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criminal minds reid yes i'm a genius

it's my devil's luck to be introduced....

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! siggen1... we kind of got it right.

AND with that out of the way, here we go.

Please don't repeat that awful "k-hole" line. It was a bad chunk of dialogue the first time. I mean, Gibson does his best, but.... nobody actually talks like that.

Skateboard boy for the foreshadowing win.
Blurry shot of Gideon in passing for the foreshadowing win.

"Something flowery." He sounds like Rube...
"And you didn't tell me."
Okay, Hotch's delivery on the line "What do you want to say?" just drips innuendo. He's so gloating. Hee.

Gideon is still blowing off things that should worry him.
"So what are they gonna take, the jet?" Well, they might cut you back to one jet, Gideon. Or take away the TARDIS, and then what are you gonna do?

"We both know about Reid's issues." Heh. Do ya now? Good, share a little with the peanut gallery.
"The only file they didn't request was mine." Yes, dear heart, because you are the man they want to screw, and they're looking for a way to get to you.

We all know that the Frank episodes are X-Files homage. Which means that Internal Affairs is gunning for you, man, because that's the way they did it over in the land of Paranoia.

Gideon has not bought flowers in a long time.
Nice random cleavage shot. Oi.

"Impossible." Blurry shot of Jane in passing for the foreshadowing payoff.

Gideon shrugs that off awfully easily. Are we having a lot of flashbulb memories lately, Jason?

"Button mums are something you give your mother." Ehe. Actually, the flowers one gives one's mother look to be the fakest fake-looking hydrangea in fakeland. Unless those are supposed to be lilacs. Are there fake lilacs so fake they look like hydrangea? (No, not the flowers in this scene. The flowers in that OTHER scene. Later on.)

And the birds. And the long shots of Gideon's face and the two wedding rings. Oh Mandy. He just looks gutshot.

Man, Keith Carradine is a joy to listen to. I mean, in a creepy eeeeeeee kind of way. He does the understated delivery so characteristic of the show really beautifully. (I love that the CM directorial ethos is generally bent towards underacting and a more realistic line delivery. Real people, as Robert De Niro once pointed out, don't try to emote. They try to hide their emotions. It does, however, tend to make it stand out hard when somebody who punches their line delivery comes through as a guest star--I think that's part of what made Kate Jackson look so odd in comparison to the regular cast.)

And Gideon begging is awful. He knows it's useless. He has to know she's already dead.

But he can't stop himself.

That was a pretty big detonation of a bouquet of flowers dropped three feet.

It's still winter in BAU-Land, or the pocket dimension in the center of DC in which the Quantico campus apparently resides, in the CM universe.

Aaaand the lingering establishing shot of Madame The Associate Director's office. If that's what she is. Erin Strauss, Ph.D., we will be seeing you again.

Hotch pacing like a tiger in a cage. "And they're right. We do."

Gideon's appartment looks like an extension of his office. Man is a clutter fiend. Tchochkes everywhere.

Trains for the foreshadowing. Yanno, I could have done without the heavyhanded directorial/editorial intercutting in this one (Here, and the predators in the Smithsonian. We get it, we get it. Moving on now.)

Niiiiiiiiice shot of Hotch in the background, JJ and Prentiss in 3/4ths, and Reid's back, Morgan hidden behind the three in the foreground.

"He said he was late for a date."

And Reid, licking his lips and uncomfortable, resorts to the profile in self-defense.

Poor Garcia. Date night ruined.

Oh, a greenscreen. Thank God. I feel loved now. (I have a suspicion we have been lacking greenscreen and Spencer!Cam of late because of a shortage of post-production time, since they wound up doing 24 episodes and a major reshoot this season, instead of a mere 22. But I still miss them and love them and want them back. My show used to be so stylish.)

Dear America:
And THAT is why you check the peephole and put the chain on.
Love, the BAU.

"What is that?" And Garcia for the WIN.

And I think my theory about Hotch's relationship with the rules gest a boost from the way he deals with Gideon-off-the-Reservation. (As does the theory that he sprung Morgan in "Profiler, Profiled.")

And Hotch tries to calm Gideon down and find the good. "He's out of his comfort zone in a big city with Feds who know what he looks like." He reassures by fact and implication. Niiice.
Mandy Patinkin is so. very. good. at his job.

Aaaaand Gideon rallies.
Go Mom! Hotch, I love you.

Frank's clothes. "We're not hiding evidence."
Well, Reid is.... ;-)

"Can I have my ten bucks now...?"

Garcia writing her own obituary is brilliant. And I love her car. You know, she gets told "DRIVE!" a lot....

Reid knows about Gideon's Murder Book. Victims, and survivors.
Spencer Reid Realizes The Awful Troof.

And the flashbulb memories again.
Hey, it's Smithsonian guy!
I already complained about the heavyhanded intercutting. Really, the establishing shots would have done it.

The return of the mockingbirds.
Oh, ye thematic mockingbirds. It's not just Reid; it's the whole team. Tricksters, magicians, liars, poker players, hackers, spin doctors, and social engineers. Those are our boys and girls.

"Is that wise?"
"No. But it is in order."

Oh, Rebecca. Wah.

"Our victims." Frank thinks everybody thinks in terms of possession, because that's how thinks. He's taken on Gideon's character, but he doesn't understand Gideon.

He thinks of Gideon's murder book as if it were a serial killer's collection of trophies. As if Gideon thinks of the people he saves as people he owns, the way Frank owns his victims. And Jane.

And the call comes a moment too late. Reid's expression there is brutal. That was his save: he had a personal relationship with her.

Hotch, don't be shaking particulate matter into the air at the crime scene, man.

Frank is taking away what's important to them. And a little after the viewer makes the connection, Morgan makes it manifest.

And Gideon explaining to Garcia how they are going to catch Frank is love.

"Back off!" Woo. Go, Emily. Ferocious in defense of the helpless.

Amy Madigan is love. Wow, she let them make her look terrible for this show. And she does a brilliant job with this character.

Flashback! Reid wearing Matthew's glasses. Woo! (I love those glasses.)

Also, is the entire Fanning clan composed of freaky child acting genii?

Jane's denial, brutal. "He wouldn't do that." But of course she knows he would. And Frank hates Gideon because Gideon knows Frank, and Frank does not know Gideon.

"Bio. psycho, social." Look, exposition! Nothing is ever simple. "Think of Frank as a living murder weapon."

I gotta wonder about the shoes in Jane's bag.

Oh, the fantasy that Frank constructed of his childhood is kind of heartbreaking. Because you know Jane believes it utterly. And then you see the reaction shots of the team, and you know they know that Frank made it all up to compensate for his squalid reality. Prentiss' lip twitch there kills me. She wants to intervene, but--

"Did he ever hurt anyone else?"
Light a cigarette, change the subject.

"You don't choose who you fall in love with."
...I think I have a new theory about Emily.

Oh, Jane.

Okay, again with the heavyhanded intercuts. Stoppit. More cool fades and stylish scene changes and greenscreens. Fewer crappy film student tensioning techniques. Love, your fans.

"I read about--"
He depersonalizes that, sets it at a remove.

Actually, Frank gave them the key to him in "No Way Out." regarding children. "It does nothing for me."

Although the Hotch-turning-into-Frank as soon as the phone changes hands trick is aweeeesome. Frank has impersonated Gideon, and now he's impersonating Hotch.

Man, we back and forth from Manhattan to DC awful fast.... Frank must have a TARDIS too.

"What are you gonna do?"
"End this."

...and on any other show, that line would mean that there was a vengeance shooting about to happen, and that the plot would collude to make it justifiable. And Prentiss still hasn't figured out, exactly, that she's not on those other shows.

But we didn't shoot Buford, and we're not gonna shoot Frank.

Frank, so calm, the pathology of his fearlessness. Nicely done.

"We don't split up." Reid, you are NEVER IN CHARGE OF A FIELD OPERATION AGAIN. Love, your team-mates.

And Frank states his intent to suicide.
And Gideon appears as if by magic. (Magic time.)
"A bright, but ultimately strange boy."

You know, I honestly thought Jane was going to push him. As soon as I heard the train whistle.
Ouch. Splat.

Man, those are some unhappy commuters.

Hah. And JJ takes the little girl and walks away.
JJ in Kevlar is giving the Hotch/Elle Body Armor Hotness Axis a run for their money.

And Reid?
Impassive. Hands in his pockets. Walks past her, through the doorway, into shadow. To the bier where Frank's mother lies in state, surrounded by flowers.
I wonder if Frank writes his mother every day, too, Spencer.
What do you think, man?

Purple shirt, Hotch.
Hotch, remember when you pissed all over that congresswoman? That might not have been your best choice.
Yeah, he'll take that under advisement.

And Hotch's forty-one second profile of his team. Gorgeous. As is the office game of catch.

And Gideon adding to his murder book. Poor Gideon. Damned indeed.

Does the Criminal Minds production office have some kind of product placement deal with Moleskine?

I scratch your back, Emily. You scratch mine.

And the moment of truth: Do you play the politics you hate so much and keep the job you love, or do you stand up for principle and take your chances?

And Emily... looks up and to the left
Preparing to lie.

Magic time.

I love this show.

ETA: if you were going to do a teen spin off of this show, you could just title it "Jason Gideon Can't Win" and have done with it....

Thank God that's over for the summer: now I might actually get some work done.


Morgan cracks the case more often than not, but this week it was Reid.

JJ's hair was nasty this week. Ew. And Reid's sleeves were rolled up to the elbows. Hm....

Prentiss might not like/trust Hotch all that much, but she's bonded pretty thoroughly with Morgan. So I don't think she's going to sell Hotch out because she won't want to disappoint Morgan. (Random thought: do right-brained people look up and to the right when they're about to lie?)

JJ was home in her tank top and sweats when the call came. (Much like what I'm wearing now.) She still has the tank on under her overthingy....

Reid's sleeves have been rolled up a lot.

Either the drug thing is a red herring; or he's already kicked coffeeem has a theory he kicked during "Distress" and "Jones," (kind of right in front of everybody) thus explaining his bitchiness and twitchiness those eps; or he's shooting up somewhere you can't see in street clothes; or he's using alcohol or script oral narcotics.

I'm kind of barking up the prescription narcotics tree currently, myself. It's the random drug testing thing--but given his injuries, a pain med prescription is pretty likely, and he's smart enough to get away with double-doccing for a good long time.

I don't think Emily is going to sell Hotch out. I think this is her fire: she's being forced to face the thing she hates most in the universe. Politics.

And now we get to see what she's made of.
Working backwards...

Man, those are some unhappy commuters.

Just another day in DC. They were going to be unhappy enough with FBI all over the place, even before the jumping. I shouldn't sound so cynical but we must get about one a year of those - usually on the Metro, though.

Man, we back and forth from Manhattan to DC awful fast.... Frank must have a TARDIS too.

Nah, he's got the Acela - hourly departures and a 2hr 45min travel time between Penn Station and Union Station.

And May in DC can be kind of on the cool side, but the trees do have leaves and one does not need a fire in the fireplace.

This one annoyed me dreadfully, as you know.

But this...
Mandy Patinkin is so. very. good. at his job.
will keep me from leaving this show behind completely, just the way David McCallum keeps me from entirely abandoning NCIS.
Yeah, every damn train stopped....

Re: Acela: Okay, yeah, he JUST has time to get there and back again and be already in the station, because he came in on the train. It's still cutting it tight, though.

...alas, even my love for DMc couldn't keep me watching NCIS. Maybe if I recorded it and just watched his scenes, and Pauley's...

I think it's still winter in BAU land. It was snowing last ep, and not yet Mardi Gras in the New Orleans ep....

Time there is not like time here.
Yanno, I could have done without the heavyhanded directorial/editorial intercutting in this one

Yea verily. I was sitting there saying "Please, put down the baseball bat, you're giving me a headache!"
I'll have to check and see which director that was. Because that was not with the subtle.
Geez, took ya long enough to post. People might think you have a life or something! ;)

I hate that I never see these sorts of things coming. *sigh* I was so, shocked, I guess after the ep...I couldn't even write about the things I liked about it in my LJ--my brain was just *gah*. I'll need to rewatch it today, to, and not just for the caps.

Hotch, remember when you pissed all over that congresswoman? That might not have been your best choice.
Yeah, he'll take that under advisement.

*lol* Yeah, I thought that this morning on my way to work; but I also wonder if there isn't someone above the woman who wants to get rid of Hotch, who is protecting him, or whom she wouldn't want to run afoul of by just demoting/firing Hotch?

And Emily... looks up and to the left.
Preparing to lie.

Oh, she had better not stab Hotch in the back because, well, my dislike of her when she first came on the show? Will seem mild in comparison. Let's hope Prentiss lives up to her whole "I hate politics" thing. And if she lies to the woman about it, that's fine as long as she doesn't turn on Hotch and the team.

I did love so much about this ep; Hotch IS the unit chief...best one Gideon knows. *G* I like their ease with one another and the gentle teasing between them. Good friends of long standing. They're aware of Reid's issues (whatever those issues might be--but I AM glad they put that in there).

Loved Hotch's short profiles of the team...and his obviously accurate profile of the woman.

Sad that we had to lose Rebecca, but good that we didn't lose Tracy.

I also thought the whole Smithsonian office/predator thing was a little overdone. As you said, we got it, already.

Yeah, I did like the ep, I was just taken by surprise at the ending. Oh, and I hope this is resovled in one or two eps--I don't want this half a season crap like we got with Reid (besides, if it's a long story arc, when would they show Doubt?).

Poor Hotch.
I don't think Prentiss is going to turn. I think she's going to wind up demonstrating integrity, which in turn will inspire Hotch to fight for her.

He's accepted her--he says "She doesn't need to worry." She's one of Mom's, now, and he'll go to the wall for her.

Hopefully, she'll see that.

There's an interview with MGG at the KLAs website--


where he says he has no idea whether the drug thing is over yet, and apparently the writers are spatting over it.

I hope the right side wins, and we get some proper resolution, or I will have to chalk that one up in the "lose" column for them.

Of course, he also proves that he knows absolutely nothing about autism. *g*

Frank didn't just take away Gideon's safe space. He took away everybody's safe space: the people they have already saved.

It was a good ep. The SKotW plotline was pretty good, the air of a continuous narrative was good (tie ins to past events, yay!), and there was lots of character progress.

"Also, is the entire Fanning clan composed of freaky child acting genii?"

D'oh! *slaps forehead* No wonder she looked so familiar!

If you want to talk freaky child genii, check out the episode of Law & Order: SVU where sweet little Elle Fanning out-freakies anything Dakota's ever done. There's a point where she pops a 10,000-megawatt smile that made me break out in goosebumps.
I think I've heard about that one....
It's winter in BAU land, but it's also mid-May. (Gideon writes down Sarah's death date ad May 14th). Perhaps they actually inhabit an AU-Earth wherein the main difference is the beginnings of an ice age?

Prentiss is both totally going to lie to evilbosswoman and then walk out of the office and spill her guts to Hotch.

Hotch's profile was a bit of awesome, though I was sad we didn't get a real in depth profile of Gideon as the ads suggested. Still a rattled, pissed off Hotch is a thing to watch, even if I'm not sure he was quiet on the ball on everyone.

Gideon's murder book was also excellent. Still mirroring the people he hunts. And Frank introducing himself as Gideon...

There was some yelling at the tv when I realized who Rebecca was and that after being locked up for almost three years and surviving a bomb, she wasn't going to make it. Frank's little speech cranked up the creep factor, and the fact she knows someone is coming for her and its going to be too late just made it that more horrible.

And what were the cops doing in the first half of the show. I know it wouldn't have been conducive to the plot, by why let BAU on Sarah's crime scene at all? Why are they not looking for Gideon at all? Even if he's just a witness, he should be corralled and questioned. (Though I love that he runs to the Smithsonian's prey and predators room. It's like they decorated after he let them know he was coming).
Well, the cops are loking for Gideon. We just don't have their POV, and our guys are hiding him up their coat sleeves.

Yeah, getting Rebecca taken away from us, and the mention of Elle, tie the season in a nice neat bastard of a bow, don't they?

Although if they don't give an inambiguous resolution or complication of the Reid drug arc sometime next season, I am going to have to chalk that one up as a big unsatisfying lose.
They regularly flat lie in the press releases. *g* I have noticed this before. CM press releases? Are full of lies, damned lies, and more damned lies.

You might be right about the second thing....

It'd still be nice to have some closure if we can't have some progress.

Or they may be lulling us into a false sense of WTF.

Wait, I know. JJ and Reid will finally hook up. She'll stumble to the bathroom in the morning, looking for a toothbrush, open the medicine cabinet and die under an avalanche of prescription dilaudid tablet bottles.

...wait, that would be a Torchwood ep. Nevermind.
Not finished reading yet, but Bear, about your new Emily theory (re: "You don't choose who you fall in love with"), I've been toying with something like that for a few weeks.

And then that line came.

And I died.
Well, I thought for a while that she was going to turn out to be an extremely closeted lesbian, and I was ALL FOR THAT. But she does say "he" to Morgan. Of course, she could be lying.

And then I was like, hmm, middle east, teenager, ambassador's daughter....


Who would find a person like that useful?
See, I think the function is different. Frank's trophies are about ownership.

Gideon's are about keeping himself sane by reminding himself that what he is doing is worthwhile, no matter the cost.

Otherwise, he never would have given that photo to Reid.
Mandy was absolutely at the top of his game. The scene on the pay phone, with him and Hotch, and the contrast between that scene and the earlier playful one--

--not only do those two characters work well together, those two actors are gangbusters when you get them in the right scene.

And they did a really good job balancing the ensemble this week. There could have been a bit more Morgan, maybe, but something had to give. And he got at least a couple of strong scenes.
Hello. Random stranger with a thought...

You wrote: That was a pretty big detonation of a bouquet of flowers dropped three feet.

It dropped twice. The first time it was in a vase. The second time it was in the plastic, just as when he'd bought them.

My theory is that the first time, the crashing vase, was a flashback.

Sorry, it was just such a strong feeling when I saw it that I wanted to share. When the show first came on, I thought to myself "I do not need another police procedural, especially one that will get canceled and break my heart."

But your detailed discussions of the show lured me in. I had no idea there was so much stuff going on.
Oh, dude. I have to go look again.

I bet you are right.

They are sneaky bastards.
Hmm, okay.
Watching CM in the afternoon, bright lights on in a room with other people kinda takes away the sting. Which is not saying it was a bad episode.
The Directing seemed kinda weak though, but the Writing and the acting were spot on, everyone was at their bests. JJ in Kevlar is something I want to see more of, Mandy rocked my socks, and I could continue with another paragraph of really kind words that have already been said,

But what I'm really interested in is your theory concerning Prentis, what do you mean is her secret, and more important: where is the evidence?
Look at the comment thread between beatrice_eagle and I.

We've been talking for a while about the possibility that Prentiss has some kind of trauma, something along the lines of PTSD/shellshock from something that she witnessed when her mom was stationed in the Middle East, and that it's the reason for her flat affect, loathing for politics, and rigid compartmentalization.
Hotch, remember when you pissed all over that congresswoman? That might not have been your best choice.

Well, it could also be personal. We know Hotch was a prosecutor -- maybe he put away a relative of hers. I don't think a friend getting dissed justifies a one-year mole plant followed by career assassination. (She doesn't just want Hotch not-the-boss, she wants him GONE.) She's going to too much effort for something impersonal, IMHO.

However, I do not want to be in the room when Hotch finds out this woman used his team to get to him. *see icon*

Emily's not a mole.

She's being pressured to act against Hotch, but there's no evidence that she knew before now that Strauss arranged for her to get the job. (And frankly, Strauss could have put her in there not yet knowing how she would use her, but deciding that it never hurts to have somebody owe you a favor.)

And it's not a friend getting pissed. That Congresswoman's hopes for re-election were riding on that crime initiative.

That's *politics.*

Hotch didn't play, and now, I think, it's coming back to bite him.

The question is, will Emily, who hates politics as well, play?
How did I miss commenting on this, before?

Okay, so it's late enough that it really makes little sense to try to add anything, but you always managed to hit the high points in the episodes when when review them, so let me just say bravo for the record, I believe Prentiss is preparing to lie through her teeth and/or throw out some kind of delaying tactic so she can get herself out of there and regroup, and the thing is, Frank may not understand Gideon, but Gideon does collect people - not as trophies, but as talismans against the darkness. He needs that book because it's his touchstone. The show's stripped him of just about everything else. I found it particularly heartbreaking that he refused to let the book be taken from him, even after having had such a brutal revelation as to the weakness/chink in the collective armor of the team it poses.
I think you're absolutely correct about that--it's the only coping strategy he has to give Reid, in fact.

It's interesting how the show almost immediately starts deconstructing the viewer's conception of Gideon as Wise Old Guy. You mentioned NCIS in another comment--compare Jethro with Jason, and see what I mean.

The narrative is in collusion with Jethro. It thinks he's *right* 95% of the time.

Not so, with Jason.