Criminal Minds

Season 9 Episode 9

Strange Fruit

27
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 20, 2013 on CBS
7.3
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A burial site found at a house in Virginia challenges the team to profile a case with ties to segregation.

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  • Interesting episode

    9.0
    Interesting episode that dealt with revenge killings and racism.
  • White guilt on steroids

    1.0
    In the history of the series, blacks have been the weekly perp maybe just half a dozen times. So when they finally have one, they have to make sure we know that, as they sang in the musical Chicago, "had it coming". The episode was less about the murders and mostly about and endless litany of horribles suffered by blacks at the hands of evil whites. The writers are consumed by white guilt. The biggest insult was Rossi telling us that the Central Park rapists were convicted by false confessions. In fact they confessed freely in great detail and bragged about it for hours while in custody. Although they didn't find DNA evidence, there was plenty of other physical evidence tying them to the crime. Yes, someone else's DNA was found on her but that only means another person was involved who wasn't caught.



    How about an episode about all the random whites beaten to death by blacks on city streets in the "knockout game"? I won't hold my breath.moreless
  • not the best but not the worst!and JJ isn't having affair.

    7.5
    Definitely could have been idea!maybe would have been better is it wasn't clear from beginning that son wasn't the killer(clearly it had to be a mother as an unsub or father killing for revenge for his wife....

    And the whole JJ story will clearly (in my opinion) is just a case which will be either season finale or two part episode with a great twist (i hope);i think JJ is on some secret case or something.moreless
  • Not the usual case

    8.0
    Its never right to kill many for the suffering of 1. Hell, its never right to intentionally hurt anyone. As oppose to what Roshana below me said regarding 'the men had it coming', i really have to disagree. What happen to graciousness and forgiveness?



    Besides that, i think this is a fantastic episode despite firstly being a lack of action, and also this being not the usual case that the team would take on since they always take on cases which requires their immediate action so someone else wont die/get hurt eg. aduction/kidnapping, murder etc. For this case, the killings were done already. Theres no one else thats gonna get killed in the coming months thus, this isnt the kind of cases that the team takes on usually. However, i think Rossi did a good job and there was good profiling done within the team.moreless
  • Comeuppance

    6.5
    First time i sympathized with a murderer. He was not a sociopath. He was a man out for revenge. Our actions have consequences. the men had it coming.
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn

SSA Alex Blake

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Tina Johnson

Guest Star

Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

Charles Johnson

Guest Star

Jason Mac

Jason Mac

Mike Bishop

Guest Star

Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Section Chief Mateo Cruz

Recurring Role

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    • Charles Johnson: (When Morgan enters the interrogation room) Ohhhh, okay. Send the black guy in. I was wondering when they were gonna play that card. Attention all FBI employees, will the one Negro in the building please get to the 6th floor.
      Morgan: Are you finished?
      Charles Johnson: But then again. You're not fully black, are you? Well that's okay. They say even one drop counts.

    • (At the scene where a woman has found two bodies buried in her yard.)
      Rossi: How is she?
      Morgan: Wishing we were Publisher's Clearing house.

    • Rossi: "The universe doesn't like secrets. It conspires to reveal the truth to lead you to it." Lisa Unger.

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