Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 02, 2011 on CBS
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The BAU is called to the Angeles National Forest in California after bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Meanwhile, Rossi must make a difficult decision regarding his ex-wife, Carolyn.

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  • An okay episode

    To leave your brother alone in a tent while police are scouring the area for more bodies is indeed a stupid act I won't deny. However, I will give credits to what merits it. A near death experience that pushes someone to kill and resuscitate a person sounds scary but I guess nothing is impossible in this era anymore. I'm not an American. I'm an Asian and I have found one thing disturbing for a long time: why would you trust a stranger for a ride? Evan's mother met a guy and was asked what happened, she explains and being offered a help, she just rides on. This is actually not the first show that displays such action. Do Americans trust strangers so much? Because we Asians certainly don't for obvious reason, security. But anyway, it's a good episode, just lacking some logic.moreless
  • jj character starts annoying

    so arrogant, so perfect so... like Prentiss, be yourself JJ please writtres
  • A body is found in a lake and there are police everywhere so let's leave my brother asleep in the tent by himself :|

    So everyone decides to jump in the canoes and see whats going on with all the police?? But the dude leaves his brother in the tent asleep??? "Why didn't you guys wake me?" "We tried". Wow that's just pathetic. Where was the common sense? I wouldn't leave my brother alone if a body had just been found.

    The victims are honestly total dumb-asses. There are SOOOOOOO many episodes where normal people would try and fight there way out or use their common sense but not in the world of CM they just let the killers kill them so they viewers have an episode to watch. PATHETIC.moreless
  • An interesting concept for the source of the unsub's drive but overall the execution did not live up to the original inspiration.

    An interesting concept but the execution was dreadful. I am a fan but there were too many writing and directing mistakes. The final scene in the lakewith the rubber knife actually had my wife and I laughing out loud - so much for suspense. It was obviously rubber and at one point it is actually flopping back and forth like a grade 12 drama prop. I have no idea how the director thought that this scene would be acceptable on anything except aSaturday Night Live skit. The writing had too many short cuts that made the victims seem to be at fault. The friends in the first scene watch their firend be attacked and do not get the police and their motor boat to help? The jet ski girl's friends drive off without her and never notice she is missing? The mother leaves her son with the car when there is a killer on the loose? This is not the level of writing or production we have come to except from CM.moreless
  • Quite an interesting episode.

    This episode swings two ways for lots of people. Some liked the team aspect better and not the rossi arc or the case and somepreferredit the other way.

    Coming to the case, I think it was quite interesting. Initially it seemed like just another case (which if it would have been, then this episode would have been way below average) but as the episode progresses it takes on a whole new arc, concerning the "after-life". For me the idea of exploring this with relation to a serial killer was very intriguing, though the episode did bring this out well but I felt like something was lacking in terms of making the audience connect with the serial killer, dont mean emotionally but rather in a creepy way where you go WOAH!

    The team dynamics in this episode were just absolutely fantastic. The profiling, though a little too over the place, was still well done. But what was the best was Reid and Emily's confession of their afterlife experience. It was an intense moment andexcellentlyportrayed. Coming tot he Rossi arc, I know a lot of people dont like it but I personally loved it. I think why people may find the emotional scenes maudlin isbecauseRossi's character is usually very stolid when it comes to expressing emotions. However, I really like rossi and it was long overdue to get some insight into his personal life. The last scene was really sad yet warm in anice way, especially seeing rossi having a glass of wine. Seeing his son's grave was absolutely heartbreaking especially when I read the dates.

    Overall a good episode. Can't wait for the next CM episode!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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Chase first approaches Evan and knocks on the window, Evan takes off the earplug from his right ear. When the scene changes, Evan removes the earplug from his right ear again.

    • The prop knife that was used in the final scene with Chase and his victim Evan was obviously made of rubber.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Garcia: (after Hotch asks her to start another search) Faster than a Hotch rocket.

    • Carolyn: Do you think he'll be there?
      Rossi: I know he will.

    • Rossi: "The timing of death, like the end of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it." Mary Catherine Bateson

    • Rossi: "To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable." Erich Fromm

    • Hotchner: If the dump site is doubling as his trophy collection, he won't be happy it's been disturbed. He'll want to make another one quickly.
      Garcia: Uhh, guys, I'm afraid that's just happened. Nick Skirvin's body has just been discovered, but it wasn't found in Ridge Canyon. It was found in Lake Banter, which is 20 miles away. Visual aid to follow. And, postscript, you don't want to know how many hits you get if you Google this forest plus murder. To say it should be called the "Angeles National Unsub Dump Site" is an understatement.

    • Morgan: What's really going on?
      Rossi: Look, it was a late night with Ringo and not enough coffee. I mean the guy's a world-class drummer, but don't think I didn't wipe the floor with him in "Rock Band."
      JJ: All right, what do you think?
      Prentiss: He could be telling the truth. I only played him to the Easy level.
      Reid: I can't tell.
      Rossi: And you never will.

    • Hotchner: Finding out you're going to die isn't enough to make somebody a psychopath.
      Reid: It does, however, explain why he stopped strangling his victims. How do you find out about death?
      JJ: You ask someone who died.
      Hotchner: Is he bringing his victims back so he can talk to them?

    • Rossi: I can't help you. What you're asking. I can't.
      Carolyn: I know. I knew you never could. You spout all that profiler talk, but really the best way to get to know someone is to marry them. You are the best man I've ever known... that's why I wanted you to be with me tonight.
      Rossi: What have you done?

    • Prentiss: He wants to know if the experience can change. I can relate to that. Reid felt a warmth and saw a light. When I coded in the ambulance, all I felt was cold and darkness. And I would like to think that there's a different future waiting for me.
      : You actually died?
      Morgan: All right but resuscitation is hit or miss. You can't guarantee that you can actually bring somebody back, let alone that anyone will remember what happened in their moment of so-called death.
      Rossi: Reid, what's the best way to make sure that his victims had an experience?
      Reid: Keep them dead longer.

  • NOTES (2)