In Criminal Minds, 8×07 ‘The Fallen,’ the BAU travels to Santa Monica when burned bodies of homeless people begin showing up by the famous pier. Also, Rossi reconnects with his former Marine sergeant from Vietnam.
Criminal Minds returns with 8×07, ‘The Fallen,’ on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9pm on CBS.
8x06 chat with Virgil Williams
Chat Transcript - November 8, 2012
Comment: Virgil Williams - I’m here to chat with y’all. Sorry for the delay. We had a table read. #askVirgil
Question: How do you feel knowing that CM is such a success? (:
Answer: I feel rich! In more ways than just money rich.
Question: do you watch CriminalMinds every wednesday ?
Answer: I watch CM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays too. By the time you guys see it we’ve seen each ep at least twice.
Question: how did you came up with that idea, kind of different generation of killer passing their knowledge of a clean kill?
Answer: Salut! I wanted to do a story about a kid killer who just graduated from animals to humans.
Question: How did you become a writer for CM? That’s my dream job!!!
Answer: I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote…deep breath…and wrote. Then I wrote some more.
Question:The parallels in last night’s epi were well done. Being underestimated (Reid/victim), and mentor/mentee (Unsubs & Morgan/Reid).
Answer: Thank you!!
Question: What do you do if you get writers block??
Answer: Sometimes I take a break. Sometimes I just keep writing.
Question: What has been your favorite episode to write?
Answer: “Profiling 101”
Question: did @GUBLERNATION have more trouble hitting the ball or missing it?
Answer: He’s a good athlete.
Question: What episode do you love, but you didn’t write??
Answer: Anything Erica Messer writes…(she’s standing right here) Ha!
Question: Mentoring is a theme in your episodes. How has mentoring affected your life?
Answer: I am a mentor and I have a mentor. Being one and having one has only made my life better.
Question: What character are you most like?
Answer: Superfan Kendall!I’ve missed u!I’m like Morgan cause I’m the only half black brotha on the team.And I kick doors down a lot.
Question: Where the two wonderful uses of “pretty boy” scripted?
Answer: Nope, Shemar ad libs.
Question: who is your inspiration to become a writer?
Answer: My mom and my 3rd grade teacher Ms. Mackin.
Question: Can u tell us a bit more about the episode @gibsonthomas is directing?
Answer: Yes, in it…people will die!
Question: was the person who was taking pictures of the team at the game involved in Reid/Mystery Girl storyline?
Answer: Stay tuned…
Question: Do you ever watch an episode back & wished you had done something different?
Answer: Uh, yeah. Like every episode I’ve ever written on every show I’ve ever been on.
Question: The ‘shopping’ scene was almost funny in it’s casuality. The actors and writing were spot-on. What was your inspiration for it?
Answer: I wanted to do a coaching type of scene and apparently there was a scene like that in The Wire. It just felt cool.
Question: what does the cast do between takes? Do any play practical jokes?
Answer: Two words - i phone
Question: What episode are you working on next??
Answer: 816…gonna be a heater.
Question: was there anything that was cut from last nights ep that you wish we saw?
Answer: We made the game sequence nice and tight, but I don’t miss anything we cut.
Question: Are you working on the finale at all yet? Or know what will happen?
Answer: Not yet. Too early.
Question: creepy stalker is back? Will this continue till the end of the season? Or r we gonna find out soon?
Answer: Stay tuned…
Question: fav. thing about working on set?
Answer: The popcorn.
Question: What character is the focus of 8x16?
Answer: The entire team.
Question: Did you write the UnSub role with Matt Lillard in mind? That guy’s baller.
Answer: No, but when his name got brought up we jumped at it. @matthewlillard is the sh%t.
Question: do you ever worry PETA will say something about an episode like this? U do a good job not showing any abuse, just can vision it.
Answer: No because…it’s fiction!!
Question: What did you dress up as for Halloween??
Answer: A skeleton.
Question: Who is in charge of getting Blake’s thermos into shots? I spotted it again!
Answer: We have a mug wrangler on set. Big job.
Question: Which character do you find easiest to write?
Answer: Depends on the day and on my mood.
Question: does the rest of the team eventually find out about reids mystery woman,and do they notice a change in reids behavior?
Answer: Patience…stay tuned…
Question: The UnSub taking pics at the end provoked a HUGE visceral reaction on tumblr (STAY AWAY FROM OUR BABIES!). Did you expect that?
Answer: No, but I like it.
Question: will any old cast return or hve a mention 2 see how they are doing? Especially Gideon!!! He just left… wondering where he went
Answer: Hmmm, maybe.
Question: Can you give MGG a hug from me??? Pretty please? Love you guys, Love the Moreid scenes.
Answer: @gublernation is hugging me right now. Sometimes he won’t stop. He can’t help himself.
Question: I’m in desperate need of some JJ/Hotch stuff. Dare I hope?
Answer: Nothing wrong with hope.
Question: Which other ep will you be writing this season?
Answer: 816 and 821.
Question: what made you decide to use names of players from Bad News Bears for your characters in 8x6 episode?
Answer: Baseball, great movie, just trying to have some fun.
Question: There’s a big fear in the fandom that ur giving us all these wonderful family scenes because something terrible is coming. True?
Answer: Define terrible.
Question: Will we ever see the pilot of the jet?
Answer: There is no pilot. It’s a set.
Question: Is it hard to find quotes for your episodes? Or is that not your job? :)
Answer: It’s hard sometimes. But easier than one might think.
Question: How long have you been writing for Criminal Minds?
Answer: I’m in my 2nd season.
Question: How’s Jeanne Tripplehorn fitting in with the cast?
Answer: She is great. We love her.
Question:What’s your most FBI-type life skill that helps you write awesome episodes?
Answer: Kicking down doors.
Question: I think Obama woud be a great person to guest star on #CriminalMinds… Or maybe you’s could just mention him in passing?
Answer: I’ll call him and see if he wants to do a guest spot.
Question: who is your bestie on set?
Answer: Fleabag. And the popcorn.
Question: What do you write outside of Criminal Minds, if/when you have time?
Answer: Short stories. Movies.
Question: Will there be any more tidbits about Blake spilled in future episodes? Or maybe a Blake centric episode?
Answer: She is a character. So we will learn more.
Question: When’s Strauss back?! #MissHer
Answer: In my next ep.816.
Question: Define terrible? Death, dismemberment, horrific psych. damage to our beloved team. Really scared for Reid, since he’s happiest.
Answer: Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Question: What show would you love to do a crossover with??
Answer: Glee or Gossip Girl.
Question: which is harder writing crime procedural for CM or medical jargon for ER?
Answer: Crime procedural.
Question: will there be a Penelope centric episode any time soon? I cannot get enough of Garcia! She is amazing!
Answer: Yes, 808, check it out.
Question: Garcia’s banter seemed much more natural and not as forced this ep - is it hard to write her, considering her role?
Answer: No, she’s fun to write for. And she always has great ad libs.
Question: Any chance of Hotch beard on the horizon?
Answer: We’re casting Hotch’s beard next week.
Question: What is your favorite part of the writing process? Breaking the story? Writing a draft? Being done?
Answer: I hate writing. But I love having written. So being done.
Question: This season seems very male focused storylines. Anything special for AJ, Kirsten or Jeanne?
Answer: Nope, boys only this year. KIDDING.
Question: What episode do you look at and think, “this is my Mona Lisa?”
Answer: The one I haven’t written yet.
Question: Any spoilers for upcoming episodes??
Answer: People will die. A lot of them. Oh and the team will catch killers. Oh and Reid will be cute. And Morgan will be sessy.
Question: Are we going to get to see lady-bonding this season?
Answer: I hope so.
Question: What guest star/character would you love to bring back?
Answer: The womb raider.
Question: There a chance of a Blake and Strauss catfight?!
Answer: A girl can dream.
Question: what do you like most about your job on criminal minds?
Answer: The paycheck. KIDDING. The people. And I’m #livingthedream
Question: Any team member getting kidnapped and tortured this season?
Answer: Yes, Morgan will be kidnapped and raped by Ian Doyle. WHAT?! KIDDING! I can’t tell you that!
Question: How do you like working with the rest of the writers? Do you guys work well as a team?
Answer: I can’t stand the other writers. KIDDING. Again. I love them all. Best writer’s room I’ve ever been in.
Question: would you ever consider acting in Criminal MInds?
Answer: Nah… I was a child actor and that led me to writing.
Question: one little morgan and reid kiss, and I’ll be completed :)
Answer: Whoa… That’s one way to go. You should call CBS and pitch that. Wear goggles and a helmet because their heads will explode.
Question: Do you ever watch repeats of CM at home? :D
Answer: All the time.
Question: what other crime shows do you watch beside CM? What’s your favourite?
Answer: I don’t watch a lot of tv. Mostly sports.
Question: whatever happened to Strauss’s drinking issue? are we going to hear anything about it? also, any Strauss/rossi this season?
Answer: I think Strauss is sauced right now. Hopefully she’s not driving.
Question: Please answer this question: When is Sean Hotchner coming back? Thank you!!!
Answer: Soon, stay tuned.
Question: Give us a hint regarding Reid’s mystery girl!
Answer: She’s white.
Question: If u *could* hook up 2 characters romantically, who would they be?
Answer: Hotch and Rossi.
Question: Will we see Prentiss in Season 8?
Answer: Prentiss left the show, guys. She’s gone. As in vanished. As in not on the show anymore.
Question: ever had an episode where it was PERFECT in your head but once it was on screen you were “Meh” ?
Answer: Yeah, every one I write.
Question:If u were to write for another show would u stay w/ crime based themed or switch genres?
Answer: I would go where the work is.
Question: Speaking of Hotch and Rossi, any good scenes between them coming up?
Question: saucy love scenes involving Reid? Will that ever happen? If that happens, every girl will be fangirlling over that on tumblr.
Answer: I can’t answer you because Matthew is still hugging me.
Question: Will there be anymore of Hotch and Rossi coaching Jack’s soccer team, or Reid and Morgan playing baseball? :)
Answer: If it fits into a story, then maybe.
Comment: Thanks for chatting CM fans. You guys are THE BEST FANS in the world. We love you and appreciate you watching. STAY TUNED!!!!!
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