While the team profiles a killer in a small town, Hotch must stay and deal with Elle who is beginning to unravel.



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Chief Jones
James Charles
Jeffrey Charles
Deputy Mack (as Chris A. Conrad)
Henry (as Bobby Preston-Weiss)
Agent Breen


In Ozona, Texas, 2500 population, young boys Robbie Davis and Nicholas Faye were bludgeoned to death in the woods, next Sara, dumped there after posthumous abuse. The team believes it's a smart, methodical local trusted by the kids, who are meanwhile advised the buddy-system. An eight-year old tells Jason, who noticed he's burdened by a secret, his older brother Matthew is missing- since two rascals dared him to pull the bell at the local 'ghost house' of old hunter Finnegan, whose wife disappeared 50 years ago. He's out, Robbie's bag lies there, but his corpse is found, buried in the woods before the first murder. Next suspect is school counselor James Charles, abandoned by his wife, who has victim Nicholas Faye's baseball team cap when he fails to flee arrest; his own 12 year-old son Jeffrey Charles is missing, after a search Jason quickly guesses the horrible truth... Meanwhile Hotch tries to get reluctant Elle Greenaway, FBI-cleared but a mental mess, to take shrink therapy... Written by KGF Vissers

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25 October 2006 (USA)  »

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It is revealed in this episode that J.J. Jareau has a niece who is eight years old, which implies she has at least one sibling. See more »


While searching the "haunted" house, they discover food trays containing cream of spinach soup that has been sealed with duct tape. The trays hold the finger prints of the town counselor and an unidentified child. They pick up the counselor and search his house, where they find an epi pen and all of the dairy in the fridge sealed with duct tape. When they ascertain that the counselor is not allergic to milk, they turn to his son. The problem here is the counselor was delivering food for the old man who lived in the house, so why did he seal the cream of spinach soup with duct tape? See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: Elle was cleared?
Derek Morgan: It was self defense
Dr. Spencer Reid: So it was a good shoot?
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: Well, she hit what she was aiming for
Dr. Spencer Reid: That's not what I meant
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: I know!
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »


Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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"He's hunting children"- Jason Gideon
29 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent episode because their is many intense scenes and a shocking twist in the end that you won't see coming.

The team goes to a small town in Texas because of the deaths of 3 kids in one month, starting with a 6 year old boy. When they get there they enforce the "buddy system" and a 5pm curfew, but soon enough another child, Matthew, goes missing. His younger brother has a secret, saying Matthew was just going to "ring the doorbell" of the haunted house on the hill. The team investigates the house not finding the man who owns it until they go to the woods outside the house. Buried outside the house, the old man is dead, the boy nowhere to be found. Reid and Gideon are looking outside by the staircase when they here something, yelling at the person to come out comes a small voice "don't hurt me" and out comes 8 year old Matthew unharmed. He says he was hiding because he heard a tree branch. Although the boy is unharmed, they still don't know who the unsub is. Then they get some shocking news about who their unsub may be, the officer who as been helping them this whole time. They go to his house and find him carrying a bag, once they catch him they look through the bag and find a red hat, the hat the first child was wearing while alive, but was missing after he was killed. They take in the officer and question him, but of course he denies everything. Then the team gets the information that the officers 8 year old son never showed up for school. Thinking he killed his son Morgan starts yelling at him. Then reality hits them, and hits them hard, the officer is not the killer, his 8 year old son, Jeffrey, is the killer. And now an 8 year old girl, Tracy never showed up at home. Through the buddy system she was walking home with the Jeffrey, the killer. Through a shortcut, Tracy becomes tired and wants to get home. Jeffrey gets mad and throws her book bag, and then goes at her with a bat. She kicks him in the kneecap, making him fall, and she takes off running. The team finds the bus stop, splits up and goes from there ending in the same woods as the two kids. Hearing her screams as he comes after her, the team runs towards them. As Jeffrey finds Tracy and goes for one hard swing of the bat, Gideon runs up and seizes the boy and the bat, while JJ grabs the girl taking her to safety. The boys is shown being taken away in a police car. The children are now safe. The teams heads back to headquarters for their next assignment.

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