Night Heat

Season 1 Episode 22

Innocents

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Aired Thursday Dec 26, 1985 on CTV
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Innocents
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When two children go missing in a neighborhood, frayed nerves lead to a mob of men with baseball bats confronting a man eyeing a girl on a swing set. When he falls during the chase, he lands near the dead body of one of the children. The capture of the man and his presumed guilt creates a media feeding frenzy, but he insists that while he has an uncontrollable obsession to look at young girls, for which is getting help, he never could and never has touched or harmed one. As Kevin and Frank pursue the investigation, facts come to light that suggest the two disappearances may not be connected.moreless

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  • A disappointing episode

    4.0
    I thought this was one of the weaker episodes of season one. It felt like they thought they should do a show about child abuse, so they did. They acting wasn't great and the plot was predictable. I seldom figure these things out and I like it that way, but this one became clear fairly quickly.



    It had the religious zealot, the abusive boyfriend, the media hordes and the angry mob all thrown into the mix but, for me, it just didn't work.



    I can usually find something nice in an episode but other than a message to love and cherish our children, this was nothing more than a filler episode.moreless
Chapelle Jaffe

Chapelle Jaffe

Arlene Elizabeth

Guest Star

Tony De Santis

Tony De Santis

Mike

Guest Star

Denise Baillargeon

Denise Baillargeon

Charlotte Mitchell

Guest Star

Louise Vallance

Louise Vallance

Det. Stephanie (Stevie) Brody

Recurring Role

Sean McCann

Sean McCann

Lt. Jim Hogan

Recurring Role

Eugene Clark

Eugene Clark

Det. Colby Burns

Recurring Role

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    • (opening commentary)
      Tom: One minute they're playing games with their kids, the next minute they're a mob. It can get ugly fast. But when two children disappear from same neighborhood in just a couple of days, then one of them's been found, that's ugly too. One child dead in the bushes, God knows where they'll find the other one. Monstrous. Sometimes it's the innocent who shriek like animals and it's the monster who shudders like a frightened cat.

    • (arriving at the suspect's home)
      Frank: This place is bigger than my high school!

    • (arriving at the Precinct)
      Kevin: Tommy, what are you doing here?
      Tom: Free coffee.

    • (closing commentary)
      Tom: Saints and madmen, they say, don't know guilt. The rest of us deal with it the best we can. For Greg Mitchell guilt was a sin of the mind he hoped no one would ever uncover and for Arlene Elizabeth it was a secret she desperately prayed someone would pry out of her before she was destroyed by it. In the end Greg Mitchell would survive, keep his family, his job and, after his ordeal, find a freedom from guilt he hadn't known in years. Maybe Arlene Elizabeth can find a kind of freedom too or maybe she's locked herself in a prison more escape proof then the murderer of her daughter will ever be confined to. Locked herself in, and threw away the key.

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