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Millennium 2x6

The Curse of Frank Black

“Do you ever find yourselftalking with the dead?Since Willie’s death,I catch myself every day,involuntarily talking with him,as if he were with me.” Abraham Lincoln – upon the death of his son

On Halloween night, Frank puts the finishing touches on a handcarved Jack- O’-Lantern and lights the candle inside. Suddenly, the candle extinguishes. Frank checks his watch, and realizing he is scheduled to take his daughter trick or treating, makes his way to the front doorway. As he peers across the street, he sees a devil-figure, the “Gehenna devil,” staring back at him. A few moments later, the figure is gone. As Frank drives off to pick up his daughter, the candle inside the pumpkin inexplicably reignites.

Later that night, Frank accompanies his daughter, who is dressed as Marge Simpson, through the neighborhood. Jordan senses evil inside one of the homes and decides to pass by. She tells her father there “are ghosts in that house.” Frank dismisses the notion, but a few moments later, he relives a moment from his childhood. In flashback, five-year-old Frank Black and three of his childhood buddies approach a creepy old house on Halloween. On a dare from his friends, Frank knocks on the front door of the old home. A man named Mr. Crocell answers the door and invites the young boy inside. Crocell explains the meaning of Halloween, and how, on this night, the spirits of the dead return to visit the living. A veteran of World War II who lost many a friend in battle, Crocell asks the young Frank if such a thing is possible. Frank responds that there are no such things as ghosts. Crocell nods, slipping further into depression.

Later that night, while driving home, Frank’s Jeep stalls out on a darkened street. Though Frank doesn’t notice, the vehicle’s odometer, as well as his watch, all contain the numbers “2-6-8” (numbers which turn up again and again throughout the episode). Frank makes his way to a nearby neighborhood–only to come upon the abandoned Yellow House as it is being egged by two teenage boys. Frank chases the pair away and makes his way inside. There he experiences memories of happier times… of Catherine… and Jordan. Frank makes his way to the basement, following indiscernible whispers. As he listens from the shadows, a teenage boy tours the basement with a group of friends. He describes how Bletcher met his grisly fate, and how his ghost has roamed the house, “waiting for the curse of Frank Black to be lifted.” Frank lets his presence be known, and the terrified teenagers run off into the night. Afterward, Frank recalls his friends’ reactions when Crocell–the victim of a suicide–was discovered by authorities. As Frank leaves the house, he scoops up a Bible, only to momentarily glimpse the book title. Outside, he notices the teenagers’ egg carton on the sidewalk. He picks up the surviving egg and tosses it at his old house. When Frank returns home, he is surprised by the sight of the lit candle inside the Jack-‘O-Lantern. He then pursues the mail, mainly of the junk variety. Though Frank doesn’t realize it, the envelopes all contain the accentuated letters, “A-C-T.” Then, as he watches television, the numbers “2-6-8” again appear in various combinations. Frank realizes Crocell’s address was “268.” He also remembers seeing the Bible at the Yellow House, and the book’s title: “ACTs of the Apostles.” He searches through his Bible until he reaches Chapter 26, Verse 8. There he finds the sentence, “Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?”

Frank hears movement in the attic of his house. He climbs upward, flashlight in hand, seeking out the source of the noise. There he encounters Mr. Crocell, who warns he has been sent to Earth because Frank has become him. He tells Frank to give up the Millennium Group, return to his wife and daughter, and live out the rest of a normal, happy life. After Crocell vanishes, Frank climbs into his Jeep, a bucket and cleaners in hand. He drives to the…

Oct. 31, 1997

Millennium season 2