Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Assistance Is Futile 

A mother comes forward with information to help the BAU in their investigation of an unsub called the Bone Crusher.


Leon Ichaso


Jeff Davis (created by), Virgil Williams | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Damon Gupton ... Stephen Walker
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Harold Perrineau ... Calvin Shaw
Richard T. Jones ... Officer Lionel Wilkins
Tatum O'Neal ... Miranda White
Phillip Garcia ... Luis Delgado
Aidan Bristow ... Danny White
Wayne Lopez ... Detective Baez
Eddie Alfano ... Frazier


While the rest of the profilers head off on their next case, J.J. stays behind to do "Reid visiting" duties. Beyond updating him on the status of his situation, she also fills him in on what she knows of the case so as to keep his mind occupied. The team has headed to New York City, where a third dead victim has been discovered, all at the hands of who the news outlets are coining the Bone Crusher for the unsub's penchant for breaking and crushing the victims' bones pre-mortem. All the victims have been young attractive females, well educated and considered low risk. All were picked up at a bar and had both alcohol and ecstasy in their systems. Shortly after the team's arrival, the authorities are approached by a woman named Miranda White, who is certain that the Bone Crusher is her twenty-three year old son, Danny White, who she had recently kicked out of the house. She has written evidence - Danny's journal - which outlines his fantasies of breaking and crushing bones of young women... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Director Leon Ichaso also directed "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: II Mostro (2017)", the episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016) that aired immediately after this episode. See more »


(at about 15 mins) Prentiss is shown in Luke White's room as it's being processed, and a couple of crime scene techs pass by her with "CSI" on their jackets. It should be "CSU", as they're called crime scene units in New York. See more »


Jennifer Jareau: So, I was thinking, this... this guy's M.O. is pretty sophisticated for a killer who's just started out. Maybe our first victim isn't his first victim. So I had Garcia compile a list of all the females with bone break injuries in New York City in the last three years.
Penelope Garcia: We ruled out women over thirty, girls under eighteen, came up with... 112 names.
Stephen Walker: Did any of them have drugs in their system, specifically MDMA?
Penelope Garcia: Oh, so good, new guy, who doesn't feel new because your deep, baritone voice comforts ...
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References 2016 World Series (2016) See more »


Performed by We-Are-Z
[Played when the unsub enters in the bar all the way through until he leaves again]
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Very poor segment, though a pleasure to see Tatum
16 March 2017 | by lor_See all my reviews

Except for the presence of Tatum O'Neal as guest star, I would have turned off this sub-par episode of the series, which managed to botch both halves of its mission: the ludicrous story line about a weirdo (what else is new?) serial killer, and the modest advancement of the teasing/hanging in there saga of Matthew in stir.

The killer's story was presented in little more than a throwback to old '60s sexploitation films that combined sex and violence, but with emphasis on the violence. I felt sorry for the actresses cast as victims who might as well have been taking their clothes off in a Skinemax cable-TV assignment, though network Standards & Practices had them doing similar roles but with clothes left on.

Tatum is well-preserved, with an interesting newish face that only moderately reflects Hollywood's plastic surgery craze. Her acting was top-notch as "mother of the monster", and surprisingly earnest given the grade-Z story line and characters presented here.

Episodes like this certainly make a loyal viewer (like myself) wonder whether the show can survive at such a low level of creativity, or whether it is time to put a sock in it, especially minus Thomas Gibson who was the cement holding many a segment together.

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