The edge-of-your-seat suspense generated by this episode was teriffic. It was terrible to realize that Reid and Prentiss were in such harm's way. The rest of the team were besides themselves to make sure that they were going to be o.k. I thought it was interesting that Hotch deferred to Rossi, realzing that Rossi had "written the book" on this kind of negotation. I think Prentiss jumped in to say she was the FBI agent to keep Reid from getting shot. The gal is really tough. At the end it seems that the cult leader felt somewhat threatened by Reid's knowledge of the Bible and was not about to have an interloper step in to challenge him.
This show bound the BAU unit together in a special way.