Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 8

Reflection of Desire

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 2010 on CBS
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The BAU becomes involved in the search for a kidnapped woman in the nation's capital after a woman dressed like a 1950s starlet is found murdered in a Georgetown alley.

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  • nice touch, memorable episode

    10
    really enjoy this episode, smart, creepy enjoy the cast a lot. Love garcia acting. Solid episode
  • different, great episode, creepy

    10
    Ridiculous? no way, different, emotive, creepy very creepy endeed. Love it Gracia and the cast: congratulations. Rewatch and enjoy a lot the creppy story and Garcia really can watching her out of her doing something different. And Lady Lancaster don't worry she is not replacing JJ even if JJ is kind of boring for me, open your mind a little be
  • good episode

    10
    great job the best Garcia
  • So, please ......

    1.0
    I can't say I'm a true fan of this show, but I like it from time to time. The fact is that, like somebody else already said, when the episodes are bad they're so really bad!

    This one shouts "ridiculous" in any moment. Serial killers are ridiculous in their own way - or at least in the way they depicted them - but sometimes it's too much. And this is that time.

    In addition to this, it's not the first time that the screenplayers copy from Hollywood scripts, but THIS time they overdid. Hitchcock was something, they are something completely different and copying doesn't do any good to anybody.moreless
  • I like this show, but... this is ridiculous. I mean. Seriously.

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    I feel like it's always been hit-or-miss with this show, either delivering the best or worst television has to offer. The characters are endearing, but sometimes they change drastically from episode to episode. Most of the time, I feel that an episode is good or bad based on if the profiling seems realistic or not. A good episode usually has influences from real cases (And then, the team themselves often reference those cases). Bad episodes usually feel as though they are influenced by Hollywood (I understand that Hollywood often draws from cases, but often times in turn the CM episodes are too distilled from the source).



    As the seasons have progressed, "Hollywood" episodes have become more common. It's become less like 1 out of 2 or 2 out of 3 good episodes, and more like... 1 out of 10. SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT.



    Anyway, this episode was Hollywood through-and-through. The profiling seemed completely off, the team was jumping to conclusions that they simply COULDN'T. The killer was ridiculous. I remember thinking, "Oh, great, it's like Norman Bates, except his mother's alive..." and then... oh, wait. Nevermind. It's like Norman Bates, except... no, it's just like Norman Bates.



    Secondly and finally, there was already a fairly similar killer who kept the body of his deceased mother in season 1. Could it be that Criminal Minds is no longer doing variants of real cases in favor of doing variants of Criminal Minds episodes?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

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Reid: Oh, that's a first. I see your concern.
      Garcia: What?
      Rossi: A photo wasn't all he took.
      Garcia: Reid, what?
      Reid: Her lips have been removed.
      Garcia: Oh my god!
      Rossi: Maybe a trophy.
      Reid: Maybe he ate them.
      Garcia: Can I have that memory burned in my mind for the rest of my life?
      Reid: You asked.

    • Garcia: I believe humanity was born from conflict. Maybe that's why in all of us lives a dark side. Some of us embrace it. Some have no choice. The rest of us fight it. In the end, it's as natural as the air we breathe. At some point, we're forced to face the truth. Ourselves.

    • Garcia: "Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live." Marilyn Monroe

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Reid's line, "There's something in her throat," is an nod to Silence of the Lambs where Clarice Starling uses the same line while examining a body.

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