the dark shadows episodes

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My name is Victoria Winters. Night has come to Collinwood and the country around; and with it comes a terror, which has no name, and no known source. It is greater than the fear that stalks the Earth, because it is a fear that haunts the mind, without shape, without form. Until in dreams a form is found, and one is led to it down windless corridors, and forced finally to look upon its face.Maggie has a horrifying nightmare in which she is witness to her own funeral. In the dream, her face turns into a hideous skull. Maggie wakes up screaming and immediately calls Joe.
Act I
Joe, having rushed over, picks Maggie up to take her to the Blue Whale. He buys her a drink to calm her nerves. Maggie describes her nightmare to Joe, which continues to terrify her. Joe wonders if something or someone frightened Maggie, causing her to have the dream. He deduces that the recent attacks in town are to blame. Before long, Sam walks in with Barnabas. They have been working together at the Old House on Barnabas' new portrait and decided to quit early. Maggie begs Joe not to tell her father about her dream. Sam and Barnabas join Joe and Maggie, but Maggie seems uncomfortable.
Act II
Sam, who is enjoying painting Barnabas' portrait, wonders if he should do all of his work at night. Barnabas asks Maggie if the night affects her in a strange way; she admits it does, sometimes, but then nervously asks Joe to dance. Sam and Barnabas continue to talk and Barnabas begins to openly express his interest in Maggie. Sam seems to feel as if the older man's infatuation with his daughter is harmless, and even partially encourages him. Maggie and Joe finish their dance, and a still-frightened Maggie asks if he would mind if they had their drinks at the bar. Joe seems to think Sam and Barnabas might think it insulting, but Maggie is very insistent that she doesn't want to rejoin them. Neither she or Joe can understand the way she feels, but it seems as if something more than the dream has scared her.
Act III
Burke walks into the Blue Whale and Maggie confuses Joe when she invites Burke to join them after insisting that she wanted to be alone with Joe. Burke learns that Barnabas is with Sam and leaves to introduce himself. The two engage in a conversation concerning Willie Loomis, whom Barnabas promises to dismiss if any trouble arises. Maggie, who appears to be feeling better, asks Joe to take her home. But she's hesitant to say goodnight to those at her father's table. Maggie only does so with Joe at her side; Barnabas wishes her sweet dreams.
Act IV

Later that night, Maggie has returned home, but is too agitated to go sleep despite being exhausted. Sam comes in to tell her goodnight and he jokingly offers to tuck her in. He can tell something is wrong, but Maggie claims she's all right. As she gets into bed, a dog begins to howl outside. Back at the Blue Whale, Burke admires Barnabas' cane. After a few minutes, Barnabas appears to grow agitated and hastily leaves. In the middle of the night, Barnabas enters Maggie's bedroom through the French doors. He stalks over to her bed and bares his fangs.

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A seance has been held in the great house at Collinwood, a seance which has sent one woman on an uncertain, frightening journey back to the past, to the year 1795. There, each of the Collins ancestors resembles a present day member of the Collins family, but the names and the relationships have changed, and Victoria Winters finds herself a stranger in a sea of familiar faces, one of whom has unknowingly married a practitioner of black magic, and after his discovery of his wife's secret, he feels he has only one tragic choice.Barnabas Collins quickly realizes that he has just stabbed some bedclothes, and then he hears Angelique asking, "Do you hate me that much?" He cries out that she is the witch and that he knows everything. She says she didn't mean for him to find out, but she loves him still and always will. Barnabas raises the knife, but she uses her powers to force it out of his hand.

Act I
In a power struggle between Barnabas and Angelique, she says she could use her powers to make him embrace her, but she wouldn't want to be that cruel. "Cruel?" shouts a shocked Barnabas - "Have you ever been anything else?" He then confronts her with turning Josette Collins against him. She claims she wants a man, not a puppet, that's why she won't use magic on him. And, she reminds him, when they met in Martinique, he saw a woman, not a witch. This doesn't convince Barnabas, who is furious that she destroyed all their lives without regret, although she says she has regrets. She never wanted Jeremiah Collins to die.They continue talking about the various incidents, Angelique admitting everything, ending with Barnabas wanting to leave the house tonight. Angelique tells him he will not leave, and in time he will learn to have a good life with her. Angelique threatens to do something to Josette if he doesn't agree. Barnabas is disgusted, and he turns and leaves the room.
Act II
Giggling, Millicent Collins and Nathan Forbes approach Collinwood, discussing how it would be inappropriate for a lady to arrive home so late. Millicent is concerned with what she'd say if someone sees them. They continue flirting, Millicent shocked by the way Nathan makes her behave, behavior which must be bad for her constitution. The subject of conversation moves towards love, with Millicent questioning whether he loves her, because he always talks only about her loving him. Millicent says he isn't conducting the courtship according to the rules, but Nathan says he hates rules.Barnabas interrupts them, causing Millicent to burst into tears because her reputation will be ruined. She quickly recovers and explains that she and Nathan met by chance. Barnabas is uninterested, and asks for Millicent's help to see Josette. The countess Natalie DuPres quietly comes up behind them, eliciting another disastrous moan from the fragile cousin. She congratulates Barnabas on his marriage, but thinks it strange that he wants to spend his honeymoon with Josette rather than his wife. In The Old House Angelique figures out that she needs eyes which follow Barnabas everywhere.
Act III
Barnabas and Natalie enter Collinwood, arguing about him seeing Josette. He warns Natalie that unless she or Josette listens to him, something dangerous might happen. Barnabas says the witch will do something bad to Josette. The witch-hunting, tarot-laying, future-reading countess suddenly finds it very hard to believe that Victoria Winters could be practicing witchcraft because she's locked up in a prison cell. Barnabas tries to get her and Josette to leave Collinwood. The countess doesn't take him seriously, urging him to forget Josette. She complains that everyone at Collinwood is talking in riddles, and Barnabas answers by talking even more in riddles. She leads him to the door, to make sure he does not attempt to wake Josette. Barnabas reminds her that he has now warned her and that she will be responsible if anything bad happens to Josette.
Act IV
Angelique is drawing a pair of eyes on a sheet of paper, chanting that they will borrow a body and become her eyes in the night, watching Barnabas wherever he goes. Outside, Millicent dissolves in tears because she's been seen, at this hour, with Nathan. Nathan tries to comfort her, but she is inconsolable. Barnabas returns, and Millicent explains that Nathan was just waiting with her until Barnabas came back. Nathan claims to be concerned about her health, making Millicent produce a sudden cough and praise Nathan's company. Barnabas convinces Millicent to tell Josette to meet him in the garden tomorrow at 9:00. Millicent feels it isn't proper, but Nathan believes her thinking to be old-fashioned, and she might need Barnabas to return the favor in the future. Millicent promises to do her best to get Josette to meet Barnabas. Millicent suddenly feels a chill, as if someone is watching them. She goes inside, leaving Barnabas and Nathan to talk. Nathan feels Barnabas needs someone to talk to and he agrees. Suddenly a bat appears, watching them!

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A seance has been held in the great house at Collinwood, a seance which has suspended time and space and sent one woman on an uncertain and frightening journey into the past, back to the year 1795. There, each of the Collins ancestors resembles a present day member of the Collins family, but the names and relationships have changed, and Victoria Winters finds herself a stranger in a sea of familiar faces. The Collins mausoleum at Eagle Hill Cemetery has been chosen as the final resting place of Barnabas Collins. On this night, two people have made a secret trip to the mausoleum. One has come merely as an unwilling servant; the other is there to ensure her own survival, for she alone knows that Barnabas will soon be one of the living dead.Angelique, trapped in the secret room by Ben Stokes, opens Barnabas Collins' coffin, prepared to drive the stake through her husband's body. As she lifts the mallet, however, Barnabas awakens, bares his fangs, and grabs Angelique's throat.
Act I
Angelique is cowering by the door when Barnabas grabs her and asks their location. Ben waits outside, listening to every word. Angelique tells Barnabas they are in the mausoleum, and she wants to go back to the Old House. Barnabas wants to know why he was in a coffin. Barnabas then realizes he was in the coffin because he was dead. He wants to know why he has returned if he is dead. Barnabas asks why Angelique tried to prevent him from returning, but he thinks she is afraid of him, or rather, what he has become. Barnabas demands to know what has happened and what must be done. Angelique responds that Barnabas is one of the living dead, one who can live only at night. Barnabas remembers the other part of the curse, that anyone who loves him will die, and he thinks Angelique wanted to get rid of the curse because she knew she would be its first victim. Angelique tries to stop her husband, but Barnabas begins to choke her. With little struggle, Angelique's body goes limp. She is dead.
Act II
After kneeling over Angelique's body, Barnabas remembers how to exit the room and moves the portion of the step. He is surprised to find Ben in the mausoleum. Ben tells Barnabas that Angelique made him accompany her, and Barnabas lets the servant know Angelique can no longer hear him. Barnabas wishes to know what Angelique told Ben, who tells Barnabas the only way to make him stay dead is to drive a stake through his heart. Barnabas lets Ben know his presence causes a bit of a problem as he is no longer human. The rest of the world must continue to think Barnabas dead, and Barnabas needs to trust Ben. Ben offers to help Barnabas, and his new master accepts this. The first task is to get rid of Angelique's body, but they hear someone walking through the cemetery. A flash of lightning reveals Joshua Collins. Barnabas goes into the secret room to hide Angelique's body. Joshua Collins opens the gate and stares at Ben.
Act III
Joshua asks why Ben is in the mausoleum. Ben replies that he is paying his last respects to Barnabas, and tells Joshua that he followed the workmen from the Old House. Ben promises to tell no one else, but Joshua heard voices inside the mausoleum. Joshua accuses Ben of grave robbing, but Ben says he was just saying a prayer. Joshua opens the secret room door, where he finds a bat. The bat flies into the main room of the mausoleum. Ben tries to stop Joshua, but Joshua is satisfied that the room is empty, save the coffin. Joshua agrees to let Ben stay in the mausoleum as long as Ben reports to him first thing in the morning. After Joshua leaves, Ben returns to the secret room, where he is astonished to find Angelique's body alone in the coffin.
Act IV

Outside, Ben sees Barnabas materialize in front of him. Barnabas states that he has strange and remarkable powers. There is blood running from his mouth. Barnabas needs to return to his coffin by dawn. As the two enter the mausoleum, Barnabas now carrying his wolf-head cane, Ben notices the blood. Barnabas states that something has happened to some poor, unfortunate villager. Barnabas can no longer survive without other people's blood. Barnabas laments his decision to kill Angelique; he should have let her kill him instead. Barnabas would rather be dead than go through eternity as what he has become.

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A seance has been held in the great house at Collinwood, a seance which has suspended time and space, and sent one girl on an uncertain and frightening journey into the past, back to the year 1795. There each member of the Collins ancestors resembles a present day member of the Collins family, but the names and relationships have changed, and Victoria Winters finds herself a stranger in a sea of familiar faces. One member of the Collins family has been cursed, and must walk the earth as one of the living dead. He seeks to end the curse, and after this night, perhaps he will.Ben Stokes agrees to drive a stake through Barnabas Collins' heart so that Barnabas can escape his torment and find peace. Even though Ben is against the idea, he tells Barnabas he will do as he asks.
Act I
Ben repeats his opposition to the plan to put a stake through Barnabas' heart. Barnabas believes Ben will be giving him a gift: the gift of peace. Barnabas asks Ben to help Victoria Winters to escape and to remember the good in him when he is gone. Barnabas plans to see Josette one last time. Ben tries to talk him out of seeing Josette for fear that Barnabas will attack her as he did the women in the village. Barnabas assures him that Josette is different and that he could never harm her.
Act II
Barnabas becomes a bat and visits Josette's room. He turns into human form, stands by her bedside, and gazes at her lovingly while she sleeps. He feels it is impossible to say good-bye to her but he knows he must. Natalie DuPres enters Josette's room unexpectedly and sees Barnabas standing at Josette's bedside.
Act III
Natalie is shocked as Barnabas fades into thin air. Josette awakens. Natalie tries to convince her that they must leave town for their own safety, but Josette protests because she wants to wait for Barnabas to return to her as he promised before he died. Natalie proceeds to tell Josette that she saw the event of her own death in the tarot cards if she remains at Collinwood. Josette finally agrees to leave in order to save her aunt's life. Josette goes for a walk in the garden, and Ben shows up and asks if she is alright. He has been worried about her and the women in the area after the attacks that have occurred lately. Josette informs Ben that she and Natalie are leaving soon to return to Martinique, but she tells him that she has not wanted to leave before now because Barnabas had promised before he died that he would return to her. Josette tells Ben that she awoke from sleeping earlier and thought she had heard Barnabas calling to her. Ben tells her it is her imagination. He encourages her to leave Collinwood and for her own good to forget everything that has happened there. Josette looks disturbed and says that she heard something that sounded like faraway laughter. A rooster crows and Ben realizes it is almost time for him to drive the stake through Barnabas' heart.
Act IV

At sunrise, Ben returns to the mausoleum with a stake and mallet in hand and makes his way to the secret room where Barnabas lays in his coffin. After a false start, he finally brings himself to drive the stake through Barnabas' heart. He hears maniacal laughter, then Angelique Collins' spirit appears to him. She still has power over him and will never allow Ben to kill Barnabas. If he tries again, she will return from her grave to deal with him. She then orders Ben to leave the mausoleum. After Ben leaves, Angelique speaks to the sleeping Barnabas, gloating that he shall never escape her curse, and neither will Josette.

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A seance has been held at the great house of Collinwood, a seance which has suspended time and space, and sent one girl on an uncertain and frightening journey into the past, back to the year 1795. There each of the Collins ancestors resembles a present day member of the Collins family, but the names and relationships have changed, and Victoria Winters finds herself in a sea of familiar faces, swept along with the entire Collins ancestry, on a terrifying tide of inhuman horror, the effects of which will haunt even the present.In the secret room, Barnabas Collins is furious to awaken again as a vampire. Ben Stokes had promised to drive a stake through Barnabas' heart, but couldn't go through with it.
Act I
Ben explains that he was prevented by the witch, Angelique, from keeping his word. He reminds Barnabas of Angelique's promise to destroy everyone Barnabas loves, and because of that promise Sarah is dead. Barnabas laments that it is his fault his sister died. He says that he will not let the rest of the curse happen; he will not allow Angelique to harm Josette, the real target of Angelique's wrath. Ben tells Barnabas that he talked to Josette. She remembers his promise to return. Ben tells him that she is planning to leave because there is danger for her at Collinwood. Barnabas believes it is best that she goes far away from him for her own safety. Barnabas leaves, but not to see Josette. After Barnabas leaves to go wherever the night takes him, Angelique's spirit appears to Ben, laughing manically and saying that Josette will come to Barnabas since Barnabas will not come to her. Angelique calls out to Josette using Barnabas' voice, and Josette seems to hear it as she sleeps fitfully.
Act II
Angelique's spirit visits Josette's room and calls out to her using Barnabas' voice while Josette calls out the name of Barnabas in her sleep. Josette dreams that she is following Angelique into the cemetery as Angelique tells her to call Barnabas' name. She is led to the graveyard, and wakes up screaming. After arising from her bed, she hears the voice of Barnabas calling out to her.
Act III
She follows the voice into the woods to the edge of the graveyard and is surprised to meet up with Ben who asks her what she is doing there in the middle of the night. Ben pleads with her to go home, but Josette hears Barnabas' voice again and ignores Ben's pleas. Ben tries to tell her that the voice calling her is not that of Barnabas, but Angelique's spirit stops him from saying anything further. Josette asks him to stay with her but Ben rushes off. Josette continues on to the mausoleum at Eagle Hill Cemetery. She steps inside and moments later the door slams shut. She turns around suddenly and see Barnabas standing in front of her.
Act IV

Josette realizes that Barnabas is not dead, that he is not a ghost. He asks her why she has come to this place. She tells him she heard him calling to her, but he denies it. She wonders why he didn't tell her he was alive, and he tells her she must go far away at once because she is in great danger. If she loves him, then she will go and forget that she ever saw him. There are powers over them that they cannot control. She reaches out to him asking him to hold her in his arms. He holds her, bares his fangs and begins to lean in toward her neck.