“Reflections of Desire” was the title of the November 10th episode of “Criminal Minds”. It was also one of their darkest and creepiest shows to date.
The team of investigators are called in on a case in Georgetown, after the body of Kelly Landis was discovered in an alley dead and dressed to look like a vision from the 1950’s. A piece of film was found in her mouth and her lips had been cut off of her.
The audience watched as the killer and kidnapper Rhett Walden took glamour photo shots of Kelly earlier while she was tied to a chair. He had dressed her to look like an earlier version of his mother, Meg Walden, one time famous movie actress. He coached Kelly and tried to get her to run lines of the movie with him. When she didn’t read the lines to suit him, he covered her mouth with a rag that was covered in chloroform, which promptly knocks her unconscious.
The audience then sees Rhett and Kelly in a car where he covers her head with a paper bag and suffocates her to death. Then Rhett pulls out a blade.
While all of this is happening, the audience gets to see a new side of Garcia as she performs an acting role in a play.
Once the call came in about Kelly’s death, it was time of the team to go to work. Prentiss and Morgan was the first on the scene. Soon they discover that Kelly was missing for a total of three days before her body was discovered.
Next, the audience watches as Rhett is at the bus station with his mother talking to a young girl, watching the crowd. He discusses with the young girl about how a woman should glide as his mother glides away from view. Then he sees a woman that sparks his interest. We watch as he walks away, after insulting the young girl.
A call comes in to the police station. Another young woman is missing. Her name is Penny Hanley.
Back at the Walden’s house, May and her son are reading lines together. When you see May’s face, you can tell that Kelly’s lips on her face. Then May begins to argue with her son telling him how weak he is. Then he opens a door and reveals Penny laying on the floor, as if she is a gift for his mother. He then screams at his mother: “In a matter of hours, she’ll be more famous than you ever were.”
Reid and Rossi check in on the autopsy that is being done on Kelly to see if any new evidence has been found. Reid discovers a piece of paper in Kelly’s throat. It is bloody and old looking. Yet, some old typed print is revealed. Rossi then notices the smell of chloroform in Kelly’s hair.
Prentiss and Morgan are out rechecking the scene where Kelly’s body was found. A different homeless man is in the area. A message is also found on the wall where the homeless man stays. The message is identical to the type print found in Kelly’s mouth.
Back at the lab, Garcia tries to match the words to the print message. She can not find it in any of her databases. However, she figures that it is words from a 1950’s from the glamour shot the local newspaper had received earlier of Kelly.
Hotch, Prentiss and Reid gets surveillance footage of the bus station. They watch as Rhett walks off, following Penny. Yet, we do not see Meg in any of the pictures. They soon find out all the locals have permits to park in this area.
At his home, Rhett begins to doll Penny to look like the 1950’s version of his mother. She looks perfect, yet the shoes will not fit her because her toes are too long. She talks her into allowing her to do the scene barefoot. He unties her and they begin to run scenes together. Suddenly, Penny head butts him and tries to escape. The door is lock and she can’t go anywhere. He grabs her and chloroforms her. When she awakes he is sitting in the chair holding a razor blade. She is lying on the floor with the shoes on, blood gushing from them. He says: “You were right, your toes were too long.” She lets out a scream.
Hotch talks Garcia into leading a media coverage event to give out information that may help them save Penny. During the event, Garcia dresses in a blond wig and forgoes her usually attire. She dresses in all black, wears red lipstick and gets rid of all her jewelry. During the event, she tells the reporters that they are going to reduce the movement around Elm Street in the Georgetown area.
Rhett is at home watching the news coverage. He picks up Penny and carries her out the door.
Rhett drives off with Penny and then pull over to the side of the road. He gets out of the car and into the backseat, where she sits. He begins to put a bag over her head. She struggles.
Hotch and Rossi drives up to the car. Rhett panics runs out of the car. Hotch shoots him in the back. Penny is saved. She is still alive.
As the ambulance comes for Penny, Rossi notices a disable parking permit on the car.
Soon the team learns that the car is licensed to Rhett Walden and the permit is for Meg Walden his mother. Meg was an actress who starred in the movie “Reflections of Desire.” This was the only movie she made. She was four months pregnant at the time of shooting. Her costar was the father of her baby.
The team arrives at Rhett house to arrest him. He asks his mother if she is ready. In his mind, he thinks he sees cameras flashing and a red carpet awaiting him. He walks out the door, he thinks arm in arm with his glamorous mother.
In reality, he walks out the door, carrying the dead skeleton remains of his dead mother, with Kelly’s lips attached to it.
“Criminal Minds” ended with the ending scene of Garcia play which spoke about the darkness.
“Criminal Minds” airs on Wednesday’s at 9pm ET on CBS.
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