Profiler

Season 3 Episode 10

Ceremony of Innocence

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 09, 1999 on NBC
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Ceremony of Innocence
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One of Sam's first profiles resulted in a man being sentenced to death. Ten years later when the man is about to be executed, murders begin happening that match the m.o. of the prior killings, leaving Sam feeling culpable for what might have been a deadly mistake.

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  • A welcome return to form - good but not great.

    7.0
    After two lackluster episodes, Profiler throws itself into a strong procedural episode. The premise is simple - with 24 hours before he is to be executed, a murderer's MO is copied almost exactly. The VCTF team throws themselves into an investigation to determine if the man on death row is actually guiltly. Broadly speaking, the episode follows a straightforward arc - the team examines the crimes, compares them to the crimes committed years before and traces the victims backwards to the killer. Dramatically, the countdown to the execution works well enough; it provides the episode enough dramatic tension to keep it moving forward while also preventing the story from bogging down. The idea of the surrogate Creatively, the episode falls into the cliched territory of treating the serial killer as some sort of manipulative genius who pulls the strings of everyone around him. The ruse Sam and Bailey use to get into his cell to collect evidence struck me as transparent but effective enough. The resolution in the hospital room - where Pfizer confessed to his crimes - was a bit over the top but probably necessary.



    Hovering over the episode is the question of the death penalty. Sam and Bailey represent opposite sides of the debate, as do George and John. The idea of guilt and innocence and the necessity of the state executing criminal are all touched very lightly; the question of innocence - that many innocent people have been set free - is also mentioned. Sam's relationship with the question is presented as deeply personal - she sees Pfizer's conviction as a result of her profile and therefore her doing. If the wrong man is going to die, she must intervene to stop it. Creatively, refusing to answer those questions is a good idea and avoids moralizing.



    All in all, a good episode.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Grace Alvarez

J.C. Murad

J.C. Murad

Young Officer -- costar

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Gary Anthony Williams

Gary Anthony Williams

Father Earl Stevens

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Alonzo Bodden

Alonzo Bodden

Guard #2

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