Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 3

Minimal Loss (8 Oct. 2008)

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Reid and Prentiss, having gone undercover into an underground cult to investigate child abuse, get trapped inside the compound when a federal raid on it goes bad.

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Reid and Prentiss enter a Christian cult's community ranch to investigate a anonymous tip about child molestation. Moments after they enter, the state police begin a raid on the place which quickly turns into a Waco Siege-like standoff with Reid and Prentiss being held captive by the cult's militia. Written by J. Rieper

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Joel Murray, who makes a guest appearance in this episode, previously co-starred with Thomas Gibson in Dharma & Greg (1997). See more »

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Emily Prentiss: [closing quote, voiceover] "Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it." - Ayn Rand.
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Not bad, just not Criminal Minds
20 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Why are Reid and Prentiss involved with this cult? Possible sex scandal, OK, but it's not a serial killer. Tragic yes but not really in their job description.

The whole set-up of the local Colorado ATF agents lying to one of the top departments of the FBI is a little off too. It probably would happen at a lower level, but undercover agents headed right into a planned high-risk attack zone? Is there even a possible good outcome to that scenario?

Watching this episode I just wasn't drawn in. Didn't care about the 90210 leader of a cult of wackos. You know Reid and Prentiss will make it out alive and none of the other characters really matter. Proving it, when the only other agent, a local child services cop, gets killed by a stray bullet no one even remarks on it.

Also, was Prentiss raped, or just slapped around? At the end of the episode when she's talking to Reid it seemed like she was talking about rape but during the show it just showed her get hit. Maybe the scene was cut as too graphic?

And I really need to get this off my chest: why the hell isn't Reid made to take some sort of self defense and weapons training classes? How many times has he been smacked around by a crazy loon on the job? Wouldn't you learn how beat somebody down in that position? He's in the freakin' FBI!


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