Season 2 Episode 2

Beware of the Dog

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 1997 on FOX
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Beware of the Dog

When and old couple are attacked in their RV by a pack of vicious dogs, Frank is contacted by the Millennium Group and asked to investigate the killings. Frank finds it difficult to understand why the Group should be interested in animal attacks, but it persuaded to go and upon arrival he learns more about the motives of the Millennium Group from a mysterious old man. Meanwhile Catherine puts their yellow house on sale.


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  • Attack of the killer dogs.

    Summary of this episode: "Frank travels to Bucksnort, a backwater town where residents fear for their lives outdoors after the sun goes down, when packs of blood-thirsty dogs roam the streets. Here he discovers that the Millennium Group and its members may be stranger than is commonly thought and he experiences firsthand the balance the universe maintains between good and evil."

    This was one of the most random episodes ever. I completely did not get it. Not because they were trying to use symbolism and stuff that went over my head. This episode was just...kinda lame. The beginning was kinda cool, because it seemed EXACTLY like something "The X-Files" would do, but after a while it got weird. Evil dogs killing people to maintain the balance between good and evil? OOOOOkay, if you say so.

    However, this episode had some nice scenes with Frank and Catherine discussing any possible future they might have, which was nice.

Randy Stone

Randy Stone

Michael Beebe

Guest Star

Arnie Walters

Arnie Walters

Paul Lombardo

Guest Star

Margaret Martin

Margaret Martin

Mary Anne Lombardo

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Peter Watts

Recurring Role

Brittany Tiplady

Brittany Tiplady

Jordan Black

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • If you look in the upper right hand corner of the screen when Frank has fled inside the barn to escape from the dogs, you'll see a blonde female crewmember on the phone.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Catherine: Frank, what are you doing?
      Frank: It's not for sale.
      Catherine: The house is already on the market.
      Frank: I can't. We can't run away after all that's happened.
      Catherine: Are you moving back?
      Frank: Yup. When it's home again.

    • Old Man: You've learned it yet?
      Frank: Get what you need.
      Beebe: Get what I need?
      Frank: You're leaving.
      Beebe: Oh. For how long? When do I come back?
      Old Man: You don't.
      Beebe: What the hell are you doing?
      Frank: Is that necessary?
      Old Man: If I don't, we'll never get out of here alive. Him, you, or me.

    • Frank: Michael, I don't know how to explain what I am about to say, but it would be my advice to you that you might consider moving.
      Beebe: What?!
      Frank: You're in trouble Michael.
      Beebe: What is this? Sheriff running me out of town? I was run out of my last home. I'm not gonna run anymore.
      Frank: Michael, listen to me. You're standing on the deck of a sinking ship. You don't try to figure out why. You get off. You saw what I saw. You heard the noises.
      Beebe: Yeah. I heard them earlier tonight.
      Frank: What?

    • Old Man: Well. You passed. It's like matter itself Frank. Neither good nor evil can be destroyed. Both will always be here. It's meant to be. The Lord has made all things for himself. Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Our role is to achieve equilibrium. And as we do that we must respect evil and we must make evil respect us. Plus, at times such as now events indicate that we are losing balance. The time is running out. Well, it's good to meet you.
      Frank: The dogs. That's why they're coming into town. Because Michael Beebe built his house in an area...
      Old Man: That upset the balance.
      Frank: The townspeople don't have any idea of this, do they?
      Old Man: It's over their damn heads, Frank. Their fear shrinks the world to the of nothing but their own lives. It blinds them to anything beyond their own houses. All they think is 'Why me?', 'Please just leave me alone.' All they hope is that it will go away, but it won't go away. That's why people like you are sent here. You have a gift, Frank, and unlike a bad tie at Christmas your gift is unreturnable.
      Frank: I don't have the gift anymore. The images... things I see... my personal life has upset the balance.
      Old Man: It'll come back. And when it does you'll think it's diminished, but actually it'll be greater than before. You're moving to a new plane Franklin.
      Frank: They'll kill Michael.
      Old Man: I'm surprised it ain't happened already.
      Frank: How can I respect that?
      Old Man: I can't respect him. My neighbor did nothing to help his or our situation but runaway. And from crime of all things. Crime is not evil. Any of us would steal if he were hungry. And any of us might even kill if we were without hope. So, we confront evil. There isn't much time. We can't waste time on one ignorant man.
      Frank. You could teach him.
      Old Man: Hmm. Then I haven't taught you.
      Frank: My name is not Franklin.

    • Old Man: Serial killers, spree killers, mass murderers. It's all just society. Genetic. Inevitability. You have no idea about true evil.

    • Old Man: I looked for good and then evil came under me. And I waited for the light and came darkness. The circle is about as good as it's gonna get. No beginning. No end. No boundaries. Yet nothing but what lies inside the circle and what lies outside.

    • Frank: The Winnebago...
      Old Man: They left it for you to have a look.
      Frank: What did you do with the bodies?
      Old Man: Well. They were tended to and sent to their family.
      Frank: And the explanation was?
      Old Man: Did you happen to catch the May 1997 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report? It indicates that injuries from dog attacks increased 37 percent in the last decade. 4.7 million people in the U.S. were bitten by dogs in 1994. About a million needed medical care compared to half a million in 1986. That's my job to keep an eye of information like that as the day nears.
      Frank: Is that what you do for Millennium?
      Old Man: The Group or... or the Event?
      Frank: The photographs. My name in your journal. The gravestones in the ravine.
      Old Man: What makes you think they're gravestones?
      Frank: The snake. The Ouroboros. It was used as a secret symbol in early Christian prayers. The markers: rough obelisks.
      Old Man: So, you've been looking into the group.
      Frank: Apparently, not enough.
      Old Man: Apparently.
      Frank: Were those the graves of past members?
      Old Man: Do you know the significance of the Ouroboros?
      Frank: The snake is symbolic of divine life. It embraces cyclical systems. Unity, Multiplicity. Evolution, De-evolution. Birth, Death.
      Old Man: Hmm. That's all you need to know now Frank about the Millennium Group. The reason your here is to learn about the event.

    • Frank: Call off your dogs.
      Old Man: They ain't my dogs.

    • Nate: Sun's going down.
      Frank: Thank you.
      Nate: Need a lift?
      Frank: No thanks.
      Nate: Sun's going down.

    • Beebe: Sheriff Black? Excuse me. Sheriff Black. You got a second to share?
      Frank: I'm not the town sheriff.
      Beebe: I can relate to disassociating yourself with this town. I can tell you're not from this area. Where you from?
      Frank: Seattle.
      Beebe: Seattle. Mmmm. Grande Day Half Cafe Non-Fat Latte.
      Frank: You live here.
      Beebe: I do now. My name is Michael Beebe. I lived in Los Angeles my whole life. I loved it. Then one day last April, I was getting gas in my neighborhood. I see Blood and Crips graffiti on the gas pumps. Then, in July, my car stereo gets stolen out of the car port. Two week later I'm in my apartment and it starts to shake. I was thinking earthquake.
      Frank: Earthquake?
      Beebe: I look out I see police helicopters. I see, I see cop cars. I see, I see battering rams. They invade my neighbor's crack house condo. I just thought to myself: 'My God. if this is what the west side is coming to, then screw it. I got money. I'm outta hear.' And I...
      Frank: Really?
      Beebe: ...and I moved to a place where it was safe. Where you don't have to lock your doors at night. And I built a beautiful house on a ten acre lot which the park service just opened for sale this year. That's what I want to talk to you about.
      Frank: Your ten acre lot?
      Beebe: No, no. My neighbor. Now, its one thing the old coot lives in this Uni-bomber shack that's technically on the lot I purchased, but there's also this sick putrid smell in the air... and I know it's got something to do with him.
      Frank: Does he have animals?
      Beebe: Well... I do hear weird noises but only at night.
      Frank: Noises?
      Beebe: Yeah. Sort of like dogs growling, but you know there's also something... I don't want to come off as a new age fruitcake, if I wanted that I would have moved to Sedona, but at night when I hear these noises... there... it's more like there something to feel than to see or hear. Maybe I can't explain it, but it... it does scare me. I know the Old Man has something to do with it. Can you talk to him? This... this is a map I made. You see that is my house. And this is like the woods. That's the Old Man's squat is like there and those woods and those are trees there...
      Frank: I'll find it.

    • Frank: Hello. Peter: You're finally looking at the file... I paged you a half a dozen times.
      Frank: I was with my daughter.
      Peter: Well what we do effects our children's lives, Frank.
      Frank: Tell me, Pete, in what way?
      Peter: What you're looking at... the Group feels you're right for this.
      Frank: Right for what? I can tell from these images that it was an animal attack.
      Peter: The Group thinks it's time you go there.
      Frank: I think you should save time and money. It was an animal attack. Simple as that.
      Peter: Go there Frank. It's not that simple.

    • Catherine: Um... Ann Watkins from work. She and Dave separated.
      Frank: Really.
      Catherine: Yeah... So Jordan and I am going to move in with them for a while. Why don't you move back into the house?
      Frank: The point is to live here as a family.
      Catherine: I just think it would crazy to carry the mortgage with neither one of us leaving here.
      Frank: Is that another way of telling me to sell it?
      Catherine: I believe in the point of the house. I really do, honey. But we've lived here for a year and we haven't exactly been racking up the Kodak moments.
      Frank: Selling would be giving in after what's happened. My heart believes what life could be here for us, Catherine.
      Catherine: I know. But I don't know if we can get it back.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Bobby Darin is Frank Black's favorite singer. This is his music's first appearance in the show's soundtrack.

    • The stones. It was a very subtle plot point mentioned during the dialogue, and should have been talked about more, but was quickly walked over to have a vague discussion of equilibrium with good and evil.

      Frank was questioning the rough stone obelisks around the cabin with the Millennium symbol beneath them, and it is briefly suggested that they are gravestone markers for the dead of the Millennium group. And all vague discussion aside, Michael Beebe says when he moved to the town, there was a shack on his 10 acres (the shack being the one surrounded by the stones). The truth was that he had built his house on a Millennium member burial ground, which was apparently disgraceful enough for a pack of dogs to show up and start attacking people (by supernatural means or other).

      Some of this information was a little shady, however, and scarcely discussed, a weak point of the episode. (for that reason this information is debatable)

    • This episode is set in Seattle, Washington and Bucksnort, Montana.

    • Michael Beebe watches the film There's No Business Like Show Business (1954). He watches a segment featuring Marilyn Monroe and sings along to a performance of the Irving Berlin song "Heat Wave."

    • This episode features the songs "Close to You" by the Carpenters and "As Long as I'm Singing" by Bobby Darin.


    • Old Man: Did you happen to catch the May 1997 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report?
      The Old Man refers to a May 30, 1997 article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 46(21) pgs. 463-466. It is entitled "Dog-Bite-Related Fatalities -- United States, 1995-1996."

    • Beebe: I don't want to come off as a new age fruitcake if I wanted that I would have moved to Sedona.
      Beebe is referring to the city of Sedona, Arizona. A city which has become a travel destination for millions of followers of New Age "spirituality".