I’ve spoken before about my love for Criminal Minds’ Penelope Garcia. I stand by that love. She rocks in many, many ways.
But tonight’s episode kind of sucked for her. Major spoilers for the episode Lucky below:
The case of the night was disturbing, as usual. I…wish they’d explained why the Bad Guy only killed and ate women. He was just a sick individual all around, but his symptoms didn’t really seem to dictate a gender preference, except in the obvious way all his victims were women (but whyyyyyy?). Anyway. Believe it or not, that’s not the thrust of my irritation so I shouldn’t have even brought it up.
The episode began with Garcia going for her morning tea. It’s clear she does it every day or often – the barista at the coffee/tea shop greeted her by name and knew her usual. On the way out, she passes a very attractive man whose laptop has just frozen. She notices, and of course fixes it for him. She’s all cool and tech-savvy like that. To her surprise, the guy gives her his phone number, and she gives hers after a shellshocked moment.
Then she goes to work, where she immediately runs into Derek Morgan, the profiler with whom she shares a real innuendo-laced friendship. Garcia doesn’t act the same around him as she usually does, too preoccupied by Hot Guy. Morgan notices, and she tells him about Hot Guy, along with suspicions – after all, hot guys don’t exactly pound down her door. It takes time for people to get to know her in all her glory (she does rock, have I mentioned that?) before that happens. She wonders if the guy has an agenda. Morgan is a bit taken aback by her telling him the story of Hot Guy wanting to talk to her, I think for different reasons than we’re supposed to believe, and basically agrees with her and tells her to trust her gut.
Later on in the episode, when the profilers are out on a case, Garcia’s Hot Guy calls and asks her out for dinner. She flubs a bit, then pretends to have a cold. Morgan calls just after this, and she tells him she took his earlier advice and blew off Hot Guy. I can’t remember exactly what Morgan says, but it’s vaguely, if unintentionally insulting and Garcia calls him out, telling him that she knows he’d never in a million years ask out a woman like her, but that doesn’t mean other people are as shallow…and then promptly hangs up on him to call Hot Guy back.
(Note: A few extra points to Prentiss who, after hearing Garcia say “I met a hot guy”, knows exactly where the tension between Garcia and Morgan is stemming from and tells Morgan, “When a woman tells a man about her feelings, she doesn’t want him to fix her, she wants him to shut up and listen.”)
Fast forward to the end of the episode. Garcia’s being walked to her door by Hot Guy. They chit chat about coincidences and luck, that is – him being in the coffee shop and her knowing how to fix his computer and then, when it’s clear she expects a kiss, Hot Guy hugs her and that’s it. She looks incredibly disappointed and walks up the stairs alone. But then, aha, Hot Guy calls her attention with an “I’ve been wanting to do this all night.”
And then he pulls out a gun and shoots her.
Given the nature of the program, I know their meeting was no coincidence. I’m sure next week we’ll see Garcia has become a victim of a nasty piece of work who’s likely targeted her for some time. I get that, but…did they have to pull the “no hot man is going to fall for a fat (fabulous, damnit!!) woman, unless there’s something wrong with him” card?
I am SO sick of this message.