Criminal Minds

The Bittersweet Science

Season 7, Ep 10, Aired 12/14/11
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  • Episode Description
  • The BAU is called to Philadelphia to investigate a series of brutal murders and is led to the city's boxing scene in search of the killer. Meanwhile, Hotch meets an attractive runner as they both train for a triathlon.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Thomas Gibson

    Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

  • Joe Mantegna

    Senior SSA David Rossi

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Shemar Moore

    SSA Derek Morgan

  • Paget Brewster

    SSA Emily Prentiss

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Too PC

    By mrivera, Apr 14, 2012

  • Boxing ... And very little profiling.

    By Lady_Lancaster, May 13, 2012

  • Finally!

    By vitakato, Jan 03, 2012

  • Criminal Minds continues to impress!

    By amazing_race, Dec 30, 2011

  • moving

    By andii31, Dec 19, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Rossi: (discussing Beth with Hotch) Is she cute?
      Hotchner: Yes, she is, but I need to be focused on my training. I don't need to be distracted.
      Rossi: Yes, you should be. Distracted is good. What's her name?
      Hotchner: Beth.
      Rossi: I like it. And you know what they say about riding a bicycle.
      Reid: Who's getting a bicycle?
      Hotchner: Nobody.

    • Reid: You know, statistically, widowed men start dating much faster than females, but Hotch is refuting the data. It's been two years and 19 days.
      Garcia: Venus has aligned with Mars, which means love is in the air and maybe we will have weekends off.
      Morgan: (sees Hotch and clears throat to warn Garcia)
      Garcia: What? Is he standing there? He's standing there, isn't he?
      Hotchner: Hello, Garcia.

    • Prentiss: We saw the bodies, all of them have stress breaks in the same places.
      Rossi: That's consistent with years of fight training.
      Hotchner: Fight training. You think he's a boxer?
      Rossi: It makes sense. A fighter would have the endurance it takes to commit this kind of overkill on this many people with a pipe or with his hands.
      Morgan: It would explain why at the first crime scene he lined the bodies up in the corner, like in the ring.
      Hotchner: It makes sense about the bloodlust, but what triggered the killings?

    • Morgan: Penelope, how's the greatest computer tech this side of the Mississippi?
      Garcia: Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, Garcia's going to find what only her screens can see, what do you need?

    • Hotchner: "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die." Joe Louis

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    Notes (2)

    • The song heard in this episode was "Turn a Light On" by Kathryn Calder.

    • The title of this episode was a modification of the boxing term, "sweet science." The change was made because the story was so sad.

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