Criminal Minds Review: Dr. Spencer Reid Night

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Ask and ye shall receive.

After lamenting that there wasn't enough Hotch last week... boom! A thoughtful storyline with not only Hotch, but Jack, too. And for those pining away, wanting more Reid antics? Done. Oh, and the suggestion that plots are no fun when the Un-Sub is figured out early on? Well, how about a few pump fakes to throw us off? Step up, Criminal Minds writers, and take a bow. This was one hell of an episode.

Intense Hotch

Now I know that lately readers have been criticizing some of the story lines for being too familiar and formulaic. Case in point: last week's Combat-Veteran-Who-Snaps-And-Kills-People plot. And yes, some could argue that a Columbine-esque story line isn't original, either, but I still think that they did a solid job with "Painless." They threw in a few unforeseen twists and another little-known affliction (Anyone heard of Pain Asymbolia before now? Didn't think so.) and made it interesting until the very end.

Granted, the chase through the kitchen and boiler room is another oft-seen trick, but show me someone who's heart doesn't race with suspense each and every time and I'll show you a liar. In all honesty, I didn't have any complaints about this episode, aside from the issue of familiar themes (which didn't even bother me, I'm just trying to anticipate your reader comments!). In fact, I think it was one of the strongest of this season. If you disagree, don't hesitate to chime in.

My hands-down favorite thing was the Reid/Morgan prank war. Actually, more specifically, when Reid yelled "Son of a b-tch!" and then started to hurl an insult at the caller's momma... followed by him threatening Morgan for daring to start a practical joke war with an M.I.T. graduate. Maybe Reid's scrappier than we thought. 

He recovered quickly, though, and the "I'm gonna crush you" mumbled under his breath made me laugh out loud - literally. Couple that with Reid calling JJ out for being a mean girl in high school and revealing that he was hustling Morgan in their office pool, and I may just start a campaign to officially anoint Wednesday nights "Dr. Spencer Reid Night." On CBS and every other network, too.

It was nice to see more of Hotch with Jack because we haven't really seen much of their life post-Haley. Also, Jack's solution to his classmate being mean to him was truly adorable, even if Hotch knows he can't protect him from everything. I'll say it once more and maybe next week the Criminal Minds gods will conjure up my request: I'd like to see more of JJ's home life - after all, she has a child, too (and a husband who she may or may not be on the outs with...) Pretty please?

An honorable mention needs to be made for Garcia's Heathers reference, as if it was possible for me to like her even more. Also, Rossi's verbal sparring with a teenage Brandon showed us one more time how much of a connection Rossi makes with the people he meets. He seems to have a real soft spot for kids, as we've seen in the past. But I'm curious to see why he never had any? Maybe it'll be explained with the return of one of his ex-wives this season.

As for the amount of profiling in this episode, I thought it was sufficient. After all, they did have to revise their information more than once. Plus, the idea of an Un-Sub who doesn't feel any physical pain was pretty cool... if not a little disturbing that such a syndrome actually exists.

And finally, one last shout out needs to be given, this time to the wardrobe department. Though it's not a proper vest, we did see Reid in a sweater vest this week. Close enough! Now if only we could get Morgan in a muscle tee, we'd be all set. Or maybe that's just me.


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (145 Votes)

I agree that this was one of the best episodes thus far, I do, however, disagree with the Morgan in a muscle tee. I like Shemar Moore and enjoy looking him, but I don't need him in a muscle tee to know how good he looks. One more thing, Renatti, this is at least the third review in which you have mentioned Morgan and tee shirts, we get the idea. Lose the school-girl like crush and just write a review, please. Now I know some of you will come to her defense, and that is great, but I am to the point of saying good-bye to this site because of how this particular show is reviewed.

Josie leeds

Morgan in a muscle T-shirt....OH YEAH! Remind this old lady what she used to have hormones for. As long as you don't put Reid in one--he's cute but NOT tshirt material.....and, YES, the show needs a little more humor to balance the often revolting subject matter. Contrary to opinion, Hotch's face will NOT shatter if he smiles..... The characters must deal with the lowest, vilest, most despicable sub-species on the face of the planet--give them a little humor to balance.


This hands down was the best episode so far, when Dr. Reid got Morgan back for the prank he played on him not once but twice, and then sat there like he was asleep was hilarious. Also the interaction between Jack and Hotch was very real and in keeping with the subject matter of bullying. Keep up the excellent work and I am so glad that Emily and JJ are back, they keep the team going. Thanks.


Reid went to MIT, not Cal Tech!


Did anyone eles see the foreshadowing for Roiss what if he does have a kid


@Art. Bang on buddy. There's a really good show in here somewhere. The writer's just have to stop catering to the lowest common denominator by cranking up the stupidity. I mean cmon, it's a show about freakn serial killers. Turn up the suspense and leave the fluff to a moronic show like 'Bones'.


I agree with the Honorable mention to Garcia for the "Heathers" was starting to look like "Heathers" when Hotch followed the un-sub down into the boiler room. I almost expected to see Christian Slater come around the next corner!! Love the Reid-Morgan prank war too. Too funny when Morgan couldn't hold a straight face!


Excellent episode, though it did fall a little short in a couple of areas... Reid beating Morgan in the office basketball pool -- what basketball?? College hasn't started yet, and the NBA is in a lockout.
"Pain Asymbolia" or something exactly like it was featured in an episode of "House".
Those aren't big deals at all, of course, and the practical joke war was terrific. I was a little disappointed that Hotchner let Jack off the hook regarding the problems with a near-bully, but maybe we're not done with that storyline yet.
The ONE thing I hated, and have hated for a short while as its gotten worse, is the MUSIC.
Most dramas use the music as foreshadowing, which I understand (and one reason I love "The Closer", with its near-constant music -- few giveaways as to what's coming up next), but "Criminal Minds" has gone way overboard with the volume and type of 'mood music' they're playing... like a sitcom with a too-loud laugh track which runs too often, they're taking away from the suspense of the acting and writing.
Just my opinion.


Prentiss playing online scrabble in Paris with someone called Cheeto breath was hilarious!I laughed out loud when it showed JJ stuffing her face with cheetos XD BEST SHOW EVER!Also loved the morgan vs Reid parts!!


Prentiss playing online scrabble in Paris with someone called Cheeto

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 4 Quotes

Dr. Reid: Wait, were you one of the mean girls?
JJ: No!
Reid: Valedictorian, soccer scholarship, corn-fed but still a size zero. I think that you might've been a mean girl.
JJ: I was actually one of the nice girls, even to guys like you.
Reid: Guys like me? I'll have you know that my social standing started improving once I started winning at basketball.
JJ: OK, you played basketball?
Reid: I didn't say I played basketball, I coached basketball. I broke down the opposing team's shooting strategy.
JJ: Is that why Morgan kicked you out of the pool last week?
Reid: Yeah it took him three rounds 'til he realized I was hustling him.

Agent Morgan: Feels like the Un-Sub wants to attack the man who kept the school together after the bombing. It's a pretty symbolic target.
Agent Hotchner: And this week is the tenth anniversary of the massacre.
Garcia: And today is the first day of a four day event commemorating the bombing at the school.
Agent Prentiss: Except commemorating it isn't enough for this Un-Sub.
Hotchner: No, he wants to relive it.