Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 19

Heathridge Manor

7
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 04, 2012 on CBS
9.1
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The BAU travels to Oregon when a series of murders appear to be ritualistic.

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  • ROBERT EGLUND :D :D :D

    10
    okay no matter how bad or good this episode is the fact that Robert Eglund is in it gives it ten points for me :D
  • One very mixed up family ...

    6.5
    I like Matthew Gray Gubler's directorial work and the guest stars in this episode were obviously chosen very carefully but I found the whole thing a little bit too 'busy' after at first being slow to get going. Garcia is always worth watching when she is in ditzy mode but I still have a little bit of trouble getting used to her presenting the cases, especially given that J.J. is there and more than qualified to do the work. Of course, it does mean more screen time for Kirsten Vangsness and that is definitely a GOOD thing, but the writers should be more cautious in what they allow a technical analyst to do.

    Robert Englund, Kyle Gallner and Juliet Landau certainly share a fondness for roles in episodes such as this. Throw in the shades of 'The Silence of the Lambs' "women down a large pit" reference, and you have all the makings of something good. The trouble is, I was never quite convinced that the BAU, with the exception of Prentiss, actually had a clue what they were doing. The Shakespean/Elizabethan connection should have come to them within minutes, particularly from Reid who DID make the connection, but it took him longer than I believe it would have done, given his enormous knowledge base.

    folie a deux is, sadly, not as uncommon as it may seem and I did enjoy the way it was played out by the three actors involved. I would have liked to see more of Juliet Landau. She played a truly psychotic vampire in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and I saw some similarities between those two roles. I imagine this was deliberate and tongue-in-cheek from either MGG or the writers.

    I was not at all surprised by the ending. It would take a very strong personality to live a life such as that for sixteen years and not be as deranged as your brother. The girl really had no chance.

    More profiling would have been nice, and the team helping out more instead of standing around looking clueless while Prentiss and Reid put the puzzle together would have been good as well but I did enjoy the guest casting and I hope we see more directing from Matthew Gray Gubler in the future.moreless
  • This is a superb episode!

    9.0
    I loved this episode from the beginning to the end. Ritualistic murder and the mentally ill mother son combination! Awesome directing job by "Dr. Spencer raid"! Not to mention this episode is guest starred by Kyle Gallner (From A Nightmare on elm street remake) & Robert Englund (Freddie from the original). Funny coincidence don't ya think?!
  • Flawless.

    10
    This was a top notch Criminal Minds episode! One of the very ebest for sure! What a fantastic storyline! It was spooky and creepy in many ways, not to mention the brilliant suespense, and the pehnomenal writing! It was superbly written, with great ties to the Renaissance and a Shakespearean play!



    There was really no flaws with this! Brilliant episode, and I have to highly recommend it! Absolutely phenomenal! Keep up the great work, guys!!! :)moreless
  • Fantastic Psychodrama

    10
    Mentally unstable villains are hard to pull off but this episode has clearly showcased how the unsub firmly believes his psychosis and even feels that he is a hero on a mission. Plus plus plus, my beloved MGG is the man behind the episode! Love love love!
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

Robert Englund

Robert Englund

Detective Gassner

Guest Star

Kyle Gallner

Kyle Gallner

James Heathridge

Guest Star

Madeleine Martin

Madeleine Martin

Lara Heathridge

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During this episode, Laura Heathridge's left arm is missing and she wears a prosthetic limb. At the end of the episode, she opens the door to a mystery man using a real left hand (not seemingly part of her delusion), then also reaches to the man using a real left hand. It could be argued that her real left hand is part of her delusion, but if this is the case then she should have had a real arm from the moment the doorbell rang (presumably also part of her delusion).

    • Reid mentions the drowning test to discover if someone is a witch was used during the Salem witch trials. That is incorrect. There were never any kind of tests performed on supposed witches in the infamous 1692 trials; they were convicted based only on accusations and spectral evidence.

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