Criminal Minds (2005– )
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A Good Husband 

The BAU investigates the case of male victims found with no way to identify them.


Laura Belsey


Jeff Davis (created by), Jim Clemente | 1 more credit »




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
Damon Gupton ... Stephen Walker
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Ivan Hernandez ... Mark Tolson
Zachary Abel ... Bill Seavers (as Zachary Burr Abel)
Remington Hoffman ... Wesley Parham
Carlos Arellano ... Chief Bailor
Andrew Liberty ... Dale Ericsson
Keith Antone ... Nick Goode
Angela Gots ... Kate


The team heads to Palm Springs, California where the torso of a body is found in a dumpster, the unsub murderer probably intending that it never would have been found and if so the decapitation a possible counter-measure to not be able to identify the victim. The BAU is called in the possibility that is related to a still unsolved serial murder case in DC from 2004. The Palm Springs authorities are able to identify the victim as twenty-eight year old Paul Mastriano, who was killed after a night at the bar, his drinking which was apparently the cause of his marriage breaking up. Shortly before the BAU's arrival in Palm Springs, a second torso is discovered in the same neighborhood, that victim eventually identified as Brent Miller - similar physical type to Mastriano - who, although unmarried, had just gone through a break-up and was drowning his sorrows in a bar the evening before. The BAU suspects that the victims were targets of opportunity at the bar, who were probably slipped the ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

8 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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David Rossi: [opening quotation] "A good husband makes a good wife." - John Florio.
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A good husband makes a good wife
10 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

In its prime (Seasons 1-5, with Season 4 to me being the best and most consistent season with a lot of classic episodes and even the weakest episodes being far from awful) 'Criminal Minds' was one of my favourite shows. From Season 6 it did become hit and miss, with the odd gem, but a lot of average episodes and some stinkers.

Season 12 so far has not been consistent, with some episodes faring much better than others, but it is much better than the mostly underwhelming Season 11. It went through some significant changes, a couple working but others not so much, and has done reasonably well considering. "A Good Husband" is an improvement over the previous episode "Surface Tension", which had the beautifully done subplot with Reid and his mother but suffered from a confused and clumsily written case. As far as Season 12 goes, it's not as good as "Elliot's Pond" or "Mirror Image" but fares significantly better than "Taboo" and "The Anti-Terror Squad".

Loved the touching and warm chemistry between Reid and Prentiss (am so glad she's back and she is a good leader), who is like somewhat of a mother-figure here who really helps Reid here as he struggles to balance his job and the dilemma with his mother. Matthew Gray Gubler and Pager Brewster do wonders with their acting. Sure, Reid's story about Houston is a little bit dishonest but not in a way to bring the episode down or like the character less.

Alvez and Walker have a nice scene discussing jazz music too. The case has some suspense and intriguing moments, Bill is a sympathetic character and the unsub is appropriately creepy. The murders are disturbing, and "A Good Husband" does a good job highlighting manipulation and abuse in relationships.

Visually, "A Good Husband" is 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. Direction is also good, alert and accommodating. The acting is very good.

However, some of the team are a little underused and Walker is still not doing much for me, bland and not particularly well developed. The case is not bad at all, but is a little derivative of Season 7's "Closing Time", one of the lesser episodes from that season, and Season 8's "Broken", one of the better faring ones from that season.

On the whole, a decent episode but not great and no classic. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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