It's a beautiful day in Sarasota, Florida. The neighborhood is peaceful - men washing cars, women talking on the sidewalk, songs playing from car radios, and Andrea Harris is just getting behind the wheel - her father, William, has promised to take her out to practice her driving skills. As soon as she fastens her seatbelt, her father receives a message on his cell phone and tells her that he has to go out for a while. Andrea sulks - he promised. William tries to get her to smile, and finally announces that, once she gets her license he is going to give her the car. She dances out of the car and gives him a big hug, turning to her friend Lisa to tell her about the gift. Sharon Harris stands with a group of other moms, discussing a flyer they are passing back and forth. Holly, another teen-aged friend of Andrea's, hurries up and shows the girls the flyer - another girl has gone missing: Missy Dewald. Each of the girls knows what has been going on, how a killer has been abducting college girls, one black and then one white, and now a high school girl, over the past few months. As the girls talk, sirens in the distance grow louder, until several police cars pull up in front of the Harris's home. Det. Linden and his officers approach the front door, calling out for William Harris. He tells Harris that he is being arrested for the kidnapping of Missy Dewald and the murder of three women. Harris demands to see the warrant, and Linden flaps the paper in front of his face. He instructs his men to search the home, the garage and the storage shed, and reads Harris his rights as Andrea and Sharon look on. "It's a mistake, it's a mistake," he calls out to his family as he's placed into the police car, "I'll be home soon." A black SUV drives up the street and stops, and BAU SSA Aaron Hotchner, and SSA Emily Prentiss get out and approach Det. Linden, asking him what he's doing. Linden tells them that he got tired of waiting, but Hotchner merely narrows his eyes and lowers his voice, repeating a line he must have said before, "You can look all you want, Missy Dewald is not here."
At the Sarasota police station, Linden, SSA Derek Morgan, and SSA David Rossi watch William Harris through the one-way glass of the interrogation room. Linden is angry, frustrated, admitting that the agents had been telling him for a week that the unsub would want a private place to "spend time" with his victims, and that would not be his home. He wouldn't listen. Morgan attempts to placate the man, reminding him that they have a witness that places Harris at the scene of Missy's abduction, and that he was under investigation for previous similar crimes in Atlanta. Rossi also explains that Harris matches the profile of their unsub: a successful family man who lives and works in the area. The probable cause for the arrest was there - they just don't have the evidence they need to prosecute the man. Now they must dig through all areas of his life while Morgan and Rossi handle the interrogation. Another positive aspect of the arrest is this: the unsub holds his victim for 48 hours before killing her, and Missy was just abducted yesterday. As long as they hold Harris he won't be able to finish her off. Rossi suggests that Linden speak with the Atlanta detective to discuss what went right and wrong with their investigation. They are going to need some leverage to throw Harris off guard as he is a professional litigator himself. Their window of opportunity is very small - Harris will go before a judge within the next twelve hours for his bail hearing. After that, it is just a matter of time before he is released.
"No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips. Betrayal oozes out of him at every pore." Sigmund Freud
The media has arrived in the small neighborhood in Sarasota. Vans with antenna arrays, reporters, and cameras set up outside the Harris home, while investigators and officers walk in and out, searching for anything to help them. The neighbors gather in small groups across the street staring, whispering, and pointing at Andrea Harris and her mother who stand bewildered in front of their home. Agent Jordan Todd tries to minimize the damage, explaining to demanding fathers that they will release any information they uncover as soon as possible.
Rossi and Morgan introduce themselves to Harris, reminding the man that he can have his lawyer present during questioning if he'd like, but Harris states that he is a lawyer himself. Morgan places photos of the previous victims on the table in front of the suspect, asking Harris if he recognizes any of the girls. Harris denies it, shaking his head at the situation, sadness in his eyes as he realizes that his daughter is their age. Morgan then places a photograph of Missy Dewald on the table. Harris demands to know what the FBI "thinks they have on" him, and Morgan leans on the table, getting nose to nose with the other black man, explaining that a witness saw him nearby when Missy was abducted, and he has a "history" of this type of behavior. The charges in Atlanta were dropped, Harris insists, calmly, but Rossi clarifies the situation: the rape victims in Atlanta refused to testify, and the current victims in Sarasota have all been killed to prevent them from testifying. "I didn't do this," Harris states in a low voice. Rossi goes on, questioning Harris about his marriage of eighteen years, about how the first blush of romance was so exhilarating, and a long marriage is anything but. Smiling slightly, Harris's eyes flash and he reminds Rossi that by concentrating on his as a suspect, the real criminal had more time with the victim. "By the time you realize I've been telling the truth," Harris flips Missy's photo around to face Morgan; "this poor girl could be dead."
Prentiss and Hotchner are gently trying to separate Andrea Harris and her mother to interview the two women, but Sharon refuses, saying that the two have no secrets. Andrea insists that her father was at home all day yesterday, but Sharon admits that he may have run out for about an hour. Sharon is defensive, arms crossed over her chest, but Prentiss asks her how she'd feel if it was Andrea out there, missing, victimized. Whenever an agent asks a question, it is Andrea who answers, explaining that they moved to Florida because of her father's job offer, and how the rape charges against him were all dropped. Prentiss asks if William was different - distant - lately, and when Sharon angrily tells her that William works a lot, Prentiss begins to suggest another explanation. She tells Sharon that she knew something was off, and it has made her wonder. When Hotchner tells her that she can save Missy's life, Sharon tells the agents that the interview is over. She walks to the door, and opens it, inviting them to leave.
At the police station, SSA Reid lowers himself into a chair in front of William Harris's computer. He is linked with Analyst Penelope Garcia at Quantico, and watches as she manipulates the computer remotely. She explains that, even though Harris is intelligent and has deleted his browsing history, she can still find his footprints through the internet.
As the bailiff escorts William Harris from the courtroom, his wife and daughter rush to him. Hotchner instructs the bailiff to give the man a moment with this family. They hug him, and he tells his wife that "they don't have a case." His wife is worried - bail was set at $5 million, but William explains that it is because of the charges filed against him in Atlanta. She asks him how they are going to pay for it, and he tells her to put up the house as collateral. Sharon hesitates, telling him that they will have nowhere to go if something happens. Time is up, and the bailiff leads Harris away, as Hotchner and Prentiss watch the scene carefully. As the family walks away, Hotchner turns to Prentiss and says, "She's starting to doubt him."
Standing in front of an evidence board, Reid begins to explain to the other agents that Garcia found an encrypted link to a web page, which took them to an untraceable webpage containing journal entries, like a diary. Reid has studied the entries and has found that there are two distinct voices writing there - different word choices such as 'soda' and 'pop' - one writer uses dashes and one ellipses. As he turns back to the board with a red and a blue marker in hand, Det. Linden leans towards Agent Rossi and asks, "Where did you find this kid?" Rossi replies, "He was left in a basket on the steps of the FBI." oblivious, Reid turns to tell the two men that one writer refers to something called "the devil's strip" which is the small patch of grass that separates the sidewalk from the street. This term is used primarily in Ohio, and William grew up there. The other writer uses 'turnpike,' and 'filling the gas tank,' which are regionalisms for Florida. Reid is sure that Harris has a partner.
Inside the interrogation room, Rossi reads from a printout of the journal that Reid has made, and asks Harris if he's bored at home - if he's having an affair. Harris repeats that he is happily married, and picks up the papers to look at them, telling Rossi that he has "gone from completely wrong to completely insane." Morgan tells Harris that he is hiding something, but Harris, more angry now, insists that no jury will convict him because he happened to be at the mall where Missy was abducted. Linden bursts into the room with news: they found Missy." A playful smile on his face, Harris says, "Told you so." Linden lunges for the man, but Morgan manages to hold the detective back and drag him from the room as Harris smiles.
Missy's body has been found on a beach in Sarasota. Prentiss wonders if Harris dumped the body before he was picked up, but Rossi tells her that the medical examiner has determined time of death to be only several hours ago, while William Harris was in custody. Linden is afraid they have the wrong guy, but Rossi doesn't think so. He believes that the person Harris was communicating with is his partner in crime, not a partner in an affair. The partner is reacting to Harris's arrest by trying to do everything he can to make him seem innocent.
Reid continues to work on the journal entries. The phrases chase each other around his mind, and his pens mark off similarities and differences within the entries - changes of tone, or wording, making notes about some of the themes and repeated phrases that might mean something to these partners. He notes one phrase especially: "faith should never be broken." Morgan approaches the young man, wanting to hear that Reid has found the partner, but Reid is concentrating and doesn't hear him at first. Morgan asks him to focus on when the two met, to find if there was some kind of "courtship" period. Reid quotes: "It all seems so hopeless, but I've finally learned to rise above it." He believes that means William was feeling incomplete - he didn't begin killing until he met his 'soul mate.' The longer the two got away with their crimes, the stronger their relationship grew. They are not just addicted to rape and murder, these two are addicted to each other. Linden and the other agents arrive, and the group discusses the dynamics of these two men - Harris is dominant, self-confident, and the other is willing to be led. The partner left bite marks on Missy Dewald's body, something they didn't do when William was present. This partner may have attempted previous crimes before he met William, so Hotchner has Garcia run dental records on other related crimes to see if she finds a match.
Back in the interrogation room, Morgan suggests that, if William and his partner had simply had sex, they might not have felt the urge to rape and kill innocent girls. Rossi asks if they met at a porn site or at a gay bar, and Morgan comments on William's partner's murder of Missy Dewald. Harris's gaze snaps back and forth between the men, sometimes angry, sometimes satisfied, and simply asks if "He's called yet." He explains that he means the DA, who has the best conviction rate in Florida and is not going to want to take this case if it might end up with an acquittal. Morgan snorts, "This friend of yours wants to please you bad, doesn't he?" Rossi notes that the other man killed Missy because he misses William. Harris wants to know what the agents have learned from all this. "Proof," Morgan responds, "that there's someone out there just as sick as you."
Garcia has found a match between the bite marks found on Missy Dewald, and a rape this year in another Florida county. Unfortunately, the owner of the teeth has never been arrested, so they do not have a suspect. The victim of the rape, Connie Mayers, still lives in Bradenton. Connie works at a flower shop, and Prentiss and Hotchner interview her outside, acting as customers, because Connie hasn't told her co-workers what happened to her. She explains that her attacker was a control freak, a white man; he choked her and bit her, leaving scars behind that will never go away. When they arrive back in Sarasota they explain that Connie's attacker was an Anger-Excitation Rapist, just like William. It may be that the other man is not as subservient as they first assumed. Reid concurs, as he's found the writing from both men to be similarly erudite. Their lives will mirror one another, and the family might know who the other man is.
As Hotchner and Prentiss leave to interview the Harris family, the other agents decide to play on the men's addiction for each other. By using this on-line journal, they can communicate with the other man. The man will know that it is not William writing, but he won't be able to help himself. Reid remembers the phrase, "Faith should never be broken." If the agents tell the partner that William is cooperating, that might cause the partner to act out.
Sharon Harris has no idea what Hotchner is talking about - they've only lived in the neighborhood for six months, she hasn't noticed William either befriending or avoiding anyone in particular. He takes another sip of her drink, not her first, and Hotchner tries to comfort her. He tells her that we don't really know the people we are closest to - everyone keeps secrets. Prentiss talks to Andrea on the front porch. Andrea is angry, not wanting the FBI to accuse someone else's dad of murder because of something she might say. Prentiss tells her that the man they are looking for might check up on her; it will be the closest he can come to actually communicating with her dad. He might have mood swings, appear uncertain. Andrea angrily tells her that she liked living in Atlanta, and she liked living in Florida, but now everything is ruined. Now the people around her will reject them because of her father's arrest.
As Reid works quietly at the computer, Morgan asks if he's determined what he's going to write on the killers' journal site. He and Morgan plan a message that will hint that William is cooperating with the police even though his partner has risked a lot to save him. At his own computer, the other man reads the posted words and yanks off his glasses. Morgan and Reid continue to look through the journals, noting that many of the entries were made after the first killing, when the other man apparently made William a "gift" of the first victim.
William is smiling. Knowing that his wife is arranging bail, he tells Rossi that he's smiling because he's thinking about where to go for dinner. Rossi and Morgan discuss the fact that maybe this isn't such an equal partnership after all: the other man made the first move. He's only cleaning up because he can't afford to get caught, not to help William. Rossi tells William that they've written a journal entry to the other man telling him William is cooperating. William Harris just nods and smiles, completely unruffled by the FBI agents. When they ask him what his entry about finding "the perfect place to play," means, William says, "golfing." But when Morgan wants to know what it felt like, William cannot resist telling him the truth: "Perfect." He remembers his discussion with his partner, a forty-year-old white man with glasses, over the abused body of their first victim. The other man tells him that the girl seems defiant, and may identify them to the police. He looks over at a knife the lies on a table nearby, but William makes a face, explaining that blood isn't his "thing." The man insists that the murder doesn't have to be messy, and William smiles again, leaning over the girl. "You mean like this?" he asks as the other man watches.
Morgan places pictures of the victims on the table again, but these pictures are of the girls in life - beautiful, happy. They were someone's child; Missy was supposed to meet her parents for dinner. When William says that he feels sorry for the parents, Rossi stands. Harris's comments do not have a trace of empathy or sincerity. He never would have acted without his partner.
A loud noise outside sends Sharon Harris into the front yard. The silver car that William promised his daughter has been egged and painted on the side with bright red paint are the words, "Get out!" Their neighbor, Stephen Baleman, also heard the noise and comes over to comfort Sharon. A thin, white, forty-year-old man with glasses - he is William's partner.
"'I need to see that face again, soon,'" Morgan reads from the journal. He tells the suspect that it doesn't sound like two buddies to him, but two lovers. "You have no idea what you're talking about," smiles William, claiming that everyone who goes into law enforcement has an air of moral superiority, and that it radiates off of Morgan. He continues analyzing Morgan, telling him that, as a black cop in the FBI, he has a lot to prove, and then compares himself with Morgan, saying that "the games we play we chose - they make us feel powerful." He demands to know what proof he has beyond a reasonable doubt to convict him of these killings, but that he should not sit in judgment. Morgan leans in close, sickened by the comparison, his barely restrained anger only a few inches from William Harris's mild, unaffected amusement. He tells Harris that they are nothing alike. As Det. Linden and Agent Rossi watch from the observation room, he adds that, once the partner is caught, any jury will find them guilty. Leaving to join Rossi and Linden, Morgan notes that Harris is just biding his time, waiting for his bail to be posted.
From the doorway of the kitchen Andrea watches Stephen Baleman and her mother talk. Although he is the only friendly neighbor, and tells Sharon how sorry he is that he couldn't do more to help the family, Andrea is suspicious. She wants to know why he is helping - she didn't even know that he and her father were friends. Baleman tries to comfort her, telling her everyone will forget all about this eventually. When he leaves, Andrea mutters, "Somehow I doubt that." She turns to her mother, telling her that the FBI warned them to look out for something just like this, but her mother is quick to defend Baleman, telling Andrea that he is the only person who has been kind to them.
Reid has noticed something among the later journal entries. The partner wrote about a moment when he was looking on a group of neighbors and their children and feeling like an outsider because no one understood him. Morgan says that it sounds like a party. Hotchner continues to read: "I looked over and everything changed; the only spark in my day." This is a description of the first time the two met. Rossi and Morgan hurry back into the interrogation room to confront Harris. Rossi leans against the wall, observing that Harris moved to the neighborhood six months ago and met him after that.
Harris remembers: It was a block party. There were balloons for the children and beer for the adults. Children and teenagers in constant motion. Stephen Baleman handed William Harris a beer and the two sipped as their eyes scanned the crowd. Harris pointed out his wife, Sharon, and Stephen his wife, Annie. Two beautiful teen-aged girls were distributing food, and they approached the men, handing each a plate. Suddenly the tone changed, and the men's eyes are caught by the girls. Baleman looked down at his burger, and then his eyes fixed on his wife across the crowd. "You know, most people get excited about this plain old burger, here," he says, "but it's really nothing special." William glanced at him, at what he's watching, and then looked over at the two girls again. "You know a good piece of meat would be nice." Baleman is quick to agree, describing his favorite meat as "bloody, rare and tender." The two men instantly understand each other.
The allure of the memory is written all over Harris's face in the interrogation room, even though he hasn't said a word. Morgan tells him that he hopes he enjoys his memories, as they are all he has left. Harris sits down, openly mocking the agents with his 'patient' attitude. The urges didn't go away when he moved from Atlanta, Morgan tells him, and running away from them, from himself, didn't work. He was sure that moving into a beautiful neighborhood with his beautiful wife and daughter would suddenly make him happy, but it didn't. And then he met Baleman and his whole life changed. Their skin color is their only similarity, Morgan tells him.
The paint on Andrea's car is proving difficult to remove, but she's trying. A group of teen-agers stroll by, stopping behind her, saying how much safer they feel now that her father is in prison. Andrea angrily defends her father, but the spokeswoman for the group continues, asking Andrea if her father started with her, as his victims were about her age. Andrea lunges for the girl, but Stephen Baleman, watching from his front porch, hurries in to break up the fight and tells the kids to go home. Baleman reaches out to her, telling her that he knows her mother isn't home, and, if she needs company, he's around. Andrea brushes him off and runs inside.
Still staring at the journal entries, Reid's mind whirls, trying to determine the location of the party where the two men met. He turns to the others gathered around to try to focus his thoughts. Hotchner offers that the blog was written so that the two men could relive their crimes. Prentiss adds that by doing it that way, no one ever saw the men together or heard them talking. Rossi agrees. Reid turns back to the evidence board and tells that others that the men love to 'surprise' each other. There are many words and phrases thanking the other, or commenting on the perfect timing. Suddenly it comes to him: the men never write about a time, when to meet each other. They must have a system worked out for one man to tell the other that he has abducted a victim.
From inside her house, Andrea hears Stephen and Annie Baleman arguing. She looks out the window and sees Stephen walking away, down the street. She decides to follow him.
Hotchner and the other profilers have Garcia on the phone now; discussing how each victim was abducted at a different time, one even on Thanksgiving morning. They had to communicate somehow, but Garcia has found no other files on Harris's computer - no texts, emails, no phone records, to follow up. They are missing something.
Baleman has headed down to the marina, and Andrea is only a few yards behind.
Prentiss, thinking aloud, repeats that the partner was born and raised in Florida. Rossi follows up, theorizing that the partner lives in Sarasota. Knowing that they don't call or write, Reid figures the signal might be visual or audible. If visual, it could be hanging a flag on one's house, but if it is audible they'd have to live close enough to each other to hear it. Reid turns back to the board, and then shuffles through the notes he has made. The lines sounded personal, poetic and romantic, but the wording was odd, Reid suggests, and reminds him more of lyrics to a song. "It feels so good, so free, so right," he reads, and Garcia types the line into her search. She needs more, so Prentiss reads, "It looks so right, it's all I need tonight." Garcia has it - the lines are from the song "Here Comes My Girl" performed by Tom Petty. The song was playing from a car radio when the FBI first arrived at Harris's home. The song tells the other partner that a victim is ready - the partner must live in Harris's neighborhood. Garcia's fingers move quickly across her keyboard as the profilers shout out the parameters: a white male, in his forties, married with kids, lived in Florida his entire life, and lives in Harris's neighborhood.
Andrea follows Baleman through the marina.
Garcia narrows down the search - of the white males she's found, only one meets every aspect of the profile: Stephen Baleman.
His patience wearing thin, Harris rubs his forehead as Morgan paces alongside the table in the interrogation room. Rossi bursts in and says two words: "Stephen Baleman."
He's walking faster now, and when Baleman turns a corner, Andrea loses sight of him and hurries ahead, peering through a chain link fence. Hearing a noise behind her she turns, and Baleman is there, hands beside her on the fence, forcing her against it. "Are you following me?" he whispers.
Annie Baleman tells Prentiss that, as soon as William Harris was arrested her husband became nervous and hostile. She wants to think of her husband as a good man, but Prentiss warns her that he isn't who she thinks he is. Hotchner is waiting at the car when Sharon Harris runs from her home, screaming for her daughter. He comes towards her and she explains that she can't find Andrea. He tells her that Stephen Baleman is William's partner, and Sharon tells Hotchner that Stephen was nice, checking in on them, but that Andrea was suspicious. Hotchner tells Sharon that it is time she talked to William.
Pacing back and forth in the small room, William Harris insists that Stephen Baleman is just a neighbor, no matter what they think they've found in the journals. Sharon's arrival with Hotchner surprises him, but her words confuse: "Where did Stephen take Andrea?" He blinks, shaking his head, eyes darting among the agents. Sharon's eyes are filled with tears as she admits to herself, and to him, that she knew something was wrong, that he had a secret life, but she never confronted him because that would make it real. She's sobbing now, telling him that he buried himself in lies, that it was his job to lie, and now it defines who he is. He tells her to calm down, that it is hard but it is almost over. She stares into his eyes, her hands to her face, and tells him she did not put up the house for his bail. He is stunned. She point blank tells him that she didn't want to believe it in Atlanta, but she won't deny it again. She demands to know where Stephen took Andrea. William cocks his head, unreadable again, but she lashes out, slapping him across the face and screaming for him to tell her where their daughter is. Hotchner moves in, gently taking Sharon by the arm and leading her out of the room as she curses at her husband. Morgan moves in quickly, reminding Harris of his own words after Kim Groves' abduction: "the first few hours are the best; nobody's run out of steam yet." Looking at his watch, Rossi tells Harris that Andrea has been gone for two hours, and he wonders what Stephen is doing to her. William is trying to hold on to his unaffected demeanor, but it gets more and more difficult the more the profilers talk about Stephen, about how he is touching Andrea, biting her, wondering if she has been in pain for two hours. "The man you trusted with your life has betrayed you," Rossi states. William runs one hand nervously over his head, struggling for composure.
Reid and Prentiss hurry into the observation room - their investigation of Baleman has come up with no leads as to Andrea's location. Hotchner is worried; William may not be willing to say anything even to save Andrea, knowing that if he opens his mouth he is damning himself. Morgan and Rossi continue to beat at Harris with their words, trying to crack his shell, asking if there was some kind of "family off-limits" pact with Baleman, telling him that Baleman believes William is betraying him so he is acting out. "He is alone with your little girl," Morgan shouts, describing how Andrea is calling out for her father who is doing nothing to save her. William has heard enough - his tears are coming, and his mouth moves as if trying to hold back the words. "Be a man, for God's sakes, be a father," Morgan demands.
At a warehouse, William runs in, taking the gag from his daughter's mouth and untying her. She is crying, hugging him, stuttering that it was Stephen. When William asks if he's hurt her, Stephen's voice rings out behind him, "Did you think I would hurt her, betray you?" He confronts William, angry about his betrayal, but William tells Stephen he didn't tell the police anything. Andrea wants to know what they're talking about, and how her father knew to come to get her. William turns to Stephen, who, still angry, quotes from their journals: "Faith should never be broken." The two men argue, William livid that Stephen took his daughter, Stephen angry at William's betrayal. Andrea can't believe what she's hearing. Stephen wants to know how William got out, and he tells him the case was dismissed because of Missy Dewald's murder. Inside a van near the warehouse, Det. Linden and the FBI agents are listening. Hearing the mention of Missy's murder, they know they have enough to arrest both men. Andrea backs away from her father, realizing that her father's words have implicated him in the murders. William confronts Stephen once again, wondering what he would have done to Andrea if he hadn't shown up. The FBI agents burst in, guns drawn, from each end of the warehouse. Andrea throws herself at her father, hitting him with her fists, crying and screaming, "I hate you! I hate you!" until Prentiss pulls her off. She leads her to her mother, and the two walk off together.
Det. Linden shakes his head, amazed that William Harris was willing to be wired just to see his partner again. Morgan says they needed to say good-bye.
British historian C. Northcote Parkinson said, "Delay is the deadliest form of denial."
[Recap written by Finnegan77- Jan 17,2009]