Criminal Minds: Season 8, Episode 10

The Lesson (5 Dec. 2012)

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A number of bizarre, ritualistic murders prompts the team to search for the killer.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Rain
Mr. Conrad
Connie Foster
Dr. Sarah Glenn
Hans Howes ...
Mr. James
Bobby Putnam
Tucker White


The BAU investigates a series of what look to be ritualistic murders in Arizona. In separate incidents, two men have been found dead, their bodies stuffed in a coffin-like box, their hair dyed black, and several of their joints dislocated. Each died from hanging, although the autopsies show that they were each hung several times. Connie Foster, the girlfriend of one of young adult male victims, is also missing and is assumed abducted by the unsub, who they believe is holding her and trying to find the perfect match for her in whatever context, hence the reason for the two deaths, as those victims weren't the right match. When a third male victim is discovered, they believe their religious ritual theory is strengthened since that third victim had, in addition, holes in his hands, like he had been crucified. But when a father and son go missing, Reid comes up with an alternate theory that the unsub may be putting on a specific kind of show, those he is holding captive his puppets in ... Written by Huggo

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Dr. Spencer Reid: What chapter are you on?
Dr. Maeve Donovan: The part where she's at the coal mines.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Say what you will about his writing, Maeve, it's fascinating the way he weaves characters into situations, right?
Dr. Maeve Donovan: Yeah, I mean, I'm not sure what I think of it. It's slightly obtuse.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah, he tends to be that way. I probably should have warned you. He's not really anything like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Dr. Maeve Donovan: Still my favorite. Uh , guess what.
Dr. Spencer Reid: What?
Dr. Maeve Donovan: I think the stalker's gone. The e-mails have stopped.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Really? Since when?
Dr. Maeve Donovan: Two weeks ago.
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This is what i consider a truly worthwhile episode in terms that not only did it touch on different arcs of the show but it also managed to deliver a compelling story. Watching it, i felt entrapped in its haunting atmosphere, a style that becomes Matthew Gray Gubler, as seen in his previous directorial efforts. Acting was excellent, especially Brad Dourif who is a master of disturbing portrayals. But what really makes the episode a stand-out in my opinion is the fact that it tells an ultra violent story without any gory bloodbaths or even a menacing villain. This is an emotionally eerie tale that sends shivers straight to the heart. The spine. And all ligaments indeed.

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