Criminal Minds: Season 5, Episode 18

The Fight (7 Apr. 2010)

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The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men and teams up with a separate group of BAU operatives who are working another case they think is connected.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben McBride
John Vincent Bell
Leslie McBride
Jane McBride


The BAU's latest case takes the team to San Francisco, California. For each of the last three years at the same time of the year, three homeless men have been found murdered in three consecutive days, after which the murders stop. Each is killed execution style but show signs of blunt force trauma prior to death. The first of the murdered homeless men this year has been found, meaning that the BAU expect two more over the next two days unless they can find the unsub. Although he has direct orders not to get involved by Strauss, Special Supervisory Agent Sam Cooper, a former BAU member who now heads his own hand picked team, asks Hotch for a favor: he wants his team in on the case as he has a theory. He has noticed that immediately after the three murders, a father and his teen-aged daughter have also been found murdered, which he feels is connected. He suspects there is currently a missing father and daughter which no one is looking for in connection to being ultimately murdered. ... Written by Huggo

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Pilot for the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011). See more »


The team is supposedly working in San Francisco, but during the nighttime surveillance scene, a large neon sign for the Rosslyn Hotel is clearly visible. The Rosslyn Hotel is in Los Angeles. See more »


Emily Prentiss: [offering Rawson a bottle] Thank you.
Mick Rawson: You guys want to watch out for this one. She's gonna have a hard time getting over me.
Emily Prentiss: Like kicking a virus.
Mick Rawson: You know, I could have just missed.
Emily Prentiss: With your ego? Not a chance.
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BAU Meets the A-Team
30 June 2015 | by (Old West Texas) – See all my reviews

So, for those who feel that the current BAU team seems a little too cerebral, and longs for the days of Hannibal, Mr T, and all the old gang, complete with helicopters, snipers, former prisoners, and foreign agents, we present to you a new, more 70s-style team.

The whole purpose of this episode is to serve as the pilot for a spin-off that did not last a whole season. Of course, we know they are the good guys because Hotch gives Sam Cooper a big ol' hug and lets us know that they have a long history of trust and mutual confidence. This was the technique also used to graft Rossi into the story, and it worked great with him; not so much this time.

Just in case you're not sure about the whole "A-Team" thing, the episode is called "The Fight," and using an old empty swimming pool, you have a fight-to-the-death arena where guys can beat other guys to death with their bare hands.

This episode had too little Spencer, a sparing use of Penelope, and did not feature the brilliant work that we are spoiled and accustomed to with this series.

On its own, "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" might have been good. Haven't seen it, but noticed it didn't last long. I actually like Cooper and some of the cast, though I really can't say that about all of them.

Well, we got this out of the way, and I am hoping that we can return now to the good shows. But get ready for some shoot-em-up rock 'em sock 'em action with a little "Face" charm thrown in.

If you skip this one, you will not miss any of the back story or current character development going on, so if you are short of time, this is 43 minutes you won't lose if you skip it.

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