Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 26

To Hell...And Back (2)

6
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 20, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU continues its search for a serial killer who has forced the team into Canada to catch him. Meanwhile, a team member may have become the target of a killer from the past.

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  • GhgggGhh

    9.5
    Great

  • When will the team pschye break?

    7.5
    It's one thing to be dysfunctional but how jaded must one be to survive 4 seasons of the BAU? Morgan's been working there for seven years! The finale tackles deception, manipulation, sociopaths, regret and rage all in one without the political and socio economic preaching. And does a fine job of illustrating the Sisyphean task of quenching out evil. The interactions between the UNsubs brother and the last victim was painfully boring to watch but I hold the first half of the finale as the stronger part.moreless
  • Superb, intense and suspenseful cliffhanger!

    10
    This was the ultimate culmination to the fourth season of SCriminal Minds, and it was a sublime episode! Part ONe of the episode covered the vile and disgusting part of the case, and this episode was more centred around catching the killer.



    The discovery of the 89 shoes was horrifying,, and quite unbelievable. I definitely was mmortified when I saw all that.



    Moreso, the end of the episode was amazing, and I definitely don't plan on spoiling it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it, but it was downright brilliant and absolutely phenomenal!



    keep up the great work Criminal Minds! Four great seasons, and I can't wait to see how it will continue in the future!moreless
  • The episode itself was so-so for me. Good, but not season-finale worthy. But the end!

    7.5
    I felt for Hightower! Other than him, it seems like they went for the shock factor to create emotional depth and it relied on Hotch's "tell" at the end to convey the emotion rather than showing it because they were busy solving the crime. The Omnivore won't kill Hotch yet- he likes to torture people. But I'm surprised he didn't go after Morgan since he has Morgan's badge. More interesting is how the team which is becoming disillusioned will react - if they will unite to save Hotch and how the group will function without Team Leader.moreless
  • Better than Part 1, much more watchable.

    8.0
    I have to say again that I don't think this episode or the previous one were really season finale material but I do believe that this one was much better than the previous installment.



    I felt very sad for the mentally challenged brother. He was there to do a job for the deranged and sadistic one, and he had little to no idea of the actual reality of any of it. Interesting though that someone which such obvious mental health difficulties was able to lure the victims in the first place as he seemed just about unable to function at all as time went on.



    Once again we have to sit and wait to see if Hotch makes it through to the next season. This is becoming a most unpleasant pattern where we have to wait to see who lives or dies but it DOES make for a good cliffhanger and something to think about over the summer.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

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

William Hightower

Guest Star

Christopher Guckenberger

Christopher Guckenberger

Charles Porter

Guest Star

Scott Lincoln

Scott Lincoln

Motel Clerk

Guest Star

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

George Foyet/The Reaper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This is the first episode that features a quote by a character (Aaron Hotchner) rather than by a famous person.

    • Towards the end of this episode, the bloodhounds were very close to where the unsub had been and didn't indicate they had his scent in spite of their being well within their range. Bloodhounds have the most sensitive noses in the canine world.

    • As a quadriplegic, Mason Turner would have required a full-time, skilled attendant to stay alive and to have his medical equipment maintained. Lucas Turner did not have the mental capacity, knowledge, or cleanliness to care for a patient who is extremely prone to infection and needs every aspect of his bodily functions taken care of by someone else. Also, Lucas Turner being gone for days at a time would be very risky for Mason.

    • Mason Turner was not asked about who takes care of him and the BAU did not investigate his medical records to determine when and how he was injured. As a person of interest in the case, the BAU would typically want to know everything about him, especially such important and obvious questions. It would be key to understanding the psychology and the motive of a suspect, and it was obvious that Mason would need an accomplice to carry out the alleged crimes.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Morgan has been with the BAU for seven years.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Hotchner: Sometimes there are no words, no clever quotes to neatly sum up what's happened that day. Sometimes you do everything right, everything exactly right, and still you feel like you failed. Did it need to end that way? Could something have been done to prevent the tragedy in the first place? Eighty-nine murders at the pig farm, the deaths of Mason and Lucas Turner make 91 lives snuffed out. Kelly Shane will go home and try to recover, to reconnect with her family but she'll never be a child again. William Hightower, who gave his leg for his country, gave the rest of himself to avenge his sister's murder. That makes 93 lives forever altered, not counting family and friends in a small town in Sarnia, Ontario, who thought monsters didn't exist until they learned that they spent their lives with one. And what about my team? How many more times will they be able to look into the abyss? How many more times before they won't ever recover the pieces of themselves that this job takes? Like I said, sometimes there are no words, no clever quotes to sum up what's happened that day. Sometimes, the day just... ends.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mason Turner is very similar to the character Mason Verger in Thomas Harris' novel Hannibal. Verger was also a quadriplegic, on life support, and owned a pig farm.

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