Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 21

A Shade of Gray

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2009 on CBS

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  • This was very creepy. What could be worse than a string of child murders? I'll tell you what - when the third murder is committed by a very different unsub.

    Three young boys have been abducted and murdered in Camden County. The first two have a very similar MO, but the death of the third boy, Kyle Murphy, differs enough for the BAU to believe that they are dealing with a different unsub. Police officer Bill Lancaster, who is a friend of the Murphy family is not all that helpful as he is intent on pinning all three murders on the killer of the first two boys even when they catch the first unsub and he is completely wrong about the details of the Murphy murder. It seems that Bill Lancaster just wants closure for the grieving Murphy family, who have one older son but the BAU team are not content with his hypothesis even though the crime scenes and dumping sites are very similar.

    When they finally figure out that the one person who knows all the details of the crime is Bill Lancaster himself, he, of course, becomes suspect number 1 in the Murphy murder but the truth is even more shocking when we found out that Lancaster did indeed place the body in the woods but the killer was someone else entirely ...

    This episode was very sad in places but I wasn't overly impressed by the acting skills of the older son. He did a far better job during the press conference at the beginning than he did near the end when Prentiss was interviewing him. Unfortunately too, the real killer was very obvious in this one, but I suppose they can't hide who it is all the time.