Criminal Minds Exclusive: Alvez Finally Comes Clean About Scratch! – TV Guide

The team may have finally put Scratch (Bodhi Elfman) in the ground on Criminal Mindsearlier this season, but there were still lingering issues pertaining to the team’s biggest foe. But this week, Scratch finally gets put to rest for good, and we have the exclusive clip showing you how.

When Scratch found himself dangling off the roof of the warehouse last season, Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) could have helped him, but didn’t. Instead, he stood there watching until Scratch lost his grip and dropped to the ground. Should he have done more? Would the bureau be OK with Alvez letting Scratch die instead of trying to save him so they get justice in a court of law?

Alvez learns the answers to these questions in this exclusive sneak peek when Prentiss (Paget Brewster) calls him into her office to go over his final report of the night. Prentiss points out that the details of how Scratch died are a bit light, and Alvez finally confesses what really happened. To everyone’s relief, Prentiss confirms that he followed protocol. If he had tried to help Scratch, Prentiss insists, Scratch would have thrown Alvez over the edge of the building as well.

It looks like this chapter is finally, finally closed.

Criminal Minds continues Wednesday at 10/9c on CBS.

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Shemar Moore Returns to Criminal Minds in This "Mind-Blowing" Teaser – TV Guide

On Oct. 25, Shemar Moore heads back to Criminal Minds as Derek Morgan for what may be the show’s toughest case yet.

In a teaser released on Tuesday, Morgan reunites with his baby girl Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), who looks just as thrilled as we are to see him. However, the good vibes will be short-lived as they once again take on the twisted serial killer Floyd Feylinn Ferrell for an emotionally-charged episode. “It’s the most mind-blowing case they’ve ever faced,” the teaser warns.

The episode, which is titled “Lucky Strikes,” sees Jamie Kennedy reprising his role as the cannibalistic criminal who first appeared in Season 3’s “Lucky.” It’s a case that will take a toll on Garcia ,who still carries the emotional scars from being shot the first time they went after Ferrell.

Moore previously returned in the Season 12 finale back in May to hand the BAU a major tip which lead to Mr. Scratch’s lair. Hopefully, he’ll keep his winning streak going with this one!

Attention, Baby Girls: Shemar Moore Is Returning to Criminal Minds

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Criminal Minds Exclusive Clip Castrating Unsub – Today's News … – TV Guide

Do yourself a favor and don’t eat too soon before this week’s episode of Criminal Minds. It’s going to be a graphic one.

In TV Guide’s exclusive clip from the episode, “Blue Angel,” the BAU is evaluating their new case. The unsub has an extreme way of treating his victims. He tortures them, leaving giant gashes all over their body and then completely castrates them. As in he cuts off everything.

Yikes! Simmons (Daniel Henney) has an idea of where the unsub could have gotten his origins, but the team is definitely disturbed by how extreme their new target is willing to go to torture his victims. Is Simmons on the right track? Either way, this is definitely going to be one of those gruesome episodes, so buckle up.

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'Criminal Minds' Recap: What Kind of Killer Uses Old School … – BuddyTV (blog)

In this episode of Criminal Minds, titled “Blue Angel,” the BAU faces off against a killer who is attacking successful businessmen in Detroit. They’re led to an escort agency called Blue Angel International Social Club, but they find out that all may not be as it seems. As they hunt down this killer, more bodies continue to drop, and ultimately the team must rescue two victims before it’s too late.

Torture Tapes

It’s night, a car pulls up in a wooded area and stops. A hooded figure gets out of the car and breaks the chain to a creepy shed. Inside the shed, there is a bunch of torture equipment, cassette tapes, men’s ties, and more. The figure goes back out to the car, revealing a man tied up inside the trunk.

Cut to Matt Simmons waking up in bed. His wife gets ready for work nearby. She’s happy to share a bed with her husband after ten years of marriage; the two share an intimate moment. At the BAU office, Garcia, Luke, and Reid exit the elevator talking about ideas for Reid’s new seminar. Prentiss interrupts, the Detroit Police Department needs the BAU’s help.

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Detroit PD has found a victim hanging naked from a meat hook. They believe it is connected to another earlier murder, but can’t find any specific connections between the two victims themselves. Both victims had been emasculated and there was no blood found at the scene. Simmons suggests the team look into the mafia in Detroit since the display of the victims looks like cartel killings.

The unsub rematches a tape of the torture of the last victim. On the plane, the team thinks that the first victim is more likely than the second to have a mafia connection. Garcia jumps in and reveals high withdrawals from both of the men’s bank accounts.

In Detroit, Simmons, Reid, and Prentiss head to the police department where an officer Simmons knew when he was a rookie, is now a Captain. The police have a video of the second victim being tortured. The unsub castrates him and then lets him bleed to death. Two microcassette tapes (very old tech) were sent, one to each victim’s homes. Prentiss and Simmons talk to Mrs. Wyler (the wife of the second victim), who claims she doesn’t know about the bank records and leaves for the bathroom after being asked about them. Prentiss hypothesizes that both victims were using a high-end escort service and calls Garcia to confirm. 

The Blue Siren

Prentiss, Luke, Simmons, and J.J. discuss the qualities of the unsub: he’s confident, has expertise, and likely has had victims before. Garcia calls in revealing that she has found “Dasha” the escort talking to the two victims via a website called Blue Siren International Social Club. She was likely the last person to see the two men alive.

Meanwhile, the unsub has a new victim in the shed, he plays a tape of a man’s voice as he starts to torture the victim.

Luke and J.J. follow up on Blue Siren International and find that the location is a sorority house. One of the girls there says that “Dasha” is no longer a member of the club, while another is reluctant to talk. Eventually, they tell Luke and J.J. the name of “Dasha” is actually Kimberly Desmond.

Back at the station, Reid and the team look at the torture video and find that the unsub might be utilizing a cargo container. As they discuss, the police captain arrives to tell them a new victim has been found in a different location.

Prentiss and Simmons go to Kimberly’s house. She says she left Blue Siren to start her own site. Prentiss finds out that Phillip Sullivan is the name of the third victim; Kimberly knew him as well as the first two men. A third tape was also left.

The team postulates that the unsub could be related to Kimberly or a jealous lover. They decide to look into her family. At Kimberly’s house, Simmons is on guard duty. He talks to his wife and afterward, Kimberly tries to entice him into bed with her. J.J. and Luke talk to Kimberly’s mom, Janel. She says Kimberly’s father died of cancer when she was five years old, she has no siblings and no family in the area. They call Garcia for verification and she begins to look into the male members of the Desmond family.

At the police station, Reid finds an anomaly in the audio from the torture tapes. They clarify the sound and recognize it as an aircraft engine. Reid narrows down their search of airports to three local ones. Prentiss sends everyone out to divide and conquer. In the woods, the unsub pulls up in his car again and sees the FBI vehicles coming. He heads into the container, starts destroying everything, ultimately lighting the whole place on fire. 

The Truth About Kimberly Desmond

The team finds the torture location and the symbol of the mafia nearby. They think the unsub was a mafia enforcer, a sadist who started killing again after the mafia operation ended. Behind the container, they find the buried skull of a woman, who had been killed with a bullet to the back of the head. They believe this victim had to have been special to the unsub. Garcia calls the team and confirms that Kimberly has no male relatives on her dad’s side. What is weird, however, is that Kimberly has no birth certificate. And to make things even stranger, Kimberly’s mother, Janel, lied about her name on her marriage certificate. Rossi, Simmons, and Tara head to Janel’s house to talk to her, but find the door unlocked, signs of a struggle, and Janel missing. 

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At Kimberly’s house, she hears a noise and finds Agent Simmons gone, but a dying police officer on the floor. As she tries to call 911, she runs right into the unsub. Meanwhile, Garcia finds the female victim’s identity, a missing person named Cynthia, who turns out to be Kimberly’s real mother. Kimberly’s adopted mother Janel, was present at Kimberly’s birth and is really Kimberly’s father’s sister (Kimberly’s aunt). Kimberly’s father, Gabriel, the team learns, was just released from prison. They figure he went in search of his biological daughter and after learning about her escort services, started a form of “parental protection.” 

Kimberly wakes up in a strange house with Janel and then her father comes in. He’s holding them in their old home. The BAU team is afraid that Kimberly’s rejection of her father will unleash hell. Kimberly’s father tells her the truth about her past. He calls her a whore and says it’s his responsibility to take care of all the men who took advantage of his girl.

Back at the police station, Reid thinks that the last victim was placed in an area owned by the Mafia. Using that theory, he and Garcia find the location where Kimberly and Janel are being held. At that location, Janel confirms the truth to Kimberly, and when Kimberly tries to escape, Janel stabs her brother in the back. Kimberly manages to exit the house just as the FBI arrives. Simmons enters the house and finds Janel in the upstairs bedroom. He chases after Gabriel, who attacks him behind the house. Eventually, Simmons gets the better of Gabriel and he is arrested. Kimberly thanks Simmons. Back in DC, Simmons returns home to his sleeping wife and ecstatic four kids.

What did you think of this episode? Did you expect the unsub to be Kimberly’s father? What did you think of the glimpse into Matt Simmons’ personal life?

Let us know in the comments! Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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'Criminal Minds': Shemar Moore To Reprise Derek Morgan Role – Deadline

Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan

Derek Morgan is returning to the BAU.  S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore is set for a guest spot on CBSCriminal Minds to reprise his role as Morgan. He’ll appear in the fifth episode which airs Wednesday, October 25 at 10 PM on CBS.

Moore was an original Criminal Minds cast member from 2005-2016. When we last saw Morgan, he had survived a harrowing kidnapping and was leaving the BAU to focus on life and family. In the Criminal Minds episode, Morgan returns to help Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) deal with a case that has affected her emotionally.

Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

Moore, who stars as Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson on CBS’ S.W.A.T., is repped by NCredible Entertainment.

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'Criminal Minds' Recap: What Kind of Killer Uses Old School Microcassette Tapes? – BuddyTV (blog)

In this episode of Criminal Minds, titled “Blue Angel,” the BAU faces off against a killer who is attacking successful businessmen in Detroit. They’re led to an escort agency called Blue Angel International Social Club, but they find out that all may not be as it seems. As they hunt down this killer, more bodies continue to drop, and ultimately the team must rescue two victims before it’s too late.

Torture Tapes

It’s night, a car pulls up in a wooded area and stops. A hooded figure gets out of the car and breaks the chain to a creepy shed. Inside the shed, there is a bunch of torture equipment, cassette tapes, men’s ties, and more. The figure goes back out to the car, revealing a man tied up inside the trunk.

Cut to Matt Simmons waking up in bed. His wife gets ready for work nearby. She’s happy to share a bed with her husband after ten years of marriage; the two share an intimate moment. At the BAU office, Garcia, Luke, and Reid exit the elevator talking about ideas for Reid’s new seminar. Prentiss interrupts, the Detroit Police Department needs the BAU’s help.

Why It Was the Right Move for Criminal Minds to Add Matt Simmons from Beyond Borders in Season 13>>>

Detroit PD has found a victim hanging naked from a meat hook. They believe it is connected to another earlier murder, but can’t find any specific connections between the two victims themselves. Both victims had been emasculated and there was no blood found at the scene. Simmons suggests the team look into the mafia in Detroit since the display of the victims looks like cartel killings.

The unsub rematches a tape of the torture of the last victim. On the plane, the team thinks that the first victim is more likely than the second to have a mafia connection. Garcia jumps in and reveals high withdrawals from both of the men’s bank accounts.

In Detroit, Simmons, Reid, and Prentiss head to the police department where an officer Simmons knew when he was a rookie, is now a Captain. The police have a video of the second victim being tortured. The unsub castrates him and then lets him bleed to death. Two micro-cassette tapes (very old tech) were sent, one to each victim’s homes. Prentiss and Simmons talk to Mrs. Wyler (the wife of the second victim), who claims she doesn’t know about the bank records and leaves for the bathroom after being asked about them. Prentiss hypothesizes that both victims were using a high-end escort service and calls Garcia to confirm. 

The Blue Siren

Prentiss, Luke, Simmons, and J.J. discuss the qualities of the unsub: he’s confident, has expertise, and likely has had victims before. Garcia calls in revealing that she has found “Dasha” the escort talking to the two victims via a website called Blue Siren International Social Club. She was likely the last person to see the two men alive.

Meanwhile, the unsub has a new victim in the shed, he plays a tape of a man’s voice as he starts to torture the victim.

Luke and J.J. follow up on Blue Siren International and find that the location is a sorority house. One of the girls there says that “Dasha” is no longer a member of the club, while another is reluctant to talk. Eventually, they tell Luke and J.J. the name of “Dasha” is actually Kimberly Desmond.

Back at the station, Reid and the team look at the torture video and find that the unsub might be utilizing a cargo container. As they discuss, the police captain arrives to tell them a new victim has been found in a different location.

Prentiss and Simmons go to Kimberly’s house. She says she left Blue Siren to start her own site. Prentiss finds out that Phillip Sullivan is the name of the third victim; Kimberly knew him as well as the first two men. A third tape was also left.

The team postulates that the unsub could be related to Kimberly or a jealous lover. They decide to look into her family. At Kimberly’s house, Simmons is on guard duty. He talks to his wife and afterward, Kimberly tries to entice him into bed with her. J.J. and Luke talk to Kimberly’s mom, Janel. She says Kimberly’s father died of cancer when she was five years old, she has no siblings and no family in the area. They call Garcia for verification and she begins to look into the male members of the Desmond family.

At the police station, Reid finds an anomaly in the audio from the torture tapes. They clarify the sound and recognize it as an aircraft engine. Reid narrows down their search of airports to three local ones. Prentiss sends everyone out to divide and conquer. In the woods, the unsub pulls up in his car again and sees the FBI vehicles coming. He heads into the container, starts destroying everything, ultimately lighting the whole place on fire. 

The Truth About Kimberly Desmond

The team finds the torture location and the symbol of the mafia nearby. They think the unsub was a mafia enforcer, a sadist who started killing again after the mafia operation ended. Behind the container, they find the buried skull of a woman, who had been killed with a bullet to the back of the head. They believe this victim had to have been special to the unsub. Garcia calls the team and confirms that Kimberly has no male relatives on her dad’s side. What is weird, however, is that Kimberly has no birth certificate. And to make things even stranger, Kimberly’s mother, Janel, lied about her name on her marriage certificate. Rossi, Simmons, and Tara head to Janel’s house to talk to her, but find the door unlocked, signs of a struggle, and Janel missing. 

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At Kimberly’s house, she hears a noise and finds Agent Simmons gone, but a dying police officer on the floor. As she tries to call 911, she runs right into the unsub. Meanwhile, Garcia finds the female victim’s identity, a missing person named Cynthia, who turns out to be Kimberly’s real mother. Kimberly’s adopted mother Janel, was present at Kimberly’s birth and is really Kimberly’s father’s sister (Kimberly’s aunt). Kimberly’s father, Gabriel, the team learns, was just released from prison. They figure he went in search of his biological daughter and after learning about her escort services, started a form of “parental protection.” 

Kimberly wakes up in a strange house with Janel and then her father comes in. He’s holding them in their old home. The BAU team is afraid that Kimberly’s rejection of her father will unleash hell. Kimberly’s father tells her the truth about her past. He calls her a whore and says it’s his responsibility to take care of all the men who took advantage of his girl.

Back at the police station, Reid thinks that the last victim was placed in an area owned by the Mafia. Using that theory, he and Garcia find the location where Kimberly and Janel are being held. At that location, Janel confirms the truth to Kimberly, and when Kimberly tries to escape, Janel stabs her brother in the back. Kimberly manages to exit the house just as the FBI arrives. Simmons enters the house and finds Janel in the upstairs bedroom. He chases after Gabriel, who attacks him behind the house. Eventually, Simmons gets the better of Gabriel and he is arrested. Kimberly thanks Simmons. Back in DC, Simmons returns home to his sleeping wife and ecstatic four kids.

What did you think of this episode? Did you expect the unsub to be Kimberly’s father? What did you think of the glimpse into Matt Simmons’ personal life?

Let us know in the comments! Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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Criminal Minds Exclusive: The New Unsub Has a Disturbing Process – TV Guide

Do yourself a favor and don’t eat too soon before this week’s episode of Criminal Minds. It’s going to be a graphic one.

In TV Guide’s exclusive clip from the episode, “Blue Angel,” the BAU is evaluating their new case. The unsub has an extreme way of treating his victims. He tortures them, leaving giant gashes all over their body and then completely castrates them. As in he cuts off everything.

Yikes! Simmons (Daniel Henney) has an idea of where the unsub could have gotten his origins, but the team is definitely disturbed by how extreme their new target is willing to go to torture his victims. Is Simmons on the right track? Either way, this is definitely going to be one of those gruesome episodes, so buckle up.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS

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Criminal Minds Exclusive: There's a Condition to Reid's – TV Guide – TV Guide

The team is back in action this week on Criminal Minds, but Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) has some reservations about being back on the team.

There is a condition to his reinstatement to the BAU after being framed for murder last season. For every 100 days that Reid spends in the field, he has to take 30 off. It feels like a probation, but Prentiss (Paget Brewster) is able to explain that it’s just a temporary safety measure to make sure that Reid doesn’t freak out on duty.

If Reid was truly ready to be back on the team, would he need such a “safety valve” though? Prentiss tries to say that everyone on the team needs it, including her, but it doesn’t seem to do much to boost Reid’s confidence. Luckily, he seems to be the only one doubting whether he can handle the job. Sure, he wanted to kill Scratch (Bodhi Elfman) — but so did every person on the team. Prentiss is at the top of the list of people who can understand that.

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The good news is that even if Reid has technically has a probationary reinstatement, he won’t be hanging out bored every three months. He will get to use his mandated time off to teach some seminars to the rest of the bureau, which honestly sounds perfect.

It may still take a while for Reid to fully be back to his normal self, but it’s a relief to see him on the mend.

Criminal Minds continues Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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Dyeing for a deadly plot: Naples artist's work on CBS 'Criminal Minds' – Naples Daily News

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Leigh Herndon uses a Japanese art form called Rozome which is a wax-resist fabric dyeing technique.

Creative killers and cranium-peeping cops in pursuit prowl a make-believe Naples in the Oct. 4 episode of the CBS hit, “Criminal Minds.” But good guys, bad guys and TV viewers alike will see it played out against walls romanced with authentic Naples art.

 The rozome (pronounced roh-ZOME-ee) artworks of Leigh Herndon, often populated by Florida wading birds and Everglades grasses, are on them, reproduced as prints for the “Criminal Minds” sets. The show’s designer, K.C. Fox, chose an artist who aptly distills the Southwest Florida charm: sunny days, waving fronds. deep-hued skylines dappled  with serene avian life.

Herndon is nonplussed, but pleased her works were chosen.

Even  Naples Art Association Executive Director admits she doesn’t know the criteria. “They emailed us and asked for four to six artists for an episode that featured Naples,” said Schlehr. Curator Jack O’Brien sent them a list, and Herndon’s name was on it.

One day, an email from Fox showed up in Herndon’s in box.She didn’t believe it.

“It said it was from a set decorator for ‘Criminal Minds,’ and I didn’t know whether to open it because that didn’t seem very likely, ” recalled Herndon, who said she had been battling some scamming emails at the time. Her husband, Mark, researched Fox’s name before Herndon even opened it.

“She said she like my paintings and wondered whether she could use them in their episode that takes place in Naples — although it’s done on their LA set,” she said. Eventually Fox chose six of Herndon’s works and paid an honorarium to make prints for the set.

“I wondered if I’m going to be in a serial killer’s home,” Herndon said, laughing. She knows only that a police station in the show will have one of her works, “although I was hoping the episode would be about art theft.”

Contacted in Los Angeles, Fox said she can’t promise that Herndon’s works will actually be in the episode. The set designer looks at photographs from the locations to be depicted  and creates a number of walls and spaces for them. The director, however, ultimately chooses which of them will be behind the characters.

Fox has her fingers crossed. After studying Naples, she said she felt Herndon’s art “really epitomizes that Naples look. It speaks well of Naples.”

The beach on which the heroes play a scene, however, is definitely not Naples: “We went down to Long Beach for that,” she said. 

Process, process, process

Despite its zen aura, Herndon’s art is focused and labor-intensive. The Japanese style of batik she uses calls for shading, its own tradition in batik work. Herndon buys powder dyes that she blends and simmers for each piece of art she does.

Even the liquid that prepares the fabric before it’s painted is a production. Herndon soaks soybeans overnight and pulverizes them  in a blender, brushing the milky  residue over her silk as a sort of sizing. Then the fabric must dry before it can be used.

Nearly everything she uses must be ordered: The wired-together brushes that can withstand the melted wax that would destroy glued brushes, the right kind of silk for her project. If Herndon were more traditional, she would even buy the clips that hold the fabric taut for her work. But safety pins and rubber bands are less pricey — “and I think they work better.”

Herndon melts the wax that she’ll paint on the areas she wants to keep away from the color she’s using. Then comes the color, brushed into the silk fabric, which has been treated to be receptive to it.

“They use these little badger brushes to get the shading they want,” she said, holding up a sleek-topped little tool.. “There’s no vat dye in rozome.”

Rozome artists cut away the bristles on wider brushes to paint with a lined effect known as shiki-biki They spatter wax to create a  “snow storm,” a dappled effect known as rö-fubuki, and shade by rubbing and removing color. Herndon uses 13 of the Japanese techniques that make its results unique. 

She also tends to follow her artistic instinct, adding details as she paints: “I’m not thoroughly, completely planned out like some people.”

Each shade must dry before Herndon can start on the next layer of color, carefully painting wax over what she has completed to avoid any incursion from the next color.

“It’s a very unforgiving medium,” she conceded. Herndon creates one of her art pieces or her one-of-a-kind ruanas or scarves over a period of several weeks. After every step the painting must dry. Then she rolls the finished product between sheets of newsprint, steaming it to lock in the dyes.

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At one time Herndon was then faced with the chore of ironing the work repeatedly between sheets of paper to bleed off  the wax. 

A local dry cleaner with wax-removal experience has eased that burden. But there is no shortcut to the process of fringing her artworks: The ragged edge Herndon likes comes from pulling threads out, one by one, around the edges of the painting. 

Herndon is particular enough about her art that she won’t glue it to the white fabric used for background. 

“That turns yellow over time,” she said. So she tacks it with thread to the background fabric. Finally, the piece is ready for framing.

Viewers of “Criminal Minds” will have no idea how much creativity and hard work has just played through their field of vision while they’re watching a crisp killer plot.

Herndon knows  her mood-setting wax-resist works won’t even get a line in the show’s credits.  But she’s excited that a TV hit show sees bringing a genuine local flavor to its stories important, and that art is part of it : “I think that’s extremely wonderful, because artists need the exposure.” 

The set designer has put her information on file for that random TV viewer who falls in love with a set piece.

“If someone calls ‘Criminal Minds,’ they’ll give them my name,” she said hopefully.

If you watch

What: The CBS show “Criminal Minds” will feature Naples as a location for an episode

When: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4

Something else: Naples artist Leigh Herndon’s art was chosen for some of the wall backdrops; contact Leigh at her website, www.leighherndon.com

 

 

 

 

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Why It Was the Right Move for 'Criminal Minds' to Add Matt Simmons … – BuddyTV (blog)

Change is the norm for the BAU, especially in the more recent seasons of Criminal Minds, and season 13 saw the team gain a new member right after it lost one in Scratch’s finale cliffhanger trap. But fortunately, it looks like Matt Simmons is going to fit right in after the end of the IRT.

As Prentiss put it in “To a Better Place,” IRT’s loss is the BAU’s gain — and the move is a good one for Simmons as well.

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Simmons Was the BAU’s Fail-safe in the Scratch Investigation

The season premiere had to deal with the aftermath of the last season’s finale cliffhanger, and with Mr. Scratch responsible and very much in the picture, that had to be the focus of “Wheels Up.” And it was.

But at the same time, Matt Simmons had to be introduced as someone who could continue to help the team — he appeared last year in “Spencer” when Reid was arrested in Mexico, as well as in season 10’s “Beyond Borders,” which served as a backdoor pilot, so even those who didn’t watch the spin-off would recognize him — and who had a valid reason to appear when he did with the priority being to find Prentiss and stop Scratch.

Fortunately, he succeeded in both regards. Stephen Walker had been brought in last year specifically for Scratch, and in order to make sure Peter Lewis couldn’t hack his way into their files on him, Stephen kept his records off-site and updated Prentiss and Rossi through hard copies. Simmons was their fail-safe, someone not part of the BAU who knew in case of an emergency, a.k.a. exactly what happened. That was why Garcia called him in when she lost the team at the beginning of the premiere. And with Scratch someone who could get into his victims’ heads, they needed to have something that he wouldn’t be able to mess with, something he couldn’t hack or plan for: someone not part of the BAU and therefore not necessarily on his radar.

Not only that, but Simmons could also serve as an objective party when it came to Scratch since he himself hadn’t been targeted, and for that reason, it was smart to have him working alongside Garcia in the premiere, especially with most of the rest of the team in the hospital or Scratch’s prisoner.

Simmons Isn’t Just Some Random Agent Joining the Team

After last season introduced us to two new faces when Luke and then Stephen joined the team, it was a welcome change for this year’s new member to be someone fans have seen before. We didn’t need another new guy. As already mentioned, even if you didn’t watch Beyond Borders, Simmons did appear in two Criminal Minds episodes. The team knows him and how he works.

And his first scene in the premiere with Garcia made it clear that this is someone she knows and trusts; with the team being targeted, after she lost their signals, she wouldn’t call just anyone.

His first two episodes with the BAU have shown that he has the experience, so he not only easily slid right into his spot on the team, but he also knows what he’s doing, which allowed him to assist on cases while the rest of the team took time off following the close of the Scratch investigation.

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IRT Went Down and … That’s It?

Considering the spin-off series had two seasons, I expected a bit more about what happened to the IRT than it “went down” and since then, Simmons had been waiting for his new assignment, but that’s all we got when it comes to what happened to the unit. There’s a sense that it’s just not important why Simmons is now available to work with the BAU just as they’ve lost a team member, but just that he is. The show no longer exists, so the unit no longer exists, but it did, and because of that, Simmons has the experience to be part of the team and can say things like his first case with the BAU was “like riding a bike.”

Still, we then get the joke that he’s used to a slightly larger plane (the IRT’s plane was a lot bigger and nicer than the BAU’s, given that they needed to bring everything with them), but considering the same amount of time (one line) was spent on that as stating the end of the unit, it shows that what happened is just not considered all that important. (Unless, of course, it come up at a later time, but it does seem like something that should have been addressed in Matt’s first episodes with the team.)

Simmons Loves Being Stateside

Simmons joining the BAU is not only their gain, but it’s good for him as well, as he mentioned in episode 2. He’s now stateside instead of constantly traveling internationally, which means he gets to spend more time with his family. I was pleased to see that mentioned, given that his family was brought up and seen several times on Beyond Borders.

What do you think of Simmons joining the BAU so far? Are you happy to have him on board? Is there anyone or anything else from Beyond Borders you’d like to see pop up on Criminal Minds?

Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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