Recap: Millennium E 08 The Well Worn Lock

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Catherine helps a local woman escape from an abusive relationship with her well-connected father.


  • Abusive Parents: The father for the physical and sexual abuse, and the mother for neglectful abuse.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Connie's mother screams this when she told the court about the abuse.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Connie demand to know why did he do it to her, that she's supposed to be her dad, and to just love her for her.
  • Christmas Episode: It starts off at Christmastime, anyway.
  • Death Glare: Joe Bangs gives one to Rhonda Preshutski, after she mentions the evaluation found something significant, which implies that the younger sister Sara is actually Connie's daughter.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Connie has a nightmare where her dad kidnaps Sara.
  • Driven to Suicide: Joe Bangs threatens this if Connie (and later Sara) if she doesn't to what he says.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It's implied that Joe Bangs is sent to prison.
  • Madness Mantra: "Stay on the yellow line. Stay on the yellow line..."
  • Not Helping Your Case: The mother wants to pretend that nothing is wrong, and she screams at Connie to shut up when she reveals the truth.
  • Parental Incest
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: One reason Joe Bangs has been able to get away with abusing his daughter for so long.
  • Smug Snake
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Joe Bangs appears as a very good person to the community, which made it difficult at first to convict him.