Show: Criminal Minds
Title: The Boogeyman
Original Air Date: October 26, 2006
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* “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato
Synopsis: The episode starts with a recap of Elle’s actions on the previous case and her killing the suspect. At the BAU, Elle goes to see Hotch in his office. She’s been cleared in the shooting of him. Hotch, however, orders her to a psych evaluation. We move to Ozona, Texas. A few kids are telling other kids a scary story. The younger boy points out a house on a hill and tries to make everyone scared of the man who lives there. Back at the office, Hotch is notified that Elle didn’t show for her counselling. Hotch and Gideon are concerned. Hotch stays to check on Elle and the rest of the team goes to Texas. Elle leaves her apartment, throws away her cell phone and drives off. Hotch follows. On the plane, they discuss Elle. Then they move to on the case. JJ gets a call, a new victim, a little girl. When they land, they split up to visit both crime scenes. They determine whoever the killer is lives in Ozona. They hold a town hall meeting to update the citizens. Some of the kids meet a the scary house. A scared kid goes up to the door and the other two run off. He suddenly screams. The team delivers the profile at the station, while another mother comes in to report her son missing. The little brother tells them what he knows. Elle goes to visit her dad’s grave. Elle and Hotch have a chat. Some of the team goes to the house to search for the missing boy and the homeowner. Morgan discovers there’s no power either. The house is empty. Gideon finds Matthew hiding. Garcia calls Reid and lets him know that Finnegan’s wife went missing a while back. Morgan scares the crap out of him. A deputy scours the backyard. He finds a trap and when they clear it away he also finds Mr. Finnegan. If Finnegan is dead, who’s been living there? They go through the house to try and figure out who’s been living there. In the living room, Morgan asks JJ why she’s afraid of the forest. She found a dead guy and helped catch the killer…then she tells them it was a joke. Garcia calls Morgan. There were two sets of prints on the food in the fridge. The guidance counselors prints are on it. The other set is a kids. When they go to talk to him, he tries to run. Morgan tackles him. The bag he has, has evidence. It’s the hat of one of the murder victims. They throw him in interrogation and Morgan questions him. Garcia calls Gideon, the kids prints don’t match any victims. JJ gets a call. The guidance counselors son never arrived at school today. They search the James house. Reid finds an epi pen. When he looks in the fridge he finds some oddities in the fridge. Gideon talks to Mr. James now instead of Morgan. He lays out the case against his son. He finally gets him to talk. Kids get off a school bus. They leave the little girl by herself. Jeffery shows up to help. He’s also got a baseball bat and glove with him. A deputy pops in the room to tell them a little girl is missing. At the park, Jeffrey starts scaring her. Then he tries to attack her and she defends herself well enough to get away. The team shows up to where the school bus dropped her off. They begin to search the area. Tracy begins to run for her life. At the park, they find her back pack. They spilt up and start fervently looking for her. He tries again to hit her with the bat and she starts screaming. Every one runs towards the sound of the screams. Gideon grabs the kid. When Gideon asks Jeffery why, the answer is chilling. Jeffery’s dad is heartbroken. On the plane, Reid expresses guilt about Elle. Gideon calls Hotch from the plane. Ellen enters Hotch’s office. She hands over her badge and gun. She just can’t do it anymore, it’s too overwhelming. She tells him she’ll miss that fact that he never smiles. After she leaves for the last time, he says he’ll miss her too.