Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Internal Affairs 

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The BAU works with the NSA when two undercover DEA agents are murdered and another goes missing; Hotch hopes the team's work with the NSA will bring them closer to finding a ring of hit men.


Diana Valentine (as Diana C. Valentine)


Jeff Davis (created by), Sharon Lee Watson





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid (credit only)
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Rick Ravanello ... Bernard Graff
Andrew Borba ... Tony Axelrod
Erin Cardillo ... Jillian Carter
Jorge-Luis Pallo ... Agent Matt Lopez
Tom Everett ... NSA Director Brian Cochran
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Elizabeth Grullon ... Agent Adrienne Mitchell
Shalaina Castle ... Sarah Miles
Richie Stephens ... Jacob Dufour


Hotch is asked as a favor by Tony Axelrod of the NSA to work on a case of three missing DEA agents in El Paso, Texas who were working on a joint NSA/DEA case to dismantle a Mexican drug cartel called Libertad with both in the field and online components. One of those three agents has since been found murdered, the face of his dead body covered by another dead man's face, that second victim not yet identified. The specific reason Axelrod has asked for this favor is that he believes the agents were given up by a mole, the specific person he suspects being Assistant DEA Director Bernard Graff. Axelrod wants to go this route as he does not want to tip off Graff that he is being investigated (which would be the case if Internal Affairs was conducting the investigation). The BAU would have an outward motive to work on this case as it would be connected to Giuseppe Montolo and the Dirty Dozen case. The only other team member who Hotch is able to confide in as to the rationale for working on ... Written by Huggo

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2 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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When Hotchner goes to see DEA Agent Mitchell after Deputy Director Graff's death, the neon sign outside the office reads "Drug Enforcement Agency" instead of "Drug Enforcement Administration". See more »


Jennifer Jareau: Hi, uh, we're agents Jareau and Lewis with the FBI. We're wondering have you seen this woman?
[Shows picture]
Jennifer Jareau: She would have been here like three days ago
Bartender: No!
Dr. Tara Lewis: Are you sure? She might have been here with somebody else
Bartender: It's a bar. Lots of people coming and going in here
Jennifer Jareau: Well, she's missing, so any information you can give us will be greatly appreciated
Bartender: Sorry
Dr. Tara Lewis: All right, thank you.
[walks away, but immediately turns back]
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Pretty poor episode
17 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As has been said by me perhaps too many times, Season 11 has been mostly a weak and disappointing season with only three or four episodes being good, the rest being average at worst and poor at worst. By far the weakest season of 'Criminal Minds', a show that this reviewer never misses.

While there is worse in the season, such as "Till Death Do Us Part", "The Bond", "Awake" and from memory "Inner Beauty", "Internal Affairs" is a pretty poor episode in many ways. There are some good things here.

Production values are still very high and Richie Stevens sends shivers down the spine as a particularly irredeemably evil unsub. There are too two good scenes, the freaky scene between the unsub and Sarah and the sweet and touching ending scene with Hotch and Garcia which saw a refreshing change to Hotch's serious side.

However, "Internal Affairs" does suffer heavily from missing so much of what made the show such a pleasure at its best. There is too little of the BAU, who mostly in terms of solving the case and little character moments don't have enough to do, and too much of the unsub who is revealed too early which takes away from the tension and suspense, with only one scene standing out. At least the unsub is well played though and not easy to forget, unlike so many of the unsubs this season.

Reid's absence is immediately noted and deeply felt, leaving a huge hole in the team dynamic, while Tara is still stiff and disconnected as well as feeling dull and out of place within the team. Aisha Tyler's limited acting and flat line delivery doesn't help things. "Internal Affairs" also suffers from what doomed "Target Rich", the case is dull and by-the-numbers and some of the episode also feels rushed and like too much in one episode in so short a running time leaving many parts underdeveloped and confused.

Usually, this reviewer doesn't have a problem with the music but while there are some haunting parts the more melancholic parts feel intrusive. The writing is forgettable and lacks tightness, and the direction plods. The regulars do do what they can but don't have enough to do to make an impression, regarding the team's role in the episode only the ending scene with Hotch and Garcia stands out.

Overall, disappointing and pretty poor. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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