When it came to the most upvoted comment, Season 5’s “Risky Business” won out. User u/Suitable_Emergency34 mentioned it, saying they haven’t seen anyone discuss the episode, which has a good unsub misdirection.
In “Risky Business,” a string of strange, patterned teenage suicides catch the BAU’s attention. JJ (A.J. Cook) convinces them to check it out, and it’s a good thing they do, because they discover someone is goading teens into choking themselves as part of a county-wide competition. While at first the BAU suspect the goth teenager Chris (Michael Bolten) of organizing it, they discover that his EMT father (John Pyper-Ferguson) has actually been abusing and manipulating him in service of his Münchausen syndrome by proxy — meaning he feels the need to injure people under his care.
u/Suitable_Emergency34 mentioned the opening scene, in which two students prepare to choke themselves and are found by distraught parents, as particularly chilling. They also liked that Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) comes with the team and builds a rapport with Chris, in a departure from her usual station at her desk. Plus, the conversations between the BAU team on the plane at the end of the episode offer both humor and striking emotional depth. While u/Suitable_Emergency34 added, “Not sure if this is the most underrated, but I just wanted to talk about it,” at the end of their comment, other fans seemed to agree, judging by their upvotes.
Original poster u/zbutcher24 agreed, commenting, “That episode is definitely one of my favourites. I was on the edge of my seat the moment the episode started.” u/Small-Excitement-474 said the episode is “quite confronting,” which is high praise for a show like “Criminal Minds.”