Following the previous exhilarating episode, the BAU team is now called to solve a crime where a killer is brutally murdering distraught victims who cheat on their spouses. His M.O is evolving fast where he starts off with genital mutilation to then physically attempting to kill the most important people in his life. Meanwhile, in the spur of the atrocity, Hotch's love life is just beginning to bloom.
A group of 2012 graduates are celebrating on the beach around a bonfire. A couple from the group separate from the others and share a intimate moment. However, their private session quickly comes to an end, when they are interrupted by droplets falling down from a tower above them. The male individual goes into the tower to investigate. To his surprise, he finds a dead body.
The next morning, Hotch meets Rossi at work. Rossi begins to decipher Hotch and concludes that Hotch has been sharing his training session with Beth. Rossi teases Hotch, saying that he needs a new excuse to see Beth while Hotch reassures Rossi to not worry as Hotch has already planned for another date.
Several victims have been killed by a GSW to the head where most of the victims had, had their genitals removed. The only commonality discovers between all the victims is that they had all suffered some kind of a loss prior to their murders. The team believes the unsub is connecting to his victims via a pessimistic event that had occurred prior to their disappearance.
A man named Mike, goes to his old job's dump site. He meets Dugg, and they get into a mini confrontation. Mike blames Dugg for destroying his life and leaves the dump site. It is not known until later that Mike is actually the psycho unsub.
The scene than flashes forward. Mike is holding a man hostage, murmuring reckless words expressing his depression and regret. Mike, tells the hostage individual that he understands the man's pain, and reassures him that all will end soon. The man calls for help and the scene darkens with the sound of a gun shot.
The teams finds the newest victim's body. They begin to contemplate where the victims possibly could have met the unsub. They conclude that the victims most likely have met at a liquor bar. They are also firm on the idea that the unsub is targeting victims that are engulfed with infidelity where those who carried the act of promiscuity will have their genitals removed whilst those who were the actual victims will have their bodies wrapped in a plastic cover.
Additionally, the unsub has now turned his attention onto women - the team believes that it is a matter of time before the unsub actually chased the actual people who betrayed him.
Clearly, by now it is apparent that Mike is the unsub. Destroying the evidences and the unsub's cars, Mike returns to the dump site that he initially met Dugg at. Dugg asks Mike to leave, but Mike refuses and pushes Dugg into a junk deposit compact. Infuriated, he uses a car to crush Dugg, destroying both the car and Dugg along with it.
The BAU team is getting a hold on the identity of Mike. Mike on the other hand is feeling the heat and kidnaps his son, Hunter, reassuring his son that everything will be fine. Hunter refuses and experiences a mental breakdown once he realizes that his father, Mike had killed his real, biological father, Dugg. Hunter attempts to escape but Mike hits him before he could escape, making him fall into unconsciousness. Mike than holds Hunter hostage.
Before anything could happen, JJ intervenes. JJ talks Mike into weakening his guard and then attacks him. They get into a mini brawl, where JJ is now attached with a few bruises. Morgan comes to the rescue and manages to tone down the situation.
Another case is solved and the BAU returns home. Hotch realizes that it is Valentine's and meets up with Beth for their first official date. Beth kisses Hotch, marking that night their first intimate experience.
A few thoughts rushed into my mind watching this episode, especially towards the concluding scenes. JJ, Morgan and Reid enters the residence in which Mike is currently holding his son captive. The weird thing is that Morgan actually opened the door for JJ to enter the basement but decides not to enter with her and instead, let her confront the unsub alone!
So the question that bugs me is that, why didn't Morgan follow her, despite knowing how destructive the unsub is? So much for being her comrade?
I don't have much thoughts on this episode because this was quite a typical Criminal Minds episode. Nothing much to talk about.
So unfortunately, that is my general thoughts, what did you guys think?
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