Criminal Minds


Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/23/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Elle, along with many others, is held hostage on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the U.S. government is monitoring him. Hotchner and Gideon are forced to play into the man's fantasy to save the people he has taken hostage.

  • Cast & Crew
  • A.J. Cook

    SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

  • Lola Glaudini

    SSA Elle Greenaway

  • Mandy Patinkin

    Senior SSA Jason Gideon

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Shemar Moore

    SSA Derek Morgan

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Elle held hostage

    By 7dixob, Aug 14, 2012

  • “Could at least one of you look like you're going to see me again?" - REID

    By bleach7, May 18, 2007

  • Highly enjoyable and suspenseful episode!

    By amazing_race, Jan 11, 2011

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jun 25, 2007

  • Little too slow

    By Parricida, Jan 09, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Reid: (to Dr. Bryer) The voices, they helped you right? While the other kids were outside in the playground you were inside studying, reading, learning. The voices wouldn't stop. They helped you understand things that other people couldn't realize. Then as you grew older it became almost a responsibility, right? A responsibility to use that ability, to use your knowledge.

    • Reid: The voices, they won't stop. They've been talking to you since you were a child.
      Leo: He's telling you I'm not real. He is lying to you.
      Dr. Bryar: You're lying to me.
      Reid: That's Leo speaking; that's not even Dr. Bryar. Why won't you let him think for himself, Leo?
      Dr. Bryar: You...can you see him?
      Reid: Yeah, he's right there.

    • Reid: I know what it's like.
      Dr. Bryar: Make it stop!
      Reid: I know what the voices are like.

    • Reid: Tardive dyskinesia.
      Morgan: Once more for those of us who don't have an encyclopedic memory?

    • Reid: Could you guys do me a favor?
      Morgan: Anything.
      Reid: Could at least one of you look like you're going to see me again?
      Hotchner: See you when you get back.

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    Notes (1)

    • The song heard in this episode was "Wrecking Ball" by Gillian Welch.

    Trivia (4)

    • When Reid is going to the train to fake the surgery, he walks past a cop and a SWAT operator taking cover behind a car. The cop has a red safety plug in the barrel of his pistol that wasn't edited out in post-production.

    • When the team is riding in the SUV early in the episode, the camera shows the vehicle from the outside and there is no one in the back seat.

    • Elle was traveling to Dallas, yet she flew into an airport 637 miles away, in El Paso, and then took a train back (north and east) to Dallas. Dallas/Fort Worth has an international airport. The Amtrak trip from El Paso to Dallas takes 29 hours 30 minutes.

    • In the train from West Texas, there is a Washington D.C. Metrorail map hanging on the wall.

    Allusions (2)

    • Reid mentions Ralph Tortorici taking a classroom full of students hostage because he thought microchips had been implanted in his body. This happened in 1994 at SUNY Albany. All of the hostages survived but one man was injured during a struggle for Tortorici's gun. Tortorici committed suicide in a correctional facility in 1999.

    • Reid mentions mathematician John Nash as an example of someone who suffered from delusions, and Morgan says that he saw the movie. The movie about Nash is 2001's A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe.

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