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'Criminal Minds' 9x22 'Fatal': The hands of fate

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Jean de la Fontaine: “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

“Fatal” is the April 30 episode of “Criminal Minds.” This article contains spoilers, so beware! “Criminal Minds” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. central on CBS.

We see the unsub (Bill) fairly early on in this episode. The best part of seeing Bill is his relationship with his coworker. There is so much history there that is important to understanding why Bill is doing what he is doing. The timing of the reveal that Bill had a deep personal tragedy at a young age is great. However, it makes me wonder how much that damaged him psychologically. Perhaps the seed was planted back then. What do you think?

Briefly, there is a Rossi moment. He was on the phone with a potential victim, and ended up hearing her murder. It is a very brief moment, but it is great to see his reaction. This makes the case personal for him. He walked this woman through what to do and assured her that things would be okay. There really didn’t need to be a whole big storyline about it, but it is great that the writers had Rossi address how he was feeling in that moment.

In the end, it turns out that if Bill would have gotten on that airport shuttle, he would have died. This is unnecessary. It doesn’t really serve any purpose other than to feed into Bill’s obsession with fate. Including this made it seem a little cheap, in my opinion. There never is a moment where it is later revealed that this was just a trick to get Bill to drop his weapon. Did this bother you?

The personal storyline of the episode goes to Hotch! Jack has career day coming up, and he wants his dad to talk about being a profiler. It is fantastic that the writers brought up the concern that this could make Jack think back to when his mom died. This takes a fun storyline and makes it a bit more serious and emotional. Yeah, fun and light personal storylines are sometimes great to pair against the seriousness of a BAU case. However, anytime we get a personal storyline with a bit more heart in it, it’s so much better, in my opinion.

What did you think of the episode? Did you love the profiling exercise? Did the preview for next week’s episode make anyone else extremely nervous? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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