Profiler

Season 2 Episode 10

Dying to Live

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 1998 on NBC
9.1
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Two men are killed, and in both instances, their organs are mysteriously delivered to hospitals minutes before they are needed for transplant surgery. Sam and the team profile the murders and determine their suspect is someone who was probably an organ recipient in the past.

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  • The final chapter in an unexpected "sin" trilogy: the sins of strangers.

    8.5
    In Victims of Victims, Profiler explored the sins of the fathers. In Birthright it was the sins of mothers. In Dying to Live, it is the sins of strangers. Dying to Live has four stories: a story is the murderer who kills his victims, removes their organs and gives them to recipients, the b story involves Malone and his boss, Art Behar; Behar has gone to great lengths to manufacture accusations against Malone in revenge for Malone sleeping with Behar's estranged wife; the c-story sees Sam and her daughter Chloe being followed by a private eye worker for her inlaws, the d-story, finally, sees Jack killing Jill's new friend and giving his heart to Jill.



    The d story needs no further explanation; the usual blue tinted nonsense with Jack's whispered dialog. The Jack story - after an attempt to reboot it early in the season - has fallen back into a series of repetitive scenes and crappy acting by "Jack" but some nice work by Traci Lords as Sharon/Jill. The c-story is mostly throwaway. Chloe tells Sam she saw a man taking photos, Sam sees him, the FBI sets up a sting, he gives her court papers in which Sam reads her inlaws are suing for custody of Chloe.



    The b-story is mostly forgettable. Behar is just another of the institutional enemies of the VCTF - another variation on the hardheaded local cop shtick; it end entirely too easily and quickly.



    The a-story really shines. As the third episode in a row looking at the idea of people paying for sins, it manages to be compelling and disorienting. It also asks us a question: if it was your child or loved one, would you care where the donated organ that saved their life came from? This story shows Profiler firing on all cylinders - they capture a series of evocative images (the red lotus floating in a clear glass container in particular), they keep the story moving quickly. The question of "sin" comes in two ways - first the "sin" of killing balanced by the saving of life from the murder and the refusal of some people to become organ donors as a form of sin.



    The show also makes a nice nod to the old urban legend of the traveler who wakes up in a tub of ice wit the words "Call 911 and tell them your kidney has been removed" scrawled on the mirror.



    Overall, a nicely handled episode that rises well above the average.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

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