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: [about a serial killer] He sure likes his blondes. Not a good date, though - too stabby.
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Outstanding performance by Alex O'Loughlin!
6 May 2009 | by (TN, United States) – See all my reviews

In this very moving episode of Criminal Minds, we see another outstanding performance by the charismatic and mega-talented Alex O'Loughlin. With the brilliant portrayal of UNSUB Vincent, he shows his unique ability to make his audience feel a connection with the "bad guy" and see his humanity. We can't help but feel pity for Vincent, but we also see his strength and dignity with which he tries to break out of the terrible repetitive cycles he's locked in. We witness a marvelous character transformation that opens our eyes to how extraordinarily precious life is. O'Loughlin's finely nuanced acting and Simon Mirren's brilliant writing created one of the most memorable episodes of any crime series ever.


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