As the team assists in finding a rapist in Ohio, Elle's actions may compromise her career.

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After six weeks of no activity, a serial rapist in Dayton, Ohio has reemerged with a new victimology. Whereas his previous victims were young women attending Holy Trinity University of Ohio - a bible college - his newer victims have been thirtysomething women. What has remained consistent is that the rapist knows very personal details of each victim and that he leaves a voice mail for the victim prior to the attack, which occurs at the victim's home where the unsub lies in wait. This latter aspect may hit a little too close to home for Greenaway, whose recent almost fatal shooting was similar. As rapes are generally under reported, the authorities believe there may be more victims. When they track a previous unreported rape victim down, she who the BAU believe was the final bible college victim, they find the stressor that made the unsub change his victimology and a common link to all the women. Not any closer to finding the actual identity of the unsub, the BAU feel they need to ... Written by Huggo

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Although it was essential to the storyline to release William Lee from custody, it was not legally necessary for this to have happened. There was an abundance of evidence to support holding him on the serious federal charge of stalking. They did, after all, arrest him outside his victim's house. See more »

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When the BAU team is discussing the victim that committed suicide, we see her college ID as well as a Sexual Assault Victim Statement tacked on the evidence board. The Victim Statement shouldn't exist since her attack was unreported to the police, prior to her suicide. See more »

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Derek Morgan: Oh, one last favor. Look up the words sexy and brilliant in that computer of yours and tell me what you come up with.
Penelope Garcia: Look at that, it's me.
Derek Morgan: You are a goddess woman, ciao.
[Flicks the phone shut. Women in the waiting room are staring at him]
Derek Morgan: It was a... It was a work call.
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Elle's powerful aftermath
18 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There are better episodes in Season 2 of 'Criminal Minds', such as "Profiler, Profiled", "Revelations", "North Mammon" and "The Boogeyman". This said, "Aftermath" is better than "Honor Among Thieves", somewhat of the odd one part in one of the show's strongest and most consistent seasons.

"Aftermath" is a good, sometimes very good, episode, but falls short of great. It does get credit for dealing with Elle's PTSD powerfully, boasting one of what is easily Lola Glaudini's better acting performances of the character (usually am indifferent to her but her performance here had raw intensity and a degree of poignancy) and for not making Elle cold or annoying.

It, as always with 'Criminal Minds', is a very well-made episode, very stylishly photographed and atmospherically lit. The music is moody and haunting, while the direction allows the action to remain taut. The script is very thought-provoking, with standouts being the lovely scene between Reid and Elle (have always liked those two together) and Morgan's "It's a work call" which brought some welcome and thankfully not misplaced humorous levity to a grim case.

Much of the story is very absorbing, it does start off like an ordinary rape case but piles on the tension before exploding towards the end, which one really does not see coming and it leaves one in complete and utter shock. The acting is excellent from all the regulars (Glaudini really nails it here in a way that she didn't previously) and the criminal is suitably repellent, one that one really wants to see done to justice.

Where "Aftermath" is let is in some strange credibility issues (pretty basic too), especially the BAU's sloppy investigation of the incident (or what felt like lack of it), them not noticing how bad her behaviour had gotten when so many tell-tale signs were there and putting her in a bait situation that she should never have been put in in the first place.

Overall though, a pretty good episode. A lesser Season 2 episode and would have been better without those issues but a lot is done right too, and the episode achieves a couple of things that I honestly thought was never going to happen (saying this as a fan too). 7/10 Bethany Cox


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