The team gains a new, familiar. member and some growing pains while trying to find the latest victim of a killer who puts up wanted posters of his victims before he abducts them.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Yarbough
Max Pool
Michelle Colucci
Enid (as Tarri Markell)
Det. Bowie
News Reporter (as Kelli Kirkland Powers)
Robert C Sloan ...
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Although he's been retired for ten years from the BAU, David Rossi offers his services back to the unit in Gideon's vacant position. Strauss is suspicious of both Rossi and his motive. Meanwhile, Michelle Colucci of Carrollton, Texas finds a missing persons poster of herself pinned on her front door. The police initially treat this poster as a Halloween prank. However, upon further investigation by the police, Michelle goes missing. The inside of her house is plastered with these posters with a false face mask with the word "ONE" scrawled on it. Three days later, Michelle is found dead in a creek. When the BAU arrive on the scene, a second possible victim is identified in nearby Dallas. Enid White is missing with similar missing persons posters plastered outside in the neighborhood around her apartment. The BAU have to work quickly to develop a theory and profile of the unsub, and to find any connection between Michelle and Enid. In working through this case, Rossi takes matters into ... Written by Huggo

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31 October 2007 (USA)  »

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First appearance of Joe Mantegna as David Rossi. See more »


When Agent Morgan comes out from behind the trees after reenacting the unsub's strategy, he has a leaf on his head. The camera switches to the house for a second, and when it switches back, the leaf is gone. See more »


Derek Morgan: [after Reid sneaks up behind him in a mask and scares him] See, that right there is why Halloween creeps me out.
Dr. Spencer Reid: You're scared of Halloween?
Derek Morgan: I didn't say I was *scared*, I said I was *creeped out*. There's a difference there, youngster, you should look it up.
Emily Prentiss: What creeps you out about it?
Derek Morgan: I don't know, people wearing masks. I don't like folks in disguises.
Dr. Spencer Reid: That's the best thing about Halloween! You can be anyone you wanna be!
[Reid throws Morgan a piece of candy]
Derek Morgan: Nah, I'm pretty good just being ...
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Written by Chris Daughtry and Julian Williams
Performed by Daughtry
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Pretty good episode on the whole if slightly shaky introduction to David Rossi
11 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"About Face" is chiefly remembered for being the first episode featuring Jason Gideon's replacement David Rossi. The episode is a pretty good one, even if one doesn't warm to him just yet.

Understandably, the character of Rossi is what keeps "About Face" being even better than it was. It was always going to be a tough call replacing Gideon after the character's and Mandy Patinkin's abrupt departure and in such a short space of time, less than five episodes worth in fact.

Again, understandably as it's his first episode and they did have to rush to write a replacement character and find a replacement actor, Rossi's introduction to the team is shaky and he does not settle in yet here. While the script handles the transition the best it can and at times beautifully, you can feel the awkwardness of the change in dynamic within the team as they initially struggle to get used to Rossi's more old-school, less intuitive approach than Gideon.

However, once Rossi does settle, and he does quicker than most other replacements on the show, and becomes more developed and interesting, his personality is warmer and more likable and the dynamic is more comfortable and often adorable. The only other criticism is that the ending feels rather rushed and abrupt.

Rossi aside, "About Face" is pretty good. The case is a very creepy and atmospheric one, with disturbing killing and modus operandi and a genuinely menacing unsub. It has many of the ingredients that makes the writing and storytelling elements of the best of 'Criminal Minds' present (especially some of the most creative and intelligent use of profiling of the earlier seasons), including the giving out candy touch at the end that brightens the general moodiness of the episode without being too much of a juxtaposition.

Production values are high in style and mood, the Halloween setting helps, and it's hauntingly scored, stylishly directed and smartly and thoughtfully written. The acting is fine, with a menacing unsub and all the regulars doing dependably fine jobs. Joe Mantegna does well actually with what he has, and once the character grows in his later appearances so does Mantegna's acting as the characters.

In summary, Rossi's introduction is not yet settled, but taking into account the circumstances and everything and taking the episode on its own terms, it is pretty and often very good episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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