The Behavioral Analysis Unit, or BAU, of the FBI is warranted with catching serial killers and criminals who prey on multiple victims using any form of violence. “Criminal Minds,” airing Wednesdays at 9pm ET on CBS, is a weekly television series focusing on one such team of investigators who search for the worst of the worst of society’s criminal elements.
In the latest episode, aired on January 25, 2011, entitled “The Thirteenth Step”, eight victims are shot down in a gas station store, and then the perpetrators blow the gas pumps up for no more reason than the thrill on their way out. A crime spree on the way, more victims are soon to be felled, and the BAU races to the scene to try to stem the flow of violence.
One of the worst things that a police agency has to deal with is a normal looking couple who is hell bent on a path of destruction, with no real sense of purpose to their crimes; they are, after all, just having fun.
As always, “Criminal Minds” starts the hunt for the criminals off in the team’s private jet, with the team contemplating the upcoming chase. The “saying”, of which many fans look forward to each week, is this time from Friedrich Nietzsche, “What really rises ones indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.”. The suffering in this episode is nothing but senseless.
People seem to think that they are safe when they are at an AA meeting, but with this homicidal and psychotic couple on the loose, nobody is safe, and there is nowhere safe to hide. Where would you go if a couple like this was in your home town? What of one of them was your child? Would you stay at home, waiting for the inevitable?
One of the murdering couple is a psychopath, one a sociopath; with the latter feeding off of the former’s actions. Ray thinks that he was molested by his father, as does Sydney, and, and Ray relates to a nearby AA meeting’s attendees of his perceived molestations by his father. Ray did not like what the lead speaker was referring to and shoots him dead, and the senseless murder of the entire AA meeting’s attendees is on the way. A short fuse on a psychopath is nothing short of dangerous.
When the newly married couple, Ray and Sydney (portrayed by Jonathan Tucker and Adrienne Palicki) head back to where he grew up, Sydney says ” So, this is Ray’s house”, which may be a lead-in to how the couple operates. When Ray’s father does not even recognize him when he answers the door, the couple force themselves into his house with guns drawn.
Ray plays Russian roulette with his father, only his father is the only one plating’ if he doesn’t admit to fondling Ray when he was a kid, he fires another empty chamber, and then Sydney shoots his dad in the head, saying that Ray was taking too long. Ray is more mad because he wanted to kill his dad than he is that Sydney killed him, and they move on to their next victims, with the ever present booze and drugs in abundance. These two drink Jack Daniels faster than most people drink water…
Ray was actually put in foster care because of a drug problem, not because of his faltered memories. Ray then finds out that she killed his previous girlfriend, Amy, with a heroin overdose to get ray as a boyfriend and to feed her psychoses.
Sydney then meets up with he father at his store, and she challenges him to touch her. After teasing him with stripper-like moves, she keeps telling him that she wants him to touch her, and with Ray filming, he apologizes and says he found god after abusing her.
A little girl shows up asking what they are doing to her dad, and Sydney realizes it is her sister. Ray kills her father in the back room, and Sydney tells her new found sister that “daddies do not do things like that to their daughters”. Maybe her father really had found God and was treating this daughter right? When leaving his store, Sydney gets shot by the BAU, and they recoil back into the store
The BAU shoots Sydney upon her exit from the store, and then Ray and Sydney race back into the store. The BAU, trying to feed Ray’s psychoses, tells Ray that Sydney killed his real love, and he strangles Sydney, then commits suicide by cop in a hail of gunfire
At the end of “The Thirteenth Step”, Emily Prentiss (portrayed by Paget Brewster), finds out that her mentor, Ian Dole, the person who made her what she is today, and who she helped to imprison, has now escaped from a Russian jail and is on a mission to make those responsible for his capture pay. Prentiss is now in danger, and the next episode has been set up.
“Criminal Minds” is one of the best cops and bad guys television series on television these days, and every week, many people tune in to see what the sayings are going to be, and how the BAU team deals with the new found criminal element. Tune in next week to see if Prentiss is to be hunted down by her former mentor.