Profiler

The WORST episodes of Profiler

Every episode of Profiler ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Profiler!

Blessed with an uncanny ability to use the clues left at crime scenes to “see” what happened, forensic psychologist Dr. Samantha “Sam” Waters is one of the FBI’s most valuable assets. But her life and career are shattered when a serial killer murders her husband, and she retreats into self-imposed exile. Created by Cynthia Saunders (L.A. Law) and starring Ally Walker (Singles, While You Were Sleeping) PROFILER is a taut, stylish thriller that explores the darkest corners of the human psyche. Coaxed back to the Bureau by her mentor Bailey Malone (Die Hard‘’s Robert Davi) Sam picks up where she left off, using her gift–and the help of an elite team of specialists–to unravel high-profile cases that stymie other investigators.

Last Updated: 11/29/2022Network:NBC
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Tsuris
star
6.11
38 votes

#1 - Tsuris

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/1/2000

As Rachel continues to be spooked by Marks, she and the team investigate a series of murders of businessmen who were all involved with the same woman.

Directors: P.J. Pesce
Writer: Marg Rubel
Random Act
star
6.11
36 votes

#2 - Random Act

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/12/2000

While shopping in a convenience store with his girlfriend Kate, Agent John Grant intercedes during a robbery, but when Kate is wounded and fights for her life, Rachel and Bailey are concerned that he will mete out his own justice outside the law. Even John's shooting of a suspect comes under review, prompting him to angrily resign and grapple with his overwhelming emotions of guilt for Kate's grave condition

The Sum of Her Parts
star
6.15
39 votes

#3 - The Sum of Her Parts

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/14/1998

In Newark, N.J., a killer cuts the hands off one victim and decapitates another. Both are women but have nothing else in common.

Primal Scream
star
6.16
38 votes

#4 - Primal Scream

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/8/1997

A vicious killer, who works only in the rain, beats his victims severely, then picks up their bodies and hurls them. Meanwhile, Jack plays Henry Higgins to a parolee.

To Serve & Protect
star
6.16
37 votes

#5 - To Serve & Protect

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/4/1999

Rachel and her colleagues travel to St. Louis to try to solve three killings that have occurred in as many weeks.

On Your Marks
star
6.17
36 votes

#6 - On Your Marks

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/6/2000

Rachel is emotionally distraught after her brother's death and she's further rattled by the mind games played by wanted ex-Agent Marks, who she believes is responsible for a series of murders, but Marks needs her to accomplish his own agenda. Malone has even more concerns when he is ordered to conduct a performance review of his VCTF members as rumors fly in Congress that the elite unit will be disbanded.

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Three Carat Crisis
star
6.17
42 votes

#7 - Three Carat Crisis

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/3/1999

Sam and Bailey are held hostage in a jewelry store after a botched holdup.

Blind Eye
star
6.17
40 votes

#8 - Blind Eye

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/30/1999

In her first case as the new profiler, Rachel Burke is on the trail of a serial killer whose victims are left deliberately posed.

Mea Culpa
star
6.18
39 votes

#9 - Mea Culpa

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/22/2000

Rachel and the team search for a serial killer who does not seem to follow a pattern following the abduction of a 10-year-old boy from a local diner. Meanwhile, Bailey must testify before a congressional subcommittee to save VCTF funding which is threatened to be cut off by Congresswoman Archer. Also, Rachel find that her apartment was broken into and the audiotape she made of Joel Marks confessing to planting a wire on her has reappeared in the court dockets where Marks is dismissed from the FBI and vows revenge against Rachel.

The Long Way Home
star
6.18
38 votes

#10 - The Long Way Home

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/18/2000

A tormented Rachel must push aside her personal nightmares when she realizes that a disturbed child slayer, whom she could not convict as a prosecutor years before, has resumed kidnapping young girls and putting them in gilded cages where he worships them as virginal ""princesses."" At the same time, Rachel is troubled by the sudden disappearance of her drug-addicted brother from a halfway house and her romantic relationship with therapist Tom enters a new stage. Also, George frets about the hot shot computer whiz who's temporarily replaced him while he's on leave due to his own struggle with narcotics.

Proteus
star
6.18
38 votes

#11 - Proteus

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/26/2000

After a police officer and other authority figures are found stabbed in the backs, Rachel centers her investigation on a young woman, Pamela, who is reported to have assumed multiple identities which probably spring from memories of early child abuse. But Rachel faces an even greater personal threat from an FBI honcho who has falsely accused her of forcing a sexual relationship of a subordinate -- a charge that could ruin her career. Elsewhere, Bailey confronts George over his reliance on prescription drugs and orders him to get help.

Burnt Offerings
star
6.20
41 votes

#12 - Burnt Offerings

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/20/1999

An arsonist who is setting fatal fires in Sam's Atlanta neighborhood has a modus operandi involving dead birds.

Paradise Lost
star
6.21
38 votes

#13 - Paradise Lost

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/11/2000

Rachel, Bailey and the team head to Yosemite National Park where a maniac brutally killed a mother and her two daughters, and while circumstantial evidence points to a local outlaw biker, Rachel constructs a different suspect profile -- one who feels remorse and might have sibling issues. Meanwhile, George's lingering substance abuse problem causes a dangerous embarrassment for Bailey and the VCTF just as an attractive Congresswoman begins an investigation of the unit, and she is most impressed by Bailey. Back at home, Rachel's budding romance with her brother's drug counselor hits a snag.

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Home for the Homicide
star
6.21
42 votes

#14 - Home for the Homicide

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/12/1998

It's Christmas in rural Georgia, where an ax-murderer finishes the jobs by taking swatches of the victims' clothing. In Atlanta, Sam trims the tree with her new beau.

Watch Now:Amazon
Quid Pro Quo
star
6.23
39 votes

#15 - Quid Pro Quo

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/15/2000

Rachel forms a bond with a mob boss, whose only daughter has become the latest victim of a serial killer.

Old Ghosts
star
6.23
39 votes

#16 - Old Ghosts

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/6/1999

Bailey revisits a 15-year-old serial-murder case, from which the bodies have just been found. Soon after he and Rachel arrive in town, another murder occurs and an abduction takes place.

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House of Cards
star
6.24
38 votes

#17 - House of Cards

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/25/2000

A desperate Rachel and the VCTF team cast about wildly to quickly form a profile of an anonymous sniper who's perched atop the pump house of a dam with a commanding view of his victims in an adjoining park, but their options are limited out of fear that the shooter may have wired explosives that could inundate downtown Atlanta. While the body count rises, John risks his life to save some trapped patrons and Rachel suspects the murderer might be an enraged husband whose philandering wife is pinned down with her lover.

Double Vision
star
6.25
40 votes

#18 - Double Vision

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/7/1998

Ten women are found dead in Alabama. The killer? "He's a hunter," Sam surmises, but she can't nail her profile and that bugs her.

Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick
star
6.25
40 votes

#19 - Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/3/1998

The VCTF corners Jack, but he escapes---despite being shot by Sam. Meanwhile, Frances turns 18.

Every Five Minutes
star
6.25
40 votes

#20 - Every Five Minutes

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/21/1998

While Sam and Bailey track a rapist on the Florida Panhandle, John and Marcus find a guy who can lead them to Sharon Lesher.

The Monster Within
star
6.25
40 votes

#21 - The Monster Within

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/21/1998

The VCTF is summoned to Allentown, Pa., where the FBI's man on the scene is spinning his wheels on a serial-murder case in which the killer burns his victims' faces.

Watch Now:Amazon
Perfect Helen
star
6.25
40 votes

#22 - Perfect Helen

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/5/1998

Someone's digging up Jewish graves in George's home town, but Sam doesn't think it's a hate crime.

Watch Now:Amazon
Original Sin
star
6.25
40 votes

#23 - Original Sin

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/11/1999

Rachel attempts to solve the murders of a number of brunette women in their early 30s.

Power Corrupts
star
6.26
39 votes

#24 - Power Corrupts

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/6/1997

Cleanliness isn't next to godliness: one murder victim is found with soap in his mouth and another has been "scrubbed to death."

Pianissimo
star
6.26
38 votes

#25 - Pianissimo

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/29/2000

When a talented concert pianist is found slain, Rachel suspects the victim's prodding parents until she discovers the young woman was pregnant and that her baby was forcibly delivered and kidnapped. But her biggest surprise comes when Jarod re-surfaces at her door. While the two indulge their mutual romantic passion, Jarod's mission is to help her deal with the threat posed by Marks, a fugitive FBI agent who delights in tormenting her.

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