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'Criminal Minds' 9x17 'Persuasion': Honor among thieves

Reid: "If he’s not delusional and this is an act, then he’s quite good."
Reid: "If he’s not delusional and this is an act, then he’s quite good."
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Garcia: “Could someone let the Pope know about me? Because what I do is kind of a miracle.”

“Persuasion” is tonight’s episode of “Criminal Minds.” This article contains spoilers, so beware! To review the last case file, click here. “Criminal Minds” airs Wednesday nights at 8 on CBS (KHOU).

You guys, there’s an actual unsub twist in this episode. While the writers do show a lot of scenes following the unsub around, it is not clear who the unsub is until the end. This creates suspense and intrigue, and it has been awhile since the writers have managed to pull something like this off. It is necessary to spend time following Marvin and Finn around because it allows viewers a glimpse into their world. Sure, our favorite team can tell us about the world of people who live in the flood tunnels, but it is so much better to see it firsthand. Not only that, but the writers do not give away who the unsub is. From the very first scene featuring Marvin and Finn, the guessing game is on as to who is going to kill whom. Because that is what opening scenes and unsub scenes of “Criminal Minds” typically feature. From the opening scene with Finn and Marvin, what did you think was going to happen?

As most fans know, Vegas is where Reid’s mom lives, so from the minute Vegas was announced, there was this hope for a great Reid storyline. Thankfully, the writers give us one. Now, we don’t get to see Reid and his mom (most likely due to Jane Lynch’s schedule), but their relationship plays a vital role throughout the episode. Plus, it was also great to see some more Reid and JJ scenes. They have moments all throughout the episode. It’s not just one scene of them talking and then that’s it. The writers should continue to work these character scenes in every episode. Sometimes the character moments are sparse or nonexistent, and the main reason we watch the show is because of the characters. What did you think of Reid’s storyline during this episode?

Here are some thoughts on elsewhere in the episode. This was an all-around great episode for Reid. He gets a personal storyline, and he also plays master manipulator. It is great to see, especially the scene where Reid plays Marvin. Oh, and Finn playing Marvin as well was fantastic. The writers do a good job of making viewers believe that either Caesar is the unsub or there is this doctor that we haven’t met yet. There are some decent twists and turns. What did you think of the episode?

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