Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday Jan 21, 2009 on CBS

Episode Recap

A man drives along the dark road, his wife beside him, and his son in the back seat. There are coins hanging from his rearview mirror and they rustle as quietly as the leaves on the trees overhead. The wife points out the home they have been looking for and the man brings the dark car to a halt. The man and wife turn to find their son lying on the back seat, and they know something is wrong. "What if she doesn't like me?" he worries. His parents smile and reassure him, telling him that they've been talking about this moment all his life. He is almost ten, his mother encourages, almost a man. The father hands his wife a plastic bag of broken colored glass, and takes a tool bag from under the seat. The mother and son follow him to the house where she scatters the glass on the mat in front of the door. The father carefully tapes the window before breaking it with his elbow so that he can reach in and open the door. He grinds the broken glass underfoot as the three enter the sleeping home.

The BAU office in Quantico, Virginia, is busy as Agent Jordan Todd hurries through the bull pen. She quickly brushes past SSA Emily Prentiss and SSA David Rossi, rushes up the short flight of stairs and enters SSA Aaron Hotchner's office. She begins speaking immediately, intent, unconcerned that she is interrupting her boss while he is on the telephone. A family was just found dead in Alabama, and their ten-year-old daughter is missing. Hotchner hangs up and turns to pick up his "go" bag as he shoots questions to the liaison. The girl has been missing since 1:00 AM - eight hours ago - and most abducted children don't live past the first 24 hours. Prentiss and Rossi haven't moved - they've been watching their colleagues, knowing that something is happening. When Hotchner explains, they move quickly, Prentiss to explain to Reid and Morgan, Rossi to pick up his own bag. As they scatter, Rossi realizes that Jordan remains standing, dazed, in the middle of the bull pen. He turns back to her, reminding her that she needs her "go" bag. He has to speak to her twice before she acknowledges him and hurries off.

Ten-year-old Cate Hale stands in the small room, looking out through the wooden slats on the doors. She's scared and the room is shadowed in darkness, full of odd things – clothes, boxes, discarded aluminum foil. Through the slats the family waits, and Cate stares at the young boy who stands on the other side, watching her. The mother holds a small copper bowl in both hands, her attitude giving weight to the gesture as she hands the bowl to her son. He opens the door and hands the bowl to Cate, who whispers her plea, "Please, don't hurt me." He assures her that it is only water, and she takes the bowl between her bound hands and drinks as the three watch carefully. "Can I decide now?" the boy asks his parents. When they agree, he turns back to Cate and says, "I'm going to call you...Elena."

"Winston Churchill said there is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues of human society are created, strengthened and maintained."

On the BAU jet, Jordan Todd places her laptop on the table where the agents have gathered, and shows them the crime scene photographs. Geoff and Nancy Hale, Cate's parents, were both killed in their beds, their throats cut. Reid observes that cutting one's throat is quick and efficient, and Prentiss replies that the killer's real target was down the hall. Jordan stares at Prentiss and reminds her that the girl has a name. "She's not 'the target,' her name's Cate and she's ten years old." Rossi glances at the two women, and Prentiss nods. "You're right," she admits. An Amber Alert has been issued about Cate's abduction, but Hotchner repeats that whoever took the young girl could have traveled 400 miles already - he asks Jordan to make sure law enforcement is "casting a wide enough net." The Hale family was found by Cate's biological father, Jim Scheuren, who was to take her for the weekend. Even though the police do not consider him a suspect, the BAU will need to speak with him. Prentiss asks Jordan for a list of registered sex offenders within a 20 mile radius of the home. Reid wonders about the make-up of the Hale neighborhood and Jordan answers that it is a white, middle income locality. Morgan asks for aerial views, and suggests that Jordan get them from Garcia. Hotchner asks Rossi and Morgan to take the crime scene, while the others begin working at the local police precinct.

Deputy Bo Whittaker of the Madison County Sheriff's Department meets the agents at the Hale home. He immediately recognizes Agent Rossi from television, and leads them through the open gate towards the house, explaining that the point of entry was in the back, no one heard anything, and the dogs lost the scent immediately. The home is secluded, out in the country, and the kidnapper had plenty of time to watch the little girl. Rossi stands in the front yard watching the tree swing spin lazily back and forth in the breeze, and imagines the little girl playing and laughing there. "I prefer cities," he admits, "you can see them coming." At the door the agents notice that the mode of entry wasn't very sophisticated - the unsub just broke the window. When Deputy Whittaker asks the agents if they think the little girl is already dead, Morgan tells him that it all depends on what the kidnapper wants with her. Crouching down in front of the door he notices the colored glass fragments on the mat.

At the police station, Reid tells Hotchner that the Hale home is located within a rural area, three miles from a major road - that tells the profiler that the unsub didn't find Cate by accident. Sheriff Bates agrees to let Hotchner know when Cate's father arrives - even though he is not a suspect, he may know who is.

Cate Hale's bedroom looks as if it could belong to any ten-year-old girl: it's decorated with butterfly stickers and stuffed animals.

Jordan Todd hands Emily Prentiss a copy of the autopsy report and tries to apologize for her tone on the plane. Emily mutters that it is already forgotten.

Rossi stands amid the carnage of the Hale's bedroom - blood spattered on the walls and ceiling, the white sheets dyed red. Morgan enters to tell him that there was no sign of a struggle in Cate's room, and Rossi theorizes that the parents might not have had a chance to scream, to even wake their daughter. "Both of them?" Morgan asks.

At the station, Prentiss stares at the photos of the dead couple - something about the neck wounds isn't right.

Walking through the crime, Rossi and Morgan wonder how the unsub could have kept Mrs. Hale quiet while he killed her husband right next to her in bed. Neither was tied, and there were no defensive wounds.

Reading the autopsy report, Jordan tells Prentiss that, while Geoff Hale was killed with a single deep slash through the carotid artery, Nancy's neck wounds were jagged and shallow, puncturing the artery.

"There's more than one unsub," Morgan realizes. It all fits - the couple was attacked at the same time. If they hadn't been, there would have been defensive wounds, or their screams would have awakened their daughter. Deputy Whittaker wonders what this means for Cate Hale, and the two agents tell him that, with two unsubs, the dynamics of the crime have changed. They will want to spend time with the girl.

When Rossi calls Hotchner to tell him about their theory of two unsubs, Hotchner isn't surprised - Prentiss came up with the same thought after looking at the autopsy report. He hangs up and hurries through the police station to a small office where Cate's biological father, Jim Scheuren, is waiting. He quickly tells Sheriff Bates to update his men about their new theory. "How's the father?" Hotchner asks quietly. "I've cleaned up bar fights that smell better than that man right now," the sheriff answers.

Jim Scheuren rubs his hands over his face, numbly answering Hotchner's questions. He denies that his ex-wife and her husband had any enemies, then stutters, stumbling over his words. He tells the agent that Cate is a normal kid, and meets new people all the time, but Hotchner is asking about a new adult in her life, a white male. He tells Scheuren that the unsubs would have targeted Cate specifically based on the location of the Hale house. Scheuren doesn't know how he can help, and it saddens him - he tells Hotchner that he and his daughter like to go to the movies and there is a new Multiplex at the mall. He has visitation every two weeks. Hotchner is honest with the man - if he has nothing to add to the bureau's knowledge of Cate, then the agent's time is better spent somewhere else. Hotchner gets up and moves to the door as Scheuren blinks back his tears. Finally, as Hotchner is leaving, Cate's father tells him something important.

On the phone with Hotchner, Morgan goes through the Hale family medicine cabinet, and reaches in for a prescription bottle. Hotchner tells him to bring it with him when he comes to the police station. Hanging up, Hotchner turns to Jordan Todd and tells her that Cate Hale has epilepsy, and the kidnappers didn't take her medicine. The primary cause of seizures is stress.

Still locked in the small, shadowy room, Cate is shaking with fear. Nothing that surrounds her is familiar - the aluminum foil, the boxes, and now there is the soft jingling of bells coming from the room beyond the wooden slats. The father is doing something with the son, urging him to try harder, as he smoothes the clothing over the mannequin. The boy brushes past the mannequin, sliding one hand inside the jacket but the bell rings and he stops, frustrated. "You have to master your fear," the dad insists, but the son has heard a noise from the locked room, and he moves towards the door. Opening it, he sees Cate seizing on the floor, foam dripping from her mouth. The mother wants to help, but the father holds her back, telling the family that "she's no good." He lifts a knife from his ankle and holds it out to his son. "We don't kill young girls," the mother insists, horrified, but the father is determined, holding out the knife. The mother looks between her husband and son and pushes his arm away. "Then you kill her," she snaps.

The mobile home drives down the dark, rural road, stopping at the top of an embankment. The father and son carry out a large bundle wrapped in a blanket, place it at the top of the hill, and roll it down into the brush below. The family drives away.

The next morning, Cate Hale struggles from the blanket, her hands and feet still bound, and claws her way up the hill. She stands, hopping into the road just as a car comes around the bend. The brakes squeal, Cate screams and falls into the car's path. The car comes to a shuddering halt a few inches from the young girl.

Prentiss, Hotchner, and Jordan Todd rush into the hospital and flash their IDs. The doctor tells the agents that Cate is in and out of consciousness, and that her father is with her. She also warns that seizures often come hand-in-hand with retrograde amnesia, so Cate's memory may have holes. Hotchner urges Prentiss to do the interview by herself.

Cate's father is standing beside her bed when Prentiss enters the hospital room. She introduces herself and asks Mr. Scheuren if she can speak with Cate alone, as there are questions she must ask that would be...awkward...for the child to answer in front of her father. Cate urges her father to go. Prentiss sits on the bed and gently tells Cate how sad she is that her mother and step-father have been killed. Cate's eyes brim with tears, but she is ready for the agent's questions.

Outside in the corridor, Hotchner is waiting for Cate's father. He tells him that if the paramedics had not been alerted to Cate's condition, they might not have acted in time to save her life. Trying to connect with the man, the agent leans in, speaking quietly, and tells him that he helped save his daughter's life. Hotchner tells him that Cate will be okay, but it will take time and patience, and she'll need her dad. Scheuren admits that yesterday would have been the first time he'd seen his daughter in a month and a half. Hotchner closes his eyes, his own pain threatening to take hold. "A colleague of mine asked me the other day how my son was enjoying the Christmas present he got from him, and I had to make up an answer because I didn't know." Something in Hotchner's admission reaches Scheuren, and the two imperfect fathers smile ruefully before Scheuren goes in search of a cup of coffee. Jordan arrives to tell Hotchner that the lab is analyzing the fibers found on Cate's clothing and in the blanket. Hotchner reaches into his pocket and dials Garcia.

Typing furiously, Garcia begins to code the search parameters that Hotchner has given her, looking for crimes that involve partners within a 90 mile radius within the last two years. She is to build a "scumbag yearbook" of mug shots for the agents to show Cate. Jordan asks about the large search, and Hotchner explains that the kidnappers dumped Cate 84 miles from her home, and that investigators found she had not been there long. The unsubs should have been long gone from the area by then. The bigger question for Hotchner is why they left Cate alive in the first place.

Now seated in a chair, Cate holds Prentiss's hands tightly as the agent explains a "cognitive interview." Cate's afraid, but Prentiss reassures her, and tells her that she will be with her all the way. She asks Cate to close her eyes and tell her the first thing she remembers. Breathing out, Cate closes her eyes and she's there, outside her home. She remembers the cold, and a man with blood on his face telling her to keep quiet as he ties her hands. The vision is so real that the girl's voice shakes with fear, but Prentiss is there, keeping her grounded. Cate describes the man as old, like her dad, with dark hair. As the man picks her up, Cate panics, screaming for Prentiss to help her, struggling against her captor. Prentiss pulls her out of her memory and promises the girl that the man cannot hurt her. Cate nods, and remembers that he put her in the trunk of a car, but that she wasn't in there long - about ten minutes. When the man pulled her out she heard only the wind through the trees.

She smells something...something cooking. She's inside now, behind the door with the wooden slats, and she tells Prentiss that they've taken her shoes. "That's so you won't run," Prentiss explains gently. She asks Cate to look down at her feet and tell her what she's standing on. "Carpet. I'm in a little room," Cate replies. She sees the clothes and tin foil, and she hears bells, little tinkling fairy bells. "Every time they ring he says something to the boy," she whispers. Prentiss is surprised. "The boy?" Cate remembers the boy, that he was almost ten years old, and that his parents wanted her to play with him. She didn't want to go - she fights - screams - and Prentiss calms her again. She tells Cate to open her eyes and smiles at the brave young girl, telling her what a good job she did.

In the hospital corridor Prentiss assures Mr. Scheuren that his daughter is incredibly strong, and that her abductor didn't assault her. As he walks away to rejoin his daughter, Prentiss turns to Hotchner and tells him Cate was taken by a family and held in an RV in a wooded area. Cate also remembered that the mother called her son, "Puiule," which Prentiss believes is a Romanian endearment she heard when her mother worked in Eastern Europe. Hotchner asks her to get Rossi and Morgan to the closest RV Parks.

As they walk through the RV Park, the owner tells Morgan and Rossi that most people pay in cash and keep to themselves. Morgan describes the people they are looking for, that they might have spoken some foreign words to each other. The woman suddenly remembers a family - business-like father, pretty wife, quiet son - who left in the middle of the night. She wouldn't have remembered at all if she hadn't had to pick up all the broken glass at their site. She leads them to the place the family parked, and the two agents don gloves. As they move through the area searching for evidence, Rossi has something on his mind. "Jordan was right, you know, on the plane," he begins. "We hide behind language; we don't talk about the ugliness that we see." Even though they discuss horrible crimes, they use words that minimize the agents' emotional involvement, words like MO, signature, pathology. This case is about stealing children, and grooming young boys to kill - they should be horrified. Morgan replies that they cannot do their jobs if they allow themselves to feel. "Exactly," Rossi curtly responds. Turning over a rock with one foot, he finds shards of colored glass.

Back at the police station, Morgan has found that the glass fragments match those found at the Hale home. Morgan, Rossi, and Reid explain to Sheriff Bates that they've never before seen a family that ritualizes killing together. Reid believes that the spreading of the glass is an Eastern European tradition for good luck, which makes sense if the family is speaking Romanian. They may be dealing with Romani - Gypsies, Rossi explains - or, more accurately, people who are warping Romani culture. These people are usually tight-knit and nomadic but not usually prone to violence. Calling Garcia, the group asks her to run through similar crimes within the last two years. She has already done so and found nothing. Rossi expands the search in time, and Reid asks her to include small towns that have experienced waves of petty crime in conjunction with Romani movement into the area. Garcia is surprised to hear the connection with gypsies and begins her search. At the police station, the profilers advise the sheriff to get his men ready - since Cate Hale didn't meet the family's needs, there is no doubt they will abduct another girl.

A little blonde girl holds her mother's hand as the small family leaves a Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant. Watching and waiting in a car in the parking lot the Romani mother tells her husband that it is too soon to begin again, but the father insists - the son turns ten in a week. "Do you see one you like?" the father asks. The boy merely nods, his gaze drawn to the blonde girl. The father smiles and tells him he's made a fine choice.

Hotchner begins the profile briefing with local law enforcement, explaining the dynamic of the Romani family consisting of mother, father, and ten-year-old boy. Rossi goes on to tell the officers about the family RV, and another vehicle that they used to abduct Cate Hale.

They wait outside the darkened home. The mother clutches a bag of broken glass. The wind rustles through the trees as the three make their way toward the home.

The police officers are to be on the lookout for an RV site with glass scattered around it. Hotchner describes the family as "highly superstitious" who are playing out a specific ritual which focuses on the little girls.

The blonde girl sleeps in her room decorated in pink, her stuffed unicorn on the bed beside her. A shadow moves past her window and enters the room. A hand clamps over her mouth.

The abducting family does not come across these girls by accident - "they study, they hunt," Rossi explains.

The father hands his son a knife and pushes open the door to the master bedroom. They split up and quietly approach the bed from each side, their knives reaching down to the exposed throats of their victims. There is blood.

Hotchner and Rossi tell the officers to begin at the Multiplex where Jim Scheuren liked to take his daughter, but to also concentrate on parks and malls that are an easy drive to any RV Parks. "This family is out there and is looking for their next victim." Morgan interrupts the briefing to bring Rossi and Hotchner to the conference room.

Garcia has found something. After going back further and making her search national, she has found an ugly pattern emerging. There have been 30 disappearances logged since 1909 from all over the country - young girls who went missing after their parents were killed. Because of the distance in time and space between the abductions, a pattern was never found. "What the hell is this?" Rossi asks. "I don't know," Morgan responds, "but it looks like it's been going on for generations."

The profilers arrive at the crime scene, and Sheriff Bates explains the roadblocks he's set up, and that Lynnn Robillard's picture has gone out on the wire. Morgan finds a pile of colored glass fragments on the sidewalk. The bodies of the parents are wheeled out in anonymous black bags past the profilers, and Rossi comments that they've been lucky - the other crimes were years apart. If it hadn't been for Cate Hale's epilepsy, they might never have found her. And that's just what he's afraid of for the new little girl, Lynn Robillard. Inside the home Morgan and Reid stand over the bloodstained bed. Reid questions the need to kill the parents, as the little girls' rooms were both closer to the exit and the unsubs could have taken the girls without waking the parents. Morgan believes it was a countermeasure - the sad fact about child abductions is that, if the parents don't continue to stay in touch with law enforcement, the case eventually drops to the bottom of the pile. By killing the parents, these girls are left with no advocates. Morgan answers a call from Garcia.

Walking outside, Morgan tells the other agents that he knows what the families are doing with the girls. Garcia found a hair fiber in the blanket Cate Hale was wrapped in when she was dumped. He grabs the case files from the black SUV and flips through the pile until he finds the one he wants. The hair belonged to Kathy Gray, a little girl who was abducted when her parents were murdered in 1971. This little girl has become one of the unsubs. Jordan takes the file and gazes down at the picture of the innocent little girl. She turns from the others and takes a few steps away to distance herself. Rossi goes after her, explaining that it's okay to feel for these victims. Jordan is confused, struggling with the thought that the abducted girls go on to become killers. Sighing, Rossi tells her that ten-year-old girls are abducted for a reason - to become wives to the Romani family's young boys.

The father and son carefully transfer a few of their important belongings from the RV to their car, while the mother sits in the back seat with the little girl. She tells Lynn that she understands what she's going through, and takes off the gag over the girl's mouth. The little girl sobs, and clutches at the woman, crying for her mother. "It's okay, you're a part of something now," the mother soothes, brushing Lynn's hair from her face. "I was just like you." The father lays a trail of gasoline from the RV into the vacant lot, throws the can behind him and drops his lighter into the fuel. The flame burns, rushing across the dry soil until it reaches the RV. The gasoline-drenched interior fuels the fire as the father and son get into the car, watching the flames grow. The explosion comes quickly, and the family drives away.

Garcia walks the profilers through Kathy Gray's file, explaining that the police believed the parents were killed by a transient. Jordan wonders how a girl could watch her family murdered and then become a murderer herself. Rossi explains "Stockholm Syndrome," that she had no choice but to adapt or die. After these rituals are handed down from generation to generation, children will just accept that worldview - it is no longer about right and wrong. They are keeping the bloodline pure by abducting children, and they are ensuring that the cases are not pursued by killing the parents. Sheriff Bates arrives to tell the team about an RV fire that has been reported 20 miles away; Reid, Morgan, and Rossi leave to check it out. Hotchner then asks Garcia to digitally alter Kathy Gray's photo to age her, to match how she would look today. Garcia begins working, and, after a few minutes, has an image that matches the Romani mother's.

"It looks like they left almost everything," observes Morgan at the site of the RV fire. Only an hour old, they know the family couldn't have gotten very far. The singed clothing recovered from the fire still has store security tags, and Reid makes the connection with the aluminum foil Cate Hale remembered seeing - a thief will line his bag with foil in order to get around store security sensors when shoplifting. The mannequin he finds also explains the sound of bells Cate described. "The School of the Seven Bells" is a type of training for thieves who work to pick pockets without ringing one of the bells. The ritual is all-important for the criminals - they abducted Lynn Robillard even though they knew the surrounding area was crawling with police. This family is starting over. Rossi asks the sheriff for the location of the closest shopping mall, and Morgan calls to alert Hotchner.

Police swarm over the mall, handing out copies of Garcia's altered image of Kathy Gray. Hotchner tells the officers to focus on the high-end department stores. The Romani boy sees one of the pictures posted on the store window and rips it down, hurrying back to the fitting room where his mother and father are stuffing garments into bags. He shows it to his mother. The store alarms go off as the mother is walking out through the doors, alone, clutching her bags. Hotchner and the other officers rush to the location as a security officer demands that she set down her bags. The deputies take her into custody as Hotchner looks around, a frown etched onto his face. He knows the family has been stealing for years and has never gotten caught. "This was too easy."

The woman who was Kathy Gray folds her arms over her chest and insists to Prentiss and Hotchner that she killed the two families all by herself. Prentiss sits near the woman, compassionate and kind, while Hotchner circles the wooden desk in the interrogation room, impatient and frustrated. Leaning over the table, Hotchner demands to know how she could have killed two people and kidnapped a little girl by herself, but Prentiss turns to him, insistent that Kathy is not responsible. Angry, Hotchner reminds the agent that the bodies are piling up and Kathy knows where her husband and son are. Prentiss turns her back to him and tells Kathy that she is the victim, but Hotchner forcefully disagrees. She is a murderer. Prentiss reaches out to the woman, telling her that it is not her fault. The mother snaps that her name is Sylvia, not Kathy. Prentiss shakes her head sadly, and pulls out the picture of ten-year-old Kathy Gray, reminding the woman of the girl that she had been. Kathy looks down at the photograph as if confused, wondering who she has become as Hotchner and Prentiss lock eyes for a moment. Suddenly Hotchner bangs both hands down on the table, yelling, "I'm sick of this! Where are your husband and son!" Kathy jumps, staring at the agent with tears in her eyes, but Prentiss moves in to soothe her, telling her that the Romani stole her life. Kathy gets into Hotchner's face and tells him that the little girl is better off with her son. Prentiss asks her about her mother, but Kathy interrupts, saying that she's told them everything - that she killed them all herself.

Morgan, Reid, and Rossi join Jordan Todd in the observation room. Reid remarks that he hopes the "good cop/bad cop" routine works, and Rossi adds that, if it doesn't, they'll have lost the little girl forever.

Hotchner calls Kathy a liar when she insists she doesn't know where her husband and son are. When Prentiss uses the name 'Kathy' again, she picks up the photograph and throws it at the agent: "My name isn't Kathy!" Prentiss reminds her that it is, and that she was abducted when she was ten years old. She wants to help her get her life back. Hotchner grabs the file of crime scene photographs and begins snapping them onto the table in front of the woman, saying, "See what you did?" Prentiss doesn't want him to show her the pictures, but he doesn't listen, explaining each of the wounds on the body. He describes the decisive cut on Geoff Hale's neck, and the tentative wound on Nancy's - that the son's hand wasn't quite as steady as his father's, but that when he begins teaching his own son how to kill, it will be. He puts out the Robillard pictures, all the while Prentiss is arguing, telling him to put them away. Finally, he places black and white stills of another dead couple on the table. Now Kathy is confused, wondering where these pictures came from. Walking around behind the woman, Hotchner pushes her chair up close to the table so she cannot escape the sight. "You don't recognize your own mother and father?" he yells. Kathy begins to cry as Hotchner points out the tentative cut across her mother's throat that her future husband made. Her voice gentle, Prentiss tells Kathy that she is the reason that Cate Hale is alive, realizing that her husband wanted to kill the girl, but Kathy refused. She continues to push the woman, asking her how it made her feel to know that he was willing to kill, even willing to kill her if he had to. The agents move to each side of the woman as Prentiss continues, telling Kathy that her son still has a chance, that he could be released when he is 18 if they can get to him in time. Kathy is still sobbing, shaking her head, saying that she loves her family as Hotchner glances purposefully towards the observation room. "She's ready," Rossi observes and moves towards the door.

Entering the interrogation room, Rossi hands a list of names to Hotchner who begins to read one name after the other. Kathy is confused, not recognizing the names. Hotchner goes on, relentlessly, as Rossi explains that it is a list of fences in the area - they want her to name the one her husband will go to. "Give her a minute to do the right thing," Prentiss pleads, but Hotchner continues. "I can't stop him, Kathy, this is it, this is your last chance to make things right," Prentiss babbles. Kathy shakes her head, confused, tired, and when Hotchner reads the name "Morris Collins" she bangs one hand on the table and pushes to her feet, pacing nervously. "I won't tell you!" Reid and Morgan are already on the move. Hotchner looks over at her, quiet, relaxed, and states, "You just did." Kathy realizes she fell for their trap. She tells Prentiss that the boy isn't with him, and Prentiss asks her where the children are. She agrees to tell them if they let her see her son. Prentiss nods.

In the back alley behind Morris Collins' place, the father is just walking out the door when he hears the sirens blare. Cars suddenly block both sides of the alley as he tries to run, and Morgan and Reid, along with men from the sheriff's department, draw their guns and block his escape. He holds up his hands and kneels on the ground as Morgan puts on the handcuffs. "In history, warriors invaded towns, killed the men, women, and boys, but kept the girls for themselves. You exist because your ancestors did what was needed for you to survive," the man rants. As they take him away he screams, "You'll never find my boy!" "We already have," Reid calmly answers.

The agents are as good as their word, and Rossi leads the boy to see his mother through the mesh of the holding cell as a deputy carries Lynn Robillard through the sheriff's office. Prentiss stands inside the cell with Kathy, as Rossi waits behind the boy. The mother's fingers wrap around her son's through the mesh as they look at each other. She tells him to be strong, that it's just him now. She tells him she loves him. Putting her head close to the mesh she suddenly whispers, "Nu le spune despre furatitai" and Prentiss pulls her away. Rossi quickly tells the sheriff to get the videotape to a translator immediately.

Hotchner stands at the evidence board as Rossi and Jordan Todd approach. Rossi tells him that the translation will be ready soon, and Jordan advises that Lynn Robillard's aunt and uncle are on their way. She also has something else to say: by the time the team returns to Quantico, JJ will be at her desk. Hotchner is confused - JJ has three more weeks of maternity leave coming. Jordan tells him that JJ is ready to be back, and she herself is ready to go back to counter-terrorism. "It's where I'm needed," she adds. Rossi shakes her hand and tells her they are lucky to have her. After he walks off, Jordan turns to Hotchner. "This team is like a family, and families take on the traits of their leaders. You don't show much emotion," she tells him. Hotchner wonders what she's getting at. Jordan simply tells him that the case files JJ is confronted with contain some of the worst things imaginable. She hopes Hotchner doesn't take her for granted. "I don't," Hotchner answers honestly.

Kathy Gray - Sylvia - sits in her holding cell, fingers drumming nervously on the tabletop. Her son stands just outside, surrounded by Prentiss and Rossi. Hotchner walks to his teammates and asks what the translation said. Holding his gaze, Rossi repeats the words: "'Don't tell them about your brothers.'" The boy stares at them, a slight smile grazing his lips. "How many brothers do you have?" Prentiss asks. He continues to smile silently, while his mother watches, a look of pride on her face.

"Mario Puzo wrote: The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other."

Somewhere, a car drives down a dark country road. The father turns to his son in the back seat and tells him that they are almost there - he's becoming a man. He asks if his son is ready, and the boy nods. The mother smiles at him. "I love you, Puiule."

[Recap written by Finnegan77, edited by Mark Bruner. Uploaded Jan 27, 2009]
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