When a psychopathic doctor once captured by Frank Black escapes his hospital bed after requiring an operation, the famed profiler is called to Washington D.C. to aid in his recapture. As Frank and Peter Watts uncover clues regarding the escape they're introduced to Lucy Butler, a mysterious and dangerous woman who indicates that dark forces have specific targets that are close to Frank's home and that evil itself has plans for Frank's life.
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.
Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black
Brittany Tiplady as Jordan Black
Stephen James Lang as Det. Bob Giebelhouse
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Terry O'Quinn as Peter Watts
Bill Smitrovich as Lt. Bob Bletcher
Alex Diakun as Dr. Ephraim Fabricant
Michael David Simms as Special Agent Tom Babich
Sarah-Jane Redmond as Lucy Butler
Kurt Max Runte as Federal Marshal
David MacKay as Pathologist
Nino Caratozzolo as Agent Cuevas
Jane Perry as Agent Pierce
Andrew Airlie as Dr. Willmore
Lee Van Paassen as Sondra Fabricant
Every man before he dies shall see the Devil. - English Proverb, 1560
Seasonal Episode Tagline
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'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.)
'And yet they would not harken unto their judges but they went a-whoring after other gods and bowed themselves unto them.'
Judges, Chapter 2, Verse 17
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 Lamentation episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.
Frank and Bob Bletcher hike across a remote snow-covered mountaintop in the spectacular North Cascades region of Washington State. Their trip is cut short when Frank receives an important page from the FBI.
Frank travels to the Bureau's Behavioral Sciences Unit. There, Agent Babich reviews the facts behind the disappearance of convicted serial killer Dr. Ephraim Fabricant, who escaped--or was removed--from a hospital room while recovering from the affects of anesthesia (Fabricant had donated a kidney to his dying sister). Years earlier, Fabricant had brutally murdered five nurses in Cedar Falls. Thanks to Frank's profile, he was eventually convicted of his crimes. But Frank had argued against sending Fabricant to the gas chamber, as he felt it was more important for the FBI to study the inner workings of a serial killer's mind. A judge agreed with Frank and Fabricant's life was spared.
Peter Watts discovers that Fabricant had exchanged wedding vows with a female pen-pal he met during his prison stay. Watts and Frank interview the brunette woman, Lucy Butler, at her house in Virginia. Butler insists that neither she nor any of her friends has been in contact with Fabricant since his escape. She does reveal, however, that she and her husband plan on having a child. The men notice incoming e-mail on Lucy's computer. Frank realizes the e-mail message (a quote from the Bible) pertains to his own street address. He immediately telephones Catherine, and is relieved to hear that both she and Jordan are safe. Frank asks his wife to search through the mail. Catherine discovers an envelope containing Polaroid photographs of an Asian judge. Frank realizes the man, Judge Park, has been murdered. Meanwhile, inside a featureless room, the mysterious Brunette Nurse who helped engineer Fabricant's escape from the hospital (whose face we cannot see) removes the metal staples that bind Fabricant's kidney incision.
Armed with a search warrant, Watts and Frank return to Lucy Butler's home. Their research revealed that Lucy had been accused of killing her young son with strychnine (the same poison used to murder Judge Park). Lucy counters that she was found innocent of the charges. During the hunt for clues, a detective discovers that Lucy's home was rented to a tenant named Robert Davies. He disappeared shortly after allowing Lucy to move in with him. Fabricant stumbles into an emergency room, his hospital gown drenched in blood.
Doctors realize that someone removed his second kidney-and did so without anesthesia. Frank realizes that someone placed his home phone number on Fabricant's hospital bracelet. As a thunderstorm rages, Catherine discovers a human kidney inside the kitchen refrigerator. She then encounters a man with long brown hair, who bears a striking resemblance to Lucy, standing at the top of the stairs. A terrified Catherine searches for Frank's gun. Suddenly, Bletcher steps out of the shadows. He tells Catherine that Giebelhouse is with Jordan outside, then phones Frank with the news that his family is unharmed. Catherine warns Bletcher that an unidentified man is still in the house. As Bletcher searches for the intruder, he discovers Lucy standing at the top of the stairs. A flash of lightning illuminates her face-but it has transformed into the visage of a beast. Shortly thereafter, Giebelhouse discovers Bletcher's dead body hanging from a wall stud, his throat cut.
Fabricant tells Frank that the "base sum of all evil" removed his second kidney. He warns that the same unspeakable evil knows who Frank is. Later, Lucy Butler is arrested on a traffic violation. But without evidence, police are unable to detain her.
Frank takes Jordan to the remote mountain top where he and Bletcher had gone hiking.
- 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.
Original Fox Promotional Episode Stills
View the 5 available original 1996 Fox Millennium Episode Guide images for this episode of Millennium here.
(Comprised of 8 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.
- Lucy Butler was responsible for the attempted murder of Federal Marshal during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Dr. Ephraim Fabricant was responsible for the murder of unnamed nurse (1) during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Dr. Ephraim Fabricant was responsible for the murder of unnamed nurse (2) during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Dr. Ephraim Fabricant was responsible for the murder of unnamed nurse (3) during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Dr. Ephraim Fabricant was responsible for the murder of unnamed nurse (4) during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Dr. Ephraim Fabricant was responsible for the murder of unnamed nurse (5) during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Lucy Butler was responsible for the murder of Judge Park during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Lucy Butler was responsible for the murder of Lt. Bob Bletcher during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
- Lucy Butler was responsible for the murder of Dr. Ephraim Fabricant during this episode of Millennium (Lamentation).
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