Show: Criminal Minds
Title: Charm and Harm
Original Air Date: April 19, 2006
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* Gideon: “There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.” – Voltaire
* Gideon: “We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.” – François de la Rochefoucauld
Synopsis: A man is eating a steak while talking to a woman he’s clearly kidnapped. At the BAU, the guys are teasing Elle about a possible boyfriend. JJ briefs them about a series of murders. They’ve been called in because the police let an identified serial killer get away. On the plane, they get additional briefing on the subject. When they arrive in Tampa, they hit the ground running. The team starts to learn about him by interviewing everyone in his life. Hotch and Elle learn he was previously married. Gideon and Reid go to his house to profile it. His closet is fo great interest. Reid discovers that he is trying to disguise himself. Back at the hotel, he’s killing a woman as room service arrives. Garcia finds information about the marriage. It only lasted 23 days. At the taskforce, the team delivers the profile. A call comes in. The missing woman’s body has been located in Georgia. Elle and Derek head to the scene. Derek points out that this victim is the first with no connection to him. In an airport parking garage, he starts targeting another woman, but others in close proximity gets too close and he moves on. Garcia finds the ex-wife. She tells Hotch what marriage was like. Reid and Gideon visit his father. They learn his mother died when she was 10. She drowned in a car crash. In another hotel, Mark has a new victim. Back at the taskforce center, they learn that his girlfriend and first kill was cheating on her husband with him. Garcia finds security footage from the airport garage. JJ delivers a press conference. Reid and Gideon try and theorize what is making him kill. The next body surfaces in South Carolina. Reid comes to the realization that since the press conference he might have completely changed his appearance and MO. Elle and Derek go to the new crime scene. He’s now spending half as much time with them and torturing them more. Garcia finds the death of his mother. In a parking lot, he’s using a disabled ruse to get another victim. Gideon and Reid question the father again. His mother was unfaithful and it skewed his views of women. His father is a spineless and weak man. At a cheap hotel, Mark throws the woman in the pool and jumps in with her. A man witnesses it and does CPR to help her. He brings her back to life and Mark takes off. Garcia locates another victim in Tennessee, she survived though. They now believe Mark killed his own Mother. Garcia is asked to pull the mother’s accident so they can reanalyze it. Mark kidnaps another woman in a parking lot. It’s now all over the news and Mark is freaking out. Garcia lets them know that Mark’s mother drowned. Mark had to have held her down until she drowned. He’s taking his most recent victim back to that scene to recreate his first murder. The victim crashes the car not far from where Elle and Derek are. She tries to get away. They find the crashed car empty. The search continues on foot and they head to the water. Everyone follows the screaming and splashing. She grabs something from below and hits him with hit. He gets shot and Elle pulls the woman out of the water. Morgan calls the team and lets them know they rescued the victim and the suspect is dead.