Millennium/Human Essence

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Human Essence
Season 3, Episode 8
Airdate December 11, 1998
Production Number 3ABC09
Written by Michael Duggan
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
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Human Essence is the eighth episode of the third season of Millennium, and the fifty-third episode overall.

Starring: Lance Henriksen (Frank Black), Klea Scott (Special Agent Emma Hollis)

Guest Starring: Peter Outerbridge (Special Agent Barry Baldwin), Stephen E. Miller (Assistant Director Andy McClaren), Samaria Graham (Tamra Caffrey)

Co-Starring: Darryl Quon (Pulga), Rick Dobran (Johnny), Hiro Kanagawa (Det. Rondell), Winston Brown (House Staffer), Stephen Chang (Mr. Ho)

Featuring: Mikéla J. Mikael (Elissa), Jorgito D. Vargas (Young Dealer), Donald Fong (Kai Lam), David MacKay (Medical Examiner), Judi Closkey (Vancouver Trustee)


Plot Overview

Emma puts her career with the bureau on the line to help a family member who claims her friend uses some bad heroin that turned her into a monster. Frank follows her to Vancouver to help.



  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Quantico, Virginia

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • During the establishing shot with the Atlas truck, you can see a car pull up just barely into frame as the truck turns the corner. It then cuts another shot from another angle with the car and truck in the same spot as in the other shot.
  • When we see the establishing shot of the Vancouver Police Department, the phone number on the bench has its first three digits blurred out.
  • The very first shot of Emma in the police interview room sees Emma with both of her hands on the table. It cuts immediately to another shot, but it's now just her right hand on the table.