The BAU are called to Louisiana to get information from an autistic boy who has witnessed his parents' abduction. Meanwhile, Prentiss calls in two old colleagues to track down Ian Doyle.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... David Rossi
... Emily Prentiss
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Penelope Garcia
... Ashley Seaver
... Aaron Hotchner
... Ian Doyle
... Clyde Easter
... Tsia Mosely
... Bill Thomas
... Alison Sparks
... Lizzie Sparks
... Miss Rogers
... Sammy Sparks


The BAU travel to Lafayette Parish, Louisiana to work on the case of Sammy Sparks, a ten year old autistic boy who is seen splattered with blood. His parents, Alison and Charlie Sparks, are missing. At the Sparks home, the BAU find evidence that Charlie was shot and has a serious wound. The Sparks recently were issued a large loan to be able to keep their music store, their long time family business, open. As Lafayette Parish is in an area hit hard by the oil spill, anyone who gets a loan is considered to have won the lottery. The BAU therefore believe the Sparks were targeted for the money, and that the unsub knew the family and knew that Sammy would not be able to identify him. They try to decipher Sammy's drawings and his music and piece it to the strict routine by which all the Sparks lived to find the unsub. Meanwhile, two of Prentiss' Interpol colleagues, Tsia Mosely and Clyde Easter, try to track Ian Doyle's movements, while Prentiss considers asking her BAU colleagues for help... Written by Huggo

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23 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Mimi Kennedy, who plays Miss Rogers in this episode, was in Dharma and Greg with Thomas Gibson (Hotch). She played his wife's mother. See more »


When Sammy is drawing in the police station, in one shot, the drawing is of squares and triangles surrounding a detailed representation of the tread pattern on the bottom of Agent Rossi's boot in the center of the page, but in the next shot, the page is filled with just squares and triangles, with no boot tread. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: [voiceover] Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today. -author James T. McCay
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worst episode EVER!
27 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This was the worst episode ever. It had every cliché in the book (the episodes have been getting worse and worse in my book over the past 24 months anyway, but this was a new low). The acting was also bad and the JJ replacement hasn't got 1/10th of her charisma, they only have her because she is attractive... and the silly subplot with Prentiss is beyond a joke!!! This used to be my favourite series :-(

I hope that the series will pick up as my partner will no longer watch them as they have deteriorated so much, if they can't buck the trend they will have to end the series I would imagine as other great shows like Monk hit that when the writers had given up.

Having worked for years with autistics the portrayal of them was terrible as well!!!

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