The BAU travel to Montana to investigate a mass murder shooting at a gas station. By witness accounts, a young male/female couple were the shooters. Evidence at the scene suggests that the couple are newlyweds, that the shooting was not planned, but that the shooters' primary need is to please each other. The BAU know that they will kill again. When the unsubs end up having another killing spree at an alcoholics support group meeting, the BAU believe that the unsubs are recovering alcoholics themselves who met at a support group meeting, but who have violated what is known as the thirteenth step of getting involved with another in the program. Piecing together the clues, the team are able to identify the male of the couple as Ray Donovan, and ultimately the female as Sydney Manning. Knowing their identities leads to knowing their next intended hit. That results in a standoff with innocent hostages involved. The team use the knowledge of Ray being a sociopath and Sydney being a ... Written by
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A lot of key elements in the unsubs backgrounds are similar to Oliver Stone's Controversial Natural Born Killers (1994). The movie (like the episode) followed a murderous couple on a killing spree. One key element from the movie is Mallory attacking anyone that comes on to her in a sexual manner. Another element is the movie starts out at a gas station and the scene ends with Mickey and Mallory killing the patrons. Both elements are incorporated into the episode. And just like Mickey calling Mallory 'Mal', Ray calls Sidney 'Sid'. See more
When Morgan approaches the door of the gas station to deliver alcohol to the unsubs, the male unsub wields his Beretta pistol and an audible click is heard, presumably due to cocking the hammer. In subsequent scenes the pistol is shown uncocked and the safety lever is still on. See more
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."
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