It starts when Angelique bites Joe Haskell’s cousin Tom, who then dies in the hospital after Joe, who has also been bitten and is in thrall to Angelique, leaves the window open so that she can get at Tom a second time. Barnabas, who isn’t a vampire at present, doesn’t know that Angelique is the new vamp in town, but he knows that there is one and that Tom will soon rise from his grave; he tells Willie to sharpen a stake. They head over to the cemetery the evening after the funeral but arrive too late to deal with Tom–his grave is empty.
While Barnabas and Willie are out hunting for him, Tom the Vampire comes to the old house. Dr. Julia Hoffman is alone down in the basement, working in the laboratory she set up to create a new girlfriend for Adam. Julia used to be much better with vampires when she was managing Barnabas, but Tom is a complete stranger to her. She can’t fend him off and he bites her.
When Willie finds her on the floor a short time later, he doesn’t see the fresh teeth-marks on her neck since she’s wearing a high-collared blouse under her lab coat. She doesn’t tell him what happened and asks him not to tell Barnabas, but Barnabas gets the story of the supposed fainting spell out of Willie after Julia goes back to Collinwood to lie down.
As Joe is with Angelique and Willie, Maggie, and Carolyn were with Barnabas, Julia is now enthralled to this vampire who speaks all his lines in such a stilted manner. (Maybe it’s the fangs hindering his speech?). Whenever he calls out to her, she goes to him and gets bit again.
This goes on for two or three days, but Barnabas soon figures out what’s going on. After all, he knows all the signs of a vampire’s victim, including that tell-tale scarf wrapped high around the neck. He confronts Julia about it and tries to help her, but the call of Tom the Vampire is impossible to resist.
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