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Paper Dove
Season 1, Episode 22
Airdate May 16, 1997
Production Number 4C21
Written by Walon Green &
Ted Mann
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
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MillenniumSeason One

Paper Dove is the twenty-second episode of the first season of Millennium.

Starring: Lance Henriksen (Frank Black), Megan Gallagher (Catherine Black)

Brittany Tiplady (Jordan Black)

Guest Starring: Barbara Williams (Dawn), Mike Starr (Henry Dion), Linda Sorensen (Marie France Dion), Ken Pogue (Tom Miller), William Nunn (C. R. Hunziger)

Co-Starring: Maxine Miller (Justine Miller), Frank Cassini (Agent Devlin), Judy Norton (Carol Scammel), Garry Davey (Ranger Chet), Doris Chillcott (Adele Hunziger), Paul Raskin (Figure), Arlen Jones (Agent Emmerlich), Eric Breker (Malcom Hunziger), Angela Donahue (Amy Lee Walker)

Uncredited: Todd Waite (Agent Kane), Noah Dennis (Nick Scammel), Brenda McDonald (Mrs. Steinberg), Michael St. John Smith (Gil), Mitch Davies (Rick Scammel)


Plot Overview

The Blacks return to Virginia to visit Catherine's family. Frank soon does a favour for his father-in-law by helping a family whose father disowned their son after he was convicted of murdering his wife. As Catherine's sister scrutinises their marriage, Frank takes it upon himself to reexamine the case and believes the son is innocent. He soon assists the FBI in zeroing in on the real killer who has some connection to a mysterious figure who maybe the one taking Polaroids of his family.


First Act Quote

"And now there is merely silence,
silence, silence, saying,

All we did not know."

William Rose Benét


  • Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Meherrin, Virginia
  • Greensville, Virginia
  • Quantico, Virginia
  • Peaks of Otter, Bedford County, Virginia


  • Wayne Kramer - "Stranger in the House"

Arc Advancement


  • The stalker sending Polaroids to Frank has some kind of relationship with serial killer Henry Dion who exchange Polaroids with one another. The unnamed figure, who takes measures to conceal his identity with glasses and an obvious prosthetic nose, gives Dion a set with Catherine, telling him "That's his wife." Dion rejects them, but the figure urges him to keep them with Dion agreeing that they'll "work for someone." He is later seen eyeing the Polaroid of Catherine, but is apprehended soon afterwards. The figure follows the Blacks to the airport and after leaving Catherine to bring the car around Frank returns to find her gone.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Henry Dion is based on real serial killer Ed Kemper whose crimes were also brought on by a nagging mother who he also decapitated and fed her larynx into a garbage disposal.

Memorable Moments


  • Devlin: Everybody's got a theory on the increasing violence in our society.
Emmerlich: My wife thinks it's the artificial hormones in beef.
Devlin: Seriously, is it true that some of your people think it's because of some greater evil out there?
Kane: Yeah, I mean, that sounds almost like a religious thing.
Frank: Yeah, some people have that belief.
Devlin: What's your take?
Frank: I don't think it's the beef.