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Complete Millennium Season One Trivia Listing

This Millennium Trivia Listing includes several groups of fact-filled information for each episode of the series. Many of the trivia caveats have been spotted by eagle eyed Millennium fans from This Is Who We Are, published in books or have been shared by other websites in particular the excellent The Millennial Abyss. If you would like to submit and share accurate trivia or content to this episode guide, please send it via the Contact Us page.

This is a long listing so we've broken it down into 3 Seasons.

 

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About this Episode Trivia Listing

Under each episode's title, you will see the following information:

 

Season

Advises in which of the three seasons of Millennium the episode appeared.

Millennium Code

A unique number used by Fox Television. Some episodes of Millennium aired out of production order.

Production Code

A unique number used by 1013 Productions when creating the series. Some episodes of Millennium aired out of production order.

Air Date

The network premiere of this episode of Millennium by Fox Television. The show was first transmitted in the USA during 1996.

1013 References

Ten Thirteen Productions (Chris Carter's Production Company who created and produced the Millennium TV Series for Fox) are well known for adding subtle and sometimes discreet fun jokes to their creations. These take the form of visual or audible references to other 1013 shows or pokes at the television industry.

Bible References

Millennium was regularly influenced by religious and biblical themes, references and terminology. Sometimes references are obvious but many Millennium fans have noticed more subtle links which the creators took time to include such as for example, the digits on a clock in the background of a scene. Such biblical references are listed in this group.

Millennium Trivia

General and interesting trivia from each episode of the show.

Background Information

Millennium often featured specific and detailed themes inspired by historical events, prophecies, real-life current events, news and religion.

Millennium Bloopers

Love them or hate them, accidental mistakes known as Bloopers sometimes creep in to most television and film productions whether at the time of filming or in post production. However careful the production team, cast and crew have been, sometimes those 'Millennium Bugs' appeared.

Killers and Victims

Checked for accuracy, this entry lists an entire Millennium episode's killers and victims detailing the cause of death whether incidental, accidental, suicidal or deliberate in each case.

Mortality Count

The total death toll for each episode of Millennium. Also of interest is the Millennium Mortality Statistics page which shows the episode with the highest mortality rate.

Psychology

Examples and episode quotations highlighting the fascinating pyschology and profiling of Millennium's killers, in particular quotes from The Millennium Group's Frank Black and Peter Watts.

 

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Pilot


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-100

Production Code:

4C79

Original Airdate:

1996-10-25



1013 References:

The surname 'Black' comes from Chris Carter's family. The name 'Catherine' was his mother's name. It is said that Chris Carter named the main character Frank after the former lead singer of Indie/Rock band The Pixies.

Bible References:

Ezekiel 19:10

Thy mother [is] like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.


Revelation 20:14

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.


Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.



Millennium Trivia:

  • The Pilot episode of Millennium attracted over 17 million viewers when it premiered in 1996, the highest rating network premiere in history.
  • The address of the Black's new home, commonly referred to as 'the Yellow House' is the fictional address 1910 Ezekiel Drive, Seattle, WA 98924.
  • Before it was to be known as Millennium, the shows working title was 2000. The Pilot episode is sometimes referred to as 2000 or The Frenchman after Elizabeth Hand's reconstructed novel.
  • The famous Yellow House is unique in the Pilot episode. The rest of the series used a different but similar looking residence as the original neighbourhood didn't want a film crew camped outside of their homes on a semi-permanent basis. The replacement house shown in every subsequent episode appeared in the second episode of The X-Files.
  • FOX network originally wanted William Hurt to play Frank Black, but Chris Carter was adamant about Lance Henriksen playing the lead role. (Thank God!)
  • Mark Snows dark theme song for the series was inspired contrary to popular belief, by the opening of a traditional Scottish song that Chris Carter allegedly sent him by Ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee) Minogue, and not the catchy dance/pop song 'Confide in Me' by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. Ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee) is a form of traditional folk music that originated in Scotland. Visit Ceilidh Minogue's website for examples of their work.
  • The poem that the Frenchman recites to the strippers in the episode Pilot was composed by William Butler Yeats and is called The Second Coming.
  • In the opening title sequence, and in many promotional materials, the word "Millennium" was spelled with two upper-case M's (MillenniuM) The Roman numeral MM means 2000, the year which marks the turn of the Millennium. Many fans therefore spell the show as MillenniuM on the Internet.
  • Such was Chris Carter's standing with the FOX network at the time, that he was given an entire month to shoot the pilot with little or no network interference - almost unheard of indulgences for a brand new show.


Background Information and References:

Chris Carter (DVD Commentary on Pilot):

The peep-show club, which we called the Ruby Tip, was inspired by a Seattle institution which is called the Lusty Lady which is on Main Street in Seattle, which is where the pilot is set and the show is set.

You can read more about the Lusty Lady here.

The memorable scene on the bridge where Frank Black chased the killer was filmed on Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver, Canada.

Millennium Bloopers:

  • The sound crew added a 'starting up' car engine sound effect in post production to The Frenchman's car when it was parked by the bridge marked Peste. However the engine could already be seen to be running prior to the sound effect; as displayed by the smoking exhaust pipe. Credit: The Unofficial Millennium Companion Volume 1 by N.E.Genge
  • The Credits and Transcript for this episode refer to the stripper killed at the start of the episode as Calamity. However, when Frank Black picks up the newspaper from his porch, the article shows in its text and under the photo that the victim was Joanne Sandor, age 27. This may be a blooper, or in fact Joanne may have been using the stage name of Calamity. Credit: The Old Man of TIWWA


Killers and Victims:

The Frenchman killed Calamity and an unnamed male. The Frenchman was shot dead by Bob Bletcher.



Mortality Count:

3



Psychology:

Frank Black: The killer is confused about his sexuality. He feels guilt, quite possibly from his mother. So he goes to peep shows to try to feel something toward women but all he feels is anger – anger that fuels his psychosis, that distorts and twists his view of reality. [...] His way of dealing with [his confusion] is by fulfilling a prophecy.

Gehenna


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-101

Production Code:

4C01

Original Airdate:

1996-11-01



1013 References:



Bible References:

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.


Matthew 25:41

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:



Millennium Trivia:

George Joseph, who played Eedo Bolow's father, is better known as a stunt man.

Credit: David Nutter, commentary on Gehenna



Background Information and References:

Ricardo Clement (the name of the bad guy in Gehenna) was an alias used by the Nazi Adolf Eichmann after the war. (Apparently the last name was also sometimes written with a K instead of a C.)

From Wikipedia:

"Karl Adolf Eichmann (known as Adolf Eichmann; March 19, 1906 - May 31, 1962) was a high-ranking Nazi and SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lt. Colonel). Due to his organizational talents and ideological reliability, he was tasked by Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich to facilitate and manage the logistics of mass deportation to ghettos and extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe. He was captured by Israeli Mossad agents in Argentina, indicted by Israeli court on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was convicted and executed by hanging."

And more:

"At the end of World War II, Eichmann was captured by the US Army, who did not know that this man who presented himself as "Otto Eckmann" was in fact a much bigger catch. Early in 1946, he escaped from US custody and hid in various parts of Germany for a few years. In 1948 he obtained a landing permit for Argentina, but did not seek to use it immediately. At the beginning of 1950, Eichmann went to Italy, where he posed as a refugee named Ricardo Klement. With the help of a Franciscan friar who had connections with archbishop Alois Hudal, Eichmann obtained an International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian passport and an Argentinian visa. He arrived by ship in Argentina on July 14, 1950. For the next ten years, he worked in several odd jobs in the Buenos Aires area (from factory foreman, to junior water engineer and professional rabbit farmer). Eichmann also brought his family to Argentina. Argentina was and is a haven for many former Nazis."

As a sidenote: the motto over the gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp was Arbeit macht frei, which translates quite accurately as Work will set you free - one of the slogans that Mike Atkins sees in that Gehenna storage.

Credit: TIWWA's Viivi& Elie Cramer

Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Eedo Bolow. Thirty-nine pounds of carbonized human remains, roughly the equivalent of seven adults. 'Bob'. The deaths are drug-related, but the killer is Legion. Mike Atkins falls prey to the killer and suffers severe injuries when he is trapped inside an industrial microwave.



Mortality Count:

8



Psychology:

Frank to Catherine: Biblical concept of the devil's influence has lost any currency.
Catherine: Language has changed. Science and psychology has given a clearer idea of why people commit evil acts.
Frank: So the true source of evil is us. Or is there something out there – a force or a presence – waiting.

Dead Letters


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-102

Production Code:

4C02

Original Airdate:

1996-11-08



1013 References:

The son of James Horn (James Morrison) in this episode was named T.C. This is a direct reference to the character James Morrison played in Ten Thirteen's Space: Above and Beyond called Col TC McQueen.

Credit: The Unofficial Millennium Companion by N.E.Genge

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

Dead Letters is the first episode where Frank is paged by the Millennium Group with the simple message, '2000'.



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:

'The Killer' portrayed by Ron Halder, during one scene picks up a pair of tweezers but is immediately seen writing a message on the hair under his microscope.

Credit: The Unofficial Millennium Companion by N.E.Genge



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Karen Anderson, aged 21, parking enforcement officer. Body found in Animal Center, cut in half. Woman found in Dead Letter office, cut in half, at least one severed limb. Marjorie, a nurse, decapitated, limbs severed, torso cut into three pieces. The killer is arrested.



Mortality Count:

3



Psychology:

Penseyres says other Millennium Group members recommend using the Holmes criteria – defining serial killers involving three victims with a period between murders of at least 30 days.

Frank: No sexual mutilation or intercourse with the victim. He defecated and covered his feces – a physiological release but embarrassed. Covered victim's face but not entire head – objectified her, wanted as much of his obsession visible as possible but couldn't have her looking at him, couldn't hear her fear – an indication of remorse, rare to have remorse for a stranger. Expects him to visit her grave, tell her how bad he feels.

The Judge


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-104

Production Code:

4C04

Original Airdate:

1996-11-15



1013 References:



Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

First mention of Legion.



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:

As the Judge is talking to Frank, he introduces himself as Legion. He then goes on to say:

"When Jesus of Nazarath expelled demons from a herd of enchanted hogs..."

This is incorrect. Luke chapter 8 vs 30-34 state that Jesus expelled the demons from a man he encountered in Gerasenes. The demons then went into the herd of hogs who then ran off the cliff and drowned.

Credit: Fourth Horseman of TIWWA

One of the documents relating to Mr Tisman's court appeal states his hearing is 17th March 1995, which is a blooper as he would have been dead for three years with the first season being set in 1998.

Credit: The Unofficial Millennium Companion Vol 1 by N.E. Genge.



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Mrs Tisman, sent a severed tongue from the body of Jonathan Mellon. Jonathan Mellon, killed by Nearman after cutting out his tongue, on the order of The Judge Carl Nearman, executed by Bardale on the order of The Judge. Man killed by Bardale after cutting off his leg, on the order of The Judge. Killer: The Judge, killed by Bardale who put him in the pen with the pigs.



Mortality Count:

4



Psychology:



522666


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-105

Production Code:

4C05

Original Airdate:

1996-11-22



1013 References:

Dees' Commanding Officer in the army was T.J. Wright - Thomas J Wright, Director.
Agent Pierson - probably named after Dori Pierson, Chris Carter's wife.


Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

Kaboom, better known as Raymond Dees used a phone tone 'bomb alert code' during this episode in similar fashion to that used by the IRA. The code entered was 522666 which equates to Kaboom when converted to each phone key letter.

Jordan has a nightmare about her father.

The name of the English themed pub was The Queen's Arms, 424, 37th Street, Washington DC.

Frank Black's mobile phone number was 202-555-1367.

Lance Henriksen was noted for performing most of his own stunts, and did so during repeated takes for this episode's scenes.



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: 13 dead, 20 critical by bomb in Washington pub. Five deaths in two explosions in an office. Frank gets knocked out by the office explosion. Killer: Raymond Dees - killed by SWAT sniper.



Mortality Count:

19



Psychology:



Kingdom Come


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-103

Production Code:

4C03

Original Airdate:

1996-11-29



1013 References:



Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

This was the first episode to be aired out of production order. The reason given was that a senior Roman Catholic prelate, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, had died November 14, 1996, the day before it was due to air and was re-scheduled out of respect. However, others think this may have been a publicity ploy by Fox to bolster Millennium's falling ratings by putting it back in the news.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss
Credit: The Unofficial Millennium Companion by N. E. Genge



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Father Silas Brown, burned alive. Reverend Marcus Crane, bludgeoned and drowned. Beatrice Crowly, attacked and knocked out but survives. Reverend Jack Harned, tortured to death. Reverend in church, shot in leg but survives. Killer: Galen Calloway arrested.



Mortality Count:

3



Psychology:

Frank: Calloway knew we were on our way. He didn't hurry. He didn't compromise the ritual. He was resigned, committed. He's become comfortable. You get the luxury of calmness in a murder when you know your surroundings.

Frank: I felt how human Calloway was – so inundated by pain, fragmented by grief. It led him to surrender his humanity.

Blood Relatives


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-106

Production Code:

4C06

Original Airdate:

1996-12-06



1013 References:

Just before Frank, Bletch and the others rush into the Diebstahl Group Home (scene 7 on DVD) where James Dickerson lives, you can see a sign on the hallway wall containing the names of the inhabitants. Two of them appear in the end credits, too:

Gerlund - Erik Gerlund, set decorator
and
Wrinch M - Mike Wrinch, one of the camera operators.

Credit: Viivi of TIWWA

The scene where the young man James is reading death notices in a newspaper (scene 5 on DVD). One of the names there is Kim Regent.
According to the end credits, the property master for that episode was Kimberley Regent.

Credit: Viivi of TIWWA

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:

During some underwater shots within this episode Blood Relatives, a white rim can be seen at the bottom of the screen.

Mr Cort is angry that he has not been able to see his wife's body for three days yet during the re-enactment scene with Greer Cort, Frank refers to the theft of Jeff's pin as happening yesterday.



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Mother killed by stabbing in graveyard. Tina killed by drowning in a lake. Mrs Dechant, stabbed but survives. Frank is attacked. Killer: Connor, arrested.



Mortality Count:

2



Psychology:

Frank: It's not about her. Killer's rage is directed towards someone else.
Watts: I agree. The stab wounds were brutal but impersonal, clustered well away from her face.

Catherine: Going to funerals is his attempt at finding human contact, family.

The Well-Worn Lock


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-107

Production Code:

4C07

Original Airdate:

1996-12-20



1013 References:



Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Connie Bangs, sexually assaulted by her father, from the age of 9. Ruth Bangs, sexually assaulted by her father, from the age of 8. Perpetrator: Joe Bangs, arrested.



Mortality Count:

0



Psychology:



Wide Open


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-108

Production Code:

4C08

Original Airdate:

1997-01-03



1013 References:

  • Detective James Glen - James Wong and Glen Morgan, producers/writers.
  • Near the end of the episode, Frank and the others hope to catch the 'bad man' when he comes to a house that is for sale. In the front of the house there's a sign with the name of a real estate broker: Lou Bollo, who was a Stunt Coordinator in the MM crew.

Credit: TIWWA's Viivi

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

The little girl is called Patricia Highsmith - probably for the crime writer most popularly known for her Ripley books.



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: John and Mary Kay Highsmith, bludgeoned, dragged downstairs, murdered with an antique hatchett. Second victim, a woman, shot point-blank with a 12-gauge shotgun. Third house, couple bound and gagged but rescued. Killer: Cutter is pushed over the upstairs railing by the family dog, falls through a glass tabletop, presumed dead.



Mortality Count:

3



Psychology:



The Wild and the Innocent


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-110

Production Code:

4C10

Original Airdate:

1997-01-10



1013 References:

Erik Gerlund (a Set Director) is listed in Maddie Haskel's highschool year book. Ross Framo who was an uncredited Computer Playback Operator on Millennium is also listed in the book.

Credit: Viivi of TIWWA

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Jim Gilroy (Jake Waterston), attacked by Bobby Webber, put in trunk of car, rescued. Trooper, shot dead by Webber. Mr and Mrs Nesmith, shot dead by Webber. Killer: Bobby Webber, shot (presumed killed) by Maddie Haskel.



Mortality Count:

5



Psychology:



Weeds


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-109

Production Code:

4C09

Original Airdate:

1997-01-24



1013 References:

Writer Frank Spotnitz comments on Weeds:

Oops. My first episode of "Millennium" is also my least favorite. There was an interesting idea here, however - that in order to save their sons, fathers would have to shame themselves by revealing their own "sins."

Source: Big Light Productions

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Kirk Orlando, hands amputated, bled to death. John Comstock, kidnapped, returned. Charlie Birckenbuehl, kidnapped, rescued. Cheryl Andrews, attacked. Bob Birckenbeul, suicide by hanging. Killer: Edward Petey, arrested.



Mortality Count:

2



Psychology:

Frank: The kidnapper sees himself as a holy figure – a purifier. He makes the impure ingest his blood so that they can be cleansed.

Loin Like a Hunting Flame


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-111

Production Code:

4C11

Original Airdate:

1997-01-31



1013 References:



Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

The episode's title is taken from "The Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas. Among the quatrains included in the six-page poem is one that reads, "And steeples pierce the cloud on her shoulder / And the streets that the fisherman combed / When his long-legged flesh was a wind on fire / And his loin was like a hunting flame." The poem is known for its surrealistic metaphors concerning sex and sexuality and, as a result, the line chosen as the episode's title seems an apt means of depicting the fantasy-prone sexual mindset of serial killer Art Nesbitt.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss

Character: Nesbitt, who was unable to consummate his marriage. Nesbitt's operation or plication is a surgical procedure to correct a deformity of the penis.

Credit: Libby of TIWWA

Succlynocide: Clearly spoken by Terry O'Quinn and spelled that way in subtitles. However, a web search shows no reference other than the transcript. Probably based on the real drug succinylcholine (pron. suk-sin'l-koleen), a muscle-relaxant that has been used in real-life murder. Credit: Libby of TIWWA



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Mel and Lesley, killed by Nesbitt by injection. Unnamed couple, abducted and drugged. Sylvie and Anne, killed by Nesbitt. Randy and Laura, drugged but rescued. Killer: Nesbitt, suicide by injection.



Mortality Count:

5



Psychology:



Force Majeure


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-112

Production Code:

4C12

Original Airdate:

1997-02-07



1013 References:



Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

While the planetary alignment of May 5, 2000 was an actual event, during which the six innermost planets of our solar system aligned, the predicted cosmic catastrophe associated with it never came to pass. The same celestial alignment will not to occur again until the year 2675. Coincidentally, May 5, 2000 was also Lance Henriksen's 60th birthday.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



Background Information and References:

When Frank visits Dennis Hoffman in his hotel room, the number on the door is "7", a number that is referenced many times in this episode: the number of planets, the confirmed dead in the storm, the lamps outside the campus building, the people who survived with Noah, the separate prophecies of Nostradamus predicting the apocalypse, Revelations verse seven, Exodus verse seven, the ova discovered at Carlin's autopsy, Lauren and Carlin were born seven years apart. Chris Carter has said that the movie "Se7en" was an influence in creating Millennium.

Credit: Fourth Horseman of TIWWA

The location used for the the 'Atrium' at Pocatello in the episode was the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Deer Park, Burnaby, BC.

Address:
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 2J3

Thanks to Libby and Mandi Sheridan.

Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Lauren, died by self-immolation. Carlin, jumped off a dam and drowned. Killer: The Iron Lung Man, who was ultimately responsible for the girls' suicides, died when the power failed.



Mortality Count:

2



Psychology:



The Thin White Line


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-113

Production Code:

4C13

Original Airdate:

1997-02-14



1013 References:

While Frank Black and Det. Bletcher are watching footage of video surveillance of the liquor store robbery/homicide by Jacob Tyler, the video timestamp rolls from 10:12 to 10:13.

Credit: Theo Mistwein via e-mail - 21st May 2010

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong, like the show's other writers, clearly spent time researching the stories of real life serial killers. The conversation between Frank Black and Richard Alan Hance, which provides one of this episode's highlights, was directly inspired by famed FBI profiler Robert Ressler's interview with serial killer Edmund Kemper. Similarly, Jacob Tyler's delusions, in which he seems to believe his victims are volunteering themselves, were inspired by delusions professed by real life serial killer Herbert Mullin.

This episode marks the first occasion in the series, and one of a scant few, wherein Frank Black takes up a firearm. Both Chris Carter and Lance Henriksen were adamantly opposed to depicting Frank as a character who was willing to use guns or take the life of another person, regardless of circumstances.

The death cards seen throughout the episode serve as a means of delivering Glen Morgan and James Wong's trademark references to their work on the science fiction drama Space: Above and Beyond. Each playing card bears the insignia of Space's 58th Squadron along with their motto, "Expect no mercy." Each of the cards left by Jacob Tyler throughout the episode corresponds to the call sign of a character from that series.

At the end of the episode Frank Black shouts to Jacob Tyler, "You are not who you are!" The line is taken from The X-Files episode "Ice," also written by Morgan and Wong.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Anne Rothenberg, stabbed to death. Store clerk, shot. Killer: Jacob Tyler, shot dead by Bob Bletcher.



Mortality Count:

14



Psychology:



Sacrament


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-114

Production Code:

4C14

Original Airdate:

1997-02-21



1013 References:

Just after Tom's wife is kidnapped, Frank is seen sitting at a computer going over photos of criminals in the Seattle area. At least two people associated with the show can be seen in the photos as they flash by. The first one is Ted Mann, near the beginning, and the second one, near the end is Thomas Wright, but without his glasses.

Credit: Fourth Horseman of TIWWA


Writer Frank Spotnitz comments on Sacrament:

From worst (Weed) to best. This, as it happens, was my favorite episode of "Millennium" bearing my name. We got greater insight into Frank through the introduction of his brother, and developed aspects of Jordan's "gift" that had only been hinted at previously. I also thought the villain was creepy - I particularly like the scene in the hardware store - and the solution to the mystery sufficiently unexpected.

I was proud to screen this at the Museum of Television & Radio. Because of his skill in directing this episode, Michael Watkins went on to become co-executive producer and a director of "The X-Files" after the show relocated to Los Angeles.

Source: Big Light Productions

Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

While there are occasional references throughout the series to the fact that Frank Black has a brother or brothers - most notably in "Midnight of the Century" and "Seven and One" - this episode marks the only appearance of one of these blood relations. While there is foreshadowing throughout the first season, "Sacrament" grants viewers the first clear indications that Jordan Black has inherited her father's unusual powers of insight. This theme, and its potential ramifications, would be explored throughout the series. Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Female body uncovered in The Green family's rear garden. Suspect: Richard Green's father.



Mortality Count:

1



Psychology:

Tom Black: That's the Black family. Try to anticipate the future so you don't have to dwell on the past.

Covenant


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-116

Production Code:

4C16

Original Airdate:

1997-03-21



1013 References:

M&W Pharmacy:
Frank finds a receipt in the medicine cabinet, the receipt is from the M&W Pharmacy.
Probably a reference to Morgan & Wong.

Credit: Fourth Horseman of TIWWA

Bible References:

Isaiah 28:15

Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:



Millennium Trivia:

It has been said that the first cut of "Covenant" was approximately one hour and twenty minutes long, nearly twice the length of a standard one-hour network drama. As a result, nearly half of the episode was trimmed in the cutting room and is now lost to viewers. Copies of the original shooting script for the episode reveal those scenes that were lost. Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss

This episode marked the final appearance of nosy neighbour Jack Meredith.



Background Information and References:



Millennium Bloopers:



Killers and Victims:

Mrs Delores Garry murdered her children because she saw them as angels, and wanted them to stay that way. She then walked to the kitchen and stabbed herself in the heart.



Mortality Count:

4



Psychology:



Walkabout


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-115

Production Code:

4C15

Original Airdate:

1997-03-28



1013 References:

On Frank's hospital bracelet, besides his alias David Marx, there's the name of the doctor who had treated him, Dr. J. Service (scene 2 on DVD).
Joanne Service was one of the two assistants to Chris Carter.

Credit: Viivi of TIWWA


Bible References:



Millennium Trivia:

Proloft, the experimental drug featured in this episode, is named after anti-anxiety drugs Prozac and Zoloft.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



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Killers and Victims:

Killer: Hans Ingram



Mortality Count:

4



Psychology:



Lamentation


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-117

Production Code:

4C17

Original Airdate:

1997-04-18



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Bible References:

'Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters. She was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.'


Ezekiel, Chapter 19, Verse 10.


(1910 Ezekiel was also Frank's home address as pointed out in this episode.)



Millennium Trivia:

  • Lamentation contains one of the more subtle and amusing Ten-Thirteen sight gags. While Frank and Peter are discussing matters on the concrete staircase at Quantico, a strikingly familiar pair walk by them. Appearing from a distance as if they were Agents Mulder and Scully, the extras in this scene were actually David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's stand-ins from The X-Files. Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss
  • It is said that Bill Smitrovich's character Bob Bletcher was written out of the series in this episode (much to the sadness of the show's fans) because of an alleged fued between Bill and Millennium's lead actor Lance Henriksen.


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Killers and Victims:

Killers: Lucy Butler (3 victims) and Dr. Ephraim Fabricant (5 earlier victims)

Victims: Judge Park, by cyanide poisoning. Bob Bletcher, throat cut and hanged. Killer: Fabricant, dying from having his remaining kidney removed by Lucy Butler.



Mortality Count:

8



Psychology:



Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-118

Production Code:

4C18

Original Airdate:

1997-04-25



1013 References:

Watts is talking to Frank by phone, when Mike Atkins arrives. On the wall behind Watts is a clock which reads a little before a quarter past ten (10:13).

Credit: Fourth Horseman of TIWWA

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Millennium Trivia:

The only proper names for angels provided by Scripture are Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Other angelic names can be gleaned from various apocryphal sources, however. With a name literally translating to "poison angel," Sammael is known primarily as the angel of death, characterized in some instances as a figure representing "the severity of God."

The episode takes its title from Sammael's powerful invocation, which reference four of the nine orders of angels identified by Scripture: Seraphims, Cherubims, Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Archangels, and Angels.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



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Killers and Victims:

Victims: Eddie Pressman, Deacon at the First Immanuel Church, ritually killed, knife wound to neck severing carotid artery, exsanguinated, eviscerated. Babysitter in park, throat cut by Martin. Mike Atkins, throat cut and stabbed in chest. Killers: Martin, from brain aneurysm. Pepper, shot dead/killed by lightning bolt by Sammael.



Mortality Count:

5



Psychology:



Broken World


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-119

Production Code:

4C19

Original Airdate:

1997-05-02



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Millennium Trivia:

Millennium editor Chris Willingham informed the Millennium Abyss website that "Broken World" was one of those episodes that was trimmed in the cutting room as a result of its graphic nature. "There have most definitely been shots that were not used for censorship reasons. In 'Broken World,' there was a lot of slaughterhouse footage that could not be used due to its graphic nature. Watching the dailies was difficult for the editor."

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



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Killers and Victims:

Victims: Truck driver, stunned then beaten to death. Mary Ann Wright, killed. Deputy, shot in chest with bolt gun. Killer: Willie, trampled to death by horses.



Mortality Count:

2



Psychology:

Watts: We've learned from past experience that an event like this – a close call – expands his sexual fantasy.
Frank: His only source of feeling alive is his urge for sexual pleasure. His paraphilia has now defined it. It intoxicates and terrifies him. He's standing at an abyss and he's hesitating.

Maranatha


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-120

Production Code:

4C20

Original Airdate:

1997-05-09



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Bible References:

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. - Revelation 8:10-11

Millennium Trivia:

The helicopter Yaponchik utilizes for his escape from the hospital rooftop is labeled on its underside with the registry number 666, the number noted in Revelation to be the mark of the Beast.

This episode's closing is unique in that it represents the only occasion, in sixty-seven episodes, that the final scene fades to white instead of black. Frank Black opens a door and steps into blinding white light and, in what is a negative inverse of the traditional closing, the executive producer credit that ends the episode appears as black text on a pure white background.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



Background Information and References:

Chernobyl accident
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Chernobyl accident occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union). It is regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. Because there was no containment building, a plume of radioactive fallout drifted over parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, UK, and the eastern United States. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the evacuation and resettlement of roughly 200,000 people. About 60% of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus.

The accident raised concerns about the safety of the Soviet nuclear power industry, slowing its expansion for a number of years, while forcing the Soviet government to become less secretive. The now-separate countries of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus have been burdened with continuing and substantial costs for decontamination and health care because of the Chernobyl accident. It is difficult to accurately tally the number of deaths caused by the events at Chernobyl, as most of the expected long-term fatalities, especially those from cancer, have not yet actually occurred, and will be difficult to attribute specifically to the accident. A 2005 United Nations report attributed 56 direct deaths; 47 accident workers and 9 children with thyroid cancer, and estimated that as many as 4,000 people may ultimately die from long term accident-related illnesses.

However, this report was contradicted by a 1998 World Health Organization (WHO) report, which counted 212 dead among only 72 000 "liquidators" (of a total of approximately 600 000), and an April 2006 report by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) (who were awarded the 1986 Nobel peace prize), which counted tens of thousands dead among the liquidators.

Chernobyl and the Bible

Because of a controversial translation of "chernobyl" as wormwood, some people believe that the Chernobyl accident was mentioned in the Bible:

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. - Revelation 8:10-11

The story appears to have spread to the West with a New York Times article by Serge Schmemann (Chernobyl Fallout: Apocalyptic Tale, July 25, 1986) in which an unnamed "prominent Russian writer" was quoted as claiming the Ukrainian word for wormwood was chernobyl.

The name of the city comes from the Ukrainian word for mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), which is chornobyl. As a result, chornobyl has been translated by some to simply mean wormwood. This translation is a matter of controversy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Millennium Bloopers:

In the helicopter at the end of the episode: Yaponchik gets on the helicopter with his face wrapped in bandages. The next scene, as the copter takes off, some else is sitting in the window seat. Then Yaponchik is seen sitting at the window again.
Credit: Fourth Horseman of TIWWA

In the scene in which Frank and Peter visit the New York consulate of the Russian Federation, they're ushered into a reception room containing a fairly prominent portrait of Mikhail Gorbachev. But Gorbachev's political leadership ended with the end of the Soviet Union and communism in 1991, so the portrait should have been of then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

I noticed this obvious error when the episode was first broadcast in 1997, and have always wondered if it was somehow deliberate (a stylistic touch or maybe an inside joke), given that they got so many other nuances right.
Credit: David Hand



Killers and Victims:

Victims: Detective, shot in the face and fingers removed. Two earlier victims, a Russian mob guy and a woman, Galina Landskoi. Andrei (police undercover agent), shot. Two men in sauna. Killer: Yaponchik, shot by Yara but survives and escapes.



Mortality Count:

6



Psychology:



Paper Dove


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-121

Production Code:

4C21

Original Airdate:

1997-05-16



1013 References:

At the beginning, as the wife returns from the grocery store, she stops to de-activate the house alarm, and the code she presses on the panel is 1013 - a reference to Ten Thirteen Productions.

Credit: The Fourth Horseman of TIWWA

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Millennium Trivia:

Once again, Millennium's writers created a fictional serial killer built from real world research. The fate of Marie France Dion was directly inspired by acts committed by real life serial killer Ed Kemper. Like Henry Dion, Kemper was driven to commit his crimes by a nagging, overbearing mother. Upon beheading her on Easter Sunday in 1973, Kemper removed her larynx and forced it into a garbage disposal, precisely as Henry does during this episode's climax.

Two of the FBI Special Agents that appear in this episode, Agent Devlin and Agent Emmerich, are named for writer/producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The creative duo is best known for their science fiction films, including Stargate, Independence Day, and the American Godzilla.

Credit: Brian Dixon, The Millennial Abyss



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Killers and Victims:

Victims: Mrs Hunziger, first victim, throat cut. Four other women. Amy Lee Walker. Henry's mother. Killer: Henry Dion, arrests.



Mortality Count:

7



Psychology: