Fans of the Gothic soap "Dark Shadows" will remember that Quentin Collins was cursed with Lycanthropy-- actually, that boy had a LOT of problems, but I'm trying to keep this relatively short and interesting for the Masses-- but as you'll see, my title is just a pun.
Step into the Wayback Machine, Sherman, and set the controls for 42 years ago, late March, 1970. This week "Dark Shadows" begins a story in "Parallel Time." That is a device, as writers of episodic television and comics know, by which you can do all sorts of new and shockingly dramatic things to your characters without creating story continuity problems in your established "real world."
(Back in the 60's, DC comics loved to do stories about Superman being murdered, or being married, or having three-headed sons and such, and labeled them "Imaginary Stories." That was a funny concept, like all the other comics stories they did were Documentaries.)
Anyway, in this alternate universe, Quentin Collins has just married Maggie Evans and carries her over the threshold of Collinwood. What makes it of special interest to me is that David Selby is carrying Kathryn Leigh Scott (no relation to Erica) right toward the camera in her miniskirt!
Long way to go for a blurry upskirt shot, eh?
But what cute li'l panties on a lovely bottom!!
The actual scene has a slightly better (more revealing) view, but this is the only version I have right now for you.
Naturally, jaded web wanderers will say, "Meh," but I was 14 when this occurred, and Oh Em Gee.
And I noticed that this particular episode was directed by Lela Swift, and was kinda surprised that she would let this shot pass for millions of viewers to enjoy. The other directors, who were GUYS, well, sure!
It's possible (maybe not likely, but possible) that Lela and her crew just didn't notice this. I did, because I was and am an Obsessed Pervert. But this li'l upskirt "accident" was maybe seven to ten seconds long, and these things happen. In TV production, especially live, or "live-to-tape" TV, there are hundreds of details to attend to at once, which is why (to do it right) it takes a team of people.
Now if it WAS on purpose, maybe Lela thought it would spark ratings. Maybe she wanted to get the sponsors and network brass all hot and bothered, in more ways than one. Maybe Kathryn's skirt stayed down in rehearsal. Maybe Naughty Kathryn changed to a shorter skirt for the actual taping! If that's the case, maybe someone gave her a spank after this episode aired. (Wolfie's paw shoots up and waves around frantically to volunteer.)
Well, whatever the reason, it now lives forever on tape and DVD and BluRay and future Holographic Brain Inserts or whatever the next format will be, and I'm grateful.
By the way, here's a recent picture of the law firm of Selby, Parker and Scott. I mean, "Dark Shadows" cast members David Selby (Quentin Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres Collins).
Selby, lucky devil, got to kiss his lovely co-stars often. I don't recall that he ever got to spank them, at least not on camera. Or maybe that's not the gentleman's particular thing. because he's had TWO chances to spank Erica Scott and not availed himself of the opportunity!
I TOLD you Quentin had some problems!! But we can fix that! From an older WolfieToon: