Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 12, 2008 on CBS

Episode Recap

It's the morning after a night on the town in Vegas, and the BAU profilers, with various degrees of enthusiasm, meet in the hotel lobby to catch the jet back to Quantico. Derek Morgan is loudly encouraging his slot machine to come up a winner when Emily Prentiss arrives with a large cup of coffee and a pounding headache. He begs him to stop making so much noise as she flops onto the couch next to David Rossi. "I hate Vegas," she mutters, one hand over her eyes. JJ is in a good mood when she arrives, but wonders why Reid hasn't shown up for their flight. She notices that Morgan's slot machine still has a credit on it and reaches over to press the button, but Prentiss quickly interrupts, "JJ, I swear to God," she groans, as Rossi mimes drinking too much behind her back. JJ smiles widely as understanding dawns. Reid rushes into the hotel lobby and tells the team that he is planning to stay for a few days because he hasn't seen his mother in a long time. Rossi concurs, and the BAU agents head out, but not before Morgan eyes Reid suspiciously, and JJ pauses a moment to tell him to take care of himself. "You too, both of you," he responds, looking at her very pregnant tummy. As soon as the others leave, the lightness leaves Reid's eyes. A short while later, Reid enters the Las Vegas Police Department and introduces himself to an officer and asks for everything in the department's records about the 1994 murder of Riley Jenkins. The box of records is delivered by Det. Hyde, who remembers working the case himself. "My first kid, you don't forget those," he sighs. He tells Reid the initial suspects had been the victims' family members: father and older brother, but the family had stopped cooperating after a while just as the Ramsay family in the Jon Benet murder case. Although Riley had been found dead in his own basement, Det. Hyde never really believed a family member was the murderer. When he asks about the FBI's interest in the case, Reid insists he is only looking into Riley's murder for research purposes. Det. Hyde leaves to locate the rest of the files and Reid opens a folder to find a photograph of Riley in his t-ball uniform. Suddenly, Reid is dragged into a memory: Riley stands on the baseball field, swinging at the ball and getting advice from his coach - and Reid is watching it all through a metal fence. He carries the police file box down the hallway towards his hotel room, but, digging his key card out of his pocket he realizes he can hear the sound of the television through the slightly open door. Reaching out one hand, he slowly pushes the door open to find Agents Morgan and Rossi settled comfortably in the two lounge chairs, feet up, munching on snacks and watching The Young and the Restless. "Aren't you supposed to be on a plane back to DC?" Reid asks. "You're supposed to be hanging out with your mom and you're not," the agents answer. Reid begins to deny his continued fixation on the Riley Jenkins case, but Morgan puts his packet of crackers on the small table next to empty soda cans, open jars of peanuts, and bottles of water, and tells the young agent they are onto him. "Let us help," Rossi asks, suggesting together they can find out who had killed Riley. Reid tenses his mouth into a line and, his eyes hooded, explains he might already know who the murderer is. "The truth is, I don't know anything about him," Reid admits. "He's my father." "What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and, often I've found in the son, the unveiled secret of the father. Freiderich Nietzsche." As Reid sets out each folder carefully on his bed, Rossi and Morgan shift uncomfortably, wondering if the young man really wants to pursue this case. Reid can't ignore the signals his mind is sending him, even if, as Rossi explains, they are mixed signals. His father had abandoned him, had killed his childhood in Freudian terms, and Morgan believes this could be the explanation for his dreams. Reid briefly meets their eyes, determined, bitterly eager, and tells them he won't change his mind. In the BAU bullpen back in Virginia, JJ re-introduces her temporary replacement, Agent Jordan Todd, to Emily Prentiss. Jordan will be shadowing JJ for the next few weeks until her maternity leave starts. Jordan asks Prentiss if she has kids, but Prentiss laughs and says, "I think JJ may have snagged the last viable donor." SSA Aaron Hotchner strolls in at the tail end of the conversation and casually asks, "Donor for what?" Changing the subject deftly, JJ introduces Agent Todd to him, and he smiles and tells her to call him Hotch. When Jordan wonders where the rest of the team is, Hotchner explains they had stayed behind to work on another case and then excuses himself. When Jordan turns back to ask JJ about the situation, JJ and Prentiss' eyes meet for a moment in silent conversation, JJ admits that "this case is different." The Riley Jenkins case had never been solved. Reid goes over the details with his colleagues, and explains that Riley's father, Lou, was supposed to pick up his son from t-ball practice at 6:00 PM, but had been delayed at work. Riley had walked the three blocks home, but, when his mother arrived a few hours later, she had found him dead in the basement. The offender had either picked Riley up on the way home or had attacked him when he was home alone. Riley had been sexually assaulted and his mouth had been taped shut. The murderer had used a knife from the fishing gear under the Jenkins' stairs. He hadn't arrived with the knife, so he had not originally planned to kill the boy. He had stabbed Riley nine times in the chest. Based on the behavioral clues, Reid determines the murderer was a white male in his twenties or early thirties who knew the boy and had been to his house. As he looks at the map of Riley's neighborhood, Reid realizes his family had lived less than half a mile away. Watching Reid's tense reaction, Morgan reminds him they will need to track down his father. Reid suggests they interview his mother first, then any neighbors of the Jenkins that remain in town. Rossi stares at the young agent and gets everything out in the open: "Reid, I don't have to tell you that this signature was need-based and sexual in nature. The man we're looking for is a pedophile, so I'll ask you again: are you sure you want to go down this road?" Glancing between the two men, Reid is wary of their scrutiny. Reid's mother, Diana, sits quietly with her son in the common room at her sanitarium playing Scrabble. Reid begins to question her about his father, and she tells him her husband loved children, and would have been happy to have a house full of them. "He coached your little league team," she mentions, and Reid is back within his memory, watching Riley Jenkins hit the ball. The coach turns and it is William Reid, Spencer's father. Reid then asks his mother if she felt the marriage was just for show. She frowns, wondering about the strange questions that her son is asking. She still insists that Riley Jenkins was one of her son's imaginary friends, but Reid firmly tells her about the little boy who was murdered in their own neighborhood. She has trouble understanding, but Reid continues, telling her that Riley was on his little league team, too. As usual, file folders are stacked high and deep on JJ's desk, floor and credenza. JJ describes her role as "murder triage," telling Agent Todd that she tries to determine in which cases there is an imminent threat of another crime. Even without formal BAU training, JJ must be able to recognize basic behavioral clues to assess each case. She pulls out two cases to use as examples: an Atlanta family where a mother and twin daughters were stabbed in their sleep, and two men in Sioux City, Iowa, who, with no previous connections, were each found drowned in their own bathtubs one month apart. After hesitating, Todd tells JJ she'd take the team to Atlanta first, as the father is an immediate threat to any other family members, whereas the Sioux City serial killer may wait another month before choosing another victim. JJ congratulates her on her insight and smiles as she waves at the hundreds of cases that are waiting for her. Wincing slightly, JJ runs one hand over her tummy, a slight frown on her face. Lou Jenkins is not happy to be discussing his son's murder with Reid and Morgan, and he slams the tailgate of his pick-up truck, explaining in no uncertain terms that Will Reid had nothing to do with his son's death. When Reid admits to being Will's son, Lou Jenkins is shocked; turning back to the young man with surprise he seems happy to see that Spencer Reid has become a successful man. Slightly more friendly now, Jenkins tells the agents that Will Reid came by for the occasional barbecue, but that Will Reid was a good man. Reid hesitates as Morgan turns to walk off, and asks Jenkins if he knows where his father is. Jenkins admits that Will Reid has lived in town and worked in nearby Sumerland, Nevada for as long as he's known him. Reid's anger sends him stalking away back to the car, disgusted that his father lived 10 minutes away from him and his mother and had never let him know. Morgan, Rossi, and Reid enter the busy law offices of Wieder, Kirscheinbaum & Moore, Reid visibly upset, his mouth opening and closing soundlessly when the receptionist asks their business. Rossi flashes his badge and asks for William Reid, and, as they wait, Morgan notices that Reid is shifting uncomfortably from foot to foot, blinking rapidly. When he asks if the young agent is okay, Reid excuses himself and hurries to the bathroom. "I've never seen him like this before," Morgan tells Rossi. It's been 17 years since Reid has seen his father and he's still very angry. William Reid resembles his son in many ways - slight, wearing a plain shirt and tie with no coat - and he greets Rossi and Morgan affably until they mention their visit has to do with his son. Immediately concerned, Will asks if anything has happened, just as Reid returns and, looking his father up and down, his gaze sharp with anger, Reid remarks, "That's what we're trying to find out." In Will's large office, Reid stands near the door, every muscle tense as he looks at his father seated on the couch. Will seems happy to see his son, observing he no longer resembles his father, although he used to. "They say some people look like their dogs, too," Reid says critically, and his father looks down, chastened, as the anger grows in his son's eyes. Will admits to remembering Riley Jenkins when Reid mentions him, but is surprised to hear that his son has been dreaming about his murder since he was a child. Reid tells his father about his dream, and that, in that dream, his father was Riley's killer. Will is strangely unaffected, and Morgan wonders why. Will Reid fits part of the profile of this type of killer, Rossi says. Will Reid is a lawyer, and understands exactly what the agents mean when they talk about needing his "cooperation" with the case. He stares directly into his son's eyes and tells them to get a warrant. On his way back to his hotel room, Reid explains the situation to Garcia and asks her to hack his father's network since they haven't actually been assigned this case. "Are you sure about that?" Garcia asks, and Reid, putting his key into the lock, responds, "I really wish people would stop asking me that." As he opens the door, he notices an envelope that contains case-file information has been shoved under his door bearing the note "you're look at the wrong guy." Reid pulls the papers from the envelope and is confronted by a mug shot of a young man. Another image pops into his head: he's a child again, sitting in the park in front of a chess board and the young man in the picture approaches him. Taking the file immediately to Rossi and Morgan in the lobby, Reid explains the file wasn't dropped off at the front desk; it had been brought directly to his room. Whoever left it knows where he is staying. Reid becomes suspicious immediately because as soon as he had spoken with his father they are "handed" another suspect. Reid gets the feeling that he knew the man in the case file - Gary B. Michaels - but isn't sure. Michaels had been arrested for exposing himself to a minor, and that, Morgan reflects, is a precursor to more serious crimes such as molestation and murder. Garcia calls and Morgan puts her on the speaker, quick to tell her that she is not interrupting anything fun. She tells Reid his father's computer contained nothing to point to him as a pedophile: no kiddie porn, no illicit websites, no chat rooms, and no questionable finances. Reid is not convinced, and asks Hotchner and Prentiss, who are standing over Garcia's shoulder, if his father could have kept his fixation under the radar. Hotchner admits it is possible, but he does not feel that William Reid fits the profile. Prentiss offers Reid more information, and the young agent is very interested. What he learns surprises him - he is more like his father than he ever suspected: a workaholic who spends much of his time alone, is careful with his money, and reads a lot. His only obsession is his son - his computer is full of copies of every article or paper that so much as mentions Reid, including his dissertation. "That's saying something," Rossi suggests, but Reid is not to be consoled. "Yeah, it means he googled me, that makes up for everything," he snaps, pushing past the two agents to go outside for some air. Prentiss and Hotchner want to know what else they can do, and Rossi suggests they look into Gary B. Michaels. Reid has made his way into the hotel lounge, and sits dejectedly, absently playing video poker. A blonde woman sits next to him, fascinated with his winning streak. He casually explains it has the best odds in the house, even over craps, when the player employs optional strategy and always draws to the royal flush. She moves closer, seemingly intent on his explanation. "Hmm, smart and handsome," she remarks, smiling. Reid is oblivious. When she lights up a cigarette he mumbles, "Six minutes." He explains he used to say that to his mother to try to get her to stop smoking - that every cigarette was six less minutes of her life that he'd get to share with her. It didn't work, and the woman shakes her head, agreeing that nothing has worked for her. Reid suggests hypnosis, and then suddenly seems to get an idea, not realizing that she's asked him to buy her a drink. Luckily Rossi and Morgan are standing behind him, and brush her off. As the three walk away, the blonde shouts that Reid has won $2,000 on the video poker machine. "Keep it," Reid throws over his shoulder. Rossi teases him - he had just paid a prostitute two thousand dollars. Reid did have an idea, and he and Rossi visit Dr. Jan Mohikian, a hypnotherapist who has helped law enforcement before. She warns the agents that memories from such a young age can be very difficult to interpret, but Reid is aware of the limitations and still wants to go through with the procedure. Dr. Mohikian goes on to explain that his memories might be biased, and they probably would not be admissible in court. Reid assures her this is "just for me," that his suppressed memories about his father have been very troubling. Rossi chimes in and insists he be allowed to observe, even over the therapist's objections. The doctor sits close to the couch where Reid lies, already under hypnosis, and places his left hand around her wrist. Gently, she explains that, if he feels any fear he is to squeeze her wrist. Looking on, concerned, Rossi sits nearby. Dr. Mohikian takes Reid back to the night he remembers, he was alone in his room listening to his parents fighting. His room is filled with an eclectic collection of objects, from an erector set, to first edition copies of Charles Dickens' works. The therapist's voice floats clearly through his memory as he lies awake in bed. He remembers lying in bed, pretending to be asleep when his father comes in and sits on his bed, touching him gently on the shoulder. "I don't want to be here," Reid mumbles from the couch. She asks him to go to the next morning, to "where the light is," and his memory jumps ahead. His mother is standing at the patio door where the light is streaming in. She's crying. Young Spencer peeks around the corner, watching. "She saw him," Reid mumbles. He hides as his mother goes past, her head hanging down, because he wants to go to the window and see. The small figure hurries across the floor and stands in her place, but the sight is awful, and Reid is afraid, clamping down so hard on the therapist's wrist that she winces in pain. She waves off Rossi's words of caution, and demands to know what Reid can see. "Damn it, wake him up," Rossi insists, crouching next to the couch. The child looks out the window and sees William Reid burning a pile of clothes in the backyard - the clothes are bloody. Reid writhes on the couch, grimacing, as the therapist leads him out of his hypnotic state, counting backwards hurriedly. Reid wakes in a panic, breathing quick and shallow, and reaches out to Rossi. "What did you see?" Rossi demands. Diana is agitated by his words, but Reid confronts his mother about the bloody clothes that he saw in his memory. Insisting that it was all a dream, she focuses on her son, telling him how special he has always been, but Reid is intent, emotional, trying to draw her back to Riley Jenkins and away from him. He leads her to the bed in her room and she sits with her head in her hands until she finally remembers that Riley was real. Reid asks her what his father did to Riley, determined that she tell him, but Diana gets even more agitated, claiming that her son is confusing her. She loses control and begins to hit herself, shouting at her son, screaming that he "doesn't know." Medical aides rush in and give her an injection to calm her down and Reid stands aside, rubbing his hands over his face. Calming, Diana mutters, "It could have been you." Walking towards the police station, Morgan tries to keep up with Reid's determined stride and derail the young man's obsession with his father. Reid responds that it is a textbook case - where a father reroutes his compulsion to molest from his own son to another child. Morgan reminds him that he cannot rely on his mother's words - she is hospitalized for a reason - and tells Reid that he is losing objectivity. "I'm not trying to say that I know what happened, or how my dad's involved, Morgan. But my dad's involved," Reid states. Turning he sees Lou Jenkins just leaving the police station and wonders why he was there. The local detective is not interested in cooperating with Reid and Morgan - Det. Hyde does not want to bring William Reid in for questioning without any evidence pointing to his guilt. Reid is brusque, curt, and demands to see the detective's captain, but Hyde tells them the FBI has no right to involve itself in a local murder case. He moves to sit on the edge of his desk, looking down on Reid in sitting in a chair in front of him, and suggests the agent go back to his hotel and sit by the pool - he shouldn't be trying to work out any issues he has with his father this way. When Reid jumps to his feet to confront the man, Morgan steps in, and tells Det. Hyde it would be a personal favor if he cooperated. Hyde agrees to hold Will Reid for 24 hours. On the way out of the detective's office, Morgan pulls Reid aside and advises him to get himself under control. Reid stalks out of the police station, still angry, as Morgan stops to answer his cell phone. JJ, Agent Todd, and Garcia have gathered in Garcia's office to give Morgan the information he had requested about Gary Michaels. From the year after the Riley Jenkins murder there has been no trace of the man anywhere. JJ rubs her tummy as she relates some other juvenile crimes that Michaels was charged with, including trespassing at a nursery school. The police did swab Michaels for the indecent exposure charge, and Garcia sends his results through VICAP and Codis, so, if he did change his name and had continued to offend, they will find him. After they hang up, Garcia glances over at JJ and notices the woman wince in pain and begin to breathe heavily. Agent Todd tells Garcia that she noticed this earlier, and JJ finally admits that her contractions have begun and they are about 10 minutes apart. Garcia smiles and pulls off her earpiece, declaring that JJ is in labor, but JJ wants to stay at the BAU and help Reid. Todd and Garcia pull JJ out of her chair and guide her through the BAU bullpen where they proudly announce that JJ is in labor. The well-oiled machine of the BAU team leaps into action: Hotch goes for the car, and Prentiss walks the expectant mother out, telling her to call Will from the car. Calling back over her shoulder to Jordan Todd, Prentiss says, "I hope you're ready because your job starts right now." Standing in the doorway to the BAU, Todd watches as the team hurries away, and then turns to confront the frantically ringing phones in the bullpen. Through the one-way glass, Reid stares at his father, his face set. Morgan and Rossi flank him, trying to get through his defenses to the young agent's mind, trying to show him that Gary Michaels is a much better suspect than his father. Will Reid paces around the small interrogation room, removing his suit jacket. Reid is quiet in his insistence that something is wrong - the file was shoved under his door - the police file - and Det. Hyde knew which hotel he was registered in even though he never told him. There is some connection between Hyde and his father. He walks into the interrogation room and sits across from his father. Jordan Todd is pulling a fax from the machine in Garcia's office when she notices an alarm on the analyst's computer. She has found a DNA match to Gary Michaels. William Reid refuses to talk without counsel, but Reid insists if he has nothing to hide he should tell him about the bloody clothes. William is relaxed, and tells Reid how proud he is that he decided to devote his life to helping people. Reid is anything but relaxed - he is agitated, full of impotent fury, at the man sitting across from him. He wonders aloud why his father thinks he chose to study murderers, but Will just insists he had nothing to do with Riley's death. Reid is cold, and tells his father he knows he is hiding something. "I didn't kill that boy, but I know who did," Will finally confesses. Reid throws out the name of Gary Michaels, and tells his father that he doesn't buy it. Leaning forward, intent, Will tells his son not to dig any further. A nurse wheels JJ into the hospital, with a grinning Prentiss and Garcia along side. Hotchner brings up the rear, on his cell phone with Morgan, explaining that Codis found a match to Gary Michaels' DNA - he was found dead seven years earlier - he had been beaten to death. Reid, Morgan, and Rossi discuss the case in the sheriff's office, and then turn to find Det. Hyde escorting William Reid out. William turns to lock gazes with his son as he leaves. At the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, the three agents check out the crime scene photos of Gary Michaels' burial site. The sheriff wonders why the FBI is so interested in a "dead pervert," and Morgan explains about the still-open murder case in Las Vegas. Turning over one photo, Rossi finds a note that there had been a fingerprint found on Gary Michaels' glasses. They never found a match, the sheriff says, but Reid tells him that they now have someone to compare it with. The sheriff still insists it is a whole lot of work for a "public service murder," and Rossi agrees. Reid is insistent, and tells his colleagues that Gary Michaels deserved a fair trial. Morgan feels Reid just wants to nail his father for something - for anything - but the young man just stares at him, jaw clenched, and insists on running the fingerprint. Diana Reid slowly turns the pages of a photo album, past pictures of Spencer when he was a small boy and the Reid family knew happier times. Her doctor approaches and sits down across from her. She has refused her medications because she wants to be able to remember, to think clearly. She knows the meds protect her from tremors, fear and the voices, but she wants to remember. Her doctor agrees to give her some latitude. The atmosphere in the hotel lobby is tense. Morgan paces back and forth next to the two couches where Rossi calmly filling in the answers on a crossword puzzle, and Reid sits on the edge of his seat, one foot tapping rhythmically. All eyes go to Morgan as his phone rings with the answer. Reid stands, he looks conflicted, almost sad, when Morgan tells him they'll need an arrest warrant. They found a match on the fingerprint - but it's not who they had expected. The black SUV pulls into Lou Jenkins' job site, followed closely by Det. Hyde. He doesn't want to stop the agents; he just wants to be the one to bring in Lou Jenkins. It was Det. Hyde who had slipped the file under Reid's door. He had known who Riley's killer was all along, and who killed the killer. Det. Hyde walks slowly to his friend and puts one hand on his shoulder. Back in the interrogation room, Morgan is questioning Jenkins, wanting to hear who helped him murder Gary Michaels. Jenkins is firm - he states he killed the pervert himself. Reid leans towards the man, determined to find out how is father is involved. Jenkins repeats that he killed Michaels because of what he did to his son - he admitted it. And, Jenkins stares straight at Reid, Michaels had approached another child in the neighborhood before. Reid's memories of that day in the park at the chessboard return. It had been Gary Michaels who sat across from him and told him how well he played. Reid faces Jenkins across the table, demanding that he reveal who told him about the other child, but Jenkins refuses. The door to the interrogation room bursts open and Reid turns on Det. Hyde, but it is Diana Reid's presence that startles the young agent into silence. "It was me, Spencer," she tells him. William Reid had accompanied Diana to the police station, and the three Reids sit in Det. Hyde's office to listen to Diana's story. She tells her son that she'd seen Michaels at the park and the ball field. "Did he do something to me?" Reid asks with a small voice. "Oh, God no," Diana responds, but she knew what could happen just by watching Michaels, and she had told Lou Jenkins. A few nights later, Lou had asked Diana to meet him and he drove her to wait outside Michaels' house so she could identify him. When Michaels went outside to put out his trash, Diana told Jenkins he was the same man. Jenkins coldly told Diana to go home, and he retrived a baseball bat from the back of his truck. Diana was paralyzed, unable to move, just watching as Lou Jenkins followed Michaels inside. After a while, Diana walked into the house, not really sure why, and saw Jenkins standing over the bloody body of Gary Michaels, the bat still in his hand. Diana slipped in a pool of blood and got the blood all over her clothes. William takes the story up from there, relating how Diana eventually made it home and told him about it, and he knew he had to protect her. The bloody clothes he had burned were Diana's. Reid sits, reconstructing his thoughts about his mother and his father in the face of this new information, and there are tears in his eyes. His father goes on, explaining that this horrible situation changed everything, and came between him and Diana. "You could have come back," Reid says softly, "you could have started over." Will smiles sadly, explaining that he had lost his confidence and there was no going back. Diana has made peace with it, and turns to her son, hoping he can also. Reid's voice shakes as he blinks back tears and tells his father how sorry he is. His father sits down beside him and says, "I am too, Spencer." "There is no refuge from memory or remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance." Gilbert Parker. The delighted BAU team surrounds the young mother, son, and proud father in JJ's hospital room, joking about Will's New Orleans' accent, when Reid arrives. JJ is happy to see him, and calls him "Spence." Reid congratulates Will, and, catching JJ's eye, Will suggests the rest of the BAU join him for coffee. Reid stays behind, and JJ tells him she and Will want Reid to be Henry's godfather. Reid doesn't know what to say, but JJ holds the baby out to him to him to hold, not accepting "no" as an answer. Reid gingerly holds the tiny boy, gazing down at him with wonder as JJ reveals that she has asked Garcia to be his godmother, and that the two of them are responsible to get Henry into Yale someday. Reid tells the sleeping child that Yale was his safety school, and that he can get him into Caltech with one phone call. [recap written by Finnegan77 11.20.08]