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Season 2 Episode 19

The Root of All Evil (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM May 09, 1998 on NBC
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The Root of All Evil (1)
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The team tries to catch a diabolical killer determined to take revenge on people who are so blinded by their love of money that they can't see the repercussions their actions have on the other side of the world, starting the with the setting off of incendiary car bombs outside a wealthy business office. The game between Jack and VCTF begins with Sharon as bait to lure Jack to the prison so they can catch him. But Jack has other plans. Meanwhile, Sam pays a visit to her long estranged father for the first time in 10 years. As she struggles to both deal with her father and the elusive avenging killer still committing bombings across the country, she soon makes the final connection to the killer in order to catch him.moreless

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  • An episode firing on all cylinders.

    9.5
    It's difficult to review part one without having watched part two - will it far apart? Will it fulfill the promises made in part one? That said, I'm going to be daring and say that Root of All Evil is a great episode, arguably the best of the season (nudging out Lethal Obsession).



    Root of all Evil covers similar territory to that episode as well - publicity, fame, a world watching watching watching while horrors unravel. In an episode that asks us to face the reality that what we do in Atlanta on our jobs without giving it much thought can ruin lives in Africa, when we cut costs on airplane repair we can be sacrificing the lives of people we've never met, harming people we'll never see. The central ethical observation this episode makes - without being heavy handed or judgmental - is that we don't know and can't imagine the effects of our actions and if we did, we would act differently.



    Whether its the drug exporter or Sam's dad (who has always chosen career over family) the episode finds a variety of ways to look at actions and consequences and to invite us to reflect uncomfortably on both.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

Lawrence Pressman

Lawrence Pressman

Walter Anderson

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Maree Cheatham

Maree Cheatham

Judge Paramen

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Francis Guinan

Francis Guinan

Brian Koscis

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