Criminal Minds returned last night with "Out of the Light," a typically strong episode in which a southern tourist town is rocked by a young woman's plunge from a bridge.
We begin with a girl trying to escape the UnSub, while Hotch is shown running as well ... after Jack at a soccer game. He's trying to balance fatherhood and the FBI.
The woman survived the fall, but suffered similar injuries to a case three years ago. The woman been raped and tortured but was able to somehow escape her assailant.
Reid tries to get answers from the girl at the hospital, but "he has mercy" is the only info they can get before she slips away. At the crime scene, more graves are discovered.
Some of them are a decade old, as well, in a case becoming more eerie by the second. Putting the pieces together, Hotch has Garcia look into suspects with sexual offenses.
Marcus Talbot, a teacher at the local school, is the prime candidate, at least at the onset, when Morgan finds a bloody sweatshirt emblazoned with the victim's college name.
He insists, despite Rossi and the local Sheriff's interrogation, that he didn't go it, while Morgan and Reid find pictures of underage girls, which he says his art students took.Marcy's parents show Hotch texts from her, and he puts together the fact that her parlance changed and that the UnSub was using the phone, which we previously witnessed.
Rossi is just about to nail Talbot, or so he thinks, before the K-9 unit finds another grave that's indicative of someone framing Talbot. But who - and where is Marcy then?
The BAU must then walk the tightrope of keeping Talbot in custody even if they know he didn't do it, because of what he does know, while the sheriff still wants to nail him.
Morgan and Rossi continue prying whatever they can from Talbot, while Seaver talks to Marcy's parents about what the family does, learning that she sang at their church.
No one at the church had priors, but glass fragments and lead in Angela's body can be traced to stained glass, and Garcia comes across Robert Bremmer, the new suspect.
Robert's wife drove a car into a lake because he wouldn't let her leave with their daughter. Hotch fears Bremmer plans to reenact the event and die with Marcy in the lake.
A police checkpoint doesn't deter Bremmer, who speeds past it, leading Morgan to chase him on foot and dive into the lake to save Marcy, which is how the episode began.
Morgan gives Marcy CPR and brings her back to life. He was front and center this week, as was Seaver in a more prominent role than we've seen in many past episodes.
It was also nice to see Hotch doing the family thing. Rossi joining him as his assistant on Jack's soccer team is a fun image, too. Good leadership for the youngsters.
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