Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 16

A Family Affair

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 29, 2012 on CBS
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The BAU travels to Atlanta to investigate the murders of women and determines there could be more than one suspect involved in the case.

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  • Not bad at all.

    8.0
    I enjoyed this one. The psychopathy of the murderous family versus the loving and warm interaction of Jack and Hotch made an excellent contrast. It begged the question repeatedly 'Will a parent do anything for their child or, is there a line that cannot be crossed?'. Obviously, for Jeffrey and his family, there was a line up to a point, but it was a very, very blurry one. His father taking his own life and responsibility for the murders of the young women was completely consistent with the family dynamic. I think the psychiatric problems of the mother had less to do with it than was intimated by the BAU members though. At least she understood the need for her son to take his medication, regardless of how separated from reality she was herself.



    The father was the weak link in the chain. With an unbalanaced wife and a murderous son, he alone could have fixed things, but instead, he chose not to, killing himself and shouldering the blame himself which was never going to help Jeffrey or make the killing stop. Whether or not the mother and son would have continued as a duo is an interesting question.



    I loved how Reid offered to babysit Henry and I would have thoroughly enjoyed watching him do it. What a pity we didn't get to see it happen! I imagine it would have been hilarious.

    The girls being 'slightly' hung over was a nice touch as well and I loved Garcia's request to have the FBI make the crowd keep quiet! Terrific moment between father and son at the end, as they always are with Hotch and Jack amd Beth wasn't as annoying as she could have been but I suppose how that turns out remains to be seen. It was nice to see the team together at the Triathlon but I wondered why Morgan didn't take part given that he is so obviously fit.



    All in all, a watchable episode which didn't grate on my nerves. Good acting, especially from Kathy Baker, and some nice touches. A bit more profiling would have been nice but hopefully that will come together soon.moreless
  • What a family! Just twisted!

    10
    Well, this has got to be one of the most twisted storylines in CM history! It was really shocking, but it was also very interesting! Some very great scenes, and the story was written to perfection!



    Definitely unique, definitely suspenseful and definitely pure eivl! Had all the makings of a great episode! And that it was!



    Also, the last scenes at the triathlon were spectacular! The girls being driunk and Spencer going crazy from babysitting Henry! Great to see Jack again! Great sscenes and a great episode!!! :)moreless
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Derek Magyar

Derek Magyar

Jeff Collins

Guest Star

William Russ

William Russ

Donald Collins

Guest Star

Kathy Baker

Kathy Baker

Linda Collins

Guest Star

Bellamy Young

Bellamy Young

Beth Clemmons

Recurring Role

Cade Owens

Cade Owens

Jack Hotchner

Recurring Role

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