Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Season 1 Episode 10

The Time is Now

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 04, 2011 on CBS
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Cooper puts Beth in charge of threat analysis when he is called to testify after a woman on death row petitions for a mistrial based on the testimony given by FBI Director Fickler.

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  • An episode that had potential, only to be let down by the plot.

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    I have always enjoyed Criminal Minds and found that even in the latest season, it can still produce some really engaging episodes. For me, I welcomed Suspect Behaviour and gave it the chance it deserved, for the most part the new show hasn't disappointed but it's still not quite the show that Criminal Minds is. This leaves me wondering if it'll ever make it out of the shadow of it's sister show.



    The latest episode for me marred this some what. The plot itself was familiar and on paper should've worked but I found that it ended in a somewhat implausible manner. When a criminal on Death Row appeals their death sentence and the profile of the FBI Director is brought into question, Cooper is brought in to provide a fresh prospective and hopefully prevent said convict from earning their freedom.



    The episode has it's usual court room drama, plot twists and cliche 'everything goes against the good guys' routine. The character interactions and dialogue work well and after a while the story does provide something to engage you, if not to the extent that CM manages to. I couldn't help but compare a scene where the defence rips into profiling and think of the episode from season 3 of CM, 'Tabula Rasa', where Hotch so expertly defends the field in a similar situation by profiling the defence attorney during his own cross examination.



    Sadly, no such event occurred here. After a little back and forth, the unthinkable happens, a rather stupid error in judgement rears it's ugly head and the criminal goes free. She goes free only for her to then go and track down the daughter of two her victims to confess to the crimes she just spent the whole episode fighting to be vindicated of. If she in anyway had any desire to confess to the daughter, she needn't have bothered with the appeal.



    While this is all happening, Beth is named temporary leader of the team who for the most part don't really have a major part in the episode - Beth does however get a new desk. I did like the interaction between the team here, I would like to see them build on this team dynamic as at the moment I feel that is lacking and that is one of the things that makes CM a great show to watch. While the episode itself wasn't terrible, it wasn't the strongest of the season. Hopefully this is just a one off as overall the show is shaping up to be just as good as it's predecessor.......maybe.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

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Mariana Klaveno

Mariana Klaveno

Veronica Day

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Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Prosecuting Attorney Andy Armus

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