The team travels to upstate New York to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances.

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In Syracuse, New York, twenty-five year old Molly Grandin has been missing for 24 hours. The BAU believe her disappearance mirrors that of Gail Langston, a woman found dead four months earlier. Besides the similarities in their lives - both older Syracuse University undergrads, both petite females, both from blue collar backgrounds - the actual disappearance is the same: their abandoned car found with an overnight bag packed for a several day excursion. If Gail's death holds true to Molly's situation, the BAU have thirty-six hours to find Molly before the unsub kills her. The team initially believe both Molly and Gail had a intimate relationship with the male unsub, until evidence points to the unsub being a woman, changing the unsub profile to a trusted female friend. The biggest obstacle in finding Molly may be both the Langston and Grandin families believing that guarding secrets may be more beneficial than telling the truth. Meanwhile, Prentiss gets in touch with another of her ... Written by Huggo

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This is the first episode with the latest slightly altered title sequence, now including Rachel Nichols. See more »

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Onondaga Lake is so heavily polluted, there is no way any sane (or insane) person would fish in it. See more »

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A lesser episode of Season 6...
23 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Albeit not the worst. It doesn't reach the season low-point depths like "The Thirteenth Step" does, which didn't feel like 'Criminal Minds' ("Today I Do" doesn't fare quite as badly). It just feels too bland and derivative.

There are good things about "Today I Do". 'Criminal Minds' has always been a well-made series, with a couple of episode exceptions (like with the terrible editing in "The Thirteenth Step" for example). "Today I Do" is not exempt from that, with everything looking stylish and atmospheric. The music is haunting with the odd touch of melancholy, the theme tune still somewhat hypnotic.

Reid has some great humorous lines, and also really like his and Morgan's genuine concern for Prentiss, who has a subplot that in general with the season has been drawn out and doesn't fit comfortably within the rest of the episode but actually is where the episode most intrigues. The acting is very good from the leads. Corbin Bernsen and Rebecca Miner do everything they can with their roles, with Miner really making the most of the victim practically fighting to stay alive, though she does behave like an idiot. The climax is exciting and tense.

Still have a big problem with Seaver however. She is annoying, contrived, has limited personality, is too much of an inexperienced rookie, doesn't gel at all with the rest of the team and some of her dialogue throughout her stint is so face palm-inducing stupid (like her not understanding and questioning the point of going to a dump site when it's so blatantly obvious). Rachel Nichols' acting is a non-event. The unsub didn't do much for me either, Rebecca Field tries her hardest but the character is too bland and also over-the-top and like a significantly inferior carbon copy (with small differences) of Kathy Wilkes.

Dialogue shines with Reid for example, but clunks heavily with Seaver, doesn't quite intrigue enough with the scenes between the unsub and the victim (in an episode heavy in this) and is just too improbable and disjointed. Also much prefer Garcia as she was before, she feels out of character doing the profiles and she does annoy with her banter and tastelessly flippant remarks. The story comes to life at the end but is too derivative of 'Misery' but without the chills, horror, tension and suspense and a lot of disjointed-ness.

The profiling is weak, when there is any there's just too much of jumping to conclusions abruptly without backing it up first (such as figuring out the gender of the unsub, which going by how they deducted it didn't make sense as notorious serial killers from the opposite gender used similar or the same modus operandi) or properly explaining how they came to it.

Overall, a lesser episode of Season 6 but a long way from a complete waste. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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