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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Worst Episode to Date
8 April 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds and have seen every single episode at least once and most of the two or three times. I have to say this episode was the worst of them all. Forest Whitaker did a very poor job and portraying his character, and had little to no depth. I agree with the past post that said it is a very big stretch to see a team of ex-cons and others of the sort as an elite FBI team. This was a poorly casted, poorly written, and most of all poorly acted episode. The original characters all intrigue you because of the individual aspects they bring to the team and the show. The reason I enjoyed this show so much more is because it had a strong emphasis and in most cases a larger emphasis on the mental side of the crime rather than the actual crime and chase itself. This episode did not have this, it had a plot line that had close to no intellectual part to it, and the little it did have was done in a manner that ruined the twists and the build up. I suggest you remove all new cast members and resort back to the ones that made the show unique and successful in the first place. This felt like a third rate cop movie with chase em, catch em kill em plot. I hope you listen to this and do resort back because otherwise you have lost a loyal fan and I will never watch again. As I look at all aspects of this episode I give the plot a 4 since it did have the potential to build a great story considering the style of the crimes and all. I give the directing of the episode a 2 since the scenes were poorly shot and organized. Lastly I give the casting/acting a 1 Whitaker was the worst of them all and did one of the worst if not the worst job I have ever seen in a police movie or show, he should never have another job after this one. The other new cast had some potential but very little compared to the jobs we have seen over the years from the original cast. I hope they go back to the original cast and episode styles. Sincerely Disappointed Fan

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