In the season's harrowing twelfth episode, "Zugzwang," the case-of-the-week is a personal one, as the BAU investigates the disappearance of Reid's girlfriend. Will the agents be able to save Reid's friend before it's too late? And will the two finally come face-to-face? Read on to find out what the Criminal Minds writers have in-store for us this week.
Maeve Goes Missing
After an extremely disturbing dream in which he is about to marry a faceless bride, Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) wakes up and puts in a call to his mystery girl, Maeve. However, the person who calls back is not Maeve but someone named Adam Worth. That name, combined with the phrase 'Adam' utters before ending the call, sends Reid into panic mode.
Reid tells Hotch (Thomas Gibson) about Maeve's stalker and explains that for the first few months of their relationship, Reid and Maeve would only communicate via letters and pseudonyms. 'Adam Worth' was one of those pseudonyms and the phrase the caller uttered was a chess term that meant Reid could bow out of the 'game' or play through to the bitter end. Reid knows Maeve has been kidnapped and asks for the team's help in finding her. (I confess that the pseudonyms and chess terminology is a bit over my head but I imagine some viewers will catch on to the intellectual clues and be delighted by their inclusion.)