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Synopsis of Millennium episode "The Well-Worn Lock"

Presented below is the original published synopsis of The Well-Worn Lock, from Chris Carter's Millennium TV series. It was originally published on the original Fox Millennium website.

 

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The Well-Worn Lock


Season:

1

MLM Code:

#MLM-107

Production Code:

4C07

Original Airdate:

1996-12-20



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Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Edited by Stephen Mark


In a nice middle class residence in Madison Park, Washington, the Bangs family--Connie, 32, Sara 9, mom Clea and dad Joe-- are watching TV. After Clea goes upstairs to bed, an underlying tension and terror come to the surface. Joe, who has sexually abused Connie since she was nine years old, now threatens to do the same to Sara. Connie orders Sara to lock herself in Connie’s room. Downstairs, Connie fights off her father and runs away.

Later that night, Connie is found walking down the middle of the street in a dazed stupor. Catherine is assigned to her case. With Sara in danger, Connie is finally ready to admit her father abused her. But after 23 years of silence, she is afraid no one will believe her.

The assistant D.A., Rhonda Preshutski, thinks they don’t have a case. Since Child Protective Services can’t take Sara away from her father until Connie’s psychiatric evaluation, Catherine and Bletcher go to the Bangs’ house to check on the girl.

Bangs furiously orders them off his property, as Clea watches dispassionately. Bangs has some political influences, and is able to put pressure on the D.A.’s office, angering Rhonda. Her hostility towards Catherine is evident, until Connie’s evaluation reveals Sara isn’t her sister: she’s Connie’s daughter...by Joe.

Frank awakens Catherine in her office. She has slept there overnight, trying to get a legal angle to remove Sara from the house. Connie is now staying at her sister Ruthie’s house, who tells Catherine that Joe abused her too...until she had a mental breakdown and was hospitalized. Catherine is uneasy when she finds out Connie has been with Clea. Connie, fearful and unstable after years of abuse, may be easily persuaded to stop the fight against her father.

Bangs is unable to use his influence in City Hall, and Bletcher tells Catherine her pursuit of the case against Bangs is endangering her job. Catherine, knowing she’s doing what’s right, refuses to give up. Frank agrees with her. Catherine’s fears are confirmed when Bangs kidnaps Sara.

Frank realizes Bangs’ need for control would dictate that he choose a place he knows: the cabin in the woods where the family vacationed. Frank leads a caravan of police to the area, where they chase after Joe as he speeds away in his van. Catherine blocks the road with her Jeep, and the van broadsides her. Bangs is arrested; Catherine and Sara are unhurt.

A Grand Jury is convened. Catherine is afraid Connie won’t be able to stand up to the cross examination. Once on the stand, Connie appears too afraid to testify. But with Catherine’s support, Connie is finally able to reveal the horrible story of years of emotional and sexual abuse.

Time has passed. Connie is slowly recovering. Catherine brings her the "well-worn lock" taken from her bedroom door. She takes the lock, which was used to keep people from interrupting her father when he crept into her room at night, and hurls it off a dam into a river.