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Recap / Criminal Minds S 6 E 8 Reflection Of Desire

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The team gets involved in the search for an abducted woman in Washington D.C. after the mutilated body of a woman dressed like a starlet from the 50's is found in an alley in Georgetown.

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  • Abusive Parent: The Unsub's mother blamed him for ruining her acting career because of her pregnancy and abused him for it.
  • Agony of the Feet: The Unsub cuts off one victim's toes instead of getting her a larger shoe size.
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  • Attention Whore: An interesting case with the Unsub. He lives for the girl that he currently holds as hostage to have the attention on the news so that he makes an "actress" who's gotten more attention than his mother.
  • Character Focus: Garcia.
  • Child Hater: The Unsub's mother says this in the Unsub's illusion of her, and it's likely true due to what her own son's birth did to her career.
  • Dead All Along: The Unsub's mother.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Reflection of Desire movie appears to be a Film Noir, and the hallucination of Rhett walking the red carpet with his mother is monochrome as well.
  • Foreshadowing: The security cameras don't show the Unsub's mother sitting down next to him in the train station.
  • Kick the Dog: On top of being a serial killer, the Unsub also tells a little girl that she's an "ugly girl with nothing to give the world".
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  • Oedipus Complex: The Unsub hates his deadbeat dad and wants his mother to acknowledge that he is a better man who became famous under the pseudonym the Hill Ripper, given to him by the newspapers before they knew his identity.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Rhett walks out his house with the corpse of his mother as the scenes that he and the victims reenacted, which sound like a love confession from his mother's body to him given the circumstances.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: The Unsub gets shot while running away and all he does is yelp as he continues like nothing happened.
  • Shout-Out: To Psycho, complete with "Psycho" Strings during the reveal of him carrying his mother's corpse.
    • The Unsub's name is Rhett.
    • The Unsub's mother dresses like Marilyn Monroe.
    • The movie the Unsub tries to emulate is a Casablanca pastiche.
    • Cinderella, where the step-sisters cut off parts of their feet to fit into the glass shoe.
    • Much like during the Unsub's arrest where he thinks he's going down a red carpet, Sunset Boulevard ends with Norma Desmond believing that the police apprehending her after she commits murder is a camera crew.
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  • Please Don't Leave Me: Penny, the rescued hostage, asks this of Hotch when she's in the ambulance.
  • Show Within a Show: Garcia plays a Femme Fatale in an amateur stage play.
    • Also the film the episode is titled after.
  • Teen Pregnancy: May got pregnant at nineteen. It ended her acting career.
  • Title Drop: The title of the one film Rhett's mother starred in is the same as the title of the episode.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: The scene the Unsub keeps trying to remake with his victims.
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