Saturday, June 30, 2012

Go Julia!

EPISODES 616-622

Barnabas not thrilled about
 the new living arrangements
Upon discovering Barnabas is a victim of a vampire, Julia freaks out and decides that the best way to keep him away from this vampire is to lock him up in the cell, down at the cellar. Irony here is that only a year ago, Barnabas had kept Maggie there as his own victim so it's good to see karma bites him in the ass. But then again didn't it always, considering his whole life is now and has always been totally and irreversibly doomed after that one night stand with Angelique centuries ago? Anyway, they fail to keep the man locked up even for an hour for Barnabas knocks Willie out cold with a (sugar glass) bottle and sneaks out through the secret passage that Maggie once used to escape from Barnabas himself.

If this fountain could talk
Meanwhile in Collinwood, Vicki and Jeff set a date for their wedding (next month) not aware neither of the drama taking place at the Old House nor Eve watching them from outside in the shadows. Liz settles to postpone her gloominess 'cause a wedding is a joyful occasion. However, this wedding has far too many dark clouds clustering above it. Eve catches up with Jeff at the terrace and pushes him even more to remember his past life. When the talking doesn't work, she goes for a kiss to stir up his memory.. just in time for Roger, of all people, to see!! 

Roger concerned
about Vicki's life
Eve runs away like a wounded gazelle and Jeff begs Roger to keep "this" to himself. But Roger isn't a man to be reasoned with (he is a man to be hit on the head and dumped in the ocean but nobody listens to me), so he rushes inside to find Vicki while making a big scene. Poor, dumb Vicki tries to guess what the scandal Roger makes out to be is but seeing how she'd be hurt by this knowledge, Roger makes up a lie about Barnabas being missing (which coincidentaly enough is very true). When Vicki is convinced it is all Roger worrying for no reason, Roger and Jeff have the talk about "if you ever hurt Vicki young man..". Roger is almost loveable. Almost. Later that night, he has a nightmare about Vicki's wedding and is convinced that he has to stop it for her sake. The next day, he tells her about the dream but still not about the kiss (Wow, is he turning into a considerate man afterall?). Of course a dream ain't enough reason to call off a wedding, so they agree to disagree.

Barnabas being a drama queen
Then, Julia arrives and announces that Barnabas is missing. Barnabas, meanwhile, has met up with Angelique at a hut in the woods. When the morning comes and Angelique has to leave, Barnabas summons all his will to summon Vicki; for some reason there's a supposed connection between them that hasn't been mentioned before. I was thinking "in your dreams you pervert" but then, it does work and Vicki leaves Collinwood in a hurry and heads to the woods where she finds Barnabas. With a very dramatic performance, he claims "It's too late" before passing out, only to awaken few seconds later so obviously it isn't too late for anything (maybe acting school). He doesn't want anyone to see him, so he politely asks orders Vicki to hide him. Our poor, dumb Vicki takes the word of a delirious man and sneaks him into the west wing of Collinwood. If there ever is a political metaphor here about the west wing and fugitives hiding there, I can't make out what it is.

Julia's showdown face
Aaanyway, Julia visits Joe at the hospital to find out more about the mysterious vampire but he isn't able to tell much because of Angelique's influence. Julia says she understands for she too was a vampire's bitch not long ago and reveals that vampire was Joe's cousin, Tom Jennings and how he met the sharp end of the stake. Julia eventually railroads Joe into saying (not in so many words) the vampire is at Nicholas' house and she goes "I've got to have a showdown with Nicholas Blair!" Yeaaah! (I actually yeah'd out loud then). Her epicness doesn't stop there; she goes to his house right away and confronts the warlock. She puts all her cards on the table without showing a sign of fear whereas Nicholas denies everything and plays the fool with his stupid grin that I wanna hit in with a shovel. 

After Julia leaves, Nicholas has a tense talk with Angelique, where she gets slapped around and talked down on (and rubbed on with a dried flower. Don't ask). She promises for the hundredth time not to bite Barnabas again. Meanwhile Julia hides in the woods, outside Nicholas' house and sees Angelique come out of the house. I'm gonna let her expressions talk for itself:

Julia's shocked/disturbed/worried/miscellaneous face(s)

Will the "golden shot bite" work?
Later, Angelique comes back and uses Nicholas' mirror to locate Barnabas (when Nicholas is obviously out doing devil knows what unspeakable things with/to Maggie). The mirror shows Barnabas lying in the west wing, with a cross that he'd requested from Vicki earlier in his hand. She figures it is because of that cross he isn't answering her summons, so Angelique convinces Adam to go and get it from him after some serious mendacity. Vicki picks this perfect moment to leave Barnabas alone to finally tell Julia about his whereabouts. During her absence, Adam sneaks in and takes the cross from his hands. When Julia and Vicki come back, Barnabas is already gone. Angelique meets up with him in the woods to do "the golden bite" that will turn Barnabas into a vampyr. After the bite, the dawn breaks (the infamous "cock-a-doodle-do") and Angelique leaves him there in the woods, to die!!

Julia's wits & balls
saves Barnabas
Julia and Willie look for Barnabas everywhere but when they fail to find him, Julia once again knocks on Nicholas' door. Seeing Adam is suffering from the same fatigue as Barnabas, Julia plays that card to convince Nicholas: If he wants Adam to live; he has to destroy Angelique. She also gives Adam a series of shots to slow down the effects of the bite (afterall she is the self-appointed authority on the subject; her words not mine), that gives Barnabas enough energy to shout and let Willie locate him. Nicholas still doesn't admit anything but on her way out, Julia leaves a wooden stake on the table "just in case". Once at the Old House, Julia arranges an ambulance to take Barnabas to Windcliff Sanitarium, away from town where Angelique won't be able to find him. Meanwhile, in his own house Nicholas gets down to the cellar to finish Angelique off but finds her empty coffin instead. She also took his magic mirror.

In her hideout place, Angelique uses the mirror to spy on Nicholas and Eve have a conversation about Barnabas and Angelique's whereabouts. Eve is going about her business, reading a magazine like a fashionable and carefree undead women in her 30s would do but Nicholas tells her to spy on Jeff in case Angelique makes contact with him, to which Eve says yes 'cause it's simply another chance to torment the man. And so she does and spies on Jeff and Vicki like an obsessed lunatic. But the important thing here is, later Angelique approaches Eve and offers a partnership. If Eve diverts Nicholas away; Angelique will help her find the evidence she needs to prove Jeff Clark is Peter Bradford. Me like this alliance!

Unholy alliance of evil women!

So, Eve lies to Nicholas about seeing Angelique somewhere in town to make him leave the house. When it's safe, Angelique comes in and uses a medallion to cast a spell that sends Eve back in time, only for six hours, to the infamous year 1795!!!



*Alrightie, I am taking a break from the gloom and doom of Collinwood and going on a holiday where there will be sunshine and lots & lots of swimming in a wonderful sea for the next 7 days! Ciao~

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Barnabas is a lackey, Joe's suicidal tendencies & Other Heartwarming Stories from Collinsport

EPISODES 606-615

Barnabas is Angelique's bride now
Having snuck into Nicholas' house with the intention of eradicating Eve, Barnabas was unexpectedly welcomed by Angelique, the woman who'd sworn to destroy his life throughout centuries. Just seconds into her appearance and barely after the shocking revelation, Angelique finally sinks her teeth into his neck. Barnabas doesn't even fight and gives himself away like the manslut he is.

Angelique is happy that her love has come along- as her slave; yet here nonetheless- but Nicholas is a total buzzkill: He wants to control Angelique's hold over Barnabas concerning when and where she'll meet her newly earned prize. He's like a suffocating dad that no one wants to have but thankfully Angelique is a rebel at heart. The moment he is away, she shows us she ain't gonna be taking orders from anyone, anyone I say!!

Back at the Old House, Barnabas announces that the mission was a failure to the worried Julia and Prof Stokes. Starting here (and for the next 10 episodes) Barnabas manages to hide his condition, covers up his puncture marks (with a very manly scarf) and nobody even suspects that something is wrong with the man who's always been quite together but is acting very peculiarly now. And Julia is supposed to be a psychiatrist, pfft!

Joe's lousy suicide
Nicholas keeps raining on Angelique's parade when he discovers her feasting on Barnabas also affects Adam, so he totally forbids her from seeing Barnabas; he says instead she could play with Joe. Angelique is enraged and plans a counter parade raining: Knowing Nicholas deliberately wants her to have Joe so that he can have Maggie all to himself, Angelique summons Joe to show via the mirror mirror on the wall how his ex fiancee is fooling around with an older man (not to be judgemental but seriously, that Maggie is becoming a top class slut). On top of that, Angelique tells him that she can no longer suck his blood; it's not him, it's her; and there's someone else. So, Joe doesn't take none of this well and stabs himself in the belly with a letter opener. Angelique sorta panics but it has more to do with the fear of having blood on the carpet than actually caring for the man himself. She even tells him to "get up and leave" with that letter opener sticking out of his abdomen. Not knowing what to do, she summons Barnabas and makes him carry Joe out of the house. Barnabas is happy to oblige cause Angelique's made him her bitch!

Joe is Barnabas' "guestage"
So he takes Joe to his house and lets Julia attend to his wound and she once again portrays marvelous MD skills by cutting Joe's sweater with scissors. Barnabas makes up a lie about having found the man in the woods and Julia notices the marks on Joe's neck. She suggests they keep him here and catch the vampire when it comes for Joe; Barnabas acts like he agrees. She even comes as close to the truth as possible by suspecting Cassandra being behind this but Barnabas passes off these claims to protect his master. For the next couple of days Joe stays at the Old House in Josette's bed. Occasionally, he wakes up and threatens Barnabas (for being the other man) with feeble "I'll kill you"s that'll make Achmed the dead terrorist look like Superman.

Throw in a brunette and
you'll have Adam's Angels
Adam and Eve keep bickering like old couples, though she admits Adam is "sweet and kind". To have something to do as a couple, Adam takes his mate Eve to meet his crush Carolyn at the west wing of Collinwood. Not surprisingly, the whole thing goes horrendous. Eve acts like a complete bitch whereas Carolyn is nice and blonde. Adam learns yet another valuable lesson about this world that you don't mingle your women!

Just what he needs before the wedding:
Ex lover from another life
Meanwhile, Eve learns something else; something more shocking!! Upon spotting Jeff sitting alone in the garden, she goes up to him and says "OMG you are Peter Bradford!". Jeff initially reacts like he always reacts to this statement and that is by denying and shouting. Eve, having memory issues herself, can't remember exactly what he was  to her in the past but she is sure that Jeff is Peter. Eve leaves and Vicki arrives after making him wait at the garden for 1,5 episodes. He is visibly shaken but doesn't tell Vicki about the mysterious woman. Eve watches them from the shadows and I'm guessin' Vicki has made herself yet another enemy; and that one seems to be the worst yet. 

The flashback to the aforementioned
affair in another life
Eve rushes to Nicholas with this info and he hypnotizes her to find out more about this coincidental inter-time reincarnation drama. It turns out, Eve (as Danielle Roget) did know Peter Bradford in the 1790's (probably before he met Vicki). In fact, she even killed her lover Philippe Cordier (the one whose ghost only recently albeit briefly visited Collinsport) to be with him. Peter, as a lawyer-in-training, was torn between doing the right thing and protecting the woman he loved. Eventually, he told Danielle rather firmly that he's giving her a chance to skip town before the news of the murder comes out. Once out of the trance, Eve announces like a mad woman she is that she "loves him! LOVES HIM!" Uh-oh, Vicki..

Later, Eve visits Jeff in his apartment to make him understand what she's just found out but when she gets too pushy, Jeff kicks her out. 

Maggie's quilt skirt steals the show
Meanwhile, Adam is getting rash to leave Collinsport with his mate and nags Nicholas about it. The warlock wants to do this road trip as a couples thing obviously, for he also wants Maggie to come with them. So he goes on and proposes to her out of the blue. Maggie may be turning into a slut but she ain't heartless; she says she can't accept it because of Joe's health. But seriously, even the idea of these two as a couple is vomit inducing. I wanna slap Maggie senseless.

Sooo, Nicholas now knows about Joe's "accident" (although not about Angelique's involvement in it) and to eliminate him, he summons Harry Johnson and gives him a fancy tube of poison to replace with his medicine. Though one might ask since he is this powerful warlock and all, how come he doesn't use his magic tricks to give Joe a heart attack or something?

Ignore Harry and look at
Mrs Pantene Johnson
Anyway, so we're stuck with Harry Johnson for a couple of episodes. Ugh and you know what? I can't stand the sight of him. Normally, I don't bad-mouth actors because of the characters they play but I simply can not stand this man. Just the way he walks is enough to invoke these feelings in me, not to mention the way he definitely can NOT act. I sometimes wonder if he landed this job cause he was lovers with Louis Edmonds or something. Anyway, so he sneaks into the Old House and replaces the medicine with poison after much fuss and voice-over torture. On his way back, he finds Barnabas unconscious in the woods (a mere side effect of a midnight rendezvous with Angelique) and carries him to Collinwood, where we had our first chance to see Mrs Johnson's ravishing long hair. Once Barnabas wakes up, he tells Mrs Johnson and his brat to forget about what they've seen. Mrs Johnson of course doesn't waste time to tell about it to Julia the next day. 

Joe's revenge
Upon Angelique's order, Barnabas attempts to give Joe the medicine/poison but Julia stops him just in time. Barnabas makes up a lame excuse about confusing the medicine hours but she knows something is up, so she runs down a quick analysis of the liquid (The Old House doesn't have electricity but somehow has all the advanced medical equipments): it is poison allright!! Barnabas shakes in his boots while telling that he did not put the poison in it (and that much is true) and Julia believes him. However Joe doesn't. Still sick in bed, Joe tells Maggie about his suspicions and if anything happens to him; Barnabas is the one to blame. But Maggie thinks Joe is delirious due to trauma. So Joe decides to handle this his own way: He grabs a rope and tries to  strangle Barnabas in his sleep. Luckily for Barnabas, Mrs Johnson happens to visit the Old House just in time. She screams and hits until Joe drops the rope and runs away (Once again, Clarice Blackburn is terrific). Barnabas has had it close but he is alive. But Mrs Johnson is once again shocked by Barnabas asking to keep this ordeal hush-hush. She wants to call the police but Harry stops her, which makes her question whether her son is involved in this as well.

Later, out on a weird cemetery trip to determine whether the Collins Mausoleum is fit enough to satisfy Liz's needs as a resting place, she and Roger run into deadbeat Joe Haskell and bring him back to Collinwood. Upon seeing him, Mrs Johnson freaks out and tells her employers what Joe did. Roger calls the cops.

Sheriff observes Barnabas' oddity
Enter Sheriff Peterson after such an absence, once again portrayed by a different actor. He questions Mrs Johnson, Julia and Barnabas in this order. Joe, under custody at the hospital accused Barnabas of wanting to kill him, so Sheriff puts high emphasis on Barnabas' questioning and tries to find a loop hole in his statement. Sheriff observes Barnabas' weird reaction to the sound of dogs howling and shares this with Julia later on. Finally, a light bulb goes on in her mind when it should have happened days ago. She goes to the Old House just in time to find Barnabas in the armchair, passed out after a quickie with Angelique, his neck wounds openly visible!


Notes.. Notes.. Notes..

*I have to admit the whole Barnabas-Joe-Angelique thing is a bit boring. I think I miss the old, sinister Barnabas the vampire rather than Barnabas the more-than-usual hesitant lackey. Now let's see how long before Julia finds out the vampire is Angelique. Hopefully, not long.

*I enjoy watching Eve, she is such a show-stealer. Her connection to Peter/Jeff is also a great "you-didn't-see-that-coming-did-you?" addition to the story. If only her flashback scenes were done with the original  actress that played Danielle.

*Liz is a total kookoo head by now. She runs into Eve at the garden and thinks she is "the angel of death". That was a fun lil scene.

*Nicholas and Eve make a great duo: both are fierce and dominant. Nicholas slapped her at one point and she didn't really mind it. Not to give specific mental images but their sex would be one house-wrecker.. literally!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Eve-ill Incarnate

EPISODES 591-605

Been a while since I last visited the gloomy and campy town of Collinsport. Better get back on track! Go go go!

Experiment # 1 Failed
*The science club goes through with the experiment with Carolyn as the provider of the life source. It doesn't go well and she dies in the process (well, actually after the process). Adam goes rampant with rage and undead testosterone. But wait a second, where did Carolyn's body go??

*Nicholas has apparently revived her off-screen and she doesn't remember anything except that the experiment was a failure. It's nice, we like her, don't wanna see her go. Barnabas is happy too but he doesn't say so in so many words.. Or gestures.. I dunno, maybe he isn't happy.  Least, he doesn't have to explain why she happened to die a bit during a very strange operation to the family. Moving on..

*Adam is scared for Carolyn's life after witnessing the pain the experiment caused, so he stops being obsessed about her (and when I say stops, I mean very briefly) and lets Nicholas choose another ripe, juicy life force for the bride. Makes me wonder how long before the corpse goes all icky and decayed (but it's probably the summer talking. Seriously, how hot is it right now!!).

Danielle is vicious even as a ghost
*Because in the gloomy and campy town of Collinsport women are rare (Vicki, Maggie, Carolyn, Liz, Julia, Mrs Johnson, the sassy black nurse), Nicholas reaches out all the way to the other world via a séance to summon the spirit of a fictitious/historical character, Danielle Rogét!!!! She was this evil evil women and  logically enough, Nicholas offers her another chance to live. (Carolyn was also present at the séance, probably because it's done better with a mortal. The whole thing is eternal sunshined from her mind by Nicholas afterwards).

*The same night, Danielle in an updated outfit arrives at the Old House as a volunteer to the experiment. She introduces herself as Leona Eltridge. Her mysterious appearance causes some major WTF among Barnabas & co., so brilliant Professor Stokes is called in to interrogate the woman. She claims to be a friend of Doctor Lang's and wants to be involved cause she's dying from a lethal disease. Her arguments were so valid that even I was about to go aww. But then she turns all murderous when alone, claiming the first thing she'll do in her new body is to kill them all. Oh, by the way she has like 24 hours to live in this corporeal form before she's transformed into the new body.

*So down to the cellar we go and the experiment starts for the 30th time. Even Julia is bored out of her mind that she pushes the buttons half heartedly (For some reason I have this image of her doing the experiment with rollers on her hair and a beauty mask but I guess that wasn't really what happened). This time, things go well and Danielle Rogét/Leona Eltridge dies... long live EVE!!! Not so subtle with the Biblical connotations, huh?

Eve is born!
*Eve wakes up dressed as a complete femme fatale. She is no whimpering simpleton like Adam was once; she even finds the irony in Adam's name, so teaching her tricks is off the list. Aside from the slight amnesia concerning her identity, she functions as a human being perfectly. She plays the fool to the others and already has Adam wrapped around her finger. On the night of her birth/rebirth, at Josette's room (where women involved in the experiment are being strategically placed to rest), the curtains begin to blow and the chandelier shake. Eve gets up and goes "I remember you.. So you've followed me here.. No I will not go back with you.. somethingfrenchfrench.. I AM ALIIVEE!" and I was thrilled by something out of the blue happening. Actually I was very anxious to find out whether it was Josette she was speaking to. Maybe they were friends in their lives? Or enemies?? Or better yet lesbian lovers!?! And Josette has been known to interfere with the evil forces' plans before. Also, hello Eve did speak French.

It's séance time in the Old House
*Meanwhile Prof. Stokes, not convinced with her answers, has been busy trying to uncover the mystery of Leona Eltridge. He figures it is hidden in the letters and Leona Eltridge is just an anagram for Danielle Rogét, the infamous uber bitch of the 18th century. Barnabas and Julia don't buy it but give the benefit of the doubt anyway. It takes a bit more to convince Adam but he too is somewhat suspicious of Eve because she didn't turn out to be what he'd expected. Eve makes clear she doesn't take shit from anyone when Barnabas and Stokes try to question her. Barnabas & Co are also visited by that chandelier-shaking presence and it leads them to the cellar where they discover Leona's dead body gone!!! After letting Adam and Eve leave the town (that was the deal), Stokes, Barnabas and Julia hold yet another séance and contact the spirit of a man named Phillippe Cordier, one of Danielle's vengeful ex-lovers. He turns out to be the mystery ghost (so much for the lesbian lovers) and possesses Barnabas to tell his tale. He wants to kill the man who loves Danielle.

Choke a little!
*Adam and Eve have not really left town and are staying at Nicholas' place. Their honeymoon is interrupted when Phillippe Cordier's spirit bursts in and chokes Adam, which Barnabas also feels due to their mutual life-force binding. Nicholas easily kicks the spirit's spirit ass, so it was a bit of an half-arsed excitement. Barnabas fears if Nicholas has control of Adam and his mate, the danger is greater than ever. And I'm still rooting for my Josette idea, in vain.

Nicholas plays mind tricks on Harry
*There's this minor but complicated thing concerning Harry Johnson, which I think they did just to give the actor something to do. If I'm not mistaken, it goes like: Carolyn asks Harry to spy on the Old House to find out what happened to Adam. He eavesdrops on Barnabas & Julia plotting Eve's murder. Then, he goes to Nicholas and attempts to sell this information. Nicholas uses some magic tricks to scare him shitless and confess whatever he knows, free of charge, then erase this memory. Harry returns to Collinwood empty handed. And I am rather indifferent.

PMS'ing already?
*Meanwhile, Adam and Eve go through a rough patch in their "marriage". Eve needs her own space and she is bothered by Adam's domineering qualities. In return, Adam is annoyed by Eve cockblocking him, so he solves this mess by locking Eve up in the cellar of Nicholas' house, where the séance to summon Danielle Rogét took place. Eve throws a good hissy fit, pointing that undead female outbursts are very similar to regular female outbursts.

*Let's not forget about Maggie. During the complex web of drama going round in the town, Maggie was locked within the Collins Mausoleum by Willie, as she was aware of what Barnabas did to her months ago. Julia tries to hypnotize her again but probably because she over-did it, it doesn't work this time. Then one day when Willie was out, David -playing at the cemetery as he's the creepily mischievous one- finds Maggie in the hidden chamber and frees her. Upon discovering this, Willie and Barnabas go insane trying to locate her.

Maggie walks in on a scary affair
*Maggie rushes to her boyfriend Joe's place, just in time to catch Angelique feasting on him. A classic soap moment. I was looking forward to a showdown with Maggie fighting for her man but she decides it's better if she, well, fainted. The vampire vanishes and Maggie says, after coming to herself, that she understands why Joe couldn't fight her influence, now that she knows about vampires and all. They agree to get on a car and drive away until the town is but a small light in the distance but a knock on the door interrupt their plans. Later, Barnabas and Willie pay a visit to Maggie's house and are shocked to see her all normal again, as are we. She seems to remember nothing. When they leave, they suspect that Nicholas has something to do with it.. and they are right. Knock on the door = Nicholas. But they can't put their finger on as to why he would do such a thing. They suspect an ulterior motive and I'd doubt their sanity if they didn't.

Nicholas lifts Angelique up like a cat
*Later, Nicholas finally and literally catches Angelique in act with Jeff Clark (It must be the "uncovering secret affairs" week) and it's a lot more exciting than Maggie & Joe's thing. First he cleans up the mess by removing his fang-wounds, as well as memories. Woo-hoo he's free. As Angelique waits for her impending punishment, Nicholas for some wicked reason, offers her something that she can neither believe nor refuse: Barnabas!

Roger's had enough of Liz's morbidity
*So what about the residents of Collinwood? Let me think. Liz is at the brink of insanity with her death-obsession. She even had a model of her dream tomb done, which frightens Vicki and angers Roger so he goes on and destroys the thing. Roger was never the type to handle things gently. Then, they find out that Liz has sneaked out as the rest of the house was busy bickering. Jeff and Roger go out to look for her and as a twist of fate, Jeff finds her lying unconscious over Peter Bradford's grave. However, Jeff doesn't have much time to evaluate how he might or might not be Peter Bradford reincarnated as he carries Liz back to Collinwood. Once there, Vicki realizes that Liz is dead!!!! (Although, Joan Bennett was visibly breathing in and out like it's nobody's business)

Dead; Alive?
*But let's not get so boo-hooey yet! Remember what Liz's worst fear was? Seeming to die and be buried alive. Well, just like she's predicted she comes to life after some time and goes "Told you so, told you so". Even Julia is amazed by her revival but then again she's known to be wrong before when it comes to pulse-checking. Liz is taken to her room without further investigation but I'd be hanging on to that model of a tomb. This curse is getting old, I want the old strong Liz back. 

*The good side of Liz's situation was, (also thanks to Nicholas getting Angelique off of Jeff) Vicki and Jeff kiss and make up. Though can't say it's a happy occasion for Barnabas for he dramatically turns around and walks away upon seeing the couple.

Mission Very Impossible
*Finally the big plot point: Barnabas, Julia and Stokes set out to destroy Eve, whom by now they all know is evil incarnate. Before the big day, Julia has a prophetic dream in which Barnabas is bitten on the neck and dies. She wakes up screaming (I had to turn the volume down because I had the earphones on and the risk of going deaf was rather high) but the next day Barnabas doesn't really pay much attention to the dream. So, Stokes visits Nicholas' house with a lame excuse and maps the structure. As the trio makes their plans, Nicholas watches them from his magic mirror. Wanting to play along, he accepts Barnabas' invitation to the Old House for a small gathering that night. Then, Barnabas makes up a reason to leave the party and sneak into Nicholas' house as Julia and Stokes keep Nicholas busy at the Old House. He goes into the room where they suspected Eve stays in. Barnabas takes out the hypodermic needle containing one of Julia's famous kill-a-man-without-a-trace mixes. He's ready to make the move but what does he see when he removes the covers? A bed stuffed with pillows! It's a trap! He should run, run now! But he turns around and comes face to face with his worst enemy: Angelique!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Angelique!



*It turns out David already knew about Adam hiding in the West Wing; they were even buddies. It's sort of a cheap way out but the actor David Henesy must have had some heavy school work to deal with then, so maybe "he was already there all along" sounds like an easy way to deal with his absence. But then again, wasn't his 1795 character also retconned into the story in a similar way?

*Today I've realized that my blog is featured on the two fellow Dark Shadow websites. One is The Collinsport Historical Society which I've been following for some time and covers a wide range of Dark Shadow related material -most of which are rare and original- from the original show and feature films and up to the remake and the new Tim Burton film (which I think opens today in Istanbul btw).  The other is The Collins Foundation. I wasn't aware of this one til today but it's apparently active since April so I am not that out of the loop here. I'm yet to dig in but from what I gather so far, we're on a similar watching marathon. So, good luck! And thanks for the mentions~
There are also really fun, mostly visual Dark Shadow related tumblrs out there as well. I'm sort of avoiding them for they involve spoilers but it's great that a show has such a cult community, although I'm just a newbie myself.