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Mirror Image 

The BAU opens an investigation when a man arrives in town believing he's the brother of Dr. Tara Lewis.


Joe Mantegna


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Stan Shaw ... Albert Lewis
Alimi Ballard ... Desmond Holt
Bodhi Elfman ... Peter Lewis
Terrence Terrell ... Gabriel Lewis
Mary K. DeVault ... Alison Shines
Alan Heitz ... Bill Shines
Jessica Watkin ... Tara Lewis, 18 Years Old
Spence Moore II ... Gabriel Lewis, 15 Years Old


Tara is meeting with her three year younger brother Gabriel Lewis, who is visiting from California. Gabriel is as equally brilliant as Tara, but has always led a slightly shady life, he having forgone a fully paid for Yale education when given the opportunity when they were younger. The person who shows up to their meeting claims to be Gabriel, has Gabriel's cell phone (which later shows that he has been in the DC area for about a month, which Tara did not know), but looks nothing like Gabriel. However, the man seems to know every small detail about Gabriel, and Gabriel and Tara's relationship, as well as their relationship with their father, Albert Lewis. As such, Tara arrests the man, and brings him into BAU headquarters for assistance into the matter from her colleagues. Although Tara wants to lead the investigation, Emily knows they have to treat this case like all their others, which means that Tara has to take a back seat into the proceedings. From some information provided to ... Written by Huggo

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30 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Alimi Ballard is best known for his portrayal of an FBI agent, specifically David Sinclair on Numb3rs. See more »


At around 15 mins, JJ mentions Desmond as the 'unsub' who is portraying Gabriel, but there was no mention of Desmond previously and it was already stipulated that he was not in the system when they ran checks on him. He has not stated he is Desmond as he believes at this point he is Gabriel. See more »


Hannah Shines: [With Emily and JJ; knocks on master bedroom door] Mom! Dad!
Alison Shines: [Panics] Don't come in!
Hannah Shines: Someone was up the door, so I let them in
Alison Shines: Honey, you know we talked about this!
Hannah Shines: You said it was okay, if it was the police. And it's the FBI
Bill Shines: [Engaged in bdsm] FBI! What's the FBI doing here?
Hannah Shines: [Tied in chains] I have no idea! I'm slipping... I'm slipping... Aah!
Jennifer Jareau: [Feeling uncomfortable] Hannah? You know what? We can, we can... we can take it from here
Hannah Shines: Okay. Just so you know, sometimes it takes him a while to untie her
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Joint best episode of Season 12
9 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Don't really agree with the previous reviewer respectfully. 'Criminal Minds' is not what it once was generally, it has become hit and miss with too many average/mediocre episodes and some stinkers (especially in Seasons 9 and 11). There have been at the same time some very good episodes and also the odd gem.

As said in all my reviews of Season 12 so far, Season 12 considering the circumstances has been much better than expected. "Taboo" and particularly "The Anti-Terror Squad" were disappointments, but personally was very impressed by "Elliot's Pond", joined with this episode as the best 'Criminal Minds' episode since the previous season's season finale "The Storm". "Mirror Image" to me was the joint best episode of the season to date.

Was not sure initially whether it would work, that it was directed by Joe Mantegna (a very good 'Criminal Minds' director if not quite as good as Matthew Gray Gubler, who has been responsible for a few of the best episodes of the whole show) promised much. However, considering that neither the character of Tara Lewis or Aisha Tyler's acting has never done much for me and "Mirror Image" was a Tara-centric episode, there was a little nervous about it.

No fear of that after all. Tara is finally an interesting character, her story is intriguing, tense and moving, and Tyler gives her best acting to date on the show which is saying a huge amount. In fact, all the acting is very good, Matthew Gray Gubler standing out as a far better used Reid than "The Anti-Terror Squad" (which saw him criminally underused). It was wonderful to see Reid true to character, what makes his character the fan favourite is in full view here, his intelligence is a sheer delight.

The team interaction is the best it's been all season so far. Some of it has tension and some of it is also hugely entertaining. They also work cohesively as a team and how they solve the case is closer to prime 'Criminal Minds' than the latter season stinkers. Prentiss as chief and her return is one of the show's best decisions in a long time.

Case is also fascinating. It is very tense, creepy and poignant and is also very twisty. The unsub is remarkably sympathetic and replaces the one from "Keeper" as the best developed and acted of the season so far. Was worried initially as to whether the Mr Scratch story line would be too drawn out, needn't have worried because he makes a frightening impression and is a remarkable sicko of a character.

Visually, "Mirror Image" is 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. Joe Mantegna does a great job directing. In support, Alimi Ballard and Terence Terrell are revelations.

Although Alvez is settling in well, there are a couple of times when Adam Rodriguez's quirks distract and are a little annoying. Also miss Hotch and his exit in this season has done the character a big disservice.

In conclusion, very good episode and one of the best of the season to date. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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