Perception (2012–2015)
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Moretti and Pierce investigate the murder of a college student.


Tawnia McKiernan


Kenneth Biller (created by) (as Ken Biller), Michael Sussman (created by) (as Mike Sussman) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric McCormack ... Daniel Pierce
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Kate Moretti
Kelly Rowan ... Natalie Vincent
Arjay Smith ... Max Lewicki
Jamie Bamber ... Michael Hathaway
Lisa Banes ... Irene Reardon
Gabriel Basso ... Billy Mitchell
Amelia Rose Blaire ... Annie
Shane Coffey ... DJ Pierce
Greg Ellis ... Leighton Brevard
Molly Hagan ... Professor
Aaron Hill ... Brian Cahill
William Moseley ... Karl
Christina Scherer ... Shannon Duquesne
Dov Tiefenbach ... Andre Lustig


Pierce thinks that one of his students didn't write the paper he submitted. So he tells Haley who doesn't want to jump the gun. Pierce thinks it's because the student is an athlete. Haley gets a call who tells Pierce, his concern needs to wait because a student was killed. So Kate goes and they try to find out who wanted to kill her. Pierce gets the student to admit he didn't write the paper which means he'll be expelled but when he has a seizure Pierce learns why he was unable to do his schoolwork and tries to get him help. He then tries to find out who wrote the student's paper and with Lewicki's help discovers who it is. And learns he's written dozens of papers. And he did it with the help of a drug that was developed on campus for the Department of Defense so that soldiers can stay awake longer. Problem is that it also led to fits of rage. Pierce suspects who killed the student may have been taking the drug too. Written by

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Release Date:

3 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Daniel Pierce: Our ambitions and our dreams give us a glimpse of a beautiful someday, and they can help us get through a sometimes-less-than-beautiful today. It's a tricky thing though, ambition. It can blind us to the price of success. It can consume us, leading to dangerous obsessions, or empty hedonism. But no matter how much we are fueled by this natural neurological impulse, ambition isn't carved in stone. Dreams change; And even if we don't get to climb mountains, there's still a chance that we can move...
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