Directed by Steve Robin
After an alcohol brewer is stabbed with a weapon that's out of the normal, Jane and Maura are sent on the case to find the killer. Jane begins worrying about her mother when she finds that Angela is trying to make Cavanaugh jealous by flirting with other men in front of him. Rondo asks Jane, Maura, Korsak and Frost to mentor some teens that are in a shelter to see if they can show them they can have a better life; only for one of the teens to pull the fire alarm and steal Angela's wallet. Things in the case get weird, when they find that their victim was addicted an to an online game involving vikings, and whoever was their lover in the game, was the person who killed him, but when they find his lover they find that she isn't what her user thought she was. After trying to find the killer, and having another victim on their plate they try to find the killer; only for them to find that the killer had a meal only common in Scandinavia, which is where the first victims assistant was. When they go to arrest the assistant they find that she's so engulfed in the game that she can't see what she's done. Angela finds that the teen who stole her wallet did so in order that she could buy her school books; Jane convinces her mother not to make Cavanaugh jealous because it would be 'beneath her'.
Tropes in the Episode
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Ragnarok Riders are called a "Motorcycle Club" but their leader is called "Skullcrusher" and they are gruff, seemingly violet and have a club insignia on the back of their jackets. Subverted in that they are also riding to raise money for kids in need.
- Cosplay: The players of Viking of the Realm" also like to dress up like their avatars sometimes.
- Dirty Old Woman: Kendra Dee aka "Gunnhild" was having a passionate sexual affair with the victim via the video game. While the never had sex in person she notes how physically intense their relationship was. Her second reaction to his death is "where will I find another lover?" Her avatar in the game is busty and sexy.
- Emancipated Child: Dania, one of the three children the team is mentoring this episode, is an emancipated minor.
- Fictional Video Game: "Vikings of the Realm" is the game that the victim and others played.
- GPS Evidence: Maura does a spectroscopy on a hair left at the crime scene, which was sensitive enough to tell what kind of food the person ate. This person had recently eaten fermented whale meat, a common dish in Scandinavia, which pointed to a suspect who had just gotten back from Iceland.
- Reading Lips: Walter Lowell a professor of Nordic history that helps the team on the case, is deaf but he can read lips.
- Role-Playing Game: The "Viking of the Realm" game is a RPG.