Episode 1156: The Framing

“What gods are against us, what gods?”

So! This is where your evil has lured you!

A higher authority than I will judge you!

Don’t try to escape, because I will shoot you, and then it would be quite obvious how guilty you were!

The Devil is against you, Samantha, and I say that with great sorrow.

There’s one word that everyone’s afraid to mention in this place — witchcraft!

Fear is spreading through this town like wildfire.

You know, Trask, you’re one of those peculiar emotional vultures who likes to fly around looking for a disaster, and then you swoop!

How can I be glad? My brother is dead!

You’ve never shown a human emotion in your life! No pity, no love! Only that mind of yours — cruel, devious — only interested in the things it shouldn’t be interested in!

Would it not be worse for him to grow up in this atmosphere of evil? When I think of the heinous practices that have gone on in this house!

You have crossed the river of indecision, and joined those on the other side who would be saved!

Quentin will enmesh you in his evil! And you will not even know it, until it’s too late!

Are you already a member of Quentin’s coven?

On the note — was the mark of the Devil!

There was a look on Quentin’s face — a look that said that he knew what he was going to do!

Tomorrow: Book Him.


Dark Shadows bloopers to watch out for:

When Samantha stands up from her needlepoint, the camera tries to follow, and bobbles up and down.

Samantha steps on Gabriel’s line when he asks, “Do you ever think of Quentin — really think?”

At the beginning of the police station scene in act 2, Ward steps on Quentin’s line.

Quentin asks Ward, “Mordecry Grimes was here to visit you, wasn’t he?” Ward starts to answer, and Quentin says, “I know what he says! He thinks I destored his cattle.”

Ward tells Quentin, “Randall Drew was supposedly coming here to tell me proof of those accusations.”

There’s some offstage noise when Samantha asks Quentin, “What am I going to tell Tad?”

Ward asks Samantha, “Was your brother and Mr. Collins friends, after your brother’s returns?”


Behind the Scenes:

Constable Jim Ward is played by Roger Hamilton, who appears in today’s episode, and tomorrow’s. This is his only screen credit, but he had a long career on Broadway. He was an assistant stage manager in the 1950s, and his first on-stage role was in Little Moon of Alban in 1960. He played Claudius in the original 1967 production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and in the 1970s, he appeared in the original productions of The Rothschilds and Pippin.

Tomorrow: Book Him.

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— Danny Horn

14 thoughts on “Episode 1156: The Framing

    1. The children, who spawned this whole thing, have been long forgotten. Doesn’t David Hennessy make one more appearance before the show closes?

  1. I love Samantha. I love it when Quentin’s wives give him hell but unlike Jenny, Samantha is strong and assertive. Jenny was just way too unbearable – and screechy. And nuts – thanks to Quentin.
    PT Maggie was headed that way but thankfully, she got the hell out of that house before he drove her insane, too. What a husband!

      1. I love the 1840’s – Gerard, Samantha, Gabriel, Daniel, Flora, Lamar & Roxanne, Barnabas & Angelique – I even liked Judah Zachery’s head! I still jump when he opens his eyes for the first time.

            1. Yes. Judah wasn’t much from trading quips in the drawing room.

              Nicolas Blair or Petofi probably take first place for that.

              1. The bit where Petofi made the 1897 characters do a 180 was really fun (uptight Charity being possessed by Pansy, and Edmund thinking he’s a servant).

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