‘Criminal Minds’ Season 12, Episode 13 Recap: ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ Crossover

Just as Criminal Minds looked like it was going to follow the same old pattern, the writers threw a spanner in the works. Reid finds himself in Mexico up on murder charges and it isn’t looking good! The great news is that the episode meant a crossover with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

If you need to catch up, make sure you read last week’s Criminal Minds recap.

What happens when a member of the FBI lands himself as the prime suspect in a murder investigation? Criminal Minds fans found out in the Season 12 episode this week. The episode picked up with Reid being pulled over while in a drug-induced fog. He’s hauled into the police station and quickly arrested for drug smuggling, just as the arresting officer finds out that he is indeed FBI. Well, Prison Break fans will know that being FBI doesn’t mean you’re going to get off for drug smuggling quickly, especially in Mexico! Let’s hope Reid doesn’t end up somewhere like Sona.

But wait, Reid was arrested for drug smuggling? Well, he was found with thousands of dollars worth of coke and heroin in his trunk. It turns out that he had been followed a suspect towards the Mexican border, was caught by the suspect and drugged. He barely remembers a thing, except possibly a doctor called “Rosa.”

Luckily, he has a group of colleagues (and friends) who know that he wouldn’t do something like this. The problem is that this isn’t the first time he’s been to Mexico (without telling anyone) and looking into alternative medicines for his mother. There have been hints for a while that this was the direction of the story – JJ even said last week that she had a bad feeling about Diana’s health and Reid’s future.

Well, now the BAU is in Mexico and trying to piece together Reid’s steps. They realize that the doctor’s name Rosa Medina is actually an anagram for Nadie Ramos, which leads them to a hotel room. The problem is that the local police find Nadie murdered and suspicion now falls on Reid – so we’re adding murder to the drug smuggling. That is definitely not great in Mexico!

Prentiss tries a cognitive interview, but the hazy memories just implicate him further. She decides to stop and I can’t help but wonder if any of their suspects have been in a similar position? We never do find out what happens after the arrests – well, not always – and what if they’ve run into people who have been drugged against their will and left for police to find them? Prentiss even lies to the local police and says there wasn’t a recording of the interview. I can’t help but feel like this is just setting up the FBI to look bad and I’m guessing that will come back to bite them later.

The good news for Reid once the Beyond Borders team turns up is that the drug charges won’t stick. All the ingredients were legal, so there’s nothing to charge him with. It’s the murder charge. Another saving grace is that Nadie had dual citizenship in the United States. That means the FBI can take him back north of the border to face the courts there. Well, at least Reid won’t end up in somewhere like Prison Break’s Sona.

Prentiss promises that Reid will get the best help from the FBI, but there’s a problem that newbie Agent Walker brings up. Reid wasn’t in Mexico on official business. The FBI can’t help, so he is on his own. Let’s hope that he can get the best counsel possible.

While I’m still waiting for Mr. Scratch to come back, this week’s episode was intriguing. It was clear that the BAU would do everything they could for their friend, but it doesn’t bring up some double standards in the cases that involve FBI or cops that end up on the wrong side of the law. At least Prison Break just left FBI Agent Mahone to work his way through the drug charges. I am extremely interested to see how far this storyline will go, but Criminal Minds writers, you had better not take Reid out! I don’t think the show can go on without him!

Tune in for more Criminal Minds Season 12 on Wednesdays at 9pm on CBS.


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