THE DRAWING ROOM #45: DS EPISODES 431-435

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired February 19 – 23, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • He sends her away because she’s ugly
  • One simply does not bite one’s family members
  • Ben and the boy—Runaway kindred spirits?
  • The Book of Prophecy, According to Daniel
  • In what universe is it okay to tell colonial children that people will fly?
  • I am Naomi, hear me roar!
  • Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Vicki’s trial is not going well
  • Chrissy is not on Team Nathan
  • What motivates the dead Angelique?
  • Devil! Devil! Devil!
  • “If you didn’t love her, then you hated her enough to kill her.”
  • Pacing…prob…lems con…tinue…

Also

  • Epic TV cancellations
  • Mr. Rogers comes to your neighborhood

xbetrayedBetrayal

xdanielcollinsYou say David, I say Daniel…what’s the diff?

xopen3Gasp!

xdead2Abigail Dies of Fright…

xfangs…Not Bite

xfight7Bradford and Forbes…Fight Fight Fight

xtribunalThe U.S. Constitution takes a beating

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THE DRAWING ROOM #44: DS EPISODES 426-430

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired February 12 – 16, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Another frantic search?
  • A vampire’s denial
  • Pleading, dragging, weeping, dragging…
  • Your Collinsport Defense Law Team: Wacky, Wacky, Dramatic and Wacky
  • Why Insanity is your friend
  • Always stay on the good side of an unstable woman yielding a letter opener
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Abigail is absolutely convinced…and absolutely incorrect!
  • There’s nothing like a good scream
  • Pacing issues, pitfalls and epiphanies
  • Peter Bradford, Esquire: great, or grating?
  • Trask: Fraud or Fanatic?
  • Besmirched! Let’s duel!
  • The secret room within the Secret Room
  • Chronology Botches

AND

  • What is your emergency?
  • Chrissy gets Whimsical!
  • “Life moves on but Collinwood never changes.”

44barngrave2Alas, Poor Josette!

44millMillicent appears so sweet and innocent…

44knife4UNTIL SHE COMES AFTER YOU WITH A LETTER OPENER!!!

44flubExit Stage Right…and right onto another stage


Merry Christmas from Collinsport

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THE DRAWING ROOM #43: DS EPISODES 421-425

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired February 5 – 9, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Did she jump or did she fall?
  • Could the WORD “Vampire” have saved Josette’s life?
  • “And if you order now, we’ll send you this second beautiful coffin…absolutely free!!”
  • Ben’s got the hots for the Countess?
  • Brick of the Week
  • Successfully Sympathetic?
  • Who done him wrong…MORE?
  • You and me against the world = Double Trouble
  • Blackmail, anyone? Not so fast!
  • How far will Nathan fall?
  • Barnabas: a sentimentalist and his jewelry
  • Assumptions and Fictions: the stuff Family Legends are made of!
  • “In this house, facts become fantasy very easily”
  • Russ makes literary references, and Chrissy perfects the art of the Picayune
  • The best laid plans…come to nothing, if your intended jumps (or falls) off a cliff

Also…

  • Love is Blue, and your kitchen is avocado green
  • Meat & Potatoes

This week, Chrissy’s synopsis is accompanied by Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia.

43jigup4The gig is up

43suki2Alas, poor Suki…we barely knew her

43cryptWho left the lights on?

43neckVampire Alert

43vamp2Bad Hair Day Extraordinaire


Does she fall or does she jump? You decide!

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THE DRAWING ROOM #42: DS EPISODES 416-420

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired January 29-February 2, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Is it just me, or have we been here before?
  • It’s Dark Shadows…everybody lies about something
  • As a Creature of the Night, Barnabas sucks
  • 7th Grade is now in session!
  • Russ’ Advice to the Lovelorn
  • Marvelous Announcements!
  • The Sub-Plot is NOT Sub-Par
  • The Polygamy Quandary
  • Bud, Bob, Rooney, Mooney—the bartender’s back!
  • The Eternal Now…1796-style
  • No “Vampires” here — just us monsters
  • Bam!
  • It’s Dark Shadows…everybody lies about something
  • As a Creature of the Night, Barnabas sucks
  • 7th Grade is now in session!
  • Russ’ Advice to the Lovelorn
  • Marvelous Announcements!
  • The Sub-Plot is NOT Sub-Par
  • The Polygamy Quandary
  • Bud, Bob, Rooney, Mooney—the bartender’s back!
  • The Eternal Now…1796-style
  • No “Vampires” here — just us monsters
  • Bam!
  • Is it just me, or have we been here before?

And…

  • Tambourines aplenty
  • Nudge the sleeping Forum!

reviseanghead1The Witch is Back

revglare The Bitch is Back

barnjo3I mustn’t…I mustn’t…I mustn’t…

repeat2Aw, what the heck

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THE DRAWING ROOM #41: DS EPISODES 411-415

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Annnnnnnd……we’re back!

These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired January 22-26, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Can you say “vampire”? Apparently not…
  • Understatement of the week year show: Newly vampirized Barnabas reflects, “There’s been a drastic change in my life.”
  • The Flub that WORKS
  • The Ben & Barnabas Flip-Flop
  • Laughing at the idiocy of others
  • How is Ben Stokes like George Costanza?
  • Super-strength, super-vision…and super-imposed
  • If two five eight people know a secret, it’s not a secret
  • Sarah’s Swan song
  • One historical point eclipses the writers’ past mistakes
  • ♫Peter and Vicki, sittin’ in a tree…♫
    ♫Nathan and Millicent, sittin’ in a tree…♫
    (but not all in the same tree)

And…

  • Chain of Fools
  • “You bet your sweet bippy!”

bloody3The Vampire and his Personal Assistant

muff1What is really cool in this picture?

crew1What is really NOT cool in this picture?

dead1Nobody does “dead” like Angelique…

sarahdead…though what Sarah lacks in drama, she makes up for with pathos


Nathan & Millicent make a cute couple

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HIATUS

We were in the middle of editing Episode #41 when Russ’ Mom passed away after bravely fighting cancer for 13 years. Rather than carrying on, half-hearted and distracted, we made a decision to hold off working on this episode until our schedules, minds and hearts are once again clear enough to give it our full attention. Please join us the first weekend of September, when we post Episode #41 of The Drawing Room.

Chrissy

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THE DRAWING ROOM #40: DS EPISODES 406 – 410

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired January 15-19, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • “Have you ever heard the word…VAMPIRE?” Yes…as a matter of fact, we have!
  • The week of “Why??”
  • Ominous forebodings…
  • Joshua in full patriarchal splendor: control freak, or practical leader?
  • Vicki has butterflies in her head, and doesn’t understand the Butterfly Effect
  • Angelique, will you take the $20,000…or what’s behind door #3?
  • We meet Corky the Bat
  • When it comes to “I’ll be back,” Schwarzenegger’s got nothin’ on Barnabas Collins!
  • When does blood not look like blood? (When it’s not blood)

Also:

  • Oh, those wacky 60’s sit-coms!
  • Drum Roll for the new Blog Roll

usebook3Natalie ponders the future

joshuaReturn of the Pompous Patriarch


Kudos to the Sound Crew–Sound changes to match the camera angle

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THE DRAWING ROOM #39: DS EPISODES 401-405

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired January 8-12, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • A Dark Shadows Love Story: Love means never having to say, “My wife the witch is going to kill you.”
  • The Collins that Couldn’t Shoot Straight
  • The “Old Flame” OVER the fireplace
  • Being from the future is no defense against a charge of witchcraft
  • Pre-teen Chrissy remembers Peter Bradford. Pre-teen Russ remembers Kate Jackson
  • Opening narration: Déjà vu…or déjà snooze?
  • Is Nathan in love with Millicent…or her money?
  • The Devil in the Details: It all turns on a chip in a glass

Also…

  • The Great Mini Skirt Scourge
  • Like us on Facebook!

39montageThis week’s acting award goes to Jonathan Frid

attack3Bitten!!

creditSame bat-time, same bat-channel!

pair1Romance in the Garden

oughtaWhy, I OUGHTA…

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THE DRAWING ROOM #38: DS EPISODES 396-400

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired January 1 – 5, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Fire! Fire! Faked by the liar!
  • The reluctant bridegroom and the insecure bride: is this marriage doomed?
  • Haunting melody…or haunted music box?
  • The Great Collinsport Women’s Prayer Meeting
  • The Great But Extremely Temporary Graveside Conversion
  • Witchcraft? Not a chance! Time travel? No problem!
  • How is Dark Shadows like Plan 9 From Outer Space?
  • How is Dark Shadows like Snow White?
  • The Joss Effect

Also:

rescue2Ben, the Knight in Shining Armor

joyousoccassionThe reluctant bridegroom…

havewitch“I have the witch!”

what“Are you SURE you’re from the future?”

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THE DRAWING ROOM #37: DS EPISODES 391-395

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired December 26-29, 1967.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Push comes to shove: a tale of motherly love
  • St. Josette, the tragic widow martyr
  • Is Abigail a better detective than Rev. Trask?
  • Beware…the uninteresting child
  • Russ exercises his stock options
  • The Commotionless Motion of the Collins Moving Day
  • Haunted houses…or haunted people?
  • The Serendipitously Bandaged Ghost

Also…

  • Good, Bad, Ugly, Ice Bowl & Tribbles
  • We say goodbye to 1967

dress1What the well-dressed armchair is wearing this season

jerimiahProofreader needed, apply at Dan Curtis Productions

downoutKathryn Leigh Scott’s new novel, Down and Out in Beverly Heels, is now available on Amazon.

From her website: The novel is a fun, light-hearted romance, taking us into the Hollywood social swirl, but also delves into the gritty truth of what it is to be “homeless and hiding it” in one of the most glittering, fashionable cities in the world.

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