Profiler

Season 2 Episode 8

Victims of Victims

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 10, 1998 on NBC
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When a murder occurs that bears all the markings of an unsolved serial case from the 1950's, Sam and the VCTF team are called in to investigate.

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  • Too cluttered to be great but a distinct improvement.

    7.0
    Victims of Victims asks a troubling question about the intergenerational nature of violence, abuse and neglect. It does so by bringing many of Profiler's strengths to the foreground and by trusting the audience to get the point. In a show that is rarely overtly sexual, this episode used an interesting set of plot points around sexuality. A whore house that made its clients take off their shoes and wear red satin slippers. A killer who murders and mutilates men and then replaces their shoes with red satin slippers. It's a creepy, allusive bit of plotting that the show deftly puts before us but handles in a very light way. It leaves us to ponder if there is a sexual element in all domestic abuse and violence.



    The original Satin Slipper Killer killed three victims then stopped suddenly some 40 years before. The team identifies him and discovers he killed himself in prison. In a suggestively creepy scene, they interview his now grown son, who answers all their questions in a affect-less monotone, describing an intergenerational cycle of violence and hate. The show has a couple odd but integral - notably Sam's conversation with the crime writer; he comes across as suitably mercenary determined to write about the Satin Slipper case and overly interested in Jack of All Trades. She describes meeting with him in a very shrewd sentence "I wanted to like but I don't think I'm going to." The resolution of the new satin slipper killings is satisfying enough - asking us again to consider the nature of violence within the family.



    The scenes with Jack are surprising - intriguing and smart. Maybe the character reboot on Jack hasn't been forgotten. Louise Fletcher as his mother is a wonderful innovation. She is chilly, distant, dismissive and mad as a hatter. When she tells Jack she got a doctor and nurse who don't speak a word of English and that she thought that was right we get the sense that she's pretty clear on what Jack does with his free time and she doesn't really care. The rest of the episode is cluttered - scenes with Chloe and her grandparents and Angel and Grace's baby and Sharon going all possessive in the "lair."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

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher

Miriam Newquay

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Colton James

Colton James

Young Schulte

Guest Star

Troy Evans

Troy Evans

Detective Toolinshy

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