Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 14

Sense Memory

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary


When a series of unusual murders occurs in Los Angeles, the BAU travels there to investigate. Meanwhile, more of Prentiss's mysterious past is revealed.

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  • love Garcia presenting the cases with Hotch

    Endeed, the best
  • Before you gove me a thumbs down for rating it a 5.5 hear me out.

    It was a good episode. It was intense and extremely watchable until the last 10 minutes, that is what I have a problem with. The begining was entertaing I really got into it. I loved the ,will they save the girl or will they be to late, suspence of the episode. But the story didn't have an ending. We didn't learn why the killer was collecting sents, what did the semlls remind him of. We don't know why he did it. Then later Prentiss gets a flower and smells it, and she remembers a scene from her past. All of this, just seems like they wanted to tell a story of Emily's past, and wrote an episode of sence memory just to tell us her story. The case was just filler to get the the ending.moreless
  • Prentiss has clearly moved house and the team must travel once again to Los Angeles, this time to help apprehend a killer who is abducting young women and drowning them in chemicals before cutting skin from their feet.moreless

    This episode had both good and bad points in it for me. It was certainly better than the last couple of offerings, but, in my opinion, that was mostly due to the excellent performances of Paget Brewster and Matthew Gray Gubler.

    Emily arrives at her new apartment and greets her cat. She is clearly extremely tense and, after the tiny slice at the end of last week's episode, that is no surprise. I enjoyed watching how well Paget portrayed Emily's fear and how she faked the bravado necessary to get her through the situation.

    The next scene, I have to say, annoyed the heck out of me. It has become the norm throughout Season 6 for the viewer to see the unsub almost immediately the episode begins and I am getting sick of it because part of the reason I love 'Criminal Minds' so much is the suspense and the build up to where the identity of the unsub is revealed. Finding out who it is in the first few minutes and then, in a sense, waiting for the team to 'catch up' takes a lot of the enjoyment away from the whole thing so I wish they would stop doing that and make the audience work through things the way the team has to.

    It was nice to see some profiling around the conference table again but, once again, Garcia, a Technical Analyst, was thrust into the J.J. role and presented the case to the team and, again, with some rather tasteless remarks at the same time. J.J. is gone. We GET it, writers. We don't like it, but we get it, and making the loveable Garcia into any kind of J.J, substitute is not going to work, not now and not ever. Either bring A.J. Cook back to the BAU or have someone else, such as Hotch or Reid, take over the presenting of the cases but please, let Garcia do what she does best and stop trying to use her to fill such a huge gap with a dual character role when she already has a clearly defined and very important place in the team dynamic.

    I was pleased to see Reid spouting statistics because that is the Reid we all know and love. I was not so thrilled that the rest of the team seemed to contribute very little to the profile itself, in fact, they tended to be asking more questions rather than reaching conclusions. The people of the BAU are far more highly skilled than that and while it's great to see Matthew strutting his stuff, it looks pretty bad when the others don't really seem to have a clue.

    Morgan giving a press conference certainly had far more credibility than Garcia giving one, but as the episode went on, I found myself wondering why the BAU were actually a part of the case at all, most particularly in the beginning. I'm sure the LAPD are not without skill and talent. Surely the team didn't have to go running there so quickly? Maybe I'm missing something, but it was just a little odd.

    The film 'Perfume' was not one of my favourites and I have to say that I found this unsub pretty dull. Victim number 5, 'Lisa', however, gave an excellent performance after her abduction. The actress genuinely looked petrified and seemed as though she was really living every second of her terror. That is something I like to see and kudos indeed to the young lady who played the role.

    The white sheets and the cornfields or rye grass or whatever, were never properly explained and I found myself not being all that bothered due to already finding the unsub and his storyline dull.

    Watching as we learn more and more about Prentiss's backstory makes me sad. Sad because we still have no idea whether or not Paget Bewster will be returning in Season 7 and we won't know for quite some time yet. Like almost all fans, I'm certainly hoping that she DOES return because I'm not certain how many more exits this show can stand without falling in a complete heap. It was sweet that Reid invited Prentiss to see a Russian film with him but surely inaccurate when he stated that the two of them were the only ones who would truly understand it due to knowing the language? I am certain that Prentiss said she could 'just get by' in Russian in the episode where her mother brought the Russian immigrants to the BAU for assistance so I'm not sure how she could possibly follow a 5 hour film in the language. If the producers are trying to say that Reid is falling for Prentiss, that would displease me. I love both characters, but relationships in shows of this nature between leads just does NOT work and if Prentiss leaves or dies, then poor Reid will be left brokenhearted so let's just hope he was excited about the movie and thought she might enjoy seeing it rather than having any romantic notions.

    Finally, Prentiss is clearly in great danger because of people from her past. She is obviously terrified, so why not confide in Morgan or Hotch or even her mother? All of them could certainly protect her. Perhaps the writers want her completely alone and vulnerable to whatever (or whomever) is to come? Either way, I hope she comes out if it alive and that we see SSA Emily Prentiss back with the team full-time next season. It would be great if she could bring her buddy, Agent Jennifer Jareau with her as well. We can only hope, particularly as neither Shemar Moore nor Thomas Gibson have formally renewed their contracts yet. Let's hope that issue at least will be positively resolved soon.moreless
  • The leading and teasing out of Prentiss' past is both titillating and annoying at the same time.

    It's obvious that the story is going to be dragged out over a number of episodes, but the needy consumerist in me wants it now! I do wonder why Prentiss hasn't told the team yet. I mean, with the teams history you would think something like this would affect them all and place all of them in danger.

    To the actual episode – taxi drivers seem to be a bad lot in the criminal minds world. That or truck drivers. The ending was karmic I suppose, and true to life in some ways. The killer is not always caught alive, and sometimes not at all.

    I do wonder where she went at the end of the episode. Perhaps to one of her teammates? Maybe we'll find out next time.moreless
  • Mediocre to average case, but a very interesting look at Prentiss' past.

    I loved this episode with regards to thie first two minutes and the last two minutes, but everythingg in the middle was sadly forgettable.

    I thought the case was decent but it wasn't special. I certianly theink that there have been much bettter cases and there will mbe much better cases in the future!

    The realstrength of this episode was the fact that we got another look into Prentiss' life, as the storyline develops. She is clearly fearing her safety, and has good reason, it seems, when she receives an interesting package that holds one lone flower.

    Certainly think this story is getting interesting, even though we don't yt know the details.

    Keep it up, Criminal Minds, and I can't wait to see what will happen with this Prentiss case!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

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Sergio, the name of Prentiss' cat, is also a name that Hotch jokingly suggested to Haley as a name for Jack in the beginning of the pilot episode.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Reid speaks Russian.

    • This episode was reminiscent of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), in which a man who was born with a superior olfactory sense creates the world's finest perfume. Ultimately, his work takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

    • "Sense memory" is defined as the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Prentiss: But, um, thank you.
      Reid: For what?
      Prentiss: For being you.
      Reid: Aw thanks. I don't know how to be anyone else.
      Prentiss: Yeah. That's what I love about you.

    • Prentiss: Could it be smell?
      Reid: What?
      Prentiss: Could smell be what's attracting him to his victims?
      Reid: (comes to a sudden realization) Distillation extraction!
      Prentiss: Well, I hope you know what you just said 'cause you lost me.

    • Garcia: Taxis are tracked more than Gaga's Twitter.
      Reid: (puzzled) What does that mean?
      Rossi: I'll explain it to him, Garcia.

    • Prentiss: "Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it." Novelist Vladimir Nabokov

    • Morgan: "Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they are in the game." Comedian Paul Rodriguez

  • NOTES (2)


    • Reid invites Prentiss to see Solaris. Originally titled Solyaris, this was a 1972 film adaptation of the novel "Solaris" (1961), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative psychological drama that occurs mostly aboard a space station that is orbiting the planet Solaris.