Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 7

There's No Place Like Home

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2011 on CBS
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After a series of tornadoes strike Kansas, the BAU is called to investigate when bodies of young boys are discovered in the aftermath of the storms in Wichita. Meanwhile, JJ faces pressure at home as well as at work.

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  • More Will

    Josh is a pretty actor and I look forward to when he guess stars as Will. I agree with part of a previous comment, it was like Will was there more as background scenery and it irritates me because his character deserves more then five mins of airtime. The story line with Jennifer and Will is similar to Hotch and Haley but Will is not like Haley.
  • I was pretty bored with this one.

    Sometimes you get an episode that just doesn't push any of the right buttons. This one was one of those for me. I could certainly identify with J.J. feeling bad about Henry being ill but it was taken to the extreme somewhat and Josh Stewart in his role as Will seemed almost as though he was there to provide background scenery.

    The unsub himself was as boring as they come. And just about as predictable. I think the 'CM' writers were asleep for this one or they may have just watched an episode from Season 1 of 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer', which had a very similar plotline. Brother tries to bring older brother back from the dead by doing a Frankstein-esque re-invention. The M.E. seemed a bit bored too as he casually chowed down on his food in the autopsy room. The part I loved and actually giggled at was Reid explaining about the correlation between air turbulence and plane crashes. It was priceless, as was Rossi's reaction. I think even Hotch would have cracked a smile at that one! Some good team interaction but more work needed on consistent writing, directing and plot creation.moreless
  • The rebirth of Dr. Victor Frankenstein! (Spoilers ahead!)

    This was definitely an extremely spooky episode of Criminal Minds - especially as I was watching it with some pretty strong winds blowing outside. The overall effect was quite scary!

    The storyline was great - in the previous episode, we had an unsub working to understand death before confronting it and this time, the unsub is trying to bring someone back from the dead! It was truly a Frankenstein type of episode, as said by Dr. Reid!

    I really enjoyed all the scenes in the strom! I loved the team racing in their cars with massive winds blowing outside, and the ending scene was just spectacular! Moreover, JJ's little sotryline was fascinating, and I loved the little story at the end!

    All up, there was a lot to love about this episode, and I think the standard is very high fro Criminal Minds at the moment! I hope they keep it up!moreless
  • Strong plot, great character arcs, engaging and exciting. Is Criminal Minds back?

    This was the first episode of Criminal Minds in a long time that actually kept me on the edge, had a decent dose of profiling, and nice touches of character insights.

    Rossi is finally growing on me - and I never liked Mantegna much but felt he was fairly harmless in the curmudgeon role. The storyline with Rossi losing his ex-wife (played by the marvelous Isabella Hoffman, who starred for several years in the game-changing "Homicide") has humanized him. I found him humorous in this episode, but not annoying as I had feared if he lost his arrogant edge.

    I really enjoyed everyone's performances, from Spencer's "I'm rambling" comment and Penelope at her best - funny, competent, deeply sensitive. Morgan, Prentiss and Hotch had smaller roles but as always had no trouble holding their own. It was also nice to see Will again, and the adorable growing-up-too-fast Henry. The relationship issues were handed well, with just enough charm and warmth rounding out a suspenseful episode.moreless
  • Look out Will - if JJ's the new Hotch, what does that make you?

    So, JJ's feeling the pressure all working parents feel when they can't be there with their children when they really want to be. This is a balancing act that affects everyone, but, somehow, when it's a gov't agent, it's supposed to make us wear sackcloth and ashes and wail, "Oh, woe is me!"

    Seriously? This is a rerun. Season One, Hotch works too much and misses his son's important doctor's appointment - we only know Jack has some kind of heart problem- and Haley confronts him. So we've got a new Hotch in JJ, and Henry is standing in for Jack. I suppose that means Will's on the way out, doesn't it? Isn't that how all these things end? I wonder if JJ will be pounding her man's killer to death in their dining room in a couple of years.

    What? There was a case? No, there was an idiotic horror movie in place of a case. Might have made a pretty good B movie for the SciFi, oh, excuse me, the SyFy network: Man loses older brother (I think?) to tornado. Man decides to recreate older brother by using bits and pieces of teens and 40 year old men. And then brings them to life with ... a tornado. Uh huh. As soon as we got a good hard look (and that you VERY much for that, CM) at the dismembered bodies, we all looked at each other and said, "That's Frankensteeeeen!" Wait, did I say pretty good?

    There was profiling here? I must have missed it. Cute Reid drawings and storm chasers and reading dialogue from cue cards - that I saw.

    Only good scene was on the plane with the Reid/Rossi turbulence show. Loved MGG's deadpan delivery of the whole plane-explosion scenario. Other than that? A snore/gore fest.

    Did Bernero take the mojo?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

Alex Weed

Alex Weed

Travis James

Guest Star

Demetrius Grosse

Demetrius Grosse

Lieutenant Beasley

Guest Star

Faline England

Faline England

Fran Meredith

Guest Star

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Det. William LaMontagne, Jr.

Recurring Role

Mekhai Andersen

Mekhai Andersen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Garcia identifies Travis James, the DOB on his arrest report is 10/28/98, which would make him 13 at the time, rather than 22.

    • The tornado in this episode was referred to as an F-2, which is an obsolete classification and was discontinued in 2007. The correct classification should have been EF-2 from the Enhanced Fujita Scale that is currently being used to describe tornadoes.

    • The book about Baby Star that was being read to Henry by JJ in the final scene was especially created for this episode because no other classic children's books could be cleared due to copyright issues. Virgil Williams wrote the verses himself while thinking of his own children.

    • The text on Garcia's monitor read: "Oaklahoma Department of Juvenile Corrections."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • JJ: (to her son Henry on the phone) Once there was a baby star. He lived up near the sun. And every night at bedtime, that baby star wanted to have some fun. He would shine and shine, and fall and shoot and twinkle oh so bright. And he said, 'Mommy, I'll run away if you if you make me say good night.' And then his mommy kissed his sparkly nose and said, 'No matter where you go, no matter where you are, no matter how big you grow, and even if you stray far, I'll love you forever, 'cause you'll always be my baby star.'

    • Garcia: (answering phone call from Morgan) P.G. at your service, don't let the name fool you.

    • JJ: (to Hotch after she says she needs to go home because Henry is sick) Can I borrow the jet?
      Hotchner: I think the budget oversight committee might not appreciate my generosity.

    • Garcia: Okay, ugh, see this is why I can't talk about how my day was at dinner, or breakfast, or lunch. Spencer, you scare me.
      : Join the club.

    • JJ: "Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are." Arthur Golden

    • Hotchner: "For the man sound of body and serene of mind, there is no such thing as bad weather; every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously." George Gissing

  • NOTES (3)


    • The unsub is trying to "Frankenstein" his brother using body parts from various male victims.
      Frankensteinis a novel written by Mary Shelley about a creature produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Since publication of the novel, the name "Frankenstein" is often used to refer to the monster itself.

    • Garcia: On it, my pretties.

      This phrase was used by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz as "Fly, my pretties, fly" when commanding her flying monkeys to find Dorothy.

    • The character of Roscoe Gulch was named after Miss Gulch, the character portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz.