit


The night of the full moon has fallen over Collinwood. At the Inn, Julia Hoffman has discovered, to her horror, that Grant Douglas is missing. And at the great house, Carolyn Stoddard is terribly disturbed about her father, unaware that he and she are important parts of the plan that Barnabas has brought back from the past.

At Collinwood, Carolyn tells Elizabeth that she wishes Julia was still treating Paul. Elizabeth says not to worry about it, and soon Paul will be fine. Elizabeth leaves the house, and Carolyn goes into the Drawing Room and closes the doors. Meanwhile, Paul has broken out of his room.

Act I

Carolyn catches Paul as he tries to escape from Collinwood and takes him to the drawing room. He is still convinced that "they" are trying to harm him, and they have already invaded Collinwood. Carolyn agrees to get him out of the house, and leaves to get his things. While she is gone, Elizabeth returns and Paul collapses. Elizabeth tells Carolyn she needs to accept the fact that Paul is mentally ill and can't leave Collinwood.

Later, Elizabeth tries to get Paul to take his medicine, but he refuses, thinking the medicine is making his condition worse. She leaves, and Mrs. Johnson enters with milk and cookies. Paul asks if the medicine was dropped into the milk, but she says she doesn't believe in medicine, and there is nothing in the milk. She leaves, and Elizabeth and Mrs. Johnson watch from the hallway, revealing that the medicine was indeed put into the milk.

Act II

Elizabeth tells Mrs. Johnson that she plans to move Paul to the Tower Room. Mrs. Johnson heads to the tower to make sure everything is ready, while Elizabeth stays in Paul's room. After a while she leaves, and Paul wakes up, and says to himself, "she is one of them." Paul attempts to get out of bed, but he collapses again. Carolyn rushes in, and Paul again tells her that she has to help him get out of Collinwood. She leaves and later returns with Elizabeth to discover he is gone. Elizabeth discovers all of the milk has been poured into a flower vase.

Elizabeth, Carolyn, and Mrs. Johnson begin searching the grounds for Paul. Meanwhile, Paul is wandering aimlessly through the forest and then collapses. A man then approaches him.


Professor Stokes finds Paul in the forest. Stokes, recognizing his name, agrees to take him to the police.

Stokes and Paul arrive at the police station. Paul begins to tell the officer everything that has been happening to him, but he has trouble following his story. Paul identifies Elizabeth as "one of them." The officer agrees to keep him safe while he investigates the matter.

Later that night, Paul awakens feeling much better. The officer says someone is come to see him: it's Elizabeth, who gives him the medicine and plans to take him back to Collinwood.

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Background information and notes Edit

Production Edit

Story Edit

  • Final episode to take place in 1969.
  • Elizabeth is going to the Historic Society with some silverware, she is expected. She has returned to Collinwood for Carolyn's "great grandmother's sugar bowl". This could refer to either of the following people:
    • Laura Collins (Edward Collins' wife) who, due to the strange nature of the Collins family tree, is also Carolyn's aunt (Roger's wife).
    • Paul Stoddard's grandmother, which would explain why Elizabeth mentioned the relative through Carolyn. It could have been an engagement present, and may explain why Elizabeth is so keen to get rid of it, due to her less than rosy past history with the lady's grandson.
  • The scene where Paul wakes up after a nap at the Collinsport Police station to discover that his conspiracy theories were not believed by the police officer, and that he had called his now-posessed wife to pick him up, is identical to that in Rosemary's Baby, where Rosemary wakes up after a nap at her gynecologist's to discover he had notified her husband and evil Dr. Saperstein to collect her.
  • INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Paul: Did I dream it?
  • TIMELINE: 9pm: Paul at the police station.
  • SEDATIVE: Paul is still sedated (or at least was). Dr. Reeves has prescribed Paul a medicine. Mrs. Johnson believes people take too much medicine. Elizabeth has given Paul a double dose in with the milk, and recommends Paul be given a sedative.

Bloopers and continuity errors Edit

Second hand on clock in sheriff's office doesn't move at the end of scene.

External Links Edit

Dark Shadows - Episode 917 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 917 - The Spoon

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