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a complex and sometimes lethal machine

Criminal Minds 05x08,"Outfoxed," written by Simon Mirren and directed by John E,  Gallagher



...that actually is James Fallon. FUCKING AWESOME.

Okay, I am so totally sold on this episode already that it isn't funny. Show? I love you. Or,to put iit more concisely, OMGWTFBBQ!eleventyone!!!1!!

...like that.

Reid is nodding a little too fiercely for believability, but I like that they remembered that he wouldn't be taking notes. Instead, he's picking his cuticles nervously.

I love the framing on Reid's long walk up the driveway. The dialogue in the garden is kind of on-the-nose, but I guess we have to exposit for the new kids.

Second week in a row where no sign of sexual assault equals a female killer. Time to retire that one for the season, guys.

And the return of Karl Arnold. That's satisfying. As is Derek Morgan with hair.

Haven't done that one voice overlaid with another trick since The Fox, I  think, or was it Plain Sight? (Gideon screaming out the window in the victim's voice?)

Oh, victim survivor denial. Also something we saw in the related episode, and also used to brilliant effect there. The parallels are great--the father in this episode, the brother in theolder one. Emily as the new kid showing unexpected steel as Reid did five seasons ago.

Visual joke, Silence of the Lambs.

Gee, Arnold is slightlyless slick about ogling the female agents than Rossi was. Which isn;t saying much.

"Found a way to hide in plain sight." I saw what you did there, David Rossi.

"There are more victims. We just haven't found them yet."

"And admirer. Not a fan. Big difference."
Oh, Emily, he's playing you. Open the book.

Tiny baby Hotch! Man, that was a striking ending, back before we knew what to expect from these guys.

Poor Emily. Her ethics are still taking beating, but she hangs on to them. And Prentiss, just like the killer, identifies with Lucy.

"You don't have to now."
"Yes, I do."
You go get 'em, tiger.

"This isn't a coincidence. It's a possible signature."

"Agent Garcia is the best we have."
Garcia's an agent again! It happens intermittently. Or maybe the team just sometimes forgets.

"Stand up. You want to see, don't you?"
THE RETURN OF THE GREENSCREEN! YAYYYYYYYY!
I love how Arnold just waltzes through the blood while Prentiss and Hotch avoid it. And Arnold is totally doing the Ted Bundy egoist thing. The projection, the gloating. I bet somebody watched the Bundy tapes.

"The how is how he was able to catch me."

Oh, the mother in this scene is awesome. And the team doing the deathmarch up to the house is even more awesome.

Shemar Moore is doing some amazing acting in this episode. Very understated, all face and body language. Command is stooping his shoulders, man.

And Reid's gun has migrated to a position all the way across his body now. He's gonna shoot himself in the thigh.

"The strongest of which is smell." Like roasting fish guts, Spencer?

And back to The Fox: Emily confronts Arnold on his childhood abuse just as Reid confronted Tony Todd (hi, Tony Todd!) on his childhood sexual abuse.

"Girls have much more to lose than boys. It's a fact, the female body can handle pain much better."

Hotch comforting Morgan, and Morgan doubting his profile.

"This isn't over. At least not for you." Don't go in the basement, Aaron!
Aaron, the serial killer is not interviewing you. You don't have to answer his questions. Even if Detail Girl is cracking the case.

...Reid's quoting books again.

"There's no fixing how I feel right now, is there?"
"It helped the case. And you did what you had to do." DRINK!

It's the FLICKR KILLER! Aiiieeee! (Garcia and JJ together, still love.)

"No, Agent Hotchner, I rather think he has already found you."

Morgan tackled! Drink! And oh, big lose. What was that I said about Shemar's acting this ep?
Tough JJ (he called her Jennifer!) "Morgan?"
"I'm all right. I'm all right."
They always say that.

Karl Arnold is overacting a little, however. Or maybe he just is that smarmy.
Flashbulb memory! Drink!

This episode managed to more than pay for the awkwardnesses in the last one, for me. I thought Neal Jones was chewing the scenery far more than he needed to, and I the A plot (which was actually the B plot) was backgrounded a bit too much to give us more time with him (I think he would have been creepier and more effective more lightly used, but they were giving Hotch and Prentiss the screen time).

But that's okay. I loved it. It worked, the characters felt like themselves, with just the right notes of continuing character development without the hand being overplayed. And it's been a while since we had a good prison interview episode. (I know, I love those bits. But it's nice to see the team doing the unglamorous part of their jobs as well.)

It also throws some more fuel on that argument about the nature of evil--I think I would have liked to see our poor killer, this episode, get the sympathetic treatment the UNSUB in "Distress" did, but again with the duelling plot threads. And we have had that episode already, and at this point, it may just be implied. They've done the work to be able to assume that the audience will be viewing everybody--team, victims, survivors, killers--as chaff on the winds of torment.

That was purple, wasn't it? Oh, that's okay.

And you know, they had me at James Fallon.



...yeah, I'm really happy with that one.

My show, still not so much a shootin' people show. Or, in five seasons, main-cast inflicted fatalities...

 

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 makes it a tie! 4.25. (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. Now, "Outfoxed," more or less in extremis. Do not mess with that man.).

Future vigilante killer Elle Greenaway: still in second (or third?), despite having left the show in 2x05, with 2.5 (Extreme Aggressor, Charm & Harm (split with Morgan), Aftermath)

The mild-mannered but deadly Dr. Spencer Reid, third/fourth place with at 2 (LDSK; Revelations)

Emily Prentiss, fourth/fifth 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....

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Arnold's gloating was the second Bundy call-back in this episode, which in turn made me feel like I was missing something (apparently, one of the dates on the last death warrant of his that he beat was 18 November).

"Photobugbucket, it's a site people upload pictures to." Fixed it for you, Garcia.

With the previews, I can't wait until next week.
..okay, even for my show, that's geeky/icky. Win.
I had forgotten about Tony Todd! Dammit, I knew I should have re-watched The Fox sometime before this episode, but I kept getting distracted by shiny new things. (Now I'll just have to re-watch both episodes, oh woe, oh hardship...)
Did I mention JAMES FALLON?

*geekgasm*
Emily was much better at flirting with the Fox than she was at pretending to be a fan of Dante, wasn't she? You'd think she'd have known to push the CD over for him to sign not a legal pad.

I was almost as icked out as Emily was at the Fox, too.
"Girls have much more to lose than boys. It's a fact, the female body can handle pain much better."

Like when Benjamin Cyrus is beating the everloving shit out of you while you say you can take it?

Theory: the long and semi-pointless scene of Reid at the crime scene like Will Graham was all about the writers going "Look! He can walk now! Kinda...sorta...he'll be back soon, we promise!"

Bit Player Actor who was the bereaved father put in a varsity-level sixty seconds of Bit Player Acting there.

Karl also seemed like a much different person than he was in The Fox. Then he seemed broken and tormented, now he's Bundyesque.

Observation: of Reid's many roles on the team, one is not to get emotional about victims and families. The others do it. He doesn't. They need him not to.

Prentiss pwns so goooood.
That wasn't pointless at all. It was pathos.

At least, for me.

I think Karl's been feeding off his publicity for a good long time now, and he's turned himself into a rock star.

And I think you're right. Reid doesn't get emotional, in general. He gets clinical.

When he does get emotional, people get worried.

This episode scared me to death. (Not literally, in case you were wondering.)
Even though the two plots were not a perfectly smooth fit, I found it worked on so many levels. Emily badasses better than anyone except, Hotch.
Reid and brain-scans. Please tell me he's had his own done.
Shemar rocking the acting. God, the weight of command weighs heavily on him.
Karl Arnold reminded me of his original capture when he was walking through the station house, smarming on everyone.
The father made me cry. No small parts, indeed, but great and simple writing as well. I love it when the writers don't give in to the florid, but still paint a perfect picture.

And Hotch. So much pain! I think I'm the only one out there (or maybe I just hang out online w/ all you freaks. ;) that wants him to be happy and angst-free. I can't bear the way he is so bloody tormented. I know TG is a great actor; now can we let him have some time in the happy place of unicorns and fluffy bunnies? I want him to smile and laugh and be carefree Hotch. Not like he was ever Mr. Wacky, but would it kill the writers to up the joy nozzle in his world?

Seriously great episode. I love our CriMi! When it is playing it's high cards, you just can't top it!
This is pretty much my reaction, too. I was OH SHOW all through it.

And also, omg I miss Andrew Wilder and Dan & Jay already, dammit. (My fingers are crossed that they will wind up on the spinoff.)
I've *got* to go back and re-watch the first seasons - I don't know if I missed them or if I'm developing alzheimers (but wow, think of the money I'd save on books then).

Heee. *g* They are very rewatchable.
...that actually is James Fallon. FUCKING AWESOME.

*wikis* ...ok, that is pretty cool.


Tiny baby Hotch! Man, that was a striking ending, back before we knew what to expect from these guys.


Yeah, I didn't remember who this guy was until I saw that.


"You don't have to now."
"Yes, I do."
You go get 'em, tiger.


I loved the little pause and *visible* hardening of her eyes before saying that.

"Agent Garcia is the best we have."
Garcia's an agent again! It happens intermittently. Or maybe the team just sometimes forgets.


I think it's that she was talking to someone who doesn't know how the FBI works, so thinks that everyone is an agent. Or maybe making her sound more important.

THE RETURN OF THE GREENSCREEN! YAYYYYYYYY!
I love how Arnold just waltzes through the blood while Prentiss and Hotch avoid it. And Arnold is totally doing the Ted Bundy egoist thing. The projection, the gloating. I bet somebody watched the Bundy tapes.


My first thought on the wipe was "Ebear will be SO happy about that" And yeah, I noticed him just ignoring contaminating the scene (which is I think more why Hotch/Prentiss don't step in the blood, more then anything) But, yeah, that was a GREAT scene.

Shemar Moore is doing some amazing acting in this episode. Very understated, all face and body language. Command is stooping his shoulders, man.

I've noticed that he's changed quite a bit externally since taking over. Slightly darker clothing, jacket (still can't be bothered to wear a tie) no sunglasses, totally cleanshaven instead of the five 'o clock shadow, slightly puffed out chest and seems to step a little closer when talking to people.

And Reid's gun has migrated to a position all the way across his body now. He's gonna shoot himself in the thigh.

Why does he bother wearing it? He only ever shoots people with someone elses gun.

"Girls have much more to lose than boys. It's a fact, the female body can handle pain much better."

Tangent, but...is this true? I know that it's 'common wisdom' but has anyone ever done a study on pain tolerance by gender? Anyone know? If nobody does, I'll google in a bit. :)

Hotch comforting Morgan, and Morgan doubting his profile.

Hotch is a good mom.

"This isn't over. At least not for you." Don't go in the basement, Aaron!

That was when I twigged to Foyet being the admirer

"There's no fixing how I feel right now, is there?"

What happened to compartmentalizing Prentiss, who didn't feel things that weren't relevant to the case?

Morgan tackled! Drink! And oh, big lose. What was that I said about Shemar's acting this ep?
Tough JJ (he called her Jennifer!) "Morgan?"
"I'm all right. I'm all right."
They always say that.


I said outloud "holy shit! morgan got tackled!"
Also "BAD Morgan! ALWAYS go for the gun. That's where you have leverage...Good Morgan!"
And has he ever called her Jennifer before? Is he trying out being more formal with his team while he's in charge? I can't remember.

...yeah, I'm really happy with that one.

Oh, yeah..that was a pretty slick ep. I enjoyed it greatly.


*ETA*:
The one thing that rang untrue for me was the Father having a breakdown in public. I'm sorry, but they beat that out of you. Pretty literally. One of the only things that can change your MMPI is basic training. Although his reaction to being touched by someone in that state was fairly realistic. Also, Morgan stepping up to the plate to lay it out for the guy was a nice touch.

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I got the very strong impression that Prentiss was identifying. She mothers, also, but she has this intense bond (we see it again and again) with adolescent girls she sees as abandoned or misused. It's projection, of course, but it motivates her to protect them.

Dave also doesn't care if people hate him. He's finally learning how to use that power for good. *g*
Morgan doubting his profile.

I wonder if this is going to become a theme as the season goes on. This is the second episode in a row where the main characters have despaired at the seeming inaccuracy of their profiles. Usually, it's the outside people who do this, but even though Reid's profile was right on the money (aside from gender) last week, and even though they eventually figured it out this week, a lot of main character dialogue has been about questioning how off they seem to be. I wonder if this will become a trend, and if it does, what it might end up meaning...

On the one hand, if they start having trouble with accuracy, there's several directions to go in (especially since Morgan could worry that it's only started happening since he took charge); and on the other hand, if they start thinking they're having trouble with accuracy (whether they are or not), that could open up other issues...

Something to think about. :)
Well, one thing I like about this show is that they've always allowed the characters to make mistakes. They approximate, they get new evidence, they come up with better answers.

OTOH, it does seem like the mistakes are engendering more doubt than they used to.

Maybe everybody's uncertain with the new leadership.
I think the UNSUB got short shrift in this one because of the B plot (presented as an A plot.).

Preview--missed it. Will have to check Youtube....
It was...well, fun may not be the word, but satisfying that they had "Emily the badass" in brief/pantomime last week, and then we have the legitimate article this week. Neal Jones may have been chewing scenery like a champ, but I agree with everybody else that prison, and probably deranged hero worship from other prisoners and a few of the kind of fans we saw in Angel Maker, has only intensified Arnold's self-dramatizing smarm. Which is why Emily had to go so far to use him like she did. But it strikes me that a few seasons ago, it might have been Gideon arguing for using those photos, with Hotch arguing Emily's part. Which makes me sad.

I didn't know what I thought a few weeks ago, but I *like* what they've been doing with Morgan in charge. Because they've hit him with the whole shebang, good and bad; this is the job, the ugly job. They don't often give Shemar scenes like the one at the end (after the killing itself), but he knocked it out of the park. I *felt* him hyperventilating, and it hurt.

Hotch is in the basement already, through to the vegetable cellar. He did so well parrying Arnold's predictable behavior, and then finds out he has been predictable himself the whole time. Because Foyet is evil, but he's as good a profiler as Hotch. What scared me the most was not the reveal, but Hotch, completely deaf to Emily, gone into ScaryHotch/tunnel vision mode. Even Hotch himself does not like ScaryHotch, but now he's just along for the ride.
Yeah, about the photos. Or Dave, with Hotch arguing Hotch. Emily is Mom Junior, and has been since day one.

Shemar can *act*. (All that, and brains and talent too.) I sometimes thing he and Gibson have the hardest roles on the show, standing there and being The FBI while the rest of the team get to be flaky and quirky and emotive. And then they give him something like this, or his scenes with Garcia in Penelope, or the subway chase in Mayhem, and I am reminded of how good he is.

Hotch as Scary!Hotch--oh, yeah. The brutal purposeful monstrous authoritarian. What did Morgan say? "You can be kind of a drill sergeant sometimes?"

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Fan!Emily kind of scares me a tad, and I think that's why she creeps out Real!Emily. She scares her, too.

I'm fascinated by the slow crushing of both Emily's ethical compass and her compartmentalization skills.

Two episodes in a row with Female!UnSub. Two eps in a row with team member in potentially-lethal danger. Two eps in a row with Emily faking the fangirl. Huh.

Durin the whole "Morgan got tackled!" scene, I was asking my TV where the hell all of the other FBI agents were. Seriously, the woman tackles Morgan, they struggle, she gets 2-3 shots off, more struggle, and Morgan shoots her before JJ and Rossi come into the room. Unless that all happened a lot quicker than the filming led me to believe, I call shenanigans.
I don't think Emily's being crushed. I think she's adapting. Her ethics are never going to change, though contact with the real world may sometimes lead her to compromise on them. (Sort of like Hotch. He does the Right Thing whether it's the legal thing, except sometimes when not doing the Right Thing saves lives.)

But I very much see her as Junior Mom, these days.

That struggle was over pretty fast, in elapsed time, but I also would have liked to see a faster response from the team.
Who's going to be in charge while Morgan's on administrative post-shooting leave? Eeeeeek.
JJ!
Second week in a row where no sign of sexual assault equals a female killer. Time to retire that one for the season, guys.
And second week in a row where Emily has to flirt with the creepy NotTheUnsub to solve the case.

It's the FLICKR KILLER! Aiiieeee!
One more reason not to use distributed software development teams.

Karl Arnold is overacting a little, however. Or maybe he just is that smarmy.
After five years in a Supermax? When he's already seriously disturbed? Yeah, I can see him being that smarmy.

Verily can Shemar Moore act like an acting actor. (He's got to be getting some serious Emmy consideration.)

I do believe that was only the second time Morgan ever got tackled. And the first time was our buddy Foyet. Ruh-roh, Shaggy.

OTOH, it looked to me like the UNSUB shot herself while Derek was trying to wrestle her gun away (or at least not pointing at him). So he may not really have earned that kill. Not that Our Show will actually clear up that loose end, for that is not what Our Show is about.
He turned her own gun on her--his hands were on it, it counts. Just as it would have counted if she'd turned his gun on him, even if he were still wrestling her for it.

Nobody on this show gets Emmy consideration. I suspect Eddie Bernero may have made somebody crabby, because politics is the only sensible reason why he consistently does work this good and this popular and the entire show gets passed over for everything.

One more reason not to use distributed software development teams. Amen.
Reid is nodding a little too fiercely

I chalked that up to Mr. Infodump's Inner Hermione being firmly repressed. :)
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