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Number

222

Timeline

1967

Narrator

Alexandra Moltke
(as Victoria Winters)

Writer

Ron Sproat

Director

Lela Swift

Broadcast

May 8, 1967
(Monday)

Recorded

May 3, 1967
(Wednesday)

Video

Complete: Disc 26
Collection 1: Disc 2

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Joe, Maggie, Sam, Barnabas, and Burke spend an evening together at the Blue Whale, but later that night a sleeping Maggie has an unexpected visitor.

Synopsis[]

Teaser

My name is Victoria Winters. Night has come to Collinwood and the country around, and with it has come a terror, which has no name and no known source. It is greater than the fear that stalks the Earth because it is a fear that haunts the mind, without shape, without form, until in dreams a form is found, and one is led to it down windless corridors, and forced finally to look upon its face.

Maggie has a horrifying nightmare in which she is witness to her own funeral. In the dream, her face turns into a hideous skull. Maggie wakes up screaming and immediately calls Joe.

Act I

Joe, having rushed over, picks Maggie up to take her to the Blue Whale. He buys her a drink to calm her nerves. Maggie describes her nightmare to Joe, which continues to terrify her. Joe wonders if something or someone frightened Maggie, causing her to have the dream. He deduces that the recent attacks in town are to blame. Before long, Sam walks in with Barnabas. They have been working together at the Old House on Barnabas' new portrait and decided to quit early. Maggie begs Joe not to tell her father about her dream. Sam and Barnabas join Joe and Maggie, but Maggie seems uncomfortable.

Act II

Sam, who is enjoying painting Barnabas' portrait, wonders if he should do all of his work at night. Barnabas asks Maggie if the night affects her in a strange way; she admits it does, sometimes, but then nervously asks Joe to dance. Sam and Barnabas continue to talk and Barnabas begins to openly express his interest in Maggie. Sam seems to feel as if the older man's infatuation with his daughter is harmless, and even partially encourages him. Maggie and Joe finish their dance, and a still-frightened Maggie asks if he would mind if they had their drinks at the bar. Joe seems to think Sam and Barnabas might think it insulting, but Maggie is very insistent that she doesn't want to rejoin them. Neither she or Joe can understand the way she feels, but it seems as if something more than the dream has scared her.

Act III

Burke walks into the Blue Whale and Maggie confuses Joe when she invites Burke to join them after insisting that she wanted to be alone with Joe. Burke learns that Barnabas is with Sam and leaves to introduce himself. The two engage in a conversation concerning Willie Loomis, whom Barnabas promises to dismiss if any trouble arises. Maggie, who appears to be feeling better, asks Joe to take her home. But she's hesitant to say goodnight to those at her father's table. Maggie only does so with Joe at her side; Barnabas wishes her sweet dreams.

Act IV

Later that night, Maggie has returned home, but is too agitated to go sleep despite being exhausted. Sam comes in to tell her goodnight and he jokingly offers to tuck her in. He can tell something is wrong, but Maggie claims she's all right. As she gets into bed, a dog begins to howl outside. Back at the Blue Whale, Burke admires Barnabas' cane. After a few minutes, Barnabas appears to grow agitated and hastily leaves. In the middle of the night, Barnabas enters Maggie's bedroom through the French doors, where she seems to be having another nightmare. As he looks at her and raises his cane, she abruptly settles into a deep sleep. He stalks over to her bed and smiles evilly at the sleeping Maggie - showing his fangs!

Memorable quotes[]

Barnabas (To Sam): You realize, do you not, what an extraordinary daughter you have. I spoke just now of the night affecting us in a personal way. She doesn't need the night. She is always the same person: kind, generous, gentle.

Sam: Oh, Maggie! I thought I brought you up better than to go around spilling good drink!

Sam: No woman is worthwhile without a little fire in her veins.

Maggie: Do I have to make sense all of the time?

Barnabas: I am a man who can't stand even the thought of violence, and the last man in the world who would have anyone near me who even contemplated the thought of it. Serenity is my favorite emotion.

Burke: (to Barnabas) I've been looking forward to meeting you for a long time.

Barnabas: (to Maggie) Sweet dreams...

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]

Production[]

  • This episode was recorded out of broadcast sequence. The previous episode to be recorded was 228.
  • This episode was double numbered with 226 (225/226) in order to correct the out-of-sync numbering caused by the AFTRA strike pre-emption that shifted 206 a day back, in order to keep the production numbers balanced with the calendar, i.e. Friday episodes ending in a 5 or 0.
  • Jonathan Frid inserted his fangs upside down, with the serendipitous side effect of appearing more frightening than originally intended.

Story[]

  • Maggie is wearing a ring on the ring-finger of her left hand, usually reserved for engagement and wedding rings, when she is seen in bed at the end of the episode.
  • First time we see Barnabas in the Blue Whale.
  • So far, Barnabas has been seen drinking more than once--coffee in the coffee shop, a drink at the Blue Whale here. Later he will tend to eschew drinks more (reminiscent of Lugosi's famous Dracula line).
  • Joe is an early bird who likes to rise early.
  • Sam admits he may want to paint all night all the time.
  • When Maggie calls Joe, she dials a 4-digit number. By 1965, most of the U.S. had 7-digit phone numbers; however, many small towns and rural areas still used shorter numbers. [They've been using 4-digit numbers all along up to this point in the show, except one time that may have been a call to somewhere outside of Collinsport.]
  • Burke, who meets Barnabas for the first time here, says he is not sure of Willie's transformation. In 215, Burke was present when Willie showed up at the Blue Whale with none of his old bravado.
  • This is the first time the audience sees Barnabas baring his fangs, confirming without any doubt he is a vampire. All of his previous attacks (on Willie (210), local girls (221, 222), and livestock (215, 219)) have been offscreen. [Addendum: Unfortunately, Jonathan Frid put his fangs in incorrectly for this scene, and you really can't see that they're fangs--looks more like a menacing grin.]
  • DREAM SEQUENCE: Maggie dreams she's dead (reprised from the previous episode).

Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • Mitchell Ryan missed his cue to start his conversation with Jonathan Frid at the Blue Whale, and was lighting his cigarette when he should have started addressing Barnabas. This caused Frid to start to look around to figure out what he should do.
  • As Barnabas leaves following his conversation with Burke, he calls him Stefan--presumably having meant to say Devlin [He actually said, "Goodnight, Mister Devlin", but the Mi of Mister was very soft, so it came out sounding like he was saying "Goodnight, Stedevlin"}. [Agreed. He definitely does NOT call him Stefan. He says Devlin.]
  • As Barnabas stares at a sleeping Maggie in the final scene of the episode a camera can be seen briefly on the left side of the screen.

End credits announcements[]

External links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 225 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 225/226 - Fangs for Nothing

Dark Shadows Commentary- Episode 225/226: Enough to give any woman nightmares

Dark Shadows Before I Die- Episode 225/226: 5/8/67

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