Criminal Minds s07e05 Episode Script

From Childhood's Hour

Mom, open the door.
Please.
Mom? Open the door! Please don't, Mom! Please don't! Please don't.
Please.
Open the door! Please! Please don't, Mom! Mom? Open the door.
Mom! Open it! Mom, please Mom Come on.
Come on, Bobby! Let's go.
Let me stay with you.
Oh, don't cry, sweetheart.
Come on, please? I don't want to do this again.
I know, and I'm so, so, so sorry.
Evertyhing's gonna be okay.
It's okay.
Go on.
What are you doing here? Thank you.
I- I am really sorry.
- I had to take that.
- It's okay.
Fruit plate, huh? Whatever happened to the usual bacon and eggs, extra grease on the side? Well, I've changed.
Okay, the cantaloupe was for your benefit.
When we were married, you were always warning me about clogged arteries.
And you would always say to me "Nobody lives forever.
" So, how's San Francisco? Oh, you know, fog, cable cars, the usual.
You know, I'm really glad you called me.
It would be nice if we saw each other more than once every three or four years.
Maybe we can.
So, give me the update.
Anybody serious in your life? Well, there are all those serial killers; they're pretty serious.
I meant in your personal life.
No, there isn't.
How about you? Mm-mm.
You know David I've been wanting - Damn it, I You got to go.
I know.
It's okay.
It's comforting to know that some things never change.
Look, how much longer are you gonna be in town? About a week or so, probably.
Why don't you come over to my place for dinner before you head back? I still make a monster cioppino.
I would like that very much.
Great.
- Ciao.
- Ciao.
Hey, I'm sorry I'm late.
I got hung up with something.
What do we got? - Child abduction in St.
Louis.
Yeah, uh, Bobby Smith, nine years old, vanished 48 hours ago from a residential area where his mother, Marlene Smith, claims to have dropped him off.
just learning about it now? Yeah, that's 'cause Mom didn't know her son was gone.
She assumed that he was with the grandmother and just left him there.
So, she's not exactly on a short list for Mother of the Year.
What about the father? -Uh, he was convicted of embezzling from his workplace two years ago.
Currently cooling his heels in state prison.
If it's a stranger abduction, the first 24 hours are critical.
This kid's already been missing twice that long.
Which is why we shouldn't waste any more time.
Let's go.
Brought you something to eat, Bobby.
Got to go to work now.
When can I see my mom? I already told you.
We'll talk about your mom later.
No! Don't go! REID: "From childhood's hour, I have not been as others were.
I have not seen as others saw.
" Edgar Allan Poe.
St.
Louis.
Oh, probably a couple days.
I'll let you know.
Can't wait.
Bye.
What? Nothing.
Just somebody's got a little extra pep in their step this morning, that's all.
PRENTISS: Probably doubled up on his vitamins.
Well, he doubled up on something.
Garcia, what have you got on the mother? Oh, I have so much on the mother, and try as I might, none of it is good.
Marlene Smith has a history of erratic behavior, seriously clinically depressed, two suicide attempts - in the last five years.
Was she being treated - for her depression? - Oh, my gosh, yes.
Like, more pill popping than Elvis, yes.
Depression is one of the few things that can overwhelm the maternal instinct.
What about the grandmother? I don't have anything on her yet, but don't reach for your remote.
I'll be back Two suicide attempts- why hasn't Child Services intervened? ROSSl: Probably talked her way - out of it.
- Most social service organizations are overworked and underfunded.
Things slip through the cracks.
REID: As this boy's mother tried to commit suicide and he's from a chronically unhappy household, maybe this wasn't an abduction at all.
What if Bobby simply ran away? When nine-year-olds run away, they're usually home for supper.
JJ, you and I will talk to the mother.
Morgan and Reid, go to the boy's house.
Prentiss, you and Dave assess the site where the mother claims to have dropped him off.
Detective Woods.
Glad to have you here.
This is Agent Jareau.
- Agent.
- Hi.
How's the mother doing? She's a wreck.
Can't get much from her till she calms down.
I think you should talk to her alone.
- Okay.
- I'll leave you to it.
I'll watch from here.
Mrs.
Smith? I'm Agent Jareau.
Jennifer.
I'm with the FBl.
Did you hear any more about my Bobby? No, ma'am.
But our entire team is here, and we are the best at what we do.
We're gonna need your help, okay? Okay.
I have a boy of my own.
He's almost three.
I can't even imagine what you are going through.
He's so little.
I know.
Can you tell me what happened the morning you dropped him off? I was having one of my bad days.
And what does one of your bad days look like? I wanted to hurt myself.
I can't control it.
Is that why you took him to his grandmother? Yeah.
I have to protect him.
And you had done this in the past? Yeah.
I just had to get him out of the house.
You know? I just had to get him out of the house.
That's all I kept thinking about, was just get him out! Get him out! Cheerful.
Depression is a vicious cycle.
It frequently manifests itself in the degradation of one's personal living environment, which in turn fuels the depression, which then worsens the living environment.
All right, I'll take a look around in here.
I'll let you check out the kitchen.
Ah, the kitchen.
- Is there a problem? - Frankly, I'm not too anxious to see the perishable-food version of this room.
MARLENE So when I was feeling better, I- I went to my mother's to pick him up, and that's when they told me he wasn't there.
You didn't call ahead before you dropped him off? Yeah, she didn't answer.
She doesn't have an answering machine? Yeah, she does, but there wasn't time for that.
Please help me understand, Mrs.
Smith.
It takes ten seconds to leave a message.
Look, these these bad days you have, I understand.
There there must be times - when - Look.
Bobby saw me do this before.
Twice.
I had to get him out of the house! Don't you understand? Okay.
Four pair of shoes.
Why exactly is that relevant? - Come on, Reid, how many women you know only have four pairs of shoes in their closet? My experience in and around women's closets isn't exactly extensive enough to really formulate an opinion.
Well, the answer is none.
You can take my word for it.
Wow.
- She even set up a separate area so he could do his homework.
Mom has serious financial issues, denies herself even the smallest luxury, - and yet -Splurges to take her son to an expensive theme park and then buys a pricy picture frame so he can remember the experience.
Hey, buddy.
After work I stopped and got you something.
The biggest box they had.
I want to go home now.
I need to ask you something, Bobby.
Your mother, she's unhappy a lot.
Would you like it if her pain could stop? Because I can make that happen.
Do you want me to help your mom? That's good, Bobby.
That means you're strong like me.
You made the right decision.
Wait.
Where are you going? To help your mom.
Why don't you draw a picture while I'm gone.
Mother's not a suspect anymore? Based on our assessment, we need to reprioritize.
The concern for her son was genuine.
Her tone of voice, body language.
She didn't once ask if she was in trouble, under arrest, where's my lawyer, none of that.
Home environment points the same direction- money's tight, but Mom did whatever she could to create a nice world for her son.
Whatever cash she had, she spent on him.
Only four pairs of shoes in her closet.
And she taught her son to be self-sufficient.
The kitchen was scaled down to a nine-year-old's level so he could microwave his own meals, get food and utensils from the pantry; he even had his own little key ring so he could come and go - as he pleased.
- How'd it go? It took a while, but Grandma's alibi checked out.
She was with two lady friends in Seneca, other side of the state.
PRENTISS: Acquaintances, relatives, teachers- so far they've all checked out.
This is starting to look more and more like a stranger abduction.
Yeah, except the area Bobby disappeared from has a decent amount of foot traffic.
If he'd put up a struggle, chances are someone would have noticed.
My guess is, Bobby knew his abductor, or trusted him.
The trip to Grandma's house was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
The UnSub must have been staking out the mother's house, saw them leave and then followed.
Self-sufficient kids learn to trust their own judgment.
How did the UnSub get into Bobby's life? And what's he trying to accomplish? Excuse me, ma'am? Mrs.
Smith? I know where your son is.
What?! Where? I can take you to him.
REID: There's something strange about the body.
She was slaughtered by someone completely out of control, yet on her wrists there are precise wounds on top of where she already cut herself, only deeper.
Like he was trying to replicate her suicide attempts - but then lost control.
- Maybe this was never about the kid at all, but about the mother.
Make her suffer for a few days by taking the child, then kill her? It means he knew her personal history.
I'll call Garcia.
Hey, baby girl, whatever you're doing, drop it.
Ah, yes! And with pleasure! Let me tell you something, sweetheart, this is a Lamborghini you are talking to.
You have to drive me; you can't just leave me parked in the garage collecting dust or I will wilt.
Well, please forgive my neglect.
I need you to rev up that fine-tuned Italian engine of yours, then.
- Revving.
- Our UnSub had personal details about Marlene Smith, so I need you to figure out who might have been in her house recently.
Cable guy, - plumber, people like that.
Yeah, I always wonder about plumbers- you know they peek in your medicine cabinet, you just know it.
Maybe try a phone repairman or a babysitter.
She had computers in the house, so maybe she used one of those techie fix-it type dweebs who makes house calls.
Hey, watch it.
Language.
You know I'm just playing with you.
But come on, put a rush on it; clock's ticking, okay? Rush is the only speed a Lamborghini has.
Proud techie dweeb over and out.
Beep-beep, yeah.
Agent Hotchner.
We have another child abduction.
Four-year-old boy taken from a park about half an hour ago.
Just a couple miles from here.
Morgan and Reid, head over there.
I was sitting on the bench and he was playing right there! I looked away for two seconds.
Were you by yourself? REID: You told the police you live in McKinley Heights.
That's almost an hour away.
You drove your son all the way out here to play? I was doing things.
Shopping.
Why are they looking here? My son isn't here! Mrs.
Tanner, please don't take this the wrong way, but exactly what drug are you addicted to? You're displaying symptoms of withdrawal.
- Are you crazy? Ma'am, we saw two deals go down on the other side of the park when we arrived.
You were here to buy, weren't you? - That's what had you distracted.
- I can't believe - that you actually think Your child is missing, Ms.
Tanner.
Every minute, every half minute counts.
You need to tell us the truth, and you need to tell us now.
This'll be your bed up here, Timmy.
Bunk beds are cool.
This'll be the "boys only" room.
Look- I got you some new pajamas.
I want my mommy! I want my mommy! Fine! You want to be a baby? - I want my mommy! Then sit there and cry like a baby for your mommy! I want my mommy! Mommy! Yeah, Hodge, the mother's addicted to Oxy.
- She was out here to buy.
- All right, let's put her in protective custody.
So we got one mom suicidal and the other one addicted to drugs.
At least we got a pattern developing.
And if the UnSub holds to pattern, he's gonna circle back and try to kill her.
- TIMMY: I want my mommy! - I shouldn't have gotten mad in there like that with Timmy.
TIMMY: Let me out! That was wrong.
But he's got a mommy like yours.
Weak.
TIMMY: Help! When can I go home? This is your home now.
You'll be safe and happy here.
TIMMY: I want my mommy! Where's my mom? I took your mom to a place where she'll be happier.
That's what you said you wanted.
No Do you think wolves are bad? People say they are, but they're not.
They kill other animals for a reason- to get rid - of the sick and the weak.
- TIMMY: Let me out! - Thin the herd.
- I want my mommy! So the herd can be stronger.
It's the way of nature.
And they they even kill other wolves sometimes when they're weak or sick.
- But the nice thing is, - TIMMY: Help me! wolves always take care of any cubs who don't have moms or dads.
TIMMY: Let me out! Help! When I was bringing Timothy over, I asked him the same thing I asked you- did he want me to make things better with his mommy.
And he said yes.
As little as he is, - he said yes.
- TIMMY: I want my mommy! It's an instinct.
He knows.
Here's a snack for you guys.
I just got to go out for a little while.
We're looking for a male UnSub in his mid to late 20's, physically fit enough to subdue Marlene Smith and carry out a vicious and sustained attack.
ROSSl: We believe he sees himself as a rescuer, taking children away from unfit parents.
He may very well have abandonment issues - from his own childhood.
- The impulsive nature of committing the murder out in the open suggests that he's inexperienced.
REID: The violence on Marlene Smith went from precision to frenzy, which points to someone with classic psychopathic traits, quick to rage and quick to recover.
PRENTISS: He also appears to have insider knowledge of the families in these cases, so we need to look for someone who was privy to what went on behind those closed doors.
REID: Emergency personnel were called to the Smith house after both suicide attempts, and once to the Tanner house after the mother overdosed on prescription drugs.
That means first responders, child service workers, ambulance personnel.
Both missing children apparently went without struggle or protest.
That makes us think that they had prior contact with the person we're looking for.
Or they inherently trust who is by virtue of his job, the uniform he wears.
Doctor, mailman, policeman.
So far the violence has been directed to the offending parent, but we don't know what the UnSub's endgame is.
PRENTISS: We have written up a media release on precautions the public needs to take.
And we've taken the second mother into protective custody, thus depriving him of his target.
This will increase his volatility.
ROSSl: That's why it's critical we find these kids.
If they are alive, he may turn his violence against - the children themselves.
- TIMMY: I want my mommy! I want to go home! I want my mommy! I want my mommy! Don't hurt him! - Thank God you found him.
We got lucky.
Whoever took him, let him go.
Is he okay? Your son was checked out by a pediatrician.
There was no sexual or physical abuse.
I can't believe my wife let this happen.
I need a drink.
Did you see - another little boy there? - Uh-huh.
His name is Bobby.
- Is he okay? - Mm-hmm.
Good.
Were you in a dark place, or did it have windows? It was a house.
Okay.
So when he took you, did you drive in the car for a long time or a short time? I don't know.
Can you tell us what the man looked like? I don't know.
ROSSl: Timothy, when this man came to the park to get you, were you afraid? - No.
Why not? He said he would come.
On the phone.
The phone? You talked to him on the telephone? He's a superhero.
Can you show us? Please state your emergency.
State your emergency.
GIRL: You've got to send somebody.
- He tried to attack me.
Who did? - My mom's boyfriend.
What's your name? Shannon.
Shannon Barton.
- How old are you? -13.
Please, please send somebody- he's drunk, and my mom - won't do anything about it.
- Are you still at 788 Yes.
Hurry! Help is on the way, Shannon.
ROSSl: Garcia, any progress with the 911 dispatcher? I'm going as fast as I can, which is super fast- there are literally hundreds in the Greater St.
Louis area.
Can you help me narrow this down? PRENTISS: Refine your search to males between 25 and 30 years of age.
And our UnSub probably has abandonment issues, so look for backgrounds that reflect that.
Uh, history of foster care, or someone who was farmed out to other relatives by his own parents.
Can you trace individual based on calls they would have received? Okay, look, let me make this clear: there are a quarter of a billion that's, like, ten calls every second of every day.
And non-emergent calls are disposed of quickly.
ROSSl: Well, this operator would have been on duty when both calls came in from the Smith and Tanner families.
PRENTISS: And he would have been off duty during the times of the two abductions and Marlene Smith's murder.
Oh, my God, this brings needle-in-a-haystack to a whole nother dimension.
But I will go to that dimension and I will cross-reference and I will call you back.
A mother who wants to kill herself.
What does that say to a child? That you're not worth sticking around for? A 911 operator would be why the kids trusted him.
The UnSub must have gone back to the house to do some sort of follow-up on his own.
They remembered his face.
Rossi? Did you hear me? Oh.
Sorry.
Uh Morgan and I were joking around on the jet, but something is definitely up.
Is there anything you want to share? It's nothing.
Uh I had breakfast with Carolyn the other morning.
Carolyn? Oh, is that wife number four or five? Look, let's get our facts straight.
I only had three wives.
I mean, that's within the realm of reasonable.
Okay, I'm sorry.
Which one was Carolyn? Numero uno.
Mmm, oh Use your words, Emily.
Uh there's always something about the first.
In anything.
I don't know, I might be way off here, but I think she's putting some feelers out to see if that old spark is still there.
Is it? I'm having her over to my house for dinner when I get back.
I'm crazy, right? We don't always get second chances in life, Rossi.
I say take the plunge, see where it goes.
Don't-don't take him, don't take him.
He didn't do anything.
He said he didn't do anything.
She-she makes stuff up.
Shannon, tell 'em you made a mistake.
No, I'll take my own car.
- Come on, let's go.
- Don't touch me.
Why did you call the police? He said he didn't do anything.
He came into my bedroom and grabbed me.
Honey, he was in there for another reason.
- He has me.
Why - I hate you! Shannon Talk to me, Mama.
- First off, you are on restriction from my inner Lamborghini.
- Garcia - I mean it.
This high-performance engine may purr like a puma on the prowl, but this time, Derek, you have seriously overheated my engines, and I will require some cool-down laps upon your return, if you know what I mean by that.
Baby girl, you're on speaker.
I knew that.
I was calling to tell you, sir, there are 11911 dispatchers in the Greater St.
Louis area that were on duty when the calls were placed but not working during the murder and abduction.
Of those 11, there's one that fits your profile- George Kelling, age 27, apartment eight- sending his picture right now.
Do you know where he is now? He was scheduled to work today.
His supervisor said he showed up for shift, but then he left early.
Can you get the log of all the calls he took tonight? Yeah, of course, but there are a lot.
Skip to the last one.
Last one is a domestic disturbance at 7884th Avenue, number C.
Attempted sexual assault of a young girl.
Kelling dispatched the police, and then he took off.
Let's go.
- when I'm talking to you.
You're not my boss.
You know what, just go be with your boyfriend.
The police said you had to come to the station, - so go get your stuff so we can go! Why?! What do you want? I'm here to do some follow-up, make sure evertyhing's okay.
Evertyhing's fine; we just need to be left alone right now.
Mom? Evertyhing's not fine, - Mrs.
Barton.
- Oh, my God! Clear! PRENTISS: It's clear.
The door's open and the lights are on.
The UnSub beat us here.
What have you got? - ROSSl: Nothing.
Place is empty.
If the UnSub's keeping the kids, he's holding them someplace else.
You need to get away.
I know you.
You're the kid on the news, the one that was kidnapped.
He'll hurt you.
Who is he? What does he want? I know this is a lot to absorb right now.
Where's my mom? - I'm helping you.
You called for help.
The police already came; they took him away.
Shannon the problem isn't the boyfriend.
There'll be another boyfriend after him, and another after that.
The problem is your mother.
What have you got, Garcia? Sir, you said to check backgrounds.
At ten years of age, George Kelling entered the foster care system, and I don't know why.
His father abandoned the family when he was a baby- I can't figure out what happened to Mom yet.
All right, we need the address of - the foster family that he was placed with.
Yeah, I know.
He bounced around a lot.
Give me a second.
- I'll call you back.
- Okay.
Okay, what I don't understand is, why would he keep Bobby but release Timothy? And if he wants to get rid of the parent, why not kill them first and then take the child? - It's so much riskier to wait.
- Unless the children are a crucial part of his killing ritual.
- How? - He needs something from them before he can murder the parents.
What could they possibly give him? Their approval.
That's what he wants her to say.
My daughter will never tell him to get rid of me.
Never.
We fight sometimes, but we love each other.
She's my whole world.
- She means so much to me.
- He'll hurt her if she doesn't, because that means she's weak, too.
Déjà vu all over again.
So get this, George Kelling's mom committed suicide when he was ten- she jumped off a bridge.
Before that, she attempted to kill herself multiple times, cutting her wrists.
This sounds really familiar, huh? Did you find the foster home address? Those records are still sealed.
I got my crowbar out.
I'm working on it.
You're crazy.
I'm going to tell you something I've never told anyone before, Shannon.
Nobody.
My mother she was troubled, too.
She either stayed in bed crying, or she went on long walks.
I never knew where she went on those walks.
Then, one day, I decided to follow her.
She didn't know I was there.
At first it just seemed like she was wandering.
But then I saw where she was going.
It was a bridge.
She climbed up onto the ledge and sat there looking down.
It seemed like she was there for hours.
My mother she wanted to die.
But it was like it was like she couldn't make herself do it.
And then it happened.
She was gone.
In that moment, I don't think I ever saw her more content.
It was like a kind of peacefulness.
Finally, she was free.
As bad as it seemed, my mother was right to kill herself.
From one moment to the next, her pain ended and my life changed.
Now now it's your moment, Shannon.
The foster family lived on a farm ten miles northwest of the city on Parkhill Road.
The rest of the team is gonna meet us there.
Hurry.
No.
- No.
I didn't mean it! Don't hurt him! It was me! It was me! Let me out! Why are you doing this? What did we do? - Shut up! Just shut up! So, what happened with the foster parents? The father died years ago; the mother just died last month.
- Heart attack.
- That must've been the trigger.
The last person who rescued the UnSub was gone.
- He assumed the mantle.
- And now he suddenly has - a house to take these kids to.
Wait.
Garcia said that the mother jumped off of a bridge, right? Yeah.
Why? What are you thinking? Suicidology's an imperfect science, but it's uncommon for women to kill themselves so violently.
For lack of a better word, they tend to choose more feminine ways to die.
Men shoot themselves, jump off of buildings onto pavement.
Women are less messy.
They take pills and drown themselves.
And now it's your turn to do the right thing.
I know you will.
This is about making a decision, Shannon.
Your mother has caused nothing but pain.
One word from you now, and this will all end.
I love my mom.
That's crap! What? If you loved me, you never would've called 911.
We're here now because of you, because you were jealous.
Jealous that I had a man in my life.
He was gonna rape me! - According to you.
- He came into my room.
He grabbed my blouse and pushed me onto the bed.
Well, you shouldn't have been dressing like that in the first place.
It was like you were telling him that you wanted him to do something.
Why are you saying these things? You want to know the truth? I told Gary he could have you.
He was gonna leave me.
You didn't tell him that.
You couldn't! Morgan, JJ and I'll take the front.
The rest of you take the perimeter.
It's time to end this, Shannon.
Do you agree? I think she's made her decision.
FBl.
Put the gun down.
Drop the gun.
Do it.
You have to let me finish.
Nobody else can do it! Nobody's strong enough! Like you were strong with your mother? Don't talk about her.
She was weak.
She killed herself and left me alone.
I don't think so.
Because she tried to kill herself before, nobody would question it.
But you did it; you pushed her off the bridge.
You killed her.
No.
I-I helped her The boy's in the closet! We need medical.
He's down in the back bedroom.
Let me go! They need me! Honey, I'm so sorry.
I didn't mean to say those things.
- He was gonna kill you.
- I know.
I know, Mom.
ROSSl: "All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
" Ernest Hemingway.
We got all the kids back safe.
Think about it, Aaron, how often does that happen? - Not often enough.
- How about ten pairs of shoes? I mean, that has to be enough, right? Ten? Ah, Spence, it's different with the ladies.
We need them to match our belts, our handbags, our skirts.
And fashions change with the seasons.
Yes.
Boys are so boring.
Pants, shoes, out the door.
Although, it's not like men don't have their things.
I dated a golfer once.
He had 12 putters in his closet.
But this conversation is reminding me I need new boots.
Oh, they're having a sale at DeMille's on those tall-shaft kitty heels.
You like those.
Do you want to go? Yeah.
You getting all this, kid? - No.
Sure you don't need any help? Done.
Sit down, relax.
The Cioppino was delicious.
You got to love any dish that recommends the wearing of a bib.
Yeah.
Top me off, would you? You know, I don't remember you as being a big wine drinker.
Well, I'm not.
Guess I just need a little fortification tonight.
When did you ever need that with me? You know, who would've thought that we'd find ourselves on a date again after all these years? David do you remember, during our divorce, the pledge we made to one another that no matter what, we'd always be there for the other one? Future spouses and significant others would just have to understand.
We joked we were the only couple that had both marriage and divorce vows.
Hey, what's going on with you? Um you know, I I don't know how to say this except except to just say it.
Last year, I was diagnosed with ALS.
Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Carolyn - Look, like you always said, nobody lives forever.
Why didn't you call me earlier? - I could've - Please please let me finish.
Because if I don't get this out now, I don't know that I ever will.
I've had this disease for over a year.
To live 18 months is a gift.
The last few weeks I've started noticing the signs.
It won't be long now.
I came to ask you when the disease reaches the point and I'm too weak or too afraid I-I want you to help me leave this world on my own terms.
When it's time, will you help me end my life?