When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it's too late.



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Bobby Putnam
Dr. Lawrence Becker
Mary Donovan
Joe Donovan


Reid's girlfriend, Maeve, who he's never even met, has been kidnapped by her stalker. Reid is certain of this fact since the kidnapper used the code words that he and Maeve had set up. He asks his colleagues for help in finding her, they who cannot do so officially, but do so in their personal time. Reid himself is in an odd situation since he can be of most help because of the thousands of hours they had talked and really gotten to know each other, but in his emotional state of being in love with Maeve, he cannot focus. As such, he requires the assistance of one of his colleagues to filter through the information covered in their conversations with him. They quickly discover Maeve's full identity, and from such discover information about her which Reid did not know and perhaps did not want to know. They also quickly discover the identity of the kidnapper, whose profile was not their initial thought. They have to understand the true nature of the kidnapper's motivations to find a ... Written by Huggo

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Reid mentions that when he and Maeve talk, they address each other by pseudonyms, and Reid's is "Dr. Joseph Bell", Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. In Criminal Minds: God Complex (2012), Reid calls Maeve and, while waiting for her callback, reads the Holmes novel "The Sign of Four". See more »


At one point, the unsub points a handgun at one of her prisoners, and we hear the sound of a hammer being cocked. However, the unsub's gun is a Glock. Glocks do not have hammers. They make the same error three times. See more »


Diane Turner: Would you do that ? Would you kill yourself for her ?
[referring to Maeve]
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yes.
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Actually quite decent until the badly botched ending
9 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Zugzwang" has often been described by 'Criminal Minds' fans as one of the worst episodes of the show. To me, it is a lesser episode, and one of the most frustrating ones too.

The episode as always does look great, 'Criminal Minds' has always been a well-made series, with plenty of gritty but classy style and atmosphere, and "Zugzwang" is no exception. The music is haunting and devastatingly melancholic.

A lot of the writing is tight, very thought-provoking and genuinely emotional, one really does feel for Reid here. The stalker/kidnapping story-line dominates the episode, but that doesn't mean that profiling and criminal psychology are completely side-lined, though they have been much more interesting before.

In "Zugzwang", the team dynamic is always enjoyable and the characters well-established, Maeve finally getting some meat to her character which Beth Riesgraf does quite well with. The acting is very good on the most part, with Matthew Gray Gubler especially being a revelation, his heart-break and devastation is emotionally devastating.

Generally "Zugzwang" was quite decent, though it does kick off with a very strange and awkwardly sappy dream sequence. Also, although there was very little to complain about with the acting, this reviewer didn't really care for Michelle Tratchenberg here, she seemed rather bland and evokes neither menace or sympathy.

But the biggest let-down is the badly botched, no let's rephrase that as slap-in-the-face ending, which is emotionally manipulative, implausible, ridiculous, forced and a cheap way of not only writing out a character that seemingly fans were not warming to but reminding us that Reid can't be happy (or that's how it felt).

In conclusion, a decent episode marred badly by the worst ending in 'Criminal Minds' history. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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