“Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 5 “Bogeyman” aired on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. A young girl goes missing and Backstrom assumes her case is connected to the abduction of another girl seven years ago. Find out what happened in the recap below.
A bulletin about the disappearance of a young girl has grabbed Backstrom’s (Rainn Wilson) attention. Talia Lennox has a peculiar feature; her eyes are of different colors and it reminded him of the unsolved case of Lacy Shiddon. He calls his team to come to work on a Sunday. They were going to get to the bottom of Talia’s case. They are hoping this will also help Backstrom close Lacy’s case. He is convinced that their abductions are both related.
Seven years ago, Backstrom left the force and abandoned Lacy’s case when it was evident they can’t solve it. There was no evidence of a sexual predator on the loose. Lacy’s body also didn’t turn up and she was considered a runaway. Det. John Almond (Dennis Haysbert) believes Backstrom’s conviction, despite some hesitations from the rest of the Special Crimes Unit (SCU).
So, the team searches for Talia’s cell phone records. Her phone mysteriously went off the grid when she was in the vicinity of a dark tunnel. They cannot track her whereabouts and her mother is increasingly worried about her daughter’s state.
The SCU looks into Talia’s room for clues and discover that like a typical 14-years old, her room is decorated with pink, rainbows and unicorns. But checking her closet, Talia’s clothes are surprisingly all in black; hoodies mostly. A visit to her school, a site for troubled young girls, reveals that she belongs to a group who likes wearing black grunge fashion. They discover that these girls are into designer drugs, which bears the mark of a hooded man.
One of the girls, Amber, tells the cops that they thought Talia left to see her dad in another state. They also tell Backstrom that Talia has a boyfriend, Claudio, who is older and is a bit of a badass. In interrogation Claudio, they discover that they met on the internet. But he’s no longer with her because she found someone else, someone who’s badass. The team searches for Talia’s computer history. They find Minus’ website in it, whose slogan is “Good is good, but bad is better.”
Talia’s mom receives a ransom note for $50,000. As this case is officially a kidnapping case, the prudent thing to do would be to turn this over to the FBI with Gravely (Genevieve Angelson) serving as the liaison. Meanwhile, even if the SCU is off the case, Backstrom and his team still pursued potential leads, careful not to let the FBI know they continue to work on Talia’s abduction.
When the FBI asked for proof of life from the kidnappers, they received a video sent from a cyber café, which Nadia (Beatrice Rosen), the tech expert from the SCU, notes is a dead end. In the video, Backstrom notices Talia’s tattoo, which they also found in her room and on the designer drugs from Amber. He also thinks the video is fake and has an idea who sent it.
They bring Amber in. She admits to sending the video and the ransom note to make money off Talia’s “disappearance.” But she swears she doesn’t know where her friend is. Backstrom asks her to take her hoodie off and she reveals the same tattoo as Talia. They got this in honor of Minus, which the girls regard as a vampire who will give them the power to live forever. Amber also reveals that Talia was invited by Minus into his realm while she hasn’t received the same invite. Meanwhile, the FBI abandons the case because there’s no solid proof it’s a kidnapping.
Later, Nadia pretends to be Minus on the internet and asks Amber to see him at the tunnel. They suspect that because the cell phone signals usually disappear there, it must be the place where the suspect takes his misguided and clueless victims. Eager to be in the tunnel because she finally gets “invited,” Amber is disappointed to find Valentine (Thomas Dekker), Backstrom’s roommate, and snitch, to meet with her. Backstrom also appears and interrogates the young girl further. Amber begins to cry.
Backstrom thinks she’s in tears because she knows something and is fearful and guilty. But Valentine has a different take on the matter, drawing this from his own experience. He believes Amber’s illusion has been shattered. There is no hooded man promising her a better life. Could Minus have really abducted her friend? She tells Backstrom that their suspect walks with a cane because he’s got a limp. So, where do they find this mysterious guy? For now, they’re at a dead end.
At Backstrom’s apartment, the roommates are sharing stories about their own Minus, the bogeyman who promised them something when everything is actually a lie. In Backstrom’s case, it’s his brothers who tormented him. In Valentine’s case, his bogeyman was someone he trusted and loved, whom he thought loved him the same, but only abused him.
This gives Backstrom some insight as to how predators attack. He realizes that the guy they’re looking for is the one who gave the girls their tattoos, Wesley Lewis (Fred Koehler), who walks with a limp. He’s brought into police custody but won’t admit to anything. The police searched for his lot, but they couldn’t find any evidence of Talia being there. There are women and baby clothes, however, which the suspect says belongs to his wife who recently left him.
Backstrom finds cause to keep the suspect for 72 hours, saying that giving 14-year old tattoos is a minor offense in Portland. While Wesley is in custody, Backstrom grills him. It was until he finally caves and reveals the underground where the police find Talia, Lacy, and the baby. So, Backstrom is right! The cases are connected! Turns out, Wesley’s “wife” is the girl he abducted seven years ago; the girl Backstrom has been looking for.
With Wesley’s arrest and Talia safely in her mother’s care, the community gathers to hear mass at Det. Almond’s church, who also happens to be a pastor. The case has helped revive his troubled church somehow. He no longer has to struggle to pay rent, thanks to the flock of worshippers who’ve seen the police in action on TV.
In his sermon, Pastor Almond said that sometimes, good people may not necessarily appear nice and pleasant, alluding to Backstrom, who despite his general demeanor, really has a good heart.
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That’s the recap for “Backstrom” Season 1 Episode 5 “Bogeyman” which aired on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. For more about this series, keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG).
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