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Mr. & Mrs. Anderson 

"Mr. & Mrs. Anderson" is an episode of Criminal Minds starring Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and Matthew Gray Gubler. When the BAU investigates several murders in the Pittsburgh area, the team searches for a pair of UnSubs working as a team. Also, Garcia and Morgan share their Valentine's Day plans for their respective significant others.

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(as Felix Alcala)

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(created by), (as Kimberly Ann Harrison)
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... David Rossi
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Alex Blake
... Aaron Hotchner
... Alan Anderson
... Judith Anderson
... Dr. Kathleen Benedict
... Savannah Hayes
... Hanna Franklin
... Agent Eli West (as Jarvis George)
... Johnny Matthews
... Dr. Garnett Packard
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The BAU travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where two young women, in two separate incidents, were found dumped at the side of the highway, strangled to death. Both were semi-clad, wrapped in a shower curtain, which they later learn is commercial grade used by hotels, but neither victim was sexually assaulted. By tracking the last known whereabouts of one of the victims, they are able to trace her to a nearby motel where an unusual piece of evidence is found leading to that belief that there are two unsubs, one male and one female. On the BAU's directive, Pittsburgh PD discover that several murders can be attributed to the pair dating back to 1994, with a few breaks in time periods. But another subsequent victim not fitting the profile of any of the other victims and finding a victim of one of the past crimes who survived the attack may lead the team to the identities of the unsubs. In tracking the pair, the team may also learn how solid or fragile their actual partnership is, and if... Written by Huggo

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19 February 2014 (USA)  »

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This episode makes a rare reference to a Canadian serial killer duo: Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka, in dialogue by Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). See more »

Goofs

When Alan first backs his car up at the gas station, the front passenger-side window is only rolled down about an inch or two, yet after the camera switches perspectives, the window is suddenly open much more, enough for Maya's entire face to be visible from inside the car. See more »

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Penelope Garcia: I am so sorry. I totally could have made that recipe without cilantro.
Sam: It's my fault. I should have disclosed my food allergies.
Penelope Garcia: But I could have asked.
Sam: Take a breath. The swelling's gone down.
Penelope Garcia: Now, what are we gonna do for our first Valentine's?
Sam: Whatever you want to do.
Penelope Garcia: I don't want it to always be up to me.
Sam: I thought you liked planning things.
Penelope Garcia: Yeah. But if I'm always the one planning things, then I'm always the one planning things.
Sam: You're right. So, I'm gonna make the executive decision that ...
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Feel Like Makin' Love
Written by Paul Rodgers & Mick Ralphs
Performed by Bad Company, with Ned Bellamy & Mary Mara singing along
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The worst Season 9 episode? No. One of the dullest? Yes.
5 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Season 9 of 'Criminal Minds' has been a wildly variable and very much a lesser season. When it was good, like with "Gabby" and "The Caller", it was great, those two were two of the better later episodes. However when it was bad, like with "The Black Queen" and especially "200", there was very little good to say.

"Mr and Mrs Anderson" left me cold on my previous two viewings, and re-watching it my initial feelings have barely changed. It is not as bad as "200" and "The Black Queen", while it lacked a lot of what made the show so great especially, when at its best, it at least did not make anywhere near as big a mistake of not feeling like 'Criminal Minds'. However, it was still a very dull, strange and predictable episode.

There are things that are done well. As ever "Mr and Mrs Anderson is stylishly and atmospherically and hauntingly scored. The acting from all the regulars is very good and make the most of material that doesn't do enough for their talents and somewhat beneath them. The best thing about "Mr and Mrs Anderson" is the titular couple themselves. Now these are interesting and very unsettlingly creepy and loathsome unsubs, their relationship strange but twisted. Ned Bellamy and Mary Mara do truly great jobs in the roles. Wendy Davis is no liability either as one of the episode's more sympathetic episodes.

Also liked Reid and Rossi's exchange regarding Judith not budging, while Judith's interrogation does evoke some tension and the climax even more so.

However, the titular unsubs are revealed too early and are shown too much. Consequently there is not enough of the BAU, their chemistry and even less of the little character moments that one looks out for while watching 'Criminal Minds'. Profiling is too sporadic, and what there is is shaky due to little team work. It also sees a rare case of Reid being incorrect when referencing a case that the case here resembles, especially the number of murders committed by the couple he references and the mispronunciation.

Just as problematic is the gross overuse of JJ, which may not have been a problem if she wasn't a pale shadow of her former self, instead she is now nowhere near as likable, and furthermore being out of character, bland and condescending. After such traumatic events, you'd expect her to be more worse for wear and troubled, but it was almost as if "200" didn't happen. Garcia has also been much more endearing, instead of a ray of sunshine she is childish and annoying and her subplot was sappy and added little (in fact all the personal stuff tried too hard to be cutesy and touching but so overdone that it makes one cringe). There is too little of more interesting characters like Reid and Rossi, what there is of them is good though, and once again Hotch is woefully under-utilised to the point of invisibility. Morgan and Reid's involvement at the end was great this said.

Despite the interesting unsubs, the case is far too dull and predictable, with slack pacing and a done to death concept ('Natural Born Killers'-esque) that is too over-familiar and with little variation. It also really lacks tension and suspense, only really coming to life once Judith is arrested and interrogated. Judith's reactions and such didn't make much sense at this point either.

Overall, there are worse episodes of the season and of 'Criminal Minds' in general, but this was very dull and bland where the balance of the storytelling and who and what to focus on is way off. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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