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"Criminal Minds" 100 (2009)

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Criminal Minds: Season 5: Episode 9 -- When The Reaper returns to Washington for a final showdown, the team works frantically to catch him before he reaches SSA Hotchner's family.


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Original Air Date:
25 November 2009 (Season 5, Episode 9)
The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Edward Allen Bernero 
Writing credits
Jeff Davis (created by)

Bo Crese (written by)

Oanh Ly (executive story editor)

Rick Dunkle  staff writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Edward Allen Bernero .... executive producer
Charles S. Carroll .... producer
Gigi Coello-Bannon .... producer
Breen Frazier .... supervising producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Howard Griffith .... co-producer
Glenn Kershaw .... supervising producer
Erica Messer .... supervising producer
Simon Mirren .... executive producer
Chris Mundy .... executive producer
Deborah Spera .... executive producer
Jennifer Yates .... associate producer (as Jennifer Ketelsen)
Original Music by
Marc Fantini 
Steffan Fantini 
Scott Gordon 
Cinematography by
Greg St. Johns (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Adam Wolfe 
Casting by
Scott David 
April Webster 
Production Design by
Vincent Jefferds 
Art Direction by
Victoria Ruskin  (as G. Victoria Ruskin)
Set Decoration by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill 
Costume Design by
B.J. Rogers 
Makeup Department
Linda De Andrea .... department head hair stylist
Dayne Johnson .... department head makeup artist
Production Management
Kiegan Downs .... post-production supervisor
Howard Griffith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelene Mundo .... second assistant director
Ian Woolf .... first assistant director (as Ian Foster Woolf)
Mark Ballou .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Brian 'Coach' Rosett .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Al Eisenmann .... property master
Steve Morey .... construction coordinator
Peter Beck .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Michael Duncan .... propmaker (uncredited)
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Craig Pittman .... lead man (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Beadle .... supervising sound editor
Kenneth R. Burton .... re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Joseph Geisinger .... sound mixer
Andre Perreault .... re-recording mixer
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Snider .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael D. Leone .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: C Tomas Howell (uncredited)
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Hatchitt .... key grip
Ross Judd .... camera operator
David Maddux .... chief lighting technician (as Dave Maddux)
Darcy Spires .... camera operator
Cory Beaird .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Erica L. Silverman .... casting associate (as Erica Silverman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brooke C. Thatawat .... costume supervisor (as Brooke Thatawat)
Editorial Department
Damione Macedon .... post-production coordinator
Dana B. Wilson .... assistant editor
Tony D'Amore .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (as Kevin Edelman)
Mark Mancina .... composer: additional music
Ben Zales .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
James Fitzgerald .... technical advisor
Liz Graham .... script supervisor
Erika Harrison .... assistant to executive producer
Jennifer Kern .... production coordinator
Kevin McEveety .... production accountant
Dauv McNeely .... supervising video playback engineer
Jace Sparks .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager
Phill Kane .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Gregg Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Sigloch .... police technical advisor (uncredited)
Erik Stiller .... writers production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

42 min (with commercials) | USA:42 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The 100th episode of the series (hence the title).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Hotch picks up Haley's body and cuddles her, it is obviously a mannequin, and not a human being.See more »
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner:[opening quotation, voiceover] "He who fights with monsters might take care, lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Frederich Nietzsche.See more »


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6 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Bitter Loss, 28 July 2011
Author: ttapola from Finland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When is the 100th episode not the 100th episode? When IMDb counts #4.25 as one episode, but production company counts it as two. That aside, one really has to ask, how lame is that title? On a sitcom, "100" would work - "30 Rock" has an episode also titled "100", which, fittingly, IMDb counts as the 101st episode.

But I digress. It is disappointing to see that the Reaper arc ends so soon, after only a dozen episodes or so (I don't count "Omnivore" a part of the arc, merely his introduction). There was so much potential for a season long arc, but it seems the showrunners got scared at the thought of possibly losing viewers who, over four years, had become accustomed to *not* having to see every episode.

The opening presents us with a mystery. Clearly, at least two people have died, but who are they? The decision to tell the story through Strauss' debriefing/questioning of the members of the BAU team works nicely, but the various members' recollections of the events are hardly subjective - essentially the fragments are just standard flashbacks. There is wasted potential in not exploring the possibility that the various members see the events in a different light - now they just all fall nicely in line to support Hotch's decisions during the events. We only see their differing reactions to Strauss' questioning.

JJ's husband and son appear for no purpose at all - she could have found out about Foyet's medication without them. And it's always good to see Nicholas Brendon, but his character was last seen in #4.23 and does very little here. It's like a small-time all-star gathering, and it serves only to distract from the main plot, which is lean and mean, but appears to run a little short, hence the fillers.

C. Thomas Howell, who once played the victim of Rutger Hauer's legendary The Hitcher (forget the remake), has been a revelation as the diabolical Foyet. His performance during Foyet's brutal assault on Kassmeyer is just chilling, recalling the classic scene between Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer in RoboCop. And during Foyet's sadistic mental torture of Hotch over the phone Howell is just demonic.

The final act has all the ingredients to make this a classic episode, and it was unexpected to see that the showrunners actually had the cojones to kill of Haley so unquestionably, even if the act itself is only heard, not seen. From thereon, the following segment is almost impossible to fumble: Hotch's search of the house and fight with Foyet only demands basic understanding of directing, editing and scoring (music, that is). And it is *good*. When Hotch actually beats Foyet to death with his bare hands, I almost checked that I wasn't dreaming. Could this be this series' Se7en? The point of no return?

But no. By the episode's end it *seems* Strauss is willing to look Hotch's actions through her fingers. The final scenes almost *seem* to spell that "It's all right now, a happy end". Sure, we are not explicitly told what will happen next: is Hotch going to retire? Past members like Gideon and Elle have retired from less harrowing experiences. If Hotch hops back in the saddle next week without so much as taking a recovery leave, I will lose my hope of this show.

With the lack of clear resolution of Hotch and his son's fate, the clichéd use of *that* Nietzsche quote and the fact that the supposedly brilliant Foyet falls to the old Explaining His Evil Plan to the Hero and Wasting the Opportunity to Finish Him, giving Hotch the chance to gain the upper hand, this potential masterpiece is "just" a 7/10 in the end. It's still better than most crap on TV, but it had the potential for so much more. Watch Se7en instead.

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