Night Heat

Season 4 Episode 8

Forgive Me Father

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Aired Unknown Apr 28, 1988 on CTV
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Forgive Me Father
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Ella Metcalf witnesses her brother Leon accidentally kill his accomplice over a disagreement during a mugging. When Leon sees her, she runs away to church, where she hides in the confessional and tells Father Torres, who is Frank's longtime friend, about the killing. As Kevin and Frank investigate, the combination of Leon's denials, Ella's silence, an uncooperative witness, Father Torres' refusal to break his vows and evidence found at the church all conspire to point to the priest as the lead suspect.moreless

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    Tony De Santis

    Tony De Santis

    Father Jim Torres

    Guest Star

    Eddie Driscol

    Eddie Driscol

    Leon Metcalf

    Guest Star

    Chapelle Jaffe

    Chapelle Jaffe

    Mrs. Metcalf

    Guest Star

    Susan Hogan

    Susan Hogan

    Nicole (Nickie) Rimbaud

    Recurring Role

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann

    Lt. Jim Hogan

    Recurring Role

    Eugene Clark

    Eugene Clark

    Det. Colby Burns

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: "Whom the gods love die young." It's an old line, maybe it rang true once upon a time. Right now it's hard to figure the sense in it. When a kid dies in an alley with a hole in his belly, no one suspects him of being loved by the gods or being a hero, they just wonder what kind of trouble he got himself into.

      • (kneeling at the altar)
        Fr. Torres: I know you're worried Ella. There's something comforting about being here, in the presence of God. It's a good place to think.
        Ella: You haven't told the police, have you?
        Fr. Torres: Good place to make decisions too. If you listen to God, He'll tell you what to do.
        Ella: Please Father, you have to answer me. You're not going to break your vows.
        Fr. Torres: In some things there are no decisions to make. I won't break my vows.
        Ella: You want me to tell, don't you?
        Fr. Torres: I want you to do what you think is right.
        Ella: He's my brother.
        Fr. Torres: Sometimes it's very difficult to know what to do. I know that. All you can do is ask God for help.

      • Frank: This is the craziest thing I've ever heard.
        Elaine: I'm just suggesting that we get a statement from Father Torres. I don't think that's so crazy Frank.
        Frank: You get statements from people you suspect Elaine.
        Lt. Hogan: Nobody's saying that we suspect him of anything.
        Frank: Then what the hell is this statement crap.
        Elaine: We found the murder weapon at his place. We can't just ignore it.
        Frank: Why not?
        Elaine: You've been a cop too long for me to even answer that.
        Kevin: Frank, we're sitting on a keg of dynamite. We gotta do it by the book.
        Frank: No matter what we do to him and his church?
        Lt. Hogan: All I am asking yo to do is to talk to him.

      • Frank: It's stupid to question him (Father Torres). It just doesn't make any sense.
        Tom: Why? Because he's a priest or because he's a friend?
        Frank: Both. Because he's a priest and because he's a friend. We shouldn't be questioning him.
        Nicole: But you have to.
        Frank: Not you too.
        Nicole: Everybody's going to be watching you Frank, to see how you handle it. And it's going to be tough, for you and for Father Torres.
        Frank: Well how about getting tough on the scum out there instead?
        Tom: Come on Frankie. I mean, I'm a reporter. I find out there's an investigation involving a priest, you've already got a story. You throw in a hint that somebody did him a favor or the investigation's sloppy, you got a big story.
        Nicole: If it was just some guy from the street, no one would even notice, you know that?
        Tom: That's what I'm telling you.
        Frank: You're talking politics. I'm talking what's right here.
        Kevin: What's right Frank is doing the job, and in the long run, that's what protects everybody.
        Frank: Especially the department.
        Kevin: That too. I mean whether you like it or not, it is part of the job.
        Frank: I don't like it.
        Kevin: Well, with or without you, it's got to get done.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: Thou shalt not kill. The Fifth Commandment. A fundamental law of our society that compels us to turn against anyone who takes another human life. It feels like an absolute, but sometimes there are forces even stronger than our abhorrence of a killer. For Father Torres it was the sacrament of confession, for the Metcalf's it was the love of a mother and a sister for a boy who didn't deserve it.

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Thou shalt not kill
        As Tom says, this is fifth of the Ten Commandments. The exact Bible verse is Exodus 20:13.

      • Whom the gods love die young
        The origin of this quote appears to be the story of Trophonios in Greek mythology.

      • Seal of the Confessional
        Refers to the absolute confidentiality required of Roman Catholic priests in regards to anything that they learn from penitents during the course of a confession.

        Roman Catholic Canon law 983.1 states that the sacramental seal is inviolable and that it is a crime for a confessor in any way to betray a penitent by word or in any other manner or for any reason.

        The seal applies under any circumstances, including the threat of their own death or that of others. Breaking the vow leads to automatic excommunication.

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