Profiler

Season 2 Episode 9

Birthright

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 1998 on NBC
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Birthright
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A killer's belief he was switched at birth leads him to kill those he feels stole his identity.

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  • Interesting, gothic episode that asks us to explore the sins of the mothers

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    Where "Victims of Victims" looked at the sins of the fathers, this episode looks at the sins of the mothers. In a nicely done a-b story structure in the a-story we get a mystery about a series of killings of men born in the same hospital 32 years before and in the b story we get a tale of Sam's relationship with Chloe. The a-story evolves effectively as the characters work more deeply into the history, at last discovering the nurse who knows what happened. She tells her story and they race to catch the killer. The scene with the killers mother - who maintains despite evidence to the contrary that he's not her child - really brings the sense of gothic horror to the fore ground. In the scene where they confront the killer - as he's about to kill the nurse who saved his life - and she in turns saves his life provides an understated metaphor. She "gave" him life when he was born (by saving his life) and she is giving it to him again, weeping over him as would a mother over a wounded child. The b-story with Chloe is a nice parallel - an insight into Sam's desire to be a good parent and her own insecurities. Sam's in-laws are too obviously the bad guys to take them all that seriously but it's nevertheless a good use of Ally Walker.



    All in all a strong episode of Profiler.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Caitlin Wachs

Caitlin Wachs

Chloe Waters

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Travis Fine

Travis Fine

Lane Reynolds

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Shannon Day

Shannon Day

Emily Reynolds

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Judy Levitt

Judy Levitt

Loretta Lamb

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