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Angelique tried to make Barnabas finish killing Joe Haskell.

SLIDE 12 (From Episode 612 - 613; Broadcast 10/29 - 10/30/1968)

In another room of the great house, time was running out for Joe Haskell who hadn't quite succeeded in killing himself. Poison, however, had been poured into his medicine by Harry Johnson, and now Barnabas, moving like a sleepwalker at Angelique's command, was about to feed the concoction to the helpless man. He was aware that he was about to commit a murderous act but was unable to stop himself.

At the ultimate moment, chance intervened. Julia Hoffman, seeking the professor, burst into the room barely in time to knock the spoon from Barnabas' hand.



NOTES:

  • ...time was running out for Joe Haskell who hadn't quite succeeded in killing himself. -- "I'm not QUITE dead! I'm getting better!" The show, at least, didn't bother with something so lame as pretending he was dead and then saying "April Fool".

  • This scene does NOT take place in the Great House, it takes place in the Old House, which, as you'll recall, was edited out of the story to save half a sentence of exposition.

  • Poison, however, had been poured into his medicine by Harry Johnson, -- This explains a lot... unless you want to know who Harry Johnson is, or why he goes around pouring poison into medicine bottles. What WERE they thinking? They cut the Old House out of the story to save half a sentence, and then they leave Harry Johnson in for a meaningless and confusing appearance when they could just as easily have had Barnabas poison the medicine himself.

  • Julia Hoffman, seeking the professor, burst into the room barely in time to knock the spoon from Barnabas' hand. -- Having noticed that things were taking a turn for the confusing, Viewmaster has turned up the volume on the melodrama again. In the actual show she just comes in asking questions. He hems, haws, and lies a bit, and she gets suspicious. Knocked the spoon out of his hands indeed! Heh, heh. Maybe she had acquired Nick's ability to pull plot elements out of the sky (see Slide 9) and magically knew it was poisoned.

  • Ahh, see? Who said that Stokes plays no role in this story? He plays the vital role of being looked for so Julia can have an excuse to come into the room now. His role is similar to the role of your car keys every morning.



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