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Thank you, Han Solo Rossi.

Criminal Minds 05x05, "The Eyes Have It," written by Oahn Ly, directed by Glenn Kershaw

Fear the melon baller! Also, does every town have a store with a sign that says "coldest beer in town"?

How is it possible that Shemar Moore has become more gorgeous? Is this a trend? When he's 90, will he be hotter than everything else in the universe combined, instead of merely the hottest single thing on Planet Earth? (Although AJ is giving him a run for his money currently. The hair-up thing does wonderful things for her neck.)

(Okay, that was my shallow for the week...okay, probably not.)

Predictable quote is predictable! And Reid is a sesquipedalian. And everybody is trying out their new vocabulary word. ("Use the word enucleate in a sentence!" Next week, degloving injuries.)

Morgan sounds so pleading. "JJ, you're with me.") Also? Loving Garcia's beehive. Garcia, in fact, is also growing more gorgeous by the episode. I think every outfit and hairstyle this week is a winner.

Eyes wilting! Like flowers. And Reid is always serious. (Bear Grylls is the UNSUB!)

"I got a bad feeling about this guy."

Reid realizes the Awful Troof! Drink! (Hey, she did.)

Morgan is back in the soot! My god, responsibility turns him back into First Season Morgan!

Nice parallel structure with JJ's press conference and the profile presentation.

Morgan, listen to Hotch and Rossi. They are old and wise. Also, if you think Penelope is not on to you... oh honey.

And the UNSUB is sleeping at work, like Hotch and Morgan. And

...Okay, that was notes as watched. More seriously, though, there's a lot of thematic work here with sight, with seeing and missing things, with binoculars, eyes, nightvision, blindness, pepper spray... yeah, you get it. Interesting that they caught the UNSUB while he was still evolving, working toward his eventual goal, perfecting the fantasy, as it were--to crefining his tools and claiming the eyes while the victim was still living. (I wonder what he did to incapacitate her, or did I miss it?)

The eyes have it, after all. The profilers' eyes as much as the victims--it's all about what our heroes see and notice, isn't it?

And of course, that leads us to the character development, which I think is the best thing about this episode. Morgan and Hotch swapping roles is lovely, and Hotch seems much more relaxed and in control than he has since the proverbial hit the turbine. But then there's all this stuff about what people don't see--We haven't seen Morgan so comfortable in his role before, but he wears in charge like it was cut for him--even up to and including the politics, w hich it turns out he's not bad at, at least at first blush. We don't see the machinations of JJ and Penelope behind the scene, but they make an enormous difference to everyone.

Oahn Ly's episodes always seem to have an undercurrent of focus on class issues ("Catching Out" being the chiefest among those) but this one in particular does some nice things with presenting non-mainstream religious viewpoints not as a freakshow but just as part of the spectrum of America. It may be just a tad too earnest, but better to fall on that side of the line than the other.

Hotch is still trying to sacrifice himself for his team (he'll give Morgan his office) but his team needs him to be Hotch, even if he's not in charge, and part of that is him having that space. And the team is capable: they can make things so that Hotch keeps his office and Morgan gets one too, because they are just that powerful. (Although I wonder a little there at the thematic isolation of Morgan from everybody else. Where is his new office geographically? Away from the bullpen, I'm guessing, at least a little, which symbolically sets him apart from the team. As the thing with Tamara is also doing--he's keeping secrets from Penelope, even. Which makes me uncomfortable.)

And I'm still wondering what Strauss is driving at.

Emily cracking up over Morgan and Hotch role-swapping, however, may have been the highlight of the whole damned episode for me. Even if she was Sir Not Appearing In This Episode, mostly.

Tags: geeks with guns

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