The BAU is requested to assist on a case in Mexico to determine if there is a serial killer in the town of a police captain who attended one of Gideon's seminars.



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Episode credited cast:
Captain Navarro (as Carlos Gomez)
Deputy Borquez
Rosa Trejo (as Darlena Tejeiro)
Roberto Gonzalez (as Andres Saenz-Hudson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diego Trejo
Margarita Cordova ...
Nina Villanueva


In Allende del Sol, a Mexican factory and tourist town, the papers write about a serial killer. The government wants that theory squashed by the BAU profilers after the twelfth rape-murder in two years. The latest victim was 62-year old Lupe Trejo, whose son, Miguel, was arrested as a suspect. Gideon knows from a seminar the local police captain, Victor Navarro, who claims Mexican cultural emphasis on family and machismo won't permit Gideon's profiling method to work there. The Trejo murder site shows Gideon that Lupe discovered her son Miguel is a closet homosexual, unspeakable in the macho town. To save Miguel from being killed in prison, his sister Rosa claims Miguel's boyfriend, Roberto Gonzalez, was outside the house and noticed a social worker, either female or a cross-dresser. Atypically, the next victim, Isabella Santiago, is stabbed to death the following day. The team believes it's a rapist who became impotent, probably after being ridiculed by Milagros Villanueva a month ... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Machismo is a Spanish word derived from macho, meaning a strong sense of masculine pride. See more »


Gideon states that Andrei Chikatilo was active in "Soviet Ukraine." He was instead active in and around Rostov, which was and is solidly inside Russia - in fact it is one of Russia's oldest cities. Chikatilo was born in Ukraine, but he didn't become a serial killer until late in his adult life, long after he had moved to Russia. See more »


Derek Morgan: What's all this?
Deputy Borquez: Dia de los Muertos
Dr. Spencer Reid: Day of the dead. Three day Latin holidays where souls of the dead relatives are send return to earth to enjoy the pleasure they once knew of
Deputy Borquez: He sounds like he is reading that out of a book
Derek Morgan: Trust me, he always sounds like that
Dr. Spencer Reid: Actually, I was reading I picked this pamphlet at the airport
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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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Season 1's low-point
2 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Actually "Machismo" is not an awful episode as such, but at the same there are more interesting and less bland 'Criminal Minds' episodes before and after.

The production values in "Machismo", as always with 'Criminal Minds' are very high quality, the Mexican locale is both strikingly beautiful and atmospheric and the episode is stylishly and slickly shot. The music when used is not intrusive, inappropriately jaunty or melodramatic, it may not be atmosphere-enhancing but it's not a distraction either. The theme tune is memorable.

"Machismo's" mystery itself is not too bad, and does have some tense, suspenseful and entertaining parts with some shocking murders, the procedural and detective aspects done decently. The acting from the leads is very good, particularly Mandy Patinkin. The one exception is Lola Glaudini, personally have never completely warmed to Elle as a character and find Glaudini too cold even when she's meant to be sympathetic.

On the other hand, the change of setting was a nice change and seeing the BAU solving a case in Mexico had potential to be a very interesting change of pace, but it didn't work entirely for me. It would have been interesting to see what "Machismo" could have done with any cultural or language divides, but that's wasted by numerous glaring cultural inaccuracies and the decision to have the locals speaking fluent English, making the constant beating-around-the-head explanations of Elle's ability to speak Spanish pointless and even more annoying.

Script-writing lacks its usual tightness and can sound awkward and heavy-handed. Tension, suspense and entertainment don't come consistently, and while the mystery is quite a good one it does take unusually far too long for the team to find the connection/clue to solve the case when it was so close to them the entire time and is also bogged down by too many side-plots that either take up too much time or are given short shrift, giving the episode an unusually draggy and bloated feel.

Characters-wise, "Machismo" does suffer from too much Elle and the rest of the team given too much of a back-seat. The locals are stereotypically and perhaps potentially offensively characterised, and was there anybody else underwhelmed with the unsub? To me, even with little screen time, he was explored very little and was blandly, almost anonymously played.

Overall, not awful but the low-point of Season 1 and among the weakest 'Criminal Minds' episodes. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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