Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Season 1 Episode 5

Here is the Fire

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 16, 2011 on CBS
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After an explosion from a pipe bomb tears through a small town school, Cooper and the Red Cell team must hunt down the bomber before another attack.

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  • The Red Cell team travels to a Virginia town to investigate a bombing at a high school. They find that a disturbed, grieving father manipulates the biblical story of Abraham and tries to use his sons to kill.moreless

    9.5
    The episode started out hot and didn't really let up. And while the episode was centered around any particular character (like the previous episode was more/less Mick-centric), we learned bits and pieces about some of the characters. Everyone contributed and everyone got to do something to help identify and capture the unsub. And in the end, it wasn't Garcia's magic keyboard that found the unsub (don't get me wrong, I like Garcia's magic keyboard, just not all the time).



    Though the episode was very well done, and the unsub was creative and appropriately creepy, the end really sealed it for me. People talk about Forest Whitaker is most often talked about for his acting ability (rightly so, he is amazing), but Matt Ryan really stood out. Thus far in the series, his Mick has been confident (to the point of cocky) and pretty unshakable. But from the moment Mick saw the bomb, Ryan showed another side of Mick that we as the audience hadn't yet seen. Especially that last scene, where Mick and Cooper are back at the office, was exceptional. Not only did we learn a little more about their pasts, but about Mick's personality and character. These bits and more intimate looks make the characters more well-rounded and help us get more invested in them.moreless
  • A bombing at a school leads the team to a grief stricken man working from a biblical pretext, one that includes killing his own children.

    7.0
    I am a HUGE fan of Criminal Minds. The original series. I WANT to like Suspect Behavior. I like JG. She's good, really good. The other characters can be too. But... one of these things is not like the other. He doesn't fit, and though I love Forrest Whittaker, this is NOT the role for him. The writers can't decide if they want to make him a Jedi master, or a mature Rambo used-to-be. He can't be both. He's supposed to have a relationship, (one of those, "I owe him my everything" kind of relationships with the Brit), but it doesn't work. There's no chemistry, there's no "I'd slaughter for you" loyalty, it's bland, and banal. We have no reason to believe that Whittaker's character has ever done anything truly heroic besides knowing how to use the tools (read team) at his disposal. In the upcoming ep, tonight's in fact, (spoiler alert)... there's a scene (it's in the commercial) where he kicks a chair. It looks totally lame. There's no passion, I don't believe it, or him. Whether the fault lies in the casting department, the writing staff (don't take it out on them, you need the right actor to play the right part!) or the actor, and yes, sometimes actors take roles they're not meant for! (Hello who doesn't wanna work these days?) The fact is that FW is a "Pick up the chair and throw it across the room" kind of "fury", not a, 'oh gee I'm frustrated now so I'll shove the chair across the room and hope it clatters loudly' kind of guy.



    I don't buy him, and frankly neither does anyone else if you read EW.COM. And though I hate the idea of possibly causing anyone to lose work, I truly believe that JG would be a much better dramatic choice to lead the team. Her character's acerbic, full of hubris, and passion. In a leadership position her character would create drama ( could truly create House-like loyalty with deep reservations) through her temperament and ego, she'd have to prove herself again and again with the team, one by one which would tax her ability to understand/read her own team which would create an incredibly powerful balancing act for her character all while solving intriguing cases. We could watch loyalties being built, broken and built again. Like bones in a human body. This would be the best possible scenario, which would give this possible series an actual piece of originality that would identify it as its OWN entity, and maybe even begin a whole new genre of procedural drama. S'just my humble though. I will say though... I'll give this a shot till the end of the season, if it doesn't do something to impress me. I won't bother watching it again, no matter what it follows.moreless
Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Unit Chief Sam Cooper

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

SSA Beth Griffith

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

SSA John "Prophet" Sims

Beau Garrett

Beau Garrett

SSA Gina LaSalle

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

SSA Mick Rawson

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

FBI Director Jack Fickler

Guest Star

Gary Basaraba

Gary Basaraba

William Meeks

Guest Star

John Posey

John Posey

Principal Spurell

Guest Star

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    • Mick: I suppose there's no talking you out of this.
      Cooper: This kid's gotta be scared to death. There's no need for me to go in announcing myself as the one who's hunting his dad. (Cooper starts taking of his vest) Besides, if the bomb goes off, this vest isn't going to do much good, is it?
      Mick: True.
      Cooper: You ready for me?
      Mick: Absolutely.

    • Mick: The harder I try to forget, the more clearly I remember it. That's what scares me.
      Cooper: The kid, the kid in the hospital, he asked me if I believe in angels. Can you believe that?
      Mick: What did you say?
      Cooper: I told him I do. But I'm starting to have doubts.
      Mick: Guess we all have our ghosts, eh?

    • William Meeks: You shot me!
      Mick: Yes, I did.

    • Mick: Care to translate for the Welshman whose religion may have, you know, lapsed a bit?

    • Mick: What do you do with yours, Coop... with your ghosts?
      Cooper: I like to fly them in formation (chuckles)

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