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Season 3 Episode 5

The Sum of Her Parts

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 1998 on NBC
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Years of verbal and physical abuse take a deadly toll when its victim lashes out against his abuser. Unable to kill the actual perpetrator, his mother, the deranged man strikes those who remind him of the wretched woman.

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  • An episode that should work but doesn't for some complex reasons.

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    The Sum of Her Parts is one of the hardest episode of Profiler to review.



    On the one hand, the creative team was obviously shooting for a creepy mother son relationship ala Psycho and Norman Bates. The relationship between Raymond and Mrs. Boudreaux was by turns disturbing and uncomfortable. Grace Zabriskie who played MRs. Boudreaux played the heck out of her role; as portrayed by Zabriskie, Mrs. Boudreaux was by turns domineering, abusive, controlling, loving and overtly sexual toward son. Standout scenes were the bath scene where she had Raymond - her adult son- scratch her back while she lounged in the tub, the scene where she straddled him and used silver polish on his teeth, and of course the scene where she settled on his bed, softened a caramel in mouth then handed it to Raymond. The scene between Mrs. Boudreaux and Raymond's work friend Lisa was venomous and nasty. Raymond's sole line in the episode (a pained "She liked me") came at the end as he finally got the courage to attack his mother, the real object of his anger. In a cheat, she survived and Raymond was arrested.



    On re-viewing the episode, seeing that moment became the key to unraveling this episode's problem: it just wasn't committed to its characters. The conclusion was simply wrong. The team should have broken into the house to find Raymond - now catatonic - sitting next to his mother's dead body. Her survival cheats the viewers and the characters out of the necessarily gruesome ending they need. In a throwback to the previous seasons, the VCTF team doesn't come across as terribly bright; they find their killer mostly through dumb luck than any actual investigating. Again, we see the episode not quite committing to its characters, but also not sure what to do with them. At a couple points, it felt as if the main characters were ancillary to this episode - they were running around always behind, always missing the point until the very last moment. It was the lack of fidelity to the characters that undermined what could have been a truly creepy, disturbingly gothic and stand out episode.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

Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Mrs. Boudreaux

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W. Earl Brown

W. Earl Brown

Raymond Boudreaux

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Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Angel Brown

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Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Chloe Waters

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