Episode 906: Little Caesar

“They’re like an organization — they’re evil, Liz! Terribly evil!”

They blew into town a month ago, and started making noise. A bunch of trouble boys, call themselves the Leviathans. There’s something squirrely about ’em, I know that much.

It’s all tied up with the Stoddard family, up on the hill, especially Carolyn. These guys have plans for Carolyn, big plans, and by the time they’re done, they’re gonna give the human race a sock in the kisser.

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So Carolyn’s in the antique shop with Megan, see? And then this kid muscles down the stairs, name of Alexander Todd.

Yeah, get a look at him. It’s guys like this that cause all the trouble. Thousands of guys have got guns, there’s only one Alexander.

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Megan makes with the introductions, and the kid gives Carolyn the up and down. You can see why, she’s a snappy-looking dish. He’s never seen a broad like her before, and he goes for her in a big way.

Carolyn wants to know where he came from, so Megan throws her a line of bull. “Alex is Philip’s nephew,” she says. “Philip took the baby back to my sister’s earlier today. Then he went to his brother’s, to pick up Alex.”

It’s the bunk, natch, nothing but a cheap flim flam, but Carolyn thinks it’s on the square. She’s not wise to the Todds yet; you never get the straight dope from these rats.

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Megan says Alex can go upstairs and cool his heels, but nothing doing. Nobody’s going to plan for this mob but Alex, you get me?

So he sticks around, plays nice with the antiques. He’s sure got it bad for this skirt.

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Digging through the box, Alex gloms onto an African mask, and shoves it over his map.

Behind the face furniture, he gets all kicked up, and starts chasing Carolyn around the shop. He’s growling, she’s laughing. He’s got it all figured out, this guy. I guess sometimes the doorbell rings, and the whole setup is right there in the room with you.

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But then Carolyn gets on the blower, and playtime is kaput. Some palooka called Grant is in a tight spot, and she’s gotta hold his hand till the heat’s off.

So she’s gotta beat feet, which puts Alex exactly nowhere. He thought he had it cold, all wrapped up in tissue paper with pink ribbons around it. Now it’s nothing but a flop.

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Alex says he doesn’t want her to go, and Megan chuckles, “Carolyn, I think he’s jealous!”

Carolyn laughs. “Well, I couldn’t be more flattered!” So she leans down, and plants a kiss on him. “Goodbye, Alex. You and I are going to be seeing quite a lot of each other!”

Sure, she ankles, but he’s over the moon. She likes him! This is gonna be duck soup. What did I tell ya? Alexander’s got the only game in town.

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Megan’s gotta head upstairs, so she asks Alex to take charge of the shop. Yeah, scram, he says. Make yourself scarce. He parks himself at the desk, and waits for something new to walk in.

And then some gink breezes into the joint, and who do you think it is? It’s Paul Stoddard, Carolyn’s old man.

Alex sneers. “May I help you?”

“Are you the only one here?”

“Megan’s upstairs.”

“I see. Well, I’m looking for Carolyn Stoddard.”

“She isn’t here.”

“Well, now, do you know when she would be back?”

“Soon.”

And then the kid clams up, and makes it plain they’re through.

“I see, well,” Stoddard says. “In that case, I’ll just wait, if it’s all right.”

Alex says, yeah, go climb up your thumb. Then he just sits there, and looks at Stoddard like he wants to paste him one.

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Stoddard tries to break the ice. “Well, I haven’t seen you before. I knew the Todds had a little baby, but I didn’t know about you. I’m Carolyn’s father.”

Yeah, Alex says, what’s that gotta do with the price of eggs?

“You wouldn’t happen to know where Carolyn went, would you?”

But Alex keeps his trap shut. He ain’t in the mood to jaw all day, he’s got business.

Stoddard starts sweating bullets, this is getting to him. Alex is really doing a number on this sap.

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Megan comes back downstairs, and there’s Stoddard, just standing around loose.

“He’s waiting for Carolyn,” Alex says.

“She went to visit someone at the hospital,” says Megan. “She won’t be too long. Make yourself comfortable.”

Stoddard says thank you, but Alexander isn’t playing ball. He just looks at the guy, like he’s saying, what’s the matter, Stoddard, don’t ya know how to open the door? Just put your hand on the knob, and pull.

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So Alex gets up, and walks over to the calendar. He tears off a page, and then he draws a red circle around January 15th.

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This gets Stoddard all twisted up. “Why did you do that?” he says. “Why?”

Alex shoots him a grin. “That’s when my birthday is. You wanna come to my party? Carolyn’s gonna be there.”

Stoddard can’t believe what he’s seeing, but Alex just looks at him, thinking, do I have to draw you a diagram?

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And I guess Stoddard can’t take it. That’s it for him; he gets yellow, and makes a break for the door.

All right then, scram, Alex says. Get outta here, go on home. But remember, you’re in this up to the neck. You’re gonna ride this all the way to the end of the line, and it’s a one-way trip.

He stares out the window, and watches Stoddard make tracks down the street.

Yeah, he says. That’s right, you bum. If you want me, you’re gonna have to come and get me!

Tomorrow: Barnabas v Julia: Dawn of Justice.


Dark Shadows bloopers to watch out for:

The phone rings, interrupting Alex as he chases Carolyn around. There’s a shot of Alex taking the mask away from his face, and then we cut to Carolyn. She’s looking directly at the camera, waiting for her cue to pick up the phone.

Barnabas tells Liz, “The man is still on the critical list, but Julia Hoffman seems to be convinced that he’ll recover.” Why does he need to say Julia’s full name to Liz?

Paul tells Liz that Carolyn is in danger, “here in Collinwood.” He means Collinsport.


Behind the Scenes:

Alexander is played by David Jay, who appears in six episodes. IMDb is a little confused about David, who I believe did not appear in an episode of Hunter as COSMIC Agent 1 in 1967. Hunter was made in Australia and David was six at the time, so I suspect that IMDb is getting him mixed up with somebody else called David Jay. The same goes for Division 4, Winners and Hard Knuckle, which were also made in Australia.

David’s real credits, as far as I can figure, are an appearance on the CBS soap Love Is a Many Splendored Thing in 1972, and a voice credit for the Rankin-Bass special The Little Drummer Boy Book II in 1976. Then he went back in time, moved to Australia and started his career over again.

The traveling afghan makes another appearance today, in Paul’s hotel room. We last saw it two weeks ago in Megan and Philip’s room.

Tomorrow: Barnabas v Julia: Dawn of Justice.

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— Danny Horn

23 thoughts on “Episode 906: Little Caesar

  1. I’ve always thought that the resemblance between Jeb and Alexander was uncanny. Not just in looks, and mannerisms and everything.

    1. Yeah, definitely a significant resemblance. Watching the Alexander episodes has me curious about whether they had already cast Chris Pennock to play Jeb at this point. Is there any way to know?

      1. I’m calling it a Bronx accent, mixed with a slight lisp. The studio was in New York, and this kid wasn’t a known child actor (as Denise Nickerson was). I’d bet money that he was a local kid.

            1. I generally have DS Wiki open on another tab while I read your blog. Just in case. Matter of fact, the wiki is sort of how I found you.
              They may have the info, but you have insights and laughs, which are worth even more to me.

  2. Alexander is my favorite incarnation of the Leviathan, because he’s just so inscrutable and weird. Michael and Jeb are both rather obvious brats, not that mysterious, but Alexander is creepy.

    1. Me too, I LOVE Alexander. He extrudes pure evil without resorting to anything more than a cold stare.
      That little kid would have been perfect for The Omen.
      I especially enjoy his scenes with Jonathan.

      1. “The creepy child” is a major horror trope. DS toyed with it from time to time with David, but since he became a sympathetic character, it couldn’t stick. So they have to bring new creepy children in from time to time. Alexander is the best creepy child DS ever had.

        P.S. – I hate creepy children.

        1. When did David become a sympathetic character?

          Or by ‘sympathetic’ do you just mean ‘not as murderously psychopathic as before’?

  3. By the way- this blog entry was excellent Danny. I mean, they’re all excellent but this was an especially good one. Alexander IS Little Caesar!

  4. For some reason, I remember the Todds claiming the baby was theirs and wondered why they sent it away when he suddenly became Alexander’s age. The coming and going of male cousins of differing ages got ridiculous!

    1. “Antique Shoppe, Taxidermy & Child Care – Leviathans Welcome”

      A bit long for a business card, but they could fit it on the front window.

  5. David used to be called a “little monster.” That title now belongs to Alexander.

    David Jay does a great job of making him creepy.

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