The Inside

Season 1 Episode 1

New Girl in Town

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jun 08, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

New Girl in Town
After a team profiler is believed to be the latest victim of a serial killer, the squad is surprised by the new replacement, a rookie agent without much profiling experience. Squad supervisor Virgil “Web” Webster has a feeling about this rookie. He senses that Agent Rebecca Locke has a “gift” and that is why he chose her for his team. In short time the other team members can’t help but be impressed with her too.moreless

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  • The episode that got me hooked.

    More often than not, a series must not be judged by their pilot because the writers/producers try to show everything a series is supposed to be into a single episode of 45 minutes in order to gain a spot in the channel/network. Pilots tend to be horrible, especially for crime dramas because along with an interesting case, they must establish the characters and their personalities.

    The opening scenes showcase a woman who has been brutally murdered, half her face peeled off and her hands stripped of the skin and the muscle. We find out that the victim is a team profiler, and we meet Rebecca Locke, the rookie member of the team. Why don't know why she's recruited as she has very little field experience.

    Virgil Webster, the squad supervisor, is a no-nonsense man with no limits who is determined to catch the killers and will push people until they break in order to do so. Along with Rebecca and Web, we are also introduced Paul, the 'conscience' of the squad, Melody, who brings unexpected humor to the series and Danny, who is sarcastic yet dedicated to his job.

    Rebecca is by far my favorite character. She's effortlessly beautiful but exudes a certain mystery and tenseness to her, which makes the viewers hunger for more of her backstory, which we filled in later on in the episode. She's intelligent (she figures that there is another victim and finds the link between the victims) but nervous and so obviously a rookie, passing out when she sees the torture tape of the killer's latest victim and nearly vomits on a dead body.

    We get a scene where Rebecca poses as bait for the serial killer, wearing sexy clothes with obvious intent to show off her figure, giving the male viewers a gratuitous eye-candy moment. It could have bothered me but I figured it was there for the sake of the pilot's acceptance for the male demographic. A perfect example of why I say never judge a show by it's pilot, just like you should never judge a book by it's cover.

    However, that is probably one of the only things I found negative about this excellent introduction to a series which just continued to get better. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat and being the impatient person I am I was kept interested the whole way through due to the fast pace.

    The way in which the crimes are solved sets apart the series from other procedural dramas, the fact of relying on psychology rather than solely on a decomposing body and a crime scene make it very interesting and it obliges the writers to come up with clever and more creative ways to find a the murderer.

    Later on in the episode, Rebecca's dark past which she & Web kept under wraps comes to a head when Paul figures out who she is: she was abducted when she was 10 for several months a la Elizabeth Smart. The details on her kidnapping are wary and make you crave for more of the story but it is a theme which is touched on throughout the whole series, from Rebecca hallucinating him and revealing the story of her abduction when she's undercover to discovering he's actually alive, on the hunt for his next victim.

    I recommend watching this episode with an open mind and watch it more than once. I'm sure most people will find it enjoyable.moreless
  • Not bad for a pilot episode

    The pilot wasn't bad at all, I actually found myself liking the episode after the first 15 minutes.

    As soon as Rebecca Locke walked in & started talking to Webster I was reminded of Profiler.

    Rebecca Locke is a mysterious character and clearly she has a past and I'm already curious to know what her story is.

    Paul seems to like her even though when she walked in at the beginning he clearly was annoyed thta his deceased co-worker was replaced so quickly, but as he got to know her, he started to respect her & clearly was very overpretective towards her too.

    Webster seems to be connected to her somehow, and I think I'll be watching mostly to find out how he knows her so well.

    I think I'm gonna likr this series.moreless
  • a bit mysterious. we're introduced to a team of cops, working on important cases. characters are interesting. the whole set up seemed quite cool, how webster picked ppl on his team because he needed something from them. rebecca locke is a new agent that jmoreless

    it was quite enticing. i was interested the whole episode. websters was eccentric, rebecca a bit mysterious, paul stubborn and curious. i felt sexual tension between paul and rebecca. a great show. cant wait to see the rest of the season. the show seems to have a bright future. i liked how rebecca went undercover in the first episode. paul seems to be into her...either that or hes being protective of her...they have either a father/daughter relationship or a bf/gf thing going on...i can't figure it out. there seems to be sexual tension...but rebecca looks like a baby:P. and pauls married so.....lets just wait and see what happens!moreless
  • This first episode kept me interested. I feel this show has a lot of potential.

    The cast looks promising. I've always liked Peter Coyote's acting and he seems to be perfectly cast as Supervisory Agent Virgil "Web" Webster.

    First episodes are all about introducing characters and setting up storylines for the rest of the season/series. We'll certainly learn more about Agent Locke's past and her connection to Webster.

    I want to see more!
  • Minear and Co. fall short of meeting expectations in new series.

    Perhaps they would do best to stick to straight sci-fi fantasy. It's not like television is short on cop shows.

    To put it bluntly, The Inside is not good.

    Despite Minear's considerably skilled direction, it's surprising that it's actually the dialogue which was the show's weakest aspect. Only Paul (Jay Harrington) had some quality lines. Even Adam Baldwin, who thrived on both "Firefly" and "Angel", was nothing more than the cynicism of previous characters Jayne Cobb and Marcus Hamilton, minus the personality.

    Maybe profiling shows just don't do anything for me as they tend to put way too much emphasis on silly psychobable and almost none on crafting smart mysteries. While The Inside certainly pushes the limit of network-TV gore, it does little else to be anything other than Profiler 2: Still Profilin'.moreless
Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Special Agent Danny Love

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote

Supervisory Agent Virgil "Web" Webster

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

Special Agent Rebecca Locke

Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis

Carter Howard

Jay Harrington

Jay Harrington

Special Agent Paul Ryan

Katie Finneran

Katie Finneran

Special Agent Melody Sim

Billy Maddox

Billy Maddox


Guest Star

Alejandro Furth

Alejandro Furth

Construction Foreman

Guest Star

Stacey Hinnen

Stacey Hinnen

Construction Crew

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • There is said to be one Buffy/Angel reference in every episode of this show. The reference in this episode was the "Wolfram Security" shirt Simon wore, which refers to the law firm of Wolfram and Hart from Angel.

    • Trivia: This was the show's original premise before being revamped. This premise has been dropped and Peter Facinelli is no longer part of the show.

      At first glance, Danny Roberts (Rachel Nichols, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd) seems to be the quintessential American teenager, dating the quarterback at a suburban high school. Only a few know her secret: Danny is not really a high school student, but a 22-year-old federal agent working undercover. Helping Danny – who is actually Agent ELIZABETH WORTH – maintain her cover is Agent Sean Eckhardt (Peter Facinelli, Fastlane).
      In the pilot episode, Danny / Elizabeth's drug investigation is sidetracked when her high school "boyfriend" is murdered. She must confront the pressures of getting personally involved in the lives of her classmates, while working to solve the murder and put the drug investigation back on track – all without blowing her cover. Over the course of the series, Danny's assignments will vary, but she always faces the unique challenges of going undercover to solve crimes.
      Fox Broadcast History

      Expected to Premiere Wednesday, June 8, 2005

      PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television
      EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kathryn Bigelow, Todd A. Kessler, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Ron Howard
      WRITERS: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler
      DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow
      CAST: Rachel Nichols as Danny/Elizabeth, Peter Facinelli as Eckhardt, Willa Holland as Steffi

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Web: Look after her, will you? (walks away)
      Paul: Count on it.

    • (After Gunther was shot)
      Rebecca: What happened?
      Web: We got the bad guy. There probably won't be a trial, though.

    • Web: This girl has a gift, forged in pain.
      Paul: I bet that's what the guy who stole her the first time told himself.

    • Paul: So... what's your story?
      Rebecca: What do you mean?
      Paul: Web picks his people for one reason -- they have something he needs.
      Paul: I'm just curious.
      Rebecca: So am I.
      Rebecca: What do you have that he needs?
      Paul: A conscience.

    • Web: Simon Gunther!
      (Gunther turns around and Web shoots him in the head)
      Web: Let her go! Damn, did that backwards.

  • NOTES (3)