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Written by Chris Carter

Directed by David Nutter

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired October 25, 1996

A seedy peep show in downtown Seattle. As seedy men pay for brief glimpses of female flesh, one customer has more than sex on his mind. Mumbling obscure and ominous phrases, he hallucinates sheets of blood pouring over the body of a blond dancer. Later that night, she is savagely murdered.

Just arrived in Seattle, Frank and Catherine Black, and their five-year-old daughter Jordan, are happily settling into their new suburban home. But the evil of the outside world soon disturbs Frank's contentment. Spotting a newspaper account of the dancer's brutal death, Frank contacts his former boss, homicide cop Lieutenant Bob Bletcher. Frank volunteers his expertise as a retired FBI agent specializing in serial killers.

When he views the body, Frank catches vivid and bloody glimpses of the crime, and knows the killer will strike again. His intimate knowledge of the details spooks his old friend. Now a consultant for a consortium of ex-law enforcement officers called the Millennium Group, Frank offers their resources to help the department find the killer. Peter Watts, a member of the group, agrees with Frank's assessment. Driven by an external stressor, the killer is out of control, and out for more blood.

Stalking the gay cruising scene for his next victim, the killer is lost in a warped world of hallucinations, surrounded by passers-by with eyes and mouths gruesomely sewn shut. Later that night, the cops find his latest victim's charred, headless body, and nearby, an empty coffin. Again, Frank's detailed knowledge of the crime startles Bletcher. Frank's investigations and visions even lead him straight to the killer, who manages to lose Frank after a close chase.

Frank presents his findings to the homicide department. Obsessed by apocalyptic prophecies, and maddened by twisted sexual guilt, the killer believes he is cleansing sin from plague-infested Seattle. Not unexpectedly, the cops reject what they don't understand - except for Bletcher. He demands an explanation from Frank. And Frank, at last, reveals his secrets.

His gift is also his curse. He sees what the killer sees, becoming what we most fear to hunt, what we must destroy. In the past an anonymous person sent Polaroid photos of his family to him, distorting Frank's knowledge of evil into paralyzing fear. He quit the FBI, refusing to let his family out of his sight. Then he was contacted by the Millennium Group, an association formed to battle the darkness that approaches with the coming millennium. They offered to help him use his gift, and Frank moved his family back to Seattle.

Frank must rush to the hospital when his daughter is stricken with a high fever. Despite his love for Jordan, he can't leave his job behind. alerted by sudden insight, Frank leads the cops to their most horrifying discovery: a man buried alive, his eyes and mouth sewn shut, his fingertips roughly amputated.

Finally, Frank tracks the killer to the police department's own evidence lab. In a psychotic rage, the killer savagely attacks Frank, raving about the apocalypse. Just in time, Bletcher's bullet saves Frank from the killer's deadly assault.

The killer's death releases Frank to seek peace in the love of his family. But his serenity is shattered by a nightmare sent in the mail: anonymous Polaroids of his family.



Written by Chris Carter

Directed by David Nutter

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired November 1, 1996

San Francisco. A pack of clean-cut young men cruise the night in their black BMWs. At a dark abandoned factory, they turn on one of their own. They feed him LSD, terrorize him and leave him there to become the prey of a savage half-seen, half-human beast. When a disturbingly large amount of human ashes is discovered in a San Francisco park, Frank joins the other members of the Millennium Group in the investigation of this multiple homicide. Frank can sense that the killer has burned his victims alive to feed on their suffering. Chemical traces in the remains lead them to the abandoned factory, where Frank catches horrifying glimpses of the Beast and his crimes; and makes a grisly discovery: a set of human teeth.

Meanwhile, a shadow outside the house spooks Catherine while she's home alone with Jordan. Is it only her imagination? She tells Frank's friend Bob Bletcher that she must never let Frank suspect she and Jordan are in danger, or Frank may remain home to guard them, and never use his gift again. She is still unaware that the stalker from their past has followed the family to Seattle. Back in San Francisco, Frank's colleague Mike Atkins tells him that it is probable the objective of the person stalking his family is terrorizing Frank. At this point, he believes the danger to Frank's family is minimal.

The break in the investigation comes when dental records lead them to a young Russian immigrant who disappeared six months ago. They discover he had become a member of a mysterious apocalyptic cult - who threaten to destroy their faithless in the fires of Gehenna (Biblical Hebrew for "hell").

Inside a cavernous office, the brainwashed cult members - all young, all male - telemarket hair products while Orwellian slogans strobe by on a screen. One young man is singled out as the next victim. This time instead of running into the arms of the Beast, the victim runs into someone unexpectedly waiting - Frank. The young man is taken into custody and questioned. Crazed by psychedelics and fear, the young man's ravings reveal the terrifying hold this bloodthirsty cult has over its members. He warns Frank that no one can escape the power of the Beast. Frank realizes this case is like nothing he's ever seen before when his prisoner literally wills himself to die.

Back in Seattle with his family, Frank goes online and uncovers the San Francisco address of Gehenna Industries. Atkins investigates, discovering a storehouse of doomsday weapons. The Beast lures Atkins inside a giant industrial microwave, where he had immolated his previous victims. Luckily, Frank realizes the danger, and sends the police after Atkins. The rescue team arrives just in time to save Atkins' life, but not before serious injury could be inflicted upon Atkins by the deadly microwaves.

The cult is smashed. The leader is captured. But Frank knows that evil will always survive.

Dead Letters


Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired November 8, 1996

Awakened by a nightmare, Jordan runs to the man who will protect her always: her father. Moments later, Frank is called to the horrific scene of a real-life nightmare, when a woman's dismembered body is discovered in a Portland, Oregon animal shelter. Despite the lack of physical evidence, Frank is certain that the killer has left a hidden message, and that he will kill again.

Penseyres asks Frank to team up with Jim Horn, a Portland detective they're considering as a member of the Group. Competent, experienced, and dedicated, Jim would seem a perfect choice. But a recent marital separation has left him edgy and distracted, and he openly doubts Frank's insights about the killer. Frank is aware of Jim's talents, but also sees the fine emotional line he's balancing on.

The killer disposes of his next victim in the UPS Dead Letter Office. Frank discovers a message painstakingly etched on a human hair: the words "Hair Today...Gone Tomorrow." Now he's beginning to understand the killer's psyche. The murders are the killer's bloody way of making his mark on a world that he feels has reduced him to nothing.

Jim's stress escalates under the pressure. He can't keep the violence outside anymore. Every case is personal. Every victim could be someone he loves, and every killer is a monster. Frank understands; he's been there. But he fears that Jim's loss of control may compromise their investigation.

The killer strikes again, this time a nurse. However in addition to leaving behind another message that reads "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," the killer also leaves behind the lens from his glasses which were broken at the scene. Knowing that the killer is mocking them with the latest message, Frank takes advantage of the killer's arrogance. They release to the press that the killer is of lower intelligence, having misspelled ventured "ventered" in his latest message. They anticipate this will provoke the killer into making a bold appearance at the memorial service for the latest victim.

The closer they get to the killer, the closer Jim gets to the edge. When the trap is sprung, Jim savagely attacks an innocent man mistaken for the killer. While the man they nabbed wasn't the killer, they find evidence the killer did make an appearance - a cross with the word "ventured" etched on it is found at the memorial.

After scanning surveillance tapes of those present at the memorial, pictures of suspects fitting the profile are distributed throughout the neighboring area and to optometrists nearby. This results in two leads: the killer's car - a battered orange van he uses as a mobile slaughterhouse - is identified, and an optician clearly recognizes one of the suspects as a customer. Frank and Jim question the optician, a woman named Janice. Realizing the killer has chosen her as the next victim, Frank lays another trap, using her as bait.

With the pressure building, Jim becomes more unsettled. He sees the van and the killer everywhere. As they're waiting for the killer to take the bait, Jim admits to himself and Frank he can't function. Frank tells him to go home. He takes off, only to stage a flat tire in an alley that is the killer's only path to the trap they have set. The killer arrives as expected.

Jim snaps, and the cops arrive just in time to keep Jim from beating the killer to death. Jim's actions nearly cost them the entire case against the killer by rendering the van and its contents inadmissible. Fortunately there is enough evidence of the murders in the killer's home to prosecute. In the aftermath, a subdued Jim asks Frank how he can stay sane amid such dreadful violence. When Frank cradles Jordan in his arms, the answer is obvious.

The Judge


Written by Ted Mann

Directed by Randy Zisk

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired November 15, 1996

The cafe in a Seattle bowling alley. An ex-con, Carl Nearman, stares fixedly at a beefy middle-aged man putting away a healthy slice of pie. After following him into the parking lot, Nearman knocks the man unconscious with a bowling ball, and whips out a knife.

A severed human tongue is mailed anonymously to Mrs. Annie Tisman, a middle-aged widow. Why would anyone send such an item to someone so ordinary? Bletcher tells Frank that over the last four years, three people have received severed body parts. Police have found no connection between any of the recipients, and worse, no bodies.

Frank, sensing an unusual element of mindfulness associated with the violence, sends for expert forensic pathologist, Cheryl Andrews. She detects a pattern change in the latest crime: for the first time, the body part was removed after the victim's death.

Bardale, a violent habitual offender just out of the penitentiary, is approached in a bar by the mastermind behind the series of murders, a man who calls himself the Judge. The Judge offers Bardale a chance to "serve a higher purpose" - the meting out of personal justice. Bardale's first job for his new employer is the execution of his predecessor, Carl Nearman.

The body of the man in the bowling alley is discovered and identified as Detective Mellen, a retired Seattle cop. Frank realizes Nearman could never have plotted such intricate crimes. Someone of sharp intelligence must be orchestrating the murders. When Frank discovers that Mellen's false testimony had sent Mrs. Tisman's late husband to jail, he grasps the killer's motive. The killer is righting wrongs; employing men already prone to rough and violent justice to do his dirty work.

The Judge delivers his next sentence on Biggs, a landlord whose negligence caused the death of an elderly tenant. As executioner, Bardale is to amputate Biggs' leg below the knee while Biggs is still alive and conscious. Biggs' foot is found by a postal worker in a package. Forensic evidence leads the cops to where Biggs is hidden but it's too late to save his life.

Frank and Bletcher deduce that the killer must be another ex-con and are able to track down Bardale who leads them to the Judge. They take the Judge in for questioning who arrogantly offers Frank a job. He's certain he'll get away with it, and he's right. The cops have no tangible evidence, and must release him.

Though he eluded the authorities, the Judge didn't reckon with Bardale. On learning that the Judge manipulated conventional law to escape arrest, Bardale passes his own death sentence on the Judge - for hypocrisy. Frank finds Bardale alone in the farmhouse kitchen, who tells Frank that the Judge was no Judge - he was a pig. Frank finds what's left of the Judge half-buried in the hog pen.



Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong

Directed by David Nutter

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired November 22, 1996

Sitting inside an upscale Washington D.C. pub, Raymond Dees is immersed in fantasies of death and destruction. He leaves the pub and finds a nearby pay phone. Dees dials 911, but says nothing. He merely punches in the numbers 522666.

Avidly watching the pub from the parking garage across the street, Dees masturbates, timing his release to the moment he knows will come. Inside the bar, the bomb he planted explodes. The concussion is enough to knock him backwards.

At home, Frank sees the resultant chaos live on TV, and begins to pack his bag. He knows the Group will call him. Back on TV, police and civilian volunteers dig in the rubble for victims. One of the rescuers is Raymond Dees.

Frank and Peter Watts fly to DC, joining a multi-agency task force led by career FBI agent Jack Pierson. At first assuming the bombing is political, Pierson plays tapes of the terrorist groups that claimed responsibility. Frank discounts all of them until he hears the coded message left by Dees. When Frank hears the numbers, he matches them with the corresponding letters on phone buttons. KABOOM.

Visiting the crime scene, Frank sees the moment of detonation just as Dees had imagined it. He realizes that although the bomb was professional, its placement was not. Pierson follows as something draws Frank to the nearby parking garage. They find the evidence Dees left behind as he watched - a semen soaked tissue in a trash can.

Realizing Frank seems to have a unique understanding of the bomber, Pierson relies on him to run the investigation. Frank informs a meeting of the task force that the bomber will obsessively follow their investigation, and has the technical know-how to listen to every radio and cell phone transmission they make. So Frank and Pierson set a trap. The only one allowed to use a cell phone will be Frank.

As Frank has predicted, Dees is able to eavesdrop on them electronically. He monitors Frank's cell phone, figuring Frank must be a member of the task force. He calls Frank and leaves the message: 522666. Contact. Frank knows Dees is hooked and will call again.

As the team attempts to trace the call, Dees phones Frank and boasts of his next bombing, daring the police to catch him. Frank notes that Dees calls himself "a star," and adds that if Frank catches him he too will be a star. Dees hangs up before the task force can pinpoint his exact whereabouts, but they are able to get the frequency and sector grid of his location.

That night, Dees calls Frank and punches in "522666" every 15 minutes. Frank thinks he's trying to keep them off base and knows he's planning something. When the next call comes in, it's not Dees: it's Catherine, worried because she hasn't heard from him. Frank gets her off the phone, and returns her call on a land line. Dees phones in again, after having monitored Frank's brief conversation with Catherine. Frank takes the call, forgetting to hang up with Catherine. Still on the land line, Catherine listens, a frightened voyeur, as Frank gets inside Dees' mind and enters his chaotic and violent world. Dees tells Frank to expect another explosion at 9 am the following morning.

With three and one half hours to find the bomb, the investigators use cell phone data to identify the two block area of shops and business that might fit the bomber's pattern of attack. But Frank is worried. He knows the bomber's thrills are wearing off quickly. How far will he now go to increase his excitement? Frank knows this somehow ties in with Dees' desire to be a "star."

With fifteen minutes to go, the searchers have found nothing. Spotting a parking garage across from an office building, Frank recognizes Dees' pattern. He alerts the cops in time to evacuate the building.

But Dees has misled them. He's planted two bombs, not one. The first bomb goes off at 8:45. Dees calls Frank's cell phone, informing him that the next bomb is set to explode. Frank rushes into building to warn those who remain inside. In the midst of the chaos, Frank reaches the second bomb just as it's about to blow up. At the moment of detonation, he's rescued from death by a man who works in the building. Frank doesn't know or see his savior, but it is Dees himself.

Frank awakens in the hospital with Catherine at his side. She tells him the man who pulled him out from building is on TV. Seeing him, Frank realizes they found Kaboom. But Dees outwits them again. Still monitoring them on his electronic equipment, Dees is long gone by the time the cops get to his place.

Dees' next and penultimate move is something even Frank doesn't expect. Just as Frank gets in his car, Dees calls Frank's cell phone. He implies he's booby-trapped Frank's car, and tells Frank that he's about to get what he wants fame. He wants people to know his name. In Dees' apartment, the cops are listening to the whole conversation on Dees' monitoring equipment. Dees sits in his car across the street from Frank's. In position, a sharpshooter kills Dees just as he's about to press the detonation transmitter.

Upon investigation, no explosives are found in either car. Frank realizes Dees controlled the whole thing from beginning to end, including the method of his execution. And the media has already begun to spread the name of the mad bomber gunned down by police - even in death, he's become a star.

Kingdom Come


Written by Jorge Zamacona

Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Edited by George R. Potter

Aired November 29, 1996

A man (ultimately revealed as Galen Calloway) burns a Catholic priest at the stake outside his church. At the crime scene, Frank reunites with Millennium Group member Ardis Cohen. They had worked together on a case four years ago when three men of the cloth were murdered in a similar ritualistic fashion.

In his research, Frank identifies a similarity between these modern crimes and the Christian tortures of church heretics during the Middle Ages. His assumption is confirmed when the killer grotesquely drowns a Wyoming minister in an imitation of another medieval torture. At the scene of the crime, the police retrieve two clues. A man's wedding ring is found inside the victim's stomach. Near the corpse is a woman's wedding/engagement band, engraved JMM.

At a Rockford, Illinois church, the killer is interrupted while rifling through its files. He was searching for something so important he acted without his usual thoroughness, and left bloody fingerprints behind. All along Frank has been receiving glimpses inside the killer's mind. A sudden illumination strikes him. He realizes the murderer is not killing men - he's killing faith. The victims must have some religious significance in the killer's life. He stole the files in order to choose his next victim. Frank now believes that the killer experienced an emotionally catastrophic event - a loss devastating enough to have destroyed his faith, and transformed him into a homicidal monster.

Frank and the police are close on the killer's trail, but too late to save the life of Reverend Harned, whom Calloway has cruelly tortured. But Frank realizes that the killer has returned to the place where his life was destroyed. When Frank sees visions of a woman and child trapped in a house fire, he has the Rockford police search their records, and they find their man: Galen Calloway, a high school religious teacher who was the only survivor of a 1989 fire that killed his wife and daughter. Frank knows Calloway's next stop: the church that held his family's funeral.

His body wired with explosives, Calloway invades the church, and takes the everyone inside hostage. He preaches his loss of faith to the terrified congregation while SWAT teams and media swarm outside.

Frank is convinced he can reach Calloway, and risks his life by going in to face him. Calloway holds Frank at gunpoint, but Frank calmly tells Calloway he can help him because he knows what Calloway wants. Calloway believes his pain will end when he kills his faith. Yet despite everything he has done, Frank points out, Calloway has never lost his faith in God.

Calloway knows what Frank is saying is true, but he's never understood it himself before this moment. He places his gun to Frank's head, but fires the gun into the air. The SWAT team enter the church and overpower Calloway.

Frank goes home and he and Catherine talk. Frank decides he's going to tell Jordan that bad things happen, but we have to balance sadness with hope and faith.

Blood Relatives


Written by Chip Johannessen

Directed by James Charleston

Edited by George R. Potter

Aired December 6, 1996

At a Seattle cemetery, James Dickerson, a handsome 20-year-old, lurks outside the chapel during a college football player's funeral. After the mourners leave, James approaches the deceased's mother and sister. Calling himself "Ray Bell," he gains their trust by pretending to be a friend from college. He hugs the boy's grieving mother, savoring the hug in an unsettling way. That night, the mother visits the open grave one last time, when suddenly hands reach out of the grave, and drag the terrified woman inside.

Her corpse is discovered the next day. Bletcher asks Catherine, in her capacity as a Victim Services Department counselor, to talk to the victim's husband. He is angry and refuses to cooperate with the police because they won't let him see his wife's body. Bletcher reveals the reason to Catherine: the body is shockingly mutilated.

At the crime scene, Frank is able to feel the rage of the killer. He senses the rage is not directed toward the victim but toward someone else. Perhaps her late son? Frank interviews the family at the chapel. His obvious sympathy reaches them. They realize the stranger calling himself Ray Bell is most likely the killer. Frank discovers that the dead boy's football team pin is missing from the body.

Inside his spartan, institutional bedroom, James wears the missing pin, as Connor, older and tougher, bursts in and berates him for blowing curfew. Connor tells James he won't cover for him any more, and orders him to stay inside. After Connor leaves, James circles an obituary in the paper.

After finding the name Ray Bell in the same newspaper as the football player's obituary, Frank realizes James must have attended other funerals before, befriending mourners and taking souvenirs. Last night he crossed the line into murderous violence, possibly for the first time. Next time will be easier for him.

James attends another funeral, and he convinces one of the mourners, Tina, that he was a childhood friend of the deceased. He takes her to the lake shore, where he pretends to share memories so convincing that Tina breaks down in tears. He hugs her, savoring the moment beyond all reason. Sensing something is wrong, Tina pulls away. Reacting to her alarm, James apologizes and leaves her. Soon afterward, while grieving alone, Tina is viciously attacked.

Tina's mutilated body is discovered in the lake. When they find a message carved on her abdomen ("Stop Looking"), Frank realizes there must be a message on the first body too. He asks Peter Watts to look for it. Frank finds Tina's barrette (hair clip), and Watts is able to lift fingerprints that identify James Dickerson: a recently paroled convict with a sealed juvenile crime record, now living in a group home. When the police surround the house, Connor - the trustee - secretly helps James escape.

They search James' room and discover his secret stash: a journal and pen, newspaper obituaries, small souvenirs he's taken from funerals, and a bundle of letters all marked Return to Sender. Catherine analyzes James as a classic lost child. In and out of foster homes, abused and neglected, James raised himself. Going to funerals is his attempt to connect with the world, to find emotional contact and family. Previous foster families described James as a loving kid. What pushed him over the edge to violence?

Meanwhile, James hides out at Skorpion Salvage, a junkyard patrolled by vicious dogs. Connor brings James food and comforts him when he denies murdering anybody. Connor's feelings for James obviously go beyond mere friendship.

Frank notices that the "S" carved on the first victim's stomach is the same stylized design as the "S" on the Skorpion Salvage giveaway pen found in James' stash. He realizes James must be hiding at the junkyard. But when Frank and the police move in, the dogs viciously maul James and Connor escapes.

Catherine interviews Mrs. Dechant, James' birth mother. Now a typical suburban housewife, she gave James up for adoption as an unwed teenager. James showed up abruptly three years ago, wanting to be part of her life, but she rejected him. Catherine begs for her help, and Mrs. Dechant reluctantly agrees to see him.

When Mrs. Dechant visits James in jail, he greedily hugs her: his effort to find meaning in the world by grabbing another human being and never letting go. Mrs. Dechant bolts from the room, unable to go through with what they ask. James is a stranger to her, and is the state's problem. Connor watches the whole thing.

Though James had contended his innocence up to this point, after his mother rejects him, James confesses. But Frank is dissatisfied. As he and Catherine drive away, he realizes the truth in a flash. Connor wants James all to himself. "Stop Looking" is his warning to James. Stop looking for love from anyone else. And Mrs. Dechant will be Connor's next victim.

Unaware that Connor lurks nearby, Mrs. Dechant is attacked while she is preparing a bath. Frank enters the house and makes his way to the upstairs bathroom after seeing water dripping from the ceiling. He gets there just in time to interrupt Connor. Mrs. Dechant is wounded but alive. Connor tries to garrote Frank, but Frank manages to knock Connor backwards into the bathtub and hold him underwater until he loses his strength to fight.

Connor is arrested and charged with the crimes, as James, cleared of any crimes and recovering from his wounds, starts picking out obituaries.

The Well-Worn Lock


Written by Chris Carter

Directed by Ralph Hemecker

Edited by Steve Mark

Aired December 20, 1996

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, 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.

Wide Open


Written by Charles D. Holland

Directed by James Charleston

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired January 3, 1997

A man, Cutter, parks his automobile near a home with a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn. After speaking briefly with a Realtor, Cutter signs his name in a guest book and makes his way through the house, where he takes particular interest in a little girl's bedroom. Later that evening, the owners return home and tuck their young daughter, Patricia, into bed. Later that night, Patricia suddenly begins screaming.

An alarm company security guard discovers the parent's bludgeoned bodies on the first floor of the house. But Patricia's whereabouts are unknown. Frank, Bletcher and a team of detectives search the home for clues. After examining the alarm system, which was triggered when the intruder left the home - but not when he entered - Frank realizes the killer attended the open house and then hid somewhere until the family returned home. As he takes in the crime scene, Frank is drawn towards an air heater vent. He yanks the grill from the wall, revealing Patricia, her small body stuffed inside the small space, curled into a ball and catatonic with fear.

Patricia is rushed to a nearby hospital where she is treated for dehydration and extreme shock. Catherine cautions the detectives that, although Patricia is the only eyewitness to the murders, her psychological state is extremely delicate. Catherine asks that the police postpone their interview, not wanting to force Patricia to relive the terrifying ordeal.

Meanwhile, Frank, Bletcher and Giebelhouse enlist the services of a handwriting expert and examine the killer's signature (written in the guest sign-in book as "John Allworth"). Graphological analysis links the perpetrator's signature to at least thirty-seven open house registers over the previous six months. Frank believes the key to catching the culprit lies in finding a pattern with the homes he visited.

When the killer mails a videotape of the murders to a Realtor, Frank is puzzled. The case develops yet another strange twist when the killer sneaks into an open house and murders a divorced woman by shooting her point blank with a shotgun. Bletcher notes the perpetrator called 911 and notified the police shortly after the murder. Frank notices a bloody red "X," the same one which appeared to him in a vision, drawn beneath the welcome mat. Meanwhile, Patricia begins drawing "X's" with her crayons.

While reviewing a videotape of the first murders, Frank spots the killer's image in a reflection. He asks Catherine to show Patricia a photo of the killer, but suddenly, Frank retracts his request. He realizes that, all along, the killer wanted the police to approach Patricia and force her to relive the murder - in much the same way the killer has been reliving some unspeakable act his entire life.

Cutter, who works as a school crossing guard, plants the shotgun (used to commit the second murder) in a dumpster, and then notifies police of its whereabouts. The officer who takes the report from Cutter later sees the photograph from the video and identifies him.

Frank realizes that Cutter has been attempting to prove wrong our pretensions of safety - we are not as secure as we think we are. The police stake out a number of different open houses. Cutter visits the home where Frank and his colleagues have set up surveillance, but escapes into the neighborhood. Frank and Bletcher search the neighborhood and realize the killer is hiding inside a house nearby, where Frank discovers a couple tied up in their bed. Suddenly, Cutter steps from the shadows and strikes Frank with a curtain rod, knocking him to the floor. Before Cutter can finish his assault, the family dog charges and leaps at Cutter, knocking him over the a banister and sending him crashing into a glass table on the floor below.

The Wild and the Innocent


Written by Jorge Zamacona

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired January 10, 1997

Maddie Haskel, twenty-years-old and heartland pretty, attends her mother's funeral in Joplan, Missouri. After the service, Maddie returns to her family's home, where she is approached by a vicious-looking man named Jim Gilroy. Gilroy's attempt to rape Maddie comes to a sudden halt when Maddie's boyfriend, Bobby Webber, emerges from the shadows wielding a length of iron pipe. After Gilroy is knocked unconscious, Bobby and Maddie drive off into the night with their prisoner safely tucked away in the trunk of their automobile. A Missouri State Trooper notices the vehicle has a burned-out tail light and orders Bobby to pull over. When the trooper hears noises emanating from the trunk, Bobby grabs a .357 and shoots and kills the trooper.

Watts notifies Frank about the incident. DMV records indicate the automobile stopped by the trooper was registered to a Jim Gilroy. But Watts reveals that name is a pseudonym - and the real owner is Jake Waterston, a man who raped and murdered three nurses in 1992 and then disappeared. Accompanied by other members of the Millennium Group, Frank searches the Haskel residence for clues. He notices the word "Angel" scratched into a large- screen television, but is uncertain of its meaning.

Bobby stops the car on a remote backroad, pulls Gilroy/Waterston out of the trunk, and begins to beat him. He repeatedly asks Gilroy, "Where is he?"

A video camera mounted on the trooper's dashboard recorded the murder. After studying the tape, Frank realizes Gilroy is not the man who shot the trooper, and is unable to give frustrated police the name of the person who did.

Bobby breaks into a farmhouse and confronts the occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Nesmith. He shouts "Where is he?" at the bewildered and terrified couple. When the Nesmiths are unable to respond, they are gunned down. Realizing he had been lied to, Bobby pulls Gilroy from the trunk and threatens to kill him unless he tells the truth. Terrified, Gilroy reveals the information Bobby so desperately sought. Gilroy is forced back into the trunk, and the car is rolled into a pond. Maddie and Bobby steal the Nesmith's car and drive off into the night.

Police locate the submerged vehicle and pull it from the water. Inside, they discover Gilroy, who kept alive by breathing from an air pocket. He is transferred to a nearby prison and charged with the deaths of the three nurses, but Gilroy refuses to cooperate with the investigation into the trooper's death.

After reading a series of letters Maddie wrote but never mailed to her father, Frank concludes that Angel is the name of Maddie's son. A computer search of Gilroy's bank records reveals a deposit of seven thousand dollars made two months after Angels' birth. Frank realizes that Gilroy (who was dating Maddie's mother), sold the baby and then purchased a large screen television with the profits. Police search the records of a lawyer who brokered the sale and discover the name of the family who "adopted" the baby: Mr. and Mrs. Travis.

Armed with his .357, Bobby storms the Travis home and demands the baby be turned over to Maddie. But when Maddie takes the child from Mrs. Travis' arms, the baby begins crying. Deeply moved, and convinced the baby has a good home, Maddie returns Angel to Mrs. Travis. When Bobby protests, Maddie grabs his gun and shoots, killing him.



Written by Frank Spotnitz

Directed by Michael Pattinson

Edited by George Richard Potter

Aired January 24, 1997

An unidentified man in a van follows a teenage boy, Josh Comstock, as he rides his new motorcycle through Vista Verde Estates, a gated, upper middle-class neighborhood in Washington State. As night falls, Josh rides his bike across the dirt of an undeveloped cul-de-sac. The driver parks his van and approaches the boy, suddenly, jabbing a cattle prod into Josh's chest and sending him flying backwards into the dirt. When Mr. and Mrs. Comstock awaken the next morning, they find the corpse of another teenage boy in Josh's bed - and their son missing.

Frank offers his services to Sheriff Gerlach, who is in charge of the investigation. During their conversation, Gerlach admits that the deceased boy, Kirk Orlando, disappeared while returning home from a basketball game. Convinced he might have prevented Josh's kidnapping, Gerlach feels enormous guilt for not alerting the community about the missing boy.

A coroner discovers blood in Orlando's mouth and stomach, and Frank realizes that the killer forced his victim to ingest human blood. Orlando's father gives police something he found inside his mailbox - a pile of confetti made from dollar bills.

Black and Gerlach attend a community meeting organized by resident Edward Petey. During the meeting, an angry man from the audience, Robert Birckenbuehl, accuses the sheriff of withholding the truth. Gerlach tells the audience that the killer lives in the community.

Mr. and Mrs. Comstock return home from the community meeting and find the number "331" painted in blood on their son's bed. Later, Mr. Comstock tells Black that the number refers to a hotel room number where he and another woman had an affair. Comstock realizes he must now reveal the affair to his wife.

Next the Driver surprises Birckenbuehl's son, Charlie, stunning him with a cattle prod and kidnapping him from his own bedroom window. With some help from pathologist Cheryl Andrews, Black discovers the killer poisoned the goldfish in Charlie's room by adding Scotch to the aquarium - another cryptic message.

Frank and Gerlach interview Adam Burke, a swim coach who instructed both missing boys. Gerlach tells Frank that Burke's young son was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Frank then receives an envelope containing an enameled paint swatch, on which is written "528," but is unable to deduce the meaning of the clue.

When Mr. Comstock returns home one evening, he finds Josh, shivering but alive, sitting on the couch. Andrews discovers that Josh was also forced to ingest human blood, and later that the paint swatch and code number match enamel used on a specific type of mini-van. Black realizes the mini-van is the same vehicle driven by the hit-and-run driver who killed Burke's son. He also concludes that the murderer returned Josh unharmed only after Mr. Comstock told his wife about his affair. The first victim was murdered because his father refused to confess his sin - one involving money (hence the dollar bill-confetti).

Black realizes Charlie was kidnapped because Mr. Birckenbuehl was the hit-and-run driver that killed Burke's son. Black tells Birckenbuehl he must make a public confession if he wishes to see his son released unharmed. The killer, Frank concludes, sees himself as a holy figure, and is attempting to expose hypocrisy and purify sin by making the teenagers drink his blood to cleanse them of the sins of their fathers.

Though the media is informed that Birckenbuehl was arrested for manslaughter, in private, Birckenbuehl insists he is an innocent man. When the ruse fails, Frank listens carefully to an audio tape made by the killer. The killer wants Birckenbuehl to know that if you take a life then your life must be taken in return. That is why his son had not been returned. Frank recognizes sounds on the tape and realizes Charlie is being held captive in a basement beneath the high school's swimming pool. Frank rescues Charlie and takes Edward Petey, the killer, into custody. But Mr. Birckenbuehl is found dead, having hung himself in his own bedroom.

Loin Like a Hunting Flame


Written by Ted Mann

Directed by David Nutter

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired January 31, 1997

Near the University of Colorado at Boulder, a group of college-age students gather at a warehouse/techno night club. Art Nesbitt, a pharmacist, approaches a couple, Mel and Leslie. He opens his palm, revealing two capsules. Under the influence of the powerful drugs, the couple accompany Nesbitt to a small room. Nesbitt captures their lovemaking on videotape, then injects them with a lethal poison.

The naked bodies of Mel and Leslie are discovered in a lush botanical garden, their genitalia covered with leaves as if mimicking the garden of Eden. Frank and Millennium Group member Maureen Murphy are called to the scene where they meet with Boulder Homicide Detective Thomas. He admits his discomfort with working the case with a female (Murphy), telling Frank that women do not understand male sexuality.

Meanwhile Nesbitt spies on a group of seven couples engaged in spouse-swapping in an upper middle class suburban home. Two women, Sylvie and Anne, leave the group and drive to a liquor store. When a blue light flashes behind the car, Sylvie pulls off the road. Nesbitt, impersonating a policeman, steps up to the vehicle.

The next day two men from the swing party, Mark and Vic, tell police their wives are missing. A short time later the bodies of Sylvie and Anne are discovered on a park bench, posed as lovers.

A couple, Laurie and Randy, enter Nesbitt's pharmacy with a prescription for an anti-diarrhetic drug for their honeymoon trip to Bali. Nesbitt hands them both a capsule and suggests they swallow it immediately for maximum effect.

Additional toxicology results indicate the perpetrator may have inadvertently contaminated his ecstasy-like drug with difficult-to-obtain controlled substances. Frank concludes the killer may have legitimate access to the drugs. He also believes the killer uses the drugs himself, allowing him to act on intensely sexual fantasies - fantasies the killer made real.

Further investigation leads the Millennium Group to Nesbitt's pharmacy, but Nesbitt is not on duty. Realizing Nesbitt is the killer, the group travels to his home. There they interview his wife, Karen, who tells Maureen that she and her husband haven't had sex for eighteen years. But she remarks how her husband recently told her how much he would like to try again.

Thomas admits to Frank that Maureen is a good investigator - his real problem is that he himself is uncomfortable with the case. Thomas had investigated sex crimes in West Hollywood, and felt as though he had become "contaminated," discovering he could not make love to his wife. They have since divorced.

Frank realizes Nesbitt is recapitulating sexual encounters he feels he should have experienced prior to marriage, capturing his victims in the happiest, most perfect moments in their lives. Thinking back on his inspection of the Nesbitt home, Frank realizes he missed something. A hidden trap door is discovered in the garage and opened, and Randy and Laurie are rescued from an old bomb shelter beneath the garage. Frank discovers Nesbitt inside his bedroom, about to inject his wife with poison. Frank knocks the syringe from Nesbitt's hand. But Nesbitt retrieves the needle and injects himself with a fatal dose.

Force Majeure


Written by Chip Johannessen

Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Edited by G. Richard Potter

Aired February 7, 1997

A sudden hail storm sends students at Washington Polytech scrambling for cover. But one of the students, Lauren, wades through the downpour as the hail changes to rain. She approaches a teaching assistant who has taken cover in a breezeway. Lauren reaches for the woman's cigarette-and suddenly bursts into flames.

Frank travels to Washington Polytech where he interviews the teaching assistant. She describes her classmate as "mutant brilliant." The T.A. points out a set of armillary spheres, a model of the seven innermost planets of our solar system rendered in brass. She states that the Millennium Group member who interviewed her previously, Dennis Hoffman, thought he would be interested in the spheres. When Frank exits the room, he meets the mysterious Hoffman. He intones that on May 5, 2000-the day in which the seven innermost planets will align for the first time since the Great Flood - our planet will be ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He also believes the catastrophe will be preceded by abnormal weather patterns.

Watts tells Frank that Hoffman first approached the group years earlier during a cult investigation. He believes Hoffman is somewhat odd but harmless. Watts uncovers evidence proving Lauren is not her parents' biological offspring, yet there are no papers documenting her adoption.

Cheryl Andrews performs an autopsy on Lauren's body. When traces of an accelerant are discovered, the cause of death is ruled as self-immolation. Andrews discovers an astronomical symbol carved into the flesh on her thigh. The mark is a symbol for conjunction, or alignment. When another girl, Carlin, a dead-ringer for Lauren, commits suicide by diving into a waterfall, Andrews discovers a conjunction symbol carved in her thigh as well. The women, it is determined, are identical twins born seven years apart. Andrews describes a technique used to create identical cattle in which a fertilized egg is divided multiple times in vitro. The technique produces twenty copies. Frank believes that someone, like Noah preparing for the Great Flood, is breeding identical offspring in preparation for May 5, 2000.

A tip from Hoffman leads the Millennium Group to The Atrium at Pocatello, Idaho. Someone had made telephone calls to each of the twenty girls from a secret room in the Atrium's basement. The Group tracks the building's designer to a large remote house, and discovers the girls inside.

Despite Frank's objections, a police lieutenant, fearing a Jonestown-like massacre, places the girls in protective custody and loads them on a bus. Meanwhile, the girls' father, a man confined to an iron lung, explains his reasons for creating perfect children for the next millennium - to preserve what is good about humanity and remake the world in his own image. He reveals that he telephoned Lauren and Carlin and told them he was dying and wouldn't make it to the other side. Shortly thereafter, both girls committed suicide. Later, a power outage stops the iron lung, killing the man.

The bus driver, it is revealed, is also one of the Iron Lung Man's offspring. Police find the bus abandoned. The girls have vanished and Dennis Hoffman with them. Later, Frank realizes the Atrium is built on giant shock absorbers, and is itself a kind of ark. He knows where they will be on May 5, 2000.

The Thin White Line


Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired February 14, 1997

Frank enters a hospital emergency room looking for Catherine, who is working the night shift in child counseling. Suddenly, paramedics rush in with a bloodied woman on a gurney. Frank is inexplicably drawn to the stranger, and as he moves closer, notices a curved slash on her palm. He raises his own right hand, revealing a thin white scar which matches exactly the slash on the victim's hand. The woman dies from her injuries.

Frank asks Bletcher for any information pertaining to the victim. Bletcher reveals the woman was Anne Rothenburg, whose husband found her body when he returned home from work. It's believed the woman surprised a burglar and was then attacked. A short time later, the same man who killed Mrs. Rothenburg shoots a liquor store clerk. Frank and Bletcher examine a security video of the murder. Frank notices the killer tossing something on the floor. When Frank searches the store, he discovers a torn playing card, half of the Jack of Spades, on the floor. A search of the Rothenburg home turns up the second matching half.

Frank tells Bletcher that, twenty years earlier, a man named Richard Alan Hance, was discharged from the service after serving two tours in Vietnam. That same year, a woman was found dead inside her home. Half a "death card," used by soldiers to designate their kills, was found at the scene. Three days later, the other half of the playing card was found beside the body of a jogger. A week after the first two murders, another pair of bodies was found. The FBI then received an anonymous tip indicating the killer was living inside an abandoned building. Frank and three of his fellow agents searched the structure for clues. Hance murdered two of the agents, dropping a playing card piece near each victim and cutting their hand with a knife. Hance then cornered Frank, scarring his hand just before moving in for the kill. But the fourth FBI agent interceded. Hance turned his gun on the agent and opened fire, killing him. During the commotion, Frank grabbed his gun and took Hance into custody.

Frank realizes that Hance's former cellmate, Jacob Tyler, is responsible for the current murders, calling him the "living reincarnation" of Richard Alan Hance. Shortly thereafter, two more bodies are discovered in a remote area.

Despite a great deal of trepidation, Frank meets with Hance at the prison. During their discussion, Hance admits he enjoyed killing the FBI agents, as "the hunters became the hunted." Frank then realizes it was Hance who placed the anonymous tip that drew the FBI to the abandoned building twenty years earlier. And he also realizes that Jacob Tyler intends to follow the same pattern.

Tyler phones police with an anonymous tip, claiming the man who killed the liquor store owner is living inside an abandoned building. Frank and a SWAT team set up a perimeter around the structure. Suddenly, several officers are hit by sniper fire from a nearby building. Frank and Bletcher, guns drawn, rush inside. Tyler smashes Frank from behind, sending him to the ground. Thinking quickly, Frank plays to Tyler's delusion. He shows him the thin white scar already etched in his palm. Seizing the moment, Frank knocks Tyler's gun away from his face. Frank retrieves the weapon, but not before Tyler pulls out another handgun and opens fire, emptying the chamber. But Tyler proves a poor shot, and Frank avoids being injured. Frank then attempts to reason with Tyler in an attempt to convince him his personality has been altered. Suddenly, Bletcher arrives at the scene. Tyler raises his gun, tightening his finger on the trigger. Frank attempts to avert disaster, but Bletcher instinctively opens fire, killing Tyler.



Written by Frank Spotnitz

Directed by Michael Watkins

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired February 21, 1997

Frank's brother, Tom, and his wife, Helen, travel to Seattle where they hold their newborn son's baptism. After the ceremony, Frank checks up on Jordan, who is off playing with a friend inside the church. He finds his daughter huddled in a ball on the pew, clutching herself. She speaks of a man she saw hurting her Aunt Helen. Frank rushes outside the church. He finds his baby nephew unharmed in the back seat of Tom's rental car, but notes a blood droplet on the infant's face. Frank and Tom realize Helen was abducted.

Frank, who saw the back of the kidnapper's head during the baptismal service, pores through police mug shots. But he is unable to identify the perpetrator. Bletcher warns Frank he cannot interfere with the police investigation, noting a prosecutor cannot achieve a conviction using evidence gathered by the victim's brother-in-law. But Frank insists he can help find Helen.

Frank notices a baggage tag is missing from one of his brother's suitcases. He and Tom review video footage recorded by a surveillance camera at the airport. They see the kidnapper approach Helen at the baggage carousel. Later, Bletcher tells Frank police located a stolen car. Helen's blood was discovered inside.

Watts gives Frank a manila envelope containing photos of sex offenders living in the area. Frank recognizes the kidnapper, Richard Green, in one of the photographs. Bletcher assures Frank that Green, who lives at home with his parents, is already under surveillance. However, Frank decides not to tell his brother about the


Tom searches through his brother's files and discovers the truth about Green. Gun in hand, Tom confronts the kidnapper, demanding to know his wife's whereabouts. Green, however, claims he doesn't know anything about Helen. Giebelhouse and Teeple, who were surveying the Green residence, calm Tom. He lowers his weapon. Later, Frank tells his brother he deliberately kept him in the dark because "there are some truths no one should know."

Watts searches the abandoned vehicle and discovers the presence of several pine needles from trees which only grow in Peninsula National Park. Watts, Frank and Tom drive to the park, where they discover an abandoned cabin. Inside they find more blood - along with Helen's wedding ring. Later, police make casts of tire tracks outside the cabin. They match the abandoned car. Lab tests reveal the presence of Green's blood inside the cabin as well.

Meanwhile, Jordan continues running a fever. But doctors are unable to pinpoint the cause. Jordan asks her mother why the man who took her Aunt Helen is making her cry. Catherine is taken completely off-guard by her daughter's remarks.

Green is taken into custody, but Helen's whereabouts remain a mystery. Police begin digging up the lawn behind the Green residence. They discover a woman's decomposed body buried inside a plastic garment bag. Watts tells Frank the wrapping around the body slowed decomposition considerably. He guesses the woman was killed at least nine years earlier.

Frank realizes Green did not murder Helen at the cabin (as he was under surveillance since Sunday night). He also realizes that some tools found in Green's possession were not part of his torture kit. They were, in fact, used to hide Helen's body in the basement of the Green home. Helen is found entombed behind drywall. But her body is still warm, and she is revived. Afterward, Frank realizes Green's father forced his son to procure his victims.



Written by Robert Moresca

Directed by Roderick J. Pridy

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired March 21, 1997

Frank travels to Weber County, Utah, where he meets with Prosecutor Calvin Smith, Assistant County Prosecutor Charles Horvath, and Didi Higgens, Assistant Pathologist to the County Medical Examiner. The District Attorney's office convicted Sheriff William Garry of murdering his wife and three children. Garry had confessed to the crime, and his fingerprints were found on the murder weapon, a tool used for carving wood. Now all that remains is for the jury to decide if Garry should receive the death penalty. Smith hopes Frank can develop a psychological profile that will leave no doubt in the jury's mind that Garry is a cold, calculating murderer.

Assisted by William Garry's close friend, Deputy Kevin Reilly, Frank inspects the conservative, middle-American home where the killings took place. He notices a series of numbers, "1, 28, 15," written in blood on a kitchen window. Reilly explains that those involved in the investigation were never able to decipher their meaning. As Frank continues his tour of the Garry home, he listens to a tape recording of William's confession, in which he describes the details of how he murdered his family, one by one.

The next morning, Frank meets with Michael Slattery, William Garry's attorney. Slattery freely admits he has no intention of letting Frank interview his client. But Frank insists his recommendation to the jury will be non-biased. Slattery changes his mind and allows Frank to conduct the interview. Garry claims to have fantasized about committing the murders for some time, driven by money problems and hatred of his wife. Frank finds it difficult to believe that Garry carved a wooden cherub as a birthday present for his wife, then proceeded to murder his entire family using the same carving tool.

Frank discovers flaws in the conclusions drawn by investigators. He tells Didi that someone other than Garry committed the killings. Garry agrees to take a lie detector test. Based on the results, the polygraph technician concludes that Garry did, in fact, murder his family. But Frank believes Garry feels so guilty (about something not yet known) that he has convinced himself he is responsible for the killings. Dismayed by Frank's conclusions, Smith decides his services are no longer necessary.

A psychiatrist tells Frank that Mrs. Garry was faithful to her husband and was not having an affair with Deputy Reilly. But she states that the same thing could not be said of William Reilly. Frank is taken aback by this revelation.

Didi has the Garry's bodies exhumed for re-examination. After inspecting cuts on Mrs. Garry's hands, Didi concludes the wounds were not defensive, as the Medical Examiner previously thought. The numbers written on the kitchen window, Frank realizes, corresponds to a biblical passage. He also realizes that William Garry didn't know his wife was pregnant.

Frank, Didi and Calvin Smith appear before Judge Maher. Frank tells the court that Mrs. Garry did not die in the basement, as previously believed. Mrs. Garry, Frank reveals, murdered her children because she saw them as angels, and wanted them to stay that way. She then walked to the kitchen and stabbed herself in the heart. Before she died, Mrs. Garry told William that he made her murder the children; that she couldn't bear the thought of bringing another child into a world of adulterers. When Reilly arrived at the scene, he helped William move the bodies into the basement, throwing investigators off the trail. Frank urges him to come forward with the truth.



Written by Chip Johannessen and Tim Tankosic

Directed by Cliff Bole

Edited by George Potter

Aired March 28, 1997

Peter Watts tells Catherine that Frank missed a routine homicide review with Yakima police that morning. Fearing the worst, Peter and Catherine access Frank's computer, looking for clues that would shed light on his disappearance. The pair uncover email correspondence between Frank (using the pseudonym "David Marx") and a Doctor Daniel Miller. Catherine tells Peter that five years ago, just before Frank collapsed, he would sometimes vanish for days at a time and check into hotels using the same pseudonym (the name of a childhood friend who passed away).

A police officer discovers Frank, his hands bandaged, at a bus station. Bletcher tells Catherine he was wearing a hospital bracelet bearing the name David Marx. When Frank returns home, he tells his wife he cannot remember what happened to him during his disappearance but senses that someone died during his blackout period.

Watts and Frank track Dr. Daniel Miller (Danny) to a seedy hotel. Miller tells the men that Frank approached him looking for a cure to his "gift." Miller, who keeps track of experimental drugs and clinical trials, had information pertaining to a drug called Proloft, an antidepressant used to treat certain temporal lobe anomalies. But Frank insists he would never had expressed interest in taking such a drug for any reason.

Frank and Watts travel to a family clinic. Flashback images in Frank's mind reveal he was incarcerated in the clinic's trial room along with several other participants all of whom drank from a water dispenser laced with an unknown chemical substance. The drug caused the participants to lapse into a frenzied rage, which Frank likens to "animals in the zoo."

The drug company that ran the clinical test releases records to the Millennium Group. This allows Frank and Watts to meet with the other human guinea pigs who participated in the trial. During the discussion, Frank realizes one of the participants gouged out his own eyes and that this same man somehow ended up dying. But he is uncertain how the death occurred. Later, Frank discovers the body of the nurse who supervised the trial, in a dumpster.

Frank returns to Danny's hotel room. There Danny tells him how, years earlier, he began experiencing hallucinations (similar to those experienced by Frank). One night Danny suddenly ran out onto a highway and was almost run over by oncoming traffic.

A researcher determines that the substance ingested by the trial participants is the exact opposite of Proloft, explaining why the participants were consumed by primal behavior. Hans Ingram, the man who ran the clinical trial, forces his way into Danny's hotel room. A short time later, Danny runs out onto a highway and is run over by an oncoming car. Nearby, Frank finds computer print-out bearing a photo of Hans Ingram.

Watts and Bletcher access Ingram's apartment. There they discover an eyeless corpse inside a refrigerator. Meanwhile, Giebelhouse and Frank search Ingram's office, where they find packets of a product called Smooth Time.

The Millennium Group receives word that a group of businessmen at an office complex have suddenly run amok. Frank realizes that Ingram handed out free samples of Smooth Time to study its effect. He finds Ingram surveiling the action via the office complex's security monitors. Ingram tells Frank that the U.S. is a nation of zombies, put to sleep by his own drug company. It is his intention to "wake them up." He is taken into custody.

Back at home, Frank tells his wife that if Jordan does possess any part of his "gift," he will be there to guide her.



Written by Chris Carter

Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired April 18, 1997

Frank and Bob Bletcher hike across a remote snow-covered mountaintop in the spectacular North Cascades region of Washington State. Their trip is cut short when Frank receives an important page from the FBI.

Frank travels to the Bureau's Behavioral Sciences Unit. There, Agent Babich reviews the facts behind the disappearance of convicted serial killer Dr. Ephraim Fabricant, who escaped - or was removed - from a hospital room while recovering from the affects of anesthesia (Fabricant had donated a kidney to his dying sister). Years earlier, Fabricant had brutally murdered five nurses in Cedar Falls. Thanks to Frank's profile, he was eventually convicted of his crimes. But Frank had argued against sending Fabricant to the gas chamber, as he felt it was more important for the FBI to study the inner workings of a serial killer's mind. A judge agreed with Frank and Fabricant's life was spared.

Peter Watts discovers that Fabricant had exchanged wedding vows with a female pen-pal he met during his prison stay. Watts and Frank interview the brunette woman, Lucy Butler, at her house in Virginia. Butler insists that neither she nor any of her friends has been in contact with Fabricant since his escape. She does reveal, however, that she and her husband plan on having a child. The men notice incoming e-mail on Lucy's computer. Frank realizes the e-mail message (a quote from the Bible) pertains to his own street address. He immediately telephones Catherine, and is relieved to hear that both she and Jordan are safe. Frank asks his wife to search through the mail. Catherine discovers an envelope containing Polaroid photographs of an Asian judge. Frank realizes the man, Judge Park, has been murdered. Meanwhile, inside a featureless room, the mysterious Brunette Nurse who helped engineer Fabricant's escape from the hospital (whose face we cannot see) removes the metal staples that bind Fabricant's kidney incision.

Armed with a search warrant, Watts and Frank return to Lucy Butler's home. Their research revealed that Lucy had been accused of killing her young son with strychnine (the same poison used to murder Judge Park). Lucy counters that she was found innocent of the charges. During the hunt for clues, a detective discovers that Lucy's home was rented to a tenant named Robert Davies. He disappeared shortly after allowing Lucy to move in with him. Fabricant stumbles into an emergency room, his hospital gown drenched in blood.

Doctors realize that someone removed his second kidney-and did so without anesthesia. Frank realizes that someone placed his home phone number on Fabricant's hospital bracelet. As a thunderstorm rages, Catherine discovers a human kidney inside the kitchen refrigerator. She then encounters a man with long brown hair, who bears a striking resemblance to Lucy, standing at the top of the stairs. A terrified Catherine searches for Frank's gun. Suddenly, Bletcher steps out of the shadows. He tells Catherine that Giebelhouse is with Jordan outside, then phones Frank with the news that his family is unharmed. Catherine warns Bletcher that an unidentified man is still in the house. As Bletcher searches for the intruder, he discovers Lucy standing at the top of the stairs. A flash of lightning illuminates her face-but it has transformed into the visage of a beast. Shortly thereafter, Giebelhouse discovers Bletcher's dead body hanging from a wall stud, his throat cut.

Fabricant tells Frank that the "base sum of all evil" removed his second kidney. He warns that the same unspeakable evil knows who Frank is. Later, Lucy Butler is arrested on a traffic violation. But without evidence, police are unable to detain her.

Frank takes Jordan to the remote mountain top where he and Bletcher had gone hiking.

Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions


Written by Ted Mann and Harold Rosenthal

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by George Potter

Aired April 25, 1997

Attorney Al Pepper walks through a supermarket parking lot carrying a bag of groceries. A teenager, Sammael, addresses Pepper and extends an open palm. Frank exits the supermarket and sees the two men. Suddenly, a bolt of light emanates from Sammael's palm, knocking Pepper to the ground. Frank runs towards the scene, passing through panicking shoppers. When he arrives at Pepper's side, he discovers a handgun lying at Sammael's feet.

As the story unfolds in flashback, Peter Watts investigates the death of Eddy Pressman, whose body was discovered inside a suburban house. The corpse is surrounded by occult symbolism, but the markings are incoherent and disorganized. Watts telephones Frank for advice. Frank, still shaken by the death of Bob Bletcher, is reluctant to continue his work. When the conversation ends, Watts notices Sammael peering into the house's second story window. When Watts approaches the window, the teenager is nowhere in sight.

Catherine convinces Frank that he must return to the Millennium Group. Later, Watts shows Frank a photograph taken outside the entrance to the building where the murder occurred. Standing amongst the crowd is Sammael, the only face looking directly into the camera. Meanwhile, police take a man named Martin into custody after he slashes the throat of a nanny. Frank senses that, somehow, the suspect is connected to Bletcher's death.

Despite the overwhelming evidence facing Martin, Frank begins to suspect that police may have arrested the wrong man. One night, Frank experiences a nightmare in which Bletcher, his throat slit, attempts to speak to him. When Frank awakens, he tells Catherine he may have lost faith in his ability to see into the minds of serial killers.

Mike Atkins, Frank's mentor, is called into the case by someone impersonating Frank's voice on the telephone.

All of the evidence against Martin begins to unravel: witnesses are unable to pick him out of a police lineup, a murder weapon disappears, and a lab is unable to detect blood stains on his jacket. Frank is approached by Martin's attorney, Al Pepper (the man seen in the opening teaser). Pepper proposes a business partnership - an offer Frank quickly rejects. Later, as he stands before Judge Myers, Martin claims it was he who killed Bob Bletcher.

Frank concludes that Eddy Pressman was ritualistically slaughtered to attract the involvement of the Millennium Group.

Martin's case is transferred to Seattle. Alone in a jail cell, Martin runs a razor blade across an artery. A medical examiner determines that the wound is superficial and that Martin died of an aneurysm. Frank, however, suspects Pepper's involvement.

Someone summons Frank and Watts to Atkins' hotel room. Inside, the men discover Atkins' body, a sacrificial knife protruding from his chest. The perpetrator runs down a fire escape and makes his way to a nearby supermarket. Frank gives chase, following the unidentified man into the store. Frank spots Pepper pushing a cart at the other end of a grocery aisle. As Pepper pushes the cart, Frank parallels his movement. When Pepper's cart again comes into view, it is being pushed by Martin. As the cart appears again, it is being pushed by Lucy Butler (see previous episode).

Pepper makes his way into the market's parking lot, where he is approached and killed by Sammael (as seen in the teaser). Afterward, Sammael tells Frank that Pepper "suffered the consequence of his own error," and that any benefit to the Black family was purely incidental. Frank concludes that Sammael is part of a larger mystery.

Broken World


Written by Robert Moresco and Patrick Harbinson

Directed by Winrich Kolbe

Edited by Stephen Mark

Aired May 2, 1997

In North Dakota, a woman named Sally Dumont rides a horse to her farm. As Sally guides the animal to a stall in the stable, she discovers another horse, its coat stained with blood, lying on the ground inside its pen. As she kneels down next to it to investigate, Sally notices someone wearing a pair of rubber boots standing in the adjoining stall. Terrified, she makes her way to a phone and calls for help. Suddenly, the intruder looms up from behind and knocks Sally unconscious.

Frank meets with Sheriff Jeff Falkner, who believes the incident does not warrant the Millennium Group's attention. But Frank notes that twenty-one horses have been killed in the surrounding area during the last two and a half years. He believes that the perpetrator is a psychosexual killer in the making-someone who must be stopped before his sickness compels him to take human life.

Police discover the word "help" written in human blood near the telephone where Sally Dumont placed her call for help. They also discover human semen in the stall next to where the horse was killed. Frank believes the perpetrator was reacting to an entirely new experience: for the first time, he had a woman, and not a horse, in his power.

The perpetrator, a man named Willi Borgsen, uses an electric cattle prod to shock hogs in a tractor trailer outside of a bar. When approached by the owner of the rig, Willi incapacitates the driver by shocking him with the cattle prod. Police later discover the driver's beaten body in a wooded area nearby. Upon investigation Frank realizes a set of boot-prints at the scene match the type of footwear worn by the perpetrator. He also concludes that the suspect is incapacitating his victims with an electric cattle prod, a device used by slaughterhouse workers.

The body of another victim, a woman named Mary Ann Wright, is found on a farm with a dead horse nearby. On a barn wall is scrawled the message, "thank you." Willi telephones Frank using a special number set up by police to report information about the crimes. Willi taunts Frank telling him that committing murder brings him great pleasure.

While discussing the case with Claudia Vaughan, a local veterinarian, Frank is shocked when he sees foals being led to slaughter. Claudia explains that P.M.U., or Pregnant Mares Urine, is the main element in Hormone Replacement Therapy which is the most profitable pharmaceutical in the United States. Mares are deliberately kept pregnant for their urine, and when the animal gives birth, the foal is killed and the meat is shipped overseas. Frank concludes that the killer was raised on a P.M.U. farm.

Willi again telephones Frank. He warns that killing Mary Ann Wright did not satisfy his urges. Frank warns that his bloodlust will only intensify. After Willi hangs up, Frank realizes Claudia Vaughan is his next victim. Falkner, Watts and Frank break down the door of Claudia's home, but she has vanished. Frank realizes Willi took her to a slaughterhouse that deals in horses.

As the men enter the slaughterhouse, Willi engages a motorized pulley system from which animal carcasses are hung. Falkner sees a still-conscious Claudia swinging among the carcasses, a meat hook through her jacket. Suddenly, Willi steps from the shadows and jolts Falkner with a stun-gun, knocking him to the ground.

Frank searches the slaughterhouse for Willi. The stun-gun is jabbed into Frank's back, sending him tumbling into a killing box. Willi fires a pneumatic bolt (used to slaughter livestock), narrowly missing his prey. A sheriff's deputy sneaks up behind Willi, but his boot crunches a fragment of bone. Willi turns, firing a bolt into the deputy's chest. Frank escapes through a wire mesh at the bottom of the killing box. But Willi gains the upper hand, aiming the gun at Frank's forehead. Suddenly, a wave of horses charges towards Willi, trampling him.



Written by Chip Johannessen

Directed by Peter Markle

Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.

Aired May 9, 1997

In the Brighton Beach area of New York City, a man named Yaponchik kills a Russian Elder by shooting him in the face with a 12 gauge pistol. It becomes the third such killing in which the perpetrator mutilated the body to prevent positive identification. Frank assists N.Y.P.D. Lieutenant McCormick, Yura Surova, from the Moscow Police Department, and undercover officer Andrei Medikov with the investigation. While inspecting the Elder's corpse, Frank notices an odd mark in the shape of a inverted "V." But he is unable, at first, to determine its meaning.

Frank enters the Novgorod, a nightclub frequented by Russians, where Yura and Andrei are supposedly working undercover. Yura approaches Frank, and while they talk, a man known as Yaponchik sits down with Andrei and points a 12 gauge pistol at his face. One of the Russian clubgoers recognizes Yaponchik, and calls out his name. Suddenly, a stampede of screaming people rush for the exit. During the confusion, a shot rings out. Frank rushes to the table where Andrei was sitting, and discovers his faceless body on the ground.

Yura explains to Frank that the name 'Yaponchik' is synonymous with evil, a kind of Russian bogeyman. Later, Watts confirms that the symbol discovered on a victim's body is a portion of the monogram of Christ. He also states the Russian people believe Yaponchik was responsible for Chernobyl, a disaster some believe is predicted in the Bible. Frank examines a photograph of Yura and Andrei standing next to one another at Chernobyl. He realizes both men were at the power plant in 1986, and both believed in the Yaponchik prophesy. Later, he accuses Yura of staking out the night club for the sole purpose of assassinating their prey - the mythological Yaponchik.

A priest identifies one of the killer's victims as a woman who restores religious icons. Frank, Watts and the priest inspect the woman's loft, where they discover several parcels wrapped for shipment, addressed to the Russian Consulate. Frank realizes the dead woman had discovered Yaponchik's identity, and was sending him religious icons as an offering. Frank also concludes that the man known as Yaponchik killed his victims to fuel the myth of his existence - creating even more terror amongst those who believe in the prophesy.

Frank and Watts pay a visit to the Russian Embassy, where they deliver an icon to the man the parcels were addressed to: Sergei Stepanovich. They address him as Yaponchik, who tells them they are fools for believing Russian superstition. Later, Lieutenant McCormick warns Frank and Watts that Stepanovich is protected by diplomatic immunity and cannot be prosecuted even if he is the man responsible for the murders. Frank concludes that Yura, Andrei and the Priest were all stalking Yaponchik, who they believe is the Antichrist.

Yaponchik kills two more men inside a Russian bath house, but this time Yura is there. Yura steps forward with a gun pointed at Yaponchik's head. Yaponchik tells him he can't kill him. Yura shoots Yaponchik in the head, mortally wounding him.

Near death, Yaponchik is rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. As Frank observes the carnage at the bath house, he realizes Yaponchik received the same mortal head wound as predicted in the Book of Revelation. Prophesy dictates that the Antichrist is man who will miraculously survive a fatal head wound. Fearing Yaponchik's wound might heal, Frank and Watts make their way to the hospital. Yura, however, arrives first. He approaches Yaponchik's bedside, pulls out his gun and prepares to shoot his enemy once again. But Yaponchik convinces him that he is "not the one." Accepting his words, Yura lowers the weapon and helps Yaponchik access the hospital's Medevac pad.

Frank, Watts and the Lieutenant rush to the rooftop, but a barred security gate blocks their access. As a helicopter lands on the roof, Frank shouts to Yura through the security gate, urging him not to board the craft. Several broad-faced men step from the helicopter and usher Yaponchik on board. Several other men attempt to grab Yura and pull him away, but Yura grabs onto Frank and the gate. One of the Broad-Faced men starts to pull a gun from his belt, but the Lieutenant and two other officers draw their weapons in a stand-off. The Broad-Faced men retreat to the helicopter, which soars off into the sky.

Paper Dove


Written by Ted Mann and Walon Green

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by George Potter

Aired May 16, 1997

Frank and his family travel to a suburb of Arlington, Virginia, to visit Catherine's mother and father, Justine and Tom Miller. They are joined by Catherine's older sister, Dawn, and her husband, Gil.

Meanwhile, in Hagerstown, Maryland a man named Henry Dion follows a woman from the grocery store and murders her in her own home. Shortly thereafter, Dion is visited by a mysterious figure, a man with pale white skin wearing dark glasses. Dion thanks the Figure for his assistance with helping locate his victim. The Figure tells Dion he wanted the murder committed while Frank was in the area.

Dion drives the corpse to a campground near the Appalachian trial. During his trip, he talks to the corpse, as if communicating with a companion.

Tom Miller tells Frank about his friends, C.R. and Adele Hunziger. Four years earlier, their son, Malcolm, was convicted of murdering his wife. C.R. developed pancreatic cancer, and hasn't long to live. Despite this, he has refused to see his son because of the murder. Their relationship has taken a terrible toll on C.R.'s wife, Adele, who holds out hope that her son may be innocent of the crime. Frank meets with the dying C.R. in hopes of changing his mind, but the elderly Admiral remains steadfast, referring to his son as "diseased garbage."

Adele gives Frank a file folder containing her son's defense records. Frank then travels to Quantico, Virginia, where he meets with three of his former colleagues, Agents Kane, Devlin and Emmerich. An overwhelming amount of physical evidence against Malcolm had led to an easy prosecution victory. Despite this, Frank feels Malcolm does not fit the profile of a man who would murder his own wife.

Frank believes that the perpetrator who murdered the housewife is responsible for the deaths of four other women in the same general area. Despite Catherine's disappointment, Frank leaves his family to investigate a crime scene in a national park where a body was discovered three years earlier, partially covered with leaves.

At the park, Frank meets with Chet, a talkative Virginia ranger. Chet describes how an unidentified hiker had notified police about the body. The hiker was never identified, leading Frank to conclude that the murderer himself contacted police. Later, Dion, pretending to be a passerby, telephones police with the general location of the dead housewife's corpse.

Dion returns home, where he is greeted by his mother, Marie France, an odd, fifty-year-old woman with a French-Canadian accent who talks incessantly.

Frank and his colleagues decide to deliberately bait the killer by informing the press that their suspect is a coward. Infuriated, Dion telephones police. The call is traced to a private residence where Dion works as a nurse. Police identify their suspect, but not before Dion returns home and murders his mother. He is taken into custody. Later, Malcolm Hunziger, cleared of murder, is transported to his dying father's bedside.

Frank and his family fly back to Seattle. At the airport, Frank carries a sleeping Jordan out to the car as Catherine waits near the baggage carousel to retrieve luggage. Unbeknownst to the Blacks, the Figure watches from afar. When Frank returns to the baggage carousel, Catherine is nowhere to be found. He discovers an Origami dove that Adele had given to Jordan, lying on the ground.

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