Dark Shadows
April 1971



    Episode 1244
    Tape Date: March 23, 1971 (ABC #69-DRK-71)
    Air Date: April 1, 1971 Thursday
    Writer: Gordon Russell
    Director: Henry Kaplan
    
       Bramwell, who's downstairs in the file room, comes upstairs and finds
    that Morgan has locked Catharine in the room with him. 
       The clock in the foyer shows 9:00. Kendrick, frustrated, asks Julia,
    "How can we just wait here? Why don't we do something? Why don't we 
    call Carrie Stokes? Maybe she can help!" Julia answers, "No, That's
    already been tried. It didn't help." Morgan comes into the room. Julia
    asks him, "How's Catharine?" Morgan replies, "I assume she's all right."
    Julia, puzzled, asks, "Assume? What do you mean assume?" Morgan replies,
    "She's not here anymore. She's left Collinwood forever." Julia remarks, 
    "Left? Without saying goodbye to anyone?" She asks to speak to Morgan
    alone, and Kendrick leaves. 
       Julia tells Morgan she knows why he must have sent Catharine away, 
    that it's because she's pregnant with Bramwell's child. She asks how he
    found out. He tells her about overhearing them at the gazebo, that it's
    the why he tricked Bramwell into going into the room as revenge. Julia
    ponders, "How strange. It's just like what happened originally between
    Brutus, James and Amanda". She then gasps, "Oh no! Catharine hasn't 
    left! You've locked her in the room!"  
       In Brutus' room, Catharine and Bramwell hear a ghostly wind and an
    eerie sound. Bramwell tells Catharine not to be afraid, but Catharine
    replies, "Catharine? Why do you call me Catharine? My name is Amanda!
    The only way that this will end is if you kill me then kill yourself!"
    Bramwell tells her, "NO! Fight it, Catharine!" Catharine replies, "If
    you won't do it, I will!" A knife suddenly appears on the desk. Catharine
    grabs it and tries to stab herself, but Bramwell grabs her, prevents her
    from doing so, shakes her out of it and exclaims, "You will not have her,
    Brutus! She is mine and you will not take her from me!" 
       Julia demands to have the key, but Morgan just turns and leaves.
    Kendrick returns. Julia tells him, "I don't think Catharine's left. I
    think Morgan's locked her in the room with Bramwell. We've got to find
    the key!"
       The sound of ghostly wind and eerie noises once again fill Brutus'
    room. Bramwell confidently challenges, "Brutus! Show yourself!". 
    Suddenly, he grabs his throat and starts to strangle. Catharine shakes
    him, saying, "Bramwell! You've got to snap out of it!" and he stops
    choking.
       Julia and Kendrick search Morgan's room for the key. Kendrick
    throws up his hands and exasperatedly tells Julia, "It's no use!
    It could be anywhere in this house. He might have it on his person!"
    Julia agrees. Morgan comes in and angrily tells them they have no 
    right to be in his room. Julia tells him she's learned one important
    thing. She tells him she's sure now that Catharine hasn't left because
    all her clothes are still here. Morgan laughs uproariously. He is totally
    mad now.
       The clock in the foyer shows 5:45. Kendrick tells Julia, "Only 15
    minutes!" Morgan comes into the drawing room and announces that he's
    going to open the door now. They tell him they'll go with him, but he
    insists on going alone, saying, "This is my moment, and I want it for
    myself!" He threatens not to open the door if anyone goes with him.
    They let him go alone.
       Morgan goes to the door of Brutus' room. He mutters to himself, "I
    can't lose! If they're dead, I win. If they're crazy, I win. But if,
    against all odds, they're all right, I'll have to use this..." In his
    hand is a gun...
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    Episode 1245
    Tape Date: March 24, 1971 (ABC #70-DRK-71)
    Air Date: April 2, 1971 Friday
    Writer: Sam Hall
    Director: Lela Swift

       Morgan opens the door and goes in. Catharine and Bramwell are nowhere
    in sight. Morgan figures they must be downstairs and prepares to go there,
    but the ghost of Brutus appears and tells him, "No! You shall not have
    them! They are mine!"
       Downstairs, Bramwell notes to Catharine, "It's almost dawn! It'll be
    all over soon!" Catharine replies, "Yes! Brutus has tried all through 
    all through the night to harm us, but every time, he has failed, each 
    time, one of us has helped the other!" Brutus once again appears and 
    tries to strangle Bramwell, but the cock crows and he disappears. 
    Catharine and Bramwell rejoice, "It's over! We've broken the curse! The 
    power of our love has broken the curse!" and embrace.
       They go upstairs but are confonted by Morgan. Morgan shoots Bramwell,
    who falls. Kendrick and Julia come running into the room. Morgan
    grabs Catharine and runs off with her. Bramwell, who only has a flesh 
    wound in the arm, exclaims, "He's taking her to the secret passage at 
    the end of the hall!" and, against Julia's warning that he's hurt, gets
    up and gives chase. Kendrick tells Julia to go see if Melanie is OK and
    gives chase too.
       Julia and Flora go to the tower room to check Melanie. They awaken her
    and find that she is apparently all right, that she has no memory of the
    the past few days. They expain to her that Bramwell and Catharine spent 
    the night in the room. Melanie asks, "Are they all right?" They tell
    her, "Well, they got out of the room all right." She asks, "Left the 
    room all right?" Julia leaves. Flora tells her the whole story.
       Julia goes into the drawing room. She hears a sound coming from 
    behind the secret passage and gasps. The secret passage opens. Kendrick
    steps out. She lets out a sigh of relief. He tells her that they haven't
    managed to find Morgan and Catharine yet, that they clearly heard them 
    in there but have not found them yet. He tells her that Bramwell is still
    in there looking for them, that he's just come out to see Melanie briefly
    then will go back and join Bramwell. Julia tells him Melanie is OK.
       Morgan drags Catharine out a door onto a high balcony. He tells her, 
    "You want Bramwell? Well, I'll get him for you!" He goes to the door, 
    shouts, "Bramwell! Bramwell!", then comes back, drags her to the balcony,
    forces her to look down and tells her, "Can you imagine yourself falling, 
    screaming all the way down? Can you imagine hitting hard ground at the 
    bottom?" The door opens, and Bramwell comes out onto the balcony. Morgan 
    tells him, "You've come just in time to see Catharine die!" Bramwell
    begs him to let Catharine go and let him take her place. Morgan refuses,
    saying they're both going to die, that he's going to kill her then him.
    Suddenly, Kendrick rushes onto the balcony and tackles Morgan. Kendrick
    and Bramwell struggle with Morgan. In the fight, Morgan is shoved against
    the railing of balcony. The ancient timbers give way and Morgan falls 
    off.           
       Flora tells Julia she has ambivalent feelings about Catharine, that 
    she has to admit that she feels she is somewhat respossible for what 
    happened to Morgan. Julia tells her she shouldn't feel that way, that
    she should be grateful to Catharine and Bramwell for ending the curse 
    instead.   
       Kendrick convinces Melanie that it's all right for her to leave
    Collinwood now. She starts packing.
       Catharine tells Bramwell she feels guilty, that she feels she caused
    the whole tragedy by marrying Morgan when she should have married him
    instead in the first place. Bramwell tells her it's not her fault and not
    to feel guilty.      
       The clock in the foyer shows 10:00. Flora, Julia, Bramwell, Catharine
    and Kendrick are in the drawing room. Kendrick is waiting for Melanie,
    wondering what's taking her so long to pack. Suddenly, Ben Stokes and a
    servant come in through the front door. They are carrying Melainie with
    them. Ben Stokes exclaims, "We found her in the woods! She's been attacked
    by some sort of animal!" Ben and the servant put Melanie onto a couch in 
    the drawing room. As they put her down, her head tilts to the side, 
    revealing two holes in her neck. Ben remarks, "If I didn't know better, 
    if I didn't know it was impossible, I'd say she'd been attacked by a 
    vampire!"
                                                       
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       (Fade to the portrait of Barnabas in the foyer. A voice over by Thayer
        David says...)

		"There was no vampire loose on the great estate. For the first time at
		 Collinwood, the marks on the neck were indeed those of an animal.
		 Melaine soon recovered and went to live in Boston with her beloved
		 Kendrick. There they prospered and had three children. Bramwell and
		 Catherine were soon married, and at Flora's insistence, stayed on at
		 Collinwood, where Bramwell assumed control of the Collins business
		 interests. Their love became a living legend. And for as long as they
		 lived, the Dark Shadows at Collinwood were but a memory of the distant
		 past."

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       (This ends Dark Shadows. This episode, which originally aired on
        April 2, 1971, was the last show in the series. The show was
        abruptly cancelled and replaced by "Password".)
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