Cracker (US)

Season 1 Episode 1

True Romance (1)

Aired Unknown Sep 18, 1997 on ABC
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True Romance (1)
Fitz assists the police department in tracking down a serial killer who claims to be in love with him. With the clock ticking and minimal evidence to move the investigation along, Fitz must find a way to locate the killer before she strikes again. As if that weren't enough, Fitz is also having problems at home: Judith, his wife, is on the verge of throwing in the towel on their marriage; and Michael, his teen-aged son, finds it extremely difficult to relate to his equally troubled father.moreless

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  • A strong start to what should have been a long run

    I love how we are introduced to Fitz in this episode. We see him first at work (counseling the woman who turns out to be Lt. Fry's wife), teaching his class and interacting with his family. Interspersed throughout these scenes are the first glimpses of the killer and her victim. This is a show that, right out of the starting gate, demands attention and intelligence from the viewer. Sarah Paulson gives a knock-out performance as the her scene when she calls in to Fitz's radio show to tell him that she loves him. She is equal parts vulnerable and menacing. The choice of music is also chilling, particularly when we learn the reason behind "Nina's" psychosis in Part 2. This pilot has the look and feel of a Hollywood thriller, and it is apparent that "Cracker" had a ton of potential. Too bad it got the ax before it had a chance to grow. One trivia note - look for a pre-"SVU" Mariska Hargitay as the female detective whom Fitz flirts with at the crime scene. It makes one wonder if she was the original "Tyler" character, since Angela Featherstone does not appear until Episode 2.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • TRIVIA: The song You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield is featured in this episode.

    • Although this is the first episode of the US version of "Cracker" it uses the plot of the final episode of the British series, while utilizing elements of the British pilot. For example, Fitz's monologue lecture, in which he throws psychology books into the audience of students, is lifted almost word for word from the British series "The Madwoman in the Attic".

    • TRIVIA: This pilot episode was based on a story originally shown in the UK version of Cracker for the season 5 2-part episodes, "True Romance". Generally considered one of the best stories in the UK Cracker series, it was picked as the introductory story for US audiences new to Cracker.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Fitz lectures to his class)
      Fitz: To the rest of you, I say remember the words of Holmes. Now that's Oliver Wendell... not Sherlock. Life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.

    • Fitz: It's $100 a session.
      Mrs. Fry: But I only used half a session. $50.
      Fitz: Do I look like a cab driver to you?

    • Fitz: I'll bet you the $50 your wife owes me that we're looking for a serial killer.

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