Supply & Demand (Season Finale)
Original Air Date: May 18, 2011
JD – Sr. Staff Writer
To say the land of Criminal Minds fandom has been full of ups and downs in the last year would be an understatement. I’m kind of glad the season is over, if just to get a break from the drama. Of course, the drama for this season started last summer, so I may not get a break at all! Time will tell.
That aside, this season finale did not leave us with a cliffhanger, or an ‘OMG IS SOMEONE GOING TO DIE?!’ moment. It did, however, leave us with questions about next season’s casting, which if you’ve followed the Criminal Minds news, you’re already aware of. If you’re not, read on.
First things first in the episode, we’ve got to get that pesky possible casting changed mentioned. Hotch calls an early meeting (Reid notes he hasn’t called a meeting this early since Gideon left), and the team is worried. Turns out that there are budget issues, and all of the team is going to be interviewed and asked if they want to stay on the team or look at other offers. Oh, here we go again. Someone needs to tell the director that with Charlie Sheen off CBS’ payroll and Suspect Behavior cancelled, surely the BAU has the budget!
Anyway, the team gets called in on a case, and they head off to the scene of a car crash. Only this car had two dead bodies in the trunk. This guy has more issues than just road rage. The victims have been missing for months, and due to mud in the girl’s hair and on the car tires, they think the car must have recently been somewhere where it rained. They get on finding out where that’s been.
Meanwhile, Hotch is getting a visit from Andie Swan, head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force. She’s been tracking a group that she thinks may be connected to these murders. It’s possible the customers of this organization have moved beyond just wanting sex, and now want to kill. Oh, and Swan has undercover agents on it, one of which just went missing. Apparently this agent was on to something on the case, but decided not to share that information with anyone. Oops.
Garcia has managed to figure out which gas station Mr. Road Rage used last, based on the fuel left in his tank and a coffee cup in the car. Morgan checks it out, and via the station’s security camera, notices the unsub used the pay phone. Garcia gets the last number dialed, and it leads them to yet another payphone in the area. Sneaky. But it tells the team that the base of operations for this group is probably nearby.
Cut to a warehouse, a hallway lined with cages full of drugged girls. Our newest inmate is Swan’s OC, and she quickly bonds with the woman in the cage across from hers. Trouble is that a group of men are shortly in the hallway to take the other woman away. Swan’s OC calls after them not to take her, but they don’t listen. They lead the girl down to a room where a bunch of men wait and watch. When she gets to what appears to be a makeshift stage, with only a chair on it, she turns around to face them all… and welcomes them.
Whaaaaat? I so did not see that coming! What an awesome twist! Not that it was a female unsub, because we’ve had a lot of them this season, but because it was a female unsub who was in control of so many men. That’s some power, considering most of the men present are into sexually assaulting and killing women, not respecting their authority.
Is it just me or have there been more female unsubs this season, especially around and after Prentiss’ departure? It’s not like I’ve kept count before, so I could be wrong, but there was The Thirteenth Step which was a team of unsubs, but the girl was more psycho. Then there was Today I Do, Hanley Waters and now the finale. Don’t get me wrong, I love female unsubs, but did they think putting more psycho chicks on screen could make up for taking away both our strong female leads in one season? I don’t think so. Thank God JJ is coming back. I actually did a little fist pump at the last line of the episode (though I was slightly annoyed at the way they sexualized her by just showing just her legs in a short skirt at first).
Now we have Hotch and Morgan to worry about. Gibson and Moore’s contracts are both up, and it would have been impossible to miss that the writers foreshadowed their departures just in case. While Hotch told everyone they would be asked if they wanted to stay on the team, only he and Morgan got specific mention, with Morgan being considered for the New York office again, and Hotch seeming unsure about returning, even if it was his intention.
Wah! Surely CBS should know better than to piss us off again by getting rid of another cast member(s?) so soon after all the drama this season!
We can hope anyway.
Overall I liked this episode, but didn’t think there was anything particularly memorable about it. For a season finale, that was disappointing, but I’ll live. The girl playing the ring leader was sufficiently creepy, though. I loved the way she so easily slipped back and forth between playing the fellow “inmate” to the leader of such a sick operation. And the way her face changed when she realized one of her captives was a cop was brilliant.
Also, Rossi saving Morgan from getting his butt kicked, then being re-payed by Morgan saving his life later was a nice touch.
What did you guys think of the episode? What did you think of the season? It’s been a roller-coaster, and it started even before the season premiered! Any hopes, questions, fears about season seven? As for me, I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be back to reviewing the show next season. We’ll see how I feel closer to the fall. What about you? Give me your two cents!
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