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Dracula: The Series

Season 1 Episode 4

The Boffin

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1990 on
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Episode Summary

The Boffin
Max brings home a bungling vampire-hunting scientist who insists that a new laser gun he's developed can destroy vampires.

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    Bernard Behrens

    Bernard Behrens

    Gustave Helsing

    Jacob Tierney

    Jacob Tierney

    Max Townsend

    Lynne Cormack

    Lynne Cormack

    Eileen Townsend

    Geordie Johnson

    Geordie Johnson

    Alexander Lucard / Dracula

    Joe Roncetti

    Joe Roncetti

    Chris Townsend

    Mia Kirshner

    Mia Kirshner

    Sophie Metternich

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The title of this episode, The Boffin, is a chiefly British word referring to a scientific expert, especially, one involved in technological research. This is of course is Dr. Smythe, who is British, and is working on the anti-vampire laser gun.

      • Goof: When Max kicks Dr. Benedict, it shows that he kicks him above the knee in the close-up shot, but Dr. Benedict grabs the shin area in pain.

      • Dr. Benedict worked on high power sunscreen and synthetic reflective surfaces, which explains why Lucard can go out in daylight and you can see his reflection sometimes, like on his desk in Get a Job.

      • This is the first appearance of Dr. Smythe and his anti-vampire gun.

    • QUOTES (4)

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Dr. Smythe: For want of a nail...
        Lucard: The shoe was lost.

        Meaning that a little neglect may cause loss, this is a reference to:

        For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
        For want of a shoe the horse was lost,
        For want of a horse the rider was lost,
        For want of a rider the battle was lost,
        For want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
        And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

        Attributed to Benjamin Franklin's
        Poor Richard's Almanac of 1757