Criminal Minds

The Fisher King (1)

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 5/10/06
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  • Episode Description
  • While on their separate vacations, each member of the BAU receives a clue from a psychopathic killer who challenges them to save his next victim.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Allen Bernero

  • 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

  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • A dangerous serial killer targets the whole team

    By 7dixob, Aug 30, 2012

  • “I shall follow where you lead…” Garcia’s response to her imaginary Sir Kneighf is strangely foreshadowing of the entire Fisher King quest.

    By Finnegan77, May 16, 2007

  • A fantastic finale to this first season and one that will have you on your edge of your seat all the way through, not to mention wanting Season 2 to start really quickly so that you can find out what happens.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jun 23, 2010

  • High stakes

    By Parricida, Jan 11, 2009

  • Possibly my favourite ever episode

    By bellagirl_008, Nov 02, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Garcia: (angrily over the phone to Morgan when he asks for information) The information superhighway is closed. Someone had the nerve to run a black hat op into my computers, Morgan. They hacked me, okay? But you can bet your sweet ass I will find them. I’ve got honeypot farms hidden behind UML kernel data packets and a first generation honeynet I personally programmed. My snort-log lists every visitor, every server request, every keystroke of this entire network. If I have to back-hack his IP all the way to the freakin’ stone age I will find this son of a bitch, okay? So, bye!

    • Hotchner: Hey, don't knock family. I'm gonna get nothing but for the next 336 hours.
      Morgan: Hmm, good for you.
      : Haley's got a list of chores a mile long and I can't wait. The biggest decision I gotta make is what I'm gonna do first.
      Elle: I bet you she has a thought or two about that as well.
      Hotchner: Bring it on.

    • Gideon: I'll be lost in a cabin in the woods for the next two weeks. Do not call me for anything. Have a great time. You all deserve a break. Seriously, don't...don't call.

    • Gideon: I needed a place where I didn't have to know what was out there, where I could close my eyes and not see bodies torn to pieces, or hear children calling out for help. That cabin was the only thing I had left and this guy took it away from me.

    • Gideon: (reviewing the evidence) I got a Nellie Fox baseball card from 1963 and I got a head in a box.
      Elle: I got the decapitated body and a nice visit to the Jamaican police headquarters.

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    Notes (3)

    • Closed captioning identifies the music played by the music box as "Forellen Quintet." "Forellenquintett" is the German title of Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet.

    • Amanda Bernero, the actor who portrayed Rebecca Bryant in this episode, is Ed Bernero's daughter and she also works as a researcher for the show.

    • "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller plays while Gideon prepares dinner. "You Go to My Head" by Billie Holiday plays while Gideon and Doris dance. "The Trout Quintet, Op. 114: IV - Tema, Andantino" by Franz Schubert plays on the music box. "Death Whispered a Lullaby" by Opeth plays during the ending montage while Elle goes home.

      Note: Opeth's song was replace by vocal stock music in the US DVD version of the episode.

    Trivia (9)

    • Hotchner says he joined the theater club the day after he received his yearbook in his junior year of high school and he became the fourth pirate in the play. Because yearbooks are rarely handed out until the last week of classes, it is unlikely the theater club would be staging a play, much less accepting new actors for a production.

    • Thomas Gibson and guest star Jane Lynch worked together previously on the episode Play Lady Play of Dharma & Greg.

    • Haley was in the tenth grade when SSA Hotchner met her and her maiden name was Brooks.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Gideon grew up in Chicago and was a White Sox fan.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Reid's mother had been committed to a sanitarium with paranoid schizophrenia and she had been a professor of 15th century literature at one time.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Reid explains that, in medieval times, the day was broken up into hourly intervals called the Canonical Hours, or the Breviary. The complete list of Liturgical Hours (with accompanying prayers) is Lauds, the first hour – prayers to be said at sunrise, then Prime at 6:00 AM, Terce at 9:00 AM, Sext at Noon, None at 3:00 PM, Vespers at 6:00 PM and Compline, the last of the waking hours, at 9:00 PM. There are also hours of the night, called Matins.

    • Reid gives his mother a book by Margery Kempe, which was described as one of Kempe's lesser works. However, Margery Kempe only wrote one book, which was lost until 1934. Margery Kempe was born around 1373 and died after 1438 in Norfolk, England. She is famous for The Book Of Margery Kempe, which she wrote about her pilgrimages and persecution. It is widely considered to be the first autobiography in the English language.

    • Hotchner: (looking at the broadsword left in Giles' body) …maybe the light from here casts a shadow and points to something.
      Elle: Come on. Are we in the middle of a Indiana Jones movie?

      This is a reference to the Indiana Jones movie trilogy, with Harrison Ford in the title role. The final movie was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In one scene he is looking for the entrance to catacombs in a library. He finds it by using the reflection of the sun through a stained glass window with the crucified Christ.

    • The "Fisher King" is a character from Arthurian legend that is usually a protector of the Holy Grail. The Fisher King is often depicted as being wounded in the legs or groin, restricting his. This impotence is transferred to his land, and the Kingdom becomes barren. In one of the many versions of the legend, Perceval is told not to ask questions (the unsub in this episode tells the team not to ask for help). He later finds out that, if he had asked the right question, the Fisher King would have been healed.

    • The episode title may be an allusion to the 1991 Terry Gilliam film, The Fisher King, starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. The plot surrounds two characters, each the victim, in different ways, of pride, and how one involves the other on his quest for the Grail — in this case forgiveness.

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