Criminal Minds Review: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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The old Criminal Minds was back in effect with "Divining Rod. Lots of profiling? Check. Intriguing twist in UnSub? Check. High creepiness factor? Double check... and shudder. I don't know if I'll ever look at wigs the same way again. Whoa.

For all those who have felt like our beloved BAU team wasn't being used effectively, or that the writers had been relying on gimmicks - such as too much Reid humor or personal story lines - lately, I invite you to complain about this episode. You'd have a pretty hard time finding anything to pick apart, frankly.

The action was high, the acting was stellar, and I can't remember the last time I cringed so long and quite that hard during a scene as I did with the wig reveal. I wanted to jump out of my skin for Helen Garrett as he placed the hair on her head. That actress really did an outstanding job conveying a similar (if stifled) sense of horror.

Hotchner Worries Over a Copycat

I admit that I had to rewind and re-watch the ending to this episode to make sure I was understanding it correctly. So, if Dylan the shuttle driver hadn't read One Thousand and One Nights, and if Helen had a knack for finding men with an evil streak, then we're left to believe that she was really behind the malevolent streaks of both her husband and the bus driver?

She brought that out of those men? Am I understanding this right? I know it's pretty unorthodox for a review to ask for clarification, but I did a double take with this one, sue me.

Influencing evil to that extent seems like a far-fetched idea, but then again, so is cutting the scalp off of women to create a wig of your victims' locks. JJ did a great job figuring that one out (and the heart thing), but it seems like they're patting her on the back a little too much lately to emphasize the fact that she deserves her new role as profiler.

We get it, she's good at her job. You don't need to make every 'a-ha' moment this season about her - we'll still love her regardless!

I thought the idea of Prentiss buying a house in one of the swankiest DC neighborhoods was an interesting development, especially since we know she's leaving soon. There was precious little Morgan and Reid this week, but Garcia really stepped up to the plate. When she wasn't dozing off, that is.

The speed with which the UnSub picked women off was impressive, and I think they effectively tapped into our underlying fear that you can literally be here one minute and gone the next if someone wills it. It's something that a lot of women (or maybe people in general) have thought about at one time or another, but when you see it play out on screen it just leaves you unsettled. Well played, writers, well played.

I'm curious to see what next week's flashback-esque episode brings, but would it be wrong of me to request a little more Reid again? I miss his quips and dry humor. But it was nice to see the team really kick around theories this week and get back to what we love about this show. Keep the good stuff coming, Criminal Minds. I'm on board.


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (93 Votes)

No reid just as irritating as JJ and the inconsistency within all the characters is stupid now. The only characters that don't come of stupid are rossi, emily and morgan. Come next season i am sure Erica Messer will mess them up as well, after all she has a fitting name and is known to mess things up. Not a bad move on paget part of getting out first.


Another creepy episode........that woman was the one driving these men to do what they did.........It's creepy the hold a person can have over another........


So JJ can't grow as a character but everyone is ok with ried being able to do stuff he never could before


Glad someone else as picked up on how the show keeps overcompensating on JJ character and how annoying it is. Did the team think she was a rubbish as a media liaison officer that they have to keep reassuring her that she will make a good profiler? Not that her old job was very hard as they whole team managed to pick up her duties. The episodes bring in agent Todd to cover JJ job when she was on maternity seem rather pointless now. Still find her character dull even when she interacting with the unsubs


Will you people stop making reid the Ziva of Criminal Minds Please


The show is always great, my favorite, but why not more and more Reid? Love Penelope too but she gets more screen time than the adorably sweet and smart Spencer Reid. Even his sometimes cluelessness is lovable and fun to watch. He is woefully underused and I hope this changes next season. Preferably even next week.


So wait how is having a two hot blonds in one team. that is a little too L.A. and unrealistic but having a hot man isn't


that would put two hot blonds in one team. that is a little too L.A. and unrealistic. i hope they put another guy, why does it HAVE to be a girl. i want some competition for the place of the top sex dog between him and Morgan and maybe this time we will get lucky and the nest hot guy will actually be able to act and not just work around demonstrating how hot he is in tight tops. on the whole though, i liked the ep, less UnSub more profiling is just what the doctor ordered. but there is still sth missing and i don't know what. when i watch the first seasons there is such wholesomeness to each ep and constant tension and tight atmosphere, now it all seems a little lighter and glamored up and just more gruesome instead of horrifying and tense.


When Prentiss leaves I want them to replace her with Elizabeth Mitchel. She would be a totally awesome profiler.


my new 2 fears after watching criminal minds:
-- dont live alone
-- dont get off the bus last ahh this episode was so scary it went by sooo fast thats how good it was!!!!!!!
as long as they replace prentiss with a good character and give her as much screentime- not like the person who replaced JJ and they gave her 1 line per episode... not that i liked her anyway! smart to not kill off Prentiss, gives her the optino of coming back.

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 21 Quotes

Agent Hotchner: He's killed at 6am, noon and 6pm.
Dr. Reid: I don't know about you guys, but I'm not feeling so good about the stroke of midnight.

Agent Hotchner: Another body's been found a half mile from the first victim's, same MO.
Agent Morgan: That's six hours later, this guy's not wasting any time.
Hotch: We land in 20 minutes. Reid, you and JJ go to the latest crime scene. Rossi, you and Prentiss talk to Garrett's widow while Morgan and I go to the prison. If Garrett's got a disciple we better find out who he is and fast.