Profiler

Season 3 Episode 6

The Monster Within

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 1998 on NBC
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The VCTF is called in to assist in a stalled investigation, but Sam is leery to intercede, as her friend and former lover, Michael Westmore, is leading the investigation.

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  • Another solid episode - not great, not terrible; there's a plot twist that's a little too much.

    7.5
    For most of the episode, we get one of Profilers darker, more gothic tales - a tale of guilt and shame - a murder mystery with disturbing psychological implications.



    The VCTF team is called into Allentown to assist with a stalled investigation in which the killer incapacitates his victims then burns their faces beyond recognition. Adding to the problems, the investigation is being led by an old flame of Sam's from Quantico - Michael Westmore. It's almost immediately obvious that Westmore is in over his head; the case and his FBI office is flying out of control. A dinner at Michael's house with Bailey and his wife show his dysfunction starts at home. Malone tells Sam "He's having an affair." Sam refuses to believe it. She even actively covers for Westmore's sloppy work. Within a few days, the VCTF team realizes a common theme - all the victims had been within the Allentown train station the day of their death's. As the profile comes together, Sam observes that the killer is trying to burn his victims eyes out so they can't see him. He's trying to make it so they cannot see his guilt. There are several more murders leading up to a final victim - a woman with a music box dancer in her apartment. They set up the train station - huge posters of eyes staring. The man - Eddie Felzer - comes in, sees the eyes, wigs out and flees pursued by Westmore, with John hot on his heels. Westmore confronts Felzer and then throws him out the window of his apartment; he falls to his death. Sam is bothered by two things - Felzer had been granted absolution by his brother who was burned in an accident when they were younger and yet Westmore claimed he killed himself and the final victim's eyes weren't burnt away. It's a grimly satisfying episode, dark and disturbing in its implications. People can see his guilt to Felzer destroys their eyes. The basics of the case are worked with a practiced hand - it's dark, even grim, without going overboard. The final act involves Sam telling Westmore there were some anomalous clues with the final victim and that she and Bailey are making a final visit to her apartment. Of course the next scene Westmore comes in and tries to remove he evidence; Sam confronts him, he admits he was having an affair with her that she was blackmailing him and he had to get rid of her or he'd lose everything he cared about. Sam tells him that if doesn't confess to Bailey she'll tell him. Westmore comes clean. If anything keeps this episode from greatness, it's the resolution of Westmore's story - it's entirely too neat and tidy and too out of the blue. In what may be a comment on ethics, Westmore breached FBI ethics and found himself in deeper and deeper; yet, at the end of the day, it didn't work. An FBI agent should have found smarter ways out than framing a serial killer for his mistresses murder. It was clumsy and unbelievable. It didn't ring true and held what should have been a great episode to a merely good one.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

Melanie Rockwell

Melanie Rockwell

Stephanie Westmore

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Ruth Manning

Ruth Manning

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Vanessa Munday

Vanessa Munday

Jessie Westmore

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