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by Cynthia Saunders, Profiler made its debut on the American
NBC network on 21 September 1996. Starring Ally Walker as former
FBI forensic psychologist Samantha Waters, the series revolved
around the investigations of the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF),
a specialist unit of the FBI which is set up at the end of the
opening episode specifically to utilise Sam's talents.
For the benefit of those without access to an off-air copy of the episode, there follows an in-depth synopsis of the missing episode
I'll Be Watching You
The projectionists booth contains a gun mount, fresh food and a number of toy dolls with the eyes drilled out. The phrase ONLY YOU ONLY ME has been written on the walls and a preliminary investigation has revealed no fingerprints, although hairs and fibres have been discovered. Sam sees the room and starts to put together a profile. The person is obsessive (the tidiness and lack of fingerprints), dedicated. He may have been practising his task. The gun isn't there - something unexpected happened, causing him to leave. He won't be coming back. Bailey suggests to Hunt that the address be re-scheduled, but the need to raise $8 million for an election campaign apparently makes this impossible.
search of the building continues, blood spots are found on the floor.
Looking upwards, Sam sees the missing maintenance man strapped to a
ladder high above the floor. He's dead. Back at the VCTF the information
about the case is coming together. The missing maintenance man is one
Paul Bilsky. He had been shot. The hair found at the scene has revealed
that they are looking for a white male, and background checks are being
carried out into Hunt's family, associates and friends. Not to mention
the Mayor, the State Party Chairman and the rock performer who will
be appearing before the speech takes place. Jack's place. The radio
station he's listening to wants dedications. He phones in a message
for Sam. Bailey receives a phone call. More dolls have been found, this
time on a gravestone
Back at the VCTF headquarters, Bailey has received word that a recording of Jack's radio message has been picked up by the Bureau. He plays it to Sam. Soon afterwards he receives another phone call. A psychiatrist named Dr Valentine has been attacked and more of the eyeless dolls have been found. Arriving at the scene, he and Sam discover that Valentine was struck from behind, but he isn't dead. Examining the room he was found in, Sam realises that the ONLY YOU ONLY ME message can't be seen. A computer in the room has an active screensaver and on pressing a button on the keyboard the expected phrase repeats itself over and over again. There must be a connection between Hunt, Nash and Valentine so Bailey orders a check into Valentine's patient list.
taking a copy of the tape home, Sam has noticed that a bell can be heard
in the background - it sounds like that of Christ King Church where
she was baptised. Bailey arranges for the local field office to check
it out. Meanwhile, a connection has been found between Senator Hunt,
Dean Nash and Dr Valentine. One of Valentine's patients is Jill Morrison,
aka Marissa, who is due to perform at the Senator's fundraising address
and who went out with Nash during high school. The deal for her to perform
was only finalised that morning so the killer must have known that negotiations
were taking place.
recommends she cancel her appearance as she has also received gifts
and flowers from the mystery stalker. He also puts out the profile of
the suspect to all toy dealers in the area. A VCTF team including Sam
and Bailey then travel to Silver Spring in Maryland after confirmation
has come through that the bell heard on the Jack tape is indeed that
of the local church. At the same time, John has been called to a toy
store after the owner realises that the profile matches a relatively
new employee called David Trent. He is spotted at the back of the store,
but he escapes from the building before John can catch up with him.
Back at the church, a photo of Sam as a baby, as well as a tape recording
from Jack along the same lines as his radio dedication, have been found.
On going into another room Sam walks into a tripwire and the gown she
was baptised in falls from the ceiling on wires. She tells Bailey to
have it checked for evidence and then to burn it.
Back at the VCTF and Trent's criminal record has shown that he has previous form for loitering and voyeurism. He also has a history of mental illness that an old psychiatric report suggests stem from the overbearing discipline of his father. He once locked him in the trunk of his car for two hours after finding sexually explicit material in his son's room. Sam is puzzled as to why a photo of Jill found at Trent's house had the eyes present but all the dolls had their eyes drilled out. John then receives a call from the team who have been guarding Hunt - he's gone missing. The senator had received a phone call from a woman and has subsequently given them the slip.
The final pieces of the puzzle finally slip into place. Sam believes that Hunt has gone to meet Jill. Trent's been trying to tell Jill that he's the only man she will ever be close to. He doesn't need anyone but him - boyfriends or therapists. All the local hotels are checked and they finally find a reservation under Jill's name. Jill is tied in a chair while Hunt is lying spread-eagled on a bed. Trent is again wearing his video equipment and is also carrying portable, high voltage welding equipment with which he threatens Hunt. The VCTF team burst into the room. As Trent makes a move towards Jill, John fires once and he goes down. The electrical equipment shorts out as his body hits the floor. Hunt is concerned about what may be said about the situation (particularly as he's married) and tells Bailey they need to discuss it.
Another song plays on the radio. It's dedicated to Sam