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The Itch 

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Atlanta PD has invited the BAU in for an equivocal death investigation, that of investigative journalist Albert Stillman, who died being run over late one evening as he wandered into ... See full summary »

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Larry Teng

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Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier
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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
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Jon Abrahams ... Leo Jenkins
Alicia Coppola ... Lisa Randall
Brit Morgan ... Jane Posner
John Prosky ... Jim Carlson
Cullen Douglas ... Dr. Tony Wilson
François Chau ... Dr. Jack Chun
Ronobir Lahiri ... Dr. William Suri
Jeff Lorch ... Albert Stillman
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Atlanta PD has invited the BAU in for an equivocal death investigation, that of investigative journalist Albert Stillman, who died being run over late one evening as he wandered into highway traffic. An eyewitness who tried to help Stillman just before he was run over states that he was waving his arms in the air yelling, "get them off me", this depiction which goes against Stillman's history of no mental illness. Reluctantly, Stillman's editor, John Carlson, discloses that Stillman was using heroin as medication for a back problem. Stillman was scheduled to meet with a source on a story concerning vaccinations when he vanished for three days just before he died. Garcia learns that another person associated with the case is a Dr. William Suri, a research scientist of entomology, who is later found dead, shot to death. Upon investigation, the team discovers that both Stillman and Suri were abducted - meaning that they are dealing with a serial killer - and had minute bite and deep ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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When Morgan looks at the police assignment board while on the phone with Garcia, on the bottom line McClane and Powell are the assigned officers. McClane and Powell are the cops in Die Hard (Bruce Willis and "Carl Winslow"). See more »

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Supposedly takes place in Atlanta, GA. Automobiles are shown with license plates on the front. Georgia does not use front license plates. See more »

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Jim Carlson: Agents, I appreciate you coming down here, but I have nothing to say to you about the abduction
Kate Callahan: A newspaper editor telling the FBI no comment? That's ironic
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Gold on the Leaves
Performed by Luluc
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Itching with creepiness
25 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 10 was very much mixed in quality, very like much of the period from Season 6 onward, but although there were less than good episodes there were also good and more ones. Although falling short of greatness, "The Itch" is one of them.

It is not quite as good as the terrifying "Mr Scratch", the poignant and harrowing "Nelson's Sparrow", the creepy and powerful "The Forever People", the tense "Rock Creek Park" and the unconventional but extremely well done "A Thousand Suns". On the other hand, it's significantly better than the likes of the strange and not in a good way "If the Shoe Fits", the poor "Breath Play", the very unbalanced in writing "Protection", the wastes of good ideas "Hashtag", "The Boys of Sudworth Place" and the similarly unbalanced in writing "Scream".

There is a preference for the more psychological and less unsub-heavy element that made the earlier seasons so great, than the ones featuring a delusional killer with a mental condition shown early on and featuring too heavily. It's all well done enough, but there could have been more twists and suspense and felt less familiar (as it did somewhat with several recognisable plot elements). While the Reid stuff is great, it still could have been even more expanded upon, especially with more than one thing about the case that Reid can relate to having been through there himself.

Kate is still a rather dull and out of place character and Jennifer Love Hewitt's acting doesn't make me feel any different.

Visually, however, 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 and the pacing is taut enough.

Writing in "The Itch" is well balanced with thought-provoking moments, humorous ones, creepy ones and emotionally powerful ones. The story may not be perfect in execution but is still engrossing, thanks to a genuine creepiness (if you are already scared of bugs "The Itch" will likely amplify those fears), an unconventional but quite interesting relationship between the unsub and Lisa and great character moments and team interaction with the BAU As ever Reid is awesome, and who can't help love sassy and blunt Rossi or that Hotch is not sidelined and has some interesting profiling and interviewing moments. JJ, thankfully not overused or condescending and closer to her earlier personality has a powerful scene at the end, and Garcia brings some cute perky humour (not the melodramatic and annoying caricature that she was in "Burn"). Morgan is underused and Kate doesn't make much of an impression, but overall the team role is delightful and much better balanced than in likes of "Scream" and "Protection".

Excepting Love Hewitt the acting is very good.

Overall, a good creepy episode but could have been better. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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