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"I really wish people would stop asking me that."


So if last week's episode was about mothers and sons, this week we segue smoothly to fathers and sons.

Criminal Minds 4x07, "Memoriam," written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, directed by Guy Norman Bee



Hung over Emily is hung over. Awww. Poor Emily. :-( And no sympathy at all from the team.

Nobody believes you, Spencer.

"I always figured it was somebody outside the home."

Las Vegas Police Department? There's no such agency. *g* Las Vegas Metro Police Police Department, which is also the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Young and the Restless! Bwah! And Reid is a lousy liar.

"Truth is, I don't know anything about him." Reid is becoming more forthcoming about his past, however. You have to work through the trauma before you can share it with other people, and that's something I'm glad this show understands.

"Some rocks don't need looking under." Yeah, Morgan.

And they set up the simple explanation--you're blaming your father for killing your childhood--and take it apart. I love my show. My show flips the bird at Freud.

Hah, Hotch interrupts the girl talk. 1: Girltalkloff!! 2: Hotchloff!!

"Lack of recall just reinforces how little I know about him."

And here's Rossi, laying the cards on the table. I love the very understated way that Reid looks at Morgan for strength and understanding before he makes his decision to go forward with the investigation. Because Morgan's been there, man.

Diana is a little too invested in mytholizing reid's genius. He may have been exceptional, but he was also a four year old kid, Diana.

And Wow. Diana thought Riley was a shared delusion. Yeah, Spencer's not the only one who is afraid of his own mind.

JJ and Todd: "Choose who lives." Drink!

And JJ *would* work through labor.

Rossi trying to be there for Reid, in his Rossilike way, is kind of perfect. He's a patriarchal egomaniacal old bat, but he's becoming my patriarchal egomananiacal old bat. Even more perfect is Reid running off to puke and then coming right back, ready for the fight.

Tough little bastard. Never looks down.

"They say some people look like their dogs, also." Ooo. Snap.

Heh. Reid really has inherited Gideon's ethics along with Hotch's. Rules are for people who need rules: we have ethics. Go ahead and hack his files.

Also, Garcia FTW. Thank god she's getting more face time in this episode. I've been missing her.
"Reid, we been all up in your father's business."

Anybody else notice that this is, I think, the first episode to use the chess-playing and card-playing metaphors since Gideon left? I think the last time we saw any games in the show was, indeed, 3x02, Reid waking up in front of the chess board. My show is sometimes subtle in its subtleties.

(I am really amused by the newspaper articles. Which, by the way, quote Jason Gideon. Reid's other absentee father figure, the ghost presence in this episode. And obliquely mention Elle. (For those of you playing the Spencer Reid home game, the first degree was in mathematics. And apparently one of the others is in engineering, given the dissertation title, which makes psychology and psycholinguistics yet another hobby--like English Lit. Polymaths. Can't stop 'em from learning.)

"yeah, he googled me. That makes up for everything."

No, Penelope, it does not make it better to know that your parent, who abandoned you, was ten minutes away, keeping track of you, and never bothered to send a fucking Christmas card.

And Reid and hookers, again. We're gonna have to add that to the drinking game. Especially the fact that he's totally unphased by them, and just goes about treating them like the people they are. He may not have any idea what to do with amateur come-ons, but as long as he can maintain professional detachment, nothing about human sexuality shocks or upsets him, or makes him the least bit uncomfortable. It's just the way people are.

I love Rossi's outrage over him giving the money away, and Reid's utter unconcern for it. Rossi cares about money; Reid could not care less. This is a guy who shops at goodwill and drives a '67 Volvo: money is something he uses to buy DVDs and books and make sure his mother has the nicest life possible under the circumstances.

I mean, the hooker probably needs the money more than Reid does. And yes, I am gloating over having my fanwank (admittedly, heavily canon-supported fanwank) confirmed.

Purple shirt! Reid, do you have a boy/girlfriend? Because it sure looks like somebody other than you is buying your clothes.

It is also interesting that in the context of this episode, they manage to critique the whole recovered memories thing without ever stating outright what they're doing. And the hypnosis scene is actually pretty accurate, complete with its imperfections. I also love the way they work the scene with tiny!Reid and his dad--what he can't listen to, in hindsight, is his dad saying he loves him. But they reverse the usual CM trick, and take a perfectly innocent scene and make it seem creepy as hell.

Also, Rossi defending him is nice.

"You had a dream."
"This is not about me."
"It was always about you."
"Riley was real."

Oh, Spencer. Ow. Wow, this scene is amazing.

Hah! "North Las Vegas Police Department." North Las Vegas is a separate city. With a separate PD. *g* I should know: I lived there for seven years.

Reid, still really bad with people when he's upset. And boy does he have a temper.

"Every ten minutes."
"Newsflash!"

"I'll get the car." Hah. Hotch has totally done this before.

"I'm not mad. I'm confused. I never told him we were staying at the Fountain View."
Heh. Do not assume you understand the kid's motives, Derek.

"I'm not stupid either." Heh.

"I didn't kill that boy. But I know who did."

The scene where Rossi and Morgan are urging Reid to let it go, the general cop attitude that this was a public service murder, and Reid's emphatic demand to see justice done, even if it's on behalf of a killer--that's all so in character. Guys, it's not that he's driven to nail his dad. It's that the UNSUB deserved a fair trail, Riley's father killed him on circumstantial evidence--He talked to a kid in a park, for crying out loud!--and Morgan and Rossi as the Devil's Advocates aside, our ethos here is we save every life we can, and we don't play jury and executioner.

"What I need is the truth."

Hotch would have run those fingerprints. Gideon would have tried to stop Jenkins from committing the murder. Reid is learning from his *real* father figures/models of benign authority, not the absent one.

This is the Spencer Reid who said to a bystander, in very personal disgust, "You didn't even look!" Because everybody's life is important to him.

Also, as coffeeem says, Spencer Reid is a fierce small creature. I would not *fuck* with that man.

[21:46] matociquala: Reid gets his guts from his mom. "I want to remember."
[21:47] beatriceeagle: Well, we knew he didn't get them from his dad.
[21:47] matociquala: heh

"Did you even look?" Yeah. 

Riley's dad got his information from the COTW, of course.

I do think they (meaning Spencer) let William Reid off way too easy. Okay, yeah, so he's not a murderer and he's not a child molestor. He's still an accessory after the fact and he still abandoned you to, oh, conservatively speaking, fifteen years of Hell, Reid. It's *okay* to be pissed off about that.

I sort of wonder if in an early draft of the script, Diana was the killer, because that makes William's actions--and Reid forgiving him for them, and for the eventual failure of the marriage--make more sense.

On the other hand, Reid did tell him that he could make it up to him by telling him the truth, and Spencer sticks to his bargains. And William Reid's life is certainly ascetic enough to serve as a sort of penance. It's not like he's out running around with floozies.

Funny thing: Reid gets his science fiction jones from his dad. Isaac Asimov, indeed. (Audiobooks of the Foundation series, anyone?)

Aww, JJ called him Spence again. It's been a while.

Hey, two father Williams in one episode. How's that for a happy thematic accident? And of course Reid is the godfather: it's the thematic closure to the whole episode. Fathers and sons.

He's much improved around babies since Jack.

Also, accent sucking, FTW. And I was wrong about Reid's alma mater. But Caltech was my second guess: it's Feynman's school.



For anybody who wants them, I capped the articles and Reid's dis title at the CM community:

http://community.livejournal.com/criminalxminds/508815.html
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