By PATRICK McCRAY
Taped on this day in 1967: Episode 319.
Barnabas, gripped by anxiety, attacks again, and the next day, the Collinsport Star reports that the Strangler is back! The Evans cottage is gripped by fear, as is the Old House, where Willie harangues Barnabas about his sloppiness. He recites every fear Barnabas has. Will he become human? Will he lose his powers? Will he remain a monster? Will he get caught? Will he ever overcome his sense of betrayal at Sarah withholding her love? It’s a wonder that Barnabas doesn’t kill him just to get a moment’s peace. Meanwhile, Dr. Woodard concocts a wacky scheme. If they out the fact that Maggie is home and regaining her memory, the Strangler might be lured into a trap. Sam rejects it, but Maggie likes the idea. Sheriff Patterson suggests that Sam “pretend” to be drunk and blab about it at the Blue Whale, which he does. Willie is hanging out there, but bolts upright at the sound of Sam’s voice. He goes home to tell Barnabas, who vows to stop her.
I love it when a plan comes together. Or starts to. Sam is more and more of a spineless worrywart, befitting someone I’ve long suspected of being a Stevenson democrat. But at the mention of pulling it off while drunk? He falls into Dana Elcar’s meaty arms, just as I knew he would. Kathryn Leigh Scott again proves that she wears the pants at Chez Evans, showing the kind of pluck and spunk that distinguishes Maggie so marvelously.