Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Season 1 Episode 9

Smother

2
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 13, 2011 on CBS
8.0
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Cooper and the Red Cell team track down a suspect who is kidnapping young mothers in Manchester, New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Beth learns this particular case is special to Mick.

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  • The team must go to Manchester where young mothers are being kidnapped and murdered.

    6.5
    In this episode there was a certain enthusiasm missing that was present throughout the entire season.

    Somehow no one showed any emotions and it was all very easy going.



    The case by itself was mainly interesting, especially since it wasn't that certain on who the unsub really is. Somehow it was hard to be sympathetic with the boy because he was really portrayed like the only guilty party. But the mother was especially interesting. On the outside nothing was pointing to abuse. Too bad we didn't get the chance to find out what was her mental illness at the end. They played around with multiple personalities, to end up with OCD. Regarding the team, Beth (Janeane Garofalo) is the only one who brought actual depth to her character. Although we've learned more about Prophet and Mick she is the one who has any character which was shown in this episode also.



    One problem that is present since the beginnig: how can Garcia still have red hair. Both shows (Criminal Minds and this spin off) should play out in the same universe.moreless
  • A creepy case - turned cliche by some uninspired performances.

    6.5
    The subject matter of the episode, Smother, was creepy and unfortunately all too real. Mothers, who are mentally unbalanced, and use their children for sexual gratification, quite often fly "under the radar", because the victims of abuse don't talk about it and there is little to no physical manifestation.



    This group of profilers has no chemistry and no personality. There is nothing interesting or unusual about them. They don't come across as clever or intelligent - so you are left wondering how they could possibly solve any type of crime. Something this horrific should have elicited more feeling from at least one of the agents - instead they went about their duties like automatons. I was rooting for this show - now I don't care about its' future.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

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    • Mick: I miss you too. Look, Jenna, I've gotta go. Bye. (ends the call and puts away his phone)
      Beth: Who's Jenna? Don't tell me that the FBI's most eligible bachelor is in love. What exotic port-of-call have you left her in?
      Mick: I thought you didn't really care about my, uh, my exploits, right?
      Beth: Ordinarily I don't, but the sound of you being all kind of bashful and sweet on the phone does hold a certain allure.
      Mick: Really?
      Beth: Now, come on, details.
      Mick: Oh look, it looks like we're about to gather.

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