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Season 10 | Episode 14 | “Hero Worship” | Aired Feb 4, 2015

After an emotionally draining episode 13, this week’s Criminal Minds gets back to the basics: dangerous unsubs doing deadly things. With a crazed bomber laying traps and Reid dealing with the loss of Gideon, there’s only one question. How many “blowing stuff up” puns can I make in one recap? Feel free to count them up as we dive into this earth-shattering episode!

The case

After flashing back to the events of episode 13, we see Reid burning the midnight oil at the BAU. Oddly, he’s not working a case. He’s playing a solo game of chess. He’s clearly still hurting from the loss of Gideon.

Reid examines a bomb in episode 14, season 10 of Criminal MInds.

Meanwhile, at a coffee shop in Indianapolis, a frazzled waiter is about to reach his breaking point. Customers need food, the cook is barking orders, and a fireball is exploding behind him. KA-BOOM! Another rough day in the life of a barista.

Back at the BAU, Garcia gives the facts of this new case. It’s on their plate because the unsub may be a serial bomber. A local elementary school was hit only a few days earlier. While the bomb itself seemed basic and easy to make, Hotch warns that the unsub may just be getting started.

Meanwhile, we see the man in question piecing together a new bomb. Several targets are marked on the map in front of him. He’s just getting warmed up!

The investigation

On the plane, the team finds a contradiction. Going from vacant school to full coffee shop is a huge escalation. Plus, there’s another wrinkle: A man by the name of Allen Archer was taped rescuing a pregnant woman from the blast, and he’s become a news story.

JJ and Kate give an interview in season 10, episode 14 of Criminal MInds.

While Reid interviews victims, JJ and Kate interview Allen and his wife, Brenda. As they chat, Kate notices a number of photos with a different man in them. The fella is Grant, Brenda’s deceased previous husband. Grant was a soldier who was killed in action and left behind a daughter. After the quick conversation, JJ and Kate distract the media while the couple drives off. Nice tactic!

Meanwhile, Reid and Morgan learn about the bomb from a plucky young forensics expert named Dylan Einstein (Candace Burr Scholz). It looks like the bomb didn’t do all the damage. The blast hit a gas line, which triggered the big explosion. Yet again, nobody was supposed to die.

Back in the Archer household, Allen shares some kissy time with his wife. After an interruption, Allen walks to his truck. As he tears up after learning of the bombing body count, Allen hits the gas and hears a click. His car is rigged to blow!

A makeshift bomb threatens a life in season 10, episode 14 of Criminal Minds.

Like bulletproof-vested superheroes, Morgan and Reid scream up to the car. They’ve beaten the bomb squad to the scene, and Morgan takes action. After moving Brenda and her daughter to safety, Morgan uses his extensive knowledge of things that go boom to safely disarm the device. Whew!

The profile

Our unsub is an ego-driven “cause bomber.” All he craves is to be the center of attention. If he sees another headline, he’ll be tempted to strike again, so they need to keep things quiet. He’s a controlled, methodical, and intelligent person who feels the need to watch his destruction. A creep with a God complex.

As Morgan, Reid, and a flirty Einstein (yay for Reid!!) examine the scene, nothing adds up. How did Alan know the bomb was armed? Why did he marry Brenda, his best friend’s wife? Why was he sobbing over the body count?

Forensics expert Dylan Einstein shares a smile with Reid in season 10, episode 14 of Criminal Minds.

Meanwhile, Garcia uncovers more dirt on Allen and Brenda. They have been seeing a marriage counselor, and Grant was an explosives expert for the military. Morgan and Reid also uncover “how to build bombs” books hidden in Allen’s truck. The call is made to bring them in!

In the station, Kate and Hotch wring the truth from Allen. It turns out he had obsessed over Grant and Brenda’s perfect life for years. When Grant died, he swooped in to take his place alongside a vulnerable Brenda.

Problem was, she never loved him back. And what better way to attract the ladies than to stage an act of heroism. Allen blew up the coffee house to make Brenda love him. Should have just bought her flowers, Bruno Mars style.

Kate (Jennifer Love Hewitt) wrings the truth from a suspect in season 10, episode 14 of Criminal Minds.

The closing in

But things still don’t make sense. Allen wouldn’t have planted a bomb in his own car—too much risk to Brenda and his daughter. He was also genuinely afraid when Morgan saved the day. Sigh … there’s a second unsub!

Now realizing the real unsub wants Allen dead for stealing his headlines, the team sets a trap. A televised celebration in Allen’s honor is staged outside city hall. As the mayor gives Allen the key to city, a creepy van rolls up. The team stops the van, opens the door, and finds a monstrous bomb with a timer almost at zero!

But it’s a decoy! The real bomb is in the hands of our unsub, James Burke. Turns out he was recently let go from the local school board for allegedly having sex with an of-age student. Talk about a trigger and a connection!

Morgan calls in some clues in season 10, episode 14 of Criminal Minds.

Going on a hunch, JJ and Reid corner him in the basement of a building and use his own narcissism against him. In the hopes of having his work shared with the world, he surrenders.

Back on the plane, Reid is still playing chess with himself when Rossi walks up. Rossi tells him there’s no sense in playing against Gideon’s ghost. Reid admits he just wants to keep Gideon’s memory alive.

But Rossi has a better idea: sit in for Reid’s departed friend and finish the game Gideon started. It’s what Gideon would have wanted. As the two trade moves, it’s nice to see Reid take a healing step. It was also great to see a potential love interest in the charming Dylan Einstein. She’d be perfect for him! A nice surprise in this powder keg episode.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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