Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Ex Parte 

The BAU takes charge of a hostage situation at a law firm in D.C., where Matt Simmons' wife, Kristy, works.


Lily Mariye


Jeff Davis (created by), Christopher Barbour | 2 more credits »




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
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Harry Groener ... Leonard Hagland
Kelly Frye ... Kristy Simmons
Nick Fink ... Josh Martin
Skyler Maxon ... Dalton McCann
Terrell Tilford ... Commander David Nash
Emily Yancy Emily Yancy ... Maxine Reynolds
Kylen Deporter Kylen Deporter ... Jasper Talbot


The BAU is asked to take charge in dealing with an active hostage situation downtown, it at the offices of the American Legal Defense Council (ALDC) which occupies one floor of an office building. This case hits the unit especially hard when they learn directly from Simmons that his wife Kristy just started working there two weeks ago and is probably one of the two dozen or so hostages. As such, Prentiss has to be careful in where to place Simmons on the case, he wanting to do whatever necessary to save his wife's life. By the time the unit starts working on the case, they learn that the unknown hostage takers have secured the floor with explosive devices at each point of entry, not enough to bring the office tower down, but enough to kill everyone on that floor. When the lead hostage taker makes contact, the unit discovers the motive for the commandeering of the ALDC offices: the release of death row prisoner, Leonard Hagland, who is scheduled to be executed at the end of the weekend... Written by Huggo

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4 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Ex parte is Latin for "without the other." It is a legal term for when a decision is made, usually by a judge, without all parties in the case being present. Usually when a case is discussed, all parties, namely the prosecution, the defendant and his/her attorney, are required to be present to avoid violating the defendant's civil rights, like the right to counsel and the right of due process. However, there are certain situations that might require that one of the parties involved be absent, such as if evidence comes to light that the defendant's attorney is not acting in his/her best interest. At this point, the judge and the prosecuting attorney would meet with the defendant without his/her attorney being present. See more »


Emily Prentiss: [opening quote] "Violence is not a catalyst, but a diversion" - Joseph Conrad
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Without the other
25 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Criminal Minds' has always been one of my most-watched shows and was a personal favourite for a while. Seasons 1-5 was its best period, Season 4 was especially great. It did get hit and miss from Season 6 onwards, with a mix of good and more episodes and disappointing and less episodes. Season 11 was, apart from about 5 episodes, pretty weak. Season 12 was inconsistent but generally an improvement, its weakest episodes nowhere near as bad as the low-points of Seasons 6, 9 and especially 11.

Season 13 so far has not been too bad, in fact it's been quite good. It is already so much better than Season 11, which started off well actually but quickly went downhill, and has generally settled quicker than Season 12. As far as the previous Season 13 episodes go, the only one to be less than mediocre was "Annihilator", a season and show low point and the worst episode since Season 11 with "Inner Beauty". Most of the episodes actually ranged from decent to very good, though there aren't any classics.

"Ex Parte" is one of the season's weakest episodes. Was also underwhelmed somewhat by "Submerged", but actually as said the only low-point was "Annihilator".

There are obvious good points. As always with 'Criminal Minds', the visuals are stylish and atmospheric. The music is not too over-bearing or low-key. There are intriguing moments in the writing and some of the direction is alert and accommodating.

All the acting from the leads and support is without complaint, and Matt has settled well. Far more so than most new team members that either took a while to gel or never did. The team work is nice, the start intrigues and Kristy is a rootable character. Story-wise, the stuff with Leonard is far more interesting than the case and has creepiness, Harry Groener's performance helps quite a bit.

For all those good things, there are some debits too. The case for me was underwhelming, definitely one of the weaker ones of the season, though still much better than "Annihilator". It did from personal opinion lack tension and suspense, sometimes going the unintentionally goofy route. The story was fairly routine, the unsub was not one that was particularly interesting or menacing and this is another episode where an unsub's motivations for such elaborate crimes and methods are rather ordinary. Some of it was on the vague and under-explored side too, as well as messy and sometimes ridiculous.

Pacing at times could have been tighter, as could have other parts of the writing. The climax was somewhat too pat and could have done with more tension. The team work and procedural aspects within the team worked well, would though have liked more character moments and little things and that it balanced better with the case which is somewhat too heavily focused on. There were for my liking not enough and it was only with Matt and to a lesser extent Rossi that was particularly memorable and even that could have gone into more depth.

In conclusion, not bad but disappointing. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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