Season 1 Episode 6

Kingdom Come

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 1996 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • It is not made clear if Ardis Cohen is just a former colleague of Frank's or if she is a member of the Millennium Group.

  • Quotes

    • Frank: Yeah. I was just thinking on the plane about this man Calloway. I felt how human he was... so inundated by pain, fragmented by grief. It led him to surrender his humanity.
      Catherine: I know, Frank. It scares me.
      Frank: We can't stop evil but we can't lose our faith either.
      Catherine: And you're thinking that's what we need to teach Jordan.
      Frank: I'm going to tell Jordan that bad things happen. And even though the bird died and it upset her, we have to balance sadness... with a sense of hope... and faith.
      Catherine: I still have faith, Frank... even in a world where men like that exist.
      Frank: So do I.

    • Galen: Then you know the truth. You know that God has abandoned us. That's why you're afraid to die. Just like I am.
      Frank: No.
      Galen: You're lying.
      Frank: I'm afraid, Galen, but not like you. You're afraid to die, because you fear God's judgment.
      Galen: I've... lost my faith.
      Frank: No, you've tried to kill it, but you can't. I've... seen your ritual. You try to kill your faith with the tools of your own belief because of your pain, because you think God's forsaken you. You think that you can get rid of your pain by slaughtering the faith that's inside you.
      Galen: It is inside of me, isn't it... It just won't die.

    • Frank: He's on a suicide march.
      Romero: So, you plan on walking in there and becoming another unintended casualty?
      Frank: I think I can reach him.
      Ardis: What makes you say that?
      Frank: I know what he wants.

    • Galen: But Hell is stronger than heaven. And fire burns hotter than love. There is no peace. There is no... forgiveness. Just, um, lonely nights, spent in empty houses... Rejoice! Thy Kingdom Come... is here!

    • Reverend: 'I love thee, oh Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge... my shield, the horn of my salvation, my strong horn...
      Galen: If any one of you tries to leave, you will die. If you just sit down and sit still, I will tell you about the fiction and the fallacy as brought to you by the salesmen of salvation.
      Reverend: Who are you?
      Galen: I... am the lamb.

    • Ardis: In all these years, we work at a distance, with a remove. It helps us to objectify... so why is this one different to me?
      Frank: The coldness, the calculation, the victims... merciless acts against the merciful.
      Ardis: I haven't been to church since I was eight. I've always been happily cynical. So why I am taking this so personally?
      Frank: I feel it myself.
      Ardis: Have you and your wife raised Jordan in any particular faith, Frank?
      Frank: No. Catherine and I haven't even dealt with it yet.
      Ardis: I know. My husband and I make it up as we go along.
      Frank: Maybe faith is like the picture album left in the closet. We don't go back and visit it every day. We need to know it's there, need to know it's safe... so we can pass it along when the time is right.

    • Frank: [on the phone] Listen very carefully... we're on our way. Please, do not let anyone in your house. Hello, sir?... Reverend Harned, don't let anyone in.
      Reverend Harned: I already have.

    • Frank: I know what he's doing.
      Ardis: The killer?
      Frank: Yes. He's not killing men. He's killing faith.

    • Ardis: His name was Marcus Crane. He was a retired Presbyterian minister. If this is the same killer, this is the first time he's targeted a Protestant.
      Frank: What was the cause of death?
      Ardis: Again, blunt trauma to the head to incapacitate the victim. The instrument was wedge-shaped, probably a golf club, but he died of drowning.
      Frank: The torture of heretics.
      Ardis: Golf or drowning?
      Frank: The staging is just another method of determining the piety of the accused heretic.
      Ardis: A one-man inquisition.
      Frank: He planned this very carefully -- took time to watch the victim, to plan the ceremony. Sermo generalis.
      Ardis: If that's what he's doing, Frank, what is he trying to tell us?
      Frank: His choice to alter his methods is semiotic. The coin in the mouth. The elaboration of details. They're not meant as a message. They're for his own satisfaction.
      Ardis: His lack of denominational concerns would indicate that he's becoming more random.
      Frank: Not more random, more precise. My guess is he knew these men, that he was once a member of their church... a seminarian or an altar boy.
      Ardis: There's something else here. Something they found on the body.
      Frank: What?
      Ardis: A man's wedding band in the victim's stomach.

    • Catherine: Jordan had kind of a bad day today, Frank. She was really upset about the bird.
      Frank: What did she say?
      Catherine: She asked me if dogs die... horses, cars, trees... us.
      Frank: What did you tell her?
      Catherine: I mustered all my clinical powers, and... lied. And I told her you and I would live forever. So back me up on that, will you?

    • Frank: The man who did this... who we believe did this... he does it without conscience. Is that evil?
      Father Schultz: There's a disconnectedness out there and those desperate with that feeling expect faith to fill the void and when it doesn't... they blame us.
      Frank: I can't speak to that, father.
      Father Schultz: No?
      Frank: I'm afraid my own faith is lacking.
      Father Schultz: Well, I've ministered to many who have lost their way.
      Frank: I think my time would be better spent trying to catch the man who killed your friend.

    • Galen: They live their lies so willingly, don't they, father?
      Father Brown: Sorry, I didn't hear.
      Galen: The ordained pretension of the sacred charade. Are you feeling... close to God tonight, father?
      Father Brown: Excuse me?
      Galen: No, I won't. Tell me your sins. Tell me what a liar you are.
      Father Brown: What's your name, son?
      Galen: Bless you father... for you have sinned.
      Father Brown: Son, wait a minute... Son?
      Galen: Inquisitor deum, father... Est in nomine dei, padre.

    • "And there will be such
      intense darkness
      That one can feel it."
      ----Exodus 10:21

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Galen: 'The mercy of the lord is from everlasting to everlasting,' he said. Confess your faith unto him who said, 'all souls are mine.'
      Galen reads from Psalms 103:17, "But the loving-kindness of Jehovah is from everlasting and to everlasting, upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." The phrase "all souls are mine" may be a reference to Ezekiel 18:4, "'Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die.'"

    • Reverend: 'I love thee, oh Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge... my shield, the horn of my salvation, my strong horn...
      The Reverend reads from from Psalms 18:1-2.

    • Frank: He planned this very carefully -- took time to watch the victim, to plan the ceremony. Sermo generalis.
      The phrase 'Sermo Generalis' means general address. During the Inquisition the sermo generalis was a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, clergy, and townspeople where the Inquisitor pronounced sentences. The penitent abjured their errors and received their penalties while obstinate heretics were solemnly cursed and handed over to be burned immediately in public.

    • Frank: You see this, Ardis? He was wearing a sanbenito.
      A sanbenito is a sackcloth (a coarse cloth of camel's hair or cotton) coat worn by penitents on being reconciled to the church. During the Spanish Inquisition, the sanbenito was often worn by those condemned to die. It resembled a scapular that was either yellow with red crosses for the penitent or black with painted devils and flames for the impenitent.

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