Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 1

Faceless, Nameless

8
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2009 on CBS
8.9
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As Rossi, Morgan and JJ profile a killer who is targeting an emergency room doctor, Prentiss realizes that Hotch is missing.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • It started the season, but I hope the season improves on its beginning. Main failing: once again the cliff-hanger has Hotch in danger; once again Hotch survives. It's getting beyond believable.moreless

    7.5
    The B plot of the doctor and his son could have used more time and attention in order to get the fullest sense from it. I liked the doctor - he was professional, decent and believable (apart from the moment where he went to treat Reid with the blood of the unsub still dripping from his hands and wrists). The school corridor scenes were well done with the perspective of the crowds transformed into both potential enemies and potential fellow victims. The isolation of knowledge, that's what the kid showed us and that's a good parallel for the BAU team with their dark specialism. Actually I'm wrong about the B plot needing more time and attention. For this reason. I loved the feeling of the emergency room tension getting into the investigation as they struggled to sort through the files before the school bell. It was the trying to impose order on a situation that was still evolving. I loved the way when the kid bolted off to do the right thing that the focus shifted from keeping him in to keeping him out. And the fact that you couldn't keep everything in view at the same time. The Hotch business and the case were stretching the team very thin. The doctor's dilemma was made full use of in all this - the need to limit and focus your attention even though your hastily-made decisions affect lives, and even though you may lose a friend. That was the big success of the writing. And of course Matthew Grey Gubler did for his knee and forced a late change, so that was a further constraint given to Mundy. My main quibble about the episode is personal, because I am not persuaded by Gibson to connect to his character. But Hotch's issues could bring in interesting matter for the rest of the team as their leader struggles with physical and emotional stuff. The vacuum created by his failings, just like when Gideon left, should make room for further growth for the team. I am interested to see what happens with that.moreless
  • Not a bad way to start the season but it didn't meet my expectations.

    9.0
    I had higher expectations for this episode, mainly because the Reaper was such a compelling unsub in last seasons episode, Omivore. Then again, I am a very hard person to please.



    I did find the surgeon storyline somewhat interesting. I admired his son for going to school to send a message to the unsub who was stalking his father. I sympathized with the surgeon who had very little time to recall anyone who had a grudge against him. One again, Reid proved just what a great profiler he is by using his highly developed reasoning skills to narrow down the list of potential suspects who were nameless and faceless. The subplot with Hotch and The Reaper had some very subtle suspense. The most distrubing part about the flashback scenes is what was left to speculation. If what I'm suspecting did happen to Hotch, I think the show is on the verge of jumping the shark.



    I did find the hospital scene between Hotch and Jack touching. Hotch finally showed some long overdue emotion when he thought about the prospect of the Reaper remaining elusive for a long period of time just so Hotch wouldn't get to see Jack grow up.



    The only thing about the episode that truly annoyed me was Haley. While I did empathize with her for having to leave her job, friends, and family to go into witness protection, I was less than impressed with her lack of feelings toward Hotch. Granted, they are divorced but I still think she could have shown more concern for Hotch. I also liked the shows ending, with Rossi reminding Hotch of just how good his team is and that if anyone can catch the Reaper in record time, his team can. All in all, not a bad way to start the season.moreless
  • A great episode, like two episodes in one, a great start to the season, and we may see The Reaper again sometime in the future!!

    10
    This was a great episode it kept you on the edge of your seat with two different storylines going on. The BAU team goes to save a doctor's son, when it's really the doctor in trouble. And, we see Hotch getting attacked by The Reaper and surviving, and Haley and his son going into protective custody, while The Reaper escapes. Giving the promo for the season 5 premiere it was good I gave it a 10 because of how well the balanced the two stories in one and left you waiting for more!! I believe it's going to be another great season for CMmoreless
  • well this episode was awesome.... a great season opener that beats any other criminal minds opener...

    10
    the season opener for criminal minds couldnt be better!! i really loved how after the events of last season, the opening scene is police alarms as you think its because of hotch BUT, its actually another case the BAU have to work on!! for the first 28 minutes the case is really fast-paced and exciting because along the way the suspense is building up for the missing hotch!! prentiss was awesome, worried for hotch!! hotch in the hospital, what happened to the reaper?? i love how you find out in flashbacks!! what really made this episode even more exciting is that the reaper has taken the details for hayley and jack's house!! rossi's talk to hotch at the end made sense with the case because it shows the viewers how the BAU can work without hotch!! overall it was an exciting episode and i think this season will be a very promising one!!



    AND i'm really looking forward to the RETURN of the REAPER in a later episode!!moreless
  • Another great episode and a very good start for the season.

    9.0
    Ok, how many times have we seen one of the members of the team in danger but saved in the end? Many but particularly I don't mind seeing them in danger because these turn to be the ebst episodes in this amazing series. We had Hotch threaten my a stranger in the last episode of the 4th season and I knew nothing was going to happen to him, but what I was wondering was how the members of the team were going to help him. I liked to see how Emily was worried about Hotch and goes to find him to his place and stays next to his bed at the hospital.



    The scene between Hotch, Jack and Haley was heartbreaking because you inmediatedly realise he's not going to see his little boy in a long time... or at least until the BAU gets The Reaper (I'm sure they will) and the last scene between Hotch and Rossi (this guy convinced me in season four) is really good.



    The case abut the doctor and the son is only for me a minute-killer, with this I mean it's only in the episode to create tension because while Dave, JJ, Derek and Reid are trying to protect or discover who is theatening the doctor's son, Emily is triying to discover something about Hotch. A very good one to watch.moreless
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

John Eddins

John Eddins

Det. Walker

Guest Star

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

Dr. Tom Barton

Guest Star

Paul Butcher

Paul Butcher

Jeffrey Barton

Guest Star

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

George Foyet/The Reaper

Recurring Role

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Haley Hotchner

Recurring Role

Cade Owens

Cade Owens

Jack Hotchner

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • The Reaper: Now I understand that profilers think that stabbing is a substitution for the act of sex. That if someone is impotent, they'll use a knife instead. Is that what you think, Agent Hotchner? Maybe this will change the way that you profile.

    • U.S. Marshal Sam Kassmeyer: (discussing Haley and Jack Hotchner) I know Aaron's worried. Tell him I'll protect them like they're my own.

    • Prentiss: You know Foyet having your credentials had nothing to do with any of this. It was just his way of trying to torture you.
      Morgan: Yeah, I know. Foyet's about power and control; he was hoping to watch me fall apart and now he wants to destroy Hotch.
      Prentiss: Exactly. That's his plan. And now we fight it.

    • Rossi: Karl Kraus said, "A weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards."

  • NOTES (3)

    • The correct title for this episode is "Nameless, Faceless."

    • After Matthew Gray Gubler sustained a serious injury to his knee while promoting (500) Days of Summer, an injury to his character was written into the storyline to explain why his character was seated most of the time beginning with this episode.

    • The songs heard in the promo for this episode were "Livin' On Borrowed Time" by Puddle of Mudd and "Tears of Pain" by The Harmalators.

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