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Monday, June 2, 2008

Criminal Minds 1 - Chipmunk Cheeks


Andrea Roth, gorgeous guest star in a scene from the "Limelight" episode of Criminal Minds.

This is one of three essays that have been inspired by the "Limelight" episode of Criminal Minds. None of the thoughts I've had about the episode are all that related to one another, so I thought I'd make up three short blog posts rather than a single long article.


I would say the most remarkable thing about the "Limelight" episode is the way it has changed my views on the way gags affect a woman's looks.

I have always thought that gags were basically appearance-neutral, and I still think that's the case for most gag scenes: a woman who appears beautiful prior to being gagged will appear beautiful afterward, and a woman who appears, shall we say, ordinary, will still look ordinary.

But there are clearly exceptions, based on this image:


Andrea Roth, tightly cleave gagged on the "Limelight" episode of Criminal Minds.


Hell, it doesn't even appear to be the same woman, but it is, believe me. The tight cleave gag has given Andrea Roth, the actress playing Jill Morris in this episode a REALLY bad case of chipmunk cheeks (you may remember Andrea Roth from such Loosie Award winners as Dangerous Attraction). Tight cleave gags frequently do that to the wearer, but don't generally change their appearances much, and rarely for the worse when they do. Chipmunk cheeks aren't all that unattractive, in and of themselves, IMHO.

But something about the way this gag drags backward and downward at the same time makes Roth appear to be, well ... jowly. There, I've said it -- jowly.

And the thing is, the image of Roth's face without the gag isn't an extraordinarily good shot of her face -- there are plenty of others like it that bring out her beauty. That's what she really looks like -- she really does look like a different person without the gag. Don't believe me? Check out two other images of Roth with and without the gag from the same episode below:



I suspect that the great changes wrought in her appearances by the gag are the result of a perfect storm of coincidences having to do with the structure of her face and the way the gag was applied -- it's very tight and the knot appears to be slightly lower than her mouth, dragging her cheeks down. Roth is also playing a woman watching another woman get tortured to death who is in fear for her own life and at the same time enraged at her captor, with much more dramatic lighting, so you'd expect some difference in appearance. But still ... wow.

My advice to Andrea is this: avoid gag scenes involving cleave gags, especially tight cleave gags. Tape gags like the one you wore in Dangerous Attraction are OK, but you might want to watch the ball gags. We know you're a trooper because of the bondage scenes you've already done, but you, unlike most actresses, have a legitimate reason to avoid cleave gags.

And obviously, there may be others out there like her. So I stand corrected in my viewpoint, though I think the basic principle that gags are appearance-neutral is still sound, there are clearly exceptions to the rule.

7 comments:

kdnpr said...

See your point, but going over to Brians with it like waving the red cape at the bulls.

Going to get interesting over here.

Luigi Vercotti said...

In this case, it's not just the chipmunk cheeks.
This also demonstrates another principal; that hair color can alter the appearance as well.
Even in the ungagged photos, Roth, a beyond stunning blonde, looks a great deal less than stunning with dark hair. The darker hair seems to do less to highlight the natural beauty of her features.
If she'd been a blonde in this scene, that might have helped overcome the chipmunk cheeks to a certain degree.
I haven't seen the whole scene, but judging by the photos you show, this falls under another DiD axiom. It IS still Andrea Roth gagged.

Pat Powers said...

See your point, but going over to Brians with it like waving the red cape at the bulls.

I doubt it. Nobody came over to comment about the Hall of Shame being reopened, even though my hits have increased greatly. I do note however that the number of people commenting on this post is DOUBLE the number who have commented on any other post of mine on this blog.

Going to get interesting over here.

Not if I can help it!!! ;>

Pat Powers said...

Luigi Vercotti said...

In this case, it's not just the chipmunk cheeks.
This also demonstrates another principal; that hair color can alter the appearance as well.
Even in the ungagged photos, Roth, a beyond stunning blonde, looks a great deal less than stunning with dark hair. The darker hair seems to do less to highlight the natural beauty of her features.


I think that's entirely possible. I found a picture of Roth as a blond here:

and she does look completely different, and a lot younger. She's supposed to be 40. I'd say that photo shows her in her 20s. So she either looks very much younger as a blonde, or the photo has been heavily retouched, or that's an old photo. I think it's an old photo -- her eyes are very much less crinkly in it. Her appearance does seem to alter readily from photo to photo. That said, she looks gorgeous as a blonde.

If she'd been a blonde in this scene, that might have helped overcome the chipmunk cheeks to a certain degree.
I haven't seen the whole scene, but judging by the photos you show, this falls under another DiD axiom. It IS still Andrea Roth gagged.


Can't argue with that.

kdnpr said...

From Brians:
"Ah. So it wasn't interesting until now. I see."

Ahhh, for me was, but talking about gags on Brians another type of interesting.

kdnpr said...

"Nobody came over to comment about the Hall of Shame being reopened"

Nobody? You sure?

"I suspect that the great changes wrought in her appearances by the gag are the result of a perfect storm of coincidences"

Another to add, Criminal Minds a major "chick-show". What Andrea looks like doesn't matter to their intended audience, so they don't care.

(Why do we have to wade through shows like this for scenes??)

I suspect down the road Andrea shows up on a "Guy show", she'll look a lot better gagged

Pat Powers said...

"Nobody came over to comment about the Hall of Shame being reopened"

Nobody? You sure?


All right, you did. But at the time I wrote that, I don't think your response was in. I had expected a lot more response to so much content.

"I suspect that the great changes wrought in her appearances by the gag are the result of a perfect storm of coincidences"

Another to add, Criminal Minds a major "chick-show". What Andrea looks like doesn't matter to their intended audience, so they don't care.


I guess you are right about it being a chick show ... that ep and others had a "Lifetime movie of the week" feel to them.

(Why do we have to wade through shows like this for scenes??)

Cause after all the adventure shows died out back around 2000, this is what we have left.

I suspect down the road Andrea shows up on a "Guy show", she'll look a lot better gagged

Yeah, but will anyone care? She's already in MiLF territor as it is.