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"I told my HMO I got abducted by a serial killer, so they gave me free dental x-rays."

Mm. Fanservice. It's what's for dinner.

Criminal Minds 4x09, "Pickup" (or possibly "52 Pickup?"), written by Breen Frazier, directed by Bobby Roth



"He's making them clean up their own murder." Morgan realizes the awful troof! And Hotch says what Todd already knows.

Harlan Ellison quote. And Reid extemporizing on Don Juan.

"Prentiss is right." But you still have to work with Dave anyway.

Garcia is love. "Nasty stuff follows money."

Todd scrambling to prove herself. And screwing up. Sure, there you go. Still I think she proved herself JJ's fitting heir with that whopper. Hotch, alas, and his ethics. Of course, he's been known to lie a little himself...

I also love Morgan finding a way to explain Hotch's ethical compass to Todd. As long as you're in Mom's house, you will live by Mom's rules.

Heterochromia! Okay, it's pretty obvious everybody assumes it's contact lenses. but still.

There's a classic CM setup with the family of the victims.

Aww, Reid fetches coffee for Morgan.

"You're talking about a total transformation here." says Morgan, who did that to himself when he was in his teens. mwahahaha.

Greenscreen!

"What's a pickup? It's basically a profile."

"Sunglasses." Reid figures it out.

"Please be aware that thirty minutes with photoshop does not allow for much artistic flourish."

"A birthmark or a scar." Thanks, Dave, for putting that into context for us. ;-)

"Are you ready to meet Viper?"

"If you are smarter and more interesting, you will be a better predator."

I am deeply amused that yet another unsavory insecure male piles into Morgan like a ton of bricks. Oh, he brings it out in them. There is, of course, an amusing conversation going on here in the subtext with Viper's creepiness and how close it edges up on some of Morgan's tactics for meeting cute. (As seen earlier this season, and expained to Reid.)

"You gotta have game." It's all a continuum, isn't it?

"Please. Tell me we are not giving up on that guy."

Aww. Garcia is wearing major nerd glasses.
"Does this guy stuff actually work on real breathing girls?"
"Why are you asking me?"
Garcia and Hotch flirting, still love.

"Bestill my bespeckled heart."

My show does not believe in victimless crime. And it still believes that hookers are people too. The actress playing the waitress/former prostitute here is really very good. 

"In which case you do it and you steal their wallet."

Reid pwns Todd. thus proving again that is he wanted to be a serial killer when he grew up, he'd be unstoppable.

"Not a chance, kid. I need a wingman."

"To study his style up close and personal, it's going to take somebody that he's already attracted to." Oh, Morgan and Reid are enjoying that a little too much. Evil kid brothers.

"Oh. Oh, this is really gonna suck."

"I've actually dated people worse than Viper."

Prentiss to the rescue with Hotch and Todd.
"Prentiss, you seem to do okay."
Oh, and her laugh. Oh. Hotch, sweetie, you have no idea what she went through to win your trust, do you? Re, her comment in Revelations about him trusting women less than men. Which I still think may be a clue of some kind, about both characters.

And I love that she can now take Hotch to task and explain to him, without him getting defensive, what's going on. She's gotten better at confronting people since the Unfortunate Incidents with Reid, and Hotch (unlike Reid) can take criticism.

Even if he is brittle like a brittle thing these days.

"I gave the profile to one woman, she asked if I was the UNSUB."

"How many phone numbers did you get?"

Reid does magic. Drink!
*squeak*
"That's called game." Oh, yes it is. Reid gets the girl!

"Because it's a game. One I'm good at."
I love Prentiss playing with her hair. And totally playing Viper.

"Who gets pushed and who gets pulled tonight?"

"Is this the one where if you stare at it long enough, you get the image of teh swan."

Hotch, if Rossi has to explain something that basic to you, you need a vacation. "I guess chemically we're not a match."
"Only because you have someone else on the mind." And she steps back and ducks her chin. He scored.
"No, Paul. I'm baffled."

"Oh, you're on Facebook?"
"You should friend me!"
(By the way? She is. And so is Jordan Todd. And Reid, and Penelope. Okay, it could be fan activity. But I LOVE MY SHOW.)

"The alpha female."
"You find them and squash them."
Jordan and Emily crack the case!

Oh, Vanessa's mom. 0.0
Rossi and Hotch crack the case!

Austin the bartender is kind of made of win. Reid is trading up flirtations. This one's smart and resourceful and capable of heroic action on behalf of another. Definitely more worthy of one of our people than Lila the not-a-werewolf. Not Austin's fault she didn't know messes were a trigger.

Aww. Jordan and Emily in the locker room.
"I'm ready to play the player."
Chicks rule.

There was an awful moment here when I first watched where I thought he had already disemboweled her. But it's just a red floor, I think.

Morgan tackles, Reid gets to be the rescuing knight again. And we find out what made the monster.

"I trust your judgment."

And Austin? Also has game. Totally awesome.

Another win for the team. This can't go on....

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What was the Ellison quote?

There was something about how this episode ended that just didn't do it for me. I guess I wanted to find out more about the killer.

Thanks for doing this. I enjoys 'em.
The opening epigraph.
Seriously, not a week after I lament the recent lack of Hotch/Garcia phone flirting, they give me some. I love my show.

Emily's and Hotch's conversation in the locker room was made of very much love, and had a lot of little nice details - "You're okay with this, right?" Hotch may be a block of brittle-like-a-brittle-thing granite lately, but look, a crack! He's second-guessing himself. While this thing Em and Jordan did was hardly worth being advertised as "going undercover", in some respects it ties back to Elle. Hotch sent Elle out there when she wasn't ready (whether that rests as much on Gideon as it does on Hotch is another matter), and now he's second-guessing himself, and the team.
Yes. Hotch is not trusting himself, and he's not trusting anybody around him, either. And you know, they're doing amazingly well, lately. Well enough that Morgan keeps pointing it out to people. *g* (Morgan may not trust it either.)

I kind of worry what's going to happen to Hotch when they lose one.
Emily's laugh = Emily's tell.

And she really, truly does not like it when unfairness occurs.

Hotch knows he can't shatter because that's not what moms do, which just means that he'll shatter even more messily. Argh, when did my friend-brain start worrying about somebody who's never been anything BUT fiction?!
Yes to all this.

She does not like lies, or unfairness, or politics. *g*
Oh. Oh, this is really gonna suck

Best line delivery of the episode.
The facebook exchange is right up there. *g* (Reid and Garcia also have facebook accounts. BTW.)
Emily's dated worse people than that, huh? If I were, for example, a shameless tinhatty fangirl, I might have maybe spent some time on AIM last night verifying the fact that that is not an especially natural phrasing for someone who means "guys." Good thing I'm not.

This was not the strongest episode they've ever done, but it had some lovely moments, didn't it? And Reid's bartender is wonderful.
Hee. Yeah, I caught that too. One wonders, one does.


I am deeply amused that yet another unsavory insecure male piles into Morgan like a ton of bricks. Oh, he brings it out in them.

True. He reminds them of all the people they have lost to over the years. And he might remind them of the jocks who made their lives miserable all through high-school. And for at least some of them the anger is still there.

There is, of course, an amusing conversation going on here in the subtext with Viper's creepiness and how close it edges up on some of Morgan's tactics for meeting cute.

I thought about that. Maybe that is way Morgan had such a reaction to Viper. He was seeing the uglier, more brutally honest version of what he does. Most likely he thinks of himself as better then someone like Viper. And to an extent he is - in that while he dose view women as something to be won, he doesn't have the anger and the hatred of woman that Viper and the guys taking his class seem to have.

That said, I did like his advice to Reid which was basically to be himself, but not spurt out statistics at people. And I liked Reid flirting. He can be charming if he wants to. IT was a cute scene. And it says something that the lady he seems to like was smart and able to think on her feet. I liked that she got latest victim out of trouble and then went to call Reid. Smart and brave girl.

I loved Emily and Jordon totally taking Viper down. They make a good team. And I like how they were able to get the information they needed to crack the case.

Does Viper even cares that two women were killed by a guy who took his class - or does he wish had thought of that himself.
Yeah. Could Viper be a little more obvious about his slime trail?
"Are you ready to meet Viper?"

In the 1985 movie Top Gun, "Viper" was the callsign of the lead fighter-pilot instructor, played by Tom Skerrit.

"Not a chance, kid. I need a wingman."

And who was "Viper's" wingman in Top Gun? "Jester", played by Michael Ironside - whose CM character John would have been deep in his substance-abusing days twenty-three years ago.

Heh.

Actually, when it became obvious that they needed to know more about Viper, I first thought they were going to send Reid in to take his class. Fortunately, they had better ideas.

Austin the bartender is kind of made of win. Reid is trading up flirtations. This one's smart and resourceful and capable of heroic action on behalf of another. Definitely more worthy of one of our people than Lila the not-a-werewolf. Not Austin's fault she didn't know messes were a trigger.

Alas, she wasn't smart enough to either make her cell-phone call from the back room, or at least keep her back to the wall while calling Reid. But then, she needed to be taken to advance the plot.

And, yeah, she got game. Hopefully she's got future appearances (and not as UNSUB-fodder).
But BAU-land doesn't have CM, so she hasn't spent the last three years absorbing their PSAs. ("Dear America, Don't trust blindly. Love, The BAU.") It really isn't her fault. And she did rescue the blonde. Clueful people saving clueless people, that's what the BAU is about.
That one was pretty damn good.
Did you see Emily's relationship status? I squeed. And then changed my own facebook status to reflect my squee.
I did. *g*
Even if he is brittle like a brittle thing these days.

Yeah, I've been noticing that. He's been acting normal, acting like Season One Hotch, Ever since 'Minimal Loss' - emphasis very much on the acting. And, increasingly, it's not working. Not to mention becoming very bloody obvious.

And all with about a line's worth of dialogue split over several episodes to clue us in... ~snuggles show because it trusts its audience and its actors~

The question is, is he going to explode or implode? I'm betting on the latter, personally...

And where the blazes is little brother in all of this, I have to ask?
It does seem most likely that he will implode, but imagine how frighteningly spectacular an explosiong would be?
So can we safely ... critically ponder that this season's theme is 'class and its affect on people'?

Also, Hotch is lookin' like peanut brittle these days.
Interesting. Or '...on people's relationships with other people', because relationships, and the constructedness and subjectivity of relationships, have been in the crosshairs since late last season.
There was an awful moment here when I first watched where I thought he had already disemboweled her. But it's just a red floor, I think.

Actually, I found it deeply confusing that she wasn't disemboweled. Why else would she be cleaning the floor?

Between her dark clothes and the red carpet, I think we were supposed to believe that she *might* have been injured. And I wondered why they didn't make it explicit? If it would've been too graphic? Or to expensive to do the effects? Or what?

And like the team said, a disembowelment isn't fatal if you get treatment. They even taught us EMTs how to transport disembowelments (it involves plastic wrap and watching where you buckle the straps on the stretcher).
Actually, I found it deeply confusing that she wasn't disemboweled. Why else would she be cleaning the floor?

I had that exact same reaction. It kinda threw me out of the ep at the end there.

I'm really kinda wondering. They've gotten the good ending for how many episodes in a row, now? Isn't it kinda past time for the shit to hit the fan?

The whole ending read to me very much like she was supposed to have been disemboweled - and as you point out, that doesn't mean she couldn't have recovered from it. That's what I really thought we were being set up for - a non-fatal disembowelment at the end, the team getting a win but not the really good win - and the ending we got just felt kinda strange.

Or I'm just being weird again.

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Well the victim was a bartender not a social lite hanging out at the club, so she was more working class. She was working at the club, so she really doesn’t fit into his victims. I assumed that he took her because she acted like she was suspicious of him, and I'm sure the unsub knew that he was being hunted by the law so he tried to eliminate her. And because she is not his target victim he goes about killing her differently. But, that's just my idea why she wasn't disemboweled.
This is one of the best eps this season. Probably mainly because i love Emily. But you know, it just worked.

Is it just me, or did Hotch forgive Todd a bit too quickly? I mean he was mad, and she did screw up royally.

Btw, there are now TWO profiles for Emily Prentis on facebook. I suppose the second one might be fannish.
Almost OT, but you know the one thing that really bugged me about this episode was the "so they gave me free dental x-rays" line. It just killed my whole suspension-of-disbelief and my enjoyment of the episode. Because, seriously, really, it's a freakin' HMO -- they don't give free nothin' to nobody! Ever.

Gotta make sure that your story does not violate the laws of reality too much.

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