Brimstone

Season 1 Episode 4

Repentance

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 1998 on FOX
9.4
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Repentance
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Stone's newest escapee target is a Nazi collaborator, who is stealing the eyes from the homeless, but there's more than meets the eye.

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  • Stone investigates the apparent murders of homeless people, whos eyes are removed for whatever purpose only the killer knows. The homeless also have a legend about one who will come and protect them. Trouble is, this Angel of Mercy maybe one of the 113moreless

    9.5
    What is good about this episode and remains one of my firm favourites is that not everyone sent to hell is bad.



    Unfortunately the rule of life is, if you wronged, you go to hell.



    In this episode Martin Benedict is a bad man, from what we can see, like his desire to cut out newspaper clippings of each murder and pin them to his wall, using a rather large knife.



    The removal of the eyes of the killers victims, another reason to think that the killer is collecting trophies for his cabinet or where ever a killer would keep his eyes.



    The behaviour of Martin Benedict makes us believe that yes we have the killer. He should be bought to justice, shoot him in the eyes and send him back where he belongs.



    But wait. When Benedict has the opportunity to kill Stone he does not.



    Again we are shown Benedict at the scene of one of the latest victims and they are stabbed to death with a rather large knife.



    When witness to one of the murders; a homeless drunk, is the target for the killer. Stone sets out to stop Benedict, but his path is cut short when another homeless man is killed, but his eyes are left intact. Why was his eyes not taken? It turns out that the homeless man had cataracts.



    We know that any good Stone does, really peaves off the devil to a large degree. We see it first when Stone gives money to a poor man begging for change. But in a twist it\'s the devil. He\'s not happy with Stone\'s act of kindness.



    Then when Stone shows compasion for one of the escapees. He is left with the decision to either let the man go, or send him back to hell.



    The ending for this episode for me, is one of beauty and of pain, on Stone\'s part for his reluctance to condemn a man to hell, and on Benedict\'s part for trying to do good but knowing in the end it will never be enough.moreless
Albert Hall

Albert Hall

Father Horn

Guest Star

Norbert Weisser

Norbert Weisser

Martin Benedict

Guest Star

David Proval

David Proval

Harry

Guest Star

María Costa

María Costa

Teresita/Waitress

Recurring Role

Lori Petty

Lori Petty

Maxine

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • The Devil: No good deed goes unpunished. You can't afford to be shelling out money to vagrants on the street. Why won't you stop trying to be so good? You think it's going to make your job any easier?
      Stone: It wasn't supposed to be easy.

    • Tailor: What the hell happened to this (coat)?
      Stone: What happened? Erm, mainly gunshots. Er, a bamboo stake, went in here, came out there. This slash. Er, lets not go there. Er, just many coffee stains. You good with coffee stains?
      Tailor: You were wearing this?

    • Jimmy J.: Who are you? Some kind of Nazi hunter?
      Stone: If I told you, I'd have to kill you.
      Jimmy J.: Awesome.

    • Martin Benedict: Erect no gravestone to his memory. Just let a rose blossom each year for his sake. For it is Orpheus, wherever he has passed through this, or that. We do not need to look.

    • Martin Benedict: You have to recognize the day of reckoning when it comes. Mine is here. What I really want is to earn my own forgiveness and I can't. No matter what I do, it will never be enough.

    • The Devil: Nobody beats the Devil. Are you listening? Did you hear what I said, Mr. Stone? Nobody beats the Devil.
      Stone: So you keep telling me. Go to Hell.

    • (Stone meets the Devil in an elevator)
      Stone: Going up or down?
      The Devil: Guess.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Fox didn't air the episodes in production order, so the opening scene with Stone getting his coat fixed refers back to damage done to it in the episode "Poem," which actually aired later on.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Ezekiel: Do you remember the Reggie Bar?


      The candy bar that Ezekiel searches for and eventually enjoys at the end of the episode was named after professional baseball player Reggie Jackson. The Reggie Bar was introduced in 1978 when Reggie began playing for the Yankees.

    • Martin Benedict: Erect no gravestone to his memory.
      This line comes from the poem The Sonnets to Orpheus by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

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