One of a lawyer's identical twin daughters is kidnapped. The kidnapper contacts him and demands ransom money. The team's investigation, however, reveals that he doesn't really want the money, but both girls.



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Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Jareau (credit only)
Trish Davenport / Cheryl Davenport
Vincent Shyer (as Matthew Letscher)
Behavioral Analysis Unit Female Agent
2nd Aide
David J. Lee ...


In New Haven, Connecticut, Trish Davenport has been kidnapped, her long term boyfriend, Jordan, is deceased at the abduction site. The BAU are called in because of the time sensitivity of the case and because of Trish's father, Evan Davenport. Evan, a high profile lawyer, has in the past received multiple death threats because of his work, having had FBI protective services for years. When Trish turned eighteen, she refused the protective service. The BAU learn that Trish is an identical twin, who has what many would consider a typical twin connection with her sister. During the initial ransom telephone call, the unsub has an unusual request, which leads to the BAU ultimately figuring out the unsub's motivations. With this knowledge, Gideon in turn uses an unusual tactic to draw out further information about who the unsub is. Despite getting some important information about the unsub, Gideon and the team don't like what it infers as it places a major obstacle in their work. Written by Huggo

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19 October 2005 (Canada)  »

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This is the only episode of Criminal Minds in which Penelope Garcia (portrayed by Kirsten Vangsness) does not appear. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: There's no code of conduct that says agents can't socialize.
Derek Morgan: Well, see, my code of survival says never mess with a woman that carries a gun.
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Written by Marc and Steffan Fantini
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Among the better episodes of Season 1
1 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season 1 got off to a strong start. It did have a hit-and-miss patch after "The Fox" (one of the best-written episodes of 'Criminal Minds'), but still remained watchable. "Broken Mirror" is one of the early episodes and is a very good and often great episode.

'Criminal Minds' have generally had a good track record with their kidnapping episodes (with a few exceptions, in recent memory an example being "The Boys of Sudworth Place"), "Broken Mirror" is one of their better examples. The only strange scene is the team letting off steam in the kitchen, which couldn't have happened at a more inappropriate time and place.

That aside, "Broken Mirror", while taking a little time to tell the story (which with a lot of information to absorb works in its favour, is tense and suspenseful, the scene with Gideon cutting off the unsub in a scene lasting for three minutes was a highlight. That could have been a repetitive and dull scene but actually had some nail-biting tension and was brilliantly acted all round. Another great touch was hearing the characters' flaws coming from the mouth of the unsub, that was shocking and creepy.

"Broken Mirror" is saved from being predictable by having some very well-executed twists and turns, notably the unsub's real intentions and the scary revelation that the unsub was much closer than they thought the whole time. That was a surprise to me on first viewing, on repeat viewing the foreshadowing is more obvious due that only somebody intimately close to the case could have figured that much out of the characters unless they were a stalker, nevertheless it was a surprising revelation doing cleverly.

It is a very well-made episode too, with one of the best and most fitting music scores of the season. It's very tautly scripted, keeping things tight with nothing coming over as pointless. As said, the atmosphere is incredible here with great tension and suspense, from the eerie opening to a well-done if perhaps not particularly original climax. The acting is very good, where there is real urgency and desperation. Mandy Patinkin is particularly commanding, and this is one of not many episodes where Elle didn't annoy me.

Overall, very good episode indeed and one of Season 1's better ones. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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