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Collateral Damage

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Episode Music

  • Chase
    by Giorgio Moroder

Notable Episode Locations

Williamsburg, Virginia


Quantico, Virginia


Art Bell's radio studio


Walter Reed Hospital, Washington


Indian Spring


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Alternative Episode Titles

In France, this episode was entitled Lésions de Guerre which translates into English as War's Lessons. [View all]

In Finland, this episode was entitled Aavikkomyrskyn mainingit which translates into English as The swells of Desert Storm. [View all]

In Germany, this episode was entitled Nichts als die Wahrheit which translates into English as Nothing But The Truth. [View all]

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Episode Summary

Peter Watts is forced into the most distressing of circumstances when the eldest of his three beloved daughters, Taylor, is abducted by an enraged Gulf War veteran who has turned to violence, hoping to push the Millennium Group into admitting their crimes. Frank Black and Emma Hollis, part of the help effort, are met with great conflict from the bitter Watts who seems sorrowfully determined to let his daughter die rather than betray the secrets of his Group.

Main Crew

Written by Michael R. Perry
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Edited by James Coblentz

Main Cast

Klea Scott as Special Agent Emma Hollis
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black

Guest Stars

Art Bell as Art Bell (himself)
Jacinda Barrett as Taylor Watts
James Marsters as Eric Swan
Stephen E. Miller as Assistant Director Andy McClaren
Terry David Mulligan as Dr. Harvey
Terry O'Quinn as Peter Watts

Supporting Cast

Bob Wilde as Mabius
Brendan Fehr as Nick Carfagna
Jessica Schreier as Barbara Watts
Bill Marchant as David Cougar
David Lewis as FBI Technician
Kaare Anderson as Raid Agent
Kea Wong as Sorority Sister No. 1
Laura Mennell as Sorority Sister No. 2
Tony Alcantar as Chuck

Uncredited Cast

Clayton Watmough as Sniper




Promotional Episode Tagline

What kind of father sacrifices his daughter to keep his secrets? Find out tonight.

Seasonal Episode Tagline

wait... worry... 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 Collateral Damage episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.

Students from The College of William and Mary face off at a bowling alley during Greek Week 1999. Eighteen-year-old Taylor Watts exits the building when it is announced that someone forgot to turn off their automobile's headlights. A classmate named Nick Carfahna follows her into the parking lot. The pair are attacked by two men, one wearing a military-style mask, and a second dressed as a security guard. As Taylor is dragged to a nearby car, her wallet falls from her purse... identifying her as Peter Watts' daughter.

Watts reviews the case for a group of FBI agents. Nick, who survived the attack, provides police with a description of a single kidnapper, whose mask resembled the type issued to troops in Kuwait. After the briefing ends, Emma tells McClaren that no mention was made of the Millennium Group or its enemies. She is also puzzled by Frank's absence. A short time later, Emma finds Frank looking for clues at the bowling alley parking lot. He believes the entire abduction was precisely planned. Meanwhile, one of the kidnappers, a man named Swan, binds Taylor's hands and ankles to a stainless steel examining table. He proceeds to remove her clothing and cleans her body using a power sprayer and coarse brush. Moments later, he photographs her using a Polaroid camera.

The investigators get a break in the case when police discover an abandoned car used in the abduction. As Frank observes the scene, he experiences internal visions of Operation Desert Storm. He also notices tire and boot prints left behind by the kidnappers, as well as the smell of spectrumaldehyde, which is used for the destruction of genetic evidence. Watts arrives at the scene. Sitting by himself, he gazes at Swan's Polaroid of his daughter.

McClaren's team determines that both the tire tread and the boot prints were formed by items purchased from a military PX. Frank helps narrows the search for a culprit when he mentions the spectrumaldehyde. The clues lead FBI agents to the home of David Couger. But when they storm Couger's house, they discover that he has been tortured and executed. Given the nature of the slaying, McClaren concludes that the second kidnapper executed Couger. But Frank suspects otherwise. He believes Couger was murdered by the Millennium Group. Meanwhile, inside the stainless steel room, Swan pulls a safety tab from a canister and sets it near Taylor.

Frank learns that Couger was once a patient in a psychiatric ward at a military medical center. One of the physicians at the center leads Frank to dozens of file folders which contain information on other patients who were part of Couger's group. Frank notices that one of the folders is empty. The folder belongs to Eric Swan. As Frank exits the medical center, he encounters Peter Watts. Watts produces another Polaroid, this one depicting a sickly-looking Taylor, her eyes jaundiced, sitting near the canister. Watts believes his daughter has only thirty-six hours to live. He pleads for Franks help.

Emma determines that Swan used to call Art Bell's radio talk show-a forum for conspiracy theorists-using the pseudonym "Thomas Paine." Bell cooperates with the FBI investigation. He hosts a program devoted to the topic of the Gulf War and soldiers who were exposed to biochemical agents. Swan calls the program and claims that while serving in the Gulf War, he received orders to fire a biological weapon at U.S. soldiers (as part of an effort to test the weapon's effectiveness on fully inoculated soldiers wearing protective gear). Swan followed orders... and killed an entire platoon. The U.S. government blamed the incident on the Iraqis. Bell then introduces Frank to his listening audience. Frank describes for Swan the manner in which his own wife died. Swan recognizes the symptoms. He tells Frank that Catherine died of the Micro plasma Flavi Virus. Swan believes his order came not from the U.S. Army, but from a group that does what "the government can't do." Swan then pulls an antidote-filled syringe from a refrigerator.

As Swan talks, FBI agents trace the source of his phone call. But when they storm the house, they find two cell phones taped together. Emma realizes the call was forwarded, and that the signal is now lost.

Using the Internet, Emma manages to locate an e-mail address containing the pseudonym "Thomas Paine." She and Frank locate Swan's hideout, but inadvertently trip an alarm as they move up the driveway to Swan's house. Frank exits the vehicle and uses his cell phone to contact Swan. He tells him they can work together to expose the men responsible for the platoon's loss. Suddenly, a shot rings out, and a window on Swan's house explodes. Frank moves towards the source of the blast... and finds Watts, Mabius and a sniper. Swan tells the men that although he possesses the antidote, he is willing to let Taylor die unless his demands are met.

Watts takes the cell phone. He gives Swan the exact coordinates of where the biological weapon was dropped, along with other information proving that it was the Millennium Group that gave the orders to fire upon U.S. soldiers. He then asks for his daughter to be released. Swan returns to the stainless steel room, only to discover that Taylor has escaped from the restraining chair and has given herself the antidote. Suddenly, Taylor appears behind Swan. Using all her remaining strength, she snaps his neck. Later, The Watts family sits down for dinner and Taylor asks her father if Swan was telling the truth about what happened during the Gulf War. He does not respond.

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Mortality Count: 
1 Deaths

(Comprised of 0 murders + 1 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

  • Eric Swan was responsible for the attempted murder of Taylor Watts during this episode of Millennium (Collateral Damage).
  • Taylor Watts was responsible for killing Eric Swan in self defence during this episode of Millennium (Collateral Damage).

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