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A Stitch in Time 

At least 17 men have been executed in the last two decades without a clear motive, with the same gun. FBI Special Agent Jamie Pratt has to find how some of those murders were carried out when the gun had not yet been made.


Mario Azzopardi


Steven Barnes

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Episode complete credited cast:
Amanda Plummer ... Dr. Theresa Givens
Andrew Airlie ... F.B.I. Agent Corey Lonn
Michelle Forbes ... F.B.I. Agent Jamie Pratt
Brian Arnold Brian Arnold ... Newscaster
Sam Vincent ... Jerome Horowitz (as Samuel Khouth)
Adrian G. Griffiths ... Warren (as Adrian Hughes)
Kendall Cross Kendall Cross ... Allison Morris
Corrie Clark Corrie Clark ... Young Theresa Givens
William MacDonald ... Mugger (as William McDonald)
Brent Sheppard Brent Sheppard ... F.B.I. Agent #1 (as Brent JD Sheppard)
Rob Morton Rob Morton ... F.B.I. Agent #2
David Longworth ... Robert Beck
Gary Jones ... Duncan
Sharon Alexander ... Angry Woman (as Sharon Holownia-Alexander)
Mar Andersons ... Student


FBI Special Agent Jamie Pratt is working on a case involving a serial killer. They've found series of murders - some as far back as 30 years ago - where the victims were all killed with the same gun. They seem to have one victim per year over those 30 years and the murders are spread across the country. They can find no connection between the victims however. They get a break when recently declassified information shows that the gun used in all the murders was manufactured only a few years before and issued to a Dr. Theresa Givens at the National Security Agency. It makes no sense and no one can figure out how a recent gun could have been used in a murder 30 years ago. Givens left the NSA six months ago after her project was canceled and is now a university professor. Finding out the nature of that canceled project will give them the answers they seek. Written by garykmcd

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14 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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The title is from the old proverb: "A stitch in time saves nine." See more »


When Dr. Givens is entering data to return to February 16, 1980, the display reads "ACTIVATE SPACIAL COORDINATES", but it should be "SPATIAL". See more »


Dr. Theresa Givens: Work with me, Jamie Pratt!
Jamie Pratt: How the hell do you know my name?
Dr. Theresa Givens: That doesn't matter! What matters, and what you want to know, is whether I killed those men. Well I did it. I killed all 20 monsters, and because I did, 83 women are still alive.
Jamie Pratt: You couldn't have! You were only 5 years old!
Dr. Theresa Givens: [Grabs Pratt's arm and drags her to the time portal] Time travel. A means by which to stop crime before it starts.
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References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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The Best Episode of the Series
8 February 2019 | by asfhgwt-1See all my reviews

Compelling story with great acting. Not a single flaw in the script. At the very end I actually applauded -- it was that perfect. This is science fiction at its best!

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