Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 21

A Shade of Gray (22 Apr. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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An AMBER alert is activated for a young boy in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and the BAU suspect it to be the work of a pedophile who has abducted and killed two other boys.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Lancaster
Dan Murphy
Hugh Rollins
Sarah Murphy
Mr. Seager


Kyle Murphy is third in the string of boys abducted from their homes in Camden County, the first two ultimately found dead in the woods. For Captain Bill Lancaster, the chief police investigator working on the string of abductions, Kyle's disappearance adds poignancy to the case as he is friends with the Murphys, Kyle who called him "Uncle". As the FBI begin to investigate, they notice that there are slight differences between Kyle's abduction and the other two. When the FBI finds the person who they believe is the unsub, they are still uncertain if he had anything to do with Kyle's disappearance. Written by Huggo

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Emily Prentiss: Danny told me what he did to Kyle. Do you know what he did?
Dan Murphy: Yes, we know.
Emily Prentiss: Everything he did? Danny stuffed... plane parts down Kyle's throat.
Dan Murphy: What?
Capt. Lancaster: Oh, God.
Dan Murphy: He wouldn't do that.
Emily Prentiss: You told Danny to watch his temper. What else did you worry about? Danny said you had a puppy, but he died. Your son is ill, and he needs help. The truth is, the only thing Danny isn't capable of is remorse. He feels nothing. The son you were trying to protect... is a sociopath.
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One of the best of the series!
9 August 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I admit that most episodes of Criminal Minds don't get me too excited - the finding of the criminal is most of the times too easy, or too simple, or even boring... but not this one!

Although anyone who is versed in cinematic tricks (such as focusing the story over a character a little bit too much for them not to be a suspect...)could easily at least be suspicious of who really "done it", this episode had a few good surprises and the real resolution of the case was very very good!!

It touched on a very interesting subject, not very common in scripts...

You will understand when you watch it!

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