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The Eyes Have It 

The BAU team tracks a serial killer who keeps the eyes of his victims as souvenirs.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Rossi
Tamara Barnes
James McCauley ...
Erin Strauss
Dr. Ruiz
Cheryl Dooley ...
Lani Sukarto
Jennifer Del Rosario ...
Bina Sukarto


Morgan is stepping tentatively into his new role as Chief of the BAU, a role he has agreed to take temporarily in Hotch's forced removal from that position by Section Chief Strauss. Morgan has decided to relinquish the position and hand it back to Hotch after George Foyet, aka the Boston Reaper, is caught, Foyet who is still foremost on Hotch's mind. Rossi is concerned about this change of the guard if only because he sees Morgan as a natural leader who may not want to give up the authority after a taste of it. Regardless, J.J. and Garcia take some measures to make Morgan feel more welcome in the position. The first case the team work on under Morgan's leadership is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where three people in two separate incidents have been murdered, the only connection between the two incidents being that the victims' eyes were removed. The victimologies and the M.O. of the killings were totally different. It isn't until there are more victims that the BAU begin to understand ... Written by Huggo

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4 November 2009 (USA)  »

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The roads mentioned where the unsub is apprehended,Motor and Descanso, are not part of the Oklahoma City metro street system. See more »


Penelope Garcia: [Phone rings] That's our technical analyst. Hey Garcia, you're on speaker phone
Penelope Garcia: So, I looked up recently released mental health patients who have a history of eye gauging, eye assault and other gross things you can do to eyes and sockets and there's no bingo for O'key city residents
Aaron Hotchner: Any recent attacks involving assaults on eyes?
Penelope Garcia: There's one, nine month ago. He's not you guy 'cause he's in jail
Aaron Hotchner: We'll call you later
Penelope Garcia: 10-4, breaker, breaker
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The Eyes Have It
12 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

When on form, and even better at its best, 'Criminal Minds' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows and is a personal favourite. It is nowhere near as good now, but there are still good to great episodes made every now and then when the show doesn't forget what it's about, but Seasons 1-5 was its prime period.

Admittedly, Season 5 did have a higher rate of average or less episodes than the previous four seasons, with "The Fight", "Hopeless", "The Performer" and "Parasite" being underwhelming episodes. Season 5 also saw outstanding episodes such as 100", "...A Thousand Words", "The Uncanny Valley" and "Mosley Lane", also think highly of "Risky Business" and "Solitary Man" and that "Our Darkest Hour" is better than given credit for.

"The Eyes Have It" is neither among the best or worst Season 5 episodes, instead being around comfortable neutral. It isn't perfect, with the gore occasionally getting a bit too much and instead of enhancing the creepiness it seemed there for the sake of shock value (this said it is nowhere near as gratuitous as "Hopeless", one of the gratuitously violent and gory episodes of the whole show).

Strauss is as cold, uninteresting and dictatorial as ever, while Reid and Hotch are underused (while one knows the reasons, due to accommodating Matthew Gray Gubler's real life injury and the whole Reaper vs. Hotch season story arc, it just doesn't feel right for such great characters to be underused and not have much of note). The Morgan stepping up as leader subplot is neatly done, less good is his side subplot which is soap-operatic and unprofessional.

However, the production values as always are very high in quality, being atmospheric and stylish, while the music has the right amount of the ominous touch and the pathos. The direction is alert and sympathetic and the script is thought-provoking with some welcome humour from Garcia and delightful team interaction. Loved that Rossi was written very honestly and realistically here, with him actually daring to ask the questions and utter what everybody is thinking but not having as much courage to say out loud.

The story draws one right in with the creepiness and amps up the tension and suspense. The unsub is a scary one, while the team work cohesively with some nice profiling. Mostly the balance of focus is done very well, with only the gore being too much in places. The acting all round is very good.

In conclusion, good episode if not an outstanding one or one of the season's best. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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