#MLM-215 The Pest House
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When Frank Black and Peter Watts notice a series of killings which seem performed to fit urban legends and campfire stories, they look to the nearby East County Forensic Psychiatric Hospital for responsibility. Even though the criminally insane inmates being treated there are difficult to deal with, and a certain doctor remains quite stubborn, Frank discovers a man so willing to rid the patients of evil that he may have become it himself.
Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by Alan Coulter
Edited by James Coblentz
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black
Melinda McGraw as Dr. Stoller
Justin Louis as Edward
Michael Massee as Purdue
Darcy Laurie as E. Jacob Woodcock
Amber Warnat as Christy Morris
Brendan Fehr as Kevin Galbraith
C. Ernst Harth as Bear
Michael Weaver as Ted
Jada Stark as Callie
Greg Anderson as Det. Munsch
Tyronne L'Hirondelle as Brennan
John Callander as Attendant
Holly Ferguson as Katie
Seasonal Episode Tagline:
this is ... who we are ... the time is near
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 Pest House episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.
A young couple, Kevin and Christy, share a romantic interlude inside a car. As they pull apart, Kevin recounts a story involving an inmate at a nearby psychiatric hospital, nicknamed the Pest House. According to Kevin, the inmate slit the throats of seven sorority house sisters who were away at camp. An eighth intended victim grabbed hold of a clever and chopped off her attacker’s hand. Shortly after Kevin finishes the tale, the couple hear a scratching noise on the roof of the car. Kevin exits to investigate, but does not return. A scared Christy exits the vehicle--only to see a dead Kevin hanging upside down from a tree.
Watts and Frank examine photographs of the crime scene. Watts recounts events that lead to the murder, which Frank discounts as urban legend. But Watts counters that Christy confirmed the tale. Watts then reveals that an inmate interned at a nearby psychiatric hospital, Woodcock, fits the killer’s profile. However, his complicity is undermined by his poor physical condition. Watts and Frank travel to the asylum nonetheless, where they are greeted by Dr. Stoller, an attractive psychiatrist. With Stoller’s permission, the pair interview the deranged Woodcock, who claims he did not commit the crime, but recognizes his handiwork nonetheless. Later, a fight breaks out when a large man named Bear attacks a fellow inmate. With some help from Frank and Watts, the situation is neutralized. That night, another young couple, Ted and Callie, stop along a deserted roadway to fix a flat tire. They are attacked and killed by an unseen presence.
Aided by Detective Munsch, Watts and Frank examine the crime scene. Frank concludes that the young couples’ murders are not connected, as the M.O. is completely dissimilar. After examining Bear’s case history, Frank concludes the murders for which he was convicted, and the killings of Ted and Callie, are almost identical (the killer removed the hands of both female victims). Dr. Stoller dismisses the theory--until she discovers a woman’s press-on nail in her lunch. Frank examines the contents of a stew pot being served at the hospital commissary--and finds a human hand contained within. Later, Frank questions Bear. Bear insists that someone took something out of him, but before he is able to clarify his statement, he lapses into a seizure. Later, Frank tells Stoller that someone in the hospital is responsible for the murders. Stoller allows him to secretly observe a group meeting. Frank’s interest is piqued when Woodcock accuses Edward, a male nurse, of stealing his dreams. While experiencing a series of inner visions, Frank sees the murder of Dr. Stoller, a knife slashing through an upholstered seat.
Though still uncertain of the killer’s identity, Frank warns Stoller that her life may be in danger. Stoller, however, dismisses his concerns. Shortly thereafter, she is approached by Purdue, an inmate. Purdue insists that Edward is stealing his fellow inmate’s dreams--and states that he will not allow the same thing to happen to him.
Watts uses his computer to research the case histories of all the inmates, looking for anyone who would use a knife to kill his victims inside a car. Watts concludes the most likely suspect is Purdue. Frank concludes that the murders are all composites of urban legends. Frank gives chase when Stoller peals out of the hospital parking lot in her car. Stoller temporarily manages to lose Frank, then pulls into a gas station. An attendant alerts Stoller that an armed man is hiding in the back seat of her car. Frank arrives at the scene, but finds the back seat is empty. He and Stoller drive from the scene as the attendant phones the police. But before he can place the call, he is murdered inside the cashier’s booth.
As Frank searches the hospital for Purdue, he encounters Edward, who recounts how another nurse was savagely murdered by Woodcock years earlier. He is convinced that the only way to cure the inmates’ illness is to drain every violent impulse from their bodies.
The hospital is plunged into darkness when someone cuts off the electricity. As Frank and Stoller roam the unlit corridors, they come upon the body of a night nurse, Wilda, who was killed and stripped of her keys. Suddenly, Purdue’s voice booms over the intercom system. As Frank and Stoller close in on Purdue, they encounter another figure roaming the darkness. Purdue smashes a chair into Frank’s back, sending him to the ground. The mysterious figure, armed with a knife, then advances on Stoller. From Stoller’s point of view, she sees the figure change from Edward, to Purdue, to Bear, and then to Woodcock. Suddenly, Purdue swings the chair at the figure. An intense battle ensues, until finally, Purdue kills Edward. Frank and Stoller examine Edward’s body, noting nurse Wilda’s keys in his possession. Though at a loss for an explanation, Frank hypothesizes that evil, like matter, can never be destroyed--it merely changes shape. Though Edward found a way to remove the evil from others, he could not find a way to release it from himself.
Where Frank and Peter show a picture of a murdered teenager to E. Jacob
Woodcock,the picture changes from a far off shot to a close up of the dead
In Pest House, when Bear attacks Katie, the girl who carved her arm with the
chair spring, you'll notice the amount of blood on her arm fluctuates with
every angle change. Sometimes it is a clear scar with a little blood and
other times her arm is full of blood.
Source: BEAR/Actor Boy
(Comprised of 6 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.
Original Fox Episode Stills:
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Available Violence Markers:
- Edward was responsible for the attempted murder of Dr. Stoller during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
- Edward was responsible for the murder of Kevin Galbraith during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
- Edward was responsible for the murder of Ted during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
- Edward was responsible for the murder of Callie during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
- Edward was responsible for the murder of night nurse during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
- Edward was responsible for the murder of Attendant during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
- Purdue was responsible for the murder of Edward during this episode of Millennium (The Pest House).
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