The team go to Sacramento, CA to find an unsub mutilating the faces of his recovering addict victims found in enclosed bodies of water. Even Rossi, who has to choose between spending time with his grandson and work, joins them.


Alec Smight


Jeff Davis (created by), Haben Merker





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Hayden Montgomery
Devon Gummersall ... Joseph Berzon
Katie Fountain ... Danielle Steinhardt
Marlon Young ... Detective Jon Roberts
Dan J. Johnson ... Shawn Struthers
Rebecca Metz ... Dr. Sandra Lee
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Tudor Munteanu ... Isaac Henry
Darrel Cherney ... Nat Daniels
Carla Betz ... Angie Katz


The BAU heads to Sacramento, California, where two women were found dead together in a water tank in an SRO in the poor Oak Park neighborhood. Although only one woman is initially identified, it is believed that both women led a high risk lifestyle of prostitution and drugs, albeit the one identified who they learn was trying to get out of the life, including becoming clean. Both women also had their faces slashed several times, both pre- and post-mortem, although the instrument used to make the slashes post-mortem different - more precise - than those when the victims were alive. The identified victim was also wearing a dress not typical of her attire, while there are signs of a poorly done recent hair dye job on the Jane Doe, leading the team to believe that the unsub is remaking his victims into the vision of the real woman of his rage. They begin to get a clearer picture of the unsub by the types of drugs found in the women's systems, and what Reid learns is the reason for the ... Written by Huggo

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Another Season 11 episode to fall completely flat
17 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Generally, Season 11 has been hugely disappointing. It started off very promisingly with "The Job" and "The Witness" before going drastically downhill with "Till Death Do Us Part", briefly redeeming itself with the outstanding "Entropy".

Well, also thought that "Beautiful Disaster" was better than given credit for, though Morgan's exit arc on the most part could have been much better handled with both "The Sandman" and especially "Derek" being lacking. "Inner Beauty" is not just one of the worst episodes of Season 11, this reviewer would go even further to say that it's one of the worst episodes of the whole show.

It is very high in its production values, gets off to an effectively eerie start, Rossi's grandson is adorable and very likable (also love the chemistry between him and Rossi) and there is a touching exchange between Rossi and JJ. Sadly, that is the only praises this reviewer can give to "Inner Beauty".

As with many of Season 11's episodes, "Inner Beauty" loses or completely forgets about what makes 'Criminal Minds' such compulsive viewing. Yet again there is too much of the unsub, who is also revealed too early which takes away from any tension or suspense (only the beginning of the episode shows any kind of atmosphere). And yet again, there is nowhere near enough of the BAU or the team dynamic, with Hotch so underused he is practically invisible, JJ looking completely lost and Reid also having very little to do.

The most interesting member of the team this time around is Rossi. Unfortunately the episode does focus too much on him and the situation between his ex-wife, which was far too mawkish and distracted from the rest of the episode. Also really didn't care for the ex-wife character either, she is so smug and self-righteous that it was impossible to warm to her and her excuse for her actions were not buyable for a second.

Having a lot of focus on the unsub may have worked if the unsub and the story was interesting. However, the story is not intriguing at all and it's very clear that the show has run out of ideas, it is a story and concept that has been done to death in previous episodes of the show and much better. It is dealt with in a very dull and un-tense and un-suspenseful fashion, and spoilt even further by the murders and modus operandi being far too cruel and gratuitously gruesome (a very similar problem with "Awake"). This also completely diminishes any kind of sympathy for the unsub, the situation indicates that we should feel sympathy for him but because his crimes are so sickening you can't do it.

'Criminal Minds' acting is not usually a problem, but unfortunately only Joe Mantegna and the boy playing his grandson stand out. Aisha Tyler is dull, stiff and limited, the actress playing Rossi's ex-wife rubs one up the wrong way, AJ Cook looks lost and Matthew Gray Gubler and Thomas Gibson are too underused to shine.

In summary, a disappointing and completely flat episode. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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