Criminal Minds


Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 3/11/09
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  • Episode Description
  • The BAU investigates a series of deaths involving possible exorcisms in the Washington area that appear to be sanctioned by the Vatican, and SSA Emily Prentiss finds herself personally involved in the case.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chris Mundy

  • Edward Allen Bernero

  • Thomas Gibson

    Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

  • Joe Mantegna

    Senior SSA David Rossi

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • This was thinly veiled anti-religious bigotry.

    By PatrickGrant1, Apr 07, 2013


    By cdnaera, Feb 23, 2013

  • Whil I love Emily, this episode was well below par.

    By amazing_race, Jul 14, 2011

  • Emily centric episode

    By vicky24c, May 23, 2010

  • Poor Emily Prentiss. We knew her childhood hadn't been an easy one and when an old friend who supported her through some tough times dies of a supposed heart attack, we can sympathise with her need to find out if he really did die of natural causes.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jul 27, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Morgan: Rossi, don't tell me you believe in evil.
      Rossi: Don't tell me you do this job and you don't.
      Morgan: I believe there are evil acts, but those are choices, brain chemistry. What do you think, Hotch?
      Hotchner: I think deep down inside we are all capable of unspeakable things. Where it starts, or what you call it, I don't know.

    • Prentiss: (entering the BAU office) Is Hotch still here?
      Garcia: Oh, I'm pretty sure he lives here.

    • Prentiss: Leonardo da Vinci said, "He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done."

    • Rossi: "There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being." James Joyce

    Notes (4)

    • Ian Woolf, first assistant director for the series, guest stars as a cab driver in this episode.

    • Thomas Gibson and guest star Roxanne Hart worked together previously on Chicago Hope. Guest stars James Remar and Carmen Argenziano worked together previously in the movie Hellraiser: Inferno.

    • The music heard in this episode was "The Fix" by The Noises 10 and "My Side of the Story" by Hodges during the final scene.

    • This storyline for this episode was modeled on "Robbie Doe," the Washington, DC, boy on whom The Exorcist movie was based.

    Trivia (3)

    • Although referenced in this episode as a cathedral, Santiago de Compostela is not a cathedral. It a city located in the northwest of Spain in the Province of A Coruña that has a cathedral. There is a tomb in the cathedral that allegedly contains the remains of one of Jesus Christ's 12 Apostles, specifically St. James, son of Zebedee and brother of the Apostle St. John.

    • J.J. says that Father Silvano was "invited to say mass at the Washington National Cathedral," which would never happen because the Washington National Cathedral is Episcopalian, not Catholic.

    • At the very beginning of the episode when Prentiss drives up to the bar, the reflection of the neon "bar" sign on her car is not backward, as a reflection should be.

    Allusions (1)

    • Prentiss: 'I think he died for me.' Prentiss quotes a line from James Joyce's short story, The Dead, published in Dubliners in 1914. This line is spoken by Gretta as she remembers a young boy who was ill and yet ran through the rain to say goodbye to her when she was leaving Galway. Gretta's memory is bittersweet - Michael, the boy, died from his illness within a week. The main character of the story, Gretta's husband, Gabriel, reexamines his life and his own priorities after his wife's nostalgic story.

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