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"You wanna see a super fox?"

We're going to be quick and dirty this week, just the highlights, because I am on the road.

Spoilers, you are shocked to discover, behind cut.



Opening shot, NYC, all its bustling transportation architecture. And the vaguely middle-eastern looking guy, with everyone's sideways glances. And because my show is my show, he's the victm.

Yep.

Nice cold open.

And nice CM signature time lapse fade out Bors' arrow slit Hotch's office window. Shiny!

JJ and the crib. I guess we're keeping the baby. And she's more relaxed with Will now...

"It could be people aren't even registering the gunshot until the UNSUB is leaving the scene."

Ahh, Chris Mundy, sir. I like your style.

Hotch Voltaire quote.

"You guys can joke all you want, because I am never. leaving. this plane." Garcia = love. She's so perky, and yet that line could be so sinister.

Reid huddled under his airplane blanket is hysterical.

There's no connection.

I am very entertained by the Hotch-Joiner-Morgan dynamics.

And the girls are catty in the back. *love* The JJ-Garcia-Prentiss friendship is one of the great chick relationships in all TVland.

Reid, dorky wave, drink.

Nice glasses, Pen. (KV hasa gorgeous smile.)

"I see you brought your own computer." Quite an assembly of COTW this episode....

"It's been my experience that having one butt on the line is enough."

"They liaised..." And the girls are STILL catty in the back.

"Hey, so, what's your partner's problem?" Oh, see, I love how Reid steps up to take that bullet, and Emily comes around to back him up/eavesdrop. Geek solidarity.

"What am I thinking?"
The look Reid gives Emily is love.

UNSUB shot!

Lisa Bartleby, I like you. "I hardly ever get visitors."

Insert technobabble here!

Pen is teaching the surveillance cop how to catch a serial killer.

The dissipated punker chick in the crowd scene made me smile. Nice boots.

Footwork montage!
Look at all those lingering shots of the surveillance monitors. And the people on the street watching the cops.
This is one of the scenes that makes me think the most likely victims of the bombing are Rossi or Morgan, because they are obviously in charge of that crime scene investigation.

Pen teaches coping mechanisms!
"You wanna see a super fox?" Drawing attention to Morgan. And that lovely fade from video to reality, as it were, moving through the surveillance feed to the scene. Work that theme with the visual imagery, guys.

"He knows when he's being filmed." JJ cracks the case.
If you will permit me a totally self-absorbed moment. I so crowed over Rossi's Mossad assassination line. (Yes, because it's a line I gave Gideon in one of my fanfics, more or less. *g* I'm afraid I really have read all the same books as the CM writers.)

"Organized, studies the cameras, carries a gun that's easy to conceal. Knows what he's doing."

And between them, Rossi and Morgan also crack the case, and also don't know it yet.

"He won't strike near where he lives."
And Prentiss and Reid explain the difference between a killer who operates in his comfort zone and one who doesn't.

"If it was truly random--" Yeah. Suck.

CommanderRiker Morgan's getting a promotion! ;-)

My show, I love you for your accurate use of Tarot symbolism. Hotch FTW. The BAU debunks again!

Rossi's forelock should have its own credit line. His hair has terrible continuity in this scene.

"He's telling us he knows we're here."

More than that, Dave. He's telling you he meant to bring you here. But more on that later.

Prentiss cracks the case! Penelope cracks the case!

"We've got more than one UNSUB!" Hotch states the obvious! Drink!

"Most teams stick together."
And we debunk gang initiation spree killing myths...

Morgan has a plan. He's gotten a lot calmer when confronted. And Emily wants to bite Hotch on his behalf.

"JJ." Reid has situational awareness. Will gets points for letting her tell them. Aww, Prentiss is delighted--Auntie Emily!--and Reid with the awkward hug.

And Mom is a good Mom. Even if he is a little sad she didn't tell them.
JJ defending her duty is a lovely thing. "Are you gonna give up your shield."

"Only if you let me win."
"Not a chance."

"We think there's something bigger at play here."
Dear America--here is how the DC sniper case actually played out....

This is a really dense ep.

"Cameras aren't designed to prevent crime."

Hello, dominance battle. Morgan picks a fight with Mom. *g*

The Rossi-Morgan scene here is really nice. "There are no sides here."
Nice, oblique conversation. Very much not on the nose. They're talking around what they mean, and it's lovely.
"I'll make you a deal."
We don't profile each other. Except all the time.

I like Joiner. "You spoke your mind. I respect that." She's brittle and aggressive, but she's also a good cop and she can take her lumps. And the reluctant little nod Morgan gives her is nice.

"Mouseketeer rolecall."

"This was private. It's only for us. They're ramping up to something. And they want us to know they're watching."

"If you saw all these traits taken out of context, what would be the first profile that popped into your head?"
Rossi and Reid FTW.

Cooper is profiling Prentiss back, without even realizing it.

And Lisa Bartleby cracks the case, with a little assist from Pen. Yep. They are watching you, guys. They are watching you.

Everybody turns to stare at the guy in the hoodie.

Nice double-tap, Em. I think you just earned yourself another icon.

Poor COTW. He was cute, now he's in an ambulance. Drink.

"This is not good."

"I shouldn't have had to shoot him."
""Emily, he shot a cop. You did what you had to do." (Refrain, drink.)
"No, no, not that."

I love Morgan trying to comfort Emily, and Emily profiling. Because she is dissociation-lass, and she compartmentalizes better than most people she never even blinks.

Oh Emily Prentiss, what happened to you?

And then Morgan catches on, and starts interviewing the witness.
"What if he chose this spot because we'd be here?" Emily cracks the case!

Yes, guys, Reid and Rossi have already figured that out. (I love the thing this show does where they show different members of the team getting to the same goal via different routes.)

"We think we might have a serious problem."

"I think they're targeting points of entry."
And Mom calms down the room.

"They've been watching us since the beginning."

"The one advantage that we have right now is that they don't know we know they're watching."
The first responders are the targets, guys. You wanna check that assumption, Joiner, the way you made Morgan check his?

Aww. Will volunteers to be a stay at home dad. *g* <3

Nice eyelash flutter at Hotch there, Jaje. *g* Yes, he is human.
Emily in the FBI windbreaker. "We think we know what this is about."

Reid drives! Finish your drink!

BOOM!

As you probably predicted, I did some obsessive frame-by-frame of the last thirty seconds. And my realization is that there is no continuity on the exploding SUV and any of the others.

Prentiss' has (well-lit) license plate 968N2, and is parked next to a tree and a "do not block intersection" sign.

Garcia's also has a tree and a plain lamp-post on the passenger side.

JJ and Will's is parked in front of a hotel facade.

Rossi's--where we never see the passenger side--is on a dark street.

Reid's has a tree and more ornate lamp post.

Morgan's is in front of a cop shop and we don't see the detail on the passenger side.

The SUV that blows up has the license plate darkened, and is actually not at a curb--it's mid-street at a red light with a no right turn sign. The backdrop doesn't match any of the others, which means it's either a red herring, or it's Morgan or Rossi (because we didn't see their backdrops), or... the continuity is screwed.)

Ahem.

My money is on Morgan or Rossi as the bombing victim, because we know the UNSUBs have been tracking the surveillance cameras, and they are the ones who have been in the field most heavily. Backup choices are Emily, JJ, and finally Hotch. Penelope is a possibility, if there's a mole in the police department and the camera thing is a red herring.

But I'm going with placing my bet on Morgan, because of that shot where Garcia draws Lisa's attention to him, and because "People notice" Morgan, and notice that he's good at his job.

Comments

My feelings are leaning towards Morgan, even though that would totally suck. Just the way the camera angle was on the 'splodey truck reminded me of the angle on Morgan's, plus, the way they kind of focused on him more than anyone else in the episode. I'll be totally upset if he's dead, but theoretically, s/he/it could still be alive, whoever the victim was. (Hey, I'm going to keep it in my little brain that they're not going to break up my Sexy Geek Squad at all.)

Of course, since I was actually able to be home when the episode aired, I didn't record it, so BOO. But it'll be on again over the summer, I'm sure.

It was a totally great episode. I had a feeling that something was going to happen with Will, though, ever since he showed up in NYC. I'm not sure why, but I totally thought he was going to go play tourist and end up being a victim.
They're not gonna break up the Bad Shirt Brigade. I am confident of that.

I'm amused by a bunch of things in this ep--the 24-parody style (and deconstruction)--among them. Nice, that.
Re: the blow up.

It could be that it is none of them. It could be Joyner (we didn't see Hotch, who was with her, get into an SUV)...or nobody at all.... Just because Eddie B. told us one of the cast would be seriously injured, doesn't mean we actually believe him, does it? *lol*

I pretty much ruled JJ out because she's pregnant (and CBS is not likely to let them blow up the pregnant woman)...And Prentiss because of the license plate.

I want to say that the CM folks KNOW we'd be looking, and so would've actually used one of the SUV's the characters got into to blow up. But, well, they do sometimes have continuity issues on CM (Prentiss' badge still says SA)--entirely possible that the SUV which was blown up was filmed before they did the other scenes.

Anyhow, Ed Bernero did say in the chat the other day that the season premiere would be earlier this year (early Sept as opposed to late Sept), so we won't have to wait quite so long to find out.

I really enjoyed the Morgan/Hotch argument and then the scene with Morgan and Rossi--it was a good one. Lots of good stuff in the ep, for sure. :D
Yes. The girls and Morgan gots lots of character love this ep.

Also, I thought you would be amused by the parallel between Hotch and Joyner--who never goes home and keeps clothes at the office? :-)
My bet is on JJ, speculating that the actress's real-life pregnancy may lead to her leaving the show. Just a WAG, though (wild-ass guess).
AFAIK, nobody's leaving the show.
[delurking again]

If this were any other show, it would definitely be Morgan. He was -- pointed at -- too many times during this episode. But it's CM, so ...

Two other things stood out for me. We were given too much background information about Joyner. That wasn't a COTW intro; my first reaction was that she was going to become a new team member.

And Will. On any other show, sweet sentimental outing JJ's pregnancy would be enough reason for him to show up. On CM, not so much. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Possibly that he would become a victim, possibly that he would get involved in solving the case, but something.
Except that Will didn't get into an SUV. He was shown standing outside the one JJ was in, saying goodbye.

A friend of mine watching thought that maybe JJ would be hurt, and that Will would step up and join the team in her place.

JJ being the one hurt makes sense in a Meta way too: she'll need far less screentime if she spends the season recovering in a hospital bed, so the actress can tend to her newborn. Kindof like Green (on the original L&O) getting shot so that Jesse Martin could have time to reprise his Rent role for the movie.
This episode was pretty good, although my poor fiancee had a really hard time watching it with me, because he actually works for said NYPD and well, let's face it, we left Accuracy about three exits back.

Which is fine by me, because I didn't come for the accuracy. I came for the hot geeks. :)


"You guys can joke all you want, because I am never. leaving. this plane." Garcia = love. She's so perky, and yet that line could be so sinister.


And who doesn't love Morgan's quip about almost quitting the BAU when they didn't chill the Cristal?

Although, I think she's right about it being like, every two years, that she gets to ride in the plane. When's the last time Garcia rode Profiler One?


"Cameras aren't designed to prevent crime."

I was kind of surprised the cop made this statement, as it's pretty darn wrong, and I have that on good authority. :)

Still, Garcia's "make it your own" complete with whatever those things were (I swear I thought I saw a troll with pink hair) was a moment of unadulterated love. Not to mention that I think that it's easy for viewers to forget that Garcia must have to see some rather horrible things on her screen and not be able to do anything about them.

Was I the only one who sort of loved her laptop bag and wanted one for myself? Y/N?

My money is on Morgan or Rossi as the bombing victim,

I'm with you. It's got to be Morgan or Rossi. Although if it's Morgan, I will cry. A lot.

However, I think it's got to be Rossi. My reasons for which are less about the show and more about the fact that I IMDB'd Joe Montegna and found out that he's got a *lot* of projects going on or just having finished in 2008, and I'm wondering if the actor himself would have time to do all those projects and film for the show.

I don't think that JJ would get written out, just because they've already dropped the baby bomb to the team and can have the actress AND her character go on maternity leave. The bomb would just be ham-handed.

Although I find it funny that I've seen people saying that they think CBS wouldn't let them blow up a pregnant lady. Because given what they've done on this show, I don't think blowing up a pregnant character would even rank in the top 10.
As you probably predicted, I did some obsessive frame-by-frame of the last thirty seconds. And my realization is that there is no continuity on the exploding SUV and any of the others.

I did this. My bet (if it's anyone in the SUV) is on Joyner and the next issue will be Morgan taking over from her on the fly and all the joyful daddy-issues/butting-heads with Hotch that follow. And will Morgan step back down once he has a taste of the air at the top? I don't think anyone is leaving the show in any permanent sense. I think we're going to have lots of fun and tension and shuffling people around, but at the end of the day, I think they all live to tell the tale.

The reason not to use someone in the SUV is that waiting for a human to set off a car bomb does not always suit an agenda. A remote detonation or a timer is far more efficient. The SUV bombing could be an empty practice run or a distraction to get people all in one place for something bigger, like the bombing of the police station.

Also, I have my suspicions about chickieboo there working in the surveillance office. I like her but her name puts me in mind of Bartleby the Scrivener. Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!" They're huge on the literary references in this show.
I have my suspicions about chickieboo there working in the surveillance office.

Oh, I am glad to see I am not the only one that alerted on her a bit. In fact I was scanning comments precisely to see if anyone else did. It'll be interesting to see if/how that plays out.
I have to admit, I don't really think the victim will be Morgan. Mostly because of all the dialogue regarding Morgan's potential leadership ability. I'm specifically thinking of the conversation between Rossi and Morgan, where the former goes on about how the administrative position doesn't suit him. But it also could fit with what Garcia said about people noticing Morgan and Morgan's obvious leadership at the crime scene. The kind of leadership that Morgan excels at is different from the kind of administrative responsibility that Joyner or Hotch have.

My guess is that Hotch will be the victim (possibly Joyner as the primary target), and Morgan will end up finding out the hard way whether he's suited to that kind of leadership position or not.
Ha! I just remembered the best example of what our show is.

My dad watched with me last night for the first time since I did my obsessive watch of the s1 dvds, when he watched a couple of episodes. So, as Garcia's walking in to her bunker-away-from-bunker, he says, "She plays a good ditz."

I giggled and patted his arm and told him to watch. And sure enough, Pen breaks into the longest technobabble scene evar.

It was fun watching my dad's eyes get big. *g*

(I don't have a Pen icon! Ack!)
Yes. I love my show.
My money's on it being Rossi, either killed or badly hurt. (sure they SAY no-one's leaving, but they could be lying to us!) As someone above mentioned: Mantegna's got projects lined up so he might want time off, or hey he's a big enough name that he might just want to leave entirely and this was just a short stint to begin with. Rossi's had his demons (er, "unfinished business") exorcised already, which was technically the reason he'd pushed to rejoin BAU, so "our job here is done" so to speak.

Oh, and Rossi being hurt-not-dead would give Morgan the chance to try on the Dad role for size. ;)
I'm with you on Morgan. Not just because he's noticeable, but because he was playing the UNSUB at the crime scene. The crime scene which the UNSUBs were watching. I'm pretty sure that had to be an attention grabber. Hotch and Joyner are my second thought, and as much as I really, really want a Prentiss background story, please don't be blown her up to do it!

I'll try and wave hi at Wiscon if I see you.
Nice cold open.
After hooking another addictlending a friend S1 dvds, they asked me how I would kill a bunch of people. And that? Right there? Pretty much it.

And the girls are catty in the back.

I swear though, when they said that, I had to double check and make sure that it was a different actress.

"I see you brought your own computer." Quite an assembly of COTW this episode....

I really like that guy, even if all he does is play racist, homophobic drunken irish cop/fireman.

Insert technobabble here!

As mentioned earlier. Not quite technobabble. Need a word that is technobabble, but for real stuff.

The dissipated punker chick in the crowd scene made me smile. Nice boots.

Dissipated. Excellent word for that. I'm stealing it, and keeping it for my very own.

If you will permit me a totally self-absorbed moment. I so crowed over Rossi's Mossad assassination line. (Yes, because it's a line I gave Gideon in one of my fanfics, more or less. *g* I'm afraid I really have read all the same books as the CM writers.)

...actually. Wait. Weren't they in NY, investigating a spree shooter? Once again, you are a CM writer, and ICMFP.

</strike>CommanderRiker</strike> Morgan's getting a promotion! ;-)
...I don't get it.

Morgan has a plan. He's gotten a lot calmer when confronted. And Emily wants to bite Hotch on his behalf.

Well, yeah. Because he's right. And he knows that he's right. And every other time, when he was right, Hotch backed him up.



JJ defending her duty is a lovely thing. "Are you gonna give up your shield."
"Only if you let me win."
"Not a chance."


I like this expansion of Jaje. She's still her, and trying to, all of a sudden, figure out how to add this whole FAMILY thing into her life. Which I'm not even sure she had a normal one growing up, you know? So, her one identifier is 'I am an FBI Agent.' and now...what?

"Cameras aren't designed to prevent crime."
And neither are cops, really. One of the reasons that I try to be armed as much as possible. :)

Hello, dominance battle. Morgan picks a fight with Mom. *g*
"I'm all grown up, and here you are making doe eyes with this guy and not listening to me!"

Cooper is profiling Prentiss back, without even realizing it.
Aww..and they'd make a cute couple, too...

Everybody turns to stare at the guy in the hoodie.

Nice double-tap, Em. I think you just earned yourself another icon.
She limpwrists. I'm surprised the second round was on target. (blackcoat, picking on the BAU's shooting form again. Are we surprised?) OTOH, Unsub had nice form. Although, why he didn't just ruin Em's day is beyond me.

Poor COTW. He was cute, now he's in an ambulance. Drink.
...and this is why we wear vests. Because it's our job to go running after people with guns.

"I shouldn't have had to shoot him."
""Emily, he shot a cop. You did what you had to do." (Refrain, drink.)
"No, no, not that."

"No, I shouldn't have been able to shoot him, because I should have been lying there in a pool of my own blood, because I jumped out into the middle of the line of fire, without assessing the situation, even making an attempt at cover. Because I'm a moron who forgot everything that they ever taught me at Quantico." ...err, I mean...
Also. Extras in the background who just keep walking like nothing is happening while a gunfight goes on.
I love Morgan trying to comfort Emily, and Emily profiling. Because she is dissociation-lass, and she compartmentalizes better than most people she never even blinks.

I find it interesting that Morgan is able to comfort Emily, to provide her with the support for killing another human being, that he TWICE now, hasn't shown Reid.

Oh Emily Prentiss, what happened to you?

Why did something have to happen to her? I mean, so she compartmentalizes better then most people? So?


Reid in a suit. Well fitting suit, even. Now. Just tighten up that tie, and button the top button, and you're ALMOST a Jr G-man

And look. CotW putting Coopers wife, 6 year old and 3 year old into a car.

---

Also, I *REALLY* hope that they don't fuck Morgan up. Because he's too pretty to be unpretty.
Need a word that is technobabble, but for real stuff.

I've always been partial to "geekspeak," m'self. :)
My guesses for the bomb-fodder would be the Haley clone, just because, or Morgan because Garcia and Lisa (?) had the camera on him watching him and the unsubs were hacking into it. That would cause much Garcia-angst and would seem right up the writers' alley. And Morgan hasn't had all that much camera time lately.

I absolutely loved Emily this episode. They have really let her character explode (pun intended) with personality; it's good to see. I loved the Morgan/Mom fight - kinda reminded me of the Reid temper tantrums from "Elephant's Memory." Poor Mom. He's such a great Mom, tho, and lets the kids figure out for themselves where they screwed up.

I don't know why, but the whole JJ and Will thing just doesn't work for me but I understand why it was done. I just hope Will isn't the one to explode. And yeah, the censors and CBS would NOT let a pregnant woman (star no less) get blown up. Would they?

Great episode - I loved the whole growing pile of unsubs plotline. Now all we have to do is wait till Sept. And as for continuity, there are absolutely NO palm trees in the Midwest outside of a greenhouse, or mountains for that matter. They may not have had a choice about how to shoot the explosion (not too close to buildings, curb, etc) so it still could be any one of them. Now that's my kind of cliffhanger.

Sorry for the double post - I didn't notice they had me on anyonymous till it showed up - feel free to delete the first one.
Yeah, we stepped through the prelude to the explosion, as well. It definitely can't be Reid or Emily because Reid was driving a GMC and the car that went boom was a Chevy, and Emily's car had a solid back and different rear lights from the boom car (split door and shorter lights).

I notice we didn't see Hotch and BlondeBrit get into a car. Blowing Mom up would rile the kids but good.
My money is on Morgan or Rossi as the bombing victim

Based on no visual evidence whatsoever, I'm going for nobody. I think the explosion is a fakeout. Because nowhere can I find any evidence that Bernero has said the serious injury is as a result of the explosion.

Proximity of mention may well be the only relationship the two events have--ie, we're seeing a connection that isn't eventually going to be there.

Of course, I'm probably wrong.
Yeah, I caught the tarot-death thing, too. Go Hotch, tear down the ignorance of these amateurs and schmoes :) His awesome was increased exponentially an episode or two ago with the courtroom profile of that lawyer who bet on horses. That was the Coolest.


Rossi's forelock should have its own credit line. His hair has terrible continuity in this scene.

ROTFL


The Rossi-Morgan scene here is really nice. "There are no sides here."
Nice, oblique conversation. Very much not on the nose. They're talking around what they mean, and it's lovely.


That's funny. When I saw that, I was thinking that the reason I love Rossi is because he has no patience for the bullshit. He's a good profiler because he just slices right through people's inhibitions and prevarications to the gut of things. I guess it sort of makes him seem like he doesn't care about people's feelings sometimes (like when he made Morgan interview the priest a while ago), but he just knows that life is too short to make with the games when people are really hurting. He's a great stepdad for this team. And we got a Gideon mention from Morgan! And right afterwards the line about Hotch not cracking a smile in a year. Which can refer to the divorce, or to Gideon morphing into Jack Kerouac all of a sudden. Me love Criminal Minds.


"I'll make you a deal."
We don't profile each other. Except all the time.


Oh yes. Because they can't help it. I loved it when Rossi had just arrived and they were looking through the boxes in his office and profiling him. Setting a precedent, getting to know the new daddy the only way they felt comfortable with. I think most of them are still kind of afraid of him. But they were afraid of Gideon and his withholding, too, not to mention the swan dives off the diving board of sanity.


"Mouseketeer rolecall."

This, and Hotch's "J.J., you could have told me" are the high points of this ep for me. Because with Gideon gone, the Hotch connection I like best is the one to J.J.

No, not Morgan! Not Rossi! Not that I want anyone to die. My money's on red herring or continuity snafu. Because those are more annoying and therefore less likely to make me dwell on it.

(Anonymous)

And right afterwards the line about Hotch not cracking a smile in a year. Which can refer to the divorce, or to Gideon morphing into Jack Kerouac all of a sudden.

Poor old Hotch has had it hard...both wives leaving him around the same time.

Apay