Profiler

Season 1 Episode 19

FTX: Field Training Exercise

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Apr 12, 1997 on NBC
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FTX: Field Training Exercise
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The task force comes under intense scrutiny when the FBI suspects that an insider is selling covert information.

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  • competent, but lazy episode that just misses the mark

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    Inevitably, we get the FBI internal politics episode. The premise is simple; someone inside the FBI is selling information about undercover operations and has gotten an FBI agent killed. The Bureau is using "field training exercises" as a cover for investigating the leak. They've been through a number of offices and now they're at VCTF. Complicating matters, Malone is having an affair with the lead investigator's wife (they are legally separated) and has a history with the lead agent conducting the exercise (they've known each other for years and been competing with each other for years). The episode throws a couple curves our way – Nathan, who is ridiculously underused – has a wife we've never heard about before (played by the luminous Gina Torres). Grace's secret pregnancy becomes public knowledge. We learn John Grant is actually related to a mobster in Boston. The VCTF resolves the FTX with ridiculous speed. At which point, the mole who of course is at the VCTF, has planted secret documents on Malone's desk; it now becomes a "real" investigation. The lead agent is killed and his body stuffed into a cabinet in Grace's lab. Malone's secret affair is revealed to the husband. We get lots of flashbacks.



    FTX handles itself competently enough up to the denouement at which time it takes a wild turn into absurdity. The mole has been working as a technical person, they realize it's him, he pulls out a knife, growls and jumps at Sam; he's tackled by the other agents.



    FTX is a competent but lazy episode. Its saving grace remains the strong visual style the show has effectively created. The scene where John and Nathan discover Grace is the "mole" for the purpose of the exercise is clever enough; they realize Grace's is pregnant, that she's supposed to limit caffeine, then realize the coffeemaker in her office was planted there. After that, (we're about 15 minutes into a 45 minute episode) the show uses a series of clichés – Malone being interviewed and being angry about it, Sam profiling the investigator, the red herring where the lead agent is murdered. This episodes biggest sin remains its laziness - they're just not working very hard. By locating most of the episode in the VCTF office, producers were probably trying to manage budget concerns. What should have been a grim, claustrophobic episode instead detoured into some cheap melodrama and pointless personal conflicts. IOW, competent but lazy.



    With only a few episodes to go before season finale, Profiler is proving to be a competent enough show – certainly stylish and groundbreaking, nevertheless forgettable, largely by the numbers.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Frances Malone

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley

Det. Nathan Brubaker

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

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