While assisting the FBI in the hunt for an escaped serial killer, a mad doctor he put in prison, Frank unknowingly meets his demonic, inhuman nemesis and the mastermind of unspeakable evil who claims the life of someone close to him.

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Catherine Black
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Peter Watts
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Stephen J. Lang ...
Det. Bob Giebelhouse (as Stephen James Lang)
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Ephraim Fabricant, a doctor jailed for a string of murders that Frank Black helped solve, is wheeled into an operating room to donate a kidney to his ailing sister. As he recovers in post-op, someone posing as a nurse savagely beats the officer on guard and takes Fabricant away. As Frank and Peter try to locate him, their investigations lead them to Lucy Butler, a woman who had kept up a long correspondence with Fabricant and who now claims to be his wife. Several days later, a much weaker Fabricant is dumped at a nearby hospital, missing his second kidney. He warns Frank that there is another force at large, one which has terrified him and is now turning its attention toward Frank and his family. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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18 April 1997 (USA)  »

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At around the 08:45 mark, when Frank is ascending the stairs at the FBI, you can see Fox Mulder and Dana Scully descending the stairs next to him. Mulder and Scully are the main characters of the X-Files, another series created by Chris Carter. See more »

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Spin-off Millennium: A Room with No View (1998) See more »

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Still gives me the heebie jeebies.
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Never really understood the appeal of horror films. Maybe it's one of those "if you get it you get it" sorta things, but the only films and shows that have scared the living bajeezus outta me had baddies that you never really saw, and even when you saw them, they defied comprehension.

What's genius about this episode is how the writers distract you from who the real villain is. We all assume it's Fabricant, who, as terrifying as he is, is but a footnote to the greater evil. The nature of this evil, even by the episode's end is still unclear. It is able to take on a myriad of physical forms, but what its intent is towards Frank Black is as ambiguous as it is menacing. One of these manifestations, Lucy Butler, seems at first harmless, but slowly, the viewer starts to suspect something indescribably insidious about her — her subtle machinations to manipulate Frank and bend him to her will to an unknown end is by far one of the most terrifying things I've ever seen in a television show.


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