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In Name and Blood 

With Gideon still missing, Hotchner puts in for a transfer and Prentiss tenders her resignation, but both are drawn back to work by a serial killer targeting women in a particularly heartless fashion.

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Jeff Davis (created by), Chris Mundy
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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
Gordon Clapp ... Det. Vic Wolynski
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Yvonne Jung Yvonne Jung ... Claire
Chandler Canterbury ... David Smith
Jayne Atkinson ... Erin Strauss
Eddie Cibrian ... Joe Smith
Stefan Marks ... Bill Thompson
Grace Renn ... Lisa Phillips
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Aaron Hotchner is contemplating a transfer to another unit, and Emily Prentiss is quitting the FBI, and Jason Gideon is missing. The team, led shakily by Director Erin Strauss, is called to Milwaukee to investigate a serial killer who has had 5 female victims. Horribly, it seems that the killer is using his young son to lure in the victims. As Aaron rejoins the team, along with Emily, this puts his marriage on shaky ground. We learn the fate of Jason Gideon, as this was the final episode starring Mandy Patinkin, who has left the show. Written by Dave Goldhirsch

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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In Name and Blood See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The television listing for "In Name and Blood" is "In Birth and Death". See more »

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The chess board is not set up correctly. See more »

Quotes

Penelope Garcia: Is it appropriate to ask whether I can talk you out of it?
Aaron Hotchner: I heard you got a bigger office
Penelope Garcia: A swanky new map and everything.
[puts dossier on desk]
Penelope Garcia: It's the Milwaukee file. JJ wanted me to give it to you
Aaron Hotchner: I am not working it
Penelope Garcia: I am just following orders
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Criminal Minds Theme
Written by Mark Mancina
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Not bad at all considering the circumstances
10 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"In Name and Blood" had difficult circumstances around it, with Mandy Patinkin's abrupt departure, team members debating their future and potential career moves, a different director and a different character replacing Gideon at last minutes.

By all means it is not perfect, but considering the circumstances this is a very good job. Gideon's departure, like Patinkin's, was abrupt and it did hurt the team dynamic (but with the circumstances it was inevitable, and it was actually still a worthy send-off at the time, though an even more effective one was done in "Nelson's Sparrow") and at this particular point Edward Allen Bernero's writing showed more experience than his direction.

Haley Hotcher is also very unlikable in this episode (understand the frustration, but was there really the need to be so nasty?) and Erin Strauss really doesn't fit in yet and her chemistry with the rest of the BAU never gels and almost non-existent in places, also didn't warm to her at times almost dictatorial leadership either.

However, there are some delightful character moments, especially Reid's reading of Gideon's letter left for him in one of the most poignant scenes of the show, Garcia's priceless "talk dirty to me" line without realising that Strauss was on the other end of the line which was one of the show's funniest moments and Hotch warning Garcia that the computer glitches mustn't happen again.

"In Name and Blood" is well made and well-scored, with some nice tight writing that balances humour, pathos, intelligent case profiling and tense mystery effectively. The story itself is solidly paced, and while not an exceptional, quite gut-wrenching, affecting or creepy episode (pretty ordinary) there is still a good amount of tension and suspense, the murders are suitably disturbing and the unsub and his son are nicely written characters.

The acting is very good from all the regulars, especially from those who have the standout character moments (so Kirsten Vangsness, Thomas Gibson and Matthew Gray Gubler), apart from a bland and cold Jayne Atkinson which is a lot to do with how Strauss is written. Eddie Cibrian is effective as Joe.

Overall, not bad at all, in fact surprisingly good. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


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