Three soccer stars are abducted and the unsub plays games while the B.A.U. desperately tries to narrow down the suspects.

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In North Mammon, a close small town, a man abducts three girls who return from the boys football pep rally, and tells them to chose which of them will be killed. Girls soccer player Polly Chambers' mother gets Quantico agent Judy Homefeldt to convince the team to take the case and local Sheriff Yates to officially invite them, but on arrival he states the girls aren't even officially missing, as the mother is an unreliable depression patient. The elaborate preparation, including soothing messages to the parents mentioning Friday, convince the team it's the work of a local, who plausibly plans something relating to the football game, a long-awaited finale. This leaves various suspects to be eliminated, and it looks like the kidnapper planted false forensic material to incriminate innocent men. When Brooke gets sick, the other two decide to sacrifice her- they are given hammers to kill her, then released near the police... Written by KGF Vissers

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Kelly refers to the 1972 Andes flight disaster, which started on October 13th, although she mentions a soccer team, but actually it was a rugby team. See more »

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When Gideon asks Brooke chambers who her kidnapper was, she says she never saw him. However, he is the one who releases the Brooke and Polly from the storm cellar. See more »

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Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Hi, Polly. My name is JJ. I grew up in East Allegheny, just right up the road. I was captain of the varsity soccer team my senior year. Got me a scholarship to Pittsburgh. Well, it's a pretty good school, but... it's not exactly Penn State. I know that's where you're going, 'cause your mom told me. You know, your mom carried a picture of you all the way up to the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia, so that me and these agents here could help find you. And believe me, she was not leaving until we...
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Despite the disappointing role of the BAU, "North Mammon" is still one of the highlights of Season 2
10 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having been a long-time big fan of 'Criminal Minds', generally Season 2 has been even better than a still quite promising first season. "North Mammon" is a perfect example of why.

While most of the reception towards "North Mammon" has been positive, some citing it as one of the highlights of Season 2 and one of the scariest and most psychologically scarring of the entire show, there has also been disappointment directed towards it due to how the case is handled by the BAU.

This reviewer can totally see both sides. It is agreed that the BAU's role is limited and not particularly helpful, and this is a rare example of them not seeming all that desperate. For examples they do figure out the true identity of the unsub too late, even for episodes that take time to tell their stories while giving us a lot of information, in a rare case of him getting away with his crimes, and a much better job could have been done with the background checks with one check glossed over and another a case of jumping to conclusions too quickly.

However, there is so much in "North Mammon" that is so outstandingly well done that this reviewer while still not overlooking and not able to ignore it still considers it one of the highlights of Season 2. One outstanding standout is the atmosphere, the claustrophobic setting and the unsub's absolutely chilling mind-games made for one of the scariest and most psychologically scarring of the entire show.

Another standout is some of the show's most shocking twists, with the outcome of the ordeal suffered by the captives genuinely frightening and devastating, never expected it to happen that way. And the identity of the unsub had me floored, the only other Season 2 episode to do that to me was "Boogeyman" (while Tobias Hankel was the season's most interesting and most developed unsub, the viewer figures out the truth about it long before the BAU does), and no matter how extreme it was one can buy his motivation.

The disappointing role the BAU plays aside, "North Mammon" is still incredibly well-written, love the chemistry in the BAU which has always sparkled even in lesser episodes (apart from the ones that don't feel like 'Criminal Minds', i.e. "200") and the psychological mind games are chilling. The biggest impact however was made by the unsub's lack of remorse and justification of his actions where he shifts the blame on the victims. The viewer actually absolutely shares Gideon's anger and disgust later on as he says it, it was appalling at how anybody could be so cold, un-remorseful and attempt to justify such terrible crimes.

As always, "North Mammon" is an incredibly well-made episode, stylish and slick without being too glossy or never amateurish and adopts a dark look that suits the atmosphere superbly. The music is some of the most haunting and melancholic, as well as some of the most fitting and mood-enhancing, in the entire show, particularly at the beginning. The story is incredibly absorbing, and is both terrifying and heart-rending, and it's beautifully paced and solidly directed throughout. The acting is very good from all involved, loved the focus on JJ who finally becomes an interesting character here (always liked her in the earlier seasons but here she really shines) and Mandy Patinkin's range of emotions often mirrors our own, especially in the aforementioned scene.

Do have to disagree that the girls overact, their acting is very realistic regarding their horrifying situation and their actions were inevitable and not what they wanted to do. Their bond seemed more sisterly rather than best friends, which made the outcome and situation more shocking, and they did seem genuinely scarred and upset by the outcome. If one wants an example of victims that both overact and commit unrealistic actions that frustrate the viewer, Season 8's "Through the Looking Glass" fits that description perfectly, am still reeling at the actions of the mother in that episode.

Overall, while one can totally see both sides this reviewer is one of those who loved "North Mammon" and considers it one of Season 2's highlights. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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