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The Storm 

The team works to clear Hotch's name after he's arrested by the DOJ for conspiracy.

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... David Rossi
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Aaron Hotchner
... Antonia Slade
... Hayden Montgomery
... Timothy Ritchie
... Captain Grant Howard
... William LaMontagne Jr.
... Peter Lewis
... Asher Douglas
... Dr. Tara Lewis
... Leonard Ennis
... Eric Rawdon
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Reid is trying to decide where to take his mother for vacation, Garcia is excited by her upcoming trip to London to visit with Emily, and Rossi and Hayden, who have decided to rekindle their relationship, try to figure out how to tell Joy they are back together as a couple. This calm within the BAU is shattered when at Hotch's house, a SWAT team storms in taking him into custody, all done in front of a traumatized Jack, JJ and Henry. A confused Hotch, who is placed under the authority of the federal government, eventually learns that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has been monitoring him for weeks based on testimony by Peter Lewis - Mr. Scratch - who was apprehended by the BAU in a case last year, has evidence of his suspicious activities involving the making of a bomb, and felt the need to bring him in now based on a 911 call he made. Hotch knowing that he made no such call, the BAU team members come to the quick conclusion that Antonia Slade, the serial murderer involved in their ... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

Bodhi Elfman's wife, Jenna Elfman, starred in Dharma & Greg (1997) with Thomas Gibson. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Reid tells Dr. Lewis that his mother is not afraid of flying when saying that she is afraid of cruise ships. However, in Season 2, Episode 1 (The Fisher King: Part 2), Diana Reid states that she is terrified of flying more than anything. See more »

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Hayden Montgomery: Ooh, this reminds me of that morning in Budapest.
David Rossi: As I recall, that particular breakfast lasted all day.
Hayden Montgomery: Well, we could try that again. Except you'd have to call in sick.
David Rossi: That's very tempting.
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References Criminal Minds: Nelson's Sparrow (2015) See more »

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For Keeps
Performed by Lily Kershaw
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Season 11's finale sends up a storm
3 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Despite being a big fan of 'Criminal Minds', Season 11 was largely underwhelming for reasons too numerous to list, including too much unsub and not enough team, lack of profiling and psychology, too much emphasis on the personal lives and not enough tension and suspense.

"The Storm" is one of the season's best episodes, a very good season finale and ranks with the show's better ones ("The Fisher King Part I", "No Way Out: The Evilution of Frank II" and "Lo-Fi" coming out on top). Other "best of the season" episodes are "Entropy", "The Job", "Hostage" and "The Witness", proof that a mostly underwhelming season with bad episodes like "Till Death Do Us Part", "The Bond", "Future Perfect", "Awake", "Inner Beauty", "Internal Affairs", "Outlaw" and "Drive" has its high points.

So much about "The Storm" works, though with a couple of foibles that just stop it from being exceptional. How Hotch's subplot is resolved feels a bit anti-climactic and there are a couple of parts that come over a bit tenuous and too conveniently gotten to.

However, "The Storm" looks slick and stylish. The music is appropriately moody, in both the haunting and melancholic sense. The direction is quick-paced yet sympathetic, and all the acting is very good (including Aisha Tyler, who tended to be a big season weak link).

Writing is thought-provoking, tightly structured, tense and smart with some clever and nostalgia-inducing references to past cases and characters, while so much of the story is tense and suspenseful. Hotch's arrest subplot is brilliantly done here, one really relates to Hotch and understands his anger towards the annoyingly smug detective and cheers him on silently as he takes him to task with brutal honesty. The climactic moments with the prisoners has a lot of suspense, while Reid's sympathetic rapport with Asher and his magic trick also shines.

"The Storm" is one of not many times in Season 11 where Lewis didn't bother me, and an instance where JJ's anger and toughness was in keeping with the story and understandable. The helicopter scene was positively explosive in every sense. What could have been a sappy end to the episode was actually welcome levity and then ending on an ominous note.

Overall, very good season finale and in its numerous best moments sends up a storm. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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