Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 22

The Big Wheel (29 Apr. 2009)

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The team tracks down a highly obsessive-compulsive killer who targets blonde women and leaves messages to the police asking them to stop him.

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Michelle Watson, a Buffalo, New York based real estate agent, is found murdered inside a house at which she was showing. A week later, the Buffalo Police Department receive an audio-less and edited video recording from the murderer's viewpoint of the lead-up to the killing, including shots within the murderer's home, as well as the actual murder itself. From the video, it looks as if it was taken by a hidden camera located somewhere on the upper half of the murderer's body. From the actions on the video, the BAU can also tell that the murderer suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Reviewing past cases in the Buffalo area within the past ten years and another video visible in the background of the video sent makes them suspect that this murder was done by a serial killer. Two other key pieces of information on the video are the number "29", circled by the murderer on Michelle's day planner, and the murderer scrawling the words "HELP ME". The BAU have a race for time as they ... Written by Huggo

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At the beginning of the episode, a very tall palm tree can be seen reflected in the window of the vehicle driven by Vincent (Alex O'Laughlin). This episode is set in Buffalo, New York, however, where the freezing winters would make it impossible to grow a palm tree, let alone one of that height. See more »

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Penelope Garcia: The video on this film is analog. It's since been digitized, but it is seriously degraded.
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Meaning what?
Penelope Garcia: Meaning this kind of degradation only happens over at least a decade and thousands of repeating viewings.
David Rossi: It's the only way he can get any release.
Det. Lynne Henderson: Then you're right, he's been doing this for ten years.
Penelope Garcia: Uh... more like twenty. That woman in this video, she's wearing a sweater I haven't seen since "Flashdance".
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Brilliant acting by Alex O'Loughlin!!!
1 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very compelling episode . . . which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, and put me through the emotions ringer! This episode was beautifully cast! The boy who played Stanley was really great.He and 'Vincent' (the awesome Alex O'Loughlin) were a perfect fit. What I'm most excited about though is the versatility of guest star Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight, The Shield, etc.). He completely 'owns' every role he plays. I've watched him in a variety of roles (TV and movies), and he makes every single character he plays come to life! That's special, and rare. He's what they'd call a 'Natural", born to act. He's really immensely talented, on top of his good looks, and it was a delightful treat to see him on TV again!


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