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March 9, 1970
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- Soon night will fall over the great house at Collinwood, and Jeb Hawkes will be stalked again by the formless shadow that has been haunting him. Terrified for her husband's safety, Carolyn has responded to a telephone call from a man named Bruno, who has told her he knows a way of saving Jeb.
Carolyn arrives and meets Bruno. She tells him she will agree to whatever terms he has, so long as he can help Jeb. Bruno tells her the man who can save Jeb is in the next room. She enters and finds Chris on the floor, in terrible pain. She runs to his side, but he tells her to get out. Bruno locks the door and laughs, predicting that soon Jeb will have no reason to live.
Bruno is satisfied with himself for locking Carolyn in with Chris, right as he is about to turn into the werewolf. Roger arrives moments later, explaining that he saw Carolyn arrive. At first Bruno plays dumb, but then Roger overhears Chris's moaning and Carolyn's voice. Bruno tries to kick Roger out, but Roger takes a candlestick and knocks him out. He unlocks the door and finds Carolyn kneeling over Chris. Chris tells Roger to take Carolyn out and lock the door, and he obeys. He is about to telephone Julia when they hear a crash. They rush into the room and find the window broken and Chris gone. Roger quickly ushers Carolyn away. A moment later, Bruno wakes up, dazed.
Roger and Carolyn return to Collinwood and Roger demands an explanation. Carolyn doesn't want to talk about things right now, and only says she is very confused. Roger offers to talk to Jeb, but Carolyn doesn't want Elizabeth or Jeb to know what just happened, and Carolyn will be the one to do the talking if the time ever comes.
Bruno investigates the room and notices the werewolf has escaped, and goes to search for Carolyn.
Elizabeth is in the drawing room, looking sad and troubled. Roger walks in and asks if she is still upset with Carolyn's marriage to Jeb. Elizabeth doesn't care to talk about the matter, but finally admits they need to do something about Carolyn. Carolyn soon enters, looking for Jeb. Elizabeth tells her he is at his cottage, and she leaves to go see him, much to their dismay. The two wonder why she has to keep everything a secret.
Carolyn is walking through the woods and Bruno appears to her. Carolyn tells him she is going to tell Jeb everything that happened at Bruno's apartment, and assumes Jeb won't be very happy about it. Bruno laughs at her, and says she won't be going to see him tonight, and reveals that he and Nicholas work together and it's been decided that the best way to get revenge on Jeb is through Carolyn. Bruno tells Carolyn he is going to kill her.
Bruno says he doesn't want to kill Carolyn, but he has no other choice. He begins to strangle her, but the werewolf appears and attacks Bruno. Carolyn screams and runs off.
Roger and Elizabeth are still in the drawing room at Collinwood as Carolyn rushes in, crying. She tells them that the werewolf has attacked Bruno, and Roger rushes out to investigate.
Roger finds Bruno in the woods, covered in blood. Bruno tries to explain to Roger about the werewolf, but he dies before he can finish. Roger returns to Collinwood and tells Elizabeth what has happened, and says the police are searching the grounds. He decides to head upstairs to bed, but says first there is something he must do for Barnabas, which has Elizabeth curious.
Roger goes to the East Wing and sees the room is lit up and in use, but he can't enter. In Parallel Time, Bruno is admiring the portrait of Angelique and recalls the day she sat for it, listening to the music he composed for her. Elizabeth walks in, angrily wondering why he is in the house. She tells him that Quentin will be returning soon and he had better leave before he comes back. Bruno mentions to Elizabeth he understands that Quentin has re-married, but Angelique won't let him bring a new bride into the house. Elizabeth scoffs at the fact that everyone still talks like Angelique is still alive. Soon Bruno leaves and Roger walks in, which shocks the Roger who is standing outside the door in the main timeband.
- Bruno: You won't be heard much longer, my dear. Not much longer.
- Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Elizabeth Stoddard (PT)
- Don Briscoe as Chris Jennings
- Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins / Roger Collins (PT)
- Michael Stroka as Bruno / Bruno Hess
- Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard Hawkes
- Alex Stevens as Werewolf (credited as Stunt Coordinator)
Background information and notes
- This episode was recorded out of broadcast sequence. The previous episode to be recorded was 982.
- First appearance of character Bruno Hess. This was the third role played by actor Michael Stroka in the original series.
- Final appearance of character Bruno in the original timeline.
- Final appearance of Alex Stevens as the Werewolf.
- Closing credits scene: Collinwood drawing room.
- INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Bruno: Not much longer; Roger: I must find Barnabas.
- SEDATIVE: Julia has given Carolyn a sedative to get over the ordeal of encountering the werewolf.
- TIMELINE: Carolyn has been though emotional strain the past few days. 10:50pm: Carolyn returns to Collinwood.
Bloopers and continuity errors
- The left and right doors in Bruno's house have switched again. At the end of the previous episode, Carolyn entered the house through the right door, and Chris was locked up behind the left door. In today's episode, Carolyn enters through the left door, and Chris is locked up behind the right door.
- In the scene with Roger and Bruno in Bruno's living room, there is a silent close-up on Roger for a number of seconds. He was supposed to be hearing Chris and Carolyn in the locked room, but Don Briscoe and Nancy Barrett were slow in starting up their noises. (At a guess - they didn't get their cue from the director at the proper moment.)
- In the Parallel Time scene, as Elizabeth and Bruno are speaking with each other, the camera moves from Elizabeth toward Roger standing outside the room, then moves to Bruno; Michael Stroka is looking off-camera before he turns his head and speaks to Elizabeth (presumably watching for a cue).