episode guide

(2 part)
Dark Knight
A museum security guard with two puncture marks on his neck and not enough blood in his body. A missing antique green stone cup. Nick knows a little more about archeology than the asst curator expects. She'd be a lot more surprised if she could see Nick drinking blood out of an identical stone cup. The killing and the frustration of Nick's desire for an artifact believed to cure vampirism means one thing - Nick's vampire master, LaCroix, is back. With his talk show as "The Night Crawler." Father/son relations could use some work, and Nick plays rebellious child by killing his "father." Twice.

Paris, 1228

LC: My Nicholas. Now you are as eternal as Paris. N: I'm thirsty. LC: Yes... I know. It's very simple. It's time to kill.

N: I can hear her heart. LC: It beats for you. N: Her life. LC: Mortals die. Does it really matter how or when? Can you smell her blood? N: I'm so hungry. LC: Yield to your thirst. Drink out her goodness. Her life for yours.

For I Have Sinned
Two religious murders lead Nick to question the local priest. A good move since the priest just took the confession of the killer. Too bad he can't let anyone know so that the killing can be stopped.

France, 1429-31

Enjoying his vampire existence, Nick becomes fascinated by Joan of Arc and attempts at various points in her life to persude her to let him bring her across. She thinks martyrdom is preferable, thank you very much.
Last Act
A vampire love of Nick's commits suicide when she feels she has nothing more to contribute to society. Though he should be focused on the question of whether a young doctor was a suicide or a homocide, Nick spends quite a bit of time letting his imagination haunt him as the woman coming back and suggesting that he kill himself, too.

England, 18th-19th c

S: Your blood courses through me. So strong. So many memories. N: What do you see? S: A fight in the blazing sun. A castle - Moorish, I think. N: The Crusades. S: You were wounded, nearly killed. N: Yes. S: I hate the thought of dying. N: Then why do you think of dying yourself? S: My blood told that to you? Have I infected you with that thought? N: No. It's just that I don't understand. That's all. Not from you. S: Life is so precious, and we are so blessed with our endless years, but we must contribute to it. Add to it. To pay for those lives we've taken away. There will come a time when this lust that I have for life will wain.
Dance by the Light
of the Moon

Two men of good reputation act badly. What's in common is a strip club and a stripper, Serena. Serena likes to play it dangerous by convincing men to go bad and then commit the ultimate bad herself by killing them. Nick pretends to be seduced by her into killing Schanke.

Paris, 1228

What can turn a good woman bad in Nick's opinion? A woman. In his case, Janette, who seduced him into wanting her so much that he allowed himself to be brought across by her master, LaCroixs. A gift for the girl who has everything.
Dying to Know You
A real psychic is brought in to help solve a murder and kidnapping. She would be making more progress if Nick didn't keep hovering over her and make her see people fly. She's afraid she's going crazy. In solving the murder, she brings about her own death but as she's dying, Nick lets her know she wasn't crazy and flies her through the night.

Puritan New England, 17th c

Brother Matthew saw Nick fly and when confronted, Nick says he didn't see it. The accumulation of such events drives Matthew to pray. He feels that he can't live with his potential mental deficiency or bewitchment. Nick still won't tell him, and Matthew commits suicide rather than bear the pressure of likely insanity.
False Witness
When a scared snitch wearing a wire is discovered and killed, the killer keeps yelling that he didn't do it. Nick hadn't reached him by the time the shot was fired, but he lies and says he did to make the conviction. The cops and prosecutor are thrilled. Nick grows gradually guilty about his betrayal of the truth, and finally confesses he didn't see anything when he is on the stand under oath. The perp walks. Not the way to win friends around the station house.

England, mid 18th c

Nick allows a man to be falsely accused for the murder of his girlfriend, who was actually killed by Janette. A witness lied and the boy was condemned to death. Nick was only able to save him by helping him escape.

N: LaCroix, music feeds the soul. LC: It''s a pity that music is one of the few things that mortals excel at. Why do you think that is, Nicholas? Is it because they have a soul? N: And you do not. LC: And we do not.

Cherry Blossoms
Nick tries to find and protect an injured murder witness, but is recognized by the girl's grandfather as the vampire who killed his own mother. Following the man, Nick finds the girl and sends Natalie to help her. His report to the station is intercepted by one of the bad guys and Nick is forced to use vampire powers to defend the group. He uses accupuncture to paralyze Nick so that he can kill him. Janette rushes to Nick's defense in the daylight and convinces the man that it was not Nick who killed his mother, but LaCroix.

Chinatown, 19th c

The mother of Nick's attempted killer is attempting to cure Nick's vampirism with accupuncture, and has temporarily paralyzed him. Not a good idea when LaCroix and Janette arrive. THe woman is killed by LaCroix, the murder witnessed by her son.
I Will Repay
Trying to help with a station house shooter, Natalie's baby brother is shot and the doctors say he's going to die. Natalie can't deal with that and uses Nick's debt to her to coerce him into bringing her brother across. It's Nick, rather than Natalie, who turns out to be right. Richard finds the need for blood and his desire to put away bad guys (he's a prosecutor) as too strong and uncontrollable. He kills the bad guys and the good one. When he would have attacked Nick and maybe his own wife, Nick kills him and erases from Richard's wife's mind the horror that she's seen.

Irish coast, 18th c

Coming across a woman who was likely a leper who had been an intended victim of rape, and then of murder, Nick asks her permission and brings her across. He expects her to use this gift of life and beauty for good, and is shocked when she takes revenge on the men who stabbed her. Bad judge of character. Nick, in his turn, kills the woman and buries all three of them in the sand.

Paris, 1228

LC: You will live longer than in your wildest dreams. You'll see life begin, and end, and begin again. I taught Nero the tune, and together we watched Rome burn. I rode with Charlemagne and taught Genghis Khan the lessons of war. All of these opportunities I have given you. A life never threatened by age or disease. You are a blessed man.
Dead Air
A talk show psychiatrist gets call-ins from a serial killer, Matthew, who kills while on the radio. Matthew turns out to be one of her patients, and not one of her happier ones. When he calls into the show to talk about fantasy versus reality with Nick as guest host, Nick taunts him into staying on the phone too long so that Nick can find him.

England, Middle Ages

J: He does look like your father. N: How can you be so cruel? LC: It was bred into me. N: No. No, we're killers, not torturers. LC: You're right. The resemblance is uncanny. Tell me you love me, father. Say, "I love you, Oedipus." Say "I'm sorry, Oedipus," and "Forgive me, Oedipus, my son, for the treacherous introduction to the world that I gave you." N: Oedipus killed his father by accident. LC: Nobody believes that. Not anymore.
Dead Issue
When the police commissioner's wife is found with a man she shot, office politics comes into the picture. Nick sees problems with her story, but his boss wants everything dropped. Against orders, Nick proceeds with the case until his boss, too, has to face the evidence. The woman didn't shoot the man. Her husband did, but made her feel that she was responsible for the man's death because of her infidelity.

Europe, Renaissance

Nick becomes angry when a nude model assumes that it was her beauty that made the painter rape her. The painter suggests that Nick reap the same reward and mentions the girl's strenuous objections. Nick is unable to convince the girl that society's image of her as evil female seductress is just plain wrong. In her guilt, the girl poisons herself. Faced with an uncaring artist, Nick turns the painter into a quick snack.
First Schanke's friend is killed, then Schanke gets a warning that he's next. A secret police location doesn't prove secret enough when it blows up, so Nick parks Schanke in the safest place he can think of, Janette's Raven. Janette entertains Schanke with the story of how Nick protected the three of them with uncommon, for Nicholas, violence against the Chicago mob. An ad in the police magazine, sends Schanke off to solve his own problem. Nick arrives in time to distract the cop dropout so Schanke can take him down.

England, 19th c

Forced into the daylight to flee for their lives, LaCroix, Janette and Nick take shelter in an abandoned house. But their refuge seems more like a prison with no way out when the attackers surround it and shoot LaCroix through the door. Their salvation comes from Nick being able to be violent when it's needed.
Father Figure
A young witness to a murder so endears herself to Nick et al that he takes her home to avoid having her sent to the dangers of the social system. There's danger, and then there's danger when the killer break into Nick's to permanently silence her just when she's blinded Nick with reflected sunlight.

England, WWII

Nick and Janette are tempted into adopting a sassy young orphan. LaCroix isn't as pleased with this addition to his family until he lets his sense of mischief loose and really makes the boy a member of his family.
Dying for Fame
Deep in the drunk and drugged life of a rock star, a woman wakes up next to a dead body. But rather than foretelling a future spent in jail, a series of threatening notes might be warning of a future spent dead.

America, 1960's

In a series of fantasy flashes, Nick walks down empty streets where he is watched by the characters on a TV set in a window, and is applauded by an audience as he and his guitar rises into the air.
Spin Doctor
Schanke and Natalie take their political arguments to extremes as each volunteers for the campaign of their choice. There they learn just how much of a blood sport a campaign can be.

Chicago, 1950's

Nick's beloved life as an archelogy professor at University of Chicago is ripped from him when he is brought before the House on Unamerican Activities.
Only the Lonely
With yet another birthday arriving, Nat examines her life. Wanting to get closer to Nick but not thinking it's possible, Natalie begins to date a man who is a serial killer. Great luck picking men, Nat.

Toronto 1990

While attempting to save someone, Nick is mortally wounded and brought to the morgue. Well, mortally isn't probably the right word, as Natalie sees her dead body sit up.
Unreality TV
Followed by a video crew from a reality cop show, Nick is caught using vampire powers. Because proof exists, Nick is unable to modify her memories, and needs to save her from the vampire cleanup squad, the Enforcers.

Mid 19th century

A doctor during an American war, Nick is brought a photograph which shows an Angel of Death hovering over the bodies on the battlefield. Good going, LaCroix! When Nick won't solve the problem of the photographer being unmodifiable, the Enforcers arrive and LaCroix puts himself at fault, saving Nick.
Feeding the Beast
On undercover assignment, Nick attends an addiction support group and is drawn into its promise of ending addiction. Unfortunately, his sponsor talks a better game of sex addiction than she acts out, and Nick spins into a massive depression and loses himself in blood until he can be pulled out by Natalie.


A visual expression of his vampire side, LaCroix appears again offering Nick a different solution - the accepting of himself as a vampire. For some reason, this just doesn't help.
A crazy man takes Natalie hostage in the police station and Nick tries to figure out how to defuse the situation, save Natalie, and not give himself away by the use of his powers.

Eastern Europe, 1950's

In his quest for an ancient book that promises a solution to vampirism, Nick volunteers to help an undercover group trying to escape from the Communist east. His payment? The book. Their suspicions aren't his only problem. LaCroix has shown up and is willing to let the Eastern block police do the work for him as long as they realize that the American is his.
If Looks Could Kill
Beautiful women seem to be going crazy and killing in rage. What do they all have in common? The same physician, a vampire from Nick's past who understands their desire for beauty.

Paris, 18th century

A lover just passing her prime has figured out Nick's secret and wants it for herself so that she will stay young and beautiful. Guess she hasn't looked in a mirror lately. But what Nick won't do for her, Janette will. It's a girl thing.
Fatal Mistake
Nick's boss shoots a young boy and a question is raised whether or not there was a gun. Nick finds that there was and reduces his boss's guilt. Probably a good career move.

England, mid 17th c

A happy Cavalier, Nick takes up LaCroix's suggestion that the bar maid would be good for more than just alcoholic drinks. But Nick's guilt at seeing the girl laid out and mourned leads LaCroix to interfere by bringing her across. What good that will do Nick is unexplained since LaCroix doesn't tell him. The girl, now a vampire, is thirsting herself - for revenge on Nick for a really bad first, and last, date.
Love You to Death
A nerdy photography helper falls in love with a lingerie model and begins by killing people he thinks were unkind to her, and ends by locking her up for himself alone.

London or Paris, late 19th c

Nick points out his new love to LaCroix, a ballet dancer. Bad idea. LaCroix informs him that she is of easy virtue and really quite debached. Taken in by some of LaCroix's vampire friends, Nick becomes angry and drinks her to death. At which point, LaCroix admits his little joke. Bad timing. From therein on, Nick means to not even drink from those who deserve killing.

Killer Instinct
LaCroix is back, and his presence is disturbing Nick, who believes LaCroix to be dead. The question is whether LaCroix is the killer of the low-lifes they've been finding around the city.

Paris, 1228

LC: Do you feel her blood surge in your veins, Nicholas? It's an experience unsurpassed by any other. Rewel in your newfound power - the gift I've given you. Immortality. That's what all they want, isn't it? Be glad I made you what you are. N: What am I? LC: My protege. N: Your slave. LC: [laughs] THen I, too, am your slave, for I am bound to you now. Promised to you as your eternal teacher, that I may let you know all there is to know about what you are. Leave your mortal life behind, Nicholas. You can never go back there now. Soon, you will not want to.
Fate Worse Than Death
Janette has been providing a sanctuary for working girls. One was killed, and Janette is out to protect another. Unfortunately, that one is right in the middle of professional interest.

Paris, Bef. 1228

Janette has been forced to become a prostitute in Paris when she was thrown out of her home and divorced by a husband when she did not conceive. Accosted by soldiers looking for a patriotic tumble, Janette is saved by LaCroix, who seems drawn to her. He offers her a chance to have control over her body and her life, and she agrees. LaCroix brings her across and she takes her first meal from the pimp who let her friend die in childbed.
Stranger Than Fiction
Famous vampire author is in danger, not least of all from real vampires.


Nick, Natalie and Schanke fantasies of vampires.
Bad Blood
A vampire hunter from Ireland comes to Toronto and is a little too obvious.

London, late 19th c

LaCroix has been poisoned by drinking from Jack the Ripper. He asks Nick to make sure the man is dead, but Nick wants no part of this.
Forward into the Past
Nick is called to the murder of an old friend's companion, so now he looks for his friend before someone else finds her.

London, 1940s

Nick comes to comfort a dear friend whose husband has just died. It seems clear that the widow is also now a target and Nick suggests that she give up her life and take on a new identity. He just happens to know where to go to do this. She agrees.
Capital Offense
Nick is hit by a car when he stops a convicted murderer, famous for cutting her husband into little pieces with an axe, from fleeing. Her statement of innocence hits Nick and he tries to see whether she could be unjustly convicted. Which just leads to another killing and makes Nick a really bad judge of character.

France, 17th/18th c

Needing refuge from a mob and from the sun, Nick hides in the basement of a convent and is protected by a young, innocent novice. The pleasure Nick takes in their conversation is destroyed when LaCroix comes to share his refuge, and then to thank his hostess by turning her into dinner.
There is a hunt on in Toronto for the biggest game of all - humans. Nick's attributes are noted by the stealthy hunter who already has two kills to her credit. Now she wants to bag bigger game and she knows the right bait to use - Schanke.

England, mid 19th c

LaCroix, master and teacher, takes his little family out on a field trip to instruct them in the finer points of the art of hunting prey. A hunter makes their ideal target, and Nick enjoys the kill until he chances to see the man's wife find his body and mourn the loss of her love.
Faithful Followers
An investigation into the death of a young cult member quickly hits the blank wall of cult silence. Nick's undercover position as cult member begins to frighten his friends as he plays his part too well. Nat goes to Janette to look for help.

J: Nicola in a cult. Somehow the word 'ironic' comes to mind. N: We're worried about him. He's behaving strangely. He's cut us off. J: You think he's joined? N: Brainwashed. Maybe. J: Usually it's Nicola who does the brainwashing. In answer to your question, there are times when I, too, feel that I hardly know him. And, yes, he can be highly impressionable, depending on, you know, who is doing the persuading. N: And I'm here to tell you that I am worried about him. J: My dear doctor, Nichola is a vampire, and so if he is running with that pack, he is the wolf and they are poodles.

Indeed, Janette knows her lupus. Nick is immune to the cult's message and is able to bring the cult leader to justice.

Egypt, Early 20th c

On an archeological dig in the Valley of the Kings, Nick is presented with what could be an ancient cure for vampirism. It's suggested that he bring in an expert friend of his from his days at Oxford to examine the hieroglyphics. The woman arrives but, instead of using her expertise for interpretation, she's turned into lunch as the result of a wager between LaCroix and a fellow vampire that they could get Nick to bring the woman to the site.
Undue Process
Natalie's niece is kidnapped and killed by a sexual predator. The man is caught and Nick saves him from mob justice. Even though Nat is kept off the case, she has her suspicions when the man dies, and she proves that the relief coroner killed the man herself.

America, 18th c

Accused of having killed a woman, Nick is given no chance to defend himself but is taken to a tree and hung. That night he breaks free and hunts down each of the main leaders and kills them. LaCroix comes to enjoy Nick's abrogation of his principles against killing, and asks Nick if he knows where the rumor started, meaning with himself, of course. What someone had to do to keep amused in the days before television!
Fathers Day
The theme of Nick as LaCroix's rebellious child continues as Nick attempts to protect a young man who is marked for death by his grandfather for attempting to leave the mob family which he's been reared to lead. The mobster calls in a favor from LaCroix who tries to get Nick to back off. Nick, instead, asks LaCroix to give the boy what he wouldn't give Nick - his freedom. LaCroix comes up with the perfect solution to the problem. He gives the mobster enough of his blood to guarantee he won't need to pass his mob family on to someone else for a very long time. Nick won't come back, but he returns the watch to LaCroix as a Father's Day present.

London, 1920s

Finally driven to his limit by LaCroix's stopping his attempts to become human again, Nick is determined to leave LaCroix. He's aided by Janette and sent to Constantine, a mob figure who understands about vampires and how to profit from that knowledge. But Janette can't keep secrets from LaCroix. J: He's gone... just forget him. You can get a new one. LC: I don't want a new one. I like that one. The mobster's silence is broken when LaCroix sees a watch he gave Nick on the man's desk and says that it would only be there because the man killed Nick or helped him get away. The smart man knows when it's time to start talking.
Can't Run, Can't Hide
Vietnam vets are being hunted down and killed. Their connection is having all been part of a massacre of a village that happened while Nick was nearby. One of the vets has turned his life around and become a force for good among young people to expiate his sin. Nick tries to protect him, but can't, when the killer turns out to be a vampire from their past. His work of revenge done, the vampire walks into the sun.

London, 1940s

Nick, a medic, was underground in that village waiting for sunset so he could emerge. Waiting with him was LaCroix, always on the lookout for free food. But in xx to Nick, LaCroix was taking only a little from each, rather than killing his food. As Nick runs through the village, furious at the destruction of life, LaCroix repeats his old trick of finding someone he can save and bringing that person across. All without telling Nick, of course.
Near Death
A strange scientific experiment is discovered when one of the scientists is killed. They've been developing a machine to create a near death experience - the moment when someone can choose to go forward into the light, or to come back to the living after having confronted and overcome their issues, including diseases. Nick is drawn to this notion as possibly giving himself another chance to not come back as a vampire, and gets the doctor to use the machine on him. She has a good reason for using it on him. She's just killed the project sponsor who wanted to close her down, and Nick could be the voice calling for the project to be continued. Too bad the machine is designed to work on humans rather than vampires.

Paris, 1228

LC: I can grant you a gift that only the gods can grant. Give your life to me and I will give you ten thousand lifetimes in return. Your existence will be transformed in ways that mere mortals cannot even imagine. Come to me

Near Death Illusion

LC: The legacy of your evil has not been purged. Behold, the souls of the innocent that you have murdered. They linger here; they persist. They will not forgive you until your task is completed. N: How can I complete my task? LC: Can you raise your victims from the dead? N: You know I can't. I must finish it here. Now. LC: That is your choice. So be it. N: What is it you're not telling me. LC: It is what you're not telling yourself, Nicholas. Do you wish to proceed? N: Yes. LC: Your decision? N: What will happen to me here? If I step through? LC: You will be reclaimed. N: As a mortal? LC: Yes. N: And my soul? LC: Will be judged. N: Then I am damned. LC: Tell me, Nicholas, after 800 years of torment, what do you value above all else? N: Humanity. LC: And what is humanity? Merely a race of peoples? N: No. A state of being. Of grace. LC: And is that not the way to the forgiveness that you seek? N: I've waited centuries. LC: We know. But there's much left undone for you. Your debt to humanity has not bee repaid. N: I have to go back. That's what you've been telling me, isn't it? If I die here now my soul will be damned. I have to atone. I have to go back.
Crazy Love
A serial killer escapes from a mental institution where he was being evaluated and begins to kill again. The psychiatrist tries to explain the compulsion to possess through killing. She doesn't know that, in Nick, she's talking to an expert on the subject. But one of the murders doesn't quite fit the profile. It's a copycat killing and, indeed, its purpose is complete possession.

Europe, Renaissance

A beautiful young girl has become compulsively addicted to having Nick feed on her. LaCroix warns that the situation can't continue and, indeed, Nick finds himself tempted to take one more long drink, one last long drink.
Baby, Baby
Once again Nick encounters a lover from his past who carries a large grudge. She's now an ironworker on a highrise and has a thug as a boyfriend. LaCroix, when applied to for information, tells Nick that she's after a baby. Nat has discovered that the thug is carrying an extra Y chromosome, and he might fit the legend that would allow Serena to conceive. Nick would still be up for arresting him if Serena didn't call in her own debt against Nick, and now Nick stands with back turned waiting while Serena mates with the man, and then kills him.

Paris, 1920's

Offered a drink by a beautiful woman in a man's tuxedo, Nick takes her home. She is adamant that what she wants from him is immortality, and she is comfortable in her decision. Nick reluctantly agrees and brings her across. She awakes to discover that she has been cursed as a vampire, not blessed with a baby.
Partners of the Month
Nick and Schanke are fighting after Schanke arrives at 5 in the morning to say he's moved out on Myra and is moving in with Nick. They're investigating the death of a man on the verge of a divorce and with many, many affairs. But this time it's Schanke who figures out what a man on the verge of a divorce would do, and that is to give his wife everything in order to keep her. Which puts suspicion squarely on the mistress.

Italy, 1325 or lifetime
of daVinci (1452-1519)

After 97 years together, Janette is bored and is leaving Nick, who expected them to be together for eternity. They have an argument over daVinci's portrait of Janette, a gift to Nick, but she says she'll get him to paint another one for her.

LC: Did you really expect her to stay with you forever? I want you to be painfully honest. N: I loved her. LC: This has nothing to do with love. This has to do with moving on. Immortals cannot cling like lichen to the stone. It is our imperative to wander through the world, to wander throughout time. We either change and grow or we wither and die inside. But wouldn't that be eternal hell. [pats Nick's hand] Let her go, Nicholas. There's plenty more of love left in the world.

The Fire Inside
Someone is using a flame thrower to kill the homeless in the underground tunnels. Nick attempts to get a young man to lead them to the other people living there so he can get them out. What he finds is the killer and has to face a flame thrower that could kill him, too.

2 days ride south of
Charlotte NC, bef 1861

A slave family hides in the cellar of an abandoned house where Nick, Janette and LaCroix have taken refuge. The hunters surround the house and say that they will burn them out. LaCroix wants to give the father and son to the mob as a reasonable trade for their lives. Nick refuses and LaCroix and Janette leave thru the roof. The house begins to burn and Nick has to get himself and the man and boy past the flames.
Amateur Night
Schanke is involved with a movie, consulting for proper police procedures, while Nick and Natalie are worrying about a gang shooting that left a six year old girl dead. Schanke decides the actress needs to see how real cops work and convinces Nick to let him bring her along on the case. Make that on a gangland shoot-'em-up. Thrown off the case, the actress decides to follow one of the gangmembers, meaning that now she's the one that needs rescuing.

Chicago, 1960's

Nick affects a Scottish accent and zaps a police captain into letting him work nightshift in Chicago. When his partner gets shot, he realizes he doesn't have the training to be a safe partner, and tells his Captain that he wants to go through the academy. One has to wonder if they have night classes.
The Fix
Natalie's experiments come to unexpected fruition. She takes two bags of blood into the light and one boils and one is untouched. Nick's joy is so great that he runs into the sun just to make sure it's true. It is. He is immune now to sunlight and has an apetite to make up for 700 years of specialty dieting. But the cure is not as long-lived as he had hoped, and he acts like a junkie needing a fix, stealing from Natalie's cabinet in a vain attempt to stay in the sunshine.

England, mid 19th c

Wherever there was a willing scientist, there was Nick playing grateful guinea pig. But all the hope that the scientist gave Nick was mostly to keep him quiet while he prepared Nick to be the prize in his collection. Janette and LaCroix arrive in time to make the man lunch.
Curiouser and Curiouser
Nick is visiting Janette at her club when a man armed with a shotgun and wearing a mask comes in to hold up the place. Silent signals keep all the vampires quiet and Nick tries to zap him into putting down his gun, but the man is a resister and fires off the gun, giving Nick a chance to get him while he's offbalance. Unfortunately, one of the club patrons has been hit and dies asking for help. Nick is off the case while an internal investigation of the shooting takes place. While sitting in his chair at home, Nick's fantasy sequence completely takes over the episode.

Paris, 1228

LC: What's wrong my child? N: I don't know. LC: Did you not enjoy your meal. N: But yes. LC: When they're as beautiful as she, the flesh is like the sweetest fruit; blood like the rarest wine.


Nick picks up a glass of red wine and puts down a glass of white wine. The fantasy starts. All of Nick's friends are in different roles. Janette is his wife and the mother of his child. Natalie is the police captain, and Nick's mistress. Captain Cohen takes Janette's place as the non-vampire owner of The Raven. The case on which they're working is the murder of The Nightcrawler. And the murderer turns out to be Nick, himself. The fantasy seems to end when Schanke arrives at Nick's place and Nick puts down a glass of red wine. Except for the detail that the girl who comes up to Captain Cohen in headquarters is the girl who was killed in The Raven.
Beyond the Law
A diplomat's son is completely out of control, having been protected by his father over the years from the consequences of his actions. But the murder of a young woman in Toronto almost results in an international incident when Nick is determined to bring the man to justice. The father is convinced to help, but the son wants no part of his father's help.

1968 Dem. Convention

A politician assaults a female campaign worker and is considered too powerful to go after when the girl commits suicide. But Nick lets the scandal out with an anonymous call suggesting an affair between the girl and the politician. It might not bring the man to justice, but it does effectively mean an end to his presidential aspirations.
Queen of Harps
Nick's intention to bid on a Celtic harp is wrecked by Schanke showing up and not letting him bid. But the harp is too important to Nick and he steals it from the auction house safe. When the auctioneer is murdered, the assumption is that whoever killed the man also stole the harp. Whoops.

Carreg, Wales, early 13th c

Nick's feudal Lord is charged with backing up the Lord of Carreg's task of converting the Celtic pagans to the papal version of Christianity. When Nicholas becomes entranced by a farseeing harpist, Nick's Lord sees her as a block in the way of his duty, and a temptation for Nick. His solution to both problems is to kill her, causing Nick to be blamed for her death. In exchange for Nick's release from judgement, Nick promises that he will join the Crusade.
Close Call
Following a shootout after which Nick hypnotized him, Schanke is beginning to pull things together and becomes convinced that, crazy as it sounds, Nick is a vampire. He goes to Nat, Janette and, finally, LaCroix to find out the truth.

S: Is he a vampire? Are you? LC: You tell me. S: OK. I know this is going to sound crazy but lately there's been a lot of weird stuff that just hasn't been adding up. Nick rides in the trunk; he can't go in the sun. One minute he's here, the next minute he's gone - like a bat! Did you know, get this, that we found blood in his icebox? LC: Human blood? S: No, blood from a steer. LC: [grimaces] Oh! S: I know! My sentiments exactly. That's what I said. He says he uses it for painting. LC: Raphael showed him that. Tell me, Detective, what has changed in you to make these things so suddenly apparent? S: I don't know. I do know that I had a really bad night last night. LC: I know the feeling well. S: Do you? I got into a firefight. Nick was there; he could tell you all about it. I had to waste a guy. LC: An awful thing, to waste people. S: It is. I killed him. I had no choice. LC: How did you feel, Detective Schanke? S: How did I feel? Not real good I can tell you. I found out after that the guy had a family, you know. Maybe he was rotten to them but I know that somewhere there's some kid is thinking about his dad and wondering what happened and what life's going to be like without him. LC: No, no, no, no, no. When you killed this man, did you feel a surge of strength within you? A burst of adrenaline? S: No, nothing like that. No matter what anybody says, it wasn't like that. Well, I gotta admit my heart was beating like a rabbit. The guy did have the draw on me. You know, it would have been curtains if Nick wasn't there to save my ass. Oh, have I been an idiot. I've been running around all day butting my nose into Nick's affairs when the guy saved my life. I'm a first class fool. LC: You're tired, Detective, under tremendous stress. Stress and trauma. Any shock to the system will play on the imagination. Fill us with bizarre obsessions - fantasies, if you like. S: Yeah. LC: Go home, Detective, go home to your family, and let Nicholas be with his - us, Janette and myself. We're the only family Nick has ever had. S: What are you saying? That he's adopted? LC: In a manner of speaking, yes. S: Then he's not a... LC: What do you think? Really? S: I think I need a drink. Listen, I just want to thank you for talking to me, Mr. ... Nightcrawler. LC: Only a real pleasure, Don. S: And, please, don't tell Nick about this. LC: You asked me if Nick were different. Au contraire. The Nicholas that I know is very much like you. H doesn't like to kill people either.

With LaCroix's better mind control, Schanke returns to Nick's command to forget about having seen someone fly, and to get his car washed.
Be My Valentine
As payment for an ancient debt between them, LaCroix intends to kill Nick's love, Natalie. He invites her to dinner with a card that implies the invitation is from Nick, and only Nick's finding of the card stops LaCroix from making his own gourmet meal of Nat. To keep her safe from LaCroix in the future, Nick must give up Natalie now.

Brabant, 1228-9

Wanting a last visit with his mother and sister, Nicholas brings LaCroix and Janette to his home, Brabant Castle. LaCroix almost instantly falls in love with the female version of Nicholas, and the feeling is reciprocated without any vampire wiles needed. But Nick, who had mixed feelings about becoming a vampire almost from the beginning, is dead set against LaCroix bringing her across. In his sister is the last opportunity for the blood of Nick's line to continue. As LaCroix has said to the mobster Constantine, it's always about them. Nicholas' argument is that LaCroix loves her innocence, which will be destroyed as soon as he brings her across. LaCroix agrees to give up his one, true love but demands in revenge that Nicholas will give up to LaCroix his own one, true love sometime in the future. To save Natalie, Nicholas lies about what she means to him.
The Code
Schanke has had it with winter weather and is seduced into quitting and joining an Arizona PI firm to which his ex-partner of 7 years is a member. But the man has had his ethics shredded and has broken the code that binds law men together.

Arizona, 19th c

Nick is saved by a bounty hunter who plies him with poisoned whiskey, since his wanted poster says 'dead or alive.' LaCroix has not let Nick get far away, and is there to save him.
A More Permanent Hell
An observatory predicts the coming end of life on earth from collision with a large asteroid. Interesting question: who would profit from such a situation?

LC: I must say that adapting my palate to accept this vinegar won't be easy. Although, I suppose, we'll run out of cows and everything else before long. And what then? Artificial blood product? N: Well, if you don't like what's on the menu, you can always leave. LC: Forgive me. It's not my place to criticize your hospitality. N: Especially when you're not invited. LC: I will miss them, mortals, I mean. Where's the sport without them? Where's the fun? Where is the sense of gamesmanship? N: What is it you want? LC: What I have always wanted. Companionship. N: Why me? LC: You can best appreciate the irony of my situation. You young ones are fortunate. Most of you will eventually starve and die. I'll grieve on that day for my Nicholas, my Janette. N: And what will happen to you? LC: Ah, we ancient immortals will linger for some while after you're gone. I've been delivered from death to a more permanent hell. Which do you think would be worse, Nicholas, to die or to be left in a living hell. A form of life whose only point is survival and nothing more. To exist for the sake of existing. Such a bitter irony. Mortals sustain us - their heart, their laughter, their society, their blood. Our eternal lives aren't worth much without them, are they? N: So who are more powerful in the end - the hunter or the hunted? LC: I don't know. Perhaps there is a power that is greater than both. N: And the possibility frightens you, doesn't it? LC: What kind of god is it that can create such perversity? That can make such torture?

Pompei, 79

Lucien LaCroix was a general of Pompei, whose daughter brought him across to save his life when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Blood Money
Nick's entire fortune, $478 million dollars, is invested with a friend who keeps it as a foundation which supports many good causes. When the father is blown up, suspicion for his murder and the suddenly missing money falls on the man's son. Justice might want the murderer found, but Nick wants his money back. Which should frighten the criminal more?

France, 18th c

Against LaCroix's advice, Nick steals blackmail money from a partner who then becomes lunch. Now Nick is left with a heavy box of gold coins to deal with, while LaCroix and Janette take off for safer climes.

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