Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Compromising Positions 

The BAU team searches for a serial killer who is preying on married couples. Also, Hotchner looks to one of the team to fill JJ's vacant role.


Guy Norman Bee


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Craig Sheffer ... James Thomas
Nicholas Brendon ... Kevin Lynch
Juan Pope ... Detective David Crowley
Erin Matthews ... Maryann Thomas
Lisa Arturo ... Debra Wilson
Sarah Buxton ... Leslie Sanders
Helen Eigenberg ... Shirley Andrews
Bill Lee Brown ... Alphonse Keppler
Kathryn Howell ... Beth Hartway


The BAU travel to Akron, Ohio, where two sets of married couples have been murdered in the span of a week. The husbands, who had Viagra in their system but who were not prescribed the drug, were shot while the wives were stabbed. The couples were forced to have sex with the husband wearing a condom, before they were killed. In reviewing the crime scenes, Morgan and Prentiss determine that the unsub is not a sexual sadist as he was trying to set a romantic mood for the kills, and is compensating for a probable recent bout of impotence. In interviewing the victims' families, the team also determine that the husband is the key to the unsub's targets as stereotypical alpha male types. When the unsub hits a broader target, the team are only then able to figure out how the unsub is able to gain access to the victims without a struggle, and from where he has devolved. Meanwhile, Hotch is surprised by an applicant for the communications liaison job. Despite the applicant not being an obvious ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

13 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In Criminal Minds: The Black Queen (2014), there is a flashback to Garcia being hired. Hotchner asks for a résumé and Garcia asks for her purse, where there is a pink notepad. So, when Hotchner says her résumé was on pink paper he was correct. Despite the fact that she was given the job at the FBI in lieu of going to jail for hacking, she still would have to apply for a position within the BAU. See more »


Garcia shows her "normal" outfit on the plane to Akron. When the team arrives at the Police station, everyone has the clothes they wore on the plane, except Garcia. See more »


Penelope Garcia: [voiceover] Abraham Lincoln said, "Whatever you are, be a good one."
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Good if not great Season 6 episode
4 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Ranking it with the other episodes of Season 6, "Compromising Positions" for me is somewhere around high middle and neither among the best episodes of the season or the worst.

"Compromising Positions" was a good episode, which, considering how wildly variable Season 6 was quality-wise with a wider divide between good and bad episodes than seen with the previous five seasons, is a good position to be in. It's just that it feels like something is, or things are, missing that stops it from being great. It's not as good as the likes of "Hanley Waters", "Into the Woods", "The Longest Night" and "Remembrance of Things Past" but still much better than "Today I Do", "25 to Life" and especially "The Thirteenth Step".

There are many strong qualities in "Compromising Positions". 'Criminal Minds' always scores highly when it comes to the production values and it's the same here, everything is atmospherically lit and the photography has gritty style and class. The music is suitably haunting and melancholic and the direction is alert but gives enough room for the story to properly breathe.

Scripting is intelligent and thought-provoking, while there could have been a little more case and a little less Garcia subplot both parts are done well on their own and register so the balance isn't too problematic. Profiling is a nice amount, it makes sense and there isn't too much conclusion jumping or relying too much on convenience, something that eluded other Season 6 episodes. Garcia's subplot about filling in JJ's role and feeling herself less than comfortable with replacing her and the job itself is done in a very relatable and moving way, also love the interaction with her and Hotch and her and Morgan. Could have done without that mirror image of JJ part, which would be more at home in a spoof.

As for the case, it's pretty good with some nice tension, even when one knows what's going to happen the timing is clever so one is still unnerved. It's also fairly interesting and has some nice suspense, though is let down a bit by being a touch convoluted in spots and the unsub, despite being scary in intensity in the early parts, being rather blandly developed. The climax was a bit too hastily paced and felt a touch awkward in terms of writing, like the team had forgotten about what they'd deduced from the profile.

Kirsten Vangsness and Thomas Gibson are particularly marvellous when it comes to the uniformly strong acting, with Shemar Moore also giving good work.

In summary, good if not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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