The BAU searches for a serial killer who leaves distinctive marks on victims' faces.

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... David Rossi
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Aaron Hotchner
... Al Eisenmund (as José Zúniga)
... Captain Phil Wilson
... Giuseppe Montolo
... Dr. Judith Mertz (as Jacqueline Piñol)
... Dr. Tara Lewis
... Betty Wilson
... Detective Mike Warner
... Detective Dustin Paddock
... Agent Grant Anderson
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With Kate having quit the team to spend time with Meg, and J.J. on maternity leave, the BAU is down two profilers as Hotch conducts interviews to fill Kate's position and as the remaining team members work on a case in progress. The case has two victims thus far - a suburban dad and a drug dealer - killed in two days, in two different cities across the country from each other, namely Albany, New York, and Seattle, Washington. The only reason they were able to identify the two deaths as being tied is that both victims had their face painted much like a pulchinella. It isn't until the autopsies are done that they learn that both were killed by a massive injection of a liquid nutritional supplement, much like one would would consume if one has trouble eating. They tie this evidence together to determine that the unsub has suffered a facial injury that does not allow him now to speak or eat. When a third victim emerges in Charlottesville, Virginia, the team has a clearer picture of the ... Written by Huggo

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Filling in Kate Callahan' s (Jennifer Love Hewitt) role in the BAU is Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler). Hewitt and Tyler worked together previously on the show Ghost Whisperer (2005) See more »

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When Derek is first shown holding the large syringe, he is holding the needle up. When the camera angle changes, he is now holding it plunger up. But then for the rest of the scene, he is shown holding it needle up. See more »

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Aaron Hotchner: [opening quotation, voiceover] Pleasure in the job is perfection in the work - Aristotle
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References The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »

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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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One of the few great Season 11 episodes
13 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

As said a fair few times already, Season 11 of 'Criminal Minds' has largely been disappointing. The early seasons were mostly good to great, but from Season 6 onwards the show became hit and miss with some big highs but also even bigger lows.

Season 11 for me is the only season where it has largely disappointed, with only three or four episodes being very good or above. "The Job" is one of them, in fact for me it's the second best episode of the season after "Entropy" and an absolute great opener for the season, which makes it even more said that the season's quality declined dramatically after "The Witness".

'Criminal Minds' has always been a good-looking series and "The Job" is not an exception. It's beautifully and stylishly shot, tightly edited and has great atmosphere. The music is haunting and melancholic, while the episode is solidly directed and intelligently and tautly scripted.

The story has enough twists and turns, and doesn't feel convoluted or ridiculous at all. Or at least to this reviewer it didn't. It is one of the few episodes of Season 11 to have a case that was interesting and did have tension and suspense, as well as being one of the few to not lose sight or forget what makes the show so great when good or at its best.

As to be expected, the acting from all the regular actors is very good, and Robert Neary is pretty terrifying as perhaps the most memorable unsubs of the season, one of few to be interesting, used properly or have anything close to a personality even.

Only Aisha Tyler doesn't quite work, her acting is stiff and limited and her character doesn't fit within the team dynamic (which still delights) or the episode's tone. Sure it is natural when it's the episode that introduces her, but unfortunately she was one of Season 11's biggest flaws throughout the season's run. To a lesser extent, Morgan's actions in the hospital also seemed rather extreme and perhaps out of character.

In conclusion, a great opener to the season and one of the few great Season 11 episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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