Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 5

Broken Mirror

11
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2005 on CBS
8.8
out of 10
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424 votes
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Episode Summary

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The BAU investigates the kidnapping of a U.S. District Attorney's daughter and determines the kidnapper isn't seeking money - he is after her twin sister. The case becomes complicated because the kidnapper is always one step ahead of them.

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  • A kidnapping becomes something more.

    8.5
    A kidnapping of a girl turned into something more when he is really after her sister and he is throughout the episode always close to her because the kidnapper is an FBI agent who is there.The FBI agent when speaking on the phone to Gideon definitely underestimated the team bur proved costly in the end.I thought he was just a stalker nothing more compared to some of the killers who is out there.moreless
  • When one of a local D.A.'s identical twin daughters is kidnapped, the team must help negotiate with the kidnapper for delivery of the ransom and the safe return of the girl, but things are not as they seem.moreless

    7.0
    A District Attorney from New Haven, Connecticut needs the help of the BAU when Trish, one of his identical twin daughters, is kidnapped and her boyfriend murdered. Evan Davenport has made a lot of enemies over the years and he is worried that the abduction is somehow connected to his work.



    When the abductor calls, the team are there to help the distraught father deal with his demands. When the unsub demands to speak on the telephone with Trish's twin, Cheryl, the BAU correctly surmise that the kidnapper wants both girls and they must try to find him before Trish is harmed.



    This one was ok. Not stellar, but ok and very watchable. Unfortunately, it was also very predictable and that is where I believe the writers let us down a little. Having said that, it's still entertaining and the cast are very skilled actors.moreless
  • What's the difference between Cheryl lying in the middle of the road and Morgan role-playing?

    8.5
    Well, for one thing, Morgan is an experienced profiler who may be able to use his skill and knowledge to figure out why an unsub does what an unsub does. He looks at a crime scene for those particulars that might not make it into the photos. Cheryl? She’s just weird. When you find out your sister is kidnapped, do you go lie in the road? This was just one strange and bizarre scene in an otherwise pretty good episode.



    Strange and bizarre #2 and #3– why is the BAU team running off to the kitchen to make jokes and eat oranges? Yes, theirs is a stressful job, full of blood and gore and severely messed up people doing bad things. I’m sure they have to blow off steam every once in a while, but should they be doing it in the family’s kitchen where they might be overheard by the devastated father and sister?



    I liked the plot, the twist, hearing about the character flaws of the team members from the mouth of an unsub. Even the delusion of the unsub was well-done, although you usually get more allusions to actual serial crimes in an episode of CM. Elle’s very compelling “interrogation” of the unsub was especially satisfying. But file this episode under “not quite” for me.moreless
  • Review

    8.8
    The only reason this episode scores so high is for the amazing scene with Gideon as he continued to cut the kidnapper off for about a grand total of three minutes of air time. While it seemed like a boring scene to watch, it was acted brillantly be all members involved. Between the confidance and patience of Gideon and the reaction of the father and other daughter when they thought that his plan was going to wind up killing the kidnapped girl. I thought the episode was pretty slow moving, and the twist at the end that it was a cop wasnt one of the best that they have done so far this season. It seemed a little forced and a little filler type quality for the show - but there were still parts of it that were entertaining enough for me to give it an 8.8. There still hasnt really been an episode that has completly let me down, always in the upper tier as far as the ratings go.moreless
  • I guessed the ending in the first 5 minutes.

    5.7
    The kidnapper was annoying, not scary. The twin thing was ok, but you knew when the girl and her boyfriend stopped in the middle of the road someone was going to die. I guessed at the very beginning it was one of the police/fbi people responsible for the kidnapping and murder.
Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Evan Davenport

Guest Star

Matt Letscher

Matt Letscher

Vincent Shyer

Guest Star

Matt Newton

Matt Newton

Jordan

Guest Star

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Haley Hotchner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Morgan: Guys, she wasn't blindfolded.
      Gideon: No.
      Morgan: If she's seen his face, as soon as he gets that money...
      Gideon: ...he'll kill her.

    • Hotchner: (on the phone) So it sounds like bed rest isn't turning out to be very restful.
      Haley Hotchner: Bed rest is more like bed agony. But in 10 minutes I get to switch to my right side. That'll be a thrill.

    • Cheryl Davenport: I don't know how you do it...this job. How do you stomach it?
      Elle: The men I hunt down are cowards. For the most part, they target the weakest members of society: women and children. There is nothing I'd rather do more than put the bastards away.

    • Elle: You took a taser hit.
      Morgan: Yeah, I know I did. So what?
      Elle: So, no one expects you to finish the Davenport file tonight.
      Morgan: Yeah, well, I guess it's still a little fresh in my mind. Nothing like fifty thousand volts in your back to keep your motor running, right?

    • Reid: There's no code of conduct that says agents can't socialize.
      Morgan: Well, see, my code of survival says never mess with a woman that carries a gun.

    • Evan Davenport: Excuse me. Can you actually read that fast?
      Reid: Our conscious minds can process 16 bits of information per second. Our unconscious, however, can process 11 million. (Evan stares at Reid) Yes, I... I can actually read this fast.

    • Reid: I don't know everything. I mean, despite the fact that you think I do.
      Morgan: I never said that. When have I ever said that?
      Reid: Every day since I met you.
      Elle: This morning at breakfast.
      Hotchner: Yesterday when he beat you at cards. Umm... we've got one minute.

    • Gideon: Euripedes said, "When love is in excess, it brings a man no honor nor worthiness."

    • Gideon: Euripedes said, "When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him."

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Reid mentions "the de Clerambault Syndrome" when speaking about erotomania. Although erotomania has come to mean an obsession with sex, it actually was first defined as a delusional obsession with someone of a higher social class. French psychiatrist Gaetan Gatian de Clerambault published a paper on it in 1921. John Hinckley, Jr. probably suffered from erotomania and believed Jodie Foster was in love with him.

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