Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 8

Masterpiece

8
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 19, 2008 on CBS
8.9
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When a narcissistic psychopath confesses he has killed seven people and more will die, the team must locate his latest victims before it is too late.

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  • He was a villian on voyager

    10
    I quite enjoyed the masterpiece episode I liked the cool and calm way he talked until he jump Rossi I've watched the episode many times since it first aired and I still like it But he did remind me of when he was a villain on voyager. still like it though
  • Insecure Agent Todd

    8.0
    I'm not going to comment on the scientific or mathematical errors in this episode because obviously the 'geniuses' among us have already exhausted that topic. I also am not going to discuss Jason Alexander's acting skills either - not an issue for me. What I noted about this episode is how insecure Agent Todd is. She took it personally when Morgan tried to help her out and she does not want to admit yet how overwhelmed she is feeling. Jennifer sometimes questioned herself when she had to decide which case took priority to the team. Seeing how Todd is makes me appreciate Jennifer's role in the team more.moreless
  • Jason Alexander, come on...

    4.0
    Episode itself wasn't bad. I have no idea what the golden ratio/fibonacci sequence are so I'll have to take the previous reviewer's word for it, buuut what I really had an issue with was Jason Alexander's acting. Holy crap was he bad. In no way did I feel threatened by or intimidated by him. Worst serial killer ever, ugh. Oh, and that wig? The last two episodes were great, which is probably why I was so let down by this one. Also, the new girl, not the look. Bring . back!moreless
  • You don't need to be a genius...

    5.0
    to see where this episode is going from the beginning... I love math and science based plots, but this was a bit disappointing. The golden ratio/ fibonacci sequence is obvious from the beginning. It wouldn't have taken Reid more than 30 seconds to figure out what was up from the start, as opposed to half an episode. It's also hard to believe that no one out of an entire crime scene investigation would have recognized the symbol as phi. The concepts behind the numbers were explored on such a remedial level it seems to be underestimating the shows audience. It was also hard to believe that a computer wiz like Garcia couldn't put together an algebra problem seeing as most of computer science is math. I'm not trying to show off; I'm a semester behind for graduating because I had to go back to remedial algebra. Just saying...

    I'm truly obsessed with Criminal Minds which makes me wish this episode were as awesome as the rest!moreless
  • Jason Alexander is the worst guest star ever.

    2.0
    This episode was just plain horrific to watch. The plot was nonsense, the science just silly and Jason Alexander must be the worst actor on the planet. I love this series, and when it is good it is among the best crime shows on TV. This episode was so painful to watch that I had to leave the room a few times. There are more holes in the plot than stars in the sky. I can not understand anyone who thinks Jason Alexander did a good job. He was just one bad cliché, and his "school play" style acting was annoying. He was ok in Seinfeld, because he never had to act, just be an irritating self absorbed insecure man. (just like in real life) If the idea is to dumb it down with pseudo science and moronic actors, then they will lose me as a viewer.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

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

Prof. Rothschild

Guest Star

Paul Michael Glaser

Paul Michael Glaser

Detective Garrity

Guest Star

Ali Landry

Ali Landry

Kaylee Robinson

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Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon

Analyst Kevin Lynch

Recurring Role

Meta Golding

Meta Golding

Agent Jordan Todd

Recurring Role

Gina Garcia Sharp

Gina Garcia Sharp

CSU Tech Agent Sharp

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Prentiss was in JJ's office with Jordan Todd, she says she was the last person to join the team. However, she wasn't the last person. She appeared in Season 2 Episode 9 "The Last Word." Rossi appeared in Season 3 Episode 6 "About Face," which means David Rossi was the last person to join the team.

    • Rossi enters the interrogation room with his jacket neatly folded over his arm when Prof. Rothschild is about to leave. As he opens the door and sees Prentiss standing there, he goes back into the room while Prentiss takes his jacket to put it over her arm. Her jacket is over her arm the whole time, but the jacket is over the chair again when she leaves.

    • It was revealed in this episode that Reid had turned 27 years old the month before.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Reid has PhDs in chemistry, mathematics and engineering as well as BAs in psychology and sociology, and he is working on a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Agent Jordan Todd: I'm gonna manifest happiness and calm for the rest of the day.
      Prentiss: (laughs) Happiness and calm? At the BAU? That's... good luck with that.

    • Student: What did you study?
      Rossi: Criminal Justice, but Sports Appreciation was full up at my community college.

    • Rossi: (to Prof. Rothschild) Killing someone or not killing someone is a choice. If those people die, it's because you chose to make it happen.

    • Garcia: There must be some sort of mathematical equation to do this. Should have paid more attention in algebra. Hmm... note to self: get Dr. Reid in here ASAP.

    • Reid: (referring to Prof. Rothschild) I never have any normal fans.

    • Rossi: (to Prof. Rothschild) Oh, and one more thing. I'm gonna be there when they strap you down for that lethal injection. And just before they hit the plunger, I'm gonna lean in real close and tell you to say hello to your scumbag brother.

    • Prof. Rothschild: You have something going on more important than me?
      Rossi: My dry cleaning is more important than you.

    • Prof. Rothschild: (to Rossi) Some games are just intended to be played by higher intellects.
      Morgan: Harming a person weaker than you doesn't take any special ability.
      Prof. Rothschild: Neither does slamming your fist down on a table, but we all must do what we must do.

    • Garcia: There must be some sort of central grant database. I can't imagine the government just handing out money and not che... I'll look into it.

    • Rossi: ...but if you killed seven women without leaving a trace of evidence, why turn yourself in?
      Prof. Rothschild: Imagine what the world would have missed if da Vinci never showed his work.

    • Reid: How many existentialists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
      Rossi: (whispering) Don't.
      Reid: Two. One to change the light bulb and one to to observe how it symbolizes an incandescent beacon of subjectivity in a netherworld of cosmic nothingness. (crickets)
      Reid: Um, an existentialist would...
      Rossi: Before he does his quantum physics knock-knock joke, do we have any other questions about opportunities in the FBI?

    • Rossi: "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, or retaliation. The foundation of such a method if love." Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Rossi: "Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other. It will unriddle many riddles." Mark Twain

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Garcia: It's obviously Tank Girl.

      "Tank Girl" is a British comic character created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin. The comic's style was heavily influenced by punk visual art, and the character became quite popular, standing as a sort of cartoon mirror of the growing empowerment of women in punk rock culture.

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