Criminal Minds Review: Hot For Teacher

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Despite the admittedly disturbing topic this week, I really enjoyed Criminal Minds. Teri Polo did a fantastic job portraying a woman obsessed with "Teacher Love." She pretty much nailed the psycho thing. Even though, as we say nearly every week, we knew who the UnSub was straight away, there was still something interesting about watching the action unfold. Or maybe it's just our own morbid fascination with watching a train derail, who knows...

In "I Love You, Tommy Brown," the theme of teachers sleeping with their students - which splashes the headlines fairly often - came to the forefront. Even though most of us can't fathom ever entertaining such a setup, the writers did a solid job of explaining the maternal issues and Teacher Love syndrome that drove our villain to act so erratically.

But even though that part of the episode was explained, the thing that I found slightly preposterous was that the BAU team didn't immediately detect the link between the first victims. Sharing a church isn't like sharing a grocery store, it seems like a pretty obvious overlap, so when it didn't come to light right away it felt a bit unrealistic.

Teri Polo on Criinal Minds

There wasn't much else in the way of profiling until the very end, when we learned that this wasn't our UnSub's first time at the rodeo. The revelation that there was another student before Tommy was a fun twist, albeit a creepy one. I can't imagine how it went unnoticed that the UnSub's sister purchased the house of her former victim, but then again, this is TV. And speaking of which, the detective's comment that nothing like those murders happens in their town, it's more like "one of those cable shows" gave me a good chuckle. Touche, CBS.

On an un-profiling related note, the Garcia drama this week has to be discussed. Sorry, readers who hate to hear about the non FBI stuff, but this is too good to overlook. How adorable was Kevin asking Morgan for advice in how to propose to Garcia? He was like a charmingly bumbling idiot, but then he pulled it together when he brought Penelope dinner and her favorite red velvet cupcake. He was really trying!

I was genuinely surprised when Garcia revealed that she wasn't ready to get engaged. Do I think it has something to do with Morgan? No. Do I think they'd make a fun couple? Yes, but it'll never happen. I'm interested to see where things go from here, though. Poor Kevin. I'm not sure how he's going to bounce back from this.

There wasn't much worth mentioning in the way of JJ, Prentiss, Reid, Hotch or Rossi this week, but if the previews are any indication, next week will be enlightening on the Morgan front. Maybe he revisits some demons from his past, or maybe he just gets a little more screen time. Either way, I'm all for it.

What do you, the Criminal Minds faithful, make of this week's pedophilic double standard? (Admit it, no male teacher would ever get out so quickly, people would riot). And of Kevin's rebuffed advances? Where does Garcia go from here? Discuss away, I'm all ears.


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Shallow perspectives INDEED. I felt bad for Kevin. I think Penelope has relationship issues. I don't think Morgan was snubbing him at all he was trying to get to the meeting. Everyone knows Prentiss is leaving the show for good this time, I wonder how that will play out. She wanted time off to do a tv pilot, they wouldn't let her, she quit but was then notified she was still under contract and had to come back or be sued...... Still kinda thrown aback by the fact they are revealing the unsub right out the gate........... Teri Polo did a fantastic job acting as the psycho teacher.......


Agree with the early comments about the writers being bored and lazy. This was a really weak episode. Disagree with Rachel comments about the unsub and people who date younger people don't tend to be immature but it tends to be more about control issues and they date younger people because they are easy to control and manipulate. The whole Kevin and Gracia thing was a farce and a silly ploy to add to the drama of trying to make the season ending interesting by pretending Gracia may not be in the running of one of the couples to get married. Like it makes any difference, still not interesting.


Love the cast. Love the show


I felt sorry for Kevin. He and Garcia make such a cute couple, mainly because they both live in the "cyber world". As a retired teacher, I thought the "unsub" was just creepy. Hopefully changes to most states licenseure policies would weed out those unstable people before they ever get into a classroom.


I don't know who the actor was who played the teacher's prey but he did a good job. We saw that by the stunned look of horror on his face when the dying teacher gasped out the wrong name at the end. There are all kinds of reasons for people not wanting to get married - some good, some not so good. Either way - if someone isn't ready it's tragic when they go ahead anyway. Penelope's character has grown over the years - she's a lot stronger than she was at the beginning, and doesn't need to do anything she doesn't want to (not that she ever did - but maybe in the beginning she might have caved). I'm with her on this one - and maybe this is a deal-breaker for Kevin. If so, it's too bad, but *much* better (if this were a case in real life) not to take it further into marriage.


This episode is the most cringe-worthy in all of Criminal Minds' history. So hard to watch a woman as a child sexual predator.


a lot to think about last nights episode. I don't think it was up to par for criminal minds. It was good, but not great;. As far as Garcia, why don't they live together for a while and see how that goes. On the other hand maybe Kevin wants out of the story. Garcia and Morgan are just really good friends. He was on his way to a meeting and didn't have time for Kevin, but he could have handled it better by telling him he would talk to him later. love all the team and don't want to see Prentis leave again. but i guess what will be will be.

Sue ann

It is indeed odd to see Xander Harris as a sweaty nerd, but I am so happy to see him at all that I don't mind that. The thing about Kevin is that he fell for Garcia before he ever laid eyes on her; he was called in to retrieve information from her computers, and he fell for her mind. It never mattered to him what she looks like, although I do find the idea that she should not deserve to marry because she is fat and ugly highly offensive. I have never believed that Garcia and Morgan have anything other than a flirtation; I have had many myself, and they were never even slightly serious. It's an old art form -- it's a game. She loves Kevin. I didn't care for Morgan's behavior, but Garcia was acting like a child. Whomever said that she needs counseling is dead-on, in my opinion.

Frank lee meidere

I admit to being quite disappointed with the investigative aspect of this episode, as Renata has pointed out. As for the marriage proposal, I'm kind of rooting for Penelope. They've got a good thing. Why screw it up by forcing it into a conventional box. Frankly, I'd like to see Kevin go -- not because I particularly dislike the character, but because I've never been comfortable seeing Xander Harris as a sweaty, bumbling nerd. The guy took on vampires, for crying out loud!


I agree, Michael...I didn't see it as Morgan giving him the cold shoulder as much as Kevin caught him on the way to a meeting, asked the question and because Garcia was coming (or there) he couldn't answer without her hearing. And I think it was very immature of her to keep hounding both with what they did discuss...if they wanted her to know (and Kevin tried to think of something) they would have said. Numerous phone calls to Morgan wasn't going to make it go away or for him to tell her. As for the dress, @kay, this deranged teacher was trying to make everything perfect and she wanted that dress to just added to her instability or obsession. Loved the twist of a student before sort of nipped in the bud HIS obsession of the older woman in love with him!

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 17 Quotes

Dr. Reid: You know these crimes seem to lack the emotionality that we typically see in personal cause homicides.
JJ: Most executions are criminal enterprise related.
Dr. Reid: But the probability of these couples being involved in the exact same illegal activity is kind of low.
Agent Morgan: There's no way these were random victims of opportunity.

Kevin: Look, I know you're Penelope's boo and she's your baby girl. And what I'm about to embark on involves the keen insight of somebody who knows her inside and out. And no matter how much therapy I've gone through trying to understand your relationship, I know you're that person.
Agent Morgan: OK Kevin, land your plane.
Kevin: I want to propose to Penelope, and I need your help.