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previously, on Criminal Minds...

Yep. It's that time again. Only 23 of these posts to get through this season...

Very interesting getting an ep more or less from the POV of Gideon as he's having his second mental breakdown.



And in case you forgot what a trainwreck the end of last season was, here's a brief refresher.

Tonight, there will be no quotes.

Gideon writes a cryptic letter. "When my dearfriend Sara was murdered--" Oh, you mean, when you got her killed, Gideon?

Reid's hair has lost continuity. Alas! His resemblance to Illya Kuryakin increases by leaps and bounds.

Gideon, writing your not-a-suicide-note in your murder book is just tacky. Moleskine, the official notebook of Criminal Minds! Drink! Wow, Gideon's got a Mont Blanc on an FBI salary?

Mandy winces, drink.

Is it just me, or is that a different cabin?

"I thought I would work through it." Are you writing you, or writing Reid, man? Projection! Drink!

***

Meanwhile, in Arizona, we have unleashed the inflatable Suburbans. Drink. Hey, Em? Does that look like any part of Flagstaff you've ever seen? ;-)

(Pls do not notice the patrol car gliding through the background of the shot. La la la. Just a hedge. Please move along.)

Shot of that knife coming down, a little heavyhanded.

And roll credits, six minutes in.

Flashbulb memory! Drink! Gideon hyperventilates at crime scenes, drink.

CotW is a white male, drink.

"How did you let this happen?"

"That's nothelpful, Katie."
"Actually, it is." Reid, you rock. No love for teh authority figure shutting down discourse from him.

Morgan, your ink is showing.

"Losing your faith in happy endings is much worse." Heh. Oh, the irony. Oh, the meta. Oh, the snark.

And Reid in defense of the victim.
"Pepper spray, mace, switchblades." Foreshadowing. Drink.

Emily is love. And so is that jacket. Kick her to the curb, Em.

"You'll need as many men as you can on duty."

"Do you think it's premature?"
"Do we have a choice?"
I will miss Hotch and Gideon playing the question-game.

Ooo, Morgan knows what a spree killing is.

Mandy jazz hands.

Hey, no greenscreen this ep either. Did I wander into an episode of CSI accidentally? (I know. That's part of what got cut to make room for the frame.)

Prentiss has the clue! Look, a taser wound!

Garcia! Was KV on vacation this week? She's barely in the ep. Her hair also has now utterly lost continuity....god, she has fabulous glasses.

Do we drink when GIDEON kicks down a door?
Trophies! Drink!
And Prentiss in Kevlar. Somebody spoke to her about going on raids in the red/pink shirts: she's in Science Department blue now. PB would make a good Vulcan.

Look, creepy security guard! Unsub trying to talk to the victim... you know? I'm not sure they got the right guy. I know I'm not supposed to be sure. Heck, Gideon's not sure, in hindsight.

Hmm. That wasn't really a tackle, was it? Oh, drink anyway.

Gideon, don't let the suspect direct the conversation.

"Anyone who exhibits that much overkill is bound to explode." But he doesn't, does he? Because we don't know if he was the bad guy.
Trophies! Drink!

Now Gideon is playing the question game with the suspect. "Been under a lot of stress." Fifteen love!

Hey, Prentiss goes to help Reid, and he doesn't bite her. Are the girls following Reid because they don't trust him to go off alone, or because he always knows where the Starbucks is and they're short on sleep.

"I think, I think--"

Gawd, Spencer, you've had that sweater since you were twelve years old and in high school. haven't you?

"You can hold him for 72 hours without charging him." Heh. Yeah. Morgan knows all about that.

"You move around enough, you get used to be ing whoever people want you to be." And another character moment! That's two! They didn't all get cut to make room for the frame story.

Prentiss? really uncomfortable with the hugging. Alsmost as uncomfortable with the hugging as she is with the potential serial killer checking her out.
Also, I notice that Brunette Potential Victim #2 is wearing a shirt almost the same color and cut as Prentiss'.
And that Gideon uses Prentiss as an example for the UnSub. If he is the UnSub.

"A profiler cannot do the job if the mind is unfocused. If anything is going on in your personal life that could cloud your judgement."
Flashbulb memory, drink.
Reid and Gideon equated to one another, drink. (I'm pretty sure he's writing his not-a-suicide-note to Reid.)

Reid's sunglasses of justice.
Gideon's guilty memories and hyperventilating.

...holy crap. Gideon is wearing Reid's unlucky shirt. (Okay, it's not EXACTLY the unlucky shirt. But it's close.)

CHARGE OF THE BAD SHIRT BRIGADE.

And Reid to JJ's rescue. Except she's not having any.

I note for those keeping score that his sleeves are rolled up past the elbows.

"I was a prosecutor. I can hold him off for days." Look, another character moment...
Oh, and there's Morgan with another character moment. "I've been on both sides of that." La, character contuinity, we can have some.

You know, I am thinking Tubbs may not have been the killer. Which is a nice job, really. I mean, I'm not overwhelmed with glee about this ep, but it's not bad. Average, for CM, and the frame story is quite good. Except "My dear friend Sara." Trust us to pick it up from context, guys. We woulda.

Spencer with the PSA for the week. "Most common examples are ones that people don't even think of as copycats. Kids who commit school shootings. Also teen suicides. They tend to come in clusters."  Dear America: We at the FBI would like you to know this important fact...

Self-injury girl!

"It's the right thing to do."
"Remind me the next time I have to tell someone their friend or daughter's been murdered."

*jjloff*

And the RA turns out to be not so bad, maybe.... nice reversal there.

Gideon, drinkin' and ritin suicide notes and fondling his gun. Gideon, any time you have to ask if your judgement is clouded? It is.

See, there's the UnSub, not blowing up again when he finds his locker's been searched. That's right, UnSub, hide the porn and the booze from the psycho girl.

UnSub and Anna the Gothgirl playing the question game.

They do a good job with oblique dialogue on this show.

And I love the bit with Spencer and JJ double-teaming the witness, Jaje with the sympathy, Reid with the leading questions.

Prentiss and Morgan are a good team-up, too. Interesting how they've settled out in standard groupings.

Dude? This girl is not a Perky Goff.

Team members with their hands covered with blood, screaming for ambulances. DRINK!

"Was the world always this gray? Is it only in the movies that it's this black and white?" We here at Criminal Minds are terribly aware of our own meta.

"I used to understand my place, my direction, where I was headed."
Yeah, Gideon. Because you were deluded. And it's finally sunk in that you spent most of last season getting people killed.
And we don't blame you. You have a job involving making snap judgements and gambles, and if you gamble, you have to know you can lose. Ask Reid and Jaje. They'll 'splain.

"I never thought anyone would die." That's an ongoing problem, man.
"Look, I trusted the profile. At best it's just an educated guess."
Gideon thinks they got the wrong guy, too.

"He killed three women."
"Right. What if we were wrong?"
Well, Gideon, then your chickie killed an innocent man, and your killer went free to hunt again somewhere else.
How you feeling about that this afternoon? How's that taste?
Oh right, that's why the gun.

Oh, Doctor Strauss. Shut the hell up.

And Hotch takes responsibility for Gideon. Hotch turns in his badge.
"Always a pleasure."
Security guards and Associate Directors understand sarcasm.

"I'm so sorry."
Yeah, Mandy. Us too.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd Gideon says all the wrong things to Reid again. It's a trend!

Okay, they have me guessing again. I was pretty sure they were going with the suicide. Now, since they've hinted so strongly in that direction-- I'm not sure anymore.

Yeah. I know. Misdirect as misdirect. *Insert Inigo Montoya joke here.*

I think the frame was actually better than the ep, which wasn't a **bad** ep, and might have been better with its characterization and flashy bits intact.




Okay, kids. Henry Blake, yes or no?

Comments

My tentative answer is a yes to Henry Blake. But God, who knows? The show loves and hates us.

(Last time with the Lancelot icon, maybe. *sigh*)
I would miss Lancelot.
Wow, GIdeon's got a Montblanc on an FBI salary?

He's probably a GS-14, at least - that's well into the six-figure range.

Mandy winces. Drink.

This is why I'm suifering from alcohol poisoning right about now.

Is it just me, or is that a different cabin?

It's not just you. Of course, I'm suffering from alcohol posioning, so what do I know?

Mandy jazz hands
*giggle*

And a "no" on the Henry Blake. At least for tonight it's a now. Aks me tomorrow, when I'm sober.
I am gonna MISS THOSE JAZZ HANDS.

It'll seem unbalanced, with only Spencer's jazz hands.

Sigh.

I think I need some booze now too.
I'm just going by spoilers and your recap here, but it definitely looks like Henry Blake to me so far. Without a Hawkeye or Trapper to ride to the rescue. (Though trying to picture Hotch as Hawkeye makes my brain explode!)
I'd say the odds are good.

Dear Spencer:

Sweetheart, you were right. You can't trust anybody. As soon as you rely on somebody, they will fail or abandon you. Anybody who tells you otherwise is probably selling you something, like a great job with the FBI.

One that he's afraid he can't do anymore, and which will also probably eat you alive.

We're sorry. We realize that it sucks being a broken man's legacy. But the world is a meat grinder, and it's best you heard it from us.

Love,

the writers.
(and Jason, too.)
It would be interesting if he either tries and blows it (your vegetable Gideon might grow/vaster than empires and more slow) or if Reid arrives in time to save his life.

And yeah. See rock above yours. "You must be scared."

You, the horse you rode in on, and your false sympathy, too, Mr. FBI profiler. Welcome to the most passive-aggressive act of your life, other than possibly writing your suicide note to a coworker rather than your *son.*

Wow.

(Assuming it is a suicide note and not a resignation letter.)
His resemblance to Illya Kuryakin increases by leaps and bounds.

This is a bad thing?

It seemed to me that there was a Whole Lotta Straining Credulity Goin' On, but I am only an on-again-off-again viewer. Am I the only one who finds the Emasculating Meanie Boss-Woman an annoying TV trope?
Strauss is a new development, and I'm actually kind of interesting to see what they're going to do with her.

Re: straining credulity: we have this art form we call television melodrama. It's a direct linear descendant of Elizabethan theatre....
Almost as uncomfortable with the hugging as she is with the potential serial killer checking her out.

Really, you think so? I thought that was one of Emily's coolest moments, kind of like in "Riding the Lightning" when J.J. uses Jacob's fascination with her to the team's advantage. I thought Emily was trying to get under the bad guy's skin, knock him off his guard to improve Gideon's chances with him.

Oh, I will miss the Hotch-and-Gideon falling-on-sword routine.

I don't think Gideon is the type to consider suicide and then back out. I think if he writes a letter like that and sits there turning his gun over in his hands, he's pretty sure about what he's doing. Course, I don't think he's the suicide type either; he sees lots of bad shit, he hyperventilates a little, self-destructs a little, but goes on because he knows he can still help people. Maybe the writers figure they can make it seem like that sense of purpose has been drowned by all the self-pity, but I'm not so sure about that. Of course, I'm not bashing the writers; no way. They definitely charged to the rescue.
Well, it seems to me that Emily's uncomfortable with all sorts of things.

It never seems to stop her from doing what she has to do.

I think there's a bunch of things potentially going on with Gideon.

1) That's a note of apology and he's about to vanish like the wind, and the production staff is yanking our chains.

2) He's going to eat that pistol. Which is pretty much where my money is/has been. Interesting for a bunch of narrative reasons, and pretty much set up since his first appearance. Gideon is Lancelot, after all; he's the flawed knight, and he can never achieve the grail. And with Rebecca's death (and Rebecca being killed by someone using Gideon's name, honestly!) that's got to be right there where he can touch it.

3)He might try to kill himself and fail. Still not coming back to the FBI after that.

***

Totally unfair to Reid, in every case. But there you have it.
Henry Blake, yes or no?
Egads, I hope not.

Mostly because there was too much telegraphing of that as a possibility -- while Henry's death was totally out of left field. (Also, eating the gun versus getting shot down over the Sea of Japan is not a terribly close analogy, but I digress.)

But I had never before thought of the Reid-as-Radar parallel, which is spooky. And it was Radar, as company clerk, who received the news and had the task of informing the rest of the M*A*S*H personnel, so if Reid is the one the "suicide letter" is meant for, the analogy remains intact.

I'm hoping they find Gideon (they=Reid and -- Hotch? one of the others? all of them together in some manner? Garcia has to work her computer magic in there somewhere) in time to stop him and he just "retires" somewhere. Or goes into some sort of treatment. I know, that seems like the cliche TV-copout answer, but maybe they'll find a neat twist to it.

Plus, if they don't kill Gideon off altogether, it leaves a very Arthurian potentiality of his returning when their need is great. (Or if Mandy decides to come back. And I will miss him.)
I do trust them to do something suitably unglamorous with it, at the least, if he does kill himself. If Reid finds Gideon lying in a pool of blood, they won't be making suicide look noble.
I will say 'yes' -- but only because I think Bernero probably doesn't want to deal with this again. Plus it would be awesome to have the team deal with that during the season. Gideon was their rock and their rock has crumbled.

Also? I am positive they got the wrong guy and I was actually shocked that they would leave at this point in the investigation -- I mean, since there was actually no physical evidence, wouldn't they stick around until they'd made a case of some kind? Even tho the suspect was dead? I don't know, maybe not. I know they had to fudge around with the ep so... yeah. But I wouldn't be surprised to have the killings start up again down the line. And for the record? I think it was the Dean.
The dean and not the CotW?

What interests me is that *nobody* got the suspect to escalate, to lose his temper, etc.

(I have a feeling that there was no way they were being invited to stay after that fiasco....)

You know, it's interesting. Every other cop show I've ever watched, when the good guys lose, it's a big deal. Here, it's a big deal when they get a win. And a really big deal when they get a clean win.

It's kind of like life.
I really think, given the set-up, suicide is the only thing that makes sense. And of *course* he's writing it to Reid. It's still officially "Be Mean to Reid Year".

I sure wish we could have seen that ep intact. I think it would have been very good. Damn you Mandy Patinkin!

And good god that sweater was bad.

MKK
Someone, somewhere, opined that they were quote "sexing Reid up." And I'm like, dude, have you been paying attention to wardrobe?

MGG looks less like he's starving to death these days, which can only be a good thing. (I realize there's a coterie of fans who like their "elegantly wasted" Reid, but good lord. 1) Reid? not elegant and 2) sick as a dog, poor baby is not 3) pretty. I hope you're feeling better, Matthew; I like your work and want you to feel up to doing it for a good long time.)

However, comma, even for him, that is a new low point in the Bad Sweater Continuum. Well, I guess Reid has to carry that torch all by himself, now.

(I love that everybody else is in tank tops and short sleeves, and Reid's... in a sweater.)
Reid's hair has lost continuity

Yeah, and can't he get a sweater that doesn't snag in his holster?

The central story was okay, though the copycat killer character seemed to materialize out of thin air. She might have been mentioned earlier, but if so I missed it.

I could have done without the wraparound story, though. I know they think they have to write Patinkin out con gusto but I didn't think his hand-wringing, plaintive self-flagellation served him or the story well. Other than seeing visions of his dead friend, it didn't seem like he handled the case any differently than usual.

Also, the bitch-lady who has it in for Hotchner for no apparent reason—gag me with a spoon. Send her back to 24 or wherever she came from.
*g* I have a feeling Strauss is a direct aftereffect of Hotch pissing off a certain congressperson mid-last-season...
Were it not for CM and your analysees (what's the plural of Apocalypse?) I would have lost every bit of faith in Writerhood itself.
But everytime I watch a horrible movie or TV show (Germany has probably the worst TV-Shows ever, it's always trying to emulate US TV, yet in a sucky way, and they end up spending more money on music then on real Actors) I can take solace in the fact, that there are some people out there, that know how to create a good TV-Show.
And that I'm not alone appreciating that fact.
I don't think Gideon is going to kill himself, murder book or not. He tore out the page and put it into an envelope and sealed it. If they wanted true angst, Reid would find it as the last entry and then his body. And why would Reid be scared if Gideon was already dead? He's seen enough dead bodies to not be scared of them.

Isn't it interesting that Hotch is getting blamed for all of Gideon's bad decisions this last year? 1. Gideon asking for the press conference when specifically told not to and getting Elle shot; 2. Having Garcia block Tobias' video, thus having Charles take out his anger on Reid and getting him (literally) killed; 3. Letting Frank go, trying to turn Jane against him and then being late for dinner, ultimately getting Sarah killed. And yet Hotch takes full responsibility for it all - my respect for him grows with each show.

My only regret with all of this is: now who is going to be the one to not answer a direct question asked of them? If you've noticed, Gideon has avoided an answer to most direct questions ever asked of him. Very passive-aggressive and non-commital. And his remark to Morgan that "profiling is at best an educated guess." Wow, talk about shooting down their chosen profession. It's like he's saying, "Go ahead, JJ, just throw the darts at the board and that's who we'll be looking for today." I just don't see the depression for suicide, just the despair and guilt to up and cut his losses (many that they are) and quit.
You move around enough, you get used to being whoever people want you to be."

Hello closeted middle-eastern ambassador daughter lesbian theory.

I love my theory.

It's so shiny.

And it would make me so happy if they went that way. It'd be so nice to have a queer character on my TV show and not have it be a big deal.

I still love them for Elle being a stealth-Latina. "What? I'm cuban!" Woo! *g*
Mandy jazz hands

Gotta love the jazz hands. Now it is just MGG to carry the jazz hands tradition. (I feel a macro coming on . . . )

Use of the phrase "don't be scared" - is what a parent says to a child which is why I assume the letter is for Reid. But Gideon - give the kid a break. He's not weak but he's not indesctructable.

I agree some of the good bits may have been cut from this to add the Gideon story, but I thought the Gideon story worked. This ep fits with him leaving the FBI/the mortal coil (delete as appropriate).
Heh.

Well, it might be the thing it finally takes for Reid to stop identifying with/idolizing Gideon. Which he needs to do, I think, and develop his own identity.

Psst. Doctor Reid? You do not want to be that guy. Or Max Ryan, either.

Gideon has not been good for Reid since about Sex Birth Death....

Of course, Reid has not been good for himself for a while longer than that.
Um, if you're asking what I think you're asking, there's an eps community, which you can find on my profile page under "communities."

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i'm working my way through your ep reviews.

and i would just to like point out, yet again, that i love your brain. it's so shiny!

Flashbulb memory! Drink! Gideon hyperventilates at crime scenes, drink.

CotW is a white male, drink.


*dead* BWAH!

thank you so much for these. *runs off for next one*
Hee. Thank you!