This whole scene with Dowd shows how a clever profiler and negotiator Hotch is. His negotiation trap started the minute he surrendered his gun. Hotch made it clear he was the dominant one (e.g.“shut up, Reid”). He showed that he was the same kind of person as Dowd, who treated lesser ones with contempt ( e.g. “go head genius, tell him”). His posture and voice showed he wasn’t easily manipulated, but his words showed his approval for Dowd’s action. Hotch let Dowd feel he was competitive. And then, he let Dowd have his moment. I think this is the most clever and critical part of this scene. When Hotch said, “I said,they know you are in here.”, his posture, for the first time, swayed. He showed, for the first time, uncertainty. He let Dowd believe, he figured out Hotch’s mistake before Hotch knew it, therefore he outsmarted Hotch. Why this is so important is because Dowd wanted to be smartest of smart. Hotch gave him what he wanted. This made his guard down. Dowd was not stupid. He was cautious at first. But after he let his guard down, he started to believe what Hotch was saying. He believed Hotch was same kind of person as him. In the end, he showed even a hint of admiration for Hotch. Dowd was manipulated by Hotch before he knew it, despite he was cautious. “How do you think I found you.” was Hotch’s victory call.
This is truly clever writing in best use of profiling way. I really want more of this kind of writing, and this Hotch every once in a while. I desperately want to see more of negotiator Hotch in the future.
And one more thing I want to point out here is Hotch’s voice. My friend, who was very light CM fan, when she watched this scene, said that most people would be manipulated by his voice. His voice is weapon. Calm, quite, soft and strong. Very persuading and captivating. His voice is one of his best weapon and no other person has.
When Hotch talks to Reid at the end of L.D.S.K, he looks so frickn’ adorable. Like, he avoids eye contact and he acts all awkward. Also, he smiles a lot during the whole conversation. I’ve only ever seen him like that when he was attempting to flirt with Beth in that one episode.
Hotch: Well I wouldn’t have kept kicking, but I was afraid you didn’t get my plans. Reid: I got your plan the minute you moved the hostages out of my line of fire. Hotch: Well I hope I didn’t hurt you too badly. Reid: Hotch, I was a twelve year old child prodigy in a Las Vegas public high school. You kick like a nine year old girl.
I want everyone who’s ever called Reid a ‘Woobie’ to watch this scene. Watch him go from the first picture to the second in the span of a minute and tell me that any perceived weakness on his part isn’t an act to make others underestimate him.
He does this many times throughout the series. Like here,here and here
Dowd certainly didn’t expect Reid to be the one to take him out and that was the plan.