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No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank 

Frank is back on the hunt, and the team must protect Gideon while he profiles Frank again. Elsewhere, the team faces a review with some surprising results.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy (as Gina LaPiana)
Mrs. Belle
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The last the BAU saw of serial killer Frank, he vowed never to kill anyone again if he only had Jane in his life. Because he was holding children hostage, the BAU allowed Frank to take Jane and escape incarceration in exchange for releasing the children. Frank has reentered Gideon's personal life. Apparently, Jane has come to Washington D.C. to look for Gideon. Frank in turn is holding a friend of Gideon's named Sarah until Jane is returned. Later, Gideon goes missing. The BAU have no idea what has happened to him. All they know is that Sarah is found dead in his apartment which is covered with blood spatters, and that he was seen leaving his apartment also covered in blood and brandishing a gun. However because Sarah was eviscerated of a right rib bone which was found in her hand, the BAU know that Frank is back. Since Gideon is still a suspect in the murder, they know they will not be asked to join the investigation. Gideon manages to telephone Hotch to let him know what he knows. ... Written by Huggo

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16 May 2007 (USA)  »

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This episode introduced Section Chief Erin Strauss. See more »


In No Way Out part 1, Jane claims to have been 19 when she was abducted by Frank. In this episode, however, Garcia claims Jane was 22 when it happened. See more »


Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: [sort of closing quote] "Once again the team had battled a monster and won"
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The end of Season 2 makes for one of the season's most memorable episodes
5 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, Season 2 is one of the stronger overall seasons with some fine episodes. "No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank" concludes the season and is one of Season 2's most memorable episodes.

"No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank" looks great, love the dark and gritty and always stylish and classy look which is consistent throughout. The haunting and hypnotic music fits very well and never distracts, even if not quite enhancing it. The theme tune sticks in your head still.

The script is taut and thought-provoking (like the bookend quotations and the psychological profiling, Hotch has some great lines here), the case is complex and well-developed without being convoluted and is never dull and full of tension and suspense with especially brutal murders. Also love the chemistry of the team and Frank Breitkopf is one of the show's most notorious and notable killers and one of those who's an irredeemable monster.

'Criminal Minds' lead characters on the BAU team have personalities that even early on are well established. The direction is more than solid as is the case a lot of the time with the show. The acting is top-notch.

Mandy Patinkin is very commanding though, Thomas Gibson excels in giving a suitable stoic seriousness, Matthew Gray Gubler is a breath of fresh air (Reid has always been a favourite), Shemar Moore is appropriately tough and gritty and Kirsten Vangsness is charming as Penelope. Patinkin and Gibson are especially good here. Keith Carradine is superb as Frank, genuinely menacing.

Where "No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank" falls down a little is the ending, which is somewhat tacky and Frank's speech borders on the ridiculous.

Otherwise, it is a truly fine episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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