There seems to be an obsession this year with California and Nevada and CM. Last week we were in the Tahoe area, this week in the Modesto, central Cali farmlands, and next two will take us to Vegas, as they are both Reid-centric and Diana and William both pop up. Hmmmsies.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Reidaholics… we have this weeks episode to delve into first.
Trains creep me out. I don’t know why, they just do. Let’s try and decipher my psychosis another day, alright. Seems we have an unsub that catches out ( hops the trains to get around). Great, thanks Oahn Ly, writer, for adding to my fears. Seems he then goes and murders couples in their homes and lives in them for the night. Ew. Sleeps in their blood soaked bed, watches their TV, eats their food, showers there- creep factor ten.
Back in BAU land, Morgan sees a hot girl and dumps his coffee in the trash to go back up and hit on her. Turns out she’s clever and escapes his clutches. She also knows his name ( leading Reid to ask if he had been with so many women he can’t remember them anymore- classic Reid, mentions he has never had it happened, Emily points out he has that eidetic memory, and Morgan jabs back with ” You only have one name to remember.” Reid’s snarky laugh is priceless.) The teams heading out to California. The ” Highway 99 Killer”, as the locals call him, has committed five murders ( on the plane, we hear about number six), and we are introduced to the profile of a migrant serial killer- most likely homeless or travels on business. Hotch takes the officer in charge to task for naming the killer and an over abundance of personnel ( another great Reid moment- he takes off with JJ rather than hear the tongue lashing). Our killer is disorganized but still follows ritual. He’s angry but oddly calm after the kill. He’s using household cleaners to huff. And he’s hopping trains to get around California.
Rossi and Morgan head off to talk to the security on the track- bulls and bos don’t mix. Emily and Reid deduce that he’s sticking to the farmlands of central California. The profile also tells the cops to look for the tell tale rash of a huffer. Morgan and Rossi, still out in the field, use candy bars to get info from the transients they meet near the tracks, where they get some valuable information about the symbols used by the transients to convey the state around them. Whether cops are around, friendly homes, it’s the hobos code.
Reid has had Garcia look for other crimes that fit our unsubs MO, and she has found three more cases. Rossi and Morgan head off to a small town in the mountains to find out what happened near Bakersfield. Garcia notices an uptick in certain harvests, and Reid and Emily now figure our unsub is a migrant farm worker. The seventh crime is discovered- he’s now taunting our team, leaving a Highway 99 headline paper at the scene. He’s getting bolder.
Our unsub isn’t currently working as a migrant farm worker, he’s following a group around. Turns out his half brother is part of this group., and the unsub leaves him money where ever he’s staying. This info proves invaluable- money had been left that day. Morgan and Rossi take to the tracks. Our unsub jumps on to a train, and Morgan goes after him. The unsub and Morgan wage in an epic battle, as the unsub tries to dump Morgan from the moving train while Morgan desperately hangs on. The unsub is shot by our team leader and superhero with a gun Hotch while Hotch is in a moving vehicle. Awesomeness or what.
Back in DC, Morgan, Reid, and Emily are in the midst of making plans for dinner out when JJ walks up with the girl Morgan had hit on at the beginning. She’s Jordan Todd, JJ’s replacement while JJ is on leave. AH-ha! Morgan isn’t losing his mind.
Overall, this episode takes me back to season one- it’s truly a team episode, with focus on the crime and the criminal. The teams is shown in complete harmony, with nothing hanging over them. That being said, it was a slight disappointment- the crime was brutal, but the discovery seemed disjointed to me. Much like this review and recap, I guess. Ultimately, I found the unsub uninteresting. And nothing disappoints me more than not being interested in the unsub. Next weeek is the start of a two episode arc about Reid, and Reid episodes universally have interesting unsubs. Do not let me down, CM.