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Season 10 | Episode 8 | “The Boys of Sudworth Place” | Aired Nov 19, 2014

So far this season, we’ve had cockroach farmers, Internet predators, and maniacs flying airplanes via remote control. In episode 8, Criminal Minds delves into the disgusting psyche of every parent’s worst nightmare.

The setup

The focus of this week’s episode is a defense lawyer by the name of Jack Westbrook. After helping a young street punk avoid prison, Jack returns to his car to find it smashed up. He sees the culpirt and gives chase, but he’s jumped from behind and must undergo a trial of his very own.


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We cut to the BAU listening in on Jack’s pre-abduction 911 call. Garcia gives us the scoop: Jack is an angel. He donates to charity, helps kids in need, and is starting a family with his loving wife of seven years. With nothing but a laundry list of people who might want vengeance on a lawyer, the team goes to work narrowing down the list.

Meanwhile, we see a bloodied Jack in a cement pit. Two teenage boys are standing above him: one has a beer bottle, the other a camera. What do they want? A confession.

The case

After the intro, JJ interviews Jack’s pregnant wife. She has nothing but good things to say about her hubby. They even decided to start a family thanks to his new, less stressful gig defending troubled teens.

JJ interviews Jack

Meanwhile, Kate and Rossi (doing their best buddy-cop routine) investigate the crime scene. Everything screams overkill, leading them to suspect the unsubs knew the victim personally.

As the BAU gathers evidence, we cut to Jack in the pit trying to reason his way out. Chad (the one with the beer) ignores his pleas and tells him to get undressed. When Jack refuses, Chad shows he means business by firing a gun. This puts a scare into Andrew (the kid with the camera). All he wants is a filmed confession. Chad is looking for something more.

Back at the BAU, JJ and Morgan get a break. It turns out Jack’s extra hours weren’t spent in the office. Garcia does some digging and discovers Jack’s dirty little secret in the form of an apartment he’s been renting under a fake company name.

Morgan and Kate bust into the apartment expecting a love nest but instead find a place full of video games, pinball machines, and toys. It doesn’t make sense until Kate discovers some upsetting pictures, and it all becomes clear. Jack isn’t wooing a mistress. He’s seducing young boys.

Back in the pit, we learn Andrew and Chad are both victims of Jack’s disgusting past. As they torture Jack with water blasts and broken bottles, they say, “Remember us?”


The profile

To the sounds of his sobbing wife in the background, the team delivers the truth. Jack is a pedophile who used his position of power to seduce young boys. Much like Jerry Sandusky, he has hidden his crimes behind charities and good work. The unsubs are all in their 20s and, while extremely dangerous, they are victims as well as villains. Something must have triggered them to seek revenge.

Back at the pit, a third teen, Brian, is brought into the mix. Unaware of the situation until he’s there, Brian wants no part of it. We now have a dangerous situation: Andrew wants Jack to be brought to justice, Chad wants blood, and Brian wishes he never answered his cell phone.

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In the midst of Jack’s pleas for reason and Chad’s gun waving, Brian decides to stop the madness and tackles Chad. After a brief scuffle, Chad tumbles into the pit and dies on impact. Brian, who 20 minutes ago was at work, is now a murderer.

Back at the station, Garcia uncovers Jack’s source of victims. He used to volunteer at a halfway house, and one of those kids (Matt) recently committed suicide. A quick cross-reference brings up the names of our unsubs.

The closing in

Fresh off the death of Chad, Andrew delivers an ultimatum: either Jack confesses on camera or he burns the entire building down with himself inside it. As Andrew leaves to get the gas can, Jack’s ghoulish side emerges. Using his powers of manipulation, Jack slowly convinces Brian to help him out of the pit. For the first time, we see the monster those kids encountered when they were at their most desperate.

Meanwhile, Hotch and Rossi break into Brian’s place and discover something awful. It looks like Brian has followed in Jack’s footsteps of sexual deviancy.

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When Andrew returns with the gas can he finds a shocking scene. After helping him escape his concrete prison, Brian has shot Jack. Somehow Jack knew Brian’s awful secret and the knowledge was too much for him to bear.

As Brian and Andrew burn the bodies and flee the building, they run right into the BAU team. Morgan, after admitting to a scared Andrew that he was molested as well, gets both boys to surrender. Andrew gets taken in for kidnapping and Brian is arrested for trafficking child pornography. Brian’s story is the saddest, as we can see shades of Jack in how he behaves. Hopefully, time and counseling will help him overcome the nearly impossible hurdle he faces.

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On the way home, Kate tells Morgan that new victims are coming forward every day. Thanks to her years in sexual crimes, she knew Morgan had firsthand experience with the worst humanity has to offer.

For comfort, Kate talks to her niece (Meg) on the phone and shares her day. Once they hang up, it’s revealed Meg and a friend are chatting with a boy online. After sending him a picture, it’s revealed the “boy” is another Internet predator scouring the web for fresh victims. It’s a stunning end to a creepy and uncomfortable episode.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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