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- For many weeks, Barnabas Collins, faced with the threat again of becoming one of the living dead, has been forced to do things against his own will. But finally he decides that he must secretly fight back. On this night, he has arranged the escape of Paul Stoddard, who has been a virtual prisoner inside the great house. But Paul Stoddard also knows of the menace that threatens the family. And hoping to find proof of it, he has gone to a small antique shop in Collinsport, unaware of the terrifying nightmare that awaits him.
Paul hears breathing coming from the upstairs room at Collinsport. He unlocks the door, and screams at what he sees.
Paul is unable to escape the Chosen Room. Philip and Megan return to the antique shop, and realize that someone has been in the shop. Philip goes upstairs and discovers Paul is in the Chosen Room. Megan comes upstairs and tries to get Paul out, but the Leviathan creature gets more upset as their attempts fail. They decide to leave Paul in the room, and go ask Barnabas for help.
At Collinwood, Julia asks Barnabas if he minds if she looks in on Paul Stoddard. Barnabas says he doesn't care either way. Julia again scolds Barnabas about how different he is since he returned from the past. Barnabas contemplates telling Julia everything, but then realizes that she would become too involved if she knew about the Leviathans. He only tells Julia to look after Carolyn, which comes as a surprise to Julia. She asks if she is in any danger, but before Barnabas can answer, the phone rings. It's Megan, who tells Barnabas that Paul is trapped in the Chosen Room. Barnabas quickly leaves. Carolyn then walks in, and tells Julia that Paul is missing. They head out to search for him.
Barnabas arrives at the antique shop. After subduing the Leviathan creature, he is able to get Paul out of the Chosen Room. Paul is taken to the basement of the antique shop and placed on a bed. While deciding what to do next, the bell sounds from upstairs: someone is in the antique shop. Megan and Philip rush upstairs. It's Julia and Carolyn, who are looking for Paul. They say they searched the Blue Whale and the Inn, but have seen no sign of him. While they are talking, a crash is heard from downstairs (Barnabas was struggling to keep Paul on his bed). Julia asks Megan and Philip if anyone else is in the shop.
Philip says there is no one else in the store, but Megan has him go check downstairs anyways. Downstairs, Barnabas again tells Paul he will try to help Paul escape (which Philip overhears), but he needs more time. Philip tells Barnabas that Julia and Carolyn are at the shop. Barnabas tells him to get rid of them. Philip goes back upstairs, and says a lamp fell over and crashed on the floor. Julia and Carolyn leave the shop, but Julia stays behind to see if anything suspicious is going on.
Back in the shop, Megan tells Barnabas that Paul needs to become a Leviathan or be killed. Barnabas gets upset with her, and says there must be no more killing. Megan asks him if Barnabas is feeling alright. Barnabas says he is merely upset. He then orders Megan and Philip to keep the Chosen Room locked until he returns tomorrow. Moments later, Julia sees Barnabas leaving the antique shop.
Megan and Philip are upstairs. Megan wants to open the door to the Chosen Room, since the breathing noise has stopped, but Philip insists they keep it closed. Megan then talks about Barnabas's strange behavior recently, but Philip dismisses it.
Later that night, Megan sneaks out of her room while Philip is sleeping and lets the Leviathan creature out of the Chosen Room. The creature walks downstairs and approaches the door to the basement, where Paul is being kept.
Memorable quotes Edit
- Julia: Barnabas, you're so totally different now. What happened to you in the past? You used to be a man with feelings. You used to care about the people at Collinwood.
- Julia: Barnabas, we've been through so much together.
- Barnabas (thinking): If I tell (Julia) her everything, then she will become too involved, and her own life will be in even greater danger! I’ve already caused enough harm. I must work this out alone!
Dramatis personae Edit
- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
- Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
- Grayson Hall as Julia Hoffman
- Dennis Patrick as Paul Stoddard
- Christopher Bernau as Philip Todd
- Marie Wallace as Megan Todd
Background information and notes Edit
- This episode was recorded out of broadcast sequence. The previous episode to be recorded was 915.
- Closing credits scene: Basement room at antique shop.
- The Blue Whale is near the Collinsport Inn.
- Sedatives: Megan gives Philip sleeping pills.
- INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Barnabas: I must work this out alone.
- TIMELINE: Carolyn plans to meet Paul on the terrace in thirty minutes. Paul has been missing for two hours. Barnabas instructs Megan and Philip not to enter chosen room until tomorrow.
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
- At the beginning of Act 1, when Paul looks to the door of the Leviathan room to escape, the door slams, but it keeps bouncing back open.
- After Megan unlocks the door to the "chosen room" in the middle of the night, a crew member can be seen through the crack between the door and the wall.
- In the reprise of the previous episode when Paul searches the desk in the antique shop before going upstairs, he removes a pile of papers from it, leaving them on top of the desk. However, in this same scene as it appeared previously, Paul didn't actually remove any of the contents from the desk at all. This is important because when Megan and Philip return to the shop from Collinwood, the papers on top of the desk are their first indication that someone's been there while they were out.
- Jonathan Frid says, "I'm going to take this man out of here, and you're not going to stop me!" but the first three words are inaudible on the soundtrack.
- When the Todds are arguing with Barnabas about what to do with Paul, there is a metallic studio noise, sounding like someone dropped a metal bar.