Criminal Minds S01, Ep17 – A Real Rain

Show: Criminal Minds
Season: 1
Episode: 17
Title: A Real Rain
Original Air Date: March 27, 2007

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Favorite Quotes:

* Gideon: “Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society must take the place of the victim, and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness.” -W.H. Auden

* Gideon: “It is better to be violent if there is violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence.” – Mahatma Gandhi

* Hotch: “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Synopsis: A man sits in a chair in his boxers. He starts taping foil all over the windows. It’s raining outside. A hooded man hails a cab. The cabbie pulls over to drop him off. He gets out and murders the cabbie. At the BAU Hotch presents a case. They hop on the plane and head to New York for the case. On the plane, they discuss the unsub’s profile. They arrive at the cabbie’s murder scene and break it down. Other members go to a female victim’s house to collect data as well. At the station the team delivers a partial profile. The unsub goes to a church. A woman asks if she can help him and she witnesses him killing the priest. Derek, Elle and Hotch question the witness. She didn’t see his face though because he was wearing a hoodie. She is able to describe his behavior though. Reid takes a closer look at the weapon the unsub stabbed in the victim’s ear and it’s made of flint. Hotch calls Garcia and asks her to check if the victims have ever been charged with a crime. All the victims were acquitted of crimes. This unsub is a vigilante who is killing people he thinks are guilty and still got off. To make matters worse someone leaked the details of the case to the media. The team have dinner together at a Chinese restaurant. Gideon gets a call; another person has been murdered. Back at the station they do a deeper analysis. They begin to narrow their search. JJ speaks to the reporter who leaked the story. She brings him in for Gideon to interview. The reporter is not a suspect. In a park, he shoots another person. At the station, a man turns himself in as the killer. He’s not the killer though. They determine it’s a court reporter. Garcia begins to search and finds a court reporter connection. The same reporter transcribed all the cases. But he’s not in court, nor is he at his apartment. When they search it they find over a 100 flint knives. There are hundreds of cases in his apartment and anyone of them could be his next victim. Gideon sees one that looks the most likely to be his next victim. But he’s too late, the vigilante is already there. Now he’s taken the man and his wife hostage. Gideon charges in to save the wife. Hotch joins him and they try to talk him down. Gideon gets him to release the male hostage though he does injure him. The sniper takes out the killer.

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