In tonight's episode of "Criminal Minds" Hodge took, his team agreed, an unnecessary risk. It turned out fine. But that's not the point. The point is that the Boston Reaper seems to be winning the battle of wits between the two.
In last week's episode the Boston Reaper put Hodge in the hospital with knife wounds that he knew the FBI agent would survive. His goal is to really get to Hodge through his divorced wife and son. As a result, Hodge had to put them in protective custody until the Boston Reaper is captured. That could be years. Meanwhile, Hodge is all alone in life and is being eaten up alive by that, plus causing such inconvenience to his former wife and son. She had just nailed a job and had to give it up. The son has to surrender everything that's familiar to him, including his father.
In this waiting game, Hodge could be the first to perish. He looks much more uptight than usual.