Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The Capilanos 

The BAU is called to Oklahoma to investigate a murderous clown terrorizing the sleepy town of Guymon.


Jeff Davis (created by), Erica Messer | 2 more credits »

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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
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Jon Beavers ... Tony Capilano
Jonathan Freeman ... Sal Capilano (as Jonathan Brooks)
Ellen Wroe ... Dina Capilano
Erin Cahill ... Mia Wilson
Lincoln Sullivan Lincoln Sullivan ... Dylan Wilson
Christian Ganiere ... Mikey Capilano
Lowell Dean ... Chief Josh Harrison


The team heads to small town Guymon, Oklahoma to investigate a home invasion, burglary and murder of the homeowner, Mark Wilson. The unsub in the case had most recently committed similar crimes in a home in equally small town Campo, Colorado, killing the homeowner, Sam Franklin. Both victims were husbands and fathers, Caucasian, hard working midwestern types. Both men were severely beaten with something the unsub had found in the house, and had their mouths cut at the corners to be posed with an exaggerated smile. Also in both cases, the unsub had broke into the isolated home while it was empty, seemingly lying in wait for the victim in each situation to return home. In the Wilson situation, there is an eyewitness, the Wilsons' seven year old son, Dylan Wilson, who, before he stopped talking due to the trauma, said that the person who killed his father was dressed as a clown, which the team has to figure out is real or a manifestation of a clown phobia. As the unsub was probably aware... Written by Huggo

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21 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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The clown egg collection Spencer mentions, exists in the small English Village of Wookey Hole, Somerset. See more »


Incorrectly regarded as goof: While it is true that Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City and was apprehended in Perry, OK, which are both about 250 miles from Guymon, OK, the entire state of Oklahoma was flooded with federal agents after the bombing including FBI, ATF and US Marshals. So it is very likely that the Guymon Police Department worked in conjunction with federal authorities to search for McVeigh. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: There's a word, even though it's not recognized by any dictionary or psychology manual, for the excessive fear of clowns: coulrophobia
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How Lonesome Can I Get
Performed by Durwood Daily Haddock
Played when Tony goes to the rodeo looking for a job
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Attack of the killer clown
24 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Criminal Minds' has always been one of my most-watched shows and was a personal favourite for a while. Seasons 1-5 was its best period, Season 4 was especially great. It did get hit and miss from Season 6 onwards, with a mix of good and more episodes and disappointing and less episodes. Season 11 was, apart from about 5 episodes, pretty weak. Season 12 was inconsistent but generally an improvement, its weakest episodes nowhere near as bad as the low-points of Seasons 6, 9 and especially 11.

Season 13 so far has not been too bad at all, pretty good even actually. It is already so much better than Season 11, which started off well actually but quickly went downhill, and has generally settled quicker than Season 12. As far as the previous Season 13 episodes go, the only one to be a low-point was "Annihilator". There aren't any classics yet though, but most of the episodes have ranged from decent to very good.

"The Capilanos" for me was one of the very good episodes and one of the season's best, the best Season 13 episode since "False Flag". The case is very compelling and eerie with an unpredictable nature when needed and a genuinely unnerving creepiness. Killer clowns are enough to give one the heebie jeebies. There are also enough nice and surprising turns to balance it all out. There is a good deal of suspense but also sympathetic emotion.

The team work, the procedural aspects and how it's all solved evokes prime 'Criminal Minds', there is lots of each and it's all thought-provoking and delightful. It doesn't make the mistakes that many latter season episodes made (i.e. too much unsub, unsub revealed too early, problematically executed cases, too much reliance on convenience, lack of balance, too many soapy personal life subplots, team underuse and not enough procedural/delving into the criminal's mind). In fact, there is a sense that "The Capilanos" didn't forget what made 'Criminal Minds' work so well in the first place. The twists keep coming and those towards the end are shocking. The climax avoids being clichéd and goes a different direction, and one that made just as much sense as what it could have been, to what is expected.

Although very creepy, with some inspired horror touches worthy of cinematic quality, there are emotional and quieter moments too, namely Reid's interaction with Dylan and his mother, both sympathetic characters.

Everybody does a great job with the acting, all the regulars are strong as ever and the support is more than acceptable. The unsub's identity does shock and they are an unsub that provides a lot of chills while providing a little of the sympathy factor.

Visually, "The Capilanos" is stylish and atmospheric, while the music is haunting without being over-bearing while having presence still, the script is taut with a touch of poignancy. Matthew Gray Gubler does a wonderful job directing, easily one of the season's best directed episodes.

Not much wrong here. Would have liked more character moments within the team, a couple of them slightly underused, and wouldn't have said no to a personal side story as long it balanced well with the case and added something to the character.

Overall, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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