Okay, kickass cold open. I'm liking the paramedics a lot. The directing on this scene is great, understated.
"You're doing so good. Stay with me."
Hotch, stopping JJ with a look. Crisis mode. Hotch is everybody's emergency contact. You always have Mom's number in your phone.
And Reid doesn't even have to ask: JJ just gives him the news, and he pulls up the implications.
"Police think it was a botched robbery." And Hotch is reserving judgment.
Prentiss taking JJ's hand was beautiful. While Reid hugs himself in the corner, and Rossi stands away from everybody else.
(and your life flashes before your eyes.)
"I was in church." And Reid to the rescue, throwing Morgan a line. "There's nothing you could have done here."
JJ and Reid can't believe the good news until they hear it twice. IN the absence of Gideon, the job of hyperventilating in times of trauma will be carried out by Spencer Reid.
"I don't care about protocol." Hotch. You are so very Hotch. Can we keep you?
Flashbulb memory, drink.
"It doesn't make sense."
Aww, smooch her for me too, Jaje. And the first thing out of Pen's mouth is a joke. Oh, Garcia.
And Reid picks up on the clue. Rank Roo, Raggy! Even as he's reacting to the morphine comment.
...You know, I gotta vote yes on this black and charcoal shirt of Spencer's. He actually looks kind of sharp, in his unironed little way, uncombed hair and all.
Oh, oh, oh, Morgan's gonna punch something. Morgan's gonna punch something. AND THE WALL TAKES 2d6 POINTS OF DAMAGE!
"Need to stay calm."
"Don't tell me what to be."
"Do you remember anything she said about him?"
Dude. Yeah, Reid's a great big grownup Reid now. Everybody else can freak out; he's pulling up his big boy pants and solving the goddamned case, man.
"She made me promise not to talk about her like a victim."
Annnnd nice segue.
And Rossi and Hotch hard at work. Rossi, TELL ME YOU DID NOT ACTUALLY JUST SAY "She asked for it because of the way she dresses"? As hernewshoes would say, O NO YOU DIDNT. ("Don't tell her she got lucky.")
Although I notice he was staring at Nicky's ass later, so maybe it's not just sexism. 0.0
New refrain, "What does it mean?" and variations. The scene here between Morgan and Reid is also super nice.
"Wait... is David Bowie really god?"
...Good god Reid is a terrier in this ep. "We have a sketch artist coming in." Relentless. Interviewing.
And the bad guy interviews the bystander...
"Police around here can't even keep you safe." HEllo, the broad hint.
GREENSCREEN! Reid still running that interview beautifully. "I like to think of myself as a tireless crusader for world karma." (And the thematic statement. Boom.)
And of course Pen knows a designer knockoff. *g* She's probably the person who taught Morgan to spot them!
"People can get away with murder for other people's incompetence."
Rossi, very nice with the profile. he's still a prick, but that doesn't mean he's not good at his job.
(My god. He's raided Reid's closet. And borrowed the clothes so bad Reid won't wear them. Oh, please bring this character back: the Bad Shirt Brigade needs a few good recruits.)
Pen is a Linux girl. YAY!
"Monogrammed shirts. Trust me, they ain't cheap." Ehe. Oh, snap.
GHOST WORLD! Oh, Pen. I love you. Oh, Geeky CM writers and crew, I love you. Petulantly. Passionately.
Television by geeks, for geeks. (Marc Vann was in Ghost World, sez stillsostrange.)
"This might be the coolest girl I've ever met." Yup, he's seen her system. He knows everything he needs to know.
"What's Hotch doing?"
"Right now, I'm guessing he's wishing anybody else was the leader of this team?"
Hello, Shemar's eyebrows.
Bah, nobody suspends my Garcia.
"Is there something I need to know?" Poor Hotch. He's having flashbacks to Elle, you can tell.
"Everything happens for a reason."
Back to the question of faith.
"With all due respect, sir, the BAU is part of that force." prentiss = <3<3<3<3<3 Nobody makes "Fuck you" sound like "Sir" the way Emily Prentiss can.
"What do you know about how she was recruited for the FBI?"
"I'm afraid I'm no at liberty to answer that."
Reid in bluejeans?
(Another nice intercut.)
"I'm required to keep record of everything the team does."
And an Elle mention. Yes, we can learn from our mistakes.
Oh, beat cop, you are so doomed.
"It washes off. I promise."
"I would expect nothing less."
Yep, it's perfect.
"My parents were hippies." What happened to her stepfather and brothers? Oh, nevermind. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds...
"I got my goon squad--"
Awww. Sweetest scene ever. Of course, if he didn't love her, he might date her. *g* Morgan, you are such a broken soul, and I like you that way.
Morgan's holdout makes another appearance!
Morgan looks very convincing crab-running down those stairs. And where have we seen him with a downed officer before....
...And the same situation Morgan and JJ were in in Revelations.
"Could you know something about him?" Terrier. Reid cracks the case!
"We're just here to comfort a friend." Hotch, I love you.
Black COTW! Yay!
"I'm sick of being behind this guy. We gotta end this." Take it a little personally, Dave?
And slowly, bits come out. "Tell us about the car." Reid and Morgan for the double-team. Nice.
You know, Dave, there was probably a better way to handle that.
"Make sure no one forgets to log out of the system. Garcia should not have access." Hee. Oh, Hotch. Yeah, we saw this side of him in Profiler, Profiled, too. He has a theory now, and his theory clears his accused team member, and the rules no longer apply.
The Law Of Hotch: Rules are for people who break them.
Pen, you are such a hacker. And it was totally a system failure that held up Prentiss' resignation, too.
"And yet--" "You wanna play?" "You are not seriously trying to backhack me." Oh, BEST TV SEDUCTION EVAR! Even better than Reid explaining transference to the girl with her tongue down his throat.
"What is she doing in there?"
"You really wanna know?"
...this may be my favorite scene in the history of CM.
Morgan, just hand them to Reid. (Of course, Prentiss, detail girl, picks up the salient fact.)
Prentiss cracks the case! Kevin cracks the case! Morgan and Reid Explain It All.
Hey, expo-boy? Stop explaining the psychology and CALL HOTCH.
Ohh, brave brave geekboy.
Oh, shut UP, internal affairs guy. You exist so that I can want to bite you, this ep, instead of Rossi. Oh, for crying out loud, how blind can you be?
"Think she might be dirty?"
Dude, can't you hear the creepy music? LISTEN!
Hah. hackerboy sends a message to Pen. Brave hackerboy sits next to the killer and sends secrit messages to Pen. And Pen saves the day, with her mismatched chipped fingernail polish. Oh, the geeklove. It is undying.
And Morgan explains the thread to Hotch so the audience knows what it is. *g* "He's spiraling."
"Oh my girl."
"Make sure my files are wiped off the system."
"You're in control here. You write the ending." Beautiful lies, Rossi.
JJ FTW! Three shots, three dogs. Oh, honey.
And JJ shoots him RIGHT THROUGH THE FBI SEAL. Hello, where have we seen that headshot before? LDSK?
"Oh, don't worry about your reinstatement papers. He'll sign them as soon as his hands stop shaking." Oh, sarcastic Prentiss is the bestest Prentiss there is.
"I never even blinked." JJ, you said exactly those words of Prentiss in "Revelations," remember? Right after the last time you executed something. Oh my show. I love you. "You do whatever it takes to protect your family."
"She'll make sense of it."
"How's your faith?"
"Day to day."
Interesting, how they're bringing back this issue of God they've been flirting with since "The Popular Kids." That's another thematic link that gets touched on again and again. A Real Rain, Lessons Learned, Sex Birth Death, Revelations, Lucky, and now tonight. (I'm probably missing a few.)
God, in the Criminal Minds universe, does hear you when you speak. He's right there. And he gives you what you ask for, and may somebody have mercy on your soul.
And by the way? He may be David Bowie.
"Do you believe everything happens for a reason?"
Oh, like finding true geeky love and stopping a killer?
BEST GEEKY LOVE EVAR YAY! Oh, god, bring him back. *g* Finally, they hook a regular character up with the right guest star, and not one who makes me wince to think of it.
Hi. We at Criminal Minds would like to remind you that women are tough, that geeky boys are tough, that damsels in distress (male or female) can kick your fucking ass, and that smart chubby girls find love too. And that geeky boys make the best boyfriends.
Love, the management.
God, I love my show. And in conclusion, I would just like to say, HAH! Absolutely the right backstory, and I don't just say that because I would have totally done the same thing.
Okay, I do. But so what? It's still awesome.
The updated officer-involved-shooting death toll for Criminal Minds:
Number of bad guys shot, by character.
Derek Morgan: pulling into the lead by a nose with either 2.75 or possibly in second with 2.25 (Charm & Harm (split with Elle), Lessons Learned, Open Season (*possibly* split with Prentiss), and Legacy (split with Hotch, Prentiss, and the CotW).
Future vigilante killer Elle Greenaway: still a strong second, (unless she's actually first) despite having left the show in 2x05, with 2.5 (Extreme Aggressor, Charm & Harm (split with Morgan), Aftermath)
Aaron Hotchner, third, or tied for second, back in the field with 2.25 (The Tribe, A Real Rain, Legacy (split with Morgan, Prentiss, and the CotW)
The unassuming but deadly Dr. Spencer Reid, still a strong fourth-place finish at 2 (LDSK, Revelations)
Rossi: 1, in his very first episode (About Face). Cowboy.
JJ: 1, in Penelope. And RIGHT THROUGH THE FBI SEAL. Hello Symbolism Much? Also, three dogs and my eternal respect.
Emily Prentiss, in next to last place with either .25 or .75, depending on whether one of those gunshots in Open Season was actually hers, or if all three were Morgan's. The .25 is the other quarter of Charles Holcomb in Legacy, who went down like Frankie.
Garcia still doesn't kill people, but we now have a shot of her holding a gun, which means I can now make a Geeks With Guns icon for her.
Gideon discharged his weapon once. (Psychodrama, a futile shot across an aqueduct.) However, we all know that in the real continuity, the one where Mandy didn't have a say over whether the character lived or died, Jason put that pistol in his mouth at the beginning of this season. The AU is actually what aired. ;-)
And of course, various unsubs, cops of the week, snipers, and random bystanders.... too many to count.