Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Breath Play 

The BAU hunt a serial killer in Wisconsin and try to find a connection between the victims so they can profile and identify the UnSub. Meanwhile, Kate experiences trouble dealing with her niece when she starts acting out.


Hanelle M. Culpepper (as Hanelle Culpepper)


Jeff Davis (created by), Erik Stiller

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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
Mark Deklin ... Patrick Jon Murphy
Rochelle Aytes ... Savannah Hayes
Emily Goss ... Charlotte Jacobsen
Emily Robinson ... Connie Murphy
Hailey Sole ... Meg Callahan
Kate Orsini ... Stacey Murphy
Quinn Sullivan ... Detective Angela Pierce
Juliette Jeffers ... Josephine Patterson


Before the BAU members head off on their next case, Kate tells her colleagues that she's pregnant, news that excites them, but adds some difficulty in her home life specifically with thirteen year old Meg who was already rebelling before the news. That case takes them to Madison, Wisconsin, where three women in separate incidents have been found murdered in their beds, their wrists tied with scarves to the bed, sexually assaulted for several hours then strangled with nylon rope. The same DNA was found at each crime scene, and there was no sign of forced entry. Despite each victim having a different sexual and dating life, they were all sexting with the same person. Evidence at one of the crime scenes and the sexts indicate that the common thread between all the victims is a widely popular erotic romance novel called "Bare Reflections", which details a story of consensual BDSM between a couple. The unsub, who they believe is married, and his victims are recreating the sex in the book, ... Written by Huggo

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11 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The fetish novel that fuels the murderer's kills is a loose representation of Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). See more »


Penelope Garcia: Looking for past high-risk victims outside of Madison was completely ingenious, because now we getting somewhere! I mean fool me once and all that, but don't worry, you're not going to be able to fool me twice, because I'm a gonna get you...
Aaron Hotchner: Garcia!
Penelope Garcia: Sorry, sir, I... I am super pumped, because I've used my complete and total bad assery-ness to bust and move through layers of local legal bureaucracy!
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Got barely anything out of this episode
5 December 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 10 has had episodes that have varied wildly in quality. For every great or outstanding episode such as "Mr Scratch", "Nelson's Sparrow", "The Forever People" and "Rock Creek Park" there are also the bad or mediocre at best ones like "The Boys of Sudworth Place", "Hashtag", "If the Shoe Fits" and "Breath Play".

"Breath Play" does have its moments. It has a very creepy opening that is positively nightmarish, while Kate's pregnancy subplot is handled well in writing and how it is incorporated with the rest of the episode, though Kate herself does nothing for me, have often found her bland with a few exceptions like "Lockdown", and Jennifer Love Hewitt has often felt out of place, looking too young and vulnerable looking and not looking at ease.

There are bright spots in the script. The best lines come from Rossi, who is awesome here and closer to the Rossi of the earlier seasons, especially loved "nobody has sex for six straight hours, not even Sting", his opening quote and "and mosquitoes the size of an impala". Also loved JJ's advice to Kate about the music, and even more so Reid's cute line about including Mozart in the playlist, as well as the slamming of '50 Shades of Grey'. Again production values are very high, and most of the acting is fine, Joe Mantegna especially.

However, "Breath Play" does suffer from too much of the unsub and Meg and not enough of the team, the little character moments and the profiling. The unsub does have some creepy moments, at other times the creepiness writing-wise goes overboard to the point of unintentional weirdness and a better job could have been done with why he was like that. Generally 'Criminal Minds' has done a better job at unsubs that are more frightening and more consistently and subtly and much more interesting.

Much of the story is very generic and dull, and hurt by the Meg subplot that feels like padding, fits awkwardly, is pretty pointless and is far too clichéd, it didn't interest me at all and it is a subject that is very relatable when done right. Unfortunately it wasn't here, due to taking up too much of the running time. The profiling is barely there, and there is too much reliance on Garcia's computer, which makes the case solving too convenient. The night goggles didn't get enough explanation, didn't get the significance of them.

Aside from some lovely little character moments within the team, the script was pretty bland, while generally there is not enough of most of the team, only Rossi properly shines with Reid and JJ having one great moment which stops them from completely disappearing though both are underused. Hotch is especially wronged, being practically lost within everything else.

Overall, has its moments but mostly got barely anything out of "Breath Play". Rossi's awesomeness here is the bright spot. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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