Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Former BAU team member and current Interpol Agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer to American soil and enlists the teams help to track him down. Meanwhile, the team deals with Morgan's departure.

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Tawnia McKiernan

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Virgil Williams
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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
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Ryan Caldwell ... Michael Lee Peterson
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Dan Martin ... Detective McLeary
J. Teddy Garces ... Detective Rawlings
Carlye Tamaren ... Megan Ross
Yani Marin ... Monica DeJesus
Mark Rhino Smith ... Mark
Hanani Taylor ... Charlotte
Jenn An ... Kasey
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The BAU team members are still feeling the loss of Morgan, who has quit the unit for a more stable life with his wife and son. But with one down, there is the temporary return of another in the form of Interpol agent Emily Prentiss, who is certain that a Son of Sam copycat killer in New York City is the same person she has been following through Europe doing copycat killings of famous serial killers. Prentiss had almost captured the unsub in London, that operation which claimed the life of a Scotland Yard operative named Louise Hulland. The team is able to get a description of the unsub from a survivor of the New York killings and produce an artist's rendering for distribution, a visual which Prentiss had not got previously. The team has to figure out what the unsub's next move will be following his Son of Sam spree and where that will take him. Through it all, Prentiss admits that she has had a recurring nightmare pertaining to the case. What she does not divulge however is why this ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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When the team arrives to investigate the scene of the Son of Sam copycat murder, you can see a postal vehicle drive by the opening of the alleyway. David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam killer, was working for the U.S. Postal Service at the time of his arrest. See more »

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Garcia says she used the existing sketch of the unsub to start the facial recognition search. FR only works on clear photographic images, not on drawings. See more »

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David Rossi: [Getting out of the car] You know, I can't believe it! The whole ride down here, you didn't mention the guy once! I'm just saying
Emily Prentiss: What? Morgan? Okay, guys, I'm sorry. I was going to. I was just giving you space, I mean, he just left. It must still be raw. I remember leaving you guys both times. I was heartbroken. I'm sure he's gonna be okay. He's with his family and he's... Morgan. How are you guys doing? You're holding up?
Jennifer Jareau: Yeah, I mean, some days are better than others
David Rossi: Actually, I was giving ...
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Nothing Left to Lose (feat. Jason French)
Performed by R-Mean feat. Jason French
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The return of Emily Prentiss promised more than it delivered
11 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a fan of 'Criminal Minds' and as someone, like most fans, who considers Prentiss one of the best characters on the show, this reviewer was so looking forward to seeing her return.

The good news is that Prentiss doesn't disappoint. In fact a couple of "Tribute's" best moments involve her. The not-so-good news is that generally she deserved a much better episode and case than this. There's worse in the show than "Tribute", and it's not even close to being one of the worst of Season 11 (for instance it doesn't fall completely flat like something like "Awake" does), but it is an example of promising more than it delivers.

One of 'Criminal Minds' best assets have always involved the dynamic within the team and the little character moments. The team's dynamic and chemistry is still great, the absence of Morgan is quite well-handled and it is clear that it has affected the team if perhaps a bit mournful, almost like he had died rather than left at his own accord. As ever as well, there are some standout character moments, especially the adorable end scene with the team, Prentiss' brilliant impersonation of Morgan and Prentiss' truly disturbing dream.

Production values are typically high, there's some haunting and suitably melancholic scoring only used when needed and some solid direction. There are some thoughtful moments in the script, and the acting from the leads is very good as usual, Paget Brewster being the standout.

With one exception however (leads-wise), and that is Aisha Tyler as Lewis. You know there is something wrong when the season has almost finished and you still haven't warmed to the character, Lewis just doesn't fit in or gel with the group and Tyler's acting is dull, cold and limited with all her lines delivered in an uninterested way. The case itself did benefit from some quite disturbing murders with some notable references to real-life murderers and intelligent but underused use of profiling, but not from doing little new with an over-familiar concept (copycat killing), erratic pacing, general lack of tension and suspense and for me a bland and less than menacing unsub which wastes the potential shown with the murders.

Standing out also is the climactic school dorm scene, which is really badly written and unintentionally comical.

Overall, disappointing but has its moments. It's just that with the promise it had it just didn't deliver as much as it should have done considering. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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