Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Review: "One Shot Kill"

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This week’s episode, "One Shot Kill," featured former military sniper Mick Rawson and the team against a sniper who wants to prove he is better he is than Mick.

Okay, this was clearly a “Mick” episode. We learned more about Mick and his place on the team this week than all the previous weeks combined, including the pilot.

Actually, we didn’t really learn that much; we learned he was an ex-sniper, he is a bit lose with his dating life, and that he hates sparing Cooper when he is hung over.

Red Cell Team

We really could have used a bit more. They could have slipped in why he was in the service, or why he left. Why was he in the US armed services given his accent?

There was more they could have offered. This does give me hope that we will get a “Gina” episode or a “Beth” episode in the coming weeks. I have not forgotten that Beth (Janeane Garofalo) basically appeared out of thin air with us having no idea why she joined the team. 

I am really happy that a lot of the team member’s names were used this week (Mick more than any other), and I was easily able to remember them all by the end of the first part of the show.

Well done CBS, good to see you're learning from your previous mistakes.

However, that being said, was anyone else really tired of seeing a sniper rifle assembled? Between Jason the sniper doing it at least four times and Mick doing it once at the end I felt like *I* could put together a sniper rifle in under 60 seconds by the time the episode ended.

Clearly the writers of this episode are not familiar with the “rule of thee” trope. 

The overall story was decent, no big surprises really, the team have gotten into a nice rhythm of profiling the behavior of the suspect; thus, living up to the title of the show (as it should be). The producers have gotten into a decent habit of showing a bit of their life when not on a case. I would love for there to be more of this and maybe we will get a “down time” episode sometime soon.

What did you think of this installment? Does it feel like the show is coming together?

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Ok, I have to admit I have not watched the show. BUT - I LOVE Criminal Minds. I have been a faithful fan of the show since it's 1st episode.
That said, I cannot watch any show with Janeane Garofalo in it. My husband and I were so excited to see the 1st episode and to have another great Criminal Minds to watch and enjoy. However...when we sadly discovered JG was going to be one of the cast...I removed the show from our DVR.=( If they ever get her off the show...we will be faithful to watch every episode after that!!! =)


I am already invested in this new team, they have a thiw raw mystique that is the opposite of the other team, i hope they start to give a lil bit more of character development before season's end


I thought it was an okay episode and while you may have gotten tired of the rifle assembling, I was slightly frustrated with them repeating that snipers are egotistical, confident and highly intelligent. It just seemed like this episode had a lot of filler. Something else bugged me, what made this sniper a red cell call? I would really like to better understand what cases require them. How does the case determine if the red cell come in, or if the BAU regular team gets the call?
Unfortunately, this show still seems to have a problem with pacing. I would really like to see Forest Whitaker discontinue some of the mid-sentence pauses. It feels like that and his scenes with Garafalo slow the show down. Is is just me?
I did like the reference to Carlos Hathcock though, very nice.
I am still waiting to be impressed by this show. I will continue to watch through the end of the season, but I am still not invested in this team or its individual members and I really want to be. Come on CBS, step up.


I don't think Mick was in the US forces. When the first episode aired during last season's CM, I think we were told that the leader of the pack, Cooper, got to put together his team even if they had been in prison or a sniper from a different country.

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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Mick: I tend to excel at certain things.
Gina: We will have to ask Lisa about that
Mick: I am pretty sure it's Elise
Beth: I am pretty sure it's irrelevant

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This sniper versus sniper is not working, he is winning.