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Perception: The Messenger

When a young man in a cult claims to be hearing the word of God, Pierce must determine if it’s actually the word of God or a life-threatening neurological condition. Pierce and Moretti must also figure out if his murder is linked to his drug past or his new life with an organization that may be scamming people out of their life savings. Roger Bart guest-stars as Ethan Kendrick, a high-powered IRS agent looking into the finances of the organization. Meanwhile, the university gives Pierce an award for his research.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 107
Airdate: Monday August 06th, 2012

Guest Stars
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Paul Haley
Anita FinlayAnita Finlay
As Mrs. Baker
Brett Del BuonoBrett Del Buono
As Kyle Jensen
Christopher BackusChristopher Backus
As Aaron Bauer
Jaimie AlexanderJaimie Alexander
As Nicky Atkins
Lisa WaltzLisa Waltz
As Sandy Shelby
Melissa FarmanMelissa Farman
As Joan of Arc
Piter MarekPiter Marek
As Hospital Doctor
Roger BartRoger Bart
As IRS Agent Ethan Kendrick
Ryan SlaterRyan Slater
As Greg Jensen
Tim GuineeTim Guinee
As Tom Shelby

Co-Guest Stars
Bradford AndersonBradford Anderson
As Shane Flannery
Main Cast
Eric McCormackEric McCormack
As Dr. Daniel Pierce
Rachael Leigh CookRachael Leigh Cook
As FBI Agent Katherine Rose "Kate" Moretti
Kelly RowanKelly Rowan
As Natalie Vincent / Caroline Newsome
Arjay SmithArjay Smith
As Max Lewicki


The episode begins with Daniel being informed that he has won this year’s Davenport Prize for exploration in science. Daniel though is clearly not comfortable with all the attention being showered on him. Kate meanwhile comes in and asks for Dean Haley’s help, in identifying some tattoos on a murder victim’s body. She asks him to closely look at the tattoos, and see if they can help her ID the victim. Kate on some pretense also manages to get Daniel on the case, so he can avoid the hoopla regarding his award. Later, Daniel does a better job of identifying the tattoos than Haley, and this helps Kate get an ID. Turns out, the victim’s name is Jared and he was an addict. Later, his mother is informed about his death. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorMike Sussman  |  Kenneth Biller
Executive ProducerKenneth Biller
Co-Executive ProducerMike Sussman  |  Amanda Green  |  Stephen Tolkin
ProducerMark Ovitz  |  Eric McCormack
Co-ProducerJason Ning
Associate ProducerNicole Carrasco
Production DesignerStephen Storer
EditorAnthony Miller
CastingMary Jo Slater
Unit Production ManagerCleve Landsberg
First Assistant DirectorJerram Swartz
Second Assistant DirectorMaria Battle Campbell
MusicTree Adams
Music EditorMoira Marquis
Costume DesignerJulia Schklair
Key GripMarcus " Roo " Flower
Camera OperatorKirk R. Gardner  |  Richard Merryman
Set DecoratorWanda 'Beau' Peterson
Location ManagerKristan Wagner
Transportation CoordinatorTim Abbatoye
Property MasterChristopher Amy
Construction CoordinatorJeff Goyer
Production Sound MixerClark King
Script SupervisorRebecca Poulos
Production CoordinatorPamela Jaeckle
Assistant EditorChristopher Petrus
Post Production SupervisorGerrit Furutani
Supervising Sound EditorMichael Mullane
Re-Recording MixerRick Alexander (1)  |  Kevin Burns (1)
GafferBrett Laumann
Director of PhotographyJeff Jur
Costume SupervisorScott O'Leary
Production AccountantChristina Lewis
Casting AssociateManny Fernandez
Production StaffZuzanna Cernik  |  Katie Gruel  |  David Malley
Technical ConsultantDr. David Eagleman
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistCyndilee Rice
Dept. Head Hair StylistDennis Parker (2)
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