Prodigal Son (TV series)

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Prodigal Son
Prodigal Son (TV series) Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created by
  • Chris Fedak
  • Sam Sklaver
Starring
Composer(s)Nathaniel Blume
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jennifer Lence
  • Jason Sokoloff
Cinematography
  • Nigel Bluck
  • Anthony Wolberg
  • Benji Bakshi
  • Niels Alpert
Editor(s)
  • Matt Barber
  • Avi Youabian
  • Luyen Vu
  • Nathan Draper
  • Jeff Asher
  • Hovig Menakian
  • Kim Powell
  • Trey Ordoñez
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43–46 minutes
Production company/companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2019 (2019-09-23) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Prodigal Son is an American crime drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver for the Fox Broadcasting Company, that premiered on September 23, 2019.[1] In October 2019, the series was picked up for a full season.[2]

In May 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which is set to premiere on January 12, 2021.[3][4]

Premise[edit]

The series centers on Malcolm Bright, whose father, Martin Whitly, is the infamous serial killer known as "The Surgeon". As a child, Malcolm was responsible for enabling the police to arrest his father, and has not seen his father in ten years after joining Quantico. Now a profiler with the FBI (until he was fired) and currently consulting for the New York Police Department, Malcolm is forced to confront his father after a copycat serial killer uses Whitly's methods of killing. He finds himself drawn back into constant contact with his father as he must both use Whitly's insights to help the police solve particularly horrible crimes and battle his own inner demons.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright (formerly known as Malcolm Whitly), a disgraced former FBI profiler who now works for the NYPD. He possesses the unique ability to view crimes from the perspective of the killer, allowing him to pick up on things that other cops might miss. However, this gift also haunts him, causing him to live in a perpetual state of fear that he will one day succumb to the same sociopathic tendencies as his father.[5]
  • Lou Diamond Phillips as Gil Arroyo, a lieutenant with Major Crimes in the NYPD. He was the arresting officer of Martin Whitly and, since then, has acted as a surrogate father to his son, Malcolm; Gil hires Malcolm as his new consultant after the latter is fired from the FBI.[6]
  • Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly, Malcolm's ambitious younger sister; a TV news reporter.[7]
  • Aurora Perrineau as Det. Dani Powell, an officer under Arroyo's command who is sympathetic to Malcolm's personal issues.[6]
  • Frank Harts as Det. JT Tarmel, an officer under Arroyo's command.[6]
  • Keiko Agena as Dr. Edrisa Tanaka, an NYPD medical examiner with an interest in Malcolm.[8]
  • Bellamy Young as Jessica Whitly, Malcolm's mother and a successful businesswoman from an old money high society family who suffers from alcoholism, as a result of her drinking to cope with her husband's crimes.[9]
  • Michael Sheen as Dr. Martin Whitly, Malcolm's father who is currently incarcerated in an asylum after committing twenty-three murders as "The Surgeon".[10]

Recurring[edit]

  • Esau Pritchett as Mr. David, a worker at the Claremont Psychiatric Hospital who is in charge of Dr. Whitly.
  • Charlayne Woodard as Dr. Gabrielle Le Deux, Malcolm's psychologist since his father's arrest.
  • Molly Griggs as Eve Blanchard, a lawyer who has an interest in fighting human trafficking and Malcolm's deceased girlfriend
  • Dermot Mulroney as Nicholas Endicott, a pharmaceutical tycoon who has a secret association with Dr. Whitly.[11]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 28, 2019, it was announced that Fox had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver, who executive produces alongside Lee Toland Krieger, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Production companies involved with the pilot include Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.[12]On March 12, 2019, it was announced that Lee Toland Krieger would be directing the series.[13] On May 9, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[14] A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Mondays at 9:00 p.m.[15] The series debuted on September 23, 2019.[1] On October 7, 2019, the series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes.[2] In March 2020, Warner Bros. Television shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] However, in April 2020, it was revealed that episode 20 will be the season one finale.[17]

On May 21, 2020, Fox renewed the series for a second season which is scheduled to premiere in January 12, 2021.[3][4]

Casting[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau and Frank Harts had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.[6] Alongside the pilot's order announcement, in March 2019, it was reported that Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Finn Jones, Keiko Agena and Halston Sage had joined the cast.[10][9][18][8][7] Four days later, on March 12, 2019, it was announced that Tom Payne would replace Jones in the role during first table readings.[5] On February 10, 2020, Dermot Mulroney was cast in a recurring role.[11]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [19]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [19]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Lee Toland KriegerChris Fedak & Sam SklaverSeptember 23, 2019 (2019-09-23)T88.010014.05[20]
Fired from the FBI for insubordination and antagonizing his colleagues, Malcolm Bright is hired as a consultant by his old friend, NYPD Lieutenant Gil Arroyo. On his first case, Malcolm discovers similarities between the killer and his father, Martin Whitly, an incarcerated serial killer known as "The Surgeon." This causes him to suffer night terrors and panic attacks as he finds himself reliving the events leading up to his father's arrest. Against the advice of Gil and his long-suffering mother Jessica, Malcolm visits his father for the first time in ten years for help identifying the killer, whom he determines was one of his patients. Faced with the threat of his son abandoning him for good, Dr. Whitly names the killer as wealthy developer Carter Berkhead (Michael Cerveris). Berkhead takes his wife and a cop, Det. Dani Powell, hostage, and an overwhelmed Malcolm offers to trade his life for theirs, distracting Berkhead long enough for Gil to shoot him. Afterwards, Gil tells his officers the truth of Malcolm's identity and asks them to have faith in him.
2"Annihilator"Adam KaneChris Fedak & Sam SklaverSeptember 30, 2019 (2019-09-30)T88.101023.90[21]
Gil invites Malcolm to consult on a new case involving the poisoning of several family members; snakes found in the body of the dead patriarch points to an estranged son who tries to kill Malcolm with snake venom, which triggers a new memory of Dr. Whitly using chloroform on his son when he discovers an unconscious woman in a locked box. Ainsley discovers that her brother has been visiting their father. Malcolm goes to see Dr. Whitly, and warns him that he will uncover the truth behind his missing memories. When the suspect is reported dead from suicide, Gil gives his team a few hours to prove Malcolm's theory that he was framed. Malcolm and Dani visit the family lawyer, who admits that he was an illegitimate child rejected by the patriarch and so took revenge by killing his family. He then poisons himself and his wife and daughters, but the cops are able to reverse the poisonings. Dani takes an inebriated Malcolm home that night and helps him into bed. Dr. Whitly's guard at the asylum secretly contacts Jessica, revealing that she has been keeping tabs on her son's visits.
3"Fear Response"Rob BaileyLisa RandolphOctober 7, 2019 (2019-10-07)T88.101033.66[22]
A murder leads Malcolm and the team to Elaine Brown (Sakina Jaffrey), one of Malcolm's idols and a premier expert in the science of fear. Based on letters recovered from the victim's body, as well as evidence the man's brain was removed after his death, Malcolm suspects that the killer may be a disgruntled former test subject of Brown's. JT discovers that Brown was illegally dosing her students with LSD, resulting in a suicide that she covered up. Jessica becomes concerned that her son's visits with Dr. Whitly are further damaging his fragile mind; she asks Gil to intervene, but he refuses as he feels Malcolm should make his own choices. Brown identifies the suspect, just as Malcolm realizes that the murders are aimed at wiping out everyone involved with her research. While on stakeout, the killer breaks into Brown's house and drugs her before she shoots him dead; Malcolm convinces her to surrender to the police. Jessica pays a visit to her husband to tell him to stop seeing their son, and he takes the opportunity to try and manipulate her. Malcolm intentionally doses himself with chloroform to try and fill the gap in his memories.
4"Designer Complicity"Leon IchasoWendy CalhounOctober 14, 2019 (2019-10-14)T88.101043.18[23]
Jessica gets Malcolm's name removed from Dr. Whitly's visitation list. A social media influencer is murdered in a manner that Malcolm identifies as likely being the work of a stalker. Accompanied by JT, he picks up Roger, a photographer who has been following the victim for some time, but refuses to reveal evidence that the police believe he possesses out of fear. After the real killer tries to run him over, Malcolm tricks Roger into thinking he's about to die, causing him to hand over the evidence. This points the team towards Axel X, a designer and the victim's former boyfriend who Malcolm realizes is the actual target. Without a warrant to justify taking action, Malcolm seeks out Axel on his own and gets him to give up the killer: his bodyguard Joey. Joey prepares to kill him, but the police spring a trap at the last second, using a wire Malcolm was wearing to take down both Axel and Joey. Gil provides Malcolm with a recording of his mother's interview following his father's arrest; he seemingly forgives her afterwards for lying to him about her knowledge of his crimes. Ainsley makes a surprise visit to Dr. Whitly's cell to speak to him.
5"The Trip"Omar MadhaJeremy CarverOctober 21, 2019 (2019-10-21)T88.101053.34[24]
Unable to sleep, Malcolm forces Gil to put him on the case of a murdered drug dealer; his insistence that the murder was motivated by revenge rather than business sets him against Dani, who becomes irritated by his attempts to profile her relationship to the case. Gil locates a potential suspect, a dealer who Dani insists is not the killer. Defying orders, she goes to see him with Malcolm in tow. A shootout occurs, and Malcolm is exposed to hallucinogenic drugs; Dani takes him home and puts him to sleep. Jessica meets Eve Blanchard, an attorney who suggests that she invest her family's money in her work fighting human trafficking. Malcolm has a dream involving his own mind, represented as himself in his father's clothes, and tries to find an old box of photos from his childhood to get answers. Dani then reveals that the dealer saved her life three years ago while she was working undercover. They locate the dealer, save him from the killer (a woman seeking revenge for her daughter's death), and fake his murder so he can start over. Jessica gives her son the box, and he finds an old picture that provides a new clue into his lost memories.
6"All Souls and Sadists"Megan GriffithsJustin W. LoOctober 28, 2019 (2019-10-28)T88.101063.39[25]
A man is stabbed over a hundred times to death in a park; Malcolm finds himself drawn to the victim's young son Isaac, who reminds him of himself when his father was arrested. His profile suggests that the killer is a sadist, and he correctly infers that the boy's mother is a "Jocasta", a woman with an unhealthy dependence on her son's companionship. Both Jessica and Malcolm are against Ainsley's plan to interview Dr. Whitly, and Jessica forbids her to do so. Dani and JT catch the mother trying to dig up evidence from the crime scene and take her into custody, whereupon she instantly confesses to the murder. Distraught that his profile might have been wrong, Malcolm visits his therapist Gabrielle, who prompts him to realize that he has blinded himself to the possibility that Isaac is the real killer. His suspicions are confirmed by the mother, and the police race to catch Isaac, who has attacked another man. Malcolm talks him into voluntarily submitting to psychiatric treatment. Ainsley tells her mother that she'll find a way to conduct the interview. Malcolm finds one of his father's old cars, with traces of blood in the backseat.
7"Q&A"Adam KaneElizabeth PetersonNovember 4, 2019 (2019-11-04)T88.101073.13[26]
Malcolm is shot at while searching the car; the police find several bodies buried nearby, indicating the presence of a serial killer. Believing that his father may know the killer, Malcolm goes to speak to him at the same time that Ainsley is conducting her interview. At the same time, another patient, Tevin, escapes and stabs his therapist, forcing a lockdown. He manages to break into the secure wing and stab Ainsley's cameraman/boyfriend Jin in the chest before a guard is able to lock him out. With Jin bleeding to death and medics too far away to help, Malcolm attempts emergency surgery but his PTSD gets in the way. With no other options, the guard uncuffs Dr. Whitly so he can perform the procedure instead. Malcolm takes Ainsley's camera and distracts Tevin before subduing him with a taser. The procedure is successful, and Ainsley thanks her father. However, Tevin then confesses that he was manipulated by the doctor to attack Jin, leading to the latter being placed in indefinite solitary confinement. At Jessica's apartment, Malcolm receives a call from the serial killer and realizes that Dr. Whitly "mentored" him before his arrest.
8"Family Friend"Rob HardyWyatt CainNovember 11, 2019 (2019-11-11)T88.101083.30[27]
The police dub the new suspect the "Junkyard Killer". Interpreting the man's MO as that of a "righteous" killer, Malcolm searches the scrapyard and finds another victim, Ryan Davis, buried alive in a makeshift underground cell. Enraged, the killer contacts him again demanding to know how he figured it out. Malcolm is able to maintain his composure until the killer mentions the girl in the box, which clouds his judgment and winds up leading him into a trap. The killer gives him a phone and tells him to meet at a certain location if he wants to save a kidnapped priest. Gil is able to save the priest, but Malcolm realizes it was a diversion: the killer goes to the hospital and murders Ryan in his bed. Ainsley spots him and manages to hide before cops arrive. She decides to file a report on the Junkyard Killer; Jin, who has just woken up from surgery, breaks up with her out of disgust for putting her career before him. Jessica tells her son that, against his advice, she will not leave her house until the Junkyard Killer is caught. Gil informs Malcolm that the FBI is taking over the case, and he's been kicked off.
9"Pied-A-Terre"Antonio NegretLauriel Harte MargerNovember 25, 2019 (2019-11-25)T88.101093.04[28]
Malcolm asks Eve out on a date. A man is found murdered in banker Beth Saverstein's apartment, but turns out not to be her husband. Rather, he is one of several partners Beth has been having an extra-marital affair with as part of an adulterous club run by Jasper St. George. Hoping to get a lead, Malcolm poses as a new client and meets Jasper's partner Simone. When questioned, she implies Beth's husband knows something. Malcolm speaks to him and learns that Beth and the victim may have been in love, a direct violation of the club's rules. While out on their date, Eve asks Malcolm to profile her; his answers visually upset her and she leaves. The team subsequently finds Jasper dead in his apartment, and Simone abducted. Putting the pieces together, Malcolm takes them back to Beth's apartment, explaining that she committed the murders out of anger for the victim rejecting her love for him and her fear of being caught. Beth surrenders when Malcolm appeals to what is left the goodness in her heart. Gil tells Jessica about the girl in the box. Eve visits Malcolm and they have sex; that night, he has a nightmare and violently swings a knife in front of her.
10"Silent Night"Valerie WeissSabrina Deana-RogaDecember 2, 2019 (2019-12-02)T88.101103.35[29]
NYPD Chief of Detectives Turner is murdered; the case forces Malcolm to cross paths with alcoholic ex-cop Owen Shannon (Sean Pertwee), who oversaw Dr. Whitley's case and treated him more like a suspect than a witness. Shannon confronts Malcolm, claiming that he was unfairly dismissed from the force for insisting that there was another killer helping his father. Gil and the rest of the team are left to deal with the FBI, headed up by profiler Colette Swanson (Meagan Good). Swanson has a low opinion of Malcolm and tries to convince Dani to spy on him for her. As she prepares for Christmas with her family, Jessica becomes increasingly agitated by the attention being heaped on her husband and decides to announce a reward for any new leads on the girl in the box. Shannon and Malcolm find Turner's secret office, where they realize that he also shared Shannon's concerns and wanted to prove he was right. Suspecting the truth, the two deduce the killer's real name, John Watkins, and visit his grandmother for information. John cuts Shannon's throat, knocks Malcolm unconscious, and escapes before the team can find him.
11"Alone Time"Adam KaneNora Zuckerman & Lilla ZuckermanJanuary 20, 2020 (2020-01-20)T88.101113.07[30]
Malcolm wakes up and finds himself chained in the cellar of a building. Watkins appears and the two of them begin to play mind games with each other, with Malcolm attempting to profile him. As Malcolm tries to get more information about the girl and the camping trip, Watkins reveals that Malcolm stabbed him all those years ago. Watkins ends up stabbing Malcolm and reveals that his father brought him on that trip to kill him, but was unable to follow through. Meanwhile the NYPD and FBI work to try to locate Malcolm. Gil goes to talk to both Jessica and Martin, resulting in a tense stand off before Gil reveals to him that Watkins has taken Malcolm. Martin has a breakdown and insists that Malcolm is dead. Watkins tells Malcolm his intent to kill Jessica and Ainsley as his family is his weakness. Malcolm realizes that the rumbling that he's hearing is not a river, but the subway and that Watkins brought him to his mother's home. Watkins goes up and attacks Jessica and Ainsley, who both fight back. Malcolm uses a hammer to crush his hand to free himself and saves his family from Watkins.
12"Internal Affairs"David TuttmanLisa Randolph & Alexis SiegelJanuary 27, 2020 (2020-01-27)T88.101123.15[31]
An "incident" leads to Malcolm being forced by the department to undergo a mental fitness evaluation with psychiatrist Simon Coppenrach. As the interview unfolds, Malcolm explains how he defied Gil's instructions by inserting himself into the case of Tristan Johnston, a man with ties to a private specialist running a cult-like institute that claims to cure trauma through electroshock treatments. Malcolm enters the institute seeking help with his condition and meets Andi, a fellow patient who was recruited to the institute by Tristan. Before they can go to the police, however, Andi is abducted. The specialist claims that she was kidnapped by a deprogrammer, but when a suspect is identified, Malcolm believes that he is not the real culprit. Gil kicks him out of the precinct after an argument, which then triggers the incident. Coppenrach declares him unfit to work, but Malcolm reveals that the evaluation was a trap: he had found evidence that tied Coppenrach to the kidnapper. The doctor is subdued and arrested, and Andi is rescued from captivity. Gil orders Malcolm to take an extended vacation before he can return to active duty.
13"Wait & Hope"Glen WinterSam SklaverFebruary 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)T88.101133.53[32]
Malcolm's planned vacation is interrupted when, on the way to the airport, he stops to briefly consult on an attorney's murder. The MO points towards a killer obsessed with The Count of Monte Cristo who is inflicting various types of poetic justice on a series of men linked to the wealthy Taylor family. The team discovers that their only son, Cal Taylor, was involved in the apparent death of a woman named Isabella, which his father had covered up. Gil and Malcolm go to the Taylor estate and catch Ernesto, Isabella's father, but Malcolm is convinced that he wasn't responsible. Shut out of the investigation, he pays a secret visit to his father, who advises him to focus on Cal as a suspect. With Dani posing as a guest, Malcolm crashes the wedding and distracts the guests with a long speech about fathers, in which he exposes the senior Taylor's crimes. Isabella, who survived her "death", tries to shoot him but misses, and Dani takes her into custody. Malcolm assures the father he'll answer for his involvement as well. Dr. Whitly eagerly watches Ainsley's coverage of the story, believing that he has finally made a connection with his son.
14"Eye of the Needle"Lisa RobinsonWyatt CainFebruary 10, 2020 (2020-02-10)T88.101143.09[33]
Jessica is contacted by a man who claims to know about the girl in the box, but when she goes to meet him, a body turns up. The killer, keeping his identity secret, calls Ainsley during her first day as a studio anchorwoman and publicly demands that Jessica pay him $1 million not to kill a second victim. Dr. Whitly takes the opportunity to also call in to Ainsley's program and offer his insight that the killer is motivated by a personal grudge against him. Jessica prepares the ransom against Gil's advice and the killer humiliates her by making her dump it on the street while killing the second victim anyway. Malcolm suspects that the killer despises the entire Whitly family and decides that he needs to speak to his father. Jessica shows up as well, and reveals the killer wants her to murder her husband to save another hostage. Malcolm performs the murder instead, specifically aiming not to fatally pierce Dr. Whitly's heart. He and the team intercept the killer, the husband of a patient who died on Dr. Whitly's table, and save the hostage. However, Malcolm refuses to tell Gil exactly what happened.
15"Death's Door"Adam KaneElizabeth PetersonFebruary 17, 2020 (2020-02-17)T88.101153.33[34]
As Dr. Whitly lies in a medically-induced coma, Jessica tells her son she's willing to accept responsibility for his attempted murder. Malcolm is then sent to help investigate a mysterious case involving a perfectly embalmed corpse, which he determines was the work of a necrophiliac. With help from the victim's ex-business partner, Tilda Carp (Ana Gasteyer), they are able to identify a suspect: Leanne Triutt, a disgraced former morgue worker. Jessica is contacted by Dr. Whitly's sleazy former lawyer, Sterling, who offers to get the charges against her dismissed; on the advice of Ainsley, she instead chooses to reach out to Eve, who agrees to defend her. Malcolm finds himself unwilling to visit his father and argues with Dani and his sister about it. Leanne breaks into the precinct and holds Edrissa at gunpoint, demanding the victim's body. Malcolm distracts her while Edrissa knocks her down with a metal tray just before backup arrives. Inspired by Leanne's words, Malcolm decides to go see Dr. Whitly, who is haunted by a nightmare of the girl in the box. He realizes that he regrets none of his crimes, and vows to reunite with his family.
16"The Job"Satya BhabhaJustin W. LoMarch 16, 2020 (2020-03-16)T88.101163.28[35]
Malcolm's old friend Vijay, an insurance investigator, joins the team to hunt down the gang behind a series of high-end robberies, which leaves one woman dead and another in critical condition. Based on this information, Malcolm determines that one of the thieves is a thrill killer who derives satisfaction and pleasure from murder. Dr. Whitly blackmails Jessica, demanding that Malcolm visit him weekly or he'll lie and say she tried to kill him. To take her mind off things, Jessica gets her son to call Eve for dinner. Malcolm confesses to her that he is continually haunted by the girl in the box. Vijay makes a secret deal with the gang to buy back the stolen goods, but Malcolm follows him and convinces the gang that he's an appraiser. He uses the opportunity to study them, until his cover is blown and Vijay is sent away while the gang decides what to do with Malcolm. Using his profiling skills, he convinces the gang members to shoot each other out of paranoia and fear, while Vijay shows up and runs down the killer with his car. Eve offers to help Jessica find the girl in the box, but appears to be keeping a secret from her and Malcolm.
17"Stranger Beside You"Pamela RomanowskyLauriel Harte Marger & Sabrina Deana-RogaMarch 23, 2020 (2020-03-23)T88.101173.45[36]
Malcolm asks Ainsley to look into Eve's past. He and the team are put on the case of a prominent mommy blogger, Alessa (Heather Lind), whose husband was murdered shortly after their daughter Nina's birth. Malcolm recognizes that the murder was committed by someone with a "depraved heart", meaning Nina is the motive. Ainsley visits Jessica with a revelation: Eve is biologically related to the girl in the box. Malcolm speaks to Dr. Whitly, who tells him that Nina's mother is diabetic and therefore incapable of having a child without serious complications. It turns out the pregnancy was faked, and that Nina's real mother is the family nanny, Christine. Jessica and Ainsley visit Malcolm at the same time Eve comes by to explain herself; struggling with his emotions, Malcolm puts his full focus on the case. He learns from Christine that her abusive ex-husband is Nina's father and determined to take her back, so he sets a trap and takes him into custody. Christine agrees to let Nina be formally adopted by Alessa. Malcolm convinces Eve that they need to deal with her sister to save their relationship. Eve shows him a picture, and he finally sees the girl's face in his mind.
18"Scheherazade"Dermott DownsNora Zuckerman & Lilla ZuckermanMarch 30, 2020 (2020-03-30)T88.101183.47[37]
After some self-reflection, Malcolm decides to take Eve to visit Dr. Whitly as part of a strategy to manipulate him into confessing his part in her sister's death. A ballet dancer who defected from Cuba is poisoned while performing at a party hosted by wealthy socialite Nicholas Endicott. Gil displays signs of jealousy when he discovers Endicott has been romancing Jessica. The team investigates the dancer's ballet company, and learn that the victim fled from Cuba after his mentor was arrested for poisoning several other dancers. Dr. Whitly spends several hours gathering his thoughts and contacts Eve for another visit. Malcolm forms a theory that the mentor, presumed dead while trying to escape Cuba, is still alive; he turns out to be posing as a stagehand and killed his pupil out of fear that he would talk. Malcolm returns to his father with Eve in tow, and learns the truth: Dr. Whitly spared her sister's life after she gave him the name of a powerful man who wanted her dead. Eve departs to find her sister and tells Malcolm to stay out of it. Unbeknownst to both of them, Dr. Whitly chose not to name the man: Nicholas Endicott.
19"The Professionals"Lily MariyeLisa RandolphApril 20, 2020 (2020-04-20)T88.101213.33[38]
Malcolm receives word that Eve is dead, seemingly from suicide. After conferring with Edrissa, he convinces Gil that she was murdered and that he needs to be the one who finds the killer. Dr. Whitly calls his family to a meeting where he reveals that Endicott is indeed responsible for having Eve killed, which horrifies Jessica. Ainsley decides to expose Endicott for who he is, but it turns out he's aware of her plans, and makes it clear that he can help advance her career so long as she drops her investigation. A contract killer who Malcolm fingers as the culprit turns out to be innocent, but advises him that staging a suicide is a complicated operation requiring a true professional. By searching Eve's apartment, JT and Malcolm find evidence that leads them to an assassin, Eddie, who has just been ordered to strangle Dr. Whitly in his cell. The doctor overpowers his attacker and gouges his eyes out. Gil visits Jessica and they share a drink, before Jessica confesses that she always loved Gil but felt she could never be good enough for him and they kiss. Malcolm is visited by the team, who arrest him on charges of murdering Eddie at the hospital.
20"Like Father..."Adam KaneChris Fedak & Sam Sklaver & Elizabeth PetersonApril 27, 2020 (2020-04-27)T88.101223.38[39]
Malcolm is bailed out by Jessica and immediately asks to be put on the case, but is instead confined to his mother's house. After managing to escape, he meets up with Edrisa and the two of them deduce that the crime lab that processed Eddie's body is dirty and planted evidence. Endicott arranges for Dr. Whitly to be transferred to Riker's, where a bounty is placed on his head. Malcolm and Ainsley visit their father to try to get him to reveal what he has on Endicott, but it turns out he never had anything. Gil informs Malcolm that he is going to be officially charged and tells him to leave town. Malcolm finds Eve's sister Sophie, who is working as a veterinarian, and explains how he knows that she was the one who killed Eddie. However, he decides to take the blame instead. Gil goes to Endicott's house to retrieve Jessica, who winds up saving his life when Endicott has him stabbed. Endicott then takes Ainsley prisoner and lures Malcolm back to his mother's house. Malcolm threatens Endicott with a gun; when Endicott mockingly says he'll never be prosecuted, Ainsley slits his throat and stabs him multiple times, killing him. Dr. Whitly contacts his children, revealing he has a plan to stay alive.

Release[edit]

On May 13, 2019, Fox released the first official trailer for the series.[40]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 58% approval rating with an average rating of 6.19/10, based on 33 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural storyline that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque." [41] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 59 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[42]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Prodigal Son
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 23, 2019 1.0/4 4.05[20] 0.8 3.30 1.8 7.35[43]
2 "Annihilator" September 30, 2019 1.0/5 3.90[21] 0.7 2.78 1.7 6.68[44]
3 "Fear Response" October 7, 2019 0.9/4 3.66[22] 0.7 2.63 1.6 6.29[45]
4 "Designer Complicity" October 14, 2019 0.8/4 3.18[23] 0.7 2.77 1.5 5.95[46]
5 "The Trip" October 21, 2019 0.7/4 3.34[24] 0.7 2.26 1.4 5.60[47]
6 "All Souls and Sadists" October 28, 2019 0.7/4 3.39[25] 0.7 2.42 1.4 5.81[48]
7 "Q&A" November 4, 2019 0.7/4 3.13[26] 0.7 2.52 1.4 5.65[49]
8 "Family Friend" November 11, 2019 0.8/4 3.30[27] 0.6 2.45 1.4 5.76[50]
9 "Pied-A-Terre" November 25, 2019 0.7/3 3.04[28] 0.7 2.53 1.4 5.58[51]
10 "Silent Night" December 2, 2019 0.7/4 3.35[29] 0.6 2.33 1.3 5.68[52]
11 "Alone Time" January 20, 2020 0.7/3 3.07[30] 0.6 2.50 1.3 5.58[53]
12 "Internal Affairs" January 27, 2020 0.6/3 3.15[31] 0.7 2.31 1.3 5.46[54]
13 "Wait & Hope" February 3, 2020 0.8 3.53[32] 0.7 2.76 1.5 6.29[55]
14 "Eye of the Needle" February 10, 2020 0.7 3.09[33] 0.6 2.38 1.3 5.47[56]
15 "Death's Door" February 17, 2020 0.6 3.33[34] 0.4 1.66 1.0 4.99[57]
16 "The Job" March 16, 2020 0.7 3.28[35] 0.6 2.53 1.3 5.81[58]
17 "Stranger Beside You" March 23, 2020 0.8 3.45[36] 0.6 2.38 1.4 5.83[59]
18 "Scheherazade" March 30, 2020 0.7 3.47[37] 0.6 2.24 1.3 5.71[60]
19 "The Professionals" April 20, 2020 0.7 3.33[38] 0.6 2.31 1.3 5.64[61]
20 "Like Father..." April 27, 2020 0.7 3.38[39] 0.5 2.05 1.2 5.43[62]

Home media[edit]

Warner Archive Collection released the complete first season as a manufacture-on-demand DVD and Blu-ray on September 8, 2020.[63]

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