Criminal Minds Review: Bartenders and Badasses

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Well well well, look who can kick a little ass? The "Pennsylvania Petite" (to steal a line from Morgan) was on all cylinders this week, as JJ showed us all how fierce a female agent can really be. Especially one who's relatively new to the field agent thing - good work, JJ. Remind me to never get on your bad side.

It's nice to be back after having to miss last week (sorry all - won't happen again), and luckily for me "Closing Time" didn't disappoint. It wasn't the best episode this season, but it was pretty interesting. If nothing else, we got to see more about JJ and Hotch, and that can never be a bad thing.

JJ's battle royale with our UnSub at the end was an impressive way to show us that she can more than handle herself in the field. But - and I'm sure I'm going to catch Hell for saying this - the actual combat choreography seemed kind of awkward and forced. Maybe it was the camera angles, maybe it was just me being overly critical, but it wasn't exactly Criminal Minds' best work. That said, I'm still happy that JJ got to stretch her legs a little more. And her exchange with Morgan was a nice little moment, too.

JJ Does Battle

Speaking of Morgan, where has his purpose gone? Between his short scenes with JJ and reminding Hotch that it was Valentine's Day, he's pretty much been relegated into a surface level role. And don't even get me started on his fresh-out-of-the-shower scene last week. WTF! Look, Shemar Moore is exceptionally easy on the eyes - I don't deny that - but this is a show about profiling, and putting him in a towel with a glistening chest felt a little cheap.

If they'd done that to Prentiss or JJ we would've all scoffed at how gratuitous it was, so why is it okay to make Morgan man candy? But I digress, back to the action this week...

So Hotch is back on the romantic horse, good for him. I loved that he showed up with flowers, what a stand up guy. And Rossi's encouragement was adorable, as was his financial contribution last week (even if Reid did get to play casino Rain Man in the end). I hope his relationship continues. Again, they keep reminding us how unpredictable the team's schedules are and how hard it is for them to have a normal life around the BAU hours - not a bad thing.

As for the actual storyline, there was some intrigue as they tried to figure out the nature of the relationship between the UnSub and his varied victims. The bartender thing didn't come out until the end, even if we'd been in on it for most of the episode. I'm usually a fan of more mystery, but the man getting demolished along with the car definitely kept it from being boring. As did the genital mutilation - yikes. There was a solid amount of profiling in this episode, so those of you who crave more should be pleased about that.

As always I'd like to see more Reid, since he always gets a smile out of me, but this time I'll add Morgan to that list (and Prentiss, for that matter). What did all of you think about the idea this week that those who cheated were deserving of some punishment? And that those who are wronged needed to be put out of their misery? Heavy stuff. I'm sure the opinions on that will be varied (as will the comments on Morgan's glistening appearance last week).

Happy to be back in the fold to hear what our readers have to say. Ready, set, discuss!


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (89 Votes)

loved seeing jj kick a little ass, and i agree that the fight scene may have felt a bit off, but it was new, refreshing and just awesome seeing her do it. It's good seeing her kick some ass instead of one of the guys.


I think the episode's story was quite intense. When I saw the promo, I couldn't think anything else but "Oh, another 'angel of mercy' unsub, they're going with that AGAIN?", but it turned out to be pretty well done. It wasn't like previous episodes of the kind, and the way the criminal escalation of the unsub was shown was really good indeed. And of course, I also liked Hotch and Beth's story line, it was about time Hotch got a new love interest. Regarding JJ's fight, well I agree with everyone here; it was really forced, and it was just irrational for JJ to attack the guy that way, when he didn't show any signs of shooting his son. It's ok that the writers want to make her become another profiler (although I liked her previous position), but that was way too forced. And seriously, I can't recall having seen Prentiss on this episode. Now that she's going to leave for good, she should start appearing more in the next ones.


can't seemed to find the review on last week's episode...


jess--Yes Paget left. But are you actually watching the show? Paget is BACK. And better than ever as Emily Prentiss. She didn't "escape" as you so aptly stated. She left due to contract negotiations, and came back when CBS wised up and gave her (and AJ Cook) what she wanted. Haley was killed as part of a PLOT on the show. A plot that was part of a multi-season arc. Foyet was one of the WORST killers this show has seen. He killed Haley to get to Aaron. Stop acting like Haley was some saint that never did anything wrong on this show. She left her husband because she didn't want to "compete" w/his job anymore. She cheated on her husband for an undetermined amount of time. She didn't deserve to die for those things, but she doesn't deserve sainthood now. Hotch is dating, and it's a good thing. We may never see Beth again. Or he may make more time to spend w/her as time goes on. No one knows what's going to happen, and guessing only makes one look foolish.

Frank lee meidere

Enjoyable, yes. And watching JJ kick ass was fun. However, she shouldn't have been in the position to do so in the first place. This is one of the TV tropes that really bugs me. The serial-murderer has a gun on an innocent victim when the cops rush in with guns drawn. I really don't think it's a good idea at that point to try negotiating with him. Tell him to drop his weapon, sure. But if he doesn't comply, shoot him. It's just way too easy for him to have an emotional swing and blow his captive's head off. Likewise, the distance between JJ and the killer was too great for her to bridge before he could get a shot off. She was commended -- but in my books, she should have been reprimanded. (And then forgiven because she's just so gosh-darned pretty. I'm glad she's back.)


Glad to see JJ kick a little Ass, it was so refreshing seeing one of the women doing it instead of the jocks. Bring back the humor between Reid and Morgan, it was hilarious when they were pranking each other. Love this show, sorry to see Emily going hope they don't bring back the one they had on earlier when Emily and JJ were gone.


it was good....i LOVED the bit last week with morgan coming out of garica's bathroom in nothing more then a towel...EYE CANDY is right. i think, it's time for hotch to MOVE ON after 3 years after haley was murdered....i never cared for haley, she wasn't very supportive of her husband. i liked that morgan had spent time with jj, while she was working for DOJ or DOD (which ever it was). alisa


This show can be hard to watch sometimes. Like the episode where the UnSub murdered families and kept the husband's wedding rings and the UnSub who burned up families the night before they were to go on vacations! Those stayed with me. Last night's show had all of us in my family saying "eeeuuuww!" at the introduction to the show! I know it doesn't sound like it but it's one of my favorite shows. I'm glad Hotch will find love again. It's not "false" or "unrealistic" at all -- keep developing it!


Show was good. I like the personal part because no mater what job you have there is ALWAYS a person side. Woould like to know what is happening to JJ and Will. Reid and a girl I don't know.


I see nothing wrong with a little gratuitous eye candy. Morgan is one handsome man and does a wet chest justice. I love seeing JJ doing some Emily type stuff. Alwayjoy seeing more of Dr. Reid, he's a doll. Think it is terrific tht Hotch is back in the daing game. Is the lady the same one that played Jennifer Coats on JAG?

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 14 Quotes

Agent Prentiss: He's castrating his victims post mortem, so torture isn't his game.
Agent Morgan: A shot to the head is efficient, I don't think he wants his victims to suffer.
Agent Hotchner: A quick kill isn't personal, and it lacks the thrill on which a lot of UnSubs thrive.
Morgan: But the castration is very personal. He probably knew his victims.
JJ: Or he could be impotent. The UnSub feels emasculated so he wants this victims to feel the same way.

Agent Rossi: You know, race day is almost here. You'll need a new excuse to see her.
Agent Hotchner: It's been handled.
Rossi: Attaboy. When?
Hotch: Friday.
Rossi: Come hell or high water, Aaron, I will get us back by Friday.