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If the Shoe Fits 

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The BAU is stumped to find the common denominator among male victims in Montana, making it difficult to profile the UnSub. Meanwhile JJ deals with her feelings about a family crisis.


Bethany Rooney


Jeff Davis (created by), Bruce Zimmerman





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Abbie Cobb ... Claire Dunbar
Matt Cohen ... John Franklin
Ellyn Jameson ... Detective Sandra Carpenter (as Ellie Jameson)
Candy Clark ... Sandy Jareau
Mark Holzum ... Chris Jensen
Evan Holtzman ... Colin Baylor
Stephen Jared ... Darryl Jensen
Benjamin Seay ... Medical Examiner


The BAU is called to Missoula, Montana, where Douglas Clark, a wealthy Caucasian college student, was found murdered in a remote wooded area, stabbed multiple times, and his cell phone stuffed into his mouth. The reason there is a suspicion that this is a BAU case is that a local shopkeeper was killed recently by a college student, whose rich father got him off, hence the possibility that this murder was a revenge killing. En route to Missoula, a second victim is discovered with much the same M.O. Other similarities include the fact that the cell phone alarm was set to midnight, and beyond the stab wounds, there is one wound on each that was made by something else. The revenge killing theory is thrown out as these murders seem more personal in nature. With discovery that Clark was a closet homosexual, the BAU thinks that the murders may have to do with sexual deviance. Evidence from a subsequent victim and JJ figuring out what made the unusual puncture wounds points to the unsub being... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

5 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Matt Cohen (John) also plays young John Winchester in Supernatural (2005). He also later appears in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016) as a different character. See more »


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Dr. Spencer Reid: 5.30 in the morning, East Coast time. You don't seem tired at all
David Rossi: I am not tired. I am a night person
Dr. Spencer Reid: Speaking about that: you may want to reconsider revamping your circadian clock to more traditional chronotype!
David Rossi: Yeah, I'll put that on my to-do list
Dr. Spencer Reid: No, seriously! Studies have found that at night owls show reduce integrity of white matter in the brain compared to early risers
David Rossi: Well, I appreciate your concern, I am very happy with my brain just like it is!
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Don't think 'Criminal Minds' has been any more strange
19 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While there is worse 'Criminal Minds' episodes in general, "If the Shoe Fits" is one of Season 10's weakest overall. It certainly has its moments, but 'Criminal Minds' this reviewer doesn't think has never been so strange and the strangeness didn't work and almost like they weren't taking it seriously.

There are definitely good things about "If the Shoe Fits". Once again production values are very high, the music fits well and much of the acting is very good, especially from Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler and AJ Cook (Abbie Cobb also does a good job with her role, but doesn't have an awful lot to work with and the character was not as interesting or as fully developed as she should have been, pretty underwritten actually).

Rossi has some brilliant one-liners here, his quote "I appreciate your concern, but I appreciate my brain just the way it is" is hilarious. Also priceless is Reid talking about night owls, in fact Reid and Rossi make this episode and help make it watchable. While it did feel like filler and took up too much of the episode, JJ's (who is more in character than in Seasons 7-9) subplot was still very touching and anybody who's been there will find her easy to relate to here, also liked the way she stood up to her mother.

However, the unsub is blandly written and not developed very well, a big problem when "If the Shoe Fits" was an episode that was unsub heavy. Also got the sense that the show was running out of ideas because the whole psychosis thing is not much new and even when putting a fairy tale spin on it it felt really strange and jarred tonally, making it very difficult to take it seriously in a show that is often dark and very gritty. The episode also neglected to give a reason for why the unsub started killing, to me if it was because of her troubled past she would have started killing much earlier.

Quite a lot has been said about the denouement. It is certainly memorable, unfortunately not for the right reasons and really did ring false. It isn't as patronising as the denouement in "Till Death Do Us Part", but it did feel awkward and unintentionally comical as well as taking uncomfortable weirdness to a whole new level. The direction is lethargic and the script only really shines with Rossi and Reid (and sometimes JJ) while others seem underused.

And this reviewer really doesn't like Kate, she doesn't fit with the team, is a dull character and comes across as too cocky in interrogations and Jennifer Love Hewitt feels out of place. She has impressed in a couple of Season 10 episodes, "Lockdown" being a notable example, but mostly she doesn't work.

In summary, don't think 'Criminal Minds' has been any more strange than here, and it really didn't feel right. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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