Criminal Minds

No Way Out (1)

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 1/17/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Gideon is pitted against the scariest and most evil murderer in his entire career. When the BAU confronts the sadistic killer in a remote diner in the Nevada desert, the local authorities want to move quickly and make an arrest. But Gideon bides his time as he attempts to persuade the man, who has sworn not be captured, to reveal the whereabouts of a woman he is holding hostage.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paget Brewster

    SSA Emily Prentiss

  • 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

  • Fan Reviews (21)
  • Gideon comes face to face with a killer who has killed over 100 victims.

    By DexterMorgan2, Feb 28, 2013

  • Creative filming + creepy guest star = 1 very good episode.

    By Finnegan77, Apr 13, 2007

  • Not THAT great

    By allways_ty, Jan 27, 2007

  • It was a good episode but flawed in many ways

    By newage-master, Jan 29, 2007

  • The one that got away.

    By BAUCTU, Mar 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Reid: To get away with murder, you simply don't tell anyone.
      Prentiss: The only people he told were the people he killed. And then he took from them what he needed: cash, credit cards...
      Reid: I'm going to call Garcia and see if anything Catherine Hale owned was used after her death (dials phone).
      Prentiss: (to herself) And then he moved on to his next victim.

    • Gideon: (opening a bag with a head inside) Who is this?
      Frank: I believe the correct question is "Who was this?"
      Mark: You are a crazy son of a bitch.
      Frank: We are all sons of bitches.

    • Morgan: (to Deputy Siglock) If he is still in this town, and I believe he is, he has absolutely no way out.

    • Reid: (about Jane) A psycho with a whistle. That's not at all weird.

    • Garcia: What are you doing?
      JJ: I'm mapping out where all the victims were found, starting with Gideon's first case file (JJ jabs a pushpin to the map).
      Garcia: Ow! Stabby!

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    Notes (4)

    • Keith Carradine was credited as Special Guest Star in this episode.

    • The song in the opening sequence is "At Last" by Etta James.

    • The ringtone on Sheriff Davis' cellphone was "Smoke on the Water" (from a song by Deep Purple).

    • This episode was scheduled to air on January 10, 2007, but was preempted by an Address to the Nation by President Bush.

    Trivia (4)

    • In this episode, Reid claims that peas contain phenethylamine. This is incorrect - peas do not contain phenethylamine. Confusion might have occurred because PEA is the designated shorthand for this chemical.

    • When Frank asks that Jane and Gideon go in the same car to show Gideon where the children are being hidden, the shadow of a large microphone can be clearly seen on the left side of the screen.

    • When the sheriff's husband hands over his shotgun in the diner, he closes the breech. Gun safety rules state when passing a firearm to another person, it should be done such that the muzzle of the weapon does not point at the recipient or any bystander. It is considered good practice to show the firearm with the magazine removed, the breech unloaded, and locked open before handing it over to the recipient so the recipient can easily double-check the firearm, which is known as "show clear."

    • At one point, Garcia is trying to help plot the path that the unsub has taken over the years by reviewing the files of the people that they believe was killed by him. Each time Garcia changes the picture on the monitor, there is an audible click in the background, representing the fact that a new face/file is now being viewed. However, when Garcia is naming the locations where the victims have disappeared for JJ to plot on the map, a click is heard each time she names a location. However, after the first three locations/files are listed, the clicks that represent a change of file can no longer be heard although Garcia is still listing locations.

    Allusions (2)

    • The scene with the head in a bag is similar to one of the final scenes in the David Fincher movie Se7en that involves a head in a box. In both cases, the killer enjoys teasing people about what might be in the box. Frank hints to a police officer that the head might belong to his wife. In the movie, the head actually did belong to a police detective's wife.

    • Frank: We are all sons of bitches. After the Trinity Test (the first atomic bomb test) during World War II, test director Ken Bainbridge said, "Now we're all sons of bitches."

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