Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 8

Hope

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2011 on CBS
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Garcia asks the team for help after a woman in her survivors' support group disappears on the seventh anniversary of her daughter's disappearance.

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  • Creepy but a good episode

    9.0
    The unsub in this episode is one of the creepiest I have ever seen. He's calm attitude, almost an indifferent one made me shiver throughout the episode.



    I don't know why I couldn't relate to Garcia though, despite seeing her in tears many times. This must be because her performance was not a good one, actually I would rate it as a very poor one.



    I missed (Hot)ch a lot though. His presence was so limited, and probably this is the reason that I gave it a 9.moreless
  • A Couple Of Excellent Parts - And Quite A Few Highly Predictable Ones.

    6.5
    The 'people going to support groups' has been a little overdone on 'Criminal Minds'. These groups are wonderful things for people in need of help for various things, but I think this may be the third or fourth episode where we have gone down this road and it is wearing a little thin. It was nice to see a little more interaction between J.J. and Garcia as I haven't found in previous Season 7 episodes that they have regained their old closeness. The plot was predictable but understandable in in places at the same time. A desperate mother would indeed follow the instructions of her daughter's abductor to the letter, especially when she had nobody else to advise her. It was very typical of Garcia's character to refuse to be left behind when her friend was in danger, so that part was well written.



    The unsub himself wasn't very convincing for me. It seemed as though he had rehearsed his lines a million times but had not managed to capture the character. I found that disappointing. The young girl who was friends with Hope did a much better job.



    I was very pleased to see Reid being a part of the action right at the end and seeing how calm and professional he was. J.J. allowing Garcia inside the house with an armed unsub was a bit harder to swallow but I'll allow some artistic license for television. The episode was okay but certainly not nail biting edge-of-your-seat stuff.moreless
  • Wow... Extremely creepy yet compelling

    8.5
    Warning: spoilers ahead



    I thought this was a great Garcia episode. I enjoyed seeing her on screen and interacting more with the other main characters instead of staying behind screens and talking just on the phone.



    At the beginning, I thought it was going to be a 'normal' abduction episode. However when Monica got into the car, I knew it was going to be something more.

    As the story progressed, it got increasingly interesting and a bit scary. When Bill brought Monica to the places where he stalked her and Hope, I found the scenarios terrible. This guy gets off kidnapping girls and now he's 'reenacting' one, telling the story to a woman whose daughter he actually has.

    At his house, we see a chair with cuffs on the chair. That just being there is disturbing as someone can imagine what happens there.

    I think the turning point is when Monica stumbles upon what used to be Hope's room. When they show her mummified body, I had goosebumps. I knew Hope was dead but seeing what happened to her is sad. When Bill tells the story of how/why she died and the disturbing message on the wall in the flashback, it just made the whole situation disgusting. The whole thing just made me freeze and think about how this man could've done all this.

    In the end, I think Bill takes the cake as to my most hated character in CM so far.



    Overall, I think this episode is well written and really gets one thinking of how far humans will go for love. At one point I really questioned if I could get through the whole episode but I'm glad I did. In my opinion, Bill didn't deserve to die in such a quick and painless way but at least he's gone. Monica got a bit annoying as the episode went on but it's understandable with the loss of her daughter. Thought provoking and emotional, I think this episode is one of the best, though creepier than most.



    (And just because, I thought Reid looked badass in the end with his gun when they're in the house.)moreless
  • Finally a Criminal Minds Episode that sucked!

    6.0
    I adore Criminal Minds but this episode was weak to say the least. Shoddy writing, immensely predicting circumstances and a horribly weak case were a recipe for a mediocre episode [and the opposite of what i think makes Criminal Minds so compelling]. Season 7 has been insane so far but out of nowhere this episode emerged. I "hope" that the next episodes regain retains to glory.
  • This season 7 episode 8 show called 'Hope' offering from Criminal Minds has some serious 'splaining' to do. The kidnapping story is typical with some variations but it's other deviations that caught my eye. This is because after season 3, I lost track.moreless

    1.5
    Now all living things evolve but shouldn't TV shows stay consistent? Of course, the core was there but the soul was missing or something deep occurs when a viewer doesn't continue watching for a span of time (4 years). Has this happened to you? Anyway, back to Criminal Minds and Hope.

    Specifically, Garcia's nerd look went from loud individualistic to hellish geometric psycho. Maybe I'm color sensitive but that cobalt blue eye-shadowed accessorized costume was the real killer in this episode. It's the exact shade of blue you might see just before Armageddon and a lot of screeching. Holding my breath continued until Garcia changed outfits near the end. Intelligent women shouldn't be fools or clowns. Perhaps I am unaware of the subtext that developed while elsewhere.

    Morgan was ok, but why mirror Rossi with the facial hair? It gives Morgan a different attitude (gone to the dark side), but again, I was out of the loop and it's an observation. Reid's new hair style was easily the biggest fright jump and personality change. He lacks the weirdness and youth that made him appealing.

    These criticisms reflect a long absence from Criminal Minds and seeing drastic changes but, the story was honestly blah. Also, isn't it a death knell when emotional responses to the physical set over ride plot-lines? The team synergy got lost some where in episode Hope. I want to have hope for this series so I will tune in to try.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

Brigid Brannagh

Brigid Brannagh

Monica

Guest Star

Jack Coleman

Jack Coleman

Bill

Guest Star

Reganne Sheely

Reganne Sheely

Young Hope

Guest Star

Brian Appel

Brian Appel

Agent Anderson

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After The Inheritance and Dharma & Greg, this was the third time guest star Brigid Brannagh and series star Thomas Gibson had worked together.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Garcia: We are each on our own journey. Each of us are on our very own adventure encountering all kinds of challenges and the choices we make on that adventure will shape us as we go. Those choices will stretch us and test us and push us to our limit. And our adventure will makes us stronger than we ever knew we could be.

    • Garcia: "Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." Joseph Campbell

    • Garcia: "Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark." George Iles

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Reid: Joran van der Sloot extorted $25,000 from Natalee Holloway's mother in exchange for information.

      van der Sloot, who is suspected of murdering Natalee Holloway in Aruba on May 30, 2005, is now awaiting trial in a Peruvian jail for the confessed murder of Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010, exactly five years after Natalee disappeared.