perception

perception-romeo

While laying the groundwork for next week’s series finale (TNT decided not to renew the show for a Fourth Season), “Romeo” features Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) attempting to come to terms with his feelings about Kate‘s (Rachael Leigh Cook) impending marriage to Donnie (Scott Wolf) while investigating a murder on campus most believe was committed by a mentally-confused student (Deniz Akdeniz) whose previous rash behavior wasn’t punished more harshly by Haley (LeVar Burton) because of the Dean’s friendship with Daniel.

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perception-mirror

While struggling to write her vows for her upcoming second marriage to Donnie (Scott Wolf), Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) brings Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) onto a case involving the murders of the Bangladeshi Consul General (Ajay Mehta) and a Chicago reporter (Alex Weed) which uncovers a conspiracy that left thousands dead of cholera due to inadequate vaccine. Pierce immediately dismisses the leading suspect (Agam Darshi) in the crime, an assistant to the consul who suffers from Mirror-touch synesthesia forcing her to feel the emotions and pain of those around her making it impossible for the woman to be responsible for her boss’ death.

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perception-dirty

The the mid-season finale Donnie (Scott Wolf) gets himself, and Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) whom he calls for help, in a pickle when the Assistant District Attorney wakes up in bed with his dead campaign manager (Brooke Nevin). Although Pierce is quickly released from custody, Donnie faces serious murder charges when his toxicology screen comes back showing no evidence to support his claim of being drugged and set-up. Kate‘s (Rachael Leigh Cook) own worries about Donnie cheating again, along with her husband’s blackout and bloodstained clothes, don’t help the situation.

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perception-silence

Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) calls in Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) after sniper’s (Chris Coy) attack on a Federal building injures one agent and a second shooting less than 24-hours later leaves another dead. The numeric scribbling left behind by the sniper makes Pierce believe their shooter may be suffering from both Arithmomania and Hypergraphia along with an irrational fear of X-rays and radio waves which led to the attack. Pierce’s own discomfort and distrust of big brother is revisited here as his own experiences will be instrumental in finding a sniper who actually didn’t mean anyone harm.

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perception-prologue

The discovery of the body of Special Agent Anne-Marie Bishop (Jessica Collins) brings Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) full circle to the last case he worked for the FBI before being pulled back into the fold by Kate‘s (Rachael Leigh Cook) return in Season One. Flashbacks showcase Daniel’s theory about a serial killer targeting those with mental illnesses and killing them with heroin which quickly spun out of control leading to full-on paranoia eventually causing Haley (LeVar Burton) to have his friend committed for six months.

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perception-bolero

In a reversal of the show’s regular formula Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) brings what he believes was a cleverly disguised murder to the attention of Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) and the FBI. After witnessing the death of an art gallery owner whose photosensitive epilepsy was taken advantage of leading to his untimely death, Pierce and Kate also discover someone cleverly used the disruption of the man’s epileptic seizure (which wouldn’t have been life-threatening if he hadn’t hit his head on a bench on his fall to the ground) by replacing one one of the paintings in the gallery with a well-made forgery.

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perception-inconceivable

Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) calls in Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) to help work an unusual case involving a grieving mother and the woman (Sadie Stratton) who stole her fake baby doll. Where one woman was a grieving mother who had the doll made to resemble the son she recently only to lose him when the dollmaker (John Hans Tester) sold him to another customer the other would-be mother honestly believes the baby doll to be completely real. When one woman turns up dead, with the baby missing and the other woman with an ironclad alibi, one of the show’s more unique murder investigations begins and only gets stranger when they discover a real missing baby is at the heart of the entire sordid mess.

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perception-eternity

While being forced to take in his father (Peter Coyote), who was already difficult to live with before his onset of Alzheimer’s, Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is brought in by Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) on a locked room mystery involving a neuroscientist (Paul Cassell) who was murdered inside his own safe room. Leaving Lewicki (Arjay Smith) to deal with a father he never could, Pierce dives head first into a case that will test his distrust of technology and force him to reevaluate just how big a problem his father’s mental illness has become (and not just the “humorous” moments like walking around the house naked).

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perception-possession

Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) brings Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) an unusual case where the only suspect in a murder is a hallucinating woman (Rya Kihlstedt) whose husband and priest believe has become possessed by the Devil (John Glover, who shows up as Daniel’s weekly hallucination). Properly identifying her symptoms as caused by a Teratoma tumor, Dr. Pierce saves the woman’s life although Kate’s intervention unintentionally cause problems with her marriage plans as the priest she has to get surly to stop an impromptu exorcism (Timothy V. Murphy) is the same one in charge of ruling on the annulment of their first marriage and greenlighting their second ceremony in the church.

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perception-shiver

While attempting to avoid a visit from his estranged father (Peter Coyote), Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) attempts to help the FBI locate a bank robber by interviewing their best witness to the crime – a trusting young boy (Cole Sand) suffering from Williams syndrome who was temporarily kidnapped by the robber to make good his escape. Based on the kid’s description of the masked man and his sick partner (Brian Letscher) who is dying of a rare and incurable degenerative disease (or so he believes), Moretti is able to track down and arrest one of their suspects in a case more complicated, and tragic, than it initially appears.

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