All of the lights are on in the classic brownstone in Georgetown, District of Columbia, but the whispering voice of the priest, and the screams of the struggling man belong in the darkness. He throws his head back and forth on the bed, blood pooling from his streaming nose, and jerks on the bonds that hold him, spread-eagle. The priest takes up the vial from between the pages of his Bible, and, red stole firmly in place around his neck, he enters the room again, ready for battle. The screams are primal, hoarse, and the man's thrashes are violent.
Outside, the rain falls as BAU Profiler Emily Prentiss pulls up outside a neighborhood bar. Hurrying inside, she drops the hood from her raincoat to her back and shakes the water from her fingers, her head turning to see if he's arrived. John Cooley sits at the bar, fingering a drink, eyes downcast. She touches him on the shoulder to get his attention and he immediately hugs her, apologetic that he's made her drive in the terrible weather. "It's really good to see you - it's been forever," he tells her, but Emily wants to know what's going on. She is not surprised to find out that John called her about their mutual friend Matthew Benton, but she is shocked to hear that he is dead. According to John, Matthew's parents told him that Matthew had a heart attack. Tears filling her eyes, she asks about Matthew, how he was before he died. John tells her that "he was Matthew - rambling and a little chaotic." He was probably still using drugs. John insists that, the last time he saw Matthew there was something different about him - his fear was real. He said, "Johnny, they're going to kill me," and insisted that this mysterious "they" had already killed another man from Georgetown named Tommy V, and they'd made it look like an accident. Even though Matthew wasn't exactly a trustworthy source, John would be grateful if Emily looked into the circumstances. She agrees, and, still stunned, walks out of the bar.
FBI Analyst Penelope Garcia is just approaching the elevator when it opens to reveal a dripping Emily Prentiss. Garcia lets the saddened agent know that she found record of the death of a man named Thomas Valentine who died in his home from dehydration. Taking the file, Emily asks if Hotch is still in his office, and Garcia replies, "Oh, I'm pretty sure he lives here." Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner is still in his office when Emily arrives, her eyes wet with tears, her clothes dripping. She tells him that an old friend has died and he tells her how sorry he is, and that she might need to take some time off. Emily shakes her head roughly and stammers that he might have been murdered, and there might be a second case. "What do you need?" Hotchner asks. Her gratitude shows on her pale face, and tells her boss that she can't just let the team handle this one - she needs to be involved. "At least let us help," Hotchner insists quietly, and she nods.
In a small, dark room, with a single bed, one small window, and a sink, the priest sits on the bed and stares at the photograph of a young man. After a moment he holds the photo to the candle's flame and watches as it burns, remembering the screams.
"Leonardo DiVinci said, 'He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.'"
In the BAU conference room the team gathers. Hotchner hands out files to JJ, Reid, and Rossi, explaining that Morgan and Emily are at the morgue examining the body of Matthew Benton, whose death might be related to Thomas Valentine's. Reid questions any connection between a death from dehydration and one from a heart attack. The police are not investigating either death, the team is just "helping a colleague," Hotchner goes on. Rossi understands, and wants to begin talking to the families to determine whether or not anything suspicious is going on. JJ asks about Emily, and Hotchner tells the concerned woman that he sent Morgan with her to help her through this.
The medical examiner pulls the sheet from Matthew Benton's face and Emily approaches the body, touching his hair gently. She remembers another time the two were together in a medical setting - she was only 15 years old, sitting in a paper gown on a cold exam table, but Matthew was there for her. Morgan asks if there was any way for a heart attack to be induced, and the medical examiner explains that an injection of potassium would have done it, but there were no traces. He could also have been injected with epinephrine which would be undetectable. Moving the sheet to take Matthew's hand, Emily finds bruising around his wrist, but the ME tells her that the signs of bonding were superficial. Although the man bled heavily from his nose, the ME believes his chronic drug use explains it. The other man, Tommy Valentine, had traces of anti-psychotic meds in his system, and, according to his family he had a history of mental illness. Inside the file, Emily finds photos of Valentine's body with the same types of bruises around his wrists. Again the ME calls them "superficial" and explains that he had a history of self-harm. "There is no medical reason to connect these deaths," the ME insists firmly when Emily continues to push.
Hotchner and JJ stand outside in the rain at the Benton's brownstone. Matthew's mother and father are at the door, wondering why the FBI is interested in Matthew's death. Hotchner explains about the other death, and how they're trying to rule out any connection. "He suffered a heart attack," Matthew's mother reminds the agent. "It's just routine," Hotchner insists. Matthew's father realizes that their investigation might be drug related, and finally agrees to let them inside. At the Valentine residence, Marie, Tommy's wife, lets Reid and Rossi into the bedroom where she found Tommy's body. The profilers note the heavy scratch marks in the hardwood floors under the feet of Tommy's heavy, iron bed. Marie tells the agents that she wasn't home at the time - she had taken the children to her mother's for a few weeks. "The doctor said he must have been in bed for days." When Rossi asks why she took the children, Marie tells them that Tommy was hearing voices and cursing God, and she needed to protect her children. She asks Rossi if he believes in the soul, and when he admits that he does, she announces that Tommy's soul is finally at peace.
In Matthew's bedroom, Hotchner notices the smell of incense, and Matthew's mother tells him that she burned some in the room after Matthew's death to "cleanse" it. They'd been in New York for a week, and when they returned they found his body. Hotchner also notices how the hardwood floor has been deeply scratched under the feet of Matthew's bed. "My son's soul was in possession of evil," Mrs. Benton blurts out, but Mr. Benton quickly turns the conversation to the horrors of drug addiction. Hotchner asks Mr. Benton if he was aware that Matthew thought someone was trying to kill him before he died. Mr. Benton seems shocked by this information, and wants to know where he got that information. JJ mentions Emily's name and Mrs. Benton reacts immediately, demanding that the agents leave their home right away.
"I told you not to mention me," Emily reminds JJ back at the BAU, but Hotchner wants to know if there is more to this story that they should know. Emily tells them that she met Matthew in Rome when they were both 15 years old when her mother was posted there. His parents didn't like Emily because they were extremely religious and thought Emily was a bad influence on their son. Emily insists that is the whole story, but, as she walks off, Hotchner's expression reveals his doubts. Back in the conference room, Rossi mentions the scuff marks on the floor of Valentine's bed, and JJ reveals the same type of marks in the Benton home. Garcia found the only connection between the two men: a common trip to Galicia, Spain over the same week four months ago. There is a church there named Santiago de Compostela that is visited by over 100,000 religious pilgrims per year. JJ tells the group that Mrs. Benton told them their son was possessed by evil - not exactly the religious type. Emily grunts in agreement - Matthew pushed against his parents' strict religious upbringing, and when they were in high school the Benton's consulted a priest because they were afraid he was possessed. Hotchner is quick to suggest that Mrs. Benton was talking about drugs, but Rossi isn't sure. The talk of evil, the soul, and the scuff marks tell him that these might have been two cases of exorcism. Morgan is not convinced, saying that nothing is as open to behavioral interpretation as religion - he feels it is dangerous to try to link these two crimes by religion. Emily asks Rossi if Tommy Valentine's wife was religious, and Rossi tells her she was concerned because he had been "cursing God." Reid suggests the possibility that, if these two men underwent some prolonged exorcism ritual, the deaths by heart attack or dehydration begin to make sense. Again, it is Morgan who stops the momentum. He insists that the most they have is the possibility of an unsub who ritualizes killings so that they look like exorcisms, but they don't know if there is even a crime yet. Rossi smiles to defuse the tension and suggests that he talk to someone with some expertise in this area before they start "telling ghost stories."
The large, ornate church is empty except for a white-haired man standing at the altar when David Rossi comes in. The two greet each other as old friends, but the priest, Father James, does "suggest" that Rossi take confession while he's there. "What do you know about exorcisms?" Rossi asks. The priest tells him that they are controversial, but that the Vatican issued a new Exorcism Rite in 1999 so it can't really be spoken against. Not every priest believes in demonic possession. When the priest asks Rossi if he believes that evil exists, Rossi's answer is quick: "I've seen it." The priest then continues the philosophical discussion asking, if children are born innocent, at what point and how does evil enter them. Priest James admits to approximately 400-500 exorcisms per year. Finally, Rossi explains about the deaths of the two men, and their pilgrimages to Spain, and their theory about exorcisms. If the exorcism was sanctioned by the church, the priest would know about it, but if it wasn't sanctioned it could not be called a true exorcism. As Rossi begins to leave, the priest admonishes him. "You open yourselves up to understanding the worst monsters; you invite evil into your lives. It's a vulnerable position." He asks that Rossi take good care of his agent who is involved with all this - and of himself as well. As Rossi walks away, the priest whispers a prayer and makes the sign of the cross over him.
In the small dark room, the priest packs up what he will need - his crucifix, his rosary, a small bottle of clear fluid, his stole, candles, and a well-worn Bible. Another priest comes to join him, and the two study a file folder to which is affixed a photograph of a man.
Traffic is a nightmare in the downpour, and Patrick Cavanaugh, sitting in the backseat of a yellow cab, has a headache that gets worse and worse. Holding both fists to his head he rocks back and forth, and then launches himself out of the cab to stride off in the rain. Finally arriving home, he slowly closes the door behind him and turns, wondering where the whispering voice is coming from. He walks down the hallway to find the priest sitting in his study. The priest rises to confront Patrick, the man from the photograph, holding the crucifix firmly before him. "I cast you out unclean spirit," the priest intones as Patrick demands that he leave his house. The priest's words go on, demanding the unclean spirit to depart back to hell as two young priests and another man drag Patrick, screaming, from the room.
As the body is taken away by the police Emily, Morgan, and Reid arrive at the Cavanaugh residence. Garcia received information that Patrick Cavanaugh was found dead in his bed by his fiancée, and he was in Galicia, Spain at the same time as the other men. When the three flash their credentials at the uniformed officer at the door, the man replies, "Seriously?" He goes on to say that the man had been dead for hours and that the medics believe it was from a brain aneurism. In the man's bedroom, the same telltale scuff marks are on display under the bed and Reid admits that the case is starting to freak him out. Morgan is unconvinced that there is any crime here, but Reid tells the agent that an aneurism can be caused by stress. "Like if you were restrained on a bed while someone tried to banish the devil from your body," Emily adds sarcastically. Patrick's fiancée arrives, and tells the team that Patrick had a brain condition and had not been acting like himself lately. When they ask about his trip to Spain, the fiancée denies knowing about all of the places Patrick goes on business. Emily confronts her, saying she doesn't believe her, and the fiancée asks them to leave. Walking toward the woman menacingly, Prentiss keeps pushing, telling the woman that if she took part in an unsanctioned exorcism they can arrest her as an accessory to murder. Morgan cuts her off and insists that the team leaves, apologizing to the woman.
Hotchner stands, arms crossed over his chest, at the inner entrance to the BAU, looking like an angry father waiting for his wayward children as Morgan, Reid, and Emily leave the elevator. Reid admits that there may be a third victim, but Hotchner looks to Morgan for his opinion. After Emily reminds the team of the three links - Spain, scuff marks under the bed, and ligature marks, Morgan is willing to admit that it is weird but there is no way to connect the causes of death. Hotchner tells the team that they've had a complaint, and JJ is trying to smooth the situation over with the DC police as the BAU has not been officially invited into the investigation. As Reid and Hotchner walk off, Emily confronts Morgan, asking "That's how you have my back?" Morgan asserts that he's only trying to protect her, but she doesn't need protection, she claims. Quietly, Morgan advises his teammate that grief cannot keep her from approaching this as they would any other case. Emily doesn't buy it: "That woman could not even use Patrick's name, she could only say 'my fiancé' because she is convinced that something else died in that room."
Through the window in his office, Hotchner watches John Cooley visit Emily in the bullpen. JJ walks into his office and announces to Hotchner and Rossi that the DC police say there is no open murder investigation, and the BAU has no right to be investigating if they're not. Sitting in his chair, Hotchner nods, agreeing. Rossi doesn't want to give up, and when Hotchner asks if he really believes someone is out there trying to exorcise demons, Rossi gets to the heart of the matter: "It doesn't matter what I believe - possession, mental illness, exorcist, unsub - who cares which is true, people are dying. This isn't about religion, it's about evil. We attack it with analysis and diligence." Garcia interrupts with some information from a web posting on a bulletin board by Matthew Benton. He was creating a support group for people who felt betrayed by their faith. All of the victims were members. While the three men were in Spain, the services at the cathedral were cancelled because the priest there died of a heart attack. Tuning in to the conspiracy theory sites, Garcia has also found the theory circulating out there that the priest was murdered to disrupt the pilgrimages. Some kind of gas, like Saran or VX, might have been the culprit, or, again, something that causes enough stress to induce a heart attack. They now have the link they were looking for, and a possible motive - revenge. Hotchner still cannot authorize an investigation until the DC police invite the team in. He turns to gaze pointedly down into the bullpen, leans forward and whispers, "This has to be kept quiet."
John asks Emily about the investigation and she tells him that the police don't believe the deaths are connected. She needs more time. Rossi hurries over and shakes John's hand. He asks the man if Matthew associated with anyone overtly religious, but John hasn't found anyone like that as he has been retracing Matthew's steps. Rossi makes eye contact with Emily and asks her if he can buy her a cup of coffee. Confused, Emily's brow furrows, but she grabs her coat and follows him out.
Patrick's photograph is now in flames.
The two BAU profilers stand in the mud and wreckage of an empty lot, all that is left of house destroyed by fire, clutching styrofoam cups. Rossi tells Emily the story of "Robbie Doe". Robbie was the impetus for the story of "The Exorcist," and the fire department burned down his house themselves, but Robbie himself still lives in the DC area. Emily doesn't understand why he has brought her there, so Rossi continues. A lot of time and effort went into destroying the house of a kid who probably had schizophrenia or Tourette's - something set the authorities off. And Rossi wants to know the story behind Matthew's murder from Emily. Emily turns and takes a few steps away through the mud. "If you don't want to explain, that's fine," Rossi says, "but if you do, I'm all in." She finally faces him, and, eyes shifting away tells Rossi that Matthew knew the Bible well but started to question. Rossi's response, "Why?" stalls Emily for a moment as she struggles with the tale. Making the decision to trust the man, Emily raises her head and tells the story. She and her family moved around a lot because of her mother's diplomatic postings and it was hard to get accepted for the teenager. Holding back tears, she says a girl would do "almost anything." Rossi watches her closely and then fills in the blanks for his struggling teammate. "You got pregnant." Matthew wasn't the father, but when Emily had no one else to talk to, he suggested that they go to the priest. He said that if she had an abortion she would not be welcome in his congregation. Matthew found a doctor, took her there, stayed and held her hand. When they arrived back in Rome, he held her hand and walked her into the church on Sunday morning. Father Camino stopped his sermon and stared at them, but Matthew told her to hold her head up, and they walked to the front pew. Matthew and the priest stared at each other, like a battle of wills, and the priest went back to his sermon. "Matthew saved my life. He made me feel like I was worthy of love and friendship." This is what started his anger and questioning, and led to his drug use. She understands why all this blended together might have made his parents wonder about evil within him. "It's my fault that Matthew's life unraveled." Rossi is quick to disagree, telling her about the connection among the three victims and the murder of the priest in Spain. Emily doesn't believe it, but Rossi warns her that, if they keep pushing, she might find out something she doesn't want to know. Emily cannot stop until Matthew can rest in peace. "Then let's go give a profile," Rossi tells her. This time, the police won't do them any good - he has an entirely different group in mind.
Ranking priests of the DC area meet around a conference table, some in collars, or vestments, and others in street clothes like Rossi's friend Father James. Father James begins by admitting that the act of exorcism is something about which the men agree to disagree. Emily furthers that statement by insisting that the FBI isn't there to examine the priests' beliefs about demonology or exorcism - they are operating on the theory that the unsub does believe. Rossi tells the priests about the murder of the priest in Spain four months ago. An older priest is quick to say that no priest would act out of retribution, but Emily gently reminds him that even a priest can have a psychotic break with reality. Rossi, Emily, and Reid continue with the profile, explaining that they are looking for a priest who believes he is fighting evil, and may have followed the men back to DC. Father James explains that an exorcism is completely draining both physically and spiritually. If this man performed three exorcisms recently, he would need medical care - he would need a hospital. Reid hurries off to begin investigating. Outside the church he calls Garcia and asks her to run Catholic hospital admissions for exhaustion immediately following Patrick Cavanaugh's death, and then cross check them with the times after the other deaths. One name pops up - Father Paul Silvano, who is currently staying in Room 214 of St. Agatha's Hospital. "We've got him," Reid announces to Emily.
The priest, Father Silvano, is folding clothes into a suitcase when the three agents arrive. When Rossi asks if he was present at the deaths of the three men, Father Silvano turns around and stares directly at Emily, saying, "I've been expecting you." He admits he was present when the men died, and Emily begins to read him his rights. Interrupting, he speaks to her in Italian, telling her to look in the nightstand. Emily translates and Reid walks over and pulls out some official papers. "We're both fighting the same evil," the priest insists. The papers declare Father Silvano's diplomatic status - he has immunity.
Inside an interrogation room at the FBI, Emily asks Father Silvano to explain why he was the last man in the room when three men died. As a priest, Father Silvano answers, he was seeing to their spiritual needs. He did not kill them, he says, but now their souls are in heaven and their families have peace. Rossi and JJ watch through the window, JJ explaining that, until four months ago his record was spotless - he was even invited to say mass at the Washington National Cathedral. Nothing big happened at that time, but he took a sabbatical for personal reasons, which corresponds to the death of the priest in Spain. At that time Father Silvano lobbied the Vatican for a diplomatic posting to DC but was refused. He then took a World Hunger Mission from the Italian government which gave him immunity. Rossi asks JJ to gather the others, he has an idea.
Father Silvano admits that he and the priest from Galicia, Father del Toro, were at seminary together. He also knew that the three victims were in Galicia at that time. He claims he was contacted by a family member who was frightened, and said his real son never returned from that trip to Spain. Her anger mounting, Emily wants to know if he suggested that the son was possessed. Father Silvano keeps his composure and answers quietly, telling the agent that he never laid a hand on anyone with malice in his heart. "Then explain these deaths to me," Emily snaps at him. "You know the power of evil," he answers, "You've been fighting it a long time." In Italian, he asks her if she still prays, but Emily will not turn the conversation to her own life. "Be strong, the storm's almost over," he replies cryptically.
Hotchner has been on the phone with the State Department, discussing the situation, and assures his superior that Father Silvano is assisting with the investigation of his own free will. In the mean time, Garcia, Rossi, Morgan, and Reid are in the conference room trying to make sense out of the priest's words. All of the families of the victims were devout and easily led by the priest, and now have to believe that their loved ones are in a 'better place' out of guilt if not true belief. Rossi states the important factor - they can't arrest Father Silvano no matter the evidence because of his diplomatic immunity. The State Department won't allow Hotchner to interfere by going over its head to the Italian Consulate; they'd rather shut down the BAU than allow that. According to ICE, Father Silvano's diplomatic papers run to the end of the month, and this fact gets Rossi thinking. He told Emily that "the storm's almost over." Regardless of his belief or his ordination, this is an unsub they are dealing with, an unsub who believes he has a job to do that does not end until the end of the month. The storm isn't over, it's almost over - there is another victim he has targeted.
Emily insists that the priest tell her what caused the men's deaths, medically, but he cannot say. He admits that they were all under stress, and that he used holy water for ritual purification, and Emily wants to know what was in the holy water. The priest claims that he is not familiar with either Saran or VX, but she pushes, telling him that the smallest amount would cause respiratory failure. Even as she questions him, questions his knowledge about the cause of Father del Toro's death in Spain, Hotchner enters the small room, thanks the priest for his cooperation and ushers the man out. As he dons his coat he takes one more look at Emily and tells her that he hopes she finds peace. Hotchner has his own last words for Emily: "My office."
His anger at their situation gives Hotchner's voice an edge as he demands to know if Emily actually accused the Italian government of authorizing the priest's murders. "The case is over," he states baldly, and Emily's eyes widen in disbelief, but he adds, "There are some things they cannot control," and he suggests she take some time off. His steely gaze follows her from the office. Clutching her briefcase, Emily stands alone in the elevator when David Rossi slips in past the closing doors to join her. "Up for another drive?" he asks.
The black SUV pulls up in front of the Benton brownstone, and Emily finds herself on the doorstep beside Rossi, staring at the livid face of Matthew's mother. Emily quickly tells the woman that they know Matthew died during an exorcism performed by Father Paul Silvano. Rossi adds that he has performed three exorcisms recently and that all three men died. They know he has another victim in mind, and they'd like Mrs. Benton's help in locating the man. As Mr. Benton joins his wife at the door, Emily makes one more plea - "this isn't about me, this is about other families and the people they love." Mrs. Benton shakes her head and stalks off, but Mr. Benton lets them in. The four sit in the Benton's living room - a normal room, beautifully furnished - and Emily tries to get them to explain how they know that Father Silvano had nothing to do with Matthew's death. Mr. Benton was there - he remembers the blood running down Matthew's face, the bonds that cut into his wrists and the angry words of Father Silvano telling him not to make eye contact with his pleading son. "You stood there and watched Matthew die?" Emily cannot believe what she is hearing. The Bentons insist that something happened to Matthew on his trip to Spain, and that something that wasn't their son came back. Emily begins to yell, asking how they could believe a priest that told them such things, of that they could allow him to perform the ritual. She stands, pointing her finger, telling them they knew Matthew was paranoid and shouldn't have done this, but Mr. Benton insists that something was inside their son, and it killed him. "Matthew was a sweet boy - he was just troubled," Emily falls into the chair and states wearily. "He was never troubled until he met you," Matthew's mother remarks. Rossi asks about the demon that possessed their son, and Mrs. Benton tells him that the priest explained that Matthew was a conduit for the evil. According to that logic, Rossi says, anyone Matthew spent time with could be a target, but the Bentons don't know the names of any of Matthew's friends from Spain, and deny that he made contact with anyone when he returned home. Emily interrupts, telling them that she knows Matthew saw John Cooley - John told her that when they met in the bar - and that the Bentons called him to tell him Matthew had died. "I haven't spoken with John Cooley in over ten years," Mr. Benton tells her.
It is raining again, and John Cooley opens the door of his home and places his wet umbrella in the stand. Flipping on the light he sees the priest, Father Paul Silvano, standing in his foyer, dressed in vestments and stole. He places himself opposite the priest and tells him that the authorities are going to stop him. The priest calmly responds that they cannot, he has been ordained by God. John continues to argue, telling the priest to leave his home. "You don't frighten me, Belial," Silvano whispers, and two large priests come out of the shadows to take hold of John. "I'm stronger than you," John threatens, speaking Italian to the unmoving priest. "We'll see about that," he answers.
Rossi storms into Hotchner's office, telling the Unit Chief that Silvano is performing another exorcism - he explains that the two agents interviewed Matthew Benton's parents against his direct orders, telling Hotchner it was all his idea. Hotchner is not soothed - the State Department is after Hotchner as the leader of the team. Emily and Morgan went to John Cooley's house to try to stop the priest, but Hotchner is livid - he knows he cannot protect the team from the repercussions. Rossi tells Hotchner to bypass the State Department and Italian government and to straight to the Vatican to stop this man who is perverting Catholic beliefs. Hotchner is not happy with this state of affairs, reminding Rossi that this will come down on all of them, but picks up the phone and dials.
John Cooley is being tied to his bed, restrained against his struggles. Father Silvano chants prayers and presses his crucifix into his skin. Morgan and Emily enter the house and hear the screams. "You're a murderer -a murderer!" John yells, but the priest yells louder, adjuring the spirit to leave his body. Morgan and Emily burst into the bedroom, guns drawn, but the priest will not move away. Emily and Silvano shout across John Cooley's thrashing body, but Morgan moves and grabs the priest, pulling him away. They're all yelling now - Morgan telling the priest to step away, John continuing to call the priest a murderer, Emily yelling for the priest to stop, and as Emily reaches down to her friend the priest pulls off the cap of the vial and splashes both Emily and John with the liquid within it. Blood is trickling from John's nose when Morgan finally manhandles the priest out of the room. Emily calms her friend and begins to loosen his bonds. He bursts into sobs and she pulls him into a fierce hug.
The rain has turned to snow, and the white flakes fall peacefully on the eerie scene. Emily has wrapped John in a blanket and leads him to the ambulance parked outside his home even as he insists that he's fine. At the last moment he turns to her and tells her that he is sorry that he was not there for her in Italy. She lowers her eyes for a moment and then smiles and tells him that it is okay. The EMTs help him into the ambulance. Morgan leads Father Silvano out through the snow in handcuffs as Emily approaches Hotchner, willing to give up her gun and badge. Hotchner merely shakes his head and tell Father Silvano that he has a plane ticket for Rome waiting for him at the airport where Morgan and he will drive the priest. Rossi is happy to tell the priest that with the intervention of the Vatican the Italian government has rescinded his diplomatic status. "You've all just made the world a much more dangerous place," he murmurs. Looking once again at Emily, the priest repeats a line from the Catholic mass: "May God's love be with you," and Emily makes the ritual response, "And with you." Morgan is still a skeptic, but finds it distressing that the priest actually believed he was exorcising demons. Rossi confronts him, wondering how he can do his job and not believe in evil. Morgan explains that people make evil choices, or are governed by brain chemistry to do evil, and then turns to Hotchner for his view. "I think deep down we're all capable of despicable things. Where it starts or what you call it - I don't know." As the team breaks up, Emily reaches out to Morgan and thanks him for his help. "Always," he responds.
Watching Emily's expression, Rossi wonders what she is thinking. She mentions the James Joyce short story, The Dead, and how, at the end, Greta remembers the boy she loved when she was younger. She says, "I think he died for me." Rossi reminds her that Joyce also said, "There is no heresy or philosophy so abhorrent to the church as a human being." He offers her a ride, but she wants to walk. Her footsteps take her down the city streets in the falling snow. She pauses outside a large Catholic church and gazes up into its brightly colored windows. She pulls an old, folded photograph from her pocket and peers down at the three teenagers - Matthew and John are both holding her hands. The wet flakes make blotches on the old picture, and then suddenly a drop of red falls. Emily reaches shaking fingers up and wipes blood from her nose. She stands, outside the church, alone in the falling snow.
[recap written by Finnegan77, uploaded 3-29-09]