Somehow I forgot to comment on this thread. The version shown on television was somewhat ahead of its time for intensity . All the scenes you mention were fantastic as was the whole mini-series. I did think Barlow should have been seen a bit more but I got the less is more approach. Hooper used a Nosferatu type vampire as opposed to the book version which was fine. Afterward it was shortened considerably when released on VHS and it was several years before the full show was released. The Return To Salem's Lot was wretched and the new re-make bored me . I think the original was the best horror movie on t.v. until the 90s.
I can kind of see why they'd reduce the playtime for broadcast but why the heck would they do it for the VHS release? I guess it shouldn't surprise me the way big studios misread what the fans want.
While I'm partial to The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, because I like the character of Kolchak so much, you can certainly argue that Salem's Lot was the greatest TV horror movie from the board's era.
Thanks for the comment.