Criminal Minds

What Fresh Hell?

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 1/11/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When a young girl is abducted in broad daylight from a playground in a seemingly safe neighborhood, the BAU initially believes her father is responsible. When he is able to provide an alibi, the team is forced to look for clues near where the girl lives to determine who is really 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 (13)
  • This episode answers the question: Why do profilers do what they do?

    By Finnegan77, Feb 26, 2007

  • girl taken from park, father accused ....

    By furfer8, Jan 12, 2006

  • Another great installment.

    By Data-Dox, Jan 14, 2006

  • By-the-book abduction of a white teenage female.

    By wave54, Jan 15, 2006

  • What a great episode. Dealt with the issue of child abduction really well, with the respectful subtlety of slightly less comedy from Garcia making it even more real.

    By rainbowgnu, Mar 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Reid: Long-term stranger abductions of children Billie’s age are rare - they represent less than one-half of one percent of all missing cases per year. But they are usually more likely to be fatal.

    • Garcia: Thank you for the flowers! (reading from the card) "I know I can be challenging, but your work is appreciated. J. Gideon." I appreciate the appreciation and, by the way, you’re not challenging. Oh, well, you’re totally challenging, but you’re not challenging at all in a bad way. Sir.

    • Hotchner: Mr. Jones isn't interested in pressing charges.
      Mr. Copeland: What am I supposed to be grateful? The bastard's a pedophile.

    • Garcia: Penelope Garcia's house of "How May I Save Your Ass Today?"
      Morgan: Well, you can give me the sex offender registry for Wilmington, Delaware.
      Garcia: Oh, that's always a fun group. Um, Morgan, did you hear that Agent Gideon sent me flowers?
      Morgan: No kidding?
      Garcia: Jealous?
      Morgan: SEX OFFENDERS, Garcia!

    • Gideon: What the hell does BTW mean anyway?
      JJ: Internet shorthand for "by the way."

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was based on the case of the kidnapped child that SSA Jim Clemente saved and keeps a photo of him in his wallet. The photograph was also the basis of the scene in the episode where Reid is having nightmares and Gideon ends up showing him the photo of the children in his wallet.

    • The song at the end of this episode was "When the Music is Not Forgotten" by Deadman.

    Allusions (4)

    • Mr. Copeland tells Agent Gideon that he was at Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is one of the country's leading cancer research institutes.

    • The title of this episode, "What Fresh Hell?" is often attributed to Shakespeare, but is actually a quote from Dorothy Parker, who was interrupted by the telephone during her train of thought and exclaimed "What fresh hell is this?" This became something of a famous saying of hers and is reputed to be the way she continued to answer the phone.

    • The Wilmington Police and Agent Reid refer to CARP - the Child Abduction Response Plan, which puts into place CART - Child Abduction Response Teams. This program was established in 2005, and is used in an Amber Alert or when a child abduction does not meet Amber Alert guidelines.

    • Reid mentions Danielle van Dam and Samantha Runnion as examples of abducted children. Danielle was kidnapped from her bedroom at night by a neighbor named David Westerfield who murdered her and may have sexually abused her. Samantha Runnion was abducted and killed by Alejandro Avila while she was playing outside her home. Like the unsub in this episode, Avila used a "lost dog" hoax to lure Samantha. Avila and Westerfield were both convicted and sentenced to death and are currently awaiting execution.

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    • Cyril Nov 20, 2015

      In reply to Reid’s statement about Danielle van Dam. There is doubt that it was David Westerfield who kidnapped and killed her. The prosecution argued that his motive was sex, but there was no evidence she had been sexually assaulted, and he wasn’t charged with that. And he didn’t have a history of either violence or sexual crimes, making him a most unlikely suspect, especially as he was middle-aged. She was kidnapped from her bed, but there’s no evidence he had been in her home. And her body was dumped in a meadow, but there’s no evidence he was there either. The prosecution admitted that they couldn’t prove how, where, why or when. In fact, the scientific evidence was that she only died a week or two after he was placed under round-the-clock surveillance, so it couldn’t have been him who dumped her body.