5 comments on “Episode Four: Captain Gregg Gets Bent

  1. I’m a little embarrassed: I haven’t read “The Turn of the Screw” or “Nicholas Nickleby”.
    . . Using the plot device from “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is fun. (Did they do that in the
    original show?)

    😉 “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” really is a good fit, isn’t it? I liked that show in those days . .

    Since I never watched “Dark Shadows”, your relating some of the countless unpleasant
    plot bits really helps me appreciate how warming it is to hear your version, where things are
    better for the characters, and look like they’ll get better yet. . . . leavened with the humor
    of one TV show crossover after another . . .

    Yes, when you slip in a subtle reference, it’s as much fun as the obvious inclusions.

    . . Yes, the “Time Warp” song, certainly would be appropriate. I hope I can hear it.

    That old phone-off-the-hook recorded message is hilarious (haven’t heard that in a while) . .

    . . “and Santa!” *chortle*

    Is there any significance to the background music? (If I could recognize the tune,
    I suppose I wouldn’t have to ask.)

    Well, think of that! I had no idea Dale Carnegie wrote other books besides “How to
    Make Friends and . . ” . . unless you’re pulling our legs, by referring to a different title.

    Oh, so Tennyson said, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost . . “. You’re making me
    feel sadly undereducated . .

    . . All this seafood–you’re really making me homesick . .

    Why is the time that Evans begins retouching the painting important? . .
    Ah, now I know. . . and, funny to hear that Mrs. Johnson’s dream curse hit the mark . .
    . . Oh, that’s pretty funny, that they can hear Tim Curry singing in the cellar.
    A heating duct or something, I suppose . . the way the song interleaves into
    Cassandra and Barnabas’ conversation gets funnier and funnier . .
    Ah, “How fortunate”. 😉 . . . nice reference to the local Native Americans . . .
    . . . hah, Evans’ brush-work is so venomous you can hear it (even before
    he speaks) . . ( 😉 sulfites!)

    I remember that theme song!

    • Oh, no worries! I also haven’t read quite a few of the books. (Too little time and so many big biz distractions to escape…) One of the reasons I loved the romance of vampires and immortality: One might have time to read-it-all! I have read Wilde’s book, though. Nice and short (and seemed to have a segment too focused on gemstones for a stretch…) but oh, yeah! Dark Shadows used the Dorian Gray bits more than once.

      Yes! I was so elated to give the TV show of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir a chance. Solves tons of problems and the characters are a perfect fit, along with being in the state of Maine. Thanks for appreciating the summaries and preference for the happier outcomes with jocularity. Yay! (The better it made me feel in real-life the more I devoted my life to it.) I think the music is the official Dark Shadows music from the show. (Can’t reach the audio now and the script didn’t list it…)

      Dale Carnegie did write other books. I stumbled on a copy of “How to Stop Worrying…” two nights ago. (Haven’t finished it either.) I had to look up the Tennyson, too! Wanted to give Wadsworth more to do with that and pull in stuff from “Clue”, expand on it. Another reason I love(d) this work is I kept learning neat stuff by being curious if I should add something related.

      Evans messing up the Angelique portrait is from Dark Shadows and at a certain time for a certain price. Most is the same except for Wadsworth’s bonus singing. And by golly! You got the Passamaquoddy link up! I can’t remember if anyone else did. (They got the Pete’s Dragon bit, but not the actual native tribe from which the name comes from.) And the sulfites! Well-done, indeed!

      Aye! This episode ends in one of my main reasons for a relief-series: saving Sam Evans (a.k.a. Pop). With removing the Angelique painting and replacing it with Captain Gregg’s portrait we eliminate Sam’s possession of the painting he altered, and bring in an upcoming, helpful ghost. 🙂

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