Criminal Minds: Evolution episode 7 recap: Is the case really closed?

CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION- "What Doesn’t Kill Us…” Joe Mantegna as David Rossi and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss in Criminal Minds: Evolution, episode 7, season 16 streaming on Paramount+, 2023. CREDIT: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2022 ABC Studios Inc. and CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION- "What Doesn’t Kill Us…” Joe Mantegna as David Rossi and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss in Criminal Minds: Evolution, episode 7, season 16 streaming on Paramount+, 2023. CREDIT: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2022 ABC Studios Inc. and CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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Criminal Minds: Evolution episode 7, “What Doesn’t Kill Us…,” showed Sicarius slowly spiraling as the events over the past few months continued to push him over the edge. Plus, Doug Bailey helped the BAU in an effort to get the Attorney General to allow them to keep the case open. And Garcia ended up in a situation that could affect her job and the BAU. Let’s go over what happened.

For this latest episode, the team were under a microscope once again with the Attorney General adamant about closing the case. But they got the chance to try and keep it open with Doug Bailey helping them. A new case they needed to focus on involved the abduction of two individuals from a university, a teacher and one of his students.

While there appeared to be no connection between them, the team worked diligently to figure out what happened. They soon learned the teacher, Terry, had been arrested, but his record was hidden. Bailey was able to convince his parents to tell them what happened. Apparently, he had given opioids to the student who was also missing.

Evidence from the victim found that he was tortured in a biblical style way in order to punish him. When Bailey discovered another missing girl, Ashley, they also learned she had been involved in hiding information regarding a sorority member’s overdose.

Criminal Minds: Evolution episode 7 finds the case in jeopardy

The university officials were reluctant to get involved, but Bailey remembered Emily’s advice to him and told them they can’t choose to save their own skins while people are in danger. In the end, the team were able to find out who their unsub was and catch him, saving both Grace and Ashley.

Unfortunately, the Attorney General declined their request to keep the Sicarius case open, despite the fact that new information might help them catch him. In the explosion that JJ and Luke survived, they found an animal tracker that linked back to Moose the dog. His owner told Tara that she has surveillance footage from the hardware store that could help find the guy.

Just as Bailey and Emily got the news that they have to shut down the case, Rossi found Sicarius on the footage.

In the meantime, Eli was unraveling. He was lashing out at his family and imagining hurting them. His wife confronted him about his lies, knowing that he lost his job. Eli ended up leaving the house, much to his children’s dismay.

Elsewhere, Garcia told Prentiss what happened between her and Tyler. Prentiss was horrified, knowing that as a material witness, Tyler was important to the case and this could backfire on them. She told Garcia to end things, but Garcia didn’t. In fact, even when she tried to get her key back, she ended up in another situation with him.

Garcia could hurt the entire case if this continues. It’s one thing to see Tyler after it’s over, but during the investigation, it could make things worse for her job. It’ll be interesting to see how they navigate this going forward.

Now that the BAU is unable to keep the case going, what will be the catalyst for them being able to hunt Sicarius down? Let us know your thoughts on Criminal Minds: Evolution episode 7 in the comments below.

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