My thoughts on last night’s episode of Criminal Minds.
So I am fairly convinced that the Replicator could be Anderson. He pops up randomly every now and then to remind us that he exists. Let’s not forget he drove Elle home and didn’t look around her house to make sure it was safe which resulted her in being shot by the Fisher King. We saw Hotch yell at him once on screen but he’s not part of the team. He is but he isn’t. He doesn’t get much screen time so I’m sure he suffered much more than we know about, people asking him how he could slip up like this? Since he pops up every now and then he must associate with the team a lot off screen. He is an agent that works with the FBI so he does have access to files and people probably wouldn’t question him too much if he looked up these files, or he could have simply waited after hours pretending to be catching up on paperwork. He would have known about Gideon’s old case. He’d know where the team would be heading out so it’d be easy for him to know their locations. I might be looking too much into it but it seemed strange last night that they suddenly mentioned that Anderson drove Garcia home. Garcia is perfectly capable of driving herself, I’m sure despite needing a shower and a nap she would have fended okay. It’s also possible that Anderson is going to help them solve the case. He could be a red herring but I doubt it. Most likely he just wants to prove to the BAU that he is more than just a pretty face.