Criminal Minds


Season 2, Ep 18, Aired 2/28/07
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  • Episode Description
  • A case involving a serial killer believed to be copying Jack the Ripper takes Gideon to New Orleans after three victims are found with their throats cut. Once thought to have been killed in Hurricane Katrina, the discovery of a fourth victim in the French Quarter confirms the murderer is still alive. All the evidence and files had been lost in the flood, so the only clue the team has is the word "Jones" that the lead detective wrote on the wall just before he drowned. Meanwhile, Reid meets up with an old rival as he continues to struggle with the aftermath of being held hostage.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • A.J. Cook

    SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

  • Kirsten Vangsness

    Analyst Penelope Garcia

  • Mandy Patinkin

    Senior SSA Jason Gideon

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Paget Brewster

    SSA Emily Prentiss

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Female Jack the Ripper.

    By DexterMorgan2, Feb 28, 2013

  • How do we handle our traumas?

    By Finnegan77, Mar 01, 2007

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 02, 2008

  • Jackie the Ripper and Reid in trouble

    By Parricida, Jan 15, 2009

  • As if the poor people of New Orleans had not already suffered enough after Hurricane Katrina, they now have a serial killer on their hands who is attempting to emulate the most notorious of them all - Jack The Ripper.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jul 03, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Morgan: Are you gonna tell me why you missed that flight to Galveston?
      Reid: I already told you, there was no cell reception.
      Morgan: Right.
      Reid: What?
      Morgan: Reid, any time you want to come up with a better answer, I'm standing right here.

    • Det. LaMontagne: (to JJ) How will I ever survive a woman like you going so far away?

    • JJ: You are the best ever.
      Garcia: Aw, and you're the most perceptive.

    • JJ: You always drink while you're still on the clock?
      Det. LaMontagne: This is New Orleans, honey, it's a cultural thing.

    • Reid: I guess I just needed to try to figure out if I could step away from this job.
      Gideon: And?
      Reid: I'll never miss another plane again.

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    Notes (1)

    • When this episode originally aired, CBS used it to promote an online contest to win free tickets to the movie Zodiac, which is based on the real-life Zodiac killer. The Zodiac and Jack The Ripper cases are somewhat similar; both killers wrote taunting letters to the police and both cases remain unsolved.

    Trivia (2)

    • When Will LaMontagne, Sr. is talking to his son, he calls him "Billy." And when the team meets him, he introduces himself as Bill. However, in all future appearances, he is called "Will."

    • This episode marked the first appearance of Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., who was written in later as the father of Agent "JJ" Jareau's baby (Henry) when the actor herself (A.J. Cook) became pregnant in real life.

    Allusions (4)

    • Morgan: The Sante Kimes model – cold, calculated, preys on men for money. Sante Kimes, the other woman serial killer mentioned in the episode, killed for monetary gain rather than revenge. She and her son were convicted of murdering Irene Silverman in 2000. They were also presumed responsible for three previous deaths.

    • The brief rape scene in this episode in similar to the one in the 1988 movie The Accused. The victim in the movie was Jodie Foster. In both scenes, the assault takes place in a crowded bar, the assailants are cheered on during the assault, and the victim is blamed for provoking her rapists by being intoxicated and behaving in a flirtatious manner. Jodie Foster won an Oscar for her performance in The Accused.

    • Garcia: (answering the phone) O Captain, my Captain. "O Captain!, My Captain!" is a Walt Whitman poem written in homage to Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. This poem is in his constantly revised and famous book "Leaves of Grass." Non-literary types will recognize it as the title students used to address Robin Williams' character, John Keating, in the film Dead Poets Society.

    • Reid: It's more likely we're dealing with the Aileen Wuornos archetype. Aileen Wuornos was a female serial killer who prostituted herself on highways and killed several of her customers. She was nicknamed the Highway Hooker. She tried to claim the men she killed had raped her and that her actions were in self-defense but she was ultimately convicted and executed. Charlize Theron played Aileen in the movie Monster.

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