Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 20

... A Thousand Words

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 05, 2010 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The names Garcia sees as she reviews the unsub's visitor log when he was in prison are actual names of various crew members.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Prentiss mentions the case is going to interrupt her "Sin To Win" weekend in Atlantic City. EA Games held a "Sin to Win" contest starting at 2009's Comic-Con to promote its game based on "Dante's Inferno" that was released in February 2010.

    • Greg Jennings, wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, guest-stars as an evidence tech at the crime scene in this episode. He received the opportunity due to a chance meeting between Ed Bernero and Jennings' parents, Greg and Gwendolyn, during a Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears game at Lambeau Field. The Jennings and Bernero, a huge Chicago Bears fan, told Greg's parents he ever wanted to be on the show to let him know.

  • Quotes

    • Rossi: (after Garcia identifies the unsub from his prison tattoo) Garcia, remind me never to try to hide from you.

    • Hotchner: Gandhi said, "I have seen children successfully surmount the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul."

    • Rossi: "A sincere artist tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing." Painter William Dobell

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • "The Illustrated Man" referenced in this episode is both a collection of short stories by science fiction author, Ray Bradbury, and a movie released in 1969. Published in 1951, the book contained 18 short stories while the movie addressed only three. Rod Steiger played the title role in the movie version.