Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The team tries to identify a serial killer based on a shaky profile with devastating consequences.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Vince Grant ... Nathan Tubs
Shawn Michael Patrick ... Det. Jim Griffith
Elizabeth Hendrickson ... Katie
Shelly Cole ... Anna
Jayne Atkinson ... Erin Strauss
Amanda MacDonald Amanda MacDonald ... Helen
Angela Oh ... Stephanie
Tori White Tori White ... Aliza


Following the case and ultimate suicide of Frank and Jane, individuals within the BAU are in an uncomfortable position. As Frank's mission was a personal one against him in many respects, Gideon feels guilty for the death of his friend Sarah and others at the hand of Frank. The unit is under review by Hotch's boss Erin Strauss, who has told Hotch in no uncertain terms that she feels the unit's recklessness and disarray is his fault and that his days in the unit are numbered. And without anyone else's knowledge, Strauss has asked Prentiss, whose transfer into the BAU was arranged by her, to assist her not only in getting Hotch removed from his position but also to have him fired from the FBI altogether. In the meantime, work for the BAU continues. Their next case takes them to Flagstaff, Arizona where female brunette students at a liberal arts college are being murdered. Because the victims have had no defensive wounds, the BAU surmise that the unsub is someone who blends into life at ... Written by Huggo

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26 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Gideon's cabin is the same cabin from Sons of Anarchy (2008). See more »


When Garcia pulls up Tubbs' record on her computer screen, the word "psychological" is spelled "psycological". See more »


Erin Strauss: Did you actually allow a disturbed college student to meet with a man you believed to be a serial killer?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: We didn't know who but we knew the meeting would take place.
Erin Strauss: We?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: I, ma'am. It was my decision.
Erin Strauss: And now, that student is dead.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: She committed suicide, yes... after killing the Unsub.
Erin Strauss: How could you let this happen?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: It was not the outcome we had hoped for.
Erin Strauss: It wasn't the outcome you had hoped for? That's your answer to me?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Yes, ma'am.
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On re-watch, actually this was a terrific start to Season 3
18 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A few days ago, this reviewer mentioned that Season 3 started off shaky with "Children of the Dark" being the first great 'Criminal Minds' episode, though this was with relatively vague memories of "Doubt". After seeing "Doubt", while the succeeding two episodes suffered a little, she has to take back that the episode is one of them.

"Doubt" really is a terrific start to Season 3. My only real complaint actually is the character of Strauss, she doesn't gel with the team and is a pretty nasty piece of work and very difficult to warm to (it is never explained why she has such a problem with Hotch) coldly played by Jayne Atkinson. Have always loved Prentiss, and this episode doesn't colour my opinion any differently, but she is a little out of character, lacking her usual likability and warmth, here and that is Strauss' doing mostly.

However, two things in particular stand out. One is how Gideon is written, when he reaches breaking point it is frightening and heart-breaking and his narration is poignant and suspenseful with an ever ominous dominant feeling of doubt, so well done in fact that his departure feels more explained and doesn't feel quite as sudden. The other is the ending, which is riveting in its intensity, suspense and harrowing and heart-rending emotional impact, one of the most shocking of the entire show.

Love the story, conceptually it may seem over-familiar and not everybody will like that the unsub is obvious and revealed early on but it is incredibly absorbing filled with everything that makes 'Criminal Minds' so great with how they solve the case, the dynamic between the team and the character moments (Gideon and Hotch are especially well done here, also love Reid and JJ) and the early reveal of the unsub is justified with some really clever twists and turns when it turns out things are not what they seem. The script is very taut and high in tension and emotion.

It's a typically very well made episode, with its usual audaciousness and moodiness complete with stylish photography. The music while not exactly action-enhancing fits very well and is never distracting or intrusive. Apart from Atkinson, the acting is very good particularly from Thomas Gibson and Mandy Patinkin, the latter giving some of his best acting of the series.

To conclude, a terrific start to Season 3 and so much better on re-watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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