Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 8

Hope

6
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2011 on CBS
AIRED:
8.7
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Episode Summary

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 and one of the best of season 7

    10
    i really enjoy this episode. great job Garcia and JJ
  • a good one episode

    10
    great and creepy episode
  • creepy but excelent

    10
    excellent episode. creepy too. Always love Garcia
  • 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
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

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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.

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