Criminal Minds

Season 8 Episode 6

The Apprenticeship

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2012 on CBS
8.6
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Prostitutes are being discovered murdered in a similar way to animals in Miami, making the BAU work fast to find an UNSUB whose confidence is escalating really fast; and Morgan tries to increase Spencer's athletic skills by convincing him to join the Bureau's softball team.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 8x06 - Killer Intership

    9.0
    This was a very enjoyable episode. Not only was I interested in what was going on with the killers, but I was also invested in the survival of the last victim. I really like it when we get more than one killer because of the dynamics between them are always so freaking fascinating. So yay on that! Also I thought the actor who planned the kid witness who was hammered did a great job for only being in one scene, I was really sold on his anger then his acceptance to cooperate when Reid connected with him.



    And the ending, geeze I nearly got emotional whiplash from how quickly I went from cheering over the home run to freaking out over who was photographing the team. Good episode!moreless
  • Back to the basics

    9.0
    To me this episode while not matching the brilliance of season one or two was still a good one as far as the profiling was concerned... I really don't mind episodes where the unsub's identity is known as long the team does not find the solution magically... But with this there was real profiling which has not been seen in a while...



    Also the inter character bonding is always something I enjoy especially between Morgan and Ried (my fav two characters)... Of course nothing can compare to Morgan and Emily or Reid and Emily (yes I will mention her in every single review cos I miss her so much) but Morgan and Ried bonding is always nice to see... Still miss Garcia/ Morgan banter... Not too much of it till now(Got to make atleast one complaint...:) )...



    Blake was good in this episode and we have been seeing sarcastic Rossi again... Of course smiling Hotch is always a bonus in any episode.. The ending was brilliant but I gotta say Ried hitting that run was way to scripted for me... Of course the celebrations more than made up for that... :D... Overall a pretty good episode...moreless
  • I liked the return to profiling

    8.5
    Earlier this season, I'd complained that the writing was getting lazier, mainly referring to the profiling. Gone were the specific references to past cases (both in the show and in real life), and there was also a lot of uncharacteristic stupidity on the part of the BAU members in their private lives, and magically learning the answers out of nowhere in their jobs.



    I take it all back. :) This episode was a good one. I loved the little competition they had when they named off past cases on the plane. I loved the logical flow of figuring out the case. And I think characters who are not Reid or Garcia might even be starting to develop unique profiling voices!



    (This is a long problem of mine - in any episode from any earlier season, take any line that's about the case, whether it's on the plane or when profiling the case or when delivering the profile. Any line, that's delivered by anybody other than Reid or Garcia or (or Hotch, if it's a "boss"-type line). Now imagine any other profiler delivering that same line, word for word. Note how easy it is to imagine. That should not be the case).



    But anyway... yeah! This was a good episode! I have hopes for the future of the show once again.moreless
  • The teacher teachers the student

    9.5
    This was a brilliant episode with a young unsub that has a mentor who teaches him throughout the episode to kill the unsub escalates and becomes a better killer as it goes further into the episode.At first I didn't expect him to kill the woman at the beginning and I didn't expect him to have a teacher.With the first kill been sloppy and unorganised the team soon realised a difference when the unsub's teacher killed and that he knew what he was doing.The younger unsub Toby got to cocky and didn't listen taking someone he knew and then partnership broke up when Toby hit his partner with a hammer but was killed himself not standing a chance.The team eventually saved the girl with Morgan ending up having to kill the older unsub.The episode also ended with the start of things to come when Reid is playing softball with Morgan against secret service and Reid wins them the game someone takes photos of each team member individually meaning that someone is planning something and maybe has something to do with the murder that is similar to the silencers that Hotch was called about at the end.Overall the season is just getting better by the episode and now there is something extra to look forward to.moreless
  • Interesting dynamic!

    10
    This episode's dynamics between the two unsubs was something quite unique to this episode. We have had groups with dominant/submissive members before, but never a student/teacher type of dynamic, and it was really nice to see.



    There were some great scenes throughout the episode, but maybe one of the best parts of the episode was actually the end, where an interesting development from Dallas is revealed, wit h seemingly a copycat of the Silencer making an appearance!



    Then there is this creepy guy taking photographs of the team oagain! What's he up to? It's building the suspesne nicely!



    And I really loved the baseball scenes, especially Reid jumping/diving and hitting the home base! That was an epic conclusion!



    Can't wait to see more, because this was an absolutely outstanding episode!moreless
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn

SSA Alex Blake

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Matthew Lillard

Matthew Lillard

David Roy Turner

Guest Star

Harrison Thomas

Harrison Thomas

Toby Whitewood

Guest Star

Hector Hank

Hector Hank

Detective Sam Oglivie

Guest Star

Cade Owens

Cade Owens

Jack Hotchner

Recurring Role

Mekhai Andersen

Mekhai Andersen

Henry

Recurring Role

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