Male college students on spring break are being raped and murdered, presumably by a man and a woman working together. The BAU are called in and suspect a shy hotel cleaner and a receptionist.



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Dr. Ticona Roberts
Natalie Marston ...
Madison Cooke (as Natalie Elizabeth Marston)
Michael Browder
Det. Reese Evans
Dan Keller
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Young male college students - the type the BAU classify as the alpha male - are on spring break vacation in South Padre Island. They are being raped by another man and suffocated to death specifically at the Hudson Street Hotel. The men are found naked in a fetal position in a place where they are sure to be found quickly the in their hotel room. They are also positioned in such a way that housecleaning would have cleaned up any evidence before finding the bodies first. The victims thus far are not gay indicating that any physical act was not consensual. When the next victim is found at another hotel, the BAU believe that this is a red herring, and that the unsub may be a guest or probably an employee at the Hudson Street Hotel. They also believe, based on sexual orientation of the victims, that there are two unsubs: a submissive female who lures the victims, and a dominant male who does the raping and killing. When the BAU have the two people they believe are the perpetrators of the ... Written by Huggo

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Reid mentions Tobias Hankel, who was in the episodes Criminal Minds: The Big Game (2007) and Criminal Minds: Revelations (2007). See more »


When Reid and Morgan are talking at the end about Tobias Hankel (from the season 2 episodes "The Big Game" and "Revelations"), Morgan mentions that "He drugged and tortured you for two days." Reid relieves Tobias of any wrongdoing saying, "No, it was the persona of his father who did those things to me." It was in fact the persona of Tobias, not the father, who drugged Reid and ultimately gave him an addiction, in order to ease the pain of being tortured. See more »


Adam Jackson: Hey, can I ask you a question?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah.
Adam Jackson: Um... you've seen bad stuff right?
Dr. Spencer Reid: I have. Yeah.
Adam Jackson: How long before you can close your eyes without it being there?
Dr. Spencer Reid: [long pause] I'm afraid I still don't know.
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Up there as one of the best episodes of Season 4
19 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, the best Season 4 episode is "The Big Wheel", and, while 'Criminal Minds' at its best is one of my favourites, one of the small group of episodes that this reviewer considers a faultless masterpiece where everything works.

"Conflicted", however, is perhaps a very close second, and everything works here too. It is a little formulaic, but that didn't really matter when the tension and suspense was so palpable, and while you do have a sneaky suspicion regarding the unsub how it's revealed is so cleverly done and really shocks and haunts the mind.

Much has been said about the performance of Jackson Rathbone, and for good reason. He really is as brilliant as the other reviewers say, didn't take much notice of him in the little amount of his other work seen but this is a role with some real meat and Rathbone does wonders with it. Particularly excelling in making the two different split personalities so completely different and utterly convincing, and that must have not been an easy thing to do.

Other standouts are the chemistry between Rathbone and Matthew Gray Gubler's Reid, they are the two most interesting characters and share a tense and sympathetic chemistry, and the frighteningly nail-biting and somewhat poignant rooftop scene with Morgan, Reid and Adam/Amanda. While Jason Alexander's direction is very fine throughout the episode, it is in this scene where it shines in particular, technically and atmospherically.

Visually, it's stylish, audacious, atmosphere and suitably moody, while the character interaction is always delightful and the music is haunting and fits with the mood well, while not enhancing the action it never distracts either. The script is thought-provoking and tight and the story/mystery is elevated by some great unexpected twists and turns, thought-provoking crime solving, profiling and psychology and terrific atmosphere.

All in all, "Conflicted" is a wonderful episode and up there as one of the season's best episodes. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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