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Season 10 | Episode 22 | “Protection” | Aired Apr 29, 2015

Last week’s Criminal Minds was a gut punch of panic-inducing madness. As the season inches toward the finale, it’s hard to imagine something topping “Mr. Scratch.” While episode 22 doesn’t hit that height, it’s a tasty snack before the feast that should be the season closer. Psychosis and mental illness star in this straightforward yet surprising episode.

We open with a shadowy figure running from the cops on a darkened street. Avoiding the fuzz, he dips inside a home where a young girl in crutches asks him if he’s okay. He has a cut on his forehead and looks dazed. The young man’s name is Danny, and he looks like a serious problem.

Danny carefully enters the house after a

Meanwhile, JJ and Morgan are taking a run when Garcia calls. It’s wheels-up time! Three murder victims have been found in Los Angeles, and it’s time to track down the baddie.

As they dash to the plane, we see Danny knocking back booze, suffering from a serious headache. Milena, the young woman on crutches, rubs his head and assures him everything will be fine. He just needs to search out the bastards who hurt them so much. Foreshadowing?

The investigation
The three victims are Nate, Gary, and Tasha, a local prostitute. The two fellas were clients of the now deceased Tasha. They were slain in classic overkill fashion, and it looks like the unsub was trying to send a message.

When the team arrives in the City of Angels, the local cops have already corralled local hookers. After Morgan grills a pimp named “Sweetness,” they learn the deceased lady of the night worked on the East End.

The team finally settles on Lizette, a prostitute who works the same shady neighborhood. At first, she denies any involvement, but after JJ gives her a lift home, she breaks down and tells the truth. One of the now dead clients picked her up and took her to an alley, only to be attacked by a hooded figure. After telling them to “stay out of his city,” he blew the guy away, prompting her to run off.

Morgan assesses the situation in season 10, episode 22 of Criminal Minds

Meanwhile, Danny, who we all realize is the unsub, is hiding out in the home of Milena and her mom, Patricia. They feed him, care for him and try to convince him to be more careful. They are up to something shady.

That night, Danny goes for a walk and discovers a woman being mugged. He approaches, pulls his gun, and empties his clip into the attacker. But when he rushes to the old woman’s aid, he discovers something horrible: She’s dead too!

The profile
When the BAU arrive on the scene, they discover something odd: The woman wasn’t shot. She died of a heart attack! They also learn that the elderly lady was a mentor to the slain kid. It wasn’t a case of defending the weak: The conflict was all in the unsub’s mind. Profile time!

They are looking for a white male who sees himself as a moral enforcer. The unsub feels he’s a vigilante, saving the neighborhood from wrongdoing. He does nightly runs, is gaining confidence, and probably won’t go down easily. He has a .45 and isn’t afraid to use it.

The ramp-up
As the BAU learns more about our unsub, Danny is back home, being egged on by Patricia and Milena. It’s clear they want him to avenge the death of his mother. The three fight, make up, and go through the entire ritual of a family struggling and straining.

Milena tries to convince Danny everything is OK is season 10, episode 22 of Criminal Minds.

But when they see JJ on TV talking about the vigilante, everyone gets spooked. Danny is furious at the BAU. According to him, he’s just doing their job.

That night, Danny walks past a popular nightclub. After avoiding a confrontation with a guy in line, he comes across a woman being attacked by a man. He throws him off of her, beats him, and at the behest of the woman, blows him away. Another victory for our vigilante hero! Or is it …

The closing-in
Turns out, not so much. In an interview with JJ and Kate, the “saved” woman admits the victim was her boyfriend. They were high as a kite, but everything was consensual. She even begged Danny to not hurt him. It looks like Danny is inventing his victims, much like he did when he discovered the teacher and her mentor. She supplies the team with an accurate description, and BOOM! We’re off to the races!

With the unsub quickly losing his grip on reality, Garcia cross-references some data and gets a name: Mariam Stokes was killed a year ago, leaving her son, Daniel Stokes, as her sole survivor. While police never found the culprit, a man names David Ruiz was blamed for the shooting.

JJ checks her corners in season 10, episode 22 of Criminal Minds.

With an address, the BAU roll up to the Stokes home to find a mailman shot to death on the front steps. The team arrives and, via a conversation through a closed door, learn the shocking truth: Milena and Patricia aren’t there. Danny suffers from bipolar disorder, is off his meds, and thinks they are still with him. The people controlling him are figments of his imagination.

JJ and Morgan talk Danny down, arrest him, and discover where the real Milena and Patricia are: buried in the flower garden.

That evening, forced to work late by Agent Cruz, Kate gets a text from her niece, Meg: She and a friend are on their way to a concert. Little does Kate know that they are going with a boy who is not what he seems. When the two enter a creepy van, it’s clear what the season finale will be. Meg and her friend are now in the clutches of a pedophile bent on abusing these poor girls. It sets up an explosive season finale that we are all dying to see. Will Kate’s niece be rescued from the clutches of an absolute creep? Tune in next week for the season finale!

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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