Five Great Comedic Scenes From the Show “Criminal Minds” – TVOvermind

For a show about serial killers and psychopathic murderers Criminal Minds manages to add some comic relief to break the tension. The police procedural drama follows the agents of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit as they investigate murders across the country. The writers and ensemble cast manage to add humorous moments throughout the series. For a drama with some very serious topics, it’s nice to have some lighthearted moments mixed in and Criminal Minds does a great job mixing it up. It’s clear these aren’t just co-workers but friends who have bonded over some serious issues. The characters interact in relaxed scenes as well as serious ones.

Here are 5 great comedic scenes from the show “Criminal Minds.



1. Prank War

In a 2011 episode of Criminal Minds Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) engage in a prank war. The episode explores a high school massacre but manages to ease the tension by exploring agents Reid and Morgan’s love hate relationship. When Morgan finds out that Reid hustled him in an office pool, he retaliates by giving out Reid’s phone number during an interview with a reporter on television. Seemingly innocent Reid fights back hard. His voice interrupts Morgan’s ipod music saying: “never wage a practical joke war against an MIT graduate, because we have a history of going nuclear”. Then he proceeds to scream. The two continue their back and forth prank throughout the episode providing comic relief and further exploring the coworker’s “bromance”.

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2. Fit Test

In a Season 9 episode of Criminal Minds involving Rabies, the show manages to lighten the mood with Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), Spencer Reid and Derek Morgan. Garcia and Reid must perform a fitness test as part of the FBI’s requirement. They prepare the best they can and believe they’ll just have to run some laps around the track. Expecting a “Jerky Jock” to lead them through the required test, Morgan shows up. He puts his 2 co-workers through a series of grueling fitness tests. In the end, he admits the test was waived for them and that he just wanted to see what they’d do. Upon finding this out Garcia says she’s going to kill him. Reid responds that if he could lift his arms, he’d hold Morgan down.

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3. Garcia and Kevin

Penelope Garcia is always one to provide comic relief on Criminal Minds. Her relationship with coworker Kevin always manages to provide funny moments. In one scene she and Kevin are in the shower when Detective Rossi stops by her apartment creating an awkward moment. In another episode Penelope fights with Kevin and gets drunk. When she wakes up Morgan is in her shower. Of course he just brought her popcorn and a movie to comfort his friend and slept on her couch. Garcia and Morgan certainly have a special relationship on the show. They really are good friends who look out for each other. The couple are flirtatious but deep down, they really look out for each other. Their relationship always provides lightness to the show even in its darkest moments.

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4. Hotch fist bumps Reid

In a scene from season 10 the BAU crew is on the airplane headed to their next case. Genius Reid shows off his knowledge to a new agent with the encouragement of Detective Aaron Hotchen (Thomas Gibson) much to the aggravation of Derek Morgan. After determining how many boats are on Lake Mead, Reid reaches out to offer Morgan a fist bump. The normally stoic Hotchen is sitting next to Reid and offers him a fist bump. Like Hotchen, we are amused. The popular scene of Hotchen fist bumping Reid was even made into a GIF.



5. Fake FBI Agent

Aside from the tense plots, Criminal Minds often shows its characters bonding outside of work. Of course, the girls enjoy their time together shopping and having an occasional “Girls Night Out” bonding. In a 2009 episode JJ (AJ Cook), Prentiss (Paget Brewster) and Garcia go out to a bar. Prentiss immediately picks up a guy and introduces him to her friends. The guy claims to be an FBI agent so the girls have some fun with him before revealing all of their badges to the poor guy.

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'I was angry, and I sent it out': Woman admits she fabricated a claim about writing an anonymous letter that accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault

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  • Senate Judiciary Committee investigators said that a woman who claimed to be the author of an anonymous sexual-assault allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh had “fabricated” the claim.
  • Republican Sen. Grassley of Iowa said his committee had investigated the allegations made by Judy Munro-Leighton, a Kentucky woman who claimed she was the author of an anonymous letter that detailed graphic sexual-assault allegations.
  • The “Jane Doe” in the letter claimed that Kavanaugh and his friend “sexually assaulted and raped me in his car,” but provided no timeframe of the incident, and no return address.
  • Munro-Leighton later sent an email claiming she was Doe. Investigators were able to find Munro-Leighton due to her “relatively unique name,” and determined she was an “activist … decades older than Judge Kavanaugh.”
  • Munro-Leighton, who had never met Kavanaugh in person, “admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and was not the author of the original ‘Jane Doe’ letter,'” Grassley’s office said.
  • Grassley urged the FBI and attorney general to give “utmost consideration” to the case, but added that Munro-Leighton’s fabricated allegations should not discount sexual assault claims that were made in “good faith.”

Senate Judiciary Committee investigators concluded that a woman who claimed to be the author of an anonymous sexual-assault allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh had “fabricated” her accusation, according to a letter from Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley.

In the letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican Sen. Grassley of Iowa said his committee had investigated the allegations made by Judy Munro-Leighton, a woman who claimed she was the author of an anonymous handwritten letter that detailed the graphic sexual assault allegations.

The anonymous, undated letter Munro-Leighton referenced was received by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California in September, and was publicly released with Kavanaugh’s testimony on the Committee’s website on September 26. The “Jane Doe” in the letter claimed that Kavanaugh and his friend “sexually assaulted and raped me in his car,” but provided no timeframe of the incident, and no return address.

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“Jane Doe will get no media attention,” Munro-Leighton wrote in an email she sent later, according to Grassley’s office. “But I am deathly afraid of revealing any information about myself or my family.”

Investigators were able to find Munro-Leighton due to her “relatively unique name,” and determined she resided in Kentucky. According to their findings, they deduced that she was what they described as a “left-wing activist,” who is “decades older than Judge Kavanaugh.”

After being interviewed by investigators on Thursday, Munro-Leighton, who had never met Kavanaugh in person, “admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and was not the author of the original ‘Jane Doe’ letter,'” Grassley’s office said.

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“No, no, no. I did that as a way to grab attention,” Munro-Leighton said to investigators. “I am not Jane Doe … but I did read Jane Doe’s letter. I read the transcript of the call to your Committee … I saw it online. It was news.”

Munro-Leighton, who said she called Congress multiple times to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, also admitted she “just wanted to get attention” and that her actions were “just a ploy.”

“I was angry, and I sent it out,” Munro-Leighton said of her sexual assault allegation.

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Grassley urged the FBI director and attorney general to give the case his “utmost consideration,” but added that Munro-Leighton’s fabricated allegations should not discount sexual assault claims that were made in “good faith.”

“The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know,” Grassley said. “But when individuals intentionally mislead the Committee, they divert Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations and materially impede our work.”

“Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal,” Grassley added. “It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators.”

The accusation from the anonymous letter was one of many that were leveled against Kavanaugh, who would eventually replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Numerous people came forward with accounts of their past experiences with Kavanaugh, which ranged from sexual misconduct to habitual drinking.

Read the Senate Judiciary Committee’s full letter here:

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