Title Card - Prodigal Son Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers) (2)

Read our Editorial Guidelines regarding how posts are written and rated and our use of affiliate links.


A character guide for FOX’s Prodigal Son featuring cast members names, character descriptions, storylines, and general information.


Information is updated as new episodes are released/ watched, and images changed as better ones are captured.

[ninja_tables id=”40013″]

[mrp_rating_form]

Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen)

Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen) in psychiatric care.
Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

A renowned cardiothoracic surgeon at one time, Martin, seemingly just because he could, killed over 23 people. His method was tea laced with Ketamine, and then taking it from there – all under his family’s nose. But, thanks to Malcolm in 1998 rescuing Gil from the fate of many others, he was arrested and put in a psychiatric prison where he remains today. In fact, despite being in prison, it seems he still is a consultant for many, even foreign dignitaries.

Additional Information About Martin

  • Is at Claremont Psychiatric Hospital
  • Came from a prominent family
  • Is vegan in 2019
  • Four of his victims are known as “The Quartet.”

Jessica (Bellamy Young)

Jessica (Bellamy Young) having dinner with her children.
Jessica (Bellamy Young)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Martin’s wife, who is trying to save the family name after what he did. Also, she is very much on Malcolm’s case to pursue a normal life far away from the scandal that tarnished their family’s legacy.

Additional Information About Jessica

  • Jessica is a drinker and carries all kinds of medication from Quaaludes, mood stabilizers, and anxiety meds.

Ainsley (Halston Sage)

Ainsley (Halston Sage) talking to Malcolm.
Ainsley (Halston Sage)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Martin’s daughter, who barely remembers him since he was arrested when she was 5. But, pressing forward, in modern times she is a reporter on TV and seems far more well adjusted than her mother Jessica or brother Malcolm.

Additional Information About Ainsley

Malcolm (Tom Payne and Kasjan Wilson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Former special agent Martin Whitly, aka Martin Bright, appears to have intimate knowledge of some of his father’s kills and with their relationship being close, until he applied to Quantico in 2009, he has been his base for profiling serial killers. Which, in 2019, is his job for the NYPD.

Other known facts about Malcolm is that he is a narcissist, with PTSD, and some would say psychotic inclinations. Also, he suffers from tremors, takes at least 4 different medications, requires being strapped in when sleeping, or else he’ll sleepwalk, and that he is the one who ended his father’s murdering spree. Which, based off what we currently know, isn’t something Martin is aware of.

Additional Information About Malcolm

Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips)

Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips) at a scene of a crime.
Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

An NYPD cop who, in 1998, nearly ended up one of “The Surgeon’s” victims until the son of the surgeon warned him and saved his life. 20+ years later the two still maintain contact, and when Malcolm returns to New York, after being fired by the FBI, Gil recruits Malcolm to help with a copycat killer mimicking his father’s crimes.

Additional Information About Gil

  • His ex was from the Bronx – Jackie

Dani (Aurora Perrineau)

Dani (Aurora Perrineau) after Malcolm leaves a room which had an explosive in it.
Dani (Aurora Perrineau)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

A Bronx native and cop, within a few days she takes to Malcolm, despite his eccentricities, and befriends him.

Additional Information About Dani

JT (Frank Harts)

JT (Frank Harts) talking to Gil.
JT (Frank Harts): Just my type.

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

One of Gil’s underlings who does not like Malcolm due to him going to extremes.

Additional Information About JT

Claude (Steve Beauchamp)

Claude (Steve Beauchamp) with a gun pointed towards Malcolm.
Claude (Steve Beauchamp)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

A serial killer Malcolm discovers who would butcher his opponents at the location where he grew up since he was 11.

Additional Information About Claude

Carter (Michael Cerveris)

Carter (Michael Cerveris) with a gun pointed towards Malcolm.
Carter (Michael Cerveris)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

An upper crush man, and a former patient of Martin who used what he knew, and stole Martin’s work, to become a copycat killer. One whose motive stemmed from feeling replaced as a dom by a younger man.

Additional Information About Carter

General Information About FOX’s Prodigal Son

  • The show takes place in modern New York City

Groups & Organizations

Notable Locations

Claremont Psychiatric Hospital

Where Martin is being held.

Noteworthy Events

Terms To Know

  • VIC – Very Important Cadaver


Listed Under Categories: ,


Follow, Like and Subscribe


Sending
User Review
0 (0 votes)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.