Episode 1.3: Becoming
July 24, 2004
Lee Tergesen had a guest appearance in the third episode of this
limited-run series on USA Network in the summer of 2004. The episode
first aired on July 24, 2004.
Lee plays Oliver Knox, one of "the forty-four hundred"
who suddenly re-appear at a remote lake in Washington state after
having been missing for years. None of them has aged, but each of the 4400 has come back with a special "talent." Knox's apparently is the power of persuasion. He's oh-so-charming. But evil, it turns out.
Lee's storyline in this episode involves the series regulars -- investigators
Tom Baldwin (played by Joel Gretsch) and Diana Skouris (Jacqueline
McKenzie) -- looking into a new murder that has similarities to a series of slayings that had occurred 25 years previously.
That was about the time Knox disappeared (Aug. 22, 1983, to be
Baldwin and Skouris pay a visit to Knox, a vision of innocence
and light as he tends to his garden. Despite their suspicions, the
investigators rule Knox out because he has a solid alibi for the night of the murder and another man confesses to all the crimes.
As it turns out, Knox's special talent is that he has the power to make other people do his killing for him.
BEHIND THE SCENES
The TV Tome episode guide for the show includes this note about
Lee during the filming of the show:
In the scene where Knox has the girl at knife point and Tom
jumps out and clocks him in the face – you're actually seeing
Joel Gretsch punch Lee Tergesen in the face – accidentally of
course. It was the third take and Joel mistakenly connected. He
felt horrible. Lee ended up with a swollen and bruised cheek and
nose. He took it in good stride and even needled Joel about it
for a while just to mess with him.