We start with Loomis, who’s doing housework and counting down the hours to Maggie’s demise. He then begins soliloquizing on how much he wishes he could take a hammer to Barnabas’ skull, only stopping because if that didn’t kill Barnabas he’d be in trouble.
Loomis brings Maggie some food and milk. At first he insists she drink it, but then warns her off it, saying it’s poison–he wanted Maggie’s death to be easy, but that really should be up to Maggie, so instead he’ll just leave her the milk and let her make up her own mind. She begs him to help her escape, he says no. I’ll miss those little talks. (No I won’t.)
Oh, right, did I mention? I checked Wikipedia and this plotline ends on Monday. We’re almost out of the woods. (Also, starting Monday I’m gonna aim for two posts a day, since I realized at my current rate it’d take me seven years to get through it, and I’d far prefer three and a half.)
Sarah reappears, and Maggie spends god knows how long pleading with her for a way out or at least to tell Sam where she is. Sarah says she’s not supposed to tell anyone the way out, not even her brother, and that she’s not supposed to know about this place. She can give Maggie a riddle to guide her escape, though! And she can only say it once! Dear lord, she’s like a shit NPC in a roleplaying game. Fucking riddles. (Also–hang on, wait, why would Sarah’s parents tell her how to help her dangerous vampire brother escape his prison cell?)
One, two, away they flew. Three, four, by the door. Five, six, count the bricks. Seven, eight, the clue is grate. Nine, ten, home again.
Better yet, Maggie can only retain the first two words, but Sarah vanishes before Maggie can ask for a do-over.
After commercial, Sarah’s magically appeared to Sam, who’s pretty unperturbed by this. Unfortunately, she’s friggin’ useless, getting distracted immediately by Sam’s paintings and asking he draw her, and he obliges. They make small talk about her dress and where she’s from until she asks whether Sam has a kid. Sam replies that he does, but that Maggie’s missing, and that he wants to find her.
Here’s where I needed a little finagling from Dark Shadows Wiki–Sarah says that she bets Sam will find Maggie at the beach below Widows’ Hill if he goes tonight, but Sam hasn’t even bothered to look there. Sure enough, it’s because that’s Collinwood property, and everyone who lives there is above suspicion, so. And so Sarah disappears, her purpose as a deus ex machina fulfilled.
Maggie pieces the clues together as Barnabas takes his sweet time getting to her cell. “One two away they flew” means nothing. “Three four by the door” means on the opposite wall from the door, for some reason. “Five six count the bricks” means to count six bricks–why the number is now significant I don’t know–from “seven eight the clue is grate”, the grate over the tiny air vent on the wall. Of course, Sarah never specified in what direction to count the bricks, but it turns out to be “down”, and Maggie presses the brick to open up the secret door in the wall. She leaves, but doesn’t close the door behind her, allowing Barnabas to follow her. “Ha! For once, I get to intrude on their private space uninvited!”
Maggie, ultimately, comes to a room with two doors out, neither of them budging, and with Barnabas close behind…
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