Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Supply and Demand 

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The team investigates a suspected human trafficking ring; Hotchner suggests changes are coming; J.J. returns to the team.


Charles S. Carroll


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Rachel Nichols ... Ashley Seaver
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Amy Price-Francis ... Andi Swan
Nicholas Brendon ... Kevin Lynch
Angela Sarafyan ... Lucy
Sarah Tareen ... Renee Matlin (as Sarah Foret)
Jan Munroe ... Dr. Sherman
Max Decker ... Thomax
Massi Furlan ... Leon
Sean Carrigan ... Lamott


Hotch calls an early morning meeting, the first he's called since Gideon left, which raises the curiosity of the team. He tells them that because of budget issues, there is going to be some restructuring at the FBI, and although he would like them all to stay with the BAU, they may be approached by other units. The meeting affects Garcia and Rossi the most, and Rossi ends up having a subsequent late-night meeting in his office because of it. Meanwhile, the team is called to assist in the investigation of a local car accident in which an unidentified male driver careened over a cliff and ultimately succumbed to his injuries. They are called because the murdered bodies of two young adults were found in the trunk of his car. They are later identified as Jake Wattay and Paige Hawley, both of whom are on the missing persons list, each on the list for differing amounts of time and who are from different parts of the country. Because of the nature of their injuries, the team believes there ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

18 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The pay phone number that Garcia runs is "703-555-0123," which we are told is in Culpeper, Virginia. Culpeper's area code has been 540 since it split off from the 703 area code in 1995. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: [voiceover] Thomas Hardy wrote: "And yet to every bad there is a worse"
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For a season finale, "Supply and Demand" was pretty lacklustre
9 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

After starting strongly with "The Longest Night" (am aware that not everybody likes that episode but to me it was very well done and creepy with one of the show's most poignant moments and of course the unforgettable performance of Tim Curry), it was a shame that Season 6 ended on a pretty lacklustre note.

Not one of the season's (the start of when 'Criminal Minds' became wildly hit and miss and one of the weaker seasons) worst episodes, being better than particularly "The Thirteenth Step". However, while a variable season that often lacked lustre there were good episodes such as the season premiere, "Middle Man", "Remembrance of Things Past", "Into the Woods" and "Hanley Waters".

"Supply and Demand" does have a number of good points. As ever with 'Criminal Minds', it's a very well made episode with stylish filming and atmospheric lighting. The music is haunting, melancholic and moody, fitting very well with the episode's mood while never quite enhancing but never distracting. The direction is solid enough and the script provokes some thought.

It's the character moments and the chemistry between the team that make "Supply and Demand" watchable, and register much more than the actual case does. It was lovely to see Kevin again, and his chemistry with Garcia is heart-warming. The chemistry between Rossi/Morgan and Morgan/Reid is entertaining and will induce at least a few nice chuckles at least. Andi Swan is a great supporting character addition, and while underused it was great to see JJ returning.

The acting from all, except Rachel Nichols once again struggling to bring any personality or engagement to Seaver, is very good. All the regulars turn in very good work, with a great mix of the humorous and the serious, while Nicholas Brendan and Amy Price Francis also do strong jobs.

On the other hand, the case itself is pretty bland. There are moments, such as the beat-down, the one-sided Russian roulette and the shocking twist of the identity of the ringleader, but generally the episode lacked tension and suspense and was too rushed and messy in the storytelling with parts that don't quite make as much sense as ought. The unsubs were pretty underdeveloped and lacking the creepiness of the show's best.

For a season finale, as said "Supply and Demand" lacked lustre and often did not feel like a season finale and more an episode that would be placed somewhere around mid-season. As expected, Seaver is useless here and continues to be as annoying and dull as seen in her previous appearances, thankfully this was her last appearance.

All in all, lacklustre but watchable season finale. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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