#MLM-316 Saturn Dreaming of Mercury
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Jordan is filled with uneasy knowledge that the devil has come to town when a new family moves into the Black’s neighborhood. Frank’s unsure how to handle the situation when an imaginary friend named Simon leads Jordan into a biting incident at school, an attack on the family’s father, and violently uncharacteristic behavior. Could Jordan’s now advanced powers of perception be identifying the presence of evil? Emma is hurt when Frank refuses to reveal what it is he and his daughter are cursed to live with.
Written by Chip Johannessen & Jordan Hawley
Directed by Paul Shapiro
Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.
Lance Henriksen as Frank Black
Klea Scott as Special Agent Emma Hollis
Michael Bofshever as Will Sanderson
Colleen Winton as Jean Sanderson
Dillon Moen as Lucas Sanderson
Gabrielle Rose as The Welcome Lady
Jane Perry as Principal Hawes
Connor Widdows as Calvin Scranton
Helen Taylor as E.R. Nurse
Ian Robison as E.R. Doctor (II)
D. Neil Mark as Police Officer (I)
Paul Dickson as Firefighter
Sarah-Jane Redmond as Lucy Butler
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 Saturn Dreaming of Mercury episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.
Frank supervises his daughter as she rides her new bicycle on the driveway. He steps away briefly to answer the telephone. During his absence, an SUV stuffed with suitcases passes by the house. Inside the vehicle are a father, mother, and their angelic boy, Lucas, whose form is haloed from behind. Fascinated, Jordan leaves the property to investigate. From her point of view, Jordan comes upon a vacant lot, containing only a few skeletal remains of a house destroyed by fire. Suddenly, flames and matter regroup to form a normal-looking house. Jordan’s attention is then drawn to a small whirlwind of leaves, circling a few feet away from her. She then addresses someone... a person who is apparently invisible. Frank finds his daughter and escorts her home.
The next day, Frank allows Jordan to ride her bicycle to school, with the proviso that she page him once she reaches her destination. When Jordan enters the school, she sees Lucas shaking hands with a teacher. Nearby is Lucas’ father, whose face, from Jordan’s point of view, contorts into an evil mask. A short time later, Jordan pages her father using their everything-is-okay code, "007." As Jordan walks down a school hallway, another student bumps into her, sending her careening into Lucas. He grabs hold of his neck and accuses Jordan of biting him. Teeth marks are clearly visible on the boy’s neck. Principal Hawes notifies Frank about the incident. Jordan tells her father that she never bit anyone. She then sees Lucas standing in a school corridor. In a loud voice, she tells him that the man she saw him with earlier is not his father.
Frank receives a visit from Lucas’ parents, Will and Jean Sanderson. Frank apologizes for his daughter’s behavior. Jean points out that what Jordan said about Will in the school corridor is true: he is not Lucas’ natural father. The boy, it turns out, is adopted. When Frank sees Jordan standing on the top of the stairs, he calls to her. Jordan descends the stairs, but as she does so, from her point of view, Will’s face turns scary and mean. She suddenly lunges at Will, and in the process, cuts her knee. Jordan asks her invisible friend, Simon, for help.
Frank takes his daughter to a hospital for treatment. A doctor examines her eyes, but as he does so, Jordan experiences another vision: his face transforms into that of the evil Will. The doctor then gives Jordan a clean bill of health. As Frank drives his daughter home, they pass the Sanderson house. Jordan watches as a Welcome Lady and her three-year-old son, Calvin, pay Will a visit. Jordan tells her father that Lucas’ father is evil.
Meanwhile, as Calvin meanders through the Sanderson home, he happens upon an old wooden display case containing a collection of glass eyes. Will grabs Calvin and pulls him away from the display. A short time later, Emma approaches Jordan in hopes of learning more about her imaginary friend and her visions. Jordan explains how Simon moved to the area from Phoenix. Emma relays the information to Frank. But as it turns out, Frank has already deduced some of the information based upon one of his case files. It turns out that one of the cases Frank is working on pertains to the unsolved murder of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Simon, who lived in Phoenix.
As the Welcome Lady drives away from the Sanderson home, she discovers Calvin playing with one of the glass eyeballs. Calvin begins screaming, as if the eye is hurting him. The Welcome Lady becomes distracted and loses control of her car. She collides with a telephone pole and is killed. Emma tells Frank that the Welcome Lady died as the result of being impaled by several "For Sale" signs. Calvin, however, survived the accident with minor injuries. Jordan tells Frank that the Welcome Lady’s death was no accident. Frank notes similarities between her death and that of Mrs. Simon.
Jordan sneaks inside the Sanderson house. Her imaginary friend steers her towards the basement. As she descends the stairs, she comes upon an old fashioned furnace. She unlatches the furnace door and peers inside. From her point of view, she sees a throbbing mass of plasma. An eye on the larvae opens, and a small hand rises out of the muck. Mr. Sanderson catches Jordan in the basement. Suddenly, a small hand plunges a pair of shears into his thigh.
Will accuses Jordan of attacking him. Later, a sheriff’s deputy releases Jordan into Frank’s custody. Emma screen the shears for fingerprints. She determines that the fingerprints of another child are on the tool. Frank enters the Sanderson home to investigate. Shortly thereafter, someone knocks him unconscious. When Frank comes to, Lucas encourages him to run. Frank attempts to follow the boy through the basement, but he is attacked by the mass of protoplasm, which rips at his flesh. In reality, however, Frank is sat on a chair in the Sanderson basement, which is enveloped in flames. Frank hears Jordan’s voice calling to him. He makes his way up the stairs, where he encounters Will, who has also been attacked. When Will regains his senses, he hears his son calling to him. He makes his way though the flames and finds his son. But the room is soon engulfed by flame. Firemen pull Frank from the burning structure. Both he and Jordan watch as Lucas appears in a window and transforms into Lucy Butler. Later, Emma discovers that the fingerprint on the shears belong to the dead baby from Phoenix.
In a scene in Jordan's bedroom, several lettered blocks are shown, four of which are C, H, I and P: A reference to Chip Johannessen (writer, executive producer).
Credit: JRC of TIWWA
(Comprised of 2 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:
- Lucas Sanderson commited suicide during this episode of Millennium (Saturn Dreaming of Mercury).
- Lucas Sanderson was responsible for the attempted murder of Frank Black during this episode of Millennium (Saturn Dreaming of Mercury).
- "Evil Eye" was responsible for the murder of The Welcome Lady during this episode of Millennium (Saturn Dreaming of Mercury).
- Lucas Sanderson was responsible for the murder of Will Sanderson during this episode of Millennium (Saturn Dreaming of Mercury).
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