Cracker (US)

Season 1 Episode 3

Madwoman

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Aired Unknown Oct 02, 1997 on ABC
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When an amnesia victim, covered in blood, is found near the scene of a brutal murder, the police are convinced they have their killer and bring Fitz in to get a confession. Fitz, however, is less convinced of the suspect's guilt, and takes it upon himself to help the man recover his memory while he searches for the real killer. Meanwhile, at Judith's insistence, Fitz attends a Gambler's Anonymous meeting, which culminates in Fitz leading the members in a betting frenzy.moreless

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  • Fitz and a suspect in the interrogation room...the beauty of "Cracker."

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    Like so many other episodes of "Cracker," "Madwoman" focuses more on the verbal sparring and interplay between Fitz and the cops' prime suspect as it does the sniffing out of clues and crime scene evidence. By making the suspect a man of great faith, it ups the ante in his scenes with Fitz. Their conversation and discussion veers away from the deceptively simple question of "did you do it?" and takes on a whole new dimension. All Fitz has is his work, with his marriage ashambles and his relationship with Michael growing increasingly strained. He doesn't expect to find the challenges that this man presents, but he rises to meet them, and ultimately helps to bring down the killer.



    Another strong episode, and a nice job of condensing the two part UK episode into a taut 45 minutes.moreless
Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Judith Fitzgerald

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

Lieutenant Fry

Angela Featherstone

Angela Featherstone

Hannah Tyler

Robert Pastorelli

Robert Pastorelli

Gerry 'Fitz' Fitzgerald

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Detective Danny Watlington

Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett

Michael Fitzgerald

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Man with Amnesia

Guest Star

Don McManus

Don McManus

Garson Shepherd

Guest Star

Matt Malloy

Matt Malloy

Richard Wheeler

Guest Star

Scott Sowers

Scott Sowers

Detective Parker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • TRIVIA: This episode is a condensed version of the UK Cracker season 1 2-part episode called The Mad Woman In The Attic, which was also the original UK pilot episode.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fitz: I don't know. Hitler, Pol Pot... Milli Vanili. Some things are better left forgotten.

    • John Doe: Why do you gamble so much?
      Fitz: Because I like it.
      John Doe: And drink so much?
      Fitz: Because I like it!

    • Fitz: Did you know that nobody ever really loses their memory? We just lock it away... lock it away, like a madwoman in the attic. And occasionally you can hear her screaming, and clawing at the floorboards. But you never want to unlock that door. You never want to look in.

    • Fitz: $20 says he's faking, and I get a confession in 24 hours. (to Tyler) Will you lend me twenty bucks?
      Watlington: This guy belongs in jail.
      Doctor: He needs professional help.
      Fitz: And I will be happy to provide that. (to Tyler) Will you please just lend me twenty bucks? I'll pay you back!

    • Fitz: They call me Fitz. What do they call you?
      Man with Amnesia: I don't know.
      Fitz: Blood-thirsty murdering maniac, perhaps?

    • Fitz (at Gamblers Anonymous): Two archeologists dig up a mummy, and revealed to them is the most angst-ridden, depressed face they have ever seen in their lives. And one archeologist turns to the other and asks, "what could have possibly happened to make this son of a bitch so miserable?" They happen to notice that his right fist is clenched shut, like this. So very carefully, they pry the fist open, and there it is. A betting slip - $200, Goliath to win!

    • Judith: I'll come home on three conditions. One, we get into counseling. Two, you enter a gambling recovery program--
      Fitz: A social club for losers!
      Garson: I run the West L.A. branch.
      Fitz: I rest my case.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • re: The Menendez Brothers

      During one of his conversations with John Doe, Fitz references the Menendez brothers, who murdered their parents in 1989 after claiming they had been abused as children. Both men were inundated with marriage proposals while in prison, and one married a Playboy model. As Fitz says, "you tell me crime doesn't pay."

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