Some episodes of Criminal Minds can make me uncomfortable just from the general “ick” factor that some of their murderers deploy on people, but this episode made me uncomfortable for other reasons. Assistant Director Barnes (Kim Rhodes) did such a good job of making the team uncomfortable it spread out of the TV onto me.
I must say it was superb acting on everyone’s part. That feeling of working under someone terrible and they just make your life miserable, I felt that. Brought back memories of pretty much every job I’ve had where I wanted to find a way to take down the awful person.
Assistant Director Barnes also brought the realities of working in a bureaucracy to the show, the whole, “work faster, but don’t screw up” and “I’m best buds with the higher ups and they let me do what I want”. Ugh, those people are terrible! And how do they get into these upper level life ruining positions?? Anyway I can’t stand her character, obviously. She makes me very angry, the fact that the writers have to do this kind of thing on an already dramatic show. Clearly it’s gotten bad enough that I’m actually writing about it.
And that ending! I was ready to cry with them. The bad guy can’t win! That’s just not Hollywood acceptable. I hope it gets turned around before the end of the season. It would suck for the actress, but man that must be a terrible character to play when you know you’ll be hated.
First aired March 7, 2018 on CBS.