Criminal Minds Season 9 Review “The Inspired”

After last week’s season premiere of Criminal Minds ended with the bogus twist that the killer had an identical twin, “The Inspired” picks up with the BAU team returning to Arizona to catch the right guy.

I already complained quite a bit in the last episode review about the deus ex machina of introducing a twin character that we had no way of predicting, but this storyline got even more ridiculous tonight. So let me get this straight: They were chasing Wallace last week after the restaurant incident, and instead they accidentally arrested his twin brother who was driving around the exact same area? I might be able to buy that as a crazy coincidence, but they were all saying in the plane last week that it was so strange how little Jesse was saying after his arrest. Why would he stay silent? Why wouldn’t he say “Hey, I have a twin, you’ve got the wrong guy!” or anything like that? And upon finding out that they had the wrong guy, wouldn’t they think it was incredibly odd how quiet and reserved this Jesse Gentry guy was when they arrested him? If he’s staying so quiet after being arrested, wouldn’t they assume he was being shady? Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like obstruction of justice to you? Oh, and then he’s threatening a multi-million dollar lawsuit on top of all that? Riiiight. Sure, the lawyer also turned out to be in on it, but you wouldn’t think the BAU would be fooled by such shoddy legal threats.

Anyway, if you’re able to get over the questionable legality of it all, the rest of the episode was pretty enjoyable. It wasn’t a very big surprise that Jesse Gentry was also a killer (especially considering how shady he was when he got arrested) but it was pretty fun seeing them interact together. Fred Koehler is an infinitely watchable character actor, so having two of them on screen is cool with me! It was even better having Emmy-winner Camryn Manheim in on the mix as well.

The finale in the church was really cool, but it was even more clever seeing how the BAU was able to see through their switcheroo. I praised last week’s premiere when small details from the beginning of the episode would come back later on in the hour to prove to be a clue, and this was the case again here with Wallace’s nervous twitch. “He’s teachable”, his crazy, feces-painting father says before Wallace is arrested. Good stuff.

Oh, and we also got a quick confirmation that Hotch is not going to be the new section chief. It was kind of odd that this storyline was squashed so quickly. Why was there even a chance of him being promoted if it was going to be nipped in the bud? Well, apparently the powers that be are “thinking outside the box” with their new boss, so it will be interesting to see who they choose.

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think is going to be the new section chief? Sound off in the comments section below!

Random Thoughts:

– We actually just found out recently that my wife is pregnant with our first child, which is very exciting, but all of the horror stories of earaches and stomach flus in tonight’s episode really freaked me out!

– I was a little surprised that Morgan wasn’t more sensitive to Reid’s situation when he said that he wasn’t surprised Jesse and Wallace grew up the way they did, considering how crazy their dad was. Reid seemed pretty quick to respond and correct him that there’s little transference of those genes from parents to kids. It was clear he was thinking about his own mom, but you’d think Morgan would have remembered that.

– I’ve been loving all of the horror imagery that Heather, Wallace’s dead girlfriend, has been bringing to us these last couple weeks. The praying mantis bit was almost as good as all of the walkin’ on walls from last week.