Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 17

A Real Rain

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU travels to New York City to investigate a series of murders that appear to have been committed by a vigilante who is exacting revenge on other criminals who have been released by the justice system.

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  • Continuity errors

    Entertaining episode. However, if you watch the final scene, the continuity errors distract from the intended impact. Is the gun in the left or right hand? is it pointing forward or down? crazy!
  • The BAU are in NY to stop a dangerous serial killer

    A vigilante serial killer is killing in NY and won't stop until he is caught.This was a really good episode and mystery because all you saw of the killer all the episode was his hood over him and you would never suspect that he actually looked like that without his hood over him.In the end well done to Hotch and Gideon as they persuaded the killer to not kill his hostage and give up.moreless
  • This was a great episode that could possibly provoke people's mind.

    This was a very good episode and it really puts the the question, "Is it okay?" in your mind. Can we approve for someone to kill those who have done bad in their life? The way I see it is that if we took a life for a life then there wouldn't be anyone around. I especially like this episode because of two great ending quotes from Gandhi. He's been my role model and though I might not be the best person that follows his role, he continues to inspire me. I especially appreciated his quote, "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."moreless
  • Excellent episode. If you watch it, you will enjoy it.

    This was a really good episode, the writers seem to find a way to let the viewers see a little more of the characters in each episode by giving little bits of background information on certain characters in their conversations with each other.

    I have to say, my favorite scene from this episode had to have been when they were having dinner at that oriental restaurant. It was funny the way Reid was the only one having trouble with the chopsticks. I was wondering if he was even able to eat a substantial amount of food while they were there. The way he kept flinging his food was very amusing, and the rest of the team was getting a pretty good laugh from it also. Reid probably had the best quote from the episode in that scene: “It’s like trying to forage for food with a pair of number 2 pencils.”

  • not my favorite episode, but very interesting.

    more charecter development, more story, better understanding, very interesting. i just wanted something more...i guess i will have to wait until next weeks episode. i guess i just hate that they got there, but they could't save him anyway. i mean, i know that happens. i know they don't always win, and i wouldn't want them to, but it seemed like this time maybe they should have.
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips


Guest Star

Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Det. Nora Bennett

Guest Star

Munda Razooki

Munda Razooki

Officer Clark

Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the last part of the episode where New Yorkers were reacting to the death of the unsub, the Asian woman who commented was Oanh Ly, one of the writers of the series.

    • Reid is having trouble using chop sticks. As the camera pans across the table, JJ can be heard saying, "OK, here, let me help you," although her lips aren't moving.

    • Hotchner: All three charged with a felony; all three found innocent.

      A former prosecutor, such as Agent Hotchner, would know a person is not found innocent in a court of law. The person is found not guilty.

    • The killer's MO is supposedly to shoot the victims in the chest to subdue them, and then kill them with the flint knife through the ear. Yet in both first shooting scenes that are shown, the gun is clearly aimed and shot at the victims' heads.

    • Reid tells the court officer he is 24, but Gideon comments when the Goetz subway shootings occurred Reid wasn't born yet. The Bernhard Goetz shootings occurred on December 22, 1984 - 22 years earlier. Either Reid was wrong about his age or Gideon had his dates mixed up.

    • When the BAU arrives at the unsub's last victim's apartment, as Gideon is talking he is putting on his bulletproof vest. Then as he and Hotchner are walking towards the apartment, he is putting it on again.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Gideon: (discussing the unsub and how he is perceived by the public) He's a hero.
      Reid: The exact same thing happened with the Goetz New York subway shootings in the early eighties.
      Gideon: You weren't even born.
      Reid: I read a lot.

    • Nora Bennett: (watching the police funeral on television as a bagpiper plays "Amazing Grace") I can never get that sound out of my head. It wakes me up at night. If there was any justice, cop killers would have to hear it for an eternity.

    • Morgan: Do you have any idea how many cases run through there every year?
      Garcia: 122,998.

    • Reid: (discussing his chopsticks) It's absolutely incredible. 1.3 billion people stay nourished using these things.

    • Hotchner: You're a genius.
      : You're just saying that 'cause it's true.

    • Elle: You guys... we're here in New York and even when we aren't talking about our case we end up talking about another profiler.
      Hotchner: You're right. So, Elle, you seeing anyone?

    • Reid: (to the waitress after having difficulty with his chopsticks) Excuse me, could I get a fork perhaps? (everyone laughs) Did you know that experts credit Confucius with the advent of the chopstick. He equated knives with acts of aggression.
      Morgan: You don't know how to use them, do ya?
      Reid: It's like trying to forage for dinner with a pair of number two pencils.

    • Hotchner: Gandhi also said, "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."

    • Gideon: Gandhi said, "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence."

    • Reid: I'd like to see New York.
      Morgan: You've never been to New York?
      Reid: We've never had an unsub there.
      Hotchner: (to Gideon) I thought you were going to talk to Reid about taking some vacation time.
      Gideon: What's vacation time?

    • Officer: So are we looking for an ex-con or some nut job with an Amazon account?

    • Female Officer: (after hearing the unsub's profile) So we're looking for a small, angry white guy with a day job?

    • Hotchner: OK, here's what we know: Blitz attackers are almost always male.
      Morgan: Well, he got picked up in the pouring rain by a New York cabbie, so we definitely know he's not a brother.

    • Gideon: W.H Auden said, "Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society must take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Hotchner: We're talking the kind of terror New York hasn't seen since Son of Sam.

      Serial killer David Berkowitz targeted young couples in New York and called himself the "Son of Sam" in letters he sent to the police during his murder spree. He is notorious for saying that a dog ordered him to kill. Berkowitz is currently serving a life sentence.

    • Reid mentions the Zodiac Killer's victims varied in race, gender and age.
      The Zodiac Killer was active in the San Francisco area in the late 1960s. He gave himself the Zodiac nickname in a series of taunting letters he sent to the police. He also liked to send the police cryptograms and puzzles. The Zodiac case remains unsolved.

    • Hotchner: (reading from the newspaper) Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.

      THis is a line from the 1976 film, Taxi Driver. The full quote is: "All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets."

    • Troy Duffy's 1999 film, The Boondock Saints is a movie about two vigilantes going around killing "the bad guys," and it ends with people on the streets giving statements to the news about their opinions on the vigilantes. The same thing happens at the end of this episode.

    • This episode is very reminiscent of the 1995 David Fincher film, Se7en starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. In Se7en, "John Doe" killed people guilty of sin. In this episode, the killer kills people that were guilty, but were let off the hook. In Se7en, John Doe posed as a member of the press, in this episode a member of the press is suspected as the killer. In Se7en, John Doe walks in the police station and says, "I believe you're looking for me." In this episode, the copycat killer does and says the same.