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Recap / Criminal Minds S 2 E 22 Legacy

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When a Kansas City, Kansas detective arrives in Quantico with information concerning a series of mysterious disappearances, the BAU sets out to catch a mission-oriented killer who believes they are doing the world a service by killing homeless people.


  • Acceptable Targets: In-Universe, the UnSub certainly thinks that the lower class are.
  • Agony of the Feet: The first thing the Victim of the Week suffers from thanks to the UnSub are cuts to her feet by broken glass.
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  • Chick Magnet: Morgan and Reid both display this in full force in this episode, as the former flirts with a homeless woman to convince her to be careful, while Hotch states that Reid was propositioned by every prostitute they questioned.
  • Defiant to the End: When Maggie thought that she was going to die, she wasn't going to let Holcombe have the satisfaction.
    Maggie: Are you gonna hide your face from me? Coward. The old man was begging. Well, I'm not gonna give you that, you son of a bitch. I'm not gonna beg you for anything.
  • The Determinator: Despite everything she goes through, Maggie manages to keep moving forward, with most of it being because she has a daughter to take care of.
    • She's ultimately rewarded in the end, as she survives.
      Maggie: His face... let me see his face...
      {Morgan obliges and removes Holcombe's mask.}
      Maggie: I won.
  • Hope Spot: Maggie makes it to the exit, only for Charles to shut the door before she could crawl out.
  • I Have a Family: Maggie has a daughter and begs to be let go because she needs to take care of her.
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  • Kill the Poor: Holcombe's MO. The BAU refer to this kind of UnSub as a "House leaners". When cornered by the authorities, Holcombe even screams "Just let me do my job!"
  • Loophole Abuse: The BAU cannot take a case unless they are requested to assist by the police. The detective that does ask for their help is high ranking enough to count, and the captain doesn't think anything is happening. JJ then realizes that the taunting letter from the UnSub was mailed from one state to another. With the UnSub having crossed state lines, the case is automatically a federal matter.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Despite the detective's concerns, the police department doesn't look into the missing 63 people due to them being prostitutes and vagrants.
  • Police are Useless: At first, the police captain refuses to believe his detective over the fact that 63 vagrants have likely been targeted and systematically eliminated.
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  • Super OCD: A rarity for the series in that the detective is a heroic example of this.
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