Criminal Minds

The Fisher King (2)

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/06
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  • Episode Description
  • The team continues to decipher the clues given to each of them by a psychopath in order to save his most recent victim. Gideon decides not to focus on the personal aspects of the case. Rather, he tells the team to profile the killer as they would in any other BAU investigation. Reid stays behind to work on a personal connection that could solve the case as one member of the team fights for life.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Allen Bernero

  • Gloria Muzio

  • Charley Rossman

    Unsub (Randall Garner)

  • Amanda Bernero

    Rebecca Bryant

  • Adrian N. Roberts


  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • The BAU pursue the Fisher King while Elle recovers.

    By DexterMorgan2, Feb 28, 2013

  • Amazing episode

    By Parricida, Jan 11, 2009

  • the second part is just as good

    By bellagirl_008, Nov 02, 2009

  • Incredible!

    By amazing_race, Dec 24, 2009

  • A fantastic episode with which to open the second season as the unsub reacts to the team's refusal to play by his rules by targeting a member of the team personally.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jun 27, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Morgan: Detective, I've seen kids missing for a decade and their rooms look exactly the way they did the day that they left. Parents don't just pack up their kids stuff and put them in boxes in the garage. Parents don't give up, ever. What the hell is going on here?

    • Reid: People tell me their secrets all the time. I think it's because they know I don't have anyone to betray them to. Except my mother. I tell her pretty much everything.

    • Diana Reid: You know I'm terrified of flying.
      : I know, mom, I'm sorry.
      Diana Reid: Then why did you have those fascists arrest me?
      Reid: Mom, they're not fascists and you were not arrested. I'm trying to protect you.
      Diana Reid: By forcing me to do the one thing that frightens me more than anything else?

    • Randall Garner: If you want the grail, you must ask the question.
      Reid: She's not a grail. She's your daughter. Her name's Rebecca.
      Randall Garner: My daughters died in a fire and my son and my wife.
      Reid: Rebecca lived.
      Randall Garner: No. Your mother, she explained it all to me.
      Reid: My mother is a paranoid schizophrenic who'd forget to eat if she wasn't properly medicated and supervised.
      Randall Garner: She made me realize none of it was real. I didn't lose Rebecca. She... she never existed in the first place.

    • Reid: Mom, we found her. Rebecca's safe. You helped us save her life.
      Diana Reid: Is it time for lunch yet?
      Reid: What?
      Diana Reid: I'm giving a lecture to everyone on Tristan and Isolde. They're all gathering in my room after lunch.
      Reid: Can I attend the lecture too?
      Diana Reid: Have you read any of the material?
      Reid: I've had them read to me.
      Diana Reid: Wonderful. That's the best way, isn't it?
      Reid: Yes, ma'am, by far.

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    Notes (2)

    • With this episode, Kirsten Vangsness was changed from her "also starring" billing to the main cast in the opening credits.

    • "The Riddle" by Five for Fighting plays over the end scenes.

    Trivia (7)

    • According to Garcia's research, Randall Garner stayed in the Bennington Sanitarium from 1996 to 2001, so he could not have known about JJ's secret when she joined the team only in 2005. It was never established that Garner visited Diana Reid after he left the facility.

    • Early in the episode when Garcia is telling Morgan what happened to the Garners, she says, "both Garner boys." Later in the episode when Reid is speaking to Randall Garner, Garner says "and my son."

    • In the first part of this two-parter, Morgan is seen on the beach without a shirt on. He has intricate tattoos on both his shoulders, but nothing on his back. In the second part of the two-parter, which picks up moments after the first part ends, a tattoo is clearly visible above the collar of his tee shirt at the back of his neck when he is speaking to the detective in front of the Bryant family house.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Elle's father had been a New York City police officer who was killed in the line of duty when she was eight years old.

    • Elle's father nicknamed her "Peanut" when she was a child. "Peanut" was also what Mandy Patinkin's character called George in Dead Like Me.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Randall Garner continually tells Reid to "Ask the question" so that he may be healed. According to Arthurian legend, Percival was to ask the Fisher King "Whom does the grail serve?" This was to lead the Fisher King to a realization of his own unworthiness, and thereby heal his wounds and allow him to receive redemption. Percival - Reid - never asks this question.

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