Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Snake Eyes 

Early on a Sunday morning, a just woken up and extremely hung over Garcia is lamenting the fact of the huge argument she and Kevin had the previous night. Not one to face confrontation head... See full summary »

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Douglas Aarniokoski (as Doug Aarniokoski)

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Bruce Zimmerman | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Dean Cain ... Curtis Banks
Joe Egender ... Eddie Langdon
Vanessa Branch ... Teri Banks
Nicholas Brendon ... Kevin Lynch
Sandra Purpuro ... Agent Carol Goslin
Frankie J. Allison Frankie J. Allison ... Vince Rebetti (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Jenn Korbee ... Francesca
Chuck Saale ... Head of Security
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Early on a Sunday morning, a just woken up and extremely hung over Garcia is lamenting the fact of the huge argument she and Kevin had the previous night. Not one to face confrontation head on, she is not looking forward to her first post-fight talk with Kevin, which will happen sooner than later as she can hear that he will soon be finished his shower. That talk will be complicated by the person knocking on her front door. Meanwhile, the team is called to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Danny Savino, a casino floor manager, was found dead in his office by a severe beating. He had turned the surveillance video in his office off, so there is no video of the unsub. The reason the BAU is called is that Savino has deep ties to the mob, and that eight $1 bills were found scattered around an "eight" playing card on his body, which indicates some sort of ritual to the killing. On looking into Savino's background, the BAU learns that he acted as a loan shark to casino patrons on the side, ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

On the plane ride to Atlantic City, Rossi says that he's not a fan of Mob movies. Joe Mantegna (Rossi) plays a mobster in The Godfather: Part III (1990), The Last Don (1997) and, most famously, voices mob boss Fat Tony on The Simpsons (1989). See more »

Goofs

Due to the strict licensing requirements in Atlantic City Casino employees can have no tie to the Mafia. See more »

Quotes

Emily Prentiss: What about you, Rossi? What's your favorite mob movie?
David Rossi: I've seen too much of it in my life.
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Connections

References The Third Wave (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Day In, Day Out
Composed by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Robert Davi
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'Criminal Minds' and the Circle of Eight Killer
30 March 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When on form, and even better at its best, 'Criminal Minds' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows and is a personal favourite. It is nowhere near as good now, but there are still good to great episodes made every now and then when the show doesn't forget what it's about, but Seasons 1-5 was its prime period.

"Snake Eyes" sits somewhere around comfortable middle as far as Season 7, without belonging in either extreme of best or worst. much better than "Closing Time", "Divining Rod" (and especially), "I Love You Tommy Brown" and "There's No Place Like Home", but at the same time is not among the best episodes of the season like "True Genius", "The Foundation", "Dorado Falls", "The Company" and "Self Fulfilling Prophecy".

It's one of those episodes that starts off somewhat unimpressively and may make some fans uncertain as to whether to stick with it, stuck with it as a loyal 'Criminal Minds' fan and as someone who is always fair on a film/show/production/episode, never judging before seeing the whole thing. The first half is too unsub heavy to the point of almost being the unsub show, and because the unsub was one that got significantly more interesting by the halfway mark such an emphasis didn't quite feel justified yet.

Also in the first half, the case is a little dull, predictable and slightly repetitive, and some of the team are underused, almost like they were secondary characters in their own show. There is perhaps also a little too much emphasis on the red rimmed eyes, and perhaps a little more explanation as to the significance couldn't have gone amiss.

However, "Snake Eyes" is worth sticking with as it does get significantly better at the halfway mark. The case is more tense and suspenseful, the unsub becomes more interesting and creepier and the team play a far bigger role in the story and their role is intriguing and cohesive with good team-work and procedural aspects.

Visually, the production values are without complaint. It's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. Kudos also to the unique (for 'Criminal Minds') casino setting. The music is moody in the haunting and melancholic sense and fits well, without either enhancing or distracting from it. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe. Some of the script is thought-provoking, tautly written and tightly structured.

The highlights of "Snake Eyes" are the undercover operation, in which Reid plays a delightful large role, and the hugely entertaining exchange where Rossi is persuaded to fund it. The Garcia/Morgan/Kevin subplot also fares well, having an adorable charm and fun and very little annoying immaturity, and doesn't take over too much. The sight of Morgan shirtless is now infamous and understandably, even if he looks like he was doused in glossy oil rather than having come out of the shower.

As to be expected, the acting is very good from all the leads and Dean Cain registers strongly as the unsub.

Overall, wasn't sure about the episode at first but it was worth sticking with due to the much better faring second half. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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