"Paper Dove"

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Written by Ted Mann & Walon Green

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by George Potter

Aired May 16, 1997

Summary: Vacationing in Washington, D.C., Frank Black agrees to try to clear an admiral’s son of murder in a case that appears to be the work of a serial killer.

 

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Quote:  "And now there is merely silence, silence, silence saying All we did not know." —William Rose Benet

 

Synopsis:  Frank and his family travel to a suburb of Arlington, Virginia, to visit Catherine's mother and father, Justine and Tom Miller. They are joined by Catherine's older sister, Dawn, and her husband, Gil.

 

Meanwhile, in Hagerstown, Maryland a man named Henry Dion follows a woman from the grocery store and murders her in her own home. Shortly thereafter, Dion is visited by a mysterious figure, a man with pale white skin wearing dark glasses. Dion thanks the Figure for his assistance with helping locate his victim. The Figure tells Dion he wanted the murder committed while Frank was in the area.

 

Dion drives the corpse to a campground near the Appalachian trial. During his trip, he talks to the corpse, as if communicating with a companion. 
 

Tom Miller tells Frank about his friends, C.R. and Adele Hunziger. Four years earlier, their son, Malcom, was convicted of murdering his wife. C.R. developed pancreatic cancer, and hasn't long to live. Despite this, he has refused to see his son because of the murder. Their relationship has taken a terrible toll on C.R.'s wife, Adele, who holds out hope that her son may be innocent of the crime. Frank meets with the dying C.R. in hopes of changing his mind, but the elderly Admiral remains steadfast, referring to his son as "diseased garbage." 
 

Adele gives Frank a file folder containing her son's defense records. Frank then travels to Quantico, Virginia, where he meets with three of his former colleagues, Agents Kane, Devlin and Emmerich. An overwhelming amount of physical evidence against Malcom had led to an easy prosecution victory. Despite this, Frank feels Malcom does not fit the profile of a man who would murder his own wife. 

 

Frank believes that the perpetrator who murdered the housewife is responsible for the deaths of four other women in the same general area. Despite Catherine's disappointment, Frank leaves his family to investigate a crime scene in a national park where a body was discovered three years earlier, partially covered with leaves. 
 

At the park, Frank meets with Chet, a talkative Virginia ranger. Chet describes how an unidentified hiker had notified police about the body. The hiker was never identified, leading Frank to conclude that the murderer himself contacted police. Later, Dion, pretending to be a passerby, telephones police with the general location of the dead housewife's corpse. 
 

Dion returns home, where he is greeted by his mother, Marie France, an odd, fifty-year-old woman with a French-Canadian accent who talks incessantly. 

 

Frank and his colleagues decide to deliberately bait the killer by informing the press that their suspect is a coward. Infuriated, Dion telephones police. The call is traced to a private residence where Dion works as a nurse. Police identify their suspect, but not before Dion returns home and murders his mother. He is taken into custody. Later, Malcom Hunziger cleared of murder is transported to his dying father's bedside. 
 

Frank and his family fly back to Seattle. At the airport, Frank carries a sleeping Jordan out to the car as Catherine waits near the baggage carousel to retrieve luggage. Unbeknownst to the Blacks, the Figure watches from afar. When Frank returns to the baggage carousel, Catherine is no where to be found. He discovers an Origami dove that Adele had given to Jordan laying on the ground.

 

Photographs:

- Henry Dion, the Woodsman killer

- Dion displays unexpected compassion

- Frank leads an FBI team into the forest

- Frank and Catherine at the Sea-Tac Airport

 

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Media Review:  "Carter's Frank Black is an heir of Doyle's Holmes. Not as rationalwho at the tail end of this century could be as rational as Holmes?and not nearly as assured, he is nevertheless committed to maintaining the solidarity of love against the vile forces who both attack him and whose seduction he feels. He is a splendid neurotic, splendidly portrayed by Henriksen. Millennium, thenat least if you watch it the way I doisn't finally about serial killers at all. It's aboutand it's a heartening antidote toour real fear that present happiness may not last. That anxiety may grow as we approach the year 2000, but that anxiety is always there anyhow. And watching Frank Black overcome it every Friday night may not be a solution, but it is bracing." —Frank McConnell, Commonweal

 

Trivia:  Once again, Millennium's writers created a fictional serial killer built from real world research. The fate of Marie France Dion was directly inspired by acts committed by real life serial killer Ed Kemper. Like Henry Dion, Kemper was driven to commit his crimes by a nagging, overbearing mother. Upon beheading her on Easter Sunday in 1973, Kemper removed her larynx and forced it into a garbage disposal, precisely as Henry does during this episode's climax.

 

Two of the FBI Special Agents that appear in this episode, Agent Devlin and Agent Emmerich, are named for writer/producers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The creative duo is best known for their science fiction films, including Stargate, Independence Day, and the American Godzilla. They also created the short-lived Fox drama The Visitor, a series which shared Friday nights on the network with Millennium during the 1997-1998 season.

 

"Paper Dove" includes the first on-screen appearance of the mysterious Polaroid stalker who had tormented Frank Black since the series' first episode. Seen only briefly here, actor Paul Raskin would be replaced in the role by Doug Hutchison for the season premiere follow-up, "The Beginning and the End."

 

Actor Mike Starr, who appears here as serial killer Henry Dion, is a recognizable veteran of film and television. He has appeared in films ranging from Lean on Me to Dumb & Dumber and guest starred on such television shows as The Equalizer, Wiseguy, The Pretender, and Law & Order.

 

Death Toll:  2

 

Title:  The episode's title is a direct reference to the origami paper dove given to Jordan by Adele Hunzinger. Symbolically, the dove serves as a representation of the peace achieved between C. R. Hunziger and his son. For fans, the title is an appropriate one for, in a memorable cliffhanger, Frank Black is left at episode's end clutching only the titular paper dove in the wake of Catherine's abduction.

 

Soundtrack:

"Stranger in the House" by Wayne Kramer

 

Starring:

Lance Henriksen as Frank Black

Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black

Brittany Tiplady as Jordan Black
 

Guest Starring:

Mike Starr as Henry Dion

Barbara Williams as Dawn
Linda Sorensen as Marie France Dion
Ken Pogue as Tom Miller
William Nunn as C.R. Hunziger
Maxine Miller as Justine Miller
Todd Waite as Agent Kane
Frank Cassini as Agent Devlin
Judy Norton as Carol Scammel
Noah Dennis as Nick Scammel
Garry Davey as Ranger Chet
Doris Chillcott as Adele Hunzinger
Paul Raskin as Figure
Arlen Jones as Agent Emmerich
Eric Breaker as Malcolm Hunzinger
Angela Donahue as Amy Lee Walker
Brenda McDonald as Mrs. Steinberg
Michael St. John Smith as Gil
Mitch Davies as Rick Scammel

 

Production Credits:

Production #4C21

Music by Mark Snow
Production Designer Mark Freeborn
Director of Photography Robert McLachlan
Associate Producer Jon-Michael Preece
Consulting Producer Ted Mann
Consulting Producer James Wong

Consulting Producer Glen Morgan
Co-Producer Ken Dennis
Co-Producer Chip Johannessen
Co-Producer Frank Spotnitz
Co-Executive Producer Jorge Zamacona
Co-Executive Producer Ken Horton
Co-Executive Producer John Peter Kousakis

Executive Producer Chris Carter

 

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