Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 4

Paradise

10
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 22, 2008 on CBS
8.7
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The BAU joins the manhunt in Sherwood, Nevada, to catch a serial killer who conceals the manner of his crimes by staging car accidents.

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  • Trapped in a hotel.

    8.5
    I liked the idea of the episode where the couple visiting the hotel got trapped by a serial killer and you never knew what he was going to do to them next This is a case that Hotch won't forget because he went to the hotel the killer was at and he never saw what he was but in the end that didn't matter I was glad the team was able to stop the killer and I thought overall it was a decent episode.moreless
  • Remind me not to be out on a highway in Nevada when this guys is around.

    6.5
    Hotch and the team travel to Nevada to assist in a case after three young couples have been murdered with their deaths being staged to look like car accidents. Autopsies soon prove that the couples were already dead before the look-alike accidents were staged. The women had been sexually assaulted before being murdered whilst the males had been badly beaten. Their cars are then placed around a bend where they are hit and so, the accident theory is at first accepted until the autopsies show the real cause of death.



    Meanwhile, a couple who have booked into a motel for the night face terror of the highest order when they are locked in and can't escape. Question is, why?



    I wasn't all that impressed with the episode to be honest. The script seemed weak and the episode didn't flow well. The BAU did a great profiling job but the script in general just felt like a let down. Let us hope for better things.moreless
  • Freaky episode! As several others have mentioned, "straight out of a horror movie". I totally agree with that!

    9.0
    This was a very interesting episode o Criminal Minds, but it certainly wesn't the best. The plot was very well written, and the episode was interesting right throughout it, but it just seemed to lack that special factor that we find in most other episodes.



    I thought the case was highly interesting and very intense, and I was quite freaked out throughout it.The ourtcome was terrific and justified, and I highly loved that! Justive was sereved!



    I think this was quite a good episode, but not th best. I would recommend it, but not as highly as several of its predecissors. Keep it up, this is going the right way!moreless
  • Could be a psychological profile for Norman Bates (Psycho).

    8.0
    Interesting twist on the "Psycho" theme. The plot ran well but I had most of my enjoyment from the profiling, probably because of the parallel between Norman Bates and the Unsub in this episode. The episode felt a lot faster paced than some of the CM's have been, maybe because we saw the victims storyline as well as the investigators. Excellent performances by Wil Wheaton and William Mapother, but I especially like the humorous lines that the writers give Kirsten Vangsness. Considering Garcia's job is pivotal to any case she is far more understated in her role than for example Pauley Perrette's Abby Scuito in NCIS. I know they do different jobs but their characters personalities are quite similar, and they're both "out and proud" science geeks. A good episode to follow on from all the tension with the season premiere. The tension for this episode was far more horror/thriller based. The "don't want to go out into the back yard when it's dark" kind of tension. The sort of tension that can make you jump out of your skin. It only goes to show that with the right writers and actors a thriller can work in a 45min slot.moreless
  • Welcome to the Bates Motel

    9.0
    This whole episode had bits of Psycho mixed into it. Cars are hit by semi trucks. It turns out the people are already dead. Oh, and there were two other cases just like it.



    I am familiar with the Reno - Lake Tahoe area. There are a lot of winding roads, a lot of tourists and a lot of traffic on two major interstate highways. Restaurants and motels dot the area. Having to canvas the area would have been a daunting task indeed.



    Pity poor Aaron interviewing the grief stricken father of one of the victims. The man was immensely sad, but Hotch had to keep asking his questions.



    Emily said the couple would probably never recover from the trauma they had been through. I disagree. The husband would not give up and fought the unsub. The wife was not raped. The couple lived to tell about it.



    Paradise was yet another CM that had me scared half to death. Next week seems to be more of the same. Yikes! Won't be able to watch it alone or in the dark!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

William Mapother

William Mapother

Ian Corbin

Guest Star

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Floyd Hansen

Guest Star

David Andrews

David Andrews

Sheriff Bruner

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Prentiss: Well, roadside motels definitely going on my list... (Reid stares blankly) …of things to never do again.
      Reid: You have a list?
      Rossi: You don't?

    • Rossi: I wonder if this place was ever nice.
      Hotchner: I was here. I talked to him and I didn't see it.
      Rossi: He made himself look like a good guy. You bought it. It happens… to the best of us. Welcome to the club.

    • Garcia: For the last two days I've been searching through VICAP for similar rapes and murders in cases that are still open. That has yielded me diddly squat. So I regrouped. I looked at some pictures of baby pandas, I went back in…

    • Garcia: (answering a call from Reid) I thought you forgot about me. It hurt.
      Reid: Garcia, what information do you have on Sherwood, Nevada? (Garcia rattles off the information on her screen)
      Hotchner: Garcia, can you send us a list of...
      Garcia: ...addresses and phone numbers. On its way, kind sir. Anything else I can do you for?
      Hotchner: Not for now.
      Reid: Thank you, Garcia.
      Garcia: You, my fine furry friends, are welcome.
      Hotchner: Remind me to have her drug-tested.

    • Morgan: Ma'am, we're trying to trace the steps of a couple that may've been here a few days ago.
      Betty: Darlin', I've waited on 87 folks since we opened this morning. Somebody'd have to come through here doing cartwheels on fire for me to remember.
      Prentiss: Would you take a look anyway, please?
      Betty: Huh. Well, I'll be. I do remember them.
      Morgan: Were they doing cartwheels?
      Betty: No, but I was. The lady left me a ten-dollar tip for breakfast... two days in a row.

    • Prentiss: I can't. I have a date.
      Morgan: You got a date? (Prentiss nods) With who?
      Prentiss: My hot tub.
      Morgan: Now that sounds like a party.
      Prentiss: You are so not invited. (Morgan slaps himself in the face).

    • Hotchner: Roman poet Phaedrus wrote, "Things are not always what they seem. The first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden."

    • Hotchner: Thomas Fuller wrote, "A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."

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