Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Hanley Waters 

As the BAU investigates targeted killings in Tampa, they also deal with their own feelings about the loss of Prentiss.


Jesse Warn


Jeff Davis (created by), Alicia Kirk | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Rachel Nichols ... Ashley Seaver
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Kelli Williams ... Shelley Chamberlain
David Chisum ... Don Chamberlain
Louis Herthum ... Chief Theirs
Zach Lewis ... Bill
Katherine Ann McGregor ... Jennifer
Jason E. Kelley ... Paul Lyons
Angela Martinez ... Reporter
Preston James Hillier ... Gibbs
Brandon Morales ... Officer Sparks


Hotch is assigned as the team's grief assessor in Prentiss' death. A common theme among some on the team is who is acting as his grief assessor. Meanwhile, the team travels to Tampa, Florida, where a woman that morning entered a gun shop and shot four dead. When they arrive at the gun shop, the team realize that she brought her own ammunition into the shop and used one of the shop's own guns as the weapon. That shooting and two subsequent events show the BAU that she has some issue with authority. As they track her movement through Tampa, they also realize that she is not on the run but has a specific target that she needs to get to on this specific day. They have to figure out who that target is and the significance of the date in her life. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

6 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Allan Graf, who plays a gun store owner, also has performed stunts on "Criminal Minds" in other episodes as well as this one. See more »


While the unsub is approaching the police checkpoint, there are several mountain ranges at various angles. There are also large hills in the background when the unsub's husband is getting out of his car to enter his house. Florida does not have topography like this, aside from Space Mountain in Disney World. See more »


Penelope Garcia: Florida's a stand-your-ground state.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Castle Doctrine based on English common law that allows homeowners to use deadly force to protect their land.
Penelope Garcia: Yeah, it's a highfalutin way of saying that the gun laws are lax at best. After the 2008 elections, the Floridians were nervous about losing their second amendment rights, and gun sales shot through the roof, pun intended.
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Poignant, thought-provoking episode
30 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 6 was a very inconsistent season, with a few good episodes such as "Remembrance of Things Past", "The Longest Night", "Safe Haven" and "Into the Woods" and also lacking ones such as "Corazon", "Today I Do" and especially "The Thirteenth Step" (remember not being a fan of "Big Sea" either, but that needs a re-watch).

"Hanley Waters" for me was up there with the best of the season. Its only major fault is Seaver, there may be some bias as she has never been one of my favourite 'Criminal Minds' characters (that's an understatement, one of my least favourites easily). While she is not as face-palmingly dumb as in "Today I Do" and especially "Coda" she has a bland personality, doesn't fit at all within the team and that she is too much of an inexperienced rookie are general problems with Seaver as well as Rachel Nichols' limited acting.

While there is profiling and it does provoke thought and is interesting, there could have been more of it and less conclusion jumping, which has been a general problem with Season 6.

On the other hand, "Hanley Waters" looks great as always, made and shot with style, atmosphere and class, and is hauntingly and melancholically scored. The script is filled with emotion and intrigue, with nothing coming across as convoluted or dumb. The story is poignant and thought-provoking, with the team's grief and the climax being particularly powerful, never feeling rushed or pedestrian and having moments of tension and suspense too in some shocking murders.

Particularly well done here are the parallels between the struggles of the team with the loss of Prentiss (which, contrary to a couple of reviews of the episode saying that they felt that this was glossed over, was what made it so powerful, really identified with Morgan's grief while Reid's very upset but perceptive one making one think hard long after) and the unsub's grief (despite her actions, she is easily one of the show's most sympathetic and most easy to feel sorry for unsubs). Hotch being given more to do and his role in helping the team was a bonus and saw him not only as a boss but a sympathetic and caring friend.

All the performances are strong, with the sole exception of Nichols. Thomas Gibson and Matthew Gray Gubler fare particularly strongly of the leads, while Kelli Williams' performance ties with Tim Curry in "The Longest Night" as the best supporting turn of Season 6 and one of the show's standouts. It is a phenomenal heart-breaking turn that one only has to see once and immediately it's unforgettable.

In conclusion, a very well done episode and one of the best episodes of an inconsistent season. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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