Dark Shadows episode 216 originally aired April 26, 1967 with the following voiceover:
“My name is Victoria Winters. A deceptive calm hovers over Collinwood – for a man of great violence appears to be no longer violent. Yet fear and suspicion still persist. The false quiet may predict a new rush of destruction. The false calm may disguise the presence of an even greater violence, and the sinister stillness may obscure an unmentionable evil.”
The thing that strikes me most about this episode is the eye liner worn by Willie Loomis – when he is giving Jason his wide-eyed scared look, his eyes look enormous! Jason interrogates Willie at the Blue Whale, questioning him about his meek demeanor and the bloodstains on his sleeve.
Willie can barely stand and he looks as if he hasn’t slept in days. Willie is one of my favorite characters and I really hate to see him looking so bad. Jason brings Willie back to Collinwood to apologize to the Collins family. Willie apologizes for his behavior.
Carolyn continues her spoiled little rich girl act as she tries to leave the house. She’s not interested in being at home in case Willie turns up. Just then, Jason and Willie come in. Jason forces Willie to apologize, but his apology seems very insincere. Carolyn leaves the house in a huff. Willie is scared and trembles at the sight of Barnabas Collins’ portrait, collapsing from exhaustion on the floor. Jason and Liz come out of the drawing room and finds Willie sprawled out near the staircase.
Willie, having been carried up to his old room by Jason, startles awake with a cry. Jason continues to ask him questions, but now Willie appears to grow more and more terrified. Back downstairs in the drawing room, Jason threatens Elizabeth once again with the 18-year-old incident, and insists that Willie stay. She reluctantly agrees.
Willie doesn’t want to stay and only wants to go away. Jason helps a protesting Willie off with his coat, and is shocked to find Willie’s right sleeve torn and his wrist bandaged. Willie, absolutely terrified, shrinks back as Jason tries to examine the wound, hissing at the Irishman to stay away. Willie is truly scary looking in this scene and you really feel sorry for him.
Writer: Ron Sproat
Director: Lela Swift
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
John Karlen as Willie Loomis
Dennis Patrick as Jason McGuire