Criminal Minds Review: The Eyes Have It

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Let's just say if you have a thing about eyes being pinned open, Criminal Minds was right up your alley this week. Ewww.

On a scale of 1 to skin-crawlingly uncomfortable, this particular Un-Sub had a calling card that was off the charts creepy. I'm still a bit traumatized, I can't lie. Andy Milder guest starred in "Proof," and pretty much scared the be-jesus out of me and anyone with an eye phobia. Or a tongue one, for that matter. I know this show is about people being capable of the worst atrocities, but sometimes I wish those atrocities came with a little less creative license.

A Victim on Criminal Minds

Apart from Milder's depiction of mentally-challenged suspect Cy - which, let's be honest, was acting at its not-so-finestĀ  - this episode was decent. But not amazing. Cy's speech issues were forced at best and at times it was really unsettling to watch him mimic the developmentally disabled. Sorry if that sounds harsh. I wanted him to be more convincing, I really did.

But what was convincing this week was Reid's open hostility towards J.J. for her and Prentiss' death deception. When he called her "Jennifer" and told Hotch he couldn't be mad at him because he hadn't been at Hotch's house crying for the past 10 weeks, I winced. Poor Reid. And poor J.J., too.

It's nice to see them sussing the issue of Prentiss' return out a bit further, because honestly it would feel inauthentic if everyone just went back to their jobs like nothing happened. I mean, they took her damn memorial portrait down off the wall!

I don't buy Rossi having "an inkling" that Prentiss was still alive, but I did find myself warming up to his character this week. His Mario Batali moment at the end was kind of adorable, but it was also kind of sappy and over done. So, what, now that Reid showed up everyone's one big family again? Something tells me we haven't seen the last of the Prentiss aftermath, especially since, as she pointed out, they carried her coffin for crying out loud. Not an easy thing to come back from, no pun intended.

Lastly, it's nice to see J.J. wearing the profiler hat and have Garcia presenting the cases from now on. Both seem like a pretty natural fit - maybe because we've seen them in these types of roles before - and as long as we see more of Morgan and his tight-fitting shirts, you'll hear no complaints out of me.

Conspicuously absent this week was Strauss, as well as J.J.'s husband, Will. I'm curious to see what they do with the Will story line, as well as that of Reid's mom. It would be nice to see Jane Lynch back, even though I'll be half-expecting her to be wearing a track suit this time.

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

Agent Hotchner: He's escalating.
Agent Rossi: So blinding isn't his only signature.
Hotchner: No, he's trying to take away their senses.

Dr. Reid: So Beth got off the bus here and headed northwest towards class.
J.J.: It's amazing no one witnessed her abduction.
Reid: Emily was buried six feet under and wound up in Paris, so I guess anything's possible, right?