Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 17

Demonology (11 Mar. 2009)

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Prentiss learns from an old friend, John Cooley, that their mutual friend, Matthew Benton, just died from a heart attack. Prentiss had not seen either man in several years, both for ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Father Davison
Father Paul Silvano
John Cooley
Andrea Benton
Pamala Tyson ...
Medical Examiner
Marie Valentine


Prentiss learns from an old friend, John Cooley, that their mutual friend, Matthew Benton, just died from a heart attack. Prentiss had not seen either man in several years, both for different reasons. John also mentions that Matthew thought he was going to be killed just like "T. Valentine". In searching, Garcia does find someone matching that name in the area who recently died from dehydration. There are similarities between the two deaths but no medical rationale for tying the two together as murders. A third person in the area then dies in a similar way but again no medical indication of an unnatural death or rationale tying the death to the first two. However, Prentiss and Rossi, in particular within the team, are certain the three deaths are related and that they are indeed murders. They have to tread lightly and carefully since the families of the deceased refuse to speak to the FBI - especially Matthew's family who know, and do not like, Prentiss - and since there is no ... Written by Huggo

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After Rossi suggests to Prentiss that they "go have a cup of coffee," Rossi takes her to an abandoned parking lot and explains that the real case on which the movie "The Exorcist" was based took place "just a few blocks from here" (in Washington, D.C.). In reality, the "real" Exorcist case took place in St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1950s. Rossi does, however, correctly identify the possessed as a young male (the movie depicts a possessed female, played by Linda Blair). See more »


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21 October 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

An interesting episode. When is a serial killer not a serial killer? When he's a *priest* doing God's work. Brilliant. The concept alone could have sustained this episode, but they also included a nice twist for the exorcist's status *and* made the episode a great character piece for Prentiss, my favorite character. Yet they did not stop there. They cast Bruce Davison, Carmen Argenziano (Stargate SG-1), Walton Goggins, Roxanne Hart *and* James Remar. Unbelievable. That's the blueprints well done and leaves just the execution.

There's a nice slightly demonic vibe here (if you can call that "nice"), and the priest really does believe that he's performing exorcism and therefore doing nothing wrong. One man's bride even believes his fiancée was possessed. It's never completely ruled out that the men subjected to exorcism were actually possessed, though it is very much downplayed in order to keep the story in the "real" world instead of "The X Files" (no hyphen!). Careless viewers might miss the brief exchange of words between Father Silvano and John Cooley that deliciously hints that there truly are Satanic forces at work, and this elevates the story above the black-and-white ones. In the end, both interpretations may be correct.

Despite the talent the guest stars bring to the screen, this episode really belongs to Paget Brewster, whose commitment to her performance is remarkable. Even better, the boring Hotch is sitting on the sidelines on this one, which means more time for the others. Let's face it, it's not Thomas Gibson's fault - it's hard for the writers to make Hotch an interesting character, especially with Rossi on the team.

All this amounts to an excellent 8/10 episode. It stands out from the others due to its originality, yet falls ever so short of exceptional. The final discussion between the BAU agents is a good start for a deep conversation, but we could have lived without the sappy music in the end. That final sequence ruins the mood.

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