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16 December 2009 @ 10:26 pm
The One Where My Head is Really Clogged  
PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THE bau_inbox. THANK YOU.

I had an interesting day today and a hell of a therapy session that I will probably discuss in detail tomorrow. Also, today is the 4th anniversary of the death of the irreplaceable John Spencer but I promised myself years ago not to mourn his death-iversary but to celebrate his birthday, which is in 4 days. And I just found out my show wont be back for 3 weeks. Um, does anyone have a survival plan?



I really really really liked this episode, so one may find it surprising I have extreme difficulty breaking it down. Too damn much was happening but I was glad to see the BAU didnt rush in, solve it, and have time to get home for scones. It was nice to see them confused for once, actually asking questions they didnt already have or know the answer to.

And let me just say that if I ever get hit by a fast-moving truck, I want to look as hot and badass as Emily Prentiss did while doing it.

Garcia is so cute and watching her work her magic while eating a lollipop led to some dirty, nerdy thoughts. I can admit that.

Hotch seemed really detached in this episode, even more so than just "Hotch". I liked the scene with Morgan at the end, the hero thing and the single parent thing. It would be nice if Hotch let them help more, he doesnt have to take all the responsiblity of the "not fun" stuff. They're a team and they work well together always. They can do the non-fun stuff too.

I love Lee Tergeson, who I always just call Beecher because that's the character he played in Oz. So score another 10 points for Ed Bernero for ruining another perpetual good guy for me. Thanks Ed. So you fuck up Beecher in my mind and give me zippo on the subtext? Remind me again why I love you so.



I will reiterate that I loved this episode. Come in and tell me what you think. Let's get a conversation going so I can actually think straight. This might be the sinus medication you guys. Ooh, also, also frencina totally gets the non-friend of the friend award today for making me this icon in the batch of total awesome CM icons and banners that she made today. I was floored by her kindness, as I mentioned off hand how I loved someone else's banner of that scene and it needed an icon. People are love sometimes, totally. I gotta go and get my clothes out of the washer.
 
 
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doctaj10doctaj10 on December 17th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I really like this episode, right up till the end. I felt a bit let down, after so much awesome Emily....what the hell happened...did no one check on her, is she ok? How is she emotionally?

It feels just like season 4 when they gave her awesome stuff in the episode, yet we never got a feel for the way she handled it after the case...

I guess I really want a Emily/Hotch or (insert fav team member here) heart to heart, with her opening up or showing a little bit about her thoughts after a case

I dunno, great episode...just feels a little unresolved to me.
SSA McGeek: Emily.....breathemcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
You're absolutely right, we rarely get her thoughts after a case and especially this one, last week, Demonology...I want to know what she is thinking. How does she handle things? What are her rituals to decompress and compartmentalize? Does she call her parents? Does she call her shrink? Does she go out and have drunken, faceless sex? I mean, gimme something.

As long as its not Rossi who gets the heart to heart, I can live with it. I would like to see Hotch reach out to her. He has reached out to every other team member and I want to see him do it for Prentiss. So often she is just alone with the aftermath of things. Even if that's her way, I want to see him knock on the door. Not literally, though that would be nice, but more of a figurative thing.

Her character is such a damn mystery and its a little annoying now. I love Prentiss, sooooooo much, I want to love Emily as well.
Danielletwinsfan33 on December 17th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
I haven't liked the episodes in the past where we knew who the unsub was from the beginning, so at first I was thinking that this one would be a clunker. But I thought it was decent, 7/10. I really liked the scene at the end with Morgan and Hotch. I feel like they did the whole family-hostage thing just to augment Hotch's situation...again. Okay, we get it.
SSA McGeek: Hotch and Prentiss....dream likemcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
I feel you on the hostage situation family thing. If Hotch came back please dont make every week about family guy Hotch. He could have taken the retirement for all that. I also feel doctaj10 that all of these things happened to Prentiss like seeing the cop murdered, killing the Unsub, and she doesnt even get an ending....Hotch and Morgan get bromance instead.

I felt a lack of resolution on her end and I dont want it coming back to bite us in the ass later. She cant be super strong/untouchable all the time and yet it always seems as if no one is concerned about her condition.
Danielle: criminal minds - gideon and hotchtwinsfan33 on December 17th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
So true. I hadn't thought about it before, but both of you are right--we never get to know what's going on inside her head.
SSA McGeek: Emilymcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Never, and since she is my favorite character you can imagine how much this irks me. Its weird, its like a part of me doesnt want too much, we cant give the writers too much responsiblity for the characters we love, lest they ruin them.

At the same time, every single character on this show, including Garcia (more than once) has had that "moment" with Hotch, and she never has. It's always this assumption that Prentiss is "OK", ever since she revealed in Revelations that she compartmentalizes. Hello, that's not exactly the healthiest thing in the world to do all the time.
Left in a basket on the steps of the FBIinnerslytherin on December 17th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
And let me just say that if I ever get hit by a fast-moving truck, I want to look as hot and badass as Emily Prentiss did while doing it.

THIS.

Also, did you see the way the team reacted to hearing the undercover cop's wife's phone call? I wanted someone to cuddle Hotch at that moment. Poor man.

Morgan totally lived up to all my faith in him at the end of the ep. Did you see his fuzzy pens?! AWESOME. Baby Girl has him whipped.
SSA McGeek: Emily....feeling strangely finemcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
He lives up to my faith in him at the end of almost every episode. And damn right his baby girl has him whipped : )

To hell with cuddling Hotch, he made the choice to come back, how about someone cuddling Prentiss, she is the one who got hit by the truck, was in shock, had a concussion, jumped right back into work, and didnt get so much as a hug or even someone saying, "you're out for a while, go sit down some damn where".

It felt so weird to me that they used the end to, once again, highlight Hotch's situation and hers was just this dot dot dot.
Left in a basket on the steps of the FBIinnerslytherin on December 18th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Well, yeah, they did sort of drop that storyline... I liked that they haven't forgotten about Hotch's situation, but it WAS surprising that after everything that happened to Emily, she just got nothing but a sweet little "Hey!" from Reid.
SSA McGeek: Emily....stop and staremcgarrygirl78 on December 18th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Exactly. I am kinda tired of Emily "getting dropped". I want just a little more. Believe me I love Hotch as much as the next screaming pile of fangirls but I'm going on Hotchner overload. Lets hope after the hiatus we get a taste of something a little different.
doctaj10doctaj10 on December 17th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I do have to say, that scene where Hotch asks "How's Emily?" (yay for using her first name!), and JJ says something like, "She's fighting with the doctors," and he says, "good".....that totally felt like it came out of a fanfiction

not only did he call her Emily...but in fanfiction whenever Emily gets hurt or something she has a fear/loathing of hospitals/doctors/being taken care of....they have never mentioned anything like that on the actual show... till now. and it just felt like something one of the fandoms amazing fanfic writers would put in a story
SSA McGeek: Hotch....I think very deeplymcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
That one got past me, I remember the scene but didnt notice he used her first name instead of her last name, which he does do once in a blue moon. But I did like that he said "good" when JJ said she was fighting the doctors.

The whole thing, and I told my mom this, reminded me of the scene of Hotch in Mayhem....the BAU doesnt do hospitals/doctors/care, they got Unsubs to catch. But in the end of that ep, Hotch got a resolution and a "special moment" with Morgan, and Prentiss gets nothing last night.
spence_reid: secret agent facesspence_reid on December 17th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
It was a good ep. I thought Hotch was gonna have a breakdown, though, but I'm glad he didn't. He's Hotch-he holds things in. I wanted some H/P banter or something, but we can't have it all.
SSA McGeek: Hotch and Prentiss....serious biznessmcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm kinda tired of always watching for signs of Hotch having a nervous breakdown.....its time for someone else to hog screen time.

Banter? Tell me the episode where we got banter from there so I can re-watch it over and over and over again. That would be the best. Hell, we're lucky to get conversation here and there but he didnt even look at her last night even though she was in a car crash and saw a cop murdered.

I dont know, I wasnt happy, and not just as a shipper but that's Hotch, and I know Morgan was still Unit Chief, and he was definitely there for her but good, but they all want "mommy's" love, you know. And they deserve it.
a_blackpanther: emilya_blackpanther on December 17th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
I liked this episode too, but it had some pacing trouble and i'm not sure if that comes from the writing or the direction. I also hated the unfocused scenes and the really quick moving camera and tight shots. It was impossible to tell what was going on in the opening.

And Emily wins a badass award for this ep.
SSA McGeek: Hotch and Prentiss....intensitymcgarrygirl78 on December 17th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
She wins that award a lot. I just wish we would get more resolution with her, what happens after the badass adrenaline wears off and she goes home. Never has a character been so compelling and yet incomplete. I dont want to give the mediocre writers too much responsibility for her but inquiring minds want to know.

So excited to see where Season 5 goes....its been a mostly good ride for me so far.