In the season's third episode, Kit Nelson, William Ecklund guest stars as a serial child killer Nelson. Ecklund is a rising star within the realm of evil/damaged characters at present and this role is a good fit. Fit though it may be the producers really never achieve the petrifying darkness he is capable of, but damaged with a certain methodical ritual of killing certainly comes through as he goes to lengths to prepare his victim.
Jorge Garcia, as character Diego Soto, steps out front and center this week. Soto's unique encyclopedic knowledge Alcatraz's last inmates modi operandi allows him to instantly know one Kit Nelson is back. Soto presents his case very emotionally to Hauser and Madsen having a noticeably stronger need to move because if they do not find Nelson in three days the boy will be back home, but dead. Soto deducts because Nelson assumed the identity of a local hardware store employee that he should start there and hits pay-dirt when it is revealed the store had a break-in and two fishing poles were stolen. Following that lead he learns he is just behind Nelson. Soto thinks Nelson's ritual of killing first involves a kind of interaction doing things he did as a child with his victim. eTh emotional off-the-chart is driven home when Soto blows over Hauser cancelling the "Amber Alert". Soto storms off as he peels off by himself and sits in a diner thinking cherry pie is, perhaps, a lure or a solstice to his emotional upheaval. Sure enough it's a lure and Nelson and his victim walk in. Soto blows it as Nelson is leaving and Madsen is not quite on the scene yet. He almost gets the victim killed.
Jonny Coyne, as warden James, has one of the best scenes in this week's episode. James has Nelson thrown into a windowless dark claustrophobic metal cell only to surprise Nelson when the door is closed by striking a match. Using the promise of 4 matches as a countdown to total isolation in darkness James, very eerily, extracts a confession only to tell Nelson he's allowing him to keep his clothes. He leaves the matches so Nelson incinerate himself by lighting his clothes, instead Nelson still has the matches when he is holding his present day victim.
The final confrontation occurs when Madsen and Soto figure out the victim is being held in an underground bunker. This time things go a little better as the boy escapes and is being caught by Nelson in open woods. Using his victim as a shield it looks like Madsen is going to have to make a difficult decision of either letting Nelson go in order to prevent him breaking his victims neck or take a chance of shooting him without harming the victim. In a flash a shot is heard and Nelson falls dead...Hauser was also on the scene unknown to Madsen and Soto. This is somewhat different as the other returning criminals have been captured alive. The difference is driven home as Hauser returns to the double top-secret underground later-day Alcatraz with Nelson in a body bag slung over his shoulder. Upon entering the prison, Hauser turns to his right and enters a sort of infirmary/morgue where the presiding doctor is none other than old Alcatraz's doctor Beauregard. Here's a man that loves a cigarette, his work, and, apparently the boogie-woogie blues of Amos Milburn as he cues up "I'm In My Wine" on the old turntable. All-in-all, a good episode allowing Jorge Garcia to develop his character (we find out he had a childhood trauma when Hauser accuses him of "arrested development") and stretch out some while it brings up the need for some answers to the enigma that is Hauser, Dr. Beauregard, and just what the heck is going on down there! We'll stay tuned for now because