"Late afternoon at Collinwood: Somewhere in the great house, young David Collins remains a prisoner of the supernatural, but Collinwood is ruled now by the malevolent spirit of a man long dead – a man trying to complete the evil scheme he could not complete when he was alive. On this day, two people have returned to Collinwood, believing they know in which part of the house young David Collins is being held."
Professor Stokes
Dark Shadows
Series Dark Shadows
Season 1969, Episode 700
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Air date February 28th, 1969
Writers Gordon Russell
Director Henry Kaplan
Producers Robert Costello
Dan Curtis
Starring Jonathan Frid
Grayson Hall
Kathryn Leigh Scott
David Henesy
Denise Nickerson
Episode guide
Episode 699
Episode 701

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Barnabas and Julia scour the West Wing looking for signs of David. Barnabas discovers the secret panel in the wall and pries it open with a crowbar. Suddenly, they both turn their heads to the sound of approaching footsteps. Professor Stokes enters the room.

Stokes believes that this room is where Quentin Collins died. It is the only explanation as to why it could have been sealed up. Stokes continues poking about and discovers Amy Jennings hiding behind a curtain. The child is catatonic and falls over onto the floor. Maggie scoops her up and brings her back to the Old House.

Barnabas and Professor Stokes continue scouring for clues. Stokes opens a drawer where he discovers an ancient set of I-Ching divination wands that once belonged to Quentin Collins. He also discovers a journal. He tells Barnabas that he will need some time to research the journal.

At the Old House, Amy continues acting strangely. Maggie presses her for information, but it is clear that the child is still under Quentin's influence. Amy reveals that Quentin wants to transform David into someone named Jamison.

Maggie races back to Collinwood. As she climbs the staircase, David emerges. He is frozen in terror. Quentin still has a strong hold over him. Maggie beckons to him, calling him down the stairs. She shouts into the air, screaming for Quentin. She tells Quentin that he cannot have David any longer. For a moment, it appears as if Quentin's hold on the boy has lapsed, but suddenly, David collapses upon the stairs.

Maggie brings him back to the Old House, but David is in a deep coma. Julia examines him, and deduces that Quentin is still in control of him. Unless something is done quickly, David will die by morning.

Barnabas finds Professor Stokes and brings Julia and he to the basement of the Old House. Barnabas presses Stokes to tell him more about the I-Ching. Specifically, he asks if the I-Ching wands could be used to communicate with Quentin. Stokes confirms that while it is certainly possible, the use of I-Ching is very dangerous to the uninitiated. Barnabas insists however, and Stokes gives him a crash-course in I-Ching meditative technique.

He arranges the I-Ching wands and enters into a deep hypnotic state. In the midst of intense concentration, Barnabas envisions himself walking through a heavy iron door. Beyond the door is a familiar, yet terrifying sight – a large, wooden coffin wrapped in heavy iron chains; the same coffin that held Barnabas prisoner for almost two-hundred years.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Closing still:
  • This episode takes place in the year 1969. Barnabas' vision of his chained coffin is from the year 1897.
  • Jonathan Frid seems to have trouble saying the name "Professor Stokes" in this episode.

Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]

Professor Stokes: The child is possessed! She must be removed from this house as soon as possible.

Professor Stokes: It is the oldest known book of divination and mysticism – written in China long before the time of Confucius. It is also the most dangerous.

Professor Stokes: So... Quentin Collins practiced I-Ching. And I would guess that his motives were anything but pure.

Amy Jennings: If you don't find him… David is going to die.

Maggie Evans: He's not like you, Quentin. I'm going to make sure he never will be!

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