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A Family Affair 

The BAU heads to Atlanta, where stabbings of prostitutes lead the team to suspect more than one unsub.


Rob Spera


Jeff Davis (created by), Kimberly A. Harrison (as Kimberly Ann Harrison) | 2 more credits »

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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
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Kathy Baker ... Linda Collins
William Russ ... Donald Collins
Derek Magyar ... Jeffrey Collins
Bellamy Young ... Beth Clemmons
Fiona Gubelmann ... Erika
Merle Dandridge ... Agent Lynn Brooks
Robert Pierce ... Medical Examiner
Natalie Avital ... Allyson Parker


The BAU is called to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate the deaths of two prostitutes. Each victim was stabbed multiple times - indicating anger and strength - with the dead bodies placed carefully in different parks in the outskirts of town. The differences in the kill and the body placement indicate that there are possibly two unsubs, one dominant and one submissive who exist in a co-dependent relationship. In addition, $250 was found on each victim, meaning that theft was not a motive, and the victims were not sexually violated, meaning that sex was either not a motivation or that the angry killer is impotent. Similar bruising on the victims' thighs and a subsequent victim who is somewhat outside the victimology of the initial two dead lead the team to understand with who they are dealing as the unsubs. Meanwhile, Hotch is hoping that his participation the upcoming FBI Triathlon will mark a milestone not associated with the race itself. And Prentiss, Garcia and JJ plan on a girls' ... Written by Huggo

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29 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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[first lines]
Jeffrey Collins: I want you, so hard.
Rebecca Moore: What are you waiting for?
Rebecca Moore: Still not feeling it?
Jeffrey Collins: Just keep trying. Just keep trying. Come on.
Rebecca Moore: This isn't working. Maybe you're just not in the mood.
Jeffrey Collins: Just give me five more minutes.
Rebecca Moore: Come on. Really?
Jeffrey Collins: Look, I've done it before. I can do it. It works.
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References Mr. Belvedere (1985) See more »


Performed by DNC feat. Miss Amani
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A very dysfunctional family affair
2 April 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.

Generally "A Family Affair" is in the better half of Season 7. It is not as good as "True Genius", "The Foundation", "Dorado Falls" and "The Company", but is on par with "Self Fulfilling Prophecy", "From Childhood's Hour", " Epilogue", "Proof" and "Unknown Subject" and much better than "Closing Time", "Divining Rod" (and especially), "I Love You Tommy Brown" and "There's No Place Like Home".

Not much wrong here. Maybe some things could have been revealed later like with the paralysis and the whole thing with the sexual relationships. It did feel like we were a step or two ahead of the BAU too often and that they were catching up and taking a little too long occasionally to do so, and things are so much more fascinating for the viewer when it's the other way around. It was a shame too that we were not treated to Reid babysitting Henry, how cute and funny that would have been. As a matter of fact however, that's pretty much all.

Visually, the production values are without complaint. It's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. 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. Much of the script is thought-provoking, tightly structured and well-balanced.

Despite the early unsub reveal, which is sometimes justified on 'Criminal Minds' but often it causes problems, the balance between the team interaction/work and the unsub and his dysfunctional family was great and both are done well. Loved the warm and loving triathlon subplot with Hotch, Jack is adorable and "A Family Affair" is one of the few times where his relationship with Beth doesn't feel like he's rushing things and written realistically or where one doesn't have a problem with Beth herself, here having more personality (like the scene in the tea place). Just as warm and loving was the chemistry between Hotch and Rossi, who can't help loving that caring side to Rossi. The Ladies night subplot is very funny, as is Reid's comedy gold Belvedere reference.

Regarding the case, it was creepy, tense and suspenseful. The unsub's early reveal felt justified this time, because the family relationship is so interesting and complex with distinct personalities (especially the mother), some real creepiness (like the parents' reactions to Julie's pleading) and parts that have so much impact even when no words are being said, like in the kitchen. Although there could have been a little more, the profiling is good and sees the team working together cohesively with good balance of screen time, really liked some of the theories and observations which didn't feel like conclusion-jumping. Garcia wasn't relied on too much either.

Throughout the acting is very good. All the regulars give great performances, while Kathy Baker in particular has a meaty deranged character and Baker plays her to the hilt.

Overall, very good episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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