Original Air Date: Mar 2, 2011
JD – Sr. Staff Writer
Okay, folks, let’s start this off with a quick warning: I think there is more cold medicine circulating in my body than blood, currently. So I’m going to cross my fingers and hope this is coherent. If it’s not, blame the plague that has now attacked me three times in as many months. Did I offend someone out there who has biological weapons? Jeeze.
But enough about me (for now). There’s been build up for weeks on the whole Prentiss Drama front, and last night we finally get an episode with more than five minutes devoted to it. I’m pleased to say that I think it was pretty well written. That doesn’t mean that I’m suddenly into the idea of plot lines that target our main cast, or that I’m excited that Prentiss might not come back next season. In fact, I am struggling with watching the show lately. But… yeah, after a rewatch of last night’s episode, it was well done. So let’s get on with it!
So Ian Doyle, Prentiss’ tormentor, is in town. This is the bad news Prentiss gives her old Interpol buddies at the beginning of the episode. He’s threatened her team, and she’s not going to tell them (even if we all know she should–have faith in your friends, woman!). She wants to end things here, without anyone getting hurt. Unfortunately, people always get hurt on this show, and two families just miles apart from each other are getting attacked on this night.
Both families homes where torched, and the news is only talking about the weather, weirdly. Both families also have connections to Europe. Problem is, one family looks like murder-suicide, and the other seems to have died in a gas leak. They are just too close together in location and timing of the fires for the BAU to ignore them, though.
Rossi and Prentiss head to the “murder-suicide” family’s home, where they find that Daddy apparently had something to hide. He had excessive security in the room the family was found dead in, in spite of Garcia not being able to find anything out of the ordinary on the family. Even weirder is that while Daddy supposedly shot his family, set the room on fire, then shot himself, he had no smoke in his lungs. That hardly adds up. Neither does the fact that neither family’s normal daily patterns would have had them where they were when they died.
Oh and Prentiss is acting weird and everyone knows it:
Garcia: Omg, there’s a guy in your life! Spill!
Prentiss: If I have anything to spill, it’s blood. Back off.
Rossi: You need a vacation.
Prentiss: Calgon, take me away.
Reid: My head hurts.
Prentiss: …um… what?
Reid is a little jumpy for a moment, and Prentiss gives him the third degree about it, which I think is funny because she’s been biting people’s heads off for doing the same thing. But what follows is one of the better scenes in the episode, in which Reid confesses to her that he’s been having headaches. Then he turns it around on her and points out that she’s been biting her nails. The whole scene just made me warm and fuzzy, they way he points out that she’s been acting strange without pushing like Morgan has been doing, and shares his own secret in return. Very sweet.
Anyway, Garcia has done some digging and found out that the reason the media isn’t all over the story is because the one person who reported it, pulled the story later in the day. She’s gonna track the reporter down and figure it out. Reid, on the other hand, has found a common phone number on both family’s phone records, and Garcia pulls it up to find out the owner of that number is British…
Hey, guess who the next victim is!
Morgan and Prentiss head to the guy’s house. They’re too late to save him, but in time for the people killing him to get a good look out the window at Prentiss. Who they recognize. Of course. Cue a good, old fashioned shoot-out as the bad guys try to escape. Prentiss shoots one of them, and he collapses, but not before the other bad guys shoot him in the wrist, taking out a tattoo that matches Ian Doyle’s.
Okay, I have to admit, for a second I thought Ian Doyle was dead. That would have been a cool twist, huh? If Doyle had been a patsy for the real bad guy. No such luck, though. And so the case went…
There was a lot about this episode to like. I liked that we finally started seeing the other team members react to how Prentiss has been behaving instead of just Morgan. I wish we had seen a little of that from Hotch, though, but I guess if everyone would have reacted, it would have been overkill. And given the scale of the case, he probably had a lot on his table.
Am I contradicting myself? He should have noticed! He couldn’t have noticed! He should be able to do both at the same time!!!
So the plot thickens with Lauren Reynolds, too. Was that a Claddagh ring Prentiss flushed down the toilet at the end of the episode? There was no heart or crown on it, but it looked like one. Does this mean “Lauren” and Ian Doyle were romantically linked? Ian did say last week that Prentiss took the only thing that mattered to him…
His heart? Oh, poor baby. Or maybe she did something to the person he was in love with? But why would she keep the ring if that were the case?
These are the things my plague-impaired brain is coming up with. What does everyone else think? Give me your two cents!