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Fear and Loathing 

The death of four African-American girls in a a predominately white community brings the BAU in to try to solve the case before racial tensions explode into violence.

Director:

Rob Spera

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Aaron Zelman | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
David Ramsey ... Wakeland
Billy Brown ... Det. Ware
Camille Winbush ... Ally
Yaani King Mondschein ... Tania (as Yaani King)
Denice Sealy ... Mrs. Davis (as Denice J. Sealy)
Michael Shepperd Michael Shepperd ... Mr. Davis (as Michael A. Shepperd)
Shaun O'Hagan ... Officer Cale
Kenneth Meseroll ... Mayor Hughes (as Ken Meseroll)
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A month ago 16 year-old Sandra Davis's on-off white boyfriend Ken Newcomb is shot from a car before here eyes, she next strangled to death, presumably by her date, in a park at Groten, an affluent suburb (42,000, 8% black) of New York City. It's the third of three racist killings in Westchester County, following Keisha Andrews (15) and Vickie Williams (17), black girls disappeared simultaneously from their homes in the county, corpses dropped in nearby woodland, neither raped but the date rape drug GSB found near them. Swastikas are painted on faces and cars, racism is becoming a hot political issue, the white mayor put back Lt. detective Ware in charge. Sandra was threatened by letter in advance, 'we' forbid her to keep seeing ken or tell anyone, in adolescent girl phraseology. The local police dismissed its initial suspicion of the letter-writer, black Tania Mathers (17), rumored to be dumped by Ken for Sandra, jealous after the high-school talent school. The team profiles a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although serial killers who are white males outnumber black serial killers in the United States, when looked at proportionately to the population, they make up about the same percentages. Examples of black serial killers include Craig Price, Wayne Williams, and Henry Louis Wallace. See more »

Goofs

Some events take place in Groton, Connecticut, but the characters pronounce the town name as "Groat-in" (a long O with a dipthong, rather than a short O). See more »

Quotes

Aaron Hotchner: The suspect we're looking for is a black male, statistically between the ages of 20 and 35. We know he's black because of his victims. Sexually motivated killers almost always kill within their own race.
Derek Morgan: The victims he's chosen are good girls. They're good students. No behavioral problems. They're what we call "low-risk".
Emily Prentiss: And the lower the risk of the victim, the higher the intelligence of the unsub.
Jason Gideon: Guy's a smooth talker. Makes people feel at ease. Gains their confidence. You'd be amazed what ...
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God Bless the Child
Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Performed by Camille Winbush
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Not easy to follow on from "Revelations" but a very worthy effort
15 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 2 was a mostly solid season for 'Criminal Minds'. Boasting great episodes such as "The Fisher King Part II", "Sex, Birth, Death", "North Mammon", "The Boogeyman", the "No Way Out" episodes, "Revelations" and "Profiler, Profiled", with almost all the episodes missing that very high standard still being strong. The only real odd-one out, meaning barely average, was "Honor Among Thieves".

It must not have been easy following on from one of the season's best episodes "Revelations". While it is not as good, being not as horrifying or as emotional, "Fear and Loathing" is a worthy following episode and is often very good. There is actually not much wrong with it. Like some fans, was expecting "Fear and Loathing" to explore the aftermath of Reid's ordeal and how he was coping but felt that while it was acknowledged that much more could have been done with it and that Reid was somewhat underused.

Visually, the production values are without complaint. It's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. The music is moody in the haunting and melancholic sense and fits well, without either enhancing or distracting from it. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe, and most of the pacing is spot-on apart from the climax.

The script is thought-provoking, tautly paced and structured and nicely balanced. The story is absorbing. Not just the case which does a very good job with themes of political intrigue, racial tensions and the good and bad of releasing profiles to the media (which has disastrous unforeseen consequences), and with a fair share of tension and suspense (liked too that the profile was spot on early on but that the motives for the crimes weren't what was initially suspected).

Also the team interaction, especially the sensitively done and touching brother-like bond between Morgan and Reid. This caring side to Morgan is him at his most likable, which makes it frustrating that this side wasn't written more and that his character writing generally lacked consistency. The unsub is not the most interesting or menacing on 'Criminal Minds' but still poses a good threat. The acting is very good, Shemar Moore giving some of his better acting on the show and Mandy Patinkin and Matthew Gray Gubler always being excellent.

In conclusion, very good and worthy episode of 'Criminal Minds'. It holds up well on its own, though it might be a good idea due to them being referenced more than once throughout to be familiar with "The Big Game" and "Revelations" beforehand. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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