Medical Investigation

Season 1 Episode 18

The Black Book

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2005 on NBC
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The Black Book
Connor suspects terrorism when two congressmen and an officer fall prey to an unknown disease. However, when the leader of a prostitution ring becomes ill with the same symptoms, an unknown STD becomes the suspected agent. Now it is a race against the clock, and their pesky boss, Dr. Ewing, to find a call girl who may be the source of this deadly outbreak.moreless

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  • Two politicians and a cop are infected with what is first suspected as a STD. But this strange disease is killing patients at very fast rate and Dr. Stephen Connor and Co. must find the source of this virus as fast as they can.moreless

    A rather average, sometimes dull, episode. They seem to lose their pace when they realize it's not STD. Their pace just slowed down when they are going back to the house.

    One of the only bright sides is probably the ending, where Director Kate Ewing reviews that she had slept with the woman who they think is the carrier. Gay issues seem to be appearing on television frequently now a day.

    Susanna Thompson's performance as Dr. Ewing is pretty convincing. She tries to make viewers believe that she is trying to stop Connor's team, yet is really the one on their side. As Connor refers her to a "pain in the ass", it would be interesting if she returns in future episodes.

    The title, "The Black Book" does sound pretty fitting here. It symbolizes how the government and the politicians want to cover up their dirty little secrets. Lets face it, not even Bill Clinton is clean.

    The rest of the episode was just so-so at best. The team says they are treating this as an important case, like any other case, but the intensity was never there. I thought Natalie Durant got some good moment when she seems to be breaking down, but it was never capitalized. Durant's being upset about the congressman sleeping with someone else and her decision not to the politician's wife may indicate something similar that happened to her marriage. Some of you may recall Natalie is divorced.

    While the conflict between Connor and Ewing is someone amusing, it covered most of the substance from the case. I found myself paying more attention to the conflict than the main plot. Maybe it's just the cold weather here in NY and my heater is broken, but I was never into the aggressive disease case.

    Final Rating: Only 2 out of 4 stars for this one. It's not that it's boring, but the pace was just not there like any other episode. With only one episode left for the season, let's hope MI ends with a bang. NBC should save a spot in it's next season's schedule for Medical Investigation.

    Thank you for reading my review. If you have any questions/comments, feel free to email me at I will be glad to hear from you.moreless

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    • Conner: Forget terrorist. We're looking for a sexual Typhoid Mary.

      Mary Mallon (1869-09-23 – 1938-11-11), also known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States to be identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever. Over the course of her career as a cook, she infected 47 people, three of whom died from the disease.

    • Connor: McBride's no terrorist... he's Heidi Fleiss.

      A reference to the famous Heidi Fleiss, who ran a high-priced callgirl service in Los Angeles, which resulted in a huge scandal.

    • Frank: Someday somebody is gonna drop a house on that woman.

      A reference to the 1939 classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, where a house was dropped on the evil witch.