Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Review: "The Girl In The Blue Mask"

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"We see people we love as we want to see them, not as they truly are."

When most of us read that phrase, we think we over look flaws in those we love. This week's episode, "The Girl In The Blue Mask," showed that this can be done for good or evil.

Everyone celebrate with me. After weeks of asking and wondering and with only two episodes remaining in the series, we finally got our Gina LaSalle episode!

And you know what? It was everything I knew it could be.

Gina had more dialogue in this episode than the last three episodes combined and we got to learn so much about her. Here is what I picked out: 

She has known Cooper for years: Did you catch the comment where he said he has known her and her father for 20 years, and that her father is still mad that he recruited her?

She has a sister: Not only did we learn she has a sister and her sister is "the smart one;" but her sister was being sworn in as a judge. 

She has underlying "daddy approval" issues: Not surprising given how stoic and strong she has been the whole time that she actually has some paternal approval issues. Add to that her father is some sort of Military Officer and you get the image of a very tough man to please.

Beau Garrett did a great job of portraying this aspect without feeling the need to wave it in our faces or beat us over the head with it.

She is stronger than she thought she was: After helping Kerri Anna come to grips with the fact she was not really disfigured, Cooper told her the story about the elephants in the zoo with the bottom line being she is strong and the chains she put on herself are weak. 

The story of Kristi Anna was very well woven in as a reflection of Gina. There were so many subtle layers going on, from Gina seeing reflections of herself in the victims like Cindy or Dawn; to her also seeing shadows of her relationship with her father in Kristi Annaís relationship with her father.

Ah, so much enjoyable Gina knowledge to digest, I feel like I just ate a big meal and I am all stuffed and content. Next week's finale will just be some desert or icing on this sweet cake.

What did you think? Where you happy with the amount of Gina story we got? Sound off on last night's CM:SB below!

The Girl In The Blue Mask Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Lasalle: Odds are itís a girl, could be disfigured.
Griffith: Not necessarily, if he is delusional, she just has to fall short of his standard of beauty.

Cooper: Youíre going to go with Gina to the morgue. Sheís at her sisters swearing in ceremony.
Griffith: Judges, General, the FBI, that family scares me.