Profiler

Season 2 Episode 16

Lethal Obsession

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Apr 04, 1998 on NBC
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Lethal Obsession
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Sam and the VCTF investigate the "prime time kidnapper," a madman who has a pathological need for media attention and projects his mania onto an attractive but terrified local TV anchorwoman (guest star Anna Galvin) whom he wants to exclusively cover the prisoner exchanges. Elsewhere, Sam worries about what's really behind her daughter Chloe's reluctance to perform in the children's ballet, and the murderous Jack of All Trades makes plans for his imprisoned Jill.moreless

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  • Easily the best episode of the season.

    9.5
    After the fiasco that was Breaking Point, it was nice to see Profiler deliver such a sure footed, intelligent and clutter free episode.



    It's the lack of clutter that makes this episode work - the b-story with Jack is reduced to a couple short albeit embarrassingly bad scenes, the c-story involves a fairly normal childhood issue as Sam convinced Chloe she won't suck in a ballet recital.



    Lethal Obsession starts with a rush and holds that steady pace through the entire episode. The teaser - a brief teaser that's less than two minutes - sets up the entire episode as the first victim is found hanging from a flagpole outside a cathedral, the million dollar ransom on the ground beneath him; written on the flag is the phrase "Nevermind - Keep the money." The VCTF team investigates; the crime focused on a reporter who had done a series on every day heroes. A second woman is kidnapped and almost killed - rescued at the last minute by a quick thinking Bailey Malone (it's one of the seasons few last minute rescues that actually works). The team narrows down the identity of the killer. Once again we see Sam in shrewd profiler mode -reading body language and behavior and interpreting what it actually means. We even get a nice reminder that Malone is a profiler as well - he understands the criminal mind. In a bit of very smart plotting the VCTF team visits the suspects. Dennis Benjamin - interviewed by Sam and John - has staged his house to make it appear he has a girlfriend - lipstick stained cigarettes, a photo of her on the bookshelf, letters addressed to her. The "girlfriend" is physically the opposite of the reporter. Using old fashioned reason, the team back tracks, looks at the behavior and tries to figure out Whodunnit?



    The only off note (pun intended) is the issue of the killer's self composed song in which the notes serve as an alphabet spelling "Nikki Loves Dennis B evermore." It's a bit too clever but in an episode about obsession, a forgivable bit of overcleverness. It drives home with all the subtlety of a pile driver that the killer is OBSESSED. The denouement is especially effective - Sam talks to Dennis and the two of them joust. He brags he knew she'd visit his house and so he set it up to reducer her suspicion. She compliments his intelligence. Even the big finish in which John shoots him works - John doesn't deliver a fatal wound until it's obvious he has to. All in all, a really great episode - smart, insightful, well paced and acted. It works precisely because they didn't invest lots of screen time in developing other plots - we don't get tear scenes with Frances or waste much time listening to Jack's whispery non-menace or get tearful scenes of Sam worrying about her personal live. That focus shows what Profiler could do on a weekly basis if they were willing.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

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Angel Brown

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

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