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In Heat 

The team travels to Miami in pursuit of a serial killer whose conflicted sexual identity fuels his crimes.


John Gallagher


Jeff Davis (created by), Andi Bushell


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Nicholas Brendon ... Kevin Lynch
Josh Stewart ... William LaMontagne Jr.
Tia Texada ... Detective Tina Lopez
Michael Graziadei ... Steven Fitzgerald
Wendy Hoopes ... Sarah Fitzgerald
David Monahan ... Deacon Rogers
James Martin Kelly ... David Fitzgerald
Michael Cardelle ... Bus Boy (as Michael Francis Cardelle)


Charles Luvet is found floating dead in a marina in Miami, Florida. He is the third and latest dead person in the area fitting the same profile and cause of death: fit white males in their mid twenties to thirties, traveling through the area, with the cause of death being asphyxiation and no sign of sexual abuse. Small possessions of each of the victims are taken, but not pawned. Four other men that match the victimology are also missing. The one distinct difference with Luvet is that he is a police officer. The person tasked with identifying Luvet's body is his fellow NOPD police officer, Detective Will LaMontagne, who worked on the Jones case with the BAU a year earlier. His initial second meeting with the BAU is an awkward one if only because he and J.J. are in a relationship, of which she has not told anyone on the team and which she still wants to keep a secret from them. The BAU add one more piece to the victimology when they learn that Luvet lied about his reason for traveling ... Written by Huggo

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Tia Texada and Josh Stewart worked together as police officers on the Warner Bros. series Third Watch (1999). See more »


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Penelope Garcia: [Entering the meeting room way too late] I'm so sorry
Emily Prentiss: Hey, half day today?
Penelope Garcia: The alarm, sir, I overslept, I am so sorry
Aaron Hotchner: Everyone is allowed to be late. Once!
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Mi Dia Bonita (remix)
Written by Latin Soul Syndicate
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Pretty good, though the case could have been a little better
1 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not one of the best Season 3 episodes like "Elephant's Memory", "Lo-Fi", "Seven Seconds" and "Lucky" but it is a better episode than the likes of "Birthright", "Scared to Death" and particularly "Identity" (none of those are bad at all, just that they were episodes that could have done more with their stories).

"In Heat" is another example of an episode that could have done more with its story (feeling somewhat bland in comparison to what made the best Season 3 episodes so good), but credit is due for handling JJ's subplot with sensitivity and with good balance with everything else and for approaching a very touchy and difficult subject with tact and sensitivity.

As always, the production values are great, with the episode being made with class, grit, style and atmosphere. The music is haunting and at times melancholic, and the direction giving the story a brisk and alert pace but allowing the action to breathe too.

JJ's romantic subplot story sees a touching vulnerable side to her and makes her more interesting than she was before. This was back when one appreciated having her in the foreground after being not as prominent as the rest of the cast for a lot of the previous episodes rather than being irritated at the overuse of her and how out of character she became in Seasons 7 and 9 especially. The unsub's conflicted sexuality story is a difficult subject to bring alive to screen and was always going to touch nerves in concept and execution, but was handled as aforementioned with tact and sensitivity as well as honesty rather than in a trivial, biased and judgemental fashion.

Scripting is thought-provoking, with good profiling that makes sense and hardly neglected and very touching team interaction. There are scarier and more interesting unsubs around, but this unsub is hardly bland and "In Heat" doesn't make the mistake of trying too hard to make one feel sorry for him. The acting is very good all round.

Regarding the case itself, it is a little bland in places and could have done with a slightly tighter pace and more tension and suspense. The climax seemed somewhat too convenient as well, and the flirtatious banter is overdone and didn't gel particularly well here, though it's certainly been far worse since.

To conclude, a pretty good episode if not a season high-point. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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30 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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