Criminal Minds Review: All in the Family

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I don't know about you, but I'd say butterflies have never seemed creepier than they were on this week's episode of Criminal Minds. And a total cliche, and computer-generated, but mostly... creepy.

Okay, those of you who have been complaining that there wasn't enough profiling this season should be happier now. You could practically hear the wheels turning in the heads of the BAU team as they pieced together the twisted kidnapping story. Little by little, they figured out that the victim wasn't just abducted, she was abducted to try and reproduce another child like her own kidnapped daughter. What. The. Eff.

Even though "Hope" was rife with cliches, I still thought it was a decent episode, though there have been better this season. First of all, Garcia upped the ante on her involvement when she told Morgan he'd have to "forcibly remove her from the SUV" because she was riding along to find her friend no matter what. Aw, you tell 'em, Garcia!

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Then, she went all hostage negotiator on us and tried to talk the UnSub (who by then was a very KnownSub) out of killing Monica. Who knew that excessive blue eyeshadow complimented an FBI bullet proof vest so nicely?

Also doing some standout work on the team this week - again - was Reid. Though he wasn't as funny as usual, he still kept us on our toes with his rapid fire thinking. And Rossi pretty much nailed it, too, when he figured out the UnSub's real kidnapping motive. I can only say I would've liked to have seen some more Hotch. He barely said anything this week, but maybe they're saving all of his dialogue for the episode when he gets a love interest. Hotch is a man of few words anyway.

When Monica grabbed the gun at the end, did she actually shoot our UnSub Bill? I mean, they made it look like she killed him (or at least shot him), right? But then at the end she was with Garcia at the butterfly-releasing memorial, and I'm assuming if you shoot someone they wouldn't just let you walk around free like that. Was anyone else momentarily confused? (Insert "how could you be so stupid?" reader comments here, no doubt. Kidding!)

I liked how Prentiss and JJ confronted Hope's friend, Heather, and got through to her, despite her hesitation. They're always tossed into the touchy feely sensitive roles for the team, but it seems to be because they're genuinely good at dealing with people. Well, it took Prentiss a minute to get there, though. Maybe coming back to life has softened her up a bit.

Did anyone else notice that it seemed like Morgan was going to say something to Garcia when she was freaking out right before JJ interrupted them to say it was time to deliver the profile? They showed his face and it was almost like he was going to have a more personal moment with her, but I guess we'll never know. Or maybe we're all just so starved to see Morgan get a personal storyline that I'm putting him with anyone these days.

Throw the man a little plot action, please!

As for the actual criminal case, it was an interesting twist to have the UnSub kidnap his victim's mother after having sat behind her in a support group all that time. Makes you wonder how susceptible people are to being taken advantage of while they're grieving. I could've done without the decaying corpse, but it is a crime show after all, so no biggie. It also made me realize what Garcia carries around with her all the time about her own loss and how much she wants to help people after what she sees every day. If her character were ever gone, they'd have virtually no way of replacing her. Garcia is one of a kind.

I'm curious to hear what observations the Criminal Minds faithful came up with after this week. Since you all do your homework, there's sure to be some strong feelings about whether the writers got it right or missed the mark. I just hope that Morgan and Reid get a little more development soon, just as long as the writers don't skimp on the profiling as a result.


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (100 Votes)

I can name one: Criminal Minds, seasons 1 to 5. Brilliant!
I don't care if Reid gets shot because it's only a TV show, (it doesn't really hurt), though I will admit that I still find it hard to watch reruns of the episode "100", in which Foyet kills Haley, but that particular episode is a masterpiece.


@Art i feel like you don't get tv shows. please name one successful show ever on tv that had no character development. they need character development because otherwise we don't care about the characters. who cares if reid gets shot if we know nothing about him? the audience needs to connect emotionally or nobody would care


One of the best shows of the season. And you're right....Morgan needs a story and actually, Hotch could use one too. God I love this show.


It felt Rush and there was no Golry I wish it was more like proof from early in the season


Not the best episode but love this show


For those of you who want love stories between Morgan and Garcia, or others, I recommend "Desperate Hosewives", "Bones" or some other silly show like that. Criminal Minds is, well, you guessed it, about the minds of criminals, and the show stayed loyal to that concept for the first 5 seasons.
All this fluff originated when the greedy CBS executives decided they wanted bigger profits and threw the show off track in season 6, first by firing JJ and then Prentiss. That failed, but they are still focusing on profits by trying to attract a more ignorant audience.


I agree with the above post of feeling like the show is getting a little to gory. I will continue watching of course since I love the show, just could do without some of the gory stuff. I would like to see Morgan and Garcia get together. I think that would be great. But what about Reid? I would like to see a show of him developing a relationship. I really like him and would love for his character to have some sort of an interest in a relationship.


I like it, not the best episode this seasons but then they all can't be. I don't mind know who the UnSub is at the start of an episode like this were the plot is more personal. And although I love Reid I still thought is was a good episode despite his minimal part, however I unlike some people including some of the reviews don't judge the quality of the show just on how much screen time Reid gets. As far as the comments about the BAU not being invited in, it wasn't problem for this case sense the Police never opened a case. As person can't be declared missing until 48 have passed and based on the way Garcia's convo with the cop went they didn't even really believe she had been abducted. Hence the FBI opened the case and didn't need to be "invited" into an already existing case. And this direct more at the reviewer, you comment about how you thought the Criminal Minds faithful felt threw me off a little. Are you say that you aren't a faithful watcher, if so then I have to wonder why someone who isn't really a fan is writing the review.


I too love Garcia and as much as I love all the characters, I would say that she is my favorite....but...How is she qualified to run a support group? Just because she has an incident in her past...that qualifies her to be IN a support group, but leading it? I would imagine in this day and age when people jump at the chance to sue anyone they think they can get money out of, that whomever(?) owns the building would be really careful who they allowed to be in charge of a group like that. From what I've learned from the past seasons, Garcia was an underground computer hacker, who was caught by the FBI and then trained to work for them. In one show she talked about how she did some volunteer work with families that had been though traumas, like the ones she sees everyday, but I never heard anything about her getting any kind of training in a counseling type of situation. I also agree with farcia2010...I think the last year or two have slipped away from the profiling aspect of the show, which was the fascinating part of the concept, and are now way too gory and explicit. Does anyone think that they will lose most of their audience if they don't show all the violence and gore?


without "character development" what would be the point of the show also Im sorry but It suck the whole thing suck first it went way too fast is it just me or are the epsoide getting shorter and shorter. Also since Gracia was a fbi empoylee they did not need to be invited

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 8 Quotes

Reid: So this letter Monica allegedly received from her daughter contains no indication of female authorship. It lacks expression of emotional attachment.
Hotch: The UnSub wrote it?
Reid: I believe so. The language used is inconsistent with that of a 15-year-old held in captivity the past seven years.

Agent Morgan: There was no sign of struggle at the scene.
Agent Prentiss: What if she went willingly? He could've approached her and had Hope with him.
Agent Rossi: That would certainly get her attention.
Dr. Reid: Still it's pretty high risk to abduct in such a high traffic area. The parking lot was right next to a strip mall.
Rossi: Any witnesses?
Garcia: I was the last person that saw her.