Be careful when you invite someone into your home. That seems to be the lesson Criminal Minds is teaching with “A Badge and a Gun,” which sees Marisol Nichols return as Agent Natalie Colfax.
In this episode, the BAU searches Los Angeles after discovering security footage that shows an UnSub being invited into his victims’ homes.
Watch the promo for Criminal Minds episode, “A Badge and a Gun”:
The UnSub manages to smooth talk his way into his victims’ houses, and when they see security footage of him doing just that, they realize why: he’s showing credentials. Is the UnSub a federal agent? (Maybe a former agent? Someone who has a past with federal agents and/or is just using the badge?)
Watch Morgan worry about the future of his relationship:
“We need to talk” are never words anyone wants to read from their significant other. And Morgan has seen them enough times to know that this isn’t good. Rossi tries to tell him that he and Savannah are going to be fine, but even he has to admit, no, Morgan is “probably completely screwed.”
Garcia doesn’t do much to try to reassure Morgan either. All she can offer him is some good news that will postpone the talk: a case.
Check out a sneak peek of the case:
So far two victims have been found in their homes in two days: Isabella wrapped in her sheets and Gertrude in a rug. Both died of asphyxiation, and there are no other signs of physical trauma. The UnSub gets off on suffocating his victims, but Reid notes that this is different from the erotic asphyxiation cases they’ve seen before.
Is he wrapping up his victims as a sign of remorse? Does he know them? Could they be surrogates for someone he feels guilty about killing? And with no sign of forced entry, he’s talking his way in. Rossi’s gut is telling him this is a case of “charm and harm”: smooth talk the women until they trust him and then turn on them.
Check out a clip as the BAU wonders what’s driving their UnSub:
So far, there’s no apparent connection between the victims; Isabella was 40 and brunette, Gertrude 29 and blonde. Both had jobs that allowed them to be home during the day to let the UnSub in. Wrapping them up and leaving them in their bedrooms could indicate a sexual or power dominance fetish, like claustrophilia. He could be projecting his own fetish onto his victims.
Garcia then videos in to report a third victim has been found, this time in the kitchen. They’re looking at a spree killer, and spree killers’ motivation is usually personal and retaliatory with an ultimate goal in mind.
Criminal Minds season 11 airs Wednesdays at 9pm on CBS.
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