“Everything ends where it begins,” the family annihilator tells his sons. After his son is blown up at his school by a bomb he himself planted, the race is on to find every bomb this fanatical father has planted since. It’s Sam Cooper’s team the FBI Director Fickler wants and no one else, in-spite of how his flustered staffer feels about Sam’s unconventional team.
Fickler wants Sam to make sure this is an isolated incident and resolve it fast. Sam wants Fickler to make sure Domestic Terrorism and Risk Assessment Agent Beth Griffith is on the ground when he gets there, and she is there, offering the police chief an energy enhancing vitamin in a baggy. He pockets the baggy, uninterested in the contents.
To answer Director Fickler’s most pressing question the team finds this incident to be a three bomb event, isolated to only one religious fanatic, one town, and one scripture. “Here is the fire,” strives to depict the biblical story of Abraham having to sacrifice his son Isaac at the request of his God.
Cooper and the team recognize the story of dedication and faith that God will provide (the sacrifice, and in the end not the son), in the message left at the school by William Meeks. However, the way this episode plays out it would seem more likely that Meeks was punishing his sons for being born, by killing them, since it was another child that took his wife’s life.
Agent Griffith, also an expert on religious fanatics, goes to town on Sam when they profile the killer and then catch the wrong person. They are looking for a very painful triggering event in the killer’s life, according to Agent Griffith and Sam.
The team doesn’t have to look far for Meeks, a man who lost his wife while she gave birth to their fourth child. When they find a practice bomb site with three memorial crosses erected, the local Christian fundamentalist rector who baptised Weeks’ boys recognizes the popular baptism spot. The tip leads them Weeks’ house, and finally to the rest of his unsuspecting kids.
The rest of the episode centers on tracking down the bombs, of which one is strapped to the one of the kids, while the last one is found and diffused by Mick in the room Meeks’ wife died in at the hospital. “Everything ends where it begins.”
This episode opens up new questions about this team, and its purpose. One of the first questions to come to mind is why Garcia has red hair in this show, but blond in the regular Criminal Minds? Is this show taking place at a future time, or do you think it is just a prop shot for the Red Cell?
My second question is regarding what was in that baggy Griffiths gave the local Chief. Is it possible she is trying to assess his ability to handle the situation by his reaction to a pep pill?
What do you think?
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