Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 4

Painless

5
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 12, 2011 on CBS
9.0
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When the survivors of a high school massacre in Boise return on the 10th anniversary of the horrific event, the BAU is called to Idaho when another killer with a similar style begins to target the survivors. Meanwhile, Hotch becomes concerned that his son, Jack, might be a victim of bullying at his school.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I was rooting for the unsub!!

    5.0
    i feel bad for the the unsub people are so mean! good episode but i wish the unsub hadn't been killed that wasn't fair
  • I loved Reid's phone freakout!

    9.0
    This episode was great from start to finish. From tidbit's about Rossi and the teams pervious case, to Spencer's freakout to a reporter on the phone. This Episode did not dissapoint. The 10 years later concept was also a really great touch. The disorder they mentioned, about people who can't feel pain is also a really great touch.
  • What an excellent episode!

    9.0
    This gave good screen time to all the team members, meaning there's something for all the fans. Spencer Reid is my particular favorite and the writers didn't disappoint. We learn more about Reid's high school experience (it would be impossible for Reid's high school years to be all like the incident he shared with Morgan during the Owen Savage case, or he really would have been an unsub), Reid loses his temper and curses quite interestingly, almost unloading the beginnings of a devastating profile on journalist sicced on him by Morgan before Hotch reigns him in, and shows Reid's mischievous side at the end. We also see some of Jack, and we get to see echoes of the staggering tragedy that has come to define Hotch's life (ep 5x9); we also see that Hotch is a great dad.

    There was one inconsistency, Reid refers to himself as an MIT graduate when we know from season 4 he went to CalTech; I'm reconciling it in my personal canon by ascribing one of Reid's many degrees to MIT, but the major part of his college years still spent at CalTech.

    Great episode!moreless
  • Criminal Minds is back, as it should be. Back to the basics that made it a great show to begin with, and still renewed properly to keep up with all the changes faced.moreless

    9.0
    Little gore despite a lot of violence; multiple misdirections as to who the unsub really is, thus quite an amount of tension that glues the viewer to her seat; neat and brief character interactions, just enough to break the rigidity of the case; but most importantly, the team and the profiling, inarguably right at the centre.

    Despite the fact that especially in the first half there was an overload of information which made it slightly difficult to follow what was going on, the complexity and solidness of the case is the main story that carries the show, as it should be. As opposed to the scattered, out-of-character and distracting character scenes we've seen in some past episodes, the interactions in this one are tidy and purposeful in providing much needed comedic relief, as well as giving us those much-missed glimpses into the characters' lives.

    One thing that's slightly worrying is that the writers should keep better track of what has already been established as the characters' backgrounds. I'm certain that Reid was a CalTech graduate, not MIT; and I'm a little tired of Rossi having a seemingly endless pool of old cases that he somehow always manages to remember details from on spot. As it's been noted already, he should've been retired 'ten years ago', so he can't have been working on the high-school shooter/bomber case.

    These are tiny details, but they are important to the integrity, and to the quality of the show.

    On the other hand, so long as we get such solid, well-written, case-and-profiling centered episodes, it's not too difficult to look past these minor things. Hopefully the writers will keep at minimizing the gore while giving us just enough to imagine the damage, and keep at the mystery, because the not knowing about the unsub is seventy per-cent what keeps the show going.

    I'm hopeful that the season will carry on in this fashion. And so long as that happens, I'll be happy that Criminal Minds is, despite last year, still Criminal Minds.moreless
  • Criminal Minds is on a roll baby !!

    10
    Another excellent episode of CM. I think the plot of this one was really well written, had all the elements: suspense, action, profiling, psychopath, surprise...the usual awesome criminal minds characteristics.What I am really liking this season (even though we aren't even half way through yet) is how the writers are balancing out an excellent case along with small aspects dealing with personal lives of the team members. Reid freaking out was crazy good with the whole Reid and Morgan sibling sort of rivalry and Hotch and Jack scenes were as usual quite touching. JJ, Prentiss and Rossi had substantial roles as well.

    Coming to the case...it was quite intricate but very interesting. The first half led the viewer to believe the unsub to be someone else and then second half its a complete turnaround leaving you to be a little taken aback in a good way. I mean I for one did not expect the unsub to actually be a survivor of the previous bombing. This episode also dealt with a relevant issue and pushed it to the limit: outcasts of the outcasts, being rejected by the outcasts themselves.

    I don't see why everyone is relieved that when a episode has no gore it automatically becomes better or vice versa. season 1 and 2 had serious graphic details and those were some of the best episodes of CM. I think CM does a good job of making those graphic scenes relevant and not make it seem out of context. Although all episodes have been great upto now I am hoping for a darker episode like those of the earlier seasons.

    Keep them coming!! Loving CM!! Waiting for next week and to actually see one of Rossi's three ex-wives. :Dmoreless
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

Eric Jungmann

Eric Jungmann

Bob Adams

Guest Star

Don O. Knowlton

Don O. Knowlton

Principal Givens

Guest Star

Tom Derek

Tom Derek

Chief Cole

Guest Star

Cade Owens

Cade Owens

Jack Hotchner

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The unsub in this episode suffered from "asymbolia." Also called pain disassociation, this condition is manifested by pain that is perceived, but does not cause suffering, and often results from injury to the brain.

    • Reid stated he was an MIT graduate; however, when it has already been established in Season 4 ("Memoriam") that he chose CalTech over MIT.

    • Hotch and Rossi stated they were part of the FBI team 10 years previously after the shooting at the school; however, Rossi was retired from the FBI at that time. In Season 3, Strauss mentions it had been 10 years since Rossi was at the FBI.

    • In real life, College Boards may release past AP exams, but never the exam taker's name.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Reid: (whispering to Morgan) I will crush you.
      Morgan: What?
      Reid: What?

    • Reid: (to Morgan through his MP3 player) We interrupt your regularly scheduled musical selection with an important announcement. Never wage a practical joke war with a MIT graduate because we have a history of going nuclear. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the dulcet sounds of me screaming in your ear. AHHHHH!!!!!
      (Morgan yanks off headphones)

      Morgan
      : Okay, that was cute kid, but that's all you got?
      (Reid snores loudly then smiles when Morgan's phone rings and he answers answers)
      Hey, baby gir...
      Reid
      : (through phone) AHHHHH!!!!
      (Rossi picks up a white towel and waves it)
      Morgan
      : Uh, huh. All right Reid, it's on. Just know that paybacks are a bitch.
      (Reid snores loudly once again)

    • Reid: (looks at ringing cell phone) Son of a bitch! (answers phone) Hi. This is Dr. Spencer Reid. I actually can come to the phone right now...with a very special message...your mother is...
      Hotchner: Reid!
      Reid: Sorry. I'm really sorry. I don't know what got into me.

    • Morgan: (to the press) Feel free to call me if you have any other background questions. My phone number is 702-555-0103.
      Reporter: What is your name, sir?
      Morgan: Doctor Spencer Reid -- R-E-I-D.

    • Hotchner: How did you get by in Paris?
      Prentiss: I played a lot of online Scrabble with a girl named "CheetoBreath."

    • Reid: "You may leave school, but it never leaves you." Andy Partridge

    • Hotchner: "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Kahlil Gibran

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Garcia: So, as you can see from your board there, this kill list is weirdly similar to high school. Group one is like the popular kids, football team, prom queen, Dean's List. The Heathers, if you will.

      "The Heathers" is an allusion to the movie Heathers (1988) starring Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker, which was about a girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school.

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