Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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Middle Man 

When bodies begin turning up in the cornfields of Indiana, the team must catch a pack of serial killers targeting exotic dancers.


Rob Spera


Jeff Davis (created by), Rick Dunkle | 1 more credit »




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
Robert Newman ... Sheriff Jeff Salters
Michael Grant Terry ... Chris Salters
Steve Talley ... Michael Kosina
Jake Thomas ... Scott Kagan
Cherilyn Wilson ... Stephanie Wilson
J. Grant Albrecht ... Gregory Wilson (as Grant Albrecht)
Melissa Claire Egan ... Tara Dice
Paul Zies ... Jonah
Justine Ezarik ... Meredith Joy


In separate incidents, three exotic dancers have been found dead in corn fields in Johnson County, Indiana. The women were abducted following their shift at work on a Friday night, and killed sometime at the end of the weekend on Sunday. The latest victim, Meredith Joy, had the DNA of two people under her fingernails, meaning that there are at least two unsubs. In reviewing the site where Meredith's body was found, Morgan and Rossi determine that there are probably three unsubs who are locals since they seem to know the area well. Another dancer, Stephanie Wilson, has just been determined missing, leaving the BAU less than two days to find the unsubs before she will be killed. As the BAU come up with profiles for the unsubs, Garcia finds an interesting connection of the case to the sheriff's office, Sheriff Salters with who the BAU have had a problematic relationship. Meanwhile, after the unsubs see reports of the murders on the television news, the true nature of their relationship ... Written by Huggo

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The TV in the bar is set to Channel 3. Johnson County gets Indianapolis-area TV stations. In the Indianapolis market, there is no Channel 3. This is likely intentional, set up to avoid any similarities to real TV stations. See more »


When Penelope is looking at Scott Kagan's record while he was in high school, in the Sentencing section there is a reference to a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia -- however, it is spelled, incorrectly, as "paraphenalia". See more »


Aaron Hotchner: Has Stephanie Wilson's father arrived?
Sheriff Jeff Salters: He's waiting in the conference room. He's pretty messed up about the whole thing.
Aaron Hotchner: That's understandable.
Sheriff Jeff Salters: I just don't get it. You know how many strippers and prostitutes I saw get beaten up and raped when I worked the city? Sometimes it's like they're asking for it.
Aaron Hotchner: Nobody asks for this, Sheriff.
Sheriff Jeff Salters: Not consciously, anyway. Shall we go in?
Aaron Hotchner: I think I'll speak to him alone.
Sheriff Jeff Salters: Look, I call it like I see it.
Aaron Hotchner: These women are victims of heinous crimes. I won't have you ...
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Great Episode from start to finish
20 February 2021 | by joeyg-149-99444See all my reviews

The 2 people that left poor reviews on here obviously don't understand a lick of psychology or anything about cult mentality. They state that the only person to blame is the person committing the crimes or that a person's past/upbringing does not justify rape & murder. And yes, they are correct. A person is responsible for their own actions and rape/murder is never justified. But they have totally missed the point. The point is to show you how weak minded people are easily manipulated into doing things they normally wouldn't. This is why the Manson girls did what they did, this is why Jonestown happened.

Anyway, this episode played out well. The acting was above average for this show (if you've seen a handful of them then you know that a lot of the additional characters are not played by the best actors). The script was also well written. Fast pacing and the lack of subplots kept the story moving. And it showed well what I mentioned in the first paragraph....weak minds are easily manipulated...and yes, it does make sure that those responsible are shown to be held responsible.

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