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Divining Rod 

Moments after serial killer Rod Garrett is executed by firing squad at Gunter State Prison, another person kills in Enid, Oklahoma where the prison is located. The victimology and M.O. are ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Garrett
Gary Hazlett (as Steven Howell)
Karla Demshure


Moments after serial killer Rod Garrett is executed by firing squad at Gunter State Prison, another person kills in Enid, Oklahoma where the prison is located. The victimology and M.O. are the same as in Garrett's killings - female, young, blonde, pretty, and killed with a single stab through the heart using an ice pick. By the time the BAU arrive on the scene hours later, the unsub has killed a second victim - same victimology, same M.O. Garrett is survived by his wife, Helen Garrett, who stood by her husband's side through his incarceration, since he stood by her side when she went through a life threatening illness years prior. When the unsub kills a third victim, the team notices slight differences between Garrett's killings and the latest killings, as well as there being a regulated time schedule to the recent murders. Those differences, information from Helen about herself and about fans of her husband's, and the geography of the latest killings provide clues as to the unsub's ... Written by Huggo

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2 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Casey Sanders who plays Detective Childers in this episode also played Mike Rostenkowski on The Big Bang Theory who was a police officer. See more »


Although allowed, Oklahoma has never executed an inmate via firing squad. See more »


Emily Prentiss: There was definitely something a little strange about her.
Aaron Hotchner: It's curious, one woman at the center of two serial killers.
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Yeah, what are the odds of that?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Astronomical. Removing from the calculations serial killer groupies...
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Sorry I asked.
Derek Morgan: You know, whether she knew it or not, maybe Helen Garrett did give Dylan something. I mean, someone once said that every seed, even malignant ones, they won't grow unless they get water from someplace.
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The team interaction delights, the case is a little lacklustre
20 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

As said in a couple of my other 'Criminal Minds' Season 7 reviews, Season 7 of 'Criminal Minds' is very much a mixed bag, like most of the show from Season 6 onward (Seasons 6 and 9 being the most wildly variable seasons and the most underwhelming being Season 11).

There are great Season 7 episodes like "True Genius", "The Foundation", "Dorado Falls", "The Company" and "Self Fulfilling Prophecy", some good ones and a few in between mediocre and decent. Then there are lacking episodes like "I Love You Tommy Brown" and "There's No Place Like Home", and to a lesser extent "Closing Time". "Divining Rod" is another example, like "The Bittersweet Science", of being neither among the best or worst episodes of the season. If anything, it's an average episode that shines with the team but disappoints somewhat with the case.

Visually, the production values are without complaint. It's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. The music is moody in the haunting and melancholic sense and fits well, without either enhancing or distracting from it. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe, there are some humorous (Rossi's line about the mail-man) and thought-provoking moments (what there is of the profiling) and a freaky moment with the wig/scalp reveal.

Really loved the bond between the team, which is like a family, and there are some delightful moments of character and interaction. Prentiss' subplot is humorous and relatable, though if one has prior knowledge as to how Season 7 ends how the subplot ends is a slight waste here. Rossi is also wonderfully sympathetic and sassy and has some of the episode's best lines.

The acting is very good from all the regulars and the support cast fare very well too, especially Lisa Darr as Helen.

However, while what there is of it is good and there is less conclusion-jumping, accuracy and over-convenience there could have been much more profiling, and more development of the old killer instead of rushing onto the present day plot almost straightaway. The case is a bit dull and routine in places, with a lack of tension and suspense apart from the odd freaky moment (like with the wig). The last scenes feel a little anti-climactic and confused.

While the team interaction delights, there is too little Morgan and Reid and what is done with JJ eventually gets rather self-congratulatory (kind of like an apology to AJ Cook and a way of making it up to her). The script has some nice moments with the team but is nothing special elsewhere.

Overall, average and a bit bland but hardly a terrible episode. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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