Dark Shadows episode 217 originally aired April 26, 1967 with the following voiceover:
“My name is Victoria Winters. It is late afternoon at Collinwood, and lengthening afternoon shadows are beginning to creep across the wall of the great house. For one man – a man who has been struck down by a mysterious illness, there is terror in the coming nightfall – danger in the lengthening shadows, and his heart is numbed by fear.”
Willie Loomis is still very sick and Jason McQuire is determined to find out what is wrong with him. Too weak to stop him, Willie is helpless as Jason discovers two puncture marks beneath the makeshift bandage on his wrist. He comments on how strange Willie’s arm appears, almost as if his arm had been drained of blood. John Karlen does a great job of “over- exaggerating” his illness.
Downstairs in the foyer, Carolyn Stoddard and Vicki Winters talk about Willie’s recent illness. Carolyn remarks that Willie seems as if he’s an entirely different person now. Jason comes downstairs and tells the girls about the wound on Willie’s wrist. He says he’ll call a doctor whether Willie wants one or not.
Carolyn questions Jason further about his relationship with her mother. Jason pretends that he wants to be Carolyn’s friend. But in typical Carolyn fashion, she tells Jason off and storms out of the drawing room.
As nightfall settles in, Vicki takes some dinner up to Willie’s room. Willie becomes increasingly agitated as he discovers that it is almost nightfall. He rudely demands that Vicki leave his room. Jason comes up minutes later and catches Willie trying to leave. Willie goes to the window and hears a disembodied heartbeat pounding in his ears. Answering an unspoken command, Willie leaves his room and stumbles down to the foyer. In a blooper filled episode, as Willie draws the curtains to his room, a large fan can be seen behind the window blowing simulated air into the room. Also, when Vicki brings Willie a tray with a large bowl upon it, from the way Vicki handles the bowl, it’s obvious there’s nothing in it. We never actually see inside the bowl, but she tilts it this way and that, oblivious to the hot soup that it supposedly contains.
As Willie nears the portrait of Barnabas Collins, he hears the eerie heartbeat again. He opens the doors and races out into the night. Willie goes to the Collins family mausoleum at Eagle Hill Cemetery. Jason follows him but is astonished when Willie seems to mysteriously disappear inside the tomb.
In this episode, members of the production crew can be heard shuffling around in the background at various points throughout the episode.
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
John Karlen as Willie Loomis
Dennis Patrick as Jason McGuire
Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters