Killer Instinct

Season 1 Episode 6

Who's Your Daddy

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2005 on FOX
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Who's Your Daddy
Jack Hale is reminded of a past he had hoped to forget when a copy-cat murderer forces him to reconnect with the one man he hoped never to see again. Meanwhile, Detective Carter and Lieutenant Cavanaugh are torn between their desire to protect Hale from his demons and letting those demons fuel his determination.moreless

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  • Loved it. I think Hale was perfect in this.

    Hale is my favourite character. I wont admit some reason mayb be because he's hot. Although he reminds me alot of myself. In this episode we finally get to see his hidden depts which all revealed when his dad and his life is put under the microscope. I loved how every bit of this episode was amazing. Not one part was awful APART from one tiny thing.

    I would of expected hale to have a better ending with his dad. Plus i would of liked to see his dad not knowing he was a cop. Like they havent spoke in 20 years but he still knew his job? seemed odd.

    Amazing episode though. But he got away. Giant twist - not so exciting - although will be interestin for the future to see what happens. The look in his eye once he saw the page. Shows his dad was smart to know he will open it then!moreless
  • Excellent episode, but curious about Hale's mother.

    Great new show with a twist - always keeps you guessing what\'s going to happen next, especially this exciting episode. *Except for there was no mention of Hale\'s mother. It seemed there was a picture of young Hale\'s mother or baby-sitter - would have been good to elaborate...would be nice to understand her background and what happened to her. Perhaps in future episodes?
  • I am Jack's warped reality.

    I'm so glad they didn't start with a stupid gym scene again...oh. Hale's doing pushups. Dammit.

    Interesting case this week, enhanced by Hale's personal connection to the case. You see, his father was put away 20 years prior and now a copycat's, utilizing the exact same MO, has taken his place.

    It's a good look into the cold calculating mind of Hale's incarcerated father, who believes his crimes were committed in the name of cleansing the world of evil-doers. His sinister strategum plays out like a chess game, and it's my gut feeling that the copycat-killer, a childhood acquaintance of Hale, may have just been a pawn Dad sacrificed to get to the King, his estranged son.

    With the obvious exception of Hale, and to a tiny extent Cavanaugh (we learn that Cavanaugh has known Hale for 20 years, and helped bail him out of jail a few times), the rest of the regular cast might as well have just taken a nap during production.

    Very Numb3resque-like moment with the pivotal "cracking the MO" scene.

    Like father, like son? The ending creeps me out--it spanks of the Manchurian Candidate.moreless
Aaron Craven

Aaron Craven

Responding Officer

Guest Star

Patricia Dahlquist

Patricia Dahlquist


Guest Star

Derek Lowe

Derek Lowe

Lab Tech

Guest Star

Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen

Dr. Francine Klepp

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Robert Harris Hale - San Quentin Penitentiary information - SFPD - 15/9/85. ID - 362237-8.

    • The bulldog owned by Jack Hale in this episode is actually Johnny Messner's dog.

    • Cavanaugh reveals that he was in the National Guard.

    • When Hale is driving back from visiting his father and is talking to Carter on his cell, you can tell that the background is footage being reused as it doesn't seem to move much compared to the speed of the car.

    • On his driving licence it says that Jack lives at 9654 Luis Star Drive, San Francisco, CA. 94105.
      He's 6ft high, weighs 195 and his eyes are blue.
      The licence number is 17822349, Class C, RSTR: 9/15/2003. 669AM/AC FD/99. Expires: 9/15/07.

    • In this episode we find out Jack's father is in prison for the murders of 12 people. This links back to episode 13 going on 30 where Jack mentions to a witness 'my dad is a serial killer' when she complains her mother is a bitch.

    • When Jack and Ray are sitting in a conference room talking, Jack's hands move from being next to his face, resting on the table and then back near his face when they change angles.

    • Jack Hale's birthday is 9-15-73

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Carter: So why do you think the killer starts now?
      Hale: It was the anniversary of my father's arrest, as good a day as any.
      Carter: It's also your birthday.
      Hale: So?
      Carter: So, how do you know this is about your father? How do you know it's not about you?

    • Carter: How did you know about this?
      Hale: Because this murder fits the exact pattern of a serial killer caught twenty years ago, on this date, after killing twelve people.
      Carter: Why do you know so much about this?
      Hale: Because that killer was my father.

    • Carter: I'm sorry but I refuse to believe he's really a dog. (Refers to Hale's bulldog)
      Hale: You're not alone, the neighbours won't go near him.
      Carter: I didn't figure you as a pet lover.
      Hale: I like to keep people guessing.

    • Robert Hale: I've always been troubled by the inequities in life, why bad things happen to good people?
      Jack Hale: You epitomise bad things happening to good people.

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