The BAU are called to work on the case of Teddy Bryar, a former physicist and now delusional psychotic, who has hijacked an El Paso to Dallas train. Bryar killed a security guard in the initial gunfire. The BAU rush to the scene when they learn that one of the hostages is Elle, who was on a business trip alone. Teddy, egged on by his "delusion" named Leo, is aware that Elle is an FBI agent from her case file folder. The other hostages on that specific car are Dr. Linda Deaton (Teddy's doctor, who was heading to a conference on psychosis where Teddy was supposed to be a success case study); Elaine Curtis (a young single pregnant woman who was heading to get an abortion); Josh Patel (a young man with a history of drinking and driving and who had been disowned by his family for doing so); and Harold Anderson (an armed but unbalanced and meek man who was heading to shoot his estranged wife). Teddy will not negotiate with anyone except those he deems to be the "higher authority". The BAU ... Written by
Matthew Gray Gubler who plays Dr. Spencer Reid practiced to be a magician when he was younger, and performs a magic trick as part of the plot. In interviews he has mentioned magician Harry Anderson as an influence. One of the hostages on the train is named Harry Anderson. See more »
Toward the end, the unsub on the train shoots the FBI phone. From the first camera angle, the phone is clearly damaged and the receiver is no longer in place. A second later, from the next camera angle, the receiver is now undamaged and right where it was before the phone was shot. See more »
How do we negotiate with a psychotic who won't talk to us?
That depends on the level of his particular delusion.
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Too Many Unexplained Scenes Make This Not One Of The Better Episodes
A delusional, paranoid mental case, prodded by his "buddy," takes five hostages on a train headed toward Dallas. One of the hostages in the train is "Elle" from the BAU of the FBI.
We hear a few quick profiles of some of the other passengers at the beginning of the show before the whack-job takes control. Since the show never followed up on this stories, what was the purpose that....to kill another three minutes of the show? Later, there were more unexplained actions by people, leaving this a bit disjointed.
Gideon and the BAU team must discover why this man of severe delusions wants to see "someone of higher authority" (someone of official government capacity, we find out) and why he "wants it removed" before he totally cracks and starts killing people. The BAU must find out what "it" means, too.
It's supposed to be a super-suspense story, but I didn't find it such. It was okay, but the first time so far in this series that I can safely say it's not an episode I wouldn't watch a second time. It wasn't one of the more intelligent episodes of the season.
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