Criminal Minds (2005– )
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When three bodies are found with animal and human bite marks in a shallow grave near Milwaukee, the BAU has puzzling questions to answer. Meanwhile, Reid and Garcia work out for a company ... See full summary »

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Douglas Aarniokoski (as Doug Aarniokoski)

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Jeff Davis (created by), Virgil Williams
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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
Steve Monroe ... David Wade Cunningham
Chris Coy ... Russell Holmes
Tammy Lauren ... Liz Foley
Phil Abrams ... Dr. Weinstein
Dana Melanie ... Gloria Wilson
George Alvarez ... Officer Kowalski
Chloe Wepper ... Barista
Brittani Ebert ... Soccer Mom
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When three bodies are found with animal and human bite marks in a shallow grave near Milwaukee, the BAU has puzzling questions to answer. Meanwhile, Reid and Garcia work out for a company fitness test, but try to hide their preparation from Morgan. Written by MissFortuneCookie

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Reid talks about a young girl who survives a rabies infection. He is referencing a 2004 real-world incident of a young girl, Jeanna Giese, being infected with rabies by a bat. She was placed in a medically induced coma, and she survived the infection. The treatment is now referred to as the Milwaukee Protocol. See more »

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When Rossi is buying from a coffee truck, the sign outside says "Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back!" but the episode takes place in March. See more »

Quotes

Derek Morgan: [closing quote] "Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil" - Baltasar Gracian
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The true horrors of rabies with 'Criminal Minds'
25 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 9 generally is one of the weakest 'Criminal Minds' seasons, and due to a wider divide between the best and worst episodes one of the show's most inconsistent. There are some good/great episodes like "Gabby", "The Caller", "Angels"/"Demons", and also underwhelming ones such as "Mr and Mrs Anderson", "The Inspiration" (the show's worst season premiere)/"The Inspired" and two of the show's low-points "200" and "The Black Queen".

"Rabid", while not an outstanding 'Criminal Minds' episode, is one of the better episodes of Season 9 to me. Not perfect. Hotch and Blake are practically invisible, a shame because when Hotch was used well like in the earlier seasons there were some brilliant scenes and interactions with him while Blake after a shaky Season 8 for her was growing on me, it just felt wrong for them to be barely in it and with no standout scenes.

Haven't always been crazy about JJ since she returned after AJ Cook was initially fired, in later seasons she could be overused and out of character and Season 9 especially saw her as particularly unlikeable, like her perhaps intended to be witty but turned out condescending response to Morgan talking about the amount of time it would take to get somewhere. Rossi is also underused, but unlike Hotch and Blake still boasts a couple of great moments like "large cap, extra foam" and his rabid fox story.

On the other hand, loved the fitness subplot with Garcia, Reid (with a lot to do and not neglected) and Morgan, the dialogue sparkles in wit and it is difficult to resist the chemistry between the three. Other standout team scenes are Reid's explanation of rabies, which was informative and stomach-churning, and the immensely satisfying take-down of the unsub, also liked that Reid's role was more than just spouting facts and statistics.

The case itself is significantly stronger than most cases from Season 9. Sure there is more of a horror element than a psychological one (the latter being where the show excels much more, the former when done wrong could be done gratuitously), but in a way that's atmospherically unsettling and not overdone or gratuitous. It's a story that's both traditional and different, and also extremely disturbing and morbid, especially with the close-in shots of the victims being recorded by the unsub, a very creepy first ten minutes and the fate of Liz, the latter of which so freaky it stays with one forever.

Visually, the production values in "Rabid" 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 the atmosphere. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe. The script is very thought-provoking and often leaves one moved and repulsed.

All the acting from the leads is very good, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness shining most, and the supporting acting is more than up to the leads' level. Tammy Lauren makes for one scary and affecting victim, especially when the rabies is in its latter stages, Chris Coy has a character that one roots for immediately to not suffer the same fate and Steve Monroe makes the skin crawl as a particularly sickening unsub.

Overall, a very well done episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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