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Criminal Minds Review: Scrapbook Hero

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This week's Unsub probably had the worst case of self-esteem issues ever.  

For what reason? It's possible that having your ex-wife say you're weak, you've always been weak doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.  

To bolster his pride and his belief in his ability to protect their unborn child, he had to show he was strong - which he did by murdering anyone he saw as a threat to the tenants of the building in which he lived and worked.

In Criminal Minds Season 9 Episode 7 we caught up to Rossi and Reid having some drinks at Rossi's favorite dive... only to discover that the bar was closing for good. 

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Fortunately, they didn't have too much time to grieve the news, as they were quickly called to investigate a series of murders committed by a man who had lost his child to an accidental strangulation.

Some time after the boy's death, his wife had kicked him to the curb, and it was at that point that he flipped his wig and decided to transfer his paternal instincts to "protecting" his building's residents.  

As if that wasn't gruesome enough, he kept mementos from his victims to be mounted in his Addams Family scrapbook of horrors. He needed proof, you see, something to show to his unimpressed ex-wife that he was the alpha male she was looking for. He needed to build up this impressive trophy collection in time for the birth of their child or else she'd never take him back.

What is it with the Unsubs in these episodes? They're all so neck-deep into their own fantasies and worlds, which makes sense only to them. Deluded and confused, the whole lot of them. Someone should write a song.  

Just for once, it'd be nice to see an Unsub who's just in it for the money. Something which makes sense to most of the known world.  "Oh yeah - I know the guy. Always looking for an angle. Gambled all of his money away. You say he started shooting people for their cash? Yeah - I can see him doing that."  

I suppose that'd be boring, though. And maybe we wouldn't need the BAU to work their profiling magic.  

The momentary glimpses of genius which Reid occasionally displays acts as a counterbalance to the predictably bizarre and unrealistic psyches of the Unsubs:

Reid: His area of control, while relatively small includes a number of residential and commercial buildings. Factor in a three mile radius in a city with a population of 636,479 over 48.28 miles, we're looking at approximately 39,549.23 living in his comfort zone.
Morgan: How many of them male?
Reid: 18,944.08

His dazzling intellect steals every scene.  

The other scene which made this episode fun was the final one, where the gang hangs out for one last party at Rossi's bar.  While the opening scene karaoke song abused all musical sensibilities (for which we have to give the guy credit - it's hard to deliberately go off-key like that), the final scene was just a pure joy.  

Man, when Hotch smiles, the entire room lights up, doesn't it?

Another interesting note about this episode was that it was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, who did a great job.

One in particular stands out: the one where the Unsub is peeking at several of the apartments across from his window. It was reminiscent of the great Hitchcock film "Rear Window."

Another scene - involving the girl looking for information on the boy she had dated - brought back to mind... oh just about every horror film ever made. So classic: 

The girl ascends to a dusty storage room, isolated and alone. We pretty much knew it was curtains for her just as soon as she found the Unsub's trophy book. And in case any of us weren't sure, we heard his ominous words: I really wish you hadn't seen that.  

Their struggle and then her three-story dive was almost anticlimactic after that.

We have to note Reid's quick wit at the capture of the Unsub. That play he made when delivering the baby was brilliant. Pretending the baby was in trouble and that he needed a pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord that was wrapped around his neck was perfectly executed and believable.  

And it played directly into the Unsub's psyche. You could almost hear his thought process: "Oh no. Another one of my children is about to die through strangulation!  Quick - take these scissors."

All in all, this was a fairly decent episode. But what did you think? Was "Piano Man" a good choice for Rossi and the gang to sing? Would you like to see more BAU parties like that? What are your thoughts on Tanner (the Unsub)?  

As usual, don't forget to check out the Criminal Minds quotes for this episode.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Did the wife not care that her brother is dead? didnt seem like it

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Don't forget what Garcia said after Reid rattled off those statistics: "I'm a genius, too." LOL I wondered why Garcia didn't isolate her search for "Ashley" to the immediate area where Scotty was killed. It should have been pretty evident that he'd just left Ashley's place so Garcia should have been looking at addresses nearby. I would have liked to have a bit of dialogue between Ashley and the Unsub about Scotty. "I protected you from him." "I didn't need anyone to protect me from him." Kind of like that, where the Unsub is confronted with the "wrong-ness" of his actions.

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@ Leilani808

I thought she said the reason they didnt find Ashley because the appartment was in Ashleys father name.

Robert-barbere

Good episode. I didn't realize that MGG directed it, until I read the recap. Great directing, crisp and to the point, like Reid himself. Anytime Hotch smiles in an episode, I take notice. The Frank Clark quote that Reid reads at the end (with the shot of the FBI plane) I thought was notable in that is how I have tried to raise my kids. "The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them." As far as unsubs go, this guy was delusional in thinking that his wife would take him back after committing murder. I would like to see an unsub that doesn't follow any pattern at all. An unsub that is not in it for the money, nor due to some childhoood trauma, no loss of a family member, something that will really challenge the BAU team and make them think outside of the box. A serial criminal who has no motive, no rhyme or reason, one who just wants to watch the world burn.

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@ Robert Barbere

I think I'd be on-board for an Unsub like that. Good call!

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@ Douglas Wolfe

Season 6, episode 13. The Thirteenth Step. The "Bonnie and Clyde" couple. No real reason for most of the killings except for being generally pissed at the world.

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@ Leilani808

Are you talking about the one where the couple was just randomly killing people whereever they stopped and then she ended up shot and then died and then he went out in a blaze of gunfire at the end?

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I absolutely loved this ep. The karaoke was the best, and the case was another interesting one. I think what made it 5 stars, for me, was the look of the ep.. i just loved the feel of it. Matthew never disappoints. Also, when Reid said that he had memorised the delivery manual when JJ was pregnant was adorable. Thrilled to see we're getting more JJ this season as well :D

Terrie

I'm waiting on the new section chief to be on again...........Although Straus wasn't featured much, I feel that since JJ and him know one another that this is going to go in a different direction. This episode was ok. I thought right off the bat that Rossi was going to buy that bar to save it. I hadn't thought about the shout out to classic horror films but after it being mentioned I do see it. Yes, you just knew from the minute you saw the girl go in the room that she would meet her demise.......MGG has directed other episodes as well..........