Criminal Minds: Season 6, Episode 13

The Thirteenth Step (26 Jan. 2011)

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While the BAU chases a pair of young lovers on an interstate killing spree, Prentiss is contacted by an old friend with some bad news.

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The BAU travel to Montana to investigate a mass murder shooting at a gas station. By witness accounts, a young male/female couple were the shooters. Evidence at the scene suggests that the couple are newlyweds, that the shooting was not planned, but that the shooters' primary need is to please each other. The BAU know that they will kill again. When the unsubs end up having another killing spree at an alcoholics support group meeting, the BAU believe that the unsubs are recovering alcoholics themselves who met at a support group meeting, but who have violated what is known as the thirteenth step of getting involved with another in the program. Piecing together the clues, the team are able to identify the male of the couple as Ray Donovan, and ultimately the female as Sydney Manning. Knowing their identities leads to knowing their next intended hit. That results in a standoff with innocent hostages involved. The team use the knowledge of Ray being a sociopath and Sydney being a ... Written by Huggo

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The Montana Record pulled up by Garcia shows that the female unsub was born in Oct. 1985 and was taken from her parents home by family services due to abuse in Aug. 2006 and placed in foster care the following day. (She would have been a 20 year old adult at the time, just 2 months shy of her 21st birthday.) See more »

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Emily Prentiss: [voiceover] Friedrich Nietzsche wrote "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."
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27 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Where to start; this episode is terrible. With no continuity from the previous episode, cliché story and hardly no screen time for the main characters, it's hard to see any good points of this episode.

The story cuts and swaps incoherently and the BAU seems to just magic up a profile with little to no investigation. here's hoping the next episode has greater depth. As this is generally quite a good show.

I can understand how the writers would have difficulty coming up with new plot points for so many episodes; however they can overcome this by focusing in on characters as the characters that make up the BAU is what makes criminal minds so interesting in the first place. don't bother with this episode.


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