Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 7

Middle Man

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 2010 on CBS
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The BAU must catch a group of serial killers that is killing exotic dancers and leaving their bodies in the cornfields of Indiana.

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  • Matt McGuire (Jake Thomas) is a loner + follower in a pack of 3 men who abduct+rape exotic dancers while the leader kills the women+dumps their bodies

    If people are wondering I referred to the follower as Matt because he was in Lizzie Mcguire :P A show I grew up watching in which he was the younger brother of the protagonist Lizzie (In case people don't know). Its nice to see him in something other than a Disney show (after Lizzie Mcguire he grew up and appeared in Cory In the House). I was sad to see him as one of the unsubs but I felt better when I found out he didn't know about the murders, not happy that he was raping women though, pathetic disgusting lowlifes do that but he was a vulnerable character and this became apparent when he found out the leader was murdering the women and so he wanted out of the group. Unfortunately the leader wasn't about to let anyone with info remain alive and so sadly he had his lieutenant murder him :(

    It was a nice touch that the Sheriffs son was in fact the lieutenant. The Sheriff is an abusive dick so it was quite understandable that his son became friends with someone just as violent as him who was easily able to manipulate him and get him to think he belonged and so did whatever he was told including killing the follower as I mentioned. I was glad the leader was killed in the end because he's a total psycho and people like him just don't deserve to live or get the chance to go to jail.

    I kind of liked this episode but I hate characters like the leader who are complete narcissists and prey on the weak and vulnerable for their personal pleasure.

  • The cornfields of Johnson County, Indiana become the dumping ground for the bodies of three young women, all of whom have been kidnapped from the clubs where they work as exotic dancers. The team must find the killer before the latest abductee dies.moreless

    Stephanie Wilson is the latest of four extotic dancers abducted from the parking lots of the establishments in which they work. The first three women have already been found dead after being raped and beaten, their bodies dumped unceremoniously in the lush cornfields of Johnson County, Indiana. Based on the timeframe between the abductions and the killings, Hotch and the team profile that they have a very short time to find Stephanie before she too is killed as all the victims have been abducted on a Friday night and murdered on a Sunday.

    Upon arrival at Johnson County, Hotch is met with a very hostile Sherriff named Jeff Slaters who makes it quite clear that he doesn't want the FBI involved, even if the state governor did request the assistance of the BAU. Hotch listens to his tirade about how 'women like that' (meaning exotic dancers and prostitutes) bring this kind of thing upon themselves and to his bluster about the case being a local matter and 'not a show'. Hotch puts him firmly in his place by saying "It's not a show. It is your case and you can watch from the outside." Good to see Hotch asserting his authority in a manner to which we have become aqccustomed. The Hotch of old, one might say.

    Statistically, serial killers, for the most part, operate alone. Infrequently, they have a partner, one of whom is dominant, the other, much more submissive. When Morgan and Rossi, after viewing the dump site of the bodies, correctly assume that there has to be at least three unsubs, we enter the world of the 'pack' mentality, which is very rare in the culture of serial murder but, of course, not unknown. I found it interesting that we saw so much of the three unsubs throughout the episode. We were clearly able to see for ourselves what Hotch and the team could only surmise and that was well done. Kudos to Michael Grant Terry who did an excellent job playing the 'second in command', Chris. Also a fine performance from Jake Thomas as Scott and, as ever, terrific work by Robert Newman. Having said that, Grant Albrecht is capable of far better things than his thoroughly unconvincing performance as Mr. Wilson.

    A nice light moment in the middle of all the horror when Reid was so clearly uncomfortable in the bar where the latestr victim worked and his hilarious statement that he didn't have a problem at all because 'I'm from Las Vegas', as though that explained it all!

    It was extremely unprofessional of the agents to be discussing the case, the victims and the unsubs in front of the security chap/CCTV camera operator at the club. How did they know for certain that he wasn't in some way involved? They could have been spoon feeding information and theories to a killer. In reality, any agent who did this would be in serious trouble with their superiors.

    As we did last week, we saw a lot more of Paget Brewster and she had a far larger role than she normally would. Is this because they will soon be greatly decreasing her screen time and so, they are giving us 'plenty of Emily' while she is still with the show? If this is the case, then it saddens me because she is a great asset and the lessening of her role, which we know is coming, is going to be difficult for fans, particularly those who are still smarting over the firing of A.J. Cook. It was, however, nice to see Garcia appearing more confident as she presented the case to the team at the beginning of the episode, (very different from her strong negative reactions last week) but we never did find out where she got the funding for the new technology. One assumes she either did or will have to square it with Hotch at some point.

    Although I suspected some kind of a connection between the killers and the unpleasant Sherriff Salters, it was still a nice twist to find that his own son was one of the people he was hunting and that he was, in fact, 'The Middle Man'. The expression on Chris's face when his father shot him was superbly acted, it was like he was a helpless victim of ongoing physical abuse by his father once again and, as usual, he was powerless to stop it. I was very impressed with that scene.

    Some good profiling work and excellent to see that the team can still perform as a cohesive unit and work through their profile even when they are split into pairs.

    Certainly a very good episode and good to see such hard work going into the scripts and such laudable performances by several guest actors and regular cast. Fine television indeed.moreless
  • I (still) rate it a 'ten', but it is not a standout episode by any means.

    If we were to analyse this episode of 'Criminal Minds', it probably won't be a very memorable one when we reminisce on Season 6 a year from now. However, at the time, it was enjoyable to watch, and the profiling work was great and very much evident, while this doesn't happen in some other episodes.

    The profiling work is what stood out. The way they were able to analyse the behavious of all three members of the killing team were great, and it was spot on. I enjoyed this aspect o f th episode, and it was pivotal in stopping a bad thing from happening.

    All up, a great episode, but not one of the scinitillating or spectacular ones. I still recommend it very highly, but I hope the future episodes will be an improvement on this one.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

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Meredith Joy is played by internet personality iJustine (Justine Ezarik), who Rick Dunkle met at ComiCon this past summer. About two minutes into meeting her, he asked if he could kill her in a cornfield. Several months later, he did.

    • This episode takes place in Johnson and Tippecanoe Counties, Indiana, where Rick Dunkle grew up. Meredith Joy is named after two writers assistants: Erica Meredith and Ticona Joy. Ernstrom College is named for a writers production assistant, Greg Ernstrom. Rick's traditional Franklin reference is seen on one of Garcia's screens when she locates the address of Michael Kosina.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hotchner: Garcia, do you have another angle?
      Garcia: No luck, Head Hotch-o. The other one camera faces the door.

    • Hotchner: (after Garcia distributes new iPads to the team) Garcia, not that I don't appreciate your efforts, but exactly where did the funding for these come from?
      Garcia: I did a thing.
      : A thing?
      Garcia: Best not talk about the thing.
      Hotchner: We'll talk about the thing later.

    • Hotchner: "The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need." Napoleon Bonaparte

    • Hotchner: "Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." Bernard Malamud

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