Special Unit 2

Season 2 Episode 8

The Beast

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 2001 on UPN
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The Beast
A series of gruesome murders leads Nick and Kate to suspect that Jack the Ripper has returned from the grave... and is stalking victims in Chicago.

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  • An interesting take on the Jack The Ripper legend is played out in this episode. In a manner reminiscent of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1974), the Special Unit Two team follow up a series of murders.moreless

    An interesting take on the Jack The Ripper legend is played out in this episode. In a manner reminiscent of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1974), the Special Unit Two team follow up a series of murders.

    Some parts are excellent, the initial strip club scene is similar to one in "Body Double." The music is even the same. The photography was well done.

    On the other hand, the scavenger twins had make-up that could use improvement. Particularly around the neck area where it seems painted on.

    This is typical of special unit two. At times it is right on and at other times it drops below par. In all this show is a guilty pleasure, so the small stuff can be over looked.

    In all it is a good episode for spending a lazy evening in front of the TV.moreless
Michael Landes

Michael Landes

Detective Nicholas "Nick" O'Malley

Richard Gant

Richard Gant

Captain Richard Page

Alexondra Lee

Alexondra Lee

Detective Kate Benson

Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn

Carl, the Gnome

Jonathan Togo

Jonathan Togo

Jonathan (season 2)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The Twins: The lie/truth behavior of Barbi and Staci, the twin scavenger 'links, is that of a classical logic puzzle (often presented as twins at life-or-death doors, or guards at a fork in the road leading to two life-or-death villages), and seen in many stories, including the movie Labyrinth (1986), Kate's solution is the correct one.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Kate: It makes you wonder if there's anyone out there like that?
      Nick: Good looking, charming, funny, and sensitive? Yeah there is. There's you.

    • Nick: You know what, you should have given her a chance, Carl. Maybe she had a good heart.
      (long pause)
      Carl: You kill me, O'Malley. (they both laugh)

    • Kate: When have I ever hesitated to wear revealing clothes and act like a sex object in the service of the greater good?
      Nick: Well, when you put it that way, it's amazing we don't get you to do it all the time!

    • Kate: If I ask Stacie whether or not you always tell the truth, what's she gonna say?
      Barbie: She'll say no, I never tell the truth.
      Kate: She's telling the truth. Stacie's the liar.
      Stacie: Am not.
      Kate: Yeah you are.
      Nick: I could say I get why, but then I'd be lying.
      Kate: If Barbie's the liar then Stacie the truth-teller would answer no; Barbie never tells the truth. If Barbie's the liar, she would have lied to me and told me Stacie would answer yes.
      Nick: But Barbie said she'd answer no.
      Kate: Which means Barbie's the truth-teller. I mean, c'mon, how much simpler can it get?
      Nick: Honestly? 'Way simpler.

    • Nick: I'll take a lapdance.
      Lacy: How long?
      Nick: The rest of the day.
      Lacy: The rest of the day?
      Nick: Yeah, that's right.
      Businessman: You are my hero!

    • Kate: Okay, just explain it to me. What is it about naked women that turn men into mindless droolers?
      Nick: The "naked" part.

    • Jonathan: (Reading what Carl is typing) Oh, my god.
      Carl: Relax. We're consenting adults.
      Jonathan: Who are you writing that to?
      Carl: My girlfriend. And I'm almost positive it's legal.

    • Nick: There were pheremones bouncing all over the parking lot - one of them almost hit me in the eye. So am I wrong?
      Kate: Isn't that a given?

    • Kate: Just because you're emotionally bruised when it comes to relationships doesn't mean you only have to go after unavailable women.
      Nick: It doesn't? Then what's the point?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music: The song playing in the strip club at the beginning of the show is Relax (1983) by the group Frankie Goes to Hollywood.


    • Kate : An ogre like Shrek?
      Referencing the 2001 movie starring Mike Myers as a grumpy ogre who finds love and romance with an attractive human woman who isn't all that she seems.