Criminal Minds: Season 6, Episode 11

25 to Life (15 Dec. 2010)

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Morgan regrets his decision that a prisoner is ready for parole when the man murders someone days after being released.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Hotchner (credit only)
Don Sanderson
James Stanworth
Bill Codwin
Mrs. Stanworth
Young Mary Rutka
Mike Hoagland ...
Young James Stanworth
Tom Wittman


Hotch is off on leave, leaving Rossi in charge. Hotch has provided an electronic OK for Ashley Seaver to complete her remedial training at the BAU, she who wants to atone for the mistake she made in the strangled women case in New Mexico. With support from Prentiss who would act as Seaver's agent supervisor, Rossi provides his reluctant OK. Meanwhile, the parole board has asked the BAU to do a risk assessment on Don Sanderson, who has served his minimum twenty-five years of a life sentence for killing his wife and daughter. A former medical resident, Sanderson has always professed his innocence, telling a story of two men and a woman who he saw commit the murders. Rossi delegates the task of the risk assessment to Morgan, who sees in Sanderson a man who has lived solely for the sake of his now grown son, Joshua, and being able to tell him what he knows to be the truth. Morgan provides his approval for Sanderson's parole. Two days after his release, Sanderson is charged with the murder... Written by Huggo

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Intro is 10:23 long, more than twice the usual 4:30. See more »


An assessment of whether a convict is worthy of parole is not done the day before the parole board meets to consider their parole. The assessment would happen weeks before. See more »


Derek Morgan: [voiceover] "There is no such thing as 'part' freedom." ~~ Nelson Mandela
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A criminally unrealistic episode.
1 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

For a huge Criminal Minds fan this was a huge disappointment. An episode almost not worth watching.

It is bizarre how Agent Seaver is suddenly a part of the team - it is never explained how or why this has happened. I'm beginning to feel it's only because of character development for Reid. Who is she? Why does she want to be a part of the BAU? How can she just jump in; what was her training/education like? Granted, she was only introduced in the previous episode, but still it strikes as a little odd. That, however, is only a small part of all the things wrong with this episode.

The major problem with this episode is how the plot is played out. I am usually able to look past the small improbabilities concerning e.g. Garcia's work but here even those bothered me. The way they found the UnSub seemed very unlikely and random. Finally, the fundraiser scene was just plain ridiculous. Slow claps, really? I understand the small breaches to reality for the sake of drama, but these things are both out of character and unrealistic.

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