With Gideon still missing, Hotchner puts in for a transfer and Prentiss tenders her resignation, but both are drawn back to work by a serial killer targeting women in a particularly heartless fashion.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Vic Wolynski
Joe Smith
Bill Thompson
Lisa Phillips


Aaron Hotchner is contemplating a transfer to another unit, and Emily Prentiss is quitting the FBI, and Jason Gideon is missing. The team, led shakily by Director Erin Strauss, is called to Milwaukee to investigate a serial killer who has had 5 female victims. Horribly, it seems that the killer is using his young son to lure in the victims. As Aaron rejoins the team, along with Emily, this puts his marriage on shaky ground. We learn the fate of Jason Gideon, as this was the final episode starring Mandy Patinkin, who has left the show. Written by Dave Goldhirsch

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3 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Eddie Cibrian (who played Joe Smith) and Yvonne Jung (Claire) worked together previously on Third Watch. See more »


The son of the killer says, while doing homework/extra credit, that he's practicing multiplication while the rest of the class is still on long division. The usual procedure is to know multiplication before knowing long division, therefore he would not be head of the class, rather behind them. See more »


Derek Morgan: What? No Hotch, now no Gideon?
Jennifer Jareau: No, not yet
Derek Morgan: These guys have been out two weeks! You'd think at least they can do is be on time!
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah! 'Cause you're never late!
Derek Morgan: So, where is Prentiss?
Jennifer Jareau: Her phone keeps going straight to voicemail
Derek Morgan: Well, this team gets smaller and smaller, doesn't it?
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Changes often mean great pain - and some annoying moments too!
29 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Following the recent issues surrounding the unit, and notably his personal loss, Jason Gideons whereabouts and future remain a mystery to the rest of the team. In the fallout Aaron Hotchner is contemplating transferring to another unit, whilst Emily Prentiss quits the FBI. Whilst I'll miss Mandy Patinkins Gideon as a character I always thought he was somewhat light weight as a team member, although to be fair the whole group is a collection of oddballs and brains with a little common sense thrown in just to make it plausible.

Meanwhile life must continue and Director Erin 'I hate the team so why am I in this job?' Strauss steps up to lead the team but fails to make a good impression, especially in the field when called in to investigate a serial killer in Milwaukee.

When it become clear that the killer is using his young son to lure in the victims, and in response to the obvious team dynamic and trust issues both Aaron and Emily join the team, possibly for the last time, in order to see up the investigation and hopefully reach the final victim whilst she is still alive. .... The changes in team dynamic were somewhat grating, though admittedly some of this is deliberate on the behalf of the writers in showing that the upheavals do have consequences especially with the disruptive influence of the new director who is obviously not cut out for BAU case work. .... I don't feel this was a great episode but it was also quite workmanlike and did the necessary moves towards the post-Gideon era. I don't like the Director and whilst I feel the team really needs to be less 'Jet Setting' it seems to be too much of a 'administrative' new face.

A solid if unimpressive - 7

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