Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 22

The Big Wheel (29 Apr. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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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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Outstanding performance by Alex O'Laughlin
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I have to admit I never heard of this guy before, and to the best of my knowledge, never saw him before. His portrayal of Vincent was very moving. Criminal Minds' killers are mostly exploitative and creepy, seldom interesting, certainly never sympathetic. The restrained story-telling, minimizing the gore, getting the team out of the way so we could focus on the carefully revealed story of Stanley and Vincent, brilliantly and understatedly played by both actors, was some of the finest TV I have ever seen. Kudos too to whichever of the four composers listed was responsible for the background music that started at the point when the ferris wheel rose and crowd noise faded. Extremely effective, underscoring, literally, the pathos of the situation. Bravi, production team and actors!


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