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"Let's go inside."

Yeah, I know what I said, but I got it done.

Look, drunken jerk in a truck! This certainly won't end well. Boom!
And they're not even trying to deconstruct the Johnny Cash; you can't deconstruct Johnny. He's immune.

And it's the sheriff of nowhere responding.

Oh yeah, applause, and Spencer standing at the front of the room with an uncomfortable smile. Has public speaking gotten any easier, man? "My name's Spencer, and I'm--I don't really know what I am." Yeah, he's been doing the research. He came here tonight to do this, in his red sweatervest and his blue patterned shirt, and the first thing he says is not so far off from what he said to Tobias, is it? "My name is Spencer Reid, and I'm not a devil."
Another show would have used this as the payoff at the end of the episode, not a way of demonstrating the intense pressure under which our guys work. Can't even attend a damned AA/NA meeting without interruptions.

"I guess--I know." Yeah, honesty. And he's proud of himself for having kicked. As he should be.
So 3rd Life was a month ago, CM time. And Spencer turns off his pager. "I wanna escape." Your timing sucks, Jaje.
"You know who I am." Now that I have proven I know who you are.
Michael Ironside as the A.D. Woooo! "Here there's no sirs."
And this isn't something you talk about at the office.
"It took me 6 years to get it."
And yeah, of course. John knows what happened to Reid. Everybody at work knows what happened to Reid.

"I only have ten months."
"Couple of months, we get you your own."
"I don't understand." He's just made himself your sponsor, Spencer. *g* You picked the right meeting.

Heh. Reid, barreling in late and disheveled, just as he did right after "Revelations." But for totally different reasons.
"I hope she was worth it."
"I hope it was a she." Nice, Morgan. Not only does that speak heaps to Morgan's backstory, but also tweaks the very understated work they're doing with Reid and whether or not he likes boys in addition to girls. I love my show.
Shut up, Dave.
Hotch to the rescue. Emily knows where Reid was, and she gives him the little grin.
Emily cuts to the chase. <3

"They're going to want revenge."
"Can you blame 'em"
Well, yes, Dave. I can.

Collapsible GMC! Drink!
It's Rossi with the blue nitrile gloves today. Nice shot framing the Gube against that support beam: yes, he is a tall skinny creature.
And we know it's personal. Emily notices the detail again.
"It's personal."
Hotch, your hair? Is problematic.
But at least it's clean, unlike Reid's.

How come Morgan, bomb squad guy, is not inside looking at the boom?

And we have identified the UNSUB ten minutes into the ep.
Reid spots the dusted photos.
"Is that why he resented them?" Spencer, you are alienating the witness.
And Hotch trying to apologize for Reid without apologizing.
Don't use birthdays for combinations!
Hotch knows its Owen.

"Still haven't found the father of the year award." Heh. Spencer, honey, neither Gideon nor your dad are in this room right now.
His resentment rings really beautifully true, however. I love what they have done with this character, and Morgan as well. Deconstructing the stereotype R us. And I love the insolent, adolescent, yeah, I don't care what Hotch does to me. I admire the guts it took to take a fluffy-sweet character and spend fourteen months explaining that no, he has sharp edges and self-loathing like you wouldn't believe. Ahhh, complexity.

"I wish all our UNSUBs would just tack their profiles on their walls like this."

"Smart money says you didn't paint your mirrors black."

Victim #5. Spree killer!

I actually like Rossi in this scene. And Emily is pissed off with the local cops too.
"We have a problem."
Rossi cracks the case!

Eventually, Criminal Minds is going to hire every young actor in Hollywood with curlyish medium-brown hair.

All the good ones are taken, gay, or sociopaths!

Spencer Reid still hates high school counselors. Man, he is really losing his lunch. Oh, the looks Reid and Hotch are giving each other in this scene.
Morgan cracks the case!
"Being the smartest kid in class is like being the only kid in class." Yeah, Hotch gets that. *g*
The conspiracy of silence in this school is a lovely understated touch. Silence = death. Another constantly demonstrated refrain. Morgan, Garcia, Reid, Gideon, Hotch, Elle.... over and over.
CM says, you need your family.
Also, Reid's genius and his damage remain identical, and so it goes for everyone else on the team as well.

Eileen is lovely. I like the women and their frendship as parallel to her and Jordan's friiendship. And Prentiss with the moment of comfort.
And the girls crack the case!

Oh, the look of disgust on Hotch's face the counselor says "It was his word against theirs." is a Thing. Of. Beauty. *hotchloff*
"Once it's on the internet, it's out there forever." Shades of Revelations. Again.
And Reid and his absolute uncomprehending scorn for people who don't get involved. He doesn't get it. He never has. (And soon we find out why.)
Spencer and his temper. Man. Previously, we've only seen him take it out on team members--Morgan, Emily. This is new.

And Hotch knows what's going on with him.
Hotchalanche! With associated Emily!
Garcia, who is sir not appearing in this episode, is still love.
Emily-Garcia friendship, still made of win.

The shot of Reid reacting while Rossi profiles Jordan and Owen is lovely. Yeah, his own damage is way up front in his head.
"Everybody won't be treated all the same." Thematic statement!
"He's collecting injustices."

Hostile cops, la.

Reid? Don't tell them they got lucky.

The Hotch-Reid fight very very nearly makes up for never getting the scene where Reid tears Gideon a new one. And I love that what's going on here is Hotch manipulating Reid exactly the same way he used to manipulate Gideon. "Fine. Go use your overidentification."
Reid is acting out the adolescent rebellion he never got to have as a kid at Mom. Poor Mom. He doesn't need this right now.
But Hotch, unlike Gideon, and unlike Diana Reid, is a good parent.
My fandom's mom is the best mom.

Owen's making plans for the future. It's not hopeless.

Morgan still reaching out to Reid--parallels back to the aptly-named "The Popular Kids," doesn't it?
Reid's childhood trauma rings a little too horribly true.
And that is why Spencer Reid believes that nobody is coming for you. And why Derek Morgan believes that nobody is going to save you except yourself, and you hump your own load.
I love my show.
"He never got a chance to say goodbye to his mother."

"We'll save her. And take away his reason to live."

"This is your last chance."
The girls are love.

Reid is wearing a much better cardigan this episode.

Owen, sweetie, bury the body where your girlfriend can't see you.
"It's not Jordan." Thank you, Captain Obvious.
The first time I watched this I was sure they killed her. Because yes, my TV show kills people sometimes. I think Rebecca Bryant proved that to us conclusively.

Emily and JJ doing the old Gideon and Hotch prop-up routine. Yes. Kids really do learn what they see their parents do. And here's Jordan.

The delivery on "A half-dug grave" is really a fabulous moment of acting. Because every second of Reid up to his knees in that grave is in MGG's voice right then. Flashbulb memory! Drink!
And more Johny Cash--Hurt.
Reid taking off his vest is a pretty nice moment too--reminiscent of "Derailed.". And then the fact that he goes running to the women for help. Because Reid really is one of the girls. And Emily and JJ have his back.
Owen fixing his hair before he goes to die is also pretty nice.

Also, this scene with Reid and Owen is amazing.
Yes, Reid has blocked Hotch's shot. But not Emily's.
"I'm already dead."
Yeah, kid. So am I.
Oh, low blow with the comment regarding Jordan.
"You'll say goodbye to her and you'll give her the necklace."
Reid has not lost one iota of his stupid brave. It's just different now, because he's lost enough to realize what happens when you lose. The tightly closed eyes--he's expecting Owen to shoot him, and he's out there anyway, because he has to be. A man who is already dead can accomplish amazing things.
Save the UNSUB, save yourself, Spencer Reid.
Does this remind anyone else of the ending of "Distress"?
Yeah. Me too.
So the PTSD plotline comes full circle.

Rossi gets points for blocking the cops with *his* body.

YAY! We win! We totally win! We saved absolutely everybody we absolutely could have!

The plane scene with Hotch and Reid at the end is such a lovely parallel to the scene at the end of "Jones," with Reid and Gideon. Except this time, when Reid says, "It won't happen again," he's not finding a way to promise without promising. (It also parallels the Morgan and Reid conversation at the end of "Fear and Loathing.") He's telling Hotch he's gonna make it.
("What happens if he kills someone?" "You catch him.")

And a year is about right for that. My show. It does not make shit easy.
"Keeping score."
Except Reid is collecting reasons to live, and keep doing the job, and stay clean.

And next week, we are alleged to be given a JJ episode. So woot!

Discussion for this ep is already ongoing here.


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Thank you, ma'am!!!!!

His resentment rings really beautifully true, however. I love what they have done with thsi character, and Morgan as well. Deconstructing the stereotype R us. And I love the insolent, adolescent, yeah, I don't care what Hotch does to me. I admire the guts it took to take a fluffy-sweet character and spend fourteen months explaining that no, he has sharp edges and self-loathing like you wouldn't believe. Ahhh, complexity.

What was pretty funny through this whole ep was HOW MUCH Puppy (being an actual insolent adolescent in Real Time) was actively siding with Reid VERSUS Hotch--Hotch was being mean mom in Puppy's eyes.

At the end of the ep, though, Puppy said, "Hotch is the best mom evah." So then he got it.

I loved this episode.

ETA: closed tag!

ETA: fixed typo! (Gack! posting while leaving work for hair appt is bad)

Edited at 2008-04-17 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hee. Hey, I was kind of posting fro ma friend's couch.

And yeah. My show. Give them enough time and enough actor cooperation, and they will pay off the stuff they set up.

Maybe two years later. *g*
My detail geek is showing--mostly cus I was listening to the ep while capping it and reading your post at the same time.

"It took me 13 years to get it."

He said it took him 6 years to get his first year chip and that for 13 years he hasn't left the house without it. *G*

And I disagree with you about Rossi at the beginning, but that's no surprise. I mean, really, Reid is trying to lie to his coworkers who are all profilers? *tsk* (Don't shit a bullshitter.)

Loved Morgan's line, though, which again, I'm sure you do not find that shocking in the least. *heh*

I really enjoyed this ep (and your recap), but with all the Hotch/Reid goodness? How could I not.

Yeah, I thinkod. *g*
A bit random, but since we're talking dates and all, Hotch's divorce papers were dated April 19th. Not exactly sure what that says about the timeline, just throwing it out there for smarter minds than mine to make sense of it.
Time in BAU land is not like our earth time.
Except Reid is collecting reasons to live, and keep doing the job, and stay clean.

this is utterly beautiful.

just. wow.

*gives you cookie*
As I was telling chat last night, Johnny's pwning of Trent is now complete. But if you must get pwned, get pwned by the best.
It's true.

Man in black.
Yes! I rewound three times searching for the preview (while family members muttered mutinously, because they wanted to watch CSI: NY). Seriously not cool.
The cry went up here "What? No, not CSI: NY! It's not time for them until you tell us about next week on Criminal Minds! We demand our next weeks!"

And then there was harrumphing.
Just seen this one. Yes, it's after 1.00am and I have work tomorrow - my dedication knows no bounds.

I usually like Dave, but yeah, even I said "Shut up, Dave" in the beginning.

And Reid and his absolute uncomprehending scorn for people who don't get involved. He doesn't get it. He never has.

No, he never has. Because he doesn't give up or walk away. There's a touch of Mom in him and maybe Hotch sees that. And I loved Hotch doing what he had to do at the end and yet doing it with such concern and doing it without making it all about him. Lovely ending - moving without being mawkish.
I have been liking Dave more. I actually thought his first line was funny. *g* But not the second one.

And yeah. Reid has learned a lot from Hotch. Maybe more than he did from Gideon, and a lot of it is a lot healthier.

Gideon is not necessarily good for living people. ;-)
And Hotch knows what's going on with him.

Yeah, he would. Because good mums know the things you don't tell them.

Want to see this one very much, but I can wait.
Yes. He knows he just quit his job. That's what he's doing when he takes off that vest. He's done everything wrong--concealed evidence a second time, endangered his own life, brought it full circle.

And Hotch just saved his life again.

In a totally different way.

"I am a sick puppy but I sort of enjoyed the Revenge of the Tree. Maybe it was an Ent."

Not at all - my response was "yay, tree, good on ya mate."

Keeping score... yeah, I guess that has a better ring to it than "collecting justices", which sounds a bit like a psycho lobbyist.

Ahh, I loves me some good h/c! Especially when the c is self-propelled.
This is what all other crime procedurals need- an awesome plot-driven episode that allows for character growth (why CSI? WHY? It's not TOO hard...just let the characters have personal growth and the occasional life outside of work!).

Anyway, you've analyzed the episode beautifully- thanks for sharing!
"Except Reid is collecting reasons to live, and keep doing the job, and stay clean."

An echo back to Tobias' journal, "about staying clean and staying away from Marshall." Unfortunately, Reid's Marshall is burned into his eidetic memory. He's got to stay clean while carrying Marshall around with him.

And there's all this layering. He can use that memory to save people--like Rebecca Bryant. But he can't keep them alive, necessarily. And he can't save all of them.

And still, he's finding ways to be hopeful.

He's not going to be Gideon, though, by God. I somehow doubt you will ever find Spencer Reid pacing back and forth in a bathroom chanting "You did your job. You did what you had to do."

Oh, Jesus H.R. Fuck.

I don't think anything on this show has ever hit me as close to where I live as that high school did. And I mean any. fucking. thing. I am twenty minutes in and I have to keep pausing and reminding myself how to breathe. (I do not tend to go around cheering for the unsubs, but this one...)

Also: yes. Spencer, honey, you done good.
Yeah. That didn't trigger me too badly, but that's mostly because this show has already hit my worst triggers.

In a way that makes me feel better about them, really.

Because part of what they do is tell you it's okay to do what you have to do.

'Course, if you do the math of Reid's high school horror story, you also realize that Reid was somewhere around 12-13 when that happened.....

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