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John Karlen


Sam Hall


Sean Dhu Sullivan


August 22, 1968


August 15, 1968


Complete: Disc 60
Collection 9: Disc 4

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Tom dies, and his body goes missing.


In a house on a remote section of the great estate Collinwood, a vampire's coffin holds a secret that only two people know. One is her master, the other her slave who knows not what he does, or why. And on this day he sits in a hospital waiting room stunned at the strange turn his life has taken.

Joe tells Julia that Tom regained consciousness, but died. Julia tries to medicate Joe, who feels guilty and can't tell Julia why. Maggie and Tom "went with" each other, nothing serious, prior to her dating Joe. Joe tells Julia that Tom’s funeral is to be immediate as per his wishes; since Joe is his only relative, he does it. Joe blows up at Julia for her "interference" in the matter.

Willie is very upset by the corpse on the table; he is weak and laments his position. Barnabas reminds Willie that the whole family is now in danger; Willie wonders what would be if David would come playing around the basement again and who the life force will be. Willie vows to kill Adam if he ever sees him again.

Julia tells Barnabas that Tom is dead and that they should go to the Police. Barnabas refuses, and says they must stake Tom. At Tom's grave, Joe wonders if he should go to the Police and is resolute not to go to Angélique.

Barnabas, Julia, and Willie are befuddled by Joe's presence at the grave; Julia resolves to get rid of him. The howling dogs are going really wild.

En-route to Collinwood, Joe gets the urge. Tom's coffin is empty.

Memorable quotes[]

Joe: I'm upset. That's all.
Julia: There's medication for that, too, you know.

Barnabas: We’re not robbing a grave, Willie. We’re dealing with an enemy.

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]


  • Someone had a sense of humour - placing a "GIVE BLOOD" sign prominently on the hospital waiting area wall behind Joe (himself now under the control of a vampire and visiting his cousin who has just been finished off by one).


Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • In the teaser, right before Joe says Tom is dead, the Collinsport Fly flies by the left side of his face.
  • Joe states that he is Tom's only living relative. Although this seems like a continuity error, it could just be that he was excluding Chris as he has been out of the loop for years, wandering because of his lycanthropy, and because Amy is a child, Joe might not even have known of her.
  • In Act II, Jonathan Frid and John Karlen step on each other's lines. Barnabas says, "Do you think Julia and I want to create this mate for Adam?" Willie then starts to say, "You know, the day you brought Adam here..." but Frid interrupts him to finish Barnabas's line "Can't you imagine how we feel?"
  • Although Tom died early this morning, there is a tombstone with his name at the grave. (Perhaps Collinsport has a "One-Hour Cenotaph" store?)
  • We see Willie start digging a hole in front of Tom's gravestone, and in the next scene, the coffin rests on the ground, but there is no hole in front of the gravestone; the earth is undisturbed.
  • Prior to the 1795 story line, Julia's lab was in a different room in the basement. Now it's crammed into the confines of the smaller coffin room.
  • Toward the end of the episode, when Barnabas and Willie are watching Julia talking to Joe at Tom's grave, there is a clanging sound when Barnabas and Willie are talking. It is likely the shovel that Willie is carrying.

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 564 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 564 - Dig Dug