The team is called to Salisbury, Maryland for their latest case of a seemingly happy family with an underlying dysfunction. Bruce Morrison is a university professor and writer on mandatory sabbatical for personal issues. He just telephoned 9-1-1 to report his two teen-aged daughters, Sarah and Katie Morrison, missing. The call was 36 hours after they disappeared. Their disappearance and the 9-1-1 call are one year to the day after he made a similar 9-1-1 call 36 hours after the fact that his wife, Judy Morrison, went missing and was never found. Many suspected Bruce of killing Judy, as she had had an affair with a colleague, Jeff Godwin, about which Bruce had discovered. Bruce is also an alcoholic, who over the immediate past has been in various stages of sobriety. That alcoholism is perhaps the reason why he can't remember why he didn't call 9-1-1 earlier in both cases than he did. The team has to dig a little deeper into the Morrison family to discover if Bruce, Jeff Godwin - who ... Written by
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This is the first episode of Criminal Minds to be directed by cast member Thomas Gibson, who plays Aaron Hotchner. See more
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Alan Lightman said, "The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain... or joy."