The team flies to Los Angeles to pursue a bank robber who is quickly disintegrating into an enraged, sexually-motivated, spree killer.

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Four times an LA perfectionist bank-robber made the clients-hostages strip before locking them in, so none would do anything, and violates one, but quickly slips into more violent assault against uniformed men. The team realizes he started out as a clever thief, but the opportunity made the sadist awake, who forces odd couples to play sex in front of the others and becomes more violent. The race is on, fearing he'll become murderous... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode is based off a slew of robberies that occurred in 1982 on Long Island. A group of men named the Sutter Boys, were gang members from Brooklyn. They first robbed a house party in Plainview and then went to Sea Crest Diner in Old Westbury, NY. In both cases, they told everyone to undress and made them all perform sexual acts. All their cash and jewelry were also taken. See more »

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At the very end of the episode, when the ambulance door closes, we see an orange balloon fly off. If you look closely, you can see another balloon in the distance, most likely from a previous take. See more »

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Elle Greenaway: [about a bank robber that makes his victims' strip] "Stripping bandit." That sounds terrible. Makes it sound like the *bandit's* doing the stripping.
Dr. Spencer Reid: What would *you* call him?
Jennifer Jareau: Pervert!
Elle Greenaway: Scumbag.
Derek Morgan: I'd call him an ass...
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: [interrupting Morgan] . Focus please! We need to learn the details of *four* bank robberies *before* we get to Los Angeles.
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Written by Marc and Steffan Fantini
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Weird yet disturbing
27 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very good episode on the whole, that is neither among the best or worst of the show. "North Mammon" and "The Boogeyman" for examples are better Season 2 episodes, but really Season 2 is mostly a strong one (one of the show's strongest), where only "Honor Among Thieves" underwhelmed.

"Psychodrama" does have occasional lapses in logic and credibility, as detailed in the previous review. And occasionally due to so many twists and turns not all of the story is as easy to follow as it could have been.

On the other hand, "Psychodrama" as always with 'Criminal Minds' looks great, very stylish, atmospheric and classy. The music is suitably moody and fits very well, never coming over as distracting. The script is tight, humorous and emotional, though a few parts could have had more development which would have made the unsub's initially rather strange motivations a little easier to swallow at first.

The story here is very interesting, with a case that is very weird at times, and at times uncomfortably so, but also very disturbing, especially the every-parent-and-child's-worst-nightmare climax. The twists and turns ensure that the episode does not get predictable at all, with things not being what they seem, and the tension and suspense factors are high particularly in the latter scenes.

Love the bond between Gideon and Hotch, and the subplot with Hotch's family life is done with such truth and genuine heart that it is difficult not to be moved by it. The unsub is a different kind of unsub, and it was refreshing, this is one creepy and twisted unsub with his lack of remorse chilling, even if his motivations are a bit strange. His actions and what the hostages go through are terrifying.

Acting is strong with standouts being Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson and Matthew Gray Gubler. Support is solid.

Overall, a weird episode but also a very disturbing one. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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