Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 7

The Performer

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2009 on CBS
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The BAU is called to Los Angeles to investigate a series of killings that lead to a Goth rock star who appears to have become lost in the creepy alter-ego he portrays when he is on stage.

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    Just LOVE JJ!!!!! that is all, haha
  • And so we go to LA

    In this episode of Criminal Minds, the following happens. When body's start piling up, the team are called in to Los Angeles to help out on the case. Soon it is linked to a Goth rock star and he is brought in for questioning, when one of the victim's cars is found at his house. But soon it turns out that he is to the killer, and that the killer is in fact a fan of his and his manger. Overall this was a very god episode with a lot of inside jokes. Although I did feel bad for JJ when she got attacked. But at least she was seriously injured.moreless
  • A solid episode, neither one thing not the other. Gavin Rossdale great as guest star but the case was flat-footed. There were some funny team moments and a little few role reversals.moreless

    Honestly, I think the story was lightweight. Probably they've thrown the episode in to please fans with references to former episodes and a few little in-jokes. It is what it is. Rossdale was good as the weary don't-wannabe Vamp and his relationship (his side of it) with the manager was touching. No matter that the manager turned out to be managing the killer too.

    Great to see Reid more involved and really happy for what that must mean for MGG's recovery. But why did JJ go alone to that house, that creepy house, when they were in pursuit of a killer seizing young women for the purposes of exsanguination? Listen JJ. Young women. Exsanguination. Your son wants to be an orphan? And how on earth did it take her so long to get there? The others turned up in a trice, a journey which took her hours to accomplish. Shakespeare it ain't. Double time's no explanation.

    Ah but it was good, good, good to see JJ and EP more involved in the action, and more moments with wonderful Garcia too, with correspondingly less focus on the heavies of this season so far (DM and AH) -- I say that as someone who loves Morgan. I missed Rossi though. He's the forgotten man apart from that one episode this season. (He and Reid, and JM didn't break anything).moreless
  • Three women are dead and their murders are all eerily connected to the touring schedule of Dante, a gothic rock star with a very diverse group of followers. Have to confess I liked this one, it was something different and that's always good.moreless

    The BAU travel to Los Angeles, California to help in the hunt for a killer who murders women and then drains their bodies of blood. The killings all correlate with the tour schedule of rock star, Dante, (AKA Paul Davies) whose gothic appearance and stage act give him something of a cult following among teens.

    When a message is left on the arm of one of the victims which also has a connection to Dante, he quickly becomes the chief suspect. When the car of one of the victims is found at his home, he strenuously denies having any connection to the deaths and during his interrogation by the BAU, he is incredibly convincing as he tells them that his stage persona is just that, a character, created to sell albums (a new one of which has just been released) and that in reality he is nothing like the on-stage alter ego.

    When the team get some saliva results back from the lab, they have to re-think their profile but that wasn't surprising as the identity of the unsub and the motives for the murders was pretty clear right from the early parts of the episode. It was still interesting though. Good to see J.J. doing some important stuff at the end too.

    Kudos to Gavin Rossdale for an excellent performance as the wrongly accused rock star, fine work. I liked this one and it's a good 'rewatch' episode too.moreless
  • Incredibly well done!

    This was an exceptional episode of Criminal Minds, and I thought the plot to this one was absolutely superb. The vampire/vampirist idea was original and innovative and the reference made by J.J. to Twilight was hilarious, in my opinion!

    The storyline seemed to be extremely predictable as I was watching, but we were given an incredible surprise at the end in terms of who the culprits were, which I think is one of the greatest things about this show.

    I also felt that the quotes at the start and end of this episode were great ones.

    Overall, I rate it as highly interesting, extremely innovative, great suspense and twists and I would highly recommend this episode!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

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • JJ: You remember Detective Owen Kim?
      Hotchner: From the stalker case?
      JJ: Yeah. You remember that case, don't you, Spence?
      Reid: I do remember that case.
      JJ: Yeah, you ever talk to, Lila?...anymore?
      Reid: You know, I think we should probably focus on this case right now. It's a little more pertinent.

    • Reid: Collin?
      JJ: Cullen. The vampire family from Twilight.
      Reid: What's Twilight?

    • Prentiss: Well, if you want to look into a young girl's life today, you have to access her MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. (dials phone) I'll call the sexiest hacker on the planet.

    • Reid: "In all the darkest pages of the malign supernatural, there is no more terrible tradition than that of the vampire - a pariah even among demons." Writer Montague Summers.

    • Prentiss: Writer Cyril Connolly said, "Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self."

  • NOTES (1)

    • The song heard in the first scene at the concert was "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division. The songs heard during the record release party are "Can You Hear Me" and "Evil Eye" by The Lions.


    • Reid: That's why I stick to Beethoven. There's no chance of guilt by association.
      Prentiss: Well… yeah? Have you ever seen a movie called A Clockwork Orange?
      Prentiss is referring to the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film based on the Anthony Burgess novel which detailed the exploits of a psychopathic young man and his later programming by the government. Both parts of his life prominently featured Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125.