It takes me a bit to digest the "Criminal Minds" episode of the week, lest I get too venomous. Seaver: "She's like a bouncing ball" Me: Shut up. There I got that out of the way, I will try to review this episode without mentioning Seaver (Rachel Nichols). I will just say thank god she only had about 5 insipid lines in an otherwise throughly engrossing episode.
I actually really liked this episode. The BAU is called to Tampa to catch a woman who seems to be on a rampage. There is always something extra disturbing about a woman killer (as an actress I'd love that role). Kelli Martin was haunting as a grieving mother reaching out for the "help" she felt she was denied during a crisis.
The story within a story involved the teams reaction to the "death" of Emily Prentiss. Hotch (Thomas Gibson) was charged with taking the temperature of the team. Saving them the scrutiny of Chief Strauss. Rossi (Joe Mantegna) voiced what we were all thinking. How is Hotch (Thomas Gibson) dealing with his own tumultuous year?