Favourite Criminal Minds Episodes | 4.16 Pleasure is my Business (25/68)
Hotchner: "A prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture." Camille Paglia
eight unsubs » Megan Kane (4.16 Pleasure is my Business) (♥)
'Will you stay with me?'
'Do you promise?'
I love “Pleasure Is My Business”. Yes, objectively speaking there are probably better episodes and some things here are not very original and even problematic. I guess my Hotch love makes me forgive all of that, heh.
They show this world of incredibly wealthy white men, all of them very privileged and powerful. There’s a reason the AD at first only asks Hotch for a consult. He fits in, what with his background in law and his own position in the FBI hierarchy (and perhaps also his upbringing). They assume he will do his best to protect the status quo and keep this “embarassing” business with the murderous high-end prostitute quiet. Throughout the episode lawyers and other people paid to protect the image of these tycoons are shown primarily approaching him. And they all do it with an air of familiarity that speaks of their confidence that he is really one of them, that he will “play ball”.
In “Sex, Birth, Death” the congresswoman told him that if he could reconcile himself to the politics he could have a steep career in the Bureau. After initial hesitation he didn’t choose the politically smart option then, but the one that was best for the case. And at the beginning of season three he told Strauss that he doesn’t have career aspirations beyond the BAU. The profiling, solving the cases, catching the UnSubs ultimately always comes first for him.
But IMO he is reasonably well versed in the culture of money and power, and he is shown to feel the temptation to go along with it up to a point in both “Sex, Birth, Death” and “Pleasure Is My Business”, he does in fact make concessions in the beginning in both episodes. So it’s a glimpse of the man Hotch could be had he chosen another path, if he had arranged himself with all these wealthy and powerful men. He could have become one of them. I’m aware that he’s already a white man in a position of authority and that his financial situation is presumably pretty comfortable, but the show makes it clear that he could be going much further if he compromised himself and conducted his career in a “smarter”, more politically savvy fashion.
Megan Kane fixates on him because he represents in many ways the men she’s been around her whole life, but unlike her father and her victims he seems upstanding, caring and responsible. He seems like someone who wouldn’t dispose of people (wives, children, girlfriends, prostitutes, employees etc. etc.) once they didn’t gratify his needs or didn’t boost his ego anymore. So she spirals even more out of control when she hears that he’s apparently helping to cover up the nature of the murders instead of exposing all these men and the double lives they lead. But during his phone call with Megan he confesses his failures as a husband and father to her and afterwards doesn’t tolerate “hush hush” attempts and “tit for tat” offers anymore.
And at the end the scenes between Megan and her father and Megan and Hotch in some ways mirror each other as well. Megan asks her father “Will you stay with me?”, which he promises to do, only to leave her the moment he thinks he’s got her client list and that he won’t be tied to the murders anymore. He thinks that he can make her somehow disappear so his name won’t be “tainted” by the “scandal” (notice how the death of these men is perceived as less important than the loss of their reputation in this environment).
She asks Hotch the same question, he promises as well and actually does stay by her side in her dying moments. He also leaks the client list she gave him, exposing and “embarassing” her father and the other men on the list. He breaks with the “boys’ club” culture that tried to lure him in throughout the episode.
'Will you stay with me?'
'Do you promise?'
"Will you stay with me?"