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There has been an increase in clown appearances in my life, recently, and I feel that the world is trying to make me afraid of them--and Stalker is not helping. While investigating a series of eerie threats, the TAU team discovers the victim’s house has a creepy history and is believed to be haunted. When the danger turns deadly, the team spends Halloween night searching a wild costume party looking for a perpetrator long believed to be dead.
Lori, a college girl, is looking a costumes with her friend to prepare for their Halloween party. Lori goes to try on her costume and someone tries to come into the dressing room. She calls out to her friend, Annie, but doesn't get a response. Instead, she goes outside to look in the mirror. As she's checking out her outfit, a ball bounces up to her and when she turns around there is a clown standing at the end of the hall. She throws the ball back to the clown, thinking it's a customer. They continue to play catch and she asks the clown if she knows him. He shrugs and she asks if it's Bobby.
He holds out his hand for the ball and she throws it to him. As she walks back into the dressing room, he throws the ball so hard it smashes the mirror. She runs through the shop and the clown grabs her. She fights off the guy and is able to run away and finds the clerk and Annie. Where did the go in the first place, is my question? Anyway, the clerk runs around looking for the attacker, but only finds the clown outfit on the floor and the guy gone.
Perry gets a call from his hacker friend who reveals Beth's real name is Michelle Webber and says once he pays him, he’ll send the file because
he thinks it’s exactly what he’s looking for.
Jack comes in and Janice raises her eyebrow at him. He says morning and she pours coffee near him.
Jack and Janice are very awkward after their hookup and when Jack goes to get coffee she follows him. She says they never talked about the other night and says he’s being weird. He agrees and apologizes, but she says she understands that he wants to keep work and personal separate. He admits his personal life is always a screw up and she asks why he came to LA.
Lori tells Beth she dated Bobby, a senior, then broke up with him because he parties too much and said there was something not quite right about him. She thinks he is trying to punish her or trying to get her back.
Beth fills in her team and says to check into Bobby and bring him in for questioning. Both Ben and Jack volunteer so she sends them together. When they bring Bobby in he says he was in the library and they checked his alibi. Jack asks who the clown could have been. Bobby is still denying who the clown is, but is rendered speechless when Ben show him a video that his friend Max posted of him tormenting Laura in the costume shop.
Bobby says Max saw her in the store and decided to do him a solid by messing with her. Bobby says he just did what guys do when they get dumped and left her a few messages, but says he didn't break into her house and denies ever hurting her. Lori refuses to press charges going against the wishes of her friend Annie, Beth, and Amanda. Lori says the whole thing will blow up on campus and it will be her fault. Beth tells her she sees this all the time and says it is about taking care of herself, not punishing Bobby. She thanks Beth and tells her this is over and leaves.
Annie and Lori are at home later talking about party prep and make jokes about living in a haunted house. Later, when the girls are in bed, a floor board creaks and wakes up Lori. She turns on her light as her bedroom door creaks open. She goes to see what’s up and calls for Annie. She hears another sound and heads down the stairs. The lights go out downstairs and once again, thinking it's Annie, calls her name. She asks where she is but then the front door opens and the person leaves. Annie calls out from upstairs and comes down. Lori tells her to call 911 and says someone was in the house. Annie points to the wall where it looks like red paint – the large letters read “get out.”
That would've been my cue to pack my bags and go back to the dorms.
Beth and Jack are there with the cops and they describe the incident. Annie thinks it was Bobby but Beth says he and his buddies have an alibi. Jack asks about the house’s story and Annie says a guy killed his wife then killed himself and their ghosts are supposed to haunt the place. Jack goes to look around the house and finds a cellar. When goes in, he finds a weird bottle that Ben explains as a voodoo artifact.
Janice finds out more information on the house and discovers it was bought in 2003 by a carpenter and his wife. He cheated with a co-ed and the wife hung herself in the basement, then he hung himself too. They find out that a professor of occult studies, Louis Atwood, lived there before.
Jack and Ben go to Atwood’s house and see a protective charm on the house made of bones. Jack opens the door because it was unlocked. Ben says they have no probable cause, but Jack can hear the probable cause and goes inside.
There’s blood dropping into the sink from a chicken strung up to bleed out over the sink. A guy grabs Ben and Jack is able to pin a struggling Louis by his head as Ben recovers and stands back up. They bring him in and he says he was home all last night and says he has files on the girls because they are renting the house.
There was a student he stabbed with a knife but he says it was ritual bloodletting and he was helping her. He says the girls are in danger in the house and he’s trying to help them. Jack asks why he moved out of the house. He says he heard a noise one night and then on the landing, saw a specter. He says the ghost reached out for him and he was terrified. He says the girls need protected.
Amanda tells them she can hold him for a while but says they have to find something else.
Amanda confronts Jack about breaking into Atwood’s house and tells him he needs to leave town or she’ll tell Beth what he did in NYC and says he’ll lose his badge. She again tells him he can't see his son and he responds saying that the little boy will find out that she kept them apart.
Lori and Annie still have a Halloween party (because that's what you do when you have a stalker on the loose) and a guy ties on a mask and goes in with the other guests.
Jack is watching Amanda and their son go trick or treating. Amanda gets a call, but has her son get candy on his own. Some bullies try to take his candy bag, but Jack steps in and makes them give it back. After the bullies leave, the little boy thanks Jack and gives him some candy. Amanda calls for her son and tells them they're done. Jack walked away when the little boy's name got called and receives a phone call from Beth informing him that Atwood made bail, but isn't at home.
The masked guy is at Lori’s and heads down into the basement. He pulls off his mask – it’s Atwood – and spreads some white dust around on the floor then starts some sort of ritual. He’s grabbed from behind by someone and choked. Beth and Jack head into the party and start checking out guests.
Janice shows Ben all the stuff from Atwood’s house and mentions that he always talks about a shadow figure he saw there that disappeared into thin air. She wonders if he was hallucinating.
Beth sees a guy in a creepy old dude mask. He follows her as she explores the house and she yanks him into a hall and pulls the mask off. It’s Perry. He says Annie invited him and asks if she’s working and she tells him he needs to leave and says he’s there with friends and asks if she’s okay. Beth is walking away when Perry says, "nice to see you Michelle." She asks him to repeat himself and he says that he said," nice to see you as well." He asks what she thinks he said and she says that she’s a cop and it will never be nice to see her.
Lori tells people to stay out of the upstairs rooms and sees a guy on the floor. When she nudges him to get up, he starts to get up and grabs her. He takes off his mask and it's Max. He apologizes about scaring her and leaves telling her that Bobby loves her.
Ben calls Jack and says the urban legend was right about the wife, but wrong about the husband.
Lori goes into her room and a guy comes in wearing a mask and startles her. He pulls it off and he’s Bobby who tells her he would never hurt her because he loves her. The alcohol gets to him and he goes into the bathroom to throw up.
Jack finds Beth and tells her Greg Miner didn’t kill himself. He was institutionalized, released, and then vanished. They head up to find Lori. Lori is listening to Bobby gagging, but hears a thump. She goes to check on him and she opens the bathroom door. There is a guy in a mask in there. She tells Bobby he drinks too much, but then sees him down on the floor. She screams as the guy hauls her away. Jack and Lori bust into the room and Bobby tells them – he took her.
Bobby tells them the guy was waiting in the bathroom and while he was throwing up the guy hit him. She shows him a photo of Atwood, but he says that wasn't the guy. When she shows him the picture of Miner he says yes to the picture. Jack wonders where the guy would go and says the guy was obsessed with the house because of his wife. He says he sees anyone in the house as a threat to his dead wife.
They head down to the basement and Jack remembers that Miner was a contractor. Beth asks what he’s thinking and he says there’s drywall on one wall instead of stone. He grabs an ax and chops the wall. Beth peeks in and sees he’s built himself a creepy little room. When they finally get in the room, they find a dead Atwood and Lori is in a grate. Jack pulls her out and says she's still alive.
Beth goes to get a medic and Jack is alone down there. Of course he is. He is looking at photos of Miner's dead wife when Miner busts through the drywall and tackles him. Jack is able to fight back and shoots Miner when he grabs an ax to go for him. They cuff Miner and strap him to a gurney and is restrained.
Lori is horrified to hear there was a guy living in her house and she says it really was haunted. Bobby comes out and apologizes. Beth says she has to go to the hospital and he offers to go along but Lori. She says you don’t love someone by scaring them and trying to ruin their life and tells him to go away and never bother her again or she’ll do whatever it takes to see him locked up. The only smart thing she has done this whole episode.
Beth says Bobby crossed a line and Jack says you can cross back and asks if people get second chances. She responds saying second chances have to be earned. Jack is at his place when the doorbell rings and it’s Janice with beer. He thinks that she's there for a booty call, but she quickly tells him that she thinks he needs a friend more than sex.
Beth goes through her usual night time ritual with the drapes and windows. She opens a drawer and takes out a photo album. She is looking at photos of herself as a child and a young woman. At the same time, Perry is reading her file online that he was sent. There is an article about a fire that killed an entire family and left one daughter alive. Beth calls a San Francisco institute to confirm a specific prisoner is still in custody. She’s told he’s still there and she asks if there have been any visitors and they tell her no.
Who do you think Beth is checking on? What did you think about this episode? I'm interested to learn more about Beth's story and I'm excited to finally find out what happened between Jack and Amanda, next week.
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