Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The BAU heads to Detroit when couples are murdered and put in their cars. Meanwhile, Blake's husband shares news with her.


Karen Gaviola


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
D.W. Moffett ... Dr. James Blake
Adam J. Harrington ... Phillip Connor
Erin Cummings ... Emma Churchill
James Moses Black ... Detective Ron Keaton
Jocelyn Ayanna ... Dr. Harriet Jones
Allison Lane ... Mary Hammond
Elisabeth Noone ... Agatha Connor
Matthew Floyd Miller ... Dennis Hammond


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Before the BAU heads off on their next case, Blake receives a surprise visit from her husband, Dr. James Blake, who was supposed to be on a his latest stint overseas with Doctors Without Borders, that stint which was supposed to be ten months in length. She eventually learns why he has made this visit home early, that reason which makes her contemplate her future with the BAU. That next case takes the team to Detroit, Michigan, where two sets of couples, in separate incidents, were found dead in the trunks of their respective vehicles. Each victim had multiple superficial stab wounds in their abdominal area, and one final fatal stab being the last wound inflicted. They also learn that the unsub kept each couple for a week before they were murdered. They also eventually surmise that the couples were abducted in some fashion using their cars, as the unsub was able to dismantle the GPS history to hide his/her tracks. Hotch goes to extreme lengths to uncover those vehicle travel histories... Written by Huggo

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The Michigan license plates shown on the vehicles are blue with white lettering. Michigan stopped using that plate in 2007 despite the fact that this aired in 2013. See more »


Alex Blake: [opening, voiceover] "We are not the same persons this year as last, nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person." - W. Somerset Maugham
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The team interaction fares better than the case itself
14 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With 'Criminal Minds', some seasons are better than others and every season has a mixture of outstanding, great, very good, good, average, mediocre and bad episodes. This said, lesser episodes of Seasons 1-4 (with possible exception of "Machismo") are better than the lesser episodes of Season 6 onward.

Season 8 did see a sizeable number of mediocre episodes, but also ones that were very good and showing signs of greatness. As far as Season 8 episodes go it's somewhere in the middle rather than being one of the best or worst. It's not as good as "All That Remains", "The Lesson", "God Complex", "The Good Earth" and "Alchemy". But it is much better than the likes of "Magnificent Light", "Through the Looking Glass", "The Replicator", "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Magnum Opus".

Visually, the production values in "#6" are without complaint. It's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. The unsub's lair is pretty nightmarish. 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.

"#6" fares better in the delightful team interaction of the BAU than the case itself. The chemistry between Reid and Blake is very sweet, seeing a very compassionate side to Reid. While it's clear that Reid is still grieving, there is the sense that he is also trying to move on and coming back to his old self, loved the response to Rossi talking about the unsub using the victims' cars. After the character of Blake being somewhat of a mystery, "#6" does an admirable job in giving her some development that sees a warmer and more vulnerable side to the cold and disconnected exterior that she tended to show before.

The acting is very good from all the regulars (Matthew Gray Gubler and Jeanne Tripplehorn in particular), and while there have been far more interesting and menacing unsubs before and since Adam Harrington still does a decent job with what he's given (especially in the climax and the lead up to it, at his weakest at the end of his first scene which he overacts somewhat).

Against all these good things, the case itself was just okay. It had its moments, including a unique location, some nice twists and a tense climax that had a real sense of danger and you cared about whether the victim stayed alive or not. It is however conceptually a little derivative of "Through the Looking Glass" and "Paradise", lacked consistent tension and suspense and while it does explain most things right (like how the unsub was able to afford his location) there are a couple of loose ends like why his MO changed so rapidly and erratically.

It was appreciated what was done with Blake here but a better job in general could have been done with her subplot, mainly if they had a stronger actor than bland DW Moffett and if the chemistry between him and Tripplehorn was better. The script had thought-provoking moments but generally could have been more taut and had more spark.

Overall, an above average, somewhere-in-the-middle episode but one where the team interaction delights and the case lacked a little. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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15 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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