While the team profiles a killer in a small town, Hotch must stay and deal with Elle who is beginning to unravel.



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Chief Jones
James Charles
Jeffrey Charles
Deputy Mack (as Chris A. Conrad)
Henry (as Bobby Preston-Weiss)
Agent Breen


In Ozona, Texas, 2500 population, young boys Robbie Davis and Nicholas Faye were bludgeoned to death in the woods, next Sara, dumped there after posthumous abuse. The team believes it's a smart, methodical local trusted by the kids, who are meanwhile advised the buddy-system. An eight-year old tells Jason, who noticed he's burdened by a secret, his older brother Matthew is missing- since two rascals dared him to pull the bell at the local 'ghost house' of old hunter Finnegan, whose wife disappeared 50 years ago. He's out, Robbie's bag lies there, but his corpse is found, buried in the woods before the first murder. Next suspect is school counselor James Charles, abandoned by his wife, who has victim Nicholas Faye's baseball team cap when he fails to flee arrest; his own 12 year-old son Jeffrey Charles is missing, after a search Jason quickly guesses the horrible truth... Meanwhile Hotch tries to get reluctant Elle Greenaway, FBI-cleared but a mental mess, to take shrink therapy... Written by KGF Vissers

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25 October 2006 (USA)  »

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It is revealed in this episode that J.J. Jareau has a niece who is eight years old, which implies she has at least one sibling. See more »


While searching the "haunted" house, they discover food trays containing cream of spinach soup that has been sealed with duct tape. The trays hold the finger prints of the town counselor and an unidentified child. They pick up the counselor and search his house, where they find an epi pen and all of the dairy in the fridge sealed with duct tape. When they ascertain that the counselor is not allergic to milk, they turn to his son. The problem here is the counselor was delivering food for the old man who lived in the house, so why did he seal the cream of spinach soup with duct tape? See more »


Elle Greenaway: [turning in her badge and gun] This is not an admission of guilt.
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Written by Marc and Steffan Fantini
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(Near) classic 'Criminal Minds' episode
10 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although it is not the most consistent of shows, 'Criminal Minds' is still one of my favourites and is compulsive viewing. "The Boogeyman" is a strong example of what this reviewer loves about the show in the first place.

For one thing, this reviewer loves its unpredictability. It is a dark and tense episode, that affects the team in some way, especially Morgan and Elle (to the extent that the case is personal for them), while the story is riveting with enough twists and turns and intelligent use of profiling to keep one guessing.

Then there is the reveal and ending, which is not only the most gut-wrenching shocking reveal of Season 2 along with "North Mammon" but also in the history of the show. Even the team themselves seemed genuinely surprised and appalled. Did not see that coming at all and I've become not so easily shocked these days (apart from the best of 'Criminal Minds' and some other examples of course).

'Criminal Minds' has always been an incredibly well-made show, and "The Boogeyman" looks beautiful and rich in atmosphere. The music is appropriate for the mood, with enough haunting darkness and melancholic pathos without being too intrusive, obvious or manipulative.

Scripting is thought-provoking and intelligent, with a great balance and dynamic in the team where everything and everyone serves a purpose and some fantastic little character moments. Examples are Reid being afraid of the dark, JJ's ghost/horror story, Garcia's welcome comic relief which doesn't feel misplaced, the moments of honesty between Morgan/Reid and Gideon/Hotch and Morgan being so darkly affected by the case.

What wasn't so convincing were the scenes between Elle and Hotch, very remotely played by Lola Glaudini and Thomas Gibson (Glaudini has always left me somewhat cold, and Elle was always the weak link of the first and second seasons to me, but this was so unlike Gibson) and seemed both draggy and underdeveloped, lacking the same level of detail that went into the rest of the relationships.

Everything is beautifully paced and solidly directed, while the acting is very good apart from Glaudini (or at least to me, am sure this is an opinion I'm going to be attacked for). Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson (apart from the scenes with Glaudini), Matthew Gray Gubler and AJ Cook are all dependably great, while Kirsten Vangsness is a ray of sunshine and Shemar Moore brings more emotional range than usual, being a somewhat personal case for Morgan as evidenced by the accusatory scene with the father figure. The child performances are also some of the most believable in 'Criminal Minds' history, especially from a disquieting and chillingly nonchalant Cameron Monaghan.

In summary, a near classic 'Criminal Minds' episodes with almost all the ingredients that make the show great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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