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Young men are being abducted from a specially designed private community and made to pay for the hidden sins of their fathers. Frank Black and Peter Watts try desperately to determine the killer’s identity but meet an unexpected obstacle when they find the fathers simply aren’t willing to admit to their crimes.
Written by Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Michael Pattinson
Edited by George R. Potter
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black
Ryan Cutrona as Sheriff Paul Gerlach
Michael Tomlinson as Tom Comstock
Josh Clark as Edward Petey
Terry David Mulligan as Bob Birckenbuehl
Brian Taylor as Coach Burke
CCH Pounder as Cheryl Andrews
Don MacKay as Jack Meredith
Joy Rinaldi as Linda Comstock
Paul Batten as Priest (I)
Andrew Johnston as County Coroner John Tasini
Fred Henderson as Lawyer
Karin Konoval as Woman
Karen Kruper as Mrs. Petey
Jade Pawluk as Charlie Birckenbuehl
Betty Philips as Abby
Rick Ravanello as The Cop
A.J. Buckley as Josh Comstock
Cameron K. Smith as Deputy Sheriff Watts
But know ye for certain... Ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city... - Jeremiah 26:13
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 Weeds episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.
An unidentified man in a van follows a teenage boy, Josh Comstock, as he rides his new motorcycle through Vista Verde Estates, a gated, upper middle-class neighborhood in Washington State. As night falls, Josh rides his bike across the dirt of an undeveloped cul-de-sac. The driver parks his van and approaches the boy, suddenly, jabbing a cattle prod into Josh’s chest and sending him flying backwards into the dirt. When Mr. and Mrs. Comstock awaken the next morning, they find the corpse of another teenage boy in Josh’s bed--and their son missing.
Frank offers his services to Sheriff Gerlach, who is in charge of the investigation. During their conversation, Gerlach admits that the deceased boy, Kirk Orlando, disappeared while returning home from a basketball game. Convinced he might have prevented Josh’s kidnapping, Gerlach feels enormous guilt for not alerting the community about the missing boy.
A coroner discovers blood in Orlando’s mouth and stomach, and Frank realizes that the killer forced his victim to ingest human blood. Orlando’s father gives police something he found inside his mailbox--a pile of confetti made from dollar bills.
Black and Gerlach attend a community meeting organized by resident Edward Petey. During the meeting, an angry man from the audience, Robert Birckenbuehl, accuses the sheriff of withholding the truth. Gerlach tells the audience that the killer lives in the community.
Mr. and Mrs. Comstock return home from the community meeting and find the number "331" painted in blood on their son’s bed. Later, Mr. Comstock tells Black that the number refers to a hotel room number where he and another woman had an affair. Comstock realizes he must now reveal the affair to his wife.
Next The Driver surprises Birckenbuehl’s son, Charlie, stunning him with a cattle prod and kidnapping him from his own bedroom window. With some help from pathologist Cheryl Andrews, Black discovers the killer poisoned the goldfish in Charlie’s room by adding Scotch to the aquarium-- another cryptic message.
Frank and Gerlach interview Adam Burke, a swim coach who instructed both missing boys. Gerlach tells Frank that Burke’s young son was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Frank then receives an envelope containing an enameled paint swatch, on which is written "528," but is unable to deduce the meaning of the clue.
When Mr. Comstock returns home one evening, he finds Josh, shivering but alive, sitting on the couch. Andrews discovers that Josh was also forced to ingest human blood, and later that the paint swatch and code number match enamel used on a specific type of mini-van. Black realizes the mini-van is the same vehicle driven by the hit-and-run driver who killed Burke’s son. He also concludes that the murderer returned Josh unharmed only after Mr. Comstock told his wife about his affair. The first victim was murdered because his father refused to confess his sin--one involving money (hence the dollar bill-confetti).
Black realizes Charlie was kidnapped because Mr. Birckenbuehl was the hit-and-run driver that killed Burke’s son. Black tells Birckenbuehl he must make a public confession if he wishes to see his son released unharmed. The killer, Frank concludes, sees himself as a holy figure, and is attempting to expose hypocrisy and purify sin by making the teenagers drink his blood to cleanse them of the sins of their fathers.
Though the media is informed that Birckenbuehl was arrested for manslaughter, in private, Birckenbuehl insists he is an innocent man. When the ruse fails, Frank listens carefully to an audio tape made by the killer. The killer wants Birckenbuehl to know that if you take a life then your life must be taken in return. That is why his son had not been returned. Frank recognizes sounds on the tape and realizes Charlie is being held captive in a basement beneath the high school’s swimming pool. Frank rescues Charlie and takes Edward Petey, the killer, into custody. But Mr. Birckenbuehl is found dead, having hung himself in his own bedroom.
Frank: The kidnapper sees himself as a holy figure – a purifier. He makes the impure ingest his blood so that they can be cleansed.
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
(Comprised of 1 murders + 0 kills in self defence + 0 justifiable homicides + 1 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.
Original Fox Episode Stills:
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Available Violence Markers:
- Bob Birckenbuehl commited suicide during this episode of Millennium (Weeds).
- Edward Petey was responsible for the attempted murder of Charlie Birckenbuehl during this episode of Millennium (Weeds).
- Edward Petey was responsible for the attempted murder of Cheryl Andrews during this episode of Millennium (Weeds).
- Edward Petey was responsible for the attempted murder of Josh Comstock during this episode of Millennium (Weeds).
- Edward Petey was responsible for the murder of Kirk Orlando during this episode of Millennium (Weeds).
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