Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 10

What Happens at Home...

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 08, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU travels to New Mexico to assist local authorities in Las Cruces in apprehending a serial killer who is garroting women in a gated community. Ashley Seaver, an FBI cadet with a troubled past, is asked to assist with the case.

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  • Loved this episode....

    I really connected with Seaver's character for personal reasons. Great episode. Brought much clarity. By the way, does anyone know the name of the last song on this episode when Seaver was walking to the car?
  • Hello, here is your wife's laptop, oh, you are the serial killer, OK, my daddy was one too. Do you know he killed my puppy?

    Uh, CM is getting worser every day.

    Most of the reviewers pointed out the defects of this episode so I won't bore you repeating them but one (or maybe two):

    Isn't this series supposed to be about a team of profilers? Because what we saw here is a bunch of confused FBI agents doing nothing useful and a newbie that returns a piece of evidence to one suspect (because all men in the community were suspects, that was the premise, right?). The newbie tells the suspect her sad story, apologizes for the serial killer family and by sheer chance discovers that the guy she was talking is the unsub because he gets very upset.


    And the dead puppy story! Why? To tell us that her daddy was a bad guy? We knew it already! We were told that he was a serial killer that murdered 25 woman! What adds a dead puppy to the picture, uh?

    And yes, little girl from the FBI, wipe the blood of your face. It is dangerous to leave it all over your skin.

    If there is a reason for why I still watch CM is because it gives me the chance to rant here at Not a bad reason, mind you.moreless
  • I detest this episode.

    Just as we become comfortable with our current team, they have all bonded and become like family, a ditsy shallow barbie doll toddles up with a painfully cliche background story. Ashley Seaver has a rather interesting past, but it all vomited up at us in less than ten minutes total. I fell like they should have extended the intervals at which her past was revealed, rather than make her character flat and not mysterious or interesting anymore. It would have been more suspenseful had her secret been kept this way thoroughout most of season 6 until an episode with her father actaully happens.

    I will never truly like her, I fell that she is a sad excuse for a JJ replacement and that her character is more shallow than a bathroom urinal.moreless
  • Great, suspenseful episode! Ashley Seaver has an interesting past!

    Whil I would have loved to see JJ stay on this show, she has gone, and we must move on. And to move on, I think Ashley Seaver is a great character - certainly very unique.

    The case in itself was great! It was a highly difficult one to solve, especially since the unsub was officially ruled out of the initial suspect list that was provided to the FBI.

    I enjoyed the town meeting - it was an interesting way to search for the unsub, and we learn t a lot about Seaver in a very short space of time. I'm hoping that she will continue to be interesting, although I don't think she could fill the void of JJ.

    All up, a good episode! I am enjoying Season 6, and I hope more geat episodes are to come!moreless
  • The way in which this mary sue of a character is being brought into Criminal Minds serves as an insult to its strengths. What the show stood for has been forfeited in favour of creating a shallow, cardboard cut out FBI agent.moreless

    Criminal Minds has experienced many a changes that had the potential to have been the show's downfall. Gideon's abrupt disappearance, Elle's departure, the introduction of Emily Prentiss, Jordin and David Rossi, new characters that OFTEN become the targets of fans' dislike (Often, as I don't remember there being a severe dislike for Prentiss, whereas many fans still seem to disapprove of Jordin's character when she is brought up. I personally think she had been an interesting temporary addition, but to each their own of course). Despite this however, Criminal Minds has proven extremely able in being able to introduce new characters, each bringing some sort of a role specific to their character or fresh perspective into the series, making the show just as great, or if not better than what it previously was. Best of all, each of those characters left and entered the series with a sense of integrity; and each were human, believable characters, never were they safe, cardboard cut out personalities. Unfortunately, with the addition of this new Mary-Sue character called Agent Seaver, Criminal Minds gives the impression that it has undertaken a metamorphasis for the worse, from a show that had prided itself in its ability to balance reality and fiction, crime and the backstories of the characters, to one of ridiculous make believe. Never has Criminal Minds introduced a character that has been as shallow as Agent Seaver, one who possesses the characteristics that scream Mary Sue - special treatment from the BAU agents who are exceptional in their field, a tragic past with a serial killer for a father, a straight A student at the FBI academy, and despite all these 'special skills and characteristics', providing no further insight or development that the original BAU team couldn't have reached themselves. These special qualities that may have been placed to gain the affection of the CM fans have and will continue to backfire severely, particularly in how the episode forfeited a storyline and decent profiling (another feature the show prided itself in) ain favour of showing how delightfully useless and unenlightening the new Agent is. It's almost as if her character walked into the wrong casting when it should have been stuck inside some crappy self insert fanfiction or a Stephanie Mayer novel. I have enjoyed embraced every change and that has occurred during the entire series of Criminal Minds, from season to season, but this is not one of them. As unlike the other changes that the show has gone through, this one provides no further developments in the team dynamics, profiling or story, and neither is the character particularly unique or believable. Agent Seaver merely provides a reason to dislike the new character further for possibly ruining one of the best crime shows.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

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Henree Alyse

Henree Alyse

Maureen Watson

Guest Star

Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell

Drew Jacobs

Guest Star

Alex Fernandez

Alex Fernandez

Det. Manny Ruiz

Guest Star

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

FBI Cadet Ashley Seaver

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Garcia is speaking to Hotch and Rossi, she says, "Safe travels, mon ami." In the French language, this phrase should have ended mes amis.

    • At 23:25 Matthew Gray Gubler walks on camera, says his line, then tries to stifle a laugh. He looks at Rachel Nichols, who does the same. In the United Kingdom, this is called corpsing, which is a theatrical slang term used to describe when an actor breaks character during a scene by laughing or by causing another cast member to laugh.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Drew Jacobs: I'm gonna ask you one more time. How do you know what the families will think?
      Seaver: My father was like you.
      Drew Jacobs: What?
      Seaver: He killed a lot of women before I was a teenager. His name was Charles Beauchamp and they called him the Redmond Ripper.
      Drew Jacobs: Your, your father?
      Seaver: He was like you. He was a serial killer.

    • Harvey Brinkman: I got arrested once. It was supposed to be expunged but it wasn't. It was really all just a big misunderstanding.
      Prentiss: Ohhh. Well. It was just a misunderstanding.
      Harvey Brinkman: Really?
      Prentiss: (sarcastically) No.

    • Rossi: "Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." Writer Oscar Wilde

    • Hotchner: "When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... to be alive is to be vulnerable." Writer Madeleine L'Engle

  • NOTES (5)