7.4
132 votes
Profiler

Profiler

NBC 1996

Blessed with an uncanny ability to use the clues left at crime scenes to “see” what happened, forensic psychologist Dr. Samantha “Sam” Waters is one of the FBI’s most valuable assets. But her life and career are shattered when a serial killer murders her husband, and she retreats into self-imposed exile. Created by Cynthia Saunders (L.A. Law) and starring Ally Walker (Singles, While You Were Sleeping) PROFILER is a taut, stylish thriller that explores the darkest corners of the human psyche. Coaxed back to the Bureau by her mentor Bailey Malone (Die Hard‘’s Robert Davi) Sam picks up where she left off, using her gift–and the help of an elite team of specialists–to unravel high-profile cases that stymie other investigators.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Profiler

Profiler - S3E22

#1 - Las Brisas (Part 2)

0.00

Season 3 - Episode 22

Donald Lucas' trial begins as the team heads out to Mexico where in the small town of Las Brisas, women have been vanishing without a trace for the past year, and some corpses have been discovered. But their investigation is hampered on both sides of the border by the corrupt police chief, Miguel Villalobos, whom is under the thumb of a U.S sheriff, J.D. Tollman, whom try to derail the VCTF's investigation when the murders lead to a powerful U.S. businessman, named James Lofton, running a textile factory in Las Brisas and has been in the company of local prostitutes, some of whom ended up as victims. While assisting Marta Fernandez, a loyal policewoman with the investigation, Sam and the group commute back and forth to Atlanta for Lucas' trial with testimony from her, Bailey, George, against Lucas. Also testifying on Sam's behalf is Sheriff Ed Post from Otis, California whom, unknown to everyone, is actually the real Jack-of-All-Trades whom has been in hiding all this time and is usi

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Profiler from 0 votes.

Profiler - S3E17

#2 - Three Carat Crisis

6.54

Season 3 - Episode 17

Sam and Bailey get caught up in a jewel heist by a trio of mentally unbalanced crooks, named Randy, Kate and Stevie, that quickly turns into a hostage situation within the jewelry store. They struggle to profile the perpetrators and their relationships with one another before any lives are lost. While Sam tries to reason with the ringleader, Randy, to give up, John quarrels with the overzealous police commander outside who wants to catch or kill all the perpetrators even if it means that all hostages will be killed.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Profiler from 13 votes.

Profiler - S4E3

#3 - Blind Eye

6.55

Season 4 - Episode 3

Now a member of the VCTF team, newly relocated Agent Rachel Burke sorts through a series of murders where the killer singles out successful career women and subjugates them to humiliating housework and compulsive cleaning before posing them naked in kitchens or bathrooms. While Rachel narrows in on a suspect (guest star Scott Allen Campbell) whose timid, fearful wife (guest star Paula Malcomson) may be the missing link, she must first overcome her combative relationship with an increasingly skeptical John

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Profiler from 11 votes.

Profiler - S4E17

#4 - Mea Culpa

6.55

Season 4 - Episode 17

Rachel and the team search for a serial killer who does not seem to follow a pattern following the abduction of a 10-year-old boy from a local diner. Meanwhile, Bailey must testify before a congressional subcommittee to save VCTF funding which is threatened to be cut off by Congresswoman Archer. Also, Rachel find that her apartment was broken into and the audiotape she made of Joel Marks confessing to planting a wire on her (in the Proteus episode) has reappeared in the court dockets where Marks is dismissed from the FBI and vows revenge against Rachel.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Profiler from 11 votes.

Profiler - S4E20

#5 - Tsuris

6.60

Season 4 - Episode 20

As Rachel continues to be spooked by Marks (Gregory Itzin), she and the team investigate a series of murders of businessmen who were all involved with the same woman (guest star Kimberly Davis).

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Profiler from 10 votes.

Profiler - S2E2

#6 - Primal Scream

6.67

Season 2 - Episode 2

Four people have been brutally beaten to death in Atlanta. The VCTF is called in to investigate the seemingly random murders. Though there are no eyewitnesses, people near the crime scenes recall hearing an eerie wailing sound right around the time of the murder. Sam (Ally Walker) soon discovers another connection, all the murders happened in the rain. The team consults with a psychologist who specializes in seasonal disorders. He informs them of a syndrome where people become extremely violent in response to certain types of weather. Meanwhile, Jack waits at a prison gate for Sharon Lesher (Traci Lords), a violent felon, who is being released on parole. Later, he takes her back to his lair and it becomes clear this is the beginning of an ""unholy alliance."" Back in Atlanta, Bailey (Robert Davi) laments the fact that the police plan to charge his daughter Frances (Heather McComb) with attempted murder once they determine her whereabouts. Sam and the team interrogate suspects prone to fi

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Profiler from 9 votes.

Profiler - S3E16

#7 - Burnt Offerings

6.67

Season 3 - Episode 16

Sam and the team try to catch a mystic arsonist on the loose in Atlanta. Sam profiles that he apparently risks his own life by setting the fires himself on the spot. After a red herring lead involving a photographer always on the scene of the fires, Sam and the team find graffiti messages on walls of the burned out buildings in Farsi meaning ‘fire god.‘ The man is apparently seeking a ‘chosen one‘ immune to fire in order take him to the afterlife to meet his deceased wife. Meanwhile, Sam is worried about Chloe when she becomes emotionally withdrawn when one of her classmates becomes a victim in one of the fires.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Profiler from 12 votes.

Profiler - S4E6

#8 - To Serve & Protect

6.71

Season 4 - Episode 6

When a series of random murder victims are found on the streets of St. Louis, Rachel and the VCTF team believe the slayer is a military veteran who uses weapons of opportunity, and their focus shifts to an incoherent, ranting homeless person (guest star Jeremy Roberts)who fits the profile. However, Rachel wonders if she should widen her field of suspects to include any ex-serviceman -- and trained killer -- who is susceptible to an altered state psychosis. Back at headquarters, computer whiz George ignores his increasing reliance on prescription pain pills while recovering from a car accident.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Profiler from 7 votes.

Profiler - S3E8

#9 - Home for the Homicide

6.75

Season 3 - Episode 8

It's 'Party of Five' run amok when the youngest member of an orphaned clan kills to keep his dysfunctional family together. The first murder occurs when they young man kills the boyfriend his sister is considering marrying. Her marriage would result in her leaving the family and that would be unacceptable. Throughout the episode, other people who pose such threats are quickly dispatched. Sam profiles the killer is someone who has felt loss and who is desperately trying to hold on to something he values. The VCTF eventually discover this decidedly unconventional family and at first, mistakenly believe the physically abusive eldest brother is the killer. Sam soon realizes, however, that there is another, more emotionally immature force at work. Bailey realizes his ex-wife is seriously involved and considering remarriage. Chloe is upset when Sam invites her new boyfriend, Paul, over for Christmas.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Profiler from 12 votes.

Profiler - S4E11

#10 - Random Act

6.75

Season 4 - Episode 11

While shopping in a convenience store with his girlfriend Kate (guest star Samantha Smith), Agent John Grant intercedes during a robbery, but when Kate is wounded and fights for her life, Rachel and Bailey are concerned that he will mete out his own justice outside the law. Even John's shooting of a suspect comes under review, prompting him to angrily resign and grapple with his overwhelming emotions of guilt for Kate's grave condition

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Profiler from 8 votes.

Profiler - S2E14
#11 - Every Five Minutes
6.77
Season 2 - Episode 14

A serial rapist is terrorizing women in the Florida Panhandle. Sam and the VCTF are called in to investigate. The victims are able to provide the team with a number of clues which Sam uses to form her profile of the assailant. In the midst of the investigation, Sam butts heads with a local female sheriff. The woman continuously criticizes the VCTF's handling of the case and more importantly, their handling of the victims. In an emotional scene, Sam confronts the deputy and eventually learns the woman was once a rape victim herself. The two bond when they realize they both know what it is like to be the object of a deranged man's obsession. Meanwhile back in Atlanta, John and Marcus get a hot tip on the fugitive, Sharon Lesher. Desperate for cash, she has made it know on the street that she is looking for one of her old partners in crime. The episode concludes with the team springing a trap for Jack's ""Jill."" Sam corners Sharon as she tries to escape and momentarily wrestles with the id

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Profiler from 13 votes.

Profiler - S3E2
#12 - Cravings
6.77
Season 3 - Episode 2

The team investigates a serial rapist-turned-murderer in Illinois, whose sporadic timing of the attacks puzzles Sam as well as the connection between his victims whom are left in the woods. Sam figures out that the killer is an angry and frustrated married man taking out his rage and frustration on about-to-be-wed women. Meanwhile, with Jack-of-All-Trades (Donald Lucas) finally captured and imprisoned, Sam begins searching for a new house for her and Chloe.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Profiler from 13 votes.

Profiler - S2E12
#13 - Shoot to Kill
6.79
Season 2 - Episode 12

AKA Textbook Ohio's cities are being terrorized by a seemingly random sniper. Everyday citizens as well as police officers are being attacked. The state's governor summons the VCTF. Once on the scene, Sam, Bailey and the rest of the team are perplexed by the sniper's ability to shoot from increasingly longer distances. This ability reminds Bailey of an elite task force he encountered while serving in Vietnam. Bailey obtains from Casper, his intelligence source, the names of the task force members. Meanwhile, Sam uses clues left at the crime scenes to put together a profile that suggests the sniper is trying to create his own mythology, much like the Archer in Greek literature. George comes up with a suspect once he merges Casper's list and Sam's profile. Bailey, haunted by memories of the atrocities committed by the sniper task force, sets out to take down the killer and does so in the episode's exciting climax. John, George and Bailey look into Lou Handleman who has tried to dis

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Profiler from 14 votes.

Profiler - S2E13
#14 - Bloodlust
6.80
Season 2 - Episode 13

The bodies of badly beaten men are being found in the Boston metropolitan area. Sam and the team quickly surmise these men were involved in some sort of deadly ultimate fighting match. Searching local hospitals, they find a participant in one of the fights. Though he reveals little, Sam is able to put together from talking to him and researching the backgrounds of the victims, that all were desperate men in need of money. All the men have a bookie in common and the team eventually gets this man to confess his role in the murders. It turns out he supplies the names of these desperate men to a man who then manipulates them to fight for money. He then coerces them with drugs to fight to the death so that he can satisfy his own demented bloodlust. To catch the fight's mastermind in the act, John goes undercover as one of the fighters. The episode concludes with Sam and the team racing to find John before he too becomes a victim of this lethal bloodsport.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Profiler from 15 votes.

Profiler - S4E7
#15 - Original Sin
6.80
Season 4 - Episode 7

As Christmas nears, Rachel and the VCTF work into the night in search of a twisted serial killer (guest star Ben Bode) who goes online to select his victims, all of whom are carefully screened, seeking a candidate he can make over into his ideal woman. At the same time, Rachel is surprised when her troubled brother, Danny (guest star Rafael Sbarge), drops in from out of town and displays telltale signs of substance abuse. Also, Rachel confronts George about his own addiction to pain pills and other drugs.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Profiler from 10 votes.

Profiler - S3E4
#16 - Double Vision
6.82
Season 3 - Episode 4

Twelve residents of a small Alabama town have mysteriously disappeared. When one of the missing is found dead, the VCTF begins an investigation. Once on scene, Sam is confounded by the evidence retrieved. Whereas some evidence points to a domineering, controlling pathology, other evidence points to a more passive, sub-servient one. When Bailey pressures her to narrow her profile, Sam's anxiety builds and she begins to question her own abilities. Later, it is determined that there are two killers working together as a team- thus the reason for the conflicting profiles. One driven by the need for power and the other driven by his hero worship of his companion, the two have set out on a killing spree. Once the realization is made that there are two killers, Sam is greatly relieved to find out that her intuitive skills are still intact.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Profiler from 11 votes.

Profiler - S2E5
#17 - Power Corrupts
6.83
Season 2 - Episode 5

The VCTF team is on the trail of a serial killer who seems to be taking aim at people he deems corrupt. Three Chicago murders happen in quick succession: a former President of the Federal Reserve Board, a high class call-girl, and a Chicago policeman. Jim Henegar, the Chicago detective who is investigating the murders, is reluctant to relinquish control of the case, and becomes a hindrance to Sam and the team. The evidence leads to a Judge, whose son was corrupted in one way or another by the three victims. Their influence eventually led the son to be arrested and subsequently results in his murder while serving a year sentence in jail. After Henegar kills MacGruder in 'self-defense' Sam and Bailey testify before a panel of judges to try and prove that the Detective had committed murder in order to cover up his own history of corruption. However, they fail; it seems that corruption runs deep. Meanwhile Bailey, who is still healing from the shotgun wound inflicted by his daughter, Franc

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Profiler from 12 votes.

Profiler - S2E7
#18 - Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick
6.83
Season 2 - Episode 7

Once the prime suspect in the 'Old Acquaintance' murder mystery is found dead, Sam (Ally Walker) determines that one of her friends, Greg or Monica , is the likely killer. With the VCTF hot on his trail, a mortally wounded Jack escapes to his lair to recuperate from being shot by Sam. In attempting to pursue Jack, as well as the killer of her friends, Sam begins to wonder if it's all becoming a bit too overwhelming. Frances (Heather McComb) attempts to give herself a birthday 'present' by seducing John (Julian McMahon). The plan fails and John calls Sam to take the ever rebellious teen home to her father. This leads to Sam and Frances having a heart to heart in which the young woman shares a painful memory from her early upbringing. Bailey (Robert Davi) asks Marcus Peyton (Shiek Mahmud-Bey) to join the VCTF team and he accepts, to John's dismay. Sam uncovers evidence that points to Greg as the 'old Acquaintance' killer and she and Bailey apprehend him just as he tries to leave town. Ba

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Profiler from 12 votes.

Profiler - S2E1
#19 - Ambition in the Blood
6.85
Season 2 - Episode 1

AKA The Protean Man As Bailey (Robert Davi) clings to life in an Atlanta hospital, Sam and the team are forced to take on a high profile case involving an international serial killer. The murderer, named Ashok Dupree, has escaped from an Indian prison and come to the U.S. for the purpose of killing a celebrity, so that he too can become world renown. While working to bring the killer to justice, Sam (Ally Walker) must convince herself and the Atlanta PD that she is innocent of the murder that Jack actually committed in the finale of last season. Also, John (Julian McMahon) decides to return to the VCTF, and Bailey's daughter, Frances (Heather McComb), now on the run, contacts John to check on her father's condition.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Profiler from 13 votes.

Profiler - S2E8
#20 - Victims of Victims
6.85
Season 2 - Episode 8

AKA Sense of Completion When a murder occurs that bears all the markings of an unsolved serial case from the 1950's, Sam and the VCTF team are called in to investigate. Analysis of the case's forty year old evidence yields a fingerprint not previously detected. This enables the team to finally I.D. the killer, who turns out to have committed suicide prior to the most recent murder. Sam talks to a writer who researched the original case and learns of a young boy who claimed to have witnessed one of the crimes. That boy, whose story was not believed at the time, is later revealed to be the copycat killer. Jack recuperates from his gun shot would at the home of his extremely wealthy, extremely deranged mother, Miriam. Meanwhile, Sharon (aka Jill) decides to redecorate Jack's lair by eliminating all traces of Sam. When a now healthy Jack returns to the lair, he is enraged by the changes Sharon has made. Sam's in-laws come to town to see Chloe perform in a school play and are angered whe

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Profiler from 13 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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I watched this when it originally aired but never finished it. And I couldn´t remember why. So I decided to re-watch and it came back why I quit. That Jack plot already became very boring somewhere in the middle of the second season, it just wasn´t going anywhere. And catching him was to easy a task in the end if you consider what kind of complexity they wrote into the character in the first place. It didn´t help that the actor playing Jack in the third was different from the one who did it the first two years. The first Jack was a genius, obsessed maniac. The one we finally see is a sad excuse of that and reminds me more a poor mans Dr. Lecter. (Suplement: After further watching I should withdraw that part of the comment, it is premature - if you´ve watched you know why. This may explain some things but it didn´t helped the show from where I stand because now all of a sudden it seems "Jack" has been a group of people.) Than there is Dr. Waters - the know-it-all. Everytime someone is making a suggestion on a case, with here it´s always "No, that´s not it" and then comes the lecture-like explanation why they are wrong. I never felt any sympathy for her and her situation as I never felt drawn to any character of the show. They also tried a lot of different sub-plots in the second season f.e. Baileys daughter or his relationship with the ex-wife of a colleague (or his own ex for that matter) but they too went nowhere because they were either closed out to fast or never really developed further. The other characters in the show never got much of a background so they appear unintertesting. I´m writing this while I´m a quarter into the third and maybe some of the things mentioned above will change. I will go through the end this time but for me this is at best an average crime show. I´ve already had a couple of episodes that couldn´t grap my attention and just played in the back. After the conclusion of the Jack-plot I decided not to go along with the show any longer. There just isn´t anything in it that interests me.

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