Criminal Minds: Season 5, Episode 8

Outfoxed (18 Nov. 2009)

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While tracking a family annihilator, the BAU must seek advice from "The Fox," one of the most horrific killers from the team's past who has an ominous message for Agent Hotchner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Field Agent Anne Hudson
Captain Joseph Downey
Prof. James Fallon (as Jim Fallon)
Garrett Pain
Samantha Forester
Dani Forester


In Hampton, Virginia, the Downey family is murdered and buried in their backyard while the family patriarch, army Captain Joseph Downey, is deployed in Iraq. A similar mass murder of a military family while the father was on military deployment occurred a year earlier. Prints lifted at the murder scenes indicate that it is the same unsub. The unsub appears to be copying the murders committed by Karl Arnold aka The Fox. The BAU worked on the case of The Fox four years earlier. The unsub has tried to contact The Fox in prison. Hotch and Prentiss interview The Fox to try and understand his motivation so as to understand the unsub. Based on some information received from The Fox and by the way the bodies are laid out in their grave, the BAU have a clearer profile of the unsub, who is not a copycat of The Fox and who is not the person who tried to contact The Fox. The Fox has some parting words for Hotch about who tried to contact him. Written by Huggo

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Aaron Hotchner: Karl, I never thought that you'd be this honest.
Karl Arnold: [eying Prentiss] It takes a good woman to make an honest man. And anyway, let's face it - she's prettier than you.
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Stunning performance by Paget Brewster
18 July 2013 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Paget Brewster's portrayal of Emily Prentiss in this episode seriously moved me. Emily was forced to "flirt" with a sadistic serial killer for the sake of the case. The way he talked to her made me want to gag, calling her beautiful and "my love", and yet she still had to sit there and pretend to like him in order to get him to open up. Imagine the prospect of having to sit there and make nice with a man who possibly killed 8 families. She couldn't defend herself; just had to sit there and take in everything. Near the end, when she was talking to Hotch about what she had to do, you could tell she was on the verge of tears (and that made me too...). I honestly cried when Emily was confessing this because you could see the pain on her face and how violated she felt. This episode stuck with me because this is a very real thing that female law enforcement has to deal with. I believe that Paget did a wonderful job of showing exactly how much this affected Emily. Seriously a phenomenal job acting.

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