Profiler

Season 1 Episode 10

Shattered Silence

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 11, 1997 on NBC
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Shattered Silence
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The separate kidnappings of two high-profile doctors and the evidence leads to believe that the prime suspect is a patient with an incurable medical condition.

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  • An episode that never quite realized its potential.

    7.0
    In the first fifteen minutes of this episode, "Sam" sported at least four different hairstyles, all obvious attempts to redress the obvious problems they've had portraying Sam as very weak. Here' s the problem - the writers have created an episode that is too clever by half. Even the teaser dragged - too slow, too clumsy. Paradoxically, Sam is written as very smart in the episode - her method of working in this episode is intriguing- she works by leaps of intuition. For instance, she sees the pattern in the hypodermics from the chair simply by glancing at the photo of them. In a second scene, she realizes the villain in the episode creates white noise in the crime scenes to drown out an annoying sound. In another scene she realizes the first missing doctor has a heart problem by realizing he's moved downstairs, away from the stairs, uses a salt substitute, takes specific vitamins and uses aspirin. It's a fascinating sequence of scenes.



    Unfortunately, the who Jack subplot is dull beyond words. Profiler's producers created for themselves a serious problem - they made a super villain for themselves and have to use him, but there's no way to do it without boring the viewer. So we get long dull, blue tinted scenes with the underused Nathan being "crushed" by a truck. Jack of course is behind it. The "team" get to have fits all over a country scene, haranguing about how awful it is to be in Jack's sights. Ally Walker emotes meaningfully and announces "This is a game from him," in mournful, meaningful tones.



    While seeking the villain, Sam and John visit a wonderfully gothic asylum - full of shadows and stained glass windows and patients moving almost imperceptibly within those shadows. This is one of the best scenes in the episode - demonstrating Profiler's sense of style and imagery. Profiler - whatever its weaknesses - what always a well produced show, with strong visuals and a keen visual style that was unique to it.



    The b-plot with Malone and Dr. Chapin's wife was distracting. The scene in her stylishly modern house with Malone was one of the more awkward of the season. We see Malone drop his professionalism completely and make out with her before saying that her husband may be alive.



    Having a female villain was an effective twist for the show. The denouement unfolded in a grimly predictable way as the villain grew increasingly incapable of rational thought and devolved into a shrieking maniac. The final scene with the captured doctor hanging in his harness in the lab she constructed had a kafkaesque horror but was nevertheless unsurprising. The image of the dozen glowing tv's set to no channel the background was entertainingly surreal.



    All in all, however, this was a run of the mill episode - not terrible but not great.moreless
  • An interesting mix of the continuing Jack plotline and the case of the week.

    8.0
    The case of the kidnapped doctors was interesting, even though the kindapper seemed a bit too insane to be able to orchestrate the whole thing. I was more intrigued by the relationships between our investigators.



    It was a bit disappointing not to have straight continuation from last week, even though the scenes between Bailey and the senior agent from DC were highly satisfying. Bailey's almost-romance with the wife was a very good way of showing more about him; it didn't feel forced and neither did his telling about his family. Well done. Jack stalking Nathan and then attacking him was awesome; you really didn't know what was going to happen until you saw Nathan standing outside the barn, alive and scared. His reactions to the whole thing felt very real. There was no understanding or anything, it was a gut reaction, and it fit the character.



    John however... I have no idea what they tried to portray with his hugging Nathan so close. Probably some kind of brotherly thing, but it came out kinda gay Not that I object; John seems to have great chemistry with almost everyone. Didn't get much out of Sam in this episode, but considering last week was almost all about her, it was kinda nice. Not that she was bad or anything, she just didn't shine until that last scene, where Nathan implied they should ask her daughter about Jack. That was a great scene. All in all a good episode.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley

Det. Nathan Brubaker

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Walter Olkewicz

Walter Olkewicz

Sanitorium Director

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Buddy Farmer

Buddy Farmer

Kronenberg

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Joe J. Garcia

Joe J. Garcia

Escobar

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