Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 12

3rd Life

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When one teenager is found murdered and her best friend is abducted in Chula Vista, California, the BAU must profile the killer and find him before he kills the other teen.

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  • Alright

    I don't really have much to say on this episode. I found it enjoyable enough. But I strongly disliked Lyndsey or however it's spelt. She was just so easy to hate I found and every single time she was on screen her arrogance and bullshit just annoyed me. I get you know your dad is a big cool mafia dude who is probably coming for you, but instead of buying time while your dad tries to find you, you are a little turd. And my god, her SCREAMING "kill him, kill him" the second he walked in the door. He coercing her dad into murder. A kid... WANTING murder.

    Just she pissed me the hell off. A pathetic little girl who is one day going to turn into her father and he just helped that even more by murdering someone for her, in front of her, because she begged for it. And the little whispers "kill him" while Reed is trying to talk him down (which I thought he was doing quite well).

    And naturally, he's too important to arrest. So annoying.

    Ah well, still not bad. I agree with people below, what was the motive? Apparently it wasn't mafia related, and if it was then how again because it was just related to school. Was the motive just douchebags that met girls online? But then bit over the top with "I know who you are" etc etc.moreless
  • Go Daddy!!

    love how the father goes after the two remaining unsubs and kills them both! I'm glad he listened to Lindsey and ignored Reid , the bastards deserved to die! Its amazing how people think they're so tough but are actually completely pansies

    Weak plot don't understand why the girls were kidnapped
  • The BAU race against time to find the second of two teenage girls.

    I thought this was probably the weakest of season 3 so far but it wasn't that bad The episode starts with a teenage girl found dead but the BAU know that there is another girl still out there and they have to find her before she is killed I was surprised about the ending where Reid tried to talk Jack out of killing the unsub but Jack listened to his daughter instead However Jack was still able to walk free with his daughter.moreless
  • Great one!

    Two girls disappear and one is soon found dead, with two agonizing family about which one is it. The show plays this very well! The both joy and distress of one's missing daughter for one of father, and the pain to lost one's daughter for the other one.

    One of the father and his family has a "little" secret which cost the BAU team alot of problem in profiling. And when they find out the truth, it cost even more problems for BAU, as it misleads the team to seek something that wasn't there. Good thing was that being the daughter of a formal mob's profession killer, she learns some of the ways to protecting herself.

    In the end it was just 3 horny boy, with one of the them being very loony.

    I especially like the ending. It raises a few moral questions.

    - How far would a father go to protect his daughter?

    - And when does this protection crosses the line? Personally I can't say was Reid's right or wrong.

    - How many fathers(or mothers) won't ask a killer to kill the murder of their daughter, to avenge their lost daughters...

    This one really makes one think about crime and punishment in the world today. For some crime or some criminals, there seem to be no adequate punishment sometimes. In some cases, the crimes are so horrify(like this one), many of us would be happy to see the criminal get the old "eye of eye" justice! Even as the same time we know that what this father did, was wrong thing to do, still there is the joy to see him blow that coward head off!

    Reid's face at the end is priceless!! Even as I believe the writer didn't write it to be funny, but it was funny!

  • I have to say that I like the ending.

    It was fun to watch and see how the story progressing over time. I have no problem with the ending when Jack killed the punk, they all killed a girl who couldn't defend herself and it was a slow and painful death for her. The way he got away with it and moved to Georgia sounded a bit unfair to me, he should have paid the consequences somehow. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that there was no reason of motives for these kids to abduct the girls and kill one of them. I guess the plot is rather weakmoreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Paget Brewster and Gina Mantegna worked together previously on the movie Unaccompanied Minors.

    • When Lindsey is being threatened by the man in the restroom, the blood coming from her lip changes from smeared to dripping then to smeared again.

    • When Reid asks Garcia to identify dead boy in the house, the sun shining through the photo reveals he's holding the school picture Garcia finds rather than the crime scene photo from which he would be working.

    • Garcia's typed transcript of the telephone message on Mrs. Owen's cell phone is incorrect. The order of dialogue is different when the message is played for the families.

    • The spelling of Jack Vaughan's name, established in the subtitle "Jack Vaughan's Residence", changes when Reid accesses Vaughan's computer. When the computer screen shows "Automated Clean-Up Process" his last name is spelled Vaughn.

    • Jack Vaughan would have been taken into custody and charged at the scene with murder. If it was decided to not to prosecute him because of his status as a protected witness, that would only come later after it was decided by the Department of Justice.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Pat Mannan: This has nothing to do with you.
      Jack Vaughan: Nothing to do with me? This punk kid took my daughter.
      Pat Mannan: All this, Jack. It's karma for what you did to all those people.

    • Jack Vaughan: (to the unsub he's just shot) You got two legs. I got one question: where's my daughter?

    • Pat Mannan: You know, you have no idea who or what you're dealing with here.
      Hotchner: Then enlighten me or stay out of my way.

    • Reid: Jack, you swore to your wife you'd protect Lindsey. Listen to her, Jack, listen to what she wants - she's begging you to kill somebody right in front of her. What do you think your wife wanted you to protect her from? Jack, your life has been, has been about violence, and, if you do this, Lindsey's will be, too. Do you want that? When does it end, Jack?
      Lindsey: (whispering) Kill him.
      Reid: When does it stop?
      Jack Vaughan: Tomorrow.

    • Katie: (recorded telephone message) Please...please, no please, please, stop it, stop it - stop it!
      Lindsey: Don't fight them, don't!
      Katie: Please, God, stop!
      Lindsey: Don't show them you're scared.
      Katie: Get off of me! Please, help me! Please, God, stop it! Daddy, help me please! Please! Daddy, help me please, Daddy! Help me!

    • Jack Vaughan: Can I help you?
      Reid: (caught at Vaughan's computer) Ah, hey, I was just, ah, checking to see if Lindsey contacted anyone on the internet? Predators, ah, tend to do that.
      Jack Vaughan: Is that right?
      Reid: (speaking very fast) Yeah, statistically, actually, 43% of predators...
      Jack Vaughan: Lindsey doesn't like computers.

    • Hotchner: It's up to you.
      Jack Vaughan: This message – what did it record?
      Hotchner: It's the last moments of one of your daughter's lives.

    • Hotchner: "No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies." Daisy Bates.

    • Hotchner: "It is a wise father who knows his own child." William Shakespeare

  • NOTES (4)


    • Morgan: No JT posters.
      When Morgan and the team are searching Lindsey Vaughan's room, he mentions that she doesn't have any JT posters, referring to Justin Timberlake, pop singer and former member of the boy band 'N Sync.

    • Garcia: Jinkies!
      Velma from the gang known as Mystery, Inc. in the Scooby-Doo series used this phrase when she found out something, usually weird, incredible or shocking.

    • The Lords of Chaos – Kevin Foster
      In 1998, Kevin Foster was convicted of leading three Fort Myers teens in a plot to kill their music teacher, Mark Schwebes. The three boys – Pete Magnotti, Chris Black and Derek Shields - were also convicted on plea bargains. Foster received the death penalty. The three other boys, who had called Foster "God" received sentences of life imprisonment.

    • Hotchner: Guys, last house on the left, second floor. I've got something.
      Hotchner's directions include the name of a 1972 Wes Craven horror film called Last House on the Left about two girls who are kidnapped, tortured, and murdered that mirrors the plot of this episode.