Criminal Minds Episode 18 Recap
The Criminal Minds Team discuss the restart of rapes after a 6-month break. Questions they have – why did the criminal take a 6-month hiatus? Why did he change his victim type? Why did he leave messages?
Team Lead Kang Ki Hyung (Son Hyun Joo), Kim Hyun Joon (Lee Joon Gi), Na Na Hwang (Yoo Sun) and Professor Lee arrive at the police station. The sex crimes lead wants to know why the victim type was changed.
Ha Sun Woo (Moon Chae Won) and Yoo Min Young (Lee Sun Bin) drive to the hospital to interview the latest victim. She freaks when they ask her to describe the rapist. They tell her they’ll come back another time.
Hyun Joon encourages the police team to broaden their scope of trusted men that could easily watch and interact with the victims.
Na Hwang speaks with another victim. She can’t think of anyone that she trusted that broke into her house. She can’t shake the living nightmare of the rape. She wonders if living through the attack was a blessing.
Team Lead Kang and Hyun Joon visit the most recent crime scene. They wonder what fuels the criminal’s anger? Why did he let witnesses live? What happened that made him restart?
Na Hwang finds a student that committed suicide during the 6-month break the criminal took. The student’s parents aren’t interested in Hyun Joon or Sun Woo idea that the criminal might have known their daughter. They claim their daughter did not leave a will. The father storms off. The mother takes Hyun Joon and Sun Woo to their daughter’s room. She hands them the suicide note their daughter left. She was pregnant from the rape and couldn’t take it. Hyun Joon believes the rapist took a break to grapple with the reality that his attacks directly lead to the victim’s suicide. Na Hwang wonders how long it will take the criminal to rape AND kill.
Sun Woo asks Team Lead Kang to ask the latest victim if the criminal discussed a family. He didn’t but she’s horrified when she realizes she was trying to get pregnant at the time of the attack. She’d visited a fertility clinic in her quest.
Na Hwang finds that the latest two victims both went to the same fertility clinic. Team Lead Kang guesses the criminal worked at the fertility clinic. The team discusses that the criminal is trying to impregnate his victims, hence the selection of victims from the fertility clinic.
Team Lead Kang and Min Young visit the fertility clinic the latest victims went to. The director doesn’t want to cooperate. When Min Young spies a supplemental services form Team Lead Kang asks the director if she’s ever sold the data to a research company. The answer is yes.
Na Hwang searches the research company’s database of male employees. A match isn’t obvious. They wonder if the common thread is a service provider.
A man watches a woman dry her child. He’s seeing the interior from a device inside the house. He drives to house. He cuts the lights. He rapes the woman in her child’s bedroom. Later we learn the child was locked in the closet.
The rapist watches the Criminal Minds Team on a news report. He remembers seeing Sun Woo when he was working. It looks like he is an officer because he wears a uniform. This victim has no ties to the fertility clinic. This victim had a child. The team mulls over what the change in victim means.
Sun Woo visits the victim in the hospital. She’s concerned about her son and relieved he is being taken care of. Sun Woo asks about the attack. Sun Woo vows to catch the rapist. The victim recounts the attack.
A police officer shares Sun Woo’s personal connection to this kind of crime. When Sun Woo worked with her unit, she volunteered to be bait for a rapist. Though the police followed Sun Woo things went wrong and she was captured. The rapist forced her to watch another woman brutalized.
The rapist stares at the pictures of his victims. He smiles and leaves.
The Criminal Minds Team discusses potential culprits. Team Lead Kang wants evidence. Sun Woo offers to be bait.
The trap is set. Sun Woo assures the team she can do this. Hyun Joon watches the house.
The rapist leaves his lair.
Team Lead Kang wonders what job the culprit has that gives him access and information.
A man arrives near Sun Woo’s house. Hyun Joon and police see him approach. He runs. They catch him.
Team Lead Kang has Na Hwang to look for maintenance men. Na Hwang finds a security guard at the fertility clinic. The details on him are damming.
Team Lead Kang calls Sun Woo that the rapist is a security guard. She sees the company’s logo on a car in the neighborhood. She’s hit from behind.
Hyun Joon finds Sun Woo missing. The police say the man they caught isn’t the rapist.
The rapist remembers his girlfriend aborted his child. She screamed at him that it was the only way to free herself from his torture. Angry he struck. On lookers pulled him off the woman.
The Criminal Minds Team arrives at the rapist house. They see the victim’s faces. They move out to catch him. Na Hwang finds the car and old place of residence.
Sun Woo wakes. The rapist holds her gun. He calls her weak. She calls him by his name. He boasts she’ll want his child soon. She calls him a perverted sadist. She lays it on thick. He throws her against the wall. He aims the gun at her. She fights him. She gets the gun.
The Criminal Minds Team arrives at the location. Is it the right location?
Sun Woo asks why the rapist wants a child. He declares that she wants him now. He flashes back to his mother putting him in a closet before sleeping with a man (he watched).
The rapist moves closer to Sun Woo. He taunts her. She shoots him.
The Criminal Minds Team burst through the door. The rapist (shot in the chest) is on the floor. Sun Woo lowers her gun and walks out.
“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live”. Robert Kennedy (Season 2 episode 18: Jones)
Sun Woo shot the rapist. Writer Hong Seung Hyun’s vision of a rapist that wanted to impregnate his victims so he could be reborn was unpleasant. But like all procedural shows, tie a criminal to a core character and the case is much more interesting. The insight that Sun Woo had been bait for the rapist before and had suffered made this stoic character more understandable. With the cold case of the past and this case, Sun Woo’s choice to suppress her emotions and rely on her brain seems more reasonable. Sun Woo did show emotion in the hospital when she vowed to catch the rapist.
Professor Lee with his IQ of 187 said the closing quote. Professor Lee was a team player this episode.
Min Young has dogged determination. She wanted the rapist caught too.
Na Hwang, the resident computer expert, helped the team identify the rapist. Given the right parameters, she found the culprit and the lair where he took Sun Woo.
Hyun Joon (Lee Joon Gi) ran and caught the wrong culprit. The police tipped their hand way to early. The real rapist drove past Hyun Joon cuffing the wrong culprit.
Team Lead Kang (Son Hyun Joo) puzzled out the right combination of how the rapist got access and knowledge about his victims. Team Lead Kang has preached throughout this series that a criminal uses a particular method. This rapist changed his victims (from young women to women seeking to become pregnant to mothers) but you could say his methodology remained the same.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.