Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 13

The Thirteenth Step

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 26, 2011 on CBS

Episode Recap

Two newlyweds go on a murderous rampage through Montana and the BAU is called in to stop them. The couple appears to be alcoholics who are working through a twisted version of AA's Twelve Step program. Trying to find closure for their past mistakes, they are tracking down those who have wronged them. However, rather than asking forgiveness, they demand forgiveness from others before murdering them in cold blood.

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."

Sydney and Ray confront Ray's father, who is accused of abusing Ray when he was a child. When Ray is unable to shoot his father, Sydney does it instead.

Meanwhile, Prentiss receives a message from Sean McAllister, her boss from Interpol.

Sydney and Ray appear to have an abusive relationship themselves. Sydney decides she needs to confront her father, who sexually molested her, and they go to his convenience store. The team arrives at the store as well and Sydney is shot. Ray is desperate to negotiate with the team and demands a car, plane tickets to Aruba, gauze and alcohol. Morgan brings the items to them. Ray ends up choking Sydney to death, but doesn't seem to realize what he's doing, as he begs for her to wake up. Ray and the BAU exchange fire, and Ray is killed.

William Glasser wrote, "What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today."

Prentiss meets with Sean, who tells her that Ian Doyle has escaped from a prison in Russia and they are in danger.