First of all, I don't know how I got lucky enough to get the week that there was a "Reid" episode, but thank goodness I did!
Reid is really struggling with the loss of Gideon. Rossi tries to console him throughout the episode, but Reid is reluctant to accept Rossi's help.
On the plane, the team discovers that the victim in the first bombing wasn't supposed to be at the school and may have been killed by accident. The second bombing is a big escalation with the bomber striking during rush hour at the coffee house. Reid meets a patient at the hospital who is looking for his father - who he discovers died during the blast - this seems to bring up memories of Reid's loss of Gideon.
Rossi and Morgan meet with the forensics expert, Dr. Einstein, who is most likely as brilliant as Reid and would be a great love interest for him in the future… hint, hint my dearest writers. Reid has carried his chessboard with his and Gideon's last game on it with him and tells Rossi that playing the game helps him to focus. Reid and Rossi determine that since the media focus is now on Allan Archer as the "hero" that the bomber may strike again to get the focus back on him.
Archer is trying to get his wife and daughter to leave the scene as Reid and Morgan are the first to arrive on scene. Somehow, they have managed to beat the bomb-squad there. Morgan is trying to help Archer remain calm. Both Archer and Reid ask Morgan if he can do something to help with the situation. Morgan has to make a decision as to which wire to cut to diffuse the bomb. The bomber has used all of the same color wires, but somehow, Morgan manages to cut the correct wire and save the day. Where would we be without Morgan? Well, this time, Reid would be blown to bits, so I'll forgive the fact, in this instance, that Morgan has come in to save the day.
This is when the team realizes that there is a second UNSUB. Allan admits that he has no idea who this other person is and that he has taken credit and basically pissed off the other bomber by taking credit for his work. We now see the second UNSUB building another bomb. They go back to the original bombing to try to get the profile. In the meantime, the press has found that the Archers were targeted and Allan is once again in the headlines. The team fears that with the focus back on Archer, the original UNSUB will strike again soon. The media wants the Mayor to give Archer a key to the city. The team decides to use this opportunity to draw out the UNSUB. Brenda doesn't want to cooperate, but JJ convinces her to go along.
Reid and JJ find Burke in the basement of a nearby building and they convince him not to set off the device he has. If he does, he won't be able to tell the world how he was wrongly accused - since the student he had the affair with was over eighteen. They are able to arrest him without any further deaths. Brenda wants nothing to do with Allan.
I enjoyed this episode, although it was predictable at times. I have always enjoyed the interaction between Rossi and Reid and would like to see Rossi mentor Reid more in the future. I loved the forensics specialist and thought she would have been the perfect girlfriend for Reid; I just think it's time for a little bit of happiness is Reid's life. It was nice to see Reid being more assertive and a little more of a "tough guy" at the end of the episode instead of Morgan making the arrest. I am looking forward to next week's episode as the preview looks great!