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Pleasure Is My Business 

A high priced call girl that is killing her clients must be found and stopped.

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Corporate executives are being murdered in Dallas, Texas. The authorities are reluctant to publicize the spate of murders due to the sensitive nature of the deaths: they know that those murdered were regularly using the services of high priced call girls, one of those call girls probably being the sole murderer. Corporate lawyers are also reluctant to provide any information on either those deceased, or of any others they know in a similar situation within any of the businesses they represent. The BAU have to find a way to get the businesses and their lawyers to cooperate as well as get into the psyche of both high priced call girls and their wealthy executive johns. The BAU starts off at a disadvantage as the killer already know who Hotch is and that he is on the case. Written by Huggo

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When Megan Page googles Hotch, she watches his press release from "Brothers at Arms". See more »

Goofs

When Megan kills Trent in the garage, she tells the TV news reporter that the garage is at Corinth and Michigan. Those two streets do not cross in Dallas. After that Garcia triangulates Megan's position as 1818 Corinth with a zip code of 75273. An 1800 block of Corinth exists, but It doesn't have an 1818 address. A food processing plant exists where that would be, not a parking garage. Even if the address did exist, the zip code would be 75215, not 75273. Furthermore, Garcia's map shows the address to be in the Trinity River green belt, but the 1800 block of Corinth is at least 10 blocks from there. The garage is also nowhere near a skyline that's shown when the BAU arrives. See more »

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Dr. Spencer Reid: Female serial killers are a fascinating field. We don't have much information on them, but what we do know involves throwing the rules completely out the window. Signature, for instance. They don't torture or take trophies.
Derek Morgan: Because there's no sexual gratification when a woman kills.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Exactly. Murder is the goal. They don't have to do anything extra.
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An absolute pleasure to watch
9 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

'Criminal Minds' is a favourite of mine, though admittedly some seasons are far better than others. The show has too admittedly become more hit and miss, and every season has at least one episode that doesn't work or is a stinker.

There are many classics of the show and Season 4 (one of the best and more consistent 'Criminal Minds' seasons) has seen several gems such as "The Big Wheel", "Zoe's Reprise", "Conflicted" and "Omnivore". "Pleasure is My Business" is one of Season 4's better episodes in my opinion and is almost a classic.

My only complaint actually is (and this is in agreement with a previous review) is that over-familiar and done to death being in the same elevator with the unsub and not realising, actually making (or coming close) far from stupid characters seem so. Had no objection personally to the supposedly misogynistic opening quote.

However, production values are stellar as ever, as are the suitably moody music, only used when needed to be and is never intrusive to being over-bearing or low-key to having no presence, and the solid directing that keeps the drama alert while giving it room to breathe.

Scripting is taut and thought-provoking, while the story is throughout gripping with many surprising twists and turns that makes the truth and the supporting characters not what they seem on first glance. The ending is especially moving, one of the most truly emotional endings of Season 4, while Reid's awkwardness is very cute.

"Pleasure is My Business" develops the supporting characters wonderfully. There is a surprisingly sympathetic unsub, one of the first and most effectively written and developed female ones, who one feels genuine empathy for and understand her point of view while at the same time not condoning her actions in any way. In fact, the father character is the character that the viewer hates.

Loved that "Pleasure is My Business" had Hotch, back when he was actually interesting and not reduced to invisible background, given a prominent role here. Plus in a way that was intriguing and emotionally investible, his role in the ending being a large part of why it worked so well and is up there with my favourite Hotch moments.

Acting is very good, while all the leads do a typically top notch job Thomas Gibson is especially marvellous and the unsub and her father are portrayed in a way that is up on their level.

Overall, an absolute pleasure to watch and almost perfect. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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