Criminal Minds (2005–…): Season 6, Episode 5 - Safe Haven - full transcript

Two families consisting of a mother, father and two children are murdered in two consecutive days in the Iowa/Nebraska border area. The children are strangled, the mothers killed by blunt force trauma and the fathers stabbed multiple times. The father in the second set of murders was also eviscerated crudely postmortem, meaning that it was done not as torture but rather out of curiosity. The autopsies show that the mothers suffered the most pain in their deaths, making the BAU believe that the mothers are the key to the unsub's rage. In reviewing the crime scenes, the BAU come to the realization that the unsub was known to the victims and that he is a minor. As the BAU determine more about the unsub, including that he is a ward with a criminal record, the unsub is dealing with his next target, the Riverton family, its mother, Nancy Riverton who does her best to temper the inner rage of the unsub. Evidence at one of the earlier crime scenes leads the BAU to come to understand where the unsub is heading which if they get there in time may save both Nancy Riverton and the unsub's ultimate target. Meanwhile, Morgan receives an unexpected visitor from Los Angeles. While working on the case in Iowa and Nebraska, Morgan has to figure out what to do with his guest, both in the short term and the long term.

Previously on Criminal Minds...

I lost my father...

when I was 9 years old.

He was shot and killed
right in front of me.

Is that your daughter? Where is she?

- She's with my sister.
- This is about you.

There's no history
at your sister's place.

Promise me she'll be okay, Morgan.

Do it and promise him!

- Promise me, Morgan.
- Okay.


I promise.

I love you, Ellie.

I can't...

♪ Don't come back anytime ♪

♪ I've already had your kind ♪

♪ This is your payback... ♪

Oh, my hands are numb.

One more try. You can do it.

- Am I close?
- Just keep trying.

- I can't, I can't.
- Come on.



- My babies...
- Sam and Kayla, wake up!

Oh, my babies.

Sammy! Kayla, wake up!

He took them from me.

Come on. Come on. Just keep trying.

You can do it.

♪ Don't come back anytime ♪

♪ I've already had your kind ♪

♪ This is your payback ♪

♪ Money grabber ♪

♪ Don't come back anytime ♪

- # Payback, money grabber #
- Oh, no.

♪ Don't come back anytime ♪

♪ You've already run me dry ♪

♪ This is your payback ♪

- # Money grabber #
- No!

Get away from her!
Get away from her!

Come here! You never fought a man
in your pathetic life,

you twisted psycho.

No! Get out of our house!

No! Please! Stop it!


Last night, all four members
of the Bennett Family

were killed in their home
in Council Bluffs, lowa.

Jake and Sandra Bennett
were the parents

of Sammy, 11, and Kayla, 9.

Agent Beeks in the Omaha
field office called me.

The previous night,
the other family, the Archers,

were killed just across
the state line in Nebraska.

He thinks it's the same offender.

The M.O. Is consistent.

Both mothers died
due to severe blunt-force trauma,

and the fathers suffered
multiple stab wounds.

The children were all strangled.

Violence only in the kids' rooms,

but no sexual abuse
on any of the children.

That's odd.

Odd comes up right now

because the Bennett father
was not just stabbed,

he was also...

And those pictures
are in your personal files

'cause I didn't think
they needed the help of 1080p.

His chest was opened,
organs disturbed,

intestines removed.

That's awesome.
Could we please leave the gross part

of the conversation for the plane?

The father of the Archer family

had multiple stab wounds
but no dissection.

So he went from piquerism
to this overnight?

Two families in two days.
He's on a spree.

Wheels up in 30.

Hey, Morgan.

Ellie, how did you get past
airport security?

I stayed real close to this family.

Nobody asked.

If they had, I would have said I was 12

'cause you can fly by yourself.

This is not all right.

You can't just run away like this.

But that house is awful.

This older boy tries
to watch me in the shower.

Hey. It's way early in L.A.

I left a message
with Child Protective Services,

- but I haven't heard...
- You can't send me back there.

Ellie, you're a missing kid.

We have to let them know you're safe.

I didn't know where else to go.

I know.

Listen, this is one of my
very good friends Penelope.

She's going to look
after you while I'm gone.

Hi, Ellie.

Ellie, I'll come back as soon as I can.

Come on, Ellie.

Go ahead.

It's okay.

Come on, Ellie.

Have you ever been in a lair before?

You'll like it.

What are you gonna do?

I don't know.

All humanity is one undivided

and indivisible family.

I cannot detach myself
from the wickedest soul.

Mahatma Gandhi.

Hotch, listen.

Garcia's gonna help me find a way
to get Ellie back to L.A.

How did she get here?

She stole her foster mom's credit card,

then bought a ticket online,

and then somehow lied her way
through airport security.

How old is she?

She's 9.

I didn't see this coming at all,
but I will fix it.

Check this out.

No forced entry at either house.

Both dinner tables are set
for five people, not four.

Maybe they knew him
and invited him to dinner.

Both families live in different states
but only 8 miles apart.

Is it possible they knew each other?

Garcia, did you find
any overlap between

The Bennett and Archer families?

Zip. They didn't work, shop,
eat, or worship

in any of the same places.

Both families religious?

And then some.
Pretty much all their social lives

revolved around some kind
of church activities.

Maybe he forced the families
to make dinner as part of a ritual,

like Karl Arnold.

The Fox was a classic family annihilator
who targeted patriarchs.

The dissection of the last dad
makes me think

the unsub was focused
on male parents as well.

I'm not so sure.
There's a lot of overkill on the mothers.

All right, when we land,

Morgan, Prentiss,
and I will go get set up

At the field office with Agent Beeks.

Dave, you and Reid
drive to Council Bluffs

while the crime scene's still fresh.

Family annihilators
tend to kill the children first.

It makes the parents suffer the most.

Maybe that wasn't the only reason.

Mom comes up to say
that dinner is ready.

First thing she sees is the children.
She runs to them.

She opens up her back
for him to attack.

He uses the children as bait.

The father arrives next.

He runs to the family
just as the mother did.

The unsub repeats the attack.

Aah! No! No!

It worked the first time.

It's a risky plan.
The unsub needs 10 or 15 minutes

alone with the children
to tie them up.

The table's set for five.

They were going to have tacos.

The big pot has red meat,

the small one has...

some sort of tofu mix.

Now, if a psychopath
was forcing you to cook dinner,

would you take the time
to make vegetarian sides?

He obviously didn't force
Sandra to make dinner.

She wasn't afraid of him.

He was their guest.

He's too disorganized to bring a gun.

All the other items
he used on the families

came from within the house.

Kitchen knives, jump ropes, belts.

The Bennetts trusted him
with their kids.

They had to have known this guy.

M.E. Report on Jake Bennett
says he died less than a minute

after being stabbed multiple times.

All dissection was done postmortem.

If it was done postmortem,

it was probably done
out of curiosity and not torture.

Is there any indication
of medical training?

Apparently, it's just the opposite.

The cuts were crude.

No more advanced
than dissecting a frog.

Sandra Bennett died slowly,
in a lot of pain,

just like Monica Archer.

The wives suffer the most,
physically and psychologically.

So what does that get us?
This guy hates his mother?

It means that everything he did
he did to hurt Sandra and Monica.

He's targeting women.

Hey. How's she doing?


which, I get the impression,
she has not done in many weeks.

There are six kids
living in that foster house.

Well, what did the family say?

They didn't know she was missing.

Sandra was a sixth-grade teacher.

She ran a church program
for adult literacy

and volunteered
at a local soup kitchen.

Monica Archer was a nurse
at Northern Omaha Medical,

and she worked pro bono with
disabled veterans at the V.A.

Maybe he posed as a victim,
asked for their help.

It's likely these women
would help a stranger

but doubtful that they'd
let him upstairs.

It could be another volunteer.

If they met him doing charity work,
he could seem trustworthy.

Okay, so, we'll look into
volunteers who worked

with both Monica Archer
and Sandra Bennett,

but even so,

neither of these women
would have left their children

with someone they didn't know well.

It's unlikely that it's a stranger,

but we haven't found a single person
that knew both families.

Great. So we have
a disorganized killer

on a spree who appears perfectly stable.

People trust him on sight.

And he has absolute confidence
that no one will guess what he is.

♪ If I could write you a song
and you would fall in love ♪

♪ I would already have you
up under my arm ♪

♪ I've used up all of my tricks,
I hope that you... ♪

Hey, kid.

Come closer so I can
talk to you for a second.

What do you want?

You shouldn't walk
with your back to traffic.

You can't see the cars.
You know what I mean?

Oh, okay.

Hey. I'm Reverend Hannum.

I'm Jeremy.

Do you need a lift?

My mom says I shouldn't get into a car
with someone I don't know.

She'd, like, kill me.

Your mom's right.

But there's a gas station
a mile or so up the road.

I could take you there.

Well, that sounds all right.

Cool. Um, thanks.

It's getting cold out.

I love this song.

Me, too.

Put your seatbelt on.


♪ You got designer shades
just to hide your face ♪

♪ And you wear them around
like you're cooler than me ♪

♪ You never say, hey ♪

♪ Remember my name ♪

♪ And it's probably 'cause you
think you're cooler than me ♪

He dissected the victim's arm postmortem.
I think it's our guy.

- Just one victim?
- Yeah.

He's in the passenger seat.

Who is he?

Louis Hannum. 41 years old,
well-known local reverend.

He closed the church after
a canned food drive at 6 p.m.

Told the other volunteers
he was taking the donations

to the Salvation Army
3 miles northeast on Route 6.

Did he leave with anyone?

No, they said he left alone.

We're still getting names
of everyone who was there.

Before now, he's attacked
families in their homes.

Now just one victim
on the side of the road?

It doesn't... It doesn't
really fit his victimology.

Well, it looks like
he stabbed the reverend

while he was driving, and then
the truck crashed down here,

he pushed him over,
tried to drive away,

but the truck was stuck.

His rage was so blinding,

he takes out the driver
while in motion.

He's lucky he didn't crash
into oncoming traffic.

Then he immediately calms down
and dissects the victim's arm?

Yeah, he's incapable of thinking
five minutes ahead.

It's like he's got A.D.D.

A short attention span
is putting it mildly.

He's got wild mood swings,
he's impulsive.

Young adults are inherently

Parents would allow him
to be alone with their children

because he's the same age.

If he's prepubescent,
that would also explain

why there's no sexual
experimentation on the victims.

- You guys can't be serious.
- Think about it.

He opens up human bodies
out of curiosity,

the same way I used to open up
radios and TV sets when I was 13.

I don't like it here.

Amber, you told me you needed
to use the bathroom

ASAP five times until I stopped.

This is a bathroom.

I didn't mean a gross bathroom.

Don't touch anything.
You can get herpes or worse.

Zack, enough.

- Mom...
- Go.

If I get herpes, it's your fault.

Come on.

Hey, there.

Are you all right?

This kid is streetwise,
but clearly comfortable

and easily accepted into
middle-class suburban homes.

We can't diagnose anyone
under the age of 18 as antisocial,

so we are labeling this unsub
a budding psychopath.

I came out of the bathroom,
and the bus was gone.

A bus stopped out here?

Well, yeah. This woman was sick,
and she said she needed some air.

Where's your mom, hon?

Well, we live in Omaha,

but my mom's visiting
my aunt in Chicago.

His interpersonal skills
are through the roof.

Now, this manipulation
is not just a ruse.

It is a complex con.

I knew I shouldn't have gotten off.

Well, maybe I should just call
your mom for you.

Does she have a cell phone?

Yeah! Um, it's...

My phone's on the bus.

I was supposed to memorize
the numbers, but I never did.

If I don't get off the bus
in Chicago tomorrow morning,

my mom will freak out.

Look for reports of missing children
in and around the city of Omaha.

This is where his killing spree originated.

And check juvenile detention centers
and psychiatric programs

for boys who've been recently
released or escaped.

We believe he's crossed
the state line into lowa.

His last victim was traveling
northeast on Route 6.

How has a kid gotten
40-some miles all by himself?

They all give him rides
and places to stay.

Well, you can't stay
out here all alone.

We'll go to the police.

They can find your mom
a lot faster than we can.


- Yeah, come on.
- Thank you so much.

Thank you.

He appears extremely vulnerable.

Being a child alone out on the road,
that's not hard to do.

Come on!

Come on!

You're letting him go to jail.

No, honey, this is a police station.

They'll help him find his mom.

Come on!

Do you mind if we wait here a minute,
until those guys have gone in?

You're gonna need
a weapon or something,

in case that guy tries to shiv you.


Will I have to sleep
in the same prison cell as him?

Absolutely not.
You're not sleeping in a cell.

What if they don't find
his mom tonight?

If I take a bus to Uncle David's
and get lost,

would I have to sleep in jail, too?

No, Amber, of course not.

Get your hands off me!

Jeremy won't be sleeping here, either.

You're staying with us tonight.

- Thank you so much.
- We'll bring you back in the morning.


No, I know. As soon as Ellie
crossed state lines,

it became a federal case.

Which is why it's okay

that she remain in federal custody.

What are the chances of getting
her transferred to Virginia?

Oh, they are quite good

because the Federal Child Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act

defines this as neglect.

It's in her best interest
that she be removed immediately.

Well, that's good. That's great.

Baby girl, thank you.

Do me a favor.

Tell her to keep her head up, all right?

I will, honey.

What's going on?

The foster family didn't
even know Ellie was missing.

I'm doing what I can
to get her transferred

to Child Protective Services in Virginia.

You think that's a good idea?

I just want to know
that that girl is safe.

If you asked me to look after Jack,
would you be happy right now?

I know that you'd do
everything you could.

He's been in the system?
I thought you said he's from suburbia.

He grew up in medium
socio-economic status,

but his rage against families

tells us that he experienced
extreme abuse or neglect,

so at some point, he was most
likely removed from his family.

Now, I had Garcia widen
the search of missing children

to those in foster homes
and juvenile care facilities,

all represented
by these 10 black dots.

10 kids fit our profile. That's great.

Actually, each dot represents
a thousand currently in the system.

10,000 children?

Nebraska's one of the nation's highest
per capita state ward populations.

Now, using the age
and the gender of our suspect,

I was able to whittle down the search,
and that yielded this interesting pattern.

A pattern of red dots.
Give me one more hint.

The red dots represent 33 boys
between the age of 10 and 17

who became wards
of the state this year,

all abandoned at major hospitals.

The state Safe Haven Law.

Wait a minute.
I thought the Safe Haven Law

was so that women could leave
unwanted babies in hospitals

instead of leaving them
in Dumpsters.

That's correct, but initially
there was no age limit in Nebraska.

He's right.
The law now just covers infants,

but we still get
teenagers left at hospitals

with a note pinned to their jacket.

Some are even driven in
from out of state.

Now, Monica Archer, our first victim,

worked at this hospital,
Northern Omaha Medical.

If the unsub's parents
abandoned him there,

It's probably where they met.

Oh, bummer.
Hey, did you have God of War?

No, but I heard...
I heard it's awesome.

Jeremy, will you dial
your home number?

I'm just gonna leave a message
saying that you're staying here.

Yeah, sure, but like I said,

I don't think she'll check
the home messages.

Oh, just in case.

Mom, Jeremy says he knows
a really cool game.

Can we go play it
in Zack's room before dinner?

Not now. It's time to eat.

Can we have soda
since he have a guest?

No. A guest does not mean soda.

- Oh, come on.
- Here you go.

You just have to hit send.

Amber, Zack, this is why
you have to memorize

my cell phone and Uncle David's, okay?

Hi, this is the Archers'.

We're not at home right now.
Please leave us a message,

and we'll call you right back.

Hi. Hello. My name is Nancy Riverton,

and, uh, your son Jeremy

missed his bus
at the rest stop on Route 6.

He's fine. He's safe.
Don't worry. He's with me.

But if you could just give me a call
as soon as you get this.

I'm at 515-555-0154.

Okay. Thanks.

- Whoa.
- Aha.

- Yeah.
- Got it.

One more to go. One more to go.

- Ohh!
- Oh-ho!

Hey! Got it!

Can't believe anyone, kids.

- Do it.
- Come on.

So what happens here
when a child is abandoned?

The hospital contacts Social Services.

The act of abandonment
immediately labels the parents unfit,

and the child becomes
a ward of the state.

So he goes into foster care.

Ideally, but most parents
won't take older children,

in which case
he'd be sent to a juvenile facility.

The same one
that houses delinquents?

That's right.

Did Northern Omaha Medical
register an adolescent boy

as a ward of the state on that day?

Garcia said no, but she's still looking.

If Monica wanted
to keep him out of a facility,

she might have gone around protocol.

But she might still have documented it.

Reid and Rossi,
go to the Archer house

and see if you can figure out
what her plan was.


There you go, sweetheart.

You get some sleep,
and we'll get in touch

with your mom
in the morning, okay?

It's all gonna be all right.


Uh, don't turn that light off.

I'm not scared. It's just...

Of course. I understand.

You come get me
if you need anything, okay?

I don't know what you'll find.

This was the first crime scene,

so believe me, my guys went
over it with a fine-toothed comb.

I'm sure they did,
but now we know that Mrs. Archer

chose to take the suspect home,

instead of taking him to Social
Services like she should have.

We need to try to figure out why.

She was a nurse for 15 years.

She would know
how to work the system.

Maybe she called in favors
with social workers

or knew some foster parents
that could take him in.

They've got messages.

My guys checked it the first day.
Those must be new.

This is Brittany at Dr. Olsen's office.

Eric missed his 9 a. M.
Please call to reschedule.

Hi. Hello. My name is Nancy Riverton,

and your son Jeremy missed his bus
at the rest stop on Route 6.

He's fine. He's safe.
Don't worry. He's with me.

But if you could just give me a call...

What were the names
of the Archer children?

Eric and Daniel. No Jeremy.

And she said she picked up
this kid on Route 6.

It's him.

Hey, I need an address
for a number...

515... That's Des Moines.

Name is Nancy Riverton.

It's all right. We're the FBI.
You guys are safe now.

It's okay. You're gonna be okay.

He left with my mom. He's got a knife.

He woke us up in the middle of the night.
He said it was a game.

You've got to find them.

It's okay. You guys are okay.

- It's all right.
- Okay.

Do you want a soda or a burger?

You must be starving.

I'm not gonna fall for that.

You'd leave me there.

I wouldn't do that.

Your mother shouldn't have left you.

I'm sure she's sorry.

She will be.

Where's your dad?

He died when Amber was little.

I'm sorry.

Do you know where he took my mom?

Not yet. But there are a whole lot
of people looking for her right now.

Did this boy tell you his name,
where he lives, goes to school?

He said he was going
to his aunt's house in Chicago.

- Uh-huh.
- But he lives in Omaha.

He said his name is Jeremy.

It's okay. It's okay. Just take your time.

I just want you to try
and tell me about this game.

It wasn't a game.
He just wanted to scare my mom.

When your mom saw you
tied up on the floor,

what did she do?

It was weird.

She told him
he didn't do anything wrong.

All this stuff about how he's a good kid
and just made a mistake.

Why would she say that
after what he did to us?

Zack, it sounds like your mom understood
how dangerous Jeremy is,

and she needed
to get him out of the house.

It's like she made him
a deal or something.

She said she'd drive him
anywhere he wants to go.

And what was his answer?

He said he wanted to go home.

Do you play any sports?

I seem like a team player to you?

There must be something
you like at school.

A club or a class?

I like science.

I like taking things... apart.

Do you ever wonder
what's under your skin?


I don't.

Monica Archer called a friend at
the Northern Omaha Children's Hospital

about an abandoned 13-year-old boy.

Monica was going to
bring him in the next day.

We need to talk to that friend.

Oh, no, I already did that.

Apparently, the children's hospital
and Child Services

have a strong rapport.

- Did she get a name?
- Yeah.

She said the child's name
was Niko Bellic,

and his hometown was Newton, lowa.

Say that again... Niko Bellic?

The thing about that is that...

Nico Bellic is the name of a main
character In Grand Theft Auto IV.

What? I know things.

Guys, he's headed
due east on Route 6,

which passes right through Newton.

He probably didn't expect the question
and gave away his real hometown.

Garcia, call the lowa State Police,

tell them to be
on the lookout for a minivan

- headed east towards Route 6.
- Will do.

If I open this up,
you think the air bag will blow out?

Why don't you try it,
see what happens?

Zack's a little punk.

But Amber, she'll be hot, though,
when she's older.

You know, if I wanted,

I could climb into her room some night
when you're all sleeping.

Or you could just ring the doorbell
and come over to dinner s...

Don't lie!

You think I'm a bad kid.

I never said that.

You didn't have to.

2,200 families in Newton
have kids under the age of 18.

In other words, a lot.

He would have acted out
long before now.

He's got a juvie record,

he's well known with truant officers,

and he's probably been kicked
out of school, maybe several.

We thought he was running away,
but he's heading home.

And he's got a plan.

Taking his rage out on surrogate mothers
isn't doing it for him anymore.

Now he's ready for the real thing.

Garcia, we need to I.D. This kid

so we can find his mom and warn her.

Got it.

- Emily, get her back.
- Everybody?

No, just Garcia.

I haven't found her yet.

Hey, it's me. Can anyone hear us?

If by anyone you mean 9-year-old girls
getting snacks, then no. What's up?

I want you to try and find Ellie's mom.

L.A. County couldn't find her.

They're not you, baby girl.

They sure aren't.

I'll get back to you.

You know, Zack, he's not
the goody-good boy you think he is.

Do you know what Web sites
he looks at?

You think your kid is so special.

But underneath, he's just like me.

You're a good kid in your heart.

Why do you keep saying that?

Because I believe
that children are born good.

Your feelings are hurt. You're angry.

You're acting out.

I don't blame you.

My mom blames me for everything.

My dad left.

My sister gets hurt.

It's all my fault.

I don't blame you.

I think you need help.

I think you need love and attention.

None of this is your fault.

You can pull over.

We're almost to my house.

I'll take you home, like I said.

I'm not that stupid, Nancy.

I'm not gonna show you where I live.

Now pull over.

I'll walk from here.

Well, here we are.

You couldn't wait
to get away from me, huh?


Admit you can't stand me.

That's not true.

I like you.

32 kids with juvie records have been
absent from school in the last three days.

I can send police to their mothers,

I can start calling houses...

No, Garcia, we don't have time
for trial by error.

We gotta narrow it down.

Okay, the kids at the last house
said that the unsub

liked to play a game.

He liked tying the kids up
and scaring them,

and he knew what he was doing.

He used socks and belts.

He's done it before, Garcia.

So you want me to look for kids

who've picked on their little
brothers and sisters?

I'm an only child, but isn't that
standard for you people with siblings?

Budding psychopaths
don't just pick on their siblings.

They torture them.

Okay, well, none of them
have assault records.

Not yet, anyway.

Is there any way to see
if any of the younger siblings

have been in the emergency room
in the last six months?

Medical info like that is
molasses slow to get, unless I...

Please hold for genius.

Got it. I figured
a suspicious visit to the E.R.

Might end up in a Social Services report,
and indeed it did.

10 days ago, the admitting doctor
called about a Sayer family

at 1365 Hunter Drive.

Jeremy Sayer is a 13-year-old
with a disturbingly long juvie record.


His 9-year-old sister Carrie
was brought to the hospital

with a spiral arm fracture.

The kind you get from having your arm
twisted behind your back too far.

You want to play a game?


Okay, Kendra Sayer's boss
said she left work already.

I have her cell phone.
What do you have on Mr. Sayer?

He moved to Wisconsin three years ago.

I'm looking at the phone
records right now.

He hasn't contacted the family
in 10 months.

Mom, we've been through this.

There had to be another option

than just abandoning
your own flesh and blood

by the side of the road.

It wasn't the side of the road.

Do you want him
to come live with you?


That's what I thought.

What area code is 202?

I don't know. New York, maybe.

Look, I had to protect Carrie.

She was so terrified of him,
she wouldn't admit he broke her arm.

- She sent me to voicemail again.
- Keep trying.

Did you see him break her arm?

No, Mom, of course I didn't.

Then how are you sure?

For the same reason I was sure

when I found rat pellets
in the Thanksgiving turkey.

For the same reason I was sure
when our neighbor's dog went missing.

Sorry. This person keeps calling.


Mrs. Sayer, this is Agent Prentiss
from the FBI.

I need to talk to you
about your son Jeremy.

I don't have a son.

I... I don't know
what you're talking about.

Mrs. Sayer, it's important
that you and your daughter

stay away from your home.

We have reason to believe

Jeremy's heading there now.

Oh, God. He's here.

He's in the house.

Ma'am, do not go inside the house.

We'll be there in two minutes.

I have to go inside. He's got Carrie.


Carrie? Carrie?

Hi, Mom.

Jeremy, let her go, please.

No! Please, please!

Sure thing. But I want you
to tell me the truth first.

Truth? What truth?

That you always hated me.


- Jeremy, please, just let her go.
- Admit it.

Admit it, and I won't hurt
your little sugarplum.

I don't know... I don't know what you
want me to say. I don't. I swear.

Say what I heard you telling
Father Quincy.

Say it!

Oh, my God. I... I...

Confess and be forgiven!

Isn't that what you always tell me?

I was pregnant with twins,
and then one day I wasn't.

Is that what you want to hear?

The doctor said one fetus
consumed the other.

I wasn't even born yet,
and you blame me?

You are rotten to the core!
You always have been!

FBI! Drop your weapon.

Maybe I made you into a monster

because I hated you
when you were inside me!

But I think I hated you
because I knew what you were!

Don't do it, Jeremy.

Do you want to die?

You won't shoot me when
Mommy's little angel can get hurt.

Yes or no?

- I'll cut her neck open.
- Okay.

I know how to do it.

- I've practiced.
- No! Please!

I'm not gonna ask you again, Jeremy.

You can't shoot a kid.

I can shoot a killer.
And I will, believe that.

If that knife even twitches,

I'm gonna put a bullet
right through your brain.

- If I let her go...
- There is no if.


I was only kidding anyway.

Turn around.

Mom! Mom, he's hurting me!

- It's gonna be all right.
- Mom, I can't go by myself!

Mom! Aah!

Mom! Mom! Mom!

Settle down.
Your mother's not coming.


I'm 13.

I'll see her in five years anyway.

Don't count on it.

I'm gonna be at every one
of your parole hearings,

and that's a promise.

Now get in the car.

Nancy Riverton got out of surgery.
She's gonna make it.

She's lucky.

She managed to control
him long enough

to save her children.
She's impressive.

Mrs. Sayer asked that she
and her daughter be notified

if and when Jeremy is released.

BAU should keep his file handy, too.

Excuse me.

I heard Garcia found Ellie's mom.


She had a hard time
being married to a cop,

so she moved back east for a while,
and she travels a lot.

You think that's a solution?

I just don't know how she
could leave that little girl.

She probably left a bad marriage.

Hotch, that's her child.

How does she just walk out
of her life like that?

Maybe she didn't have
any other options.

Most parents try to do
what's best for their kids.

Maybe being with her dad
in California was more stable?

Her mom couldn't offer her that?

Kids are adaptable, but they need
somebody they can depend on.

Maybe her mom can give her that now.

How will I know?

You'll know.

Agent Morgan?


You weren't easy to find.

I just got back to the States.

So you didn't know about Matt?

I had no idea.

I'm so sorry.

Hey, you.

Look, I get it.

You and your ex-husband
had your share of problems,

so you separated.

But how could you not be in Ellie's life?

I tried.

Matt pushed me away.

Said they were better without me.

Were they?

I wasn't happy.

Matt and I...

Ellie used to walk around
with the biggest frown,

and I thought, "I've done that to her."

She's angry because
that's how she sees me.

So what are you saying?

You're better now?

I've wondered
if you'd like the places I've been.

If you still took ballet.

If tulips are still your favorite.

Go ahead.

Look at it.

You wrote to her every day.

So what?


She wrote to me every day.

Who cares?


This book means that your mom
never stopped thinking about you.

Ellie, you know that I lost my father
the same way that you did.

And it's really hard
growing up without your dad.

I miss my dad every day.

But my mom,
she means everything to me.

I gave your dad my word
that I would keep you safe.

Ellie, right now you have a chance

to have a really good life
with your mom.

Just give it a try.

I rem...

I remember that we used to read
stories together all the time.

I miss that.

Me, too.

Let me show you something.


Thank you.

But I have promises to keep

and miles to go before I sleep.

And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost.