Criminal Minds: Season 7, Episode 5

From Childhood's Hour (19 Oct. 2011)

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The BAU team investigates the abductions of young children with troubled mothers in St. Louis. Also, Rossi reconnects with his first wife who has shocking news for him.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Tanner (as Sevaun Cavanaugh Kastl)


It isn't until 48 hours after the disappearance of nine year old St. Louis, Missouri based Bobby Smith that the BAU is called to investigate. The delay was because Bobby's chronically depressed mother, Marlene Smith, believed he was at his grandmother's house where she dropped him off. Despite her not being a candidate for mother of the year, the team doesn't believe that Marlene is a suspect as there is every indication that she lives beyond her means to please Bobby whenever she's not in one of her suicidal states. Since there are no signs of a struggle, the team believes that Bobby knew or at least trusted the abductor unsub, meaning that the unsub could have been someone in authority like a first responder. When another St. Louis based child, four year old Timmy Tanner, is abducted, the team has its first victim profile: troubled mothers, as Timmy's mother Kelsey Tanner eventually admits to being a drug addict. Timmy's disappearance also brings about the first real break into the ... Written by Huggo

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[first lines]
Bobby Smith: [banging the door] Mom, open the door! Please! Mom, open the door! Please don't, Mom! Please don't!
[Marlene holds scissors]
Bobby Smith: Please don't. Please! Open the door! Please! Please don't, Mom!
[Marlene throws scissors]
Bobby Smith: Mom? Open the door. Mom! Open it! Mom, please. Mom.
Marlene Smith: [Marlene and Bobby arrives at grandmother's house] Come on. Come on, Bobby! Let's go.
Bobby Smith: Let me stay with you.
Marlene Smith: Don't cry, sweetheart. Come on, please.
Bobby Smith: I don't want to do this again.
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One of the best guest star performances in CM history.
25 December 2013 | by (Valley Stream, New York) – See all my reviews

Patrick Stafford plays the unsub and 911 operator and he adopts the perfect soothing voice to talk to callers and kids he takes from parents who have major problems. Stafford nailed this part and totally takes over the episode but because the episode has bookends involving Rossi and his ex-wife I feel that he might have even more time to stand out. But either way he stands out almost more than any other guest star. He has a monologue that is just one of the highlights in CM history. The show was intent on really delving into this character and not being a monster of week or whatever. Definitely want to highlight the writers Bruce Zimmerman and director Anna Foerster. Multi Emmy winner for The Bold and The Beautiful Heather Tom excels as one of the flawed parents.

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