Criminal Minds

The Popular Kids

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 11/30/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The BAU is called to investigate the murder of two small-town high school students in McAllister, Virginia, who may have been victims of a cult killing. Based on the crime scene evidence, the team begins to believe it is possible that someone other than a cult member may be responsible.

  • Cast & Crew
  • 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

  • Shemar Moore

    SSA Derek Morgan

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jun 26, 2007

  • The team travels to McAllister, Virginia when two teens are murdered, one already skeletal, and it is believed that Satanic ritual may have been behind the deaths.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jun 19, 2010

  • The downfall continues..................

    By aintitcool, Dec 03, 2005

  • You can only do so much with one character before people start to lose interest...

    By shanesnottheon, Dec 03, 2005

  • It\\\'s ok not great.

    By drake_bell, Jun 12, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Gideon: We all have bad dreams. Everyone on the plane. Who wouldn't? We hunt the worst of humanity we see the depths of depravity, we dream of monsters.
      Reid: In my dream there's a baby in the middle of a circle and there's someone on the other side. And I can't get to her before...
      Gideon: Every night I look at Deborah. Helps me...helps me to go to sleep thinking of the victims we've saved. We don't always beat the monsters to the babies, but we do enough to make the job worth it to keep the nightmares bearable.

    • Brandy: Do you think God is vengeful?
      Gideon: I don't know.
      Brandy: You don't think he punishes us?
      Gideon: After Hurricane Katrina I read some essays by religious scholars. One writer said God was punishing America for its immorality; New Orleans was a wicked city, like Sodom and Gomorrah. Another one, a priest from New Orleans, he thought the hurricane was proof of God's love. Those levees didn't break until after the storm was over; if they'd broken sooner, thousands would have died. So... I guess the answer to your question depends on whether or not you think you have something to be punished for.

    • Sheriff Bridges: If there was a secret group, I'd probably know about it.
      Reid: That's an inherent contradiction.

    • Reid: What happened?
      Morgan: Him bringing us down here was way too much of a coincidence.
      Reid: Well, I got that. But did you have to tackle us both?
      Morgan: (shaking his head) You're welcome, Reid.

    • Reid: Melted wax?
      JJ: Candle wax?
      Reid: Candles are used in rituals.
      Gideon: They're also used on birthday cakes.
      Reid: Actually, they were originally used to protect the birthday celebrant from demons for the coming year. As a matter of fact, down to the fourth century, Christianity rejected the birthday celebration as a pagan ritual.
      Sheriff Bridges: What kind of a doctor are you?

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    Notes (1)

    • The song in the scene when they arrest Zizzo was "Hate" by Drowning Pool. Other songs included "Make Slow" by Agents of the Sun and "Make Tomorrow" by Peter Gabriel.

    Trivia (4)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Elle grew up in Brooklyn.

    • It is revealed in this episode that SSA Jason Gideon had been a profiler since 1985.

    • It is revealed in this episode that JJ grew up in a small town.

    • In one of the close shots Reid's scarf is wrapped around his neck, in the next shot, when Morgan and Elle approach him, it is hanging loosely. There was no time for Reid to change the position of the scarf.

    Allusions (6)

    • Cory Bridges is carrying a copy of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche. In this work, Nietzsche speaks about the ongoing evolution of man, leading to a "superman" who would be above all the moral and legal regulations for normal society. This superman could commit any crime with the knowledge that the rules that govern "lower" men do not apply to him.

    • Gideon: (about Hurricane Katrina) One writer said God was punishing America for its immorality. This was a reference to remarks made by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other clergy shortly after the disaster.

    • Reid refers to Charles Manson and his followers, who went on a killing spree in California in 1968. They hoped that people would blame African-Americans for the murders and that this would start a race war. Their best-known victim was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of Roman Polanski.

    • Spencer Reid mentions Jim Jones and The Peoples' Temple in Guyana as an example of a killer cult. Jonestown was supposed to be a peaceful, self-sufficient agricultural community. In reality, Jim Jones ruled his followers with an iron fist, sexually abused children and forced people to do slave labor. He also made his followers rehearse mass suicide. On November 18, 1978, it wasn't a rehearsal. Congressman Leo Ryan and four members of his delegation came to investigate Jonestown and were murdered. Jim Jones didn't want anyone else to investigate him, so he ordered hundreds of his followers to drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. This is often described as a mass suicide, but it was actually a murder-suicide. Many of the victims were babies and small children who were given the poison by force.

    • Regarding an inverted pentacle, a pentagram drawn point downward is usually considered to be a Satanic symbol. In its upright form, a pentacle is a symbol of Wicca (and some other Neo-Pagan religions), a nature-based, peaceful polytheistic faith. The Wiccan symbolism of the pentacle points depict the four classical elements earth air, fire, and water and the element of spirit. However, traditional Wiccan sects still acknowledge the use of an inverted pentagram as a symbol of the Second Degree. Despite the fact that Wicca does not acknowledge the existence of Satan, it is often confused with Satanism.

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