Thursday 11th June 9.00pm
Continuing this week is the hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane. In this instalment, Jane and the team enter the murky world of black magic while investigating the murder of a teenage boy. Initial suspects include the lad’s football coach and a local witch, but Jane thinks the killer may be closer to home.
The agents are called to a small Californian town where a 16-year-old boy called Cody Elkins has disappeared. After assessing the scene, Jane leads the team to a nearby forest where several crows are circling overhead. “I have a pretty good idea where Cody Elkins is,” he says. Sure enough, the boy is lying dead at the foot of a tree. Surrounding the body are a number of strange items, including a six-pointed star, leading Jane to suspect some kind of ritual sacrifice has taken place. “There’s no such thing as black magic,” says a doubtful Lisbon. “Somebody disagrees,” retorts Jane.
When Cody’s parents, Michael and Janice, learn the details of their son’s murder, they immediately suspect Tamzin Dove, a local ‘witch’ who recently accused Cody of killing her cat. The agents pay Dove a visit and find her unmoved by the news of the boy’s death. “Cody deserved to die – he was a bad person,” she says. “He stole, tortured and killed my cat.” The woman even admits to placing a ‘killing spell’ on the boy shortly before he died. “I’ve done the spell several times before, but this is the first time it’s worked,” she says. However, Dove insists that she had no further hand in the crime and suggests that the killer placed strange objects at the scene to lead the police to her.
Another suspect comes to the fore when it emerges that Cody had a physical fight with his football coach the day before he disappeared. Coach Dieter is brought in for questioning and admits he fought with Cody, but claims that the boy attacked him during an argument. “People don’t know – the kid is a freaking nut bag!” he says. The theory that Cody was violent is supported when the agents learn that he recently hospitalised a schoolmate during a scrap.
Rigsby and Van Pelt stake out the Elkins house and spot Cody’s younger brother, Brad, leaving in the middle of the night. They follow the boy to Tamzin Dove’s house and witness him enter the property. On Jane’s advice, the agents wait ten minutes before bursting in, only to find Dove performing a bizarre cleansing ritual on Brad. However, far from being relieved by the interruption, Brad is annoyed. It emerges that he and Dove have been friends for a while. “I feel safe there,” Brad says of Dove’s home.
Upon learning that Cody was fiercely – and often violently – opposed to his brother’s friendship with the witch, Rigsby theorises that Brad may be the killer. “You think maybe Brad had enough?” asks Lisbon. “Everybody has a limit,” replies Rigsby. However, Brad denies the accusation.
With no hard evidence to arrest any of their suspects, the agents hand Brad over to his parents – but Jane has an idea. Before the Elkins leave the station, Jane tells them that they intend to use Tamzin Dove’s black magic to locate the instrument used to kill Cody. “We’re having her put a spell of revelation on the murder weapon,” he says. Could the wayward consultant have hit upon an ingenious plan to draw the real killer out of hiding? Or has Jane taken his mind games one step too far? “Are you going to tell me what’s going on?” asks a frustrated Lisbon. “How about I show you,” he replies, mysteriously.