Criminal Minds


Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/26/07
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  • Episode Description
  • The team investigates a serial killer who is targeting women at a small Arizona college in Flagstaff. The BAU shuts down the campus, creates a detailed profile of the unsub, and arrests a suspect. However, the team members begin to have doubts about themselves after another woman is killed while the suspect is in custody.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mandy Patinkin

    Senior SSA Jason Gideon

  • Shemar Moore

    SSA Derek Morgan

  • Thomas Gibson

    Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Paget Brewster

    SSA Emily Prentiss

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • My first episode of Criminal Minds and I am HOOKED!

    By tsar_luke30, Oct 20, 2007

  • Broken family and being unappreciated has been the turning point to his aggressiveness. He's started to be aggressive whenever he sees anyone who is similar to his wife and reminds him to her.

    By ladyeena, Dec 01, 2007

  • Suspenseful ending for the third season opener . . .

    By PattiP0414, Jun 05, 2008

  • The Episode That Changes Everything

    By cavanagh15, Dec 25, 2008

  • Good episode!

    By Criminalings55, Jan 04, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • JJ: Everyone is so much younger than I remember being.
      Prentiss: It's a weird age. You want to be treated like an adult, but you're still used to someone else solving your problems for you.
      JJ: All I remember is trying to figure out who I was.
      Prentiss: You move around enough, you get used to being whoever people want you to be.

    • Erin Strauss: Give me your badge.
      Hotchner: Ma'am?
      Erin Strauss: You're suspended for two weeks without pay pending an investigation of your conduct. And, Agent Hotchner, if it was solely up to me? You would never get these credentials back.
      Hotchner: Always a pleasure.

    • Prentiss: (about the unsub) I'll sleep when he confesses.
      : We all will.

    • Gideon: Spree killings in a confined area are a race. He's racing to kill as many as he can; we're racing to stop him.

    • Gideon: That was the last domino. The death of that girl. Hotch being suspended over something that was my fault. I said at the beginning of this letter that I knew it would be you to come up here. I'm so sorry the explanation couldn’t be better, and I am so sorry that it doesn’t make more sense. But I’ve already told you, I just don’t understand any of it anymore.

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    Notes (2)

    • The song in the opening scene when the team arrived at the airport was "Wolf Like Me" by TV On The Radio. The song playing in the security guard's car was "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups. "Cat Claw" by the Kills played while Anna Begley cuts her hair. "Wait" by the Kills played while Morgan and Prentiss wait for the ambulance. Other music was "Barely Holding On" by Wes Nickson, "I'm Still Holding On" by Ken Holloway, "New Noise" by Refused, and "Stuck Between Stations" by The Hold Steady.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on April 25, 2007. CBS shelved the episode over sensitivity concerns regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy. The version that was aired had been rewritten to include new scenes to explain the departure of Jason Gideon from the BAU.

    Trivia (1)

    • "Doubt" was the first episode in this series that did not contain a famous quotation.

    Allusions (3)

    • Morgan: …I also know that Richard Jewell fit the profile of the Olympic Bomber to a "T"…

      During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, a security guard named Richard Jewell noticed a suspicious backpack in Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell notified authorities and helped evacuate the park, ultimately saving many lives. A bomb inside the backpack went off, killing one person and injuring over one hundred. A story appeared in a local paper the next day, identifying Jewell as a suspect in the investigation, and, for the next four months the FBI subjected Jewell to a botched investigation, and the national press made Jewell's life miserable. He was formally cleared of all charges in October, 1996, but the damage to his reputation had already been done.

    • Gideon: How long can you hold that lawyer off?
      Hotchner: Are you kidding? I was a prosecutor; I can hold him off for days.

      This exchange was included to pay homage to SSA Jim Clemente, who is a former prosecutor, and is the only former prosecutor in the BAU.

    • Reid: Could be more like a groupie. After Kenneth Bianchi was arrested, he actually convinced a woman he hardly knew to attempt a murder…

      Kenneth Bianchi and his cousin, Angelo Buono, were the team of killers known as The Hillside Strangler. The two were sexual predators who killed at least 10 women in the Los Angeles area in late 1977 to early 1978, often exposing their dead bodies on the hillsides around town. After being convicted, Bianchi began corresponding with Veronica Crompton, who he convinced to commit a "copycat" crime resembling Bianchi's previous crimes in order to prove to the authorities that the real killer was still at large. Crompton failed, and she was convicted and imprisoned herself.

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