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 »


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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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Not bad at all considering the circumstances
10 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"In Name and Blood" had difficult circumstances around it, with Mandy Patinkin's abrupt departure, team members debating their future and potential career moves, a different director and a different character replacing Gideon at last minutes.

By all means it is not perfect, but considering the circumstances this is a very good job. Gideon's departure, like Patinkin's, was abrupt and it did hurt the team dynamic (but with the circumstances it was inevitable, and it was actually still a worthy send-off at the time, though an even more effective one was done in "Nelson's Sparrow") and at this particular point Edward Allen Bernero's writing showed more experience than his direction.

Haley Hotcher is also very unlikable in this episode (understand the frustration, but was there really the need to be so nasty?) and Erin Strauss really doesn't fit in yet and her chemistry with the rest of the BAU never gels and almost non-existent in places, also didn't warm to her at times almost dictatorial leadership either.

However, there are some delightful character moments, especially Reid's reading of Gideon's letter left for him in one of the most poignant scenes of the show, Garcia's priceless "talk dirty to me" line without realising that Strauss was on the other end of the line which was one of the show's funniest moments and Hotch warning Garcia that the computer glitches mustn't happen again.

"In Name and Blood" is well made and well-scored, with some nice tight writing that balances humour, pathos, intelligent case profiling and tense mystery effectively. The story itself is solidly paced, and while not an exceptional, quite gut-wrenching, affecting or creepy episode (pretty ordinary) there is still a good amount of tension and suspense, the murders are suitably disturbing and the unsub and his son are nicely written characters.

The acting is very good from all the regulars, especially from those who have the standout character moments (so Kirsten Vangsness, Thomas Gibson and Matthew Gray Gubler), apart from a bland and cold Jayne Atkinson which is a lot to do with how Strauss is written. Eddie Cibrian is effective as Joe.

Overall, not bad at all, in fact surprisingly good. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox

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