A family consisting of two parents and their son break into a home, kill the parents and kidnap their daughter. As the investigation proceeds, the BAU team begin to suspect that what they're dealing with is bigger than they thought.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Ten year old Cate Hale is abducted from her rural Alabama home while her sleeping mother and stepfather are killed, their throats slashed. Although the BAU realize that time is of the essence since most abducted children do not survive past the first 24 hours, Cate is later released, physically unharmed. The BAU believe her release was due to the fact that she has epilepsy, which the unsub did not know of prior to her abduction. Cate recounts that her abductors were a family: a mother, father and son around her age. From Cate's stories of the abduction and later evidence found, the BAU piece together that the abduction and murders have a ritualistic nature to them. During the investigation, a second young girl in the area is abducted, her parents also killed in a similar manner. It isn't until Garcia does a search of past similar cases - abducted young girls with their parents killed - that the BAU begins to understand the full nature of this case and the rituals involved, in addition... Written by
At the location where a car skids to a stop to avoid hitting the girl lying in the road, there are obvious skid marks on the roadway where the car eventually stops, indicating that the driver practiced the maneuver before the scene was filmed. See more »
This is one of the better episodes. It has a killer (eh-heh?) of a concept that should not be spoiled before watching and *could* have been a classic were it not for a few fatal flaws. It's well acted, technically and suspense-wise well constructed, but when the flaws are in the script, those people cannot make them disappear, no matter how talented they are.
The first problem: the little girl is left alive, because of the argument that the killers don't kill little girls. Not very wise to leave a *witness* alive, when the killers are revealed to be intelligent persons who have managed to avoid the law a *long* time. These characters are too wise and too *mentally deranged* to make such a civilized decision. It's not in their character! Leaving the little girl alive affects everything that happens thereafter, so it's impact on the episode is a fatal one.
Second problem: Not as big as the first one, but c'mon, isn't that end way, way clichéd? And why make the agents aware of the twist? It would have worked better had only *the audience* been let in on it. Now the agents know, but the possibilities of a sequel are quite unlikely, since the element of surprise is ruined and we'd only have a lame retread of this episode to look forward to. Argh! Still, 7/10, not bad.
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