Criminal Minds shippers, we have to talk. We’ve seen a lot of scary things on this show: wind chimes made from human bones, the killer who kept a giant room full of his victims’ shoes, some of Reid’s more questionable haircuts, but Derek Morgan with a girlfriend who is not Penelope Garcia? That’s right up there. Granted, this show isn’t about the personal lives of the Behavioral Analysis Unit, but those relationships are an integral part of the characters who do this important job, and we’ve seen precious little of Morgan’s social life off the job to date, pardon the pun. Still, Morcia shippers are strong, and when the powers that be drop something big on this power couple, there are going to be repercussions.
The actual screen time isn’t that much. Only two scenes at beginning and end of the show, with one Morgan/Garcia scene in between. The episode begins with a shirtless Derek Morgan waking to find that his companion of the evening, a lovely lady named Savannah, has been called to work and she has to go now. Observant fans will notice that this mirrors the season premiere, where Morgan himself bailed out on a date to answer the call to duty. In Savannah’s case, there’s no room for argument. She’s a doctor, there’s a six car pileup and she’s needed at the hospital ASAP. She leaves a befuddled Morgan alone in her abode, charged with the duty of walking her pug while she goes off to save lives.
When Morgan reports to his own place of employment the next day, he arrives at the same time as Garcia, who’s cheerily chatting about her latest knitting project. She breaks off, concerned, when he doesn’t respond. Morgan always looks at her projects, and now he’s not. What’s wrong? Morgan admits his dissatisfaction with the way the night ended.
As usual, Garcia’s got his number. Morgan’s upset because Savannah “Morganed” him. Morgan would have, and has, left a date on a moment’s notice, when called to action, and that’s exactly what Savannah did. Garcia points out Morgan’s problem: Savannah is Morgan in heels…and that Morgan is secretly in love with Garcia. It’s off to catch bad guys after that, but the question still lingers in Morgan’s mind, and in those of the fans. Is this a not so subtle hint about the end game, or merely getting back to the banter that has become their trademark?
Later, bad guys wrangled, Morgan drags his weary self home, only to find a note on his door…and candlelight and romantic music inside, along with a sultry Savannah. How did she know when he’d be back? Garcia tipped her off, of course, timing everything perfectly. Savannah even tried making him dinner, but that didn’t work out, so there’s Indian takeout on the way. How might the two lovebirds fill those twenty minutes until their meal arrives? We’re all grownups here, and certain things can’t be shown on broadcast TV.
So, the question, for Morcia fans and friend-shippers alike, is: where is Criminal Minds going with all this? Does Garcia’s apparent stamp of approval on the Morgan/Savannah relationship make anyone more inclined to accept Morgan’s new gal? Does the fact that she can’t cook and has a pug make her any more appealing? Do we need more information before forming an opinion? Or is the real truth of the matter already there in Garcia’s own words, and Morgan really is secretly in love with her after all? We’ve already seen Garcia’s male counterpart in Kevin, so is this merely Morgan’s way of getting in touch with his own feminine side? Let the profiling begin.
Anna C. Bowling considers writing historical romance the best way to travel through time and make the voices in her head pay rent. She welcomes visitors to her blog, Typing with Wet Nails and to follow her at Twitter.