Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The team flies to Los Angeles to pursue a bank robber who is quickly disintegrating into an enraged, sexually-motivated, spree killer.


Guy Norman Bee


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jason Wiles ... Unsub Sheppard
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Michael Chieffo ... Bill Henderson
David Fabrizio ... FBI Agent Wallace
Marco Sanchez ... Detective Murad
Gary Wolf ... Roland Lynch
Jean St. James ... Claire Henderson
Connie Cooper ... Karen Sheppard


Four times an LA perfectionist bank-robber made the clients-hostages strip before locking them in, so none would do anything, and violates one, but quickly slips into more violent assault against uniformed men. The team realizes he started out as a clever thief, but the opportunity made the sadist awake, who forces odd couples to play sex in front of the others and becomes more violent. The race is on, fearing he'll become murderous... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

11 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This episode is based on a slew of robberies committed on Long Island in 1982 by a gang of 5 men known as the Sutter Avenue Boys. They first hit a parking garage in Flatbush, Brooklyn where they robbed and beat a parking attendant and 6 other people, leaving with cash, jewelry, and a Cadillac. While fleeing, they happened upon a graduation party in Plainview where they robbed and beat 22 house guests and the owners of the home, and raped 2 women. Finally, they robbed the Sea Crest Diner in Old Westbury, NY. They told everyone (more than 80 diners plus employees) to undress and forced them all perform sexual acts; if they did not comply with orders they were beaten. They raped a waitress and shot 2 people. Three members were apprehended the following day as they were leaving their apartment to fence the items they had stolen off their victims; the remaining two turned themselves in later. They were arraigned on 822 counts, including 3 rapes, 15 assaults, and 84 robberies and sentenced to 3,000 years each. Unfortunately, due to a technicality within the law, each is eligible for parole after 30 years, which the victims and law enforcement oppose vehemently each time a member of the gang has a parole hearing. See more »


At the very end of the episode, when the ambulance door closes, we see an orange balloon fly off. If you look closely, you can see another balloon in the distance, most likely from a previous take. See more »


[episode closing quote]
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: "The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours but that this humiliation is seen by everyone." - Milan Kundera
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Our Lips Are Sealed
Written by Jane Wiedlin and Terry Hall
Performed by Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff
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Weird yet disturbing
27 September 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A very good episode on the whole, that is neither among the best or worst of the show. "North Mammon" and "The Boogeyman" for examples are better Season 2 episodes, but really Season 2 is mostly a strong one (one of the show's strongest), where only "Honor Among Thieves" underwhelmed.

"Psychodrama" does have occasional lapses in logic and credibility, as detailed in the previous review. And occasionally due to so many twists and turns not all of the story is as easy to follow as it could have been.

On the other hand, "Psychodrama" as always with 'Criminal Minds' looks great, very stylish, atmospheric and classy. The music is suitably moody and fits very well, never coming over as distracting. The script is tight, humorous and emotional, though a few parts could have had more development which would have made the unsub's initially rather strange motivations a little easier to swallow at first.

The story here is very interesting, with a case that is very weird at times, and at times uncomfortably so, but also very disturbing, especially the every-parent-and-child's-worst-nightmare climax. The twists and turns ensure that the episode does not get predictable at all, with things not being what they seem, and the tension and suspense factors are high particularly in the latter scenes.

Love the bond between Gideon and Hotch, and the subplot with Hotch's family life is done with such truth and genuine heart that it is difficult not to be moved by it. The unsub is a different kind of unsub, and it was refreshing, this is one creepy and twisted unsub with his lack of remorse chilling, even if his motivations are a bit strange. His actions and what the hostages go through are terrifying.

Acting is strong with standouts being Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson and Matthew Gray Gubler. Support is solid.

Overall, a weird episode but also a very disturbing one. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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