#MLM-110 The Wild and the Innocent
Frank Black and Peter Watts, tracing a trail of clues and bodies across both Missouri and Arkansas, must track down an emotionally distraught young woman and her murderous boyfriend before they find the baby her father sold to a childless couple.
Written by Jorge Zamacona
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Edited by Stephen Mark
Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black
Brittany Tiplady as Jordan Black
Terry O'Quinn as Peter Watts
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Heather McComb as Maddie Haskel
Jeffrey Donovan as Bobby Webber
John Pyper-Ferguson as Jim Gilroy
Michael Hogan as Captain Bigelow
Steve Makaj as Arkansas Trooper Flanagan
John Tierney as Preacher
James Gallanders as Missouri State Trooper
Renee Michelle as Adeline Travis
Jim Swainsburg as Sam Travis
Gina Chiarelli as Killean Marie Haskel
Jim Poyner as Mr. Fred Nesmith
Mary Black as Mrs. Nesmith
O Lord, if there is a Lord Save my soul, if I have a soul... - Ernest Renan
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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 Wild and the Innocent episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.
Maddie Haskel, twenty-years-old and heartland pretty, attends her mother's funeral in Joplan, Missouri. After the service, Maddie returns to her family's home, where she is approached by a vicious-looking man named Jim Gilroy. Gilroy's attempt to rape Maddie comes to a sudden halt when Maddie's boyfriend, Bobby Webber, emerges from the shadows wielding a length of iron pipe. After Gilroy is knocked unconscious, Bobby and Maddie drive off into the night with their prisoner safely tucked away in the trunk of their automobile. A Missouri State Trooper notices the vehicle has a burned-out tail light and orders Bobby to pull over. When the trooper hears noises emanating from the trunk, Bobby grabs a .357 and shoots and kills the trooper.
Watts notifies Frank about the incident. DMV records indicate the automobile stopped by the trooper was registered to a Jim Gilroy. But Watts reveals that name is a pseudonym-- and the real owner is Jake Waterston, a man who raped and murdered three nurses in 1992 and then disappeared. Accompanied by other members of the Millennium Group, Frank searches the Haskel residence for clues. He notices the word "Angel" scratched into a large- screen television, but is uncertain of its meaning.
Bobby stops the car on a remote backroad, pulls Gilroy /Waterston out of the trunk, and begins to beat him. He repeatedly asks Gilroy, "Where is he?"
A video camera mounted on the trooper's dashboard recorded the murder. After studying the tape, Frank realizes Gilroy is not the man who shot the trooper, and is unable to give frustrated police the name of the person who did.
Bobby breaks into a farmhouse and confronts the occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Nesmith. He shouts "Where is he?" at the bewildered and terrified couple. When the Nesmiths are unable to respond, they are gunned down. Realizing he had been lied to, Bobby pulls Gilroy from the trunk and threatens to kill him unless he tells the truth. Terrified, Gilroy reveals the information Bobby so desperately sought. Gilroy is forced back into the trunk, and the car is rolled into a pond. Maddie and Bobby steal the Nesmith's car and drive off into the night.
Police locate the submerged vehicle and pull it from the water. Inside, they discover Gilroy, who kept alive by breathing from an air pocket. He is transferred to a nearby prison and charged with the deaths of the three nurses, but Gilroy refuses to cooperate with the investigation into the trooper's death.
After reading a series of letters Maddie wrote but never mailed to her father, Frank concludes that Angel is the name of Maddie's son. A computer search of Gilroy's bank records reveals a deposit of seven thousand dollars made two months after Angels' birth. Frank realizes that Gilroy (who was dating Maddie's mother), sold the baby and then purchased a large screen television with the profits. Police search the records of a lawyer who brokered the sale and discover the name of the family who "adopted" the baby: Mr. and Mrs. Travis.
Armed with his .357, Bobby storms the Travis home and demands the baby be turned over to Maddie. But when Maddie takes the child from Mrs. Travis' arms, the baby begins crying. Deeply moved, and convinced the baby has a good home, Maddie returns Angel to Mrs. Travis. When Bobby protests, Maddie grabs his gun and shoots, killing him.
Original Fox Promotional Episode Stills
View the 2 available original 1996 Fox Millennium Episode Guide images for this episode of Millennium here.
(Comprised of 3 murders + 1 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.
- Killean Haskel commited suicide during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
- Bobby Webber was responsible for the attempted murder of Jim Gilroy during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
- Jim Gilroy caused or manipulated a suicide, that of victim Killean Haskel during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
- Bobby Webber was responsible for the murder of Trooper during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
- Bobby Webber was responsible for the murder of Mr. Nesmith during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
- Bobby Webber was responsible for the murder of Mrs. Nesmith during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
- Maddie Haskel was responsible for killing Bobby Webber in self defence during this episode of Millennium (The Wild and the Innocent).
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