Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 16

Pleasure Is My Business

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2009 on CBS
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The BAU is called to Dallas to investigate when a serial killer lures and kills high-powered executives by posing as a high-class call girl.

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  • What a great episode!

    I was intrigued from the start, because we got to see the unsub rirght away. I know it's been used before, but in this case, it was fitting. There was a lot of tension because we already knew the unsub, for example we knew she 'bonded' with Hotch before she even contacted him. I can understand her motives for doing what she did, I actually feel sympathy for her. It's sad to see what can happen when a marriage breaks up, children are still often overlooked. Especially in these high societies, where pretense and appearances is everything, it must be very hard to play that role.

    I also enjoyed the fact that this was Hotch-centered for once. He is a very interesting character, and throughout the episode he has proven himself again.

    The fact that he actually kept to his promise to stay with her was so cute. It is pretty in character.

    Reid's awkwardness at the madam(e?) was cute and quite believable. It was rather strange to hear them talk about sex like that, with those little personal comments thrown it. It was just... weird, but not in a bad way. All in all a very good episode, and one of those fine examples of what makes this show great.moreless
  • A woman unsub!!!

    Really good chapter! I liked that the unsub was a woman we get very few episodes that this happens. And I like it that they made her look very human at last. I kinda feel sorry for her and understand why she was doing all that. Suicide was the better ending for her and I really liked that she didn't trust her father after all but she trusted Hotch. I found quite weird that the one calling Hotchner at the beginning wasn't a cop and that he was more worried about the lawyers than about the unsub! Lawyers were one of the main problems in this case...

    Not the tipical CM chapter, but I enjoyed it anyways!:)moreless
  • A hooker whose a serial killer...... priceless!

    In this episode of Criminal Minds, the following happens. This episode opens with a man and a woman alone together in a hotel room. The man drinks some champagne and soon collapses on the floor and dies. As he lays there dying, she takes a phone call off of another man and arranges to meet him. Hotch gets a phone call from an attorney general, Jackson, who is in Texas. He tells Hotch that he wants just him to come to Texas, as soon as possible. We then see Jackson and Hotch going into the crime scene, where the dead man is still on the floor. We then learn that they believe this is the 2nd murder with similar MO. We learn that both of the victims, are known to have been involved with prostitutes, and so they believe that a female prostitute is responsible for the murders. As Hotch gets into the lift, little does he know that the Unsub/killer is actually in the lift with him. We then see her leaving the lift and going into another hotel room with another man. Soon Hotch phones the team and they are then on the plane on their way to Texas, to help Hotch and the local police. We then see the Unsub looking up Hotch on the internet. Could he possibly be her next victim? Soon a 3rd victim is found murdered and found in an elevator. The team soon learn where she lives and head there. Whilst there, the team get a phone from the Unsub and she asks to speak to Hotch. She gets mad at him on the phone and shots the client she is with. The team soon learn that the Unsub got her client list from a girl who retired from the game. When they find a photo of the girl, Hotch realises that she was the one in the elevator with him. We soon learn that the Unsub is the daughter of an CEO. When he learns his daughter is the Unsub he sets up a meeting with her, and so they have a face to face. He asks her for her client list and she agrees to give it to him. But instead she gets a gun out, but before she can do anything, the FBI turn up at the hotel. When they get to the room, her father has gone and she has drunk the poison which she used to kill her clients. Hotch sits with her, and hands him a sim card filled with the client list. She gave her father an empty cell phone. He agrees to stay with her, until her death, which is only minutes away. Then she simply dies.moreless
  • An episode that i highlty enjoyed!

    This was a very great episode of 'Criminal Minds'., The storyline was quite interesting, and certainly, the idea of a hookr as a serial killer was a unique and definitiely, unprecedented one.

    I really enjoyed the case, becaue it was interesting and differenyt. I enjoy the episodes where something stands out from the rest, and this episode certainly did just tht!!

    Keep it up, Criminal Minds, as there have been many terrific episodes from this eseason, and I hope that is to continue! Can't wait to see some more, and I'd highly recommend this particular episode! Great job guys, and please keep it up!moreless
  • A very good episode which showed what can happen to a girl when her father acts like she doesn't exist - and the pain - and death which can come from that rejection.moreless

    CEO's of big corporations and wealthy businessmen are dying at the hands of a very high class, expensive prostitute. The killer drugs them and then kills them using various methods, all of which are highly successful.

    As we watch the murders, sympathy for the killer is hard to repress. When she targets Hotch as someone who is caring and understanding and will help her, the team have to find her before more men die.

    I felt an incredible amount of sympathy for this unsub, most particularly at the point where her wealthy, high-profile father pretended that he loved her and would help her, when all he really wanted was to get hold of her exclusive (and explosive) client list in order to protect them from public exposure.

    Incredibly moving when the beautiful young woman takes her own life with Hotch holding her hand as she dies, staying with her, just like he promised.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

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Ellen Daniels

Guest Star

John Getz

John Getz

Andrew Kane

Guest Star

Chet Grissom

Chet Grissom

A.G. Patrick Jackson

Guest Star

Cade Owens

Cade Owens

Jack Hotchner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trent knocks his drink off the table as he looks around for Megan, and leaves it on the floor after she arrives. Later in the scene, as Megan takes Trent's hand, the glass is back on the table. When they sit drinking the wine, the glass is gone again.

    • In the opening scene where the unsub is sharing a drink with her second victim, she has two glasses, one is smooth and the other is twisted. She keeps the smooth glass and walks across the room and puts it on the table to answer her cell phone. After she watches her victim die, she picks up the glass, but it is the twisted glass not the smooth one that she had put down.

    • After Megan Kane searches for "Hotchner" on the internet, the video of the press conference she watches was taken from "Brothers in Arms."

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Megan: (to Hotchner) How could your wife have ever left someone like you? You're the first man I ever met who didn't let me down.

    • Lauren: (to Prentiss and Reid) You two need lessons in faking it. I teach a class.

    • Reid: What about the, umm, type of work your employees do? We're sort of operating under the assumption that this escort is, umm, killing men who... make her perform a... specific sexual act.
      Lauren: What did you have in mind, sweetie?
      Reid: I... I don't even... I don't know.

    • Morgan: (looking through the unsub's closet) Hey, Prentiss... (removes a leather outfit from the closet and holds it in front of Prentiss) ... got a whip?

    • Reid: Eighteen cars, six houses, and three boats. Can you even boat in Dallas?
      Prentiss: Well, when you are talking about that much money, 10 grand for a call girl is like deciding where to go for dinner.

    • Prentiss: So your age difference was part of the attraction?
      Mrs. Yvonne Ashford: Are you kidding? That was our whole relationship.

    • Hotchner: Garcia, can you generate a list of high-profile Dallas CEOs who are holding out on their ex-wives?
      Garcia: Loaded Losers List Dallas Edition, coming at ya.

    • Megan Kane: Who was it who said, "you don't pay a prostitute for sex, you pay her to leave afterwards?"
      Hotchner: It was Dashiell Hammett.
      Megan Kane: It doesn't make sense. The men always leave first.

    • Hotchner: "A prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture." Camille Paglia

  • NOTES (3)


    • Prentiss: Aileen Wournos used to purposefully stage paid sexual encounters as an excuse to murder men she thought would rape her.

      On October 9, 2002, Aileen Carol Wournos was executed by lethal injection in Broward County, Florida, for murdering seven men. She claimed the men picked her up when she was working as a highway prostitute and she shot them in self-defense after they attempted to sexually assault her. Her story was told in a film titled Monster (2003), in which Charlize Theron won an Academy Award.