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Via Dolorosa

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Notable Episode Locations

Falls Church, Virginia


Stanton County, Florida


Alexandria, Virginia


Quantico, Virginia


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Alternative Episode Titles

In France, this episode was entitled Le Chemin de Croix which translates into English as The Way of Cross. [View all]

In Finland, this episode was entitled Lopun alku, osa 1/2 which translates into English as The beginning of the end, part 1/2. [View all]

In Germany, this episode was entitled Kreuzweg which translates into English as Way Of The Cross. [View all]

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Episode Summary

As Frank Black watches one of his greatest foes, Ed Cuffle, die in the electric chair he assumes he's found a way to put evil behind him. Shocking serial murders with patterns familiar to Frank prove, however, that someone's found a way to bring Ed back. Emma Hollis' father's illness takes a dangerous turn, forcing her through a series of painful choices. Peter Watts emerges from the shadows with arms outstretched to Emma, offering her father a cure in exchange for assisting the Millennium Group. As Emma and Peter enter into a silent agreement, Frank, Barry Baldwin and the FBI make a desperate attempt to stop the new Ed Cuffle.

Main Crew

Written by Marjorie David & Patrick Harbinson
Directed by Paul Shapiro
Edited by Casey O. Rohrs

Main Cast

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

Guest Stars

Jeff Parise as Lucas Francis Barr
John Beasley as James Hollis
Kevin McNulty as Dr. Arnett
Matthew Glave as Edward Cuffle
Peter Outerbridge as Special Agent Barry Baldwin
Terry O'Quinn as Peter Watts

Supporting Cast

Andrew Wheeler as Father Murray
Mark Humphrey as Tommy Marcetti
Trevor White as Doug Scaife
John Mann as Detective Krebbs
Ken Roberts as Warden (II)
Frida Betrani as Art Teacher
Carla White as Cyndie Dryden
Paul Kane as John Dryden
Sarah Macaulay as Maria Jones
Khaira Le as Suzie




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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 Via Dolorosa episode transcript which has been painstakingly checked for accuracy against the actual episode.

Frank and Jordan run down the hallway of Jordan's school, toward the exit.

Three weeks earlier… Frank and a group of onlookers observe as convicted serial killer Edward Cuffle is strapped into an electric chair. Moments before a black leather mask is placed over Cuffle's face, his eyes lock with someone sitting in the group. He mouths the word, "yes." The executioner then flips the fatal switch, electrocuting Cuffle.

An intruder wearing a night vision device enters the home of John and Cyndie Dryden. As the man, who we will come to know as Lucas Francis Barr, makes his way through the living room, he carves the Roman numeral "II" into a wall. He makes his way upstairs, as the sounds of the couple making love filter through the house. Barr enters the bedroom, his night vision apparatus recording the proceedings. The following day, a cleaning lady finds John and Cyndie's bodies lashed to dining room chairs with barbed wire.

Frank and other investigators comb through the Dryden household, looking for clues. Frank notices a small-bore hole in John's temple. Though Baldwin concludes the injury was the result of a bullet, Frank later explains that the couple died when holes were drilled into their skulls. He tells Baldwin he knows this because the killer is Ed Cuffle… a man who died in the electric chair three days earlier.

Frank tells Baldwin and Emma that Cuffle, the son of a cleaning woman, resented the upper class. As a young boy, Cuffle overheard his mother-who "turned tricks" for extra income-having sex with the men who owned the houses she cleaned. Frank believes that someone is copying Cuffle's modus operandi for reasons unknown.

Watts tells Emma that the Millennium Group is involved in biomedical research. He hints that they have discovered a way to reverse the affects of Alzheimer's disease.

Frank reviews surveillance footage of the execution chamber. He realizes that when Cuffle mouthed the word "yes," he was communicating with a man sitting in the gallery. Unfortunately, the image is so blurry it cannot be electronically enhanced.

Wearing the night vision apparatus, Barr invades another home as the occupants have sex. This time, however, as he enters the bedroom, he spies his own reflection in a mirror. He freezes. The man having sex, Tommy Marcetti, chases Barr from the house. Marcetti and his girlfriend, Maria, contact the police. Frank retraces the intruder's steps. He realizes Barr saw his reflection in the mirror.

Frank returns to the Dryden house, where he encounters Baldwin. He notices the Roman numerals "II," "IX" and "XII" carved into the walls. Frank realizes that the killer is following Jesus Christ's path, the fourteen stations of the cross. The killer, Frank believes, feels as though he is suffering, much in the same way Christ suffered.

As Emma sleeps on her father's couch one night, a figure, gun in hand, approaches her form. Emma's eyes open. She sees her father pointing a gun at her. Emma slams the gun away, causing it to discharge. She then wrestles away the weapon.

Emma places her father inside a nursing home. Watts again approaches her and offers a Faustian deal: the Group will cure her father if she agrees to help force Frank out of the FBI. Emma insists she has no control over her colleague's future plans.

Using a process of elimination, FBI agents pour over military records, hoping to find their suspect. Eventually, Emma is able to match the image of the man in the execution gallery to a military photo of Lucas Barr. Despite Frank's misgivings, Baldwin organizes a raid on Barr's apartment. As Frank watches from afar, Baldwin, Emma and a group of FBI agents prepare to storm the apartment. Moments before the agents break down the door, Emma is distracted by her pager. Baldwin and his team move inside, finding an empty apartment. But Frank is overcome with a sudden premonition. He races towards the building, and as he does so, yells into his radio. He tells everyone inside to evacuate at once. Moments later, Baldwin notices a metal case connected to blinking lights and a counter. He orders his men out of the apartment, but it is too late. The device explodes. Meanwhile, Barr moves through yet another darkened house.


Episode Bloopers

Ed Cuffle always entered a residence through an unlocked front door. When Lucas Barr carried out the first murder he entered through the front door, yet when the maid arrives the next morning the door is locked. Credit: Fourth Horseman and others of TIWWA

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Mortality Count: 
2 Deaths

(Comprised of 2 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.

Violence Markers

  • Lucas Francis Barr was responsible for the murder of John Dryden during this episode of Millennium (Via Dolorosa).
  • Lucas Francis Barr was responsible for the murder of Cyndie Dryden during this episode of Millennium (Via Dolorosa).

(View Millennium's Violence - Deaths, Killers, Victims and Criminality Analysis)