This episode was just amazing. Finally, they produced an episode where Paget Brewster could shine. In fact, most of the cast (with the notable exceptions of AJ Cook and Kirsten Vangsness who were all but absent) were absolutely wonderful. It was great to see them show how much Rossi has come to care about the other members of the unit. Hotch was fabulously conflicted, even allowing his heart to overrule his head when ordering HRT to storm the compound with Rossi telling him not to. I suppose this will finally silence the people who call Hotch cold, hopefully anyway. Reid was able to manipulate the leader of the formerly Libertarian community turned religious cult quite brilliantly. And in the most painful scene (for me) to date, when cult leader Ben Cyrus became aware there was an FBI agent undercover, Emily bravely stepped up and took the beating. Hearing her repeatedly state "I can take it," while being tossed around was heartbreaking. It just drove home the point of how dangerous their work is, the bravery of the people who do this job and how strong they can be. The thing that helps to set this show apart from others is that in the end, they didn't save everyone. There was no happy ending. They did what they could and that had to be enough to get them through. Brilliant ep!
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