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October 11, 1967
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- Some merciful cloud has covered the stars over Collinwood, concealing the land below, creating the needed darkness for the deed about to be done in the town nearby. Like the layers of overhanging cloud, new crimes must be committed to conceal the old. And the distance into dark becomes at last so great that a journey back to light is no longer possible.
A showdown is taking place in the office of Dr. Dave Woodard. Dr. Julia Hoffman has confronted her colleague over the theft of her notebook, which details the truth about Barnabas Collins. Woodard watches, astounded, as a bat appears outside the window... and then Barnabas materializes inside the room. Julia begs the vampire to give her another chance to change Woodard's mind about reporting his findings to the police. But Woodard refuses to be persuaded. He is shocked to learn Barnabas plans to leave his death in Julia's hands.
Act IWoodard prefers death to being changed into something as loathsome, evil, and inhuman as Barnabas is. His only regret will be not living to see the undead figure before him destroyed. Barnabas grabs hold of Woodard, and Julia tries one last time to convince her friend to help with the experiment. It is in vain. Barnabas orders her to proceed, and Julia hesitates as she reaches for the prepared hypodermic she brought with her in her purse. She cannot bring herself to kill Woodard. Barnabas takes the hypodermic from her, but when he starts to inject Woodard, the other man cries out Sarah Collins' name. This distracts Barnabas long enough for Woodard to try to escape. But the enraged vampire catches him, demands assurance that Sarah had not appeared, and injects him with the hypodermic in the scapula area of the back left shoulder through a coat and suit and shirt. Woodard drops dead in an instant. Julia breaks down in tears.
Barnabas has moved Woodard's body into a seated position behind the desk. Julia, beyond distraught, is anxious to leave. But Barnabas wants her assurance that it will appear as if Woodard died of a heart attack. It will indeed, she tells him. Barnabas instructs her to retrieve the hypodermic and the notebook, which Julia, in her distress, has forgotten about. They are startled as the telephone begins to ring...
As Barnabas and Julia make haste to leave, Julia hears Woodard's voice and proclaims her former friend is not dead. But Barnabas, who has heard nothing, urges the emotionally shattered woman to leave.
Some time later, at the Blue Whale, Sam Evans is enjoying a drink at the bar when Sheriff Patterson comes in searching for Dr. Woodard. Sam learns that Woodard was urgently searching for the Sheriff, but never contacted him again. He relates Woodard's excitement when he saw him two hours ago, as if the doctor was on the verge of discovering something important. A woman's scream outside the Blue Whale draws everyone outside. But the woman had only been startled by a bat. Sam and Patterson decide to go to Woodard's office, and as the two men start to leave they see a bat outside the window. Rattled, the pair hurry on their way.
At Woodard's office, Sam breaks down the locked door and he and the Sheriff find their friend's dead body inside. Both Sam and Patterson believe Woodard has been murdered. The Sheriff calls the coroner.
At the Old House, Julia stares at the hypodermic before throwing it into the fireplace. When Barnabas enters the room, she cannot bear to look at him and begs to be left alone. He assures her the burden of their shared guilt in Woodard's murder will lessen in time. Julia, overcome with grief and guilt, moves to toss her notebook into the fire. Barnabas stops her. He reminds her that retrieving the notebook cost Woodard his life. Julia decides to leave Collinsport, and give up trying to cure Barnabas' vampirism. But that, as Barnabas points out, is impossible. With Woodard gone, he is the only friend Julia has.
Memorable quotes Edit
- Barnabas: We want a minimum of clutter. I don't want the room strewn with broken objects.
- Barnabas: (to Julia): You no longer have friends.
- Barnabas: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a lot of knowledge is even more dangerous!
- Barnabas: (after having killed Dr. Dave Woodard) Loathsome I am and evil. You can mock me for that, but leave my pain alone.
- Barnabas: The good doctor had a fatal curiosity. Now he doesn't have it any more.
- Barnabas: Really, Doctor, you're not your thorough, professional self! I would have thought you'd be used to death by now.
- Dr. Woodard: You no longer have friends, Julia!
Dramatis personae Edit
- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
- Grayson Hall as Julia Hoffman
- David Ford as Sam Evans
- Peter Turgeon as Dave Woodard
- Angus Cairns as George Patterson
- Bob O'Connell as Bob Rooney (uncredited)
- Peter Murphy as Blue Whale Customer (uncredited)
- Katherine Quint as Blue Whale Customer (uncredited)
Background information and notes Edit
- Joe Caldwell returns to the writing team with this episode for a run of six episodes, temporarily filling the position vacated by Malcolm Marmorstein.
- The color videotape master of this episode is lost. However, a poor quality monochrome kinescope copy does exist.
- In an awkward scene, a woman screams off-camera. Several patrons of the Blue Whale along with Sheriff Patterson rush outside to see what is happening, leaving Sam and Bob Rooney, the bartender, standing inside by the door for no apparent reason or purpose. Sam puffs on his pipe while Bob pretends to be bewildered. The patrons and Sheriff then rush back in just as awkwardly as they rushed out. (Bob may have been reluctant to leave the bar, and the cash register, unattended, even for a short period. And Sam doesn't do anything unless there's a alcoholic beverage involved.)
- Dr. Woodard alludes to the word vampire: "something undead..."
- Syringes were apparently made of glass in 1967 and would have melted conveniently in the Old House fireplace; however, the needle would remain as evidence in the ashes, so the destruction of the murder weapon was taken more lightly in this scene than it would have been in real life. A good coroner might have found the needle wound in the back left shoulder with possible small holes in Woodard's suit jacket. (The heat from a normal fireplace would not be hot enough to melt glass, and even if it was, the glass would not have been destroyed. The metal needle would have been blackened, and unless someone looked through the ashes thoroughly, it would have been easily overlooked. Woodard's death would not have appeared to have been anything other than a heart attack. Routine autopsies weren't as common in 1967 so there, most likely, would not have been a very thorough one and, therefore, a needle mark could have been missed.)
- INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Julia: Recalling Dr. Woodard's words.
- TIMELINE: It was two hours ago when Sam last saw Dr. Woodard.
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
- A boom microphone shadow sweeps over Peter Turgeon several times during the episode's teaser. Then, the boom microphone itself hovers into view in Act I and, again, later in Act IV.
- As Sam moves to break in the door of Dr. Woodard's office, the entire wall shakes.