Criminal Minds

Season 8 Episode 1

The Silencer

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

In the eighth season premiere, the BAU acquaints itself with a new team member, and reacquaints itself with an old unsub. After a Texas inmate known as the "Silencer" escapes custody during a prisoner transfer, the team tracks his activity by his new victims – all found with their mouths sewn shut. Also, Alex Blake joins the team, adding her linguistics skills to the unit's skill set.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An unsub called the Silencer escapes from prison.

    9.0
    The first episode of the season was a good one but unfortunately Emily has left The team also gets a new member called Alex Blake who is a promising character but we have to see whether she is as good as what Emily was In the episode a serial killer known as the silencer escapes prison with a bit of luck and starts a killing spree The silencer proved to be a dangerous killer but when the team cornered him he had to kill himself but the team seems to have more trouble coming because at the end we someone with photos of the whole team which means something big is going to happen later in the season.moreless
  • Close to home

    10
    This episode's amazing! It freaked me out, because guess where I live. That' right, I live in Abilene, TX. It's nice to see this small town get some recognition. That's probably the reason I love this one so much.
  • Silencer 8x01

    7.0
    Seeing Penelope all dolled up with the Union Jack just made me wish we'd gotten to see her running around England being her vivacious self at people. But since we can't all have what we wish seeing her be grumpy at the new person worked nearly as well.



    This episode was okay and considering this is the first episode of a new season that's probably not a good sign. I honestly was only half-interested in the escaped prisoner plot. I'll also be reserving judgement on the new character.moreless
  • sigh..

    5.0
    Okay so I was very relucant to even watch this because the last season ended SOO bad.

    I agree with Garcia, I do not like change. I hate that my favourite character left.

    So when the replaced her with another brunette, who is also is a language expert and likes to stare at the board I was even more pissed. I do not like the new agent. She doesn't fit it.

    No easing in to the team just stomping on in there like she belongs there.

    Not a very likable character. I miss Prentiss.moreless
  • Criminal Mind fan #1

    9.0
    This is the best TV series ever created! The writers are absolutely brilliant!! The actors "all" of the actors are great!! Derek Morgan/Sheman Moore is the hottest man that walks the earth!!



    However there is only "ONE" Reid!.....and we LOVE HIM! You need to be really careful when replacing these characters. They are all so distinct, well placed, and GREAT actors! Good luck!!
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn

SSA Alex Blake

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

Troy Kotsur

Troy Kotsur

John Myers

Guest Star

Sam Hennings

Sam Hennings

Marshall John Tilghman

Guest Star

Ray Mirabal

Ray Mirabal

Mitch Gregory

Guest Star

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Section Chief Erin Strauss

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Alex: The unsub made Ridgeway look like a saint. He even used his own kid to bait the victims.
      Morgan: Well, we've seen that before. No doubt we'll see that again.
      Morgan references "In Birth and Death" where the unsub was using his child as bait to lure victims as well.

    • Garcia's rant about Agent Blake reveals she was recruited by the FBI at the age of 24, is a professor of forensic linguistics at Georgetown University, graduated from Berkeley with a double major and a doctorate, and was a star in the Unabomber case. Later, Blake demonstrates her fluency in American Sign Language (ASL).

    • Jeanne Tripplehorn joins the cast as Supervisory Special Agent Alex Blake in this episode. She joins Thomas Gibson at the end of the opening titles sequence and is added to the group photo at the end of the sequence. Tripplehorn is billed as "with," and Gibson is still assigned "and" billing.

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