The BAU team must profile a serial killer covered in tattoos who commits suicide, but leaves clues to the whereabouts of his last victim.

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In Tallahassee, Florida, a man calls 911 to report his impending suicide. At the location where he is found dead, the authorities find a wall plastered with photos and associated news clippings of women that have been killed throughout the country over the past ten years. He has left a journal recounting the murders of these women. Images of those women, complete with first name and year of death, are tattooed on his body. The only person with a photo that does not have an associated tattoo is Rebecca Daniels, who has been missing for three weeks. The BAU believe she may still be alive because of the tattoo issue. The team look for clues in the nature of the tattoos and in the journal to understand how Rebecca may still be alive when her probable prime captor has just killed himself. Written by Huggo

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The victim of this episode was played by Holland Roden, who later appeared in Teen Wolf, another show created by Jeff Davis. See more »

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At the beginning of the show, the call comes in to the Leon County dispatch center in Tallahassee. The call is from Crawfordville, which is in Wakulla County. See more »

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Emily Prentiss: Have a good weekend, JJ!
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: [Holds up a case file] Sorry.
Derek Morgan: [Groans] There goes my beach house rental.
Emily Prentiss: And my non-refundable Sin-To-Win Weekend in Atlantic City.
Derek Morgan: "Sin-To-Win?"
Emily Prentiss: Yup. And I always win BIG.
[Smirks]
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References The Illustrated Man (1969) See more »

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18 September 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

A very good episode, this one. The opening scene is reminiscent of the discovery of the Sloth sinner in Se7en, different enough that it doesn't feel like a rip-off. Actually, it's pretty clever – in Se7en, the police *thought* they were entering the killer's apartment, but here they actually *are*. Only to find him dead. And his latest victim quite likely still alive, but missing. Also both in here and in Se7en, the killer turns himself in.

The episode takes place in Florida. Heat = tight shirts for Morgan, Prentiss and JJ. What a nice coincidence! For some reason, Rossi and Hotch remain fully suited while Reid doesn't wear a jacket. Could the episode be more obviously gratuitous? Not that I'm complaining – Criminal Minds has always lacked sex appeal, whereas most other crime procedural shows have plenty. Prentiss' red shirt is used in other episodes as well, the reason of which is pretty much a no-brainer.

The script is pretty innovative, giving us something new in the show's 110th (by IMDb's count) episode, not a variation of any of the past episodes. Even the BAU members are baffled by the killer's suicide. Dean Norris (of Breaking Bad fame) does great job as the Police of the Week, making his detective stand out from the crowd he belongs in. Of course there have been others as well, but they aren't a different matter. Compare him to the tattoo artist who is ripped straight out of cliché stock. Dude.

Because of the novel idea here, it's very hard to say how it will end. In this case, the series' overall unevenness works in this episode's favour – this *could* be the brilliant episode that is long overdue. There hasn't been a 9/10 since Roadkill, and that was episode #88 (or #4.23, if you will)! While the plot takes a creepy surprise twist before the final act and the ending certainly offers food for thought, it doesn't negate the middle of the episode, where the plot drags because of too much talk, not enough tension. So, as a whole, this is "just" very good, a seven, as it happens, just not a Se7en.


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