The BAU finds themselves sparring with the Russian Mob, but even more puzzling is the behavior of one of the victims.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss
Natalya Chernus
Arseny Lysowsky
Irina Davidoff ...
Gregory Wagrowski ...
Sergei Chernus
Lyov Lysowsky


The BAU work on a case on the urging of Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss, Emily's mother. The Chernuses - husband and wife, and their adult daughter Natalya - are a working class Russian family that knew of the Ambassador when she was posted in the Ukraine. The family now lives in Baltimore, Maryland having been smuggled out of the Eastern Bloc in 1988. Mr. Chernus has just been kidnapped. The family received a ransom note which includes Chernus' ring finger. Among other things, the note states that another body part will be cut off every six hours until the ransom is paid. In speaking to Josh Cramer from the FBI's Organized Crime Unit, the BAU learn that this case is typical of the Russian mob. Their victims are hesitant to speak to the authorities in general because of mistrust of the Russian authorities. In addition, the victims, generally with much money, are usually criminals themselves. Mr. Chernus does not seem to fit the typical victimology, the family having no money and he not ... Written by Huggo

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11 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Kate Jackson is credited in this episode as "Special Guest Star." See more »


Ambassador Prentiss consistently mispronounces Moscow is 'Moss-cow' rather than 'Mos-coe.' As someone who worked and lived there for a significant amount of time, she would know better. See more »


Jason Gideon: Twenty-three years in prison in the Ural Mountains... doesn't breed a compassionate friend.
Lysowsky: You think you know Russian prison life?
Jason Gideon: I know human behavior.
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Written by Marc and Steffan Fantini
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A rare underwhelming episode in a strong season
28 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Criminal Minds' when at its best, or when it's good or more, is one of my favourite shows of all time, although one does agree with the general consensus that Season 6 onwards has been very hit and miss with Season 11 being especially disappointing.

Season 2 is a strong season, with "The Fisher King Part 2", "Revelations", "North Mammon", "The Boogeyman" (which has one of the show's most shocking reveals) and the Frank Breitkopf episodes being particularly memorable viewing. After re-watching "Honor Among Thieves", having had very vague memories of it other than the basic idea, it made for a rare underwhelming episode.

It has its moments and there are definitely far worse episodes in the show ("200", "Machismo", "The Thirteenth Step" and most of Season 11 for examples), but it is easy to see why it was an episode that didn't stick in my mind. There are good things here, it is as ever high in production values quality and the music is atmospheric and affecting with the ever hypnotic theme tune.

The acting from the regular leads is very good, especially from Paget Brewster, while Kate Jackson is the standout in support. While overused, the relationship and chemistry between Prentiss and her mother is very believably done and gives the episode heart. Morgan's profiling of Natalya was also pretty good.

However, the supporting cast generally are pretty forgettable and the actress playing Natalya seemed like a cold emotionless fish throughout. The scripting does lack its usual tightness and the story is not that intriguing or well-paced, often being on the dull side with less-than-surprising outcomes taking rather too long to solve. Didn't buy the rather unrealistic scene between Gideon and the Russian mobster, a case of too much information being given too easily and willingly.

Particularly disappointing about "Honor Among Thieves" is the role of the BAU here. Not only are they underused, but they are also useless with hardly any profiling, pathology or psychology of the criminal's mind which are essential ingredients to the show's success. And this episode has to be the first time in the show at this point where the team are portrayed like complete idiots, due to taking so long to get to the truth when to a lot of viewers it's staring at them in the face early on. Some may find the reveal a shock, respectfully not to me due to some rather obvious foreshadowing, because even early on the perpetrator seemed indifferent to the situation and acted pretty suspiciously.

All in all, underwhelming episode to a strong season and didn't do much for me. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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