[S10E14] Hero Worship
When an explosion rocks a coffee shop in Indianapolis and a hero emerges from the wreckage, the BAU tries to protect that person and his family while searching for the bomber before more incidents occur. Meanwhile, Reid continues to struggle with the recent loss of a former colleague.
[S10E14] Hero Worship
Archer was depressed to the point of suicidal feelings and had low self-esteem. As a result, he was forced to attend numerous support groups. He became jealous of his good friend Grant Ford when he married a woman named Brenda and had a child with her, a girl named Hannah. Grant, a U.S. Navy SEAL, was later deployed to Afghanistan, where he was later killed in action. Allen saw an opportunity to live out the happiness he wanted and took advantage of Brenda's grief, eventually getting her to have feelings for him. The two married and Allen raised Hannah together with Brenda, although he continued to feel as if he was living under Grant's shadow. He gradually developed a desire to become a hero in Brenda's eyes, like Grant was. One day, he learned of a bombing at Delancy Elementary School that killed a school custodian working the graveyard shift. This inspired him to emulate the incident so he could save innocent lives and be branded a hero in the community. Allen recovered explosive-making manuals that belonged to Grant, who was an explosive ordnance specialist and used them as guidelines to construct a bomb modeled after the one that destroyed the elementary school.
Later that night, Brenda tells Hannah about how brave and heroic he was for saving the woman and her baby at Indy's Best Brew, giving Archer the admiration he desired. Archer then leaves, claiming to go to the store, but when he gets in his truck, he begins crying after reading a news article about the people he killed. When he tries to drive away, he feels something click and looks down to see wires connected to the truck's gas pedal, realizing there is a bomb inside the truck. Archer tells Brenda and Hannah to leave so they aren't killed, just as Reid, Morgan, and several police officers arrive on the scene. Realizing the bomb squad won't get there in time, Morgan attempts to defuse the bomb himself using a knife from Archer's glove box. Despite difficulties in choosing which wire to cut, Morgan successfully defuses the bomb. Later, after Garcia looks into his history, the BAU discovers that Archer was the person who bombed Indy's Best Brew, while the person behind the Delancy Elementary bombing planted the bomb under Archer's truck, with the intention of killing him out of jealousy for diverting the media's attention away from him. During interrogation, Archer confesses to his crimes to the BAU and was arrested, but not before the team had him stage a fake award ceremony to lure the other bomber out. It is safe to presume Archer is incarcerated for his crime afterwards.
Archer may also have been inspired in part by Richard Jewell, a man who helped to minimize the damage caused by the Centennial Olympic Park bombing committed by Eric Rudolph - Both acted to save lives during the respective bombings and were initially lauded as heroes by the media as a result. However, they were then treated as suspects in the resulting FBI investigations, and theories arose that both planted the bombs to engineer situations in which they emerged as heroes (although Archer actually did). 041b061a72