Last week “Criminal Minds” came back for it’s tenth season and with that they brought us a new character: Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt). She fit into the team perfectly, was a total badass and brought mystery for us at home… like who is the young girl that lives with her that calls her Kate and not mom?
This week we see that Garcia is having a really difficult time dealing with the fact that she shot Greg Bailer (even though he was trying to kill her and Spencer in the hospital) and has been having recurring nightmares about it constantly. She wants to go and see the man and try to clear her conscious, but Morgan tells her to write him a letter and let it go. She says that she’s tried writing him in jail, but it hasn’t helped and plans to go and talk to him. Morgan doesn’t approve or support this decision in the slightest, saying that the man is a murderer and doesn’t deserve any of her energy.
Garcia ends up taking some personal time to try to get her head around what happened and Reid is immediately worried. He asks Morgan about it and he tells him about the guilt Garcia is dealing with over the shooting and he says that he felt the same way with the first person he shot, until he wrapped his head around how bad that man was.
She heads up to the prison to see Greg, but he refuses to see her and she leaves him a note. A sad and distraught Garcia goes back to the crappy motel she’s staying at and gets a call from Greg saying that he’ll see her (guess her note worked). She tells him that she tried to stop him from being on death row and that she is in his corner and he says that she is just there for herself. Garcia learns that he has 10 hours left and none of his friends or family showed up and he says he called her because he’s afraid to die alone and wants her to be there when it happens. She says that she can’t handle being there for the lethal injection, and he walks out on her. Will she change her mind?
After some thought, Garcia decides that she is going to be there for Greg so he won’t die alone and his last words are “thank you” to Garcia – finally she has some closure.
It was great to see what the after effect is when someone not trained to kill people shoots a person. It’s a subject that is rarely addressed on cop dramas, especially a procedural show. We love Garcia, she’s a great character and would be surprised if she didn’t have this kind of reaction from what she did. Episode grade: A-