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

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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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Despite her last name, Garcia is not very proficient with Spanish nor is she of Hispanic or Latino descent (she assumed her stepfather's surname as a child). See more »


Elle uses the colloquial form of Spanish ("tú") while using the honorific Señor/Señora (Mr/Mrs) at the same time. Such honorifics are used in the polite form of Spanish ("usted"). The way Elle speaks Spanish could even be offensive, especially in Latin America where the "usted" form is the default one, even among members of the same family. See more »


Jessica Brooks: You hold him like a melon
Aaron Hotchner: You think you can do better? You got a chance to show off.
[to baby Jack]
Aaron Hotchner: Its okay, it's for the...
Jessica Brooks: [Now holding baby Jack who immediately stops crying]
Aaron Hotchner: Well, let's see how you profile a disorganized psychopath
Haley Hotchner: [Comes in with a phone] It's your life
Jason Gideon: [On the phone] Hey, I know you're taking the weekend, but I let you know we just get a call
Aaron Hotchner: Ah, amazing, I am so glad you are here sis. And with you coming to town it is so much easier to take time off. And I could never have ...
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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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