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The Girl in the Blue Mask 

Cooper and the red cell team try to find a killer who disfigures the faces of his victims.


Félix Enríquez Alcalá (as Felix Alcala)


Chris Mundy (creator), Edward Allen Bernero (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Sam Cooper
Janeane Garofalo ... Beth Griffith
Michael Kelly ... Jonathan 'Prophet' Simms
Beau Garrett ... Gina LaSalle
Matt Ryan ... Mick Rawson
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
J.D. Walsh ... Kelvin Cornwell
Jason Connery ... John Clayford
Alain Uy ... Medical Examiner
Cooper Huckabee ... Emory Boyd
Zoey Deutch ... Blue Mask Girl
Jodi Carlisle ... Helen Holton
Laura Spencer ... Sophia
Christine Garver ... Dawn Taggert
Billy Gallo ... Master Sergeant Erik Strathmore


Cooper and the red cell team try to find a killer who disfigures the faces of his victims.

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Release Date:

18 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Owen Martin, who played Tom, is also the show's art director. See more »


Medical Examiner: Three ripping fissures, originating from behind the left jawline, continuing on thirty-degree tears of six inches to the mouth, eight inches across the bridge of the nose, and thoroughly evacuating the left eye socket. Just below the left ear is a puncture wound.
Beth Griffith: He lived a full day after this.
Medical Examiner: It's amazing he lived so long. I mean, it must have been excruciating.
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When Plastic Surgery Goes Wild: Be careful! When you are falling dead, don't you ever bruise that pretty skin
20 March 2016 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

The major issue in second TV instalment of the Criminal Minds episodes is that the timing that's given for the Antagonists to step into the story. Was ridiculously insufficient. With an unorthodox thinking, even God himself gave %16(sixteen percent) of the lines of the Bible to Satan, that he could be introduced first as a serpent in Garden of Eden, in the entire chapter of Genesis 3. And if you have a Circus Of Horrors(1960-UK-Sidney Hayers) material in your hand to shape it up in an contemporary American life setting, you've got to give life to your antagonist to make him plausible.

A teen girl in blue mask walks in with doubts on her mind why did her father want to alter the look of her face. Does her father also run a country-wide touring circus with all-four-seasons bikini wearing honey bunnies as in 1947 British Horror of Doctor Schuler's plastic surgery fantasies?

Criminal Minds is a TV-series with a lot of screen timing on the Protagonist side, where we don't see enough of what evil side is doing in the mean time. So copycatting a British Horror with mysterious evil characters is not appropriate material.

Yet, it is the kind of material, what TV is missing in recent years. Below is my previous research regarding plastic surgery stories established in silver-screen.

There are notable films within various genres featuring plastic surgery. Starting to count, let's look at the drama/romance genre first: In Elizabeth Taylor's popular drama movie "Ash Wednesday(1973)", Taylor's character tends to have plastic surgery to retain her lover's attention on her. From the last decade of 1900s, Alejandro Amenabar's "Abre Los Ojos" and its Hollywood copycat "Vanilla Sky" both tell the off-base story of a playboy's lose of his handsome face due to a traffic accident, and his captious dreams of regaining his pretty face with plastic surgery. From the TV, 2005's Golden Globe winner TV- drama "Nip/Tuck" was taking its departure with two plastic surgeons of opposite personalities.

Plastic surgery was also memorable in Robert Zemeckis's "Death Becomes Her(1992)" where Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn were making up a fun out of this matter. Addictive to look younger, two aged ladies were competing with each other via having plastic surgeries until they explore a youth elixir. Another funny example of a plastic surgery comedy had been featuring in a scene in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil(1985)" where the leading character's mother wants to have plastic surgery without anaesthesia while she's awake.

Whereas in the horror genre, the plastic surgery has been used very seriously in odd details. The cult filmmaker Jesus Franco's "Faceless(1987)" was a psychopathic crime story, in which a plastic surgeon kidnaps a beautiful model to stitch up her face into his sister's. Dated 1960 the British horror "Circus of Horrors" told another crime story of a plastic surgeon who takes his patients prisoner to work as models at a circus of horrors.

Maybe the earliest example to a plastic surgery concept on the big screen was Humphrey Bogart's "Dark Passage(1947)". This was an unique crime/thriller movie, having Humphrey Bogart as a criminal's new face after the plastic surgery which made it easier for him to hide away from the police. In the other crime/thriller movies that used plastic surgery within its concept, Michael Caine's "The Jigsaw Man" displayed a KGB agent who is sent to Britain for misleading targets. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage's "Face Off" on the other hand, brought a fresh idea of shifting agents with each other by means of plastic surgery. Looking at a Turkish TV crime genre epic "Kurtlar Vadisi(Valley of the Wolves)" displayed a MIT spy turning a Mafia boss after a successful plastic surgery altering him to a new identity so that he could prevent Turkish mafia from attacking Pope in Vatican or destroying the future of EU.

* References and external sources to this article can be found at:

  • University of Toronto. ScienceDaily. (2011, August 25). Anti- ageing techniques not yet viewed as acceptable, study suggests. Retrieved (March, 8, 2014)

  • Anti-ageing and reversing youth (Lef Magazine, October,2008)

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