Criminal Minds Review: Ex Marks the Sad Spot

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Whoa. Poor Rossi.

I knew when Criminal Minds brought back one of his ex-wives she'd be delivering big news, but I didn't see this one coming. Poor (former) Mrs. Rossi, too. Again... whoa.

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On "From Childhood's Hour," we learned a few things. First, Reid knows nothing about women's shoe shopping habits, women's closets, and presumably women in general. But, actually, we basically knew that already. Second, Garcia and Morgan have taken their flirtatious phone innuendos to a new level - one that involves sports car references and uncomfortable glances from Hotch.

And lastly, Rossi is being confronted with what I can only assume is one of the hardest decisions anyone would ever have to make about a loved one. And, despite the fact that I haven't always loved his character, I take it all back. My heart is breaking for him and for Caroline. I mean, what would you do in his shoes?

Still, it was nice to see him get excited about a woman again and - despite the fact that he's been married as many times as J. Lo - we still get the impression that he was probably a very sweet husband. It wasn't until his ex stared down at her wine glass right before she told him that I knew her news wasn't going to be uplifting. The ALS diagnosis was still brutal and surprising, though.

If this is what they do with Rossi's storyline, I can only imagine what's coming up for JJ or Reid. Also, we know that eventually Hotch gets a love interest this season as well, and I'm inclined to think that him having feelings about some one post-Haley will not be easy, either. Oh, the men of Criminal Minds...

I won't elaborate on that, though, lest I come across as pining away over any of them!

In other news, Morgan was reunited with his former co-star from his The Young and the Restless days, Heather Tom, who played one of the troubled moms this week. Not that plots about people being murdered are exactly upbeat, but the reality of children dealing with drug dependent, depressed parents or sexual abuse was a very heavy topic. Granted, nothing we've never seen before, but still gut-wrenching.

Did any one else notice that the profiling/Un-Sub part of this episode ended nearly 10 minutes early? And that even after the Rossi story it still ended a few minutes short - and lacking the scenes from next week that they had just teased? I would normally not complain about such things, but it felt so curtailed that I actually looked at the clock to see how short they cut it. I even hit rewind twice to make sure I hadn't somehow missed the previews. Hmph! No more skimping, please.

Elsewhere, JJ was in mommy mode, Garcia was especially vocal (and entertaining) and Reid was quick with the one-liners yet again. "Frankly I'm not too eager to see the perishable food version of this room," was a classic, dead-pan Reid moment. Even Prentiss, who many of you can't stand but I tend to like, was endearing this week when she told Rossi to take the leap with his ex. Her second chances reference wasn't subtle, but it was still warm and genuine.

Alright, ladies and gentlemen: I'm anxious to hear what the Criminal Minds faithful think of this week's Rossi plot twist, so bring on the discussion. If you think you know how he'll handle it, chime in. Have feelings about the use of the banged-up-parent-turned-target story line? Spill. There's nothing like a debate to carry us through until next Wednesday.

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

Agent Morgan: Somebody's got a little extra pep in his step, that's all.
Agent Prentiss: Probably doubled up on his vitamins.
Morgan: Oh he doubled up on something...

Garcia: Mom didn't know her son was gone. She assumed that he was with the grandmother after she just left him there.
JJ: So she's not exactly on the short list for Mother of the Year.
Agent Prentiss: What about the father?
Garcia: He was convicted of embezzling from his work place two years ago, currently cooling his heels in state prison.
Dr. Reid: If it's a stranger abduction the first 24 hours are critical. This kid's already been missing twice that long.
Agent Hotchner: Which is why we shouldn't waste any more time. Let's go.