Criminal Minds

Season 8 Episode 12

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86
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 16, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When her stalker kidnaps Spencer's girlfriend, the BAU works together to find her before time runs out. But first, Spencer must come clean to the team about their relationship.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • is this alex show?

    1.0
    is this alex show?
  • Loved this ep except for...

    9.0
    Ok I was a huge fan of the show Leverage and Maeve was it one of the main cast there and I loved her character so i had a good impression of her already the moment I realised shes Maeve. I also watched earlier seasons of Gossip Girl and I recognised Diane from there. So this ep was a plus plus for me.



    I agreed with all the other reviews that the ending was surprising. I totally thought that it'll be great for Reid to finally be with someone. Seriously he had been single in the show since forever. Isn't it about time already?!!?



    Coming back to my review title, I really am disgusted why Reid chose Blake to relate to. I mean, seriously, doesn't she get enough screen time already since the season started? Did the writers really have to make her the centre of every important scene in each episode? I mean, think bout it, if the character had to be another female for Reid to relate personal things to, why wont he choose JJ? JJ has been there since season 1. How can he not feel closer to her? Plus, Blake is MUCH MUCH older than him. Remember this thing bout age gap? Wont he relate to JJ better, or anyone else in the team? Really don't understand what the writers were thinking.. I'm trying to like Blake but its really not working out. And I blame it on 2 things: they chose the wrong person to replace Prentis. I don't have a problem with the character itself (the Ph'Ds, the attitude etc) but she doesn't fit into the team overall. Secondly, the writing is bad. The writers gave her way too much credit every episode, kinda like everyone is a shadow to her character. Really a turn-off.moreless
  • What about Bobby!

    8.0
    Funny enough the things that pissed most people off about this episode is not what ticked me off. Imagine being poor Bobby, being in love with someone who didn't think you were their equal. Then to add insult to injury dating the psycho who was stalking your ex only to get your brains blown out by said psycho, that sucked. Bobby's death was dismissed to me and it really ticked me off. If you have been watching since the pilot it seems to me the life of Spencer Reid is marked with a lot of tragedy, he paid a tragic price for being a genius.moreless
  • emotional but brilliant

    9.0
    I would of loved for this two be a two part episode as it did have a huge build up, however it was brilliant episode none the less! very emotional and one of the best performances I have seen of Matthew gray gubler! It also made me completley warm up to Blake as I had been unsure on her before, brilliant!
  • Love the show

    7.0
    This is one of my favorite shows, I have been watching for a long time and waits impatiently for each new episode.







Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn

SSA Alex Blake

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

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

Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg

Diane Turner

Guest Star

Jay Hayden

Jay Hayden

Robert "Bobby" Putnam

Guest Star

Beth Riesgraf

Beth Riesgraf

Maeve Donovan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Diane: You just couldn't see. You couldn't see that I'm a genius!
      Maeve: Genius? Do you know what genius is?
      Diane: I know that I am one.
      Maeve: Maybe, maybe you do have that gift. Maybe your theory could have had merit, but we don't know because genius isn't just one good idea or one successful experiment, Diane. Genius is work; thousands of hours of work ... That's why you didn't make it. You didn't do the work. But you could... yeah, you can do the work. I'll help you.

    • Reid: "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao Tsu

    • (Reid thinks that his girlfriend was kidnapped)
      Hotchner: If you're right about this, then you're part of his victimology, too.
      Reid: I know. He thinks he'll get away with this, and he might. I have a wealth of knowledge I should be applying to this case. Behavioral patterns of violent stalkers. Tactical recovery strategies. Victim survival odds. But right now I can't focus on anything more than four seconds at a time. Which makes me the dumbest person in the room. So, please help me. Help me find her.

    • Maeve: Thomas Merton.
      Diane: Who's Thomas Merton?
      Maeve: (about Reid) He knows. He knows.
      Diane: Who's Thomas Merton? Who is he?!
      Maeve: He's the one thing you can never take from us.

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