The Worst Episodes of Prodigal Son: When Serial Killers Fail to Thrill

Hey there, fellow TV addicts! If you’re a fan of crime dramas, chances are you’ve heard of Prodigal Son. This gripping series follows the story of Malcolm Bright, a criminal psychologist whose expertise comes from a dark place – his father is a notorious serial killer. With an intriguing premise and a talented cast, it’s no wonder this show has become a hit. However, like any series, there are some episodes that missed the mark. We’ve rounded up the worst of the worst, so grab your popcorn and get ready to cringe.
Annihilator

Annihilator

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2019-09-30

As Bright slips into the mind of a serial killer, he must deal with the repercussions of seeing his father for the first time in years.

Pilot

Pilot

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2019-09-23

Bright deals with the repercussions of seeing his father for the first time in years.

Alma Mater

Alma Mater

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2021-01-26

When the headmaster of Bright’s alma mater is found murdered, he is forced to face a troubling secret from his past. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with her decision to end things with Gil, Martin grows closer to Friar Pete and JT eagerly anticipates the birth of his baby.

Pied-A-Terre

Pied-A-Terre

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2019-11-25

When Martin is locked away in solitary confinement and the FBI takes over the Junkyard Killer case, Malcolm uses his spare time as an excuse to try out a “normal” lifestyle.

Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs

Season 1 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2020-01-27

Following a mysterious and catastrophic incident in the precinct, Bright faces an internal affairs review as Gil and the team worry about his mental health.

Wait & Hope

Wait & Hope

Season 1 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2020-02-03

Malcolm takes a detour from his mandated vacation time when he finds out a killer on the loose is mimicking homicides from one his favorite children’s books, “The Count of Monte Cristo.” With added help from a very excited Martin Whitly, the NYPD trace the case back to a high society family planning one of the biggest weddings of the season, so Malcolm and Dani get dressed up to attend the event and track down their culprit.

Stranger Beside You

Stranger Beside You

Season 1 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2020-03-23

The NYPD dives into a case surrounding a famous mommy blogger, whose husband was mysteriously stabbed just days after their baby was born. Meanwhile, Bright finds his way back to Eve, but can’t shake his paranoia that there’s more to her than meets the eye. To help ease his nerves, Ainsley helps him do some investigating and uncovers a secret she has been keeping.

It’s All in the Execution

It’s All in the Execution

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2021-01-12

Bright finds his personal life in disarray after his sister’s shocking actions. Now, he has to “take care” of her and protect his mother, Jessica, from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. To distract himself, Malcolm takes on a new case and must find the killer behind a recent beheading in the city… and the only person he can turn to for help with the case is his father. Meanwhile, Martin returns to Claremont to a surprise new roommate and JT faces discrimination while on the job.

Speak of the Devil

Speak of the Devil

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2021-01-19

When a priest is found murdered in his place of worship, Bright grapples with its effect on his own trauma.

Bad Manners

Bad Manners

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2021-02-09

Malcolm and Ainsley both race to find the killer in the so-called “Debutante Slayings,” but Ainsley’s persistence has Malcolm worried about what her actual motive might be. While Martin is thrilled to see his daughter’s passion in the field, Jessica suggests she and Ainsley take a vacation. Meanwhile, JT meets with his union rep to decide if he should file an official complaint against the cop who discriminated against him.

The Killabustas

The Killabustas

Season 2 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2021-04-20

Despite Gil’s fatherly concerns, Bright throws himself into a new case involving an escalating killer that has Edrisa’s online vigilante group, known as the “Killabustas,” trying to stop him. Meanwhile, Jessica realizes that she must dive deep into her past traumas in order to write a book and may need Gil’s help to do it. Then, Martin’s relationship with Dr. Capshaw intensifies.

You Can Run...

You Can Run…

Season 2 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2021-05-04

After a terrifying incident at Claremont, Malcolm is in a race against time to track down multiple killers. The NYPD realizes someone close to home might be the key to finding them.

The Last Weekend

The Last Weekend

Season 2 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2021-05-18

The search for a serial killer known as “The Woodsman” might help the NYPD find one of their own.

Fear Response

Fear Response

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2019-10-07

A drug-induced homicide forces Malcolm to rethink his fears. Gil, Jessica and Ainsley catch wind that Malcolm has been seeing his father again.

Death's Door

Death’s Door

Season 1 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2020-02-17

When a body is found professionally preserved and embalmed, the NYPD teams up with Edrisa to go undercover at a convention of funeral directors. While there, they discover their top suspects – morticians Tilda and Dev – who used to be in business with the victim. Then, enter the mind of a serial killer as Martin revisits his past through a series of hallucinations.

The Job

The Job

Season 1 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2020-03-16

When a motorcycle gang robbery turns into a murder, Malcolm and team are called to the scene to investigate. While he’s working on a profile, he runs into an old friend from boarding school, licensed insurance investigator Vijay (guest star Dhruv Singh). Together they work to uncover the identity of the murderer and his accomplices who stole millions in watches. Meanwhile, Martin blackmails Jessica, exchanging his silence about who stabbed him for more quality time with his son.

Designer Complicity

Designer Complicity

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2019-10-14

As Malcolm’s childhood memories surface, he realizes his father’s killing spree may not have been a surprise to everyone in the family. Malcolm, Gil, Dani and JT hunt for a stalker with a creepy eye for design.

The Trip

The Trip

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2019-10-21

Malcolm searches the depths of his mind to unravel the mystery of the girl in the box. When the NYPD investigates a homicide and assumes it is linked to a drug cartel, Malcolm discovers a secret about Dani’s past that draws them closer together.

All Souls and Sadists

All Souls and Sadists

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2019-10-28

When Bright uncovers a photo of himself and Martin from when he was a kid, he is forced to focus on the repressed memories from his childhood psyche. Jessica and Malcolm agree they must put a stop to Ainsley’s idea.

Family Friend

Family Friend

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2019-11-11

Malcolm realizes the suspect in the “Junkyard Killer” case may have a connection to his father.