"Forcing the End"


Written by Marjorie David

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by Peter B. Ellis

Aired March 19, 1999

Summary: Leads in the abduction of a pregnant woman from Brooklyn steer Frank Black and Emma Hollis to a plot hatched by a fanatical cult driven by Hebrew prophecy.


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Synopsis:  In Brooklyn, New York, a group of masked, hooded figures incapacitate cardiologist Daniel Borenstine with a stun gun and proceed to kidnap his pregnant wife, Jeanie, by placing a chloroform-soaked cloth over her mouth.

Frank and Emma are assigned to investigate the case. Emma discovers that Danielís office nurse, Rachel Levinson, left the previous month with the intention of moving out of the country. A short time later, Frank discovers an imprint on the doorframe of the Borenstineís townhouse. The shape of the imprint indicates that it was a mezuzah ó a small ornament containing text from the Torah (the object is attached to the door jam of many Jewish homes). A technician dusts the place where the mezuzah had been, and discovers a "fingerprint" without the usual swirl pattern.

Emma and Frank search through Rachel Levinsonís empty apartment. They uncover a partially painted piece of a broken pot that contains symbols of a bleeding sword and a sacrificial scene. It also becomes clear that a group of interwoven figure-eights is, in actuality, a series of ouroboros. Frank tells Emma that the symbol is quite ancient and not necessarily connected to the Millennium Group. He accesses the FBIís research library for more information on the symbols. It turns out that the iconography is pre-Christian and relates to the First and Second temples. The temples were destroyed and to this day fanatics wish to rebuild a Third temple on the same spot. According to prophecy, once the Temple is rebuilt, the Messiah will appear. Doing so, however, might trigger a war, as a group of mosques occupy the land.

Meanwhile, inside an abandoned Russian bathhouse, Moses Gourevitch and his acolyte, Rachel Levinson, prepare to deliver Jeanieís baby. The pair speak in Hebrew, peppered with an occasional word in English. They lower Rachel into a mineral bath, and she gives birth to a healthy child. Despite Jeanieís pleas, Gourevitch ushers the baby away. Later, Gourevitch instructs Rachel to quiet Jeanie. Rachel injects Jeanie with a sedative. Her unconscious form is later found on the porch of the Borenstineís townhouse.

Jeanie is transported to the hospital, where it is positively determined that Rachel is one of the kidnappers. During the discussion, Daniel reveals that he was approached by someone from the Millennium Group. Frank reviews the hospitalís video surveillance footage and realizes the visitor was Peter Watts. When Emma learns of this, she concludes that Watts participated in the kidnapping. Frank warns her not to jump to conclusions. Meanwhile, back at the bathhouse, Gourevitch accuses Rachel of letting Jeanie escape. Rachel denies this is so. Gourevitch then asks to see Rachelís vestment.

Emma and Frank research some of the clues in the case. The unusual fingerprint pattern turns out to be artificial skin developed in Israel to treat burn victims (used by the kidnappers to hide their fingerprints). They also examine photographs of radical groups, and discover Temple symbols (the sword, the sacrifices, the ouroboros) on the shoulder of one member. That man is identified as Moses Gourevitch. A short time later, Frank realizes that Jeanieís maiden name was Cohen, a descendant of the Kohain tribe, a people who were traditional priests. Frank concludes that the radicals will raise the child to become a priest who will serve in the third Temple ó and where he will welcome the Messiah. Later, he tells Jeanie and Daniel that the baby was birthed in water to keep him unpolluted (as the earth holds the dead). Jeanie then recalls some of the English words spoken by cult members: "sandwich," "mirror" and "subway."

Rachel decides to go to the FBI. But before she can enter the Bureauís building, she is abducted by cult members and taken to Mount Moriah Park. There, she is found guilty of betraying her cause. Tribunal members stone her to death.

Watts assures Emma that the Millennium Group wants the child found just as much as she does. He tells her that in order to stop the cult, she must think like they do. Watts tells her to read a passage from the Book of Revelation. Upon doing so, Emma encounters a description of images identical to a pattern on the robe that Jeanie was found wearing.

Using the English words Jeanie supplied, and aided by an internal vision, Frank pinpoints Mount Moriah Park. He and two other agents rush to the area, where they discover Rachelís bloodied, lifeless body.

Frank and Emma meet with McClaren and a group of other agents. They conclude that Rachel was executed for bringing Jeanie Borenstine home. Shortly thereafter, Emma reveals that the robe Jeanie was wearing when she was found was manufactured in Brooklyn. She has also discovered that a hot spring runs beneath Brooklyn, one accessed by an old Russian bathhouse that closed in 1948. FBI agents storm the Russian bathhouse. Emma finds the baby in a crib. But before she can take action, Gourevitch pushes a gun to her head. He scoops the child into his arms and orders Emma to walk onto the roof. Gourevitch attempts to make a getaway by helicopter, but he loses his footing and slides down a slanted part of the roof, baby still in hand. At the last moment, Gourevitch makes a decision: he hands Emma the baby. He then falls to his death. The baby is reunited with his parents. Later, Frank tells Emma that it was Watts who sent Jeanie home in the robe knowing that it would later condemn Rachel Levinson to death.



- Jeanie's newborn child is baptized

- Frank Black researches the case

- Security footage reveals Peter's presence

- Gourevitch clutches the child on a rooftop

- A sample of the sect's guiding texts

- Jeanie Borenstine gives birth in water


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Trivia:  Writer Marjorie David, who has written scripts for shows including Hill Street Blues and Chicago Hope, had previously worked with one-time Millennium executive producer Michael Duggan on the short-lived ABC drama series C-16: FBI. She would also contribute to "Via Dolorosa," the first installment of the two-part series finale.


Andreas Katsulas, who guest stars in "Forcing the End" as cult leader Moses Gourevitch, may be familiar to fans of science fiction television. In addition to starring in the sci-fi drama Babylon 5, Katsulas has guest starred repeatedly on Star Trek: The Next Generation and on Star Trek: Enterprise. He also portrayed Dr. Richard Kimble's memorable nemesis, the infamous one-armed man, in the motion picture version of The Fugitive.


Likewise, some viewers might recognize guest star Juliet Landau ó the daughter of screen stars Martin Landau and Barbara Bain ó from her recurring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. Her mother had appeared in the previous Millennium installment, "Matryoshka."


Death Toll:  2


Title:  In Judaism, as this episode explains, the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem is prophesied as a Messianic sign. Some Jews endorse the construction of the Third Temple. Others believe, however, that only the Messiah can build the Temple and that no steps should be taken to reclaim the Temple Mount, that any effort to hasten the coming of the Messiah is tantamount to man pushing the end times. In Hebrew faith this concept has long been referred to as "forcing the end."



Lance Henriksen as Frank Black

Terry O'Quinn as Peter Watts

Klea Scott as Emma Hollis


Guest Starring:

Andreas Katsulas as Moses Gourevitch

Juliet Landau as Jeanie Bronstein

Shae Popovich as Rachel Levinson

Peter Wilds as Daniel Bronstein

Willy Rose as Agent Forest

Jason Emanuel as Cult Member

Klodyne Rodney as the Security Guard

Anthony Santiago as the Print Tech

Production Credits:

Production #6C15

Music by Mark Snow
Production Designer Mark Freeborn
Director of Photography Robert McLachlan
Associate Producer Jon-Michael Preece
Co-Producer Robert Moresco
Co-Producer Paul Rabwin
Producer Thomas J. Wright
Co-Executive Producer Ken Horton
Co-Executive Producer John Peter Kousakis

Executive Producer Chip Johannessen

Executive Producer Chris Carter