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Alternative Episode Titles

In France, this episode was entitled Le Juge which translates into English as The Judge. [View all]

In Finland, this episode was entitled Uhrit ja uhratut which translates into English as The victims and the sacrificed. [View all]

In Germany, this episode was entitled Der Richter which translates into English as The Judge. [View all]

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Episode Summary

A man who calls himself the Judge is the mastermind behind a number of bizarre murders involving dismemberment, leading aimless young men to kill those he commands must die. His purpose is the meting out of personal justice and his primary interests come to lie in the unique drive and talent of Frank Black.

Main Crew

Written by Ted Mann
Directed by Randy Zisk
Edited by Stephen Mark

Main Cast

Brittany Tiplady as Jordan Black
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black
Bill Smitrovich as Lt. Bob Bletcher

Guest Stars

Brian Markinson as Det. Teeple
CCH Pounder as Cheryl Andrews
Chris Ellis as Jim Penseyres
John Hawkes as Mike Bardale
Marshall Bell as The Judge
Stephen James Lang as Det. Bob Giebelhouse

Supporting Cast

Beverly Elliot as Terry
David Fredericks as Jonathan Mellen
Donna White as Annie Tisman
Eva deViveiros as Assistant DA Aquila
Gabe Khouth as Parcel Service Employee
J.R. Bourne as Carl Nearman
Kate Robbins as Marilyn
Kirsten Williamson as Mail Room Worker
Michael Puttonen as Pathologist Massey

Uncredited Cast

Kimberly Hawthorne as (?) (II)



...the visible world seems formed in love, the invisible spheres were formed in fright. - H. Melville 1819-1891

Seasonal Episode Tagline

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Please note that this is the original Fox synopsis and occasionally this may differ from the events that were actually filmed. Please also view the The Judge episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.

The cafe in a Seattle bowling alley. An ex-con, Carl Nearman, stares fixedly at a beefy middle-aged man putting away a healthy slice of pie. After following him into the parking lot, Nearman knocks the man unconscious with a bowling ball, and whips out a knife.

A severed human tongue is mailed anonymously to Mrs. Annie Tisman, a middle-aged widow. Why would anyone send such an item to someone so ordinary? Bletcher tells Frank that over the last four years, three people have received severed body parts. Police have found no connection between any of the recipients, and worse, no bodies.

Frank, sensing an unusual element of mindfulness associated with the violence, sends for expert forensic pathologist, Cheryl Andrews. She detects a pattern change in the latest crime: for the first time, the body part was removed after the victim's death.

Bardale, a violent habitual offender just out of the penitentiary, is approached in a bar by the mastermind behind the series of murders, a man who calls himself the Judge. The Judge offers Bardale a chance to "serve a higher purpose" -- the meting out of personal justice. Bardale's first job for his new employer is the execution of his predecessor, Carl Nearman.

The body of the man in the bowling alley is discovered and identified as Detective Mellen, a retired Seattle cop. Frank realizes Nearman could never have plotted such intricate crimes. Someone of sharp intelligence must be orchestrating the murders. When Frank discovers that Mellen's false testimony had sent Mrs. Tisman's late husband to jail, he grasps the killer's motive. The killer is righting wrongs; employing men already prone to rough and violent justice to do his dirty work.

The Judge delivers his next sentence on Biggs, a landlord whose negligence caused the death of an elderly tenant. As executioner, Bardale is to amputate Biggs' leg below the knee while Biggs is still alive and conscious. Biggs' foot is found by a postal worker in a package. Forensic evidence leads the cops to where Biggs is hidden but it's too late to save his life.

Frank and Bletcher deduce that the killer must be another ex-con and are able to track down Bardale who leads them to the Judge. They take the Judge in for questioning who arrogantly offers Frank a job. He's certain he'll get away with it, and he's right. The cops have no tangible evidence, and must release him.

Though he eluded the authorities, the Judge didn't reckon with Bardale. On learning that the Judge manipulated conventional law to escape arrest, Bardale passes his own death sentence on the Judge...for hypocrisy. Frank finds Bardale alone in the farmhouse kitchen, who tells Frank that the Judge was no Judge - he was a pig. Frank finds what's left of the Judge half-buried in the hog pen.

Episode Trivia

First mention of Legion.

Episode 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.

Original Fox Promotional Episode Stills

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Mortality Count: 
4 Deaths

(Comprised of 4 murders + 0 kills in self defence + 0 justifiable homicides + 0 suicides.)

NB. Where applicable, large groups of victims (such as multiple victims in a plane crash) are represented by a count of group count of 1 due to impracticalities with listing so many unidentified persons. For enhanced details, see the Violence Markers below.

Violence Markers

  • The Judge was an accessory to the murder of Carl Nearman during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).
  • The Judge was an accessory to the murder of Jonathan Mellen during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).
  • The Judge was an accessory to the murder of Biggs during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).
  • Carl Nearman was responsible for the murder of Jonathan Mellen during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).
  • Mike Bardale was responsible for the murder of Carl Nearman during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).
  • Mike Bardale was responsible for the murder of The Judge during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).
  • Mike Bardale was responsible for the murder of Biggs during this episode of Millennium (The Judge).

(View Millennium's Violence - Deaths, Killers, Victims and Criminality Analysis)