Criminal Minds Derek Abducted

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For months, many a Criminal Minds fan fretted about the fate of Derek Morgan, especially given the fact that Episode 16 would be titled “Derek” and guest-star Danny Glover as his dead dad.

And to be sure, the hour was easy neither for Derek nor for said fans.

Abducted at the close of last week’s episode, Derek was held captive in an extremely remote cabin by a torturer-for-hire named Edgar Solomon (played by Charles Mesure) and his team of goons. As Edgar progressively tortured Derek (first with blunt force, then by burning a trail of white phosphorous smudged down his Matt-needs-to-eat-fewer-carbs torso), the BAU agent first entertained a fantasy about an idyllic home life with Savannah and their two rugrats. But as the pain got worse, the fantasy eroded, ultimately leave him in the company of his late father, Hank.

Hank served as a guide for Derek — there to either make dying easier, or help his son hang on, by nudging him to work the case as he usually would, using himself as the victim. Derek flashed back to age 10, the day his policeman pop was fatally gunned down when trying to thwart a purse snatching, then briefly to age 15, when he was abused by a pedophile.

As the BAU team slowly but surely drew closer and closer to IDing and tracking the guys who grabbed their colleague, Derek went all Die Hard/Rambo on his captors, snapping out of a faked fugue state to gun down nearly all of the men. Another face-off from a bathroom hallway felled two more baddies, but Derek, after finally passing out for a bit, then found himself stranded with no cell signal and no transpo. One blackout later, Derek woke to hear one of the unfriendlies gasping his request for an exfil into a sat phone — before swallowing the SIM card to keep Derek from using it. Derek, though, would not let such a detail derail him, so he gutted the goon to fish out the SIM card, pop it back into the phone and then hit redial, hoping that Penelope and the team would be watching for the signal. And they were.

From there — and as Hank helped Derek realize that Savannah, when they last spoke, was readying to tell him she is pregnant — it was a race against time to see who would find Derek first, his BAU buds or the “cleanup” crew member that had been summoned. Bad news: it was the latter.

Derek did his best to fend off the cleanup creep with a knife, but fell short. Luckily, Reid and the others showed up in time to gun down the would-be killer and save Derek.

Or maybe… “save” him? Derek starts to flatline in the ambulance, and things begin looking grim, but Hank urges his boy to fight on and be the father he needs to and will be. And three days later, Derek comes to in the hospital, where he pours his heart out to mom-to-be Savannah and asks her to marry him — and she easily says yes.

What did you think of the wild ride that was “Derek,” directed by Thomas Gibson?

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93 Comments
  1. Lisa says:

    Did I miss something? Why was he abducted in the 1st place?

    • We don’t know. The press release for the next episode did say that Morgan would be looking for his abductors.

      • Lisa says:

        Oh okay, thank you. It was in my head the whole time that we’d not only find out who took him, but WHY they took him and that never got resolved.

        • Yeah…this episode not only didn’t answer WHO hired these torturers to abduct Morgan, but WHY. I imagine we will get some answers, but I personally can’t think of any GOOD reasons why some rich individual/organization would hire a team to torture a FBI agent. If they wanted him dead, they could have just as easily killed him. So we have no clue if they were torturing him for payback or information or anything, because the episode was more about showing torture porn.

          • lovingnascar88 says:

            I read where Prentiss is coming in for an episode, so it may have something to do with her or that past.

          • Emily is coming back in episode 19, which is the episode after we think Morgan is leaving (assuming a main character does in fact leave like it was rumored). From what I’ve read about that episode, it is a completely different sort of story.

          • TVdetective says:

            I agree. Criminal Minds at it’s worst it torture porn that serves zero purpose other than sadism. The show at it’s best is a psychological thriller telling an interesting story.

            This episode was upsetting and served no meaningful purpose except to showcase Morgan/ Dad relationship/ loss. It was not a good story at all. The Unit saving Morgan at the exact second he was getting killed is juvenile writing. The bad guy didn’t hear all of those loud helicopters, huh? Though the Unit typically saves ppl in the 5 minutes of the show. This time it was really stupid.

            I didn’t know Morgan might be leaving. He is the best character on the show. It will be very stiff without him. He creates balance by being strong but down-to-earth. Everyone else is too brooding and serious. The show will be homogenous. He is also the eye candy.

    • lydia rucker says:

      Never said why I would like to know too.

    • Ron Falise says:

      I’m still trying to understand why Derek was kidnapped?!!!!

  2. Gary Jimerson says:

    It had me on the edge of my seat. I was prepared for him not to make it, but then I remembered why I love the show so much, Derek Morgan! And he survived so I can breathe again. #Breath-taking

  3. So…my predictions/fears for this episode were pretty much dead on. This was likely the first episode in Morgan’s dramatic exit arc. Savannah is pregnant and now they are engaged. And this episode was pretty much all Morgan hallucinations and all torture. The team was barely there. The contrast with Revelations and Penelope is dramatic, because those two episodes had the team rallying around the injured team member, doing their job to save them/figure it all out. For this episode, they might not have even been there, since from what we saw, Morgan probably would have been able to pull the knife out of his hand, kill the final captor and drive himself to safety.

    Yep, this was a parting gift for Shemar for over the top acting and story. and show that he is strong enough to withstand ignited white freaking phosphorous on his chest, only to break out of his binds, use one guy as a shield and kill pretty much every one else in the room. It was like this was some over the top action movie and not a cerebral psychological thriller. I mean, for freak’s sake, some shadowy organization hired former, rogue British SAS wannabe CIA contractors to torture Morgan for some unknown reason (though we know Morgan will be searching for his abductors in episode 17). And for what? That was freaking RIDICULOUS!

    My one nice thing to say: Thomas is a good director and has a good eye for visuals. It’s too bad the story was ridiculous and over the top.

    • Geri says:

      We love this show and never miss an episode, but I turned off this episode. Who wants to watch an hour of torture? Only the same type of disturbed individuals on which this show usually focuses. This show usually has awesome writing with an interesting and complex storyline. After reading the plot synopsis, I’m glad I didn’t waste my time and emotions.

      • TVdetective says:

        Yes it was a waste of talent as far as I’m concerned. They jumped the shark. Morgan deserved a better story/ episode for his final season. I’m disappointed that he is leaving the show.

  4. ADJ says:

    Such an emotional episode!

  5. Angela says:

    Reid saving Morgan at the end by shooting that guy was so good. I loved that. And I loved Morgan’s vision of Garcia as a literal angel, too. Aw. I also liked the vision Morgan had of his future, coming home to Savannah and a couple kids. Awwww.
    .
    We needed those good moments, too, ’cause my god, so much emotional heartache and intensity here. Everything with Morgan and his dad was very touching (especially their discussion of Buford, and the memories of the day he lost his dad), the flashbacks to the happier times with his dad when he was a kid were moving, and the ending with Savannah and Morgan got me all misty-eyed, too. And we’re not even going to talk about Morgan imagining the team’s reaction to him dying, ’cause that whole scene was devastating.
    .
    The case definitely seems really out there and weird, I won’t argue that (though I am interested to see what else Morgan finds out about these people and why they kidnapped him in the next episode). But I’m more interested in the personal side of things with this show anyway, so… All I’ll say is that if this is going to be the setup for Morgan leaving the show, I just hope he can get this case sorted out and be able to leave on happy, safe terms when the time comes.

  6. Mr. Tran K says:

    Roger Murtaugh turns himself to the…dark side. Don’t know if Danny Glover was the bad guy in the movie Switchback (never saw it) opposite Dennis Quaid.

  7. d says:

    does anyone know the song that was played at the end? soundhound didn’t know it and I really liked it

  8. J Brindley says:

    Why did the goons kidnap Derek? That was never explained.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      “The Sandman,” airing March 16: The BAU heads to Wichita in search of an UnSub abducting children while their parents sleep; Morgan tries to find who was responsible for his attack.

  9. GraceM says:

    Both my mom and I called it with Savannah being pregnant. Wanting to talk and want Strawberry ice cream were the giveaways.

  10. Angelique says:

    Amazingly talented way of keeping us all on the edge of our seats! Love it!

  11. Sheila says:

    Two weeks in a row where Reid has taken down the bad guy at the end!

  12. Dez says:

    I loved it !!! One of my favorite episodes. I hope Shemar Moore wins an award for his performance. It would be well deserved!!!

  13. linda greengrass says:

    I just finished watching this episode and I thought he had died. I was crying my ass off. I’m in the process of missing my beloved husband who died three years ago this coming spring and I love the relationship between him hìm and Penelope. It reminds me of how Allan treated me like a princess. He would have been 68 on March 20th. I miss him. Anyway I’m glad Derek Morgan is still alive. :-)

  14. Joyce Alessi says:

    I’ve never seen the phenomenon of dissociation due to trauma depicted so well and so accurately. I’ve never seen the process of healing from trauma written and acted so well in a film story. This episode was beyond amazing. Bravo to Derek Morgan, Thomas Gibson and most especially to the writers.

  15. Dez says:

    The song that was playing at the end. Does anyone know the name of the song, or who the artist is?

  16. Sara says:

    I hope that Gubler’s tease that an original cast member leaves in the episode he directed this season is false. While Derek Morgan has never been my favorite (that would be Reid), I still would miss him if he leaves. That goes for pretty much any of the cast, but Morgan seems most likely. They just have such great chemistry as an ensemble!

    • From Messer’s track record with writing an episode with Kirsten, it doesn’t usually end well. Last season, Gideon died. And I think someone left before that, or something happened to someone. I think it was a Garcia centric episode, but she didn’t leave. I’m just remembering Nelson’s Sparrow, which was written by Messer and Kirsten.

      I’ve been having theories on who was leaving as soon as I saw Matthew’s tease. And he’s usually never wrong, he directed the episode where Prentiss ‘died’. And my now least favorite writer wrote it. So I’m pretty sure Matthew is right, and my field of possible team members leaving was narrowed last night.

      I just hope we get something good if it does happen… and us non Morgan x Savannah fans can get some closure. For those who love Morgan and Garcia, and beyond.

  17. Ruth Hargaden says:

    On the edge of my seat the whole time, yelling at the Tv in between shocked moments.

  18. My fears were confirmed just like mysocalledcreativelife’s fears were.

    There was only one moment that made me happy. Then the rest of the episode, my heart was squished. I liked where Morgan asked his father if he’d see Reid again. And I’m sure Hank knows how close they are. And we saw how devastated Reid was when Morgan saw himself dead when they found him. (I’m just sad that everyone over looks their relationship)

    But then heartbreak. I was yelling, screaming and not the oh he’ll be a dad kind of scream. More like Why?!!!

  19. Debbie says:

    OMG I was so stressed out thru the whole episode!!! My son kept saying good god mom calm down !!!

  20. Jen says:

    I thought it was a heart breaking roller coaster of emotions! Definitely wasn’t expecting Derek to be tortured tho, hoping that is done.

  21. Erick says:

    in this episode the onion cutting ninjas finally defeated me.

  22. jazzyt2u says:

    Very good episode from eye candy to emotions especially when it showed the reaction of the team to his death. But I wasn’t stressed because I kept thinking he’s clearly going to survive for Savannah to tell him she’s pregnant. I figured she was from last week’s episode when he started to worry about her wanting to “Talk”. I was like oh I bet she’s pregnant…

  23. sheriaz627 says:

    Amazing episode, had me sitting on the edge of my seat and feeling every bit of torture from the comfort of my home. Terrific acting by Shemar!

  24. Sandy says:

    I absolutely loved this episode.

  25. annie says:

    what does the windshield wiper fluid(I am assuming that is what he found on the shelves) do to the white phosphorous?

  26. Alice says:

    I thought it was one of the BEST episodes EVER!!
    I love the show and the cast. Please don’t ever change!!!
    😘😘😘😘🌹🌹🌹🌹❤️❤️

  27. Faith coval says:

    I’m glad he didn’t die. I met him at a party in the islands about 16 years ago and he was one of the nicest man plus super good looking I would miss him alotfa

  28. cynthia says:

    All I know is that one was as gut wrenching ad the where the cry serial killer kills hotch’s wife while he’s listening on the phone. Man I am soooo hooked on this show.

  29. Kevin says:

    Good show liked it

  30. R Burnett says:

    One of the best ‘Criminal Minds’ episode ever. I was all over the emotional roller coaster. Bravo guys.

  31. I was just thinking right before this episode, I wonder if they ever have an episode that doesn’t deal with a serial killer and this is what I got for an answer…GREAT episodie I love Derek anyway so it was even better!

  32. Lynda says:

    Loved it ! Hated seeing Morgan abused again though ….

  33. S. White says:

    This was the best episode I have seen yet. We were all on edge all during the show. Wow, I am so glad he survived cause that team makes the show.

  34. M says:

    Best episode this season. Touching and loving. I cried! !

  35. Carol says:

    Stupidest Criminal Minds episode ever!

  36. lydia rucker says:

    Just watch best show ever.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand the casting of Morgan’s father. He died when Morgan was young and they showed what happened, so why have two different actors play the part – one younger and one older? His father’s dead so he wouldn’t have aged after dying. they should have just had one actor play the the role.

  38. POJ says:

    Great episode and acting by Shemar Moore, and direction by Thomas Gibson.
    I did however have the thought that now that Savannah and Derek are engaged, BEWARE! Hotch’s wife, Dave’s ex-wife, and Reid’s girlfriend didn’t fare too well. I don’t know how JJ’s husband has lasted this long :)

  39. d says:

    I love Criminal Minds, its my fav. Please keep it going……..

  40. cheryl says:

    Awesome episode; kept me on the edge of my seat.The show would not be the same if they killed off his character. Just heard” Emily Prentiss” is coming back for a guest appearance; too bad it isn’t permanent. The show was even better when she was on.She had great on screen compatibility with the other actors; none of the replacements that were tried had the same “fit”.The show’s producers should try and woo her back, especially now that the story line is evolving with “Derek”.

  41. Olivia Nesbitt says:

    What the hell?? Why was Derek abducted? If his dad died young, why was he old in the visions? Why would a pickpocket kill a cop? If it was someone threatening the woman with a gun, then it would make sense, but… Why is Derek with that woman? She is such a bitch? Was this episode a precursor to Derek’s character being removed from the show – get rid of Derek and his fiancé? Then, there would be a dramatic episode where she is left as a single mom. So many questions.

  42. Suzanne says:

    I haven’t followed season 11. I didn’t know what was going on! I thought “Derik” was a weird episode, to say the least. I shut it off before it was half over.

  43. Chuck says:

    One of the best episodes I’ve seen, really gave Derek the chance for some acting.

    I’m in the dark as to what was behind the torture, what infomation did they want?

  44. Betty says:

    I thought it was a ridiculous episode. This show was once very interesting when based on the “minds of criminals”. The show has really gone down hill and is now not much more than a fantasy soap opera filled with super human characters. Sadly this was the proverbial last straw for me.

  45. Melissa says:

    Litterally almost cried. Can’t wait to see baby Morgan. #BabyMorgan

  46. Drewe Jeffcoat says:

    I thought it was the worst episode ever. It seemed like the point was to torture Derek for ratings. I hope future episodes will shed light on it and redeem it.

  47. carlos velasquez says:

    It was assome, great and unbelievable i like it very much…great episode…yes i think i had tears but them again im 37 yrs.old…so dont judge me…

  48. Brenda says:

    That show was GREAT AND KEEPS GETTINGBETTER ALL THE CAST DO WELLTOGETHER. Curious about Hotch,Beth and Rossi and his daughter and can’t forget, JJ and her family and the computer nerd that wanted to buy farm with Garica the computer wiz genius. Too many story lines still out there. Love this show so does my husband😃