Profiler

Season 1 Episode 11

Doppelganger

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 1997 on NBC
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Doppelganger
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Sam confronts inmate Arthur deRhodes, a former adversary and serial slayer, over a recent murder that bears similarities.

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  • Too clever by half. Doppelganger is shows the Profiler creative team has mastered the technical side of the story but never manages to invest the episode with the kind of depth it would need to really enthrall the viewer.moreless

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    At the end of the episode, viewers are left frustrated. The shows producers weren't quite ready to fully commit the characters to the trajectories they set them on and so we end up cheated.



    The synopsis is straightforward: a killer is copycatting a man (Arthur DeRhodes) Sam shot while apprehending him; he's now in a secure facility. As they pursue the case, Sam interviews DeRhodes in a scene cribbed from Silence of the Lambs; she determines DeRhodes is the ultimate target of this killer and convinces the doctor in his psych facility to move him to his room. Sam and team determine DeRhodes real target was always his father; they visit the old man (a wealthy and sickly industrialist). DeRhodes escapes the facility, meets up with his doppelganger who he had tricked into doing the killing for him, in the final confrontation, Sam talks to DeRhodes while he holds a loaded nerve gas canister as a weapon. She fakes him out and John shoots him and kills him. The b-story has Jack terrorizing Angel who announces she can't live like this, moves out for about a minute then moves back in and shares a laugh with Sam. It gives Ally Walker a chance to meaningful emote on screen and to tearfully wander the VCTF HQ.



    In a nice fake, the episode kills off the DeRhodes' father - his real target - of natural causes. This episode shows us the Profiler creative team mastering the story - they've got the parts in place to make it work but they don't quite pull it together. The b-story involved Jack and Angel shows gets almost to the point that it should but then pulls back; Angel should have moved out at least for a couple episodes. But the producers couldn't quite bring themselves to take that step; the result is a truncated emotionally frustrating resolution. Angel's line "I have to lead my life" is true but can she do that locked in Sam's fortified firehouse?



    The A-story has a similar problem; they never quite manage to explain why the doppelganger does what he does (it is explained but it's almost a throwaway line). The problem is too much going on on screen. There was enough in the a-story to let us not have the b-story. By trying to keep both storylines active in this episode, both were cheated. It ended up a competent episode that never quite manages to be as good as it could. As viewers we never doubt that Angel will escape Jack's murderous clutches. We also doubt that she's really going to leave Sam in her fortified firehouse, no matter what she says. Ultimately the episode is hobbled by its inexpert b-story which derails the main narrative.moreless
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Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Dennis Christopher

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Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Erica Gimpel

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Angel Brown

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

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Agent Bailey Malone

Marjory Graue

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Catherine Grace

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Nurse Frackiolla

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Christopher Judd

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