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Criminal Minds Review: The Leg Whisperer

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Gruesome is as gruesome does. Tonight, in Criminal Minds the team was up against a former undertaker who had a "God Complex" - sort of a compassionate psychopath (though the team were adamant that he didn't fit the definition of that). 

Anyway, the poor man just wanted to help his wife get a new leg, and he had what he thought was the perfect plan for doing so.

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With references to Dr. Mengele and his horrific experiments on twins, the team finally figured out that this guy was doing some experimentation by cutting off a leg from one victim and attempting to attach it to a sawed off leg of another. His hope was to eventually smush a new leg onto his wife... who had been without her right one from birth.

Missing from the story was an account of where the mental train left the tracks. Why, after so many years of marriage, did he finally decide it was time to do something about his wife's lack? What made him oblivious to the fact that she was quite all right with only having one leg?

They sure picked the right guy to portray the part of the UnSub. Ray Wise played the oft-smiling demented undertaker in this episode, reminiscent of his stint as The Devil in the TV series Reaper.

I enjoyed the dialogue between the mortician and his wife too: sort of a wink to the viewers. Like that scene in the kitchen:

Wife: Don't worry about me. Worry about those little mice out in your lab.
UnSub: Well I hate to tell you but I've moved up from mice in the last couple of weeks.
Wife: Okay. Whatever critters you have out there I don't wanna know. But if it's a choice between them or the house, well, a couple more might have to give their lives up to science. | permalink

Spooky, and not a little unsettling.

Many cringe when viewing the torment some of these twisted UnSubs put their victims through. At least in this episode the last victim proved to be brave. Her struggles to get off of the gurney seemed to be a mirror of The Bride's struggle in Kill Bill when she was trying to get the feeling back in her toes.

The parallel plot in this episode was intriguing. We see Reid speaking with a mysterious woman, whose face we never get to entirely see. Equally obscure is the nature of their relationship and discussions. The team has proven over the years to be hyper-vigilant to this sort of thing and tonight was no exception. I was glad to see Blake starting to fit in more by doing what any other member of the team would do, and confronting Reid. She didn't let him off of the hook too easily either, and finally gave up when Reid insinuated that a romance was going on, about which he didn't want the team to know.

A little later, Morgan confronted him too, but he immediately went right to the romance angle, culminating with this grinning finale:

Morgan: Play on, playah. | permalink

The truly mysterious discussion - the part that made it seem like more than just a romance was going on - was the cryptic conversations between Reid and the mysterious woman.  What was that all about?  She said to Reid:

I'm not doing this for me. I'm doing this for you. Because I cannot let him hurt you, because if he knew..... | permalink

And that's when she stopped talking - when we all wanted her to continue. Evidently Reid knew, and that was good enough because that's when he backed off. (The full conversation is on our page of Criminal Minds quotes).

You get the sense that maybe the ominous "he" to whom she referred might be the same guy we saw in the first episode of the season; the guy in the darkroom who was hanging pictures of all of the team members. 

At any rate, we learned the following:

  • Reid and the woman talk every Sunday and had been doing so for six months.
  • They've never met in person. 
  • They're both adept at reading body language.
  • Reid had been getting advice on how to manage his headaches. 
  • Rather than call her he sends her a page from a phone booth, and waits for her to call him back.
  • There's a mystery man who they're both trying to avoid - neither of them wants him to find out about "us"

Maybe from this we can surmise that the dangerous guy that they're trying to avoid has access to police surveillance resources - hence the phone booth conversations instead of home to home calls.  There's a secret here, it isn't just about romance, even though she closed their final conversation with "love you!"

What do you think? Who's the mystery woman? Is she married? She's certainly frightened - though it seems she is scared for Reid, more than she is for herself.  Did Reid lie to Blake about who she was - a geneticist? 

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I think that the cast of "Criminal Minds" is one of the best on TV. They all have chemistry with one another and are equally good actors by themselves. However, I've noticed during the past season that the show has gotten more gruesome and sadistic in their stories, and after this latest episode I am not watching it anymore. There were 3 different real crimes this past week which are similar to stories that are or have been on "Criminal Minds" and one wonders if this show gave the killers the sick ideas that they have done to their victims.

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he figured that every guy that looked at my mum while walking on the street was her lover - and then big fights and sometimes beating, thowing whatever - even sharp - objects on her..and sometimes he even punched the poor guy who looked at her. He burned down the car of our neighbor - the supposed lover of my mum. Over the time she completely gave up and didn´t fight back,she didn´t want to give him any opportunity to be jealous, so she almost didn´t talk to anyone nor go out. She would have never left him beacause - in her own words: "he would definitely find me and kill me". In his psychotic way, he deeply loved her and he would have never let her go - and if he couldn´t have her - so no one else could. Reid probably called her first for a concultation in terms of his headaches and then they developped the relationship, which seems real to me: the socially isolated woman suddenly hears someone so nice, peaceful, caring and even talented and interesting, I defenitely think it´s plausible that she felt love with him without even seeing him. So this is the only explanation I can decipher from the "mysterious" phone calls.

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I think that there is no connection to the unsub with the pictures of the team from the first episode. The whole story seems to me much more prosaic - and untill I have read some of the posts here, I had absolutely no doubts and did´t see any mystery in the Reid-geneticist relationship: she is married to a very jealous and violent husband who tracks all her phone calls and allows her to work only in their appartment (the big desk where she was making notes during the consulation for Reid suggests that) - she is probably a geneticist who offers phone or mail consultations, or ske runs some major study (writing at home). Maybe the husband doesn´t forbid her to go out completely, but probably just with him or she is being followed by some hired detective. Or at least she is afraid of being followed. The husband is probably a psychopatic paranoic. My father was quite similar, and if my mum had left him, he would have killed her lover and probably even her. He was so paranoid that he figured that every guy that looked at my mum while walking on the street was her lover - and then big fights and sometimes beating, thowing whatever - even sharp - objects on her..and sometimes he even punched the poor guy who looked at her. He burned down the car of our neighbor - the supposed lover of my mum. Over the time she completely gave up and didn´t fight back,she didn´t want to give him any opportunity to be jealous, so she almost didn´t talk to anyone nor go out. She would have never left him beacause - in her own words: "he would definitely find me and kill me". In his psychotic way, he deeply loved her and he would have never let her go - and if he couldn´t have her - so no one else could. Reid probably called her first for a concultation in terms of his headaches and then they developped the relationship, which seems real to me: the socially isolated woman suddenly hears someone so nice, peaceful, caring and even talented and interesting, I defenitely think it´s plausible that she felt love with him without even seeing him. So this is the only explanation I can decipher from the "mysterious" phone calls.

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I thought the main part of the story was one of the gorier ones, but I do like Ray Wise. As far as Spencer goes I am not sure what exactly is going on between him and his female caller, but it does appear that both are smitten with one another. The fact that this mystery woman is so worried about whoever "he" is possibly hurting Spencer makes me wonder whether "he" won't become an UNSUB in an upcoming episode. It seems like the mystery woman's life might be in danger too, so whoever "he" is, he sounds violent. Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

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I watch the show ...... But I ask myself every week , are these stories about these vile scumbags ....Really.... What should be coming into our homes ......

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at first I though it was that shemale that ried try to save back in season 5

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this show was one of a different kind, what with the curious situation with this woman; in a way, I hope they continue with their 'relationship' - and in a way.....it's driving me crazy. :-)

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Did anyone consider the possibility that she might be schizophrenic?

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My first thought was that she was some kind of hallucination or something. I don't know why, but i dont think she's real, but i guess we'll learn more as the weeks go on. is it possible to hallucinate a person, but not be able to see them? lol.

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I thougt the show on Oct. 25 was the worst show I have ever seen on Criminal Minds. In fact I thought it was stupid.

Criminal Minds Season 8 Episode 4 Quotes

Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment. For they are one, and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies. Dr. Jeff. Miller.

J.J.

Mystery woman: I don't know what you look like either.
Reid: Really?
Mystery woman: No. The only intimate side I've seen of you was your brain. When I studied the MRI you sent to me. That's when I said "this is a guy I need to get to know."

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