Touching Evil

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (1)

Aired Unknown Mar 12, 2004 on USA
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Pilot (1)
David Creegan goes into to arrest a man but is shot and falls out a window. He dies but he comes back to life. Three years later he is assigned with Susan Branca. Their first assignment, the disappearance of three boys. They find at the first crime scene a flower and at the second another one. Suddenly they see a man that could have done it. They chase him and he is apprehended. However he is not their man because he thinks real life is a dream and a dream is real life. They then talk to Dr. Rhinks who gave a statement about a an abduction similar to this one. David knows he's the guy but, but is unable to prove it. David talks to Cyril, the man they apprehended, and he points out Dr. Rhinks from a series of photos. They manage to arrest Dr. Rhinks, but he is soon released.moreless

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  • This is a remake of a British show.

    If you have seen the British show Touching Evil, you will know that it was a hard act to follow. Robson Green ( the original Creegan) seemed to be the only actor for the role but Jeffrey Donovan is great. I am pleasantly surprised that the show has the same feel as it's UK counterpart. I was afraid that the show would be a watered down version and although it does have the same intensity, it does lack the shock value of the original. I still say watch the original version(which is on region 1 DVD) and then watch this excellent remake.moreless
Jeffrey Donovan

Jeffrey Donovan

Detective David Creegan

Zach Grenier

Zach Grenier

Commander Hank Enright

Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson

Agent Charles Bernal

Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga

Detective Susan Branca

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand

Agent Jay Swopes

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Aileen: I don't reject that analysis, but conversely his behavior may indicate confliction. he may subconsciously wish to be caught and stopped.
      Commander Hank Enright: Which is it?
      Aileen: Hard to say.
      Commander Hank Enright: Aileen is a psychiatrist.
      Creegan: (sarcastically) Really.

    • Creegan: (to cat) Hello, gorgeous. Where are the bad guys?

    • Creegan: When I say you're beautiful, I don't mean you're beautiful in a sexual manner. I mean you're beautiful like the night sky is beautiful, like birds in flight are beautiful.

    • Branca: Well statistically, they're already dead.
      Creegan: Well you're a ray of sunshine, aren't you?

    • Cyril: I'm sanctified. I am physically incapable of doing anything bad. Everything I do is good.
      Creegan: Wow. I want a deal like that. How does a guy get a deal like that?

    • Creegan: You told the others it was you took the boy.
      Cyril: It was me. I was the kidnapper. And I was the little boy, too. E-Everybody is you in your dream.

    • Creegan: I was clinically insane for a while there, but I'm all right now... near enough. Hey, can I have you goldfish?
      Branca: Yeah...What does that mean, near enough?
      Creegan: I lost a big chunk of my brain, the doctors say...hey weird, these aren't goldfish, they're whales.
      Branca: What did the doctors say?
      Creegan: They say I've lost certain faculties.
      (Tries to toss a goldfish into his mouth and misses badly)
      Branca: Like what?
      Creegan: Shame for example. I have no shame.
      Branca: You have no shame?
      Creegan: None.
      Branca: (Skeptical) None.
      Creegan: If I got the urge to recite poetry while stripping naked in the middle of the aisle I'd have no problem doing that.

    • David: I was clinically dead for about ten minutes.
      Susan: That's horrible.
      David: Being dead was easy. Coming back was the tough part.

  • NOTES (3)


    • David Creegan: "Tiger, Tiger, burning bright
      In the forest of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"

      David is quoting William Blake's "The Tyger". In the poem Blake presents a question that embodies the theme: Who created the tiger? Was it the kind and loving God who made the lamb? Or was it Satan? Tiger and lamb can be seen as representations for the evil kidnapper and the innocent boys.

    • Detective Susan Branca: Detective Inspector Dave Creegan: "You should; trust your instincts more"