Season 1 Episode 7

Blood Relatives

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 1996 on FOX
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Blood Relatives
A juvenile delinquent begins taking advantage of families grieving the loss of a loved one with the support of a sadistic friend to a murderous end. Frank Black puts himself in the troubled boy's frame of mind to find answers as Catherine looks elsewhere, into the boy's tortured family life.moreless

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  • Little Orphan Nutjob

    I went into this episode believing it was going to be yet another part of Millennium's already tired "serial-killer-of-the-week" formula, with a psychopath killing people at funerals. Thankfully, it eventually took on a whole deeper meaning.

    James Dickerson was an intriguing character. Abandoned since birth and sent from orphanage to orphanage whilst growing up, it's unsurprising he grew up bitter and twisted. All he wanted was to be accepted by a family, and attending stranger's funerals is the way he does that. It's an original and ultimately sad storyline, which for the first time actually made me feel emotional since I started watching the show.

    I did like how the script gave Catherine something to do outside of the Black home. Instead of just supporting Frank on his visits back to the house, she actually had a lot to do with the case, investigating Dickerson's family background and feeling a lot more sympathy for the people involved than the rest of the Millennium Group, most notably Bletcher. I liked seeing Megan Gallagher working with Frank and it gave us an insight to a completely different part of her character, something which I hope is utilized a little more of as the season goes on.

    While the motive of the real killer is slightly contrived, for the most part I really enjoyed this episode. With an intriguing premise and good use of Catherine, it's easily one of the best episodes so far.

    Director: James Charleston

    Writer: Chip Johannessen

    Rating: A-moreless
  • A really great episode.

    I really liked this episode a lot. I thought that this was a very dark episode and the whole idea was very twisted. A man got pleasure out of going to other peoples funerals as it was a way for him to connect with them

    But the mans social worker is actually using him as a scape goat to pin murders on. Frank slowly realises that the man is not resonsible and they end up catching the right guy. But at the end the weirdo is still seen going to another funeral, pure sick. I think this episode highlights how good Millennium can be. This really was a filler episode but it was very good.moreless
John Fleck

John Fleck


Guest Star

Sean Six

Sean Six

James Dickerson

Guest Star

Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson

Det. Teeple

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Peter Watts

Recurring Role

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Lt. Bob Bletcher

Recurring Role

Stephen J. Lang

Stephen J. Lang

Det. Bob Geibelhouse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • James: You want a confession? Okay. Okay. I killed them. I'd do it again.
      Giebelhouse: So... you did it?
      James: They're dead, aren't they?
      Bletcher: What's 'STOP LOOKING,' James?
      James: Stop looking. You found me.

    • Bletcher: You should have waited for us, damn it.
      Frank: She'd be dead now.
      Bletcher: He should have waited. You tell him.
      Catherine: I know... I know you had to go in there... Because of who you are... Because you had no choice. Frank... I can't lose you.
      Frank: I'm not going anywhere.
      Catherine: Promise me? I don't want to ask myself 'am I strong enough to be alone?'
      Frank: It's okay. Nobody is.

    • Catherine: How could anyone abandon a child? But millions of people do it. Millions. God, it's scary. We have home after home filled with kids like James. And we know they'll turn violent. How do I tell the survivors that no one saw it coming? They're out there, Frank.
      Frank: Thousand points of darkness.
      Catherine: People full of holes. Like James. Living off the fantasy that his mother will somehow make everything better. Frank?
      Frank: It doesn't make any sense. James never gave up. He never stopped looking.
      Catherine: It was fantasy.

    • Connor: I came to get James. But maybe he's busy, huh?
      Frank: You might as well go home.
      Connor: No hurry there. The director yanked my trustee privileges. Do you think I could talk to James?
      Frank: Family only.
      Connor: That'll be the day.

    • Catherine: Mrs. Dechant... he's your son.
      Dechant: He's not my son! He's something that happened when I was a strung-out teenager. You people said you'd find him a good home... you never did! Now YOU deal with him!

    • Bletcher: So, what we have here is a guy that goes to funerals for fun and kills people.
      Giebelhouse: Plus carves them up.
      Bletcher: Does Social Service have a name for that?
      Catherine: He's a classic lost child. And there's an army of them just like him... Put up for adoption at one and a half. Never placed... In and out of foster care, reform school, abuse. He essentially raised himself.
      Bletcher: Then he didn't do a very good job.
      Catherine: They never do. No one showed him how to connect with the world. Odd as this may sound, going to funerals is his attempt.
      Giebelhouse: Attempt at what?
      Catherine: Finding human contact. Family.
      Giebelhouse: Family? Please!
      Catherine: Read his diary... Decide for yourself... but I'm telling you, at some level, he wants what we all have.
      Giebelhouse: He wants to destroy what we have.
      Bletcher: I read once the first two weeks of a kitten's life seal its fate. If it has human contact... it's domestic. If it doesn't... it goes feral.
      Catherine: Tough room.

    • Frank: He takes souvenirs from each funeral. His performance with the mother was rehearsed. Skillful, honed by repetition.
      Bletcher: Frank, if anything ended like this last night, we'd have heard about it.
      Frank: Last night he crossed the line into murderous violence, possibly for the first time. Next time will be easier for him.

    • Catherine: Frank, I don't want to add to the pressure on you.
      Frank: You're not. Comes from the outside... the depravity. You two make it possible to go on.

    • Frank: He knew who she was.
      Bletcher: Not many housewives make that kind of enemy.
      Frank: It's not about her. Killer's rage is directed towards someone else.
      Peter: I agree. The stab wounds were brutal but impersonal, clustered well away from her face.
      Giebelhouse: So he knew who she was, but it wasn't about her? And he sliced her up, but it wasn't directed at her?... Hey, I'm just trying to keep up.

    • Catherine: You've got to let him see his wife.
      Bletcher: I'm not jerking him around here. She was cut up... viciously. All the evidence is under wraps until I get my game plan in order.
      Catherine: It won't be real to him until he sees the body.
      Bletcher: I seriously doubt that that's the way he wants to remember his wife.
      Catherine: Then don't expect his cooperation. It would help to have him on your side.
      Bletcher: Oh, I could definitely stand to have someone on my side.
      Catherine: Maybe someone else should have picked up the phone when you called our house this morning.

    • Bletcher: Thanks for getting here so fast.
      Catherine: I hope I can help.
      Bletcher: You and me both. Son died three days ago in a car crash. The mother was found murdered after the kid's wake... Can't get the father to stop yelling long enough to find out if he knows anything.
      Catherine: Think what he's going through. Anger is a very appropriate response.
      Bletcher: Yeah, just not very helpful... Look, uh, Catherine... I know I've been skeptical about Victim Services in the past, but...
      Catherine: See what I can do.

    • "This generation is
      a wicked generation;
      it seeks for a sign,
      and yet no sign
      shall be given to it..."
      ----Luke 11:29

  • NOTES (0)


    • Frank: Thousand points of darkness.

      This line is a pessimistic play on George Bush's famous quote, "A Thousand Points of Light." Bush uttered this line as part of his 1991 State of the Union address, "...The illumination of a thousand points of light. And it is expressed... by all who know the irresistible force of a child's hand, of a friend who stands by you and stays there, a volunteer's generous gesture, an idea... that is simply right. The problems before us... may be different, but the key to solving them... remains the same. It is the individual..."