Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 10

Brothers in Arms

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 10, 2008 on CBS
8.8
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As a former uniform cop, Morgan takes it personally when a serial killer specifically targets officers on the police force in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Another sublime storyline, which was really something special!

    10
    This was yet another amazing episode of this show, which never fails to deliver. The storyline was quite sad, with all the police officers being targeted and killed, and it became a really difficult case when the FBI didn't have the support of their colleagues in the police force.



    They certainly combined all of the elements of this episodes together quite well, and it built some serious supense. The last few minutes of the episode were terrific, with the suspect being apprehended, and later shot. That was quite a few nervous moments, when he ws following Hotchner.



    Lastly, I loved the end scenes, when Derek visited the officers' funeral and that was quite a nivce way to end it off. Definitely and episode that I would highly recommend, and it was absolutely terrific!moreless
  • Different Agencies, One Brotherhood.

    8.5
    My heart was in my throat from the beginning of this episode. I've always respected and appreciated the risks our police officers take everyday to keep the public safe. With this script and the idea that someone would intentionally target the special individuals that take the responsibility to ensure out safety just made me want to cry. Lt. Evan rubbed me the wrong way, way too cocky. It was nice to finally see him looking outside the box. Fight Club seem to be pretty dominant lately in the crime shows. I really respected how Hodge put the bull's eye on his back. I like how, as always, the two departments come together to catch the bad guy. Ultimately, I don't know if justice was served. The final scene with Derek and Sam was heartwarming.moreless
  • Great episode!!!

    9.5
    Very exciting and sad at the same time. Cop killer eps are always good and tear-jerking. The plot was good and keeps the viewers on edge about what's going to happen next. It's great that Hotch gets to be the bait and therefore the hero, becuz he doesnt get enough action lol!! Just kidding, but it's usually Morgan who does the macho kicks down door things and jumping on trains. This ep is very real in terms of how the police deparemnt handle and act when they're faced with a cop killer, very realistic and intense. Overall, a great episode to watch!!!moreless
  • What a great episode, the cops wanting to do it their way, and the FBI doing it the way it should be done!! The clash and the alliance, a great way to show conflict in the law enforecement, and the problem on the streets.moreless

    10
    What a great episode, the police force trying to catch the guy the way they know how. And, at one point there's a copy cat and they think they caught the guy, but the BAU knows better, and as they dive themselves further they realize it's a person who's trying to prove himself. A scrunny guy trying to be a man, and instead of doing it the manly way he does it the way he thinks it should be done. And, for Hotch to put himself up as the target was a good way to catch the guy, kinda stupid and brave, but smart in catching the unsub.moreless
  • Interesting input of feelings in this segment.

    10
    It's kind of personal initially, when Morgan decided to take charge of the whole situation. But till last segment of the show, other than showing that he not only has taken in heart for the killings personally, he also kindly spent some times off to take care the feelings of a little boy who had same fate as he did which is losing his father to duty call by encouraging him.



    Very special episode, it not only concentrating on Morgan's determined to justify the right thing about the murders but also making him looks more humane and kind than usual.moreless
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Joe Regalbuto

Joe Regalbuto

Commander Marks

Guest Star

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino

Lt. Evans

Guest Star

Bo Foxworth

Bo Foxworth

Officer Ron Mercer

Guest Star

Meta Golding

Meta Golding

Agent Jordan Todd

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • All the sergeants in this episode have their chevrons pointed down, which is the Commonwealth insignia for the rank of Sergeant, rather than pointing up.

    • In certain scenes, Commander Marks is wearing two different rank insignia on his uniform. He has sergeant stripes on his sleeves and the collar insignia of a Commander.

    • It wouldn't have been possible for the BAU members to have raided the house with a no-knock entry as they did. An anonymous tip wouldn't be enough probable cause for that type of entry, and there wasn't enough time to get any type of warrant, even for a knock-and-announce entry warrant that requires a lower standard of proof.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lt. Evans: (believing that Playboy committed the latest murder) We all know he did it, agent.
      Morgan
      : No, we don't. Lieutenant, you think I don't know how bad you want this guy? I was a uniform just like you. I saw a lot of cops go down. Before that I watched my father get shot. He was killed doing his job - a cop's job. So don't think I don't know.

    • Hotchner: Garcia, find out everything you can about the officers killed; see what they had in common besides their uniforms.
      Garcia: Will do. But, I should warn you it will not be cake, because I have been on the phone with these guys all morning and pulling files from them has been like pulling molars.
      Hotchner: Is there a problem?
      Garcia: You know, aside from the obvious grief for their fallen compadres and their fear of being used as target practice, I get the distinct impression from their crabby behavior they are none too pleased their boss is outsourcing this investigation to the FBI. So… be prepared to hit a blue wall of resistance.

    • Reid: Both incidents show an active understanding of police procedure.
      Morgan: Which narrows it down to anybody who watches television.

    • Morgan: This is an unsub with something to prove.
      Hotchner: And he's got the entire city on edge.
      Prentiss: Kill those who "Protect and Serve," and no one feels safe.

    • Morgan: "For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." William Shakespeare

    • Morgan: "We are all brothers under the skin and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it." Ayn Rand

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • At the end, when the unsub is in custody and being moved, the film turns to black-and-white, and Playboy pushes through the crowd and shoots the unsub. The remainder of the scene is stop-action footage with scenes of both the unsub and Playboy that resembled the news footage of Lee Harvey Oswald being killed by Jack Ruby while being transported during the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination in November 1963.

    • Sgt. Manny Rodriguez: He's too damn old. Overweight, overpriced (shakes his head) too damn old.
      Officer Tom Kayser: What, so you're saying they should have kept Marion?

      The two patrolman are referencing the controversial February 2008 trade of Shawn Marion by the Phoenix Suns for Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal. The two other players referenced, Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash, also play for the Suns.

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