This week’s episode of “Criminal Minds” brought the team to Los Angeles to investigate the disappearance of nanny Gina Mendes and her charge, Phoebe Payton.
Hotch calls the team together to tell them they’re headed to Los Angeles in a preemptive move against an unsub who strikes in LA every year. For the past five years, an unsub has been abducting a nanny and her charge only to release the child unharmed within 24 hours and kill the nanny. The unsub poses the nanny’s body in a park on May 13 of every year.
Only one victim was able to escape, Tara Rios. JJ and Morgan have attempted, repeatedly, to get the young woman to help them but she’s unable to deal with the trauma of the event and has refused to help. After seeing a press conference where the young child’s parents plead for the abductor to release both nanny and child unharmed and tell the abductor the child suffers from a bad case of asthma, Tara changes her mind and helps the agents.
Through EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,) a form of psychotherapy, Tara is able to recover enough memories to help the agents. She eventually remembers enough of her captor to be able to give a description to a sketch artist. The team canvasses the park where the victims were abducted and talks to local residents in an attempt to find the pair.
One resident recognizes the abductor as Jonny. He doesn’t know the man’s last name, but he remembers the man in the park walking his Rottweiler. Garcia tracks the man down and gives them the address to the abductor’s address. JJ and Morgan approach the house, burst in, and save both nanny and her charge. Morgan tends to the nanny while JJ chases the suspect who breaks out of a window and jumps to the street. She shoots him twice, fatally injuring him.
High points of the episode
- The team works well together to solve the case.
- It was nice to see the brief return of Will (JJ’s husband) along with Henry, her four and a half year old son.
Low points of the episode
- The series, which used to focus more on the mindset of the criminal and their actions, has shifted to sensationalizing the crime. They need to return to focusing more on the criminal’s mindset and reasoning for actions instead of focusing on the gruesome aspects of the crime.
So what did you think of this episode? Were you glad to see Will and Henry’s reappearance on the series? Comment below with your thoughts and observations.