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"Agent Rossi. I'm a big fan."

Criminal Minds 04x15, "Zoe's Reprise," written by Oahn Ly, directed by Charles S. Carroll

I was totally expecting to hate this episode. When I heard that CM was doing a Hollywood-style copycat serial killer (my least favorite trope evar), the words "shark jump" may have been uttered. I should have known that deceptive advertising and subversion would save the day.

Oahn Ly, I totally should have had more faith in you.

Rossi, the book flap blurb is not what people came out to hear you read.
Agent Rossi is farsighted. And apparently Superman, as he manages to whip his glasses off in the split second when the camera is on the tour assistant. (Professionally, I note that they got the crowd at the reading about right: those are realistic, respected well-known author appearance turnout numbers, without being a Gaimanesque line around the block. Usually, Hollywood treats us like rock stars when they portray us.)

I love how his fame gets in the way of doing the job. That's cheering.  (Cleveland! This one's for you, beatriceeagle.)

Rossi has fangirls! And fanboys! And they're creeepy.
Dear America: Serial killers aten't sexy. Love, the BAU.

"Hi, Agent Rossi, I'm Nancy Drew." She's even Titian-haired.
I like the way Rossi deals with her--even though he's going to kick himself for it later. "I'm available for career advice."
Heh. Now I want to make a joke about Leakey's ladies.
OMG. Her car is blue. Is IS Nancy Drew. (Not a convertible, though.)

It's still Autumn in BAU-land.

"If I was going to hurt you, I wouldn't have said excuse me." Ted Bundy was a nice polite young man, too.
"I can't believe I didn't even know her name."
Rossi is being picked up by bookstore owners. *g*

Detective Dan Brady? No, really? Oh, CM, we love you too. And he's totally ready to book the FBI agent, if that's what it takes.

Zoe's mom (Bess Armstrong) is freaking brilliant. CM does this so well. The cost of violence. Oh, and Zoe's room is heartbreaking. Still so much a little girl's bedroom, with signs of incipient adulthood, and piles of books, and the Jodi Foster poster.

"It can't be a coincidence."

"See you in Cleveland, Dave."

The comparison of the team's mental construction of what happened and the reality of the UNSUB reliving his kills is really kind of nice.

"This has to be confidential."

The kids get to do the profile! They're so cute.
Rossi and the rest of the team got to the same place by different routes. This time, we didn't even have to see the process--just the results.
They also seem to have gotten away with This Time Its Personal, if only because the personal link is a professional one. And Rossi guilt is always satisfying.

"Let me take a stab at it."
JJ and Rossi team up! Two JJ-Rossi episodes in a row. Man, it's good to have her back.
"A jogger doesn't get garotted every day."
"He did what came naturally."
"He may have found himself."

Reid cracks the case!
"A young person's mind is so active." And Reid makes a teenager fish-face. <3 My show!

Zoe's mom is here to kick Rossi's ass. Oh, this is a great scene.
Nobody will thank you for arrogating their pain, Dave.

"It could be something he gained control of." Prentiss cracks the case. And JJ and Morgan get the other half.
I also like how this episode focuses so strongly on the victim, and even in death--they lose this one before they even get there, and they lose it because of what Rossi thinks he knows--she solves the case.

Reid must have gotten dumped. His hair is back to baseline unwashed and barely-combed. I have to admit, I prefer it to the blow-dried look, which doesn't suit him.
Serial killer has a great hopeful inquisitive look when he steps out from behind the tree.

"He's my boyfriend!"
"How could she not know?"

"I'll keep him talking."
Rossi's poker face is a think of beauty.
"We're not going to leave until we can give you and the families of the victims some closure." JJ is love.
"Framed photographs in his hallway." Reid cracks the case!

"Your boyfriend is a serial killer. Your relationship is no longer private."
Prentiss in her red sweater, and she's being brilliant with the UNSUB's girlfriend. Her Oh, honey look is just as much a think of beaty as Rossi's poker face.
And the UNSUB, fascinated by the profiling process. Fascinated by himself, just like the B-plot killer in "Damaged."
"That's a really interesting theory."

"In bed." And she looks aside. Not in bed, Emily.

Dom!Hotch is in da house. And mad enough to rub it in a little. He does have that sadistic side.

Cadaver dog!
"The one thing you always ask is the one that I don't understand." Eric the UNSUB (LooK! Another Eric! thick on the ground as Franks, around here.) is really nicely played, too. Johnny Lewis is the actor. "To me, that's normal."
And Rossi is forced to confront some of his tightly-held beliefs, about choice and free will. Not spelled out, just all there in his face. And he sits down to do his job, in a nice echo of the fans in the first scene.

So what are the odds that JJ was lying to Rossi? Constructing a narrative to make him feel better?

"He's alive. Zoe's not." Drink. And we subvert out own refrain.

Wow. I haven't needed to break out my Rossi-drowning bucket since "Masterpiece." This could be a trend.

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Do you think it would have been a "good thing" or an overused plot device if what the killer really wanted was to have been in Rossi's next book?

I recall Bess Armstrong from a t.v. show from about 30 years ago--On Our Own, I'm guessing...
Well, serial-killer obsessed with famouns FBI agent is a shout out to Red Dragon, the prequel to The Silence of the Lambs. And I totally think they were playing on that.

As for whether it's a good thing? Depends on if they pull off the psychology. I think they *did*, in this--Eric wants to be a chapter in Rossi's next book. He's narcissistic, after all.

But then, so is Rossi.
NANCY DREW! AND THEY KILLED HER!

They lost this one in the COLD OPEN. I think that's a new CM record.
Zoe's mom was awesome in this, and I adored all her scenes with Rossi. He still hasn't learned that his pain is not the victims' families' problem.
It's not all about you 9and your Catholic guilt), Dave. *g*

Edited at 2009-02-19 03:27 pm (UTC)
My first thought about JJ's sop to Rossi at the end was that it was another Clever Lie. She even pulled out the plausible Q/A that Rossi didn't remember but totally believed.

I had another moment during Eric's bit about "that's normal" -- who *doesn't* occasionally wonder about that?

[::crickets::]

...okay...um. Never mind.
I had another moment during Eric's bit about "that's normal" -- who *doesn't* occasionally wonder about that?

Hah, I'll fess up.

I was struck by how much the Anti-Nathan (from "Sex, Birth, Death") Eric was -- Nathan knew he was abnormal and wanted to stop himself, while Eric wanted to figure out how to make it work for him.
I knew that the Zoe character seemed familiar, but I didn't twig to her innate Nancy-Drew-ness. OTOH, I was more of an "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" reader growing up.

Lots of references to "Damaged" in this one. We've got Rossi asking for "confidential" help from a female member of the team, said "confidential" help not staying "confidential", Rossi trying to do nice things for the victims (or at least what he thinks are nice), the victims being pissed at Rossi and wanting him to just leave them alone. Not to mention Randolph Mantooth's "He's a good boy" line last week.

Did anyone get a screencap of the David Rossi Book Collection there in Zoe's room?

And wasn't that The Lawyer From U.N.C.L.E. there with Eric the UNSUB? I saw him and immediately thought of David McCallum.

They also seem to have gotten away with This Time Its Personal, if only because the personal link is a professional one.
That line of Rossi's, "How is this not personal, Aaron?" - is this the first time anyone on the team has ever called Hotch by his first name? Or just the first time in a looong time? Or am I suffering from craniorectal insertion?

All in all, a nice episode.
Gideon and Rossi have called him Aaron. Nobody else does except his ex-wife and the Ebil Bosslady.
(Professionally, I note that they got the crowd at the reading about right: those are realistic, respected well-known author appearance turnout numbers, without being a Gaimanesque line around the block. Usually, Hollywood treats us like rock stars when they portray us.)

Quick note, 'cause I'm at work and so can't squee:
The longest line that I have ever seen for an author was for Jim Davis. We had packed the store, then the line stretched, doubled on itself, for 8 storefronts.

I don't EVEN know how Kevin booked him.
Rossi has fangirls! And fanboys! And they're creeepy.

I went to so many John Douglas readings that he started signing his books to me with things like, "Great to see you again!" Now I am embarrassed, although at least I was never fangirl-giddy about my interest in his work. :-)
The thing about my show is, I totally called Zoe as Nancy Drew Is About To Die and Emo This Time It's Personal Rossi and what Zoe's bedroom would look like and I still had fun. And they still surprised me.

The Unsub's girlfriend- oh man. Welcome to another round of 'Do We Really Ever Know Anyone' with your hosts the BAU.

JJ may have been telling Rossi part of the truth in a way that sold her story. I mean, that's her job. And Rossi knows that, doesn't he? But he lets her make him feel better. It was a very nice bit of team.
Yah. To all that.
Rossi is family now too. The scene with Aaron and Dave was great. TG did wonderful work.

I LOVED the direction in this episode. Very nice shots, good editing, excellent pace. The guest starts (Zoe, her mom, and the unsub) had great scenes.

This episode was kind of Sex, Birth, Death in reverse. Instead of asking why first and seeking help he chose to started killing.

Is it just me or is Hotch getting scarier and scarier in those interview rooms. He was in there 30 seconds but i was squicked. I loved how Emily is the calm one. She takes down Hotch's scary intenseness down a notch juts by being there.
Yeah, I think Hotch is going to crack any day now. I don't want him to, but I can't wait to see it, either.
Oh, yeah, about the mom aging. Jeepers.
I totally did not peg Zoe as Nancy Drew, which is sad, 'cause I had all the original series when I was little and read them many times.

So what are the odds that JJ was lying to Rossi?

I spent a good five minutes after the ep ended pondering the very same thing. I suspect she was, because it's a little too pat.
She totally, totally did. Completely.
About Nancy Drew - on the top right shelf there was a set of yellow books with blue titles at the top - looked like the new version of ND books? Or Hardy Boys? I've never read the new ones (only the original versions) so can't say for sure. I liked this ep more the second time around, and 2 things jumped at me: Reid is finally getting out of the cop shop again; thank goodness, for a while I thought all he was going to do was geographic profiles in the office...what a waste of those great new clothes. And how Zoe's Mom (great visceral, empathetic acting) addressed the issue of closure, another recurrent CM theme; yeah, the unsub was going away for life, but that didn't bring her closure because Zoe's still dead. But it does (in a weird CM kinda way) bring closure for Zoe.

And I love how Prentiss is surprised by the girlfriend's revelations, but carries on as if nothing shocking was said...gotta love compartmentalization. Great acting/directing.
That would probably be them, yeah. Good eye!

And yeah, about the unclosure. Very much so.
Oh, I really want this one. Hurry up, local TV schedule!

Detective Dan Brady? No, really?

~dies~
yeah, my husband and I watched the episode and at one point I turned to him and said something like "damn I'm glad JJ is back." and he nodded and said "yep. she's kind of the emotional glue for the team."

and he didn't even really like this show before (well, before i crammed three seasons down his brain by making sick wife eyes at him). heh.

but yeah. glad JJ is back.
Speaking of JJ, she mentioned last night she went to Georgetown University. In previous episodes, wasn't it mentioned she went to the University of Pittsburgh on a soccer scholarship? Or am I dreaming that part up? And yeah, I seen the yellow spine Nancy Drew books in Zoe's room, on an upper part of the bookshelf.
She could have done law, or some other sort of grad school.
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