We open on a little boy as viewed on film, tinted blue. A pan across and now we look at the camera, which sticks creepily out of the mouth of a mask. Flip back to the camera view, and the boy holds up his GI Joe doll – the doll’s name is Jack and he protects the boy. The boy pitifully states that he didn’t mean to make [the camera operator] mad, and he’ll be good, so please let him out?
The Crimes Against Children Unit, Maryland. A brunette agent looks at footage of the boy, registering shock. “Peter.” She gets up and crosses the room to address another agent, Katie,* and tell her that Peter is back. Katie is open-mouthed in shock, and the first agent, Gilroy, verifies that she has just received a new image.
*I will state for the record that IMDb lists this character’s name as “Amy Cole,” but every time it was said on the show, I heard “Katie.” Normally I defer to IMDb’s greater wisdom, but that would mean changing a zillion instances of “Katie.”
The two agents pedeconference, as the exposition goes that new footage of Peter has just been received; Gilroy got the hookup from a chat room, where she was phishing. Katie gets the attention of the room, giving us the back story that the agency named the boy Peter, they knew of him a year ago, and dammit this time they’re going to find him. Katie delegates tasks, getting Gilroy to start up a messaging session (they use MSN Messenger, by the way). Many acronyms later, they get a website with a live streaming broadcast of Peter. Katie announces that the clock under the image is an auction clock, counting down until Peter will be sold. Oh internet, you so crazy. Katie wants Aaron Hotchner at the BAU.
Over at the BAU, Reid is explaining, for the benefit of his fellow special agents, that 40,000 new child porn pictures appear on the internet each week. Because the internet is for porn. Specifically, child porn.
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