Millennium

Season 1 Episode 18

Lamentation

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 1997 on FOX
9.2
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Lamentation
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Frank investigates when he is called in by the Millennium Group to assist them in tracking down an escaped serial killer that Frank helped put behind bars years ago. The killer, Dr. Ephraim Fabricant, was abducted from a hospital while donating a kidney to his dying sister. But during the search, Frank comes face-to-face with an even more terrifying enemy which terrorizes his family.moreless

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  • Frank Black & Friends deliver all the goods and a bag of chips

    9.5
    I've just recently started watching the series again, having not seen it since it first aired on TV. It did, however, remain at the back of my mind as must-buy DVD's. So far, it's everything I remembered it to be and with this episode: much, much more. It's got the pee-your pants scary, the warmth of family and friendship between the characters and the shocker of death you won't see coming...hell, even Mulder and Scully trot through the scenery. So far this is the best episode yet and I can only hope it gets better (which I'm sure it will).moreless
  • An infamous serial killer seemingly escapes from a hospital where he was supposed to receive life-saving surgery.Frank Black and Bob Bletcher desperately try to find him,and an overwhelming evil stalks Frank's house in the midst of a violent thunderstorm.moreless

    9.0
    It's almost physically exhausting watching Frank Black go about his business, but it's also immensely rewarding. "Millennium" finally hits it's stride with this episode, and it's a beaut.We learn that one of Frank's deadliest foes, the psychopathic Dr.Fabricant, has escaped from the hospital where he was about to receive treatment. By all accounts he was helped by a woman, Lucy Butler, whom Frank, Watts and Bletcher try to find. That they do, but the story then takes a left turn into weirdsville. Lucy seems to be something altogether much more than she seems, as we find out during a particularly tense scene in Frank's house during a blackout. Easily one of the grimmest hours of TV you'll ever see(given this show, that's saying something), as star Lance Henriksen and creator/writer Chris Carter are firing on all 4 cylinders with this ep.Beautifully acted and photographed, this is one of the best from the whole series. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo appearance from Mulder & Scully in the FBI building, too. Leave the lights on for this one.moreless
  • Great episode.

    9.8
    This episode is definalty one of the best Millennium episodes ever made. It quite simply is fantastic.When a psychopathic doctor once captured by Frank Black escapes his hospital bed after requiring an operation, the famed profiler is called to Washington D.C. to aid in his recapture. As Frank and Peter Watts uncover clues regarding the escape they're introduced to Lucy Butler, a mysterious and dangerous woman who indicates that dark forces have specific targets that are close to Frank's home and that evil itself has plans for Frank's life. And She kills Bob in Frank's home which is a big shock, i never saw it coming. This episode was just so well written and enjoyable. Totally perfect, honestly this episode is the one to watch.moreless
  • Bet you never saw this coming!

    9.5
    Not many shows can get away with killing one of the main characters in it's first year. Millennium manages this in one of the scariest episodes of the season and also introduces us to the pure evil that is Lucy Butler.



    Some of the scenes in this episode are downright creepy and although at first you think this episode is a rip off of Silence of the Lambs the story quickly and effectively makes a chilling U-turn. A fantastic episode to a much underated series and I'm surprised that no other members have submitted a review - hopefully some will follow.moreless
Alex Diakun

Alex Diakun

Dr. Ephraim Fabricant

Guest Star

Michael David Simms

Michael David Simms

Special Agent Tom Babich

Guest Star

Andrew Airlie

Andrew Airlie

Dr. Willmore

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Peter Watts

Recurring Role

Stephen J. Lang

Stephen J. Lang

Det. Bob Geibelhouse

Recurring Role

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Lt. Bob Bletcher

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Peter: They say genius is the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in your mind at the same time. What do you call a man who holds two contradictory personalities?
      Frank: The Devil.

    • Frank: Who is she?
      Fabricant: She?
      Frank: Lucy Butler.
      Fabricant: You had me commuted so you might learn the nature of evil. I can tell you now... You think I'm evil, Frank? You don't know what that is. It's greater than we are -- you and me.
      Frank: Who did this to you?
      Fabricant: The base sum of all evil... The sleep of reason... The Devil's liege...
      Frank: (shouting) Who was in my house?!
      Fabricant: It knows you, Frank. It feeds off your passion.
      Frank: (shouting) Who killed my friend?!
      Peter: Let's go, Frank.
      Fabricant: Everything you hold sacred... Frank... Run... (more weakly) Run.

    • Frank: I know this man. I know what drives him. Dr. Fabricant told me as a boy he used to slit the stomachs of neighborhood cats, turn them loose, just to see how long they'd live. After med school, as a resident, he would respond to no-code patients just to see how they died. He said the medical profession had but one interest for him -- the knowledge and the opportunity to rend death from life.

    • "Every man before he dies
      shall see the Devil."
      ----English Proverb, 1560

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