Because she has been having nightmares about the aftermath of the issue, Garcia feels the need to go to Texas to speak to Greg Baylor, the man on death row who almost killed her and Reid. She needs to tell him that his death is not what she wants and that she has tried to stop it. Hotch allows her the time off to go to Texas. She finds that she is way in over her head and needs Morgan's support, but he may not be able to provide it as he does not understand or agree with what she is doing. In Garcia's absence, Lynch takes over her analyst duties in the team's next case, which takes them to Seattle, Washington, where two men have been found murdered in separate incidents. Beyond their being in the same age range, the two victims are seemingly unrelated, with dissimilar murder M.O.'s beyond their respective vehicles being found abandoned nearby, and random mutilations around the mouth. By the time the team arrives in Seattle, there is a third victim. At the M.E.'s office, Reid discovers that the random mouth mutilations are actually the result of the unsub's carving of Roman numerals inside the victims' mouths. Upon interviewing family and friends of the victims, the team finds that another similarity was that the men were caregivers to adolescent or young teen boys, and are described as tough but fair. Once the team is able to tie these pieces of information into a profile, they find that they are looking for a "Virgil" and a "Dante" and must find them before the Dante completes his murder of nine victims in total.