Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 9

52 Pickup (26 Nov. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A greatly sadistic serial killer who disembowels women and forces them to clean it up before killing them proves difficult to catch thanks to his social charm and simple, yet clever, disguises.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jareau (credit only)
Robert Parker
Ashley Holden
Vanessa Holden
Mrs. Holden
Melissa Foster


A killer is disemboweling women, keeping them alive for a few hours, making them clean up after their injury, then killing them. The original victims were prostitutes, but the latest victim, Vanessa Holden, was from a wealthy and prominent family, hence her murder being a different victimology. And this latest murder took place one year after the previous, Vanessa picked up at a nightclub. With a different victimology, the BAU determined that the unsub also had changed over the previous year. Finding who would have helped him "change" would assist in finding the killer's pattern and new motivations, namely why he moved from prostitutes to women just out for a good time. Prentiss and Todd may have uncovered a key piece of of puzzle when they track who they suspect of being the killer's teacher. This case also tests the new working relationship between Todd and Hotch. Written by Huggo

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26 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Penelope Garcia: Sir, does this guy stuff actually work on real breathing girls?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Why are you asking me?
Penelope Garcia: I abhor the whole chicks dig jerks thing
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Fortunately, you're one of the exceptions!
Penelope Garcia: Well, huh, be still my bespeckled heart! So are you, sir
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Thanks
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Impulse to Disembowel
2 September 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

A definite improvement over the previous episode and shows that when the writers stick to simple yet effective ideas, they produce solid, gripping episodes. A serial killer who's taken a course on how to pick up women? Fabulous! The writers also provide a fascinating back-story for him. Way too often we get boring lectures on the evolution of a serial killer from members of the team, and well into the fourth season it's starting to get a bit repetitive. I know this is supposed to be a show that anyone can hop on uninitiated, unlike heavily arc-based shows, but if the intention is to *keep* the viewers, there needs to be more variation.

Anyway, this episode has some great humor in it, which is needed since the killer's modus operandi is so sick and twisted. I wouldn't have minded a jet black episode, but then we wouldn't have had The Viper. Boy, is he a character! And he's so great because there actually are people like him in the *real* world. He doesn't feel fictional. And his scenes with Prentiss are a real treat. Speaking of Prentiss, we get a rare Hot Party Mode Prentiss, something which the heterosexual males, bisexuals and lesbians in the audience will no doubt appreciate. We usually have to rely on Paget Brewster to make a talk show appearance to get an idea what a-night-out-Prentiss might look like.

There really is nothing much to criticize, yet nothing *really* special either. The way the episode is resolved is unremarkable, meaning that this one won't stay in the memory like gems such as season 3's "3rd Life". This entertains, but just doesn't have the viewer on the edge of their seat like the best of episodes. So, this is "just" a solid 7/10.

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