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A Place at the Table 

When a family from Maryland is found murdered at their dining room table, the team tracks down other family members and friends to uncover secrets and details from the past in hopes to find... See full summary »

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Laura Belsey

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Bruce Zimmerman
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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
Edward Asner ... Roy Brooks
McNally Sagal ... Cora Gilliam
Grant Harvey ... Marc Clifford
Molly Baker ... Jessica Brooks
Cade Owens ... Jack Hotchner
Riley Neldam ... Dillon Kingman
Rolando Boyce ... Sgt. Carlson
Devon Gearhart ... Ezra Warren
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When a family from Maryland is found murdered at their dining room table, the team tracks down other family members and friends to uncover secrets and details from the past in hopes to find out what may have led to it, and to catch who is responsible. Also, Hotch must try to make peace with his father-in-law, Roy, (Ed Asner) after discovering he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and it has become painfully noticeable. Written by MissFortuneCookie

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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Shares the same title with a 1993 movie by Bruce Bawer critiquing radicalism in the gay liberation movement. See more »

Goofs

When Rossi, and Reid have the redheaded woman in the interrogation room Rossi says about the woman's gun, "Carrying it is not the problem. Pointing it at FBI agents is the problem." The gun was in her purse, she fell, the gun slid half way out of the purse and her hand was by it. Then Rossi pulled his weapon, Reid pulled his and then they cuffed her. She never so much as took hold of her gun, much less pointed it at either of the FBI agents. See more »

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Derek Morgan: You know, this is beginning to remind me of clue: Colonel Mustard in the billiard room with the candlestick
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Instrumental version played over the opening scene
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Among the top 10 episodes of Season 10
29 May 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As has been said a few times, 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. "A Place at the Table" to me was a good episode, that just fell short of being "classic" 'Criminal Minds', though it did become closer to that than most episodes of the season.

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". "X" and "Lockdown" are also among the better episodes if not perfect. 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", the disappointing "Beyond Borders" and the similarly unbalanced in writing "Scream" ("Fate" was also unfocused, disjointed and lacking in balance).

There are so many great merits with "A Place at the Table". As always, 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 has momentum but also has instances where it allows things to breathe.

With the acting that is very good all round. All the performances of the main characters are top-notch, top honours going to a marvellous Thomas Gibson who easily gives one of his better performances of Season 10, "A Place at the Table" being one of the episodes to actually utilise him well when so much of the season side-lined him to invisibility. The supporting cast are more than up to their level, Ed Asner is superb as Hotch's curmudgeonly father-in-law and the same goes to Molly Baker.

Case is pretty good too, being both disturbing and sad with some intricate twists and turns. Luckily "A Place at the Table" is not unsub-heavy and while Hotch oriented his subplot is done intelligently and movingly. The team screen time is sizeable and so much better balanced than episodes like "Scream", "Protection", "Beyond Borders" and "Fate". They also are closer to their former personalities and roles than in recent years, when there were times when JJ and Garcia were out of character.

Not without faults by all means. The episode is rather too rushed and has a little too much going on in places, which leads to occasional confusion. It may have been somewhat better to have introduced Hotch's father-in-law in an earlier episode or two because it was somewhat too out of the blue.

Lastly, there are a couple of annoying continuity errors with Jack, it's hardly the first time that 'Criminal Minds' has had continuity errors and it is a long way from the worst case, in this case it was mainly the discrepancy about which grade in school Jack was which seemed like a sloppy mistake on the writers' part. A shame because the writing is tightly structured and thought-provoking here.

In conclusion, a good episode and one of the season's better ones. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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