10 Worst Episodes of Clarice

In 1993, six months after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, FBI Agent Clarice Starling returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C.

Written by Sophie and last updated on dec 24, 2022.

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Clarice - S1E4

#10 - You Can't Rule Me (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Following the assassination of a suspect, Clarice and VICAP are investigated by Krendler’s rival at the Bureau, SA Anthony Herman. When Ardelia is recruited to assist him, it causes friction between the two friends.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 747 votes.

Clarice - S1E11

#9 - Achilles Heel (Season 1 - Episode 11)


Clarice zeroes in on the entity behind the River Murders, Alastor Pharmaceuticals. When Julia informs ViCAP of the impending sale of the company, ViCAP rushes to Alastor to prevent the purging of any incriminating evidence. Also, Clarice questions Alastor CEO Nils Hagen, who quickly changes the subject to Clarice’s relationship with his son, Tyson.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 492 votes.

Clarice - S1E7

#8 - Ugly Truth (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Clarice and Ardelia team up to investigate a deeply twisted cold case after the body of a missing teenager is found entombed in concrete. Also, Clarice wrestles with the knowledge that Krendler may know the man who attacked her while she was held captive.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 616 votes.

Clarice - S1E10

#7 - Motherless Child (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Catherine Martin escapes to Carneys Point, N.J., to confront Buffalo Bill’s mother, Lila Gumb. When Ruth recruits Krendler and ViCAP to track her down, Clarice volunteers to be the one to find Catherine before she commits a vile act and becomes a monster herself. Also, Julia continues to assist the ViCAP team’s investigation despite the huge personal risk.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 515 votes.

Clarice - S1E8

#6 - Add-a-Bead (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Clarice feels an emotional tie to the victim when ViCAP investigates what appears to be the suicide of a medical student in the United States on a foreign visa. Also, Krendler secretly collects a DNA sample from the man he suspects attacked Clarice at Woodhaven.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 540 votes.

Clarice - S1E6

#5 - How Does It Feel to Be So Beautiful? (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Sidelined because of her harrowing ordeal with Marilyn Felker, Clarice goes to Ruth Martin to be reinstated and gets roped into having dinner at the Martin residence.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 651 votes.

Clarice - S1E1

#4 - The Silence Is Over (Season 1 - Episode 1)

A year after rescuing Catherine Martin from the horror of Buffalo Bill’s basement, FBI Agent Clarice Starling gets an urgent assignment from Catherine’s mother, Attorney General Ruth Martin, to join the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) in the investigation of three serial killings.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 969 votes.

Clarice - S1E2

#3 - Ghosts of Highway 20 (Season 1 - Episode 2)


Clarice Starling and the VICAP team are deployed to Tennessee where the FBI is laying siege against a fringe militia group called “The Statesmen,”

The episode was rated 7.52 from 837 votes.

Clarice - S1E5

#2 - Get Right With God (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Clarice is drugged and confined to a hospital bed by a serial killer in the medical profession, causing her to experience intense hallucinations.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 736 votes.

Clarice - S1E9

#1 - Silence Is Purgatory (Season 1 - Episode 9)


After ViCAP links the River Murders to a pharmaceutical company, Clarice seeks help from Julia Lawson, the corporate accountant for the company, who refuses to work with the FBI, and with Clarice specifically. Also, Catherine goes outside for the first time since her rescue from Buffalo Bill, and Ardelia and Agent Garrett connect with a lawyer they hope will take on the Black Coalition's case against the FBI.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 538 votes.

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