That? Is one creepy cold open.
Morgan and the ongoing Ellie plot... and Prentiss is still unhappy about Morgan getting too involved.
Oh Garcia, honey. And she's extra-festive as she offers to tone down her wardrobe.
She's got her team's back. And her friend's.
And Reid is doing that Reid dissociating thing he does. Where any form of human behavior, taken as an intellectual puzzle, does not trouble him at all (as first seen in "The Fox."). And an awful shirt and an ill-fitting sweatervest. Drink!
Oh yeah, Rossi and Reid are just the people you send for a victim's family interview.
Of course Garcia is hypercompetent. She's Garcia.
"His blood's flowing to all his extremities, but not the right one." How come Morgan is always the guy who gets to make the penis jokes? I think we need to add that to the drinking game.
Hotch to the rescue! That's my refrain for this ep.
Lady, now would be a good time to hit somebody with a chair.
...or die in a pile.
Organizationally, I think this would have worked better if we got it as a flashback rather than seeing it happen and then watching Morgan and Prentiss figure it out.
Kevin to the rescue!
We all miss you, JJ.
Although I am totally in love with the swinger couple. As they crack the case. And the way CM, as usual, handles your alternative lifestyle with aplomb and dignity. And they're so excited to meet the FBI!
Reid and his twitchy fingers handle the exposition.
Prentiss gets it.
Morgan gets it.
And Prentiss and Reid get a nice montagy bit on decompensation there. Very well done.
Only twenty minutes in and headed for a massacre.
Garcia and Hotch should get tense dramatic scenes together all the time. I think they need to use the word "probably" more liberally in this episode, though--they're getting all their exercise jumping to conclusions.
And Mom gets Garcia the help she needs. Hotch may be kind of a drill sergeant, but he also never asks anybody for more than they can give.
Oh, and the look on Morgan's face. :-( Derek to the rescue. Way to go, Sir Galahad.
The way he says "Garcia" should be bottled and sold. And Garcia apparently spins in her chair like Wonder Woman and changes clothes.
Reid's adorable. And nonthreatening. Unlike Morgan and Rossi. And could the phrase "alpha male" be used more often in this episode?
Really, I live for the teamworky bits.
Decompensating unsub is decompensating.
And Reid is the very devil.
Prentiss is uncomfortable. And Reid is clinical.
And Prentiss is kind of awesome. Have we mentioned that Prentiss is awesome?
Hotch is the best Mom ever.
"I let you down."
"In no way whatsoever."
Derek Morgan takes first place in the roll of the damned at 5.25. (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). Also, "Outfoxed," more or less in extremis. And a full audience participation suicide by cop in "Our Longest Night".
Aaron Hotchner, badass, in second place with 4.25 (The Tribe, A Real Rain, Legacy (split with Morgan, Prentiss, and the CotW), and Catching Out--and then he beat George Foyet to death with his bare hands in 100.).
Emily Prentiss, third place with either 3.75 or 3.25, 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 first 1 is the suicide-by-cop in "Lo-Fi." The second 1 is Dale Schrader in "Retaliation." Which could have been Morgan's kill, but I'm giving it to Emily because the hostage seems madder at her later. And the moste recent death-by-pissed-off-girlnerd is James Thomas in "Compromising Positions."
Future vigilante killer Elle Greenaway: slips to fourth with 2.5 (Extreme Aggressor, Charm & Harm (split with Morgan), Aftermath)
The mild-mannered but deadly Dr. Spencer Reid, fifth place with at 2 (LDSK; Revelations)
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, the families of victims, cops of the week, snipers, random bystanders, cultists, lovelorn teenagers, and Frank Miller's ego....