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Hell's Kitchen 

The BAU investigates an urban vampire who kidnaps his victims at night and holds them underground in the sewer system; Reid makes a difficult decision in prison.


Simon Mirren


Jeff Davis (created by), Erica Messer | 1 more credit »

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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 (credit only)
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Harold Perrineau ... Calvin Shaw
Richard T. Jones ... Officer Lionel Wilkins
Niko Nicotera ... John Malone
Gideon Adlon ... Katie Hammond
Adam Ferrara ... Bob Hammond
Heather Ankeny ... Liz Hammond
Rick Gifford ... FBI A.S.A.C. Hal Clayton


Encouraged by Prentiss to visit Reid who has been asking for him, Rossi, who had his own personal reasons for not visiting earlier, stays behind as the rest of the team heads to New York City for their next case. That case is of Katie Hammond, missing now for five days, today her sixteenth birthday. The team is able to tie Katie's abduction back to two cold cases, the murder victim in both those cases and Katie who could be sisters based solely on their physical resemblance. While Katie does have parents who love her and thus has a supportive home life in that respect, the previous victims both led high risk lives, hence the reason their cases went cold. The previous victims were held for one week before they were murdered, their dead bodies posed in a public location, with their bodies having been drained of blood both pre- and post-mortem. Because of the time frame, the team knows they have to work fast as Katie, if still alive, only has a few more days before the unsub will kill ... Written by Huggo

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29 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Although ostensibly set in "Hell's Kitchen" (the West Side of Manhattan, NYC), when the team examines surveillance video of the suspect's van, the street signs in the background are the blue-on-white standard in Los Angeles. See more »


Calvin Shaw: What are you looking at?
Dr. Spencer Reid: I'm looking at a fisherman who cannot swim
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Heat Mixer
Performed by Massive Attack
[Played after they caught the unsub]
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Season 12 at its weirdest
12 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 to me could have been far worse, most of the episodes to me have been decent or above, generally it is much better than the worst of Season 11 and of that season in general which was mostly underwhelming. "Hell's Kitchen" is one of the season's lesser episodes. It is Season 12 at its weirdest, which is not really meant in a good way, and perhaps one of the whole show's strangest. Not a low-point and not an awful episode, but a long way from a classic.

Visually, the episode looks great as to be expected. 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 is alert, tense and accommodating.

The case has its moments. It is creepy and gruesome (without being gratuitously so), and has perhaps the creepiest unsub yet of the season. A word of warning, don't watch the flies scene while eating, it will make one heave. "Hell's Kitchen" did start off well and intriguingly. The latest victim is interesting, more than a damsel in distress and fights for survival. The acting is very good all round.

However, the further "Hell's Kitchen" got the weirder it got and the creepiness didn't come consistency. A much better job could have been done explaining the unsub's motivations and actions, there is a lot that makes one go what and asking why.

The team interaction seemed bland and underused here, and while Reid's subplot was harrowing, poignant and intriguing in previous episodes it has become significantly less so. It is becoming too dragged out and like the writers are running out of ideas. Walker is pretty bland still, and the climax is incredibly rushed and one big anti-climax.

In conclusion, one of Season 12's weakest and a case of weird and strange clumsily done. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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