Last week, we learned a little more about the relationship between Jack and Amanda and even found out that Amanda is dating Trent. Tonight, the stalker is tormenting his victims by their worst fears. Meanwhile, Beth's friend and her relationship with Beth's stalker heats up.
We see a woman is ending her date, Zach, and when he kisses her, but she tells him that she didn’t feel any sparks at dinner. She apologizes, but he doesn't give up and suggests they go inside to see what happens. She again rejects his advances and walks away leaving him angry. Once inside, she calls the friend who set them up and says her days as cupid are over and describes Zach as being a loser. She undresses and heads into the shower. When she's out and dressed for bed, she notices that her bedroom light, that she turned on earlier, is now off and hits the switch, but there is no bulb in the lamp. She checks another light, but with the same result. She decides to grab a flashlight, but the batteries are gone. When she looks in the drawer she finds all of the light bulbs and when she turns around another light goes out.
A man appears and is wearing night vision goggles. He knocks her down and when she panics he mocks her by telling her it’s just the dark. He continues to watch her flail around helplessly until she pulls down a curtain and busts open a window and crawls out through the broken glass. She runs out into the street crying and is almost run down by a passing car.
The next day, Beth is teaching a self-defense class for women and tells them they need to learn to use the man’s size and momentum against them. As she says this a guy goes to attack her, but she takes him down. On the way out, she gets a call and before she gets into her car she looks around but fails to see Perry lurking in his car and watching her from a distance.
She comes into TAU and Jack tells her Kristin, the girl that was attacked, is there. She says she thought she was being stalked, but never filed a report. Kristin tells them she thought the guy was going to rape and kill her, but says he had moved the furniture so that she was lost in her own house in the dark. Jack asks if anything else stood out and she says she saw a small red light, which makes Beth thinks he was filming her. Kristin says for the past couple of months she has felt eyes on her and says one night, her bathroom window was open and another time her front door was open. She says nothing was missing so she didn’t call the cops but says a couple of nights ago, her underwear drawer had been rifled.
Beth asks if she knows who it could be and she mentions her bad date with Zach and their horrible date. Jack asks if she’s afraid of the dark and when she says she does he asks if it’s common knowledge. She responds probably so.
Ben reveals that Zach had a history of public drunkenness and says the guy didn’t show up for work and is MIA. Beth orders a warrant on his phone records. Ben still has an attitude with Jack (he really needs to get over it) and Jack asks if the guy was up for his job but Beth says no, he just doesn’t like him.
They head to the crime scene and Jack thinks the guy masturbated while she was terrified. He says the stalker's MO isn’t to kill, but to terrify and wonder if he keeps the films for later. Jack does a walkthrough of what could have happened. He says that while Kristin showered, the stalker messed with the lights. Beth adds that the stalker gave Kristin a false sense of security before he attacked. Jack says that guarded people tend to keep things to themselves. Things like their phobias.
Ben calls and says Zach’s cell phone is in the vacant house next door and he thinks the guy is waiting on her. When they go over to check it out, guns drawn, Beth sees a car in the garage and heads inside. She doesn't see anything in the car, but heads to the back and sees his keys on the trunk. When she opens the trunk she finds Zack. He's still alive and Jack tells the units to call for an ambulance.
At the hospital, somewhat recovered, Zach tells them he heard something at the side of Kristin's house and saw a guy by her window. He didn’t see his face and chased the guy who jabbed him with a needle. He says he told him, "you’re not going to ruin my night," before he passed out. Beth asks if he noticed anyone watching them at dinner and he says people stared because she’s pretty but no one in particular. He asks if Kristin is okay then says he hopes they get the guy.
Jack wonders why he left the keys there so Zach would be found. Janice tells them that Zach was in his way but he didn’t want to hurt him. Jack suggests they talk to Kristin again.
Next, we see a guy on a call about the stock
market while he watches the video of Kristin scrambling in the dark. He also watches video of another woman he’s targeted.
Kristin is shocked that Zach almost died because of her and says she’s a teacher and a good person and just wants to know why this is happening. Jack asks what grade she teaches and she says fourth. He accuses her of not telling them the truth because she’s protecting her reputation and begins to rattle off the classic signs of dishonesty.
Beth tells her if she’s not honest with them, more people will get hurt. Kristin says she signed up for a dating web site and says that it’s more of a hook-up site and she closed the account about the time she started getting stalked.
They get the login to her account to check her profile under the name Bad Teacher. Jack makes a joke saying he wished they had teachers like that while he was in school. Ben narrows the suspects down to three. One is a guy, she had a one-night stand with, who texted her 30 times. There was another guy she had a threesome with who was angry and another she met at a hotel but left because he was into bondage.
Beth goes to see Tracy who is telling her about her young, new love interest who’s a struggling artist named Brody. She says he’s so cute but just 22. Tracy says there’s a freedom with him because it’s light and Beth asks how he was in bed and Tracy says she doesn’t know but then admits it’s hot. Tracy tells her she needs to give it a go too and Beth says she will one day.
Beth says she doesn’t want to talk about it and says tonight is about her and her cradle robbing ways.
Laura is on her computer talking to a friend on the phone looking at her dating site profile when she hears a noise and goes to check. She finds a knick knack on the floor and picks it up. We see a snake on her bookshelf and another on her floor and another slithers out of her bathtub.
She goes to get into bed and slides under the covers. We see movement under her sheets and then she screams. She jumps out of bed to find her floor covered in snakes. She continues to scream and the perv is there videotaping the whole thing.
At least they weren't spiders, right?
Beth and Jack are on scene at the house later. He tells her there were 32 snakes, no bites, because they were not venomous. Beth says this acceleration of stalking is in line with serial killer behavior and thinks he already has his next victim picked and planned out already. When they see the latest victim, Laura, she asks why they didn’t help her when she reported someone had been in her house a couple of weeks ago. Beth apologizes and says the report was misfiled as a breaking and entering. Laura describes what happened and says she saw him filming her. Beth asks if she knows who it could have been. Beth tells her the other victim looked like her and asks if she’s on the same dating site. Laura says she’s on TwoSoulsConnect.com. Laura asks if he’ll come back, but Beth says she thinks he got what he wanted.
They check the two women's profiles looking for commonalities. One posted her phobia in her profile and the other mentioned it in her post. They decide to cross check the reject list and see if there are any that both turned away.
Perry and Tracy are in bed having sex (Ewww). When they finish, she tells him she has to get back to work and says he makes her feel both naughty and guilty. He sees a photo of a guy and asks her who it is. She says it’s her brother. He then points to a photo of Beth and asks about her. She tells him that she met Beth when she first moved to LA and she helped her out of a jam. He asks what kind of a jam but she says he doesn’t get to know all her secrets.
However, she relents and tells him she had trouble with her fiance. She says something didn’t feel right and she broke it off but he went crazy and tried to kill her. Perry acts shocked and she says he didn’t kill her because of the bad ass cop. Beth sent him away and they’ve been best friends ever since. He says he likes her already. Tracy says Beth herself went through something similar. Perry stares at photos of the two of them.
During this story all I could think to myself is, "why are you telling him this, so soon?"
Janice found a guy, named Chris Powell, who was sending messages from libraries and
was charged with rape a few years ago, but never went to trial and the rape victim looks like the other two girls. Jack asks if he was on other dating sites and he is but is using other names.
Beth says they need to get to the next victim before he does. We see Chris looking in the mirror and looks like he is talking to himself. He say he has to come clean and admits his name is really Chris, not Brad. We then see a woman duct taped.
He sets up a video camera on a tripod as she cries, sitting bound on the edge of a tub.
Even though she changed her name, they are able to find out where the original victim is. Jack and Beth head over to talk to her and she insists they show badges before she lets them in. Beth tells her they need to talk to her about Chris Powell. After hearing his name, she lets them in, closes the door, and arms her security system. She tells them he could have followed them there.
Jack tells her that Chris has been terrorizing other women and Beth asks her to tell them about the relationship.
The woman is hesitant, but finally says she dated him five years ago, but broke up with him because he kept trying to pressure her into having sex. She was a virgin. She says it’s called genophobia. After she broke up with him he began stalking her, broke in and threatened people she dated. She says he kidnapped and raped her.
He took her into an abandoned office building and said he told her that he was doing it to help her conquer her fear. She says his family has money and so he was able to walk because his lawyer knew all the tricks. She says she changed her hair, name and moved but he found her four months ago. She tells them that he’s scared of heights so she moved into a high rise.
Beth asks for her help and the woman says she may know where he is. Jack thinks Chris went back to the abandoned building and goes to see if he’s there. When they arrive, they see one desk with a light on and Jack waves Beth over to look at screens with the other tapes including the third victim who is in a tub. She has a fear of drowning.
Beth realizes it’s a live feed and tries to figure out where it is. Chris tries to creep up on them silently and just before he attacks, Beth turns and takes him down.
Beth calls in to Ben who is working on tracing the live feed and he says the water is creeping up and she’s weighted down and they have about 45 minutes. Beth sits down in front of Chris and says they have him on a bunch of crimes and says he’s looking at life in prison. She asks where the girl is, but he doesn't come clean. He is in the middle of describing the process of drowning when Jack grabs him and takes Chris up to the roof.
Since he's afraid of heights, the guy freaks and Jack presses him out and says he’s going to tell everyone he was despondent and jumped. The guy caves and gives the address. As Laura slips under the water, choking, cops bust in and grab. Janice does CPR on her and she revives her.
That night, Jack comes to see Beth at the office and says the team is going out for drinks but she says she declines the offer. He jokes and asks if she has a fun phobia and she says that’s not it. She tells him to tell her what he’s afraid of and he says he’s afraid that he’s going to keep making the same mistakes. He asks her the same question and Beth confesses that she's afraid of people really knowing her. She says she doesn’t like this conversation and this is as far as it goes. He asks what happened to her but she clams up and goes back to her paperwork.
Jack goes down and meets up with Janice. They head into the elevator and he asks if she wants to go for a drink. She reminds him he said drinks are never just drinks.
The rape victim opens her door to Beth who tells her they just made things right. Jack tells Janice he needs to clean up and he scrambles to grab the photos of his ex off the wall and tells her he hasn’t had time to furnish. She asks where he sleeps and he says he has a bed. He offers her bourbon and she gladly accepts.
Perry is on the phone with a hacker who reveals Beth Davis has no birth records and didn’t even exist before she went to the academy. Perry tells his hacker to keep looking for more info. Jack has Janice up against the wall and they are kissing roughly and striping each other.
Perry has all sorts of creepy comic style sketches of Beth.
Her slapping him, her stepping on his hand. He has one of him kissing her while they lie on a bed and then another of him choking her on the bed. The camera pans out and we see a giant wall of creepy sketches of her along with photos he’s taken.
You know how people say you need to confront your fears in order to conquer them. Does that philosophy work when a crazy stalker forces you to confront them for their pleasure?
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