Profiler

Season 2 Episode 14

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Mar 21, 1998 on NBC
9.0
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A serial rapist is terrorizing women in the Florida Panhandle. Sam and the VCTF are called in to investigate.

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  • Works despite itself

    8.0
    Off the top of my head, I can't remember another episode in which Profiler has tackled a serial rapist. This is easily one of the show's most authentic and powerful episodes. Throughout season two, we've encountered the hard headed local cop who resents the VCTF coming in. In this episode the "hard headed local" cop is a woman - and a rape victim. She resents the VCTF, Sam in particular. In one scene, in particular, they interview a victim. Sam analyzes the woman's interview and says she's not a victim of the serial rapists. This leads to a potent scene between Sam and the local cop - where the cop recounts her rape and accuses Sam of not knowing anything about rape or rape victims. It's a powerful moment - one of Profilers better written scenes.



    The serial rapist is one of Profiler's more literally gothic villains. He wears an Italian opera mask and forces his victims to act as if they're on a date. The b-story follows the VCTF team tracking Sharon Lesher. These scenes are by the numbers - there's nothing innovative here, nothing that asks viewers to sit up and pay attention. The scenes - especially the final act at the hotel - are lots of set, lots of dreary back and forth talk with the VCTF team and a drawn out scene in an elevator with Sharon and the obvious dead meat of the week. The final act is a series of "surprise" reversals and rescues ending with Sam holding a gun on Sharon? Will she fire? What do you think? I've said I don't think much of the Jack of all Trades story arc. It moves too slowly and clumsily to be compelling, the scenes are too repetitive to keep our interest. Adding Sharon Lesher worked for a while but ti didn't offer any real payoff. Rather than Jack whispering alone in his lair, he was now whispering to Sharon. It's deadly dull. Either Jack is a supergenius serial killer or he's a pathetic loser whose obsessed with Sam and can't do anything right. In one episode he's the world's best computer hacker ever and nobody can beat him, in the next episode he's screaming uselessly at the computer screen about Sam not loving him. It's a mess. Season two tried to reboot the Jack story - to create an actual character out of him rather than using him as a plot device. Adding Sharon was an attempt to give it depth. Creatively the Jack story arc is a dangerous and deadly swamp from which profiler can't extricate itself. The net result is that episodes often force resolutions to the a-story to quickly so they can make screen time for Jack to whisper menacingly just like last week. It hurt the show week after week; but producers hadn't figured out a way out.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

Shiek Mahmud-Bey

Shiek Mahmud-Bey

Det. Marcus Payton

Alicia Coppola

Alicia Coppola

Deputy Anita

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Angela Alvarado

Angela Alvarado

Marissa Cuellar

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Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Peter Denford

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