Season 1 Episode 9

Wide Open

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Wide Open
A young girl whose parents were brutally murdered becomes the last hope in finding a killer. So Catherine encourages Jordan to speak out to the young girl and try to get her to get over the awful experience she has been through. But Bletcher is determined to let the relive what happened so they can get more evidence about what actually happened.moreless

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  • A great episode.

    I really enjoyed watching this one. I really do not know why it has a low score on the site, personally i thought it was great. In this episode Frank and Bob have to try to work out a killers next target after he murders a young couple and leaves a child. Bob wants to use the child to find out what happened. But Catherine thinks it is a bad idea, and Frank agrees. So eventually they track down the kill, and i liked how Bob and Frank let him die before calling the paramedics. Overall i thought this was a great episode.moreless
  • Shoulda Stayed Closed

    And it was all going so well. I had an idea that the writers of Millennium wouldn't be able to keep up its track record of perfect scripts much longer, and this is the first blip along the way. Wide Open is an episode which takes an intriguing mystery and shakes it of any drama, any pathos and any entertainment, leaving it seeming half-done and, all-in-all, disappointing.

    The last ten minutes of the episode turned a decidedly average episode into a truly god-awful one, with psychopathic Cutter defeated by a conveniently placed dog pushing him off a balcony onto a glass table. Followed by Frank making some quips for around 30 seconds in order to delay calling the ambulance. Firstly, this is completely out of character for him. Secondly, how exactly could a dog knock a fully-grown man off a balcony? It's a cheap, ridiculous cop-out of an ending which completely wrecks anything decent about the previous 40 minutes.

    The killer's motive was also completely ignored. The idea of hiding in houses until the owners return home and killing them is probably one of the most original and twisted storylines seen so far on the series but one off-hand comment about his motive behind such hideous crimes just does not do it justice.

    I found the subplot involving Patricia Highsmith to be the only interesting thing about the episode. Nevada Ash is excellently cast as the emotionally drained and suddenly orphaned young girl and her scenes with Catherine are both dramatic and saddening. Unfortunately, even these scenes aren't enough to save the rest of the episode, which is strictly Millennium-by-numbers and depressingly formulaic.

    Director: James Charleston

    Writer: Charles D Holland

    Rating: D-moreless
Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

James Glen

Guest Star

Pablo Coffey

Pablo Coffey


Guest Star

Nevada Ash

Nevada Ash

Patricia Highsmith

Guest Star

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Lt. Bob Bletcher

Recurring Role

Stephen J. Lang

Stephen J. Lang

Det. Bob Geibelhouse

Recurring Role

Brittany Tiplady

Brittany Tiplady

Jordan Black

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The houses that Cutter infiltrates throughout the episodes are, in more ways than one, wide open. The open house events allowed him access to homes and families. While those homeowners murdered throughout the episode felt protected by their in-home security systems that feeling was one of false security as they remained, as Cutter proves, wide open to attack.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Frank: Yeah... thinking about my parents, my grandparents -- forty or fifty years ago... they never locked their doors, day or night. We seem to have accepted it so... gracefully, so naturally -- the security systems. We've allowed ourselves to become almost besieged by our own fear.
      Catherine: If you're not afraid, you're living in denial. The world's changed.
      Frank: Yeah, I know. Can't turn it back. But we wonder... where are we headed from here?

    • Frank: He's teaching us a lesson... about our pretensions to safety... about how vulnerable we are.

    • Frank: He takes chances but everything's considered... as if scripted, planned -- what to leave, what to take, what he wants us to see, what he wants others to see. He's leaving a record of the events -- videos, 911 calls, witnesses.

    • Glen: 'John Allworth.' The signature... centrifugal, vertical lines, forward expansion. The strokes... forceful, measured, alternating cursive and print. This man's signature's probably been the same since he was old enough to sign it.
      Frank: What does that tell you?
      Glen: That the signer is deliberate. He has focus, but that this is to contain his rage or his anger -- that he can be explosive, prone to outburst or violence.

    • Glen: Abraham Lincoln, Elvis and Muhammad Ali, all signed the guest book at the Open House. In my professional opinion, none are viable suspects.

    • Catherine: What's she been through -- no one, child or adult, should have to experience. If she's asked to talk about it, it's like asking her to relive it.

    • Giebelhouse: Five thousand dollar alarm system... Should have saved themselves the dough and gotten a rottweiler.

    • "His children are far from safety;
      They shall be crushed at the gate
      Without a rescuer."
      ----Job 5:4

  • NOTES (1)


    • Glen: Graphological analysis matches the perpetrator's signature to at least 37 sign-in registers, using the name: John Allworth, Travis Bickle and Rudyard Holmbast.
      The name 'Travis Bickle' is a reference to Robert De Niro's deranged character from the film Taxi Driver.