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 »


Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Cooper, listen. Your theory's right. We know he's killing homeless men as well as fathers and daughters. But let us work it. If you go back to D.C. now, the director won't know that you ignored her order.
Sam Cooper: Look, I know you're sticking your neck out on this thing for me. I... I understand. I don't... I'm not trying to...
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: This isn't about me. I want to protect you.
[Cooper pulls a photograph out of his wallet and hands it to Hotch]
Sam Cooper: You remember him?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Holby Holme. Of course.
Sam Cooper: You remember we got that ...
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too much like ncis
7 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

well, let's see ........oh yeah....another episode with a completely uninteresting villain featuring incredibly weak character would think that anyone capable of this type of crime might be absolutely frightening........i'm no superman but i've knocked out guys 10 times scarier than this guy .....maybe part of it was an unknown actor with limited skills compounded by uninterested direction......i've actually seen the guy playing the father play a bad guy and he would have been a much better choice.......poor casting.........but what do i know...........a couple of other things that stand out for me are 1) blowing one's cover by actually putting your hand to your earwig while in visual range of a subject(you know who i mean) who even does that anymore?........even james bond scolded a rookie for that .........doesn't anyone on the show watch james bond?? 2) Gibson STILL, after all this time, holds his weapon like a 12 year old girl.....i'd like to see anyone try to fire a pistol with their elbows bent that much, its always pretty comical after everyone gets back from the emergency room.....bearing in mind that old marine master sergeants aren't known for their prowess with pistols i guess i understand why some actors look so goofy with their guns drawn. 3)while talking to a prison inmate in an attempt to identify their perp the inmate says due he spent the rest of his "term" in solitary, well, inmates might say "time" "bid" "sentence" but never "term" boys say term, politicians say term, but not inmates sounded so odd to me, i just knew the writers were 30ish college boys who never met an inmate..........i think they need more realistic law enforcement technical advise..........and less self aggrandizing, what serious heroes we are tripe, from the good guys .........we all know they're the good guys......try to spend more time scaring us with some more true to life bad guys........there is certainly no shortage of models out there.

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