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Vince O'Brien


Gordon Russell


Henry Kaplan


January 1, 1969


December 24, 1968


Complete: Disc 69
Collection 12: Disc 1

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Joe goes insane and is sent to Windcliff Sanitarium by Julia.


On this night, not far away from the great house at Collinwood, one man will live through the most hideous terror that exists, the terror of madness, for he has witnessed something so monstrous that he may dwell forever in the dark and frightening realm of insanity.

Julia calls Chris from the Collinsport jail, to tell him that Joe has just been picked up by the police. Chris is worried about what Joe may have said, but Joe has been ranting incoherently about protecting Amy. Chris seems to terrify Joe. Joe tells Chris he'll kill him and that he still has the gun. Julia sedates Joe.

The sheriff asks Chris about Joe's rants. Chris plays dumb.

Joe has a frightening dream: Chris begs Joe to shoot him when "it" happens, then Chris transforms; Joe teleports to Collinwood, looking for Amy, where the werewolf leaps at him from atop the steps; at Collinwood, Julia says "there’s no werewolf there," and tries to poke his arm; he teleports to the cemetery, where he meets 'Chris'. It's actually Tom, who reminds Joe he could never tell the twins apart. After Joe tells him he’s dead, Tom retorts that he’s alive, but only at night. Tom bares his fangs and approaches Joe, who runs out and begins screaming and is then cornered by the werewolf.

When Joe awakens, he's in a straitjacket. Julia makes plans to take him to Windcliff. Chris decides to stay with his cousin until the time comes. Julia tells Chris that there was nothing he could do to prevent this.

Memorable quotes[]

Joe: Amy's not the only one in danger. Everyone is....No one should ever know. No one should ever see it.

Joe: Amy, she... she loves everybody. Why doesn't anything good ever happen to her?

Joe: Don't put me to sleep! I can't take the dreams! Don't put me to sleep! Kill me, do anything, but don't put me to sleep!

Tom: You always did have trouble telling us brothers apart, didn't you, Joe?
Joe: Telling you apart?
Tom: That's right. I'm not Chris. I'm Tom.
Joe: Tom? Oh no... oh no... You can't be.... You can't be.... You're dead....
Tom: Not at night, Joe. Only during the day.

Dramatis personae[]

Background information and notes[]


  • Final appearance of the characters Joe Haskell and Tom Jennings.
  • The first and last shots of this episode are of Joe's frightened face.
  • First episode broadcast in 1969.
  • Don Briscoe is credited only for the character of Chris Jennings.
  • During the "A Christmas Carol" reading by the Dark Shadows cast in 2021 when they were asked if they had any personal holiday traditions while working on the series, the actors generally remarked, 'No because we were too busy working.' This episode was filmed on Christmas Eve 1968.


Bloopers and continuity errors[]

  • In the teaser, while Chris is talking to Julia on the phone, you can see the reflection of a person moving in the mirror on Chris's dresser.
  • As Act I begins, the last note of the theme song is briefly heard before the scene begins.
  • The cell wall has fake-looking bricks on the right side of the set.
  • When Joe is talking about how sweet and innocent Amy is in Act I, a stage light can be seen in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  • At one point, the camera turns a little too far to the left and we see that there are no bars or wall on the right side of the cell.

External Links []

Dark Shadows - Episode 658 on the IMDb

Dark Shadows Everyday - Episode 658 - Did He Fall, or Was He Pushed?

Dark Shadows actors reading of A Christmas Carol

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