Hotch has officially just had a worse day than Spencer Reid or Tony Hill.
On form, I think, and sufficiently tense and but not as stylish as I expect of CM, but (as seems usual for CM season bookends) more about transitions and setup than the whammy. A bit emotionally muted, except where I had the eep, and they had the usual problem balancing two plotlines.
On the other hand, if you're going to show a homosexual rape on network television, that's probably the way to get away with it.
I like JJ and Prentiss large and in charge, and Slightly Frantic Penelope hurting Morgan's feelings by blurting "Emily!" I also like Hero Reid (and I liked him colluding with Emily.) Spencer, you're so butch!
And JJ called him Spence again. It's been a while. Fan service. *g*
I liked Emily, quick on the uptake as usual, and Rossi being comforting in his brusque and sharp-toothed manner--and failing to mention that Reid got shot. Dude, Rossi, I know he creeps you out and Hotch is in the hospital, but you might wanna mention.
(Also, Emily, lying. And telling Reid to lie. Hello.)
Morgan, still good with kids, and still holding himself responsible for everything.
Hotch, still having one hell of a bad day. He's pretty good at that dad thing, however.
Lots of very nice thematic stuff in this one with parents and kids, parents withholding information from kids, parents lying to kids. And Mom-Hotch lying to his team, because he's not about to tell them what really happened.
Reid, in some ways, had it easier--the team watched his nightmare live on the internet. He never had to explain what happened.
They've always had a hard time nailing down Haley's character. She's either been awesome or kind of a selfish idiot, depending on who was writing her. I'm relieved that this was the more awesome Haley, protecting her kid and also caretaking Hotch where she could, though her first loyalty is to Jack. And that's kind of a horrid catch-22 they've given Hotch.
(Post traumatic stress disorder, drink! Well, Reid and Morgan were putting their issues behind them: it was time to break somebody else. And they've been working on Hotch for a long time.)
The ending felt a little off-key to me: not the Rossi bit, but JJ and Emily and Prentiss doing the denouement. I think it was a little too obviously exposition and denouement.
And in conclusion? Hotch's bad day? Really bad, man. No, probably worse than that one.
...was that entirely quoteless? Oh dear.
(I really couldn't decide between this icon and the "text" one. Ow.)
And as we all know,
I had to make a judgment call on this one, as it's a rarity: a non-fatal shooting by a team member. I think it counts.
Aaron Hotchner, badass, in the lead with 4.25 (The Tribe, A Real Rain, Psychodrama, Legacy (split with Morgan, Prentiss, and the CotW), and Catching Out.).
Derek Morgan in second, trailing by one, with 3.25. (Charm & Harm (split with Elle), Lessons Learned, Open Season (split with Prentiss), Legacy (split with Hotch, Prentiss, and the CotW), and Minimal Loss (three in the center of mass. Do not mess with that man.).
The mild-mannered but deadly Dr. Spencer Reid, third place with at 3 (LDSK; Revelations; Faceless, Nameless, )
Future vigilante killer Elle Greenaway: slipping to fourth but still strong, despite having left the show in 2x05, with 2.5 (Extreme Aggressor, Charm & Harm (split with Morgan), Aftermath)
Emily Prentiss, moving up in the pack with either 1.75 or 1.25, depending on whether one of those offscreen gunshots in Open Season was actually hers, or if all three were Morgan's. I award her the kill because of her reaction on the plane afterward. The .25 is the other quarter of Charles Holcomb in Legacy, who went down like Frankie. The 1 is the suicide-by-cop in "Lo-Fi."
JJ: 1, in Penelope. And RIGHT THROUGH THE FBI SEAL. Hello Symbolism Much? Also, three dogs and my eternal respect. She is 1:1 bullets:kills, at this juncture.
Rossi: in second-to-last place with 1, in his very first episode (About Face). Having established that he is a badass, he has never badassed since. ("Welcome to the Enterprise. Would you like to beat up my Klingon?")
Garcia still doesn't kill people.
Gideon has never discharged his weapon. However, he has beaten somebody all to hell with a clubbed shotgun.
And of course, various shootings perpetrated by unsubs, victims, the families of unsubs, cops of the week, snipers, random bystanders, cultists, lovelorn teenagers, and Frank Miller's ego....
...and now, looking at that, I feel like I've missed one, but I think they just had a heck of a run of not shooting people.